A thoroughly disreputable character called Sogh is escorting me through the sewers beneath the city of Tahou.
He ignores my queries about trying to find the best cigar bar in town.
Having given him all of my gold already, I’m not sure what else this dude reckons he can get from me, apart from my MEGASWORD and MEGABOW (and the Sack of Silver, but I try not to mention that).
We enter a hidden chamber, stacked high with costly decorations and glittering treasures…
Just as the lawyer in me starts to look a little more favourably on this whole situation I get forcibly led PAST (sigh) the treasure heaps through to a more discreet antechamber.
Some guy that considers himself as the ruler of this underground realm is sitting there, dressed in purple fur (!)
This individual stirs from his sleep and gives us some portion of his attention.
He starts blabbering paranoid Trump-esque delusions about how I could be a spy or an assassin (heaven forbid, an assassin in the middle of this den of thieves!).
He then produces a gem and mutters some superstitious phrase, as the book asks if I possess Psi-Screen.
Aside : I sure did!……on my last trip through this adventure, I mutter under my breath.
Unfortunately, due to my current lack of psychic defences, I lose 5 Endurance and, more worryingly, am compelled to confess to this individual my true reason for trying to penetrate the Cauldron of Tahou.
After all his posturing, he offers me a bargain – he will help me enter the underground passages beneath the city, and in return I must bring back to him, if I find it, the ring on the hand of his dead son Aiebek.
Because Lone Wolf is an idiot, he readily agrees to this proposal, because there’s no chance at all that there’s a twist in the tail…..
Maghana (because that is, apparently, the name of this buffoon) leads to me another chamber with tables full of equipment, and another door leading further into the depths of these caverns.
Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I inspect the equipment, taking a Blanket and Flask of Water in place of my Meal and drinking my Laumspur potion (restoring 4 Endurance).
Aside : The fact that the items that I have selected have been available to Lone Wolf on more than one occasion increases the chance that they will actually prove useful at a later time.
The next chamber is a blank abyss, with nothing but a rope ladder leading over the edge, and no indication as to how deep the chamber might be.
In an attempt to be practical, I gather up the rope ladder, hoping to ascertain the depth of the cavern. My (slightly) disconcerting answer is – about 400 feet (and for those civilized people that don’t live in the USA – about 122 meters).
As I slowly descend, a sudden gust of wind (naturally) springs up, casting me into a rocky outcrop, causing me to lose my grip.
An R10 check is necessary, although my possession of Huntmastery will seemingly prevent an instadeath.
My R10 of 7 means that I manage to regain my grip on the ladder and reach the bottom.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that the term of ‘the bottom’, means the bottom of the ladder, NOT that I’ve reached a floor of any description. In the gloom, I squint to see what haven of safety might exist, and I see a ledge about 20 yards (18.2 meters) away.
I KNEW my Rope would come in handy!
I tie the Rope to the end of the ladder and, hearing the Rope hit ground beneath me, realise that I don’t have too far down to travel. I shimmy down the Rope and my feet land reassuringly on solid rock….
Sorry, even the act of using that phrase meant I had to post this :
A great Aussie song about the original inhabitants of our land…
Anyway, as I jump off my Rope (losing it in the process) I notice a dead (human) body next to me.
I notice nothing of significance, and confirmm after inspecting the skeletal hands, that the lack of ring means that this is not the dead body I’m looking for…
There’s only one exit from the rocky chamber, and I follow the corridor in question.
There is a rumble, indicating a rockslide / earthquake, and dust and rubble pours over me.
Are you there??
Apparently the dust / rock contains a deadly fungus, but my Magnakai skill shields me from the harmful effects of same.
Unfortunately, the rocky floor does, in fact, give way and I slide down to another cavern, with any obvious way of escaping now cut off.
As I take in my surroundings, I see that I’m near an underground lake, and can avoid the need to eat a Meal (even underground – yay!) due to my Huntmastery.
I try to curl up in an alcove to catch forty winks, but am rudely awakened by some kind of zombie-esque scavenger that wants to introduce me, by force if necessary, to its rusty sword.
Friendly little devil, isn’t he?
Zaaryx Ghoul : CS – 19 E – 27
Lone Wolf : CS – 34, E – 30
Aside : My 5 Endurance loss from before has not been restored completely (only partially by Laumspur), because a psychic attack can’t be considered to be Endurance lost ‘in battle’
Luckily, my R10 of 9 in the first round of combat puts paid to this creature.
Till next time…………
Base Stats : CS : 19, E : 25, GC 0
Current Stats : CS : 34/34, E : 30/31
Weapons : Sword, Dagger
Weapon-Like Special Items : Silver Bow of Duadon (+3), Sommerswerd (+8 CS),
Backpack : Vial of Gold Dust, Lantern, Blanket, Altar Cloth, Flask of Water, Sacks of Silver (1), Flask of Boza
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. EMPTY 9. Quiver (6 arrows), 10. Fireseeds (6), 11. EMPTY 12. Silver Bow of Duadon.
Extra Special Item : Receipt
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, Nexus
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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