Well, before anyone asks, I’m working on the assumption that the title is not a reference to the Australian outback.
Aside : Brilliant, yet incredibly disturbing movie. Check it out with caution.
Returning from my triumph in Vassagonia, I return to the Kai Monastery in search of self-improvement. Neither hide nor hair is heard from the Darklords in three years, although whether this is due to civil war among the remaining Darklords or simply because of my possession of the Book of the Magnakai, none can say.
It could also be because they’ve realised they’ve got a damn huge kingdom and that every time they try and invade Sommerlund, it ends in humiliation.
But I’m not holding my breath.
Over those three years, through my study I achiev,e mastery of the three Magnakai Disciplines mentioned in the previous post.
There are those who might make the logical (yet flawed) assumption that I achieved proficiency in one Magnakai Discipline per year.
Those who are more familiar with my university study habits will realise that it is far more likely that I spent two years and nine months reading trashy fiction, dating women of dubious repute, staying out too late and writing pretentious poetry. I then studied round-the-clock in the last three months before barely achieving a passing grade.
My study of the Book of the Magnakai reveals that it is not only a handbook for this supposed study, but also a journal of the adventures of Sun Eagle, the first and, according to legend, greatest Kai Lord.
Aside : I am, if only by default, the greatest Kai Lord in the world at the moment, so you’d think I might even be able to take as many as six useful items with me on my vital quest…No? Hmm
Anyway, the book would be too easy if Sun Eagle’s writings were clear, so there is simply a fragment directing me to seek the ‘Lorestone of Varetta’.
Needless to say the (ancient) city of Varetta is far to the south, given that Helgedad is to the West, Kalte to the North and Vassagonia to the East. This southern area is known as the ‘Stornlands’. I get another beautiful full-colour map in this regard :
I also get enough Gold Crowns to take my total back up to 50.
The book does not appear to allow retention of Backpack items, so I bid a fond farewell to such treasures as my Comb and Canteen of Water. More worryingly, there is an array of possible equipment to take, but I guess that, notwithstanding the fact that I have just been told that there have been three years of plenty, if I take more than five (!) the Monastery will collapse in my absence.
Most importantly, I grab a Bow and Quiver of Arrows. Never knowing if they will come in handy, I also snaffle a Rope and Tinderbox. Knowing that my Hunting skill will keep me in good stead, I finally take a fresh Potion of Laumspur (+4E).
No room for meals, but if worst comes to worst I’ll drink the Laumspur instead. No word on how my Kourshah vines have been going over the last three years, but if I can introduce an alcoholic drink that also cures wounds, my life won’t have been wasted.
With my shiny new equipment, you can now consider me :
Just to quickly summarise my totals :
Combat Skill : 17 + 8 (Sommerswerd) +2 (Shield) +2 (Mindblast) +3 (Weaponmastery) = 32
Endurance : 20 + 4 (Chainmail) +2 (Padded Leather Waistcoat) = 26
Aside : Sorry if this entry is a bit abrupt – I had almost finished my first draft when it got eaten by the computer and I had to start again…
Base Stats : CS : 17, E : 20, GC 50
Final Stats : CS : 32, E : 26
Weapons : Bow, Sommerswerd (+8 CS)
Backpack : Potion of Laumspur (+4E), Rope, Tinderbox
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, Quiver (6 arrows)
Magnakai Rank : Kai Master Superior
Magnakai Disciplines : Weaponmastery (+3 CS in Sword, Bow, Mace), Pathmanshipy, Divination
Kai Disciplines : Camouflage, Animal Kinship, Tracking, Hunting, Sixth Sense, Healing, Mind Over Matter, Mindblast (+2CS), Mindshield, Weaponskill (+2 CS in Short Sword)
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