Let's talk to the assuredly friendly natives.
And we're back! Sorry for the delay folks, the hurricane took out the cable at the house I was renting for vacation so I didn't bother to bring my computer.Page 171: You call out a friendly greeting to the nearest villager and you see his face blanch. He throws up his hands in alarm and runs headlong into the nearest undergrowth. This begins a chain-reaction among the other villagers who shriek with panic and flee in all directions. Within a matter of minutes this village has been transformed into a ghost town.
Bemused and a little unnerved by their inexplicable reaction, you pass through this cluster of empty bamboo huts and continue on along the road towards Hikas.
Turn to 273.
___________________________________________________Page 273: You approach the gates of Hikas just as the last rays of sunlight are dipping below the western horizon. Bathed in the sun's afterglow this ancient city-port looks warmly inviting, and you cast your eye appraisingly across the stone geometry of its protective wall, its conical towers, and its pyramidal dwellings. Every surface is embellished with runic symbols, yet few remain legible, for thousands of years have elapsed since they were carved.
The Vakeros at the east gate recognize your Kai tunic and offer you a guarded welcome. They warn you that a curfew is in force and tell you to be off the streets by dark. You pass through the gate and follow a long shadowy street that descends towards the wharves and taverns that line the banks of the Carcos River—a murky, silt-rich channel which divides the city in two. Mindful of the imminent curfew, you tether your horse to a rail and enter the nearest tavern in search of a room for the night. Inside the air is hot and stale. A small number of men and women of mixed nationality stand at the counter and sit at small tables. Their low-voiced conversations break off as you let the tavern door shut behind you with a bang.
If you wish to take a seat at a table, turn to 245.
If you wish to approach the counter, turn to 161.Kind of a lame choice, but it does have an impact. To make it a little less blind since the description is uncharacteristically sparse, the innkeeper is at the bar, while the patrons are at the table.
Man in the Mists wrote:
We're screwed either way, Unleash hell.
Although I wonder if it would be better to die, use a potion, and resume with 2/3 endurance.
Man in the Mists wrote:
One other thing: if it does come to a fight, would Kaistar's higher bonus apply at this point?
Oops you're right, forgot about that last 2 hp loss. Still, we need only 6 hp to use our huge +8CS Kai-Surge. This makes the "legit" fight slightly harder, but I ran a couple simulations and its still at least decent odds.
So should we charge, or should we metagame?