Aside : There are times I just don’t want to be a lawyer. After previously obtaining a Court Order through shady means, the other side today tried to argue in Court that, due to the doctrine of functus officio, the Court didn’t have the power to set aside their own order!!! The other party is (naturally) one of those characters who is always trying to drag everyone down with him.
Anyway – let’s get back to the life and death struggles of Lone Wolf while he is running through a foreign marketplace – that’ll take my mind off other things!
Back to Shadow on the Sand where, unlike me, Lone Wolf is actually hesitating before walking into a alcohol-serving establishment.
There is apparently a small dwelling to the left of the tavern, with a sign above the door emblazoned with a fish. My Healing skill, in addition to magically healing my wounds with every paragraph travelled, tells me that this is the symbol of an order of monks known as the ‘Redeemers’ who devote themselves to prayer, pilgrimage and the healing arts. Before I explore this refuge, I must admit to myself that this description sounds like one of the most boring career paths I could possibly imagine.
You said it, kitty.
Leaving my irrational prejudices about the occupation of monks to one side, I enter and move down a corridor towards an indoor fountain (!) A figure dressed in black emerges and, upon seeing my nervous glance towards the open door, gestures towards a cellar door.
Well, there was no point in trying to hide in here if I wasn’t going to trust the inhabitants. I therefore move towards the offered refuge.
As I hide behind the (locked) cellar door, I can hear that Maouk and his soldiers have somehow (!) realised that I have entered this non-descript building (how, is open to question) and are frantically searching for me. In the meantime, and in the spirit of gratitude to my benefactor (!), I help myself to some Rope and a Tinderbox that are in the cellar.
As it is only a matter of time before the cellar gets searched, I can prepare for combat or enter what appears to be the sewer through the grille in the floor.
In tribue to Rogue One, which I will be seeing in a few short days, I have to break out this gif again –
I resist the urge to sneak through the sewers, and prepare to hold off the enemies (plus I can always flee later….hopefully)
As my foes attempt to rbeak the door down, I seize the initiative and burst through, using the element of surprise to take two down and wound a third. My third opponent now faces me :
Lone Wolf : CS :29, E : 26
Sharnazim Overlord : CS : 18, E : 28
I won’t summarise the whole combat, but suffice to say the ‘Overlord’ is now ‘under’ the [Kai] Lord.
I regret nothing.
The other underlings step aside, but Maouk appears in the doorway, mutters “I have you now!” and throws a dart at me.
Stop! Foul on the play! Don’t rip off Star Wars, particularly such an iconic moment!
In any event, my Hunting skill gives me around a 60% chance of success at this R10 check.
I get a….
natural 9! even without the Hunting! I rule!
I spoke too soon. After all that concentrated dose of awesome, my only apparent choices are to surrender or flee into the sewer.
No option to continue carving enemies into beef jerky!? For shame! Not even the possibility of using a distraction to escape?!
LEAVE MS DELPY OUT OF THIS!!
I didn’t come all this way to simply surrender, so sewers it is. I’m sure there’s no possible way there could be a contagious disease waiting for me, could there?
The text helpfully (!) mentions that I have entered the Baga-darooz, or sewers of Barrakeesh, also more colloquially known as ‘the Stink’. To add injury to insult, the grille falls my on as I slam it shut, doing 1 Endurance damage.
I hasten along the tunnel, as my pursuers being opening the grille and climbing the ladder. Upon reaching a junction, my Tracking skill helpfully informs me that :
- The right fork heads to the north, where the bulk of the sewage and garbage gets swept off to the coast.
- The left tunnel heads to the centre of the city, where you would think that there would be openings to reach the surface.
- The ‘straight ahead’ path leads to the aqueduct, which would be a source of cleaner, less polluted water.
Keen to get out of this filth, I head straight ahead!
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), Rope, Tinderbox.
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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