So I played the first book a few more times, and mapped out some more of what’s in there. I think I might have gotten half of it in several more plays — there’s a lot!
But I have decided to try something new. Rather than just fixating on the one book and mapping it out completely, I decided to just carry over my character to the second book and see how far I make it. That’s the intended play style, and there’s no point in my wearing out the first book so quickly.
We open with the king thanking me and giving me his royal seal, which I will be expected to present in order to be given the magic sword. Then the quartermaster leads me downstairs to gear up. As is typical, they’re very stingy: I can only have two items, so it’s a choice between weapons, armor, or else food. I would think that the very least they could do, would be to stuff my backpack with food and medicine.
Page 1 has me in a bar brawl fighting for my life, as I try to meet the first mate of a ship to take me east. This character has a sword and shield, 19 combat, plus mindblast — meaning that it was a two-hit beatdown.
I talk my way onto the ship, and off we go. There are a bunch of random checks to see what happens, but I played through a few times and keep getting only the boring outcomes where we see an abandoned boat and pass it by. Eventually, there’s a fire on the ship and then a storm destroys the ship so I have to swim to shore, find a road, and see about getting to Port Bax.
According to the map, I’m about six hours west of Ragadorn, so the remaining distance is about double what I covered in the first book. I ponder this as I dry my clothes in the sun, and hope those fruit are edible…