Important aside : The thoughts of myself and, I believe, all of my country of Australia, are with the people of London and the greater United Kingdom after the atrocities of today.
After solidarity with those killed and injured, we should remember most of all that this terrorist is a complete moron. You know why?
YOU DO NOT MESS WITH THE BRITISH.
Aaaand now I’m going to go back to being frivolous for a little while.
There’s a whole lot of place names and table-setting in the opening paragraph which I’m going to cold-heartedly summarise, while acknowledging the work which has gone into the world-building.
- Paido, my sidekick for five minutes in the previous adventure, has been appointed to act as my guide as this mission starts. Start your ‘Sidekick Death Clocks’!
- For those interested in such things, this heroic non-slave sidekick is described as ‘ebony-skinned’ rather than ‘black-skinned’. Draw your own conclusions.
- Paido gets built up considerably by the text, apparently being a fierce warrior and a master of ‘battle magic’. I resist asking why, if he’s so awesome, HE couldn’t quest for the darn Lorestone, which would mean I could then catch up on my unread comic pile and Netflix queue (Aside : Riverdale. Watch it. Awesome.).
- Then there’s a lot of travel, place-names, ships, journey-cakes, you get the idea.
- Basically we get to ‘Vardos Harbour’ in Garthen
- We pick up a ‘Lord Adamas’ who is meant to escort us to the borders of the Danarg, due to his country’s alliance with the Dessi / Elder Magi.
- We ditch the ship and travel cross-country to Phoena.
- We hang out in the local bar and pick up gossip. Not only do we find out from the locals that Hollywood is making YET ANOTHER Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but apparently a town to the north (Luukos) has been attacked by a force of Drakkarim, led by ‘Zegron, warlord of Xana’. Seriously – when that dude is not a baddie in Lone Wolf, with a name like that I reckon he moonlights as a Transformer.
- In any event, the town of Luukos was razed to the ground, and the army is now sniffing around for other targets.
- Adamas then, about a hundred words after joining us (!) says he must return to muster a defending army. He does give me a Pass that will apparently guarantee my safe-conduct.
Well, if not ‘nothing’, then certainly very little.
At any rate, Paido and I have to now make our own way to the Danarg.
And we reach our first choice of the book!
Aside : I hope a lot of this stuff pays off in some way, because the book could have quite easily just said “You’re in the town of Phoena, together with Paido. You have a pass that guarantees you safe-conduct.”
After all that, we need to head up to Tharro, and can do it by road or barge.
Aside : I do acknowledge that the map has the nice touch of depicting Luukos as a ruin.
I’d direct you to said map, but I’m just going to cut to the chase and say that one of my few memories from this book is that the barge ride is MUCH more fun.
To an extent, I am now forced to eat my hasty words about Lord Adamas, because he has apparently taken the trouble to advise the ferry to expect Paido and myself, and has then even paid the fares for us in advance and reserved a private cabin!
We can go straight to our room or hit the bar.
Like I even had to think about it….
Who shouts the first round?
Paido, in fact, kindly offers to buy the first set of drinks – the choices are Ferina Nog, Absinthe, Chai-Cheer or Bor-Brew.
I may have made up one of those.
Since the stories Lone Wolf has heard about Bor-Brew haven’t been that good, I rather have the ‘happy’ drink – Chai-Cheer.
Since Paido is obviously not an experienced drinker (unlike others..) he orders the inferior ‘Ferina Nog’ (it sounds like a Dutch shoe, not a beer!) and promptly spits out his first mouthful. As those in the know can tell you, that isn’t the best thing to do in a crowded bar, and a healthy amount of second-hand beer lands on the soldier next to him.
Before I can quietly enjoy my drink and talk to the blonde accountant next to me, the soldier, in retaliation, empties the remainder of his drink of Paido’s shoes. Paido, in turn, starts to go for his sword.
Do I step in to try to stop a fight? Why yes. Yes I do.
Independently of the fact that it hardly helps our quest to get into a bar brawl, I notice that the slighted individual is, far from being a tradesman, rather a soldier of the Tharro garrison.
In time-honoured fashion, we resolve our differences as men by offering to buy the soldier a (non-Ferina Nog) beer.
As this episode fades out, let’s all enjoy a classic drinking song, by a classic Australian band.
Base Stats : CS : 19, E : 25, GC 46
Current Stats : CS : 34, E : 31
Weapons : Sword, Dagger
Weapon-Like Special Items : Silver Bow of Duadon (+3), Sommerswerd (+8 CS),
Backpack :Potion of Laumspur (+4E) (2), Meal, Rope, Lantern
Special Items : 1. Sommerswerd 2. Platinum Amulet, 3. Crystal Star, 4. Shield (+2 CS), 5. Padded Waistcoat (+2 E), 6. Chainmail Waistcoat (+4 E) 7. Blue Stone Triangle Pendant, 8. Diamond, 9. Quiver (6 arrows), 10 Fireseeds (5), 11. Pass, 12. Silver Bow of Duadon.
Kai Monastery storage :
- Backpack Items :
- Special Items : Mao of Tekaro, Diamonds (2), Boat Ticket, Power Key, Copper Key, Ornate Silver Key, Jewelled Mace, Dagger of Vashna, Brass Whistle.
Magnakai Rank : Tutelary
Magnakai Disciplines : Weaponmastery (+3 CS in Sword, Bow, Mace, Dagger, Spear), Pathmanship, Huntmastery, Divination, Invisibility
Lore-Circles : Fire (+1 CS, +2 E), Solaris (+1 CS, +3 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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