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Four Against the Darkness (Dwiggs)

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Ruleset: AoW: SM - Unofficial Patch 1.4
Map Size: L
Levels: 2
Single Player?: Yes
Co-Op vs. AI?: Yes
PBEM/Hotseat?: Yes
Multiplayer Online?: Yes
# of Wizards: 5
# of players: 4
Skill Level: Advanced
Password Protected: No
Four Against the Darkness

Eighteen generations ago, the Land of Edolli was beset by a scourge of demons as a result of experiments gone awry by an overambitious wizard whose name has never been uttered since. As far as anyone could ascertain, his meddling created a rift in the barrier between their plane of existence and that of Edolli.

Edolli suffered grievously for that error: more than one third of the Edollians perished before the demons were defeated and forced out of Edolli's reality. The Dwarves were nearly exterminated, as were the Elves and Frostlings. The Tigrans and Nomads, thought to be secure in their desert fastness, fared little better. The Archons, convinced that their God would not allow their obliteration, learned that he might. The Fey Folk were thought to have been expunged, although recently this was proven false; the Halflings suffered most grievously, and a new race, the Lizards, was born out of the chaos and turmoil of the sixteen decade struggle.

Those races of beings that thought to align with demonkind fared little better than their fearsome allies. The Dark Elves, descendants of Elves that sided with the demonic brethren and were thereby twisted and tainted by that association, were forced out of the light of day and underground. The orcs and goblins were scattered, driven before the forces of mankind that ultimately triumphed at such great cost.

The only group that benefited whatsoever was the Undead; all that death and destruction served their unholy ends. They too, were driven from the surface of the world and scattered. Being what they are, neither truly dead nor truly alive, they are rumored to still be plentiful and the recent increase of reports concerning them seems to bear out the warnings of the wise that they would be the ultimate winners.

Interspersed with the increase in reports of Undead sightings and depredations, there is another frightening element; there have been scattered reports of attacks by demons! Never first-hand, as there are no survivors, these reports have increased in numbers in recent months.

The last great human High King, Rory the Ravenous, had four sons. Normally this would not pose a problem in a Kingdom embracing the rule of primogeniture, where the first-born inherits. In the birthing of Rory's sons by Queen Zoe the Libidinous, protocol was tossed on its ear when she presented the King with quadruplets! The midwives, who were not prepared for a multiple birth, simply wrapped each squalling infant in swaddling and deposited them into the royal crib. When Zoe was at last finished birthing, nobody knew which had been born first. When appraised of this predicament, Rory's first reaction was to order the midwives to be impaled for their thoughtlessness; he then issued a decree that all scholars, philosophers and judges should attend him in his summer capitol of Daspir wherein he convened a High Council to solve the issue of inheritance and succession.

For six long years they argued, disputed and debated. The history books were consulted for precedent, untold numbers of sheep had their livers examined for auguries and countless fistfights waged in trying to reach a solution. Finally, the most learned mystic and ascetic of the age came down from his hermitage and pronounced his opinion. As Rory had four capitols spread roughly equidistant around the continent of Edolli, Simon the Savant recommended that each son be ensconced in his own capitol and the Kingdom divided four ways. So it was done.

Since the death of their father and liege Rory, some four months ago, the now 26 year old rulers Kwalish, Xanthor, Jerran and Kelnor have quibbled and bickered, nibbling away at each other's borders, stopping just short of all-out warfare. Each has set out to restore the ravages of the Demon Wars and enhance his holdings. In the face of the increasing reports of demon sightings and Undead depredation, an uneasy truce has settled over the land. Few believe that it is anything other than a truce of convenience, and that outright conflict between the Four Kings is inevitable once this new threat is dealt with or proven to be unimportant.

It is strongly suggested that the players refrain from rushing upon each other at the outset; doing so will almost guarantee the demise of humankind.

(Note: this zip contains both multi and single player versions of the scenario)

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Elbereth This is a nice scenario, although I miss an elaborate storyline as well as the occasional event. NEVERTHELESS, it did serve one purpose: to show the dwiggs mod in its full bloom! In general, I enjoyed the greater diversity it provides. It must have taken you an awful lot of time to get it done! For this alone, I bow to you... Excellent work! Now I am looking forward to what purposes map designers will use it...

[Edited on 11/15/06 @ 05:33 AM]

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Stranger and I have tweaked the MP version and will be posting the tweaked version very soon. My apologies to any who have already downloaded it; it will be worth the effort to DL the MP version again. Kaskoid
Magog Map updated :)
chillidog Kaskoid,

I hope you can help!!! I do not know where to ask this question, and since you and The-Stranger (is he still with us) seem to be keepers of the flame for "Dwiggs". I need your help. I downloaded "Anthendore 2 dwiggs" (I think it was converted to dwiggs by The_Stranger) a few months ago and I went to play it today and it will not load, and I can no longer find it in the "scenerios" to down load it again. (I had played it partially before).
I hope you can help.

In the mean time, I have downloaded "Four Aagainst the Darkness" and will play and comment on that while I am waiting for your help

Thank you very much
Timelord chillidog,
Athendore II for Dwiggs came with the original install package and is called AthendoreIIdwiggbj. If you've applied the latest Dwiggs update, just open the editor and save the map again under this new ruleset. It should load afterwards.

If you are facing problems, send me an email at timelorddc AT gmail DOT com and I will send you the updated map.
TruePurple Which version of dwiggs is this for? 1.4 patch?

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