Kelfour Edition volume I number IV
The official GemStone IV encyclopedia.
___________________________________________________________________________ / \ \ | | Free WEEKENDS in Kelfour's Landing | @/_________________________________________________________________________/ | | | XXXX XXX XX XXXXX | | xXX XX XXX XX XX XX | | XX XXX XX XX X | | XX XXX XXXXXXX XX XX XXXXXXXXX XXX XX XX XXXX | | XX XXX XXX XX XX xXXXXXX XX XX XXX XX XXX XX | | XXXXX XXX X XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XXX | | XXXX XXXXXxxx XX XX X XX XX XX XX XX | | XXXXX XXX XX XX XX XX XX XXX x XX | | XXXXXX XXXx XX x XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XXX | | XX XXX XXXXXxx XXxXX XX XXXX XXX XXXX XX | | XX XX XXXX XX | | xXX XX xX XX The Kronicles | | XXX XXX xXX of Kulthea: Vol.1, No. 4 | | XXX X September 1990 | | XXXXXXXXXXXXX XX XXX XX XXX ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ | | XX XX XX XX XXX XXXX XXX | | X XX X XX XXXXXXXX | | XX XXXXXXXXX XX XX XX XXXXXXXX XX XXXX | | XXXXXXXX XX XX XXX XX XXX XX XX XXX XX XX | | XX X XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XXX XX | | XX XX XXX x XX x XX x XX x XX XX XX XX | | XX XX XX X XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX x| | XXX XXX XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXXX XX XXXX| | XXXXXXXXXXX | |__________________________________________________________________________| /_________________________________________________________________________| | | | Free Weekends.... 2 August Hall of Fame............. 2 | | New Monsters..... 2 CrossWord Puzzle Answers........ 4 | | First Tribunal... 3 | | Essence Shift.... 4 Tuilindo by Kalagay Halatil...... 24 | | Animated Folks... 4 "Pooh" Poem by Owlet Stalmorgan.. 24 | | A Demon Called Greed by Achoo GoldenRod................. 5 | | Editorial by Usul Lu'Nak................................ 7 | | Ballad of the Sleeping Boulder by Phaedra Bleu.......... 8 | | A Concerned Citizen's Editorial........................ 12 | | The Better Part of Valor by Magnetron Ramthanodox...... 13 | | Throne of Gold by Usul Lu'Nak.......................... 16 | | Special Monster Section by Landreth deLorde | | with Achoo GoldenRod and Magnetron Ramthanodox | | Monster Chart..................................... 17 | | Monster Statistics................................ 18 | | Special Abilities Glossary........................ 22 | |__________________________________________________________________________| | | | The Kelfour Edition of the Kronicles of Kulthea is devoted to the game | | GemStone III on the GEnie Information Network. Submissions are welcome | | and may be edited for space, accuracy and readability. Contact Usul | | Lu'Nak, Editor-In-Chief, Achoo GoldenRod, Managing Editor, Landreth | | deLorde, Technical Editor or Phaedra Bleu, Publisher, or send GEnie | | Email to P.HERRINGTON for further information. Banner by Dagger. | | _______________________________________________________________________|_ \_/________________________________________________________________________/ City News Desk Dateline ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ _______________________________ September 1990 |* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *| |*|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|*| _____ |*| FREE WEEKENDS in GemStone!|*| ~|_|~ |*|___________________________|*| |~| |* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *| |~| ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~||~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |~| || _|~|_n an unprecedented move, || Invasion of New Monsters ~~~~~ Kelfour Edition is pleased || ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ to announce that major contributors || Early last month, warriors of the are now being compensated with cost- || lands were delighted to discover that free time in the lands. Although || the wilds surrounding town had been special arrangements can be made || invaded by some astonishing new with Publisher Phaedra Bleu, in || monsters. Reports of 40 heretofore general, upon publication of three || unknown beasts have been received, features (articles or similar works) || although at press time not all had authors will be invited to select an || been investigated thoroughly by brave entire weekend during which their || KE reporters. KE extends its thanks time in GemStone will be FREE of || to those of you who contributed to the connect fees (except surcharges where|| Monster Chart in this issue (we could applicable) from 6PM Friday until || not have done it without you) and all 8AM Monday local time -- a potential || residents can rest assured safe in value of $372.00! Particulars may be || their homes that we will publish more obtained from any KE Editor or by || details on these and other critters email addressed to P.HERRINGTON. || in future Editions as facts become KE is also proud to mention that || known. Local Militia, in fact, began its staff will soon be working from || patrolling town 24 hours a day upon the new Kelfour Press Building south || discovery of these monsters. of Town Square. As soon as construc- || New hunting grounds were also tion is complete, issues of Kelfour || uncovered, including an extensive Edition and other documents will be || underground Labyrinth (the entrance made available from this location. || to which is near the Mews) which was Submissions will accepted there as || explored by a number of brave souls. well. A gala Grand Opening Party || Officials temporarily blocked that will be announced soon, so be sure || entrance pending safety inspections. to mark your calendar. And now, on || KE expects it to reopen soon and to other news... || advises caution when exploring there || and in dangerous places like Blototh || Mountain and the Dead Forest. ______HALL_OF_FAME_______________/ \____________________________________ / \ \ |@/_______________________________________________________________________/ | Fame: I wanna live forever. | |_ Some fools never learn. | /------------------------------------------------------------------------| | Bard Mendle Seldagrave 15 | High Human Benar Stormarm 12 | | Ranger Landreth deLorde 16 | Common Man Beolost Lamontt 11 | | Mage Dagmar Istarii 18 | Dwarf Vesitsa Talchild 14 | | Fighter Kirc Bloodguard 13 | Halfling Doppel Ganger 9 | | Thief Valeria Deering 17 | Wood Elf Celeborn Greysndir 8 | | Cleric Erebor Bordeaux 14 | High Elf Strom O'Berin 8 | | Sorceror Utgarhoth Draugluin 11 | Half Elf Dagmar Istarii 18 | | Healer Kayla Kyndhart 14 | Fair Elf Valeria Deering 17 | |-------------------------------------------------------------------------| /@| Current GSIII Fame Rankings by Profession and Race as of August 29,1990 | \_/_________________________________________________________________________/ -2- More Local News ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Kelfour Landing's First Tribunal unsoiled if she insists upon keeping ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ company with a reportedly low-life On August 29th at 11:00 PM EDT, rouge and womanizer like Etienne, Kelfour's Landing's first formal especially whilst her valiant husband Tribunal, consisting of Kyliri is out of town on a trip. She was also Avendar, Phaedra Bleu and Landreth supposedly seen meeting Etienne out- deLorde convened in Moot Hall to side the town gates later that eve, settle a long-standing feud allegedly to go hunting ghouls. between Dagmar Istarii and Valeria Far be it from your Editors to Deering. Many citizens were in mention her name lest we be accused of attendance, as were a few of the besmirching this angel's reputation. minor gods. Dagmar and Valeria, Suffice it to say that she should both choosing to represent them- watch her step if she wishes to remain selves in person, presented open- happily in Kelfour's Landing. ing arguments describing the situation from their own viewpoint. The opening statements were concluded at 1:30AM, at which time witnesses |\~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~\ were called by each side. At about ||~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~| 4AM, the Tribunal retired to chambers || FRONTIER JUSTICE | to decide the case, rendering their || | decision in approximately 30 minutes. || KELFOURS | The panel mandated that Valeria || ~~ TRIBUNAL ~~ | return Dagmar's translucent cloak, and || | that Dagmar return Valeria's magic || Don't take the law into | shield. These items were exchanged || Your own hands when you need | shortly thereafter. It addition, the || To settle your grievances | gods decreed that Dagmar and Valeria || | are forbidden from attacking any || A TRIAL BY PEERS | citizen of Kelfour's Landing except in || | self-defense for the remainder of their|| An Honorable Tradition | time in these lands. A complete || | transcript of the proceedings will soon|| Available by Appointment | be available for inspection at KE's || | new offices. || At the Courtroom | Residents may avail themselves of || in | a Tribunal hearing in the event of a || MOOT HALL | dispute they cannot otherwise settle. || | Involved parties must name and agree || At the corner of*Half Senit St. on | upon the panelists and possible || the East Side *** of Town Square | verdicts prior to the hearing. || ******* | \|_____________****//*****____________| Shortly after the Tribunal met, | | **\\*\\****** | | KE received a letter reputedly from | | ****\\//***** | | Kelfour's Moral Decency League, | | **** \ \//** | | stating that a certain well-known ~~~~ ****| /** ~~~~ lady Mage shocked everyone by | | attending said Tribunal escorted by | |________ one Etienne de Noire. This missive *_______/ \ went on to claim that the lady's _____________ ======== spotless reputation will not remain -3- Yet More Local News ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Evident Shift in Essence Flow Residents Become More Animated ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A shift in local Essence flows was Townfolks have become animated of apparently responsible for major late, doing things like shaking hands changes in the magical powers of upon being introduced and shocking mages and clerics last month. Mages each other by winking -- which seems suddenly discovered they had a couple the latest rage. Upon investigation, of extra spells but this hardly off- your erstwhile Editors discovered set the fact that their much-used that even they can do such things. Sleep I power had been rendered ere, for your elucidation and totally ineffective when cast at instruction, is how: beasts of any substance. Additionally, magic wands can no longer be waved Give <person> Item must be in in rapid succession, leaving spell Accept right hand. casters in particular exposed to Decline ravaging. The gods report that the Cancel  Optional situation is under investigation and Grimace <> Mandatory advise that other powerful spells may Pout | Used in choice be learned over time, but many mages Shudder are most dis-spirited at press time. Wink [person] Clerics, too, have been advised by Chuckle [person] the gods that many new spells are in Shake <head|hands> [at|with] [person] the atmosphere, and indeed, there have Raise <hand|eyebrows> [at] [person] been wonderful reports of citizens lives being saved by the most powerful Answers to August CrossWord cleric in the lands today, Erebor _________________________ Bordeaux. And Fxg Lyon demonstrated |E|X|P|*|*|M|A|P|S|*|*|A|T| a most amazing ability to set off a |N|O|R|*|S|E|N|I|T|*|T|R|O| flare that was seen by residents out- |*|R|E|S|I|S|T|*|A|G|A|T|E| of-doors at that moment as far south |*|*|P|A|T|H|*|A|M|E|N|*|*| as Danjirland. |S|T|A|N|S|*|D|R|I|N|K|S|*| Brother Wuldreth has opened a new |T|O|R|K|*|R|E|I|N|S|*|I|S| Clerics' Shop just south of the Temple |O|D|E|*|D|E|I|S|A|*|E|R|A| and is offering for sale weapons for |P|I|*|C|R|A|T|E|*|N|S|E|W| fighting the Unlife. Included are: |*|E|A|S|I|L|Y|*|E|I|S|S|A| ritual daggers, holy kukris, commoners |*|*|N|A|V|Y|*|R|A|T|E|*|*| staves, monk's truncheons, high scimitars |A|D|O|R|E|*|R|E|T|E|N|T|*| holy saparas and white blades. These are |S|O|N|*|R|A|I|D|S|*|C|O|B| useful only to clerics although clerics |P|C|*|*|S|I|P|S|*|*|E|N|E| can bless other, standard weapons that ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ may be used to fight the Unlife. ======================================================================= ________ %~~~~~~~~& (Hic) (Hic) Hooray! % % % % 3 Cheers for the % % Staff of Live-ly % % Gamemasters %%%%% %@% Yum, Yum, Who's Got the Rum? % % GEMCON I August 18-20 1990 % /~~~~~~~\ R.I.P.= Ripped In Pieces ~~~~~~~~~ ======================================================================== -4- A Demon Called Greed _________ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~|_|~~~|| by Achoo GoldenRod |~| ~~ |~|==| |~| __ |~|___|| ver since the first time Without a word, he drew his sword, ~~~~~~~~~ I ventured outside the and began maniacally swinging at main gates of Kelfour's Landing, the beast, in the hopes that one of I've prided myself on my ability to his wild swings would, through some quickly appraise any given situation miracle, connect and deliver the and gauge my actions accordingly. hobgoblin back to it's creator. The Fortunately, I found another gods were uncharacteristically adventurer with similar intuitive beneficent, allowing this neophyte abilities, and we've adventured only a score of misses before much together. The story that permitting him the victorious blow. unfolds below chronicles one singular event, but is typical, Not particularly well-struck, in I think, of everyday occurrences my opinion, bur nonetheless lethal. outside the main gate. Caroam and I immediately protested, claiming the beast as ours, only to It was a fair and quiet night, be answered that we did not own the and Caroam and I decided to hunt in forest, nor the creatures within the Upper Kaldsfang where, we were it, and it was this fellow's told, the hobgoblins and lesser orcs birthright to whack away at were occasionally mixed with forest anything he pleased, regardless of trolls carrying untold riches. A anyone's sense of fair play. With small first-aid kit packed on our that statement, he gathered up the backs, and gleaming broadswords at spoils of the kill and left Caroam our sides, we set out to earn our and me standing there staring at share of these untold riches. each other, wondering how this individual would fare with his On that night the forest was attitude against a pair of singularly desolate, and it was adventurers less forgiving than several hours before we happened ourselves. upon our first hobgoblin. Caroam was first to strike, rendering a A short time later our unspoken deep slash across the creature's question was answered. The chest. I readied a spell, parried miscreant had happened upon a down, and cast. The hobgoblin forest troll -- probably the fell immediately to the ground, richest creature to be found in writhing in agony and grasping its Upper Kaldsfang. Great treasures, leg. Caroam struck again at the like anything of value, seldom come beast, delivering a critical blow with no risk. While docile enough to the hobgoblin's weapon arm, most of the time, forest trolls can causing it to drop its battle axe. become particularly deadly when I quickly slung my shield over my disarmed. This fact was, of course, back and snatched up the weapon, known to Caroam and me, and even putting it safely in my backpack against an unarmed troll, we were and out of the hobgoblin's reach. sufficiently advanced to hold our The battle was ours. Without a own long enough to finish the kill. weapon, the creature could not It was evident, however, that this effectively endanger either of us, fellow's style of combat (if, indeed, and it was merely a matter of time it could be called style) combined before we would claim our victory. with his inexperience as a fighter, would prove to be quite inadequate, It was at this point that should the troll's weapon be another adventurer, a stranger to rendered useless. both of us, happened onto the fray. -5- Caroam and I tried to warn this Within a few minutes we had fellow of the inherent dangers but dispatched the troll and began he thought himself to be superior sorting through the growing rubble to any wisdom we might impart. He pile for valuables. After several simply informed us that he had minutes, Caroam and I came to the happened upon this troll by himself conclusion that Eissa had not and intended to kill it by himself; thought favorably of that man's we were welcome to leave at our attitude, and had chosen to keep earliest convenience. At that, Caroam his soul in purgatory to ponder and I exchanged knowing glances, and the error of his ways. ventured forth into the forest. To this day, I have not run into Not far away, we happened upon that man who met his fate with the a quiet glade and decided to rest a troll that night, and I still wear moment before continuing on. The on my own hand the magic ring that moonlight, coupled with a slight he once owned. Caroam battles breeze, made this spot -- in fact, creatures daily, confident that he the entire forest -- seem simultan- can summon help when needed through eously relaxing and foreboding. We the use of the magical crystal that chatted briefly about the events the man wore around his neck. The which had just transpired, and how man himself we've never found, but it seemed that many in this world his spirit, devoid of morals as it held the same ever-changing set of is, lives on within the hearts of morals as the fellow we had just left. other adventurers destined to meet Suddenly, as we were sitting there, the same fate. I implore you, as you Caroam and I became aware, as if by hunt, to place the same value on magic, that this fellow had met a others as you would have them place most gruesome death. I cannot say on you, and cast this demon called how this information became known to Greed from your soul. For it is us, only that we both felt it; there certain that Greed serves none other was absolutely no doubt in either of than the unholy, and only an agonizing our minds that it was true. Quickly, Unlife awaits those guided by it. we reassembled our gear and back- tracked to where we had left our "friend." ###################################### # KELFOUR'S GUIDED TOURS # A few hundred yards back through ###################################### the woods we came across the pair. # # The forest troll, looking fairly # VISIT THE FAR SIDE OF TOWN # healthy, stood defiantly over his # # conquest, and kicked and spat at # INCLUDING TOUR OF WORLD-FAMOUS # the body of this misadventurer. # DRAGONS DRAUGHT BREWERY # The restless soul floated above, # # screaming for assistance, imploring # EXAMINE THE ANCIENT TAPESTRIES # us to save his worldly possessions # AT THE TEMPLE OF EISSA # for him, confident that Eissa would # # grant his soul another life, although # VISIT THE INFAMOUS CHELDAR'S BATHS # neither Caroam nor I could think of # # a single reason why she would. None- # TAKE A RIDE ON AN ICE KRAAL SHIP # theless, we implied that we would do # BUY RARE HERBS, HOLY BLADES # what we could, and should he be # # fortunate enough to live again in # INCLUDES TOUR OF THE LABYRINTH # these lands, he should waste little # (ALL 64,000 ROOMS) # time returning to this spot to re- # # claim his possessions. The body then ###################################### suddenly decayed, and Caroam and I # PICKUPS AVAILABLE AT THE MAIN GATE # stood there over a pile of rubble, # FEE NEGOTIABLE --- THE NAVIGATORS # with an angry troll glaring at us. ###################################### -6- _____ Take Me to the River! ~|_|~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |~| by Usul Lu'Nak |~| |~| __ |~|___|| ook closely at something analysis always have the last word. ~~~~~~~~ you take for granted and you will find a mystery. At this point I must apologize to any serious programmers in the audi- Like Gemstone III. Our eyes swim ence. What you are so kindly reading in a river of minutely organized is passionate and metaphorical, not visual and verbal cues that give us rigorous and analytic. It takes a insight into the pseudo-reality of special kind of obsession to spend Kulthea. While the course of this a lifetime cross-referencing and river and its depth is hidden from debugging code, and while I respect our eyes, it grows longer, wider, and admire such devotion, I humbly and deeper with every spell list, concede that it is not mine. monster, or command added. Yet an For me it is the river, and it will aspect of it, the human hows and whys always be the river- I may be all wet of it, remain for most of us utter but then, the joy is in the swimming! and complete mystery. Besides, I've seen the depths: We know more about Madonna's fire- Somewhere upstream in time was cracker marriage than we know about held a little gathering of fellow GS the internal workings of Gemstone III. players and staff. It took place in If one gets into it, really into it, a medieval inn near the shores of digging into the scripts and commands the largest river in the nation. Oh, that are etched in code with tired we had a grand old time, doing the minds and sweaty hands by the master usual silly little things people do. programmers, one will find that the But staring at the Mississippi in all mystery's not that a multiplayer its mud and glory brought up some online game with HUNDREDS of members, serious questions to mind. Do we objects, and commands within limited let the rushing torrent of rollplay GEnie resources can be programmed, drag us along into the muddy shallows but that someone would WANT to! Think or find some way to stand against it, of the responsibilities, the player feet planted on the river bottom, and management expectations, the never roleplaying and thereby changing the ending need for enhancement and all river's course? For that is the heart the PR involved and then ask yourself: and soul of the turbulent currents Where did Simutronics find it? And and rapids that we face in GSIII- to more: How did they bring it back? deliberately incite abstract but real emotional responses in characters And finally: Could you possibly do by appropriate game mechanics. Do we it, too? create and manipulate our characters or do they manipulate us? A simple but Possibly. Maybe in your own way unanswerable question! Good mysteries you would be willing to try. Maybe are those with surprising solutions, out there exist talented programmers but great mysteries defy solution with the vision and resources to make entirely. All we can hope is that a GSIII possible. But this I do know: somewhere, sometime, someone cried Whoever they are, they'll be plugged or laughed or succeeded in a quest. into the mystery at its most profound They found who they were.....and the level. They'll be the best damm river started to flow! swimmers in the river. Most of the river is hidden to us They'll have to be! The current in at present. We cannot see into the the river is strong, and they will be unfathomable depths and cling to the at the mercy of the Winds of Change. muddy banks. Time drags us inevitably As gods, in effect, aping nature, they downstream, of course. But where the evolve rules and guidelines to cope tide will carry us next and how we get with the physical limitations of there...AH!...Those mysteries are ours their chosen media which in the final to create and relate. Dive right in! -7- Ballad of the _ _ __ __ __ _ _ _ _ (_' I I_ I_ I_) | I\ I / ' ,_) I_ I_ I_ I I I \I \_T ,_ _ _ _ _ __ __ ,_ I_) / \ I I | | \ |_ I_) I_) \_/ |_| |_ |_/ |_ I \_ __ by Phaedra Blue /~| /|~| (c) Peggy Herrington 1990 //|~| All Rights Reserved //_|~| //~~|~| // |~|ye listen, good gentles, for now ye shall hear ~~~ ~~~ A tale of adventure what's nigh true and dear. A story of glory and blunder and strife, With sweet love-struck longings revealed by the sight Of a Ranger in danger, great magick and Thieves -- And everything else in ye heart that believes In cruel death and the Healers of life and of love, And in spells cast upon us by Gods from above. Wait not! Lest ye wait now to watch e'er we see The bravest and truest of warriors to be, As Rudy the Ranger, of twinkling eye, While hunting through Tralog's a Cave Troll doth spy! "Aha!" he gives challenge, a falchion he flashes Not noticing Melvyn as eastward he dashes. Yet thrusts of bravado meet stone-hide resistance And claws seem the sharper in spite of persistence. ,_ I_) I \udy jabs and he lunges, then fumbles, retreating Just as Melvyn returns with the magick of sleeping. Mel flings forth his hand in grand gesture of passion And the Troll doth thud dully in lullaby fashion. It snores whilst their eyes meet, a taking of measure Twixt warriors of Kelfour's, each seeking his treasure. Mel nods, and wand-waving renews the attack But the Troll waketh quickly and both must fall back. As it lashes they parry, 'gain Melvyn is chanting. He fights for control but doth know he is panting. He strains as he gestures, false words leave his mouth, And his power goes sour -- as the Caver goes south! Yet the Ranger is ready! He quick raceth after, And as shaken young Melvyn takes pause 'neath a rafter, He darts toward a crevice where he trusteth survival To eyeing the Troll as he waits Mel's arrival. Continued --> -8- _ _ I_I I Ie waits long and lonely, then just as he's doubting In stalks the magician, hands high now and shouting. As the Troll falls they strike it and the battle is raging When in from yon crevice glides one most engaging. "A boy?" wonders Rudy, his swing strange slow motion Whilst the small figure cringes midst newfound commotion. Young, slim and yet shapely, dark hair and sweet features, Dressed neatly in trousers -- most appealing of creatures. "Nay! A girl!" His eye twinkles, then the Troll starts to grumble And he feels his heart flutter as toward her it doth rumble. Without thought he must save her or his life's not worth keeping And he bounds forth in rescue as its claws come asweeping! Stunned silence confounds them when Rudy falls bleeding But soon they be dragging him north to safe-keeping. Now they're strangers no longer, 'tis no use denying, This Mage and this Thief... with this Ranger who's dieing. _ _ I\ I I \Io, wait! They look closer. Have the gods lost their minds? That these eyes that did twinkle shall forever be blind? Rudy lays there, rough breathing, head gashed side-to-side, As the Troll hunkers southward, just biding its time. Heavy mem'ries of pausing like rocks bring Mel trouble But with trembling fingers he rubs crystal bauble. He thinketh of Healers and Tralog's and dieing Whilst the youth kneels by Rudy feeling helpless and sighing. Then hark! Like a twister, Mel's mind whirls away. He sees now, with Rudy, that they drug the wrong way! The door is down yonder with the Troll in between; He must sleep it again to pull friend past unseen! Mel's gath'ring his powers, though weak that they are, When the thoughts he's now dreading arrive from afar: "Aye, running!" she's thinking, "To the door! Bring him well!" So hurry must Melvyn, or risk Healer and hell. ,_ I_) I_)rown eyes search Mel's face as the youth glances up, And she thumbs bejewelled dagger as an offer of help. He shakes his head curtly, barely masking his fear As he stiffly moves south mumbling, "Nay, lad. Stay here." But this youth is no laddie, nor trained in command, Thus murm'ring a spell, to the background she blends. Sneaking stealthily after (will she tiptoe right past?) She stops short in terror -- for the Troll holds Mel fast! Continued --> -9- Then, rememb'ring the Ranger and his gallant protection, Her resolve flushes warmly and restores her intention. Off'ring her life for his, she stabs her hand quickly And her bait hits the ground, red, warm and most thickly. Breath held lest she falter, she creeps further south As the Troll sniffs then charges, snorting mad through its snout. She leaps at its eyes, jewelled dagger point gleaming But it senses her trap and bounds up to the ceiling! __ || ||t's still rumbling there as the Healer arrives ~~ And she gapes at the youth, wond'ring if they'll survive. Then astonishment swells for like answ'ring some call, Rudy staggers in blindly, hands groping the wall. The Troll shifts its haunches (for fear, too, it smells) And as Healer shields wounded -- the Mage shouts his spell! Mel swoops in, arms waving, and in last brave attempt He flings forth his magick as he slumps all but spent. His spell strikes the Troll with magnificent might, They hear zips, zings and crackles, see sharp dancing light. The Troll shudders slowly then flutters its eyes And the tunnel grows quiet -- whilst the strange lights abide. Mage and Healer peer 'round them, its source to define, And discover the youth near the door of the mine. She's tilting her dagger first this way... then that... Reflecting bright sun spots with the jewels on its shaft. ____ ~||~ ||iny sparkles of sunlight up the rough-hewn walls creep And wink ever so slowly toward the Troll in its sleep. They watch -- fascinated -- as light skips near its snout When a thunderous crash shakes the mines in and out! The tunnels wail wildly all hope to abandon! Rocks hurl down upon them and a blast of vast passion Throws each 'gainst the wall and then down off his feet While sharp, piercing shrieks echo madness to greet. 'Gain, last, all grows quiet and the dust's filt'ring down On the youth crawling carefully, searching around. Soon she's hugging each one, whisp'ring words of thanksgiving Mixed with laughter and tears -- amazed they're all living. As she kneels by the Ranger, gently taking his hand, The Healer moves close, her own power to command. She chants and then gestures; Rudy winces, then sighs; And his wounds fade like sunrise as he opens his eyes. Continued --> -10- ____ ~||~ ||hen all of the dangers they've shared on this day Seem as motes in a sunbeam, like they just showed the way. For the tales they've all heard about Trolls given sun All come true in these mines -- right here one by one. For they soon see the Caver is gone from the ceiling! As they stare at the hole there with minds that are reeling They see on the ground beneath where it did dangle, Sleeps a big, brand new boulder of the same size and angle! Soon they're cheering and Mel shouts, "Good going, m'boy!" Which tickles the Healer who chuckles with joy. She hugs the girl smartly as she heals up her hand And they look they exchange even Mel understands. He grins and then blushes a nice shade of pink At the realization of what they must think. But the Healer (who knows him) lifts an eyebrow his way And whispers e'er softly, "Ye, too, saved the day." _ "|_) |_)ut what brought ye out to the mines, my dear Mage?" She asks as she ponders, recalling his age. "Ye father shan't like it," she chides him askance. And Mel shrugs and at Rudy casts his own knowing glance. But our Ranger's too busy admiring the lass To acknowledge this look, for so it did pass That the first thing he saw as he regained his sight Was the girl he'll adore for the rest of his life. So they head back to town now, new friends and soon lovers, From adventures they'll retell to all and their brothers. As they leave, Rudy turns back the boulder to spy, And it's there, just like always, that twinkling eye. And thus, me fine gentles, if this tale ye doth doubt, Remember the Troll and its sun-sparkled snout. Be it proof, like the Ranger, ye ask of some more, Check the boulder asleeping just north of the door. -The End- ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dedicated to Kirk Bloodguard in fond memory of his lovely bejewelled dagger. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ -11- __ /~| /|~| A Citizen's Editorial //|~| ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ //_|~| //~~|~| // |~| s citizens of ~~~ ~~~ Kelfour's Landing and limb (you outsmarted it!) and we all know that our day-to-day then find that it has been removed lives are controlled to large extent and made resistant to the form of by the "Powers That Be" in GemStone. attack that you discovered was most Yes, I'm talking about those strange effective, using -- guess what - OUR people poofing in and out of our OWN TAX MONEY! These examples cover presence without the aid of our only the work being done on the trusty rings. They call themselves creatures of the land but the same GameMasters and on the whole they concept applies to the work being are most helpful to everyday life in done to spell lists, critical GemStone. In fact, we can't live tables, and other related areas of without them. our world. We, however, are still citizens It is thus the opinion of this and as all citizens have done for editorial that sadly, the taxpayers, time out of mind, we are required to while not being intentionally pay taxes to these powers through mistreated, are footing the bill for their devious tax collector who goes projects and work which, in some by the name of "GEnie." It is also cases, is not acceptable to us. How no secret that many sweeping changes did this situation occur and what have been seen in the land and that can be done to prevent it from these changes are a result of the occurring in the future? It is the GameMasters putting our tax dollars intent of this editorial to propose to work to improve, renovate, and the formation of a monthly status add on to our world. For the most report of what uses our taxes are part this has been welcomed as a currently being put to. This could long overdue project that is finally include general information on what going to benefit the people of our is being done to specific creatures, land in their quest to advance in spells, etc., and most importantly their chosen professions. Alas, as WHY it is being done. Thus it would with any large project, there arise allow constructive criticism by many unforseen complications and the players who must live with the pitfalls. It is, of course, without situation before it becomes doubt that the GameMasters are accomplished fact. This requires a trying their best to correct these fair bit of responsibility on our problems and attempting to create a part. We cannot simply veto all world that is reasonably fair, yet creatures which are not level 20 still capable of providing us with with OBs and DBs of zero. However, all the dangerous adventure that we if the system can be put in place and might want. we can use it wisely, we may be on the verge of a new era in cooperation At times though, as I'm sure you between the "Powers That Be" and the will agree, it is quite hard to common taxpayer -- and that could see the "Master Plan." Perhaps you only enhance everyone's enjoyment. are in battle with a creature who is worth maybe 50 points toward your The time has come for the citizens advancement and it has a OB and DB of Kelfour's Landing to take an higher than your own as well foul interest in where our tax dollars are magic spells to contend with. Or going and demand an end to the current perhaps you and your friends have oligarchy style of power. If eastern devised a way to hunt a certain Europe can break the rules and turn creature with minimal risk to life democratic then so can we. -Signed, A Concerned Citizen. -12- The Better Part of Valor ____ ____ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ +|~| |~|+ |~| |~| by Magnetron Ramthanodox |~| |~| |~| |~| \~\__/~/ pon designing and equipping your GemStone character for your ~~~~~~ first foray into the wilds, you might be wondering what monsters you can hunt for experience with any hope of surviving. If you set the BatteBrief Flag OFF you will get information that will enable you to examine your intended target versus your skill. This information may at first seem overwhelming but it is important that you understand it for it can mean the difference between Life and Death. Let us use a First Level Mage as an example. Our mage has studied: And is equipped with: Weapons Broadsword Spell Lists Reinforced Shield Directed Spells Heavy Hide (AT4) Wands/Staves Greaves (arm and leg) Body Development Aventail Trading Helm First Aid Backpack Perception He will be Half-Elf since that is the most common race for his profession. Thus, his abbreviated statistics are as follow: 1->Temporary statistics for Level 1 | 2->Racial modifiers | | 3->Bonus for unusual stats | | | 4-> Total of columns 2 and 3 | | | | CO: 90 +5 +10 = +15 | Note: These figures do not ST: 85 +5 +5 = +10 | use the "smoothed" table AG: 78 +5 +5 = +10 | currently employed in GemStone QU: 92 +10 +10 = +20 | but they will suffice for EM: 100 +0 +25 = +25 | purposes of explanation. Our mage's training, as he wanders in the gates, results in these bonuses: Weapons Training : +10 Directed Spells : +20 Wands and Staves : +20 Body Development : +10 Trading : +05 Perception : +05 First Aid : +05 Spell Lists : Both first level spells Thus... his maximum Defensive Bonus (DB) And his maximum Offensive Bonus (OB) is 60 when parrying at 100%: is +20 when parrying at 0%: +10 for ST (race and stat bonus) +10 for ST (race and stat bonus) +20 for QU (race and stat bonus) +10 for weapons training +20 for shield -00 No penalty for wearing AT4 +10 for weapons training. -00 No penalty for wearing AT4 -13- Continued --> Our mage sets forth into the Grasslands where he encounters a Wolverine. As you can determine from the Monster Chart in this issue, Wolverines are 5th level and are capable of two types of attacks: Claw and Bite. A wolverine Claws at you! A wolverine Bites at you! OB: 45 vs DB: 60 = -15 OB: 50 vs DB: 60 = -10 THT 66, d100 roll: 13, modified: 3 THT 69, d100 roll: 25, modified: 15 A clean miss. A clean miss. It would seem that these attacks would not be able to hit our mage. If we examine the THT thresholds, we see that they are 66 and 69 respectively. In order to hit with a Claw attack, the Wolverine would have to roll an 82 or greater. For a Bite attack, an 80 would be required. Here's why: Claw Bite ------ ------ Wolverine's OB 45 50 Mage's DB 60 60 ---- ---- Difference -15 -10 ToHiT 66 69 ---- ---- Sum of THT and Difference 81 79 Add 1 to the result 1 1 ---- ---- Minimum required to do harm 82 80 If the Wolverine rolls better than the required 82 for the Claw attack, it has potential to do serious harm due to the fact the Mage is wearing Heavy Hide (AT4). This armor does not cost development points for training nor does it have maneuvering penalties. But it does have one serious drawback: The attack only has to exceed the THT by 10 to obtain a critical strike. If it does, it's going to get at least an 'A' critical in the Slash table, and the damage it delivers can be anything from nothing to a broken neck and severed artery. You swing at the Wolverine in retaliation! (Setting parry to 0% to do so...) You swing a broadsword at a Wolverine! OB: 20 vs DB: 50 = -30 THT 80, d100 roll: 52, modified: 22 A clean miss. At parry 0, our mage must roll 111 to have a chance of hitting this creature (THT 80+(OB:20-DB:50)+1). While at parry 0 with 5 seconds of Round Time (RT) he stands a very good chance of getting hit himself. Obviously, Wolverines would be one monster our mage would avoid at all costs. It could well mean an end to existance! Let's look at a Torkaan next since they are commonly found in the Grasslands. The Torkaan only has one mode of attack: Bite. A Torkaan Bites at you! OB: 20 vs DB: 60 = -40 THT 69, d100 Roll: 90, modified: 50 A clean miss. Continued --> -14- This torkaan is using a Bite attack against our mage's AT4. His DB at full parry is sufficient to keep it from hitting him unless the Torkaan rolls 110 or better (THT 69 + (20-60)+1)) on a d100. Let's try something: You swing! (after setting your parry to 10%) You swing a broadsword at a Torkaan! OB: 18 vs DB: 0 = +18 THT 80, d100 roll: 72, modified: 90 You hit for 2 points of damage..... In setting his parry at 10%, our mage leaves himself some defensive bonus while giving him a sufficent plus in order to hit this creature. With this setting he has an OB of 18 and a DB of 42 [(10% of 20 is 2) plus his shield and QU bonuses)]. A Torkaan Bites at you! OB: 20 vs DB: 42 = -22 THT 69, d100 Roll: 90, modified: 68 A clean miss. With this setting our mage has increased his chance of getting hit by the attack of the Torkaan. It will have to roll 92 or better to hit him. While this is a more common roll than the previous 110, he could have a reasonable chance of survival against this type of opponent. The one thing he must watch is if it does hit. It will do a critical! Torks are known to be slayers of first level characters, so he must use care even in this situation. AND WHAT ABOUT YOU? In order to increase your chances of survival, several players compiled data on many of the creatures we have run across in the wilds. This information is in chart format in this edition. To use this valuable information you would first determine your maximum Offensive Bonus (OB) and Defensive Bonus (DB) and your Armor Type. The Monster Chart gives the THT threshold of the most commonly used armors, that is, the number the attacking creature has to roll to hit you and have a chance of doing damage. Armor index example: Heavy Leather vs. Scimitar indexes to an 89 THT. Looking at a creature to attack: Example: 1st level character, heavy hide (AT4), OB 20, DB 60. Wishes to engage with: Hobgoblin, base DB 25, OB 50 using a battleaxe THT 84 Comparing data reveals that this is not a good match up. At a parry of 100% the Hobgoblin would only have to roll a 95 to hit. While this is a high roll, it does happen. Where attacking the Hobgoblin with an OB of 20 vs. its base (parry 0) DB places you at a -5 with a DB of only 40. It would then have a +10 tohit. This Hobgoblin would make short work of you. Continued --> -15- There is an added twist to all this. The creatures in GemStone now have a "parry logic" that somewhat mimics the player's. You may find a monster swinging at you with an OB of 0! You would tend to think that this is a good opportunity to get some experience. Well, before you drop your parry to the 0 point, take a swing at it. You may be surprised to find that the creature has a DB of 100 or more! What has occured in this instance is the creature is parrying at its maximum ability, much like a player. When the battle gets into the advanced stages you may find that its OB will suddenly jump to a level that is deadly to you. If you keep the above information in mind and use the data our Monster Chart provides, you should be able to make good decisions about what to hunt. If you find yourself someplace strange and see a totally new monster, by knowing your character's strengths and how to evaluate your chance of success against a particular creature, you, too, can choose the better part of valor. _____________________________ //________________________________ // Throne of Gold ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ For Chani, from Usul She's my Queen.......I'm her King Man There's no daylight like the love she brings... and... In the morning, when I log in Waiting for me, arms embracing...... In the dark of the night, her light shines bright So here we stand, in this Shadow Land, joined by the hand And, Dreams of Sunshine's got my head spinning around Don't you know love glows ....to brighten up the Darkest Land Yes Dreams of Sunshine's got my head spinning around Don't you know love grows.... it can never be a one night stand I'm her Knight in Shining Armor, Joy and Laughter hereon after Mother Nature, Father Time....from Creation said she was mine Never been a love like this, since Kuor and his wife Valris That's why I'm sitting on a Throne of Gold, She gives me love, she fills my soul... That's why I'm sitting on a Throne of Gold......Throne of Gold Oh, how good and pleasant it be, in her company Like birds of a feather, we live and love together, Forever yes.... And, Dreams of Sunshine's got my world spinning around Don't you know love glows, to brighten up this Shadow Land Yes, Dreams of Sunshine's got my head spinning around... Don't you know love grows, it can never be a one night stand... That's why I'm sitting on a Throne of Gold.... Cause she is mine, all the time Yes I'm sitting on a Throne of Gold....... Throne of Gold...... -16- Monster Charts ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ by Landreth deLorde Assisted by Achoo GoldenRod, Magnetron Ramthanodox and other valiant warriors Being an adventurer is never easy; it requires exploring and mapping unknown territory, encountering and engaging wondrous new creatures and ultimately dieing from lack of preparation coupled with the element of surprise. This Monster THT Table, the Monster Stats and Monster Special Abilities Glossary have been designed to give you the advantage of having a bit more knowledge as you approach a creature you haven't engaged before. For the Monster THT Table, we tested various natural and weapon attacks against the two most commonly worn armors in the land: Heavy Hide and Leather Breastplate. As you can see, Heavy Hide has a higher THT against weapon attacks, while Leather Breastplate has a better THT against natural attacks. Heavy Hide requires four ranks of training in Maneuvering in Soft Leather while Leather Breastplate requires 12 ranks in Maneuvering in Rigid Leather for the best results. When viewing the Monster ____________________THT_Table________________ Stats, please keep one |\ ____________________________________________\ thing in mind: There is | | Form of Heavy Leather | a slight room for error. | | Attack Hide Breastplate | We don't guarantee that all | | ------- ----- ----------- | the OBs/DBs and Special | | Bite: 69 74 | Abilities are entirely | | Claw: 66 77 | accurate, although they | | Stinger: 65 76 | should be fairly close to | | Charge: 67 70 | the Monsters' potentials. | | Ensnare: 96 62 | Thus, even with the Monster | | Pincher: 83 81 | Stats and Special Abilities,| | Tusk: 67 71 | exercise caution when | | Stomp: 49 65 | engaging these monsters. | | Swing: 99 67 | The levels of the | | Rapier: 74 61 | various monsters also | | Scimitar: 89 62 | have room for error, but | | War Hammer: 86 57 | when we say a Ghoul King | | Short Sword: 79 62 | is level 16, don't try it \ | Two Handed Sword: 79 49 | out thinking it might be \|____________________________________________| level 5 and we're just dummies. ;) The monsters' levels were determined through their abilities, both physical and special. Therefore, before engaging any of these monsters solely upon their levels, look at their abilities *first*. The Monster THT Table and Monster Special Abilities Glossary are pri- marily for reference with the Monster Stats. For example, if it says that the monster has a Claw (OB 30) form of attack, that means the creature will attack you with a natural claw with an offensive bonus of 30, thus you can refer to the Monster THT Table to see how that affects the given armors. Similarly, if it lists the monster's special ability as being FEAR, refer to the Monster Special Abilities Glossary for a description of that ability. As a reminder, this list is not perfect. Some abilities may have have been missed, although extensive research was conducted (not to mention lives lost) in trying to make sure every monster was recorded as close as possible to their actual abilities. Also, monsters are subject to tweaking by the gods (altering their skills, usually in an unfavorable manner). Be careful to leave room for error when encountering any monster due to these reasons. -17- = NEWS = Monster Statistics BULLETIN ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ At press time, we learned Monsters of the Unlife require use of a that many new monsters will cleric-blessed weapon by normal warriors be "adjusted" this month. or a holy weapon by clerics in order to Use caution when inflict damage. approaching. * Indicates NEW. ================ Barrow Wight (Unlife): *Caveworm: ~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~ Level: 15 Level: 10 Form of attack: Form of attack: Claw (OB 165) Bite (OB 120) Broadsword (OB 165) Tusk (OB 110) 2 Handed Sword (OB 165) Ensnare (OB 90) Special Abilities: Special Abilities: Fear spell Poison Immobilization spell Base DB: 55 Life Level Drain Base DB: 135 Cobra: ~~~~~ *Basilisk: Level: 1 ~~~~~~~~ Form of Attack: Level: Bite (OB 30) Form of Attack Special abilities: Pincher (OB 65) Poison Swing (OB 60) Base DB: 40 Special Abilities: Gaze *Cockatrice: Immobilization ~~~~~~~~~~ Base DB: 40 Level: 5 Form of attack: *Black Stalker: Swing (OB 30) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Special Abilities: Level: 17 Gaze Form of Attack Base DB: 45 Two Handed Sword (180 OB) No Special Abilities *Dark Apparition: Base DB: 90 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Level: 4 *Bloodbeast (Unlife): Form of Attack: ~~~~~~~~~~ Rapier (OB 50) Level: 7 Swing (OB ) Form of Attack: Special Abilities: Swing (OB 65) Minor and Limb Pain Special Abilities: Blur Acid Blood Base DB: 40 Base DB: 75 *Death Dirge (Unlife): *Bone Golem (Unlife): ~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~ Level: 9 Level: Form of Attack: Form of Attack: Battle Axe (OB 70) Swing (OB 100) Special Abilities: Pound (OB 90) Immobilization Ensnare (OB 40) Calm No Special Abilities Base DB: 75 Base DB: 30 -18- *Deathwoode (Unlife): Giant Rat: ~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ Level: 17 Level: 1 Form of Attack: Form of Attack: Fist (100 OB) Bite (OB 30) Bite (90 OB) No Special Abilities Special Abilities: Base DB: 30 Waterbolt (OB 90) Lightning (OB 90) Goblin: Tremors ~~~~~~ Call Wind Level: 3 Base DB: 70 Form of Attack: Flail (OB 40) Forest Troll: No Special Abilities ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Base DB: 30 Level: 6 Form of Attack: Great Brown Bear: Claw (OB 70) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bite (OB 60) Level: 8 No Special Abilities Form of Attack: Base DB: 25 Bite (OB 70) Claw (OB 70) *Gemsting: Special Abilities: ~~~~~~~~ Disease Level: 4 Base DB: 50 Form of Attack: Stinger (OB 80) Greater Ghoul (Unlife): Tusk (OB 65) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Pincher (OB 60) Level: 3 Special Abilities: Form of Attack: Web Claw (OB 40) Base DB: 45 No Special Abilities Base DB: 30 *Ghost Wolf (Unlife): Greater Orc: ~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~ Level: Level: 5 Form of Attack: Form of Attack: Bite (100) Scimitar (OB 80) Claw (OB 75) Rapier (OB 80) Special Abilities: No Special Abilities Disease Base DB: 50 Base DB: 65 Greater Spider: *Ghoul King (Unlife): ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~ Level: 8 Level: 16 Form of Attack: Form of Attack: Stinger (OB 75) Scimitar (OB 100) Pincher (OB 70) Special Abilities: Special Abilities: Immobilization Webbing Aura Base DB: 40 Base DB: -19- Grey Orc: Lesser Ghoul (Unlife): ~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Level: 9 Level: 1 Form of Attack: Form of Attack: Mace (OB 90) Claw (OB 20) Special Abilities: No Special Abilities Fire bolt Base DB: 10 Stun Cloud Base DB: 90 Lesser Mummy (Unlife) ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Hill Troll: Level: 6 ~~~~~~~~~~ Form of Attack: Level: 11 Claw (OB 40) Form of Attack: Ensnare (OB 10) 2-Handed Sword (OB 110) No Special Abilities No Special Abilities Base DB: 30 Base DB: 70 Lesser Orc: Hobgoblin: ~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ Level: 4 Level: 3 Form of Attack: Form of Attack: Cudgel (OB 60) War Mattock (OB 50) Short Sword (OB 60) Battle Axe (OB 50) No Special Abilities No Special Abilities Base DB: 40 Base DB: 25 *Manticore: *Karnelin: ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~ Level: Level: 1 Form of Attack: Form of Attack: Claw (OB 70) Tusk (OB 35) Stinger (OB 65) Charge (OB 30) Stab (OB 60) Stomp (OB 25) No Special Abilities No Special Abilities Base DB: 70 Base DB: 10 *Mountain Ogre: Kobold: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~ Level: 14 Level: 1 Form of Attack: Form of Attack: Cudgel (OB 140) Short Sword (OB 10) No Special Abilities No Special Abilities Base DB: 105 Base DB: 10 Phantom (Unlife): Large Ogre: ~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~ Level: 2 Level: Form of Attack: Form of Attack: Dagger (OB 30) Swing (OB 100) Morning Star (OB 30) Claw (OB 80) Special Abilities: No Special Abilities ShockBolt (OB 30) Base DB: 20 Aura Base DB: 20 -20- *Revenant (Unlife): *Titan: ~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~ Level: 4 Level: 13 Form of Attack: Form of Attack: Broadsword (OB 70) War Mattock (OB 140) Special Abilities: Special Abilities: Aura Weapon Fire Minor and Limb Pain Lightning Base DB: 45 Aura Stomp Skeleton (Unlife): Base DB: 85 ~~~~~~~~ Level: 1 Torkaan: Form of Attack: ~~~~~~~ Dagger (OB 25) Level: 2 No Special Abilities Form of Attack: Base DB: 0 Bite (OB 20) Special Abilities: *Skeletal Giant (Unlife): Disease ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Base DB: 0 Level: Form of Attack: *Tree Spirit (Unlife): Flail (OB 110) ~~~~~~~~~~~ No Special Abilities Level: 17 Base DB: 40 Form of Attack: Swing (OB 140) *Storm Giant: Ensnare (OB 120) ~~~~~~~~~~~ Special Abilities: Level: 20+ Minor Pain Form of Attack: Call Lightning Fist (OB 140) Base DB: 145 Special Abilities: Lightning (OB 100) War Troll: Waterbolt (OB 80) ~~~~~~~~~ Call Wind Level: 10 Stomp Form of Attack: Base DB: 105 War Hammer (OB 110) No Special Abilities *Tatzelwurm: Base DB: 50 ~~~~~~~~~~ Level: 3 *Werebear (Unlife): Form of Attack: ~~~~~~~~ Claw (OB 60) Level: Bite (OB 50) Form of Attack: Charge (OB 40) Swing (OB 120) Special Abilities: Bite (OB 90) Poison Claw (OB 75) Base DB: 45 Special Abilities: Poison *Threk: Base DB: 65 ~~~~~ Level: 8 Wight Lord (Unlife): Wolverine: Form of Attack: ~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ Bite (OB 70) Level: 20 Level: 5 Claw (OB 50) Form of Attack: Form of Attack: Charge (OB 30) Falchion (OB 240) Bite (OB 50) No Special Abilities Special Abilities: Claw (OB 45) Base DB: 50 Immobilization Special Abilities: Stun Cloud Disease Base DB: 150+ Base DB: 50 -21- Special Abilities Glossary ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Wherein descriptions of special abilities from the Monster Statistics are followed by a review of which monsters possess each ability. Note that the strength of an ability is relative to the creature's level, in other words, the higher level the creature, the more that ability will take affect. Acid Blood: A spray of corrosive blood which, upon hitting you, takes away 10 or more concussion points. **Monster(s): Bloodbeasts** Aura: Increases creature's defensive bonus (DB); the higher level the creature, the higher the DB will become. **Monster(s): Ghoul Kings, Phantoms, Revenants, Titans** Call Wind: A powerful gust of wind blows against you, causing you to lose your balance and fall. Note: it also changes your parry percentage when you fall. Be ready to stand and parry. **Monster(s): Deathwoodes** Call Lightning: Forms an electrical cloud which releases powerful bolts of electricity. Flee far from the area that contains one of these clouds. They are capable of wandering from room to room. **Monster(s): Tree Spirits** Disease: If diseased, you will lose a certain amount of concussion points per round, until either it dissipates, or you die. Strength of disease relative to level of creature. Seek a Healer to help with concussion points immediately. **Monster(s): Great Brown Bears, Torkaans, Wolverines** Fear: Upon failing the Resistance Roll, you drop any possessions in your hands (i.e. weapon and shield) and run to an adjacent room. **Monster(s): Barrow Wights** Fire Bolt: A powerful concentrated bolt of fire that does an excellent job of removing many concussion points with a single blast. **Monster(s): Grey Orcs** Gaze: A successful gaze will freeze you in your tracks for approximately one round. Does not affect your DB. **Monster(s): Cockatrices** -22- Immobilize: Upon failing the Resistance Roll, you drop any possessions in your hands and are frozen in place with your Defensive Bonus (DB) dropped to zero! Be careful of this extremely dangerous spell. **Monster(s): Barrow Wights, Death Dirges, Ghoul Kings** Life Level Drain: Upon successful contact with the wight's claw against your skin, if you fail the RR you lose 1 life level point. **Monster(s): Barrow Wights** Lightning: A powerful bolt of electricity, which upon contact with you can be quite deadly. Don't play around when your opponent is using this spell. **Monster(s): Titans** Limb Pain: Upon failing the Resistance Roll, a random limb upon your body will be damaged. **Monster(s): Revenants** Minor Pain: Upon failing the Resistance Roll, you will be damaged for some concussion points. **Monster(s): Revenants** Poison: If poisoned, you will lose a certain amount of concussion points per round, until either it wears off or you die. Strength of poison relative to level of creature. Seek a healer to help with concussion points immediately. **Monster(s): Cave Worms, Cobras, Tatzelwurms** Shockbolt: Fires a bolt of raw energy, quite often stunning or even the target. Be careful of creatures using this spell. **Monster(s): Phantoms** Stomp: The creature (generally of large form and mass) attempts to knock you on the ground by slamming its foot down upon the surface near which you stand. Be ready to stand quickly when engaging these creatures that are capable of this. **Monster(s): Titans, Steel Golems, Storm Giants** -23- Stun Cloud: A devastating electrical gas cloud that strikes you with powerful bolts of electricity. Flee far from any room that contains one of these, for they float from room to room, generally lasting two or so minutes. **Monster(s): Grey Orcs; Wight Lords** Tremors: Causes the ground to shake violently.Should you lose your balance, you will fall to the ground, causing you slight injury in concussion points. Be ready to stand. **Monster(s): Deathwoodes*** Waterbolt: A powerful, concentrated blast of water which causes considerable damage. **Monster(s): Deathwoodes*** Weapon Fire: Destroys all ordinary weapons and has a good chance at destroying magical weapons as well. **Monster(s): Titans** Web: When webbed, you are unable to move and your ST and QU bonuses are lost, leaving you only with the DB of your weapon, armor and shield. Lasts 1-2 minutes. **Monster(s): Gemstings, Greater Spiders** =======================//========================================== Tuilindo The "Pooh" Poem ~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ by Kalagay Halatil By Owlet Stalmorgan The Swallow I fell asleep in your arms last night Out in the grasslands, On a bed in a hollow tree. Pond like a mirror. If ever I'm asked what is true delight, Day's edge to twilight; I'll reply 'tis to sleep with thee The wind has gone west. In a honeyed lair, all cozy and warm, From where the sky blue is With the bee's lullabye in my ear, A dark arrow plunges -- Snuggled together and safe from all harm, Midnight and sunset his back Filled with love, without pain, without fear. and his breast His back and his breast. He turns, a wing tipping -- He skims, dainty sipping -- His song says his name: end Tuilindo KEV1N4 -24-