Shadow on the Sand

Shadow on the Sand – Attempt 1, Part 2

Well, someone mentioned that the last instalment reminded them of an Errol Flynn classic.

I hope you’re a fan of Captain Blood because that comparison is about to become even more apt!

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As I attempt to re-board the ship which carried me here, I note to my distress that the gangplank has [gasp!] already been drawn!  In true Flynn fashion, I attempt to leap the gap, but only make it halfway, landing literally on the oars protruding from the ship’s side!

Oarhanger!  Literally!

Aside : Did anyone else know that Errol Flynn originally wanted to call his autobiography ‘In Like Me’?  Awesome, and sleazy, all at the same time…

As I teeter on the (naturally) wet oars, I need to make an R10 check to keep my balance. Thanks to my skill in Hunting (?!)  I have an 80% chance of success…

My R10 of 4 means that I safely make the ship.

However, Mauok, the rapscallion, calls out a threat to all the (Vassagonian) crew that, if I am not handed over, their lives AND THE LIVES OF THEIR FAMILIES will be forfeit.

 

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Low blow, sir.  Low blow.

As the only other option is to surrender, I take my chances and dive off the ship into the (no doubt) clear and pristine waters of the harbour.

As I repeatedly dive and swim further away from the ship, I attempt to steer away from the rubbish ‘decorating’ the floor of the harbour, and make my way to ships anchored at another part of the harbour.  Just as I thought Mr Dever was going to let me take a breath, a gigantic jellyfish, charmingly called a ‘Bloodlug’ (!) detaches itself from an anchor and propels itself towards me!

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My skill in Animal Kinship (basically forgotten since Book 2) comes in handy for a change, as I direct the jellyfish into a fight with a squid, while I continue to swim past.

 

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I surface near a covered skiff (small boat, for those of you who are not naval) and scramble into it, keen to avoid detection.

I seem to be less popular than hair bands after 1992, so I need to divert everyone’s attention.  My skill of Mind Over Matter is useful right about now, as I use the Force [ahem] my skill of Mind Over Matter to remotely topple an earthenware jug of spices, which manages to divert everyone’s attention.

As the soldiers turn their collective attention toward my distraction….

 

 

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WILL YOU GET YOUR MIND AWAY FROM MS DELPY!!!

 

…..I make my way quietly from boat to boat and then towards a maze of alleyways which I know (!!) leads to the Thieves’ Quarter.

I am less than 20 yards from my goal when I am spotted.  Sprinting up some stairs, I emerge breathlessly into a cobbled courtyard.  My Kai skill of Tracking immediately eliminates one of the three possible exits, leaving me to choose between a gate to my left and a path directly ahead.

Worried that the gate may prove an obstacle, I charge down the path straight ahead.

Aside : No comment as to whether I discard my, apparently, universally recognisable green cloak.

I make it into a market, where I note that everyone is wearing a black sash, in supposed mourning for the Zakhan.  Thinking quickly, I purchase one from a stall (spending 2 Gold Crowns, which appears to be acceptable currency here)

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The ‘Happy Birthday’ monogram is obviously an optional extra (or its maybe just reversible, so the sash can be worn at funerals as well as at birthday parties).

I pause in a narrow passage, lined with the detritus of the square and various eating houses, to have a look at a poster, headed by “THE ZAKHAN IS DEAD! LONG LIVE THE ZAKHAN’.

While I ponder if British monarchies have a copyright claim against such a headline, I briefly scan the text, noting that it is pure propaganda, extolling the future rule of Zakhan Kimah.

In the meantime, my pursuers enter the square, beheading a cart vendor (!!) whose fruit cart manages to be overturned in their path.

Aside : Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, movie critics extraordinaire, considered it almost compulsory in every city-based chase scene for a fruit cart to be overturned at some point

Thankful for the distraction, while doubtlessly upset by the collateral damage, I hasten along the foul-smelling passage.

I make to to a tree-lined plaza, where the text confirms that both my fair skin and my Kai ‘cloak and tunic’ set me out among the crowd (begging the questions of why I purchased the darn sash in the first place).

I pause for breath outside a tavern appropriately called the ‘Hunted Lord’, and this pause will need to last until my next entry.

 

Base Stats : CS : 17, E : 20, GC 48

Current Stats : CS : 29, E : 26

Weapons : Sommerswerd (+8 CS), Sword

Backpack : 2 Meals, 2 Laumspur potions (+4E),

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, Dagger of Vashna, Black Sash

Kai Rank : Savant

Kai Disciplines : Camouflage, Animal Kinship, Tracking, Hunting, Sixth Sense, Healing, Mind Over Matter, Mindblast (+2CS), Mindshield

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7 thoughts on “Shadow on the Sand – Attempt 1, Part 2

  1. NO! I will NOT get my mind of Ms Delpy when you show her like that, at least not until something else goes past to Ooh! Look at that feather floating down … what was I talking about? 😯

    You know, this is the first time I’ve ever seen you as a hanger on (Fenrir dodges a well deserved boot).

    Quick and breathless race through the streets of Barrakesh and complete blur over important clues, will you be able to make a clean getaway and, more importantly, will we see more of the delectable Ms Julie Delpy? We can only wait helplessly and hopefully to find out.

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