Posted on 01/12/05 @ 12:00 AM
The Pandora Archipelago, or, Pick Your Poison
The Pandora Archipelago, a mysterious series of islands loosely connected by bridges and earthen walkways. You've long heard tales of its strange inhabitants from the sailors in your father's kingdom, back from the sea:
The powerful wizard, Lord Lycan, who makes potions from the plants in his domain to aid his people and keep them from illness.
The Lords Serpentine and de Truffe, who, after years of loss of life due to the wolves and bears, have now managed to keep them at bay.
And the evil Lord Ratty, whose cruelty to his own people knows no bounds.
Now you are going to the Pandora Archipelago on a quest that, should you succeed, will win you the hand of your beloved, Princess Penelope. The Princess has heard tales of her own regarding the islands, including one about a rare oil, which when mixed with particular herbs and flower petals, renders a fantastic perfume. She has declared that if you can obtain this oil for her, then she will consent to be your bride.
Willing to go to the ends of the earth to satisfy the slightest whim of the Princess, you at once readied a ship. Right before setting sail, the Princess came to the dock, her pesky younger brother, Prince Percival, in tow. Thinking she was there to bid you a fond farewell, you were slightly surprised when instead she requested a gift for her brother. A sword, forged from the pure iron of the islands. Ah well, that should be no problem, you think, as you hasten to reassure her that her wish is your command.
You set sail with your ship, but just before you reach the Archipelago, a terrible storm arises, tossing your ship to and fro before dashing it against the rocks. You manage to escape the wreckage with a handful of your crew. Thanking God that you have been spared, you and your fellow survivors hastily construct a shelter and survey the land... only to have the horrible realization that you have ended up on the far side of the islands from where you sought to land. To win the hand of the Princess, you will now have to traverse the Archipelago. Which way to go?
This map is a quest with both military and economic aspects, rather than a true invasion or economic map. The choices you make as you go on your quest will determine what happens during gameplay.
I hope you enjoy it!