Yes, I’m still alive, although greatly frustrated by the slow-moving machinery of the Court system in Australia.
Aside : It is never fun when you have to tell your client that they need to deposit $41,000.00 to pay for barristers, and that this deposit must happen within THREE DAYS.
And before you ask – that’s a third party expense – not directed at myself.
On a lighter note, Lone Wolf finds his way to the (unofficial) wizards’ tower of Tahou, and has a (literally) tearful reunion with Banedon.
In summary, Banedon mentions that :
- The city has suffered several incursions, but that they have been repelled.
- Both the President and Senator Chil have died. Whether they died from CHOKING ON THEIR OWN TRAITOROUS WORDS is left unsaid.
- The enemy continue to assault the city with all their remaining forces, although the flying Kraan have now been decimated.
I can now see the Vassagonian forces advancing on the city. At their head is Zakhan Kimah, who you may remember from Shadow on the Sand.
More importantly from my perspective, he still has the Orb of Death which was given to him by Darklord Haakon in return for helping with my capture.
Aside : Pretty sweet deal for the Zakhan – the Darklords didn’t end up with myself or the Book of the Magnakai, but the Zakhan kept the Orb!…..He probably has a law degree, with that kind of negotiating success.
As I watch in (presumably) horrified silence, a defending soldier attempts to attack the Zakhan, only to be melted into ash.
More worryingly, the Zakhan uses his mystic powers to destroy the gates to the city, and enters brashly, together with the attacking soldiers.
Since all others fall before him, I face him for the final battle.
Aside : I haven’t (as at the typing of this line) resolved this conflict, but I certainly have editorial comments on it. Stay tuned.
I acknowledge that I do have the Sommerswerd, and the book smugly informs me that a bolt of ‘scarlet fire’ erupts from the orb.
Of course, I’m not worried, because the Lone Wolf wikia entry on the Sommerswerd specifically mentions that the wielder is immune to hostile magic, and therefore….
I’m sorry –
….the book informs me that, LITERALLY RIGHT AFTER ASKING IF I HAVE THE SOMMERSWERD, the bolt catches me in the shoulder, causing the loss of 5 Endurance points.
Well, battle is joined.
Zakhan Kimah – CS : 39, E : 46
Well, that isn’t so bad…..
COMBAT SKILL OF 39????
EVEN WITH THE SOMMERSWERD IF YOU HAD AN INITIAL COMBAT SKILL OF 10, YOU WOULD ONLY HAVE AN ADJUSTED COMBAT SKILL OF 18.
Zakhan Kimah – CS : 39, E : 46
Oh yeah, he’s immune to Mindblast AND Psi-Surge.
Lone Wolf – CS : 32, E : (after that gratuitous energy bolt) 26
This could be…..interesting.
I won’t go through the entire combat, because it is too depressing. I will say that my first three R10 checks were 3, 0, 0.
At that point, the Zakhan had been reduced to 29 Endurance while my score was at a (halfway) decent level of 20.
Subsequent R10 checks of 4, , 7 and 5 sealed my fate.
Alright – now I can say –
Making the final enemy have freakishly high combat scores doesn’t add to the ‘challenge’ – IT ADDS TO THE BOREDOM.
IT IS BORING TO MAKE THE SAME CHOICES AND THE SAME DICE ROLLS / R10 CHECKS TO TRY GET FREAKISHLY HIGH SCORES IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THE WINNING RESULT.
Even worse, in the original printing of this book, the Zakhan had a mind-boggling Combat Skill score of 44 (!!!??).
In any event, I do actually have some unorthodox ideas for trying to get over this final hurdle, although I will have to use some ‘meta-gaming’ decisions to defeat the book’s deterination to make life difficult.
Are you intrigued?
Well – stay tuned.
I say this…
Base Stats : CS : 19, E : 25, GC 0
Current Stats : CS : 34/34, E : 0/31
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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