After my little rant last time, I’m sure there’s no chance of any repetition this time, right?
After enjoying my down time with the crew, while somehow managing to stay sober, I get cheerfully shown to a bunk (with an amusing apology for it being ‘too short’) and enjoy some much-needed shut-eye.
I wake at dawn and emerge to see Banedon has taken some time from his steering obligations to admire the local scenery. No comment as to whether rising stars in the magic fraternity need sleep.
I notice a massive sandstone outcrop emerging from a cliff-face, with a couple of my Kraan / Drakkar friends scanning the area with telescopes, searching either for our ship or for X-wings commencing an assault on the Death Star.
We carefully steer our ship through the various towering rock columns (apparently known as the ‘Koos’ while keeping our distance from the ‘sulphurous water’ and ‘bubbling lava’ (!) far below.
By late afternoon we have reached the town of ‘Ikaresh’, also known as ‘The Eagle’s Lair’, which is apparently the residence of Tipasa the Wanderer.
Having said that, if Tipasa lives up to his name, I assume he is only present at his home a small percentage of the time.
We leave the ship in the foothills surrounding Ikaresh, and Banedon and I descend by way of rope ladder, after dying our skin with berry juice (!!) and dressing in the local clothes. No word on whether our hair colour will be sufficiently local. Is Lone Wolf a blond?
[Checks various images on-line, notes a complete lack of consistency on LW’s hair colour]
As we start our walk, there’s some atmospheric dialogue about how we trek through the desert of red sand, with ‘wire-hard’ grass that scratches our lower legs. In due course, I (ahem, *we*) notice a cave in the hillside, with a plaque (containing indecipherable words) by the entrance.
Do you want to investigate the interesting thing, the book asks?
Heck to the yes!
With my luck, the message on the plaque probably said “Beware! Rock monster inside! Loves snacking on Kai monks, and enjoys wizards for dessert!”
At any rate, we enter the cave and, after passing various stalactites and other natural phenomena, discover a bent and emaciated man. As he faces us, my Healing discipline tells me that he suffers from ‘vaxelus, which is apparently the Magnamund equivalent of leprosy. He’s been obviously driven from his community to die alone.
Actually its no choice at all – the book suggests that I may wish to give some Oede to the dying man, and I had (momentarily) forgotten that this incarnation of Lone Wolf had never suffered from ‘Limbdeath’ and had therefore never needed to seek out the Oede from the storeroom.
For some reason, not possessing the Oede means that I therefore cannot (!) question or even talk to the wretch, but must rather leave the cave immediately.
Apparently, to add injury to insult, my well-trained warrior monk (with the Healing skill, no less) is so terrified of the vaxelus sufferer that I lose two Backpack items while dashing out of the cave.
Goodbye (one) Meal and (one) Laumspur potion, it was nice knowing you.
As we pass through the outskirts of town, we see a small hut with a goat feeding from a manger (!) outside the door. A man bids us welcome, and invites us in.
Sixth Sense, do you have anything to add to the discussion?
My spidey-sense tells me the offer of hospitality is genuine.
Interestingly, Banedon’s input has not been sought or offered at any point along this little stroll into town. His non-assistance means that the brownie points he accumulated by offering me a ride on his flying contraption are being whittled away at a decent rate.
Anyway, our host offers us drinks of ‘Kourshah’, which is described as a ‘green wine’.
Yeah, right. We all know what green alcohol tends to be, don’t we?
I know what a dreadful insult it would be to refuse to drink after being invited into the man’s home, so I tentatively knock back a slug of the ‘green wine’.
Surprisingly, the ‘wine’ has restorative properties, and I can even buy a bottle for 5 Gold Crowns.
Alcohol that also heals you???
Pressing my luck, I ask about the location of Tipasa. The friendly host (whose name is apparently Khamsin) directs us to the area around the Dougga market and (!) asks me to collect 12 Gold Crowns apparently owed to him by Tipasa!
Do Banedon and really I look like standover men? I prefer to think of us as a mismatched action-comedy duo. You know, “He’s the surly last survivor of a caste of warrior monks, while he’s an upstart magician with a gambling problem! They’re the original odd couple, tonight on ABC!”
And you wonder why I haven’t made millions in syndicated television.
Base Stats : CS : 17, E : 20 (EDITED : Thanks, Matteo), GC 45
Modified Stats : CS : 29, E : 26
Weapons : Sword, Sommerswerd (+8 CS)
Backpack : 1 Meal, 1 Laumspur potion (+4E), Bottle of Kourshah (+4E), Prism, Hourglass, Silver Comb, Canteen of Water
Special Items : Gaoler’s Keys, Jewelled Mace, Copper Key, 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, Brass Whistle
Kai Rank : Savant
Kai Disciplines : Camouflage, Animal Kinship, Tracking, Hunting, Sixth Sense, Healing, Mind Over Matter, Mindblast (+2CS), Mindshield
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