Lone Wolf has passed up an opportunity to go out drinking with a bunch of soldiers. If that didn’t convince you of exactly how tired he was, then I guess nothing will.
I find my (tiny) cabin, and fall asleep immediately.
Hopefully the laughing will come on the morrow.
[Wistful voice] We can exchange stories then about love, life, philosophy, and about what sort of parents would call their child ‘Roark’ – it sounds like a crow being strangled, for crying out loud.
Back to reality.
I wake to what would be described as a typical Melbourne morning. Grey, cold and with drizzling rain. I meet the Captain (of the mercenaries, not the ship) on deck, and he points out the nearby mountains, estimating that we will be in Luyen by noon.
Having noticed the weather, I resolve to go back to my cabin with a good book (perhaps an instructional manual on HONEST gambling techniques) and a hip-flask of Irish whiskey.
However, as they so often do in gamebooks, events conspire against me.
First, I am asked by the book if I possess the Lore-Circle of Solaris.
Aside : Since I only have 3 out of the 10 Disciplines, and there are 3 Disciplines in this Lore-Circle, if you assume a random selection of Disciplines, the chances of having this Lore-Circle would be 0.9%. If not having this Lore-Circle is fatal, I’ll be severely cheesed off.
At any rate, the caravel has struck a ‘boom’, being a prosaic name for a line of logs chained along the river.
Now we know where George R.R. Martin got some of his ideas (although in his books, to be fair, he did use a chain rather than a line of logs).
Naturally, Lone Wolf, being a skilled warrior monk (who who has a tendency to fall down in sewers, along with many other places)…..falls down and hits his head on the rail (down 2 Endurance).
Just as I was worried that this book was degenerating into a road trip of average bars and negotiations over boat tickets, we get RIVER PIRATES!
[Flashbacks to my pirate encounter in my past life as a ninja.]
One likely looking fellow (with one ear and a ‘split nose’) seemingly ignores my green cloak and eyes me off as a likely target.
Silver Bow of Duadon do your stuff! Needing a 6 on my R10 check, the +3 from Weaponmastery, combined with the +3 for my MEGABOW means I can’t miss!
[I’ll assume for the moment that my arrow is lost].
More importantly, the Captain is currently locked in battle with FIVE (!) pirates, making my current heroics pale, for the moment, by comparison.
I leap to protect the captain’s back from a new wave of attackers.
Pirate Berserkers – CS :20, E : 30 (immune to Mindblast)
Lone Wolf : CS 30, E : 26
Driven by my desire to confirm bragging rights over the captain, I take out the motley crew of pirates without sustaining a wound.
The Captain has meanwhile done his part, and the pirates flee before our combined ferocious assault.
In the aftermath of victory, we can unfortunately see that, although the mercenaries didn’t suffer significant casualties, the crew of the ship were trapped below deck and almost wiped out.
Given that there was no mention of the original pirate falling off the deck, I assume I can retrieve my arrow.
The Captain takes (temporary charge) as the crew are buried at sea and the necessary repairs effected.
Without any meaningful discussions as to how we will continue the ship, you know, without a crew, we dock at Luyen.
The captain of the mercenaries, interestingly, stops at the local apothecary rather than the nearest bar. I accompany him, and buy some Gallowbrush sleeping potion (2 GC) and Graveweed poison (4 GC).
So long, Potion of Laumsmpur and Meal!
Aside : Yes, Lone Wolf is still a Lawful Good warrior monk, why do you ask?
While the captain is finalising his order, I decide to browse the other shops in the street.
Window-shopping, if you will.
I hear you, Spongebob.
I hear you.
I enter a (second-hand!) weapons shop, and replenish my quiver for 1 Gold Crown. Finally, I spy a shop of charts and maps. Buying a map of Tekaro, my destination, appears a no-brainer (4 GC).
I’ll have to dump my……..Bottle of Wine (since it isn’t the cool kind of alcohol, the one that also heals you).
Aside : For some reason a map of the Stornlands is a Special Item, but a map of Tekaro is….a Backpack Item??
The Captain has concluded picking up his order of herbs (drugs), and he hand-waves the anticipated difficulties with our continuing voyage simply by admitting that his men are fantastic soldiers but ‘poor sailors’, and that without his presence they will simply drink to excess.
I thought that was a fair risk IN his presence as well, but never mind.
Luckily, there are no further mishaps for the moment, and we make Rhem by nightfall.
Base Stats : CS : 17, E : 20, GC 19
Final Stats : CS : 32, E : 26
Weapons : Silver Bow of Duadon(+3), Sommerswerd (+8 CS)
Backpack : Potion of Gallowbrush, Graveweed Poison, Rope, Tinderbox, Alether Berries (2) (+2 CS for one combat), Map of Tekaro, Mirror
Special Items : Silver Bow of Duadon, 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, Quiver (6 arrows), Small Silver Key, Brass Whistle, Ticket to Eula
Magnakai Rank : Kai Master Superior
Magnakai Disciplines : Weaponmastery (+3 CS in Sword, Bow, Mace), Pathmanship, 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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