“Let’s stop in here for a little while,” said Hammer indicating a side corridor. The sounds of laughter and loud voices could be heard. Dandelion thought she heard “C’mon, baby, Daddy needs a new scimitar!” in urukish.
“Sure, why not?” said Dandelion. Hammer lead the way down the side passage. “Hey, bozos, tax collector and friend coming in!” he shouted as he approached a door.
“C’mon! We’re all friends here,” shouted a rough uruk voice.
Hammer pushed the door open, and stepped into a brightly lit room. There were at least 20 creatures inside. Some were sitting on the floor; others were drinking from sacks of ale, and about 5 of them were in the center playing dice.
“Do you know how this game works?” asked Hammer.
“I’m not sure,” said Dandelion. “Is it an ante game? High roll takes the pot?”
“No, that’s not it. See how there is money in the pot. It’s Blacky’s turn to roll.” A big urukkin gathered up four huge stone dice, each easily the size of a human hand, and threw them down on the floor. He rolled 6, 3, 4, 4. “That’s a losing throw,” said Hammer. The 6 and 3 are losers, but the two fours are winners.” Blacky threw a gold piece into the pot.
“Hmm,” said Dandelion. And silently, “Min-Kon, do you have a spell to control the dice?” “Nope, sorry,” said the necklace. “You’ll have to count on your own luck. I could however, throw a mirage on them and make everybody see whatever I wanted them to see.”
“Save that thought,” whispered Dandelion. We might want a big score here.”
“Hey, Hammer!” growled a troll in the common tongue. “Here’s your daily cut of the money.” He handed Hammer 25 gold pieces and the dice. “Wanna try your luck?”
“Absolutely!” grinned Hammer. He threw the dice down hard. They bounced around and settled on: 5, 3, 4, 4. “Broke even,” said Hammer. “The fours won, but the 5, 3 lost.”
“Is it something about the 4s?” Dandelion asked.
“Har! Har! Nah, that’s not it!” said the Troll. “Ere, you try it, stranger.”
“This is Dandelion,” said Hammer to the half a dozen beings now watching. “She has been wandering around in the caves and wearing The Necklace.”
“Ooooooo,” said some respecful voices.
“And she killed the eagle over in the chasm!”
“Har har har har! Good riddance! That bird was a pain.”
Dandelion picked up the dice and threw them down. She rolled 1, 2, 3, 3. “Not bad,” said the troll. “You win 3 gold–go ahead and take them outa the pot.” She took her 3 gold. The dice passed on to some uruks.
“About that eagle egg,” said Hammer. “I’d really like one–maybe I could raise it to be a pet eagle.”
“Guide me out safely, and the egg is yours,” said Dandelion. “But you gotta give me my 11 gold pieces back.”
“Deal,” said Hammer, and returned her gold to her.
Then it was Hammer’s turn again. He rolled 5, 3, 1, 1 and threw 6 gold back into the pot.
“Do you understand the rules?” asked Hammer, handing her the dice.
Dandelion rolled 3, 4, 4, 4 and took 9 gold coins out of the pot. “I think so,” she said. “Did I do it right?”
“Yaww, ya got it right,” said the troll who seemed to be running the game. “Muh name is Eeegore! Welcome to the game.”
“Thanks,” said Dandelion. “I kinda like it.”
“Brokejaw, bring a sacka ale over here!” bellowed Hammer. A big ugly goblin immediately brought the minotaur a sack of ale. Hammer took a snort and passed it to Dandelion. She squeezed out a splash of the foamy liquid and laughed. Looks like she had found the party.
“Ya wanna stay, or ya wanna head on out?” asked Hammer.
[What did Dandelion do? did she:
- Tell Hammer to lead on so they could get out of the caves?
- Ask the troll if he’d like to buy a necklace?
- Stay and play more rounds of the dice game?
- Get Min Kon to cast her illusion of all 4 dice being sixes on the next round?
Adventures of Dandelion, part 38.5
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STR 75 Con 17 of 6 INT 70 WIZ 33 LK 40 DX 55 CHR 10 SPD 35