Aside : It isn’t really going to be particularly significant (I think) for this adventure, but feel free to check out the map of the ‘Magiocracy’ of Dessi.
Back to Lone Wolf steering a fragile coracle towards the isolated island of Kazan-Oud (seriously, I’m just going to call it CD from now on. If you have a complaint, talk to the blog administrator. I’ll be here until 5.)
There are two possible places to land – a stone jetty to the west, and a sheltered bay to the east.
Since my arrival is, in theory, meant to be secret, the ‘sheltered’ bay appears to be the best option.
Warrior monk by day, sneaky ninja by night, yes?
You are missed, Alan Rickman.
As I approach land, like an idiot, I don’t give any particular mind to the ‘glow of tiny red lights’ on the beach. It is only after I have dragged my boat up onto the beach that I see that ‘scores’ of rats, each ‘as large as a puppy’ are eager to make my acquaintance. Ouch.
I have several choices, none of them attractive. I can try to fight off the rats, try and climb over the nearby rocks to an adjacent beach or grab my boat and go back out to the lake.
Aside – I’m reminded of a deleted scene from Jaws 2, where a helicopter pilot’s chopper capsizes into the ocean. He’s about to flee from his whirly-bird, when he sees the shark waiting for him…. Yikes.
Bless the internet – here it is :
In any event, fighting or fleeing (on foot) scores of rats seems like a recipe for disaster. I try to get back out on water and attempt the other entry point.
In a development which just gives me warm and fuzzy feelings, the rats decide to swim out and chew through my boat (!) Maybe that Jaws 2 clip really was an omen!
Anyway, my boat sinks like the proverbial stone and, just as I fall into the trap of thinking things ‘can’t get ANY worse’ I get entanged in some kind of ‘Lakeweed’ which threatens to deprive me of, you know, air.
After triumphing against a door in my last adventure, I now get to have a heroic fight against….seaweed.
Aside : Even more promisingly, I get to lose 2 Endurance after every round due to holding my breath while hacking away with my MEGASWORD.
Lone Wolf – CS : 33, E : 27
Black Lakeweed – CS : 10, E : 50 (!)
I manage to slice through the Lakeweed in one blow, and make my way, bedraggled and exhausted, to the shore.
I’m thinking that this is me, right about now :
On a practical note, all of my Meals and two Backpack items of my choice are ruined by the water. Given my climbing skills, I say a reluctant goodbye to my meals, my rope and one of my Alether Berries.
This has all happened and only now am I making my way up the beach to the castle.
As I start to collect my bearings, I see that the nearest ‘boulder’ has just cracked in two, and is actually a gigantic eye – watching me.
Bring on one of my favourites :
Reacting as a warrior would, I stab the eye dead centre with my MEGASWORD. There is an ‘inhuman’ (yeah, no kidding) scream of pain and sand, steam and grit fly all around.
As I retreat, I get knocked to the ground by a tentacle, which grabs me around the waist.
Before I can do much of anything, my lack of Psi-Surge means that I am held fast, before being fed whole to a gigantic jaw (!) which emerges from another ‘boulder’.
Anyone else think Joe Dever had been reading H.P. Lovecraft right before working on this part of the adventure?
Base Stats : CS : 18, E : 22, GC 25
Current Stats : CS : 33, E : 0
Weapons : Silver Bow of Duadon (+3), Sommerswerd (+8 CS)
Backpack : Potion of Laumspur (+4E), Alether Berries (2) (+2 CS), Lantern
Special Items : Jewelled Mace, Brass Whistle, Copper Key, Map, Crystal Star, Shield (+2 CS), Sommerswerd, Silver Bow of Duadon, Padded Waistcoat (+2 E), Chainmail Waistcoat (+4 E) Blue Stone Triangle Pendant, Diamond, Ornate Silver Key, Dagger of Vashna, Quiver (6 arrows), Boat Ticket, Power Key, Fireseeds (3)
Kai Monastery storage : Map of Tekaro, Potion of Laumspur (+4E)
Magnakai Rank : Primate
Magnakai Disciplines : Weaponmastery (+3 CS in Sword, Bow, Mace, Dagger), Pathmanship, Huntmastery, Divination
Lore-Circles : Fire (+1 CS, +2 E)
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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