Baludar has been assigned a quest, one more mighty and
mystical than has ever been known before. The people
of Estarion, the Land of the Bright Elves, have selected
you to save their land from the ever-so-evil king Valarequil
who rules the land from Castle Arcana. Your life-endangering
task is to penetrate the Castle and recover the legendary
Dark Clavical, an invaluable book of the most potent
black magic which is currently in the dastardly clutches
ambition is great and his power is terrible -- he greatly
desires the secrets of the Dark Clavical. The book is
hidden in a chamber deep inside the labyrinth of the
Castle and is heavily guarded by seven mighty demons.
The Dark clavical is sealed with a locked clasp and
cannot be opened until the Shedding Moon Eve, the Autumn
quest begins outside the castle fortifications. To the
far left is the entrance to the labyrinth, but to get
there you will need to cross the battlements where you
will be attacked by a flying witch -- a quick bolt of
energy should finish her off though, leaving you unhindered
to enter the very depths of Castle Arcana.
you are inside the castle you will be plagued by the
evil minions of Valarequil. Luckily the magician of
Estarion has equipped you with magic bolts of luminous
energy. These can be shot in any of the eight standard
directions to dispose of a majority of the guardians.
castle is displayed in a pseudo 3D style, showing the
halls of the castle which are littered with various
authentic artifacts. To solve the quest and retrieve
the Dark Clavical you must locate the Great Hall of
Valarequil in only two and half hours game-time. Your
status is measured by life force, which slowly dissipates
as time goes on, and each time you are attacked it drops
doors in the castle can be opened automatically, whereas
others require a key or substantial force to open them.
There is also an ancient transport mechanism which no-one
knows how to use -- but there is a way. There are thirty
rooms scattered throughout the complex, search each
of them carefully -- any object may hold a helpful secret.
Even if you can't find an object first time round, go
back later -- objects previously found may reveal some
deep mysterious clue. Can you locate the Dark Clavical
and save the land from the dark shadow of Valarequil?