When we left our intrepid adventurer, he was checking out a prisoner in a cell, whose description (or, at least, the description of his clothing) seemed to match with our knowledge of the Brotherhood of the Crystal Star (Banedon TM).
Having said that, its like arguing that wearing a Metallica t-shirt means that the wearer has an intricate knowledge of the bass riffs of Orion.
Have a listen, I’ll wait.
We’re back? Good.
With all those considerations in mind, I take a deep breath and open the door to the cell…
The inhabitant of the cell gets some bonus points for having his first words be ‘Upon my soul, a Kai Lord!’
Aside : I guess the green cloak once more earns its keep.
The man then introduces himself as Loi-Kymar from the Brotherhood of the Crystal Star (called it!) and produces a Crystal Star pendant as proof of his identity.
Aside : I hope this doesn’t mean that Banedon, from Book 1, having given his pendant to me, now has no effective means of identification. Oh well, his tough luck, I suppose
To summarise Loi-Kymar’s story :
- Vonotar – remember him? didn’t successfully guarantee a complete invasion of Sommerlund.
- Fearing the wrath of the Darklords, he paid a ‘visit’ to Loi-Kymar, demanding the use of his Guildstaff, which device could transport the bearer to anywhere in the world.
- Vonotar threatened Loi-Kymar’s family, and as a twisted ‘compromise’, Loi-Kymar brought him here, without giving up the secret of the staff.
- Loi-Kymar, no fool, has refused to give up the general secret of the Guildstaff, since Vonotar would kill him about three seconds after such a revelation.
- Loi-Kymar states that, if I can defeat Vonotar and retrieve the staff, he’ll be able to transport us back to the Cardonal in time for departure.
Aside : No explanation given as to why he can’t just (after retrieving the staff) transport us both back to Holmgard, but I guess he doesn’t want to over-exert himself.
After the two of us wander through various corridors, caverns and passageways, we come across the kitchens for the fortress, inhabited by two Ice Barbarians. The book asks if I have various (presumably unhealthy) concoctions, but, since I don’t have these, I guess I have no option but to rely upon my MEGASWORD!!
I manage to take one by surprise and take him out, and I have to take on the remaining one:
Ice Barbarian – Combat Skill : 14, Endurance : 25
Lone Wolf – Combat Skill : 27, Endurance : 22
I take out my remaining opponent with one blow (!), remain unharmed, and check out the kitchen.
Loi-Kymar, kindly but unnecessarily, uses the ingredients present in the kitchen to mix a healing potion from various bits and pieces in the kitchen. I’m too diplomatic to mention to him that, between the Sommerswerd and my Healing skill, I have no need for his concoction.
We then (again, following his lead) make our way through various passageways to the entrance to the (grandly named) Hall of the Brumalmarc. As we stealthily peer forward, we see that the gateway is guarded by two Ice Barbarians, who presumably are less stupid than those we confronted in the kitchen.
Having said that, you would think that being a cook is a more challenging job that standing blank-eyed as a sentry for most of the day. But, then again, maybe it is like the Beefeaters, and the guard duty here is a reward for years of competent and loyal service.
Then again, it could just be a sinecure.
Loi-Kymar, in a classic ‘friendly’ NPC move, comes up with a concoction which will serve to render the guards unconscious. Using my Kai skill of Camouflage, I sneak close enough (hello, quasi-ninja skills!) to place this potion under their noses and lead them off to dreams of Ice Valkyries (or whatever the correspondingly attractive mate may be).
We collectively push the double doors open and enter the (dramatic music sting) throne room!
Aside : I’ve had a bit of a day, so less jokes than you might expect. Hope you stay with me anyway….
Base Stats : CS : 17, E : 20, GC 14
Modified Stats : CS : 27, E : 22
Weapons : Sommerswerd (+8 CS), Mace
Backpack : Meal (x2), Healing Potion (+3 E), Laumspur Portion (+5 E), Laumspur Potion (+4E), Rope
Special Items : Map, Crystal Star, Shield (+2 CS), Sommerswerd, Padded Waistcoat (+2 E), Blue Stone Triangle Pendant, Diamond, Ornate Silver Key
Kai Rank : Guardian
Kai Disciplines : Camouflage, Animal Kinship, Tracking, Hunting, Sixth Sense, Healing, Mind Over Matter
Final Paragraph : 122