|Fighting Fantasy Gamebook|
|Cover illustrator:||Terry Oakes|
|First published:||March 3 1994|
|Previous Book:||Legend of Zagor|
|Next Book:||Knights of Doom|
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- For other uses of Deathmoor, please see Deathmoor
Deathmoor is a single-player role-playing gamebook written by Robin Waterfield, illustrated by Russ Nicholson and originally published in 1994 by Puffin Books. It forms part of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's Fighting Fantasy series. It is the 55th in the series in the original Puffin series (ISBN 0-14-036496-X). There are currently no announced plans to republish this book as part of the Scholastic series.
Creation[edit | edit source]
Background[edit | edit source]
“ Adventurer Needed - Urgently!
An experienced adventurer is desperately needed in the distant city of Arion for a mission of deadly importance - an adventurer like YOU. Telessa, the beautiful Princess Royal, is missing, believed kidnapped. She must be rescued, and she must be rescued fast.
Unfortunately King Jonthane has already given the quest to your deadly rival Fang-zen of Jitar! Can you prove that you are the one to find the princess, wherever she may be held, before she can be harmed? Hurry, for time is running out!
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—Deathmoor - Back Cover ("Dragon" Edition)
In this book the player must search for the missing Princess Royal Telessa of Arion in the titular Deathmoor on Khul. The princess has become the victim of Arachnos the "Life-Stealer", an unaging servant of Chaos, and the player must find the way to his hideout and fight his way past various traps, including Arachnos' Half-Giant henchmen Otus, Oman and Ophis.
Introduction[edit | edit source]
Equipment List[edit | edit source]
- Leather Armour
- 10 Provisions
- 20 Gold Pieces
- 1 Scarlet Pearl
- Choice of one of three Potions (see Game System for generic fantasy setting choices)
Cover and Illustrations[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Deathmoor (illustrations)
Covers[edit | edit source]
The original cover of the book was designed and illustrated by Terry Oakes.
Illustrations[edit | edit source]
The interior illustrations were by Russ Nicholson. There were 30 full page illustrations and 6 minor repeated illustrations scattered throughout the text. The paragraphs with a full page illustration were: 1, 14, 28, 42, 55, 69, 83, 97, 111, 125, 139, 153, 167, 181, 195, 206, 220, 233, 247, 261, 275, 289, 303, 321, 335, 347, 361, 376, 388 and 399.
Intertextual References[edit | edit source]
Other Media[edit | edit source]
Main Characters[edit | edit source]
- Baron den Snau
- Fang-zen of Jitar
- Igiul - Plumber
- King Jonthane
- Oiram - Plumber
- Oman - Half-Giant
- Ophis - Half-Giant
- Otus - Half-Giant
- Princess Royal Telessa
- Queen Elegana
Locations[edit | edit source]
- den Snau Mansion
- Marketplace of Arion
- Marsh Orcs village in Deathmoor
- Pterolin Cliffs
- Rockwall Islands
- Ruins of an ancient town
- The Barnacled Keel
- The Black Ocean
- The Bushel
- The Elfbane Bar
- The Hopeless Hills
Encounters[edit | edit source]
- Baron den Snau
- Bristle Beast
- Dark Elf - Gardener
- Desert Cat
- Flintskins - Guard/Regular
- Giant Millipede
- Giant Nandibear
- Giant Rats
- Giant Spider
- Hill Giant
- Humans - Thug/Yob
- Invisible Warrior
- Marsh Ghosts
- Mist Demon
- Ogres - Regular/Smith
- Orc - Marsh/Porter/Regular
- Pool Crawler
- Pterolin - Male/Regular
- Renegade Dwarf
- Slime Monster
- Spit Viper
- Timber Wolf
- Wild Boar
Further Notes[edit | edit source]
- To date, Deathmoor is the last Fighting Fantasy gamebook to be set in Khul.
- There are two characters the hero can meet in Arion who are plumbers called Oiram and Igiul. If you reverse the names, you get Mario and Luigi, the plumber brothers and heroes of a number of popular Nintendo games.
- The successful conclusion is not contained in (400).
- The Hero of is described as "a native of the seaport Chalannabrad, in the Old World", who is currently living on the Isles of the Dawn.
- The Kathy in the dedication (see below) would be Kathryn Waterfield, Robin's wife.
Errors[edit | edit source]
- Typo at paragraph 361: "Roll for the Attack Strength or the other Orc too..." should be "Roll for the Attack Strength of the other Orc too..."
Dedication[edit | edit source]
For Kathy, for fun
See Also[edit | edit source]
Reviews[edit | edit source]
External Links[edit | edit source]
- Fighting Fantasy at Gamebooks.org - Retrieved 2019-10-26
- Deathmoor at Gamebooks.org - Retrieved 2019-10-26
- Deathmoor at the Internet Archive record of the old Fightingfantasy.com - Retrieved 2019-10-26