The Frost Potion – Page 40



As Perilous Jack inserts the Brass Horn in its respective Crystal, the room shudders and shakes and he feels himself enveloped in crackling energy.

The room seems to skew to the side and then disintegrate into sparkling motes. Gradually the motes condense again, this time reassembling themselves into a new room, albeit one very similar to the room he has left.

The new room is the same size and shape, with the same trio of pyramids emerging from the floor. As before, Perilous Jack stands upon the central pyramid, but now instead of a Crystal, an enormous golden statue stands before him. Above the statue hangs a RedShaft. Jack finds himself curiously unable to turn, although his instincts tell him that someone – or something – stands behind him.

Instead, he examines the statue more carefully. It appears to be a massive Minotaur, many times larger than any he has seen, and muscular beyond belief. The Minotaur wields huge claws and a spiked tail in addition to its broad rack of horns. Suddenly the statue moves, and Jack realizes it is a living thing.

“Why do you disturb my slumber?” the creature asks, its terrible voice emerging both before and behind Perilous Jack. The warrior realizes there must be a second creature behind him, black as the Crystal he rejected, and the thought raises the hair on his scalp, although he finds himself still unable to turn.

“I seek a Frost Potion,” he declares boldly. “And who are you to challenge me?”

The bull-creature frowns terribly. “I am the Bull-God, consort of the Lady Malkat,” he declares in his double voice.

“All hail the Lady of Plenty,” Perilous Jack replies with real feeling. The Bull-God’s frown relaxes somewhat.

“Why have you awakened me, and not the Dark One, who might reward you with power?”

Jack considers a moment before answering. “It was my persistence that assembled the Brass Horn, and my sword arm that defeated the Minotaurs of the Black Horn. I have no need of power, either from yourself or from your Shadow. All I require is a Frost Potion, that I might rescue an innocent girl from evil.”

The Bull-God nods slowly and gestures at the floor between himself and the warrior. There Jack observes a single block with a different pattern on its surface than the others.

“Lift the stone and crawl into the space beneath. There you will find a chest containing what you need. Take only what is necessary, and then pass on to the next chamber.”

Jack follows the Bull-God’s instructions, finding a treasure chest filled with rich implements of gold, great sparkling jewels, magical weapons, and among the rest, a crystal vial filled with blue fluid, crusted with frost and ice – a Frost Potion. Taking only the Potion, Jack emerges from the tunnel to find the Bull-God gone and his path to the RedShaft open.


Without a backward glance for the Shadow of the Bull-God, Perilous Jack leaps into the Warp Portal.

Remove the Brass Horn from the Pouch of Ghrul and add a Frost Potion.

Turn to 7.