When we left our hero, he had lost yet another sidekick and was busily dashing up to the roof of a Grand Sepulchre in search of revenge.
As Lady Bracknell said (well, almost said) in The Importance of Being Earnest :
“To lose one sidekick may be interpreted as misfortune, to lose fifty-three looks like carelessness….”
Once up the top, I see someone (something?) described as a ‘magnificent warrior’ who is riding a gigantic black bird. In true action movie fashion, this warrior descends a rope ladder from his mount to snaffle the two Lorestones that are resting on the roof.
I guess ‘magnificent warrior’ is a term in the eye of the beholder…
Aside : Admit it – the first time you looked at that picture, you thought the helmet was actually the warrior’s face, right?
Or was it just me…?
Come on, Lone Wolf – focus!
MEGABOW – to my hand!
Given the heavy armour worn by this interloper, I need to choose where the warrior’s armour is weakest, and therefore where my arrow should be aimed.
This page had a few thoughts in this regard, and I ponder the options of visor, throat and chest.
The visor looks pretty sturdy, and aiming at the chest seems a sucker bet.
Aside : There’s a great moment in the Frank Miller comic ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ where Batman comments that the whole reason he wears a distinctive yellow and black symbol on his chest is to draw enemy fire to the (armoured) area of his chest, since he can’t protect his head in the same way. Awesome.
I therefore aim for the throat, and need a 9 or more on my R10 check, after all bonuses are factored in.
With my +8 in bonuses, I feel pretty confident. and my score of 7 (+8) doesn’t let me down.
My arrow penetrates the side of his neck. He screams and pulls the arrow out, which those who have been reading my adventures for a while will remember is completely the WRONG thing to do.
In any event, as he tucks the Lorestones into his belt pouch, I dash forward to prevent his escape.
I fight him in his weakened state!
Scarlet Warrior – CS : 25, E : 30
Lone Wolf – CS : 38, E : 34
I strike a mighty (non-fatal) blow in the first round of combat, to which he reacts by leaping up the rope ladder, onto his tame bird and flying away.
I do manage to slash at his belt while he escapes, cutting loose one of the Lorestones which comes to rest on the ground, far below my current position.
Aside : The books are REALLY determined to make sure you only get one Lorestone at a time, aren’t they?
I can’t see the ground from the roof (due to the mist) but nevertheless dash down the stairs to (hopefully) locate the fallen Lorestone.
In an ABSOLUTE waste of time, I pause to contemplate my guide’s dead body, and to close his sightless eyes.
Aside : I’m not being hypocritical here – I have told my family very clearly that when I die, they should give away absolutely every body part that they can, and chuck the rest away.
I reach the surface, but as I rush towards the Lorestone, I am set upon (naturally) by two Agtah scouts.
Because this passage wasn’t already enough fun, they are immune to Mindblast.
Agtah Scouts – CS : 26, E : 21
Lone Wolf – CS : 36, E : 34
Thanks to R10 checks of 1, 3 and 2 (!!) I lose 8 (!) Endurance points before despatching the foes.
This is of minor consequence, though, as in (literally) the next paragraph, I find the Lorestone and restore my Endurance to the maximum level.
I also grab the warrior’s fallen sword, and note from the markings that it (and presumably the warrior) are from Haagadar. My Magnakai senses manage to confirm that Haagadar is, in fact, the destination to which my prey is currently fleeing.
While I ponder the archaelogical history of certain swords, a (literal) army of Chaos-creatures emerge from the forest and, as I rush for the sanctuary of the Sepulchre, three tentacled monstrosities block the entrance.
Mentally giving these three ugly and vicious monsters the nicknames of Eric, Don Jr and Ivanka, my Magnakai skill of Divination lets me know that Ironheart’s army is, in fact, on their way, and should be here within an hour.
On the down side, unless I find somewhere to, you know, hide, I’m dead.
Homer, be my guide.
The only two non-ruined options for me are the Grand Sepulchre (currently with an entrance guarded by the Trump-esque monsters) and Baylon’s Tomb.
Interesting choice : The Sepulchre is probably a better choice, but I’ll have to defeat these monsters to get in. The tomb is a great unknown.
My MEGASWORD cries for blood!
Octagtah – CS : 12, E : 43
Lone Wolf – CS : 38, E : 34
There is also +2 to any Endurance loss, due to the ‘poisonous tentacles’.
Ehhh – call ’em whatever you want.
Round 1 – My enemies lose 18 Endurance.
Round 2 – My enemies lose 10, I lose 4 Endurance.
Round 3 – My enemies lose 10, I lose 4.
Round 4 – My enemies lose 9, I lose 5.
Aside : Seriously??? My R10 checks were 7, 2, 2 and 1!
In any event, I dash into the Sepulchre, and reach the roof without further disruption.
From there, I see that both armies are clashing on the plain beneath me. Ironheart’s forces are temporarily successful, before their victory is cut short by a ‘thunderous roar’.
Lone Wolf fans know what’s coming, but they and my other readers will have to wait till next time….
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Base Stats : CS : 22, E : 28, GC 10
Current Stats : CS : 38/38, E : 24/34
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. Obsidian Seal 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. Map of Daziarn 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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