We left Lone Wolf and his (DOOOOOMED!) sidekick at an interesting time. Our river cruise had been rudely interrupted by our craft becoming marooned in the middle of the river.
On the bright side, my Kai Disciplines have helped me deduce what the problem is.
…..I am now aware that the blockage is due to malevolent submerged creatures holding onto our boat in preparation for an attack.
SJ and I draw our weapons and prepare to repel boarders.
Some kind of dome-shaped heads with fangs rise into view as these monstrosities frantically try to clamber into our boat, distressed that SJ and I are ready for them.
I’m thinking this image :
Aside : And if you don’t know that classic B-Movie WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU??!
These monsters are described as ‘Ciquali’, which, let’s face it isn’t exactly the scariest name, and I get a thankfully accepted bonus of +2 to my Combat Skill due to my (our?) readiness for the attack.
Ciquali – CS : 21, E : 36
Lone Wolf – CS : 36, E : 31
I lose 2 Endurance in the first round, but score an Instakill in the second.
Aside : Apparently there would have been consequences if the fight had lasted 5+ rounds…
Just as I was about to dislocate my shoulder from trying to pat myself on the back, I get the sobering news that two more of our adversaries have managed to strike a fatal hole in the hull of our boat. We’re thrown into the water, but I thankfully make it to the shore.
I could say I emerge from the water at the banks of the river looking like this…..
…but, in reality, not so much.
Hey – at least we’re both Australian!
Before I can even catch my breath, I turn to see SJ being dragged fatally beneath the surface. I am given no option or chance to rescue him, but can only watch until he is pulled down to meet his doom.
I don’t want to make light of such a tragic moment, but…..
For some ridiculous reason, Lone Wolf just sits by the river for an hour, mourning the loss of his companion. I suppose there’s an argument that he’s in shock, but otherwise such a self-indulgent pause seems just silly, particular when there are hideously dangerous creatures still lurking in the river….
In any event, I vow to avenge his death by retrieving the Lorestones, blink back manly tears, etc, etc.
In a breathtaking bit of writing structure, the book then casually tosses off (literally in ONE SENTENCE) the news that I journey, solo, along the banks of the river for EIGHT DAYS.
Although I do, in fact, possess the twin skills of Hunting and Huntmastery, there is no mention, during this period of travel, of Lone Wolf (if he didn’t have the necessary Disciplines) eating meals, needing shelter, finding drinkable fresh water or any other things that would be absolutely necessary to survive in an area.
The rich and satisfying realism of the wintry trek through Kalte seems a long way away….
The bizarre thing is that Joe Dever could just as easily said that the trek was for ‘two’ days, rendering such obvious questions much less necessary….
In any event, Lone Wolf eventually reaches the ‘yellow, sulphorous’ soil which marks the start of the Nadulritzaga foothills. A road of broken stones leads into the distance.
By noon, after journeying for 10 miles along this road, NOW I get told that I need to eat a Meal (!!) or lose 3 Endurance points.
I feel you, Cersei.
As I cross the bridge, I see and hear horsemen approaching. Using my Huntmastery-inspired telescopic vision, I see that they beat the crest and colours of Talestria. They are, in theory, the good guys, so I flag them down, remembering that I am wearing the colours of a ‘Pathfinder’ (messenger).
Their leader states that they have been sent to confirm these hills are free from enemies, and he offers to take me to his commander. My Sixth Sense (operating again! Yay!) confirms that he speaks the truth.
I ride double with the leader of the patrol, and we reach the crest of the ridge, and I catch my first glimpse of Torgar.
Its defences appear formidable, but the soldiers of Talestria and Palmyrion are presently laying siege to the walls.
I enter the tent of the leader of these forces, and it is Adamas, Lord Constable of Garthen. He was our travelling companion for around five minutes at the start of The Jungle of Horrors. Full credit to him – leaving Lone Wolf’s side while he still could….
And…..then there’s a whole bunch of exposition, which can wait until my next entry….
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Base Stats : CS : 19, E : 25, GC 10
Current Stats : CS : 34/34, E : 31/31
Weapons : Sword, Dagger
Weapon-Like Special Items : Silver Bow of Duadon (+3), Sommerswerd (+8 CS)
Backpack : Vial of Gold Dust, Rope, Lantern, Potion of Alether (+2 CS), Potion of Laumspur (2), Meal
Special Items : 1. Sommerswerd (+8 CS) 2. Platinum Amulet, 3. Gorodon Horn 4. Shield (+2 CS), 5. Padded Waistcoat (+2 E), 6. Chainmail Waistcoat (+4 E) 7. Blue Stone Triangle Pendant, 8. Psychic Ring 9. Quiver (6 arrows), 10. Fireseeds (6), 11. EMPTY 12. Silver Bow of Duadon.
Extra Special Item : Signet Ring
Kai Monastery storage :
- Backpack Items : Sack of Silver (3)
- Special Items : Mao of Tekaro, Diamonds (2), Boat Ticket, Power Key, Copper Key, Ornate Silver Key, Jewelled Mace, Sommerswerd, Brass Whistle. Quiver (4 arrows), Pass, Vial of Clear Liquid, Crystal Star Pendant, Receipt, Invitation
Magnakai Rank : Mentora
Magnakai Disciplines : Weaponmastery (+3 CS in Sword, Bow, Mace, Dagger, Spear, Quarterstaff, Broadsword), Pathmanship, Huntmastery, Divination, Invisibility, Nexus, 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)
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