In death, we still fight

Facing off King Olaf

Dear Mother,

After disposing the draugrs, the ghost marches up to King Olaf’s coffin and shouts the dead king’s name. This time, King Olaf hears him and climbs out of his coffin, shouting, “Insolent bard. Die!”

King Olaf raises his weapon to battle the ghost. J’Zhirr also unsheathes his greatsword and joins in the fight. It is a long, hard battle but finally King Olaf falls to the ground, dead again. Satisfied with the outcome, the ghost pulls out his lute and disappears in a ray of light, no doubt singing the song that King Olaf had banned. Perhaps the bard’s soul will finally be at peace.

King Olaf’s burial room

Dear Mother,

J’Zhirr follows the ghost to King Olaf’s burial room. The ghost charges straight into the room, not caring about the draugrs that are seated inside. Standing in the center of the room, the ghost shouts loudly, “Olaf! It is time!”. His voice is loud and echoes throughout the room, making enough noise to wake the dead.

Which is what happens because waves of draugrs rises up and attacks the ghost. The ghost fights bravely and since he is already dead, the draugrs’ blows do not hurt him. J’Zhirr stays out of harm’s way and shoots arrows at the draugrs, doing his part to end the fight quickly.

The ruby claw door

Dead Mens Respite

Dear Mother,

Behind the sealed door is a wide corridor lined with many detailed carvings. At the end of the corridor is a door which can only be opened by the ruby claw. J’Zhirr is glad that he decided to bring the ruby claw along, even if he has to fight four draugrs to keep it.

J’Zhirr does not see the ghost but it is obvious which way he went.

Unlocking the magic seal

Unlocking the magic seal

Dear Mother,

Now that J’Zhirr has the book, he decides to leave the tomb. As this one turns to leave, he is surprised to find the ghost at the top of the stairs. The ghost does not seem to notice this one’s presence and is staring intently at a magically-sealed door. The ghost casts a spell to remove the seal and disappears through the door. J’Zhirr shall follow. Things are beginning to get interesting.

The bard’s ghost

Svaknir's ghost

Dear Mother,

In a tiny room, J’Zhirr finds the ghost sitting next to a body, presumably his. He died clutching a book in his hands. This must be the lost verse of King Olaf that Viarmo was talking about.

J’Zhirr tries to talk to the ghost but he does not answer. The ghost watches silently as this one reaches down to take the book from the body. Then he vanishes. Perhaps all this time the ghost is just waiting for someone so that his work will not remain lost.

Pendulum axes

Hateful swinging blades

Dear Mother,

Of all the traps that J’Zhirr encountered, these swinging blades are the most hated. The mechanism to switch off the trap is usually on the other side and this one never quite figured out how to get across without injury. Perhaps it is no coincidence that when a cub, J’Zhirr always loses at rhythm games.