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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 1:54 pm    Post subject: Lets Play - Falcon 3: The Rack of Baal Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

The beginning of the book has much the same stuff as the beginning of the first two, I've copied and pasted it here again:

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Mission Brief
Once again you are sitting in the office of your Section Chief, Jobanque, after an urgent summons. He eyes you, his face serious. 'Well Falcon, I've sent Lynx out to trail Yelov. There's something even more urgent for you. Baal has escaped.'

'Who?'you query, puzzled.

'Let me explain,' and he presses a button and a hologram of a globe of crackling white energy appears, hanging in the darkness of interstellar space. Orbiting it is a small asteroid. That ball of rock is a satellite, put there by the Ancients.' You sit up in interest. Archaelogical remains of a highly advanced culture, thousands upon thousands of years old, are dotted everywhere around the galaxy, popularly referred to as remains of the Ancient Culture. 'A Federation research station was set up on the satellite - the Federation is always hoping to uncover some of the Ancient's advanced technology. A group of psychics was brought in to probe the globe of energy, rather than fiddle with it in any other way. Immediately they did so their minds fell under the control of some powerful will from inside the globe. It forced the psychics to board a Federation starship and fly it straight at the globe. The resultant explosion weakened the globe enough for the thing inside it to break out,' and Jobanque presses another button. The hologram of the globe bursts open in a veritable holocaust of flaming energy. A great figure, human in shape, powerfully muscled, a strange white triangle at wrists and ankles erupts forth, a look of crazed triumph on its face. That is Baal,' says Jobanque, and he freezes the hologram. 'We discovered an Ancient Codex on the satellite and a team of scientists, working night and day, have managed to decipher it. It told us a lot. Baal is a cosmic being, aeons old. Some would call him a god. He is utterly evil, totally unscrupulous. Power-crazed he sought, and will seek again, to dominate all intelligent life in the galaxy. He feeds off the life forces of sentient beings and is sustained by some kind of natural energy. Our scientists think he is linked to the very fabric of the universe in some way, at any rate not even the Ancients were able to destroy him outright, although they managed to imprison him. Baal can travel in time at will, without having to use timeholes. That means he can go anywhere in the past he wishes and he can exist in any environment. The Ancients built something they called the Rack to imprison him - it is composed of those four triangular objects at his wrists and ankles. Apparently, each piece of the Rack inhibits Baal's powers, cumulatively, if they are near to him. With the Rack momentarily deactivated, Baal was able to remove the pieces, and has scattered each segment throughout space and time. Your mission, Falcon, is to find each piece, unite them and then imprison Baal once more. A difficult mission, but the fate of the galaxy is at stake; there's no telling what damage a being like that could do to the timelines.'

'But how will I be able to locate the Rack, if it isn't to be found at a timehole?' you ask.

'Don't worry, it won't be as hard as it seems to find them. It is likely that objects of such power will cause timeholes to appear around them, as will Baal if he stays in one place for any length of time. Also, we have this/ and he hands you a small metal tripod with a large glowing white gem at its tip. This is an Ancient device that will detect the sections of the Rack, but only somebody with psychic powers can interpret its signals. Your only chance is to conduct a random search through the timeholes until you find the pieces. A final warning, Falcon. As Baal can travel freely in time, he has had plenty of opportunity to set up all sorts of things to prevent the Rack from being discovered. In effect, sections of the Rack will have been lying in places for centuries now. Lastly you will not, of course, be able to take the Strike Fighter with you - using it on this mission would almost certainly break the first law of TIME. Right, Falcon, that's it. Get going and good luck.'

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Soon you are sitting in the familiar confines of Falcon's Wing, running through the systems check and activating CAIN. Immediately its metallic chimes fill the cabin: 'Welcome aboard once again, Falcon. Perhaps on this mission you will not behave in the usual erratic and emotional way common to all organic forms of life!' After threatening to pull the plug on CAIN you ask it if there is any information on offer:'Of course, Falcon, am I not the world's finest computer? In fact, there is some new data from the new Section Chief of the Monitoring Section, Po-Ling. A disturbance in the timelines has been noted in the timehole currently active in North America, Earth, in the year 1863. There was a civil war in America at that time, Falcon. It is also possible to narrow your search down to only four timeholes. Other agents, mainly on monitoring duties, have found no evidence to suggest there has been any tampering in any of the others,' and CAIN displays the information on the screens. Where will you search for Baal, the so-called Demon-Lord:

South America, Earth, 1409 AD - the time of the Aztecs?
North America, Earth, 1863 AD - the time of the American Civil War?
Rigel Prime, 1642 AD?
The Earth Colony on the Planet Dustbowl, 2764 AD?
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Civil war time because nothing else to go on.
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White people are basically just horrible...The entire Reagan Revolution is just white people voting to destroy their own social safety nets because they'd rather fucking starve than let black people eat.



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Sure, why not?
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You set the co-ordinates for North America, Earth 1863 AD, and instruct CAIN to engage the Variac Drive. Moments later your mind is searching through null-space for the psychic pattern that marks the North American timehole. You may lie in your Autodoc and restore up to 12 points of lost Endurance during the journey. You rematerialise on a wooded hill, with good all-round visibility, but your vision is partially obscured by clouds of gunsmoke. To the south is a small town wreathed in smoke. Dense forest lies to the east, another wooded hill rising from it. To the west, you can see a column of men, armed with primitive muskets and dressed virtually in rags, mostly a butternut brown in colour. A few, mainly officers, are wearing grey uniforms. They are marching towards you across a road. The air is filled with the sound of volleys of musket-fire, the boom of cannon and the sound of many men at war. Suddenly a column of men dressed in blue uniforms, stream past your hill, near the town, in what can only be described as an orderly rout. It appears you have arrived in the middle of a battle. You ask CAIN for information. This is the field of Gettysburg, a decisive battle in the American Civil War fought on the eastern edge of North America, Falcon. It was fought over three days, and we have arrived in the late afternoon of the first day. The Civil War was between the Union and the Confederacy, over reasons too detailed to go into here, unless you'd like me to?'

'No, no, CAIN, that's all right,' you interrupt hastily.

'Well, the Confederacy, the men in grey, had the better of the first day, but ultimately they were defeated, despite their brilliant commander. General Robert E. Lee. You have materialised on Benner's Hill. The hill to the south is Culp's Hill and beyond that Cemetery Ridge. The town is, of course, Gettysburg. It would be best to disguise you as a Confederate soldier for the moment. However, the jacket will be reversible, so that the outside is grey, the inside blue, if you should need to change sides in a hurry.' Donning the disguise the Molecular Converter has given you (your helmet is now a peaked grey cap), you take the detector tripod and leave Falcon's Wing.

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You step out onto the wooded surface of Benner's Hill. The trees are obscuring your vision now, but you can hear the sound of men taking up a position south-west of you. Nearby are the crumpled bodies of several men in blue uniforms, Unionists. Quickly you set up the Rack detector and the gem begins to glow. Sifting through its psychic emanations you can find no trace of the Rack or any parts of it. Disappointed, you are packing it up when your Psychic Awareness registers the presence of someone with advanced mental powers on the north face of Benner's Hill. Will you:

Investigate this psionic presence?
Leave for another timehole immediately?

(Yeah, if you were wondering if going to North America during the Civil War meant Canada far from the fighting or something, nope, you go straight to probably the first place most people think of when they think of the American Civil War)
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Investigate.
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We've come pretty far to not investigate.

So investigate.
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Because powerful men get away with terrible shit, and even the public domain ones get ignored, and then, when the floodgates open, it turns out there was a goddam flood behind it.
FrankTrollman wrote:
As far as death and human misery goes, Tobacco is basically World War II grinding on forever with no real sign of stopping in our life times. Death camps and nuclear bombs and stuff are certainly dramatic, but public health crises are always and forever bigger than wars on the global scale.

FrankTrollman wrote:
White people are basically just horrible...The entire Reagan Revolution is just white people voting to destroy their own social safety nets because they'd rather fucking starve than let black people eat.



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Slowly you creep down to the north side of the hill. As you descend, blaster in hand, you can see someone crouching behind a tree, their back to you. Whoever it is has a strong psychic presence and is hiding from someone or something further down at the base of the hill. The crouched figure appears to be a young Confederate soldier, dressed in homespun butternut, with grey trousers. It seems the Confederates were not able to clothe their soldiers properly. Suddenly the figure stiffens and then whirls, a blaster in its hand, pointing at you! Will you:

Shoot to kill?
Wait to see what happens next?

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I like how "shoot to maim" or "set laser to stun" aren't even options.

Wait and hope that Falcon's reflexes are not so slow as to preclude dodging.
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Because powerful men get away with terrible shit, and even the public domain ones get ignored, and then, when the floodgates open, it turns out there was a goddam flood behind it.
FrankTrollman wrote:
As far as death and human misery goes, Tobacco is basically World War II grinding on forever with no real sign of stopping in our life times. Death camps and nuclear bombs and stuff are certainly dramatic, but public health crises are always and forever bigger than wars on the global scale.

FrankTrollman wrote:
White people are basically just horrible...The entire Reagan Revolution is just white people voting to destroy their own social safety nets because they'd rather fucking starve than let black people eat.



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Wait.
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The blaster is pointing straight at you, but you recognise the face of Agent Lynx. She says, 'Falcon! What are you doing here?' You move closer and tell her of your mission and then ask her what she is up to. 'Well, Falcon, as you know, Jobanque assigned me to trace Yelov. I've found him. He's about forty yards down the hill behind that clump of trees. I have him pinned down. With your help, we can almost certainly get him. You could walk around behind him.' It still disturbs you to think of Yelov as alive. As far as your memory is concerned, you saw him die by your hand, but you also know that never happened, due to a time paradox. Before you or Lynx can act, there is a sudden barrage of explosions. The Union or the Confederates are shelling Benner's Hill. You crouch low and then the tree you are sheltering behind is vaporised by a bolt of plasma and you are both forced to throw yourself to the ground. You can see Yelov taking this opportunity to escape. He, too, is dressed in grey. Lynx looks disappointed. 'Blast it, Falcon, we had him! Falcon, listen, I know your mission is important, but I could use your help here. It'll probably only be for a couple of hours. How about it?' Will you:

Say: 'I'm sorry Lynx, I can't,' wish her good luck and go in search of the Rack?
Stay and give Lynx a hand against Yelov?
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Kill Yelov because he's otherwise probably just going to come back to bite us in the ass.
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Do what we should have done two books ago. Kill Yelov - not capture, kill.
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Because powerful men get away with terrible shit, and even the public domain ones get ignored, and then, when the floodgates open, it turns out there was a goddam flood behind it.
FrankTrollman wrote:
As far as death and human misery goes, Tobacco is basically World War II grinding on forever with no real sign of stopping in our life times. Death camps and nuclear bombs and stuff are certainly dramatic, but public health crises are always and forever bigger than wars on the global scale.

FrankTrollman wrote:
White people are basically just horrible...The entire Reagan Revolution is just white people voting to destroy their own social safety nets because they'd rather fucking starve than let black people eat.



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'Okay Lynx, I'll help. What do you think he's up to?'

Thanks Falcon, I can certainly use it! Well, at the moment, Yelov just seems to be trying to avoid being caught, but there is one thing he could do here today. The Union forces are pretty demoralised at the moment. In about an hour General Lee will order General Ewell, the commander of the Confederate forces on this flank, to launch an attack, if possible. Culp's Hill is unoccupied at the moment, it will be held by Union troops later, but if Ewell was to take it now... Historically, Ewell decided not to attack, but if he had, it is almost certain the rest of the Union army would have been routed, and the Confederacy would have won Gettysburg. My guess is that Yelov will try to force Ewell to order an attack using mind control. Imagine if the Confederacy had won the Civil War, Falcon? There would be two nations in America, history would be changed radically and we might never exist! This would be revenge enough for Yelov. Let's head for Ewell's HQ and await developments.' Will you:

Go with Lynx?
Say, 'You stake out the HQ, I'll go in search of his Time Machine. If I can disable that we'll have him trapped here,' and leave in search of Yelov's Time Machine?
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Ha ha ha he thinks Gettysburg would've been enough to win the civil war.

Steal Yelov's time machine.
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Because powerful men get away with terrible shit, and even the public domain ones get ignored, and then, when the floodgates open, it turns out there was a goddam flood behind it.
FrankTrollman wrote:
As far as death and human misery goes, Tobacco is basically World War II grinding on forever with no real sign of stopping in our life times. Death camps and nuclear bombs and stuff are certainly dramatic, but public health crises are always and forever bigger than wars on the global scale.

FrankTrollman wrote:
White people are basically just horrible...The entire Reagan Revolution is just white people voting to destroy their own social safety nets because they'd rather fucking starve than let black people eat.



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Nah, every time we're offered a distraction like this, it means Yelov will have made the entire species extinct in the five minutes our back is turned. I think we have to help Lynx.
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Go with Lynx
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Together you leave the hill. There is a pause in the battle; both sides are tired and the day's fighting is virtually over. You walk past groups of exhausted and wounded men, artillery batteries, field hospitals and so on. It is all very confused as far as you can make out. No one challenges you and soon you are behind Ewell's Command Post, a small building on the outskirts of Gettysburg. Ewell is sitting at its front. He has lost a leg and the stump is obviously paining him. Eventually, a courier on horseback arrives, with orders from General Lee. Both you and Lynx tense expectantly. As soon as General Ewell has read them, your Psychic Awareness tells you that Yelov is exerting his will from inside the house. You both decide to use your Power of Will on Yelov simultaneously. He is taken by surprise, but Yelov recognises that you are with Lynx and his hatred of you gives him added strength of will. He throws your mental attack aside, but Ewell is now unaffected at any rate. Suddenly, Yelov bursts out around the corner of the house. You stand stock still for a moment, a prickly chill of fear running up your spine. As far as you are concerned, the last time you saw Yelov he was dead at your feet. To see him alive like this is disturbing, even though you knew you never really killed him, due to a puzzling time paradox. His cybernetic arm gleams in the falling light as he raises it to smash you, shouting: 'At last Falcon, I'll see you dead!' You must try to dodge the blow. Make an Evasion roll

If you score 6-12, got a 3 and 4, so:

You twist away from the savage metal blows of his arm and you can feel the air move on your "face as his blow whips past you. Lynx reacts with lightning speed. She was trained in unarmed combat by Yelov, and grabs his arm, using his own impetus to throw him into the air. He lands well and, rolling to his feet, is running east towards Culp's Hill before you can act.

'Come on,' you shout and you both set off in pursuit of Yelov. He pulls away from you however, his bionic legs giving him an added advantage. Soldiers stare at you as you run past, thinking you are couriers with urgent messages. Soon you are past Benner's Hill, coming to orderly lines of Confederate men, tired but still alert. Lynx tells you this is Early's division, the Confederate troops nearest to Culp's Hill. You veer away from them, not wishing to draw any enquiries as to where you are going. You see Yelov crossing a small river or brook and disappearing into the woods around Culp's Hill, noticing that he is now in a blue uniform. You move forward towards the wood. Suddenly a line of blue jacketed infantrymen step into the open at the edge of the wood. There is a shouted command and a billowing cloud of smoke appears in front of them, they have unleashed a volley of musket fire at you. Desperately you throw yourself to the ground. Make an Evasion Roll.

There is a picture here

If you score 6-12, got a 4 and 4, so:

Almost simultaneously, you both drop to your feet in the long grass. 'All right, Falcon?' whispers Lynx.

'Okay/ you reply. 'You?'

'Unhurt,' she answers. Looking up over the edge of the long grass, you see the blue-coats stepping back into the woods. The Union have finally occupied Culp's Hill. Suddenly, a section of the woods on the left side of Culp's Hill winks out, Yelov has escaped in his Time Machine. Lynx drops her head in disappointment. 'I'll have to find him again. Thanks anyway, Falcon, let's head back to our Machines.' Slowly, you crawl through the grass until you are behind the Confederate lines. 'Well, good luck, Falcon, I hope to see you soon. Bet you I get Yelov before you get Baal!' Smiling, you climb Benner's Hill and soon you are approaching the clump of trees disguising Falcon's Wing.


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Moments later you are back in Falcon's Wing. Where will you go in search of the Rack?

Rigel Prime, 1642 AD, if you have not been there already?
Earth in the time of the Aztecs, if you have not been there already?
The colony planet, Dustbowl, in the year 2764 AD if you have not been there already?
Return to the Eiger Vault, in case the Monitoring Section has any information for you?
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How do we not have the option to break kayfabe to make sure the fucker is dead?!

Eiger vault because we didn't get any info.
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Because powerful men get away with terrible shit, and even the public domain ones get ignored, and then, when the floodgates open, it turns out there was a goddam flood behind it.
FrankTrollman wrote:
As far as death and human misery goes, Tobacco is basically World War II grinding on forever with no real sign of stopping in our life times. Death camps and nuclear bombs and stuff are certainly dramatic, but public health crises are always and forever bigger than wars on the global scale.

FrankTrollman wrote:
White people are basically just horrible...The entire Reagan Revolution is just white people voting to destroy their own social safety nets because they'd rather fucking starve than let black people eat.



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All those "have not already been there" makes me think that we're supposed to try out all the possibilities before going back to Eigervault.

I vote Aztecs next.
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Changing vote to break tie.
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Because powerful men get away with terrible shit, and even the public domain ones get ignored, and then, when the floodgates open, it turns out there was a goddam flood behind it.
FrankTrollman wrote:
As far as death and human misery goes, Tobacco is basically World War II grinding on forever with no real sign of stopping in our life times. Death camps and nuclear bombs and stuff are certainly dramatic, but public health crises are always and forever bigger than wars on the global scale.

FrankTrollman wrote:
White people are basically just horrible...The entire Reagan Revolution is just white people voting to destroy their own social safety nets because they'd rather fucking starve than let black people eat.



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You set co-ordinates for South America, Earth, in 1487 AD and soon Falcon's Wing is sailing on the Winds of Time towards its destination. You may lie in your Autodoc during this journey and regain up to 12 points of lost Endurance. The cameras show that you have materialised in bright sunshine. You hold your breath in astonishment as the cameras revolve. You are in a great city in the middle of a lake. The shores of the lake are studded with townships, each with a core of brightly painted stone houses, surrounded by smaller white adobe houses. Each township has a tiered, brilliantly painted pyramid rising from it. The city itself is perfectly square, with three causeways leading to the mainland. It seems to have been constructed with great precision. Much of the city is criss-crossed with canals, upon which are moored many canoes. The houses are mostly of adobe, with some of stone, presumably for the rich and powerful, and all are single storey buildings with no windows. You can see the flat roof tops have low tables on them, pottery and the like. But your attention is drawn to the centre of the city. You can see a huge pyramid reaching up over the city. Other large buildings surround it, covered in carved friezes, in a strange, stiff style. The pyramid has a wide flight of steps climbing up its front. You can see figures moving all over it but, strangely, the immediate vicinity seems deserted as do the townships. However, the external microphones are picking up the noise of a huge crowd coming from the main pyramid.

CAIN chimes: 'I have disguised your Time Machine as an adobe house; fortunately no organic life forms were nearby to witness its sudden appearance. We have arrived in Tenochtitlan, the great capital city of the Aztec Empire, Falcon. Its population has been estimated in hundreds of thousands which makes it one of the largest cities in the world at this time. The current 'Uei Tlatoan, or Emperor, is Ahuitzotl, a cruel and vicious tyrant. His son was Moctezuma II, who was Emperor when the Spaniards, along with smallpox, all but wiped out this civilisation and its people. The Aztecs practised a brutal religion, requiring mass human sacrifice, and, after, the consumption of the victim's flesh. Indeed, wars called 'Flowery Wars' were often fought between nations for no reason other than to garner prisoners for sacrifice. Ahuitzotl was responsible for the sacrifice of 20,000 defeated victims in one day, in this very year.' You ask CAIN to run off a suitable set of clothes for you in the Molecular Converter. Soon you are dressed in the clothing of what CAIN tells you is one of the two elite military orders in the Aztec Empire, the Eagle Knights. The other is the Jaguar Knights. You are wearing a fantastic headress of white eagle feathers, a quilted patterned jacket, and a brightly coloured skirt adorned with feathers, with copper anklets and bracelets. Your weapon is a wooden club inlaid with sharp flints of obsidian. You tuck your blaster under the jacket. If this is the first or second timehole you have visited on this mission....

Taking the detector tripod, you leave Falcon's Wing, and set it up behind a white adobe house that is adorned with many bright flowers. As the white gem begins to glow brightly you explore its psionic emanations with your mind. You find it is registering the presence of a segment of the Rack. It is lying in one of the buildings near the Great Pyramid. Putting the tripod back in Falcon's Wing, you head towards the pyramid. As you near it the babble of many voices grows louder. Rounding a large stone building you are presented with an awesome sight. You are at the top of a flight of one of the many stone steps leading down to an enormous plaza, surrounding the Great Pyramid. The plaza is filled with thousands upon thousands, a teeming crowd of Aztecs. Most are dressed simply in feathered shirts or robes, others are dressed richly in brightly patterned robes and head-dresses. The stairs that rise up the centre of the bricked pyramid are filled with hundreds of prisoners, almost naked, many covered in white down stuck to their bodies by their own blood. They are formed into a long column marching into the plaza itself. Aztec Eagle Knights, and Jaguar Knights, dressed in the skins of the jaguar from head to foot, are hemming them in. At the top of the pyramid are many black robed priests as well as what must be the Emperor Ahuitzotl, wearing the most incredible finery, with his retinue. The sight of what they are doing fills you with revulsion. Methodically the priests are laying the prisoners on a blood-encrusted stone slab, slashing open their chests with obsidian knives, ripping out their hearts and smearing them over the carved idols of their gods. From what your Translator can pick up, it is a sacrifice to the Sun God, Huitzilopochtli, the Lord of War. Horrified, you make your way through the crowd, towards the building housing the piece of the Rack. It is a low structure, with a large square entrance, hung with bright curtains. Two Jaguar Knights stand guard at either side. Not wishing to waste time in this place of death, you decide to Thinkstrike them in rapid succession.

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The two Jaguar Knights stagger back and fall to the ground under the effect of your Thinkstrikes. Their minds were elsewhere, on the spectacle on the pyramid. No one notices their fate and you dash through the curtained doorway into a bewildering mass of corridors and large storerooms containing stocks of maize, sculpted gold and so on. Eventually you come to a wide corridor, lined with friezes, depicting scenes of Aztec mythology. At its end is a richly decorated portal leading into a large room. When you are nearer, you can see a large altar at the end of the room. Upon it lies a translucent white triangle, small circles embedded in each corner, giving off a bright white radiance. It is a segment of the Rack. In between you and the altar, the floor is a checkerboard of nine, six-foot-square stone slabs, laid out in a square. Directly ahead of you lies the first three. Will you:

Step out onto the left hand slab?
The middle slab?
The right hand slab?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

No clue that I can see. Given the checkerboard description I'd have thought there'd be a safe path by sticking with either black or white, but we're not told the colour of each slab. :/

When in doubt, go straight, I guess. Middle.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

As much as he writes about how fucked up Aztec ritual sacrifice is I don't actually see anything indicating the author considers the Aztecs racially inferior in the way he clearly considered the Mongols to be. Hoping that trend keeps up, and also hoping he doesn't try to paint the whole Spanish conquest as a good thing.

Anyhow, channel another futuristic gamebook special agent and go straight down the middle.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

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You walk out onto the middle stone slab, sense alert for any trap. Nothing happens. Will you step out onto:
The slab directly ahead of you, the centremost slab of the nine?
The slab to your left?
The slab to your right?
The slab at a diagonal right forward?
The slab at a diagonal left forward?


And, oh, on there is a picture that seems to go with it, but it's on the next page so I didn't see it before.

(And yeah, fingers crossed there's no racism)
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