The Cauldron of Fear

The Cauldron of Fear – Attempt 1, Part 1

Now that I’ve confined comments regarding the political implications of a seven word Facebook post to a separate entry, let’s do some adventuring!


The first paragraphs of each of these books are getting longer and longer, and tend to include expository details which you’d think would be better suited to the ‘Background’ section.  But enough of my carping!

Bullet points – take over!

  • We’re back on the skyship, and the dwarven crew are supposedly happy to see me!
  • Banedon’s bo’sun, Nolrin, welcomes us aboard.  Since he actually got given a specific name, you just know he’s going to get killed, or……who am I kidding, he’s totally dead.
  • Banedon confirms that we intend to land at Navasari, a city around 160 kilometres south of Tahou, with the latter being our ultimate destination.
  • When we land in Navasari, the welcome committee, (wearing Australian green and gold, I note), provide us with grim news.
  • No less than three enemy armies are converging on Tahou – a Giak army from the north, which has conquered the town of Risa, a Vassagonian army which has swept through the Anari pass (to the north-east) while to the west a third force has razed the town of Lovka, crossing the river Churdas.

Project Aon link – Here’s the local map again

  • Got all that?  Good, because they’ll be on your geography exam next week
  • b55dddf9d4077cd447ef53275eb953fb
  • From a practical standpoint, the defenders of Tahou are on high alert against airborne skyships, so to attempt to land in our current vessel runs a high risk of our ‘allies’ blasting us from the sky.
  • We therefore reluctantly agree to travel the remaining distance to Tahou on horseback.
  • Nolrim is left with the ship, with firm instructions to wait for two weeks before returning to Sommerlund with news of our apparent failure.


I’m not even taking bets on the odds of Nolrim waiting the full two weeks.

“Hmm, my slavemaster has left me unsupervised with the flying ship that my compadres and I can fly very effectively on our own.  And I must wait for him….why?”

Project Aon link – Horse and cart

Banedon and I, leave on our trusty horses (!) and, after less than an hour, see a train of wagons filled with women and children, escorted by a troop of cavalry.

There seems to be no down side to pausing to ask a few pertinent questions, so I do so.


Sweetheart, you don’t know the half of it.  Wait till I start taking survey of these refugees as to their favourite hard rock guitarist.

Aside : Criss Oliva, all the way.

Remember that this brief solo was Criss FOOLING AROUND AT A SOUND CHECK.

Some people just get all the talent.


We approach the wagon train and the captain of the escort looks (understandably) at us suspiciously.

Project Aon link – Shield with crest

Conveeeeeniently we are then recognised by one of the refugees, who Banedon claims is Lortha, the wife (!!) of Chiban, his mentor when he [Banedon] resided in Tahou.

There are a whole HEAP of unanswered questions that spring to my mind about this whole gossip-worthy information, but the captain insists that we either fall in with them or get left behind.  I suggest that Banedon do his best to get further information due to his ‘platonic’ relationship with this woman.


After a few minutes of conversation which is interestingly kept private from me, Banedon returns to me and, presumably ignoring my raised eyebrows, mentions that one or more of the enemy armies are expected to reach Tahou in the next two days.  On a practical level :

  • We are specifically warned to avoid the town of Sidara, which has apparently already fallen to the enemy.
  • We are given an ‘Invitation’ in writing to stay at Chiban and Lorthas house in Tahou.  I have no idea who will be actually there to verify this Invitation, but we presumably accept it gratefully nonetheless.

After three hours of further travel, no doubt marked with passionate debates about Simpsons quotes, we arrive at a cluster of huts punctuated with an informal market.  We purchase (for one Gold Crown) a flask of Boaza, which is apparently a pale yellow wine which smells like sour milk (!).  Smiling ruefully at the trade-off, I discard, from my Backpack, one of my two Sacks of Silver.


Various villagers with nothing to sell cup their hands and ask for money.  Although I am wary of being overrun by a mob, I give three Gold Crowns to the villagers.

An old crone directs me to a hut, claiming that due to my generosity, I can receive a blessing from their shaman.

Call me cynical but, even though I will enter the hut to satisfy my curiosity, I think there’s a fair chance that, having seen my (comparative) wealth, there’s going to be a robbery of some kind.

And…..on that suspicious note, I leave you.

Aside : Due to family commitments, the next entry may not be for several days.  Or there may be one tomorrow.  I just don’t know at this stage.

Base Stats : CS : 19, E : 25, GC 42

Current Stats : CS : 34/34, E : 31/31

Weapons : Sword, Dagger

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

Backpack : Wrist / Fingerguard, Rope, Lantern, Meals (2), Potion of Laumspur, Sacks of Silver (1), Flask of Boaza

Special Items : 1. Sommerswerd 2. Platinum Amulet, 3. Invitation 4. Shield (+2 CS),           5. Padded Waistcoat (+2 E), 6. Chainmail Waistcoat (+4 E) 7. Blue Stone Triangle Pendant, 8. Invitation 9. Quiver (6 arrows), 10. Fireseeds (6), 11. EMPTY 12. Silver Bow of Duadon.

Kai Monastery storage :

  • Backpack Items : Sack of Silver
  • Special Items : Mao of Tekaro, Diamonds (2), Boat Ticket, Power Key, Copper Key, Ornate Silver Key, Jewelled Mace, Dagger of Vashna, Brass Whistle. Quiver (4 arrows), Pass, Vial of Clear Liquid, Crystal Star Pendant

Magnakai Rank : Principalin

Magnakai Disciplines : Weaponmastery (+3 CS in Sword, Bow, Mace, Dagger, Spear, Quarterstaff), Pathmanship, Huntmastery, Divination, Invisibility, Psi-Screen

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)

Paragraph : 28

13 thoughts on “The Cauldron of Fear – Attempt 1, Part 1

  1. I TOLD you to ditch your stuff but would you listen to me, me who played the Kai and Magnakai series at LEAST dozens of times? No, you kept a bag of silver which you then dumped for a bottle of booze. Byrne is your name and you definitely have Irish blood 😀

    Have to say that even reading your bullet points brings back the thrill of the adventure with not just one but three enemy armies thundering down on you. (Re previous posts, the great thing about wars in Fantasy worlds is you can clearly say, “Those are the bad guys”, unlike our world where you point and say “Those are the low paid from the other country, we low paid shall now kill each other to make the rich of our two countries richer”, but I digress again).

    I always visualised Lortha as being significantly older than Banedon due to his mentor presumably being much older than him so I never thought there might be any 😉 there. My early naivety strikes me as almost sweet. As for who’d be there for the invitstion??? Our Lawyer left out an important bullet point, namely that the President had ordered the evacuation of all women and children from Tahou leaving the men to defend the city. Ok its not actually an important bullet point but it does answer your question.

    And now you may or may not be abandoning us, your disloyal and fickle detractors, for your family again. Well you know what? We can do the same! We can run off with OUR families too! So there! 😡 Of course they’re asleep just now but otherwise I could … maybe …

    I’ll be waiting for you …

    Liked by 1 person

      1. Thats just your elitist leftist bias against Banedon showing again Aussiesmurf. A careful review of the evidence shows Banedon ONLY acts above the law under certain rare occasions, namely:

        1 When the fate of the war between Good and Evil demands it
        2 When its in the nationalistic self centered interest of Sommerlund
        3 When its to his own materialistic benefit or convenience.

        Other than that he’s usually a law abiding citizen.

        Liked by 1 person

    1. Actually he’s safe now that Lone Wolf is gone.Remember Cyrilus from Kingdoms was quite safe with his kidnappers until Lone Wolf caught up with them and Aussiesmurf’s bane Paido was actually safer dangling in a net carried by a Kraan over the Danarg swamp than with Lone Wolf. In Caverns the best thing you can do for your guides is fall head first down a crevasse while in Chasm I’d deliberately ride to the ambush in Eshnar just so I could see the surviving Rangers escape from my baleful infuence. As the bandits would close in on me I’d (mentally) cry out “Flee! Flee for your lives” … well ok, I’d often say it outloud too.

      So yeah Nolrin should be fine now that we’re gone.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. So you have an issue with the author’s spelling when he writes Warmarshall rather than Warmarshal, but you don’t mind his phonetic spelling of boatswain. I see how it is 😛

    Liked by 2 people

  3. After all that was said for once I have to comment on a twiiter comment. You said it was weird to watch a match where both teams are (currently) better than your beloved Hawks.

    Thats just because you’re too used to following a high class team. Here in Ireland we’re well used to cheering our teams on to the finals in the World Cup etc. Not the Irish tesm of course, they’re long gone by then. We just tacticall transfer our unbreakable loyalty to a team we think will win. But when you foolishly stick with a high class team you just don’t know how to handle it when you get a bad season (as distinct from a bad century, and I’m not talking cricket). So Tim, my worthless advise, stick with the mediocre, then when they crash and burn you’ve a much better idea which ship to jump to instead.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. It seems odd that you can’t give the beggars some of the silver instead of gold crowns.

    There’s a strong sense of anti-materialism in the Lone Wolf books. Almost all such valuable items are red herrings that for some reason can’t even be used as money.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Average range of a trebuchet : 300 meters
    Maximum visual range from Tahou’s watchtower: 20 kilometers (in case they use spells)
    Distance Banedon decided to cover on horseback instead of flying : 160-180 km.

    That’s taking a large margin of safety. In fact, one could suspect Slavemaster Banedon to deliberately make a long and unncessary land trip to get opportunities to be dismissed from service like the Sommlending Scouts riding to Ruanon before something dreadful happens to him as LW’s traveling companion. Who knows, maybe the Elder Magi prophecized he would be taken hostage by the darklords and he was trying to avoid it. Good thing such prophecy won’t occur.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s