Times Of Lore
Information, walkthrough, hints, cheats, etc. by David Eaton
I played this game when I was a young teen. And apparently I had a lot more
tenacity for games back then than I do now. I tried re-playing the game recently
and found myself constantly being frustrated with things that never bothered me
in the slightest when I played the game in grade school.
Games were different back then. According to some accounts on Wikipedia and
elsewhere, games of the time that got you into unwinnable situations or made you
repeat steps dozens of times were advertised as being positive rather than
negative. They increased "re-playability" and made for more hours of gaming
"enjoyment". By more modern standards, however, these are considered design
flaws. You won't catch too many new games that get you into an unwinnable
situation-- they just tell you "you lose" right there and then, rather than make
you discover you're stuck some 3 hours after the fact.
But we all dealt with it just fine back then, and being a kid with lots of
energy I fought my way through Times Of Lore by hand-drawing maps, figuring out
triggers, and just generally doing all the things we consider painstaking today.
Can't I just look it up online? What are the cheat codes? Isn't there a hint
book I can buy? No, no, and no.
But now, upon re-discovering the game, I'm writing this to hopefully save you
some time because without help, I certainly wouldn't have had the patience now
to replay this game the way I did the first time. Also, in looking at other
walkthroughs online, they just weren't sufficiently detailed, or were rather
unclear. They were enough to get me through the game, but they still left me
So this time when I explored the game, with some years of programming under my
belt, as well as a (gasp!) hard drive, I was able to delve into some of the binary
code, rather than explore solely within the game engine. That certainly made some
things easier. And it gave me some cheats that I exploited in order to more
rapidly learn about the game.
Start by choosing your character. It really makes little difference, since all
their statistics are pretty much the same. The only noticeable difference is
that the Valkyrie's damage is small initially. So where a Knight or a Barbarian
can kill a rogue in 1 hit, or an orc in 2 hits, the Valkyrie takes 2 and 3 hits
to kill the same enemies respectively. But everyone is made equally strong upon
picking up the axe (which I assume you'll do), so everyone's pretty much
For convenience, here's a map of the game world. I took this (and the map of
the two dungeons) from Paul Senzee
who reverse engineered them out of the game engine (mostly-- he did some
fudging to make them a bit more legible). I touched them up by adding buildings,
paths through the forest, and other annotation, just for completeness's sake. Also,
I've added the game map as released with the game, which has some interesting
discrepancies when compared with the actual map (taken from
World of Spectrum
To make the game easier, you may want to start off with some non-essential
things. They won't further your quests, but you'll have a much easier time doing
the real quests if you get these items first-- particularly the axe. I'd recommend
fitting these in when convenient as you go through the walkthrough.
1. The Axe
Now and again you'll hear about "a magical axe" in Lankwell. It's pretty much a
must-have for adventuring, since it allows you to attack enemies at long
distance, and it returns to you (unlike the dagger, which you always have to
pick up after throwing). So take a trip down to Lankwell. There's 7 buildings
there, and the man in the northwest-most house will sell you the axe. It'll cost
you 95 gold, but that shouldn't be a problem for you.
2. The Boots
The magical boots are nice, but aren't anything amazing. You have to use them
repeatedly in order for them to function, which usually means that every morning
you should "use boots" again. But they'll help speed you up relative to your
opponents, and when you run with them, it'll be easier to leave opponents
behind. To get them, you'll have to go to Treela. The serf that will sell you
the boots lives in the south-western house, although he also walks around town
and hangs out in the inn as well. He'll only ask you about the boots ONCE,
though, so be sure to reply "Yes" about them when he asks, and then buy them for
3. The Dragon / Circlet
In the northern border, there's a dragon living in the mountains. Or, more
appropriately, there's a cave with a dragon's head sticking out. If you can
manage to kill the dragon, he'll drop 'the circlet' on the ground. It's a magic
ring that you can use once, and will turn you invisible for a minute or so. This
is a very handy feature for certain parts of the game, but since you can only
use it once, use it with caution.
NOTE: In the Apple II version, there is no dragon. Instead, the ring is kept by
a "giant" living to the right hand side of Rhyder. The giant has the same image
as a standard orc, but it takes many more hits to kill.
The Essential Quests
These actually aren't all necessary to complete, but are the general flow of the
game. They're what's "expected" of you, despite the fact that there are some you
don't actually need to accomplish in order to progress.
A. Fortelling Stones
You'll start the game off in Eralan, upstairs in the inn. When you head
downstairs, you may hear about the 'raiders of the forest' from the the
Innkeeper. No biggie if you don't. You'll also meet a prior who will ask you a
favor. Be sure to answer "yes"! Turns out, the Fortelling Stones (one of the 3
kingly artifacts in the story arc) were stolen by a band of orcs-- the
aforementioned 'raiders of the forest' that you may or may not have heard
about. You're going to need to return the stones to the prior.
Head north of Eralan into the Dark Forest. Follow the path through the forest
until you hit a small woodsman's cottage. If you talk to the woodsman who lives
there, he'll tell you how to find the orcs' camp, which is further down the
forest path. Keep walking down the path, and you'll see a small pond. Directly
north of the pond is an entry point into the thick of the forest. Follow the
winding path, and you'll come to a clearing, which has the orc camp. Kill the
orcs, and their chief will drop an urn containing the Fortelling Stones. Get the
urn, and make your way back to Eralan. Once you give the urn to the prior, he'll
give you 149 gold as a reward (it may be randomized-- I got 149 on two successive
runs) and tell you about the next quest.
B. Tablet of Truth
The prior tells you that the Regent needs your help. This will allow you entry
into the Regent Dariel's castle in the center of Eralan. And while you're allowed
to explore the castle's ground floor and roof, the basement is restricted. Any
guards that catch you there will force you outside. Head on into the castle and
find the Regent on the ground floor. He'll tell you that he wants you to take the
Tablet of Truth (the 2nd kingly artifact) from the southern warden, Heidric.
It's a long journey to Ganestor, but you'll have to walk it (unless you're
cheating or skipping ahead!) Since it's a long trip, this may be a good opportunity
to take a side trip to get the axe from Lankwell or the boots from Treela. When you
finally arrive in Ganestor, talking to people around town will tell you two
things. First, that there's a guard who's been sneaking around late at night,
and second that there's a secret way into the Warden's castle underneath the
town's inn. And it's not hard to guess which is relevant! The secret entrance to
the castle is in the basement of the inn-- you'll have to bump into the lever in
order to open the secret stairwell.
The stairs will lead you into the upper-left corner of the basement of the
Warden's castle. This can get tricky, so you'll want to save your game immediately
before trying. There are guards who wander around the various levels of the Warden's
castle. If they catch you, they'll imprison you and you'll die in your cell. So
you'll have to sneak around to the stairs while avoiding the guards, and take the
stairs up to the ground floor of the castle. Make your way around to the storage room
containing the Tablet, and pick it up. Now get out safely! You can either use the
main door on the ground floor, or go back down the way you came.
You'll notice that when you picked up the Tablet, it spoke to you. In fact, it told
you to ask about a matter of great importance. So go ahead and ask before giving the
Tablet to the Regent! Ask the Tablet about the High King, and you'll get the answer
that you should seek the king's assassin in Lankwell. You don't need to know that to
complete this quest, though. All that remains for this one is to return to Eralan (ugh!)
and give the Tablet to the Regent. He'll give you 153 gold as payment (Again, may be
Truth be told, though, you don't have to complete this quest at all. You can simply
keep the Tablet and NOT give it to the Regent-- it won't make any difference other than
the fact that you'll get a payment, and won't have the Tablet filling an inventory slot.
The Tablet having told you to seek the assassin in Lankwell, that's your next
destination. Find the thug (usually at Lankwell's inn), and ask him about the
assassin. He'll tell you that there was an assassin called the "Black Asp" who
lived nearby. Next, ask the serf in the west-most house about the Black Asp, and
he'll tell you that he lives a short ways south from Lankwell, across the
Following the directions to the Black Asp's house, sure enough, you'll find him
inside. Ask him about the "High King", and he'll tell you his story of how he
was hired by the Regent Dariel to kill the king without knowing his identity.
He'll write you a confession ("the scroll"), which he asks you to deliver to the
Warden in Ganestor.
Again, you'll have to go back to Ganestor and use the secret tunnel into the Warden's
castle. This time, head up to the top floor (still avoiding those pesky guards),
and give him the scroll. He'll read it and unfold the plot further. But on a
brighter note, you'll now have free reign to walk around the Warden's castle.
D. The Spy
The Warden will tell you that someone has been spying on him, and can't make any
moves against the Regent until the spy is caught. Remember how you heard that
someone was sneaking around late at night? Now that tip pays off.
Wait until nightfall, and you'll see one of the guards trying to leave the
castle (or wait outside for him). He's the stationary guard on the ground floor,
just inside the castle to the right. Once you see him moving around (at
nightfall), ask him about spying, and he'll realize his cover is blown and
attack you. Kill him, and pick up the note he was carrying. It's proof that you
can deliver to the Warden that you've caught the spy.
E. Kidnapped Prince
After giving the note to the Warden, he will tell you that his son, the prince,
has been kidnapped near Hampton! (Why the son of a warden is a prince I can't
fathom. Also, getting his son back ought to have nothing to do with moving
against Dariel, but that's the way the cookie crumbles.) Head over to Hampton,
and talk to the Duke in the northmost house. He'll tell you that his servant saw
the kidnappers somewhere by Shadow Peak. Turns out that's a useless bit of
information, since there's no "Shadow Peak" on the map. You're just expected to
explore the mountains nearby.
Fortunately, their hideout isn't far away. Head east from Hampton along the
mountains, and you'll find the kidnappers' hideout. There are two guards to
kill (one on each floor), one of whom will give you a green key. Also, you'll
notice the green scroll on a table downstairs. Be sure to take the scroll--
you can use it (maximum of 3 times) to transport you to any town in the
kingdom. Very handy. Head upstairs, and find the prince. With the green key,
you can open the door and free him.
He'll of course tell you that you should do something entirely different with
your time. He says that you should go to see the Wizard Irial, who lives in the
tower over a bridge north of the Enchanted Forest.
Find Irial at the top of the Wizard's Tower, north of the Enchanted Forest. He
will ask you to prove your worth by defeating the Lyche who has taken up
residence in the desert ruins.
Head over the the Last Hope Inn, north of the desert. There, you can talk to one
of the patrons who will tell you that the only way to kill the Lyche is with
holy water-- only available from Friar Kaine of Rhyder. So you'll need to go to
Rhyder, buy some holy water from the friar for 25 gold, and then return to the
Last Hope Inn (the best place to save your game before proceeding into the
ruins). Now you're ready to proceed down into the ruins, directly below the inn.
This is where it gets really annoying. Up until now, if your health was low, you
could try and kill monsters in the hopes that they'd drop a blue or green potion
for you. Well, not in the ruins dungeon. In the dungeon, the only monsters
you'll come across are wraiths, skeletons, and slimes, none of which will drop
anything. Also, if you were thinking you were going to stop in a safe corner and
heal slowly, remember that you can only carry a maximum of 9 food, which may run
out, forcing you back to the surface. As a result, speed is vital.
The dungeon has a series of "brick switches" on the ground that will open doors,
remove portions of walls, and teleport you elsewhere within the dungeon. Also,
they can close off passages as well, so be careful. If you leave the dungeon,
you can refill your stash of potions and scrolls that you may have used, but you
take a risk that the dungeon will reset. According to other things I've read,
the dungeon will reset itself sometime during the night, unless you're inside
it. If you're inside, it'll only change when you press switches.
The map I've drawn out should help you through, although it will probably take a
few attempts. Once you reach the Lyche, use your holy water on him, and he'll
die-- leaving behind a red potion (which I still haven't found a use for). Make
your way out of the dungeon, and return to Irial.
G. Blasted Spot
Before you talk to Irial, check your inventory. If you're holding 9 items or more,
drop something-- you'll need a free slot in your inventory. Irial will now tell
you that you need to retrieve a chime in order to enter the Temple of Angor (the
final quest!). He'll give you a key to the Blasted Spot, where the chime is
And now, as if your last foray into the Ruins wasn't enough for you (it was for
me!), you get to do pretty much the same thing all over again, except this time
with a bit more zig-zagging around.
There isn't a final fight here, though. Just a stand with the chime on it,
patiently waiting for you at the end of the dungeon. Once you've battled through
it all and gotten the chime, you'll be ready for your final quest.
The Temple of Agnor is your final destination, housing the Medallion (the 3rd
and last kingly item in the game). Sadly, the temple is probably the furthest
away from a good save point of all the dungeons so far. As you get close to it,
you'll start encountering acolytes who will attack you.
When you enter the ground floor of the temple, you'll notice that skeletons are
able to materialize from the floor-- in fact, they seem to do so rather
obnoxiously often in my experience, which makes things all the more tricky. This
is a good place to use the circlet if you haven't already used it.
Head upstairs, and kill the blue acolyte there in order to get the white key.
Then head downstairs, and into the small apparently dead-end chamber along the
left-hand wall of the Temple's ground floor. There's a switch in the back of the
chamber, which when bumped, will reveal a stairwell to the basement. Go to the
basement, and then over to the prison cells, which you can now unlock with the
Inside the right-hand cell, there's a prisoner whose door you want to unlock.
When you talk to him (be sure to reply that "yes", you'd like to kill the Grey
Abbot), he will tell you that you'll need the sphere which is kept on the
top floor of the temple, under the Abbot's bed. So go back up to the top floor,
and around to the bed. Use the "look" command when you get to the bed, and the
sphere will appear mysteriously. Pick it up and head down to face the Abbot.
The Abbot is sitting on a throne on the ground floor. If you stay in front of
him long enough, he'll cast a spell on you that will kill you. So try to be
quick! Use the sphere on him, and he'll be killed, leaving behind the Medallion.
Pick up the Medallion, and you've won!
Quickest Game Possible
As stated earlier, you can skip ahead if you know how. For the fastest win possible,
with no cheating:
1) Go to Rhyder, kill the Friar, take the holy water.
2) Go to the Ruins, kill the Lyche.
3) Visit Irial, get the key to the Blasted Spot.
4) Get the chime from the Blasted Spot.
5) Go to the Temple, head directly upstairs, get the sphere.
6) Kill the Grey Abbot with the sphere, pick up the medallion.
And as a side note, you can (in theory) finish the game with only 33610 points if
you manage not to kill ANYTHING along the way (including the Friar, which means
going to the Last Hope Inn to be able to ask the friar for the holy water, rather
than killing him, which earns you points). Of course, in practice, this is pretty
much impossible without cheating, since you'd be hard pressed to never kill any
Don't you love how all the items in the game are called "the _____"? Regardless
of whether an item is unique or not, it's prefaced with "the", which is (I
think) due to the way the game is programmed. Other than the bag of gold, there should
only ever be at most 1 of any item in existence at any given time (unless you
cheat). Gold is special, and can have as many as two on the ground, because
internally, it keeps track of two bags separately, as if they were 'bag 1' and
||the white key
||Dropped by one of the acolytes in the Temple of Angor
||Unlocks the prisoner at the bottom of the Temple of Angor
||Dropped by the spying guard in Ganestor (or the Warden's castle)
||None (Quest item)
||On the floor of the Warden's castle in Ganestor
||Can be asked questions, should be asked about the "High King"
||Dropped by the dragon (or by the giant in Apple II version)
||Will turn you invisible for a few minutes, usable once
||Dropped by the orc chieftan by the orc camp in the Dark Forest
||None (Quest item)
||Given to you by the wizard Irial after solving the Ruins
||Allows entry into the Blasted Spot
||Purchased from a serf in Treela
||Makes your character run faster (requires you to "use" the boots)
||On a pedestal in the Blasted Spot
||Allows entry into the Temple of Angor
||Dropped by the Grey Abbott in the Temple of Angor
||None (Quest Item-- wins you the game!)
||the holy water
||Purchased from the friar in Rhyder
||Can be used to kill the Lyche in the Ruins
||By "looking" at the bed on the top floor of the Temple of Angor
||Can be used to kill the Grey Abbot. The trick with the sphere
magically appearing is that it actually just changes the image used to
display it. Initially, the sphere uses an image that makes it look like
part of the bed it's on, so you can also simply try to pick it up
without "looking", and it'll be there just the same.
||Given to you by the Black Asp
||None (Quest Item)
||the green key
||Dropped by a guard in the kidnappers' hideout by Shadow Peak
||Opens the prince's cell in the top floor of the hideout
||the green potion
||Dropped by various NPC's when killed
||Heals you completely (useable once)
||the blue potion
||Dropped by various NPC's when killed
||Heals you partially (usable once)
||the blue scroll
||Dropped by various NPC's when killed
||Freezes all regular monsters on the screen (usable once)
||the red scroll
||Dropped by various NPC's when killed
||Kills all regular monsters on the screen (usable once)
||the bag of gold
||Dropped by various NPC's when killed
||Increases your gold count randomly by 6-9 gold when picked up.
||Dropped by various NPC's when killed
||Increases your food count by 1 when picked up (max of 9)
||On the floor of the woodsman's cottage in the Dark Forest
||Can be used to kill enemies at long distance. Useable once, then must be picked up after each use
||Purchased from a serf in Lankwell
||Can be used to kill enemies at long distance, will return when thrown
||the green scroll
||On the table in the kidnappers' hideout near Shadow Peak
||Will transport you to a city center of your choosing (usable 3 times)
||the red potion
||Dropped by the Lyche when killed in the Ruins
There are a lot of NPC's, some of whom are repeated name-wise in different locations. Unlike
items, which can only appear once per item, NPC's can appear in multiples, and some are
unique. The ID shown below is the ID of their name in the text array of names-- it's not
necessarily the actual ID of the NPC.
Some NPC's move around and are thus difficult to find. Many unique NPC's that look like
standard serfs will actually start the day off at home (getting out of bed at about midday),
and at some point wander over to the inn, staying there for a while before heading home for
the night. This can make it difficult to find particular NPC's, since they don't stay put.
But if you check the inn and the local houses, you'll usually find who you're looking for.
||Cottage in the Dark Forest
||Tells you about "orcs" and "the camp" for the 1st quest.
||Regent's Castle, Warden's Castle, Shadow Peak
||Guards either stand still (and won't approach you), or will move around (in which
case they'll do something bad to you). Moving guards in the Regent's castle will simply
throw you out of the castle, whereas moving guards in the Warden's castle will throw you
in a prison cell where you die (except for the syping guard who will attack you after
asked about "spying"). Guards at Shadow Peak will just attack you as normal.
Killing a guard at the Regent's or the Warden's castle will result in the townspeople
attacking you, with the exception of the spying guard, assuming that you've turned him
hostile by asking him about spying. You can freeze guards with the blue scroll without
incurring the wrath of the townspeople.
||Under the Regent's Castle, under the Temple of Angor
||The prisoner under the Temple of Angor will tell you where to get the sphere used
to kill the Grey Abbot. The one under the Regent's castle is inaccessible unless
you cheat, and then isn't really worth talking to. He'll chitchat with you, but tell
you nothing of interest.
||Serfs come in a few varieties, and are mostly just there for ambiance. If you kill
an otherwise harmless member of the town you're in, all the serfs in the town will start
attacking you on sight. Some serfs are special, and have designated houses and quest items,
such as the serf who sells you the boots in Treela, or the one who tells you about the
Black Asp in Lankwell.
||On the ground floor of the Eralan inn
||The prior will give you the quest to retrieve the Foretelling Stones, and give you
149 gold for completing the task.
||A few towns, Last Hope Inn
||There are a few "old man" NPC's around. Most of them will tell you the same thing,
which allows you to ask about the High King. Hopefully by the time you need to actually
ask this question to someone, you've talked to a few old men. Also, the old man at the
Last Hope Inn will clue you in to "the temple" and "the holy water".
||For every inn, there's an innkeeper. Each one is pretty much the same, although the
innkeepers at Eralan and Ganestor will tell you about some non-essential 'ask' items. If
you have enough gold (10), you have the option to buy provisions (1 food) from them, or
ask for lodging (also 10 gold). Lodging will always put you to sleep in the inn's bed
until midday the following day, and you will be fully restored. Innkeepers cannot be killed,
and will similarly not attack you or begrudge you any killing you've done against other
||Two-Storey house in Eralan
||The advisor is a pretty purposeless NPC. He is seemingly unreferenced by anyone else,
doesn't answer any questions, and doesn't give you any new questions. Why the designers
decided to include him is apparently a mystery.
||Eralan's Castle (Ground floor)
||The Regent (Dariel) will give you your second quest to steal the Tablet of Truth,
giving you 153 gold for completing the task. But he won't get you anywhere else other than
that. You can attack him if you'd like, but you can't kill him, and he doesn't care if you
||Orc Camp in the Dark Forest
||The orc chieftain is a distinctive gray color. He carries the urn with the Foretelling
Stones, which he'll drop when you kill him.
||Rogues are a dime-a-dozen. Along with orcs, they're the most common NPC's in the game,
and will attack you on sight. They have a ranged attack, and take the fewest hits to kill
(usually just 1 hit). They'll randomly drop bags of gold, green or blue potions, food, or
red or blue scrolls.
||Orcs (along with rogues) are the most common NPC's. They'll also attack on sight, but
they can only attack you up close. They take a little more to kill (usually 2 hits). They
randomly drop bags of gold, green or blue potions, food, or red or blue scrolls.
||Castle in Ganestor, Top Floor
||The Warden (Heidric) sits on the top floor of the castle in Ganestor. He won't talk to
you until you present him with "the scroll" (the Black Asp's confession). When he does talk
to you, he'll grant you two quests-- first the one to find the spy, and when you've dont
that, he'll grant you the quest to rescue the Prince. Again, you can't kill him, and there
aren't any repercussions for trying.
||Small house southeast of Lankwell
||The assassin is sometimes known as the "Black Asp", but funnily enough, if you ask him
about "The Black Asp", he'll say he doesn't know anything useful about that. He will tell
you something useful about the "High King", however. He'll give you a confession scroll,
(which he'll also drop if killed), intended for the Warden, Heidric.
||Small cottage south of Enchanted Forest
||The hunter's sole purpose in the game appears to be to tell you about the location of
the wizard's tower. He'll tell you he's seen some strange lights from the north, but that's
really about it.
||The north-most house in Hampton
||The Duke is a normal serf for the most part, but if you've gotten the quest from the Warden to find the Prince, the Duke will tell you about "the crime", and where to find the kidnapped prince.
||The Lyche sits in the Ruins under the desert, and must be killed as a test
of worthiness for the wizard Irial. Unfortunately, he can't be killed by normal
means, only by killing with holy water, which you can get from Friar Kaine in
Rhyder. If you wait too long in front of the Lyche, he'll kill you pretty
quickly, but he's nice enough to give you some time to get out your holy
||Top floor of Shadow Peak
||Once you get Warden's quest to find the Pricnce, the Prince will appear.
He's been kidnapped and is in the stronghold by Shadow Peak, east of Hampton.
You can only get to him if you've gotten the green key from the guard on the
ground floor of the stronghold. The Prince (once freed) will tell you to seek
the wizard Irial for your next quest.
||Skeletons begin appearing after a certain point in the game as regular
monsters (pretty early, actually). This may be triggered by score or by quest
completion, but they don't appear initially. They usually take 2 hits to kill,
will attack you at long range, and they never drop anything.
||Like skeletons, wraiths only start showing up after you've reached a
certain point (appearing after skeletons become commonplace). They take
more hits to kill (though it seems inconsistent-- about 4 or 5), can only
attack at short range, and won't ever drop anything.
||Ruins, Blasted Spot
||Slimes are quite annoying, but also somewhat harmless. They sacrifice
themselves to attack you (at close range) and don't do all that much damage.
So once they hit you once, they disappear. Unfortunately, they don't give you
any points for killing them, and they also never drop anything.
||Temple of Angor, ground floor
||The cleric is actually the Grey Abbot, but apparently the designers didn't
keep the NPC name in line with the story. Shows how important the story was to
them, I guess. He's in the Temple of Angor on the ground floor, sitting in his
throne. You can't kill him by attacking him, although he WILL talk to you
(unlike most other unfriendly NPC's). If you wait too long in front of him,
he'll kill you with a spell-- you can kill him first if you use the sphere, and
then he'll drop the Medallion.
||Temple of Angor
||The acolytes are from the order of the Grey Abbot. There are a few of them scattered around the Temple of Angor, but not many. The dark blue one (upstairs) will drop the white key when killed. They attack at close range only, and don't drop anything interesting (besides the white key).
||Northwest most house in Rhyder
||The Friar (Friar Kaine) is the source of the holy water. If you ask him about it, he'll sell it to you for 25 gold. You can also kill him for it, but the townspeople won't take to kindly to you killing their friar (even though you're rewarded with 300 points for doing so).
||The wizard Irial won't talk to you until you've completed the
Warden's quests. After you've rescued the prince, Irial will talk
to you, giving you the quest to kill the Lyche, and the two-part
quest to get the chime and kill the Grey Abbot. Irial's another
unkillable NPC that just sits on his chair without retaliating
if you attack him.
||The thug (who seemingly has the two-storey house in Lankwell) is yet
another serf, whose function is to tell you about the Assassin. He'll tell
you that he was known as the Black Asp, but otherwise, he's pretty forgettable.
||Wide house north of Ganestor inn
||Lord Dunbar is only there to throw you off. The Warden suspects him of spying, which
is false, and otherwise Lord Dunbar is no different than your typical serf for the purposes
of the game.
||You may hear rumors of the dragon, which you can hunt down fairly easily if you know
where to look. The dragon is immobile (its head just sticks out of the cave), but it's
difficult to kill since you apparently can't attack at long range with the axe. It takes
a lot of hits, and will breathe fire on you doing quite a bit of damage. But fortunately,
it won't chase you if you decide to step off to the side to recover. After killing it, it
will drop the circlet on the ground (very helpful indeed!) and often one or two bags of
gold. (Note: the dragon does not appear in the Apple II version)
Snopes of Lore
I hear there's a dragon near the northern mountains.
There is indeed a dragon living in a cave in the northern mountains. (Unless you're in the Apple II version)
A dark fog is forming in the northeast.
A wild dust storm ran through the desert the other day.
A sorcery tower lies over a bridge north of the desert.
This is a little misleading, since it's more appropriately north of the Enchanted Forest
rather than the desert, but nonetheless, the wizard Irial's tower is there.
I've heard tell of magical boots in Treela.
A great giant is reputed to live east of Rhyder.
In the PC version of the game, there is no giant. However, in the Apple II version, a giant
does indeed live to the right of Rhyder ("East" on the drawn map is actually to the right
and slightly north).
A man from Lankwell boasted he knew about a magical axe.
People say that there is a magical scroll with the power to transport you around the kingdom.
This is a bit misleading, but mostly accurate. The scroll will transport you to the town
of your choosing, not simply wherever you wish.
Cheating in Times of Lore is tricky, because there aren't any in-game cheats.
You have to do some manipulating of the game files in order to cheat. There are
a few versions of the game out there, so this may only be applicable to the
version I've used, which was a Windows executable "LORE.EXE" along with a lot of
additional data files. So only bother with this section if you're using a
compatible version. You'll also want a binary file editor.
Bytes 0x015C and 0x015D in the SAVED.GAM file are the bytes for gold. 0x015C is
the low byte (0-255), and 0x015D is the high byte (256-32512). Be sure not to
set the high byte to "FF" since it's signed, or else strange things may happen.
Just set it to 7F and you'll be good. Not that you need more than about 300 or
so gold to complete the game!
Food is at byte 0x0162 of SAVED.GAM. In-game you can only get as much as 9 food
before it complains at you that you have too much. But by cheating, you can give
yourself a full 255 food, and it'll work just fine (you just can't buy or pick
up more in game). That's handy if you plan on doing a lot of resting in dungeons
and need more than the maximum 9 food. Of course, cheating by giving yourself
more food and not via some other method is kinda silly. If you're going to
cheat, you might as well cheat for real and do something more advanced.
Your inventory is also in SAVED.GAM. It starts at byte 0x000D, and has 1 byte
for each item in your inventory, up to 0x0016. See the item key above for a
table of which byte codes relate to which items.
In addition, byte 0x0017
dictates *how many* things you have in your inventory. The in game maximum is
again 9 (this is kind of silly, considering they give you a 10th space), but you
can give yourself the 10th thing and it works ok. Except if you want to pick up
anything else, you'll need to drop *two* things instead of just 1. And yes, you
can give yourself 11 things or more, making other bytes be read in as though
they were inventory items, but that's pretty hacky territory.
4. Your "Ask List"
The list of which things you can ask questions about is stored in a similar
manner to your inventory, again in SAVED.GAM. It starts at byte 0x0001, ends at
0x000A, and 0x000B controls how many things are in your ask list.
19 the food
1B High King
1E the orcs
1F the camp
20 the kingdom
22 the secret way
24 the tunnel
25 Black Asp
26 the temple
28 the crime
* Note - the first 3 are kind of special. "Rumors" is always there by default,
and "the food" and "lodging" are sort of reserved for asking innkeepers. But
yes, they're actually things you can put in your ask list. In fact, you can put
items in your ask list too (or other things), which is how you're able to ask
about "the axe" or "the holy water" when you buy them. You can also put these
askable things in your inventory if you want, and carry "Valwyn" around, or
other quirky things. Don't expect anything more interesting to happen with them,
Well, ok, not really. Your position on the map is actually stored in your
SAVED.GAM file as well, although I haven't been able to figure out all the
quirks just yet. Bytes 0x0019 (high) and 0x0018 (low) control your horizontal
position on the map, and 0x001B (high) and 0x001A (low) control your vertial
position. So you can set your position such that the next time you load your
game, you start off somewhere other than an inn. And while this is handy, it's
not quite the whole story. Several other bytes control other important things
that I haven't figured out, like "What level of the building are you in?" and
"Which building are you in?" So if you decide to modify your position without
those other bytes correctly set, you can walk around and explore just fine, but
you can't necessarily interact with buildings as normal. So you may not be able
to walk up/down stairs, or enter/leave the way you'd normally expect to.
The high byte goes from 00 to 3F, while the low byte seems to only matter to the
nearest 8 before it alters your position. So a low byte of 02 and 03 are
apparently the same. Note that this is a different coordinate system than for
items, apparently, where the low byte always matters from 00 to FF, but the high
byte only ever goes from 00 to 07.
6. Ultra-Fast Healing
I can't take credit for this one, I found it on a website:
But since I generally hate the advertising nature of game sites, I'll repeat it
again here. You can modify the game engine so that your recovery time is nearly
instant. In other words, for each 'clock tick' (or something similar), you're
healing 1 point. This makes it very difficult to die, if not impossible. I
haven't managed to die using this cheat, even after triggering supposedly
automatic deaths. Within the LORE.EXE file, set bytes:
07BB: From: 00 To: C9
07BC: From: 75 To: 80
07BD: From: 03 To: 16
07BE: From: E8 To: 58
07BF: From: 65 To: 2D
07C0: From: 32 To: 00
7. "Unlimited Life"
Again, I can't take credit on this one, and what's more, I haven't even tried it
out. The ultra-fast healing was good enough for me, so I stuck with that. I note
that two of the bytes here are the SAME BYTES as the previous cheat, so I'm also
not sure if they work in conjunction. But anyway, in your LORE.EXE file, set:
07B7: From: 80 To: C6
07B8: From: 3E To: 06
07BB: From: 00 To: 80
07BC: From: 75 To: EB
8. Items on the ground
The SAVED.GAM file also controls where items are located on the map. There's a
grand total of 24 items in the game, which each have at least 6 bytes that
dictate their position-- probably 8. Bytes 0x006C-0x009B control the horizontal
position in byte pairs (low then high bytes). Bytes 0x009C-0x00CB control the
vertical position in similar byte pairs. I suspect that bytes 0x00CC-0x00FB are
related to the item locations, but I haven't yet figured out how. 0x00FC-0x0113
are a mystery to me, but they do control item locations, and something to do
with which building or level of building the items are located on. 0x0114-0x012B
controls the levels of the buildings more directly. The values are seemingly
always 00, 01, or 02, but the floor that this corresponds to changes depending
on the previous array of bytes somehow.
If you can figure this out and tell me how it's done, I'd sleep better at night.
The score is pretty useless, but if you'd like to change it, it's located at
0x015E-0x0161 (low-to-high, as elsewhere).