- The Staff of Karnath
Infobox VG| title = The Staff Of Karnath
Ultimate Play The Game
Ultimate Play The Game
released = 1984
ratings = N/A
media = tape
input = keyboard,
"The Staff Of Karnath" is a
video gamefor the Commodore 64developed and released by Ultimate Play The Gamein 1984. It was the first of a series to feature the aristocrat adventurerSir Arthur Pendragon.
Typically for an Ultimate release, players are given a tantalizing and cryptic introduction :
:"Many millions of years ago before man and his descendants, there lived a very different kind of creature. These creatures were known as Sarnathians, originating from a long dead planet and coming to Earth when their planet was on the verge of destruction.
:They were an evil race, feasting on the torture and destruction of other creatures opposed to their rule. Their aim was the domination of the Universe through the use of a powerful orb of light, the very embodiment of evil, which was created from an unknown material when their planet was destroyed. Over the thousands of years of their terrifying rule, the Orb became too powerful even for them and eventually caused a tear in the inter-dimensional fabric of the Realm of Reality and ... sent every living creature on the Earth into the alternate dimension of Unreality.
:Centuries later, the time of the Orb's most powerful state draws near and on Walpurgis Night (May Eve) at 12.00 midnight, this time will come. It is 6 o'clock on the very same day and your task, as Sir Arthur Pendragon, ace adventurer and researcher into ancient legends and sorcery, is to find the sixteen pieces of the pentagram, open the obelisk and destroy the Staff of Karnath before 12 o'clock.
:Your quest of The Staff of Karnath begins..."
The game is set in a castle presented in a
scrolling, oblique view. The aim of the game is to collect all pieces of a pentaclebefore midnight, in order to form the "Staff Of Karnath". The pieces of the pentacle are guarded by various magical creatures, some of which can be defeated by casting spells, others requiring accurate timing and movement. Once a piece is obtained no more pieces can be collected until the pentacle is taken to a specific chamber within the castle.
The spells in the game were: Forthrin, Throbin,
Knossos, Omphalos, Menhir, Aeolus, Baracata, Ibrahim, Stolv, Yerobas.
* [http://www.ultimate-wurlde.com/games/karnathintro.shtml "The Staff of Karnath"] at Ultimate Wurlde
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