ballyalley Posted July 11, 2011 Author Share Posted July 11, 2011 Just as the original "Temple of Aphai" manual has a short story that introduces the game, so does the original manual for "Upper Reaches of Apshai." This story is not another adventure about Brian Hammerhand (we don't hear word of him again until "Morloc's Tower."). This new tale is a VERY short story about William Nailfoot. Even in this short chronicle (just six paragraphs) the player knows right away that "Upper Reaches" is going to be quite a bit different from the original game. William Nailfoot instills humor into the game before the player reads even one room or treasure description. Here is the story from "Upper Reaches of Apshai" so that you too can get an idea of how the second adventure of the Apshai Trilogy begins to unfold. "The Adventures of William Nailfoot" Prologue from "Upper Reaches of Apshai" By Automated Simulations, Copyright 1981 Walking at last! After four long months of pain and limping and crutches and foul medicine, I finally stood up and walked around without aid. I was beginning to think I'd be holed up in this foul-smelling, disease-ridden infirmary forever. I was one of the original thousands of adventurers who poured into the small town above Apshai a few months ago. When word of the treasure to be had in the gloomy dunjons of Apshai got out, just about every young lad (and lassie) with any spirit of adventure at all came running here. By boats they came, mainly, but also by land, afoot, or on horseback. I came over 200 leagues by boat . . . for what? As I stepped off the boat and walked down the plank happy to be back on land again, I can tell you-- I caught my foot on a nail: a big, sharp, rusty nail. And BOY did it hurt! I ripped it right . . . but I bore you with my injury. Suffice it to say that I was laid up for months while the fortune and glory fell to others. Now the village is almost abandoned, and the locals talk about life getting back to normal. I have to pay for my trip home somehow, and there's cleaning, painting, and repairing to be done in homes and yards above Apshai. It's not what I imagined when I left home, but if you want to come along, we may find adventure yet! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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