Once in a while my human indulges me and sends me off to an adventure. So where am I going this time?
Deep into the jungle of Guatemala.
Guatemala? Is that near London?
Not quite. But close enough by orc standards.
Anyway, hidden deep inside this Guatemalan jungle you will find an ancient temple of the Mayan God Chac.
Chac? That sounds rather orcish. I like it. What’s his domain?
Oh dear. Still, I’m going.
Good. Here you are, right at the entrance. The door closes behind you. Thank goodness, orcs have darkvision.
Orcs are superior, I always told you that. Now, what is that? A large room with carved pictures all over it.
Right. If you look very closely, you will also recognize a lot of fine powder on the ground.
What is it?
Finely ground bones.
Never mind. There are other goodies. Treasure! Loot! Jewels and stuff!
You should pay some attention to the glyphs on the walls. Actually, you should pay some attention to the walls themselves.
Why? Walls? Nonsense. Loot! Oh, wait. What’s that noise? That scraping? Hang on! I’m getting taller.
The walls are …?
Closing in on you, yes. Told you to pay attention.
Right. Moving on.
You enter a long corridor, a tube-shaped downward slope. The noise you hear is not only coming from the moving walls.
Yeah, whatever. Oh, what is that? It’s pretty hot. I mean that literally.
That is a lava field. A few slabs stick out of the molten lava.
No shit, human.
You could get across it, if you remembered the correct glyphs from the room with the carved pictures. Only those slabs are safe.
Are you kidding me? Remembering anything? Me? I hardly remember the number of my own offspring! And why would I step onto any of those wobbly stones? I mean, okay, there seems to be some treasure lying on the slabs, but seriously. See how wobbly they are? There is no reason other than that to step onto them. Right?
You sure about that? I told you about that other noise, didn’t I? Look behind you.
I’ll make a run for it. Never mind the trea–, hang on, what is that glitzy stuff?
There is a lot of treasure in the alcoves along the corridor. Might I add that it is not okay to plunder an ancient temple?
Bla bla, I’m an orc, bla bla, natural habit, bla bla. I get some of the stuff before the boulder gets me.
No problem, you can grab some statuettes and jewelry. But it will slow you down. Just sayin’.
Boulder is coming.
Alright, alright. I’m on my way. That stuff is pretty heavy, I have to admit.
There is something shiny in the water. Might I hop in and pick it up?
You might. But the current is pretty strong. Swimming is not your strong point.
Hm, you’re right.
Oh, look. There is a bridge. I’ll take a short cut across the waterfall. My, that looks pretty deep.
Just make sure, the wooden planks can hold your weight. They look rather rotten, don’t you – oops!
I’m too heavy. Don’t say, you told me so.
Not a word.
Make sure you keep it that way.
Now what? Oha. The boulder is getting pretty close now. I just keep going on this path. It will lead to an exit, right?
Ey! Speak to me.
It will lead to an exit.
Of course it does.
Oh, wait, what’s that? You may speak.
That is a carving depicting Chac himself. It’s probably priceless.
Surely there is still time for that, right? I mean, I could just …, damn, it’s stuck. I …
Right, no Chac then. Though it would have been nice to have in the tent at home.
The path is rather slippery here.
You might be faster, if you dumped your loot into the water.
You’re kidding, right?
Do not stop to look behind you, is all I’m saying.
Jump, Thrakbog! Jump! Or it will smash you!
Now, that was fun, wasn’t it?
I had to leave all my loot behind!
But it was exciting.
Well, yeah, hm, nah, alright. It was. I think I sprained my ankle.
Yes. And a cookie please.
You said please, Thrakbog.
Don’t tell anyone.
Thrakbog was playing:
The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac (German edition)
Published by: Pegasus Spiele
Later editions published by Fantasy Flight Games
all editions are out of print