The Prisoners of Time

The Prisoners of Time – Attempt 1, Part 1


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.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Project Aon link – Milky Way-esque galaxy

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.

Project Aon link – Dead creature in tomb

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.

$5.00 (Aus) or more – Get namechecked and have me plug, on this blog, a web-page (including your own) of your choice (On the basis that same is not obscene or NSFW)

$20.00 (Aus) or more – Get namechecked, get the web-page plug, and have the responsibility for making a choice at some point during the playthrough of the current book.

$50.00 (Aus) or more – Get namechecked, get the web-page plug, have a choice in the book, and pick one of the Grand Master Disciplines at the start of Book 13 (if I get that far).

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)

Current paragraph : 334


5 thoughts on “The Prisoners of Time – Attempt 1, Part 1

  1. Loving vs. Virginia… I remember reading about that and realizing it was only 13 years from the year of my birth, and thus that year (1980) significantly closer to that than to the present… and until now, Loving less than 50 years ago. It’s not so nice to think about.

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  2. Human Society and Civilization continue to advance and progress. Unfortunately the definition of “progress” keeps changing so one generations great step forward is overturned by another generation as part of their great step forward. Consequently while its always good to see improvements in laws and viewpoints we also remember “This too shall pass”.

    Richard Mentor Johnson (1780-1850) had an octaroon (one eight african, seven eights european) slave he grew up with as his common law wife, raised their children as free people and educated them. He said to his opposers “Unlike Jefferson, Clay, Poindexter and others I married my wife under the eyes of God, and apparently He has found no objections”. He was also a politican and his own constituents had no problem with this. This was in Kentucky. 16 years after his death the state “advanced” by banning marriage between white people and 12% africans. Once the Civil war was “won” Kentucky society advanced even further in banning marriage between a white person and any “mixed citizen”. (Anyone wanting to read more on him is warned that all humans make mistakes but Wikipedia has a page on him. Another fascinating character is discussed here: , to put this tale in context not only did the state AFTERWARDS bring in their no marrying law in 1863 but in 1872 they brought in a rule “White and colored persons shall not be taught in the same school” which wasn’t taken off the state laws until, when do you think? Guess later. Later still. 1994! (again, from Wikipeida))

    So, yes, we enjoy when the courts make the right decision, but our Author especially knows how quickly the same court can make the wrong decision.

    Back to Lone Wolf

    Ahem, moving on hurriedly.

    “good artists borrow, great artists steal”
    What about those who shamelessly steal everything not nailed down but don’t always try to pass it off as our I mean their own work? Not that I know anyone doing that of course, I was just asking out of, um, scientific curiousity.

    That was a cool picture to illustrate that light coming from the horizon by the way,👍

    “Did you really look?”
    Hand on heart, in my shop when someone asks me where something is I usually point to right beside them. And its usually the women too (albeit that partly because they’re more willing to actually ask).

    “change my appearance to match that of a super-hunk won’t help,”
    If we could we would. The hell with if it helps with the current situation. Lone Wolf on the other hand is already a hunk (albeit an extremely scarred one, maybe he just dreams of not looking like he was attacked by an insane and inefficient whittler).

    PHEW! I didn’t kill you, yet. When, I mean if, you die horribly in the next section I shall vehemently deny it was anything to do with me. Also re Grave Robbing, they’re dead, they don’t care. If they really wanted it kept safe they’d have left it in a safe deposit box, not under some artistically arranged (i.e. haphazard) boulders in the middle of a desert.(Yes I am extremely religious, but lets be practical here). That said I’d have eaten a backpack meal too. You don’t even know what’s edible and what’s poisonous in this desert (ah, but if it really WAS a dessert… 😀 ).

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  3. Section 74 says “You … must now eat a Meal or lose 3 ENDURANCE points. If you possess the Magnakai Discipline of Huntmastery you are unable, on this occasion, to use this skill in lieu of eating a Meal from your Backpack” so I think it’s reasonable to assume that on all other occasions, you CAN use Huntmastery.

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    1. Lone Wolf is here caught in a cave while a major dust storm rages outside keeping him imprisoned. The section you mention is in an area thats more of a human habitable zone (which detail is hidden it the reams of exposition). So while I salute your research I’d personally still say you’d have to eat a meal here.

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