The Jungle of Horrors

The Jungle of Horrors – Attempt 1, Part 1

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.

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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.

Project Aon link – Spear and shields

  • 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.

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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.”

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

Project Aon link – Soldier in bar

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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31 thoughts on “The Jungle of Horrors – Attempt 1, Part 1

  1. What? No “we musnt blame this on all m#@$/^s”….? I just watched a fascinating documentary about the Naturist origins of the Green Party in Europe.. and how they were promoting pedo legalization with open borders in the 80’s. Sicko left wing hippies.

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      1. I was half asleep when I wrote that but I am sure you get it. The Greens are a global organisation with their origins in the 80’s. A group of nudists in Germany started the movement and they had extremely controversial views on age of consent and beastiality ..i thought that you should know

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      2. The two are related. The ideology that is behind the terrorist attack, is sympathetic to pedastry and besteality, as were the founders of the Greens in Europe.
        This explains the hypocrisy when leftist feminists cower when faced with the truth, Of certain murderous ideologies and the status of women in these societies.
        Both are sick and twisted.
        I should send you the link of the doco on the foundations of the Greens but I warn you…you will need a barf bag.

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      3. My parents voted for the Greens in one of their first election for the Dail (Irish parliament), once in they immediately made an alliance with a blood guilty party my parents hated and loathed. They were quite upset, as I’d being politically neutral for some time by then I knew when to keep my mouth clamped shut (shame I don’t realise that more often).

        Regarding the pedo thing, it was quite a big movement at the time, not just in Germany and not just with the Green movement. Because it was the Cold War and the ruling parties tended to be more right wing any movement that wasn’t in line with what the rulers wanted (conservation ahead of big business, rights for minorities at the expense of rulers power, etc) tended to gravitate to the left wing who tended to accept anyone who’d tie down the opposition. I’m NOT defending it. Its just one of the many consequences of polarisation.

        And lets be frank here, one’s on the left may have been campaigning for lowering the age of consent but ones on the right were happily (or at least willingly) shielding actual perpetrators on their own side.

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      4. Voting for parties based on decades (or centuries) ago policy isn’t constructive. Its like those twits in the US that say Republicans are friends of the black community because Lincoln was a Republican President.

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      5. Cant recall the Liberal/National Party of Australia having ties with Nudists & Pedarists, though. That is a mantle that only the Greens can proudly claim.

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      6. excellent points Fen, but what really gets me upset is the deafening silence from so called feminists on the Left, who will not criticize ideologies and regimes that clearly, unequivocally, view women as inferior and administer brutal punishments etc, for “transgressions”. I don’t know what it is like in Ireland, but in Australia, we have many “journalists” and “professionals” who would describe themselves as feminists, who never address the most serious threats to the women’s rights, from the proliferation of Islam: FGM , Child brides, Sex Slavery, polygamy, full body covering, honor killings etc etc. In fact, if you criticize Islam, you are immediately labeled a Right Wing Nut job. This is cognitive dissonance on steroids.

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      7. @Aussiesmurf Roger Zelazney wrote a book called Dilvish, the Damned. Dilvish wants to kill the evil master sorceror Jelerak. Everywhere he goes “good” people keep reminding him that Jelerak HAD been a good ma. The fact he’d sent Dilvish (a genuine good hero) to hell for two hundred years was always answered with, “Remember, once he was a good man”.

        Past is past, the future is set by the present.

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      8. @Lghr … honestly I tend to avoid self-advertised “feminist” writers like the plague so I don’t know what they write. But I do know we’ve the same hodgepodge of ideologies thrown in together on both sides.

        I remember about 13 years ago a girl who’d lived during “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland was saying in relation to the perceived lack of muslim outrage over 911 and other terrorist attacks that during The Troubles … its hard to phrase the idea…

        Even when you didn’t agree with what people on your side had done, because you felt you were being attacked by the other side while these were on your side you all stuck together anyway.

        I’m sure Rooselvelt, Churchill and Stalin could relate during WWII. (Please note, while all Internet debates eventually end with a reference to NAZI Germany this wasn’t actually a direct reference to NG).

        The key difference of course is that both during The Troubles and WWII there was violence and killings, but while there’s plenty of violence and wars today the one’s shouting the loudest are frequently the furthest from any dangers, and they don’t have any excuse for only highlighting one sides atrocities.

        I like “Cognitive dissonance on Steroids”. I hope to use it sometime.

        P.s. We’re in a period of protracted industrial disbute just now so I have to stick close to my Union to keep my contract and wage (5 mouths on one wage so I need to keep what I have). But some of their other campaigns I don’t agree with and at least one disgusts me. But when I can’t trust management either and I’ve tried applying for other jobs where do I go? And when we had a strike all the alliances the Union had made by these campaigns resulted in other groups providing money so those on strike could still pay their bills. So what next?

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      9. sorry to hear that Fen, Unfortunately these days Unions are less driven by their supposed principles and are very commercial driven. It is all about dirty deals and lining their own pockets. the best strategy is to cultivate a respectful relationship with HR, they have the real power, not Unions.

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      10. @Lghr Thats very true, its just knowing how to play the local HR. We had a sadist we politely called The Wicked Witch who delighted in bullying people, but then her daughter needed a job and she put her in my subunit rather than the main store. The daughter, who’s lovely by the way, loved being with us and we’d no more hassle from The Wicked Witch.

        But yeah, a friendly HR outranks an angry middle manager. Our issue is coming from higher up the corporate ladder but I’ve pay for this week and a holiday next week and that puts me ahead of a large part of the human race ☺ Cheers

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  2. I always took the barge route. Until a slight case of character death required me to replay the book for my blog, and I decided to go for a bit more variety next time round.

    I’ll be reverting to the barge route if I ever play Jungle again.

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      1. The interesting thing is that the Lodestone saves you having to stop for a meal, which is useful if you’re a new player and don’t have Huntmastery.

        Maybe I’m an outlier, but I prefer the road route, in part because it gives you the option to avoid Tharro at the cost of 2EP, and I really, really hate the mandatory encounters in Tharro. I’ve also always been amused by the possibility of getting into a real bar fight on the road route, though you’d have to be a pretty bloodthirsty player to actually do that.

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      2. The Lodestone isn’t too useful, it’s true, but you can get a Potion of Alether, a Rendalim’s Elixir, and the Grey Crystal Ring. (The Lodestone could be traded for the Ring, but you’re probably better off just buying the Ring).

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  3. Thank you for acknowledging Joe Dever’s worldbuilding while doing a masterful summary of way too many events. Personally I love that sort of background section but as everyone here bar lghr has played it repeatedly…

    Calls them blackskinned and gets “words have power,” calls them the same colour as the leading magazine on African American matters and get “Draw your own conclusions”. Lets not get started on Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonders song 😉

    Ok, what does annoy me on the whitewashing is that in the Grey Star series, with the exception of Samu and his people who are black and shown as it and the Shadakine, everyone else is portrayed in the pictures as Western European but in the Magnamund Companion they’re off the Tianese people or Oriental appearance to us. Yes, that does bother me!😠 Rant over.

    Paido, sorry, Lord Paido is partly built up to a) justify his accompanying you and b) to say that if he’s considered good and your much better than him then just how good are YOU? Ten thousand wimpy teenagers chest swell with pride (as do some wimpy middleaged chests 🙋).

    Yes, it could all have been said with less words, especially when your playtime is squeezed between childrens bedtime, needed for tomorrow work, sending children back to bed, correcting errors in report needed first thing in the morning, answering a childs question and sending children back to bed AGAIN, trying to give wife some personal time where the two of you can actually talk, giving children a glass of water and sending them back to bed and collapsing into bed yourselves (followed of course by children coming to your bed), … where was I? Oh, yes, it could have been briefer, especially when we’re thinking, “c’mon c’mon get to the po… why are you out of bed now?!”, but the scene setting is cool (for those with the time to enjoy it).

    Yet again you avoid the Bor Brew. 😦 Its almost as though you know how to handle your liquor /Fenrir shakes his head/

    And as the barge passangers go off sailing and drinking I’ll put my child back to bed.

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    1. Re the descriptors – Maybe I was being too oblique, but I was showing that Dever uses ‘black-skinned’ when surrounded by condescending terms, and ‘ebony-skinned’ when building up a hero character.

      And, to be blunt, I wrote this entry from 10-11 pm. while waiting for the Australia v Iraq World Cup qualifier to start (for the record – 1-1.)

      This weekend is insane for sports fans. We have :

      1. Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix.
      2. Opening Round of the AFL Men’s competition.
      3. Grand Final of the AFL Women’s competition.
      4. The aforementioned World Cup qualifier.
      5. Round 24 of the A-League (soccer).
      6. The Fourth and deciding Test Match between Australia and India.

      Whew!

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      1. Nah! I got the point. And I get the point. Btw, our son once asked his mum “Umma (Malayalam for mummy), why are you Black and Daddy’s white but I’m yellow?”

        Glad you two have a great weekend ahead of you, if we had a weekend like that here my shop wouldn’t have a bottle of beer left in it, /sighs/ I can dream.

        Enjoy.

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    1. Its an affectation I borrowed from the old TV recaps at televisionwithoutpity.com. When they were talked about a boring conversation, they would say, ‘blah, blah, talking-cakes, mission-cakes, blah’ and so on. It was funny at the time….

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