by Justin Goldsmith and Evan Schrager
Although Scudamour is not one of the characters we have been assigned to create, Scudamour will be lying outside of the castle and the surrounding fire, crippled as he is in Canto XI. There will also be a “A flaming fire, ymixt with smouldry smoke” circling the castle entrance that cannot be bypassed without completing some element of the story/quest. If you try to enter the fire, not only will you be burned, but the Sulfuric emissions will cause the player to choke.
The land around the castle aside from the fire is a barren grassland. There are few trees aside from a few small birch trees surrounding the castle. There is some shriveled foliage, but it as a mostly empty area. There is a dirt path that leads up to the gate. The castle is a dark, foreboding building in the northern end of the area.
Before entering the fire, the character must protect the prone Scudamour from the slow but powerful giant Ollyphant. Ollyphant will, of course, be very large. He will have no weapons, but very large and powerful arms and legs that he will use to attack. In keeping with his savage nature, he will have ripped scraps of clothing. While he is imposing and very powerful, he is also cowardly and will run away after losing half his health. When this happens, the character will talk to Scudamour, who will recount what he saw Britomart do as she crossed the flames and entered the castle. The character will then know how to cross the flames and enter Busirane’s Castle (a new area).