You are an holy man In the middle ages, when little Is known about science and superstition reigns supreme in gaining men's respect. People also fear the church and God, with a similar lack of faith and understanding. Your peaceful life as Ambrose, the monk, Is shattered when your Archbishop orders you to go forth on a pilgrimage, to seek and destroy an evil man, whom the Archbishop believes to be an incantation of the devil himself.
This man Is rumoured to live In the mountains, as an hermit, a crank. But the Archbishop has sensed his presence, and wishes him gone. You hate your superior for sending you on such a dangerous mission, why couldn't he have sent someone else? You stop yourself with a start as you realise the strength of your hate. God does not smile on disharmony, especially between men who are meant to serve him. God? You are even beginning to doubt the existence of such a being. But no, you must dispel blasphemous thoughts from your mind as well as your soul. Yet your hate lingers on, bubbling in your subconscious.
You pack a small sack of your belongings, such as they are. Men of God must leave behind all worldly goods. God, how you hate this life. Blasphemy! Then let it be so. You walk away from the monastery, nodding to your few friends friends tending their crops and secretly cursing the Archbishop. You soon reach a road, intending to begin your long and gruelling walk to your destination. But suddenly, a pain, a terrible pain within your head. You grasp your skull and fall to your knees, screaming in agony as the pain increases. Darkness blankets your eyes and your mind... your mind... you loose consciousness...
You must play the part of Ambrose, the tormented monk, in this adventure which concerns the fight between good and evil. Your mind tormented with hate and discord, but your heart filled with love and God. You will face many tests of your soul, you must answer for your convictions, and finally meet the hermit in your quest to find your inner self.
The Hermitage Is by Anthony Collins, based on an original idea by Tony Robinson and is a very good adventure with graphics.
Reviewed by ‘‘Kedenan ”, played on the Amstrad CPC6128