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Return to Firetop Mountain

Post  msistarted on Sun Dec 05, 2010 12:43 am

Return to Firetop Mountain is a single-player roleplaying gamebook written by Ian Livingstone, illustrated by Martin McKenna and originally published in 1992 by Puffin Books. It was later republished by Wizard Books in 2003. It forms part of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's Fighting Fantasy series. It is the 50th in the series in the original Puffin series (ISBN 0-14-036008-5) and 16th in the modern Wizard series (ISBN 1-84046-481-X).

It is a sequel to the first Fighting Fantasy book, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, written to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Fighting Fantasy. It was originally planned to be the final book in the series but, as the series was still so popular, it was continued.

* 1 Story
* 2 Trivia
* 3 Gamebook Artwork
* 4 Popularity and other references
* 5 Reprint
* 6 See also
* 7 References

[edit] Story

Firetop Mountain, the forbidding peak whose dark shadow once cast gloom over the whole of Northern Allansia, has been quiet for ten years. It has been that long since the diabolical reign of the evil sorcerer, Zagor, was ended by a heroic adventurer who braved the countless perils of the dungeons beneath the mountain and succeeded where so many had failed before.

But now, resurrected by the power of dark sorcery, Zagor has risen from the dead! More evil than before, the crazed wizard is intent upon wreaking his revenge upon all in Allansia. He must be stopped, and for good this time. Some brave adventurer – YOU! – must enter the forbidding labyrinth and bring justice once more to the lord of Firetop Mountain!

The book fleshed out the details of Zagor and the area Northern Allansia in the world of Fighting Fantasy. In the Warlock of Firetop Mountain, Zagor was portrayed as merely a reclusive Warlock who is guarding the treasure chest in the heart of a mountain, and the player's objective is just to obtain the treasure by slaying Zagor. In this sequel, Zagor was instead portrayed as an evil wizard who was once slain by a heroic adventurer years ago and is now resurrected, seeking revenge on Allansia. The reader takes the role of another adventurer, and this time his objective is not solely for the treasures, but to rid Allansia of the evil Zagor.

The reader must travel to Firetop Mountain and defeat the resurrected Warlock Zagor. Unlike the first book the player must actually traverse the land to actually get to the mountain before facing its dangers. In addition, the second half of the mountain has been changed, giving the player no particular advantage from knowledge of the layout provided in Warlock of Firetop Mountain. There are several references to the original The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, which includes a case that housed an arrow in the original book is found to be empty and a trap involving a sword disguised as a lever also reappears.
[edit] Trivia

The very beginnings of the subterranean passages within the infamous mountain are the same as the original game book before you enter a completely new complex of tunnels. Within this section, it’s possible to discover the old bones of a long dead goblin sentry near the entrance that you may have killed with your own hand if you played the adventurer in the original Warlock of Firetop Mountain.
[edit] Gamebook Artwork

There’s a portrait of Ian Livingstone hidden in the interior art of this game book. It's the face of the Inquisitor carrying a sword and dagger in the picture for reference number 262. Artist Martin McKenna added the author’s face to his artwork for all the game books he illustrated that were written by Livingstone.
[edit] Popularity and other references

By the time Return to Firetop Mountain was published, the Puffin Fighting Fantasy series was nearing its end. The series may not have continued after this title, however due to its unexpected popularity Puffin published another nine books before they ended the Fighting Fantasy series.

The character Zagor appeared in the Zagor Chronicles series of novels written by Ian Livingstone and Carl Sargent, and the Fighting Fantasy gamebook based on the novels, Legend of Zagor.
[edit] Reprint

The Special Limited Edition of the Wizard version used gold embossing as opposed to the usual silver.

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