Lone wolf has just, with his MEGASWORD, caved in the head of a ghoul.
A good day’s work, no?
You’d think so, but a number of the ghoul’s work colleagues seem to be taking Lone Wolf’s completely understandable act of self-defence personally, and collectively want to discuss the relevant issues.
In response to their queries, I must consider one important point :
Do I have a bow? Or, even better, a MEGABOW??
My fired arrow (without even the need for an R10 check!) pierces the heart of the leading creature.
Aside : Since they are undead, how an arrow to the heart would affect them in any way whatsoever is best left as a question for another day.
I decide against immediately running up the nearby stairs, and rather draw the Sommerswerd, ready for battle.
The ghouls, like most scavengers, when confronted with firm opposition start to melt away. I notice one of their number who was apparently perched in an elevated position, intending to jump on me from above. It also retreats, but not before dropping an ‘odd-looking token’ near me.
Plot coupon, anyone??
When I pick it up, the hexagonal piece of metal spontaneously combusts in my hands (!?)
Just like one of Spinal Tap’s drummers….
Aside : If you haven’t seen that movie already, and laughed yourself silly, WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU?
Back to the burning piece of metal. Before it has shriveled away to a crisp, I note for future reference that it is engraved with the number ‘6’.
I climb up the nearby stairs, and the gaze from the top through the adjacent archway at the ruins of a city which is now, after thousands of years, both in ruins and languishing underground. It is, of course, the legendary metropolis of Zaaryx.
My need to eat a Meal is obviated by my Discipline of Huntmastery but, on a more pressing matter, I note a shadowy figure to my left.
I don’t (yet) have the Lore-Circle of Spirit, so I can’t tear myself away from the possibly interesting thing!
As I come closer, I see that this creature is another ghoul, although one with a ridiculously swollen skull and a long black tongue dripping a disgusting ichor….
On a more worrying note, the creature raises its hand and sends a ‘cone of mist’ towards my chest.
Once again, I must acknowledge that I lack the skill of Psi-Screen, and this time it is going to cost me 6 points of psychic damage.
The battle is on!
The good news is that I can double damage, due to the power of the Sommerswerd. The less good news is that the ongoing psychic attack of this creature causes my Combat Skill to be reduced by 4.
So for the purpose of this battle :
Lone Wolf – CS : 30, E : 24
Psi-Ghoul (Psi-Ghoul?? Really?) CS : 20, E : 30
Round 1 – My R10 of 9 makes this combat a short one, and the Ghoul (I’m not saying ‘Psi-Ghoul’) falls at my blade.
Interestingly, the creature drops a ring which I somehow (!) identify as a Psychic Ring which, for whatever reason, I place in my pocket rather than attempting to wear.
I now wander around the ruins for some time, presumably calling out for help desperately.
Hopefully I remember that calling out “Is anyone there” is a death wish in this kind of fiction.
In what may or may not be good news, I spy some other living inhabitants of this dank underground city. Unfortunately, they are a group of lizard-like bipeds grouped together and stroking (!) a ‘large, leathery egg’ (!)
Whatever keeps you going, I suppose.
Like an idiot, I call out to them, and they grab their ‘egg’ protectively and slink down another flight of darkened stairs.
I light my Lantern, and notice another (!) hexagonal piece of metal dropped by them in their flight.
Aside – At the rate these baddies are dropping things, you’d think one of them could have dropped the Lorestone by now, yes?
Having learned from the combustion of the previous token, I don’t pick up this one, but I do note the number of ‘320’ as engraved into the metal.
Having checked out the plot coupon, I carefully make my way down the stairs, alert to any ambush or trap. There is a ‘slightly ajar’ door at the bottom, and my lack of a Mirror means my choices are that I can either walk through it, or push it open and drop to the floor, wary of traps or surprises.
The second option sounds good, and I am relieved to note that, as I push the door open, a bolt of fiery energy blasts harmlessly over my head.
As I now charge through the door, I see two of the creatures standing with the Magnamund equivalent of a flamethrower, and my sudden assault catches them on the hop.
Due to my charge, I am immune from damage for the first two rounds, although the creatures are, also, immune to Mindblast.
Lone Wolf – CS : 32, E : 24
Crocaryx – CS : 12, E : 38
My R10 result of 0 in the second round secures my victory without the chance of Endurance loss.
As I savour my victory, I start fret about Hawthorn’s chances on Saturday night…..
Base Stats : CS : 19, E : 25, GC 0
Current Stats : CS : 34/34, E : 24/31
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. Psychic Ring 9. Quiver (5 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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