Well, in the non-Magnamund world, Melbourne City FC came second in their match with Sydney FC.
If only there was some other sporting result that could make me feel better….
Anyway, back to Castle Death. I’m sure that after our (semi-) triumphant outing last time, nothing could possibly ruin my mood now – right?
After basking in the triumph of my victory over….spider-webs… I dash up the stairs and out into the open air.
[EDITED ASIDE : I’m not going to alter what I have said here, but after consultation with Lone Wolf experts, I’ve changed the ruling on what weapon I lose due to the below. See the next post for a more detailed explanation]
As an….aside, the book calmly, and with no shame whatsoever, casually mentions that during the struggle with the spider-web (!!!) I have lost one of my weapons (?!?) and the second item from my backpack.
So, just to confirm, I emerged from a pitched battle with some kind of sentient (?!) spider-web, drop a unique valuable weapon (the Silver Bow – I’m obviously not taking any chance as losing the Sommerswerd) and I apparently just say ‘Oh well, them’s the breaks’ and don’t, you know, go back and check the floor.
Ridiculous. Maybe the book assumed that I’d have what my wife calls a ‘man look’ and therefore have no chance of finding A LONGBOW.
Aside : I did a bit of research on Project Aon to see if it would be permitted to, for the purposes of this calamity, count my Jewelled Mace as a Weapon. However, the JM is a ‘weapon-like Special Item’ and I figure that if it doesn’t count towards my ‘two weapon limit’ then I can’t call it a ‘Weapon’ for the purpose of picking something to lose.
And for those rules lawyers out there, my second back pack item is (or was) my trusty rope. Because of course, that would fall out of your backpack without noticing.
Anyway, after a suitable interval of feeling sorry for myself, I note that I am in the ruins of a ‘small storehouse’ and I can see the ruins of Kazan-Oud.
The structure is in ruins, with mildew and growth everywhere, with only stone buildings still standing. The obvious conclusion is that there has been a massive fire of intense heat….
YES JULIE DELPY IS HOT BUT YOU KNOW THAT’S NOT WHAT THE BOOK MEANT, LONE WOLF. GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME.
*Clears throat meaningfully*
Taking advantage of my distraction, some flying monstrosity swoops out of the door and past me, before turning and trying to introduce its morning star to my head.
Lone Wolf – CS : 33, E : 27
Oudakon – CS : 20, E : 29
Notwithstanding his hideous appearance, my MEGASWORD does the job, for the loss of only 1 Endurance.
Aside : Interestingly, my Jewelled Mace would have added +5 to my CS if I’d used it in the battle.
A sudden chill sweeps over me, as if someone ‘walked over my grave’ or I contemplated the fact that Donald Trump had control of the nuclear codes.
I make a ‘quick check of my equipment’ WHICH I MAYBE SHOULD HAVE DONE AFTER LOSING MY PRECIOUS BOW before entering what is left of the ‘Great Hall’.
In an atmospheric description, I creep down the cracked, desolate floor of the Great Hall, while listening to dripping water and the storm outside.
A pitted yet enormous broadsword hangs over the fireplace and I notice that a dead body is lying in the back of the said fireplace, effectively serving as a wedge in holding open what is evidently a secret passage.
Another victim of watching too many Rob Schneider movies, I can only assume.
Aside : For one of the great smackdowns of all time, read this review by Roger Ebert of Deuce Bigelow 2. I don’t even smoke, but I needed a cigarette after reading it.
I, naturally, check out the dead body, for humanitarian (loot) reasons, and to (loot) see if anything can be (loot) done for him (loot) and to search for identifying marks (loot).
I don’t find any loot, but I do note that there is no readily apparent cause of death, apart from the fact that the corpse’s eyes [EDITED : thanks, Ed] are missing leaving only black holes, while ‘greenish fluid’ leaks from his mouth.
Regaining my composure, I move stealthily into the dark passage.
I move down the corridor, before my path is blocked by a portcullis, with a strange plaque attached, showing the following symbol :
There is a dial near the wall with the numbers 1 to 40, along with a lever that can be turned to a particular number.
My skill of Pathmanship tells me that I need to guess the exact number of triangles on the plaque to gain entry. My skill of Divination tells me (duh) that there is a trap lying in wait if I guess incorrectly.
Have your guesses in comments!
Base Stats : CS : 18, E : 22, GC 31
Final Stats : CS : 33, E : 27
Weapons : Sommerswerd (+8 CS)
Backpack : Potion of Laumspur (+4E), Meal, Red Robe, Alether Berries (3) (+2 CS), Lantern
Special Items : Jewelled Mace, Brass Whistle, 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), 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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