The Jungle of Horrors

The Jungle of Horrors – Attempt 1, Part 2

Aside : I’ve greatly appreciated the numerous comments on this blog over the last couple of weeks. Keep up the great discussions!

When we left our intrepid hero, he was interrupting his vital quest to indulge in a boozing session with two guys who you’d think would be his best friends after about, say, seven drinks.

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Fenrir can vouch for the truth of my above comments.

As the first round comes, and we drink to the health of Queen Evaine (and Australia’s chances in the deciding Test against India), the soldier introduces himself as Trost.

Presumably, by the third drink he’ll probably start talking about how much we can ‘Trost’ him.

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Ahem.

Now a clever shyster calling himself Count Conundrum, the ‘prince of puzzles’, enters the room and offers 20 Lune (1 Gold Crown = 4 Lune) to anyone who can answer his riddle.

There is no consequence if I am wrong, so I assume this dude, like trivia nights, is paid by the bar to keep the patrons here drinking steadily.

The puzzle :

If 1.5 geese lay 1.5 eggs in 1.5 days, how many eggs will three geese lay in 8 days?

Fairly basic maths (apart from the unspoken REAL conundrum of how 0.5 geese can do much of anything beside laying there bleeding).

Given the above information, we can deduce that  3 geese lay 3 eggs in 1.5 days.

Therefore 3 geese lay 2 eggs in 1 day.

Therefore 3 gees lay 16 eggs in 8 days.

After pretending not to hear my correct answer (a doomed tactic if ever I saw one), the ‘Count’ reluctantly parts with 20 Lune, which I am pleased to note take up the same space in my coin purse as 5 Gold Crowns.

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A glutton for punishment, the Count (offering 40 Lune to a correct answer) then asks an even easier question : If ice freezing over a lake doubles in size every day, and it covers the lake after sixty days, after how many days will the lake be half-covered?

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Dude, if it DOUBLES every day, then obviously it will be HALF covered on the penultimate day.

The answer is therefore 59.

Duh.

Just to really rub it in, I get to then tell the erstwhile quizmaster that I don’t need his prize money, what with my purse being full and everything.

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This guy just won’t quit.

Now he offers a silver box inlaid with pearls as his final prize.

This is the riddle :

An egg trader had three customers in one day.  One after another, they each bought an amount equal to half of the remaining eggs plus half an egg.  There were no eggs left at the end of the day.  How many in total were sold?

OK, this one might actually take me longer than thirty seconds.

But not a whole lot more.

The key is to work backwards.

The third customer, to leave the trader with nothing, must have bought half an egg + half an egg, meaning there was one egg left before the third customer came along.

The second customer, to leave the trader with one egg, must have bought 1.5 + half an egg, meaning there were three eggs left before the second customer came along.

The first customer, to leave the trader with three eggs, must have bought 3.5 + half an egg, meaning there were seven eggs before the first customer came along.

So the answer is seven.

The crestfallen (and now, presumably, broke) quizmaster hands over the Silver Box, which I keep as a Backpack Item.

As I count my loot, it is announced that we are stopping at ‘Honey Lodge’ (?).  Some farmers prepare to disembark, and I cleverly dodge the need to buy a round of drinks by heading up to the top deck to watch the farmers disembark.

 

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One new passenger comes on board, and you just know that this dude is going to be bad news.  He has ‘hard grey eyes’, a ‘narrow sword’ and some kind of ominous black book.  I don’t have Psi-Screen, but the mere fact that this Discipline is ‘checked’ has me on my guard.

As the newcomer returns my stare, I ‘feel a chill’ and lose 3 (!!) Endurance points.  That’s a heck of a chill!

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Aside : I’m not addicted to gifs.  I CAN QUIT ANY TIME I WANT.

At any rate, this suspicious dude parks himself in a corner of the bar, reading his creepy book.

Trost notices the object of my attention, and excitedly mentions that he is a wanted villain named ‘Kezoor the Necromancer’ and has a price on his head of ten THOUSAND Lune (!!)

Trost excitedly tries to draft us into his attempt to apprehend the Necromancer and to claim the reward.

I agree to help, mainly because I don’t want this dangerous dude sharing a barge with us.

Its not because of the money.

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[Remember : full coin purse]

Trost and Paido approach the necromancer while I guard the stairs (!)

Well played, Kai Lord.

The evil wizard casts a diabolical plague / curse which takes poor Trost out straight away.

Project Aon link – Dying Trost

Paido and Kezoor cross swords, and I start to hope that the issue will be resolved without me risking life and limb, but then…..

Base Stats : CS : 19, E : 25, GC 45 Lune : 20

Current Stats : CS : 34, E : 30

Weapons : Sword, Dagger

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

Backpack :Potion of Laumspur (+4E) (2), Meal, Rope, Lantern, Silver Box

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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21 thoughts on “The Jungle of Horrors – Attempt 1, Part 2

  1. First things first…lol Hawthorne.
    My grandmother’s sister (my grand Aunt) apparently was a necromancer, but she was severely reprimanded by the local bishop.
    Necromancy is extremely dangerous because demons and other nefarious, low level energies..tend to hijack the communications and masquerade as the spirits of the deceased. It is one of the main reasons,why one should never use a ouija board etc.

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  2. And did she stop after the reprimanding? Thats the real question. My mother and Grandmother both claim(ed) to have the ability to see the future, going back to a famous (in Iceland) woman, in all my life I never saw it being of any use to them.

    Have to say, of all the possible reactions to Tim’s article I certainly didn’t expect yours (your laughing at Hawthorn however was expected). But I would agree with you. Enjoy the rest of the matches.

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    1. No. She was very rebellious. Apparently I resemble her in many ways. She was commercially astute as she made a lot of money from it. I think that drove the Church crazy because people weren’t giving it to them. She was very stylish..never married but she lived with a Spanish man 20 years her junior. I admire that and hope to do the same one day. She was very scandalous.

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      1. Rebellious, astute financially, enjoyed a scandal, yup, from what you’ve typed so far I’d believe that off you lghr. As text doesn’t convey tone I’d add that I mean that in an entirely respectful fashion.

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  3. It’s been a long road Fen. Had to shake off a very limiting, blood sucking, life strangling marriage to get here but I will never look back. I dont think I can ever be married again..just recently ended a relationship because I know that I cant do it again.

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  4. I have a math degree and an interest in word problems, so I loved these. All the info you need is there, but you can’t always see the right way to use it. With the geese & eggs, I’m sure I missed that one as a youth, multiplying everything by two, thinking three geese lay three eggs in THREE days, but I’ve grown up. I did multiply both parts of “3 eggs in 1.5 days” by 5 and 1/3, getting 16 eggs in 8 days that way, but your way is more elegant. I was all set to do the math (do Aussies say “maths” like the Brits do?) for the frozen lake, then realized it was more logic puzzle. The egg merchant was tough; I tried to set up an algebraic equation, with “solve for x” and everything, but lost the handle on it. So I also worked backwards.

    Now, solve MY riddle. If you can “AH HAHAHAHAH” *thunder rumbles out of nowhere*. It takes the owner of the bar, that Lone Wolf is getting smashed in, 2 hours by himself to clean his place up after close. It takes his assistant, who hates his job and his boss and dreams of stealing a sword and horse to seek adventure, 3 hours to clean the bar by himself. How long will it take if they work together?

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    1. And here’s a riddle for you – As many know, if you start from the north pole and then go south for a mile, east for a mile and then north for a mile, you will get back to where you started.

      Name another place on the earth’s surface (beside the north pole) where you can walk south for a mile, east for a mile and then north for a mile and be back where you started….

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      1. Approximately 1.3183 miles north of the south pole. 1 mile south of that, the circumference of an east-west cross-section of the earth should be around a mile, so walking a mile east ought to take you full circle.

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  5. Well done. I either never learned that equation, or forgot it. I just figure out how much of the bar each of them can clean in one hour. The owner can clean half the bar in one hour, his assistant one third the bar. Add them together, that’s 5/6th the bar in one hour. Multiply both sides by 6/5, you get one bar cleaned in 6/5 hours.

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  6. “When we left our intrepid hero, he was interrupting his vital quest to indulge in a boozing session with two guys who you’d think would be his best friends after about, say, seven drinks.

    Fenrir can vouch for the truth of my above comments.”

    My Gawd Aussiesmurf! You make quite some judgement there, and based on what? Apart from my saying everything you’ve heard about the Irish drinking is true, that I’m Irish and that I ALWAYS go for the Bor Brew! Apart from that you’ve got nothing on me.

    For the record I’m saved from a life of drunkeness by two quirks of nature.
    1) If I get drunk there will be an ick factor later on. After the first couple of times this happened i seriously wondered why anyone would ever want to go through that again.
    2) I also discovered that I’ve a tendency to be a weeping drunk 😥 Doesn’t exactly instill the natives with a sense of awe when you do that. Once (late 90’s) worried a workmate so much that he got me to talk to him about the Bible for half an hour until i’d sobered up enough. Now THAT was a true spirit of sacrifice, I’ve being determined never to get in that position again. So yes, after three or four drinks he was my besht fwend foreveah!!! (I’d just like to add that that period was an extremely difficult one which was why I basically tried self-medication with alcohol a few times, decided that that was a waste of space and didn’t make that mistake again).

    Like T-Man and Ed I also loved the number puzzles that Joe Dever gave us … but I’ll trod even more carefully around another of your going at each other than I do when you and lghr let rip ,… great movie clip as well. One thing that got me about Kezoor is that if he hit anyone who even glances at him with a three EP loss then how exactly does he travel about largely unobserved. I already know I don’t like what happens next …

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    1. Lol Fen . You would be a scream to drink with. I cant stop dancing when I drink. Last time I went out for cocktails with girlfriends we were dancing till 5 in the morning..could not walk the next day but it was worth it.

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      1. Now for me a real night out involves dancing (sadly talking about pre 9 year old son times). It also has the advantage of turning all that alcohol into energy reducing the 😭 and 😱 factors.

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      2. The only reason I go drinking with this particular group of girls is because I know they will want to dance. I actually don’t need to drink to go dancing ( ex ballerina) but my friends wont dance unless they have had a skin full….they are hilarious to watch.

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      3. @lghr. Ex-Ballerina? May or may not interest you to know that Mum, as well as founding the Campaigh Against Bullying, is also ex-ballerina and ran her own ballet school and folk dance club for nearly thirty years

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      4. Your Mum is a woman after my own heart. I stopped Ballet when my family moved States (from the Australian Capital Territory to Victoria when I was a teenager). Then I discovered bleach, punk rock and nightclubs.

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    2. One thing that got me about Kezoor is that if he hit anyone who even glances at him with a three EP loss then how exactly does he travel about largely unobserved.

      I’m pretty sure the EP loss is because Kezoor is curious or suspicious (perhaps it’s the green cloak) and uses some kind of mind probe on Lone Wolf. Most people wouldn’t catch his attention enough to merit such scrutiny, so they wouldn’t suffer the attendant damage.

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  7. Yeah, the puzzles are fun, though as an adult (with a college degree in engineering) I find them a bit too easy. Keep in mind the target audience for these books is roughly 12 year olds. 🙂

    Come to think of it, most of the flaws of the books can be chalked up to that explanation.

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