Fire on the Water

Fire on the Water – Attempt 1, Part 8

The butler did it, you idiot!

What??

There was no butler?

Oh, alright, it was Parsion the faux-Sommlending priest.

I still remember the second time I played this book (after, during the first play, dying due to insufficient Gold Crowns for a night of room and board) picking Parsion as the traitor simply because he looked as dodgy as heck in the book’s illustrations.

Let’s face it, that picture of the cast of suspects made it pretty obvious that he was the guy. The shadowed appearance, the hood, the shifty glance, etc etc.

With the benefit of a number of years (decades) since my first attempt at the adventure, I can see that :

  • He was a dude that was purportedly from Sommerland doesn’t know that his country has, you know, been invaded.
  • More importantly, the picture referenced in the previous entry shows that Parsion has a tattoo of a serpent on his left wrist and, as this entry showed,  that feature is the ‘membership token’ of those who seek to kill me.

So – as I leap (with my fists) across the table, the ‘priest’ does not seem surprised by my attack, and draws a ‘black sword’ from beneath his robes (!!)

Parsion : CS : 17, E : 23

Remembering, of course, that my Combat Skill of 17 is adjusted by having no weapon (-4) but also by having a shield (+2), that makes my stats for the purpose of the combat :

Lone Wolf : CS : 15, E : 20

Battle!!

The good news?  The ‘priest’ lies dead at my feet.  The bad news?  My Endurance is now at the ‘bracing’ level of….4.

Well, I’ll just have to make sure that I don’t trip over anything or get sunburnt.  That could well prove fatal.

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For some reason, an album called ‘At Death’s Door’ came to mind – go figure.

Parsion’s possessions remove any doubt that he was the (attempted, thankfully) assassin. He has a vial (half-full, naturally) of the poison sprinkled liberally on my food, along with a scroll (in the enemy language, no less) detailing my anticipated movements.  Finally, the sword he used to fight me was clearly forged in Helgedad / Mount Doom, and is the clear mark of a servant of the baddies.

Finally, the book confirms the serpent tattoo / left wrist detail and thankfully mentions that I can snaffle the 23 Gold Crowns in this miscreant’s purse.

I barely have time to bask in the glow of my correct identification / combat victory combo before the innkeeper (he of the ‘accessory to attempted murder’ genre) enters, together with six guards.

Aside : How small can this town be, when it has no less than six guards for protecting the city peace?  Most small towns in my country have one town constable, if they are lucky…

Anyway.

I don’t see any benefit to fighting the guards.  Apart from having only four (4) Endurance left, they are doing no more than their jobs, and can’t know that this ‘priest’ was, in fact, a traitor to the cause, clearly sent to kill me.

I dash out the back door and steal / borrow a horse that was tethered to a cart.

I’m not proud.  If taking a horse saves thousands of lives, I’ll do it.

Actually, I’d probably just do it anyway, because….reasons.

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And as I ride into the sunset,  I leave you there. (Endurance (through Healing) back to 8)

Aside : 30 September is my birthday, and 1 October is the AFL Grand Final, the equivalent of the Superbowl except that it is entertaining and a genuine athletic contest.  The point is, that posting may well be spotty over the next couple of days.  I hope Lone Wolf can survive without our collective attention.

 

Stats : CS : 17, E : 8, GC 39

Weapons : NIL

Backpack : Meal

Special Items : Map, Crystal Star, Shield (+2 to CS), Seal of Hammerdal

Final paragraph : 150

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11 thoughts on “Fire on the Water – Attempt 1, Part 8

    1. Of course there’s consequences, you kill the WRONG guy (even if he is part of the cruel oppressive mercantile class grinding the workers into the dust, but I digress). So you”re left with both the frustration all fishermen know of “the one that got away” as well as the fact that when you proudly look at your list of kills you see one name that doesn’t belong there (don’t look at me askance, ALL gamebook players have at least once looked with pride on their kill list).

      The other potential consequence is if you pick on any of the other three you, we, get sliced to pieces.

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  1. Technically I suppose the “Butler” was the Landlord. Again I never twigged that the Landlord was in cahoots with Parsion but it makes sense of his screaming at the guards to kill you.

    Most small towns in Aussie land only have at most 1 town constable (if they’re lucky) because any large roving bands of raiders/bandits would be immediately dealt with by the 15th most powerful army in the world. In The Wildlands any army would be raiders. So 6 guardsmen would be what the town could manage at any time and most likely be pulled from a larger pool on rotation and probably unpaid. Yes, I do think too much about such things while missing totally that the Landlord was in on the plot.

    Re the reason to take the horse “When a man wants a reason to do something, he’ll find it”.

    Finally, as the great Neil Gaimen said to complaints about the slowness of Game of Thrones books coming out “George R R Martin is not your bitch”. Enjoy the next two days, if we don’t see you till Sunday (or Monday) thats fine, Lone Wolf could do with a break before you get him killed again.

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    1. The landlord’s being complicit would explain why you don’t get the option of asking him who sent up the meal instead of just attacking a fellow passenger and (at least the first time round) hoping you’ve chosen the right suspect.

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  2. Good move!! When i played this book for the first time i chose Viveka because…REASONS! And obviously i was torn apart. Furthermore my italian version of Fire says that when you kill Parsion, you pick up from his corpse 22 GC and not 23…stingy italians! 😀

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    1. They should have lowered the prices too! 🙂
      Life is always difficult for italian K̶a̶i̶ ̶L̶o̶r̶d̶s̶ Ramas Knights! (I hated this change more than the 22 gp thing,since I spent years searching the net with a wrong name. Years!)

      PS: I remember at the time I chose… Halvorc! I was sure it was the obvious choice!

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