The Deathlord of Ixia

The Deathlord of Ixia – Attempt 3, Part 2


Here again!


If I’m lucky, I’ll be able to, you know, actually remember the rules of these gamebooks.

In all seriousness, thank you for all those who wished us a happy holiday.  We’re all home safe, and yours truly was the only one who had issues with the local food.


A couple of house rule decisions!

You can view me as inadequate or wimpy, but I’m going to take the (Project Aon noted) +4 Combat Skill bonus in the ‘other plane’, and I’m going to consider the Deathlord and its undead (!) minions as undead for the purpose of double Sommerswerd damage.

For those of you who have now lost all respect for me, I accept your opprobrium.

In any event, at the end of my previous entry, I had been launched through a Shadow Gate into the Plane of Darkness, which took on the appearance of a jungle of dense vegetation.

Just in case I had any doubt, the whole place is redolent of evil….


My senses confirm that Tagazin is here (although beyond my eyesight) and that I will need to find another Shadow Gate to return to Magnamund…

I trudge through the muck, with my basic Kai skills being sufficient to fend off the various minor predators that try to lunch on my legs.

After a period of trudging that is thankfully spared a detailed description, I spot a stone structure that is apparently sinking into the swamp…..

As I approach the roof of this sinking structure, my Grand Pathmanship helps me note two things :

  1. There is an opening in the centre of the roof leading down into (naturally) darkness.
  2. A threat is approaching, being specifically a horde of ‘monstrous shapes’.

Here – see for yourself :

Project Aon link – Horde of various monstrosities

The book now chooses to describe these things as ‘Chaos-creatures’ and gives me the option of standing fast or evading them by dashing into the stone structure.

Although the merits of dashing into a building that is sinking into a swamp seem debatable, my fighting record in this book isn’t so great….


My hunters stop with apparent joy, and they consider that I have now sealed my DOOOOOOOM!

Specifically, I am cheerfully told that I have fallen from the base of the stairs into a ‘deep, dark pit’.

I sink into a bog up to my neck (!) and see the monsters clustered above, enjoying my apparent doom.

And just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, I feel something, no doubt unfriendly, brush against my leg!


I use my Kai-alchemy spell of Levitation but, naturally, my foes at the top of the staircase try to attack as I float upwards.

Given my attempts to float and fight at the same time, I have to make an R10 check.

My result of 9 (!!!) looks good!

I make it up to the top, but now have to fight these Chaos-creatures :

Chaos-Creatures – CS : 37, E : 45

Lone Wolf (with Kai-surge) : CS : 52, E : 25

I win in three rounds, for a total loss of 5 Endurance….

I kill enough of these filthy creatures to hurdle the remainder, and follow the tracks (!) of the Demonlord into the jungle.

As I reach the crest of a hill, I am pleased to see another Shadow Gate, although Tagazin, along with its minions, is waiting in front….

Tagazin moves towards the Shadow Gate, and I am concerned that if it makes it through, his minions (Lavas) will then close it (the gate) behind it….

Using my skill of Assimilance, I get as close as I can before my ‘goodly energy (!) gives me away, and I have to fight the Lavas….

Project Aon link – Lavas flying to battle

Lavas – CS : 49, E : 52

Lone Wolf – CS : 52, E : 23

I win, although my Endurance is reduced to 14….

Taking only a moment from my victory, I see that a fresh batch of Lavas are carrying some kind of evil crystal weapon, which I’m sure they aren’t going to use against me

I use my skill of Kai-alchemy to hasten forward, and have to fight Tagazin for one round of combat….

Tagazin (injured) – CS : 45, E : 45

Lone Wolf – CS : 52, E : 16

My result of 2 means that Tagazin cops 8 damage, while I lose 4….

The Lavas placce this crystal object (which I now see is a magical helm) upon Tagazin’s head, and my situation seems even bleaker….

My R10 check means that I don’t automatically die, but now I need to have a final confrontation….

Till next time!

Note : I can’t guarantee frequent updates over the next couple of months, but I’ll try my best….

Pop culture!

For all of their personal faults, Richard Pryor and Chevy Chase were extremely gifted comedians.  This sketch, from the first year of Saturday Night Live, was both hilarious and pointed about race relations.

Language warning : This skit contains a number of extremely offensive terms regarding race, which is sort of the point.

Basic Stats : CS : 26, E : 39, GC 50

Current Stats : CS : 44/44, E : 16/40

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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11 thoughts on “The Deathlord of Ixia – Attempt 3, Part 2

    1. This book is such a pain in the butt to beat that house-ruling everything is undead is fine by me. House-ruling that we have a Dessi Crystal and all our weapons do double damage to undead is also fine by me- but you’re past that point unless you die again.

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      1. Belated agreement. Ok, so someone with the Sommerswerd will probably be stronger than someone without. but they can’t use the Sommerswerd so don’t get the Double Undead Damage Bonus which everyone else needs in order to survive. And who would say “Oh, I was going to give Lonely a bonus to his weapon to increase his chances of surviving and saving all Life as we know it, but hey, he’s got a weapon that he can’t even use so I won’t give him any help, just for yucks you know”.

        Who would do such a thing? There’s only two groups:

        1) Galantor’s version of the Dessi Mages and Banedon
        2) The official version of the Dessi Mages and Banedon.

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  1. “yours truly was the only one who had issues with the local food.”

    In a recent post you asked about the definition of love. Well, its not just watching your daughters choral recital while several major matches are on. Its also getting Delhi Belly and being glad that its just you getting it.

    “A couple of house rule decisions!… but I’m going to take the (Project Aon noted) +4 Combat Skill bonus in the ‘other plane’, … For those of you who have now lost all respect for me”

    Have already discussed this in the previous entry. But I will add that while its often (perhaps unintentionally) hilarious to watch you dying in a variety of interesting and different ways, watching the same Horned Cyclops suffering obesity related problems from eating so many of you just becomes painful.

    “a horde of ‘monstrous shapes’.”

    Looking at that line of monstrous figures all I can think is “Conga Line”!!!

    “I have fallen from the base of the stairs into a ‘deep, dark pit’.”

    Specifically “a stinking subterranean bog and sink in up to your neck”, no doubt considering what an amazing smell you have discovered.

    “I feel something, no doubt unfriendly, brush against my leg!”

    Most women in Nightclubs have been there and can empathise with you.

    “Things went from worse to worser”

    Ok, that’s my week. Its Monday, Two Sundays ago I paused the car to get change for a Toll and it wouldn’t restart. The next morning (after getting a Tow truck etc), I’m informed that the Timer Chain had snapped and every time I’d tried to get the car to start I’d done more damage to the engine. i was looking at 1,500 Euro’s for a repair or 800-900 Euro’s for a second hand engine. Concerned that the second hand engine might break in six months I was told “You don’t, I don’t want to say this, but you don’t get that bad luck”. The next day I was given a temporary car by the garage but getting home was told that the washing machine wasn’t working right. The next day I got my first ever parking ticket. The next day I went to see the garage owner again and tell him that actually my luck is that bad. He looked at me and then brought me over to see the clutch of my car was nearly worn away. The next day, despite Ireland being in a heat wave and drought it decided that that night it was going to rain. I was giving a workmate a lift home when we realised that the front windscreen wipers of the garage car didn’t work. THAT was an interesting drive (I plan never to do such a thing ever ever again). The next day Saturday wasn’t so bad, was taken by surprise by my phone’s benefit plan finishing but that was so so. The next day I gradually worked out that a bit of a Blue Block substitute we’d put in the toilet cistern had broken off and was now jamming the free flow of water into the toilet imparing its effectiveness. Oh, and today, Monday, my car still isn’t working. I’m dreading the bill. And that’s part of why I’ve been so late in replying. Sometimes things really do go from worse to worser. I think this calls for a Monty Python.

    And in line with that you could have had a worse experience with the Chaos Creatures.

    “my ‘goodly energy (!) gives me away”

    You repeatedly steal horses, you associate with cheats and frauds (and some would say Slavers), you repeatedly turn your back on the sufferering and the downtrodden, how EVIL does this place have to be for you to count as having “Goodly energy”???

    “now I need to have a final confrontation….”

    Fenrir looks at Lone Wolf’s Stat’s. Fenrir looks at Tagazin’s Stat’s. As a Wolf Fenrir reflects that whatever happens at least a member of the Extended Canine family will win. Take what potions you can and keep yelliing “BAD DOGGIE!”

    “I can’t guarantee frequent updates over the next couple of months”

    Yeah. Can relate. All the best with your work load.

    Pop Culture

    I didn’t recognize most of Richard Pryor’s words but understood Chevy Chase’s words. I’m not sure if I should be concerned by this. But his face and tone of voice was pretty clear. BTW, Sahib comes from Arabic for “Owner” and turned into “Master” or “Mister” in India but in my wife’s area it more means “White Man” and is sometimes used in an insulting fashion. Words change over time and what was praise can become an insult and vise versa.

    Roll on … not being able to look while you fight Tagazin.

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      1. Looking forward to it. Don’t lose heart over Lone Wolf, though. When I did my massive play through of all the books in order, book 17 was the last one in which I lost a Lone Wolf. When you finally make it through this one, the rest seem positively reasonable by comparison.

        I wonder what the new series will be. Saga of the Demonspawn (better not as playing by the rules makes The Deathlord of Ixia seem like a gentle introduction to repeated violent death)? Grailquest (fantastic series to take your mind off the rather sombre and serious tasks facing Lone Wolf, but it suffers from the curse of an author who really doesn’t understand probability and occasionally throws in a task that is statistically almost impossible to achieve)? Sorcery! (finally a series that genuinely can be beaten by a minimum statistics character)? Falcon (I really hope it’s Falcon)? The New Order Grandmaster series (probably a bit close to Lone Wolf, although they are all a lot fairer than book 17)? The World of Lone Wolf (now we’re just getting silly)? Freeway Warrior (only four books and probably Joe Dever’s best in terms of balance)? Or some other series entirely that I don’t know or have forgotten?

        I don’t want an answer; I would rather be pleasantly surprised when the time comes. Whatever you choose, I’m certain I will enjoy reading it even more than the Lone Wolf play through.

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  2. Off topic Aussie, would you have a copy of the book One for all by Michael and Harry Gordon? Thought it might be up your street and I am keen to get a look at it…


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