Feeling somewhat like Sisyphus, I return to the fray.
As my faithful readers now know, there is a point partway through the adventure where Lone Wolf’s Endurance gets restored to maximum. I’m going to refrain from repeated commentary up until that points, so you’ll just have to accept my word for it if I don’t die through that initial portion….
And having said that, I didn’t actually get to discover the Endurance-restoring crystal, because of my R10 check going another way.
And…..I basically get all the way to the Crystal Spire (paragraph 325 for those following along at home) without any serious problems (ie. the avalanche didn’t kill me, and I didn’t have any other serious problems….)
I lose 2 Endurance due to the psychic probe that emanates from the Crystal Sphere, and am able to continue!
I face the three Cabalah and, at the cost of using an ineffective Kai-surge, am able to evade them (ie. run away) without combat!
I find the archway, which is guarded by the shimmering curtain of light.
I enter the next chamber, and use my Kai-alchemy to snaffle the Onyx Key.
I don’t set off the alarm, but I once more have to face the Kajarda
Lone Wolf (w/out Sommerswerd, with Kai-surge, with Alether) – CS : 42, E : 44
Kajarda – CS : 48, E 42
After eight rounds of pitched battle, I am triumphant, albeit with Endurance of 7, just above the cut-off for my one-off ’20 Endurance restoration’.
Yeah…..not that type of wounded, Frasier.
Aside : Frasier and Seinfeld were the two main sitcom protagonists who never seemed have have a lack of gorgeous women to date (and to subsequently have toxic relationships with) despite a lack of good looks or a friendly personality. Ah, well.
I guess we can’t all look like this :
*clears throat nervously*
While I make my way past the shimmering barrier, and towards my fight with Tagazin, I manage to restore 8 (net) Endurance points.
My psychic blast also takes away (3×2)=6 of Tagazin’s Endurance.
Furthermore, this time I remember to actually use my MEGASWORD, which is thirsting for some undead blood!
Aside : I’m assuming Tagazin is undead for double damage purposes
(Also activates Kai-surge and gulps some Alether, along with two Laumspur potions).
Lone Wolf – CS : 50, E : 23
Deathlord Tagazin : CS : 55, E 60
In the ensuing battle, I manage to reduce Tagazin’s Endurance to 24, but at the cost of using my one-off 20 point restoration, and then again being reduced to 17….
Similiar to those moments when dad comes to break the fight of the children, the Deathlord makes a sulky appearance, whipping out his new toy, the Deathstaff!
Aside : Joe Dever really had the whole ‘naming’ thing on autopilot around this time, didn’t he?
The Deathlord raises his weapon and somehow conjures us both through the Shadow Gate, and into the alternate plane of existence!
Aside : Hopefully, this trend of ‘getting further into the book on each attempt’ will continue!
And, even better, a Project Aon footnote confirms that, while in the Shadow Plane, my MEGASWORD gives me a further +4 to my Combat Skill!
Now, the bad news :
- This is a slightly shorter entry, primary because of reason 2, which is….
- Tomorrow, my family and I will be taking our first overseas trip since our 2007 marriage, because we’re going…….here!
Yes – Phuket, Thailand, here we come (and yes, that is our hotel – yay!)
From a practical standpoint, this means that this will be the last entry for a couple of weeks….
Stay safe, and I’ll see you all on the other side.
Pop culture :
While we’re talking about beaches, there is an INCREDIBLY underrated comedy / satire from the 80s called Water. Set on a (fictional) British colony in the Caribbean, it stars the always-dependable Michael Caine, along with Billy Connolly, Valerie Perrine and Brenda Vaccaro. For music fans, it also includes cameos by George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Jon Lord)
Basic Stats : CS : 26, E : 39, GC 50
Current Stats : CS : 44/44, E : 19/40
Weapons : Sword
Weapon-Like Special Items : Silver Bow of Duadon (+3), Sommerswerd (+8 CS),
Backpack : Lantern, Rope, Jar Laumwort x3 (+2 Endurance), Ruby Ring, Potion of Alether (+2CS), Hammer, Laumspur (x0) (+4 E), Jar Laumspur x4 (+4E), Jar Alether x2 (+2CS)
Special Items :
1. Sommerswerd (+8 CS) (with Korlinium scabbard) 2. Crystal Star Pendant , 3. EMPTY 4. Quiver (6 arrows), 5. Statuette of Zagarna, 6. EMPTY 7. Silver Rod 8. Jadin Amulet (+1 to dodging) 9. Jewelled Mace, 10. Silver Bracers (+2 CS, +1 E) (6), 11. Golden Key 12. Silver Bow of Duadon.
Extra Special Items – Platinum Amulet, Scroll with Invitation
Kai Monastery storage :
- Gold Crowns : 13
- Backpack Items : Sack of Silver (3), Brass Key, Black Key, Jar Gallowbrush x2 (Sleep and -2 Endurance), Jar Sabito x2 (Underwater breathing), Spyglass, Arrows (1), Whistle, Ball of String, Bottle of Wine, Bowstring.
- Special Items :
Grand Master Rank : Sun Thane
Grand Master Disciplines : Kai-surge, Kai-screen, Grand Huntmastery, Grand Pathsmanship, Kai-Alchemy, Assimilance, Grand Nexus, Deliverance.
Magnakai Disciplines : Weaponmastery (+4 CS in Sword, Bow, Mace, Dagger, Spear, Quarterstaff, Broadsword, Warhammer, Axe, Short Sword), Pathmanship, Huntmastery, Divination, Invisibility, Nexus, Psi-Screen, Psi-Surge, Curing, Animal Control
Lore-Circles : Fire (+1 CS, +2 E), Light (+3 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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