We were left in mid-dungeon, after Lone Wolf (ie. me) defeated a Winged Serpent which had craftily concealed itself (for an indeterminate period of time) inside an innocent statue!
As the serpent experiences its melodramatic death throes, a ‘secret’ door conveeeeniently opens in the east wall. Not one to look a metaphorical gift horse in the mouth, I nip through before the book can have second thoughts and summon a minotaur or something.
I stroll casually yet carefully through various corridors and portals before being confronted by a large hall, a staircase, and then a closed door with a fairly idiosyncratic appearance.
Two black and apparently magical candles illuminate the room (dimly, of course) while I contemplate the lock depicted in the link. Interestingly, there is both a keyhole and a latch with a pin.
I can use a Golden Key (except I don’t have it), manually remove the pin, or use the skill of Mind Over Matter.
Aside : Although I don’t remember every aspect of this book, I do certainly remember this door, and chose the skill of Mind Over Matter specifically for this moment.
I use my skill to remove the pin, and see that the door opens to the outside (dark and spooky) area of the graveyard.
Just as I breathe a sigh of relief…
the disembodied head of a corpse does the whole ‘peek-a-boo’ thing, sending the ‘courageous’ Lone Wolf into a panicked run, trying to get out of this darn graveyard as quickly as possible.
I spy the outer works of the city (Holmgard) and as I sprint towards the city walls, I get cheered on by the guards, who apparently recognise my green cloak and outfit.
Since I’m wearing forest green, this is particularly appropriate :
I collapse dramatically into the arms of two soldiers who support me as I enter the outer fortifications of Holmgard. A bloodstained and weary sargeant (rather tactlessly, I might add) asks about the whereabouts of the other Kai Lords, as casualties are apparently quite high (!) I tell him that I’m the last survivor and, once more, no effort is made to ensure that I’m not some apprentice thief who plucked a green cloak from the (apparently, plentiful) corpses of Kai Lords.
This soldier (described as brave, for no apparent reason) grabs horses for the two of us, and we gallop for the main walls of the city. No word on the prince’s horse (who refused to enter the Graveyard), which is probably still wandering around the walls of the cemetery, wondering if the Melbourne Cup is starting anytime soon.
I reach the main walls of Holmgard, gaze up at the walls 200 feet high (!) (Aside : nothing compared to The Wall) and wonder what the morrow will bring…
Stats : CS : 17, E : 20, GC 26
Weapons : Dagger, Sword
Backpack : Meal
Special Items : Map, Crystal Star
Final paragraph : 129