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Legacy of the Ancients manual



Make sure you have a disk to make into a character disk. Put your game
disk in drive 1, with side 1 facing up.

Turn on your computer to boot the disk.

When the title screen appears, press the joystick button or any key to
continue. The opening menu offers four options. Select SOME SIMPLE
INSTRUCTIONS for instructions on how to use the keyboard, joystick,
and menus. Select SCENES FROM LEGACY for a demonstration of the game.
The COLOR TEST option lets you adjust your monitor's color.

Apple users can select the COMPUTER SETUP option which lets you adjust
your monitor's color, toggle the sound on and off, set the number of
drives (1 or 2), and change the direction keys.

Apple //GS users: Make sure that the Display is set to 40 columns and
that the System Speed is set to normal.

Apple //e users: The Open Apple key will function the same way as
button 0 on the joystick. The Closed Apple key will function the same
way as button 1.

Select PLAY A GAME when you are ready to start a game. A new menu will
appear on the screen. Choose START A NEW GAME. If you don't already
have a character disk, the screen will prompt you with instructions
about how to make one. You will then be asked to enter your new
character's name and your adventure will begin. You can store up to
eight characters on one disk. To restart a game in progress or to
erase a character, select the appropriate menu option and follow the



The movement keys are grouped together on the keyboard. In the museum
and dungeons, you can move forward, backward, or TURN IN PLACE. In all
other places you can move up, down, right or left.

 RETURN  forward (or up)
 <       left
 >       right
 /       backwards (or down)

(Apple //e and later use the arrow keys to walk or turn.)

To enter a command, press the key for the first letter of the desired
command (e.g. C for Climb). Use the same principle for all menu


Make sure your joystick is plugged in. In the museum and dungeons you
can walk forward, backward, or TURN IN PLACE. In all other places, use
the joystick to move up, down, right or left.

To enter a command that is already highlighted, press joystick button
#0. To enter a new command, press button #1, which will turn the
command yellow. Use the joystick to highlight the desired command,
then press button #0. Any time you are presented with a list of
choices, use the joystick to highlight the desired command, then press
button #0.


Although I've worked and studied in the Tarmalon Galactic Museum for
many years, I've never actually seen an Ancient. It is said that they
began constructing museums like this one over 50,000 generations ago,
and that now museums dot the civilized portions of the universe. I
know there is one on my home planet of Thagan. It is possible that the
Ancients are still building museums somewhere in the far reaches of

The museums were built to provide both education and entertainment for
their creators -- to act as windows revealing the history, legends and
cultures of each host planet. The Ancients viewed this system of
museums as their legacy to the budding civilizations of the universe.

Although employees occasionally venture forth into the host world to
engage in research and collect specimens, they are not permitted to
directly interfere in planetary events. Likewise, the museum is
generally off-limits to planet natives. Only holders of the Access
Disk are permitted to enter. This principle of non-interference is
intended to preserve the unique culture and customs of each host
planet. Many times I have been tempted to use the museum's power to
benefit Tarmalon, but I dare not risk the wrath of the Ancients.

So I am forced to leave you with a warning. Once you leave the
museum's friendly confines you will be on your own in the primitive
and dangerous world of Tarmalon.


I pray this message reaches you. As you know, one of the museum's most
precious artifacts was stolen ten years ago. Reputed by Tarmalon lore
to be magical, this ancient leather scroll was thought by museum
personnel to be nothing more than a beautiful relic of primitive
superstition. Nevertheless, because of its cultural value, I was
assigned to retrieve it.

I spent many months tracking the scroll across the length of Tarmalon.
Over the years it has passed from person to person; frequently by sale,
more often by theft. After a time I noticed a strange pattern
developing. Murder and strife seemed to accompany the scroll wherever
it went.

I have learned that the scroll once was known as the Wizard's
Compendium. Legend holds that many lifespans ago, 12 powerful Tarmalon
wizards gathered in Kelfor Forest to trade knowledge. They compiled
their spells into one scroll, little suspecting that the resulting
magic would be more powerful than the sum of its parts. According to
legend, the wizards fought a terrible battle among themselves to
control the Compendium. Many died, and the scroll disappeared.

Yesterday, I finally caught up with the Compendium, now owned by the
Baron of Kent. I offered to buy it, but the Baron just laughed and
threw me out -- keeping my little finger as punishment for my
"insolence." Later that night I broke into the castle and managed to
steal the scroll, but as I made my escape a guard sent an arrow
through my shoulder. Now I face the long journey back to the museum. I
fear I won't live to see it. My shoulder throbs and swells with each
beat of my heart, and a fever is growing.

I am convinced that the scroll is a force of terrible evil. I can feel
it reaching into my mind, trying to twist and distort my thoughts. It
is an immensely powerful thing, seeking an equally powerful master. It
must be destroyed before it is unleashed. I have tried. Fire will not
burn it, and my blade will not cut it. The answer must lie outside the
realm of science. I fear that unless we find the answer, the museum
and all of Tarmalon will be consumed.


The following is a description of the various menu commands.

ARMOR: Put your armor on your body, where it provides protection.

CLIMB: Climb up or down holes in dungeons.

DISEMBARK: Leave your transportation and start walking.

END: Stop the action and activate the option to save the game. You can
resume the game after saving it. Save often to avoid problems. This
option is available only while in dungeons or wilderness.

FIGHT: Attack a target with your ready weapons.

GAMESPEED: Control how long messages are listed on the screen.

HOLD: Access items in your inventory and indicate which item (other
than weapons and armor) you hold ready to use.

INVENTORY: List your characteristics, armor, weapons, magic, other
possessions, and the duration of your adventure. The weapon, armor,
and items you have ready to use are highlighted. This option is a
handy way to pause the game.

LEAVE: Leave town without having to walk out. If you attack or rob
someone in town, and are discovered, you will have to leave the hard

MAGIC: Cast one of the spells you have purchased. Each spell is used
up when it is cast.

OPEN: Open things that are closed.

PASS: Take no action for one turn.

ROB: Steal money and equipment.

SPEAK: Greet the person standing next to you. This is how you interact
with merchants in towns and with friendly creatures in the wilderness.

TAKE: Take items that are within reach.

USE: Use the item you are holding.

WEAPON: Ready one of your weapons for battle.

XAMINE: Gives you additional information about your immediate
surroundings. In the wilderness, Xamine tells you about the terrain
you're in, your food use, and your travel speed. In the dungeon,
Xamine helps you avoid hidden traps. In the castle, Xamine provides
details about the things you see.


The Galactic Museum is the center of your quest. The museum exhibits
provide clues and information, useful items and gold, and
transportation to different locations within the game. The museum is
large and complex; you will find it useful to map it as you explore.
Exits are available through doors -- and through some exhibits. To
view a museum display you must have the proper jeweled coin, therefore,
collecting these coins is a crucial part of your quest. You start the
game with two jade coins. As the game progresses and your abilities
increase, new coins, exhibits, and challenges become available to you.
Hint: Don't hoard your coins. Use them to view exhibits whenever


There are twelve towns on Tarmalon. Each has its own personality,
services, and prices. These include:

THE BANK: You may deposit your gold in any branch and withdraw it at
any other. A prudent safeguard against misfortune.

THE LENDING ASSOCIATION: Useful when you're down on your luck or need
a gambling stake. You may have only one loan at a time.

THE FOODSTORE: Food can be purchased here: Storekeepers may also offer
you jobs that can help you earn extra gold.

THE WEAPONS SHOP: These shops buy and sell weapons for fixed amounts.
Powerful weapons are usually more expensive. Increasingly powerful
weapons becomes available as the game progresses.

THE ARMOR SHOP: These shops buy and sell armor for fixed amounts. More
effective armor is generally more expensive. Increasingly effective
armor becomes available as the game progresses.

BUY-BACK SHOPS: These shops will purchase used armor or weapons. A
skillful bargainer can often get a better deal here than from an Armor
or Weapons Shop.

THE GENERAL STORE: Sells Rafts and Climbing Gear.

BLACKJACK TABLES AND FLIP FLOP TABLES: The guards will come after you
if you win too much at these lucrative gambling games.

TRAINING SCHOOLS: An opportunity to increase your Endurance and
Dexterity characteristics (see Characteristics).

THE HOUSE OF HEALING: These healers sell cures and healing herbs which
can restore your hit points in the field.

MAGIC SHOPS: Magic shops sell six different spells: Magic Flame,
Firebolt, Befuddle, Psycho Strength, Kill Flash, and Seek. (See Magic
for a full description of the spells).

FORTUNE TELLER: Rumors, tips, and clues are available from these

To interact with town characters, stand next to them (or their
counters) and select Speak from the menu. Hint: You may only purchase
healing herbs once you have accomplished a special task in the Museum.


Whenever you attempt to enter the museum from the fields of Tarmalon,
a screen prompt will give you a planet name, gem name, and ring number.
Line these up on your code wheel. Type in the number you see in the
box above the ring number and you'll be permitted into the museum.

[ Please refer to LACODE10.TXT, the Project 64 etext of the Legacy of
the Ancients code wheel. ]


Gold is the currency of exchange on Tarmalon; you'll need a lot of it
to complete the game. There are many ways to get it -- the four most
common are gambling, killing monsters, robbing merchants, and raiding
castles and dungeons. Gambling is the safest. Smart play can tip the
Blackjack odds in your favor. Flip Flop can be a gold mine for a
player with a sharp eye. Killing wilderness creatures lets you collect
the gold in their hoards. Proper planning is the key to robbing
merchants. Attack merchants who are alone so that no one raises the
alarm, and be prepared to leave town fast. Only the powerful should
attempt to rob a bank or mint. The deeper you go into a castle or
dungeon the more gold you'll find. Stock up on magic spells, hit
points, and healing herbs before you enter, and make maps as you go.


There are 32 kinds of creatures that can be encountered in the
wilderness, and 12 in the dungeons. Sometimes, traveling creatures
such as Farmers, Bandits, Pixies, Striders, Eaton Warriors, and
Huggyns will talk if approached politely. Other times they may attack.
The 24 non-traveling wilderness monsters live only in one kind of
terrain, and have individual traits and abilities. Sometimes monsters
can destroy equipment, drain characteristics points, or suppress magic
spells. A specific type of weapon is most effective against some
creatures, so carry several different weapons when you can. The
fortune teller can give clues as to which weapon is most effective
against each monster. Many creatures can be used for food. The
following monsters are very dangerous and should be avoided in the
beginning of the game: Ocean Sprayfish and Sea Swallows, Desert
Scrabblers, and Mountain Rock Beetles.


Choose the Fight option to attack an adjacent opponent. If you have a
ready ranged weapon (bow) you'll attack the first target along the
line of fire. In towns or a castle you must specify the direction of
attack. You may also try to run from combat by moving away. Magic is
your most powerful weapon, and often the only practical way to kill


Six different magic spells are available from Magic Shops. Spells are
used up as they are cast. The spells include:

MAGIC FLAME: A ranged magical attack useful for taking out weaker
monsters and guards. Affects one target at a time.

FIREBOLT: A more powerful ranged magical attack that affects one

BEFUDDLE SPELL: Confuses and disables a target for 25-35 turns. Usable
only in dungeons.

PSYCHO STRENGTH: Gives you super human strength for 20-30 attacks.
Usable only in dungeons.

KILL FLASH: The ultimate killing spell. Eliminates anyone you're
fighting and many of the monsters nearby. Usable only in dungeons.

SEEK SPELL: Transports you to the front doors of the Museum. Usable
only in the wilderness.


Your character has five basic characteristics which define physical
and mental prowess. Each characteristic starts at 15, and can be
increased in training schools and through special tests and treasures
encountered while adventuring. The characteristics are:

STRENGTH: A character with high Strength does more damage in combat.

ENDURANCE: A character with high Endurance takes less damage when hit.

DEXTERITY: A character with high Dexterity hits opponents and dodges
blows more frequently.

INTELLIGENCE: A character with high Intelligence has more success with

CHARM: A character with high Charm has more success when dealing with

HIT POINTS: Your Hit Points measure the amount of damage you can take
before you are killed. As the level of your character increases, so
will the hit points you can achieve.

LEVEL: A measurement that defines your power, fame, and how much of
the quest has been completed. Every character begins at Level 1. The
museum caretaker will increase your level as your exploits warrant.


Much of the action in Legacy of the Ancients takes place in the 24
dungeon levels and in the castles. The deeper you venture into these
strongholds, the tougher the challenges and the greater the rewards --
in gold, clues, and items important to your quest. Stock up on magic
spells, healing herbs and hit points before you enter. Make maps as
you explore the dungeons.

Hint: The Pirates Lair dungeon measures 15 by 15. There is a sapphire
coin at the bottom.

Hint: Revisit castles and dungeons to pick up more gold and gain
access to new areas.

Hint: You have mastered the first part of the castle when you have
collected two keys, magic seeds, magic ice, and have seen "The

Hint: Use magic ice and magic seeds to reach the castle's second level.

Hint: If you have trouble with the gas trap, look for a hidden way

Hint: If the spiral disappears when you walk on it, try again while
watching your step closely.


The Stones of Wisdom is a game of skill and cunning that can increase
your INTELLIGENCE. Although it seems difficult at first, it is really
quite simple. To begin the game, both you and the dealer roll five
dice. You can't see the dealer's dice, and the dealer can't see yours.
You and the dealer take turns bidding on the dice. If you bid three
fives, for example, you are betting that BETWEEN THE TWO OF YOU there
are at least three fives. If you bid two sixes, you are betting that
between the two of you there are at least two sixes. Obviously there
is some guesswork involved, since you can't see your opponent's dice.
As the players take turns bidding, each bid must be higher than the
last. Two fours is a higher bid than two threes, and four ones is a
higher bid than three sixes. Bidding continues until one player
"challenges" the other. A challenge occurs when one player thinks the
other player has bid too high -- that the dice won't show as many as
the bid. After a challenge has been declared, all the dice are shown.
If the bidder was correct in his bid, he wins. If he was incorrect in
his bid, the challenger wins. The loser then loses one of his dice,
and play starts again. The last player with any dice left wins the