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At the entrance to Goth, a blue force-field flashes across the screen.

Treguard: Something must be seriously worrying Lord Fear. Unless I'm mistaken, that is a barrier of anti-magic. It looks as though he's set it up to keep out rival sorcerers.

Barry has no magic, so can pass through unscathed.

In another corridor of Goth, where three bottles are found on a barrel. These are labelled 'Fast backwards', 'Homer', and 'Freezer'. The scroll reads: "Rock and roll, hot and slow".

The team chooses 'Fast backwards' and 'Freezer'.

At the Sewers of Goth, they find a boat and a spyglass.

Spyglass: A troll stands towering over Lord Fear and Lissard.

Lord Fear: "In the kingdom of the trolls, the one IQ troll is king. This is him - Bulstrode. He's got six words, some of them pronouns, and he can count up to five."

Fear is wondering how to shrink it enough to transport it to Knightmare Castle and destroy Treguard's antechamber.

Greystagg appears, still raging at the machinations of Lord Fear. When Barry agrees that he must be stopped, she says he may summon her.

Greystagg then rows Barry across the sewers. She deflects a question about how to attack a troll, but offers a spell, VISOR.

They use the VISOR spell immediately on the Play Your Cards Right puzzle. A goblin emerges on the ledge behind Barry.

Barry touches the correct card, sending the goblin plummeting to its doom!

The team progress with ease until the final choice between clubs or Joker. Barry says the Joker is referred to as a 'wild card'. Treguard seems to agree, and it gets them through.

The Brollachan appears, seeking more knowledge. It asks what a vertical tunnel is called and why it must build one from Goth to Knightmare Castle.

The plot thickens...

Treguard then warns that Barry's energy levels are critical and that he only has seconds. The team only just get Barry beneath dripping water in the corner of the room before the life-force skeleton collapses.

Unusual levels of drama from an otherwise unflustered team. Advisor Simon reflects:

"We didn't get to see the graphic and the earliest we know that our food is running out is when Treguard gives his warning. We really had no way of knowing how long we had left."

They find a shell on the table - part of Lord Fear's 'shell-net'. Lord Fear says Lissard's plan is working: the Brollachan is eating his way up and Bulstrode is following - full size.

There are two exits: one is labelled 'Short Cut'.

Treguard: "Normally, I wouldn't advise the short cut, but time is getting very short, so... perhaps you must risk it?"

It's the Corridor of Blades. The blades are coming very fast and Barry is close to a slicing when he has to rise and dart left in one movement.

 The blades near-miss became a bit of a joke around the studio. People kept coming up to Barry to check the tear in his shirt. - Simon

As the corridor stops, Brother Strange emerges.

Treguard: "Your proverbial friend, Brother Strange. Maybe he knows a thing or two."

They inform him about the troll attack. Brother Strange tells Barry of an old Norse legend:

Brother Strange: "As ice is to summer, so troll to troll-hammer."

Romahna is locked in the stocks. Sylvester Hands is trying to keep the goblins, Grippa and Rhark, away from her. When Barry arrives, Sly asks him to come back later!

Watching Hands struggle, Barry offers to watch Romahna while he takes the goblins away.

When that fails, Barry works hard to convince him to drink the 'Freezer' potion. He tells Hands it's a 'Strength' potion, which will allow him to capture everyone.

Our secret weapon was Barry and his relentless gob, which we used to confuse any character that we had to interact with! - Dan

Hands falls for the bait. Once he is frozen, Barry releases Romahna, who offers them help in return.

Romahna: "I don't know anything about a troll-hammer. But there's a massively guarded chamber through the right-hand portal. Are you up for the chamber, Barry?"

Should they complete their quest or save the dungeon?

Continued on the End of Season page.

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