At the end of our last episode, Lone Wolf’s hiding place was seemingly exposed by the Darklord’s magical sword, which, of its own volition, pointed right at me!
I confirm, in response to the book’s polite enquiry, that I do in fact possess the Magnakai Discipline of Psi-Screen.
I must to make an R10 check, needing 7 or more.
For every Magnakai Discipline I possess, I can add 1 to my R10!
[Frantically checks the R10 chart to make sure that there isn’t a -3 lurking there somewhere]
Although my location is revealed, I am free from any psychic damage, as I ready myself to face another Darklord.
Aside : I mentally point out to myself that the most recent scoreboard entry reads Lone Wolf : 2, Darklords : 0 in terms of these confrontations.
It does not appear, at this time, that the Darklord is immediately aware of my true identity, but rather that he is only able to detect my presence.
Quickly coming up with a story, I mutter some story about being an emissary from Darklord Xog (!) with news of a traitor in Kraagenskûl’s inner circle. In an attempt to even the odds, I also ask to speak with the Darklord alone, so that the Vassagonia emissaries are ordered to leave.
The emissaries fix me with dirty looks as they pass, unaware that they have been spared a Kai Master spankin’.
Aside : Lone Wolf gets considerable suck-up points for addressing the Darklord as ‘O Invincible Lord of Death and Decay’.
As the other lackeys leave the room, the Darklord decides to use a more direct method to drill me for information – a blast of electric fire that purports to hold me in place!
The Golden Amulet, given to me by my friend and slave-owner Banedon, diverts the flames, leaving me free and unharmed!
And is that a record for consecutive exclamation points!?
Going to plan ‘B’, the Darklord summons black mist from his fingers, which transforms into Crypt Spawn.
I have the choice of using either the Sommerswerd or the Dagger of Vashna (or both).
Now is when I heed Banedon’s warning, and le,ave the Sommerswerd, despite its restlessness and complaining in its sheath.
Instead, I draw the Dagger of Vashna!
The Crypt Spawn, suddenly terrified, float up to the ceiling to stay out of trouble.
Battle is joined!
Aside : Although I don’t get my normal +8 CS for the Sommerswerd, the Dagger of Vashna gives me a +7 CS, resulting in only a net effect of -1.
The Darklord is also immune to Mindblast, but not Psi-Surge.
Given that I now only lose 1 Endurance per round for using Psi-Surge, I activate its fury!
Darklord Kraagenskûl – CS : 45. E : 48
Lone Wolf – CS : 46, E : 32
R10 of 9!
LW – 32-0-1=31, DK – 48-12=36
R10 of 0!!!
LW : 31-0-1=30, DK : 36-14=22
R10 of 4…
LW : 30-3-1=26, DK : 22-7=15
R10 of 2 (this is what mathematicians call ‘reversion to the mean….’)
LW : 26-4-1=21, DK : 15-5=10
R10 of 3…..[sigh]
LW : 21-3-1=17, DK : 10-6=4
LW : 17-0-1=16, DK : 4-10=………[hic jacet Darklord!]
The Darklord falls!
I can take his sword if I want. It is, however, very much a two-edged sword (pun TOTALLY intended).
It adds 5 to my Combat Skill (and 7 if fighting a Darklord), but I must deduct one Endurance point PERMANENTLY for every round after the first in which I use the sword.
Not worth it – I leave the sword behind, giving it a casual flip with my toe.
I dash up to the roof, and see the Zlanbeast, minded by only one Death Knight guard, his back casually turned to me.
Now I want to manage this carefully, given that anything too startling may frighten the Zlanbeast, and cause it to fly off, leaving no forwarding address.
Rather than shooting the Death Knight with a Bow, or attacking him from behind, I rather remember that I am still wearing a Drakkarim set of armour and tell him he is wanted in the barracks.
My bluff needs an R10 check, although luckily I can add 5 for my possession of Invisibility and high Magnakai Rank.
My score of (7+5)=12 meets the target easily enough.
The Death Knight wearily nods and descends the stairs, presumably to (1) Firstly, discovery the corpse of the Darklord (2) Secondly,rRun for his life, instead of facing the inevitable execution for being sucked in by the fugitive Kai Master.
I approach the Zlanbeast, silently cursing the fact that Animal Control is the one Magnakai Discipline that I do not possess.
My R10 check of 6 is enough, however, to charm the (metaphorical) socks off the creature, as it allows me to mount and fly off into the west!
All I needed was a sunset (or sunrise) and I’d feel like we were at the end of Act II of a Michael Bay movie…
Dawn breaks a couple of hours into my trip, and I start to get annoyed because there isn’t some hostess on hand to bring me breakfast.
And by ‘breakfast’, I mean booze.
At least my Golden Amulet protects me from the elements, with the book informing me in a matter-of-fact way that without it, I would have died about an hour after take-off.
Thanks, I think.
As I start to wonder about my in-flight movie options, I leave my readers hungry for more.
Base Stats : CS : 22, E : 28, GC 22 (Kika 28)
Final Stats : CS : 44/44, E : 22/32
Weapons : Sword, Dagger
Weapon-Like Special Items : Silver Bow of Duadon (+3), Sommerswerd (+8 CS), Dagger of Vashna
Backpack : Rope, Lantern, Potion of Laumspur (+4E), Meals (3)
Special Items : 1. Sommerswerd (+8 CS) (with Korlinium scabbard) 2. Platinum Amulet / Gold Amulet, 3. Dagger of Vashna 4. Shield (+2 CS), 5. Padded Waistcoat (+2 E), 6. Bronin Vest (+3 CS, +1 E) 7. Blue Stone Triangle Pendant, 8. Psychic Ring 9. Quiver (6 arrows), 10. Silver Bracers (+2 CS, +1 E) (6), 11. Crystal Explosive 12. Silver Bow of Duadon.
Kai Monastery storage :
- Backpack Items : Sack of Silver (3)
- Special Items : Map of Tekaro, Diamonds (2), Boat Ticket, Power Key, Copper Key, Ornate Silver Key, Jewelled Mace, Obsidian Seal, Brass Whistle. Quiver (4 arrows), Pass, Vial of Clear Liquid, Crystal Star Pendant, Receipt, Invitation, Signet Ring
Magnakai Rank : Archmaster
Magnakai Disciplines : Weaponmastery (+4 CS in Sword, Bow, Mace, Dagger, Spear, Quarterstaff, Broadsword, Warhammer, Axe), Pathmanship, Huntmastery, Divination, Invisibility, Nexus, Psi-Screen, Psi-Surge, Curing
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 (+3CS), Mindshield, Weaponskill (+2 CS in Short Sword)
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