The Jungle of Horrors

The Jungle of Horrors – Attempt 2, Part 2

He’s back!

Aside : You do NOT want to be a sporting side that I follow.  In the last ten days :

  • Melbourne City have lost
  • Hawthorn have lost.
  • The Australian Test team have lost the deciding Test.
  • The Melbourne City have lost (again!)
  • Hawthorn have lost (again!)

 

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Maybe Lone Wolf will avoid dying for a few minutes.

Maybe.

After leaving Ferry House, laden with my free loot, Paido, frantically trying to earn his keep, notices the ferry approaching. Um, thanks dude.  I’m sure there’s no way I wouldn’t have seen that on my own.

In due course the ferry owner demands his fee of 40 Lune (or 10 Crowns).  With no obvious alternative way onwards, I pay the tariff, and we step on board.

If I’m lucky, there’ll be some sucker on board who’ll pay good money to anyone who can solve secondary school maths problems!

We reach Tharro without incident (and without further money-making opportunities), and are now faced with an identical choice to my previous attempt, confronted with the same choice of roads.

Since my collective ancestral memory already has the information from the mapmaker (for whatever reason, I accidentally typed ‘matchmaker’ there.  Heh.) I decide to take one of the other available routes.

Copperpiece Lane!

The path comes to a featureless building, with a group of fletchers outside, carefully gluing feathers to arrows.

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Shall I check out the interesting thing?

Why yes.

Inside the bowyery (not to be confused with the Bowery, which has historically been a slum in New York City) I note a range of items for sale.  I’ve still got a quiver, a full complement of arrows and my MEGABOW, so I check out the subsidiary pieces of equipment.

I ignore the bow cases and bowstrings, but do purchase a wrist / finger guard, since I’m always alert to protective items (2 Gold Crowns).

The owner of this establishment notices my MEGABOW (aka the Silver Bow of Duadon), and asks if he can personally shoot a flight of arrows with it, using his target range out the back.

Yeah, like I’m going to give, to a total stranger, the Magnamund equivalent of my loaded gun, and let him shoot it in his ‘private’ target range…..

 

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Aside : Diana Rigg.  Awesome.  That is all.

I leave the bowyery and head along the road further north, noting a group of soldiers escorting a prisoner into a building that appears to be a barracks, which flies the Talestrian flag.

The building, not the prisoner.

We subtly (well, as subtly as I can, given my distinctive green cloak) attempt to follow the soldiers into the courtyard.  A guard brusquely stands in our way, but I attempt to flash my Pass WITHOUT giving the never-appropriate response of “Don’t you know who I am?”

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The guard, like AN UNTRAINED IDIOT, takes my gesture in reaching for my Pass as an act of aggression, and, rather than simply asking me to ‘slow down’, melodramatically screams that we must be ‘accomplices’ of the prisoner, as the other guards decide to leave their prison unguarded (!!) and charge towards us, as Paido thrusts his spear at me, causing 2 Endurance damage.

We need an R10 check to avoid being surrounded and killed (!)  Luckily my Magnakai rank and possession of Huntmastery guarantees a successful result, and we whip our horses around and flee into the gathering darkness.

I guess the green cloak was unrecognizable in the gathering dusk…

We make good on our escape and find ourselves in front of a familiar temple.  Keen to see if I can get any assistance before strolling into the deathtrap, we walk our horses up to the watchtower.

Unfortunately, the guards there have no time for us, and even showing my pass doesn’t gain us admittance, although at least I don’t, this time, get any spears shoved at our collective faces.

We make our determined march to the temple.

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We enter and I (obviously) decline the poisoned food, and eat a meal from my backpack.

When my Divination clues me in to our danger, I whip my MEGABOW from my shoulder and take out one of the fleeing monks.

Remembering that firing an arrow at the head priest / Helghast didn’t help last time, I draw my MEGASWORD.  It doesn’t help me particularly, and yet again my lack of Psi-Screen costs me 8 Endurance points.

While my enemy (presumably) waits, I quaff two Laumspur potions, along with the Alether, which grants a temporary Combat Skill increase (to offset the Helghast’s Mindblast immunity).

OK.  Let’s dance.

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Gnaag Helghast – CS : 38, E : 48

Lone Wolf – CS : 34, E : 31

Round 1!

R10 = 0!!  Lone Wolf : 31 – 2 = 29, Helghast 48 – (10×2) = 28

Round 2!

R10 = 7! Lone Wolf : 29 – 2 – 2 = 25, Helghast : 28 – (7×2) = 14

Round 3!

R10 = 3! Lone Wolf : 29 – 2 – 5 = 22, Helghast : 14 – (3×2) = 8

Lone Wolf : 22 – 2 – 3 = 17 Helghast : 8 – (6×2) = NOT VERY MUCH, BABY!

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[I note my Endurance of 17, and keep my healing elixir close at hand]

The Helghast’s body vanishes in a hiss of green gas, and I realise with concern that it is possible that some or all of the other monks in this temple are not entirely evil, but were simply convinced by their ‘leader’ that we were evil.

Having said that, it wouldn’t explain why the less monk used an obviously Darklord-inspired blessing over the food.

At any rate, a bunch of other monks charge into the room, as I quickly try to shove Paido’s (comatose, but alive) body into the hatch which leads to the kitchens.  I succeed, but before I can get through I have to decide whether to stand and fight, shoot an arrow or try and rush through myself.

I don’t think there’s any meaningful way to fight the entire (!) monastery, so I try to make good my escape through the hatch……

 

Base Stats : CS : 19, E : 25, GC 34

Current Stats : CS : 34, E : 18

Weapons : Sword, Dagger

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

Backpack : Wrist / Fingerguard, Rope, Lantern, Rendalim’s Elixir (+6E)

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 (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 2, Part 2

  1. You should do what my Dad does and just blame the “stupid idiot” referees every time City Lose and Kevin Muscat (even when they don’t play Victory).

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  2. Ah, so you do say “maths” instead of just “math”. I wonder if it’s just Americans who use the singular “math”. And if it’s related to shunning the metric system.

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      1. Yes, but like the word “fish”, “math” is a cool, seemingly singular word that can range from very specific (one fish, a math problem) to a group (school of fish, math class) to all-encompassing (all the fish in the world, the complete history of math). You don’t say “fishes”, do you?

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      2. Respectfully disagree. “Fish” is a collective noun, whereby the same word is used for the singular and the plural. Other examples equal “deer” and “sheep”. Maths is simply an abbreviation of mathematics. “Math class” is using “Math” as an adjective, whereas “I studied maths” is a noun.

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      3. We say fishes:
        1) When we send a former associate to “sleep with the fishes”
        2) We use the same phrase to describe an Ichthyphiliac
        3) If we’re refering to several species of fish
        4) In some rhymes and if refering to the tale of “the loaves and the fishes”.

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  3. Good job avoiding the bowyer. He’s as dodgy as the taxidermist in Varetta.

    You could have actually continued via road if you had chosen not to hop on the barge at this point. It’s kind of odd that Kezoor isn’t mentioned (maybe there is more than one barge servicing this route and you are now on a different one?). We saw that Trost wasn’t exactly going to be able to dispose of him on his own.

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    1. Maybe Trost wasn’t confident enough to confront Kezoor without back-up from a Kai and a Vakeros, so there was no incident. Or he tried and died, and then the necromancer used his mind powers to compel the passengers who witnessed the killing to throw the corpse overboard and forget that anything unusual had happened. Or without you and Paido around as drinking buddies, Trost got bored of Count Conundrum’s puzzles, wandered off to a cabin, and never saw Kezoor’s arrival. There are plenty of possible explanations.

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      1. Trost thought we were just a pair of sell swords, he never learned our top secret identities. But he also only noticed Kezoor when Lone Wolf was staring at him.

        As you say, there’s lots of possible explanations.

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  4. The first residents of Bowery were ten freed slaves (and their wives (and their cattle)). By the 1890’s “Gay subculture was highly visible there”. Yet you sum it up as “historically been a slum in New York city”. I can only assume its a mix of a throwaway line and a test to see how many of us lookup all your references.
    /Fenrir strolls off with a smug smile singing, “Carrion my Sons for dinner, Carrion with spits of lamb, Carrion from those whose tooth is long, my sons eat Carrion, Its the cheapest source of dinner, So my sons eat Carrion”/

    Ah yes, Diana Rigg, The Avengers reruns were an important part of my teenage years. Curiously enough I have no real recollection of realising how sexy she was meant to be, when your mum runs a ballet school so your always surrounded by teenage girls in leotards I guess it affects how you views things. But back to the point, she remains awesome.

    All of which does not excuse you for missing yet ANOTHER opportunity to unravel the Darklords network in Talestria. Its almost as though you want the place to fall 😡. But mind you, if the soldiers of the queen you then meet are anything to go by the Darklords don’t need any help.

    Oh, Ok! All criticisms are overturned! How can we not celebrate the death (undeathing?) of the Helghast! Who’s Da Man? You’re Da Man. Fist punch 👊. It was very modest of you to play such a restrained and lowkey gif. Did you sing ManOWar Carry On before entering the temple?

    Joe Dever leaves it infuriatingly vague as to which monks are deceived and which are outright villains (my own anti-clericalism rises to the fore here but we’re in a FANTASY world now). Its frustrating, but also realistic.

    And we leave you stuffing your ally down a hole before he’s even dead while you decide to flee from a bunch of men wearing dresses. At least you’re heading toward food.

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