The Jungle of Horrors

The Jungle of Horrors – Attempt 1, Part 3

And we’re back!

“On the last episode of Lone Wolf….”

My latest doomed travelling companion / sidekick (Trost) had been killed in horrifying fashion by Kezoor the Necromancer.  After he and Paido locked swords, he unleashed….

……a horde of ‘huge black spiders’ who scuttle hungrily towards Paido!

 

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Aside : Actually, while LONE WOLF hates spiders, your humble author has no trouble with them at all, and think they get unfairly screamed at and killed, when 99.9% of the time they just want to mind their own business and ignore the massive clumsy humans who frequently destroy their home(s).

Given the opportunity to use my Bow, I do so.  Unfortunately all the panicking ‘innocent bystanders’ keep racing back and forth across my line of fire (remembering that I was guarding the stairs, some distance from the confrontation).

This is where the Silver Bow comes in handy.  Even with an R10 score of 2, the combined +6 from Weaponmastery and Bow means that my arrow hits, wounding the enemy.

Paido, for his part, summons ‘battle magic’ which serves to take out the spiders, who were apparently no illusion.

Battle is joined!  Paido only helps to halve any woulds I receive (by, presumably, thrusting his body in front of me) but doesn’t actually seem to attack himself. Interesting strategy.

Kezoor is actually immune to Mindblast, as well.

Lone Wolf – CS : 32, E : 31

Kezoor – CS : 26, E : 43

 

Yes, this is the first combat, not the end boss, why do you ask?

With some fortunate R10 checks, I take out this wanted criminal for the loss of 2 Endurance.

 

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Paido is obviously a fan of the Halloween / Friday the 13th movies, because he takes the liberty of decapitating the corpse, to remove any chance of the killer returning from the dead after the credits for one last scare.

We mourn Trost, because although we only knew him for about an hour, it is important to note that around 55 minutes of that hour were spent either drinking or fighting.

 

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The captain, in a supremely tacky moment, rushes into the bar, complaining about the damage, which will cost ‘hundreds of Lune’ to repair.  Before I get a chance to casually channel Han Solo…..

 

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…Paido (without consulting me, I might add) tosses Kezoor’s head to the captain, stating the obvious fact that the bounty will more than cover the damages, and ordering the captain to ensure that Trost’s family gets the balance.

Foolishly, neither of us warn that we will drop in on our return journey, expecting to see a receipt.

As the mess is cleaned up, I notice Kezoor’s little black book resting on the floor….

Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

 

 

 

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NO YOU IDIOT HE HASN’T GOT JULIE DELPY’S PHONE NUMBER IN HIS BOOK.

 

My skill of Divination does let me know that although the book has evil contents, it is not protected by a curse or trap.  I therefore cautiously open it and browse past the clearly evil spells and so forth contained on the pages.  More importantly, a scroll is tucked into the spin, written in the Giak language used by the Darklords.

Project Aon link – Scroll in Giak language

I decide to keep it, although it does mean discarding my Diamond (at least I’ve got 2 more back home….)

After chucking Kezoor’s body over the side, there is a solemn funeral for Trost, before we make it to Ferry House at mid-afternoon, and then Tharro, late in the day.

Using my Pass, I gain immediate entry to the city, and presumably Paido gets in as my ‘plus one’.

We are then confronted with a random choice of street : Copperpiece Lane, Globe Walk or Flagon Alley.

In memory of our recent (tragic) drinking session, we stroll down Flagon Alley.

As night closes in, more and more shops close.  However, a map-maker remains open, and we nip inside.

The ‘attractive young woman’ who greets us is obviously a skilled map-maker, and we view her work with admiration.

View HER WORK with admiration, get your mind out of the gutter!

Upon asking about a map of the Danarg (remembering, of course, that our map is unhelpful in that area) we promptly start her on a crying jag, as she tells the story of how her father and her explored the area in an attempt to map it, when he was chomped by a monster, while her hand was hideously scarred as she attempted to aid him.

Project Aon link – Mapmaker

Well, this is….

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Since I’m here anywhere, I decide to be indelicate, and probe her further on the Danarg.

She has (naturally) lost all her maps and equipment, but she recalls [and I’ll put the quote here for future reference] :

“seeing the Temple of Ohrido from the peak of a hill she calls ‘The Scarlet Tor’, which is situated on an island of firm ground, thirty miles beyond the Syada track.”

We leave the shop, mindful of the need to sleep somewhere besides a back-alley, amongst the thieves, robbers and real estate agents.

 

 

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

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, 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. Giak Scroll, 9. Quiver (5 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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11 thoughts on “The Jungle of Horrors – Attempt 1, Part 3

  1. I don’t understand the correlation between admiring a woman’s beauty and “the gutter”. This is an unfortunate comparison and feeds into the notion, that a woman’s physical attributes are somehow “sinful” …..Niqab/Hijab anyone?? …leftists…sigh….

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    1. I think that creeping on someone in their place of work, while they are showing you the product of their labour, is certainly inappropriate. That sums up the situation above.

      And one of my main dislikes of pretty much ALL organised religions are their attempts to circumscribe the attire and behaviour of women.

      And seriously, if I mentioned bluebells and rainbows, would you manage to work the words ‘leftists’ and ‘muslims’ into your response?

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      1. The subtext is clearly that, acknowledging desire for a woman is “gutter”, so to speak. “Get your mind out of the gutter” is commonly used to refer to people’s instinctive sexual thoughts. SEX is not dirty and neither is a woman’s level of attractiveness. Come to think of it, rainbows are the preferred Logo (highjacked) for the Safe Schools coalition…lol.. Have to work on the BlueBells though, I will get back to you on that one. Fen always likes my comments.

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  2. I got out my mangamund companion to translate that there scroll. Then i looked at all the letters that would have to be transliterated into roman characters which would then still have to be translated into English and suddenly remembered that we’re in the 21st century and googled it instead. Nice warning.

    I spent the last 6 hours on writing protest letters to 6 Russian officials, trying to research each of them to know how to phrase things different, so I’m going to bed for 4 hours sleep and I’ll be back with semi-coherent posts tomorrow evening, I hope.

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    1. Back in Fire on the Water Lone Wolf could apparently read Giak (section 220 states that ‘there is a scroll written in Giak, giving details of your expected arrival in Port Bax’, and some degree of literacy in the language would be needed to establish that the message is about you rather than being, say, a shopping list or a love letter). It’s a bit annoying that training to be a Magnakai seems to have erased your knowledge of the language.

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  3. Ugh Shudder. Just reading about the horde of EEK!!! 😨 Thank you for not using the opportunity to traumatise me with spider pics again.

    In fairness to Lone Wolf , while the crowd screams at the sight of the 😨 there’s no claim that he does (he is a hero after all). Also I think all Arachnaphobes know how vital Spiders are, we just don’t like them near us.

    Moving on to less scary matters like powerful Necromancers who can kill you with a word, but may have more difficulty stopping you getting into their country…

    Paido’s strategy appears to be tough on spiders, not so tough on the causes of spiders. While he only seems to help by taking damage … well
    A) He’s a sidekick, thats what they do and
    B) He belongs to the group which for centuries “defended” Dessi from Kasan Oud, an insurmountable foe which took you less than a day to defeat (and you spent some of that time sleeping or looting). They’ve also provided a constant check and resistance to Vassagonia resulting in that desert kingdom being second only to The Darklands in power.

    Also Kezoor is more powerful than Lord Zahda if you didn’t have the Sommerswerd, the game is heating up. I’d like to makr favourable comments about your dice rolls … but I already know what happens next.

    In fairness to the ship captain the tavern IS his livelihood, how else will he support his wife and children in Garthen, his mistresses and their children in Lona, Phona and Tharro and don’t forget his new girlfriend in Honey Lodge. Unlike you rich Lastlanders with coin bags so full you can refuse to accept prizes he needs every Lune he can aqueeze out of people. Some of this paragraph may resemble truth.

    At least Paido understands the captain, thats why he threathened him.

    Ok, ok, so maybe he did have Julie Delpy’s number in his black book, but its still worth checking to be sure.

    That you noticed the map makers daughter was attractive proves it wasn’t just her cartography skills you were admiring, so Nyah!

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      1. Paid Dough strikes me as a potential leader of a Secret Satanic Coven, that worship Moloch and sacrifice babies.

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