Did you install the hotfix before you experienced the problem or afterwards?
Installing the hotfix after the bug appears won't solve your problem. It can only prevent to make it happen again...
I fear that your savegame is corrupt, not sure though. Do you have a previous savegame? Try playing with this one, and go back to Verdistis, see if you still have the same problem. First install the hotfix!
If this doesn't help you, I'd suggest you the make a backup from your savegames.
Uninstall the game, re-install the game, apply the hotfix, copy the backupt savegames back into the "RUN/savegames" folder where you have <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/div.gif" alt="" /> installed. If you didn't start up the game yet, you should create the savegames folder into the run folder yourself.
The following is important as well (from our Technical FAQ
):4) Problem: I made backups from my savegames and now I can’t load them anymore
When you copy files from a CD to your HDD, the read-only flag is set by Windows, preventing Divine Divinity to open these files for writing. Clear the read-only flag by right clicking on the files, selecting properties, unchecking the read only flag and then clicking on apply.
Also make sure that you do a full install of the game, have the cd in your player while playing (better don't use a no-cd patch), and that your color depth of your desktop is set to 16 bits.
I really hope this helps you!
And our apologies for the inconvenience.