One side benefit of an internet outage (I was without internet for most of the weekend) is that all those single player games I never get around to finishing are suddenly totally available!
I was pretty close to the ending of Pillars of Eternity last time I played, working on the god appeasement quests before heading to the final confrontation in the Sun in Shadow. During those, you start thinking about how you see the world continuing after the big evil is defeated, and just how that defeat will be accomplished. But then again, as the ending draws nearer, it's clear that pretty much everything you know about the world (and knew back in your past life as well), was wrong.
It took me three tries to complete the final fight. The first time I had no idea what was going on; the second time, I thought I knew, but was wrong (and wiped quickly); the third time, I managed to pull it off. I just had a random crew based on whose stories I was finishing, and whose were finished. My party: me, the rogue; Athol, the wizard; Durance, the priest; the druid; my custom cipher. If I'd thought about it, I'd have had the godform paladin in place of my cipher, and taken the ranger Sagani instead of the druid. The druid is great for the AEs, but the single target and offtanking ranger abilities would have been more valuable.
During the recap at the end, I expected to find out how my endgame decisions affected the world, and wasn't disappointed. However, the recap also went over pretty much every decision I made throughout the game. I really fouled up a few times. There's things I really should have done differently, if only I'd known. I'm clearly not going to spoil things by going over them here, but… no good deed goes unpunished, right? Maybe making another decision would have also turned out poorly.
Great game, loved the plot. I'm sorry things didn't work out well for most of my companions. Athol apparently turned evil, Sagani lost her will to live, the Grieving Mother went insane, the paladin was exiled, Durance became a crazy hermit, the chanter turned out okay. I think the druid turned out fine as well. I never worked on the warrior's story, and he had a non-committal ending.
I should probably play through again and fix my mistakes :P