Monthly Archives: January 2015

Scrolls of Forbidden Knowledge -RoQI

These are the four scrolls of forbidden knowledge from the Lycaeum.

Scroll 1: Amulet of Infinity

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Scroll 2: Impassable Journey

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Scroll 3: Password for Entry

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Scroll 4: Tale of the Dragon

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Now I’m off to map the remaining 5 dungeon levels (16-20), find the last piece of the amulet, + defeat the gargoyle dragon and slay the evil wizard Nikaedor!

and find some more gold so I can train to level 12. At least now with all four scrolls read and all the best equipment already purchased, all gold found going forward will be put towards paying my tuition.

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The Amulet of Infinity – Realms of Quest I

Over at the Lycaeum, there are four scrolls of forbidden knowledge that should be read. Each of the scrolls cost 2000 gold pieces. I probably should have read the first one first, as it gives you a clue as to how to go about finding the four pieces of the Amulet of Infinity. Up until now, I had previously only read the second scroll.

Note: The elders of the Lycaeum allow you to read the scroll while at the Lycaeum after paying the required 2000 gold pieces. You do not get to take the scroll with you so when viewing the scroll, copy the scrolls contents (i.e. take a screenshot) so that you can view it again later without needing to pay another 2000gp.

Scroll No.1: The Amulet of Infinity

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There are 4 amulet pieces. Thus to find each piece, make the calculations in the screenshot above and travel to the correct dungeon coordinates for each piece.

As reference to the way dungeon coordinates are in the Realms of Quest I, see this example of level 5 in Mapping in the Realms of Quest I.

Once you are at the correct dungeon coordinate, cast the Wizards Eye (from Book of Spells 3) to find and obtain a piece of the amulet. The first piece can be seen to the right of Orangehat’s 20 Wisdom. :o)

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2nd piece of the Amulet of Infinity

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3rd piece of the Amulet of Infinity

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One more to go.

Excalibur and the search for more gold -RoQI

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At last I was able to pay the blacksmith the required gold to add Excalibur to my item list, along with the Aegis shield, and Full Plate armor. Don’t bother purchasing any item from the blacksmith other than the following 3 items, otherwise you’d just be wasting gold, and in Realms of Quest I, you’re going to need all the gold you can get.

Excalibur = sword+5 – 8192 gold pieces
Aegis = shield+5 -3104gp
Full Plate = armor+5 -3328gp

Total equipment costs= 14624gp

Lycaeum: Scrolls of Forbidden and Secret Knowledge.
2000gp each X 4 = 8000gp

22624gp in total to purchase equipment and scrolls.

+ 50gp per resting

Cost to train character increases with each level.

Training to level 11 will cost me 7168gp
I’ve read 1 scroll from the lycaeum so far. 6000gp needed to read the remaining scrolls. So I’ll need at least 13168gp, plus another 50gp per each resting period.

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I’ve got 82gp currently. Time for some more dungeon crawling.

Gnarshm’s Dream (part 2) [The Skeleton Head]

Gnarshm approached the entrance to the Skeleton Head. The seedy dive emanated a vibe of filth and evil. As the gnoll reached the doors to the questionable establishment, Gnarshm second thought his choice to visit the tavern, but ultimately decided to enter the place. It must be done. He must seek out the Seer, and the gnoll’s only link to the sage is through this wretched and cursed residence.

The gnoll pushed open the doors to the Skeleton Head. Inside a wide assortment of vile and disgusting creatures lurked about drinking brew and partaking in other various sorts of self destructive behavior. Yet a familiar face and voice seemed to shine a beacon of light throughout this filth ridden bar. That blasted kobold Iscreem. Somehow Gnarshm didn’t find seeing the kobold here in this place to be of anything out of the ordinary. In fact the kobold seemed to fit into this place rather miraculously.

Gnarshm crept quietly through the tavern but it was of no use. The gnoll had been spotted. Iscreem’s eyes widened and the kobold spewed words out of his mouth in a slurred drunken speech. “Where the hell! have you been? Gnoll!” the kobold shouted.

“Your drunk again! Keep your voice down, kobold. I’m not here wanting to attract attention.” the gnoll warned. A group of rowdy gamblers sit at a table nearby wheeling and dealing in their game of cards. A particularly seedy looking character lifts its wretched head and stares in Gnarshm’s direction.

The kobold spins his barchair around to face Gnarshm. “OH! Gone aLL high n’ mighty on mee have ya! {hic} I remember you when you’wr NOTHING! You wr NOTHING without ME! the kobold slurred venomously. “I’m the one who killed the Time Lord! ME! {hic} ME!” How many times did I bring your ROTTING CORPSE back to the temple!?” Iscreem shouted.

Denizens of the seedy skeleton head start to take notice of the commotion. Two large and hulkish hobgoblin bouncers appear, making their way through a crowd of patrons towards the kobold and gnoll. At the far end of the bar, a reptilian creature swills from a mug while keeping watch over Gnarshm and the increasingly belligerent kobold.

The larger of the hobgoblin pair approaches Gnarshm. “What’s the problem? Nomok no like problems! Nomok make problems disappear.” the hobgoblin threatened. The second hobgoblin bouncer held a spiked club in his hand and looked on rather menacingly.

“No problems. There are no problems here. My friend and I were just taking a booth.” Gnarshm said as he grabbed Iscreem by the tunic and backed away from the bar and the two hulking hobgoblins. Gnarshm shoved the kobold down into a partially secluded booth. “Sit down and shut up.” the gnoll muttered to Iscreem, while motioning to a barmaid to bring a round of ale for the two. The hobgoblins stood and watched them for a bit longer until they were distracted by the card playing group of patrons who had overturned their table and gotten into a fistfight over assumptions of one of the gamblers cheating at their game.

With the heat of the bouncers taken elsewhere, Gnarshm breathed a sigh of relief. The gnoll relaxed a bit in his seat. A few moments later a beautiful blonde barmaid brought two towering mugs of ale and set them down onto their table. The kobold instantly reached for his mug and drank from it greedily.

“Where’s Crumm?” Gnarshm asked the kobold.

Iscreem lifted his mug higher and higher as he swiftly gulped down the ale. The messy kobold couldn’t get his aim right as some of the ale dripped from his mouth and spilled onto his tunic. When the kobold finished his drink, he slammed the empty mug down onto their booth’s wooden table and proceeded to order yet another round from the barmaid.

“Crumm? Where’s Crumm you say? That brainless oaf said he gots bored. {hic} He gots some job working for harbormaster on some boat. Don’t know why. I says what mores could he possibly want? He gots monies! He gots monies for ale! {hic}…

The blonde barmaid brought another round of ale for the kobold.

“He gots monies for women too!” Iscreem winked at the blonde barmaid, who in turn gave the kobold a disgusted look and roller her eyes, as she returned to the bar to serve other patrons.

“AND! … And!…”, the kobold takes a swill from the new mug the barmaid brought before continuing his speech.

“…and he’s got monies for ALE too! so you can sees {hic} why I have no idea why Crumm left.”  the kobold lifted his mug one last time, finished off the remaining ale, and passed out onto the table, leaving Gnarshm alone to deal with the now unconscious kobold.

“I think I’m beginning to understand why Crumm left.” Gnarshm muttered to himself as he checked the kobold’s pulse to make sure he was still alive. The gnoll remained at the booth a bit longer to finish his brew, then made sure to leave sufficient funds to cover Iscreem’s tab, giving a heft tip to the barmaid to ensure the kobold’s safe return to the castle’s inn.

Gnarshm eyed the reptilian creature at the other end of the bar who had seemingly been watching the gnoll’s every move since Gnarshm entered the skeleton head. A disturbing and unsettling feeling swept over the gnoll as he walked towards the reptile, but the gnoll continued onwards and took a seat next to the reptilian.

“You are the one called Sliver, am I right?” Gnarshm asked the reptile. The reptilian nodded positively.

“I seek the advise of the Seer and was told that you could bring me to him. Can you help me?” the gnoll asked of the reptile.

The reptilian made no discernible reaction.

Gnarshm decided to try again with some incentive. He reached into his pocket, grabbed a handful of gold coins and placed them onto the table in front of the lizard. “Can you bring me to the Seer?” Gnarshm asked.

The reptile took the coins placed before him, stood up and walked towards a skeleton head employee entrance only room and turned to motion the gnoll to follow him. Gnarshm looked about to see if anyone else would follow. No one else seemed to care, or at least it didn’t appear that way. Gnarshm followed the reptile into one of the taverns back rooms. The reptile led the gnoll down a long dark corridor, opened a trap door from the floor and brought Gnarshm into a cellar and onwards to a back exit which lead into a rat infested alleyway and straight to a steel door. The reptile knocked the door twice, then once, and then twice again. A few moments later, movement could be heard from beyond the steel door. After a sound of sliding metal and a loud clang from the other side of the door, someone opened the door from the inside, allowing entrance of both the reptilian creature and the gnoll Gnarshm. From beyond the door, an aged and mystical looking fellow with crystal eyes peered into Gnarshm’s soul.

 

 

 

Kobold Healer

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I love this image of a kobold healer by Ravenlou. Extremely well done.

Go to Ravenlou’s official deviantart account for a larger and more awesome image of this. Absolutely amazing! It’s a rarity that you see a kobold wizard, and even more rare occurrence of a kobold healer/priest. If a kobold priest were to ever occur, this is the exact image I would imagine that a kobold priest would  be involved in.

The wordpress monkeys 2014 annual report for [rubygolem] “Happy New Year!”

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s the summary:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,700 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

In 2014, there were 58 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 85 posts.

These are the posts that got the most views in 2014.

1.) The Ancient Traveler -RoQIV [published December 2013]

2.) Realms of Quest I (Anniversary Edition, 2011) [published September 2014]

3.) Ultimate Quest: Catacomb (the beginning) [published May 2014]

4.) Realms of Quest IV: Final Thoughts, and final character screenshots -RoQIV [published June 2014]

5.) Gnarshm’s maps of levels 3+4 -RoQIV [published November 2013]

Some of your most popular posts were written before 2014. Your writing has staying power!

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The most visitors came from the United States, Canada, and Estonia.