And, to carry on from last week’s comment, what did my mother tell me when I was young?
Well, I obviously don’t know – I didn’t listen.
(I miss you, Douglas Adams – you were awesome).
In any event, things are getting pretty tight for little old Avenger. I confirm, in response to the book’s query, that although I was not pursued by Everyman the Golem in Book 3, I did in fact ally myself in Book 5 with the Spires of Foreshadowing.
I now spot, from the corner of my eye, another figure trussed up in the web. This charming newcomer introduces itself by saying “My name is Everyman and I am Legion.”
Ten out ten for Bible references (Mark 5:9 for the curious), minus several million for timing, for this Golem of Flesh (as described by the book) seems to be intent on making its way over to kill me.
Seriously dude, take a number and wait your turn!
Aside : The reference to the Spires of Foreshadowing is because I suddenly recall (!) in this time of crisis that there was an empty space in the ruler’s palace where a Golem had used to me.
Amazingly, these two evil monstrosities (being the Golem and the Black Widow) decide to have their own miniature war while I casually observe, no doubt scoffing popcorn and heckling.
Unfortunately, all good things come to an end as Everyman (EveryGolem? EveryThing?) gets snapped in two and the Black Widow attempts to revert to her original menu.
Yep. Main Course : Avenger.
Two options aren’t available to me : I don’t have either the Escapology skill or an Onyx Spider Token.
I can therefore either use Inner Force to break free or simply try and whip out a Shuriken.
I think Inner Force is the way to go, particularly as I’m running out of other options.
The book kindly informs me that I am now free from webbing, as I see Eris (the magician) using a spell to create flames that free himself along with Thybault and Taflwr. Since you just knew that he wouldn’t be able to do anything without at least a minor stuff up, the magician’s flames also free Tyutchev, Cassandra and Thaum.
Everyone attempts to flee down different tunnels. The tunnel closest to Thybault and Taflwr is too far away (from me), so I can either follow Eris, Cassandra or Tyutchev / Thaum.
Aside : I think Jamie Thomson liked his surname so much he decided to start virtually every prominent male NPC’s name with a T.
Its an open question as to whether Eris or Cassandra is more likely to kill me. I think my priority is to firstly just to get out of this chamber, so I dash down the nearest tunnel, notwithstanding that same is where Cassandra has just gone.
I sprint after Cassandra, and catch up just as I use my Torch of Lumen to illuminate our surrounds. As she turns to face me, I note that her Coldsword is no longer with her, having been used to prop open the mouth of the Worldworm twenty-seven years ago (!)
9! Fate is downright grinning down at me!
Cassandra proposes a truce (!?) until we reach the upper levels, given that the Black Widow and her followers don’t seem, at present, particularly choosy about who they eat.
We’re seriously just one action movie cliche away from her saying “We are not so different, you and I….”
She admits that she has no sword and in exchange for me not killing her, she’ll help me find my way around the Rift, locate Glaivas (again no mention of poor Dore) and escape.
Amazingly, “Refuse to believe Cassandra and kick her TO THE FACE” is not now given as an option.
Rather, I tell Cassandra to ‘lead the way’ while I ponder her offer.
The parable of the scorpion and the frog is sitting fairly and squarely in my head for some reason….
Stats : Endurance : 16, Punch Modifier : +2, Kick Modifier: +1, Throw Modifier : 0, Fate Modifier : +1, Inner Force : 3