When Lone Wolf woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.
Having said that, Lone Wolf’s position upon awakening isn’t that much better, what with being in the middle of a mystical ‘corridor’ between dimensions, with no known exit back to his home.
And then, just to make things a little more interesting….
I’m drawn outside of my makeshift shelter by the ominous flap of wings. When outside, I see two groups of creatures, with no immediate hint as to which of the two are the ‘goodies’ :
- Half a dozen dragon-esque creatures, each bearing as a rider a large golden-skinned figure of human appearance, if not size.
- A group of huge lizard-like creatures, fleeing across the desert, while being apparently hunted by the flying monsters.
As the leading lizard (!) heads towards the cairn, one of the golden-skinned humanoids spots me, and lands nearby.
I can only say…
My Pathmanship mastery comes to the fore, as I can decipher the initial questions of the leader (and two of his followers, who have landed with him).
And for those commenters who shrugged off the grave-robbing of Lone Wolf in my previous post, let me just note that the VERY FIRST thing to come out of his mouth is a demand for an explanation as to why I’ve violated the tomb of Ztuul, ‘one of their most revered hunters’.
With the only options being ‘telling the unvarnished truth’ and ‘staying silent’, I can’t imagine that saying nothing will be viewed as friendly, particularly given my current position.
Upon hearing my story of ‘Kai Lord’, ‘Shadow Gate’ and so forth, they initially appear sceptical, but are fascinated by my ‘appearance’ and the ‘sound of my voice’.
I just KNEW my Magnakai ‘quick change’ would be helpful!
In an epic series of name drops, they mention that they are the ‘Yoacor’, the ‘Lords of Yanis’ (the Shining City) and masters of the ‘Abaxial of Czenos’.
If there is a test later on that series of names I am going to be SO SCREWED.
They decide to take me to the Beholder at their home base, who will judge my story.
Hopefully it isn’t this guy.
I hitch a ride on one of the dragon-like creatures, and we fly for so long that I fall asleep on two separate occasions, with no indication that my mount requires food, drink or sleep during the flight.
We then pass through a narrow cleft between two mountains, before emerging in front of a crater within which lies a ‘beautiful city’.
We land at the citadel, and I am escorted to a room in the watchtower, where my escort telepathically (!!) tells me to wait while the ‘Beholder’ is told of my coming.
I walk into the (indicated) adjoining room, finding food (on a table, ready for eating) along with a divan.
I can’t see any reason why they’d want to take me all this way only to poison me, so I tuck in to the offered meal (gaining 3 unneeded Endurance) and there is enough left over to take 1 Meal with me, which I do.
After sleeping, I am escorted to the Beholder, and Lone Wolf (but not your writer) is shocked by the appearance of someone obviously high in intellect rather than physical ability.
He dismisses the other locals, and my skill of Divination confirms that, like Yoda, he is a being of immense power.
He escorts to a classic ‘man-cave’, what with the steel floor and so-on, and (not so) modestly mentions that he has seen me arrive in the Daziarn, and that if it wasn’t for his men, I’d be dead by now.
Aside : This exposition JUST KEEPS GOING ON. And it burns up paragraphs that could have been used for the ‘game’ part of ‘gamebook’.
Bullet points :
- His realm is, in the universe, between the planes of Fire and Water.
- The Beholder scans my mind and approves, saying that I must leave his city (since many are hunting me, but that he will help me as best he can.
- He obviously didn’t check out every image that goes through Lone Wolf’s mind.
STOP THINKING ABOUT ROSE BYRNE, LONE WOLF.
- The Beholder uses some plot-device voodoo to calculate that the two Lorestones, which passed through the Shadow Gate ahead of me, landed in the area known as ‘Khat Trisect of Vhozada’ (!), where a person of assistance known as Serocca resides.
- He indicates a ‘Dimension Door’ which will take me to the relevant area.
- I step through, and the journey costs me 3 Endurance.
Aside : At the rate of non-choice paragraphs in this book, I should get that back in no time!
I emerge at an area reminiscent of my home in Sommerlund, what with the grassland, streams, birdsong and so forth. All we need is Badger and Water-Rat drifting by on one of their boats.
Using my Huntmastery-based skills, I scan the horizon, and see some pyramid-shaped stone structures that may be evidence of habitation.
I follow a stream in that direction before noting a thicket of trees around a pale. grey, metallic monolith.
Everytime I hear the words ‘monolith’, I think of this….doesn’t everyone?
Naturally, I investigate it, because of course I do. Noting foliage around the monolith, which indicates the structure has been there for some time, I also hear a humming from deep underground.
Meanwhile, my Pathmanship alerts me to the possibility of an ambush. I ready myself for a confrontation!
A group of ‘hairy, squat-limbed creatures’ enter the clearing, which makes me doubly certain that Joe Dever had seen the 2001 movie right before he wrote this section.
Their leader utters some sounds which, once more, my Pathmanship can decipher.
He asks if I come from ‘Meledor’, and the tone says that ‘Yes’ is the hoped-for answer.
To tell the truth, or no?
I have made my decision, but the curious among you will have to wait.
Aside : I know this entry wasn’t that interesting but, seriously, Joe Dever gave me NOTHING to work with – it was all very po-faced world-building, with hardly a game component to be found – I don’t think I made a single R10 check!
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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), 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. 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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