Before I can narrate Lone Wolf’s hair-raising passage into a parallel dimension, as a lawyer I should commemorate the 50th anniversary of two amazing legal developments.
And when I say ‘amazing’, I mean “It is FREAKING AMAZING THAT IT TOOK THAT LONG FOR THESE THINGS TO HAPPEN.”
- First was passage of the 1967 Australian referendum which altered the Constitution so that Aboriginal people could be, you know, OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED AS PEOPLE AND COUNTED IN THE CENSUS. It was passed with a 90% share of the vote but seriously, Australia – 1967. Take a long (historical) look at yourself.
- Second was the 1967 US Supreme Court decision of Loving v Virginia. The Court decreed that laws banning people of two races getting married were unconstitutional. (I don’t know if the Court used the phrase “and disgustingly bigoted and evil” but if they didn’t, they should have). Again, the decision wasn’t close, being a 9-0 shutout but, again, 1967?? Sigh.
Back to Lone Wolf.
I would first like to acknowledge the financial contribution of Fenrir Wolfganger, which is second only to his frequent and valued comment-based contribution.
Fenrir has asked me to mention this Warhammer page, which has a funny take on what would be needed to make up a truly helpful medical kit. Check it out!
I’ve put off the hazardous intergalactic travel for as long as I can but…
As I plunge into the ‘whirling black throat of the abyss’, according to Joe Dever I can only hear a ‘mournful sound, like a million voices crying out in despair’.
Hmmm – sounds like someone is borrowing their imagery from elsewhere….
Well, as they always say – good artists borrow, great artists steal.
After another paragraph of descriptive text, I somehow land on the ground alive, but badly shaken.
On a practical level, my R10 check confirms that I have lost 9 (!!) Endurance points during my trip through the Shadow Gate.
I’ll just throw in a couple of bullet points to summarise the book’s description of my surroundings :
- There is no sun or moon, but rather a light akin to a fire glowing along the horizon, which provides illumination.
- Nothing marks the ground except boulders and desert plains (I initially typed ‘dessert plains’, which would have been awesome).
- The wise elders of Sommerlund believe that the Daziarn actually serves as a nexus or hub between various parallel worlds.
- Cheerfully (not really), the wizards of Toran have always thought that the Shadow Gates (such as the one beneath their Guild) are one way, which is why they had shoved archvillains through it, presumably never to be heard from again.
- My first priority is obviously to see if I can retrieve the Lorestones which fell through the Shadow Gate at the same time as me.
I search my surroundings, but see no sign of the Lorestones or, it must be said, the Shadow Gate.
Aside : This is around the time when my wife would interject and say, “Sweetheart, did you really look, or did you just have a ‘man look’?
I note the rising of the wind, and deduce that this is merely a prelude to a potentially deadly storm.
I start chewing my gum REALLY hard, and consider my options.
After realising that using my Magnakai Disciplines to change my appearance to match that of a super-hunk won’t help, I consider my other options.
There are two possible sources of shelter – a mount of volcanic slabs or a shallow gully, with the latter being seemingly further away.
Luckily, I don’t have to accept any responsibility whatsoever for this choice, because constant reader Fenrir gets the honours!
Fenrir has elected to command Lone Wolf to make for the volcanic rocks, so I hustle towards them.
First tick – I make it there safely.
Secondly – Exhausted as I may be from the trek through the sand, I note that the rocks / slabs are not, in fact, the produce of natural earth movements, but have rather been stacked symmetrically. In fact, one particular slab has even edges, a mirror-smooth surface and ‘spidery markings’ enscribed on it.
My handy skill of Pathmanship let’s me know that this structure is, in fact, a cairn, and is dedicated to someone or something called “Ztuul”.
I double-check to make sure that it reads ‘Ztuul’ and not ‘Zuul’……
Telling myself that I’m not disturbing a grave, but rather trying to find better shelter *cough*, I lift the slab / rock away, revealing an opening the size of a trapdoor, within which lies a large, metallic statue.
Using my Lantern, I see that the ‘statue’ is actually skeletal remains, wrapped in a thin, silvery metal blanket. The creature, whatever it was, was about 9 feet / 2.7 metres tall.
Confirming my status as a grave-robber, I take a Silver Rod that is lying abandoned next to the body, before leaving good enough alone.
Interestingly, I am then required to at a Meal, or lose three Endurance points. I double-checked the game rules and Project Aon, but couldn’t find any specific reference to Huntmastery not being effective in the Daziarn. Having said this, I’m in a desert and haven’t seen a single living thing so far, so I’m going to eat the (single) Meal I have in my backpack, and review the situation if the need to eat comes up again.
Have at it in the comments with your opinions on this (or any other) regard!
Till next time…
Confirming details of the JUNE FUNDRAISER :
As many of you may (or may not) have noticed, this humble blog has a ‘buy now’ button on the lower right-hand side. This is for those who wish to make a financial acknowledgement of the work that goes into preparing 15,000+ words of gamebook goodness every month.
Any funds received will be used for the simple purpose of buying books, and particularly gamebooks.
There is the capacity to make both one-off and recurring donations, and, to make things a little more interesting, for this month of June I’m going to proclaim the following rewards :
Make any donation – Get namechecked in the blog, with thanks.
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The above message will be placed at the bottom of each post for this delightfully freezing (in Melbourne) month of June…
Base Stats : CS : 22, E : 28, GC 10
Current Stats : CS : 38/38, E : 33/34
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),
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. Silver Rod 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, Dagger of Vashna, Brass Whistle. Quiver (4 arrows), Pass, Vial of Clear Liquid, Crystal Star Pendant, Receipt, Invitation
Magnakai Rank : Scion-Kai
Magnakai Disciplines : Weaponmastery (+4 CS in Sword, Bow, Mace, Dagger, Spear, Quarterstaff, Broadsword, Warhammer), Pathmanship, Huntmastery, Divination, Invisibility, Nexus, Psi-Screen, Psi-Surge
Lore-Circles : Fire (+1 CS, +2 E), Solaris (+1 CS, +3 E), Spirit (+3 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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