Castle Death – Attempt 2, Part 3

Aside :  Carrying on the theme from the multiple comments made on the blog’s last entry (and after exhaustive review of the Project Aon FAQ) I hereby make the following retrospective ruling(s) :

  1. There are certain items which are designated as Special Items for the purpose of the rules, but may also be used as Weapons at Lone Wolf’s discretion.  They do not count towards your ‘2 weapon’ limit.  These include the Sommerswerd, the Dagger of Vashna, the Jewelled Mace and the Silver Bow of Duadon.
  2. When Lone Wolf is told to ‘discard a weapon’, the player may prioritise an ‘ordinary’ weapon over one of these ‘Weapon-like Special Items’  ONLY IF AN ORDINARY WEAPON IS BEING CARRIED AT THE TIME.
  3. If Lone Wolf has no ‘ordinary’ weapons, the player must, in the alternative, discard a ‘Weapon-like Special Item’.
  4. The Silver Bow of Duadon is recorded (Kingdoms of Terror, section 252) on the Adventure Sheet as a ‘Special Item’. Further, the Project Aon Readers Handbook specifically describes it as a ‘Special Item, not a Weapon’ in this section.

Therefore, I can retrospectively ‘lose’ my Jewelled Mace, and restore the Silver Bow to my Adventure Sheet (as a Special Item, and not a Weapon.)

Gee – legal arguments, statutory interpretations and gamebooks?

Right up my alley, baby!



Back to the cliffhanger problem – how many triangles?

Quickly : 9 small triangles + 3 medium-sized triangles + 1 triangle of the entire plaque = 13.

The portcullis shrieks and groans but, does, triumphantly, open!

Sorry – what was that, again?


I trot quickly down the passage before reaching a staircase, heading down…..

Just as things were going comparatively well, I disturb a colony of bats on the way down.

Project Aon link – Bats

The bats are stirred to a frenzy by the scent of….





Yeah…. even by my standard, that pun’s pretty bad.

In any event – a fight is on!

Vampire Bats – CS : 19, E : 32

Lone Wolf : CS : 33, E : 27

I also lose double Endurance in the fight, due to the ‘poisonous saliva’.


I manage to slice the bats in half (or smaller fractions) with my MEGASWORD, but with the doubling of Endurance loss, lose 10 Endurance, reducing me to 18.


I reach the room at the bottom of the stairs, empty except for a Weapons rack.  Alert to avoid repeating the same mistake as before, I take a (non-magical) Spear and Broadsword.

There are non-descript exits from this room, leading to the north and east.

I guess my choice in this situation will have to be completely random.  If only I had the Magnakai skill of Pathmanship!




I totally have Pathmanship!  It’ll help me through this dungeon crawl!

The north path has numerous tracks of small creatures such as rats and insects.  The east path is completely smooth and unmarked.

Because (a) this is a fantasy adventure, and (b) I have actually watched the Empire Strikes Back, I’m pretty confident that the east path IS NO CAVE.

I move down the (well-travelled) north passageway, before emerging into a (very) vaguely described cavern that apparently has a walkway across it with a (naturally) (dark, yawning) fall on either side.  Of course, I also get the atmospheric description of spirals of ‘yellow smoke’.

While I’m admiring the scenery, a warrior with a sword and leather armour emerges from one of the side passages and advances towards me.

Divination – do your stuff!

My Divination skill lets me know that the man is ‘petrified with fear’, but there is a growing aura of evil that prevents further use of my skill.  It seems probable that this man is fleeing from something, which is about to emerge.  With the choices of (1) Firing an arrow at the warrior (2) Fleeing and (3) Drawing a weapon and preparing to defend myself, option (3) seems the most palatable.




Three creatures with ‘black’ and ‘shiny’ skins emerge from the archway and seem determined to have me for lunch, with the warrior acting as an appetizer.

Because I’m a foolhardy idiot, I let the warrior pass and face these creatures (collectively) alone.

Aside : 5 Endurance has been restored since the last battle through my basic healing skill.

Project Aon link – Dhax

Further Aside : The illustration seems to make it clear that the creatures are large hounds of some evil description.

Dhax – CS : 27, E : 35

Lone Wolf – CS : 33, E : 23

I triumph, but my Endurance is reduced back to 16.

Interestingly, there is a ‘Silver Sceptre’ lying on the pathway.  If I had the ‘Lore-Circle of Spirit’ this would tell me more about it, but I don’t have the 4 out of 4 Disciplines for which this would be necessary.  (For the record, if you were randomly picking disciplines, this would only be a 4/10 x 3/9 x 2/8 x 1/7 chance = 0.0047619).


I assume that there is no way the book would punish me by an insta-death for not having such an unlikely Lore-Circle, so, like a sucker I pick up the sceptre and…..

See flashing lights before collapsing unconscious.







Base Stats : CS : 18, E : 22 [28 with armour], GC 31

Final Stats : CS : 33, E : 18

Weapons :  Spear, Broadsword

Weapon-like Special Items : Sommerswerd (+8 CS), Dagger of Vashna, Silver Bow of Duadon (+3)

Backpack : Potion of Laumspur (+4E), Meal, Red Robe, Alether Berries (3) (+2 CS), Lantern

Special Items : Brass Whistle, Copper Key, Map, Crystal Star, Shield (+2 CS), Padded Waistcoat (+2 E), Chainmail Waistcoat (+4 E) Blue Stone Triangle Pendant, Diamond, Ornate Silver Key, 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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12 thoughts on “Castle Death – Attempt 2, Part 3

  1. Actually I would think it might be fairly common to have the Lore Circle of the Spirit by now, considering that it is the most stat boosting Lore Circle and thus many players will deliberately get it as early as they can.

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      1. That’s not a bad idea early on in the Magnakai series. A word to the wise that the fights start getting much harder with the next book. 😉

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  2. Lone Wolf practically experiences his own Batman origin story, starting with becoming an orphan of sorts after the massacre of all the other monks. Then comes years of training his mind, will, and body to near-superhuman levels. “Man, this stupid green cape really doesn’t strike terror into the hearts of my foes. Maybe I should change my image, but to what…” Of course, it doesn’t do much good to become “a creature of the night, black, terrible…” when are enemies are literally Darklords.

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      1. Depends on how you define “hero” in the real world setting and also how long you feel the relationship should have lasted (parents generally die before their children so what do you count as the cut off point). Gandhi seems to have had a good relationship with his parents but his dad died when he was 16 so does he count? Alexander the Great also had a good relationship with his father who was assassinated when he was twenty.

        On the other hand ones like Abraham Lincoln and Roald Dahl lost parents earlier in life but thats due to the unfortunately high mortality rate that has plagued much of pre modern medicine history. (Patrick Dalzel-Job is a possible inspiration for James Bond, his father died in World war 1 when he was three but realistically a lot of people who fought in WWII lost fathers in World War I, if you haven’t heard of him he’s well worth at least reading the wikipedia article about).

        On the other hand, high mortality rates also lead to high remarriage rates so, for example, Abraham Lincoln had a good relationship with his stepmother, that has to be relevant but I don’t know how.

        Fictional heroes are more clear cut heros and their family backgrounds are usually plot points (although Honor Harrington and Miles Vorkosigan both had good relationships with their parents).

        This is not to dispute with your observation, its more of a consideration of the background that leads to it.

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    1. Thank you Tim, I’ve fallen behind on … everything again and look forward to reading your part 4 … when I get the chance.

      As I said, with real world examples it can depend on your definition on hero. Genghiz Khan was a hero to his people and took care of their widows and orphans, to the rest of the world… Abraham Lincoln would be viewed by his enemies as an opponent of individual state rights and a proponent of the tyranny of big government, but then again these are his enemies. I think its his quote:

      “The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty.”

      Roald Dahl and his anti semitiism is best answered by two Jews. One from the article you quoted and the other from Wikipedia:

      ““This is again an example of how Dahl refused to take anything seriously, even himself,” Foster told a German newspaper in 2008. “He was very angry at the Israelis. He had a childish reaction to what was going on in Israel. Dahl wanted to provoke, as he always provoked at dinner. His publisher was a Jew, his agent was a Jew… He asked me to be [his] managing director, and I’m Jewish,” said Foster of her former boss.”

      Wikipedia : Dahl maintained friendships with a number of Jews, including philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin, who said, “I thought he might say anything. Could have been pro-Arab or pro-Jew. There was no consistent line. He was a man who followed whims, which meant he would blow up in one direction, so to speak.”

      Personally I would consider him emotionally unstable, but that’s just my opinion about a life of 74 years based on a few lines and quotes.

      For those who might claim he was a hero (and I fully acknowledge everyone’s point who disagrees):
      The article says ” After surviving an emergency landing with serious injuries, he made his way to Hollywood” the truth is that despite among other things fracturing his skull within 7 months he was again in air action over Greece and was involved in various air battles where he surpassed being a “flying ace”. His being sent to America was not his idea, he was sent as part of a propaganda campaign to get America into the war (as well as being involved with Espionage).

      Was he a hero? If yes he was certainly a flawed hero. Did he say wrong things? All his friends agree that he did, but they dispute how bigoted he actually was. Do I disagree with anyone who says they don’t view him as a hero though? Not in the slightest.

      (oh, and if that TimesofIsrael article had just been a hatchet job they’d have repeated the snozzberries line, as they didn’t that shows that it was an attempt at a decent journalistic article, full credit to it).

      But by the same measure is Lone Wolf a hero when he steals horses, abandons children and torture victims, and is able to beat his foes because he receives top class military training and is armed with a Megasword? I would say yes and that my description there is unfair and biased, you know all about having to deal with “truthful” statements that are unfair and biased.

      As for fictional hero’s (who I SO much prefer to talk and read about, never meet your hero’s is a good rule). It seems to me that parents tend to be used more as plot points. If the writer wants the hero to be tormented by his past then there’s probably a problem with the parents, if the writer wants the hero to have a good older role model then it can be a faithful old family retainer but it can also be one or two parents. I’ve read quite a few hero’s where the parents simply are never mentioned, did they even exist? Not as far as the story is concerned. (One thing I like about Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan saga is that it actually starts with the parents and their meeting, progresses to the child being born and then the child grows and becomes the main hero but his parents are still there, while they live. Being human though everyone stills has flaws.).

      So, again, yes, your original statement is true, but authors are endlessly inventive so there’s all sorts of different characters in there (did any of the Fighting Fantasy characters have parents? And I can’t recall the Skyfall character having any although they do have an uncle).

      I swear my next post will be about your Lone Wolf playthrough, eventually.

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      1. And on the drive to work I realise what I forgot to say and break my own promise.
        Bujold has Lady Cordelia realize that the male rulers are now treating her with respect and is exasperated that they respect someone who has a Usurper’s head cut off but have no respect for their women who go through childbirth.


      2. did any of the Fighting Fantasy characters have parents?

        The adventure in Dead of Night pretty much starts with the abduction of the hero’s parents. Similarly, The Crimson Tide opens with the death of one parent and the capture of the other.

        A big part of the hero’s motivation in Tower of Destruction and Bloodbones is the murder of their parents by the villain.

        The super-powers in Appointment with F.E.A.R. are the consequence of an experiment in which the hero’s mother participated. The only family member to feature in the adventure at all is an aunt, but the Background section doesn’t say anything about either parent having died.

        And the father of the protagonist in Black Vein Prophecy is dead, but the whole adventure is (AFAICT) the result of his attempts to extend his influence beyond the grave.

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      3. ok, its nearly one in the morning and i’m going to catch up on my replies. Again I’m breaking my promise to start with what Aussismurf actually posted 😦

        @Ed: Dead of Night was actually one of my favourite Fighting Fantasy books and I’m chagrined that I didn’t remember it. I also remember Appointment With Fear but … I NEVER succeeded in that book. Not even once :(. The others I never played as I stopped playing the books around the time of Dead of Night. (The list of books given in Wikipedia does not match my memory of the order with which the books came out so I can’t be sure what happened, because I’m sure I kept replaying the one’s I had for another while).

        Master! I salute you /Fenrir humbly bows/

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  3. Re the rules, the bow goes from being a weapon in the book to being a special item in project Aon, its almost as if Joe Dever was making up the rules as he went along …. well, yes. As you’re dealing with rather … plastic laws I agree wholeheartedly with your legalistic interpretation.

    I’ll just move on from you and T-Man solving of the riddle…

    It’s always good to see yet another example of Star Wars proving useful in other area’s of life, all those hours spend on the movies has finally paid off 🙂 As for the circle of spirit, while it might seem a small chance, working in an off-licence I can tell you that lots of people every day put alot of money on various lottery schemes. So yeah, its not just Jim Carey who’ll think “There’s a chance”.

    BTW, I’d usually run with the man, his story made me sad but, realistically, he’s got a better chance of surviving away from us. Onward to oblivion, or at least part 4


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