The Cauldron of Fear

The Cauldron of Fear – Attempt 3, Part 2

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…

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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 (!)

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This individual stirs from his sleep and gives us some portion of his attention.

Project Aon link – Ruler of Thieves

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…..

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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).

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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.

Nexus….

Are you there??

Apparently the dust / rock contains a deadly fungus, but my Magnakai skill shields me from the harmful effects of same.

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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.

Project Aon link – Zaaryx Ghoul

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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6 thoughts on “The Cauldron of Fear – Attempt 3, Part 2

  1. I think it is noteworthy that even surrounded by thieves your sack of silver goes untouched. I’d say Joe Dever had long forgotten about it, but my Scottish bit of blood ensures I will never forget, it also ensured I spent a ridiculous amount of time gazing longingly at that description and picture of GOLD /sighs/. I just keep expecting Smaug to raise his scaly head above the pile.

    Will Ferrell may sneer but I’d be damned proud to get a D- in a Cosmo fashion app. And of course they’re shouldn’t be an Assassin among the thieves, they’re different guilds! Union rules Lefty, guilds can be the worst for Union rules.

    Lone Wolf’s warrior skills do not include bartaring, but with the Darklords and Vassagonians due before the postman he doesn’t really have a choice. Plus if it was
    Maghana’s son then returning the ring merely counts as returning posesdions to the rightful owner, precious.

    Exciting decent into the bowels of the earth, and Night of the Living Dead would have been shorter if the enemies had swords. As we are both Nerds did you call the Zarryx Ghoul a “zombie-esque” as a homage to G Romero saying the Night of the Living Dead zomies wete ghouls? Either way I’d say your roll of 9 hit it in the head.

    Whats next for our Dungeon Crawling hero?

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  2. I know this is not the site for quibbling over minor details. However, sometimes I think AussieSmurf does throw in the odd “notice me” comment to his audience. I noticed this line:

    My (slightly) disconcerting answer is – about 400 feet (and for those civilized people that don’t live in the USA – about 122 meters).

    -Feet are an imperial measurement. All your Commonwealth readers should be familiar with feet and inches through their own cultures, not just US imports, even if a metric system has been in place for years. Characters like a Collingwood six-footer, the Metric Martyr and others rely on this. I realise you have continental and other readers, but I would estimate that most of your readers would both live outside the USA and be familiar with imperial measurement in feet.

    -“those civilized people that don’t live in the USA” is a fascinating adjectival use of “civilized”. Do you suggest most “civilized” people (perhaps the word most likely to receive inverted commas in current writing) live in the USA? Or that none do? Perhaps the former since you use a more typically US spelling of with a “z” rather than an “s”, though I realise there are Commonwealth defenders of this spelling.

    -“about 122 meters” I agree with your calculation but again you go pro-US: why not try to even things up with “metres”, and help our French friends as well.

    -of course, some will say it sounds like he could be criticising the US, so he should avoid the potential reading of national prejudice. Others will say this is not terribly offensive given the US’ financial, military and cultural power. I would say that on this point we can all probably harden up a bit.

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    1. You’re on a site run by a Lawyer, of course its “a site for quibbling over minor details”.

      You accuse Aussiesmurf of throwing in “notice me”‘s while YOU use the word “I” three times in the firdt two and a half lines ☝

      Thank you for highlighting the “fascinating adjectival use”, I also admired the variabilities of it. 👍

      “Criticising the US”? (Note imperial spelling 😼), bear in mind that our esteemed author criticises everything and everyone apart from Ms Julie Delpy , Ms Olivia De Havilland and, if he wants to stay married, Ryan Gosling.

      “Harden up a bit”??? Is this for 💑 or 💪. This is NOT a situation you want to walk in confused to… 😯

      I trust my comment has added nothing to the debate.

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  3. “and for those civilized people that don’t live in the USA – about 122 meters”

    Now say that my country’s so fat, when it sits around the house, 𝐢𝐭 𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞.

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