Castle Death

Castle Death – Attempt 3, Part 4

Aside : Welcome back lghr!  May you continue to snipe at my left-wing politics and also laugh at Donald Trump!

2nd Aside : One of our frequent commenters, fenrir, has implied that the ‘end is in sight’ – I’ll tell you what, if I don’t get my MEGASWORD back before the end of this adventure there’s going to be trouble, and no mistake.


After taking out the crossbow-wielding foe from our previous instalment, I hear further footsteps ‘on the stairs’.  Once more given the option of standing and fighting, I am wary of what I now intend to call the cannon-fodder option and firmly resolve myself against such a course.

I’m one of those weird guys that actually, you know, doesn’t enjoy getting shot in the gut by dog-man hybrids in the middle of the underground beneath ‘Castle Death’.

Strange, huh?

The alternatives are to open the doors before me or to ‘examine the tapestries’.  The latter is such a mind-bogglingly strange option that it almost has to be right, so naturally I take it.

Obvious, yes?


Wouldn’t you know it – there’s a secret door behind the tapestries, with an easily detected button that opens same.

I nip through into a corridor of gleaming steel, and am both relieved and disconcerted when the secret door slides shut behind me.


Moving along this cylinder OF DOOM, I spy a door on the left side, which I promptly open.

There is a room full of various magic accessories, including potions, spells books, scrolls, and whatnot.









[Regains calm, with some difficulty.]

Interestingly, I also collect for myself a Jar of Laumspur (+8E) and Platinum Amulet which will (although how I know this is no-one’s guess) protect me from extreme temperatures.  So that will stand me in good stead if I run into the very hottest kind of heat…..



I return to the corridor and presumably skip all the way, only to slow down as the corridor becomes hotter and hotter, until my feet are almost aflame!

Most convenient that I just snaffled a bracelet to protect me against such problems, wasn’t it!

My bracelet protects me, and the corridor eventually opens into a small chamber, with a staircase leading upwards.

And then – wouldn’t you know it! – the door at the top of the staircase leads into what seems to be Zahda’s throne room, where I can see in front of me (1) the back of Zahda’s throne (2) the Lorestone of Herdos (3) a crystal which ‘glows darkly with black fire’.

My options are to check out the throne more closely, to ‘attack’ the black crystal or to grasp the Lorestone.

Remembering the comments about how the stones are, presently, linked, I don’t think grasping the Lorestone immediately is the way to go (unlike the end of Book 6).

I decide to examine the throne and, as I walk around it, I am unsurprised to see that Zahda is sitting on it, all aggressive and snarly  (its a word – don’t make me come over there) and decidedly ready to try and change my state of being from ‘alive’ to ‘dead’.

I say this in response :


Zahda tries to shoot a bolt of flame from his staff, but my trusty Sommerswerd deflects it handily.



Lord Zahda – CS : 33, E : 45

Lone Wolf – Cs : 33, E : 28

And in a series of R10 checks like YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE  (seriously – three 8s and a 0), I take out Zahda for the loss of only 7 Endurance points (down to 21)!!


Zahda dies a suitably melodramatic (but final) death, and, like all good Bond films, the whole place starts to shudder and collapse.

My (somewhat interesting) choice is whether to nip back down the back door (and into the steel corridor) or to seek some other form of escape from the room.

Given that venturing back into the dungeon complex hardly seems like the preferable method for escape, I make sure to snaffle the Lorestone (and shatter the dark gem) before seeking some other form of egress.

Then, in a series of developments which only seem to take place near the end of fantasy-action movies (or gamebooks) :

  • I grab the Lorestone, increasing my Endurance to maximum;
  • I search the throne (and the stone on which it rests) and discover a pentacle of gold.
  • Ignoring the rumours of the 1980s which suggested that such a thing ‘must’ be evidence of a Satanic cult (or, alternatively, sexual repression) I trace it with my finger (!?) and a column of shimmering blue light forms before me.
  • The knowledge and wisdom of the Lorestone somehow allows me to sense that this light is a magical transporter which will take me to the surface (!!)


I step into the shimmering light, and hope my Lorestone-enhanced Kai senses aren’t about to lead me astray….

Base Stats : CS : 18, E : 22, GC 33

Final Stats : CS : 33, E : 23

Weapons : Sword, Dagger

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

Backpack : Red Robe, Potion of Laumspur (+4E), Rope, Jar of Laumspur (+8E), 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 (3), Ornate Silver Key, Quiver (6 arrows), Boat Ticket, Power Key, Fireseeds (2), P;atinum Amulet.

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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31 thoughts on “Castle Death – Attempt 3, Part 4

  1. I am following Trump on Twitter just for the comedic element. LOL I can’t believe my eyes sometimes! With regards to your Twitter feed, I have spoken with you in the past about the overriding aspect of Natural Law and you argued against it..????

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      1. No, that wasn’t the context….you tried to argue against Natural Law in some argument we were having..anyway..bring it on.


  2. The alternatives are to open the doors before me or to ‘examine the tapestries’. The latter is such a mind-bogglingly strange option that it almost has to be right, so naturally I take it.

    Obvious, yes?

    Wouldn’t you know it – there’s a secret door behind the tapestries, with an easily detected button that opens same.

    A thoroughly unexpected development. At least to anyone who didn’t read the bit in Attempt 3, Part 3 that said:
    At the entrance to the hall there is a tapestry behind which there is a secret passage. It leads to Zahda’s throne.

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      1. I love gamebook fans sometimes. In this entry Lone Wolf found his missing weapons, killed the Big Bad and recovered the Lorestone. But we’re all chatting about the background to a decision to look behind the tapestries…..

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    1. Yeah, you’ve got me. I remembered the tapestry bit from my original read of the book in the 80s, but didn’t want to simply put “I remember that this is the right choice.” It clean slipped my mind that you got that information from Paido’s brother.

      I suppose from a role-playing perspective you could say something like “As Lone Wolf desperately looked for a way out, he vaguely remember that there was something that he had been told about the tapestries. He wasted precious seconds taking a closer look and…..”

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  3. Not to be that guy, but an amulet is a kind of necklace, not a bracelet. You’re going to use it on and off all the way to book 20, so you might as well start wearing it properly now 🙂

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    1. I agree with you in terms of the dictionary definition of amulet but the text of the book (para 15) states that :

      “If you wish to take the Amulet, mark it on your Action Chart as a Special Item, which you wear on your wrist.”

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      1. Fair enough, it’s the same in the French version. LW must have felt a bit silly because he does wear it around the neck in later books. Cue numerous instances of eyes lowering slowly to your chest to discover the Amulet has absorbed the magical attack etc. Convenient when you’re too slow to unsheathe the Megasword, eh?


      2. Why should an amulet be a necklace ? The OED states that an amulet is “An ornament or small piece of jewellery thought to give protection against evil, danger, or disease. Late 16th century: from Latin amuletum, of unknown origin.” They don’t seem to even states that it is supposed to be wearable. Aren’t egyptian amulets just small stone dolls and nonetheless called ushabti amulets?

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  4. On the subject of how Lone Wolf knows that the Platinum Amulet will protect him from extreme temperatures, the description of the basic Kai Discipline of Sixth Sense includes:
    “It may also reveal the true purpose of a … strange object encountered in your adventure.”

    So this is one of the (few) cases where Sixth Sense actually works as advertised.

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  5. what is evidence of a satanic cult? The gem or the dungeon? What have I missed? Is this Satanic cult agitating for a 4 day working week as well?


      1. 1. The one that is potentially in your adventure and/or the cult of your political persuasion
        2. The Greens leader ( Chairman Di Natale) gave a hilarious speech yesterday about introducing a 4 day working week.


      2. Chairman?

        And many professionals such as journalists, nurses, doctors, police officers, paramedics, firefighters and so forth have a ‘four-on, four-off’ working roster, so that model certainly exists. I haven’t read the speech or know anything about it, so I can only conclude you have a greater interest in the policies of the Australian Greens than I.


      3. yes, I read all the relevant articles when seeking comedic relief. That modeling you refer to takes into account all the right productivity metrics, Di Natale is advocating for a whole day of no economic activity, even my 14 year old burst out laughing when we were watching the speech.


  6. Re Aside 2: I duly note the implied threat in my being downgraded from “loyal commentator” to “frequent commentator” while you threathen dire consequences if you didn’t get your Megasword back. Frankly, if you walked past the wrong door I’d have sent specific instructions on how to kill yourself before the end of the book, meantime through my head was going the simple refrain “Please don’t let him be that stupid, oh please oh please don’t. …”.

    So after you do what you were told to do but had forgotten (and please remember that Lone Wolf has already gotten a nice diamond from a tapestry in Castle Death so its not a strange idea) you then


    But I’m impressed by how restrained you are with your celebratory pictures.

    I then lose several minutes of my life that I won’t get back to Ms Julie Delpy and can I just say that that was time well spent!

    Yes! Your Da Man, but I point out that The Doctor then said he’d never do that again (you could have made the fight easier but with that roll of the figurative dice why bother?)

    Sometimes Lone Wolf’s ability to know how to do things isn’t entirely explained, but on the other hand we never demand to know how many driving lessons James Bond needed before he got a driving licence. (Chuck Norris didn’t need to take a driving test, the driving inspectors had to take a test to be allowed to give him his licence).

    I’m now going to find out if you survived getting off the Island.

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  7. I was not aware that there is a grading system for commentators… this will be interesting, given that my main motivation is to engage the author, in debates in which he is either, outgunned in a moral or factual sense or …..just for the hell of it.

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