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Ultimate Quest: Catacomb (the beginning)

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Reslain Presents, Ultimate Quest for the Commodore 64

Published by Psytronik Software in 2014 and included on disk side B of the Realms of Quest IV Commodore VIC-20 disk.

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Originally created in 1989 by Rene Guertin & Ghislain De Blois. The new release improved on the original version by debugging the game, and re-writing the slower BASIC map drawing code into a faster assembly language plus the addition of a new splash screen as seen in the first image above with the Psytronik software label.

Characteristics are as follows…

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You create a character and choose between the following 4 professions.

FIghter, Mage, Thief, or Barbarian

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The weapons and armor chart table is as follows.

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Other basic user data…

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Keyboard Commands…

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and finally, your mission in the Ultimate Quest: Catacomb…

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There are plenty of character save slots so create a character, save them and begin the adventure! The timeline of Ultimate Quest is set many, many years before the events of the later Realms of Quest series of games. I begin my quest with the old gnome Greenhat’s magical and mystical ancestor…..Redhat.

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Ultimate Quest: Catacomb begins at the entrance of Skeleton City. You must pay 10gp to enter the city.

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Firstly, make sure to equip your weapon and armor. Items available to equip are highlighted in white. Items that are equipped are highlighted in red. Grey are unavailable.

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ZAP that Hobbit!

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Ultimate Quest: Catacomb is available on the Realms of Quest IV release via Psytronik. See Ghislain’s official Realms of Quest blog for further details.

Time Lord #10 The Final Encounter -RoQIV

With fearless determination, the party marched onwards after locating the black key in the middle of the “B”, and reached the blackened door of the tenth Time Lord, which Gnarshm marked on his book of cartography with the letter “G”. The door was adorned with skulls, dripping with blood and emanated an essence of pure evil. With weapons drawn and spells at the ready, the elven thief Elvira inserted the last and final black key and opened the door. A cold icy frost drifted outwards sending a vile chill onto the adventurers.

Further into the lair the adventurers stepped, inch by inch as a feeling of dread overwhelmed the party until a wretched voice seeped into their brains.

“You have defeated the other nine lord’s but you will not beat me. Now, prepare to meet your maker and die!” the tenth Time Lord appeared out of the darkness with a staff of orcus, slamming the staff on the floor with a loud and enormous THUD.

The floor began to shake and crumble. Bits of the stone floor wasted away revealing a gaping pit into a hellish abyss below. Fire erupted sending flames outward and upward scorching the party whilst demons from the hell below reached towards the adventurers with bloodied claws.

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The Time Lord sent shockwaves of lightning at the party. Elvira took the brunt of the attack and her skin lit afire and began to burn while the summoned demons took away the rest of her burning flesh into the depths below.

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Sammy leapt into action slashing violently against the time lord with her blade but her hand was grasped by the evil lord and her blade was sent backwards piercing a hole through her armor and through to the other side of her now dying body. The time lord pushed her too, into the fiery abyss.

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The remaining party fought back valiantly against the summoned asmodeus and demogorgons.

Iscreem pulled the stolen gem of meteors from his pocket. “Well, its now or never. Lets do this now! he shouted as he threw the gem towards the enemies. The gemstone shattered and blew a hole through the ceiling of the dungeon. Moments later the dungeon filled with stars and meteors which ricocheted throughout the dungeon, throwing a wild bombardment of starlike meteors onto the vile demons eliminating the cruel asmodeus.

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“My God, it’s full of stars!” Iscreem shouted as the gem of meteors rocketed through and tore apart the demon’s evil flesh.

The rest of the party launched a full on attack against the Time Lord and the remaining demogorgons.

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With the remaining demons laid waste, Crumm and the rest of the party focus their attacks on the final vile and last Time Lord.

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Wounded and dying, the tenth Time Lord struggles profusely and manages one last attack against the party. The Time Lord grasped violently at the old gnome. With Greenhat’s throat clasped in the wretched Time Lord’s Hands, the evil lord threw the green hatted gnome into the endless fire scorched and hellish pit below.

Greenhat let out a final shout of defeat as he fell into the abyss, his voice seemed to eternally echo in Gnarshm’s mind as the old gnome fell into the Time Lord’s blackened void.

Gnarshm and Iscreem lunged at the Time Lord in unison, with Iscreem dealing the final blow against the tenth Time Lord.

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With the blade of excalibur plunged deep into the the Time Lord’s belly, the wretched lord let out a fatal scream as his flesh disintegrated and fell to the ground as a heap of dust and ash and the staff that the time lord held fell to the floor in a clatter.

Iscreem was still in shock at having defeated the final Time Lord as he looked onto the remaining party members. It was finally over. The ten Time Lords have been defeated. The party gathered around the kobold warrior and expressed their sorrow over losing three of their adventuring companions to the evil Time Lord.

Ruby found a golden chest on the far end of the room which contained a large and valuable loot of gold and Iscreem picked up the staff of the fallen Time Lord.

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The remaining party members made their way back to the castle, triumphant in their defeating of the ten Time Lord’s but in sorrow for having lost Greenhat, Sammy and Elvira to the Time Lord.

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Iscreem let a tear fall from his eye. It was the first time that any of the party had seen him in a moment of true sorrow.

“Don’t feel too bad. The old gnome would have been proud of our accomplishment. We set out to defeat the ten Time Lord’s and that is exactly what we did.” Ruby said to try to comfort the kobold warrior.

Twiggy patted the kobold on the back. “We defeated a great evil, and you still have us. Life goes on. It is the way of things.” the elf wizard said.

“It can’t be over just yet, we never did get to see the royal wine cellars, did we? or go horseback riding.” Gnarshm asked.

“Here we go again.” Crumm mumbled.

Iscreem replied with a smile on his face. “Don’t worry Gnarshm, with the vast amount of gold that we looted from the Time Lords, you’d be able to buy a wine cellar of your own and fill it with as many bottles as you can fit into it. Now where is that tavern anyway? I’ve got some coins to spend now too.” the kobold said with a sly grin.

 

 

 

 

The Hermit -RoQIV

Having recuperated for a month at the castle’s inn after an extensive exploration of the dungeons below, the party was again ready to descend through the labyrinth, but this time the party would traverse to the final level of the Time Lord’s Lair. Gnarshm had come a long way from his meager beginnings as a young and quite naive peasant, and was now just as battle ready and as armed to the teeth as his kobold warrior companion, Iscreem.

Ruby and Twiggy had their spells memorized after extensive hours of studying the runes of their spellbooks, while Crumm and Sammy spent their time sharpening their blades whilst fixing and fitting their armor.

Elvira was growing impatient with all of this studying and preparation, and was ready to take on the final time lord all by herself by the time the rest of the party was again ready to descend the dungeons dark depths. She stopped and peered at the old gnome with sudden interest when she found him chanting and uttering strange words and incantations of a language thought to have been long forgotten in this time and age.

“What are you doing?” she asked the gnome.

“Please be quiet. I must have full concentration for this.” Greenhat muttered in response to the rogue elf’s inquiry.

The gnome continued his spell and spoke in strange tongues while reading runes from an ancient looking manuscript. The party gathered around the gnome as his voice began to alter and distort in ways that seemed incomprehensible and otherworldly. The gnome’s face began to strain painfully as he grew visibly weak . Before long a loud noise began to rumble and echo through the halls, then the dungeon walls began to shake. A fiery red force emblazed a circle in front of the old gnome as the wall in front of him began to melt and drizzle to the dirty stone floor below. Before the party now shone a waving mystical portal to a location unknown. It’s power was great and energy emanated from the circle of its gate. “Step through the portal.” the old gnome said.

Elvira hesitated. A sense of fear overwhelmed her as did the rest of the party.

“Do not fear. Step through the portal. Do it NOW!” I cannot keep the gate open for long!” Greenhat warned as his body began to shake as he grew weaker from the spell’s powerful effect.

One by one the party stepped through the gate with the old gnome making the final step through the portal’s passage. On the other side, the party arrived at a dark blackened corridor and the gate quickly evaporated into nothingness as if it had never been there at all.

“What was that? Where are we?” Gnarshm asked inquisitively.

“I opened a gate to bring us directly to the Time Lord’s tenth level. We are now at the deepest and darkest part of the dungeon. This is where we must face the last of the Time Lords.” Greenhat stated as his voice trembled. The gnome had trouble standing and nearly collapsed but Crumm grabbed him and held him up with the support of his brutish muscled arms.

“Am I dreaming? Is this for real? How come you didn’t think of doing this before?” Elvira asked.

“Foolish elf! Do you think I can just summon us a gate and teleport us here and there willy nilly anytime I so choose? It took me years just to decipher the ancient language the spell was written in, all of my strength and determination to cast the spell, and to be perfectly honest, I don’t think I could do it again.” Greenhat said wearily.

Iscreem began to hear footsteps encroaching towards the party from the corridor’s southern end. “Someone is coming.” the kobold whispered to the group as he unsheathed the sword given to him by the lady in the water.  The rest of the party assembled into battle formation in the darkened passage aside the kobold warrior, when suddenly a spark of light flared and a torch was lit by a strange looking fellow that approached the party.

“Who are you? What are you doing here?” the fellow demanded. His face was weathered and aged and he sported a long greyish white beard. “You are not monsters. You shouldn’t be here. Its not safe for you to be here.” the old fellow continued.

“We are here to kill the last of the Time Lords. Could you tell us where we can finds him. The blade of my sword has got his name written all over it.”  the kobold announced.

The fellow looked at the party in surprise. “Well you are a brave lot aren’t you? But not very bright I think. If you knew what’s good for you, you’d stay clear of the Time Lord and head right back up to the surface. Yes indeed.”

“Please sir, we have traveled many passages and so many levels of this wretched place. We need to find the last Time Lord and put an end to his evil once and for all. Any assistance you can give us would be greatly appreciated.” Ruby said hopefully.

“Well do what you will, but I would highly advise you to not seek him out. Even if you do find him, I doubt that you will survive, but if you absolutely must find him…..” the fellow trailed off.

“We must.” Gnarshm stated confidently.

“Very well then. You will need a dark black key to enter his lair. Before you do anything, take this tome and read it. Then seriously reconsider what you are about to do. Time ripens all things, no man is born wise. That is all I have to say to you. Goodbye, and if you absolutely must, then good luck also.” And with that the fellow departed, leaving the tome for the party to read.

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“I can’t reads this thing. Its written in strange runes. Give it to the gnome to read.” Iscreem passed the tome to Greenhat.

The old gnome read the tome to himself. A worried look swept over him. “Maybe that old hermit was right. Maybe we should leave while we still can. If we do end up finding the last Time Lord, it is very possible that some of us, or even all of us may not survive. Are we ready for this? Is everyone here ready? Decide now because there will be no turning back.” the old gnome warned.

After a few moments to think it over, it was settled. The party would face the final Time Lord in a fight to the death.

 

Time Lord #9 -RoQIV

Deep in the ninth time lord’s lair the party marched forward with weapons drawn. Iscreem swung about his mighty sword of excalibur in anticipation of battle. A gaggle of voices echoed through the dark corridor. The voices grow louder.

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The time lord and his minions await.

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“Who do you serve? Bow before me!” the time lord commanded.

“NEVER!” Iscreem shouted as he swung the mythical sword, cutting a deep wound into the time lord’s side.

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The old gnome repelled the demon erinyes back to the hell in which they belong, with his trusty holy symbol.

Twiggy spoke the ancient power word of utter destruction. “KILL, KILL, KILL!” she chanted as a deathly force crept from out of her spellbook and leached onto the enormous fire giants choking and suffocating them viciously. The rest of the party leaped into action and hacked down the fire giants one by one until the last fell to the ground as a lifeless corpse.

“NO! rrrrRRRRAAAAAARRRGGGGHH!” the time lord’s temper raged in anger at the defeat of his minions and he charged at Elvira and proceeded to cut her down.

Crumm and Gnarshm rushed to Elvira’s defense, beating back the evil time lord. The lug of an ogre dealt the final blow to the time lord’s now decapitated head.

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“Nine down, and one to go.” Iscreem said triumphantly.