Aside : Apparently, after around 200-250 posts I have repeated myself! Frequent commenter Fenrir has pointed out that I have already cited Manowar’s ‘Carry On’ in a Way of the Tiger post. You know what??
That song is awesome – I regret nothing!
Alright – we are entering endgame mode…
Either that, or I’ve taken a WICKED wrong turn around Alberquerque.
But before I get a chance to check out my IPhone maps App, I see :
- A subterranean temple!
- With huge braziers of molten metal encircling….
- Madelon (I guess I’m just assuming that the young lady about to be sacrificed is Madelon…and if its some poor girl named Rachel, I guess I’ll rescue her too) Anyway, this proposed victim lies upon an altar unresisting, her breathing (which I can somehow measure from here) is slow and shallow
- Beyond the altar are two massive doors, adorned with a skull
- A procession of priests enter, depositing amulets (!) in a circle around the altar, before conveeeeniently departing.
- An ominous echo of steel-shod boots indicate that Barraka is approaching.
Aside : Are his boots particularly ‘Barraka-like’? What if its just the tax-man? Or Gwyneth, looking for her long lost ninja-king? What if? What if?
Barraka (I guess I know it is him, because reasons) enters, carrying with him the ‘stench of decay’ (a very diplomatic term for horrendous B.O.) and proudly wearing boots of Gourgaz hide (!!)
He pushes the rear door opens to uncover a gateway to the (theatrical gasp!) Maakengorge before melodramatically drawing an evil-looking dagger with a blue flame (!).
I can attack Barraka directly, or attempt to distract him from his intended prey.
Although I do hold my MEGASWORD, any stratagem that may gain me more time and advantage should be preferred. Let’s go for a distraction!
NOT THAT SORT OF DISTRACTION, YOU IDIOT!
(Although it must be said that Julie Delpy was one of my top 90s crushes….ah, memories)
I shout out an arrant challenge about her life not being ‘his for the taking’ (sort of like the admonishments shouted at doofus sexual harassers at sporting events), before he essentially catches sight of me and starts closing for battle.
I can enter into combat, or attempt to free Madelon.
Hmmm. If I die in combat, Madelon will be there for the sacrificing, so its worth trying to spoil the whole ritual before even entering combat. That way, even if I fall, I might prevent the whole ‘resurrecting army of the dead thing’.
As we circle each other, Barraka’s attempted dagger swipe has no effect, presumably because he has to stay out of reach of my MEGASWORD.
Do I have a flask of Holy Water???
[Lone Wolf asks Barraka to wait, as he frantically shuffles through his Laumspur potion, Tinderbox and Rope]
Yes, I do!
In an inspired moment, I hurl the flask of Holy Water directly AT HIS FACE.
No R10 check necessary, as it (the flask) shatters against his dagger, causing an explosion of searing white flame. It causes 3 Endurance damage to me, but more importantly causes Barraka to essentially lose an arm and catch on fire AT THE SAME TIME.
In a move worthy of many super-villains, he stumbles out the door and into the…
CHASM OF DOOM!
I then read those awesome words – “Turn to 350”.
With Barraka’s death, I feel the spirit of Darklord Vashna swirl around me, furious yet impotent (like my wife’s ex).
I quickly pick up the Dagger of Vashna, and tuck it away for future adventures.
More importantly, I free ‘fair Madelon’ from the altar and carry her (chivalrously) to the surface, presumably brushing off her breathy expressions of gratitude.
On reaching the surface, I see that Barraka’s forces are fleeing, routed by the Sommlending army, led by King Ulnar himself.
In other words, they’ve arrived in time for the King to take the glory of the triumph, while doing comparatively little of the actual work.
Sounds like most monarchs of my experience.
I accept the praise of Madelon’s father and my King, while knowing (naturally) that there will soon be yet another quest that only I can fulfill!
Well – without a decisive battle, I have still managed to triumph!
Next up – a few concluding thoughts before a certain well-known desert adventure!
Base Stats : CS : 17, E : 20, GC 41
Final Stats : CS : 29, E : 24
Weapons : Sommerswerd (+8 CS), Sword
Backpack : 2 Meals, Laumspur potion (+4E), Brass Key, Tinderbox, 1 Torch, Rope.
Special Items : Map, Crystal Star, Shield (+2 CS), Sommerswerd, Padded Waistcoat (+2 E), Chainmail Waistcoat (+4 E) Blue Stone Triangle Pendant, Diamond, Ornate Silver Key, Scroll with Verse (para 84 of tCoD), Dagger of Vashna
Kai Rank : Journeyman
Kai Disciplines : Camouflage, Animal Kinship, Tracking, Hunting, Sixth Sense, Healing, Mind Over Matter, Mindblast (+2CS)
Final Paragraph : 350 (!)