Okay, so I've been playing Akalabeth all afternoon, and here are the fates of my characters (the notable ones, at least).
Lemurian the Great
was turned into a Lizardman by a Magic Amulet, but did not let that stop him. He was a very powerful warrior, and was tasked by Lord English to vanquish a Daemon. Lemurian the Great delved deep into the dungeons of the World of Doom, all the way to Level 11. He fought his way through Balrogs and other hellspawn, until he finally challenged the might Daemon. After an epic battle, Lemurian the Great was victorious, chopping the head of the demon off with an axe. However, following the battle, the monsters sent him through cleverly hidden trapdoors, so that he could not make it out in time. Lemurian the Great starved to death in the dark.
Lemurian the Wasteland Walker
left his hometown with his weapon and a sack full of food. However, he walked the desolate wasteland of Akalabath for ages without being able to procure more food, and starved to death before ever meeting an enemy.
Lemurian the Unlucky
had his only weapon stolen in a dungeon and was killed by a skeleton.
Lemurian the Survivor
got his moniker from once falling down to Level Four and killing a band of thieves and their trained Vipers. He then fell down another trap and died.
Lemurian the Swift
was young and rash, and quickly sought out the dungeon right near his hometown. Once there, he swiftly
fell down a trap and got mauled to death by rats. He was as swift in life as in death.
Finally, Lemurian the Berserker
was the child of a new time and sought adventure after hearing the epic tale of Grashtas Balboa, Fist of the Tiger Star. *
On his first adventure, he had his Rapier stolen, so he decided to do like his hero and fight with his bare fist. He punched two Orks to death once when they surprised him after falling down a hole. Still, Lemurian the Berserker considered Orks worthy opponents, and fought them all with his bare hands, which impressed them greatly. This brave warrior had lived in hard times, and had an obsession with food. He carried with him massive amounts of food. When Lord English told him about the evil Gremlin that was stealing the food from all the villages, Lemurian the Berserker went at once.
He hunted his prey to the fourth level, and after a long and arduous battle, he could finally pierce the monster's heart with his rapier. But without him knowing it, the Gremlin had been devouring all the food he had been carrying! Lemurian the Berserker starved to death in the dark, and the Orks mourned his passing.
...okay, so, this game is crazy fun
once you get into it. The challenge is quite exhilarating, and despite the graphical limitations (and in the case of desperately searching for the way out of the dungeons, because
of the graphical limitations) it really gets across the feeling of a desperate struggle for survival as you try to become a great warrior in the monster-infested
AKALABETH, WORLD OF DOOM