As I foreshadowed in the last entry, Lone Wolf is now confronted by that most tedious of enemies…..
Did some audience member way up the back say ‘bullet points’?
- When Talestria was conquered in the early stages of this war, thousands of citizens were taken as slaves, and are currently held captive in the fortress of Torgar.
- Yeah, I blurred over most of a lengthy paragraph describing a no-doubt painstakingly created history of a made-up war. You got me.
- The army made up of ‘goodies’ have defeated two Darklords, who were forced to return in order to lick their wounds and marshal their forces.
- Adamas has vowed to take Torgar during this period of respite.
Aside : I’ve mentioned his work before, but for one of my favourite (fantasy) depictions of a city/fortress under siege, read Legend by the late David Gemmell. Great stuff.
Adamas, in a classic display of overconfidence, brashly boasts of a device that he has received from the Elder Magi which is going to reduce the gate to ‘twisted scrap’.
There is then some guff about the army’s preparations for the assault on Torgar, before the book confirms that Adamas and I enter our army’s trenches, before surveying the front gate of the city from behind a temporarily-erected log wall.
Aside : Trench warfare was one of the most disgraceful ways in modern history of wasting the lives of soldiers. Read this entry if you want to be depressed.
Alternatively, you can just watch one of the finest (and saddest) endings to a television series in the history of the medium :
[Pauses for discreet sobbing]
Back to Lone Wolf.
Adamas produces the Elder Magi’s device, which is basically a grenade. It must be placed at the foot of the door, activated, and it will then (in theory) explode around ten seconds later.
Adamas then (sportingly) offers to toss a coin to determine which of us gets the ‘honour’ of planting the device.
The book specifically notes that, for some magical reason, my skill of Divination won’t let me determine which side of the coin is showing.
I always call ‘Tails’ in these situations, so that’s the way I go.
And I call ‘correctly’, which means that for better or worse, Adamas gets the job (honour?) of planting the explosive.
After making an R10 check, which will apparently determine the result of Adamas’ sortie, I watch with bated breath as Adamas places and primes the explosive but……is then struck by a boulder (thrown by the defending soldiers) on his way back to safety of our trenches.
Without thinking too hard, I immediately leap from my position, and drag Adams to safety.
Oh, I’m TOTALLY saying this when he wakes up :
Long story short – the crystal explodes as planned, leaving a beautiful (if unrealistic) triangle-shaped hole in the gate to Torgar.
The army (including Adamas and myself) charge through the gate, and battle is joined in the streets of Torgar.
We note that a number of Drakkarim have clustered behind a couple of small human-shaped figures, each of which is holding a yellow globe.
Even before I’m asked if I possess the skill of Divination, I know that this situation is a worry.
Somewhat unsurprisingly, my (advanced) Divination confirms that these globes are essentially magical dynamite, containing explosive compounds that will detonate upon contact with the air.
I seize the opportunity of firing an arrow from my MEGABOW at one of the globes.
Aside : Aahh, Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood, who came from the Brooklyn area of England…
I need an 8 or more on my R10 check, and I’m glad that I have a total bonus of +8, because my (initial) result was a 0…..
My arrow strikes true, with the resulting explosion causing the second magician to also drop his sphere, setting off further flaming deaths of the enemy.
In brief, we manage to advance to the centre of Torgar, which is an open square with a fairly obvious tower, which just invites further investigation.
I nip into the tower and reach a staircase leading down, which is suffused with a bright orange glow.
I have to make an R10 check, and am pleased that I get a +3 bonus due to my completion of the Lore Circle of Solaris.
My result of 7 would have passed the test anyway, as I cleverly conceal myself from a passing Drakkarim officer.
And I walk down the steps, leaving you on a…….stairhanger.
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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 (5 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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