ClubFloyd Transcript:
Cragne Manor by 84 Authors
As played on ifMUD over 19 sessions between December 2018 and May 2019

The idea behind ClubFloyd is that each week at a pre-arranged time, a group of people meet online to cooperatively play a game of interactive fiction.

Below is a transcript of Cragne Manor. This game was written by 84 authors as a tribute to Michael Gentry's Anchorhead, an epic project organized and stitched together by Ryan Veeder and Jenni Polodna. It won the 2018 Xyzzy for Best Implementation and was a finalist for Best Game and Best Use of Innovation. It also placed 46th in the 2019 edition of the Interactive Fiction Top 50 of All Time. You can learn more about the game, including how to download it, by visiting IFDB.


WARNING! Below you will find a transcript of people playing this game, and it goes without saying that the transcript is full of spoilers. So, if you've never played this game, and think you might like to at some point, I do not recommend reading any further. Instead, you might want to return to the interactive fiction page.

ANOTHER WARNING! A lot (most!) of the transcripts contained on this site are, shall we say, family-friendly. This is not one of those family-friendly transcripts. Just so we're clear.


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**** SESSION ONE ****
Jacqueline says, "So, um, I think we're Cragne Manor-ing it today."
Jacqueline bounces.
Roger arrives, full of funk, but no fun. Jacqueline says, "Soooooo excite"
Jacqueline asks (of KO), "Am I right, or do you all need another week on your game?"
Knight_Otu says, "We finished last week."
Jacqueline says, "w00t"
Jacqueline says, "Now I'm kind of wishing I'd mentioned this to other Cragne people."
Jacqueline says, "Or on the twitters or whatnot."
Jacqueline says, "Oh well."
Knight_Otu says, "And we saw CM's long list of content warnings. :O"
Roger says, "it's not too late"
Jacqueline says, "True. I will go mantion it on the CM slack"
Knight_Otu says, "So the most important question..."
Knight_Otu asks, "Is it pronounced Crack-Nih, or Crane?"
Jacqueline says, "Well, there was discussion of this early on."
Jacqueline says, "And I think it's generally assumed to be 'crah-nyeh'"
Jacqueline says, "So someone made the joke that we should have a mansion in the game."
Jacqueline says, "With two wings."
Jacqueline says, "Cragne East and Crange West."
Knight_Otu says, "Heh."
Jacqueline asks, "I've announced on the CM Slack and on Twitter. Going to go grab something. Let's start in, say, 10? In case people actually see those posts and join us?"
Knight_Otu says, "Sure."
Knight_Otu asks, "I forget, is CM on here already?"
Jacqueline says, "Prolly not. I'll do that now."
baf arrives, full of funk, but no fun. Jacqueline says, "Woo, a wild baf"
baf says, "Hi"
Knight_Otu says, "Hey there."
Jacqueline says, "So, other than the room I wrote, and beta testing one other room, I have not seen CM at all. Very excited."
Kabo says, "I have played probably everything we're likely to get to in one session, so I will probably just sit quietly and embroider"
Kabo says, "but I can hint if required"
Knight_Otu says, "I haven't played."
baf says, "I have played the whole thing, and will also be sitting quietly, unless you pester me for hints."
Jacqueline asks, "Baf, how much have you seen?"
Jacqueline says, "Got it"
Jacqueline says, "Timing"
Jacqueline asks (of KO), "Shall we?"
Knight_Otu says, "Let's."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "load sleepmask cragnemanor"
Floyd ]
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Welcome to Cragne Manor! Before we begin, we want to make sure you
Floyd | really understand what you're getting yourself into...
Floyd |
Floyd | [press any key to continue]
Jacqueline pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd ]
Floyd | CONTENT WARNING
Floyd |
Floyd | Please be warned that this game contains:
Floyd |
Floyd | cosmic horror, body horror, psychological horror, gore, violence,
Floyd | murder, death, self-harm, suicide, mutilation, decapitation, racism,
Floyd | spiders, snakes, rats, aggressive birds, deceased animals, insects,
Floyd | incest, nonexplicit references to uncomfortable sexual situations
Floyd | involving minors, abusive relationships, domestic violence, pregnancy
Floyd | loss, ghosts, mental illness, homelessness, alcoholism, oppressive
Floyd | religious organizations, bullying, kidnapping, hostile vegetation,
Floyd | fungal overgrowth, creepy dolls, creepy children, references to
Floyd | human/anthropomorphic animal sex, eyeball contact, scatological
Floyd | references, strong language, virgin sacrifice, demon summoning, demon
Floyd | possession, blood, skeletons, viscera, infectious disease...
Floyd |
Floyd | ...and possibly several other types of disturbing content we forgot to
Floyd | include.
Floyd |
Floyd | Would you still like to continue? (Please type yes or no.)
Jacqueline says, "Dang"
Knight_Otu says, "Yep."
Jacqueline says, "Well, maybe we shouldn't play it."
Jacqueline is scared.
Jacqueline says, "It's cool. I took a sip of coffee. I'm ready now."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "yes"
Floyd ]
Floyd | CONCEPT WARNING
Floyd |
Floyd | To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Michael Gentry's Anchorhead, we
Floyd | got more than eighty people together and assigned each of them to
Floyd | create one room of a massive Anchorheadesque world. The authors were
Floyd | given basic information about what their rooms were and how they fit
Floyd | into the game's puzzle progression; beyond that, we told them to do
Floyd | whatever they wanted. We didn't tell anybody what was going on in
Floyd | anybody else's rooms.
Floyd |
Floyd | This resulted in a game that is ridiculous. The world the authors
Floyd | created is inconsistent and often nonsensical. Commands that are
Floyd | necessary to progress in one room might not work anywhere else. Many
Floyd | of the puzzles are, by ordinary human standards, deeply unfair. By
Floyd | ordinary human standards, this is not a good game.
Floyd |
Floyd | If you approach Cragne Manor as an conventional work of interactive
Floyd | fiction, you'll find it confusing and frustrating. Temper your
Floyd | expectations, be prepared for the weirdness you're diving into. You'll
Floyd | still end up confused and frustrated at some point. Then you'll
Floyd | discover that this is completely worth it.
Floyd |
Floyd | Would you still like to continue? (Please type yes or no.)
Knight_Otu says, "We can play blind-folded."
Jacqueline says, "I think if someone read this to me it might be worse than reading it myself."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "yes"
Floyd ]
Floyd | Thank you, and enjoy your stay in Cragne Manor! For more information
Floyd | about the game, please type ABOUT or CREDITS at any time.
Floyd |
Floyd | [press any key to begin]
Jacqueline pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 1
Floyd |
Floyd | The cold autumn wind makes you shiver. The train station is eerily
Floyd | deserted: no staff, no other passengers. Even the train you arrived on
Floyd | has disappeared into the distance as if it had never been here. Your
Floyd | memory of the trip already seems faded and unreal, like a dream.
Floyd |
Floyd | The sign hanging overhead catches your eye: "Backwater Station." Yes:
Floyd | Backwater, Vermont. This is where you need to be. You need to find
Floyd | Peter.
Floyd |
Floyd | Cragne Manor
Floyd | An Anchorhead tribute by various authors
Floyd | Release 10 / Serial number 181208 / Inform 7 build 6M62 (I6/v6.33 lib
Floyd | 6/12N)
Floyd |
Floyd | Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)
Floyd | The platform is open to the outdoors, but has an overhanging roof with
Floyd | a rusted sign hanging from it. At the back of the platform, to the
Floyd | south, is the entrance to the lobby. Train tracks stretch off into the
Floyd | distance to the east and west; on the other side of the track is a
Floyd | graffitied brick wall. The only other living creature in sight is a
Floyd | rat fixing you with its beady black eyes.
Floyd |
Floyd | The clock overhead gives the time as 6:20 pm; beneath the clock is a
Floyd | schedule board listing train arrival times. On the platform itself are
Floyd | a wooden bench, a storage locker, and a vending machine.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I want to ask a non-spoilery spoiler."
* Jenni has joined the channel.
Jacqueline says, "I'm guessing we can take our time generally."
Knight_Otu asks, "Nonspoilery spoiler?"
Jacqueline says, "Like, if something is timed or something, we'll kind of know."
Jacqueline says, "Enh. Never mind. We'll just save a lot."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read graffiti"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 2
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ GRAFFITI
Floyd |
Floyd | Someone has scrawled the word "Vaadignephod" on the wall in lime-green
Floyd | paint.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Kabo says, "there are some sections where timing is important but they're rare and it's generally clear"
Jacqueline says (to Kabo), "Thanks"
Jacqueline asks (of KO), "If I drive will you take notes?"
Kabo says, "and it is not Cruel, iirc"
Jacqueline says, "Or we both can, I guess."
Knight_Otu says, "I've copied the strange word into a text doczment."
Knight_Otu says, "Document, even."
Jacqueline says, "same"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x rat"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 3
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X RAT
Floyd |
Floyd | Startled by your attention, the rat scurries away, leaving behind a
Floyd | brass winding key.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline exclaims, "!"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take key"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 4
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE KEY
Floyd |
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "huh."
Jacqueline says, "It dropped a key. As rats so often do."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x key"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 5
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X KEY
Floyd |
Floyd | A small brass key used for winding a clock.
Floyd |
Floyd | You step in an old wad of gum. Yuck.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu asks, "What were you doing with that, Mx Rat?"
Jacqueline says, "That was random."
Jacqueline says, "I have a feeling I'm going to say 'that was random' a lot."
Knight_Otu asks, "Chances that we need that gum?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x gum"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 6
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X GUM
Floyd |
Floyd | Someone's old chewing gum, black with dirt but still sticky. Some of
Floyd | it is probably stuck to your shoe now.
Floyd |
Floyd | A low hum comes from the PA system, growing slowly louder until it
Floyd | crescendoes in a screech and falls suddenly silent.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take gum"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 7
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE GUM
Floyd |
Floyd | Eww, why would you want to?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "BECAUSE"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 7
Floyd | >
Floyd | > BECAUSE
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x shoe"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 7
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SHOE
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "xyzzy"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 8
Floyd | >
Floyd | > XYZZY
Floyd |
Floyd | The world falls silent for a moment, as if holding its breath for
Floyd | something to happen... but nothing does. You don't know what you
Floyd | expected, really.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 9
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)
Floyd | The platform is open to the outdoors, but has an overhanging roof with
Floyd | a rusted sign hanging from it. At the back of the platform, to the
Floyd | south, is the entrance to the lobby. Train tracks stretch off into the
Floyd | distance to the east and west; on the other side of the track is a
Floyd | graffitied brick wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | The clock overhead gives the time as 6:27 pm; beneath the clock is a
Floyd | schedule board listing train arrival times. On the platform itself are
Floyd | a wooden bench, a storage locker, and a vending machine.
Floyd |
Floyd | The PA system crackles with static, but no words are intelligible.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Roger says, "may we examine ourselves please"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read schedule"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 10
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ SCHEDULE
Floyd |
Floyd | The board lists a schedule of train times:
Floyd | Providence     CANCELLED
Floyd | Dunwich        CANCELLED
Floyd | Innsmouth      CANCELLED
Floyd | Anchorhead     13:37
Floyd | Arkham         CANCELLED
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Mostly because I thought it might say something, partly because the because response."
baf says, "(It shouldn't be possible to get into an unwinnable situation that doesn't kill you, but saving frequently can't hurt.)"
Knight_Otu says, "Also, inventory."
Jacqueline asks (of Roger), "Is your keyboard broken?"
Jacqueline says, "Oh, okay."
Jacqueline says, "I guess I am driving."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x me"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 11
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X ME
Floyd |
Floyd | You feel uncertain and disoriented, as if you are not quite real. Are
Floyd | you real? Maybe you're a fictional character in a text adventure.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 12
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | Thunder rumbles in the distance.
Floyd |
Floyd | The clock gives a deep, booming chime on the half hour.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu asks, "What, no trenchcoat with infinitely deep pockets?"
Jacqueline says, "I feel a little cheated, yeah."
Knight_Otu asks, "What kind of Anchorhead tribute is this, then?"
Jacqueline says, "So we're not waiting for the train to Anchorhead, I'm assuming."
Jacqueline asks, "Anything else here before we go to the lobby?"
Roger asks, "did we check out rat?"
Jacqueline says, "He left"
Roger says, "h"
Jacqueline says, "And he pooped a key as he did so."
Jacqueline says, "And we have that."
Roger says, "oh yeah"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 13
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)
Floyd | The platform is open to the outdoors, but has an overhanging roof with
Floyd | a rusted sign hanging from it. At the back of the platform, to the
Floyd | south, is the entrance to the lobby. Train tracks stretch off into the
Floyd | distance to the east and west; on the other side of the track is a
Floyd | graffitied brick wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | The clock overhead gives the time as 6:31 pm; beneath the clock is a
Floyd | schedule board listing train arrival times. On the platform itself are
Floyd | a wooden bench, a storage locker, and a vending machine.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "I think there's a bit of potential scenery left."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x bench"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 14
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BENCH
Floyd |
Floyd | A weathered wooden bench. On the bench is a familiar gold wristwatch.
Floyd |
Floyd | Over the loudspeaker, you can hear a sound like heavy breathing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "eeeagh"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take watch"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 15
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE WATCH
Floyd |
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x watch"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 16
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X WATCH
Floyd |
Floyd | You gave this to Peter as an anniversary present. It seems to have
Floyd | stopped. There is an inscription on the back.
Floyd |
Floyd | The wind blows stray leaves across the tracks.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read inscription"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 17
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ INSCRIPTION
Floyd |
Floyd | On the back of the watch is engraved
Floyd | N + P
Floyd | March 19th
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Copied."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x locker"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 18
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X LOCKER
Floyd |
Floyd | A storage locker painted a drab industrial gray. Attached to the front
Floyd | are a card swiper and a peeling label reading "Lost and Found."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "vending"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 18
Floyd | >
Floyd | > VENDING
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x vending"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 19
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X VENDING
Floyd |
Floyd | Similar to a gumball machine, but it's the kind that dispenses toys in
Floyd | little plastic bubbles. At the bottom is a chute where the contents
Floyd | come out. There is a coin slot, but instead of a price next to it,
Floyd | there is a strange squiggled glyph.
Floyd |
Floyd | In the vending machine is a plastic bubble.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x glyph"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 20
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X GLYPH
Floyd |
Floyd | It seems to shift as you look at it, but looks almost like an R fused
Floyd | with a V. Or maybe a J fused with a P? No, it's definitely an R fused
Floyd | with a V.
Floyd |
Floyd | Thunder rumbles in the distance.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x bubble"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 21
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BUBBLE
Floyd |
Floyd | A small transparent plastic capsule with a lid.
Floyd |
Floyd | In the plastic bubble is a golden eyepiece.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x eyepiece"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 22
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X EYEPIECE
Floyd |
Floyd | A misshapen golden disc, studded with lenses. It looks like it could
Floyd | fit flush with your eye socket. On its surfaces are a round button, a
Floyd | triangular button, and a small rectangular slot.
Floyd |
Floyd | The golden eyepiece is currently switched off.
Floyd |
Floyd | You step in an old wad of gum. Yuck.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "For an empty train station, there's a lot of gum."
Jacqueline says, "I need to start watching where I step."
Taleslinger arrives, full of funk, but no fun. Kabo says (to Jacqueline), "...METAPHORICALLY"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 23
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)
Floyd | The platform is open to the outdoors, but has an overhanging roof with
Floyd | a rusted sign hanging from it. At the back of the platform, to the
Floyd | south, is the entrance to the lobby. Train tracks stretch off into the
Floyd | distance to the east and west; on the other side of the track is a
Floyd | graffitied brick wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | The clock overhead gives the time as 6:41 pm; beneath the clock is a
Floyd | schedule board listing train arrival times. On the platform itself are
Floyd | a wooden bench, a storage locker, and a vending machine.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Thurnley arrives, ready to play with the toys. baf says, "The trains must be chew chew trains"
Jacqueline says, "Aloha, Thurnley"
Jacqueline says (to baf), "Behave of we'll have to ask you to go back to the lounge"
Jacqueline says, "er, or we'll have ... never mind."
Thurnley exclaims, "Hi!"
Knight_Otu exclaims, "Many arrivals!"
* Taleslinger has joined the channel.
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "open watch"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 24
Floyd | >
Floyd | > OPEN WATCH
Floyd |
Floyd | It isn't something you can open.
Floyd |
Floyd | The PA system crackles with static, but no words are intelligible.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x watch"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 25
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X WATCH
Floyd |
Floyd | You gave this to Peter as an anniversary present. It seems to have
Floyd | stopped. There is an inscription on the back.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "wind watch"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 26
Floyd | >
Floyd | > WIND WATCH
Floyd |
Floyd | The watch has nowhere to fit the winding key. That's meant for a
Floyd | larger timepiece.
Floyd |
Floyd | You shiver for no reason at all, as if someone has just walked over
Floyd | your grave.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "So it doesn't actually let us know the time, I guess."
Jacqueline asks, "May I visit the lobby now?"
Knight_Otu says, "Sure."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd ]  Train Station Lobby (Shin)                           Turns: 27
Floyd | >
Floyd | > S
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Train Station Lobby (Shin)
Floyd | The evening light trickles through the dirty, cobweb-covered windows
Floyd | on either side of the station exit to the south, dimly illuminating
Floyd | your surroundings. To the north is the platform on which you arrived.
Floyd | To the east, a large mirror decorates the wall next to a green door.
Floyd | To the west, there is a brown door. The overall appearance is one of
Floyd | general neglect and decay. You regard your surroundings with a deep
Floyd | sense of foreboding.
Floyd |
Floyd | A styrofoam coffee cup sits on the floor next to the entrance to the
Floyd | bathroom.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "oh oh oh oh RIGHT."
Jacqueline says, "That's the author's name."
Knight_Otu says, "Ah, now I..."
Jacqueline says, "I thought maybe our character name was Naomi. heh"
Knight_Otu says, "Yeah, me too."
Kabo says, "it's both"
baf exclaims, "Your character name IS Naomi!"
Jacqueline says, "Ah."
Kabo says, "I am not sure if this congruence was managed or fortuitous"
Thurnley says, "The only Naomi-author got the first room for extra confusion power."
baf says, "And the fact that the first room was written by someone also named Naomi is a delightful but confusing coincidence."
Jacqueline says, "huh. Neat, I guess."
Knight_Otu says, "Here I thought we'd get some protagonist-shifting later."
Jacqueline says, "So, here's a thing I would probably never do in real life..."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take cup"
Floyd ]  Train Station Lobby (Shin)                           Turns: 28
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE CUP
Floyd |
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x cup"
Floyd ]  Train Station Lobby (Shin)                           Turns: 29
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X CUP
Floyd |
Floyd | A half-full styrofoam cup of doubtless very unpleasant coffee that you
Floyd | found on the floor of a train station. It must have had cream in it at
Floyd | some point, because there are definitely some clouds swirling around
Floyd | in there.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x clouds"
Floyd ]  Train Station Lobby (Shin)                           Turns: 30
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X CLOUDS
Floyd |
Floyd | A half-full styrofoam cup of doubtless very unpleasant coffee that you
Floyd | found on the floor of a train station. It must have had cream in it at
Floyd | some point, because there are definitely some clouds swirling around
Floyd | in there.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I was hoping the clouds would show us some unspeakable horror"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x mirror"
Floyd ]  Train Station Lobby (Shin)                           Turns: 31
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X MIRROR
Floyd |
Floyd | You take a long look in the mirror. Even in these dim and dingy
Floyd | surroundings, you are as good-looking as ever.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
baf says, "There's some protagonist-shifting but you're always named Naomi."
Knight_Otu says, "Only once our sanity drops below 30."
Jacqueline says, "heh"
baf says, "(Well, except when you're someone else.)"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x green"
Floyd ]  Train Station Lobby (Shin)                           Turns: 31
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X GREEN
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x door"
Floyd ]  Train Station Lobby (Shin)                           Turns: 31
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X DOOR
Floyd |
Floyd | Which do you mean, the green door or the brown door?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "green"
Floyd ]  Train Station Lobby (Shin)                           Turns: 32
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GREEN
Floyd |
Floyd | The green door appears to be the entrance to the station office. You
Floyd | try the handle and discover that it is locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x brown door"
Floyd ]  Train Station Lobby (Shin)                           Turns: 33
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BROWN DOOR
Floyd |
Floyd | The brown door leads to the station restroom. Thankfully, you have no
Floyd | need of the facilities at the moment.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd ]  Train Station Restroom (David Petrocco)              Turns: 34
Floyd | >
Floyd | > W
Floyd |
Floyd | (first opening the brown door)
Floyd |
Floyd | Train Station Restroom (David Petrocco)
Floyd | As you enter the restroom you hear creak of a faucet being turned off
Floyd | and the rough scraping of metal upon metal from the far end of the
Floyd | restroom. Finally the automatic lights kick on revealing the restroom
Floyd | but there's no sign of who, or what, could have caused the noise.
Floyd |
Floyd | A harshly lit pay restroom. Dust and grime mar the once white tiles
Floyd | and marble of the facilities: A small shower stall with the curtain
Floyd | closed, a bathroom stall with a single dirty toilet (there are mounts
Floyd | for a door, but it is nowhere to be seen), a small storage closet for
Floyd | janitorial supplies, a four by four row of small lockers, and an
Floyd | extremely dirty dual basin sink.
Floyd |
Floyd | The train station is EAST.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jenni arrives, ready to play with the toys.
Jenni gets bored and wanders off to the Toyshop.
Jenni arrives, ready to play with the toys.
lpsmith arrives, full of fun, but no funk.
Jenni gets bored and wanders off to the Toyshop.
Jenni arrives, ready to play with the toys.
Jenni gets bored and wanders off to the Toyshop.
Jenni arrives, ready to play with the toys. Jacqueline asks, "Why do I suspect that Jenni is on the web client?"
Jenni gets bored and wanders off to the Toyshop.
Jenni arrives, ready to play with the toys.
Jenni gets bored and wanders off to the Toyshop.
Jenni arrives, ready to play with the toys. Knight_Otu says, "I wouldn't know."
Jacqueline says, "Just a feeling."
Jenni gets bored and wanders off to the Toyshop.
Jenni arrives, ready to play with the toys.
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x shower"
Floyd ]  Train Station Restroom (David Petrocco)              Turns: 35
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SHOWER
Floyd |
Floyd | The shower curtain is a stained yellow sheet of plastic covering the
Floyd | entrance.
Floyd |
Floyd | While examining the shower you hear the loud WOOOSH of a toilet
Floyd | flushing behind you.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline exclaims, "!"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take curtain"
Floyd ]  Train Station Restroom (David Petrocco)              Turns: 36
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE CURTAIN
Floyd |
Floyd | That's hardly portable.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x toilet"
Floyd ]  Train Station Restroom (David Petrocco)              Turns: 37
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X TOILET
Floyd |
Floyd | The toilet is filled with a murky brown, and foul smelling, water. The
Floyd | surface of the water ripples as the toilet finishes flushing.
Floyd |
Floyd | The loud crash of something falling near the closet door shatters the
Floyd | silence of the bathroom along with what's left of your nerve.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jenni says, "look it's a new computer ok"
Jenni says, "look it's a new computer ok"
Knight_Otu says, "Ah."
Jacqueline says, "Okay. Okay."
Jacqueline says, "Hooray for a new computer, though."
Taleslinger says, "This place has quite the echo"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "scream"
Floyd ]  Train Station Restroom (David Petrocco)              Turns: 37
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SCREAM
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "xyzzy"
Floyd ]  Train Station Restroom (David Petrocco)              Turns: 37
Floyd | >
Floyd | > XYZZY
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "flush toilet"
Floyd ]  Train Station Restroom (David Petrocco)              Turns: 37
Floyd | >
Floyd | > FLUSH TOILET
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x closet"
Floyd ]  Train Station Restroom (David Petrocco)              Turns: 38
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X CLOSET
Floyd |
Floyd | A small storage closet where several shelves have collaped, their
Floyd | supports seemingly rotten away, and have buried what appears to be a
Floyd | long wooden handled tool, a mop or broom perhaps.
Floyd |
Floyd | A small note taped to the wall says Locker 3 7113.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Good thing I checked that in the first room. (xyzzzy)"
Jacqueline says, "oho"
Knight_Otu says, "Copied just in case."
Knight_Otu says, "But should be for here."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take tool"
Floyd ]  Train Station Restroom (David Petrocco)              Turns: 38
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE TOOL
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take mop"
Floyd ]  Train Station Restroom (David Petrocco)              Turns: 39
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE MOP
Floyd |
Floyd | You're already undergoing one monumental task, you don't need to give
Floyd | yourself another trying to clean this hellish mess.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I tell myself that every. Single. Day."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Train Station Restroom (David Petrocco)              Turns: 40
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Train Station Restroom (David Petrocco)
Floyd | A harshly lit pay restroom. Dust and grime mar the once white tiles
Floyd | and marble of the facilities: A small shower stall with the curtain
Floyd | closed, a bathroom stall with a single dirty toilet (there are mounts
Floyd | for a door, but it is nowhere to be seen), a small storage closet for
Floyd | janitorial supplies, a four by four row of small lockers, and an
Floyd | extremely dirty dual basin sink.
Floyd |
Floyd | The train station is EAST.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x lockers"
Floyd ]  Train Station Restroom (David Petrocco)              Turns: 41
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X LOCKERS
Floyd |
Floyd | Sixteen lockers in a four by four pattern. The few that still have
Floyd | doors are flung open and battered, save for one still secured by a
Floyd | large combination lock, the kind that you can set to a four-digit
Floyd | number.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "um, okay"
Jacqueline does the obvious...
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x lock"
Floyd ]  Train Station Restroom (David Petrocco)              Turns: 42
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X LOCK
Floyd |
Floyd | Sixteen lockers in a four by four pattern. The few that still have
Floyd | doors are flung open and battered, save for one still secured by a
Floyd | large combination lock, the kind that you can set to a four-digit
Floyd | number.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "set lock to 7113"
Floyd ]  Train Station Restroom (David Petrocco)              Turns: 43
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SET LOCK TO 7113
Floyd |
Floyd | The lock slides open. You remove it from the hinges of the locker and
Floyd | open it to find a glass jar containing an insect.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take jar"
Floyd ]  Train Station Restroom (David Petrocco)              Turns: 43
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE JAR
Floyd |
Floyd | Which do you mean, the cleaning supplies or the glass jar containing
Floyd | an insect?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "insect"
Floyd ]  Train Station Restroom (David Petrocco)              Turns: 44
Floyd | >
Floyd | > INSECT
Floyd |
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x insect"
Floyd ]  Train Station Restroom (David Petrocco)              Turns: 45
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X INSECT
Floyd |
Floyd | A clear glass jar containing a hideous green insect. It's either dead
Floyd | or doing a very good job of playing dead and you have no desire to
Floyd | find out which. The number of legs and eyes appear to change every
Floyd | time you look at it.
Floyd |
Floyd | It currently has four legs and four eyes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "That is an odd find."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x insect"
Floyd ]  Train Station Restroom (David Petrocco)              Turns: 46
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X INSECT
Floyd |
Floyd | A clear glass jar containing a hideous green insect. It's either dead
Floyd | or doing a very good job of playing dead and you have no desire to
Floyd | find out which. The number of legs and eyes appear to change every
Floyd | time you look at it.
Floyd |
Floyd | It currently has six legs and eight eyes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
baf says, "Congratulations. They had just one working locker, and you just robbed it."
Jacqueline shrugs.
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Train Station Restroom (David Petrocco)              Turns: 47
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Train Station Restroom (David Petrocco)
Floyd | A harshly lit pay restroom. Dust and grime mar the once white tiles
Floyd | and marble of the facilities: A small shower stall with the curtain
Floyd | closed, a bathroom stall with a single dirty toilet (there are mounts
Floyd | for a door, but it is nowhere to be seen), a small storage closet for
Floyd | janitorial supplies, a four by four row of small lockers, and an
Floyd | extremely dirty dual basin sink.
Floyd |
Floyd | The train station is EAST.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu exclaims, "But, but, adventurer kleptomania!"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x sink"
Floyd ]  Train Station Restroom (David Petrocco)              Turns: 48
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SINK
Floyd |
Floyd | The train station restroom sink is currently switched off.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Kabo says, "that amorphous death insect was one day from retirement"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "turn on sink"
Floyd ]  Train Station Restroom (David Petrocco)              Turns: 49
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TURN ON SINK
Floyd |
Floyd | As you turn on the sink it begins to shake violently.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
lpsmith says, "#belated, but in lp-canon, it's 'Crag-knee'"
Thurnley says, "the plot of the original Anchorhead was that you refuse to break into a real estate office and catch a bus back to Texas"
Jacqueline says, "Crag-knee? So provincial."
Jacqueline asks (of KO), "We done in here?"
Kabo says (to Thurnley), "thankfully Michael decided this was too horrific and toned it down a bit"
Knight_Otu says, "I like my knees uncraged, thank you very muxh."
Knight_Otu says, "I think we are."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd ]  Train Station Lobby (Shin)                           Turns: 50
Floyd | >
Floyd | > E
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Train Station Lobby (Shin)
Floyd | The surroundings are as dim and dingy as ever. The platform is to the
Floyd | north. The dirty, cobweb-covered windows and the station exit are to
Floyd | the south. The large mirror and the green door are to the east. The
Floyd | restroom door is to the west. You are unsure what you should do.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Taleslinger says, "I'm pronouncing it like "Crane"."
Thurnley says, "in weiner-canon it at least somewhat rhymes with Chamapgne"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd ]  Train Station Lobby (Shin)                           Turns: 51
Floyd | >
Floyd | > E
Floyd |
Floyd | (first opening the green door)
Floyd | It seems to be locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "hit green door"
Floyd ]  Train Station Lobby (Shin)                           Turns: 52
Floyd | >
Floyd | > HIT GREEN DOOR
Floyd |
Floyd | Violence isn't the answer to this one.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
lpsmith exclaims (at Thurnley), "So, like I say it!"
Thurnley says, "Sham Cragnes for my real friends and real cranes for my sham friends"
Jenni says, "polodna-canon has it as CRAG-knee"
Jacqueline asks, "South?"
Knight_Otu says, "Yeah. South."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 53ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > S
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additions from Graham
Floyd | Nelson)
Floyd | To the north is the vast windowless bulk of the train station. A metal
Floyd | trash can squats beneath its carved facade. The town itself is
Floyd | downhill, on the other side of a ravine. Somewhere down there, you can
Floyd | get a bath and a meal.
Floyd |
Floyd | A woman stands in the center of the bridge, preventing traffic in both
Floyd | directions.
Floyd |
Floyd | The sky is oppressively stygian.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x woman"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 54ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X WOMAN
Floyd |
Floyd | She is wearing a long red scarf and a tattered skirt. Her hair is
Floyd | wild, grey in the same color as the train tracks, twisted by the wind.
Floyd | She keeps shooting uncomfortable glances at the town.
Floyd |
Floyd | The sky above is a greater than mortal greenish tint.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "talk to woman"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 55ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TALK TO WOMAN
Floyd |
Floyd | You say hello to the woman.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "kiss woman"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 56ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > KISS WOMAN
Floyd |
Floyd | She averts her face. "Keep your base hands away from me, stranger,"
Floyd | she says.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Fair"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x trash"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 57ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X TRASH
Floyd |
Floyd | It is a closed metal can from which issues a cabalistic stench.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Roger says, "all about that base"
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Jacqueline asks, "What makes a stench... cabalistic?"
Knight_Otu says, "You're moving fast there, Jacq."
Jacqueline says, "Yeah. #HerToo"
Thurnley says, "if the status line weren't bumping into itself that would say "with additional contributions by Graham Nelson""
Kabo says (to Jacq), "you need to be invited to contribute to the stench"
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "open trash"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 58ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > OPEN TRASH
Floyd |
Floyd | You open the trash can and peer into its tenebrous depths. Within you
Floyd | discern a pull-string doll and a dog-eared book.
Floyd |
Floyd | The clouds fly quickly across the sky.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Taleslinger says, "It means there is no stench"
Jacqueline says, "I am scared of both these items, the doll in particular."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take doll and book"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 59ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE DOLL AND BOOK
Floyd |
Floyd | pull-string doll: Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | a dog-eared book: Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x book"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 60ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BOOK
Floyd |
Floyd | A dog-eared, stained paperback called The Modern Girl's Divination
Floyd | Handbook -- Volume Three. The cover features three teenage girls of
Floyd | varying ethnicities laughing over the body of a dead cow, each one
Floyd | holding a section of entrails. Reading the blurb on the back makes you
Floyd | suspect that the authors used up all of the more normal divination
Floyd | methods in volumes one and two, and are now scraping the barrel for
Floyd | the really weird stuff.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Guest1 arrives, ready to play with the toys.
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read book"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 61ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ BOOK
Floyd |
Floyd | You flip past the title page, looking for something interesting...
Floyd |
Floyd | Corn on the Cob Castings
Floyd | If your parents are anything like our parents, they really suck at
Floyd | predicting the future... but they might have a kernel of
Floyd | truth for you! The next time you're at a family barbecue, slip this
Floyd | potion into your mom's potato salad, then wait for her to finish her
Floyd | corn on the cob--
Floyd |
Floyd | What.
Floyd |
Floyd | [You can continue to READ the divination handbook; this is excerpt
Floyd | 1/3.]
Floyd |
Floyd | The clouds continue to race across the sky, lower than before.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "At least it's not the litte girl's diary from Anchorhead."
Jacqueline asks (of KO), "Now WHY did you have to go and remind me of that diary??"
Knight_Otu says, "Because the book reminded me of it."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read book"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 62ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ BOOK
Floyd |
Floyd | You continue to thumb through the book...
Floyd |
Floyd | Teddy Rux-Possession
Floyd | Did you learn about history from a creepy animatronic bear when
Floyd | you were a kid, and now he's just gathering dust? Good news! With a
Floyd | little bit of sage smudging and energy cleansing, Teddy Ruxpin makes
Floyd | the perfect home for a wandering spirit--
Floyd |
Floyd | Nope nope nope.
Floyd |
Floyd | [You can continue to READ the divination handbook; this is excerpt
Floyd | 2/3.]
Floyd |
Floyd | Fat, filthy raindrops begin to fall.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read book"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 63ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ BOOK
Floyd |
Floyd | You flip past a lot of terrible ideas to the very last page of the
Floyd | book...
Floyd |
Floyd | Coffee Scrying
Floyd | Ever wonder if the little heart in your latte means the barista's
Floyd | crushing on you? Well, now you can find out for sure! All you need is
Floyd | a cold cup of coffee with some cream in it--
Floyd |
Floyd | Huh. Unlike everything else in the book, this seems like it might
Floyd | actually prove useful. There aren't that many possible readings, so
Floyd | you quickly memorize them and slam the book closed.
Floyd |
Floyd | [This is the end of the divination handbook, but if you have no
Floyd | respect for your own intelligence, you can READ it again.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x cup"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 64ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X CUP
Floyd |
Floyd | The swirls in your cup form a maple leaf. Botanical images mean that
Floyd | while there is much left to accomplish in the present situation, your
Floyd | immediate environment sustains you, and you have everything that you
Floyd | need.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Thurnley says, "the coffee cup is now your best friend in the world"
Guest1 goes home. Jacqueline says, "huh"
Jacqueline says, "NICE"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x doll"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 65ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X DOLL
Floyd |
Floyd | The doll has an inane smile on its face and a pull-string in the
Floyd | middle of its back.
Floyd |
Floyd | It has the sort of head with two faces, one of which is hidden by its
Floyd | hair. Rotate the head and the other face will be forward.
Floyd |
Floyd | It is raining harder now, and the street is already slick.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "So reading that book did drop our sanity."
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Jacqueline asks, "Dare we pull the string?"
Thurnley says, "my most important contribution to this project was whining until Jenni implemented the coffee cup"
Thurnley says, "all praises to Jenni for the coffee cup"
Jacqueline says, "I am always happy to praise Jenni"
Jenni says, "awww, just doing my job, citizens"
Knight_Otu says, "We can pull the string I guess."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "pull string"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 66ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PULL STRING
Floyd |
Floyd | The doll chirps, "I like the thing that isn't here! Yay!"
Floyd |
Floyd | There is a tinny sound of applause.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Taleslinger says, "I thought Ryan did all the work"
Kabo says, "let us now praise famous jen"
DavidW arrives, ready to play with the toys. Taleslinger runs away very fast.
Jacqueline asks, "wth Tale?"
baf says, "Jenni in excelsis"
DavidW says, "hi. sorry I'm late"
Jacqueline says, "Hey there, DW."
Knight_Otu waves.
Jacqueline asks (of DW), "You've played this, though, right?"
Thurnley asks, "is it too late to delete Tale's room?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "pull string"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 67ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PULL STRING
Floyd |
Floyd | The doll chirps, "I like the glass jar containing an insect! Hideous!
Floyd | Yay!"
Floyd |
Floyd | There is a tinny sound of applause.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Jacqueline), "I have played MUCH but not ALL."
Jenni says, "patching it out right now"
Jacqueline says (to Jenni), "yay"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "give insect to doll"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 67ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GIVE INSECT TO DOLL
Floyd |
Floyd | You can only do that to something animate.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Taleslinger says, "That's fair"
Jacqueline says, "Oh."
Jacqueline asks, "It's just saying stuff in the area?"
Knight_Otu Empty Void (Taleslinger)
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "give insect to doll"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 67ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GIVE INSECT TO DOLL
Floyd |
Floyd | You can only do that to something animate.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "pull string"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 68ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PULL STRING
Floyd |
Floyd | The doll chirps, "I like the bridge! Bridge! Yay!"
Floyd |
Floyd | There is a tinny sound of applause.
Floyd |
Floyd | Rain falls as it did in Noah's day.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "woman, hello"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 69ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > WOMAN, HELLO
Floyd |
Floyd | You are already talking to the woman.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "talk to woman"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 70ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TALK TO WOMAN
Floyd |
Floyd | You are already talking to the woman.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask woman about town"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 71ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK WOMAN ABOUT TOWN
Floyd |
Floyd | "The town is accursed."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "The first thing the doll mentioned was a thing that wasn't there."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask woman about womwan"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 72ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK WOMAN ABOUT WOMWAN
Floyd |
Floyd | The woman's answer is too faint to comprehend.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask woman about rain"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 73ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK WOMAN ABOUT RAIN
Floyd |
Floyd | Over the noise of the rain, she answers, "You'll do best in this town
Floyd | if you ask least, witless idiot."
Floyd |
Floyd | The downpour continues, drenching everything.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Literally."
Jacqueline says, "Yes"
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "ask woman about galatea"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 74ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK WOMAN ABOUT GALATEA
Floyd |
Floyd | The woman's answer is unknowable.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I think the doll talks about a random thing in the location that isn't a person or a person's possession."
lpsmith says (to floyd), "Ask woman about woman"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 75ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK WOMAN ABOUT WOMAN
Floyd |
Floyd | The woman says in a loud voice, "I was summoned here to protect you,
Floyd | and those like you, newcomer."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
lpsmith says, "(typo originally)"
Jacqueline says, "OH! Thank you."
Jacqueline says, "I totes missed that."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask woman about me"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 76ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK WOMAN ABOUT ME
Floyd |
Floyd | She shouts, "You uneducated idiot, witless stranger."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I get that a lot"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask woman about doll"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 77ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK WOMAN ABOUT DOLL
Floyd |
Floyd | "It has been sent to warn us."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "She has an attitude."
Jacqueline raises her eyebrows.
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask woman about book"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 78ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK WOMAN ABOUT BOOK
Floyd |
Floyd | The woman's answer is too base to comprehend.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "pull string"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 79ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PULL STRING
Floyd |
Floyd | The doll chirps, "I like the glass jar containing an insect! Hideous!
Floyd | Yay!"
Floyd |
Floyd | There is a tinny sound of applause.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks (of KO), "Whatcha wanna do next?"
Roger says, "I vote for pushing her off the bridge"
Jacqueline says (to Roger), "Roger"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "push woman off bridge"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 79ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PUSH WOMAN OFF BRIDGE
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x bridge"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 80ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BRIDGE
Floyd |
Floyd | The bridge is built of vast blocks, antiquarian beyond measure. It
Floyd | offers only a narrow crossing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu asks, "Can we look?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 81ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additions from Graham
Floyd | Nelson)
Floyd | To the north is the gargantuan windowless bulk of the train station. A
Floyd | metal trash can squats beneath its carved facade. The town itself is
Floyd | downhill, on the other side of a ravine. Somewhere down there, you can
Floyd | get a bath and a meal.
Floyd |
Floyd | A woman stands in the center of the bridge, preventing traffic in both
Floyd | directions.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Roger says, "just pushing her is fine"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "push woman"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 82ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PUSH WOMAN
Floyd |
Floyd | The woman might not like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "She might not like that, Roger."
Roger says, "but she /might/"
Jacqueline chuckles.
lpsmith asks, "Who is to say?"
Kabo says, "please get consent before pushing women off bridges"
Knight_Otu asks, "I guess we go south if the woman lets us?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 83ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > S
Floyd |
Floyd | The woman gets in your way. "You know not what lies beyond this
Floyd | bridge, unwise fool," she says. It sounds like she means it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "We shall not pass"
lpsmith says (to floyd), "ask woman if it's okay if we push her off the bridge"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 83ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK WOMAN IF IT'S OKAY IF WE PUSH HER OFF THE BRIDGE
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I know what's beyond the bridge!"
Knight_Otu asks, "Ask her about the beyond?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about beyond"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 84ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT BEYOND
Floyd |
Floyd | (the woman about that)
Floyd | The woman's answer is sybilline.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about town"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 85ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT TOWN
Floyd |
Floyd | (the woman about the town)
Floyd | "Surely even you can see its nature."
Floyd |
Floyd | Heaven vomits forth streams and rivers and lakes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Roger says, "we could give her that graffiti password"
Knight_Otu says, "Vaadignephod"
Jacqueline says, "I am too busy loving the phrase, 'heaven vomits forth streams and rivers and lakes' to drive anymore, possibly."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "say vaadignephod"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 86ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SAY VAADIGNEPHOD
Floyd |
Floyd | (to the woman)
Floyd | There is no reply.
Floyd |
Floyd | Look up with a smile on your face and you will immediately drown.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "look up"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 87ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > LOOK UP
Floyd |
Floyd | You see nothing unexpected in that direction.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Darn"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "smile"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 87ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SMILE
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask woman about vaadignephod"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 88ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK WOMAN ABOUT VAADIGNEPHOD
Floyd |
Floyd | The woman's answer is undiscoverable.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x bridge"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 89ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BRIDGE
Floyd |
Floyd | The bridge is built of gigantic blocks, antediluvian beyond measure.
Floyd | It offers only a narrow crossing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x coffee"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 90ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X COFFEE
Floyd |
Floyd | The swirls in your cup form a row of trees. Botanical images mean that
Floyd | while there is much left to accomplish in the present situation, your
Floyd | immediate environment sustains you, and you have everything that you
Floyd | need.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 91ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | The sky hates you.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I'm curious to know exactly what the authors were told when constructing their sections."
Peregrine arrives, full of fun, but no funk.
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "give wristwatch to woman"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 92ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GIVE WRISTWATCH TO WOMAN
Floyd |
Floyd | The woman says, "I cannot receive gifts from your kind."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "How rude."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "ask woman about my kind"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 93ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK WOMAN ABOUT MY KIND
Floyd |
Floyd | She screams, "You'll do best in this town if you ask least."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "f exorcise woman"
Kabo says (to DavidW), "mostly 'you are making a [bridge|forest|pub|toilet]. go wild'"
lpsmith says, "Different tracks were given slightly different sets of information. Other than that, we got the general premise and a tiny bit of lore."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask woman about peter"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 94ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK WOMAN ABOUT PETER
Floyd |
Floyd | She yells, "You'll do best in this town if you ask least."
Floyd |
Floyd | The sky hates you.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline cries.
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "woman, leave"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 95ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > WOMAN, LEAVE
Floyd |
Floyd | The woman has better things to do.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "So, I'm guessing by the coffee and that we have everything we need."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "tell woman vaadignephod"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 96ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TELL WOMAN VAADIGNEPHOD
Floyd |
Floyd | There is no reply.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Thurnley says, "(to Jacqueline) yes, that's what it means"
DavidW asks (of lpsmith), "I guess it's the lore part I'd like to know. The PC's name, Peter's name, that Vaad- word, the town's name is Backwater, anything else?"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "vaadignephod"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 96ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > VAADIGNEPHOD
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 97ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | The sky hates you.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
lpsmith says, "That's pretty much it, yeah. Lemme look it up."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask woman about backwater"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 98ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK WOMAN ABOUT BACKWATER
Floyd |
Floyd | The woman's answer is too blasphemous to comprehend.
Floyd |
Floyd | The sky hates you.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Roger says, "Surely we need to poison her coffee"
Knight_Otu asks, "Can we open the jar?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "open jar"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 99ham
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > OPEN JAR
Floyd |
Floyd | It isn't something you can open.
Floyd |
Floyd | The sky hates you.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "show jar to woman"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 100am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SHOW JAR TO WOMAN
Floyd |
Floyd | The woman suggests you cease your quavering.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Thurnley says, "also people who were implementing locks and matching keys talked to each other a bit, to make sure there was at least a bit of hint as to what went where"
Taleslinger says, "Me and MTW also made sure our doors matched up, etc."
Jacqueline says, "I'm slightly wondering if we should go back and see who's in the train station first, particularly now that we have the coffee."
Jacqueline says, "And know how to use it"
Jenni says, "same with people at both ends of a trading track puzzle, also we told people it was the 90s but not everyone listened"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 101am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additions from Graham
Floyd | Nelson)
Floyd | To the north is the monumental windowless bulk of the train station. A
Floyd | metal trash can squats beneath its carved facade. The town itself is
Floyd | downhill, on the other side of a ravine. Somewhere down there, you can
Floyd | get a bath and a meal.
Floyd |
Floyd | A woman stands in the center of the bridge, preventing traffic in both
Floyd | directions.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Kabo says, "my room is definitely the 90s"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd ]  Train Station Lobby (Shin)                           Turns: 102
Floyd | >
Floyd | > N
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Train Station Lobby (Shin)
Floyd | The surroundings are as dim and dingy as ever. The platform is to the
Floyd | north. The dirty, cobweb-covered windows and the station exit are to
Floyd | the south. The large mirror and the green door are to the east. The
Floyd | restroom door is to the west. You are unsure what you should do.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x coffee"
Floyd ]  Train Station Lobby (Shin)                           Turns: 103
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X COFFEE
Floyd |
Floyd | The swirls in your cup form a kayak. Modes of transportation mean that
Floyd | your current environment presents challenges that can only be overcome
Floyd | by seeking fresh perspectives elsewhere until you're ready to return.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Taleslinger says, "My room is definetely from the 1890s"
Knight_Otu says, "But where is the trenchcoat! ;p"
DavidW says, "Door sides don't always match, though."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 104
Floyd | >
Floyd | > N
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)
Floyd | The platform is open to the outdoors, but has an overhanging roof with
Floyd | a rusted sign hanging from it. At the back of the platform, to the
Floyd | south, is the entrance to the lobby. Train tracks stretch off into the
Floyd | distance to the east and west; on the other side of the track is a
Floyd | graffitied brick wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | The clock overhead gives the time as 8:02 pm; beneath the clock is a
Floyd | schedule board listing train arrival times. On the platform itself are
Floyd | a wooden bench, a storage locker, and a vending machine.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x sign"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 105
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SIGN
Floyd |
Floyd | Through the rust, you can make out the words "Backwater Station."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jenni says, "Ryan was very directive about not wanting door sides to match"
DavidW says (to Jenni), "ah."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd ]  Train Station Lobby (Shin)                           Turns: 106
Floyd | >
Floyd | > S
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Train Station Lobby (Shin)
Floyd | The surroundings are as dim and dingy as ever. The platform is to the
Floyd | north. The dirty, cobweb-covered windows and the station exit are to
Floyd | the south. The large mirror and the green door are to the east. The
Floyd | restroom door is to the west. You are unsure what you should do.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x windows"
Floyd ]  Train Station Lobby (Shin)                           Turns: 107
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X WINDOWS
Floyd |
Floyd | The dirty, cobweb-covered windows permit scant illumination within the
Floyd | station lobby. They appear not to have been cleaned in a long time.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x coffee"
Floyd ]  Train Station Lobby (Shin)                           Turns: 108
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X COFFEE
Floyd |
Floyd | The clouds in your cup form a skateboard. Modes of transportation mean
Floyd | that your current environment presents challenges that can only be
Floyd | overcome by seeking fresh perspectives elsewhere until you're ready to
Floyd | return.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Jenni), "Also re lion sex book, rowr."
Jacqueline says, "..."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "unlock green door"
Floyd ]  Train Station Lobby (Shin)                           Turns: 108
Floyd | >
Floyd | > UNLOCK GREEN DOOR
Floyd |
Floyd | What do you want to unlock the green door with?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "key"
Floyd ]  Train Station Lobby (Shin)                           Turns: 109
Floyd | >
Floyd | > KEY
Floyd |
Floyd | That doesn't seem to fit the lock.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks (of KO), "Thoughts?"
Knight_Otu asks, "Throw the jar at the woman?"
Jacqueline says, "Um... I don't want to, but okay."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 110
Floyd | >
Floyd | > N
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)
Floyd | The platform is open to the outdoors, but has an overhanging roof with
Floyd | a rusted sign hanging from it. At the back of the platform, to the
Floyd | south, is the entrance to the lobby. Train tracks stretch off into the
Floyd | distance to the east and west; on the other side of the track is a
Floyd | graffitied brick wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | The clock overhead gives the time as 8:08 pm; beneath the clock is a
Floyd | schedule board listing train arrival times. On the platform itself are
Floyd | a wooden bench, a storage locker, and a vending machine.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd ]  Train Station Lobby (Shin)                           Turns: 111
Floyd | >
Floyd | > S
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Train Station Lobby (Shin)
Floyd | The surroundings are as dim and dingy as ever. The platform is to the
Floyd | north. The dirty, cobweb-covered windows and the station exit are to
Floyd | the south. The large mirror and the green door are to the east. The
Floyd | restroom door is to the west. You are unsure what you should do.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 112am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > S
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additions from Graham
Floyd | Nelson)
Floyd | To the north is the gargantuan windowless bulk of the train station. A
Floyd | metal trash can squats beneath its carved facade. The town itself is
Floyd | downhill, on the other side of a ravine. Somewhere down there, you can
Floyd | get a bath and a meal.
Floyd |
Floyd | A woman stands in the center of the bridge, preventing traffic in both
Floyd | directions.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "cf2"
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SAVE
Floyd | %% Enter a save filename to write:
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 112am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | > SAVEOk.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "throw jar at woman"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 113am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > THROW JAR AT WOMAN
Floyd |
Floyd | You lack the nerve when it comes to the crucial moment.
Floyd |
Floyd | The sky hates you.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask woman about xyzzy"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 114am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK WOMAN ABOUT XYZZY
Floyd |
Floyd | The woman's answer is impenetrable.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask woman about anchorhead"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 115am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK WOMAN ABOUT ANCHORHEAD
Floyd |
Floyd | "The town is doomed."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
lpsmith says, "I have an idea for an oblique hint, if/when you want one."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask woman about backwater"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 116am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK WOMAN ABOUT BACKWATER
Floyd |
Floyd | The woman's answer is unaccountable.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
baf says, "Re lore: I've just hunted up the orientation document we were all sent. There is a paragraph of lore that is basically all we were given."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask woman about doll"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 117am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK WOMAN ABOUT DOLL
Floyd |
Floyd | She shouts, "It has been sent to warn us, uneducated idiot."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "ask woman about insect"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 118am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK WOMAN ABOUT INSECT
Floyd |
Floyd | She bellows, "You'll do best in this town if you ask least."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "Have you guys examined the doll yet?"
baf | It is the nineties. The PC is Naomi Cragne. Her husband Peter Cragne went up to his family’smansion in Backwater, Vermont a while back, and she hasn’t heard from him since. Naomi arrives inBackwater and pokes around, uncovering secrets, unlocking doors with keys, until she figures out where Peter is. Cragne Manor oozes with the history of the Cragne family, which is full of weirdos, sorcerers, andmonstrosities—and associations with an otherworldy entity named “Vaadignephod."
Jacqueline says, "yes"
Thurnley says, "I must grade finals! Let me know how the game turns out."
Jacqueline says, "Have fun"
DavidW says (to baf), "Thanks!"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask woman about cragne"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 119am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK WOMAN ABOUT CRAGNE
Floyd |
Floyd | She hollers, "You'll do best in this town if you ask least."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Kabo says, "it was also suggested that we re-acquaint ourselves with Anchorhead to get a sense of what we were referencing"
Thurnley exclaims, "g'bye!"
Thurnley goes home.
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "ask woman about verlac"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 120am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK WOMAN ABOUT VERLAC
Floyd |
Floyd | The woman's answer is ambiguous.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I'm liking the general mood of the game thus far."
Jacqueline says, "One sec."
DavidW says, "This game is amazing. There's so much lovely stuff in it."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd ]  Train Station Lobby (Shin)                           Turns: 121
Floyd | >
Floyd | > N
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Train Station Lobby (Shin)
Floyd | The surroundings are as dim and dingy as ever. The platform is to the
Floyd | north. The dirty, cobweb-covered windows and the station exit are to
Floyd | the south. The large mirror and the green door are to the east. The
Floyd | restroom door is to the west. You are unsure what you should do.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 122
Floyd | >
Floyd | > N
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)
Floyd | The platform is open to the outdoors, but has an overhanging roof with
Floyd | a rusted sign hanging from it. At the back of the platform, to the
Floyd | south, is the entrance to the lobby. Train tracks stretch off into the
Floyd | distance to the east and west; on the other side of the track is a
Floyd | graffitied brick wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | The clock overhead gives the time as 8:20 pm; beneath the clock is a
Floyd | schedule board listing train arrival times. On the platform itself are
Floyd | a wooden bench, a storage locker, and a vending machine.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x coffee"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 123
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X COFFEE
Floyd |
Floyd | The clouds in your cup form the engine of a train. Modes of
Floyd | transportation mean that your current environment presents challenges
Floyd | that can only be overcome by seeking fresh perspectives elsewhere
Floyd | until you're ready to return.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Hm. Okay. So maybe we can't get the eye thing yet"
Knight_Otu says, "Maybe."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x vending"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 124
Jacqueline says, "I want it, thought."
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X VENDING
Floyd |
Floyd | Similar to a gumball machine, but it's the kind that dispenses toys in
Floyd | little plastic bubbles. At the bottom is a chute where the contents
Floyd | come out. There is a coin slot, but instead of a price next to it,
Floyd | there is a strange squiggled glyph.
Floyd |
Floyd | In the vending machine is a plastic bubble.
Floyd |
Floyd | A leak in the ceiling drips water into a puddle.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "er, though"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x glyph"
Floyd ]  Railway Platform (Naomi Hinchen)                     Turns: 125
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X GLYPH
Floyd |
Floyd | It seems to shift as you look at it, but looks almost like an R fused
Floyd | with a V. Or maybe a J fused with a P? No, it's definitely an R fused
Floyd | with a V.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "hahaha"
Jacqueline says, "Finally got that."
DavidW says, "I didn't."
DavidW says, "OH!"
Jacqueline says, "yeah"
DavidW says, "of course."
Jacqueline says, "Clever"
Knight_Otu???s.
DavidW says, "There are other clever refs like that."
Jacqueline says (to KO), "The R V and J P are a reference to The Real World"
Knight_Otu says, "Okay."
Jacqueline says, "Man, if we only play this two hours a week at this pace, we'll be playing this a year from now."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd ]  Train Station Lobby (Shin)                           Turns: 126
Floyd | >
Floyd | > S
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Train Station Lobby (Shin)
Floyd | The surroundings are as dim and dingy as ever. The platform is to the
Floyd | north. The dirty, cobweb-covered windows and the station exit are to
Floyd | the south. The large mirror and the green door are to the east. The
Floyd | restroom door is to the west. You are unsure what you should do.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 127am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > S
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additions from Graham
Floyd | Nelson)
Floyd | To the north is the gargantuan windowless bulk of the train station. A
Floyd | metal trash can squats beneath its carved facade. The town itself is
Floyd | downhill, on the other side of a ravine. Somewhere down there, you can
Floyd | get a bath and a meal.
Floyd |
Floyd | A woman stands in the center of the bridge, preventing traffic in both
Floyd | directions.
Floyd |
Floyd | The sky hates you.
Peregrine hops into the DeLorean and heads off to the future.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Jacqueline), "I've been playing all week and haven't finished the game yet."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x station"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 128am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X STATION
Floyd |
Floyd | It is at least three stories tall, with no exterior windows. Carved on
Floyd | the outside are a series of figures, as though it were the outside of
Floyd | Notre Dame.
Floyd |
Floyd | Positioned in front is a trash can.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x ravine"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 129am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X RAVINE
Floyd |
Floyd | The rain comes between you and the ravine like a curtain of silver. No
Floyd | details are visible.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Taleslinger says, "I kind of assumed that every room would be solvable within itself"
Jacqueline says, "Not necessarily."
Knight_Otu says, "Well, not with regards to keys and such, obviously."
lpsmith says, "I think that every room is solvable with at most one outside item, with some exceptions for door/key puzzles."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 130am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "You will find non-keys in one room to be used in another room, yes."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "show doll to woman"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 131am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SHOW DOLL TO WOMAN
Floyd |
Floyd | "I know its type better than you."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "give doll to woman"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 132am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GIVE DOLL TO WOMAN
Floyd |
Floyd | The woman says, "I cannot receive gifts from your kind."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "show handbook to woman"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 133am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SHOW HANDBOOK TO WOMAN
Floyd |
Floyd | The woman requests you cease your yammering.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
lpsmith says, "(like, some rooms might be partially solvable with an outside item, and then additionally need an outside key to unlock a door.)"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "who insect to woman"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 133am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > WHO INSECT TO WOMAN
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "show insect to woman"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 134am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SHOW INSECT TO WOMAN
Floyd |
Floyd | The woman recommends you cease your yammering.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
lpsmith says, "(other than that, it's generally one item/room)"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "ask woman about book"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 135am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK WOMAN ABOUT BOOK
Floyd |
Floyd | The woman's answer is sphinxlike.
Floyd |
Floyd | The sky hates you.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
lpsmith says, "(one *outside* item/room)"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "ask woman about bridge"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 136am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK WOMAN ABOUT BRIDGE
Floyd |
Floyd | She responds at the top of her lungs, "I have not the power to destroy
Floyd | it, or I certainly would."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "show cup to woman"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 137am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SHOW CUP TO WOMAN
Floyd |
Floyd | The woman requires you cease your gibbering.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "tell woman about peter"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 138am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TELL WOMAN ABOUT PETER
Floyd |
Floyd | This provokes no reaction.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "show watch to woman"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 139am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SHOW WATCH TO WOMAN
Floyd |
Floyd | The woman demands you cease your jabbering.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "show key to woman"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 140am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SHOW KEY TO WOMAN
Floyd |
Floyd | The woman demands you cease your quavering.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "tell woman about me"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 141am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TELL WOMAN ABOUT ME
Floyd |
Floyd | "You idiot," says the woman.
Floyd |
Floyd | The sky hates you.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "This woman is kind of hurting my self esteem."
Knight_Otu asks, "Why do we care whether she likes being pushed again?"
Jacqueline says, "I'm cool with an oblique hint"
lpsmith says, "You need to re-examine an item."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 142am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x book"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 143am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BOOK
Floyd |
Floyd | A dog-eared, stained paperback called The Modern Girl's Divination
Floyd | Handbook -- Volume Three. The cover features three teenage girls of
Floyd | varying ethnicities laughing over the body of a dead cow, each one
Floyd | holding a section of entrails. Reading the blurb on the back makes you
Floyd | suspect that the authors used up all of the more normal divination
Floyd | methods in volumes one and two, and are now scraping the barrel for
Floyd | the really weird stuff.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x doll" lpsmith says, "Not because it changed."
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 144am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X DOLL
Floyd |
Floyd | The doll has an inane smile on its face and a pull-string in the
Floyd | middle of its back.
Floyd |
Floyd | It has the sort of head with two faces, one of which is hidden by its
Floyd | hair. Rotate the head and the other face will be forward.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Oh"
Jacqueline says, "Okay"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "rotate head"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 145am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ROTATE HEAD
Floyd |
Floyd | You rotate the doll's head. Its alternate face appears, scowling
Floyd | fiercely.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "show doll to woman"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 146am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SHOW DOLL TO WOMAN
Floyd |
Floyd | She shouts, "I know its type better than you."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "pull string"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 147am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PULL STRING
Floyd |
Floyd | A voice comes from within the doll's body, dim and gravelly: "Flee the
Floyd | trouble of the ravine! Here is a division between one type of world
Floyd | and another entirely!"
Floyd |
Floyd | "What risk is this?" With a concerned look, the woman leans towards
Floyd | the doll as if to pay closer attention.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "pull string"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 148am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PULL STRING
Floyd |
Floyd | The doll intones: "Guard against the glass jar containing an insect!
Floyd | It is ugly!"
Floyd |
Floyd | The woman looks alarmed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "show jar to woman"
Floyd ]  Exterior of Train Station (Emily Short with additionsTurns: 149am
Floyd | Nel
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SHOW JAR TO WOMAN
Floyd |
Floyd | The woman goes white. From behind you on the tracks comes a curious
Floyd | noise, mechanical and screeching, as though something were coming
Floyd | along the tracks. When you turn back, the woman has gone.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
lpsmith exclaims, "Yay!"
Knight_Otu says, "Whew."
Jacqueline says, "Weird"
lpsmith says, "Now I am proud that my hint was exactly enough."
baf golf clap
Kabo says, "I recommend continuing to pull the string as you continue through the game"
Jacqueline asks (of KO), "Can you drive for a bit?"
Knight_Otu says, "Sure."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 150
Floyd | >
Floyd | > S
Floyd |
Floyd | You pass over the bridge. The ravine has become a white river, teeming
Floyd | with creatures: you see a fin, a gill, a plaintive upturned face,
Floyd | before each is swept away.
Floyd |
Floyd | Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)
Floyd | It is possible to feel claustrophobia out of doors. Sunlight fills the
Floyd | sky but somehow doesn't reach you here. Steep banks of bramble rise to
Floyd | the east and west, trapping you within a gloomy trough a dozen yards
Floyd | wide. A poorly-surfaced road leads north and south along the trough's
Floyd | nadir. Just west of it, camouflaged with rust, is the train track.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tremendous patch of milkweed, the stems abnormally thick and tall,
Floyd | grows on the east side of the road beneath the thorn bank.
Floyd |
Floyd | A giant milkweed leaf dangles just within reach from the mass of
Floyd | stems.
Floyd |
Floyd | Almost hidden within the milkweed is a dilapidated shack built more of
Floyd | splinters than of planks.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "... a face in the river..."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take leaf" DavidW says, "oh yay, you got across the bridge"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 151
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE LEAF
Floyd |
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x milkweed"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 152
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X MILKWEED
Floyd |
Floyd | (the giant milkweed leaf)
Floyd | A giant milkweed leaf, curled in such a way that it could cling to
Floyd | your face like a mask. It even has two milk-ringed holes for your
Floyd | eyes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "(I took a bathroom break and missed it)"
Jacqueline says, "eeeagh"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "wear mask"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 153
Floyd | >
Floyd | > WEAR MASK
Floyd |
Floyd | You put on the giant milkweed leaf.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x shack"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 154
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SHACK
Floyd |
Floyd | A hateful structure less than five feet high. The wood frame of the
Floyd | shack has tilted, twisting subtly out of true. The angles itch at your
Floyd | eyes, somehow uncomfortable to look at. No windows. The low doorway,
Floyd | lacking a door, hisses at you open-mouthed. Or would that just be the
Floyd | standard summer susurrus of Vermont?
Floyd |
Floyd | "Hateful" might an odd way to describe a building, but you can't
Floyd | escape the impression that the shack is capable of such an emotion.
Floyd | It's got to be a death-trap, anyway: take a step inside, or even give
Floyd | the shack a push, and surely it will just collapse.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Kabo says (to Floyd), "pull string"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 155
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PULL STRING
Floyd |
Floyd | The doll intones: "Beware the road!"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "push shack"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 156
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PUSH SHACK
Floyd |
Floyd | You set your shoulder to the corner of the shack and give it a shove.
Floyd | The whole structure slumps, then leans, then falls over with a sound
Floyd | of splintering wood and tearing tar paper.
Floyd |
Floyd | The walls fall back and outward, somehow not falling onto the (what is
Floyd | that?) stone altar that once stood inside the shack.
Floyd |
Floyd | A swathe of milkweeds are knocked down, and a cloud of dust drifts up
Floyd | from the shadows, seeming to turn more solid in the sunlight far
Floyd | above.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Knocked down..." Oh no; it happens just that easily. The lyrics of a
Floyd | song pop into your head unbidden: I get knocked down / But I get
Floyd | up again / You're never going to keep me down!
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Huh. A push *was* enough."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 157
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)
Floyd | It is possible to feel claustrophobia out of doors. Sunlight fills the
Floyd | sky but somehow doesn't reach you here. Steep banks of bramble rise to
Floyd | the east and west, trapping you within a gloomy trough a dozen yards
Floyd | wide. A poorly-surfaced road leads north and south along the trough's
Floyd | nadir. Just west of it, camouflaged with rust, is the train track.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tremendous patch of milkweed, the stems abnormally thick and tall,
Floyd | grows on the east side of the road beneath the thorn bank.
Floyd |
Floyd | A green stone altar, once at the center of the shack, stands amidst
Floyd | broken boards and milkweed.
Floyd |
Floyd | (An earworm has lodged itself in your head.)
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Nice 90s reference, there. Caleb."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "drop earworm"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 158
Floyd | >
Floyd | > DROP EARWORM
Floyd |
Floyd | The earworm is seemingly resistant to all forms of interaction, and
Floyd | simply acknowledging it gives it strength:
Floyd |
Floyd | I get knocked down / but I get up again / you're never going to
Floyd | keep me down! Apparently Chumbawamba is still stuck in your head.
Floyd |
Floyd | [Author's note: messing with the earworm is entirely optional. Not
Floyd | that I would try to dissuade you from it!]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x altar"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 159
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X ALTAR
Floyd |
Floyd | A six-foot long and three-foot high altar of pale green stone,
Floyd | polished smooth. The sides are humped and bulged, suggesting poreless
Floyd | coral. The top is flat, and bears a shallow impression in the shape of
Floyd | a human body, with a slightly deeper cavity at the top for the face.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Kabo says, "caleb is the real monster"
Jacqueline slow claps.
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x impression"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 160
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X IMPRESSION
Floyd |
Floyd | It's the shape and size of a human body. For no reason you can name,
Floyd | you have the desire to get on the altar and lay yourself down in the
Floyd | impression; it seems your body would fit perfectly, as would, for that
Floyd | matter, your face fit nicely in the deeper cavity at the end.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "cf3"
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SAVE
Floyd | %% Enter a save filename to write:
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 160
Floyd | > SAVEOk.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "that's exactly what I wanted to do"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "get on altar"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 161
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET ON ALTAR
Floyd |
Floyd | You get onto the stone altar.
Floyd |
Floyd | You lie down, settling your body into the impression and your face
Floyd | into the cavity at the end. The milkweed leaf mask protects your face
Floyd | from the strands of orange slime that you belatedly notice fill the
Floyd | cavity. Is it even you doing this? It feels like the most natural
Floyd | action in the world.
Floyd |
Floyd | As you press your face deeper into the cavity, your vision warps. The
Floyd | world seems to fold and buckle: what was convex becomes concave and
Floyd | what was concave becomes convex.
Floyd |
Floyd | The altar wobbles and inverts, giving you the bizarre sensation of
Floyd | lying atop a smooth green hole that floats in midair. Deeper within
Floyd | the hole is a shelf of green stone with several items resting (how?)
Floyd | on it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "I do not have that desire."
DavidW says, "I'm at over 60 save positions in this game."
Knight_Otu exclaims, "Good thing we had that mask!"
DavidW says, "yes."
Jacqueline says, "Now I'm all curious to see what would have happened otherwise, though"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x shelf"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 162
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SHELF
Floyd |
Floyd | On the shelf are a postcard of Big Ben, a diary and an imaginary
Floyd | basalt sphere.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
lpsmith says, "I think the first thing I did at this point was get up, save, take off the mask, then lie back down again."
Jacqueline says, "heh"
lpsmith says, "Just to see how I would die."
DavidW says, "I lied down without the mask first."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "restore"
Floyd | >
Floyd | > RESTORE
Floyd | %% Enter a save filename to read:
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "cf3"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 160
Floyd | Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "remove mask"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 161
Floyd | >
Floyd | > REMOVE MASK
Floyd |
Floyd | You take off the giant milkweed leaf.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "get on altar"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 161
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET ON ALTAR
Floyd |
Floyd | You get onto the stone altar.
Floyd |
Floyd | You lie down, settling your body into the impression and your face
Floyd | into the cavity at the end. Is it even you doing this? It feels like
Floyd | the most natural action in the world.
Floyd |
Floyd | As you press your face down into the cavity, you feel something wet;
Floyd | your skin has met a tangle of slimy, orange strands that were growing
Floyd | inside the cavity.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your face turns numb. You are overtaken with convulsions, and the
Floyd | involuntary flailing of your limbs causes you to fall from the altar.
Floyd | The numbness spreads down your neck and across your torso as you lie
Floyd | frozen, body askew, at the base of the altar.
Floyd |
Floyd | It takes but a few hours for your whole body to be sheathed in wet,
Floyd | orange strands.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your breathing slows as your lungs gradually fill with fruiting
Floyd | bodies. Perhaps the slime reacts poorly to tears, as the last part to
Floyd | be overgrown with mold is your eyes, though eventually, as dusk falls,
Floyd | blurred orange tendrils knit themselves together at the edges of your
Floyd | vision. Their intricacy strikes you as ghastly and beautiful all at
Floyd | once.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |     *** Death, Slow and Awful ***
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Would you like to RESTART, RESTORE a saved game, QUIT, UNDO the last
Floyd | command or TAKE BACK the action that sealed your fate (for when UNDO
Floyd | is not enough)?
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Nice"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "restore"
Floyd | >
Floyd | > RESTORE
Floyd | %% Enter a save filename to read:
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "cf3"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 160
Floyd | Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "get on altar"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 161
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET ON ALTAR
Floyd |
Floyd | You get onto the stone altar.
Floyd |
Floyd | You lie down, settling your body into the impression and your face
Floyd | into the cavity at the end. The milkweed leaf mask protects your face
Floyd | from the strands of orange slime that you belatedly notice fill the
Floyd | cavity. Is it even you doing this? It feels like the most natural
Floyd | action in the world.
Floyd |
Floyd | As you press your face deeper into the cavity, your vision warps. The
Floyd | world seems to fold and buckle: what was convex becomes concave and
Floyd | what was concave becomes convex.
Floyd |
Floyd | The altar wobbles and inverts, giving you the bizarre sensation of
Floyd | lying atop a smooth green hole that floats in midair. Deeper within
Floyd | the hole is a shelf of green stone with several items resting (how?)
Floyd | on it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "TAKE BACK? Interesting."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x shelf"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 162
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SHELF
Floyd |
Floyd | On the shelf are a postcard of Big Ben, a diary and an imaginary
Floyd | basalt sphere.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take postcard"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 163
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE POSTCARD
Floyd |
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to KO), "It's a lovely innovation."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x ben"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 164
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BEN
Floyd |
Floyd | A faded postcard with a picture of Big Ben on it. You'd guess the
Floyd | picture dates from the first quarter of the century.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x diary"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 165
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X DIARY
Floyd |
Floyd | A small brown book with embossed letters on the front, mostly worn
Floyd | away, spelling "DIARY". Inside it's filled with spidery letters in
Floyd | faded ink. According to the name inscribed inside the cover, this
Floyd | belonged to Phyllis Cragne.
Floyd |
Floyd | You think you remember your husband speaking of a "Great Aunt Phyl," a
Floyd | sprightly old lady who haunted his earliest memories and always wore
Floyd | tartan trousers.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get it"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 166
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET IT
Floyd |
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "In theory, TAKE BACK should allow one to play the entire game without needing to save."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x basalt"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 167
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BASALT
Floyd |
Floyd | It's a black stone sphere about the size of a basketball, and it
Floyd | doesn't really exist. There is (well, technically, there is not) a
Floyd | narrow slot on one side like that of a piggy-bank.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
vimes arrives, full of funk, but no fun. lpsmith says, "The author instructions included, I think 'please limit your deaths to be 8-turn-undo-able, and then we found out that some interpreters don't do multi-undo, and had to improvise."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get it"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 168
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET IT
Floyd |
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
lpsmith says, "Kudos to Jenni and Ryan for working it out in the end."
Knight_Otu says, "That must have been quite some work."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "pull string"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 169
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PULL STRING
Floyd |
Floyd | The doll intones: "Shun the stone altar! It is longer than it might
Floyd | appear!"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
vimes says, "kudos to jenni and ryan for a *lot* of things, including staying sane through a real-life fungal bloom attack that really seemed too convenient to be coincidental"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "turn head"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 170
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TURN HEAD
Floyd |
Floyd | You rotate the doll's head, concealing its sinister face and exposing
Floyd | its insincere one.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "pull string"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 171
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PULL STRING
Floyd |
Floyd | The doll chirps, "I like the thing that isn't here! Yay!"
Floyd |
Floyd | There is a tinny sound of applause.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "turn head"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 172
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TURN HEAD
Floyd |
Floyd | You rotate the doll's head. Its alternate face appears, scowling
Floyd | fiercely.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
lpsmith says, "I think it was handled on a case-by-base basis; most deaths are just one-turners."
Jacqueline asks, "I guess we leave this face forward?"
DavidW says, "up to you"
Knight_Otu says, "I'm not sure it matters, but sure."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read diary"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 173
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ DIARY
Floyd |
Floyd | You read a few passages from near the beginning of the diary:
Floyd |
Floyd | "Danced with Freddy Morgan tonight. He's not the most graceful, but
Floyd | I'm hopeful he will improve. Tomorrow I leave for college."
Floyd |
Floyd | "How the professors scowl when they learn I'm a Cragne! I'm sure it
Floyd | would hurt my feelings, if they weren't all crusty old throwbacks with
Floyd | beards full of toast crumbs anyway."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Today in the sealed archives I found a most wonderful secret:
Floyd | evidence that the Court truly exists! One day I will join it -- I will
Floyd | make them let me -- and I will work harder than all the others who
Floyd | came before."
Floyd |
Floyd | You skim back and forth a bit, gathering that Phyllis Cragne was
Floyd | probably born around 1890, and that she started her archaeology
Floyd | studies at Ompompanoousuc College in 1918; she also seems to have
Floyd | become engaged to a local by the name of Frederick Morgan at around
Floyd | that same time.
Floyd |
Floyd | There's still a fair amount of the diary left; you could read more if
Floyd | you wanted to.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I am presently eating toast, and am offended, despite my lack of a beard."
DavidW says, "I want to google Ompompwhatever to find out if that's an actual place or not."
DavidW says, "Maybe in Australia."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read diary"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 174
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ DIARY
Floyd |
Floyd | You read a few passages from the middle of the diary:
Floyd |
Floyd | "It has finally happened! They extended an offer, and this morning, I
Floyd | accepted. I am looking forward to the fulfillment of my duties,
Floyd | particularly the travel necessitated by my new position. I wish I
Floyd | could persuade Freddy to come with me on at least one trip, but he's
Floyd | terrified of the ocean. I shall leave him to the calm waters of
Floyd | Vermont, with the promise to bring back a 'priceless antique' from
Floyd | each city I visit."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Received word of Freddy's accident."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Finished Prague. Turin, too. Magdeburg will wait until spring."
Floyd |
Floyd | You skim back and forth, gathering that during the 1920s and 30s
Floyd | Phyllis Cragne was often away from home on extended work trips. It was
Floyd | while she was on one such trip to London that Frederick Morgan was
Floyd | killed in a canoeing accident. Afterwards, and on through the 1950s,
Floyd | she spent even more time abroad, working tirelessly for the Court.
Floyd |
Floyd | There's still a small amount of the diary left; you could read more if
Floyd | you wanted to.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "poor Freddy"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read diary"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 175
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ DIARY
Floyd |
Floyd | You read a few passages from near the end of the diary:
Floyd |
Floyd | "Bristletail greatly prefers the climate of Barcelona to that of
Floyd | Stockholm. I haven't informed her yet that next we must visit a ruined
Floyd | Norse colony in Greenland, where, it is rumored, the colonists
Floyd | briefly, and in desperation, worshipped Vaadignephod before all
Floyd | succumbing to the Black Death."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Bristletail shows an increasingly superb comprehension of Ancient
Floyd | Akkadian. Twice she has caught an error in my translations, saving me
Floyd | from not insignificant embarrassment."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Bristletail has grown stubborn in her old age, refusing to
Floyd | communicate with feral insects. She claims the act to be beneath her
Floyd | dignity. Still, I have never known a more capable archive assistant."
Floyd |
Floyd | You skim the text, reading of Phyllis Cragne's research. Throughout
Floyd | the 1960s she wrote frequently of Bristletail, her cunning familiar,
Floyd | which (who?) apparently took the form of an unusually large
Floyd | silverfish. It seems likely that Phyllis died in the early 70s, which
Floyd | correlates with Michael's early memories of Great Aunt Phyl.
Floyd |
Floyd | You've read the whole diary; you could read it again if you wanted to
Floyd | remind yourself of something.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Who knows, he might be the lucky one."
DavidW says, "I liked how Phyllis wrote to him after he died."
DavidW says, "She wanted to remember him always."
DavidW says, "This seemed to be a nice way to keep him in her life."
Jacqueline says, "Silverfish familiar."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 176
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Milkweed (Caleb Wilson) (on the stone altar)
Floyd | It is possible to feel claustrophobia out of doors. Sunlight fills the
Floyd | sky but somehow doesn't reach you here. Steep banks of bramble rise to
Floyd | the east and west, trapping you within a gloomy trough a dozen yards
Floyd | wide. A poorly-surfaced road leads north and south along the trough's
Floyd | nadir. Just west of it, camouflaged with rust, is the train track.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tremendous patch of milkweed, the stems abnormally thick and tall,
Floyd | grows on the east side of the road beneath the thorn bank.
Floyd |
Floyd | (That earworm is still lodged in your head.)
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 177
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   an imaginary basalt sphere
Floyd |   the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |   a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | An earworm is lodged deeply in your head.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x coffee"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 178
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X COFFEE
Floyd |
Floyd | The swirls in your cup form concentric circles. Lack of a symbolic
Floyd | image means that you have accomplished everything you must in your
Floyd | current environment and should move on to find new challenges in order
Floyd | to grow as a person.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "ha"
DavidW says, "I love that coffee cup."
Knight_Otu says, "Nice coffee."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "get up"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 179
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET UP
Floyd |
Floyd | You get off the stone altar.
Floyd |
Floyd | Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)
Floyd | It is possible to feel claustrophobia out of doors. Sunlight fills the
Floyd | sky but somehow doesn't reach you here. Steep banks of bramble rise to
Floyd | the east and west, trapping you within a gloomy trough a dozen yards
Floyd | wide. A poorly-surfaced road leads north and south along the trough's
Floyd | nadir. Just west of it, camouflaged with rust, is the train track.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tremendous patch of milkweed, the stems abnormally thick and tall,
Floyd | grows on the east side of the road beneath the thorn bank.
Floyd |
Floyd | A green stone altar, once at the center of the shack, stands amidst
Floyd | broken boards and milkweed.
Floyd |
Floyd | (That earworm is still lodged in your head.)
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take earworm"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 180
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE EARWORM
Floyd |
Floyd | The earworm is seemingly resistant to all forms of interaction, and
Floyd | simply acknowledging it gives it strength:
Floyd |
Floyd | He drinks a whiskey drink / he drinks a vodka drink / he drinks a
Floyd | lager drink / he drinks a cider drink! Damn it, Chumbawamba is
Floyd | still stuck in your head.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "You'll note that there"
Knight_Otu says, "I'm impressed we read that diary face down on that altar."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "sing"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 181
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SING
Floyd |
Floyd | Your lips sing along, almost involuntarily, to the earworm in your
Floyd | head:
Floyd |
Floyd | He sings the songs that remind him of the good times / he sings
Floyd | the songs that remind him of the better times! Yes, Chumbawamba
Floyd | is still stuck in your head.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "'s sometimes optional things to do in a room, though."
DavidW says, "Like, I never figured out that basalt sphere."
Knight_Otu says, "True."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "don't cry for me, nextdoor neigh bor"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 181
Floyd | >
Floyd | > DON'T CRY FOR ME, NEXTDOOR NEIGH BOR
Floyd |
Floyd | You seem to want to talk to someone, but I can't see whom.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "don't cry for me, nextdoor neighbor"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 181
Floyd | >
Floyd | > DON'T CRY FOR ME, NEXTDOOR NEIGHBOR
Floyd |
Floyd | You seem to want to talk to someone, but I can't see whom.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "sing"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 182
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SING
Floyd |
Floyd | Your lips sing along, almost involuntarily, to the earworm in your
Floyd | head:
Floyd |
Floyd | Iä get knocked down / but iä get up again / you're never going to
Floyd | keep mi-go down! Yes, Chumbawamba is still stuck in your head.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Ow."
DavidW says, "oh my"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "danny boy"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 182
Floyd | >
Floyd | > DANNY BOY
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "sing danny boy"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 182
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SING DANNY BOY
Floyd |
Floyd | I only understood you as far as wanting to sing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Oh, I just caught the mi-go ref"
Knight_Otu says, "Next song will summon Flutethulhu, I'm sure."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "sing"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 183
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SING
Floyd |
Floyd | Your lips sing along, almost involuntarily, to the earworm in your
Floyd | head:
Floyd |
Floyd | He drinks a wgah drink / he drinks a ph'nglui drink / he drinks a
Floyd | fhtagn drink / he drinks a cthulhu drink! Apparently Chumbawamba
Floyd | is still stuck in your head.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "sing"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 184
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SING
Floyd |
Floyd | Your lips sing along, almost involuntarily, to the earworm in your
Floyd | head:
Floyd |
Floyd | He sings the songs that remind him of the r'lyeh times / he sings
Floyd | the songs that remind him of the leng times! Well, Chumbawamba is
Floyd | still stuck in your head.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 185
Floyd | >
Floyd | > G
Floyd |
Floyd | Your lips sing along, almost involuntarily, to the earworm in your
Floyd | head:
Floyd |
Floyd | Iä get knocked down / but iä get up again / you're never going
Floyd | pha'zr keep mi-go down! Apparently Chumbawamba is still stuck in
Floyd | your head.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 186
Floyd | >
Floyd | > G
Floyd |
Floyd | Your lips sing along, almost involuntarily, to the earworm in your
Floyd | head:
Floyd |
Floyd | He drinks a wazr'cb drink / he drinks a ph'nglui drink / he drinks
Floyd | a fhtagn phleh / he drinks a cthulhu drink! Damn it, Chumbawamba
Floyd | is still stuck in your head.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 187
Floyd | >
Floyd | > G
Floyd |
Floyd | Your lips sing along, almost involuntarily, to the earworm in your
Floyd | head:
Floyd |
Floyd | He sings the songs that phleh him of the r'lyeh times / he sings
Floyd | the songs that pha'cb him of the leng times! Apparently
Floyd | Chumbawamba is still stuck in your head.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Taleslinger is gonna go cry in the bathroom. Peace out, homies.
Taleslinger has disconnected.
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 188
Floyd | >
Floyd | > G
Floyd |
Floyd | Your lips sing along, almost involuntarily, to the earworm in your
Floyd | head:
Floyd |
Floyd | Iä get knocked down / but phleh get up again / you're hla going
Floyd | pha'zr keep mi-go down! Well, Chumbawamba is still stuck in your
Floyd | head.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "I'm guessing that this is just distraction?"
Knight_Otu says, "I hope so."
DavidW asks, "I think it might lead to a slow death/transformation?"
Jacqueline says, "Well, that's what I was kinda hoping."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 189
Floyd | >
Floyd | > G
Floyd |
Floyd | Your lips sing along, almost involuntarily, to the earworm in your
Floyd | head:
Floyd |
Floyd | He drinks a wazr'cb drink / he wazr'zr a ph'nglui drink / mp'zo
Floyd | drinks a fhtagn phleh / hla drinks a cthulhu drink! Well,
Floyd | Chumbawamba is still stuck in your head.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I ignored the earworm so I honestly don't know."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 190
Floyd | >
Floyd | > G
Floyd |
Floyd | Your lips sing along, almost involuntarily, to the earworm in your
Floyd | head:
Floyd |
Floyd | He sings the songs that phleh him of the r'lyeh nfah / hla sings
Floyd | the songs that pha'cb him of gla'cb leng times! Well, Chumbawamba
Floyd | is still stuck in your head.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Kabo says, "only in real life"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 191
Floyd | >
Floyd | > G
Floyd |
Floyd | Your lips sing along, almost involuntarily, to the earworm in your
Floyd | head:
Floyd |
Floyd | Iä nfah knocked down / but phleh get up again / gla'zr hla going
Floyd | pha'zr keep gla'zo down! Yes, Chumbawamba is still stuck in your
Floyd | head.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 192
Floyd | >
Floyd | > G
Floyd |
Floyd | Your lips sing along, almost involuntarily, to the earworm in your
Floyd | head:
Floyd |
Floyd | He drinks mglw wazr'cb drink / he wazr'zr a ph'nglui drink / mp'zo
Floyd | drinks a nfah wga'cb / hla drinks a cthulhu drink! Yes,
Floyd | Chumbawamba is still stuck in your head.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 193
Floyd | >
Floyd | > G
Floyd |
Floyd | Your lips sing along, almost involuntarily, to the earworm in your
Floyd | head:
Floyd |
Floyd | He sings the songs that phleh him of the mglw nfah / hla cto the
Floyd | songs that pha'cb him of gla'cb leng times! Yes, Chumbawamba is
Floyd | still stuck in your head.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "More and more of the verses are being Cthlulhu-ized."
Jacqueline says, "Yeah"
Jacqueline says, "Yeah"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 194
Floyd | >
Floyd | > G
Floyd |
Floyd | Your lips sing along, almost involuntarily, to the earworm in your
Floyd | head:
Floyd |
Floyd | Iä nfah knocked down / wgah phleh get up again / gla'zr cto going
Floyd | pha'zr keep gla'zo down! Damn it, Chumbawamba is still stuck in
Floyd | your head.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 195
Floyd | >
Floyd | > G
Floyd |
Floyd | Your lips sing along, almost involuntarily, to the earworm in your
Floyd | head:
Floyd |
Floyd | He drinks mglw wazr'cb drink / wgah wazr'zr a ph'nglui drink /
Floyd | mp'zo drinks a fgl wga'cb / hla cto a cthulhu drink! Damn it,
Floyd | Chumbawamba is still stuck in your head.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Seems like it's stalled out, though"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 196
Floyd | >
Floyd | > G
Floyd |
Floyd | Your lips sing along, almost involuntarily, to the earworm in your
Floyd | head:
Floyd |
Floyd | He sings the songs that phleh him fgl the mglw nfah / hla cto the
Floyd | songs wgah pha'cb him of gla'cb leng times! Damn it, Chumbawamba
Floyd | is still stuck in your head.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
vimes says, "mmm, a cthulhu drink"
DavidW says, "It's not stalled. Just slow."
Knight_Otu says, "Flutethulhu may still come."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 197
Floyd | >
Floyd | > G
Floyd |
Floyd | Your lips sing along, almost involuntarily, to the earworm in your
Floyd | head:
Floyd |
Floyd | Iä nfah gneh down / hwu phleh get up again / gla'zr cto going
Floyd | pha'zr keep gla'zo down! Damn it, Chumbawamba is still stuck in
Floyd | your head.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 198
Floyd | >
Floyd | > G
Floyd |
Floyd | Your lips sing along, almost involuntarily, to the earworm in your
Floyd | head:
Floyd |
Floyd | He zlee mglw hwu drink / wgah wazr'zr a ph'nglui drink / gneh
Floyd | drinks a fgl wga'cb / hla cto a cthulhu drink! Well, Chumbawamba
Floyd | is still stuck in your head.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 199
Floyd | >
Floyd | > G
Floyd |
Floyd | Your lips sing along, almost involuntarily, to the earworm in your
Floyd | head:
Floyd |
Floyd | He sings the songs that phleh him iä the mglw nfah / hla cto the
Floyd | songs wgah gneh him of gla'cb leng times! Well, Chumbawamba is
Floyd | still stuck in your head.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 200
Floyd | >
Floyd | > G
Floyd |
Floyd | Your lips sing along, almost involuntarily, to the earworm in your
Floyd | head:
Floyd |
Floyd | Iä nfah gneh down / hwu zlee get up iä / gla'zr fgl going pha'zr
Floyd | keep gla'zo down! Yes, Chumbawamba is still stuck in your head.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 201
Floyd | >
Floyd | > G
Floyd |
Floyd | Your lips sing along, almost involuntarily, to the earworm in your
Floyd | head:
Floyd |
Floyd | Fgl zlee mglw hwu drink / wgah wazr'zr a hla drink / gneh drinks a
Floyd | fgl wga'cb / iä cto a cthulhu drink! Damn it, Chumbawamba is
Floyd | still stuck in your head.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 202
Floyd | >
Floyd | > G
Floyd |
Floyd | Your lips sing along, almost involuntarily, to the earworm in your
Floyd | head:
Floyd |
Floyd | He sings the songs that phleh him iä the izh nfah / hla cto the
Floyd | songs fgl gneh him of gla'cb leng times! Damn it, Chumbawamba is
Floyd | still stuck in your head.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 203
Floyd | >
Floyd | > G
Floyd |
Floyd | Your lips sing along, almost involuntarily, to the earworm in your
Floyd | head:
Floyd |
Floyd | Iä izh gneh down / hwu zlee get izh iä / gla'zr fgl hla pha'zr
Floyd | keep gla'zo down! Well, Chumbawamba is still stuck in your head.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 204
Floyd | >
Floyd | > G
Floyd |
Floyd | Your lips sing along, almost involuntarily, to the earworm in your
Floyd | head:
Floyd |
Floyd | Fgl izh mglw hwu drink / wgah wazr'zr izh hla drink / gneh drinks
Floyd | a fgl nyar / iä cto a cthulhu drink! Damn it, Chumbawamba is
Floyd | still stuck in your head.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 205
Floyd | >
Floyd | > D
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't go that way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "..KO?"
Knight_Otu says, "I'm good with moving on, if that's the question"
Jacqueline says, "yes"
Knight_Otu asks, "Or should I take the wheel again?"
Jacqueline says, "I shall step back and cease my singing."
Jacqueline says, "Both"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 206
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)
Floyd | It is possible to feel claustrophobia out of doors. Sunlight fills the
Floyd | sky but somehow doesn't reach you here. Steep banks of bramble rise to
Floyd | the east and west, trapping you within a gloomy trough a dozen yards
Floyd | wide. A poorly-surfaced road leads north and south along the trough's
Floyd | nadir. Just west of it, camouflaged with rust, is the train track.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tremendous patch of milkweed, the stems abnormally thick and tall,
Floyd | grows on the east side of the road beneath the thorn bank.
Floyd |
Floyd | A green stone altar, once at the center of the shack, stands amidst
Floyd | broken boards and milkweed.
Floyd |
Floyd | (That earworm is still lodged in your head.)
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x track"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 207
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X TRACK
Floyd |
Floyd | The tracks run north and south beneath mats of dead grass and bramble,
Floyd | bringing to mind an impossible serpent banded with the black of the
Floyd | resinous ties. Are the tracks in use? Could a train actually traverse
Floyd | them? Who knows.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd ]  Milkweed (Caleb Wilson)                              Turns: 208
Floyd | >
Floyd | > W
Floyd |
Floyd | You're too tired for bushwhacking; better stick to the road, which
Floyd | runs north and south.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Good to know."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd ]  Church Exterior (Andy Holloway)                      Turns: 209
Floyd | >
Floyd | > S
Floyd |
Floyd | The imaginary basalt sphere vanishes with a sound like a popping soap
Floyd | bubble.
Floyd |
Floyd | Church Exterior (Andy Holloway)
Floyd | The gravel road curves here past the doors of an old stone church,
Floyd | which squats defeatedly amid a few straggly trees. Behind it, to the
Floyd | northeast, you can see the first few stones of a modest graveyard. To
Floyd | the east the road narrows to cross a small bridge into the village
Floyd | proper; to the north, it crests the hill toward the train station.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Uh oh church."
Knight_Otu exclaims, "Our basalt sphere!"
DavidW says, "The sphere is back on the shelf."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Church Exterior (Andy Holloway)                      Turns: 210
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |   a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Guest1 arrives, full of fun and funk. DavidW says, "I don't know what's up with the sphere."
Knight_Otu says, "I suspected as much."
DavidW says, "I haven't solved the sphere."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x church"
Floyd ]  Church Exterior (Andy Holloway)                      Turns: 211
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X CHURCH
Floyd |
Floyd | An elderly and dispirited structure made of close-set stone blocks,
Floyd | long and rectangular, with an arched roof and a few scattered and
Floyd | muted stained glass windows. A couple of low stairs lead up to a
Floyd | double door at the front, facing the road, which is set in a square
Floyd | tower that juts slightly forward from and rises slightly above the
Floyd | rest of the structure, culminating in what you presume is a belfry
Floyd | (though you can't make out any bells).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x door"
Floyd ]  Church Exterior (Andy Holloway)                      Turns: 212
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X DOOR
Floyd |
Floyd | The double door is heavy wood set in an arch in the stone, weathered
Floyd | but still sturdy enough. A small keyhole is visible beneath the modest
Floyd | black metal handle on the right-hand door.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read postcard"
Floyd ]  Church Exterior (Andy Holloway)                      Turns: 213
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ POSTCARD
Floyd |
Floyd | "18th of June, 1923
Floyd |
Floyd | Dear Freddy,
Floyd |
Floyd | You'll never guess where I am: Paris! Ha ha.
Floyd |
Floyd | Today I broke into the mausoleum of a notorious baronet and pocketed
Floyd | an amulet interred, in 1627, next to his heart. Tomorrow I must
Floyd | liberate an unspeakably ancient mammoth-bone idol, purported to
Floyd | portray a coeval of Vaadignephod, from the prison in which it
Floyd | languishes (the British Museum).
Floyd |
Floyd | Such excitements make up my life now. If only you were allowed to know
Floyd | about such things, I would tell you that I am now a member of the
Floyd | Variegated Court, and that I have been granted the position of Cesious
Floyd | Alderman in this 'august order'.
Floyd |
Floyd | How I wish I could actually mail you this postcard, and that
Floyd | afterwards we could laugh together over such a stuffy phrase.
Floyd |
Floyd | Much Love,
Floyd | Phyl"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x keyhole"
Floyd ]  Church Exterior (Andy Holloway)                      Turns: 214
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X KEYHOLE
Floyd |
Floyd | The keyhole in the door to the church is a narrow, intricate gash in
Floyd | the metal below the handle. You kneel down to peer through it; it's
Floyd | too attenuated to make out any details, but you see through the door
Floyd | somewhere a distant, dazzling point of light.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "No key in this keyhole it seems."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd ]  Church Exterior (Andy Holloway)                      Turns: 215
Floyd | >
Floyd | > S
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't go that way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd ]  Church Exterior (Andy Holloway)                      Turns: 216
Floyd | >
Floyd | > W
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't go that way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Church Exterior (Andy Holloway)                      Turns: 217
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Church Exterior (Andy Holloway)
Floyd | The gravel road curves here past the doors of an old stone church,
Floyd | which squats defeatedly amid a few straggly trees. Behind it, to the
Floyd | northeast, you can see the first few stones of a modest graveyard. To
Floyd | the east the road narrows to cross a small bridge into the village
Floyd | proper; to the north, it crests the hill toward the train station.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "in"
Floyd ]  Church Exterior (Andy Holloway)                      Turns: 218
Floyd | >
Floyd | > IN
Floyd |
Floyd | (first opening the church doors)
Floyd | It seems to be locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "That's where the doors are, good."
Knight_Otu says, "The geography confused me a bit here."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x graveyard"
Floyd ]  Church Exterior (Andy Holloway)                      Turns: 218
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X GRAVEYARD
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x village"
Floyd ]  Church Exterior (Andy Holloway)                      Turns: 219
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X VILLAGE
Floyd |
Floyd | At once dreary and picturesque, the houses and shops of the village of
Floyd | Backwater huddle together against the remote and clouded sky.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x bridge"
Floyd ]  Church Exterior (Andy Holloway)                      Turns: 220
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BRIDGE
Floyd |
Floyd | The concrete bridge is narrower than the road on either side; a single
Floyd | vehicle might cross it, but not two abreast. A thin metal railing at
Floyd | about your waist height discourages those crossing from hurling
Floyd | themselves into the rocky waterway below.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x railing"
Floyd ]  Church Exterior (Andy Holloway)                      Turns: 221
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X RAILING
Floyd |
Floyd | The concrete bridge is narrower than the road on either side; a single
Floyd | vehicle might cross it, but not two abreast. A thin metal railing at
Floyd | about your waist height discourages those crossing from hurling
Floyd | themselves into the rocky waterway below.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "At least there's no woman here stopping us."
Guest1 goes home.
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x station"
Floyd ]  Church Exterior (Andy Holloway)                      Turns: 222
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X STATION
Floyd |
Floyd | The land rises to the north of you, obscuring the tracks and station
Floyd | beyond, although you can still hear the occasional train.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu asks, "Graveyard or village first?"
Jacqueline says, "Either"
dhakajack arrives, ready to play with the toys. Jacqueline says, "I can play for another hour or so today."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "cf4"
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SAVE
Floyd | %% Enter a save filename to write:
Floyd ]  Church Exterior (Andy Holloway)                      Turns: 222
Floyd | > SAVEOk.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Fits with my timeline."
Jacqueline says, "Aloha, Jack."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "ne"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 223
Floyd | >
Floyd | > NE
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | The Churchyard (David Jose)
Floyd | A neglected and long forgotten cemetery stretches out below you,
Floyd | surrounded by a rusted wrought iron fence. Lopsided gravemarkers,
Floyd | slowly succumbing to the elements, topple downhill like a congregation
Floyd | bent low in prayer. At the very center of the graveyard, set into a
Floyd | low valley, a squat, stone mausoleum crouches menacingly.
Floyd |
Floyd | To the southwest a dilapidated, stave church rises up obscenely
Floyd | against the night sky.
Floyd |
Floyd | A dark pine forest crowds against the wrought iron fence to the
Floyd | northeast. You might be able to forge a path between its trees.
Floyd |
Floyd | A discarded flashlight sits amidst the weeds behind an overturned
Floyd | gravestone.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Oh dear. A mausoleum."
Knight_Otu exclaims, "And a flashlight!"
Jacqueline says, "Yup"
dhakajack says, "hi all... just reloading if mud etiquette into my brain"
Jacqueline says, "I doubt we'll need the flaslight, though."
Jacqueline is, of course, kidding.
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get flashlight"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 224
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET FLASHLIGHT
Floyd |
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x it"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 225
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X IT
Floyd |
Floyd | A small flashlight, with a rubber ring where it screws together to
Floyd | keep the water out.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Jack), "So far so good."
Kabo says (to Floyd), "pull string"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 226
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PULL STRING
Floyd |
Floyd | The doll intones: "Shun the grave!"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x grave"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 227
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X GRAVE
Floyd |
Floyd | Simple, rough hewn marble markers, overgrown with weeds and stained by
Floyd | untold generations of blackened moss. The wind and weather have made
Floyd | sure that you can't make out any names or dates on any of these
Floyd | tombstones.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline exclaims (at Doll), "Then shun shunning!"
Kabo says (to Floyd), "pull string"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 228
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PULL STRING
Floyd |
Floyd | The doll intones: "Flee the bell tower!"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x church"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 229
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X CHURCH
Floyd |
Floyd | Stark and imposing, this church might have been a thing of beauty once
Floyd | upon a time. Dark, nearly black timbers huddle together
Floyd | conspiratorially, hiding beneath ranks of rain-slick slate rooves.
Floyd | Telltale signs of some long ago fire can be seen along the tops of
Floyd | several of the windows.
Floyd |
Floyd | High above, the light of a single candle burns in what you assume must
Floyd | be the bell tower.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Loving this writing, David Jose."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x candle"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 229
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X CANDLE
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x coffee"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 230
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X COFFEE
Floyd |
Floyd | The swirls in your cup form a blooming rose. Botanical images mean
Floyd | that while there is much left to accomplish in the present situation,
Floyd | your immediate environment sustains you, and you have everything that
Floyd | you need.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x mausoleum"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 231
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X MAUSOLEUM
Floyd |
Floyd | Covered in moss and half buried in a litter of dead leaves, the
Floyd | remaining letters above the door read "VERL C".
Floyd |
Floyd | Large, rough cut stone bricks make up the walls of the crypt, and a
Floyd | series of steeply pitched slate rooves protect the mausoleum and its
Floyd | internees from the fierce New England winters.
Floyd |
Floyd | A large oak door is set into wall beneath a peaked stone arch.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Oh nonono."
Knight_Otu exclaims, "Not Verlac!"
Jacqueline says, "Yes indeed."
DavidW says, "Actually, it's OVERLUCKY"
Jacqueline exclaims, "I remember the last time we visited a Verlac mausoleum together. It was fun!"
Guest1 arrives, full of fun and funk.
Guest1 says, "joinch #clubfloyd" Jacqueline whispers to the guest.
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x door"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 232
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X DOOR
Floyd |
Floyd | A heavy oak door, nearly four feet across, and wrapped with iron
Floyd | bands. This thing looks like it would be more at home repelling an
Floyd | invasion in a medieval castle.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x bands"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 232
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BANDS
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open door"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 233
Floyd | >
Floyd | > OPEN DOOR
Floyd |
Floyd | You attempt to open the mausoleum door. The heavy door shifts
Floyd | slightly, but does not open. You suspect you'll need more leverage.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 234
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   aviator goggles (being worn)
Floyd |   the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |   a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Was about to do that."
DavidW says, "sorry"
Jacqueline asks, "Wait. Aviator goggles? When was that?"
DavidW says, "Never"
Knight_Otu asks, "Uh... huh?"
DavidW says, "You have aviator goggles in this location."
Jacqueline says, "Oh."
Jacqueline says, "Okay."
Jacqueline says, "Sure."
DavidW says, "I have no idea why."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x goggles"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 235
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X GOGGLES
Floyd |
Floyd | A pair of tinted, leather wrapped aviator goggles. A thin scratch mars
Floyd | the left lens.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x scratch"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 235
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SCRATCH
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Weird."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "fly"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 235
Floyd | >
Floyd | > FLY
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "xyzzy"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 235
Floyd | >
Floyd | > XYZZY
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "aviate"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 235
Floyd | >
Floyd | > AVIATE
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x me"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 236
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X ME
Floyd |
Floyd | Mud (and god only knows what else) spatter your legs and black leather
Floyd | riding boots.  You idly brush a bit of bone from your sleeve and
Floyd | adjust your aviator goggles.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "This isn't the only time new items arrive in inventory without warning."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x boots"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 236
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BOOTS
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
lpsmith says, "Everyone was encouraged to personalize the response to 'x me'. Some people decided to supplement that with items you were carrying in that room."
Jacqueline says, "It's a good reminder that we should X"
DavidW says (to lpsmith), "aha"
Jacqueline says, "It's a good reminder that we should X ME and XYZZY in every room"
Knight_Otu says, "Interesting."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 237
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | The Churchyard (David Jose)
Floyd | A neglected and long forgotten cemetery stretches out below you,
Floyd | surrounded by a rusted wrought iron fence. Lopsided gravemarkers,
Floyd | slowly succumbing to the elements, topple downhill like a congregation
Floyd | bent low in prayer. At the very center of the graveyard, set into a
Floyd | low valley, a squat, stone mausoleum crouches menacingly.
Floyd |
Floyd | To the southwest a dilapidated, stave church rises up obscenely
Floyd | against the night sky.
Floyd |
Floyd | A dark pine forest crowds against the wrought iron fence to the
Floyd | northeast. You might be able to forge a path between its trees.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "That explains why X ME is different in each room."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x forest"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 238
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X FOREST
Floyd |
Floyd | Tall pines stand along the northeast edge of the cemetery, like
Floyd | too-eager mourners gathering before a funeral.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
lpsmith says, "In playing the game, I *never* remember to 'x me' ;-)"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x fence"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 239
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X FENCE
Floyd |
Floyd | A pitted wrought iron fence surrounds the graveyard.
Floyd |
Floyd | The fence seems fairly sturdy, but one of the cast iron spires seems
Floyd | to have been knocked loose from the top rail and is leaning askew.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "Who is David Jose?"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get spire"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 240
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET SPIRE
Floyd |
Floyd | You grab hold of the loose rod and wrench it free from the fence.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "NICE"
Jacqueline says, "Leverage that door."
Knight_Otu says, "We were hoping for something like that in Anchorhead."
Knight_Otu says, "Cragne Manor finally delivers."
DavidW says, "A few years late, but yes."
Jacqueline says, "Do iiiiiiit"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "lever door with rod"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 240
Floyd | >
Floyd | > LEVER DOOR WITH ROD
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "Pry?"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "pry door with rod"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 241
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PRY DOOR WITH ROD
Floyd |
Floyd | You work the iron spire into the narrow gap between the door and the
Floyd | stone jamb and attempt to pry it open. After several minutes of
Floyd | effort, you're able to slowly work the door open far enough for you to
Floyd | be able to squeeze through.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Or just Open with"
lpsmith says, "According to [LINK], in addition to Cragne Manor, he co-wrote 'Rainbow Warriors' in 1989."
baf says, "I don't think I've seen the word 'spire' used this way before. To me, a spire is a tower."
Knight_Otu says, "Long time between games."
Knight_Otu says (to baf), "Yeah, me too."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x rod"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 242
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X ROD
Floyd |
Floyd | A four foot long piece of the wrought iron fence that surrounds the
Floyd | cemetery. It's tipped with a wicked looking, spear-shaped finial.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I assume he meant spear."
Knight_Otu says, "So a typo, possibly."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "in"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 243
Jacqueline says, "Well, his writing is lovely."
Floyd | >
Floyd | > IN
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)
Floyd | Immediately upon entering, you feel hot. This is a square chamber,
Floyd | made of stone. Dust is suspended in the air, clearly visible in the
Floyd | bright purple light eminating from the center of the room. The dust
Floyd | does not seem to fall.  There is a plinth in the center of the room
Floyd | with a tome on it. Each corner has a full length mirror.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the plinth is a shabby journal.
Floyd |
Floyd | A faint chill comes over you.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x me"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 244
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X ME
Floyd |
Floyd | Looks like everything is in place, more or less.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
baf says, "Or spike, or spine. Or this is just a perfectly valid use of 'spire' that I'm unfamiliar with."
DavidW says, "I dunno for sure."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "xyzzy"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 244
Floyd | >
Floyd | > XYZZY
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Roger says, "Got them hot chills"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 245
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |   a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x chill"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 246
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X CHILL
Floyd |
Floyd | A chill emanates from behind you, fading as you turn.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
* Jacqueline has added GrouchoMerckx to the channel.
Jacqueline exclaims, "ALOHA, JAMES!"
Jacqueline says, "To speak on the channel type #clubfloyd hello"
Jacqueline says, "After that, just ;helloagain"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x journal"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 247
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X JOURNAL
Floyd |
Floyd | A shabby looking leather volume with uneven pages. The letters "LVPB"
Floyd | have been burned onto the spine, under the insignia for The Backwater
Floyd | Public Library, which features two back to back crescent moons joined
Floyd | by a downward looking eye.
Floyd |
Floyd | This appears to be what's known as a commonplace book. It's a place
Floyd | for a writer to jot down ideas and fragments. There's really no order
Floyd | to it, but you could flip through it, if you wish.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Also, type TOYSHOP to come to the room where the game is being played."
Kabo says (to GrouchoMerckx), "wotcher"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get it"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 248
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET IT
Floyd |
Floyd | You hear a voice that says "Do you remember the first time you stole
Floyd | something? Do you remember when you first realized that adults lie all
Floyd | the time? How did that feel?" You close your eyes and shake your head,
Floyd | clearing it. When you open them, you find yourself at the entrance of
Floyd | the mausoleum.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "ack"
DavidW says, "oh, I forgot about this part."
Jacqueline says, "Creeeeee-peeeeeeee"
Knight_Otu asks, "What, we don't get to take it?"
GrouchoMerckx arrives, full of fun, but no funk.
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "read journal"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 249
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ JOURNAL
Floyd |
Floyd | You'll have to take it off the plinth first.
Floyd |
Floyd | The chill behind you intensifies, and you feel like you're being
Floyd | watched.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "turn around"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 249
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TURN AROUND
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "I'm guessing we can't remove it from the mausoleum?"
Jacqueline asks, "But can read it in the mausoleum?"
GrouchoMerckx says, "hello"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x plinth"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 250
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X PLINTH
Floyd |
Floyd | Unlike the rest of the room, the plinth is starkly industrial. It is
Floyd | made of rusted iron, with rusty streaks moving downward towards the
Floyd | ground, as if water had poured from the top at one point. There is a
Floyd | tome on top.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the plinth is a shabby journal.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
baf says, "Sure, I remember the first time I stole something! It was in the train station bathroom. I took someone's valuable insect in a jar that they had locked away."
Jacqueline says (to baf), "heehee"
Jacqueline exclaims, "True!"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x tome"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 251
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X TOME
Floyd |
Floyd | A shabby looking leather volume with uneven pages. The letters "LVPB"
Floyd | have been burned onto the spine, under the insignia for The Backwater
Floyd | Public Library, which features two back to back crescent moons joined
Floyd | by a downward looking eye.
Floyd |
Floyd | This appears to be what's known as a commonplace book. It's a place
Floyd | for a writer to jot down ideas and fragments. There's really no order
Floyd | to it, but you could flip through it, if you wish.
Floyd |
Floyd | Frost lines the edges of the library insignia.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "frost, huh?"
lpsmith says (to baf), "If we take Jenni's backstory as canon, the first time we stole something was a fairly long time ago."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x insignia"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 251
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X INSIGNIA
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to James), "I did not realize that you also contributed to this! Coolio."
Knight_Otu asks, "Peter's heart?"
Kabo says (to Groucho), "when I wandered into your room I got a very 'wait, *our* James Eagle?' moment"
lpsmith says, "A lot of items in CM you have to refer to by their full description, to better deal with name collisions."
lpsmith says, "(like the insigia)"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x mirrors"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 251
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X MIRRORS
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Ah."
* jsnlv has joined the channel.
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x library insignia"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 251
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X LIBRARY INSIGNIA
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
lpsmith says, "er."
lpsmith says, "I thought that worked! But OK ;-)"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read journal"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 252
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ JOURNAL
Floyd |
Floyd | You'll have to take it off the plinth first.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
jsnlv arrives, full of funk, but no fun. lpsmith says, "Maybe it's because you're not holding it."
DavidW says, "There's still some name collisions in the game. Like, I had to hide the wristwatch to read a different inscription elsewhere."
Knight_Otu says, "Maybe you're thinking of something else."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x mirror"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 252
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X MIRROR
Floyd |
Floyd | Which do you mean, the northward mirror, the eastward mirror, the
Floyd | southward mirror or the westward mirror?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "So, um, if we take it we get booted, though, right?"
Jacqueline says, "Oh dear."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x northward mirror"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 253
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X NORTHWARD MIRROR
Floyd |
Floyd | The mirror is positioned in the northern corner of the room. It has an
Floyd | oaken frame and a small bas relief of a human figure in the stone
Floyd | above. When you examine your reflection, you find that it reflects
Floyd | only you, not the room that surrounds you. You stare at yourself,
Floyd | staring at yourself, floating in a purple void.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
GrouchoMerckx says (to kabo), "Yep, saw Jacq tweet about it and thought soddit why not" DavidW says, "Or I was carrying dust and wanted to examine the room's dust."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x dust"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 254
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X DUST
Floyd |
Floyd | The dust is piled up under each stack of tombs. It looks finely
Floyd | ground.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to James), "To talk on the channel, preface with a ;"
Jacqueline exclaims, "So glad you're here!"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x westward mirror"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 255
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X WESTWARD MIRROR
Floyd |
Floyd | The mirror is in the western corner of the room, but it has been
Floyd | destroyed, though oddly enough, not broken. It looks as if it were
Floyd | melted. There is a bas relief of a writing quill in the stone above.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks (of GrouchoMerckx), "Greetings from Canada, eh?"
GrouchoMerckx says (to kabo), "Made no attempt to put any puzzles in and still created a coding mess for someone else to clean up. Oh Well"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x eastward"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 256
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X EASTWARD
Floyd |
Floyd | The mirror is positioned in the eastern corner of the room. It has an
Floyd | pine frame and a small bas relief of a spider in the stone above. When
Floyd | you examine your reflection, you jump backwards away from it. The
Floyd | mirror does not seem to reflect you, but instead it shows you as if a
Floyd | giant had crumbled you up like a piece of paper. Your neck is folded
Floyd | so that your ear is resting on your collarbone. Your arms are bent,
Floyd | and twisted. Bones break through the skin, and spurs jut to the
Floyd | surface. At first you do not think it is actually you, but it clearly
Floyd | is. The creature in the mirror has the same terror in its eyes that
Floyd | you do.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "We will play about another hour, then continue next week at 2 Eastern, 7uk"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x southward"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 257
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SOUTHWARD
Floyd |
Floyd | The mirror is positioned in the southern corner of the room. It has a
Floyd | brass frame and there is a bas relief of a small humanoid in the stone
Floyd | above. You see a small version of yourself, though it is not exactly
Floyd | the same. Its posture is more confident, defiant even. When you look
Floyd | at its eyes, you see that its eyes do not match yours and it instead
Floyd | watches your hands carefully.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks (of James), "Have you played this whole thing yet?"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "break southward"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 258
Floyd | >
Floyd | > BREAK SOUTHWARD
Floyd |
Floyd | Violence isn't the answer to this one.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu exclaims, "But, but!"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x coffee"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 259
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X COFFEE
Floyd |
Floyd | The clouds in your cup form a perfect fern, just like in a fancy
Floyd | latte. Botanical images mean that while there is much left to
Floyd | accomplish in the present situation, your immediate environment
Floyd | sustains you, and you have everything that you need.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 260
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |   a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "put handbook on plinth"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 261
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PUT HANDBOOK ON PLINTH
Floyd |
Floyd | You put The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three on the
Floyd | plinth.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "hahaha - a faint chill"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get journal"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 262
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET JOURNAL
Floyd |
Floyd | The voice returns, "It is interesting to me that you think I belong
Floyd | to you. We both contain worlds, universes, multitudes. Possibility.
Floyd | And you would possess me." A bright flash of light and you find
Floyd | yourself at the entrance of the mausoleum.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Cool idea, though, KO"
Knight_Otu says, "Yeah, I saw that earlier."
Knight_Otu says, "It could have worked, but alas."
DavidW says, "Leave a book, take a book, eh? Nice try, yes."
Roger asks, "can we just consult it without being all grabby about it?"
lpsmith says, "Indiana Jones: cragne style"
Jacqueline says, "Oh, and apropos of earlier, baf..."
Jacqueline | a tapering conical or pyramidal structure on the top of a building, typically a church tower.
Jacqueline | synonyms:steeple, flèche
Jacqueline | "the spire of a nearby church"
Jacqueline | the continuation of a tree trunk above the point where branching begins, especially in a tree of a tapering form.
Jacqueline | a long tapering object.
DavidW says, "So not a typo."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "read journal"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 263
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ JOURNAL
Floyd |
Floyd | You'll have to take it off the plinth first.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
dhakajack says, "throw me the paperback, I throw you the folio."
Jacqueline says, "Sorry, that was the dictionary definition of spire."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get handbook"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 264
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET HANDBOOK
Floyd |
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get journal"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 265
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET JOURNAL
Floyd |
Floyd | The voice is louder. "Your name is written on water. Everything
Floyd | around you, everything in this place will be here long after you're
Floyd | dead and no one remembers you. Be gone." Again, you find yourself at
Floyd | the entrance of the mausoleum. This time, though you don't remember
Floyd | falling, you are on one knee.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "This is supremely creepyawesome"
Knight_Otu says, "Huh. Maybe we shouldn't be so persistent"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "cf5"
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SAVE
Floyd | %% Enter a save filename to write:
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 265
Floyd | > SAVEOk.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Maybe you should be."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get journal"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 266
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET JOURNAL
Floyd |
Floyd | The voice is exasperated. "What if you don't like what's at the end
Floyd | of all of this? Think about the time you're wasting here. All of this
Floyd | effort, all of this  reading  and for what? Do you not
Floyd | realize that some day you will die? How many entire days have you
Floyd | lived and complete forgotten? More than you can count, I wager." Your
Floyd | vision goes black and you feel yourself slammed against the door of
Floyd | the mausoleum, banging your head. Your rub the back of your hair and
Floyd | feel wet.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "I wasn't about to just give up."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get journal"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 267
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET JOURNAL
Floyd |
Floyd | The voice is whispering. "Do you know what I have forgotten? Nothing.
Floyd | Every moment of my life is valuable and preserved. Every finger that
Floyd | has ever turned one of my pages, every set of eyes that has read me, I
Floyd | remember them all. I'm something that all of your kind wishes to be-
Floyd | permanent. How much time do you have to waste on this silly game?
Floyd | Here, let me make the decision easy for you." You hear a high pitched
Floyd | whining and...
Floyd | You are back at the train station. You look around. Everything seems
Floyd | to be reset. You sigh, and painstakingly begin the process of
Floyd | dutifully repeating all of the actions that brought you to the
Floyd | mausoleum. Hours later, exhausted, you pry the door open and re-enter
Floyd | the tomb.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I forgot just how much this journal fights you."
Knight_Otu says, "Hah."
Jacqueline says, "hahaha"
Jacqueline says, "I love how it did it all for us."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get journal"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 268
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET JOURNAL
Floyd |
Floyd | The voice screams. "What is wrong with you?  Examine yourself. I'll
Floyd | give you time." The whining sound is much louder and more intense now,
Floyd | and is accompanied by the smell of ozone. When you open your eyes...
Floyd | You see a man in a mask pulling you out of somewhere safe and warm.
Floyd | You're surrounded by strangers and people you love.
Floyd |  ...
Floyd |  You open your mouth to scream and
Floyd | WAAAHHHHHHHH. A...baby? This can't be real. You start pumping your
Floyd | fists in anger, trying to shake it off. Suddenly, the man with the
Floyd | mask reels back his gloved hand and
Floyd |  SMACK
Floyd |  You are on the floor of the mausoleum.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x me"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 269
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X ME
Floyd |
Floyd | Looks like everything is in place, more or less.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get journal"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 270
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET JOURNAL
Floyd |
Floyd | You stare at the book for a moment before reaching out to yank it off
Floyd | the plinth. It puts up no resistance this time.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "wha"
Jacqueline says, "who"
Knight_Otu says, "Finally."
Jacqueline says, "huh"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "read journal"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 271
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ JOURNAL
Floyd |
Floyd | teeth you lose grow entire new skulls, identical, one in ten will
Floyd | grow hair, fat
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Persistence is Useful!"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "read journal"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 272
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ JOURNAL
Floyd |
Floyd |  named knife, with a family
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "read journal"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 273
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ JOURNAL
Floyd |
Floyd |  hair starts growing from teeth/eyes
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "read journal"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 274
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ JOURNAL
Floyd |
Floyd |  person becomes blind, but only to certain objects
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "read journal"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 275
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ JOURNAL
Floyd |
Floyd | Man's sense of taste becomes more and more sensitive until water is
Floyd | too spicy to drink
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Creepy book"
Jacqueline says, "indeed"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "read journal"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 276
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ JOURNAL
Floyd |
Floyd | Town where everyone hears voices but the voices only tell them ways
Floyd | they could improve their lives
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I think the journal's contents are procgen'd."
Knight_Otu says, "Probably, yes."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "read journal"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 277
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ JOURNAL
Floyd |
Floyd |  heartbreak insurance broker, sinister end
Floyd |
Floyd | >
lpsmith says, "IIRC, I saw identical repeats, but no close repeats."
Knight_Otu says, "But ours, now."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 278
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)
Floyd | It's hard to see very far due to the dust in the air.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
lpsmith says, "There's just a lot."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "wave"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 279
Floyd | >
Floyd | > WAVE
Floyd |
Floyd | You wave.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x dust"
Floyd ]  Mausoleum (Gary Butterfield)                         Turns: 280
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X DUST
Floyd |
Floyd | The dust is piled up under each stack of tombs. It looks finely
Floyd | ground.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "out"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 281
Floyd | >
Floyd | > OUT
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | The Churchyard (David Jose)
Floyd | A neglected and long forgotten cemetery stretches out below you,
Floyd | surrounded by a rusted wrought iron fence. Lopsided gravemarkers,
Floyd | slowly succumbing to the elements, topple downhill like a congregation
Floyd | bent low in prayer. At the very center of the graveyard, set into a
Floyd | low valley, a squat, stone mausoleum crouches menacingly.
Floyd |
Floyd | To the southwest a dilapidated, stave church rises up obscenely
Floyd | against the night sky.
Floyd |
Floyd | A dark pine forest crowds against the wrought iron fence to the
Floyd | northeast. You might be able to forge a path between its trees.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu asks, "Village, forest, anything I overlooked?"
DavidW says, "And the googles should be back."
lpsmith says, "I suppose all dust in tombs becomes finally ground, eventually."
DavidW says, "er goggles"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 282
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   aviator goggles (being worn)
Floyd |   a shabby journal
Floyd |   The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |   a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "There they are."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "xyzzy"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 282
Floyd | >
Floyd | > XYZZY
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "but you kept the chill."
Knight_Otu says, "So we did."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "drop chill"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 283
Floyd | >
Floyd | > DROP CHILL
Floyd |
Floyd | It's not quite so easy to rid oneself of a haunting presence.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "It's haunting us."
lpsmith says (to DW), "Careful with the spoilers; I think CF tries to go spoiler-free as long as possible."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "exorcise chill"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 283
Floyd | >
Floyd | > EXORCISE CHILL
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to lpsmith), "mm"
Jacqueline asks, "So, where to now?"
Knight_Otu says, "That was my question, yes."
Knight_Otu says, "I think village may be safer."
Jacqueline says, "mmkay"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "sw"
Floyd ]  Church Exterior (Andy Holloway)                      Turns: 284
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SW
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Church Exterior (Andy Holloway)
Floyd | The gravel road curves here past the doors of an old stone church,
Floyd | which squats defeatedly amid a few straggly trees. Behind it, to the
Floyd | northeast, you can see the first few stones of a modest graveyard. To
Floyd | the east the road narrows to cross a small bridge into the village
Floyd | proper; to the north, it crests the hill toward the train station.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd ]  Town square, Backwater, VT (Marco Innocenti)         Turns: 285
Floyd | >
Floyd | > E
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Town square, Backwater, VT (Marco Innocenti)
Floyd | The first thing you notice, when entering the open yards of the town
Floyd | square, is the soft breeze that relentlessly caresses the buildings.
Floyd | It is so unlike the warm, salty air you were used to back home that
Floyd | you finally realize how long your trip has been, and how far removed
Floyd | you are now from everything you once knew.
Floyd |
Floyd | The large, hexagonal-shaped square is paved with big, white stones,
Floyd | polished by rain and wind over the decades; around it, low red-brick
Floyd | buildings look like watching peasants. One single street leaves the
Floyd | square to the north, while less accommodating paths lead west, in the
Floyd | direction of a towering church, and southwest.
Floyd | Due east, an iron bridge crosses the river, and southeast, a walkway
Floyd | leads down to its bank.
Floyd |
Floyd | The swollen, slate-colored clouds that blanket the sky are reflected
Floyd | in the shiny, circular shape embellishing the center of the square,
Floyd | muttering ominous portents amongst themselves.
Floyd |
Floyd | Ominous portents, you murmur to yourself.
Floyd | Since that day, twenty years ago, when you first read them in a
Floyd | Lovecraftian novel during that uneventful summer vacation, you've been
Floyd | waiting for the occasion to use these words yourself. Another cold,
Floyd | harsh gust of wind interrupts you before you can decide whether this
Floyd | was a coincidence worth being happy... or scared about.
Floyd |
Floyd | A man is leaning on the bridge rail, staring intensely at you with his
Floyd | only eye.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "eep"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x man"
Floyd ]  Town square, Backwater, VT (Marco Innocenti)         Turns: 286
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X MAN
Floyd |
Floyd | Tall and slender, the one-eyed man reminds you of someone you knew
Floyd | back in your hometown: a fisherman with as many stories in his pockets
Floyd | as years on his back, who went by the name of Captn Squinter. He used
Floyd | to know a lot of tales about tormented ships... or at least he was
Floyd | good at making them up. He vanished years ago in unknown
Floyd | circumstances.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x squinter"
Floyd ]  Town square, Backwater, VT (Marco Innocenti)         Turns: 287
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SQUINTER
Floyd |
Floyd | Tall and slender, the one-eyed man reminds you of someone you knew
Floyd | back in your hometown: a fisherman with as many stories in his pockets
Floyd | as years on his back, who went by the name of Captn Squinter. He used
Floyd | to know a lot of tales about tormented ships... or at least he was
Floyd | good at making them up. He vanished years ago in unknown
Floyd | circumstances.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Convenient alias, or identity hint? Who knows."
DavidW says, "I don't know."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "talk to man"
Floyd ]  Town square, Backwater, VT (Marco Innocenti)         Turns: 288
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TALK TO MAN
Floyd |
Floyd | He bows his head dramatically, acknowledging your salute.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Mrs Cra-gnee, welcome to Backwater. He's been
Floyd | waiting for you."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "ask man about him"
Floyd ]  Town square, Backwater, VT (Marco Innocenti)         Turns: 289
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK MAN ABOUT HIM
Floyd |
Floyd | "Who are you?" you ask.
Floyd |
Floyd | The man smiles, as if you have asked the most trivial thing. "I'm a
Floyd | man made by the mountains, as you were made by the sea, Madam. I'm of
Floyd | no consequence, just a prop for indications."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x coffee"
Floyd ]  Town square, Backwater, VT (Marco Innocenti)         Turns: 290
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X COFFEE
Floyd |
Floyd | The clouds in your cup form a unicycle. Modes of transportation mean
Floyd | that your current environment presents challenges that can only be
Floyd | overcome by seeking fresh perspectives elsewhere until you're ready to
Floyd | return.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "ask him about waiting"
Floyd ]  Town square, Backwater, VT (Marco Innocenti)         Turns: 291
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HIM ABOUT WAITING
Floyd |
Floyd | He seems uninterested in dealing with this subject.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Town square, Backwater, VT (Marco Innocenti)         Turns: 292
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a shabby journal
Floyd |   The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |   a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Guest1 goes home.
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x me"
Floyd ]  Town square, Backwater, VT (Marco Innocenti)         Turns: 293
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X ME
Floyd |
Floyd | You can imagine your grey eyes are all but glittering under this grey
Floyd | sky. You just wish Peter were here to caress you on thinking this.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "..."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "xyzzy"
Floyd ]  Town square, Backwater, VT (Marco Innocenti)         Turns: 293
Floyd | >
Floyd | > XYZZY
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x bridge"
Floyd ]  Town square, Backwater, VT (Marco Innocenti)         Turns: 294
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BRIDGE
Floyd |
Floyd | Large enough to let a single car pass through, the bridge is arched
Floyd | like a live fishing pole. Leaning on the bridge rail, a man is
Floyd | demanding attention.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Town square, Backwater, VT (Marco Innocenti)         Turns: 295
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Town square, Backwater, VT (Marco Innocenti)
Floyd | The large, hexagonal-shaped square is paved with big, white stones,
Floyd | polished by rain and wind over the decades; around it, low red-brick
Floyd | buildings look like watching peasants. One single street leaves the
Floyd | square to the north, while less accommodating paths lead west, in the
Floyd | direction of a towering church, and southwest.
Floyd | Due east, an iron bridge crosses the river, and southeast, a walkway
Floyd | leads down to its bank.
Floyd |
Floyd | The swollen, slate-colored clouds that blanket the sky are reflected
Floyd | in the shiny, circular shape embellishing the center of the square,
Floyd | muttering ominous portents amongst themselves.
Floyd |
Floyd | A man is leaning on the bridge rail, staring intensely at you with his
Floyd | only eye.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x shape"
Floyd ]  Town square, Backwater, VT (Marco Innocenti)         Turns: 296
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SHAPE
Floyd |
Floyd | The big emblem, one yard wide, is embedded in the center of the square
Floyd | like a manhole. The surface looks golden, although you seriously doubt
Floyd | it is anything more than pyrite. Its three rings surround a central
Floyd | circle tightened by bird claws with a single triangular mark pointing
Floyd | northeast. The rings themselves are bedecked by a series of symbols
Floyd | (outer to inner, then clockwise from north):
Floyd |
Floyd | BLACKBIRD |TREE      |SPARROW   |CUBE      |WOMAN     |FEATHER
Floyd | DAAN      |SHI       |AAK'EE    |HAI       |TLÈÈ      |JI
Floyd | PIG       |EYE       |WOODPECKER|CROSS     |FISH      |EAGLE.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I have not solved this room."
Knight_Otu says, "And I doubt we will either, today."
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x river"
Floyd ]  Town square, Backwater, VT (Marco Innocenti)         Turns: 296
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X RIVER
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "You can ask the man about this, though."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "ask man about shape"
Floyd ]  Town square, Backwater, VT (Marco Innocenti)         Turns: 297
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK MAN ABOUT SHAPE
Floyd |
Floyd | "What is this... emblem, in the center of the square?"
Floyd |
Floyd | "It is a symbol of sorts. Don't know much about it. Except that you
Floyd | can see similar... designs scattered all around Backwater.
Floyd | Usually, though, they are hidd-... I mean: less exposed. They
Floyd | represent some sort of feast, or the likes of it. But, then again..."
Floyd |
Floyd | He scratches his nose.
Floyd |
Floyd | "The inscription are in Navajo," he concludes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "I suspect Navajo is not as easily learned as coffee signs are."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x tree"
Floyd ]  Town square, Backwater, VT (Marco Innocenti)         Turns: 298
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X TREE
Floyd |
Floyd | The outer ring is bedecked by a series of symbols (starting from the
Floyd | outer ring and going clockwise, from the north):
Floyd |
Floyd | BLACKBIRD |TREE      |SPARROW   |CUBE      |WOMAN     |FEATHER.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I want to start carrying around a half-full coffee cup all the time now."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x street"
Floyd ]  Town square, Backwater, VT (Marco Innocenti)         Turns: 298
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X STREET
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu asks, "North?"
Jacqueline shrugs.
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 299
Floyd | >
Floyd | > N
Floyd |
Floyd | The man returns to his pretended duties, while keeping his one eye one
Floyd | you.
Floyd |
Floyd | Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)
Floyd | A short street terminates here. To the south it opens into the town
Floyd | square. To the east, a few worn steps rise to the entrance of the
Floyd | public library, and to the west you can see a real estate office. A
Floyd | gloomy path leads northwest, towards the woods.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see a notice board here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "Read?"
Knight_Otu asks, "Real estate office! Anyone wanna break in?"
DavidW says, "please"
dhakajack says, "triple shot-expresso would just blurt spoilers."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "read notice board"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 300
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ NOTICE BOARD
Floyd |
Floyd | A weatherbeaten community notice board outside the library. Behind
Floyd | glass you can see a community events schedule, a ripped newspaper
Floyd | headline, and the winning stories from a children's writing
Floyd | competition.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Oh, ha! Good point"
lpsmith says (to Jacqueline), "[about to type response on facebook] [look at coffee] 'You see the swirls of a cyclone. Images of natural disasters mean that your present course of action should be terminated, lest tragedy ensue.'"
Jacqueline says, "yikes, lps"
ChrisC arrives, full of fun, but no funk.
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x schedule"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 301
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SCHEDULE
Floyd |
Floyd | Monday: Poetry reading.
Floyd | Tuesday: Poetry reading.
Floyd | Wednesday: Cross-stitch. NO GUNS.
Floyd | Thursday: Poetry reading.
Floyd | Friday: Alcoholics Anonymous.
Floyd | Saturday: Poker.
Floyd | Sunday: CLOSED.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "heh"
DavidW says, "Bet Agnus brings a gun to cross-stitch anyway."
Knight_Otu exclaims, "... What kind of Cross-stitch are you doing!"
Jacqueline says, "I wonder what happened at cross-stich day one Wednesday."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x newspaper"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 302
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X NEWSPAPER
Floyd |
Floyd | "Vicious Animals Are Dismembered In Gory Nightly Excess, Pumped High
Floyd | On Drugs"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x newspaper"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 303
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X NEWSPAPER
Floyd |
Floyd | "Vicious Animals Are Dismembered In Gory Nightly Excess, Pumped High
Floyd | On Drugs"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
ChrisC says, "Hi all."
Knight_Otu says, "Hey."
Jacqueline exclaims, "Hullo!"
lpsmith wave!
DavidW says, "hi ChrisC!"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read story"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 304
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ STORY
Floyd |
Floyd | There are a few stories on the board. You choose one at random to
Floyd | read.
Floyd |
Floyd | "I am in a band. I play guitar and Stuffy plays guitar and Richard
Floyd | plays guitar and Marie plays drums although she has only got one and
Floyd | Ermentrude sings. Sometimes Ermentrude plays guitar too. We are going
Floyd | on tour in the fall but for now we play live at different places in
Floyd | Backwater. When they catch us they throw us out but we are good at
Floyd | hiding. Our record is thirty-four minutes."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu asks, "Are the Animals pumped high on drugs, or the perpetrators?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read story"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 305
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ STORY
Floyd |
Floyd | There are a few stories on the board. You choose one at random to
Floyd | read.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Benjamin Jefferson was not just the presedent he was also a cowboy.
Floyd | He had a horse named Woodrow and he lived in a coffin with wheels. On
Floyd | Friday he would have a gun fight and he nearly always won. One time he
Floyd | met Doctor Abrhaham and they decided to build doge City. They got help
Floyd | from a friendly beaver."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read story"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 306
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ STORY
Floyd |
Floyd | There are a few stories on the board. You choose one at random to
Floyd | read.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Underneath cars is a good place to hide. Sometimes you jump out and
Floyd | surprise the neighbors but sometimes you just lie there and wait where
Floyd | no-one can see you. You can tell when they get in the car because it
Floyd | comes a bit closer to your face and when they switch it on you
Floyd | sometimes cough. If you hold on to the metal stuff you can sometimes
Floyd | get a free ride but watch out because it burns your hands."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline exclaims, "!"
Knight_Otu says, "That..."
Jacqueline says, "...yeah"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read story"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 307
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ STORY
Floyd |
Floyd | There are a few stories on the board. You choose one at random to
Floyd | read.
Floyd |
Floyd | "My father is a member of the Vermont Cheesers. They are a secret
Floyd | society so I am not allowed to talk about them. They meet in The
Floyd | Creamery and they do not allow girls to join. Sometimes I have to wait
Floyd | in the anti-room so I sneak up on the balcony and watch. Every day
Floyd | they bet on a cheese in a sack and if they do not get it right they
Floyd | have to eat the cheese. One man always talks about Maple Smoked Gouda
Floyd | and another man always talks about The Cheese Trail and sometimes they
Floyd | put the cheese down their trousers. They all smile all the time but
Floyd | you can see in their eyes that they are scared."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I want that child to keep on writing."
DavidW says, "I love these stories."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read story"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 308
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ STORY
Floyd |
Floyd | There are a few stories on the board. You choose one at random to
Floyd | read.
Floyd |
Floyd | "I hate chores. Mom makes me empty the trash and sweep the yard and
Floyd | get rid of the dead birds that Misty brings in. I cut off the wings
Floyd | and hide them in the crawlspace and stitch them together. Sometimes I
Floyd | catch butterflies and moths and use their wings too. When I am done I
Floyd | will have two sets of wings and find out which one is better. The bird
Floyd | one I will call SuperSwallow and the butterfly one I will call
Floyd | BeeHaMoth. I will fly over Robert Sutherland's house and shit on it."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "hahaha oh my"
Knight_Otu says, "Darn kids."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "read story"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 309
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ STORY
Floyd |
Floyd | There are a few stories on the board. You choose one at random to
Floyd | read.
Floyd |
Floyd | "My dad always takes me to see jazz. It is crap. He says it is the
Floyd | only true American art form. I pretend to listen but I actually try to
Floyd | use psychic powers to make the jazz people explode. I have tried about
Floyd | a hundred times. One time the trumpet man played a wrong note although
Floyd | it is difficult to tell with jazz. Then blood came out the end of his
Floyd | trumpet. Then he fell over. I got ice cream on the way home."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Oh this is fantastic."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "read story"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 310
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ STORY
Floyd |
Floyd | There are a few stories on the board. You choose one at random to
Floyd | read.
Floyd |
Floyd | "I have a friend at home she is called Bertrande. She does not go to
Floyd | school. When mom comes in she hides beneath the bed or in the closet
Floyd | and sometimes she makes a joke with a kitchen knife. Bertrande is from
Floyd | France in the sixteenth century where she was a pleasant girl. She was
Floyd | murdured by a noble man and she says if she can collect the bud of an
Floyd | entire family she can travel back in time for revenge. I like her
Floyd | hair."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Gavin needs to release an illustrated collection of these stories."
Jacqueline says, "I would buy it."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "read story"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 311
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ STORY
Floyd |
Floyd | There are a few stories on the board. You choose one at random to
Floyd | read.
Floyd |
Floyd | "My uncle showed me a trick where you unscrew a salt cellar in the
Floyd | diner and then the next person gets salt all over their food. I did it
Floyd | a couple of times and stayed around to watch through the window. It
Floyd | was funny. I like to make things better so I swapped the salt for
Floyd | sugar and then for the white stuff from the laundry. If you find a
Floyd | salt cellar with a big enough hole you can also put broken glass in
Floyd | there."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "..."
Jacqueline says, "They're getting darker..."
jsnlv says, "I like how so many of these are just subtly off, but then that one's just bam, broken glass"
Knight_Otu says, "Remind me not to visit Backwater."
Jacqueline exclaims, "Keep reading!"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "read story"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 312
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ STORY
Floyd |
Floyd | There are a few stories on the board. You choose one at random to
Floyd | read.
Floyd |
Floyd | "One night I was coming home from school. It was dark. Then I saw a
Floyd | light in the sky. It was a space alium. A light shone down on me and I
Floyd | went on the space ship. They gave me cookies but the chocolate chips
Floyd | were bugs. I was scared. They wanted to take me to their planut but I
Floyd | said I had to be home at 6.30 for dinner. The aliums seemed angry and
Floyd | they dropped me in a pond. My school books got wet. The end."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "read story"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 313
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ STORY
Floyd |
Floyd | There are a few stories on the board. You choose one at random to
Floyd | read.
Floyd |
Floyd | "One day I was mixing paint and I made a new color! It was red and
Floyd | green and pink and all the colors at one time! I painted it on a
Floyd | painting and it made a hole with glowy edges! I tried it on the back
Floyd | of my door and it made a bigger hole! But when I looked through it was
Floyd | not our upstairs but another person's house with different colored
Floyd | walls and leg stuff hanging from the ceiling! I am going to climb
Floyd | through and see if it is an adventure!"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "read story"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 314
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ STORY
Floyd |
Floyd | There are a few stories on the board. You choose one at random to
Floyd | read.
Floyd |
Floyd | "I have a friend at home she is called Bertrande. She does not go to
Floyd | school. When mom comes in she hides beneath the bed or in the closet
Floyd | and sometimes she makes a joke with a kitchen knife. Bertrande is from
Floyd | France in the sixteenth century where she was a pleasant girl. She was
Floyd | murdured by a noble man and she says if she can collect the bud of an
Floyd | entire family she can travel back in time for revenge. I like her
Floyd | hair."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "aw"
Jacqueline exclaims, "No repeats!"
Knight_Otu says, "A repeat."
Jacqueline exclaims, "Eternal stories!"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "read story"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 315
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ STORY
Floyd |
Floyd | There are a few stories on the board. You choose one at random to
Floyd | read.
Floyd |
Floyd | "One day I was mixing paint and I made a new color! It was red and
Floyd | green and pink and all the colors at one time! I painted it on a
Floyd | painting and it made a hole with glowy edges! I tried it on the back
Floyd | of my door and it made a bigger hole! But when I looked through it was
Floyd | not our upstairs but another person's house with different colored
Floyd | walls and leg stuff hanging from the ceiling! I am going to climb
Floyd | through and see if it is an adventure!"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "read story"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 316
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ STORY
Floyd |
Floyd | There are a few stories on the board. You choose one at random to
Floyd | read.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Benjamin Jefferson was not just the presedent he was also a cowboy.
Floyd | He had a horse named Woodrow and he lived in a coffin with wheels. On
Floyd | Friday he would have a gun fight and he nearly always won. One time he
Floyd | met Doctor Abrhaham and they decided to build doge City. They got help
Floyd | from a friendly beaver."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "That's it. Darn."
DavidW says, "I think you've seen 'em all. Sorry."
Knight_Otu says, "I think wecaught them all."
ChrisC says, "Yeah I think when it hits the end it reshuffles and runs through them again"
Jacqueline says, "I just want to keep playing this section of the game forever."
DavidW says, "Obvs we want more."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 317
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)
Floyd | A short street terminates here. To the south it opens into the town
Floyd | square. To the east, a few worn steps rise to the entrance of the
Floyd | public library, and to the west you can see a real estate office. A
Floyd | gloomy path leads northwest, towards the woods.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see a notice board here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
lpsmith says, "Can I just say that I super appreciate authors who shuffle their entries instead of randomize their entries? Thank you."
DavidW says (to lpsmith), "yes"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x woods"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 318
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X WOODS
Floyd |
Floyd | Distant, dark foliage.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x library"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 319
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X LIBRARY
Floyd |
Floyd | Neoclassical columns frame a grand entrance. A wheelchair ramp has
Floyd | been constructed beside the steps.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x office"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 320
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X OFFICE
Floyd |
Floyd | Oddly featureless.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 321
Floyd | >
Floyd | > E
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)
Floyd | This is unusually spacious for a small-town library. You think you
Floyd | remember something about it being a national historical site? That
Floyd | would explain the decor, at least. It's half rustic colonial, half
Floyd | modern budget-strapped public service, with a meager collection of
Floyd | creaky shelves standing in the middle of an old plank floor. A small
Floyd | display case stands prominently near the entrance, and some weird
Floyd | chairs are scattered around for the comfort of the patrons, none of
Floyd | whom are here at the moment. The sole exit is back to the west.
Floyd |
Floyd | A fleece jacket is draped over the back of one of the chairs.
Floyd |
Floyd | A librarian stands behind a counter.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "baf"
lpsmith exclaims, "Is this our first room with an author watching? Yay!"
Jacqueline says, "I ... think it is."
baf waves
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x shelves"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 322
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SHELVES
Floyd |
Floyd | The books don't seem to be in any particular order. You can browse if
Floyd | you like, but good luck finding anything specific.
Floyd |
Floyd | The librarian looks at you.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
baf says, "Don't mind me"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x librarian"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 323
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X LIBRARIAN
Floyd |
Floyd | An old woman with severe features, primly dressed, with slate-gray
Floyd | hair tied up in a bun. She's almost a caricature, and seems as antique
Floyd | as the building.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x case"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 324
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X CASE
Floyd |
Floyd | In the display case are a plaque and a big black book.
Floyd |
Floyd | The librarian stamps something. There's something odd about the way
Floyd | she moves. You can't quite put your finger on it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x plaque"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 325
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X PLAQUE
Floyd |
Floyd | DE VERMIBUS LACERIS
Floyd |
Floyd | In 1630, the eccentric scholar and polymath Henry Danton Gules came to
Floyd | America to study the superstitions of the Abenaki people, who he was
Floyd | convinced held "the secrets of the earth". He spent much of the next
Floyd | eight years living among them, learning their language and folklore.
Floyd | Or so he claimed; his accounts of his experiences range from the
Floyd | highly exaggerated to the outright fabricated.
Floyd |
Floyd | "The native storytellers have shown me wondrous things. Under the
Floyd | mountains are caverns without limit, where great beasts roam, and feed
Floyd | upon the buried dead..."
Floyd | (Letter from Gules to a colleague)
Floyd |
Floyd | During this time, he wrote two books, under the pseudonym "Azban" (a
Floyd | trickster figure from Abenaki legend). One, now lost, was a text on a
Floyd | language that he called "Adamic", which he claimed was the original
Floyd | language spoken before the fall of the Tower of Babel. The other,
Floyd | displayed here, is De Vermibus Laceris, which he described as
Floyd | "completing the known principles of ritual magic by reuniting them
Floyd | with the forgotten wisdom of the ancients". Most of the book is
Floyd | written in a mix of Latin and English, but some of the more
Floyd | theoretical passages, including several entire chapters, are in
Floyd | Adamic, and have not been translated.
Floyd |
Floyd | In order to publish these books, Gules helped to finance the first
Floyd | printing press in New England in 1638. However, he never saw them
Floyd | printed, due to his disappearance in the great New Hampshire
Floyd | earthquake later that year. The few copies that had been made were
Floyd | declared "blasphemous" by Massachusetts Bay Colony governor John
Floyd | Winthrop, who ordered them destroyed. It was believed that no copies
Floyd | survived until 1986, when the volume displayed here was discovered
Floyd | concealed in a wall of the Backwater Public Library during
Floyd | renovations.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x book"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 325
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BOOK
Floyd |
Floyd | Which do you mean, the bookshelf, De Vermibus Laceris, the shabby
Floyd | journal, The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three, the
Floyd | diary of Phyllis Cragne or the postcard of Big Ben?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x vermibus"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 326
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X VERMIBUS
Floyd |
Floyd | A massive tome, with ragged pages bound in badly-decayed black
Floyd | leather, laid open on a stand.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "read it"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 327
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ IT
Floyd |
Floyd | The grimoire in open on a page describing peeling open the way to
Floyd | someone lost, whether they be in this world or not. You gather from
Floyd | the prelimaries that the ritual involves the horn of a black goat and
Floyd | a cyst from a god, as well as the lost one's true star sign and their
Floyd | most treasured memento. How the ritual is actually performed is
Floyd | further in the book on the pages you currently cannot see.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Huh"
Jacqueline says, "It's comforting to know that gods get cysts too."
Knight_Otu says, "I am a bit amused that the postcard counts as a book."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read it"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 328
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ IT
Floyd |
Floyd | The grimoire in open on a page describing peeling open the way to
Floyd | someone lost, whether they be in this world or not. You gather from
Floyd | the prelimaries that the ritual involves the horn of a black goat and
Floyd | a cyst from a god, as well as the lost one's true star sign and their
Floyd | most treasured memento. How the ritual is actually performed is
Floyd | further in the book on the pages you currently cannot see.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "turn grimoire page"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 329
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TURN GRIMOIRE PAGE
Floyd |
Floyd | The display case isn't open.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "oh"
Jacqueline says, "Right."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask librarian about grimoire"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 330
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK LIBRARIAN ABOUT GRIMOIRE
Floyd |
Floyd | With whip-like speed, she raises a finger to her lips and shushes you
Floyd | vigorously, then points at a sign on the counter.
Floyd |
Floyd | You glance around. There's no one around who you could possibly be
Floyd | disturbing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Yeah, can't leave blasphemous books open for just everybody."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read sign"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 331
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ SIGN
Floyd |
Floyd | QUIET PLEASE
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Except for the page most tantalizing for us, of course. :)"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "whisper"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 331
Floyd | >
Floyd | > WHISPER
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
ChrisC asks, "Since I wasn't here for the beginning, how many puzzles have been solved, aside from the Train Station bridge?"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x chair"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 332
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X CHAIR
Floyd |
Floyd | A collection of tired-looking wooden sculptures with orange vinyl
Floyd | cushions on them.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the chair is a fleece jacket.
Floyd |
Floyd | The librarian catches your eye and points at the bookshelves.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to ChrisC), "Mausoleum and Milkweed."
Knight_Otu asks, "Does the rat count as a puzzle?"
ChrisC exclaims (at DavidW), "Thanks!"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take jacket"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 333
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE JACKET
Floyd |
Floyd | A card flutters to the ground as you pick the jacket up. Almost
Floyd | involuntarily, you stoop and pick it up too.
Floyd |
Floyd | The librarian nods at you curtly. There's something eerie about how
Floyd | quietly she moves about the library. You can hardly take a step
Floyd | without a floorboard creaking. It's like she weighs nothing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
baf says, "Gah, I didn't think to handle 'whisper'. Well, never mind: I'll tell you what would happen if I had thought of it: The librarian would shush you."
Knight_Otu says, "f x jacket"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x jacket"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 334
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X JACKET
Floyd |
Floyd | Hey, isn't this Peter's jacket?
Floyd |
Floyd | Yeah, it totally is! It's got that worn-off section on the elbow from
Floyd | your bike trip together. I guess he must have been in the library
Floyd | recently and left it there. Only... how could anyone forget their
Floyd | jacket in this weather?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Oops."
Jacqueline exclaims, "!!"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x card"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 335
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X CARD
Floyd |
Floyd | A battered beige rectangle with rounded corners, printed with the
Floyd | library insignia, and bearing the words:
Floyd |
Floyd | PETER CRAGNE
Floyd | CRAGNE MANOR
Floyd | is entitled to borrow books from
Floyd | BACKWATER PUBLIC LIBRARY
Floyd | Backwater, Vermont
Floyd | and is responsible for all books taken on this card
Floyd | Expires APRIL 1998
Floyd | No 19078
Floyd |
Floyd | A little metal dealy clips through the cardboard, with a
Floyd | mirror-reversed version of the ID number stamped into it. They really
Floyd | haven't upgraded their systems in a while.
Floyd |
Floyd | The librarian disappears between the shelves for a bit, then returns.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get it"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 336
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET IT
Floyd |
Floyd | You already have that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
GrouchoMerckx goes home. Knight_Otu says, "Our husband's library card. This time, we don't have to steal it."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 337
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)
Floyd | This is unusually spacious for a small-town library. You think you
Floyd | remember something about it being a national historical site? That
Floyd | would explain the decor, at least. It's half rustic colonial, half
Floyd | modern budget-strapped public service, with a meager collection of
Floyd | creaky shelves standing in the middle of an old plank floor. A small
Floyd | display case stands prominently near the entrance, and some weird
Floyd | chairs are scattered around for the comfort of the patrons, none of
Floyd | whom are here at the moment. The sole exit is back to the west.
Floyd |
Floyd | A librarian stands behind a counter.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "Can we check out a grimoire?"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x decor"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 338
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X DECOR
Floyd |
Floyd | Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)
Floyd | This is unusually spacious for a small-town library. You think you
Floyd | remember something about it being a national historical site? That
Floyd | would explain the decor, at least. It's half rustic colonial, half
Floyd | modern budget-strapped public service, with a meager collection of
Floyd | creaky shelves standing in the middle of an old plank floor. A small
Floyd | display case stands prominently near the entrance, and some weird
Floyd | chairs are scattered around for the comfort of the patrons, none of
Floyd | whom are here at the moment. The sole exit is back to the west.
Floyd |
Floyd | A librarian stands behind a counter.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I don't see why not."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x counter"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 339
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X COUNTER
Floyd |
Floyd | Just a simple wood-veneer slab with a large version of the library
Floyd | insignia painted on. There's a sign mounted on it, and a small cart
Floyd | stands to one side..
Floyd |
Floyd | The librarian catches your eye and points at the bookshelves. It
Floyd | really seems like she doesn't blink enough. Or at all.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x cart"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 340
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X CART
Floyd |
Floyd | A rusty-wheeled little convenience with bright floral contact paper
Floyd | wrapped around its carrying surfaces.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "search shelves"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 341
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SEARCH SHELVES
Floyd |
Floyd | Browsing, you discover a self-published volume of mawkish poetry. You
Floyd | don't have time for this, so you put it back.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 342
Floyd | >
Floyd | > G
Floyd |
Floyd | You blindly pick out a decades-old high school yearbook. Sighing
Floyd | inwardly, you place it back on the shelf.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 343
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a library card
Floyd |   Peter's jacket
Floyd |   a shabby journal
Floyd |   The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |   a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x me"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 344
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X ME
Floyd |
Floyd | Disheveled. Exhausted. Not crying yet. Glad to be in from the cold, if
Floyd | only for a little while.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "point to black book"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 345
Floyd | >
Floyd | > POINT TO BLACK BOOK
Floyd |
Floyd | The librarian looks at the case, then looks back at you, then shrugs
Floyd | and holds out a hand, palm up, as if to receive something.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "ooooh"
DavidW says, "oh that works. huh"
Jacqueline exclaims, "Give her the card!"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "give card to librarian"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 346
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GIVE CARD TO LIBRARIAN
Floyd |
Floyd | She takes the card from you and fusses with some machinery behind the
Floyd | counter. You hear the buzz of a dot-matrix printer, and then she gives
Floyd | you back the card along with a note.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I never thought of pointing before."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x note"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 347
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X NOTE
Floyd |
Floyd | ATTENTION PETER CRAGNE
Floyd |
Floyd | This is your notification that your status with the Backwater Public
Floyd | Library is DELINQUENT due to NON-RETURNAL.
Floyd | You are NOT PERMITTED to check out books or to access special library
Floyd | materials until your status is cleared.
Floyd |
Floyd | To clear your status, you must return ALL books you currently have
Floyd | checked out:
Floyd |
Floyd |     To Have, and To Have Knots: An Illustrated Guide
Floyd |     LVPB
Floyd |     The Dollmaker's Journal
Floyd |     Twin Hearts Between the Planes
Floyd |     Backwater Personalities (1915-1925 edition)
Floyd |     Tolerating An Asinine God
Floyd |     The Lives of the Roman Emperors
Floyd |     De Zeven Testamenten van de Krijsende Zeeworm
Floyd |     Venator in Tenebris
Floyd |     'Pataphysical Approaches to Quantum Superfluids
Floyd |     Legends of Lake Champlain and the Hudson River Valley
Floyd | A Rudimentary Taxonomy of Known Scent and Grotesque
Floyd | Reactions
Floyd |     Life Beneath Nightmares
Floyd |     The Conservative's Cookbook
Floyd |     The Seven Gaunts
Floyd |     New England and the Bavarian Illuminati
Floyd | ANCHORHEAD. A What-do-I-do-now Book Based on the Works of
Floyd | MICHAEL GENTRY
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "oh jeeze"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 348
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a book list
Floyd |   a library card
Floyd |   Peter's jacket
Floyd |   a shabby journal
Floyd |   The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |   a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
jsnlv says, "Reading the book list the first time is among my favorite parts of the game I've seen so far"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "cf6"
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SAVE
Floyd | %% Enter a save filename to write:
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 348
Floyd | > SAVEOk.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "And yeet she does not want our divination book."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "give journal to her"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 349
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GIVE JOURNAL TO HER
Floyd |
Floyd | She does something with it behind the counter that makes a
Floyd | "klonk-klonk" noise, then puts it on a cart for later reshelving.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
baf says, "Huh, weird what happens with the spacing when the titles overflow a line."
Jacqueline says (to baf), "That's probably just Floyd."
Knight_Otu asks, "I think that's the only one we had that belongs here?"
Jacqueline says, "Yeah, think so."
DavidW says, "I like how the returned books go into a cart so we can continue to look at them later if we need to."
Jacqueline says, "Also, that's the 3 hour mark."
baf says, "Yeah, it doesn't happen under Gargoyle."
Knight_Otu says, "It is the three hour mark, yes."
Jacqueline asks, "Should we break and resume at 2 Eastern, 7uk next week?"
Knight_Otu says, "Yeah, it is time for me."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "save"
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SAVE
Floyd | %% Enter a save filename to write:
Jacqueline asks, "I will try to remember to post about it beforehand, but y'all mark it on your calendars?"
dhakajack exclaims, "marked!"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "cfcragnelibrary"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 349
Floyd | > SAVEOk.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to KO), "Something unique"
Jacqueline says, "Good good"
Jacqueline exclaims, "Thanks, all. This was fun. It might take us a while, and I do not care how long!"
**** SESSION TWO ****
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "restore"
Floyd | >
Floyd | > RESTORE
Floyd | %% Enter a save filename to read:
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "cfcragnelibrary"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 349
Floyd | Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "It hasn't that bad yet, but we're still early in the game."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Backwater Public Library (Carl Muckenhoupt)          Turns: 350
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a book list
Floyd |   a library card
Floyd |   Peter's jacket
Floyd |   The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |   a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Oh right. We just got the book list."
Knight_Otu says, "Yeah, and managed to get back one whole book to the library."
Jacqueline asks, "So does that mean we can move on from here and keep exploring?"
Jacqueline asks, "Or is there something else we should do, do you think?"
Knight_Otu says, "Yeah, I think we're done with the library."
DavidW says, "I suppose I can't say either way."
Jacqueline loads up DW's map that he posted.
DavidW says, "But the fact that you need to ask that question..."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 351
Floyd | >
Floyd | > W
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)
Floyd | A short street terminates here. To the south it opens into the town
Floyd | square. To the east, a few worn steps rise to the entrance of the
Floyd | public library, and to the west you can see a real estate office. A
Floyd | gloomy path leads northwest, towards the woods.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see a notice board here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "I mean, obviously there's more books to find that we have to get there and check out that one evil book."
Jacqueline says, "Yeah"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | >
Floyd | > W
Floyd |
Floyd | You pause at the entrance of the real estate office to reread the
Floyd | telegram in your pocket, scanning the curt missive for any additional
Floyd | clues as to what the hell your husband hosed up this time. No
Floyd | dice. A wave of sheer black terror washes up into your pharynx, and
Floyd | you fight it back down.
Floyd |
Floyd | It's fine. It'll be fine. You saved his ass that time with the vampire
Floyd | yacht (stupid), you got him and yourself out of the sentient
Floyd | wax museum (so careless), you even... it is not worth
Floyd | thinking about the guy with the drill hands right now. It is
Floyd | never worth thinking about the guy with the drill hands. It's
Floyd | fine. It'll be fine.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your solid gold instincts have led you to this office, which means
Floyd | there's something you need to steal from inside of it, so you
Floyd | tell your brain to shut its trap, adjust your backpack on your
Floyd | shoulder, and push firmly through the door into the stale chill of the
Floyd | air conditioning.
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Knight_Otu arrives, ready to play with the toys. Jacqueline says, "Why are we still married to this guy, I'm wondering."
Knight_Otu says, "I forgot I wasn't here yet."
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Jacqueline says, "WELCOME"
Jacqueline pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 352
Floyd | air conditioning.
Floyd | The woman behind the desk jerks her head up from a pile of papers as
Floyd | you enter, clearly surprised to have a customer. "Oh, hello!" she
Floyd | says. "Can I facts you about a house? Ugh, I mean, are you interested
Floyd | in a Forthright & Rotier property? I mean, they're all our --
Floyd | we're the only realtor in -- hello!"
Floyd |
Floyd | Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)
Floyd | The space is dominated by the unexpectedly symbiotic combination of a
Floyd | giant desk and a tiny woman, who together give the impression of being
Floyd | one complete single entity, like a centaur. The surface of the desk is
Floyd | invisible underneath a loose pile of glossy architectural magazines,
Floyd | manila folders, and real estate listings pamphlets. Behind it, a
Floyd | gunmetal-grey filing cabinet lurks unattractively in the far corner.
Floyd | The exit back out to the street is east.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tiny woman is here waiting to answer all of your Backwater real
Floyd | estate questions.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline exclaims, "JENNI!"
DavidW says, "yes, indeed."
Jacqueline asks, "Jenni said she might visit today, as we might hit her room. Where for art thou, Jenni?"
DavidW asks, "May I say that I like Jenni's room and writing?"
Jacqueline says, "Of course you may."
DavidW says, "Jenni's room and writing are teh awesome. Please enjoy."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 353
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a Jansport backpack (being worn and open)
Floyd |     a key pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a book pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a side pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a trash pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a backpack features guide
Floyd |   a coded telegram
Floyd |   a book list
Floyd |   a library card
Floyd |   Peter's jacket
Floyd |   The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |   a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x me"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 354
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X ME
Floyd |
Floyd | You are Naomi Sparradew Cragne, nurse practitioner, born (prematurely)
Floyd | in 1972 to Keith and Esperanza Sparradew of Flagstaff, Arizona, both
Floyd | now sadly deceased.*
Floyd |
Floyd | As a child, your family owned horses, and you definitely know how to
Floyd | ride them, but you injured your hip in a bad fall on some black ice in
Floyd | Boston so you don't anymore. These days you get your horse itch
Floyd | scratched by volunteering with Stable America, a non-profit that
Floyd | provides riding therapy to trauma survivors.*
Floyd |
Floyd | You are married to Peter Cragne -- entrepreneur, amateur philosopher,
Floyd | and tennis enthusiast -- recently returned to Backwater, Vermont after
Floyd | an absence of twenty-three years to inherit the family mansion (such
Floyd | as it is).*
Floyd |
Floyd | * As far as any of these rubes know.
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "haha. Right. X ME and possibly XYZZY in every room"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "xyzzy"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 354
Floyd | >
Floyd | > XYZZY
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "No XYZZY here."
DavidW says, "I think few rooms use XYZZY, but I never really tried."
Jacqueline says, "I'm wondering if everything will have a single asterisk"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x centaur"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 354
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X CENTAUR
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "aw"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x woman"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 355
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X WOMAN
Floyd |
Floyd | The upper half of her body consists mostly of hair, insufficiently
Floyd | restrained with a blue plaid scrunchie. Twin octagonal shimmers
Floyd | beneath the hair suggest a pair of glasses. Her torso wears a t-shirt
Floyd | advertising the 1996 Muddy Crayfish Charity Run/Walk, sponsored by
Floyd | Forthright & Rotier.
Floyd |
Floyd | The lower half of her body is obscured by the giant desk, but your
Floyd | brain evolved over millennia to handle exactly this kind of situation,
Floyd | so without even thinking about it you assume she has two human legs
Floyd | instead of, say, half a kraken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x telegram"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 356
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X TELEGRAM
Floyd |
Floyd | NAOMI STOP FORGOT BROWN SHOES STOP PLEASE SEND BY
Floyd | EARLIEST POST STOP LOVE PETER
Floyd |
Floyd | In the secret code you worked out with your husband, "forgot brown
Floyd | shoes" means "the plan has gone dog-tits-up and I could not be deeper
Floyd | in the crap canal," while "please send by earliest post" means "invent
Floyd | a pretext and come extricate me immediately."
Floyd |
Floyd | So, here you are in Backwater, Vermont, with a missing husband and no
Floyd | idea what to do next. It's great. Everything's great.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "We be spies now."
DavidW says, "In this room, anyway."
Knight_Otu says, "Yeah."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x backpack"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 357
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BACKPACK
Floyd |
Floyd | You bought this backpack specifically to do thefts with, and you love
Floyd | it. From the outside it's modestly sized and easy to carry, but the
Floyd | inside is surprisingly capacious -- you've used it to smuggle oil
Floyd | paintings, kayaks, and (best day of your life) the entire contents of
Floyd | a government warehouse in Roswell, New Mexico. In addition to the
Floyd | cavernous main pocket of the backpack itself, there's a key pocket for
Floyd | your keys, a book pocket for your books, a side pocket for your
Floyd | sidequests, and a trash pocket for your trash. Zippers on all of these
Floyd | pockets let you open and close them at will.
Floyd |
Floyd | In the Jansport backpack are a key pocket, a book pocket, a side
Floyd | pocket, a trash pocket and a backpack features guide.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "This is not a spoiler, but you'll be keeping that groovy backpack."
Knight_Otu exclaims, "But, but, trenchcoat!"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x key pocket"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 358
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X KEY POCKET
Floyd |
Floyd | A heavily reinforced pocket to store your keys in, if you're the kind
Floyd | of person who has too many keys to fit on a keyring.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x features guide"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 359
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X FEATURES GUIDE
Floyd |
Floyd | Welcome to the NEW 1998 Urban Adventurer Streetwarrior
Floyd | TRIPLE-REINFORCED Lifestyle Management System by Jansport!
Floyd |
Floyd | Incredible Updated Features:
Floyd | ** Separate zippable pockets let you hide things and reveal them at
Floyd | will!
Floyd | ** Brand new abbreviations: mp = main pocket, kp = key pocket, bp =
Floyd | book pocket, etc.!
Floyd | ** Time-saving upgrade for the adventurer on the go: LOOK IN or PUT
Floyd | [SOMETHING] IN a closed pocket without having to open it first!
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I think it's pretty cool how, beyond being a misfit patchwork of rooms, this game is doing some very memorable things, like the organized backpack and the cup of coffee hints."
DavidW says, "yes, some lovely innovations."
Jacqueline says, "I think I've told this story on CF before, but I once had a Jansport backpack."
Jacqueline says, "And it broke."
Jacqueline says, "And I sent it in for service."
Jacqueline says, "And it was gone a while."
Jacqueline says, "And while it was gone I got postcards in the mail from my backback."
Jenni arrives, ready to play with the toys. DavidW says, "oh my"
DavidW says, "JENNI!"
Jacqueline says, "The postcards talked about how much FUN my pack was having at backpack camp."
Jacqueline says, "There were zipper races."
Jacqueline says, "The End"
Jenni says, "hi!! I'm on my dang phone"
Jacqueline says, "We just got to your room."
Knight_Otu asks, "That sounds kind of stalkery, doesn't it?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask woman about woman"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 360
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK WOMAN ABOUT WOMAN
Floyd |
Floyd | "I'm a real estate receptionist who is doing an admirable job of
Floyd | attempting to perform her work functions!" the tiny woman tells you.
Floyd | "Do you have any questions for me that a sane person might ask a real
Floyd | estate receptionist?"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to KO), "hee"
Jenni says, "yesssss! also, backpack camp :thumbsup:"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask woman about real estate"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 361
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK WOMAN ABOUT REAL ESTATE
Floyd |
Floyd | The woman gestures towards the pamphlets on the desk. "We have some
Floyd | pamphlets with all of our current home listings, if you'd like to take
Floyd | one and look at it. Or if you have any questions about any buildings
Floyd | in town, I can answer those too! Forthright and Rotier has been the
Floyd | only realtor in Backwater for over 200 years, so... yeah."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take pamphlet"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 362
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE PAMPHLET
Floyd |
Floyd | You take a pamphlet of home listings off of the stack.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read pamphlet"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 363
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ PAMPHLET
Floyd |
Floyd | 18 F'tagn Court
Floyd | || 8 BR 1 BA || Quiet neighborhood! Completely redone with brand new
Floyd | floors and concrete-sealed basement. Hardly any muttering!
Floyd |
Floyd | 36 River Walk Drive
Floyd | || 3 BR 2 BA || Great river views and convenient for boating! Trawl
Floyd | for crayfish from the comfort of your living room. Entire upstairs
Floyd | still mostly above water!
Floyd |
Floyd | 23 Euclid Street
Floyd | || 2 BR 5 BA || An obelisk lover's dream! Extensive yard boasts a true
Floyd | infinity pool and an impressive collection of garden statuary,
Floyd | including twin sphinxes. Paradoxically nearby to everything!
Floyd |
Floyd | Underneath the description of 23 Euclid Street, someone has scrawled
Floyd | the words "JACKDAWS LOVE MY BIG SPHINX OF QUARTZ."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Oh my"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "ask woman about train station"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 364
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK WOMAN ABOUT TRAIN STATION
Floyd |
Floyd | "That property is very historic and cool but not currently for sale!"
Floyd | the tiny woman says. "If you tell me more about yourself, I will be
Floyd | better able to analyze your needs and desires and attempt to resolve
Floyd | them by selling you a property that is for sale!"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "tell woman about me"
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TELL WOMAN ABOUT ME
Floyd |
Floyd | "Oh!" the woman exclaims. "You're the new wi-- I mean, you're Naomi
Floyd | Sparradew Cragne! Nice to meet you. I'm Bethany Tross." She boosts
Floyd | herself onto the desk to shake your hand. "I've got a huge file on
Floyd | Cragne Manor. It's absolutely fascinating. You're gonna love it." Lips
Floyd | slightly pursed, she surveys the mess on the desk. "Um. Just let me
Floyd | find it. Jeez. One sec."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask woman about cragne manor"
Floyd | find it. Jeez. One sec."
Floyd | Bethany gathers all of the folders on the desk into her arms. "See,
Floyd | I'm getting a master's degree in local history, and this job is a gold
Floyd | mine for original documents," she explains. One by one she deposits
Floyd | each file into the cabinet, until only an empty-looking folder labeled
Floyd | CRAGNE MANOR remains. "Huh, it should be..." She flips it open, then
Floyd | with a disappointed look sets it on the desk in front of you.
Jacqueline says, "oh. oops"
DavidW says, "push space"
Jacqueline says, "Yeah, I see that now"
Jacqueline pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd | with a disappointed look sets it on the desk in front of you.
Floyd | "Well, ratsack," she says. "I guess the Cragne Manor file's off being
Floyd | digitized. Ms. Rotier's been on this paperless office kick lately,
Floyd | which is weird, because we don't have a computer." Her expression
Floyd | brightens somewhat. "Any other buildings you want to know about? I'm
Floyd | not allowed to talk history at home anymore, not since the incident."
Jenni says, "I put a lot of keypress in here"
Jacqueline says, "Haha - which is weird because we don't have a computer."
Jacqueline says, "that is awesome"
DavidW says, "push space again"
Plover arrives, ready to play with the toys.
Jacqueline pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 365
Floyd | not allowed to talk history at home anymore, not since the incident."
Floyd | Now that the desk is clean, you notice a paperback book that had been
Floyd | hiding underneath the folders.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
dhakajack arrives, ready to play with the toys.
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x book"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 366
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BOOK
Floyd |
Floyd | A somewhat battered paperback whose lovingly fantasy-painted cover
Floyd | features a corseted steampunk woman embracing a Regency period
Floyd | nobleman -- who is also an anthropomorphic lion -- in space. "TWIN
Floyd | HEARTS BETWEEN THE PLANES," raised letters proclaim. "LEELAH VAUGHAN."
Floyd |
Floyd | Beneath the author's name, smaller text inside a sunburst informs you
Floyd | that this book was a 1981 Venus Rising nominee for "Best Sexual
Floyd | Tension." A shelving label for the Backwater Public Library covers the
Floyd | lower spine "[FIC / ERO / ANIMA / FELIS / YIKES]".
Floyd |
Floyd | This is it, your instincts whisper. This is the thing you
Floyd | need to steal. Also, look at it. It's amazing. Definitely steal
Floyd | that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "hahahaha"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take book"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 367
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE BOOK
Floyd |
Floyd | This is it! This lion sex book is definitely the thing you need to
Floyd | steal. Even if it wasn't, you'd steal it anyway, for multiple reasons.
Floyd |
Floyd | You're gonna steal it smart, though, which means finding a
Floyd | moment when Bethany isn't watching.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "oh"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask woman about the incident"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 368
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK WOMAN ABOUT THE INCIDENT
Floyd |
Floyd | "It's a funny story," Bethany says. You wait for her to tell it to
Floyd | you, but she doesn't.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu asks, "Isn't that book on our list?"
DavidW says, "It is, actually."
Jacqueline says, "I'm assuming pretty much any book we encounter will be on our list."
Plover says (to Floyd), "cutest-silmor"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 368
Floyd | >
Floyd | > CUTEST-SILMOR
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Not all books will be."
Jacqueline says (to Plover), "We're playing a game right now."
Knight_Otu says, "Then technically, it's less stealing and more... hm."
Jacqueline says, "Yeah. We're doing a good deed."
Jacqueline says, "That's a good point."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask woman about library"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 369
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK WOMAN ABOUT LIBRARY
Floyd |
Floyd | Bethany's features descend into a half-scowl. "Oh, it's just another
Floyd | boring Andrew Carnegie library, blah blah blah 1908, $5000 budget,
Floyd | snooze me a river of dreams. It's gross, all the books in there are
Floyd | gross, if you go in there you'll be gross too." This unenthusiastic
Floyd | description of a historic building seems out of character, so you cock
Floyd | an eyebrow at her quizzically.
Floyd |
Floyd | Bethany catches your look and deflates. "That crappy librarian is in
Floyd | league with the Badfinger University Shadow Historians," she explains.
Floyd | "She won't let me have jack. They've got some real good
Floyd | original mystical documents and I want a job there so bad."
Floyd |
Floyd | She meets your eyes again. "Right, I'll get the folder."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Plover concentrates, and disappears. DavidW says, "Also, cutest-silmor said they won't be here because they want to finish Anchorhead first."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take book"
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE BOOK
Floyd |
Floyd | Stealing the book while Bethany's got her back turned is
Floyd | definitely the right idea. When you play the scenario out in
Floyd | your mind, though, it goes something like this:
Floyd |
Floyd | [IMAGINARY SCENE] You slip the book into your pocket. Bethany
Floyd | turns around, ready to drop the folder on the desk, and spots that the
Floyd | book is gone. Her octagonal eyes glow red, and each unruly curl of her
Floyd | hair transmogrifies into an individual tarantula with its own set of
Floyd | eight hairy legs. "WHERE IS MY BOOK?" she roars, shaking the walls of
Floyd | the real estate office.
Floyd |
Floyd | The desk grows a mouth and chomps you in half somewhere around the
Floyd | lumbar spine. Your lower half bleeds out on the berber carpet as the
Floyd | desk masticates your torso and eyeballs and hands and other parts of
Floyd | your body you like a lot and use often. With a satisfied expression,
Floyd | Bethany retrieves the novel from the bloodsoaked pocket of your JNCOs.
Floyd | "Now I can finally confess my truth," she tells your exposed kidneys.
Floyd | "I think reading about lion sex is kind of nice actually."[END
Floyd | IMAGINARY SCENE]
Floyd |
Floyd | ...okay, clearly this town has got you in a real weird headspace. The
Floyd | point is, you'll have to find a way to steal the book without Bethany
Floyd | noticing you've stolen it, or things might get... uncomfortable.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Folder located!" Bethany drops the folder onto the desk near Twin
Floyd | Hearts Between the Planes.
Knight_Otu says, "My have we got an active imagination."
Plover arrives, ready to play with the toys. Jacqueline says, "I love that scene so very much."
Plover says (to Floyd), "about"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 370
Floyd | Hearts Between the Planes.
Floyd | "Stupid sexy library," Bethany sighs.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Plover says (to Floyd), "about"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 370
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ABOUT
Floyd |
Floyd | Cragne Manor commemorates the 20th anniversary of Michael Gentry's
Floyd | Anchorhead. More than eighty authors wrote one room each. We
Floyd | didn't tell them what was going on in each other's rooms.
Floyd |
Floyd | The project organizers were Jenni Polodna and Ryan Veeder. (Contact
Floyd | them jointly at cragne@jennipolodna.com.)
Floyd |
Floyd | The authors were Adam Whybray, Adri, Andrew Plotkin, Andy Holloway,
Floyd | Austin Auclair, Baldur Brückner, Ben Collins-Sussman, Bill Maya, Brian
Floyd | Rushton, Buster Hudson, Caleb Wilson, Carl Muckenhoupt, Chandler
Floyd | Groover, Chris Jones, Christopher Conley, Damon L. Wakes, Daniel
Floyd | Ravipinto, Daniel Stelzer, David Jose, David Petrocco, David Sturgis,
Floyd | Drew Mochak, Edward B, Emily Short, Erica Newman, Feneric, Finn
Floyd | Rosenloev, Gary Butterfield, Gavin Inglis, Greg Frost, Hanon Ondricek,
Floyd | Harkness Munt, Harrison Gerard, Ian Holmes, Ivan Roth, Jack Welch,
Floyd | Jacqueline Ashwell, James Eagle, Jason Dyer, Jason Lautzenheiser,
Floyd | Jason Love, Jenni Polodna, Jeremy Freese, Joey Jones, Joshua Porch,
Floyd | Justin de Vesine, Justin Melvin, Katherine Morayati, Kenneth Pedersen,
Floyd | Lane Puetz, Llew Mason, Lucian Smith, Marco Innocenti, Marius Müller,
Floyd | Mark Britton, Mark Sample, Marshal Tenner Winter, Matt Schneider, Matt
Floyd | Weiner, Matthew Korson, Michael Fessler, Michael Gentry, Michael
Floyd | Hilborn, Michael Lin, Mike Spivey, Molly Ying, Monique Padelis, Naomi
Floyd | Hinchen, Nate Edwards, Petter Sjölund, Q Pheevr, Rachel Spitler, Reed
Floyd | Lockwood, Reina Adair, Riff Conner, Roberto Colnaghi, Rowan Lipkovits,
Floyd | Ryan Veeder, Sam Kabo Ashwell, Scott Hammack, Sean M. Shore, Wade
Floyd | Clarke, Zach Hodgens, and Zack Johnson.
Floyd |
Floyd | Special beta testing thanks to Andrew Schultz. Special being a baby
Floyd | thanks to production baby Fionn Collins. Extra special having written
Floyd | Anchorhead thanks to Michael Gentry.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "ask her about office"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 371
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT OFFICE
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about Forthright & Rotier Estate Agency)
Floyd | "Perfect! I'll just grab the folder for that," Bethany says, turning
Floyd | to search through the filing cabinet.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask bethany about lion sex"
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK BETHANY ABOUT LION SEX
Floyd |
Floyd | "Just a sec," Bethany says, voice echoing weirdly. You turn to look
Floyd | and she's got her head almost completely inside one of the cabinet
Floyd | drawers.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Here you go!" Bethany drops the folder onto the desk, partially
Floyd | covering Twin Hearts Between the Planes.
Jacqueline asks, "So, I'm assuming that Jenni wouldn't be cruel, but should we have saved?"
Plover runs out of the room, with a smile on his face. Knight_Otu says, "Some more folders, and it'll be covered for good."
DavidW says, "You don't ever need to save."
Jacqueline says, "Cool"
Jacqueline says (to KO), "True"
Jacqueline asks, "So just keep asking her about places, I guess?"
DavidW says, "You can always UNDO or TAKE BACK if you reach a losing ending."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about church"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 372
Floyd | covering Twin Hearts Between the Planes.
Floyd | "Josiah Forthright was a master hypnotist whose specialty was getting
Floyd | people to desire things that no sane person would ever want," Bethany
Floyd | tells you. "Then, completely out of nowhere, he opened a real estate
Floyd | office in Backwater, Vermont. It's sad that he gave up on his dream
Floyd | like that, don't you think?"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
ivanr says, "yeah, I believe there was a politeness mandate"
Knight_Otu says, "Yes."
Jacqueline says, "Was there? I can't recall."
Jacqueline says, "I made my polite anyway."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "ask her about church"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 373
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT CHURCH
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about Backwater Church)
Floyd | "We definitely have a folder for that! One sec," Bethany says, turning
Floyd | to search through the filing cabinet.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "That one didn't go through."
Jenni says, "I got real heavyhanded about enforcing said politeness mandate"
Jacqueline says, "Oh good. Thanks for that, J."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take book"
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE BOOK
Floyd |
Floyd | Stealing the book while Bethany's got her back turned is
Floyd | definitely the right idea. When you play the scenario out in
Floyd | your mind, though, it goes something like this:
Floyd |
Floyd | [IMAGINARY SCENE] You slip the book into your pocket. Bethany
Floyd | turns around, ready to drop the folder on the desk, and spots that the
Floyd | book is gone. Her octagonal eyes glow red, and each unruly curl of her
Floyd | hair transmogrifies into a cobra, its eyes glowing red and its fangs
Floyd | dripping venom. "WHERE IS MY BOOK?" she roars, shaking the walls of
Floyd | the real estate office.
Floyd |
Floyd | The desk grows a mouth and chomps you in half somewhere around the
Floyd | lumbar spine. Your lower half bleeds out on the berber carpet as the
Floyd | desk masticates your torso and eyeballs and hands and other parts of
Floyd | your body you like a lot and use often. With a satisfied expression,
Floyd | Bethany retrieves the novel from the bloodsoaked pocket of your JNCOs.
Floyd | "Now I can finally confess my truth," she tells your exposed kidneys.
Floyd | "I think reading about lion sex is kind of nice actually."[END
Floyd | IMAGINARY SCENE]
Floyd |
Floyd | ...okay, clearly this town has got you in a real weird headspace. The
Floyd | point is, you'll have to find a way to steal the book without Bethany
Floyd | noticing you've stolen it, or things might get... uncomfortable.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Who just found the folder she was looking for? This girl!" Bethany
Floyd | drops the folder onto the desk, partially covering Twin Hearts Between
Floyd | the Planes.
DavidW says, "Also, you can examine these folders, if you like."
Jenni says, "you got it fam <3"
Jacqueline says, "Aw. I was hoping there would be different scenes."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x file"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 374
Floyd | the Planes.
Floyd | "Most people in town think Backwater Church changes religious
Floyd | affiliation once every seven years," Bethany says, "but guess what I
Floyd | found out? This whole time they've just been worshipping different
Floyd | incarnations of X'n'xa the Inevitable March Towards Death, which
Floyd | technically makes them Episcopalians. Religion is wild, huh?"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x file"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 374
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X FILE
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 375
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)
Floyd | The space is dominated by the unexpectedly symbiotic combination of a
Floyd | giant desk and a tiny woman, who together give the impression of being
Floyd | one complete single entity, like a centaur. The surface of the desk is
Floyd | becoming cluttered with glossy architectural magazines, manila
Floyd | folders, and real estate listings pamphlets. Behind it, a
Floyd | gunmetal-grey filing cabinet lurks unattractively in the far corner.
Floyd | The exit back out to the street is east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The lion sex book lies on the desk, partially covered, waiting for you
Floyd | to steal it. "Soon, lion sex book," you whisper in your head. "It
Floyd | won't be long now."
Floyd |
Floyd | Bethany looks at you expectantly. "I'd be stupidly thrilled to show
Floyd | you one of our many real estate files if you specify a property."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x file"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 375
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X FILE
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "folders, not files."
Jenni says, "so mad at myself now"
Jacqueline says, "Oh. She said file."
Jacqueline says, "It's fine."
Jacqueline asks, "Jenni, need I remind you that there will be no more tweaks for typos or things you forgot????"
Jacqueline says, "(I can't wait until we hit my room. Sigh. No telling what's not in there.)"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x folder"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 376
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X FOLDER
Floyd |
Floyd | Which folder? Backwater Church folder, Forthright & Rotier Estate
Floyd | Agency folder, Backwater Public Library folder and Cragne Manor folder
Floyd | seem particularly interesting.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x church folder"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 377
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X CHURCH FOLDER
Floyd |
Floyd | The church folder contains mostly receipts for the installation of
Floyd | various stained-glass windows. You spot one for $0.00 with a pen
Floyd | scrawl across the bottom reading "I refuse to depict Imelda Cragne as
Floyd | the Virgin Mary, may God have mercy on my soul."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Oh yeah," Bethany says, when you point it out, "I forgot to mention
Floyd | that most of the Cragnes commissioned church windows of themselves as
Floyd | religious figures, but I guess the idea of a saintly Imelda Cragne
Floyd | clutching a baby Jesus was too much for that stained-glass artist.
Floyd | They fled to Canada the same day that receipt was written, which was
Floyd | absolutely the right call."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jenni says, "haha even if I succumbed to temptation I'd have to go through Ryan"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x agency folder"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 378
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X AGENCY FOLDER
Floyd |
Floyd | That's weird; the estate agency folder contains nothing but a single
Floyd | security camera photo of the room you are currently in, taken from a
Floyd | vantage point near the ceiling. You feel compelled to take a closer
Floyd | look.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Oh those wacky Cragnes."
Jacqueline asks, "A closer look at the photo or the camera?"
DavidW says, "The photo."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x photo"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 379
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X PHOTO
Floyd |
Floyd | You look at the security camera photo in the estate agency folder.
Floyd |
Floyd | The space is dominated by the unexpectedly symbiotic combination of a
Floyd | giant desk and a tiny woman, who together give the impression of being
Floyd | one complete single entity, like a centaur. The surface of the desk is
Floyd | becoming cluttered with glossy architectural magazines, manila
Floyd | folders, and real estate listings pamphlets. Behind it, a
Floyd | gunmetal-grey filing cabinet lurks unattractively in the far corner.
Floyd | The exit back out to the street is east.
Floyd |
Floyd | A taller, short-haired woman wearing JNCOs and a trolley pass stands
Floyd | on the other side of the desk, blood dripping down her arm. You can't
Floyd | see her face, but... that can't be you, right? It looks like
Floyd | you...
Floyd |
Floyd | "Oh, hey, ignore that," Bethany tells you. "Our security camera got
Floyd | possessed a couple weeks ago and Ms. Rotier's been slacking on
Floyd | replacing it, that's all."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Heh."
Jacqueline says, "Riiiiiight"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x library folder"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 379
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X LIBRARY FOLDER
Floyd |
Floyd | The Backwater Public Library folder is empty except for an
Floyd | index-card-sized note reading "Contents of this folder have been
Floyd | reclaimed as the rightful property of B.U.S.H. Any queries,
Floyd | complaints, and suggestions can be directed to
Floyd | the_uncaring_void_of_my_anal_canal@hotmail.com. Have a good
Floyd | rest of your SUCK IT LOSERS!!!".
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu exclaims, "Language!"
DavidW asks (of Jenni), "Have I mentioned how much I love your writing yet?"
Jenni exclaims, "awww! thanks!"
Jacqueline says, "I feel like someone should secure that email address."
Jacqueline says, "Not me, though."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x cragne manor folder"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 380
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X CRAGNE MANOR FOLDER
Floyd |
Floyd | The Cragne Manor folder is thin enough to appear empty while closed.
Floyd | When you open it, you see that it contains nothing but a Post-It note
Floyd | with the words "BETHANY, TOOK THESE TO GET DIGITIZED. RECYCLE THIS
Floyd | NOTE PLEASE!!!" alongside a small drawing of an anthropomorphized
Floyd | Earth giving the thumbs-up.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
ParserGirl says, "I'm on mobile or otherwise I'd get in on this"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about town square"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 381
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT TOWN SQUARE
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about that)
Floyd | "I'm sorry," Bethany says, "I have auditory processing disorder, and
Floyd | the syllables I just heard you say were 'Charles Bingadocio'.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about mausoleum"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 382
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT MAUSOLEUM
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about that)
Floyd | "I'm sorry," Bethany says, "I have auditory processing disorder, and
Floyd | as far as I can tell, you just said 'radio fat lump'.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "ask her about shack"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 383
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT SHACK
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about that)
Floyd | "I'm sorry," Bethany says, "I have auditory processing disorder, and
Floyd | all I got from that was 'bedlam cube'.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Okay. Major real estate only"
Jacqueline asks, "I don't think we've explored more than this, have we?"
Jacqueline says, "We may have to come back."
Knight_Otu says, "No, we haven't."
Knight_Otu says, "Unless we can gain a train station folder after all."
DavidW says, "I think I was able to manage by good guesses and things Bethany mentions. But exploring more will help, yes."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about circus"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 384
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT CIRCUS
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about that)
Floyd | "I'm sorry," Bethany says, "I have auditory processing disorder, and
Floyd | what I just heard you say was 'breaking up with Frito chili pie'.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about hospital"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 385
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT HOSPITAL
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about that)
Floyd | "I'm sorry," Bethany says, "I have auditory processing disorder, and
Floyd | the syllables I just heard you say were 'carcinomuffin'.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about school"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 386
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT SCHOOL
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about high school)
Floyd | "Some stuff went down a few years ago and now the high school has
Floyd | never existed, plus it's banned from this dimension," Bethany says.
Floyd | "If you encounter a high school in Backwater, you're supposed to
Floyd | inform the authorities at... shoot, what was the number? Oh, right,
Floyd | there is no number, they'll just show up in a van."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "ha"
DavidW says, "oh, you didn't ask about the train station."
Jacqueline says, "I did."
Jacqueline says, "I thought."
Knight_Otu says, "I thought we did"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about train station"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 387
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT TRAIN STATION
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about Backwater Station)
Floyd | "We've got a folder for that!" Bethany says, turning to search through
Floyd | the filing cabinet.
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "oho"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take book"
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE BOOK
Floyd |
Floyd | Stealing the book while Bethany's got her back turned is
Floyd | definitely the right idea. When you play the scenario out in
Floyd | your mind, though, it goes something like this:
Floyd |
Floyd | [IMAGINARY SCENE] You slip the book into your pocket. Bethany
Floyd | turns around, ready to drop the folder on the desk, and spots that the
Floyd | book is gone. Her octagonal eyes glow red, and each unruly curl of her
Floyd | hair transmogrifies into a cobra, its eyes glowing red and its fangs
Floyd | dripping venom. "WHERE IS MY BOOK?" she roars, shaking the walls of
Floyd | the real estate office.
Floyd |
Floyd | The desk grows a mouth and chomps you in half somewhere around the
Floyd | lumbar spine. Your lower half bleeds out on the berber carpet as the
Floyd | desk masticates your torso and eyeballs and hands and other parts of
Floyd | your body you like a lot and use often. With a satisfied expression,
Floyd | Bethany retrieves the novel from the bloodsoaked pocket of your JNCOs.
Floyd | "Now I can finally confess my truth," she tells your exposed kidneys.
Floyd | "I think reading about lion sex is kind of nice actually."[END
Floyd | IMAGINARY SCENE]
Floyd |
Floyd | ...okay, clearly this town has got you in a real weird headspace. The
Floyd | point is, you'll have to find a way to steal the book without Bethany
Floyd | noticing you've stolen it, or things might get... uncomfortable.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Found it!" Bethany drops the folder onto the desk, further covering
Floyd | Twin Hearts Between the Planes.
DavidW says, "It might've been swallowed by a push space prompt."
Jacqueline says, "So, not enough folders yet."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x train station folder"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 388
Floyd | Twin Hearts Between the Planes.
Floyd | "Backwater didn't have a train station until 1968," Bethany tells you.
Floyd | "The local business owners were really pushing for one to be built,
Floyd | but the town council elders fought it tooth and nail, because they
Floyd | thought it would attract undesirables -- I think we both know what
Floyd | that's code for -- from the city. Then somebody pointed out the
Floyd | undesirables from the city, if you were nice to them and gave them
Floyd | shotguns, would be great allies in the constant war against the
Floyd | even-less-desirables who kept slithering out of the hills on their
Floyd | tentacle legs to steal babies. Backwater got noticeably less racist
Floyd | after that. Also fuller of babies."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "But this one should help, iirc."
Jenni says, "she ignores you while she's getting a folder out"
Jacqueline says, "dang"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about pub"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 389
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT PUB
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about the pub)
Floyd | "Sure thing! Hold tight while I look for that folder," Bethany says,
Floyd | turning to search through the filing cabinet.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take book"
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE BOOK
Floyd |
Floyd | Stealing the book while Bethany's got her back turned is
Floyd | definitely the right idea. When you play the scenario out in
Floyd | your mind, though, it goes something like this:
Floyd |
Floyd | [IMAGINARY SCENE] You slip the book into your pocket. Bethany
Floyd | turns around, ready to drop the folder on the desk, and spots that the
Floyd | book is gone. Her octagonal eyes glow red, and each unruly curl of her
Floyd | hair transmogrifies into an individual tarantula with its own set of
Floyd | eight hairy legs. "WHERE IS MY BOOK?" she roars, shaking the walls of
Floyd | the real estate office.
Floyd |
Floyd | The desk grows a mouth and chomps you in half somewhere around the
Floyd | lumbar spine. Your lower half bleeds out on the berber carpet as the
Floyd | desk masticates your torso and eyeballs and hands and other parts of
Floyd | your body you like a lot and use often. With a satisfied expression,
Floyd | Bethany retrieves the novel from the bloodsoaked pocket of your JNCOs.
Floyd | "Now I can finally confess my truth," she tells your exposed kidneys.
Floyd | "I think reading about lion sex is kind of nice actually."[END
Floyd | IMAGINARY SCENE]
Floyd |
Floyd | ...okay, clearly this town has got you in a real weird headspace. The
Floyd | point is, you'll have to find a way to steal the book without Bethany
Floyd | noticing you've stolen it, or things might get... uncomfortable.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Here's the folder!" Bethany drops the folder onto the desk, further
Floyd | covering Twin Hearts Between the Planes.
DavidW says, "push space"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "push space"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 390
Floyd | covering Twin Hearts Between the Planes.
Floyd | "The pub was the first building constructed in Backwater," Bethany
Floyd | tells you. "It's been through approximately one hundred and
Floyd | seventy-eight changes of ownership since. The current owners say it's
Floyd | haunted by the ghost of an angry brewer who had his secret recipe for
Floyd | triple-dark stout stolen by Benjamin Franklin, but my
Floyd | research suggests they just made that up to get on the Food Network.
Floyd | They used to have pretty good maple poutine but the current owners got
Floyd | all uppity about 'that's not real Vermont food, that's fake Canadian
Floyd | tourist food, blah blah fiddleheads blah blah blah.' I kind of hate
Floyd | the current owners, if I'm honest."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "You haven't examining the station folder yet, btw."
DavidW says, "er examined"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x station folder"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 391
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X STATION FOLDER
Floyd |
Floyd | The train station folder is incredibly thick. Flipping through it,
Floyd | most of its bulk appears to be schedules of arrivals and departures,
Floyd | and you're about to fall asleep when a folded page flutters out from
Floyd | between the timetables. You unfold it and take a look.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Oh, that thing is great," Bethany says. "It's a map of a proposed
Floyd | trolley system through Backwater, which wound up not getting built
Floyd | because it turned out the guy who sold it was secretly a bear, and no
Floyd | one knew what to do with that information. The trolley system would
Floyd | have been so cool though."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "HAHAHAHA"
Jacqueline says, "Oh shit. Laughing too hard."
Jacqueline says, "Coughing now"
Jacqueline shakes a fist at Jenni
Jenni exclaims, "haha soz!!"
Jacqueline says, "The Food Network pushed me over the edge."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x trolly map"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 391
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X TROLLY MAP
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x trolly"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 391
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X TROLLY
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "trollEy"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x trolley"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 392
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X TROLLEY
Floyd |
Floyd | From what you've seen of Backwater, it's not that big, yet the trolley
Floyd | system on the map in your hands is extensive. A forest-green line runs
Floyd | into the woods, while a line as red as raw beef connects the downtown
Floyd | to the meatpacking plant. The church has its own line (gold), Cragne
Floyd | Manor has several (in various shades of purple -- also,
Floyd | why?), and Backwater itself is split into "Dangerous
Floyd | Backwater" (orange) and "Spooky Backwater" (blue). Apparently the real
Floyd | estate office is in Spooky Backwater, whatever that means.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "oh"
Jacqueline says, "Sure. Whenever I see a red line on a map I think to myself, 'That there line is as red as raw beef.'"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about meatpacking plant"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 393
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT MEATPACKING PLANT
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about Meatpacking Plant)
Floyd | "Great, I'll show you the folder for that!" Bethany says, turning to
Floyd | search through the filing cabinet.
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take book"
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE BOOK
Floyd |
Floyd | Stealing the book while Bethany's got her back turned is
Floyd | definitely the right idea. When you play the scenario out in
Floyd | your mind, though, it goes something like this:
Floyd |
Floyd | [IMAGINARY SCENE] You slip the book into your pocket. Bethany
Floyd | turns around, ready to drop the folder on the desk, and spots that the
Floyd | book is gone. Her octagonal eyes glow red, and each unruly curl of her
Floyd | hair transmogrifies into a cobra, its eyes glowing red and its fangs
Floyd | dripping venom. "WHERE IS MY BOOK?" she roars, shaking the walls of
Floyd | the real estate office.
Floyd |
Floyd | The desk grows a mouth and chomps you in half somewhere around the
Floyd | lumbar spine. Your lower half bleeds out on the berber carpet as the
Floyd | desk masticates your torso and eyeballs and hands and other parts of
Floyd | your body you like a lot and use often. With a satisfied expression,
Floyd | Bethany retrieves the novel from the bloodsoaked pocket of your JNCOs.
Floyd | "Now I can finally confess my truth," she tells your exposed kidneys.
Floyd | "I think reading about lion sex is kind of nice actually."[END
Floyd | IMAGINARY SCENE]
Floyd |
Floyd | ...okay, clearly this town has got you in a real weird headspace. The
Floyd | point is, you'll have to find a way to steal the book without Bethany
Floyd | noticing you've stolen it, or things might get... uncomfortable.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Time to cross finding this folder off of the to-do list!"
Floyd | Bethany drops the folder onto the desk. Twin Hearts Between the Planes
Floyd | is now completely hidden from view.
Jenni says, "that's a real Inside Baseball reference about how we split the rooms up, Dangerous Backwater & Spooky Backwater"
Jacqueline says, "oooh"
Jacqueline pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 394
Floyd | is now completely hidden from view.
Floyd | "The meatpacking plant was built by Alfred Silas Cragne in 1901 as an
Floyd | attempt to make a little money off of that year's Seven Days' Rain of
Floyd | Dead Pigs," Bethany tells you. "Which, as you might guess, was a
Floyd | phenomenon during which almost five thousand pigs fell out of the sky
Floyd | over downtown Backwater. Amazingly, only one person died, and
Floyd | everybody hated him, so it was a net win for the town."
Floyd |
Floyd | She shakes her head. "The pub owner likes to go on about how great it
Floyd | must have been to take a bucket out in the street and fill up on free
Floyd | bacon, but what I think is, if it means not getting clocked
Floyd | in the head with a pig hoof at the standard gravitational acceleration
Floyd | rate, I'd rather just spend the three bucks at Shaw's."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "hahaha. STOP MAKING ME COUGHLAUGH"
DavidW says, "Don't forget to read the pub folder and plant folder."
Jenni says, "have you tried: not being sick"
Jacqueline says, "Trust me. I've tried."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x pub"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 395
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X PUB
Floyd |
Floyd | Along with some incredibly boring-looking documents, the folder
Floyd | labeled "Head & Anchor Pub (BETHANY: RELABEL THIS FOLDER)" contains a
Floyd | list of name changes and a piece of paper with all of the words
Floyd | blacked out FBI-style. "What's this?" you ask Bethany, indicating the
Floyd | latter.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Oh, that's the old secret menu for the pub, from back when it was the
Floyd | Sad Aroma and Garter Belt. It was a little too secret, if you
Floyd | want my opinion."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x plant folder"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 396
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X PLANT FOLDER
Floyd |
Floyd | You open the meatpacking plant folder and a chunk of raw beef falls
Floyd | onto the floor. Holding the folder as horizontally as possible, you
Floyd | open it the rest of the way. It's entirely full of raw beef. Mostly
Floyd | ground chuck, but you see a couple of ribs sticking out, and on the
Floyd | top is... is that a New York strip steak? "Hot beef injection
Floyd | compliments of B.U.S.H.," reads a note impaled into the meat pile.
Floyd |
Floyd | "True confession?" Bethany says, "I know they're proud of that little
Floyd | prank, but that's like thirty dollars worth of meat, and the park by
Floyd | my house has a grill."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Ah, Backwater: where meat never spoils"
Knight_Otu says, "These folders are crazy."
Jacqueline says, "So... B U S H"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "ask her about park"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 397
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT PARK
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about that)
Floyd | "I'm sorry," Bethany says, "I have auditory processing disorder, and
Floyd | all I got from that was 'hose beast city'.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about bush"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 398
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT BUSH
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about Badfinger University Shadow Historians.)
Floyd | "Badfinger University is five miles up the river from Squahonomie, and
Floyd | their Shadow Historians have been our archrivals for almost a century
Floyd | and a half," Bethany explains. "Every September our grad students and
Floyd | theirs engage in ritualized academic combat to decide which school has
Floyd | jurisdiction over which historical topics. This year they got almost
Floyd | all of the Cragnes -- I was gunning hard for Stella, and I made sure
Floyd | we kept Deuteronomous -- but this guy Josh that I hate blew the rest
Floyd | of our points on Jedediah Beaverhat, who is not even real,
Floyd | he's a pancake house mascot. I kinda think Josh is a mole."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Oh right. B U S H"
DavidW sotto voce asks, "ask her about Stella"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about stella"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 399
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT STELLA
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about Stella Archer Cragne)
Floyd | "Stella Archer Cragne disappeared on the third of May, 1981," Bethany
Floyd | tells you. "She told her husband she was going into town to buy a hat
Floyd | for Petunia Cragne's wedding. The ticket taker at the station
Floyd | confirmed that she boarded the 12:35 train to Montpelier, and after
Floyd | that (once again Bethany drops her voice into Unsolved Mysteries
Floyd | registers) nobody saw her again. Dead or alive."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Ask me about Stella again if you want to hear all the facts of the
Floyd | case; I'm supposed to practice getting consent before quote-unquote
Floyd | talking people's ears off. People care an awful lot about their ears
Floyd | around here, if you ask me."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jenni says, "I think asking her about lion sex got eaten earlier"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about stella"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 400
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT STELLA
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about Stella Archer Cragne)
Floyd | Holding up her fingers one by one, Bethany cheerfully enumerates the
Floyd | facts of the case. "Fact! Stella had no known enemies; the family
Floyd | liked her -- well, except Imelda Cragne, but she was a
Floyd | 102-year-old racist who croaked six months before Stella went missing,
Floyd | so it's unlikely she was involved."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Fact! By all accounts, Stella & Horace were one of those boring quiet
Floyd | couples that stay home a lot and don't have affairs. Fact! I really
Floyd | enjoy saying 'fact!' Fact!"
Floyd |
Floyd | "Fact! Stella left the house with just her wallet and keys. She wasn't
Floyd | the purse-carrying type, but she owned a couple good-sized
Floyd | bags she could have packed some underwear and a toothbrush in if she'd
Floyd | planned to run away."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Fact! The Backwater P.D. searched all of the possessions she'd left
Floyd | behind and none of it was more suspicious than a Jell-O mold.
Floyd | I saw the whole list and lemme tell ya, I have weirder stuff in my
Floyd | pockets right now, including one or two bird skulls."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about lion sex"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 401
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT LION SEX
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about Twin Hearts Between the Planes)
Floyd | Bethany looks you straight in the eyes, radiating academic gravitas.
Floyd | "Okay, so, believe me when I say that I don't normally read sci-fi
Floyd | bodice rippers starring big handsome lion guys."
Floyd |
Floyd | You assure her that you did not have her pegged as a paranormal
Floyd | romance enthusiast, and she visibly relaxes before continuing.
Floyd |
Floyd | "It's research, sort of," she explains. "See, Leelah Vaughan is the
Floyd | pen name of Stella Archer Cragne, wife of Horace Cragne. This book was
Floyd | published in 1980 -- one year before Stella Archer Cragne (here
Floyd | Bethany drops her voice about two octaves) mysteriously
Floyd | vanished."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about stella"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 402
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT STELLA
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about Stella Archer Cragne)
Floyd | Holding up her fingers one by one, Bethany cheerfully enumerates the
Floyd | facts of the case. "Fact! Stella had no known enemies; the family
Floyd | liked her -- well, except Imelda Cragne, but she was a
Floyd | 102-year-old racist who croaked six months before Stella went missing,
Floyd | so it's unlikely she was involved."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Fact! By all accounts, Stella & Horace were one of those boring quiet
Floyd | couples that stay home a lot and don't have affairs. Fact! I really
Floyd | enjoy saying 'fact!' Fact!"
Floyd |
Floyd | "Fact! Stella left the house with just her wallet and keys. She wasn't
Floyd | the purse-carrying type, but she owned a couple good-sized
Floyd | bags she could have packed some underwear and a toothbrush in if she'd
Floyd | planned to run away."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Fact! The Backwater P.D. searched all of the possessions she'd left
Floyd | behind and none of it was more suspicious than a Jell-O mold.
Floyd | I saw the whole list and lemme tell ya, I have weirder stuff in my
Floyd | pockets right now, including one or two bird skulls."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Okay. That's all the facts."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about pockets"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 403
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT POCKETS
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about a funny story)
Floyd | "It's a funny story," Bethany says. You wait for her to tell it to
Floyd | you, but she doesn't.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about skulls"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 404
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT SKULLS
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about a funny story)
Floyd | "It's a funny story," Bethany says. You wait for her to tell it to
Floyd | you, but she doesn't.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "brb - coughing a lot"
Jenni (
DavidW asks, "I think Bethany mentioned an 'incident' very early on? Did we ask about that?"
Jenni says, "...pretend I sadfaced properly. the incident was addressed"
DavidW says, "oh, okay."
DavidW says, "I hope the lion sex book doesn't kill Jacqueline."
Jacqueline has died.
Jacqueline says, "Just kidding. Back."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask bethany about Rotier"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 405
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK BETHANY ABOUT ROTIER
Floyd |
Floyd | "Josiah Forthright was a master hypnotist whose specialty was getting
Floyd | people to desire things that no sane person would ever want," Bethany
Floyd | tells you. "Then, completely out of nowhere, he opened a real estate
Floyd | office in Backwater, Vermont. It's sad that he gave up on his dream
Floyd | like that, don't you think?"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask bethany about Ms Rotier"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 406
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK BETHANY ABOUT MS ROTIER
Floyd |
Floyd | "I'm sorry," Bethany says, "I have auditory processing disorder, and I
Floyd | only understood you as far as saying 'bratwurst effect'.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "oh"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about peter"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 407
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT PETER
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about Peter)
Floyd | "I'm afraid I haven't met your husband, no," Bethany says. "I only
Floyd | moved here a few years ago, and he moved away in -- I mean, as a
Floyd | historian, I know about -- what I mean is, the Cragne family
Floyd | basically is Backwater --
Floyd | so-yes-I-know-a-lot-about-your-husband-and-I-hope-that-isn't-creepy
Floyd | ."
Floyd | She coughs uncomfortably into some papers, avoiding your gaze.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Not creepy at all."
DavidW asks, "The book is completely covered now, right?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about jedediah beaverhat"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 408
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT JEDEDIAH BEAVERHAT
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about Jedediah Beaverhat)
Floyd | "One legend goes that Jedediah Beaverhat invented the pancake, then he
Floyd | wanted something sweet to go on top of it, so he went into the forest
Floyd | and seduced Maple Kate, who was the half-druid tribal chief of the --
Floyd | ugh, I don't know why I'm telling you Jedediah Beaverhat stories."
Floyd | Bethany makes a disgusted face. "He's not real, okay? He's not even an
Floyd | authentic local myth, just something the Goldwater Restaurant Group
Floyd | made up in 1953 to trick motorists into stopping for corn syrup."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "yes"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about restaurant"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 409
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT RESTAURANT
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about that)
Floyd | "I'm sorry," Bethany says, "I have auditory processing disorder, and
Floyd | as far as I can tell, you just said 'freedom horse binge'.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "So you just need to ask her to fetch one more folder and nab the book then."
Jacqueline says, "yeah"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about Deuteronomous"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 410
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT DEUTERONOMOUS
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about Deuteronomous Cragne)
Floyd | "Deuteronomous Cragne came from somewhere in the mid-1790s
Floyd | and founded the Backwater line of Cragnes. He's your husband's
Floyd | great-great-great-great-grandfather," Bethany tells you. "He had a lot
Floyd | of portraits commissioned of himself as this huge vampire-looking guy
Floyd | with bright red eyes and a twenty-hand-tall nightmare stallion, but I
Floyd | found some charcoal drawings of him as a teenager, and he's
Floyd | practically cherubic-looking. Like a Keebler Elf with fluffy
Floyd | sideburns. It's hilarious."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about spooky backwater"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 411
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT SPOOKY BACKWATER
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about that)
Floyd | "I'm sorry," Bethany says, "I have auditory processing disorder, and I
Floyd | only understood you as far as saying 'Charles Bingadocio'.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "Maybe one of those properties on the pamphlet? F'tang Court or Euclid Ave or whatever they were?"
Jacqueline says, "True"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x pamphlet"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 412
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X PAMPHLET
Floyd |
Floyd | 18 F'tagn Court
Floyd | || 8 BR 1 BA || Quiet neighborhood! Completely redone with brand new
Floyd | floors and concrete-sealed basement. Hardly any muttering!
Floyd |
Floyd | 36 River Walk Drive
Floyd | || 3 BR 2 BA || Great river views and convenient for boating! Trawl
Floyd | for crayfish from the comfort of your living room. Entire upstairs
Floyd | still mostly above water!
Floyd |
Floyd | 23 Euclid Street
Floyd | || 2 BR 5 BA || An obelisk lover's dream! Extensive yard boasts a true
Floyd | infinity pool and an impressive collection of garden statuary,
Floyd | including twin sphinxes. Paradoxically nearby to everything!
Floyd |
Floyd | Underneath the description of 23 Euclid Street, someone has scrawled
Floyd | the words "JACKDAWS LOVE MY BIG SPHINX OF QUARTZ."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about 23 Euclid Street"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 413
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT 23 EUCLID STREET
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about 23 Euclid Street)
Floyd | "Let me grab the folder for that!" Bethany says, turning to search
Floyd | through the filing cabinet.
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take book"
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE BOOK
Floyd |
Floyd | You utilize the skills you trained long and hard in the finest
Floyd | shopping malls of the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. Moving like a
Floyd | rattlesnake (except without the rattling, obviously), you
Floyd | silently slide the lion sex book out from underneath the folders and
Floyd | slip it into the pocket of your JNCOs before Bethany has a chance to
Floyd | turn around.
Floyd |
Floyd | ~~Lion sex book GET.~~
dhakajack gets bored and wanders off to the Toyshop.
dhakajack arrives, ready to play with the toys.
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | ~~Lion sex book GET.~~
Floyd | "Found it!" Bethany drops the folder onto the desk.
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "press space"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 414
Floyd | "Found it!" Bethany drops the folder onto the desk.
Floyd | "Back in the 70s it was hip to build your pad on top of a
Floyd | transdimensional leyline nexus even though that plays hell with the
Floyd | electrical wiring," Bethany tells you. "It's a genuinely cool
Floyd | property, though. I've been over there a couple times to check the
Floyd | portals. One of the sphinxes and I get along great, the other one is
Floyd | all pissy with me because I solved all its riddles in three minutes."
Floyd |
Floyd | She sighs. "I offered to help it write new ones and, like, centralize
Floyd | a database? But now whenever it sees me it just rolls its eyes and
Floyd | makes fart noises, and I'm all, 'Real mature, sphinx.' It makes it
Floyd | super awkward chatting with the other one 'cause they're only
Floyd | ten feet apart from each other but the house is still really cool.
Floyd | There's an infinity pool and everything."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Hi, Jack"
dhakajack says, "hi. currently on the road to boston, so on my phone."
DavidW says, "I have to wonder if an infinity pool is any different in Backwater."
Jacqueline says, "Jenni, I'm going to tell you something Sam just said to me, when I was coughing because your writing was so amusing: 'Jenni is so good at writing it's rude.' I concur."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask about infinity pool"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 415
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK ABOUT INFINITY POOL
Floyd |
Floyd | "I'm sorry," Bethany says, "I have auditory processing disorder, and
Floyd | all I got from that was 'Junelaska vacation'.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jenni exclaims, "awwwwww!"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about 18 F'tagn Court"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 416
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT 18 F'TAGN COURT
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about 18 F'tagn Court)
Floyd | "Absolutely! Let me find that folder," Bethany says, turning to search
Floyd | through the filing cabinet.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | >
Floyd | > Z
Floyd |
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Time to cross finding this folder off of the to-do list!"
Floyd | Bethany drops the folder onto the desk.
Jacqueline pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 417
Floyd | Bethany drops the folder onto the desk.
Floyd | "Some crazy stuff went down at 18 F'tagn Court," Bethany tells you.
Floyd | "In fact, there was this huge mess and we had to change the floors."
Floyd |
Floyd | "The floors?" you ask.
Floyd |
Floyd | "You see, his bl-- his blackyard blarbecue got a blit out of hand."
Floyd | She tightens her lips. "And it, uh, blurnt the floorbloards. So we had
Floyd | to change them."
Floyd |
Floyd | You quirk an eyebrow at Bethany and she deflates.  "Sorry," she says,
Floyd | "I keep forgetting I'm supposed to lie about F'tagn Court, and
Floyd | wow am I really not great at it. Wanna know about any
Floyd | buildings where they didn't find a ton of faceless bodies?"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about 18 F'tagn Court"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 418
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT 18 F'TAGN COURT
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about 18 F'tagn Court)
Floyd | "Faceless bodies?" you ask Bethany.
Floyd |
Floyd | She tightens her lips and shakes her head vigorously. "Blarbecue! It
Floyd | was a very blad blarbecue. They blurnt the blatwurst and forgot the
Floyd | bluns. Also the potato salad had clams in it, yuck."
Floyd |
Floyd | You realize you're probably much happier not knowing, so you let it
Floyd | drop.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about 36 River Walk Drive"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 419
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT 36 RIVER WALK DRIVE
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about 36 River Walk Drive)
Floyd | "Let me grab the folder for that!" Bethany says, turning to search
Floyd | through the filing cabinet.
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | >
Floyd | > Z
Floyd |
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | "The folder-finding wizard has done it again!" Bethany drops the
Floyd | folder onto the desk.
Jacqueline pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 420
Floyd | folder onto the desk.
Floyd | "You know that ad where someone gets chocolate into someone else's
Floyd | peanut butter and someone else gets peanut butter into someone else's
Floyd | chocolate?" Bethany asks you. "That is basically what happened with 36
Floyd | River Walk Drive except instead of a peanut butter cup you have a
Floyd | mostly underwater house and instead of being delicious it is soggy and
Floyd | bad."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "It has a soggy bottom."
DavidW says, "I guess the river walked up to it."
Jenni says, "Paul Hollywood disapproves mightily"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x walk folder"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 421
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X WALK FOLDER
Floyd |
Floyd | The folder for 36 River Walk Drive is completely waterlogged.
Floyd | Carefully, you pull away the top layer of manila. Inside is a large
Floyd | clump of illegibly smeared, soggy paper that rips apart when you
Floyd | attempt to separate the pages.
Floyd |
Floyd | "You're probably thinking that file is all wet because the property
Floyd | sank into the river and there's some kind of sympathetic magic in
Floyd | effect," Bethany says, "but what actually happened was, I dropped it
Floyd | in the toilet. My bad!" You quickly put the folder back down.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Jenni), "Indeed. I can feel his stealy blue eyes on us as we speak."
Jacqueline says, "hahaha"
Jenni says, "in my head he's making the face he makes when someone says they plan to use lavender"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x 18 F'tagn court"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 422
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X 18 F'TAGN COURT
Floyd |
Floyd | The moment you slip your thumbnail between the two layers of the
Floyd | folder to separate them, the real estate office fills with a horrible
Floyd | shrieking as though angels were being torn limb from limb by an
Floyd | ungodly threshing machine, and you quickly withdraw your hand. "Yeah,"
Floyd | Bethany says, "yeah, it does that."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Jenni, I hope you play the part of Bethany when this comes to the big screen."
Jenni says, "oh natch"
Knight_Otu goes home.
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x 23 euclid street"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 423
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X 23 EUCLID STREET
Floyd |
Floyd | The folder for 23 Euclid Street is full of what you at first take to
Floyd | be someone's collection of midcentury modern cocktail napkins, then
Floyd | quickly realize is someone's collection of sphinx porn, crudely
Floyd | sketched onto midcentury modern cocktail napkins.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Yeah, there's a lot going on in that folder," says Bethany. "I was
Floyd | gonna warn you, but then I thought, nah, you look like a woman who can
Floyd | handle her sphinx dong."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Oh, I definitely am," you assure her, staring down a pair of cartoon
Floyd | sphinxes with comically oversized genitals engaged in a sex act you
Floyd | know only as the Even Wetter Willy.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Wanna know the really funny part?" Bethany asks you. "Sphinxes are
Floyd | asexual. I literally don't know why we hold on to these napkins."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about crystal"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 424
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT CRYSTAL
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about that)
Floyd | "I'm sorry," Bethany says, "I have auditory processing disorder, and
Floyd | as far as I can tell, you just said 'hose beast city'.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 425
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   Twin Hearts Between the Planes
Floyd |   a pamphlet of home listings
Floyd |   a Jansport backpack (being worn and open)
Floyd |     a key pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a book pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a side pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a trash pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a backpack features guide
Floyd |   a coded telegram
Floyd |   a book list
Floyd |   a library card
Floyd |   Peter's jacket
Floyd |   The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |   a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "Where was the jackdaw sphyinx chrystal note?"
DavidW says, "On the pamphlet"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x pamphlet"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 426
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X PAMPHLET
Floyd |
Floyd | 18 F'tagn Court
Floyd | || 8 BR 1 BA || Quiet neighborhood! Completely redone with brand new
Floyd | floors and concrete-sealed basement. Hardly any muttering!
Floyd |
Floyd | 36 River Walk Drive
Floyd | || 3 BR 2 BA || Great river views and convenient for boating! Trawl
Floyd | for crayfish from the comfort of your living room. Entire upstairs
Floyd | still mostly above water!
Floyd |
Floyd | 23 Euclid Street
Floyd | || 2 BR 5 BA || An obelisk lover's dream! Extensive yard boasts a true
Floyd | infinity pool and an impressive collection of garden statuary,
Floyd | including twin sphinxes. Paradoxically nearby to everything!
Floyd |
Floyd | Underneath the description of 23 Euclid Street, someone has scrawled
Floyd | the words "JACKDAWS LOVE MY BIG SPHINX OF QUARTZ."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Oh. Quartz."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about quartz"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 427
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT QUARTZ
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about that)
Floyd | "I'm sorry," Bethany says, "I have auditory processing disorder, and
Floyd | I'm guessing you didn't really just say 'bratwurst effect'.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about jackdaws"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 428
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT JACKDAWS
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about that)
Floyd | "I'm sorry," Bethany says, "I have auditory processing disorder, and I
Floyd | only understood you as far as saying 'harbinger slosh slosh'.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "okay"
Jacqueline says, "Save that for 23 Euclid Street"
DavidW asks, "Are you not familiar with that phrase already?"
Jacqueline says, "no"
Jacqueline says, "I'm a good girl."
DavidW says, "It's a sentence that uses every letter of the alphabet."
ivanr says, "It's a pangram!"
ivanr says, "A more fun one than the quick brown fox"
Jacqueline asks, "What happened to the fox jumping over the lazy dog?"
Jacqueline says, "Timing"
DavidW says, "This one's shorter."
Jacqueline says, "Shorter but makes less sense and sounds ... unseemly."
Jacqueline goes to wash her hands.
Jenni says, "look we can't help it if our big sphinx brings all the jackdaws to the yard"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x file cabinet"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 428
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X FILE CABINET
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 429
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)
Floyd | The space is dominated by the unexpectedly symbiotic combination of a
Floyd | giant desk and a tiny woman, who together give the impression of being
Floyd | one complete single entity, like a centaur. The surface of the desk is
Floyd | invisible underneath a loose pile of glossy architectural magazines,
Floyd | manila folders, and real estate listings pamphlets. Behind it, a
Floyd | gunmetal-grey filing cabinet lurks unattractively in the far corner.
Floyd | The exit back out to the street is east.
Floyd |
Floyd | Bethany looks at you expectantly. "Want to know about a building?"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x filing cabinet"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 430
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X FILING CABINET
Floyd |
Floyd | If a filing cabinet's purpose is to hold files without being otherwise
Floyd | interesting or remarkable, then this one has achieved
Floyd | self-actualization and is free to ascend to filing cabinet nirvana.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Don't forget to read any books you acquire."
Jacqueline asks, "So, we lost KO, didn't we?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read lion sex"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 431
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ LION SEX
Floyd |
Floyd | Of course you don't read your stolen goods in front of the
Floyd | person you've stolen them from, who hasn't noticed you've stolen them
Floyd | yet. That's the kind of doof-butt mistake your husband would
Floyd | make.
Floyd |
Floyd | God, you hope he's okay.
Floyd |
Floyd | The chill behind you intensifies, and you feel like you're being
Floyd | watched.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "oh, did we? drat."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x chill"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 432
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X CHILL
Floyd |
Floyd | A chill emanates from behind you, fading as you turn.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "ask her about chill"
Floyd ]  Estate Agent's Office (Jenni Polodna)                Turns: 433
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK HER ABOUT CHILL
Floyd |
Floyd | (Bethany about the faint chill)
Floyd | "I'm sorry," Bethany says, "I have auditory processing disorder, and
Floyd | I'm guessing you didn't really just say 'breaking up with Frito chili
Floyd | pie'.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 434
Floyd | >
Floyd | > E
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)
Floyd | A short street terminates here. To the south it opens into the town
Floyd | square. To the east, a few worn steps rise to the entrance of the
Floyd | public library, and to the west you can see a real estate office. A
Floyd | gloomy path leads northwest, towards the woods.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see a notice board here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "You picked up the chill in the mausoleum."
Jacqueline says, "Yeah"
Jacqueline says, "Heretofore I thought it was only a funny inventory description."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read lion sex"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 435
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ LION SEX
Floyd |
Floyd | You look at the inside cover of the paperback. The library insignia, a
Floyd | pair of back-to-back crescent moons flanking an eye which stares down
Floyd | at a book, is stamped here in purple. Underneath, in cursive, someone
Floyd | has written "For Mona with all the love in the world. Don't take Jim
Floyd | back. He's bad news." Following this is a loopy flourish of a
Floyd | signature you take to be "Leelah Vaughan."
Floyd |
Floyd | [You can continue to READ the lion sex book; this is excerpt
Floyd | 1/7.]
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read lion sex"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 436
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ LION SEX
Floyd |
Floyd | (You flip open the lion sex novel and read a page at random.)
Floyd |
Floyd | "You're leaving? Now? I don't understa--" She held her hands
Floyd | up to protest, but instead found herself clutching the
Floyd | manuscript-sized envelope he pressed into her chest.
Floyd |
Floyd | His voice was low and urgent in her ear, forcing a shiver to the base
Floyd | of her spine. "There's no time to explain. Keep this safe. If you
Floyd | believe in me, we'll see each other again."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Hey, wait up now!" she called after him as he rounded the bend in the
Floyd | stairs. "The hell you going, Steve?" The door closed with a
Floyd | self-assured thump, and she was alone.
Floyd |
Floyd | A few moments later, back in her office, she pulled the manuscript out
Floyd | of its envelope. It was thick; several hundred pages at least.
Floyd | Scrawled across the first was a simple four-word message: "THEY CAN'T
Floyd | SEE STORIES."
Floyd |
Floyd | [You can continue to READ the lion sex book; this is excerpt
Floyd | 2/7.]
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read lion sex"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 437
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ LION SEX
Floyd |
Floyd | (You skim ahead a little bit in your lion sex book and find the
Floyd | next interesting bit.)
Floyd |
Floyd | One fierce blow from his assailant sent his flintlock pistol
Floyd | clattering onto the cobblestones. A second blow, this one to his gut,
Floyd | knocked the wind out of him and doubled him over. "This is it," he
Floyd | thought, "this is how I die, bludgeoned like a gopher by a third-rate
Floyd | murderer in the alleyways of 1890s London."
Floyd |
Floyd | Just then, a mysterious interloper appeared from among the shadows to
Floyd | brain his attacker with a lead pipe, dropping the tough to the ground
Floyd | without so much as a grunt. Nodding in satisfaction, she pushed her
Floyd | gear-encrusted goggles to the top of her head. "Can't say I'm too
Floyd | impressed with this time period," she told him. "It's got sanitation
Floyd | problems for real."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Portia?" Steve gaped at her like a puzzled fish. "What are you doing
Floyd | here?"
Floyd |
Floyd | She pulled a manuscript-sized envelope out of her cloak and waved it
Floyd | at him. "I believe in you," she said, "and that's important for our
Floyd | relationship, but what's important for our lives right now is
Floyd | that we run like hell."
Floyd |
Floyd | [You can continue to READ the lion sex book; this is excerpt
Floyd | 3/7.]
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Oh dear. KO's back."
Jacqueline says, "KO, I'm willing to pause while you @recap"
Knight_Otu says, "Thanks."
Jacqueline says, "Lemme know when."
Knight_Otu arrives, ready to play with the toys. Knight_Otu says, "I've recapped, but don't think I'll read everything now."
Knight_Otu says, "Sorry about that, my connection went wonky."
Jacqueline says, "But..."
Jacqueline says, "But... the lion sex.x"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read lion sex"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 438
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ LION SEX
Floyd |
Floyd | (You open the lion sex book somewhere in the middle and read an
Floyd | excerpt.)
Floyd |
Floyd | Portia jumped away from him so hard that she almost fell backwards
Floyd | over the fainting couch. "Steve!" she exclaimed. "You're a lion!"
Floyd |
Floyd | "I've always been a lion," he explained. "I just deactivated the field
Floyd | that keeps people from noticing I'm a lion."
Floyd |
Floyd | Portia's voice became a plaintive wail. "The hell, Steve? You had sex
Floyd | with me, I had sex with you, and you were a lion this whole
Floyd | damn time? The whole time!"
Floyd |
Floyd | [You can continue to READ the lion sex book; this is excerpt
Floyd | 4/7.]
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I have the worst memory, so promise me you'll read it later."
Jacqueline says, "In case there's a hint for something."
Jacqueline says, "We learned about a lot of property"
Knight_Otu says, "I guess I have to read it then."
Jacqueline asks, "Jenni, are you Leelah Vaughan's ghost writer?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read lion sex"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 439
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ LION SEX
Floyd |
Floyd | (You continue reading the lion sex book right about where you left
Floyd | off.)
Floyd |
Floyd | "I had lion dick in me?" Portia's voice was becoming dangerously loud,
Floyd | and Steve glanced nervously at the Viscount, to make sure the drugs
Floyd | had not yet worn off. "Those things have barbs, Steve!"
Floyd |
Floyd | "Portia. Calm down. You would know if my dick had barbs."
Floyd |
Floyd | "My mama raised purebred cats, Steve, I have seen some crap, all
Floyd | right? I have seen some crap."
Floyd |
Floyd | Grimly, Steve removed his pants. "Here. I'll prove it to you."
Floyd |
Floyd | [You can continue to READ the lion sex book; this is excerpt
Floyd | 5/7.]
Floyd | >
Jenni says, "I signed an NDA"
Jacqueline says, "I'm just sitting her, smirking, staring at the wall, unsure of my next move."
Jacqueline says, "I... I guess I'm supposed to keep reading."
Jacqueline says, "spell sitting her = sitting here"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read lion sex"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 440
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ LION SEX
Floyd |
Floyd | The next approximately eighty-seven pages are all lion sex. All of
Floyd | them. All of it.
Floyd |
Floyd | [You can continue to READ the lion sex book; this is excerpt
Floyd | 6/7.]
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "hahaha"
DavidW says, "I laughed so hard when I read that the first time."
Jacqueline says, "Thank you for that tasteful fade to black, Leelah Vaughan."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read lion sex"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 441
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ LION SEX
Floyd |
Floyd | You flip to the very end of the lion sex book [spoilers]. It ends with
Floyd | Steve and Portia retiring to a stable time loop somewhere on
Floyd | Approximate Earth to raise their half-lion (and quarter-dolphin? when
Floyd | did that happen?) kids.
Floyd |
Floyd | Just inside the back cover, someone has written: "BJIYO -- SIX TIF J
Floyd | MOXXMD NIYDXLOBS WHIY XLD CFHOI NLIG. CLDCE XLD LOKKDB GICEDX IW TIFH
Floyd | AJCEGJCE. BIU SI SDX TIFH YJB, SOHM! O SIX YOBD JBK UD'HD KIOBS SHDJX.
Floyd | (LD NJTN LO & SIIK MFCE.) MIQD, JFBXOD NXDMMJ"
Floyd |
Floyd | [This is the end of the lion sex book, but you can READ it again
Floyd | to start over from the beginning.]
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "My oh my."
Jacqueline says, "So, it's not 13."
DavidW says, "Let me know if you want the translation or not."
Jacqueline says, "We do not"
DavidW says, "Very well."
Knight_Otu says, "I'll try to work on it. No promises."
Jacqueline says, "I'm trying some obvious stuff. One sec."
DavidW says, "There's been an in-game hint about it, but you don't need it."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 442
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   Twin Hearts Between the Planes
Floyd |   a pamphlet of home listings
Floyd |   a Jansport backpack (being worn and open)
Floyd |     a key pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a book pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a side pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a trash pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a backpack features guide
Floyd |   a book list
Floyd |   a library card
Floyd |   Peter's jacket
Floyd |   The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |   a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Hrm. Well, my obvious stuff was all too obvious."
Jacqueline says, "So there's that."
Knight_Otu says, "LOVE, ?????? STELLA at the end."
Jacqueline says, "Hm, possibly. One sec."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x hearts"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 443
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X HEARTS
Floyd |
Floyd | A somewhat battered paperback whose lovingly fantasy-painted cover
Floyd | features a corseted steampunk woman embracing a Regency period
Floyd | nobleman -- who is also an anthropomorphic lion -- in space. "TWIN
Floyd | HEARTS BETWEEN THE PLANES," raised letters proclaim. "LEELAH VAUGHAN."
Floyd |
Floyd | Beneath the author's name, smaller text inside a sunburst informs you
Floyd | that this book was a 1981 Venus Rising nominee for "Best Sexual
Floyd | Tension." A shelving label for the Backwater Public Library covers the
Floyd | lower spine "[FIC / ERO / ANIMA / FELIS / YIKES]".
Floyd |
Floyd | Frost lines the edges of the library insignia.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Hrm, I think I messed up actually."
Knight_Otu asks, "Or not?"
Jacqueline says, "It wouldn't be Stella if that word is love and it's a simple sub."
Jacqueline says, "Oh wait"
Jacqueline says, "You mean the last word is stella."
Jacqueline says, "Got it"
Knight_Otu says, "Yeah, I didn't have the second to last word."
Knight_Otu says, "Can't be Archer in a simple substitution though."
Jacqueline says, "I'm getting it."
Jacqueline says, "Okay. Got it."
Jacqueline says, "One sec."
Jacqueline says, "Well, let me do this first."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x backback"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 443
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BACKBACK
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 444
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   Twin Hearts Between the Planes
Floyd |   a pamphlet of home listings
Floyd |   a Jansport backpack (being worn and open)
Floyd |     a key pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a book pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a side pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a trash pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a backpack features guide
Floyd |   a book list
Floyd |   a library card
Floyd |   Peter's jacket
Floyd |   The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |   a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x hidden pocket"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 445
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X HIDDEN POCKET
Floyd |
Floyd | You feel around inside the backpack until you find the zipper pull
Floyd | cleverly disguised as a loose piece of thread. This must be a hidden
Floyd | pocket!
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "open look in hidden pocket"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 445
Floyd | >
Floyd | > OPEN LOOK IN HIDDEN POCKET
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "look in hidden pocket"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 446
Floyd | >
Floyd | > LOOK IN HIDDEN POCKET
Floyd |
Floyd | You unzip the hidden pocket just enough to take a peek inside. It
Floyd | contains a trolley pass and a trolley schedule.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take trolley pass"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 446
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE TROLLEY PASS
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take pass"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 446
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE PASS
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take schedule"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 447
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE SCHEDULE
Floyd |
Floyd | That's hardly portable.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jenni says, "gotta open the pocket"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "open hidden pocket"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 448
Floyd | >
Floyd | > OPEN HIDDEN POCKET
Floyd |
Floyd | You open the hidden pocket, revealing a trolley pass and a trolley
Floyd | schedule.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "oh"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take pass"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 449
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE PASS
Floyd |
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take schedule"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 450
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE SCHEDULE
Floyd |
Floyd | (the trolley schedule)
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x pass"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 451
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X PASS
Floyd |
Floyd | A small blue piece of laminated cardboard that says "BACKWATER TROLLEY
Floyd | MONTHLY PASS" in tidy serif font, with a yellow rope lanyard for you
Floyd | to hang it around your neck. You pray to any gods listening that you
Floyd | and Peter will be on a faraway beach together by the time the pass
Floyd | expires.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x schedule"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 452
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SCHEDULE
Floyd |
Floyd | (the trolley schedule)
Floyd | It's unlike any public transit schedule you've ever seen, in that
Floyd | there are no times listed. A cheerfully phrased block of introduction
Floyd | text instructs riders to hang their passes around their necks, proceed
Floyd | to a trolley stop, and WAIT FOR whatever color LINE corresponds with
Floyd | their choice of destination. Well okay then.
Floyd |
Floyd | Destinations:
Floyd | Brown Line -- Train Station
Floyd | Gold Line -- Church
Floyd | Blue Line -- Library Square
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "huh"
Knight_Otu says, "Interesting."
Jacqueline says, "Do you want the translation of the note? If so, DW can post it."
Jacqueline says, "I solved a couple of puzzles today. Easy ones, but still. That is not normally my thing."
Knight_Otu says, "I worked it out too, but it would be nice for the transcript."
Jacqueline says, "DW, please post the translation while I go put more water in my vaporizer."
DavidW says, "ok"
DavidW | "NAOMI -- GOT YOU A LITTLE SOMETHING FROM THE CURIO SHOP. CHECK THE HIDDEN POCKET OF YOUR BACKPACK. NOW GO GET YOUR MAN, GIRL! I GOT MINE AND WE'RE DOING GREAT. (HE SAYS HI & GOOD LUCK.) LOVE, AUNTIE STELLA"
Knight_Otu nods.
DavidW says, "btw, you read about this trolley system in the train folder, and the real estate folder's photo showed you with a trolley pass."
Knight_Otu says, "Indeed."
Jenni says, "photo actually pulls a wearable object at random"
DavidW says (to Jenni), "oh!"
caleb arrives, full of fun, but no funk. DavidW says, "You'll want to wear the pass to make any use of it."
DavidW says, "hi caleb"
caleb exclaims, "Hi!"
DavidW says, "We're playing Cragne Manor, as I suspect you already know. We just acquired a trolley pass."
Jacqueline says, "Yeah."
Jacqueline says, "I'm afraid to put the pass on before I want to, but I guess there's no harm."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "wear pass"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 453
Floyd | >
Floyd | > WEAR PASS
Floyd |
Floyd | You put on the trolley pass.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "And then we died."
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "nw"
Floyd ]  Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)                         Turns: 454
Floyd | >
Floyd | > NW
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)
Floyd | You enter a clearing, the earth barren and the air heavy with mist. A
Floyd | low windowless wooden shack dominates the area. Sitting by the shack
Floyd | is a wooden painted doll, clockwork mechanisms visible in its joints.
Floyd | It's startlingly lifelike.
Floyd |
Floyd | The woods are to the northwest, while that godforsaken town is to the
Floyd | southeast.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the ground, just out of the doll's reach, lie some loose scraps of
Floyd | paper.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x scraps"
Floyd ]  Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)                         Turns: 455
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SCRAPS
Floyd |
Floyd | Three scraps of paper, with various handwritten words on them. You
Floyd | can't read the contents from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take scraps"
Floyd ]  Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)                         Turns: 456
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE SCRAPS
Floyd |
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "read scraps"
Floyd ]  Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)                         Turns: 457
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ SCRAPS
Floyd |
Floyd | Three scraps of paper, with various handwritten words on them. You
Floyd | suspect that they may form a complete page if you reassemble them.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x scraps"
Floyd ]  Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)                         Turns: 458
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SCRAPS
Floyd |
Floyd | Three scraps of paper, with various handwritten words on them. You
Floyd | suspect that they may form a complete page if you reassemble them.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "reassemble scraps"
Floyd ]  Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)                         Turns: 459
Floyd | >
Floyd | > REASSEMBLE SCRAPS
Floyd |
Floyd | With some experimentation, you rearrange the pieces back into a single
Floyd | page. They seal together, as if by magic. You now hold a repaired
Floyd | page.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x page"
Floyd ]  Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)                         Turns: 460
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X PAGE
Floyd |
Floyd | A complete page, grimy yet strangely untorn. It reads: "I must have
Floyd | rest. My senses deceive me into thinking she can see me, hear me."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x doll"
Floyd ]  Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)                         Turns: 461
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X DOLL
Floyd |
Floyd | (the clockwork doll)
Floyd | A little doll of a girl. She's sitting at a little writing desk, with
Floyd | a book in front of her, firmly held underneath her arms. In one hand
Floyd | is a feather quill pen; at the other is an inkwell. Her eyes seem to
Floyd | bore through your pocket to where you're keeping the page. As if she
Floyd | wants to see what's written there.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x me"
Floyd ]  Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)                         Turns: 462
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X ME
Floyd |
Floyd | Apart from a touch of the heebie-jeebies, you feel fine.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "..."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)                         Turns: 463
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a repaired page
Floyd |   a trolley schedule
Floyd |   a trolley pass (being worn)
Floyd |   Twin Hearts Between the Planes
Floyd |   a pamphlet of home listings
Floyd |   a Jansport backpack (being worn and open)
Floyd |     a hidden pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a key pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a book pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a side pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a trash pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a backpack features guide
Floyd |   a book list
Floyd |   a library card
Floyd |   Peter's jacket
Floyd |   The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |   a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "Should we show her the page?"
Jacqueline says, "I'm ascared."
Knight_Otu says, "I guess we can undo if she murders us horribly."
Jenni goes home. DavidW says, "I'm sure she's a friendly doll that doesn't eat human faces."
baf arrives, ready to play with the toys.
Jenni arrives, ready to play with the toys.
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "xyzzy"
Floyd ]  Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)                         Turns: 463
Floyd | >
Floyd | > XYZZY
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to KO), "Yes, UNDO is an option on death."
Knight_Otu says, "And TAKE BACK, nicely."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "show page to doll"
Floyd ]  Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)                         Turns: 464
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SHOW PAGE TO DOLL
Floyd |
Floyd | (the clockwork doll)
Floyd | The doll springs to life with the whirring of hidden gears and
Floyd | mechanisms. Her eyes dart between the page and the book in front of
Floyd | her. Her quill moves from inkwell to paper and back again, copying the
Floyd | page's contents into the book. Finishing the passage with a terminal
Floyd | stroke of the pen, the doll's shoulders move up, then down, as if
Floyd | taking a breath. Her open hand clumsily raises one cover and pushes it
Floyd | over, closing the book.
Floyd |
Floyd | She pushes it in your direction until it tumbles to the ground.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "TAKE BACK is for situations when a single UNDO isn't good enough."
Knight_Otu says, "Yep. But it seems we weren't horribly murdered after all."
Jacqueline says, "huh"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take book"
Floyd ]  Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)                         Turns: 465
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE BOOK
Floyd |
Floyd | (The Dollmaker's Journal)
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd | The doll begins to shudder and glow with heat. After a moment, the
Floyd | shaking stops, and the doll's head and hands sag, lifeless.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x book"
Floyd ]  Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)                         Turns: 465
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BOOK
Floyd |
Floyd | Which do you mean, The Dollmaker's Journal, Twin Hearts
Floyd | Between the Planes, The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume
Floyd | Three, the diary of Phyllis Cragne or the postcard of Big Ben?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "We're fine. The doll, however."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x dollmaker's"
Floyd ]  Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)                         Turns: 466
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X DOLLMAKER'S
Floyd |
Floyd | A simple leatherbound journal, daubed with wayward paint splotches. A
Floyd | sticker on the cover bears the insignia of the Backwater Public
Floyd | Library.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Remember, this is Spooky Backwater, not Dangerous Backwater."
Knight_Otu asks, "So, we got two more books from our list. Should we return them, or catch them all first?"
Jacqueline says, "I'm good either way."
Jacqueline asks, "What do you want to do?"
Jacqueline says, "I don't think there's an inventory limit, so I say we just wait until we have them."
Jacqueline says, "But who knows"
Knight_Otu says, "We do have a backpack."
baf says, "With a book pocket."
Jacqueline says, "Yes"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "put books in book pocket"
Floyd ]  Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)                         Turns: 467
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PUT BOOKS IN BOOK POCKET
Floyd |
Floyd | The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three: Done.
Floyd | diary of Phyllis Cragne: Done.
Floyd | postcard of Big Ben: Done.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
baf asks, "Have you returned any books yet?"
Jacqueline says, "no"
Jacqueline says, "We were just discussing htat"
Knight_Otu says, "The creepy one from the mausoleum."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)                         Turns: 468
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)
Floyd | A clearing, outside a wooden shack. A clockwork doll sits here,
Floyd | utterly incongruous at the edge of the woods.
Floyd |
Floyd | The woods are to the northwest, while that godforsaken town is to the
Floyd | southeast.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to baf), "They have a book list, though."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x book list"
Floyd ]  Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)                         Turns: 469
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BOOK LIST
Floyd |
Floyd | ATTENTION PETER CRAGNE
Floyd |
Floyd | This is your notification that your status with the Backwater Public
Floyd | Library is DELINQUENT due to NON-RETURNAL.
Floyd | You are NOT PERMITTED to check out books or to access special library
Floyd | materials until your status is cleared.
Floyd |
Floyd | To clear your status, you must return ALL books you currently have
Floyd | checked out:
Floyd |
Floyd |     To Have, and To Have Knots: An Illustrated Guide
Floyd |     The Dollmaker's Journal
Floyd |     Twin Hearts Between the Planes
Floyd |     Backwater Personalities (1915-1925 edition)
Floyd |     Tolerating An Asinine God
Floyd |     The Lives of the Roman Emperors
Floyd |     De Zeven Testamenten van de Krijsende Zeeworm
Floyd |     Venator in Tenebris
Floyd |     'Pataphysical Approaches to Quantum Superfluids
Floyd |     Legends of Lake Champlain and the Hudson River Valley
Floyd | A Rudimentary Taxonomy of Known Scent and Grotesque
Floyd | Reactions
Floyd |     Life Beneath Nightmares
Floyd |     The Conservative's Cookbook
Floyd |     The Seven Gaunts
Floyd |     New England and the Bavarian Illuminati
Floyd | ANCHORHEAD. A What-do-I-do-now Book Based on the Works of
Floyd | MICHAEL GENTRY
Floyd |
Floyd | ...Huh, you could have sworn that the list was longer before.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)                         Turns: 470
DavidW asks, "oh. Is *that* where the bug is?"
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)
Floyd | A clearing, outside a wooden shack. A clockwork doll sits here,
Floyd | utterly incongruous at the edge of the woods.
Floyd |
Floyd | The woods are to the northwest, while that godforsaken town is to the
Floyd | southeast.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "NW?"
Knight_Otu says, "Sure."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "nw"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 471
Floyd | >
Floyd | > NW
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott Ashwell)
Floyd | Branches scramble overhead, straining toward one another in a bid to
Floyd | blot out the sky. Mercifully, light manages to filter down through an
Floyd | opening in the canopy above a small pond. Paths slither away into the
Floyd | forest to the north, southwest, and southeast.
Floyd |
Floyd | You pause a moment to let the hushed peacefulness of this place
Floyd | soak in -- a welcome relief from the unsettling events of the
Floyd | day.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Oh dear."
Jacqueline hands the controls over to KO
DavidW says, "A familiar name appears."
Knight_Otu says, "Well then."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x branches"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 472
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BRANCHES
Floyd |
Floyd | You gaze up. Were it not for the pond, you get the feeling these
Floyd | branches would weave themselves together to plunge these woods into
Floyd | near-total darkness.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x pond"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 473
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X POND
Floyd |
Floyd | Your reflection stares back at you, tree branches framing your face.
Floyd | You can discern nothing beneath the surface of the black water. The
Floyd | pond might be a foot deep, or a hundred feet deep. Or bottomless.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x me"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 474
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X ME
Floyd |
Floyd | As good-looking as ever.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 475
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   The Dollmaker's Journal
Floyd |   a repaired page
Floyd |   a trolley schedule
Floyd |   a trolley pass (being worn)
Floyd |   Twin Hearts Between the Planes
Floyd |   a pamphlet of home listings
Floyd |   a Jansport backpack (being worn and open)
Floyd |     a hidden pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a key pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a book pocket (open)
Floyd |       a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |       the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |       The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |     a side pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a trash pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a backpack features guide
Floyd |   a book list
Floyd |   a library card
Floyd |   Peter's jacket
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Huh"
Jacqueline says, "Oh, never mind."
Knight_Otu says, "Hey, we're still wearing that mask."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "xyzzy"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 475
Floyd | >
Floyd | > XYZZY
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 476
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott Ashwell)
Floyd | Branches scramble overhead, straining toward one another in a bid to
Floyd | blot out the sky. Mercifully, light manages to filter down through an
Floyd | opening in the canopy above a small pond. Paths slither away into the
Floyd | forest to the north, southwest, and southeast.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "cf9"
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SAVE
Floyd | %% Enter a save filename to write:
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 476
Floyd | > SAVEOk.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "swim"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 477
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SWIM
Floyd |
Floyd | You consider the ominously inky water, and, considering yourself sane,
Floyd | decide against entering the pond voluntarily.
Floyd |
Floyd | A flurry of dead leaves goes skittering along the ground, swirling
Floyd | past you in the wind.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I think the code mechanism for the book list is auto-removing the Buried Tales book on a second look, regardless if you've found that book or not."
baf says, "You are wearing a large leaf that covers your face and no NPC will ever comment on it"
Jacqueline says, "heh"
dhakajack gets bored and wanders off to the Toyshop.
dhakajack arrives, ready to play with the toys. Knight_Otu asks, "Do we wear it above or below our not-there aviator goggles?"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x paths"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 478
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X PATHS
Floyd |
Floyd | Paths slither away into the forest to the north, northeast, and
Floyd | southeast.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "put page in pond"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 479
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PUT PAGE IN POND
Floyd |
Floyd | That can't contain things.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "You can have up to four different types of eyewear on simultaneously in this game. It's really quite amusing."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x canopy"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 480
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X CANOPY
Floyd |
Floyd | You gaze up. Were it not for the pond, you get the feeling these
Floyd | branches would weave themselves together to plunge these woods into
Floyd | near-total darkness.
Floyd |
Floyd | For a moment, the wind dies down. Leaves on the ground come to rest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
dhakajack says, "one for each eye"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x leaves"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 481
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X LEAVES
Floyd |
Floyd | Leaves are everywhere. Some float, withered and aimless on the surface
Floyd | of the black water, the rest carpet the forest floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "haha"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "count them"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 482
Floyd | >
Floyd | > COUNT THEM
Floyd |
Floyd | You feel a bizarre compulsion to count the leaves.
Floyd |
Floyd | One... two... three...
Floyd |
Floyd | ...there are 69,105 of them. Give or take a few.
Floyd |
Floyd | While counting the leaves, you appear to have revealed a flat stone.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x stone"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 483
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X STONE
Floyd |
Floyd | A flat stone with rounded edges. You eye the surface of the pond
Floyd | speculatively.
Floyd |
Floyd | The wind momentarily stirs up a pile of leaves.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get it"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 484
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET IT
Floyd |
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | Somewhere in the distance, you hear a mourning dove's plaintive song.
Floyd | From above, a leaf floats slowly toward the ground.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "skip stone"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 485
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SKIP STONE
Floyd |
Floyd | You weigh the flat stone in the palm of your hand for a moment or two,
Floyd | then decide to see if you can make it skip across the pond: you wind
Floyd | your arm back and fling the rock at an angle near-parallel to the
Floyd | water. It skips once... twice... three... four five six seven times,
Floyd | then disappears from view. You enjoy a brief feeling of
Floyd | accomplishment.
Floyd |
Floyd | All of the sudden, the forest goes quiet. Completely quiet.
Floyd | No wind, no doves, no sound at all.
Floyd |
Floyd | You are frozen in the stillness, too scared to move.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 486
Floyd | >
Floyd | > Z
Floyd |
Floyd | The unsettling silence continues. It's almost as if the forest is
Floyd | waiting for something to ... to happen.
Floyd |
Floyd | From the pond, a slimy ivory tentacle emerges, feeling its way toward
Floyd | you through the dead leaves.
Floyd |
Floyd | You are transfixed, and powerless with fear.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu exclaims, "Eep!"
Knight_Otu exclaims, "Sorry, Chthulhu!"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 487
Floyd | >
Floyd | > Z
Floyd |
Floyd | It is as if you are observing from outside your own body: you watch as
Floyd | the eburnean appendage begins wrapping itself slowly around your
Floyd | ankle.
Floyd |
Floyd | Suddenly, you are back inside your skin, and feel yourself being
Floyd | dragged toward the pond! You kick at the clammy white arm with your
Floyd | free foot, and desperately dig your fingers into the earth in an
Floyd | attempt to prevent the inevitable.
Floyd |
Floyd | The surface of the once-placid pond now churns violently.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "hee"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "hit tentacle with spire"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 487
Floyd | >
Floyd | > HIT TENTACLE WITH SPIRE
Floyd |
Floyd | I only understood you as far as wanting to hit the tentacle.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "hit tentacle"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 488
Floyd | >
Floyd | > HIT TENTACLE
Floyd |
Floyd | To your horror, you are pulled beneath the surface!
Floyd |
Floyd | All is dark. All is still. An unearthly calm consumes you. You cannot
Floyd | breathe, but you do not seem to care. You blink, unable to make out
Floyd | any shapes in the black water.
Floyd |
Floyd | Then, from the depths, an ivory shape emerges: a many-tentacled
Floyd | creature. The cephalopod floats toward you, coming eye to eye, and you
Floyd | sense something... maybe sadness?...
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "ask creature about pond"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 489
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK CREATURE ABOUT POND
Floyd |
Floyd | Gently, two white tentacles place a delicate silver chain around your
Floyd | neck. Before you have time to express surprise or gratitude, the pond
Floyd | kraken carries you to shore. You inhale, thankful for the air, and
Floyd | turn back toward the pond just in time to see the last of the creature
Floyd | slip back beneath the surface.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x chain"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 490
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X CHAIN
Floyd |
Floyd | The locket and chain are silver, surprisingly untouched by the murky
Floyd | depths from which they came. The front of the locket bears a tiny
Floyd | embossed likeness of a kraken. The initials E.C. are engraved
Floyd | on its back.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x initials"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 491
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X INITIALS
Floyd |
Floyd | The locket and chain are silver, surprisingly untouched by the murky
Floyd | depths from which they came. The front of the locket bears a tiny
Floyd | embossed likeness of a kraken. The initials E.C. are engraved
Floyd | on its back.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 492
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott Ashwell)
Floyd | Branches scramble overhead, straining toward one another in a bid to
Floyd | blot out the sky. Mercifully, light manages to filter down through an
Floyd | opening in the canopy above a small pond. Paths slither away into the
Floyd | forest to the north, southwest, and southeast.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "What a nice eldritch abomination."
Jacqueline says, "He's pretty chill, yeah."
Jacqueline says, "Once he's got your attention, that is."
Knight_Otu says, "He could have asked before pulling our leg, though."
Jacqueline says, "You could have asked before skipping that damn rock."
Knight_Otu says, "Though I guess we bopped his head first."
DavidW asks (of Jacqueline), "Did you know it would be a locket or just something wearable?"
Jacqueline says, "I chose for it to be a locket."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 493
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   an antique locket (being worn and closed)
Floyd |   The Dollmaker's Journal
Floyd |   a repaired page
Floyd |   a trolley schedule
Floyd |   a trolley pass (being worn)
Floyd |   Twin Hearts Between the Planes
Floyd |   a pamphlet of home listings
Floyd |   a Jansport backpack (being worn and open)
Floyd |     a hidden pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a key pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a book pocket (open)
Floyd |       a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |       the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |       The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |     a side pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a trash pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a backpack features guide
Floyd |   a book list
Floyd |   a library card
Floyd |   Peter's jacket
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x me"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 494
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X ME
Floyd |
Floyd | As good-looking as ever.
Floyd |
Floyd | You bear the trauma of a woman who has been eye to eye with an
Floyd | eburnean pond kraken.
Floyd |
Floyd | The wind picks up again for a moment, and a few leaves fall from
Floyd | above. One of the leaves settles in your hair. You disentangle the
Floyd | leaf and toss it to the ground.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "open locket"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 495
Floyd | >
Floyd | > OPEN LOCKET
Floyd |
Floyd | You open the antique locket, revealing a tintype.
Floyd |
Floyd | The wind comes from a new direction. The skeletons of dead leaves
Floyd | scratch against one another.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x tintype"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 496
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X TINTYPE
Floyd |
Floyd | A portrait of a young but stern-looking woman with dark locks and
Floyd | darker eyes has been placed within the locket. The photograph is, to
Floyd | your amazement, dry and in good nick, despite how it came to be in
Floyd | your possession. You idly wonder if there's anything hidden behind it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get it"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 497
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET IT
Floyd |
Floyd | As you handle the photo, you notice something on its reverse. The
Floyd | handwriting is so small! You marvel at the clarity of the feminine
Floyd | script, which you are just able to make out. It reads:
Floyd |
Floyd | To my Eliakim,
Floyd | Eburnean Alderman of
Floyd | the Variegated Court.
Floyd | I would follow thee
Floyd | to the depths of Hell.
Floyd |           - Faythe
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Eliakim Cragne, then."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 498
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a tintype
Floyd |   an antique locket (being worn and open but empty)
Floyd |   The Dollmaker's Journal
Floyd |   a repaired page
Floyd |   a trolley schedule
Floyd |   a trolley pass (being worn)
Floyd |   Twin Hearts Between the Planes
Floyd |   a pamphlet of home listings
Floyd |   a Jansport backpack (being worn and open)
Floyd |     a hidden pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a key pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a book pocket (open)
Floyd |       a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |       the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |       The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |     a side pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a trash pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a backpack features guide
Floyd |   a book list
Floyd |   a library card
Floyd |   Peter's jacket
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "A safe assumption, I think."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "put tintype in locket."
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 499
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PUT TINTYPE IN LOCKET.
Floyd |
Floyd | You put the tintype into the antique locket.
Floyd |
Floyd | A flurry of dead leaves goes skittering along the ground, swirling
Floyd | past you in the wind.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "close locket"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 500
Floyd | >
Floyd | > CLOSE LOCKET
Floyd |
Floyd | You close the antique locket.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 501
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott Ashwell)
Floyd | Branches scramble overhead, straining toward one another in a bid to
Floyd | blot out the sky. Mercifully, light manages to filter down through an
Floyd | opening in the canopy above a small pond. Paths slither away into the
Floyd | forest to the north, southwest, and southeast.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x leaves"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 502
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X LEAVES
Floyd |
Floyd | Leaves are everywhere. Some float, withered and aimless on the surface
Floyd | of the black water, the rest carpet the forest floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "search leaves"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 503
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SEARCH LEAVES
Floyd |
Floyd | You feel no need to collect any leaves, but you poke at them with your
Floyd | foot, uncovering a flat stone.
Floyd |
Floyd | For a moment, the wind dies down. Leaves on the ground come to rest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take stone"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 504
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE STONE
Floyd |
Floyd | It reminds you of the stone you skipped across the pond, awakening a
Floyd | long-dormant horror. You cannot bring yourself to touch it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "oh"
Knight_Otu says, "Heh."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "throw locket in pond"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 505
Floyd | >
Floyd | > THROW LOCKET IN POND
Floyd |
Floyd | That can't contain things.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "skip stone"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 506
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SKIP STONE
Floyd |
Floyd | There is absolutely no fucking way you will try skipping stones again.
Floyd | Ever.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I think that's it for this room."
Knight_Otu says, "Aww."
Jacqueline says, "I know. I traumatized us forevers."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 507
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott Ashwell)
Floyd | Branches scramble overhead, straining toward one another in a bid to
Floyd | blot out the sky. Mercifully, light manages to filter down through an
Floyd | opening in the canopy above a small pond. Paths slither away into the
Floyd | forest to the north, southwest, and southeast.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see a flat stone here.
Floyd |
Floyd | The wind momentarily stirs up a pile of leaves.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x coffee"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 508
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X COFFEE
Floyd |
Floyd | The swirls in your cup form a stochastic pattern resembling television
Floyd | static. Lack of a symbolic image means that you have accomplished
Floyd | everything you must in your current environment and should move on to
Floyd | find new challenges in order to grow as a person.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "I'm going to guess sw is the churchyard, but we'd better check."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "sw"
Floyd ]  The Churchyard (David Jose)                          Turns: 509
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SW
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | The Churchyard (David Jose)
Floyd | A neglected and long forgotten cemetery stretches out below you,
Floyd | surrounded by a rusted wrought iron fence. Lopsided gravemarkers,
Floyd | slowly succumbing to the elements, topple downhill like a congregation
Floyd | bent low in prayer. At the very center of the graveyard, set into a
Floyd | low valley, a squat, stone mausoleum crouches menacingly.
Floyd |
Floyd | To the southwest a dilapidated, stave church rises up obscenely
Floyd | against the night sky.
Floyd |
Floyd | A dark pine forest crowds against the wrought iron fence to the
Floyd | northeast. You might be able to forge a path between its trees.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Yep. Good to know."
DavidW says, "Aviator goggles back on."
Knight_Otu asks, "So, north from pond?"
Jacqueline says, "Sure"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "ne"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 510
Floyd | >
Floyd | > NE
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott Ashwell)
Floyd | Branches scramble overhead, straining toward one another in a bid to
Floyd | blot out the sky. Mercifully, light manages to filter down through an
Floyd | opening in the canopy above a small pond. Paths slither away into the
Floyd | forest to the north, southwest, and southeast.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see a flat stone here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 511
Floyd | >
Floyd | > N
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)
Floyd | The trees here gather, black with wet; glimmering fingers hung with
Floyd | ragged matter, huddling beneath a cold and gently weeping sky. Beneath
Floyd | your feet, the damp red felt of rotting leaves slopes down toward a
Floyd | still, murky puddle. Nearby is a well, capped off with crumbling
Floyd | cement. A broken-down section of brick wall waits for raindrops to
Floyd | fall along its spine, and an old, half-dead oak straddles an angular
Floyd | boulder studded with quartz. A path through the forest leads south.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see a wooden sigil here.
Floyd |
Floyd | An ethereal trolley stop sign reads Green Line -- The Woods.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Hello there, trolley system."
Jacqueline says, "Nice first sentence. Very Anchorheady."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x trees"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 511
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X TREES
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "That one wasn't listed on your schedule."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x leaves"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 511
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X LEAVES
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x puddle"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 512
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X PUDDLE
Floyd |
Floyd | A still, murky puddle sits beneath the tree. The slightest of ripples
Floyd | disturb its surface. There's something a little odd about it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x well"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 513
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X WELL
Floyd |
Floyd | An old well cap made of crumbling cement emerges from the forest floor
Floyd | here. Two wrought-iron handles, pitted with rust, emerge from the top.
Floyd | A padlock, also rusted, holds it closed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x padlock"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 514
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X PADLOCK
Floyd |
Floyd | It's rusted tight, but still solid.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x handles"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 515
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X HANDLES
Floyd |
Floyd | Two rusty loops of iron jut from the top of the well.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x oak"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 516
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X OAK
Floyd |
Floyd | It's an old, twisted oak tree grown over a granite boulder here. Many
Floyd | of its branches are rotting away, yet it clings to life. It has a
Floyd | hollow knothole at about eye level, and a large, prominent root juts
Floyd | from its base.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x knothole"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 517
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X KNOTHOLE
Floyd |
Floyd | You peer into the knothole and find an oilcloth parcel. You pick it
Floyd | up.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x parcel"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 518
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X PARCEL
Floyd |
Floyd | An old rectangular parcel, oilcloth wrapped with twine. Given its size
Floyd | and shape, you're guessing it's a book.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x root"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 519
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X ROOT
Floyd |
Floyd | Just a thck root sticking out from the base of the tree. Or is it?
Floyd | This might require a closer look.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 520
Floyd | >
Floyd | > G
Floyd |
Floyd | Just a thck root sticking out from the base of the tree. Or is it?
Floyd | This might require a closer look.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get root"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 521
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET ROOT
Floyd |
Floyd | That seems to be a part of the twisted old oak.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "search root"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 522
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SEARCH ROOT
Floyd |
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "take a closer look"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 522
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE A CLOSER LOOK
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "open parcel"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 523
Floyd | >
Floyd | > OPEN PARCEL
Floyd |
Floyd | You open the parcel, discovering a moldy journal and what looks to be
Floyd | a strange little battery. You toss the wrappings away. They look
Floyd | biodegradable enough. Indeed, they look like they've already begun
Floyd | biodegrading.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x moldy"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 524
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X MOLDY
Floyd |
Floyd | It's heavily damaged by the elements. You can make out the letters
Floyd | "-AGNE" on the front cover.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "read it"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 525
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ IT
Floyd |
Floyd | You riffle through the pages; only short passages are still legible:
Floyd |
Floyd | "... circular golden prosthesis seems to have chosen Mabel ... doctor
Floyd | said he can't remove it without harming the child ..."
Floyd |
Floyd | "... Mabel spends long hours examining stumps and rocks in the woods
Floyd | ... and I are most concerned. Mabel's stories of fairies and HIDDEN
Floyd | LANDS seem more than childish fancy"
Floyd |
Floyd | (There's a long section of the book here which is ruined and entirely
Floyd | illegible, although you can make out diagrams and the faded, troubling
Floyd | outlines of strange shapes)
Floyd |
Floyd | "... constructed the sigil out of sculpted and varnished wood after
Floyd | many ... Mabel instructs me on where it should be placed ... spirits
Floyd | she is in communication with have constructed various devices at her
Floyd | command ... creatures I have dubbed microphids ... "
Floyd |
Floyd | "... Clara still doesn't believe; threatened to get Pastor Crowell
Floyd | involved ... able to dodge him so far ... quit my position at ..."
Floyd |
Floyd | "... very concerned but there is no body ... up to seven successful
Floyd | SUMMONINGS that have remained docile ... we will never know, and quite
Floyd | frankly these studies are more important than that ... Each creature
Floyd | must process through three ARCHES, through three HABITATS and stages
Floyd | of development before finally maturing through the ARCH and SIGIL ...
Floyd | special GLUE created by that one created via the sequence
Floyd | ->FOREST->(illegible)->CLIFFS ..."
Floyd |
Floyd | "... at Clara's insistence I have written to the University ... fake
Floyd | name ... one we have dubbed Moppy is friendly enough and a loyal
Floyd | companion to Mabel ..."
Floyd |
Floyd | "... siphoning off the rest of the inheritance ... haven't seen her in
Floyd | a while ... sent an officer of the law to fetch Mabel, but Moppy took
Floyd | care of him ..."
Floyd |
Floyd | (another long damaged section)
Floyd |
Floyd | "... only Tall Pete is left ... lay Mabel in a grave beside Moppy ...
Floyd | TERRIBLE LIZARD-BIRD was raised up from the OCEAN - is still out there
Floyd | somewhere ..."
Floyd |
Floyd | "... now I wear the PROSTHESIS; now I can see
Floyd | everything. ... breached the walls of perception ... I am PRODDING the
Floyd | EGG MACHINE on the QUARTZ OUTCROPPING ... dozens of them GATHER to
Floyd | PROTECT me from the LIZARD BIRD ... PULLED the ROOF clear off my
Floyd | SHELTER ..."
Floyd |
Floyd | And that's it. There's no more. Well, you suppose you didn't actually
Floyd | expect the author to keep writing right up until the point of his
Floyd | death, but you're a little disappointed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "look under root"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 526
Floyd | >
Floyd | > LOOK UNDER ROOT
Floyd |
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x battery"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 527
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BATTERY
Floyd |
Floyd | (the small, rectangular battery)
Floyd | A slick golden rectangle, slightly bowed, with contacts at one end
Floyd | marked "+" and "-".
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x sigil"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 528
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SIGIL
Floyd |
Floyd | A circular wooden frame is embedded in the ground here, organic arcs
Floyd | of wood carved with strange symbols. Though surrounded by rot, it is
Floyd | entirely intact despite its apparent age.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 529
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)
Floyd | The trees here gather, black with wet; glimmering fingers hung with
Floyd | ragged matter, huddling beneath a cold and gently weeping sky. Beneath
Floyd | your feet, the damp red felt of rotting leaves slopes down toward a
Floyd | still, murky puddle. Nearby is a well, capped off with crumbling
Floyd | cement. A broken-down section of brick wall waits for raindrops to
Floyd | fall along its spine, and an old, half-dead oak straddles an angular
Floyd | boulder studded with quartz. A path through the forest leads south.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see a wooden sigil here.
Floyd |
Floyd | An insubstantial trolley stop sign reads Green Line -- The Woods.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x wall"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 530
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X WALL
Floyd |
Floyd | Damp bricks, decades old. They are not quite right, somehow.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Odd place, this."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x boulder"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 531
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BOULDER
Floyd |
Floyd | A jagged gray boulder leans here among the trees, coming to about your
Floyd | waist. It would be largely unremarkable but for the fact that it is
Floyd | straddled by the twisted old oak. A ghostly patch of quartzite graces
Floyd | one corner of it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x quartzite"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 532
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X QUARTZITE
Floyd |
Floyd | Pure, translucent white. Something is a little bit off about it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 533
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a moldy, waterlogged journal
Floyd |   a small, rectangular battery
Floyd |   an antique locket (being worn and closed)
Floyd |   The Dollmaker's Journal
Floyd |   a repaired page
Floyd |   a trolley schedule
Floyd |   a trolley pass (being worn)
Floyd |   Twin Hearts Between the Planes
Floyd |   a pamphlet of home listings
Floyd |   a Jansport backpack (being worn and open)
Floyd |     a hidden pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a key pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a book pocket (open)
Floyd |       a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |       the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |       The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |     a side pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a trash pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a backpack features guide
Floyd |   a book list
Floyd |   a library card
Floyd |   Peter's jacket
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 534
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)
Floyd | The trees here gather, black with wet; glimmering fingers hung with
Floyd | ragged matter, huddling beneath a cold and gently weeping sky. Beneath
Floyd | your feet, the damp red felt of rotting leaves slopes down toward a
Floyd | still, murky puddle. Nearby is a well, capped off with crumbling
Floyd | cement. A broken-down section of brick wall waits for raindrops to
Floyd | fall along its spine, and an old, half-dead oak straddles an angular
Floyd | boulder studded with quartz. A path through the forest leads south.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see a wooden sigil here.
Floyd |
Floyd | An ethereal trolley stop sign reads Green Line -- The Woods.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x root"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 535
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X ROOT
Floyd |
Floyd | Just a thck root sticking out from the base of the tree. Or is it?
Floyd | This might require a closer look.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 536
Floyd | >
Floyd | > D
Floyd |
Floyd | No, the well is sealed shut.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "enter root"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 537
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ENTER ROOT
Floyd |
Floyd | That's not something you can enter.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu asks, "You all still here?"
DavidW says, "I stepped away to the bathroom."
Knight_Otu says, "Ah."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get sigil"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 538
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET SIGIL
Floyd |
Floyd | That's fixed in place.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
caleb says (to floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 539
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a moldy, waterlogged journal
Floyd |   a small, rectangular battery
Floyd |   an antique locket (being worn and closed)
Floyd |   The Dollmaker's Journal
Floyd |   a repaired page
Floyd |   a trolley schedule
Floyd |   a trolley pass (being worn)
Floyd |   Twin Hearts Between the Planes
Floyd |   a pamphlet of home listings
Floyd |   a Jansport backpack (being worn and open)
Floyd |     a hidden pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a key pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a book pocket (open)
Floyd |       a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |       the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |       The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |     a side pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a trash pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a backpack features guide
Floyd |   a book list
Floyd |   a library card
Floyd |   Peter's jacket
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x me"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 540
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X ME
Floyd |
Floyd | As good-looking as ever.
Floyd |
Floyd | You bear the trauma of a woman who has been eye to eye with an
Floyd | eburnean pond kraken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "xyzzy"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 540
Floyd | >
Floyd | > XYZZY
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "enter puddle"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 541
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ENTER PUDDLE
Floyd |
Floyd | That's not something you can enter.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x puddle"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 542
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X PUDDLE
Floyd |
Floyd | A still, murky puddle sits beneath the tree. The slightest of ripples
Floyd | disturb its surface. There's something a little odd about it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "search it"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 543
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SEARCH IT
Floyd |
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I don't think you can do much here at the moment except look at everything."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x root"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 544
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X ROOT
Floyd |
Floyd | Just a thck root sticking out from the base of the tree. Or is it?
Floyd | This might require a closer look.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "I guess."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x battery"
Floyd ]  The Old Well (Reed Lockwood)                         Turns: 545
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BATTERY
Floyd |
Floyd | (the small, rectangular battery)
Floyd | A slick golden rectangle, slightly bowed, with contacts at one end
Floyd | marked "+" and "-".
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Sorry. Had to step away due to work. Back. Catching up."
vimes arrives, full of fun, but no funk. Knight_Otu says, "Say the word when we're good to go."
Jacqueline says, "word"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd ]  The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott AsTurns: 546
Floyd | >
Floyd | > S
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | The Dim Recesses of the Forest (Jacqueline A. Lott Ashwell)
Floyd | Branches scramble overhead, straining toward one another in a bid to
Floyd | blot out the sky. Mercifully, light manages to filter down through an
Floyd | opening in the canopy above a small pond. Paths slither away into the
Floyd | forest to the north, southwest, and southeast.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see a flat stone here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd ]  Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)                         Turns: 547
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SE
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)
Floyd | A clearing, outside a wooden shack. A clockwork doll sits here,
Floyd | utterly incongruous at the edge of the woods.
Floyd |
Floyd | The woods are to the northwest, while that godforsaken town is to the
Floyd | southeast.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x shack"
Floyd ]  Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)                         Turns: 548
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SHACK
Floyd |
Floyd | A simple wooden shack, with a closed door in it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x door"
Floyd ]  Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)                         Turns: 549
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X DOOR
Floyd |
Floyd | A wooden door, with a keyhole by the handle.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x keyhole"
Floyd ]  Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)                         Turns: 550
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X KEYHOLE
Floyd |
Floyd | You see nothing special about the linKeyhole.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Heh."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "open door"
Floyd ]  Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)                         Turns: 551
Floyd | >
Floyd | > OPEN DOOR
Floyd |
Floyd | It seems to be locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Of course it is."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "in"
Floyd ]  Shack Exterior (Michael Lin)                         Turns: 552
Floyd | >
Floyd | > IN
Floyd |
Floyd | (first opening the Shack Door)
Floyd | It seems to be locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Lot's of in-directions."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 553
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SE
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)
Floyd | A short street terminates here. To the south it opens into the town
Floyd | square. To the east, a few worn steps rise to the entrance of the
Floyd | public library, and to the west you can see a real estate office. A
Floyd | gloomy path leads northwest, towards the woods.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see a notice board here.
Floyd |
Floyd | A mistlike trolley stop sign reads Blue Line -- Library Square.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x stop"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 553
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X STOP
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x stop sign"
Floyd ]  Outside the Library (Gavin Inglis)                   Turns: 553
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X STOP SIGN
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd ]  Town square, Backwater, VT (Marco Innocenti)         Turns: 554
Floyd | >
Floyd | > S
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Town square, Backwater, VT (Marco Innocenti)
Floyd | The large, hexagonal-shaped square is paved with big, white stones,
Floyd | polished by rain and wind over the decades; around it, low red-brick
Floyd | buildings look like watching peasants. One single street leaves the
Floyd | square to the north, while less accommodating paths lead west, in the
Floyd | direction of a towering church, and southwest.
Floyd | Due east, an iron bridge crosses the river, and southeast, a walkway
Floyd | leads down to its bank.
Floyd |
Floyd | The swollen, slate-colored clouds that blanket the sky are reflected
Floyd | in the shiny, circular shape embellishing the center of the square,
Floyd | muttering ominous portents amongst themselves.
Floyd |
Floyd | A man is leaning on the bridge rail, staring intensely at you with his
Floyd | only eye.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu asks, "southwest?"
Jacqueline says, "sure"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "sw"
Floyd ]  Drinking Fountain (Lucian Smith)                     Turns: 555
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SW
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Drinking Fountain (Lucian Smith)
Floyd | A public drinking fountain is placed in a nook here, nearly overgrown
Floyd | with ivy.  You can return to the town square to the northeast.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x fountain"
Floyd ]  Drinking Fountain (Lucian Smith)                     Turns: 556
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X FOUNTAIN
Floyd |
Floyd | An ornate brick drinking fountain, with a spout above a silver bowl, a
Floyd | button underneath, and surrounded by ivy.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x ivy"
Floyd ]  Drinking Fountain (Lucian Smith)                     Turns: 557
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X IVY
Floyd |
Floyd | Thick ivy grows around the fountain, obscuring all but the bowl and
Floyd | spout.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x bowl"
Floyd ]  Drinking Fountain (Lucian Smith)                     Turns: 558
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BOWL
Floyd |
Floyd | An ornate brick drinking fountain, with a spout above a silver bowl, a
Floyd | button underneath, and surrounded by ivy.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x spout"
Floyd ]  Drinking Fountain (Lucian Smith)                     Turns: 559
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SPOUT
Floyd |
Floyd | An ornate brick drinking fountain, with a spout above a silver bowl, a
Floyd | button underneath, and surrounded by ivy.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x button"
Floyd ]  Drinking Fountain (Lucian Smith)                     Turns: 560
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BUTTON
Floyd |
Floyd | A round button set in the brick underneath the bowl of the drinking
Floyd | fountain.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "push button"
Floyd ]  Drinking Fountain (Lucian Smith)                     Turns: 561
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PUSH BUTTON
Floyd |
Floyd | You take a drink from the fountain.  The water is lukewarm and vaguely
Floyd | brackish.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "bleh"
Knight_Otu says, "Ew."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "search bowl"
Floyd ]  Drinking Fountain (Lucian Smith)                     Turns: 562
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SEARCH BOWL
Floyd |
Floyd | You pull back the ivy from the side of the fountain, revealing, for
Floyd | some reason, a second fountain.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x second"
Floyd ]  Drinking Fountain (Lucian Smith)                     Turns: 563
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SECOND
Floyd |
Floyd | (the secondary fountain)
Floyd | The smaller fountain is nearly obscured by the disturbed ivy.  Its
Floyd | bowl is filled with decaying leaves and crawling insects, and rust
Floyd | covers all its exposed metal.  A crumbling sign is mounted in the
Floyd | brick above the spout.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x sign"
Floyd ]  Drinking Fountain (Lucian Smith)                     Turns: 564
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SIGN
Floyd |
Floyd | COLORED
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu asks, "Is it blue?"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "search second"
Floyd ]  Drinking Fountain (Lucian Smith)                     Turns: 565
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SEARCH SECOND
Floyd |
Floyd | (the secondary fountain)
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "search ivy"
Floyd ]  Drinking Fountain (Lucian Smith)                     Turns: 566
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SEARCH IVY
Floyd |
Floyd | You rummage through the leaves, but find nothing else.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Drinking Fountain (Lucian Smith)                     Turns: 567
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Drinking Fountain (Lucian Smith)
Floyd | A public drinking fountain is placed in a nook here, nearly overgrown
Floyd | with ivy.  You can return to the town square to the northeast.
Floyd |
Floyd | Behind the main fountain, mounted in the same pillar of brick, is a
Floyd | second, somewhat smaller fountain.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x button"
Floyd ]  Drinking Fountain (Lucian Smith)                     Turns: 567
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BUTTON
Floyd |
Floyd | Which do you mean, the rusty button or the round button?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "rusty"
Floyd ]  Drinking Fountain (Lucian Smith)                     Turns: 568
Floyd | >
Floyd | > RUSTY
Floyd |
Floyd | The smaller fountain is nearly obscured by the disturbed ivy.  Its
Floyd | bowl is filled with decaying leaves and crawling insects, and rust
Floyd | covers all its exposed metal.  A crumbling sign is mounted in the
Floyd | brick above the spout.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "push rusty"
Floyd ]  Drinking Fountain (Lucian Smith)                     Turns: 569
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PUSH RUSTY
Floyd |
Floyd | The rusty button on the secondary fountain does nothing when you push
Floyd | it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "push sign"
Floyd ]  Drinking Fountain (Lucian Smith)                     Turns: 570
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PUSH SIGN
Floyd |
Floyd | Nothing obvious happens.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get sign"
Floyd ]  Drinking Fountain (Lucian Smith)                     Turns: 571
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET SIGN
Floyd |
Floyd | That seems to be a part of the secondary fountain.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "I don't think we can do anything here yet."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x me"
Floyd ]  Drinking Fountain (Lucian Smith)                     Turns: 572
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X ME
Floyd |
Floyd | You're feeling tired, and your hair is a mess.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Drinking Fountain (Lucian Smith)                     Turns: 573
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a moldy, waterlogged journal
Floyd |   a small, rectangular battery
Floyd |   an antique locket (being worn and closed)
Floyd |   The Dollmaker's Journal
Floyd |   a repaired page
Floyd |   a trolley schedule
Floyd |   a trolley pass (being worn)
Floyd |   Twin Hearts Between the Planes
Floyd |   a pamphlet of home listings
Floyd |   a Jansport backpack (being worn and open)
Floyd |     a hidden pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a key pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a book pocket (open)
Floyd |       a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |       the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |       The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |     a side pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a trash pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a backpack features guide
Floyd |   a book list
Floyd |   a library card
Floyd |   Peter's jacket
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "xyzzy"
Floyd ]  Drinking Fountain (Lucian Smith)                     Turns: 573
Floyd | >
Floyd | > XYZZY
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "wash hair"
Floyd ]  Drinking Fountain (Lucian Smith)                     Turns: 573
Floyd | >
Floyd | > WASH HAIR
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Thought so."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x schedule"
Floyd ]  Drinking Fountain (Lucian Smith)                     Turns: 574
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SCHEDULE
Floyd |
Floyd | It's unlike any public transit schedule you've ever seen, in that
Floyd | there are no times listed. A cheerfully phrased block of introduction
Floyd | text instructs riders to hang their passes around their necks, proceed
Floyd | to a trolley stop, and WAIT FOR whatever color LINE corresponds with
Floyd | their choice of destination.
Floyd |
Floyd | Destinations:
Floyd | Brown Line -- Train Station
Floyd | Gold Line -- Church
Floyd | Blue Line -- Library Square
Floyd | Green Line -- The Woods
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "I guess locations are added to the schedule as we find them."
DavidW says, "I've updated [LINK]"
Jacqueline says, "Sorry, work called again, but I'm back."
Knight_Otu says, "Thanks."
Jacqueline asks, "So, like, what was up with the fountain?"
Knight_Otu says, "We don't know yet."
DavidW says, "Segregation. One fountain for whites, one for coloureds."
Knight_Otu says, "But I suspect it's a location for later."
dhakajack asks, "what says the coffee?"
Knight_Otu says, "Ohh. Ugh."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x coffee"
Floyd ]  Drinking Fountain (Lucian Smith)                     Turns: 575
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X COFFEE
Floyd |
Floyd | The swirls in your cup form a child's wagon. Modes of transportation
Floyd | mean that your current environment presents challenges that can only
Floyd | be overcome by seeking fresh perspectives elsewhere until you're ready
Floyd | to return.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "There ya go"
Knight_Otu says, "Yeah, I should remember the coffee more."
DavidW says, "Such a *nice* coffee."
Jacqueline says, "I adore that coffee."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "ne"
Floyd ]  Town square, Backwater, VT (Marco Innocenti)         Turns: 576
Floyd | >
Floyd | > NE
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Town square, Backwater, VT (Marco Innocenti)
Floyd | The large, hexagonal-shaped square is paved with big, white stones,
Floyd | polished by rain and wind over the decades; around it, low red-brick
Floyd | buildings look like watching peasants. One single street leaves the
Floyd | square to the north, while less accommodating paths lead west, in the
Floyd | direction of a towering church, and southwest.
Floyd | Due east, an iron bridge crosses the river, and southeast, a walkway
Floyd | leads down to its bank.
Floyd |
Floyd | The swollen, slate-colored clouds that blanket the sky are reflected
Floyd | in the shiny, circular shape embellishing the center of the square,
Floyd | muttering ominous portents amongst themselves.
Floyd |
Floyd | A man is leaning on the bridge rail, staring intensely at you with his
Floyd | only eye.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Oh right. Him."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x coffee"
Floyd ]  Town square, Backwater, VT (Marco Innocenti)         Turns: 577
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X COFFEE
Floyd |
Floyd | The swirls in your cup form a kayak. Modes of transportation mean that
Floyd | your current environment presents challenges that can only be overcome
Floyd | by seeking fresh perspectives elsewhere until you're ready to return.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Good to knopw"
Jacqueline says, "Know, even"
Knight_Otu says, "We can still go east and southeast, then."
Jacqueline says, "mmkay"
Jacqueline cares not.
Knight_Otu says, "Unless that man bars the east."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 578
Floyd | >
Floyd | > E
Floyd |
Floyd | Your feet finally touch down on some blackened shore and into some
Floyd | large subterrane. The slick black stone of the cavern arcs high above
Floyd | your head with strange formations that grow downwards and then out in
Floyd | oddly perpendicular angles. The damp rock moves in and out of focus as
Floyd | some pulsing green light illuminates the space.
Floyd |
Floyd | Taking a step, you feel the sand pulling at your shoes as though it
Floyd | were thick mud or quicksand. Your feet sink with every step, settling
Floyd | on some solid stone platform just beneath this layer of cloying sand
Floyd | that prevents you from being entirely swallowed.
Floyd |
Floyd | You pass between two monolithic pillars: oily green-black stone of a
Floyd | height that makes you dizzy to comprehend. Between them, a skeletal
Floyd | bridge stretches out across the chasm.
Floyd |
Floyd | The crossing spans a ravine of tumultuous water that roars like some
Floyd | uncaged beast and echoes around the cavern. Its Stygian call chills
Floyd | you and draws you in by equal measures as you take the first step onto
Floyd | the slats that form the bridge.
Floyd |
Floyd | Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)
Floyd | You are standing on a bridge spanning east to west in the middle of an
Floyd | echoing cavern. In the center of the bridge is a large blasphemous
Floyd | sculpture constructed of pipes that climb up to a cauldron filled with
Floyd | an eerily glowing green moss, the only light source in the room.
Floyd | Beneath your feet you can hear the crashing of the river below. Ahead
Floyd | of you, to your horror, there are slats missing on the bridge - you'll
Floyd | never make it across without replacing them.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | What appears to be a rope is tied around one of the beams of the
Floyd | bridge. A ragged knot ties the other end to some misshapen piece of
Floyd | polished, almost pristine, metal while the rest of the rope is coiled
Floyd | neatly on the planks.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Expectation whiplash."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x cavern"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 578
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X CAVERN
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x slats"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 579
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SLATS
Floyd |
Floyd | The calcareous slats that form the walkway feel strangely light
Floyd | underfoot; as though hollowed out and filled with air. In the gaps
Floyd | between, you can see the churning water below, stare too long and you
Floyd | are sure to become nauseous. Each platform stretches your legs as you
Floyd | move from one to the next; the gait of the bridge's architects must
Floyd | have been strange indeed.
Floyd |
Floyd | The taut cords that give the structure its shape appear to be woven in
Floyd | some complex fungoid plait that elongates and contracts with a slither
Floyd | as you step across.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x me"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 580
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X ME
Floyd |
Floyd | You're having a hell of a day, but you're determined to keep moving
Floyd | forward. Despite the burning in your limbs and the fact that you could
Floyd | really do with a drink right now, you're still (miraculously) in one
Floyd | piece.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "a ... fungoid plait?"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 581
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a moldy, waterlogged journal
Floyd |   a small, rectangular battery
Floyd |   an antique locket (being worn and closed)
Floyd |   The Dollmaker's Journal
Floyd |   a repaired page
Floyd |   a trolley schedule
Floyd |   a trolley pass (being worn)
Floyd |   Twin Hearts Between the Planes
Floyd |   a pamphlet of home listings
Floyd |   a Jansport backpack (being worn and open)
Floyd |     a hidden pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a key pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a book pocket (open)
Floyd |       a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |       the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |       The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |     a side pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a trash pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a backpack features guide
Floyd |   a book list
Floyd |   a library card
Floyd |   Peter's jacket
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x plait"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 582
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X PLAIT
Floyd |
Floyd | As you look closer, the puce strands that make up the plait seem to
Floyd | move. Whether some optical illusion caused by their intricate braiding
Floyd | or something altogether more organic, you couldn't say. You look away
Floyd | quickly.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I hate the word puce for some reason."
Knight_Otu says, "It looks a lot like puke, at least."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x pillars"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 583
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X PILLARS
Floyd |
Floyd | Two monolithic pillars form the entrance to the bridge. Their oily
Floyd | green-black stone appears to be carved with hieroglyphics unknown to
Floyd | you, consisting for the most part of conventionalized aquatic symbols
Floyd | such as fishes, eels, octopi, crustaceans, molluscs, whales, and the
Floyd | like. Several characters obviously represented marine things which are
Floyd | unknown to the modern world. You shudder and tear your eyes away.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "check sanity"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 583
Floyd | >
Floyd | > CHECK SANITY
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x bridge"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 584
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BRIDGE
Floyd |
Floyd | The body of the bridge is formed of some offensive metamorphic stone;
Floyd | as if marble had been tainted by the presence of an abominable fungus
Floyd | that, aeons ago, had been subsumed into its surface. You are currently
Floyd | balancing on a walkway of calcareous slats.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "So, try to cross?"
Jacqueline says, "I know we don't have the slats, but..."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x ravine"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 584
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X RAVINE
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "See? No danger."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x rope"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 585
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X ROPE
Floyd |
Floyd | A thick rope, stained dark with water and made inflexible by remnants
Floyd | of mud. One loop is fastened to the bridge with an impenetrable knot,
Floyd | while the other end is attached to a misshapen piece of polished
Floyd | metal.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "It's like the ravine isn't even there."
Knight_Otu says, "Heh."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x doll"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 586
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X DOLL
Floyd |
Floyd | The doll has a ferocious scowl on its face and a pull-string in the
Floyd | middle of its back.
Floyd |
Floyd | It has the sort of head with two faces, one of which is hidden by its
Floyd | hair. Rotate the head and the other face will be forward.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x metal"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 587
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X METAL
Floyd |
Floyd | (the library card)
Floyd | A battered beige rectangle with rounded corners, printed with the
Floyd | library insignia, and bearing the words:
Floyd |
Floyd | PETER CRAGNE
Floyd | CRAGNE MANOR
Floyd | is entitled to borrow books from
Floyd | BACKWATER PUBLIC LIBRARY
Floyd | Backwater, Vermont
Floyd | and is responsible for all books taken on this card
Floyd | Expires APRIL 1998
Floyd | No 19078
Floyd |
Floyd | A little metal dealy clips through the cardboard, with a
Floyd | mirror-reversed version of the ID number stamped into it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "pull string"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 588
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PULL STRING
Floyd |
Floyd | The doll intones: "Flee the strange rock formations.!"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x polished metal"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 589
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X POLISHED METAL
Floyd |
Floyd | A piece of metal bent into a strange configuration. Sharp prongs curl
Floyd | in and around themselves like a gaping maw. You wouldn't want to cut
Floyd | yourself on those teeth. Curiously, the teeth are hinged, and could
Floyd | potentially be pried open.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x rock"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 590
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X ROCK
Floyd |
Floyd | From the roof of the cavern hang strange formation in the jet black
Floyd | rock that grow downwards and then out in oddly perpendicular angles.
Floyd | As if stalactites had been urged to grow sideways by some bizarre
Floyd | quirk of gravity.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "open teeth"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 591
Floyd | >
Floyd | > OPEN TEETH
Floyd |
Floyd | You pry the teeth open.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I don't know why I did that other than to see if I could."
Jacqueline shrugs.
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x polished metal"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 592
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X POLISHED METAL
Floyd |
Floyd | A piece of metal bent into a strange configuration. Sharp prongs curl
Floyd | in and around themselves like a gaping maw. You wouldn't want to cut
Floyd | yourself on those teeth. The teeth are currently pried open.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Weird"
Jacqueline says, "Yeah"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x coffee"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 593
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X COFFEE
Floyd |
Floyd | The swirls in your cup form a sturdy oak. Botanical images mean that
Floyd | while there is much left to accomplish in the present situation, your
Floyd | immediate environment sustains you, and you have everything that you
Floyd | need.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "oho"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get metal"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 594
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET METAL
Floyd |
Floyd | (the library card)
Floyd | You already have that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Thank you, Mr Coffee"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get polished metal"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 595
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET POLISHED METAL
Floyd |
Floyd | You get your hand under the coils of rope and manage to lift them up.
Floyd | The added weight of the water drags down your tired limbs.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "hm."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 596
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)
Floyd | You are standing on a bridge spanning east to west in the middle of an
Floyd | echoing cavern. In the center of the bridge is a large pulsating
Floyd | sculpture constructed of pipes that climb up to a cauldron filled with
Floyd | an eerily glowing green moss, the only light source in the room.
Floyd | Beneath your feet you can hear the crashing of the river below. Ahead
Floyd | of you, to your horror, there are slats missing on the bridge - you'll
Floyd | never make it across without replacing them.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | One end of a rope is tied around a beam of the bridge; the other end
Floyd | is attached to the strange metallic object in your arms.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "cf10"
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SAVE
Floyd | %% Enter a save filename to write:
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 596
Floyd | > SAVEOk.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "This seems... perilous."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x sculpture"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 597
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SCULPTURE
Floyd |
Floyd | A labyrinthine network of pipes form the base of the structure,
Floyd | climbing up to a wide, shallow cauldron filled with luminescent green
Floyd | moss. Some crack in the ceiling allows a steady drip of degenerated
Floyd | liquid to fall on the moss and it pulses with light in time with the
Floyd | regular falling of the fluid. At the bottom of the sculpture, one of
Floyd | the pipes flows into a circular pool of liquid. Beside the pool, there
Floyd | is a brazier filled with some manner of desiccated organic material.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x material"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 598
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X MATERIAL
Floyd |
Floyd | Although definitely organic, it's dry and crumbly and long-dead. It's
Floyd | hard to tell at this point whether it was a plant or a moss or
Floyd | something defying classification entirely.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x brazier"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 599
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BRAZIER
Floyd |
Floyd | Formed of twisted iron, it contains clumps of dry vegetation.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x pool"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 600
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X POOL
Floyd |
Floyd | A shallow pool of foul liquid that flows from the mesmerizing pipes of
Floyd | the structure. Next to the pool is a brazier filled with some manner
Floyd | of desiccated organic material.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x cauldron"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 601
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X CAULDRON
Floyd |
Floyd | It is too high above you to see clearly from here, but something in
Floyd | the cauldron seems to flare up with each drop of liquid, filling the
Floyd | area with a flickering green light.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x crack"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 602
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X CRACK
Floyd |
Floyd | It is too far away to even see clearly, but the foul liquid must be
Floyd | dripping from somewhere.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x liquid"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 603
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X LIQUID
Floyd |
Floyd | A shallow pool of foul liquid that flows from the wet pipes of the
Floyd | structure. Next to the pool is a brazier filled with some manner of
Floyd | desiccated organic material.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x rope"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 604
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X ROPE
Floyd |
Floyd | A thick rope, stained dark with water and made inflexible by remnants
Floyd | of mud. One loop is fastened to the bridge with an impenetrable knot,
Floyd | while the other end is attached to a misshapen piece of polished
Floyd | metal.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "wear rope"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 605
Floyd | >
Floyd | > WEAR ROPE
Floyd |
Floyd | (first taking the rope)
Floyd | That's fixed in place.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "wear teeth"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 606
Floyd | >
Floyd | > WEAR TEETH
Floyd |
Floyd | (first taking the metal claw-trap)
Floyd | That's fixed in place.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Huh."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 607
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a moldy, waterlogged journal
Floyd |   a small, rectangular battery
Floyd |   an antique locket (being worn and closed)
Floyd |   The Dollmaker's Journal
Floyd |   a repaired page
Floyd |   a trolley schedule
Floyd |   a trolley pass (being worn)
Floyd |   Twin Hearts Between the Planes
Floyd |   a pamphlet of home listings
Floyd |   a Jansport backpack (being worn and open)
Floyd |     a hidden pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a key pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a book pocket (open)
Floyd |       a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |       the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |       The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |     a side pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a trash pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a backpack features guide
Floyd |   a book list
Floyd |   a library card
Floyd |   Peter's jacket
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd | You are also carrying the strange claw-shaped metal trap and the rope
Floyd | attached to it. Its menacing jaw glints in the membranous gloom.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "hahaha. Loving the inventory."
Jacqueline says, "It will only get more ridiculous."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "attach trap"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 607
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ATTACH TRAP
Floyd |
Floyd | What do you want to attach the metal claw-trap to?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "me"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 608
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ME
Floyd |
Floyd | You would achieve nothing by this.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "attach trap to sculpture"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 609
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ATTACH TRAP TO SCULPTURE
Floyd |
Floyd | You would achieve nothing by this.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 610
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)
Floyd | You are standing on a bridge spanning east to west in the middle of an
Floyd | echoing cavern. In the center of the bridge is a large piscatorial
Floyd | sculpture constructed of pipes that climb up to a cauldron filled with
Floyd | an eerily glowing green moss, the only light source in the room.
Floyd | Beneath your feet you can hear the crashing of the river below. Ahead
Floyd | of you, to your horror, there are slats missing on the bridge - you'll
Floyd | never make it across without replacing them.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | One end of a rope is tied around a beam of the bridge; the other end
Floyd | is attached to the strange metallic object in your arms.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "You can use the backpack to organize your inventory, closing pockets so you're not looking at everything all the time."
Jacqueline asks, "Fair. But why would we do that?"
DavidW says, "well, if the library card was hidden, you could x metal without disambiguation, for example."
Jacqueline says, "enh. Whatev"
Jacqueline asks (of KO), "We're at 3 hours. Want to call it for this week?"
Knight_Otu says, "Sure."
**** SESSION THREE ****
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "restore"
Floyd | >
Floyd | > RESTORE
Floyd | %% Enter a save filename to read:
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "cfcragnebridge"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 610
Floyd | Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Yay"
Jacqueline says, "Sam says this is the first puzzle he hit that gave him some pause."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 611
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)
Floyd | You are standing on a bridge spanning east to west in the middle of an
Floyd | echoing cavern. In the center of the bridge is a large loathsome
Floyd | sculpture constructed of pipes that climb up to a cauldron filled with
Floyd | an eerily glowing green moss, the only light source in the room.
Floyd | Beneath your feet you can hear the crashing of the river below. Ahead
Floyd | of you, to your horror, there are slats missing on the bridge - you'll
Floyd | never make it across without replacing them.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | One end of a rope is tied around a beam of the bridge; the other end
Floyd | is attached to the strange metallic object in your arms.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I had a bit of trouble visualizing the set up here, if I recall."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 612
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a moldy, waterlogged journal
Floyd |   a small, rectangular battery
Floyd |   an antique locket (being worn and closed)
Floyd |   The Dollmaker's Journal
Floyd |   a repaired page
Floyd |   a trolley schedule
Floyd |   a trolley pass (being worn)
Floyd |   Twin Hearts Between the Planes
Floyd |   a pamphlet of home listings
Floyd |   a Jansport backpack (being worn and open)
Floyd |     a hidden pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a key pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a book pocket (open)
Floyd |       a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |       the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |       The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |     a side pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a trash pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a backpack features guide
Floyd |   a book list
Floyd |   a library card
Floyd |   Peter's jacket
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd | You are also carrying the strange claw-shaped metal trap and the rope
Floyd | attached to it. Its menacing jaw glints in the inhuman gloom.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "It is a rather odd setup."
Zach says, "holy cow, that's an inventory"
DavidW says, "It gets bigger."
DavidW says, "You will want to use the pockets to filter it by closing pockets."
Knight_Otu says, "And no trenchcoat to hilariously contain it all."
Jacqueline says, "Well, we have a backpack."
Jacqueline says, "That's better than a trenchcoat"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "bar"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 612
Floyd | >
Floyd | > BAR
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu exclaims, "But not as hilarious!"
Jacqueline says, "Fair"
Jacqueline says, "Sorry, 'bar' was a thing I always said in the Loud Room in Zork."
Jacqueline says, "This room reminds me quite a bit of Zork."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "throw claw at sculpture"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 613
Floyd | >
Floyd | > THROW CLAW AT SCULPTURE
Floyd |
Floyd | (first taking the rope)
Floyd | That's fixed in place.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x me"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 614
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X ME
Floyd |
Floyd | You're having a hell of a day, but you're determined to keep moving
Floyd | forward. Despite the burning in your limbs and the fact that you could
Floyd | really do with a drink right now, you're still (miraculously) in one
Floyd | piece.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "The rope/claw thing is odd. You can take the claw but not the rope and they're connected."
Knight_Otu says, "Yeah."
Roger arrives, full of fun and funk.
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "pull string"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 615
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PULL STRING
Floyd |
Floyd | The doll intones: "Guard against the pillars! Green is the color of
Floyd | poison and untamed growth! Stone means that which is older than human
Floyd | history!"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x pillars"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 616
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X PILLARS
Floyd |
Floyd | Two monolithic pillars form the entrance to the bridge. Their oily
Floyd | green-black stone appears to be carved with hieroglyphics unknown to
Floyd | you, consisting for the most part of conventionalized aquatic symbols
Floyd | such as fishes, eels, octopi, crustaceans, molluscs, whales, and the
Floyd | like. Several characters obviously represented marine things which are
Floyd | unknown to the modern world. You shudder and tear your eyes away.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "The hieroglyphs are unknown to us, but we do know what they depict."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x hieroglyphs"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 617
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X HIEROGLYPHS
Floyd |
Floyd | Two monolithic pillars form the entrance to the bridge. Their oily
Floyd | green-black stone appears to be carved with hieroglyphics unknown to
Floyd | you, consisting for the most part of conventionalized aquatic symbols
Floyd | such as fishes, eels, octopi, crustaceans, molluscs, whales, and the
Floyd | like. Several characters obviously represented marine things which are
Floyd | unknown to the modern world. You shudder and tear your eyes away.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "That's one of the things I never got about Lovecraft and its fanfic."
Jacqueline says, "I don't think I've ever seen something where I've shuddered and torn my eyes away. Not a sculpture or writing, anyway."
Jacqueline says, "OMG AN UNEARTHYLY MARINE CREATURE **SHUDDER**"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x slats"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 618
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SLATS
Floyd |
Floyd | The calcareous slats that form the walkway feel strangely light
Floyd | underfoot; as though hollowed out and filled with air. In the gaps
Floyd | between, you can see the churning water below, stare too long and you
Floyd | are sure to become nauseous. Each platform stretches your legs as you
Floyd | move from one to the next; your foot nearly slips and you cry out as
Floyd | you fling yourself forward so as not to fall.
Floyd |
Floyd | The taut cords that give the structure its shape appear to be woven in
Floyd | some complex pale plait that elongates and contracts with a slither as
Floyd | you step across.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I tend to turn away from surgery videos."
Zach says, "to be fair I've seen some weird fish in my day"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x sculpture"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 619
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SCULPTURE
Floyd |
Floyd | A labyrinthine network of pipes form the base of the structure,
Floyd | climbing up to a wide, shallow cauldron filled with luminescent green
Floyd | moss. Some crack in the ceiling allows a steady drip of pallid liquid
Floyd | to fall on the moss and it pulses with light in time with the regular
Floyd | falling of the fluid. At the bottom of the sculpture, one of the pipes
Floyd | flows into a circular pool of liquid. Beside the pool, there is a
Floyd | brazier filled with some manner of desiccated organic material.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "climb it"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 620
Floyd | >
Floyd | > CLIMB IT
Floyd |
Floyd | With a little difficulty, you manage to haul your way up the sculpture
Floyd | until you are about halfway up. From here, you can see a strange
Floyd | outline under the water.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Oh ho."
Jacqueline says, "ooho"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x outline"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 621
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X OUTLINE
Floyd |
Floyd | The outline of some strange formation under the water catches your
Floyd | eye. Bleached white and unmoving - perhaps a skeleton?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Well, at least it's not moving."
Knight_Otu asks, "Now how do we get at it, as I assume we must?"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "drop claw"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 622
Floyd | >
Floyd | > DROP CLAW
Floyd |
Floyd | You let the rope fall in an untidy coil back onto the bridge.
Floyd |
Floyd | [If you meant to throw it over the side, try THROW ROPE INTO WATER]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "YES"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "throw rope into water"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 623
Floyd | >
Floyd | > THROW ROPE INTO WATER
Floyd |
Floyd | You loop the rope around your hands, placing the strange metal
Floyd | contraption on the wall of the bridge. Giving the nameless apparatus a
Floyd | hard shove, you send it tumbling over the edge into the water. You
Floyd | could climb down the rope now, if you wanted to.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Want to? More like have to."
Jacqueline says, "Okay, now I'm scared."
Jacqueline says, "I might shudder."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "cf11"
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SAVE
Floyd | %% Enter a save filename to write:
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 623
Floyd | > SAVEOk.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Might tear my eyes away"
Jacqueline exclaims, "Do it!"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 624
Floyd | >
Floyd | > D
Floyd |
Floyd | There's no exit that way, and you are on the protrusion anyway.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "stand"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 625
Floyd | >
Floyd | > STAND
Floyd |
Floyd | You get off the protrusion.
Floyd |
Floyd | Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)
Floyd | You are standing on a bridge spanning east to west in the middle of an
Floyd | echoing cavern. In the center of the bridge is a large diabolical
Floyd | sculpture constructed of pipes that climb up to a cauldron filled with
Floyd | an eerily glowing green moss, the only light source in the room.
Floyd | Beneath your feet you can hear the crashing of the river below. Ahead
Floyd | of you, to your horror, there are slats missing on the bridge - you'll
Floyd | never make it across without replacing them.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | You peer beneath the sickly, putrid green colour of the river.
Floyd | Strange... From here it almost looks as if you can see the outline of
Floyd | something, just visible under the water.
Floyd |
Floyd | A rope trails from the post of the bridge off into the turbulent
Floyd | water.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "climb rope"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 626)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > CLIMB ROPE
Floyd |
Floyd | You gingerly tighten your hands around the fraying fibres and lower
Floyd | yourself until you are just above the water.
Floyd |
Floyd | Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)
Floyd | You are hanging precariously under the monstrous structure. The frayed
Floyd | rope digs into your palms painfully, but the deafening crash of the
Floyd | water beneath you keeps you clinging on for now.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Hanging from the stone is something similar in form, if not in
Floyd | texture, to a abnormal bat.
Floyd |
Floyd | There is some strange semi-aquatic weed growing upside-down from the
Floyd | bottom of the bridge, a mesmerizing hybrid of what seems to be a
Floyd | mushroom and a coral.
Floyd |
Floyd | A rope runs from the bridge above you down into the water below.
Floyd |
Floyd | You'll need to specify whether you want to go up or down.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "You remembered 'stand' a lot sooner than I did."
DavidW says, "I was stuck on that protrusion for at least five minutes figuring out how to get off it."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take all"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 626)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE ALL
Floyd |
Floyd | There are none at all available!
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu asks, "Huh. There are a few synonyms. Don't those work?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take bat"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 627)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE BAT
Floyd |
Floyd | I don't suppose the batlike creature would care for that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "Well, 'down' didn't, did it?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x bat"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 628)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BAT
Floyd |
Floyd | While the creature has the same chiropteran features as a common bat,
Floyd | its "wings" are the color of rotting meat and have a phlegmatic
Floyd | glutinous texture. As you strain your eyes to examine the menacing
Floyd | fauna, it begins to nibble on the strange weed. It opens its mouth in
Floyd | a yawn and you see the creature's tongue coated with a thin film of
Floyd | pale brown powder. After a few moments it gives a gesture
Floyd | approximately equatable to a sneeze before letting go of its perch and
Floyd | dropping into the water like a stone.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x bat"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 629)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BAT
Floyd |
Floyd | The bat has disappeared beneath the waves, making further zoological
Floyd | study impossible.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Gesundheit."
Jacqueline says, "Yeah"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x moss" Knight_Otu says, "I guess it didn't."
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 630)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X MOSS
Floyd |
Floyd | It is too high above you to see clearly from here, but something in
Floyd | the cauldron seems to flare up with each drop of liquid, filling the
Floyd | area with a flickering green light.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x weed"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 631)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X WEED
Floyd |
Floyd | A type of flora or perhaps fungi unfamiliar to you. The orange
Floyd | myceloid root structure apparently anchoring it to the bridge is
Floyd | reminiscent of a mushroom, but the pale, calcified protrusions that
Floyd | extend downwards appear akin to bleached coral, branching out in an
Floyd | almost bronchial form.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "Should we eat some?"
Jacqueline says, "The bat liked it."
Jacqueline says, "Or it killed the bat. Not sure."
Knight_Otu says, "Well we recently did save."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "eat weed"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 632)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > EAT WEED
Floyd |
Floyd | It is a bit too far away to get your mouth to it, though you could
Floyd | reach out and touch it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "touch it"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 633)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TOUCH IT
Floyd |
Floyd | The cauldron is too far away to reach, but the same liquid seems to
Floyd | flow down through the pipes into the shallow pool.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take weed"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 634)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE WEED
Floyd |
Floyd | Your fingers brush against the infernal coral hybrid and are now
Floyd | covered in some strange powder. If the organism is truly analogous to
Floyd | a fungal specimen, you suppose, perhaps, these are its spores.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Remember, the game is polite. There's always a way back from death or catastrophic failure."
Jacqueline says, "Yeah"
Knight_Otu says, "True."
Jacqueline says, "It's just fun to talk about death"
Jacqueline says, "Makes the game scarier"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x spores"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 635)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SPORES
Floyd |
Floyd | Your fingers are coated with pale, brown dust expelled from the
Floyd | congealed weed growing under the bridge.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "There's plenty of death in this game. (oops, spoilers)"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "eat spores"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 636)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > EAT SPORES
Floyd |
Floyd | Cautiously, you extend your tongue and lick the powder off your
Floyd | fingertips. It tastes like a foaming combination of salt and earth.
Floyd | Almost immediately you begin to choke, the sensation of something
Floyd | germinating rapidly within the walls of your throat. Whatever it is
Floyd | seems to be sucking all the moisture from your windpipe as it grows
Floyd | exponentially, its branching structure blocking the air from entering
Floyd | your lungs.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your mouth and throat feel horribly dry. You cough painfully.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "We've seen some death."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "cough"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 636)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > COUGH
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I think we should dive into the water now"
Jacqueline says, "I'll bet that's how we get our air now"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "dive"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 636)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > DIVE
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "try down"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 637)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > D
Floyd |
Floyd | You thrust your head down into the black water for just a moment and
Floyd | force yourself to swallow. The water seems to sate the confusing
Floyd | fungus, and when you rise up again you manage to cough it out. But for
Floyd | that moment you were underwater, you felt a rush of oxygen in your
Floyd | lungs...perhaps if you had a light, you could stay down there?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Oh"
Jacqueline asks, "Do we have a light in our pack?"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 638)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a fungal powder
Floyd |   a moldy, waterlogged journal
Floyd |   a small, rectangular battery
Floyd |   an antique locket (being worn and closed)
Floyd |   The Dollmaker's Journal
Floyd |   a repaired page
Floyd |   a trolley schedule
Floyd |   a trolley pass (being worn)
Floyd |   Twin Hearts Between the Planes
Floyd |   a pamphlet of home listings
Floyd |   a Jansport backpack (being worn and open)
Floyd |     a hidden pocket (open but empty)
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd |     a key pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a book pocket (open)
Floyd |       a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |       the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |       The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |     a side pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a trash pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a backpack features guide
Floyd |   a book list
Floyd |   a library card
Floyd |   Peter's jacket
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 639)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a fungal powder
Floyd |   a moldy, waterlogged journal
Floyd |   a small, rectangular battery
Floyd |   an antique locket (being worn and closed)
Floyd |   The Dollmaker's Journal
Floyd |   a repaired page
Floyd |   a trolley schedule
Floyd |   a trolley pass (being worn)
Floyd |   Twin Hearts Between the Planes
Floyd |   a pamphlet of home listings
Floyd |   a Jansport backpack (being worn and open)
Floyd |     a hidden pocket (open but empty)
Jacqueline says, "Oops"
Floyd |     a key pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a book pocket (open)
Floyd |       a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |       the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |       The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |     a side pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a trash pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a backpack features guide
Floyd |   a book list
Floyd |   a library card
Floyd |   Peter's jacket
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Sorry. I'll let you drive. :)"
Knight_Otu says, "I think there's ... yes."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "turn on flashlight"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 640)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TURN ON FLASHLIGHT
Floyd |
Floyd | You flip the switch a few times, but no light is forthcoming. It must
Floyd | have burned out.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Aw man."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x flashlight"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 641)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X FLASHLIGHT
Floyd |
Floyd | A small flashlight, with a rubber ring where it screws together to
Floyd | keep the water out.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x coffee"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 642)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X COFFEE
Floyd |
Floyd | The swirls in your cup form a maple leaf. Botanical images mean that
Floyd | while there is much left to accomplish in the present situation, your
Floyd | immediate environment sustains you, and you have everything that you
Floyd | need.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Trust the coffee. This is solvable."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "open flashlight"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 643)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > OPEN FLASHLIGHT
Floyd |
Floyd | You open the waterproof flashlight.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x it"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 644)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X IT
Floyd |
Floyd | A small flashlight, with a rubber ring where it screws together to
Floyd | keep the water out. It is currently open.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | It currently contains a small light bulb and a dead battery.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get battery"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 645)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET BATTERY
Floyd |
Floyd | (the dead battery)
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 646)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a dead battery
Floyd |   a fungal powder
Floyd |   a moldy, waterlogged journal
Floyd |   a small, rectangular battery
Floyd |   an antique locket (being worn and closed)
Floyd |   The Dollmaker's Journal
Floyd |   a repaired page
Floyd |   a trolley schedule
Floyd |   a trolley pass (being worn)
Floyd |   Twin Hearts Between the Planes
Floyd |   a pamphlet of home listings
Floyd |   a Jansport backpack (being worn and open)
Floyd |     a hidden pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a key pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a book pocket (open)
Floyd |       a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |       the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |       The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |     a side pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a trash pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a backpack features guide
Floyd |   a book list
Floyd |   a library card
Floyd |   Peter's jacket
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "put rectangular in flashlight"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 647)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PUT RECTANGULAR IN FLASHLIGHT
Floyd |
Floyd | The small, rectangular battery is too large to fit into the
Floyd | flashlight.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 648)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)
Floyd | You are hanging precariously under the monstrous structure. The frayed
Floyd | rope digs into your palms painfully, but the deafening crash of the
Floyd | water beneath you keeps you clinging on for now.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | A few ripples are the only remaining sign of the batlike creature.
Floyd |
Floyd | There is some strange semi-aquatic weed growing upside-down from the
Floyd | bottom of the bridge, a oozing hybrid of what seems to be a mushroom
Floyd | and a coral.
Floyd |
Floyd | A rope runs from the bridge above you down into the water below.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "That would have been too conventient."
Jacqueline asks, "What about the moss or whatnot that's lighting the room from above?"
Jacqueline asks, "Can we get us some of that??"
Knight_Otu asks, "Hmmmaybe? If we don't airdrown on the way?"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 649
Floyd | >
Floyd | > U
Floyd |
Floyd | You haul yourself upward, the rope digging into your hands leaving
Floyd | them red and sore. With tremendous effort you finally pull yourself
Floyd | back over the edge of the bridge.
Floyd |
Floyd | Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)
Floyd | You are standing on a bridge spanning east to west in the middle of an
Floyd | echoing cavern. In the center of the bridge is a large anarchic
Floyd | sculpture constructed of pipes that climb up to a cauldron filled with
Floyd | an eerily glowing green moss, the only light source in the room.
Floyd | Beneath your feet you can hear the crashing of the river below. Ahead
Floyd | of you, to your horror, there are slats missing on the bridge - you'll
Floyd | never make it across without replacing them.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | A rope trails from the post of the bridge off into the turbulent
Floyd | water.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get moss"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 650
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET MOSS
Floyd |
Floyd | The cauldron is too far away to reach, but the same liquid seems to
Floyd | flow down through the pipes into the shallow pool.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "You're not airdrowning; you hacked up the weed when you took a drink."
Knight_Otu says, "Oh."
Knight_Otu says, "I misread that."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get liquid"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 651
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET LIQUID
Floyd |
Floyd | You cup a bit in your bare hands, but it drips away, leaving only an
Floyd | oily residue which you rub away on your pants.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 652
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a dead battery
Floyd |   a fungal powder
Floyd |   a moldy, waterlogged journal
Floyd |   a small, rectangular battery
Floyd |   an antique locket (being worn and closed)
Floyd |   The Dollmaker's Journal
Floyd |   a repaired page
Floyd |   a trolley schedule
Floyd |   a trolley pass (being worn)
Floyd |   Twin Hearts Between the Planes
Floyd |   a pamphlet of home listings
Floyd |   a Jansport backpack (being worn and open)
Floyd |     a hidden pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a key pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a book pocket (open)
Floyd |       a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |       the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |       The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |     a side pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a trash pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a backpack features guide
Floyd |   a book list
Floyd |   a library card
Floyd |   Peter's jacket
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "I doubt this is it, but can we open the jar?"
Knight_Otu says, "We can't exactly moss up our coffee..."
Jacqueline says, "Yeah"
Knight_Otu says, "I think we can't open the jar.."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "open jar"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 653
Floyd | >
Floyd | > OPEN JAR
Floyd |
Floyd | It isn't something you can open.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x jar"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 654
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X JAR
Floyd |
Floyd | A clear glass jar containing a hideous green insect. It's either dead
Floyd | or doing a very good job of playing dead and you have no desire to
Floyd | find out which. The number of legs and eyes appear to change every
Floyd | time you look at it.
Floyd |
Floyd | It currently has six legs and four eyes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I so want to say something but I won't."
Jacqueline says, "Good"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "put liquid in flashlight"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 655
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PUT LIQUID IN FLASHLIGHT
Floyd |
Floyd | You coat the inside of the flashlight with the daemoniac oily liquid.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "put liquid in flashlight"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 656
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PUT LIQUID IN FLASHLIGHT
Floyd |
Floyd | You coat the inside of the flashlight with the appalling oily liquid.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Daemoniac liquid"
Jacqueline says, "hahaha"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "close flashlight"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 657
Floyd | >
Floyd | > CLOSE FLASHLIGHT
Floyd |
Floyd | You close the waterproof flashlight.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I was scrolled up and didn't see you'd typed the same thing."
Jacqueline exclaims, "Let's go!"
Knight_Otu says, "We keep doing that."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 658)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > D
Floyd |
Floyd | You gingerly tighten your hands around the fraying fibres and lower
Floyd | yourself until you are just above the water.
Floyd |
Floyd | Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)
Floyd | You are hanging precariously under the monstrous structure. The frayed
Floyd | rope digs into your palms painfully, but the deafening crash of the
Floyd | water beneath you keeps you clinging on for now.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Hanging from the stone is something similar in form, if not in
Floyd | texture, to a repugnant bat.
Floyd |
Floyd | There is some strange semi-aquatic weed growing upside-down from the
Floyd | bottom of the bridge, a maddening hybrid of what seems to be a
Floyd | mushroom and a coral.
Floyd |
Floyd | A rope runs from the bridge above you down into the water below.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to KO), "Great minds, and all that."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "eat powder"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 659)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > EAT POWDER
Floyd |
Floyd | Cautiously, you extend your tongue and lick the powder off your
Floyd | fingertips. It tastes like a absurd combination of salt and earth.
Floyd | Almost immediately you begin to choke, the sensation of something
Floyd | germinating rapidly within the walls of your throat. Whatever it is
Floyd | seems to be sucking all the moisture from your windpipe as it grows
Floyd | exponentially, its branching structure blocking the air from entering
Floyd | your lungs.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your mouth and throat feel horribly dry. You cough painfully.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 660)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > D
Floyd |
Floyd | You thrust your head down into the black water for just a moment and
Floyd | force yourself to swallow. The water seems to sate the effervescent
Floyd | fungus, and when you rise up again you manage to cough it out. But for
Floyd | that moment you were underwater, you felt a rush of oxygen in your
Floyd | lungs...perhaps if you had a light, you could stay down there?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "turn on flashlight"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 661)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TURN ON FLASHLIGHT
Floyd |
Floyd | You flip the switch a few times, but no light is
Floyd | forthcoming-unsurprisingly, since you've removed some key components
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Aw."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x flashlight"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 662)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X FLASHLIGHT
Floyd |
Floyd | A small flashlight, with a rubber ring where it screws together to
Floyd | keep the water out-though some oily substance coats the inside.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "shake it"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 662)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SHAKE IT
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I am maybe having trouble wrapping my brain around this, but I thought some of the glowy cauldron water was in the pool below."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 663
Floyd | >
Floyd | > U
Floyd |
Floyd | You haul yourself upward, the rope digging into your hands leaving
Floyd | them red and sore. With tremendous effort you finally pull yourself
Floyd | back over the edge of the bridge.
Floyd |
Floyd | Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)
Floyd | You are standing on a bridge spanning east to west in the middle of an
Floyd | echoing cavern. In the center of the bridge is a large pulsating
Floyd | sculpture constructed of pipes that climb up to a cauldron filled with
Floyd | an eerily glowing green moss, the only light source in the room.
Floyd | Beneath your feet you can hear the crashing of the river below. Ahead
Floyd | of you, to your horror, there are slats missing on the bridge - you'll
Floyd | never make it across without replacing them.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | A rope trails from the post of the bridge off into the turbulent
Floyd | water.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x pool"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 664
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X POOL
Floyd |
Floyd | A shallow pool of foul liquid that flows from the fungoid pipes of the
Floyd | structure. Next to the pool is a brazier filled with some manner of
Floyd | desiccated organic material.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "oh"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x moss"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 665
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X MOSS
Floyd |
Floyd | It is too high above you to see clearly from here, but something in
Floyd | the cauldron seems to flare up with each drop of liquid, filling the
Floyd | area with a flickering green light.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x brazier"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 666
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BRAZIER
Floyd |
Floyd | Formed of twisted iron, it contains clumps of dry vegetation.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "open flashlight"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 667
Floyd | >
Floyd | > OPEN FLASHLIGHT
Floyd |
Floyd | You open the waterproof flashlight.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "put vegetation in it"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 668
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PUT VEGETATION IN IT
Floyd |
Floyd | The dry vegetation is too large to fit into the flashlight.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "damn"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get vegetation"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 669
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET VEGETATION
Floyd |
Floyd | You rub at one of the ashen leaves and it crumbles under your touch,
Floyd | leaving you with a few brittle flakes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "yay"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "put flakes in flashlight"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 670
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PUT FLAKES IN FLASHLIGHT
Floyd |
Floyd | The flakes start to pulse with the same verdant glow as the moss when
Floyd | they come in contact with the liquid inside. A contracting and
Floyd | expanding sphere of green light surrounds you.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "This is such a rollercoaster"
Knight_Otu exclaims, "Yay!"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "close flashlight"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 671
Floyd | >
Floyd | > CLOSE FLASHLIGHT
Floyd |
Floyd | You close the waterproof flashlight.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x it"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 672
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X IT
Floyd |
Floyd | A small flashlight, with a rubber ring where it screws together to
Floyd | keep the water out-though some oily substance coats the inside.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Inside the flashlight is a clump of glowing vegetation.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 673)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > D
Floyd |
Floyd | You gingerly tighten your hands around the fraying fibres and lower
Floyd | yourself until you are just above the water.
Floyd |
Floyd | Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)
Floyd | You are hanging precariously under the monstrous structure. The frayed
Floyd | rope digs into your palms painfully, but the deafening crash of the
Floyd | water beneath you keeps you clinging on for now.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Hanging from the stone is something similar in form, if not in
Floyd | texture, to a fetid bat.
Floyd |
Floyd | There is some strange semi-aquatic weed growing upside-down from the
Floyd | bottom of the bridge, a foaming hybrid of what seems to be a mushroom
Floyd | and a coral.
Floyd |
Floyd | A rope runs from the bridge above you down into the water below.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "eat powder"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 674)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > EAT POWDER
Floyd |
Floyd | Cautiously, you extend your tongue and lick the powder off your
Floyd | fingertips. It tastes like a non-Euclidean combination of salt and
Floyd | earth. Almost immediately you begin to choke, the sensation of
Floyd | something germinating rapidly within the walls of your throat.
Floyd | Whatever it is seems to be sucking all the moisture from your windpipe
Floyd | as it grows exponentially, its branching structure blocking the air
Floyd | from entering your lungs.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your mouth and throat feel horribly dry. You cough painfully.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd ]  Bridge (in the water underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and Turns:
Floyd | 675geman)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > D
Floyd |
Floyd | You lower yourself down, through the ceiling of crashing water, until
Floyd | you're beneath the surface. It is so cold you can feel your chest
Floyd | constricting and have to remind yourself to breathe. And surprisingly,
Floyd | down here, you can.
Floyd |
Floyd | Bridge (in the water underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma
Floyd | Briggeman)
Floyd | Beneath the surface of the tumultuous river, it is strangely calm down
Floyd | here. The sickly green water glows around you in a spherical shape,
Floyd | pulsing in time with the luminescent moss. Through the haze of the
Floyd | turbid water, the bleached bones of some long dead creature almost
Floyd | shine with their pristine whiteness.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | A thick rope is your only lifeline anchoring you in the dark abyss.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x bones"
Floyd ]  Bridge (in the water underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and Turns:
Floyd | 676geman)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BONES
Floyd |
Floyd | Lurking in the water before you, half-submerged in the silt, is the
Floyd | skeleton of some colossal beast. Its posture is contorted, as though
Floyd | it were twisting around to snap at something above it. The bones are
Floyd | completely bleached white; every scrap of flesh picked clean by a
Floyd | thousand passing creatures. Probably a predator, you determine from
Floyd | the sharp teeth, a few jagged and broken. Its cavernous jaw has been
Floyd | locked in place, open and inviting. The gap is just big enough to swim
Floyd | inside, if you are cautious.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Inviting jaws. That's a new one."
Jacqueline exclaims, "Let's do the incredibly unsafe-sounding thing!"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "enter jaw"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 677
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ENTER JAW
Floyd |
Floyd | (the misshapen skeleton)
Floyd | Reluctantly letting go of the rope, you pull yourself through the
Floyd | water and into the mouth of the beast. Through the empty eye sockets,
Floyd | you can just make out your only anchor to the world above. You have to
Floyd | keep your limbs tight to your torso to prevent the sharp teeth raking
Floyd | across your skin; you'd hate to think what might come investigating
Floyd | down here if any blood spilled in the water.
Floyd |
Floyd | Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman) (in the misshapen
Floyd | skeleton)
Floyd | You've moved through the cavernous jaws of the long dead beast and
Floyd | into the cavity of its immense chest. The pulsing light from the moss
Floyd | causes the shadows cast by the ribcage to expand and contract; in the
Floyd | semi-gloom it almost looks as if the creature is still breathing.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Several bones are loosely coupled to the skeleton now. They protrude
Floyd | from the spine at an oddly perpendicular angle, almost geometric in
Floyd | its sharpness.
Floyd |
Floyd | A rope runs upward from a piece of metal sunken in the degenerated
Floyd | silt nearby.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "Examine the bones?"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x bones"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 678
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BONES
Floyd |
Floyd | (the flat bones)
Floyd | Unlike any skeleton or preserved fossil you have come across in any
Floyd | museum or textbook. These osseous structures are bizarrely flat and
Floyd | rectangular, protruding from the spine at an almost perfect right
Floyd | angle.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu exclaims, "How convenient!"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get them"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 679
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET THEM
Floyd |
Floyd | They're firmly attached, some invasive species of coral cementing the
Floyd | skeleton in place. Although they do shift a bit in your grasp, you'll
Floyd | have to apply a bit more force to dislodge them entirely.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "break them"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 680
Floyd | >
Floyd | > BREAK THEM
Floyd |
Floyd | With a violent shove you manage to dislodge the bones from the
Floyd | skeleton. Fragments of coral spiral down into the silt, never to be
Floyd | seen again.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "what if you climb them? which I never tried."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x rope"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 681
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X ROPE
Floyd |
Floyd | A thick rope, stained dark with water and made inflexible by remnants
Floyd | of mud. One loop is fastened to the bridge with an impenetrable knot,
Floyd | while the other end is attached to a misshapen piece of polished
Floyd | metal.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Useful bones."
Jacqueline says, "Let's make a bridge."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x metal"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 682
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X METAL
Floyd |
Floyd | (the library card)
Floyd | A battered beige rectangle with rounded corners, printed with the
Floyd | library insignia, and bearing the words:
Floyd |
Floyd | PETER CRAGNE
Floyd | CRAGNE MANOR
Floyd | is entitled to borrow books from
Floyd | BACKWATER PUBLIC LIBRARY
Floyd | Backwater, Vermont
Floyd | and is responsible for all books taken on this card
Floyd | Expires APRIL 1998
Floyd | No 19078
Floyd |
Floyd | A little metal dealy clips through the cardboard, with a
Floyd | mirror-reversed version of the ID number stamped into it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x polished metal"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 683
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X POLISHED METAL
Floyd |
Floyd | A piece of metal bent into a strange configuration. Sharp prongs curl
Floyd | in and around themselves like a gaping maw. You wouldn't want to cut
Floyd | yourself on those teeth. The teeth are currently pried open.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 684
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman) (in the misshapen
Floyd | skeleton)
Floyd | You've moved through the cavernous jaws of the long dead beast and
Floyd | into the cavity of its immense chest. The pulsing light from the moss
Floyd | causes the shadows cast by the ribcage to expand and contract; in the
Floyd | semi-gloom it almost looks as if the creature is still breathing.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Several bones lie loosely across the bottom of the ribcage.
Floyd |
Floyd | A rope runs upward from a piece of metal sunken in the dreadful silt
Floyd | nearby.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x silt"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 684
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SILT
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "out"
Floyd ]  Bridge (in the water underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and Turns:
Floyd | 685geman)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > OUT
Floyd |
Floyd | You extract yourself from the skeleton. Without the pulsating light
Floyd | from your lamp the illusion of breath vanishes, leaving nothing but
Floyd | lifeless bone. You take hold of the rope again, grateful to be
Floyd | anchored.
Floyd |
Floyd | Bridge (in the water underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma
Floyd | Briggeman)
Floyd | Beneath the surface of the tumultuous river, it is strangely calm down
Floyd | here. The sickly green water glows around you in a spherical shape,
Floyd | pulsing in time with the luminescent moss. Through the haze of the
Floyd | turbid water, the bleached bones of some long dead creature almost
Floyd | shine with their pristine whiteness.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | A thick rope is your only lifeline anchoring you in the dark abyss.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I wonder what else Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman have written. Love this room. So well-written and clever."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 686)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > U
Floyd |
Floyd | You pull on the rope, doing your best not to get caught in the current
Floyd | as your head breaks the surface of the water. You feel the spongiform
Floyd | blockage in your throat dissolve, your lungs filling with untainted
Floyd | oxygen.
Floyd |
Floyd | Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)
Floyd | You are hanging precariously under the monstrous structure. The frayed
Floyd | rope digs into your palms painfully, but the deafening crash of the
Floyd | water beneath you keeps you clinging on for now.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Hanging from the stone is something similar in form, if not in
Floyd | texture, to a abnormal bat.
Floyd |
Floyd | There is some strange semi-aquatic weed growing upside-down from the
Floyd | bottom of the bridge, a disgusting hybrid of what seems to be a
Floyd | mushroom and a coral.
Floyd |
Floyd | A rope runs from the bridge above you down into the water below.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "The names are familiar."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 687
Floyd | >
Floyd | > U
Floyd |
Floyd | You haul yourself upward, the rope digging into your hands leaving
Floyd | them red and sore. With tremendous effort you finally pull yourself
Floyd | back over the edge of the bridge.
Floyd |
Floyd | Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)
Floyd | You are standing on a bridge spanning east to west in the middle of an
Floyd | echoing cavern. In the center of the bridge is a large tenebrous
Floyd | sculpture constructed of pipes that climb up to a cauldron filled with
Floyd | an eerily glowing green moss, the only light source in the room.
Floyd | Beneath your feet you can hear the crashing of the river below. Ahead
Floyd | of you, to your horror, there are slats missing on the bridge - you'll
Floyd | never make it across without replacing them.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | A rope trails from the post of the bridge off into the turbulent
Floyd | water.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x slats"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 688
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SLATS
Floyd |
Floyd | The calcareous slats that form the walkway feel strangely light
Floyd | underfoot; as though hollowed out and filled with air. In the gaps
Floyd | between, you can see the churning water below, stare too long and you
Floyd | are sure to become nauseous. Each platform stretches your legs as you
Floyd | move from one to the next; the gait of the bridge's architects must
Floyd | have been strange indeed.
Floyd |
Floyd | The taut cords that give the structure its shape appear to be woven in
Floyd | some complex putrescent plait that elongates and contracts with a
Floyd | slither as you step across.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x coards"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 688
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X COARDS
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x cords"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 689
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X CORDS
Floyd |
Floyd | As you look closer, the puce strands that make up the plait seem to
Floyd | move. Whether some optical illusion caused by their intricate braiding
Floyd | or something altogether more organic, you couldn't say. You look away
Floyd | quickly.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "put bones on cords"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 689
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PUT BONES ON CORDS
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Daniel wrote Scroll Thief."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 690
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a dead battery
Floyd |   a fungal powder
Floyd |   a moldy, waterlogged journal
Floyd |   a small, rectangular battery
Floyd |   an antique locket (being worn and closed)
Floyd |   The Dollmaker's Journal
Floyd |   a repaired page
Floyd |   a trolley schedule
Floyd |   a trolley pass (being worn)
Floyd |   Twin Hearts Between the Planes
Floyd |   a pamphlet of home listings
Floyd |   a Jansport backpack (being worn and open)
Floyd |     a hidden pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a key pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a book pocket (open)
Floyd |       a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |       the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |       The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |     a side pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a trash pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a backpack features guide
Floyd |   a book list
Floyd |   a library card
Floyd |   Peter's jacket
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "You left the bones inside the skeleton."
Jacqueline says, "ah"
Knight_Otu says, "Darn. I thought we'd auto-take them."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 691)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > D
Floyd |
Floyd | You gingerly tighten your hands around the fraying fibres and lower
Floyd | yourself until you are just above the water.
Floyd |
Floyd | Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)
Floyd | You are hanging precariously under the monstrous structure. The frayed
Floyd | rope digs into your palms painfully, but the deafening crash of the
Floyd | water beneath you keeps you clinging on for now.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Hanging from the stone is something similar in form, if not in
Floyd | texture, to a atrocious bat.
Floyd |
Floyd | There is some strange semi-aquatic weed growing upside-down from the
Floyd | bottom of the bridge, a malevolent hybrid of what seems to be a
Floyd | mushroom and a coral.
Floyd |
Floyd | A rope runs from the bridge above you down into the water below.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "eat powder"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 692)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > EAT POWDER
Floyd |
Floyd | Cautiously, you extend your tongue and lick the powder off your
Floyd | fingertips. It tastes like a unclean combination of salt and earth.
Floyd | Almost immediately you begin to choke, the sensation of something
Floyd | germinating rapidly within the walls of your throat. Whatever it is
Floyd | seems to be sucking all the moisture from your windpipe as it grows
Floyd | exponentially, its branching structure blocking the air from entering
Floyd | your lungs.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your mouth and throat feel horribly dry. You cough painfully.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd ]  Bridge (in the water underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and Turns:
Floyd | 693geman)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > D
Floyd |
Floyd | You lower yourself down, through the ceiling of crashing water, until
Floyd | you're beneath the surface. It is so cold you can feel your chest
Floyd | constricting and have to remind yourself to breathe. And surprisingly,
Floyd | down here, you can.
Floyd |
Floyd | Bridge (in the water underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma
Floyd | Briggeman)
Floyd | Beneath the surface of the tumultuous river, it is strangely calm down
Floyd | here. The sickly green water glows around you in a spherical shape,
Floyd | pulsing in time with the luminescent moss. Through the haze of the
Floyd | turbid water, the bleached bones of some long dead creature almost
Floyd | shine with their pristine whiteness.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | A thick rope is your only lifeline anchoring you in the dark abyss.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "enter jaws"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 694
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ENTER JAWS
Floyd |
Floyd | (the misshapen skeleton)
Floyd | Reluctantly letting go of the rope, you pull yourself through the
Floyd | water and into the mouth of the beast. Through the empty eye sockets,
Floyd | you can just make out your only anchor to the world above. You have to
Floyd | keep your limbs tight to your torso to prevent the sharp teeth raking
Floyd | across your skin; you'd hate to think what might come investigating
Floyd | down here if any blood spilled in the water.
Floyd |
Floyd | Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman) (in the misshapen
Floyd | skeleton)
Floyd | You've moved through the cavernous jaws of the long dead beast and
Floyd | into the cavity of its immense chest. The pulsing light from the moss
Floyd | causes the shadows cast by the ribcage to expand and contract; in the
Floyd | semi-gloom it almost looks as if the creature is still breathing.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Several bones lie loosely across the bottom of the ribcage.
Floyd |
Floyd | A rope runs upward from a piece of metal sunken in the gangrenous silt
Floyd | nearby.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I don't see anything for Jemma in IFDB."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get bones"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 695
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET BONES
Floyd |
Floyd | (the flat bones)
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "out"
Floyd ]  Bridge (in the water underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and Turns:
Floyd | 696geman)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > OUT
Floyd |
Floyd | You extract yourself from the skeleton. Without the pulsating light
Floyd | from your lamp the illusion of breath vanishes, leaving nothing but
Floyd | lifeless bone. You take hold of the rope again, grateful to be
Floyd | anchored.
Floyd |
Floyd | Bridge (in the water underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma
Floyd | Briggeman)
Floyd | Beneath the surface of the tumultuous river, it is strangely calm down
Floyd | here. The sickly green water glows around you in a spherical shape,
Floyd | pulsing in time with the luminescent moss. Through the haze of the
Floyd | turbid water, the bleached bones of some long dead creature almost
Floyd | shine with their pristine whiteness.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | A thick rope is your only lifeline anchoring you in the dark abyss.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd ]  Bridge (in the water underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and Turns:
Floyd | 697geman)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > U
Floyd |
Floyd | The bones are impossibly heavy; every inch toward the surface is a
Floyd | chore. You are never going to get much further with their added
Floyd | weight. You'll have to think of another way to get them to the
Floyd | surface.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Oh man"
Jacqueline glares at the screen.
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "put bones in claw"
Floyd ]  Bridge (in the water underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and Turns:
Floyd | 698geman)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PUT BONES IN CLAW
Floyd |
Floyd | (the flat bones in the metal claw-trap)
Floyd | You put the flat bones into the metal claw-trap.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd ]  Bridge (in the water underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and Turns:
Floyd | 699geman)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > U
Floyd |
Floyd | You'd better close the metal claw first or you might lose the flat
Floyd | bones.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Oh, I ... thought the claw was on the other end of the rope."
DavidW says, "how polite"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "close claw"
Floyd ]  Bridge (in the water underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and Turns:
Floyd | 700geman)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > CLOSE CLAW
Floyd |
Floyd | You force the teeth shut around the flat bones.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Cool"
Knight_Otu says, "Whew."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 701)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > U
Floyd |
Floyd | You pull on the rope, doing your best not to get caught in the current
Floyd | as your head breaks the surface of the water. You feel the spongiform
Floyd | blockage in your throat dissolve, your lungs filling with untainted
Floyd | oxygen.
Floyd |
Floyd | Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)
Floyd | You are hanging precariously under the monstrous structure. The frayed
Floyd | rope digs into your palms painfully, but the deafening crash of the
Floyd | water beneath you keeps you clinging on for now.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Hanging from the stone is something similar in form, if not in
Floyd | texture, to a alien bat.
Floyd |
Floyd | There is some strange semi-aquatic weed growing upside-down from the
Floyd | bottom of the bridge, a irregular hybrid of what seems to be a
Floyd | mushroom and a coral.
Floyd |
Floyd | A rope runs from the bridge above you down into the water below.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get rope"
Floyd ]  Bridge (hanging underneath) (Daniel Stelzer and JemmaTurns: 702)
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET ROPE
Floyd |
Floyd | You tug on the rope, and it still seems to be firmly anchored up
Floyd | above.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "oh right"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 703
Floyd | >
Floyd | > U
Floyd |
Floyd | You haul yourself upward, the rope digging into your hands leaving
Floyd | them red and sore. With tremendous effort you finally pull yourself
Floyd | back over the edge of the bridge.
Floyd |
Floyd | Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)
Floyd | You are standing on a bridge spanning east to west in the middle of an
Floyd | echoing cavern. In the center of the bridge is a large monstrous
Floyd | sculpture constructed of pipes that climb up to a cauldron filled with
Floyd | an eerily glowing green moss, the only light source in the room.
Floyd | Beneath your feet you can hear the crashing of the river below. Ahead
Floyd | of you, to your horror, there are slats missing on the bridge - you'll
Floyd | never make it across without replacing them.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | A rope trails from the post of the bridge off into the turbulent
Floyd | water.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get rope"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 704
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET ROPE
Floyd |
Floyd | You tug hard, finding that something beneath the water pulls against
Floyd | you with equal or even greater force in the very opposite direction,
Floyd | till you are almost dragged off your feet and into the water. A second
Floyd | later, the strange force relents, and you stumble backward, pulling
Floyd | the anchor up onto the bridge.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "open claw"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 705
Floyd | >
Floyd | > OPEN CLAW
Floyd |
Floyd | You pry the teeth open.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "put bones on cord"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 706
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PUT BONES ON CORD
Floyd |
Floyd | (first taking the flat bones)
Floyd | The bones fit into position easily, settling into the gaps left by the
Floyd | missing slats. You look down at your feet and finally notice: the
Floyd | entire walkway is constructed of the parts of this long dead, wretched
Floyd | creature. You shiver involuntarily as your mind begins to imagine what
Floyd | nebulous race of beings would use bone as architecture. You shake the
Floyd | thought from your mind - it is time to leave this place.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Whoff."
DavidW says, "I bet the coffee agrees."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x coffee"
Floyd ]  Bridge (Daniel Stelzer and Jemma Briggeman)          Turns: 707
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X COFFEE
Floyd |
Floyd | The clouds in your cup form horizontal bands. Lack of a symbolic image
Floyd | means that you have accomplished everything you must in your current
Floyd | environment and should move on to find new challenges in order to grow
Floyd | as a person.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "congrats."
Knight_Otu says, "We do still have at least one room west of the bridge."
DavidW says, "You can now go from Spooky Backwater to Dangerous Backwater."
Knight_Otu asks, "Should we take a look at that one?"
Jacqueline says, "sure"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd ]  Town square, Backwater, VT (Marco Innocenti)         Turns: 708
Floyd | >
Floyd | > W
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Town square, Backwater, VT (Marco Innocenti)
Floyd | The large, hexagonal-shaped square is paved with big, white stones,
Floyd | polished by rain and wind over the decades; around it, low red-brick
Floyd | buildings look like watching peasants. One single street leaves the
Floyd | square to the north, while less accommodating paths lead west, in the
Floyd | direction of a towering church, and southwest.
Floyd | Due east, an iron bridge crosses the river, and southeast, a walkway
Floyd | leads down to its bank.
Floyd |
Floyd | The swollen, slate-colored clouds that blanket the sky are reflected
Floyd | in the shiny, circular shape embellishing the center of the square,
Floyd | muttering ominous portents amongst themselves.
Floyd |
Floyd | A man is leaning on the bridge rail, staring intensely at you with his
Floyd | only eye.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "ask man about bridge"
Floyd ]  Town square, Backwater, VT (Marco Innocenti)         Turns: 709
Floyd | >
Floyd | > ASK MAN ABOUT BRIDGE
Floyd |
Floyd | The one-eyed man blinks, showing some attention, but then ignores you.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Mrs Cra-gnee, welcome to Backwater. He's been
Floyd | waiting for you".
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "It's an iron bridge on this side."
Roger says, "a hexagon-shaped square, or a square hexagon"
Knight_Otu says, "And outdoors."
DavidW says, "The Town Hexagon."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 710
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SE
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | River Walk (Adam Whybray)
Floyd | A dirt path along the west bank of the Makaskuta - or Blackgourd -
Floyd | River. The air is motionless and sweltry, the urticariate heat drawing
Floyd | sweat profusely from your prickling glands.
Floyd |
Floyd | Just below you, to your side, the river burbles in vainglorious
Floyd | stupor, foaming in bright patches from the surfacants released from
Floyd | the rotting deposits of the red maples and poplars that line its
Floyd | banks. A single black ash, denuded of leaves, its corky bark blighted
Floyd | with the telltale signs of parasitic infection, quietly interrupts the
Floyd | Autumnal foliage of its deciduous cousins.
Floyd |
Floyd | The river's waters slith over rocks as lustrous-gray as seal skin,
Floyd | rending them freshly burnished for the mid-September sun, which casts
Floyd | Her rays in refulgent slats through the rust-honey colored trees. It
Floyd | is though Nature, in celebration of Her own fecundity, has chosen to
Floyd | offer Herself up in Equinoxical sacrifice - the rocks laid out before
Floyd | the blazing altar of the sun.
Floyd |
Floyd | There is a forbidding sign on the bank of the river.
Floyd |
Floyd | The way up to Backwater town square is northwest. Following the path
Floyd | north leads under the bridge.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the Makaskuta river is a buoy.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see a grimy rock, a long hooked pole, a dying crawfish
Floyd | and a soggy tome here.
Floyd |
Floyd | A spectral trolley stop sign reads Aqua Line -- River Walk.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x schedule"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 711
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SCHEDULE
Floyd |
Floyd | It's unlike any public transit schedule you've ever seen, in that
Floyd | there are no times listed. A cheerfully phrased block of introduction
Floyd | text instructs riders to hang their passes around their necks, proceed
Floyd | to a trolley stop, and WAIT FOR whatever color LINE corresponds with
Floyd | their choice of destination.
Floyd |
Floyd | Destinations:
Floyd | Brown Line -- Train Station
Floyd | Gold Line -- Church
Floyd | Blue Line -- Library Square
Floyd | Aqua Line -- River Walk
Floyd | Green Line -- The Woods
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "'urticariate'?"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x me"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 712
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X ME
Floyd |
Floyd | Has it always been this hot? The air is so close it feels like you
Floyd | have to gulp down mouthfuls of viscous soup to breathe. Being outside
Floyd | for...  how long? ... has caused rivulets of hives to spore
Floyd | in cacographic zigzags along your bare arms. A faint buzzing hums
Floyd | soporifically in your ears. You shiver slightly as though it were
Floyd | snowing. Got to press on.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 713
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a dead battery
Floyd |   a fungal powder
Floyd |   a moldy, waterlogged journal
Floyd |   a small, rectangular battery
Floyd |   an antique locket (being worn and closed)
Floyd |   The Dollmaker's Journal
Floyd |   a repaired page
Floyd |   a trolley schedule
Floyd |   a trolley pass (being worn)
Floyd |   Twin Hearts Between the Planes
Floyd |   a pamphlet of home listings
Floyd |   a Jansport backpack (being worn and open)
Floyd |     a hidden pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a key pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a book pocket (open)
Floyd |       a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |       the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |       The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |     a side pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a trash pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a backpack features guide
Floyd |   a book list
Floyd |   a library card
Floyd |   Peter's jacket
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x sign"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 714
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SIGN
Floyd |
Floyd | A wooden sign with a chunk missing from its bottom-right corner is
Floyd | embedded in the mud off the side of the path near the edge of the
Floyd | riverbank. Engraved in the sign is the message "Fishing and
Floyd | trapping allowed. Strictly no swimming."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "cf12"
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SAVE
Floyd | %% Enter a save filename to write:
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 714
Floyd | > SAVEOk.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "swim"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 715
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SWIM
Floyd |
Floyd | (in the pamphlet of home listings)
Floyd | You are inclined to follow the edicts of the sign. Also, the buoy
Floyd | implies this stretch of the river is being used for freshwater lobster
Floyd | fishing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Zach has had The King fill of playing for now, and goes back to the Lounge.
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x buoy"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 716
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BUOY
Floyd |
Floyd | A buoy the color of a Caucasian's flesh bobs uneasily upon the water.
Floyd | It certainly can't be for the sake of swimmers since the wooden sign
Floyd | makes it very clear this is prohibited. Perhaps some trappers are
Floyd | marking their catch?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x ash"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 717
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X ASH
Floyd |
Floyd | The scaly trunk of the black ash is marked by the signs of both fungal
Floyd | damage and the Emerald Ash Borer. Where sections of bark have flaked
Floyd | away from the trunk, weevil-wheedling paths of pale discoloration
Floyd | caused by the larval secretions of this virulent insect can be
Floyd | discerned. Epicormic shoots shamelessly sprout forth from this
Floyd | blighted trunk like unwanted fingers.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x coffee"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 718
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X COFFEE
Floyd |
Floyd | The clouds in your cup form a pear shape, complete with stem.
Floyd | Botanical images mean that while there is much left to accomplish in
Floyd | the present situation, your immediate environment sustains you, and
Floyd | you have everything that you need.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 719
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | River Walk (Adam Whybray)
Floyd | A dirt path along the west bank of the Makaskuta - or Blackgourd -
Floyd | River. The air is motionless and sweltry, the urticariate heat drawing
Floyd | sweat profusely from your prickling glands.
Floyd |
Floyd | Just below you, to your side, the river burbles in vainglorious
Floyd | stupor, foaming in bright patches from the surfacants released from
Floyd | the rotting deposits of the red maples and poplars that line its
Floyd | banks. A single black ash, denuded of leaves, its corky bark blighted
Floyd | with the telltale signs of parasitic infection, quietly interrupts the
Floyd | Autumnal foliage of its deciduous cousins.
Floyd |
Floyd | The river's waters slith over rocks as lustrous-gray as seal skin,
Floyd | rending them freshly burnished for the mid-September sun, which casts
Floyd | Her rays in refulgent slats through the rust-honey colored trees. It
Floyd | is though Nature, in celebration of Her own fecundity, has chosen to
Floyd | offer Herself up in Equinoxical sacrifice - the rocks laid out before
Floyd | the blazing altar of the sun.
Floyd |
Floyd | There is a forbidding sign on the bank of the river.
Floyd |
Floyd | The way up to Backwater town square is northwest. Following the path
Floyd | north leads under the bridge.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the Makaskuta river is a buoy.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see a grimy rock, a long hooked pole, a dying crawfish
Floyd | and a soggy tome here.
Floyd |
Floyd | An insubstantial trolley stop sign reads Aqua Line -- River Walk.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I'll be right back. Going to get a dictionary."
Jacqueline says, "(kidding)"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x rock"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 720
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X ROCK
Floyd |
Floyd | A solitary rock squats at the edge of the river bank, sullenly
Floyd | surveying the fresh, water-slick countenances of its semi-subnautical
Floyd | brethren.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x pole"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 721
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X POLE
Floyd |
Floyd | (the long hooked pole)
Floyd | A long stick of wood with a rusted copper fishing hook of
Floyd | approximately six inches attached to the end of it with thickly
Floyd | knotted twine. This is known to New England lobster trappers as a
Floyd | "gaff".
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x crawfish"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 722
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X CRAWFISH
Floyd |
Floyd | A crawfish of unimaginable proportions skulks in a clump of weedy
Floyd | grass at the side of the path closest to the river. The fact that he
Floyd | is out of the water, just perceptibly twitching like a half-squashed
Floyd | insect and slowly drumming his spiny legs like an office worker
Floyd | pensively tapping his fingers on a desk, is a strong indication that
Floyd | under his hard carapace he is crawling with infection. He is broken,
Floyd | mouldering, no damn good despite his considerable size.
Floyd |
Floyd | As though sensing your judgment, the crawldad's antennae tremble
Floyd | ineffectually.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x tome"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 723
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X TOME
Floyd |
Floyd | A water-damaged and mud-stained book left forgotten on the riverbank
Floyd | by some freshwater lobster fisherman. Emblazoned upon the cover of the
Floyd | soggy tome is the title Padoson's Rules of Crawfish: A Guide for
Floyd | Men of Maine.
Floyd |
Floyd | The volume appears to be a personal copy rather than a library book.
Floyd | Perhaps the owner had gleaned all he could from the work and made any
Floyd | necessary transformations following Padoson's advice.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get all"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 724
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET ALL
Floyd |
Floyd | grimy rock: Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | long hooked pole: Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | soggy tome: Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "put powder on tome"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 725
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PUT POWDER ON TOME
Floyd |
Floyd | You rub the powder off your fingers into the soggy tome. It dissipates
Floyd | without effect.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Aw."
DavidW says, "I'm not sure what you were expecting there."
Jacqueline says, "Yeah. I suspect it only works in that room."
Jacqueline says, "To dry it out, I was guessing."
DavidW says, "You can still read some of this tome, I think."
Knight_Otu says, "Yeah. It was worth a try, but I didn't expect it to work."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "read tome"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 726
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ TOME
Floyd |
Floyd | You open to the first page of the book and read...
Floyd |
Floyd | "Crawfish, crawldads, mountain lobsters, mudbugs, yabbies, or however
Floyd | you know these mighty members of the Astacoidea and
Floyd | Parastacoidea superfamilies, have long been kin to the men of the
Floyd | New England, forging communities of inviolable hierarchy below water,
Floyd | much as we build and sustain such communities above. As with men,
Floyd | dominance determines these bio-mythic structures..."
Floyd |
Floyd | You skip ahead.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Those crawfish stricken by the plague must invariably fall by the
Floyd | wayside much as the Spartans would throw weak and crippled newborn
Floyd | from the top of Mount Taygete, dashing the runts and striplings upon
Floyd | the rocks below."
Floyd |
Floyd | Rhetoric of this nature seems to continue for several pages.
Floyd |
Floyd | "My father and I would sit together at the bank of the river and while
Floyd | father told me of the venal deceits of his wife we would catch those
Floyd | smallest crawfish - invariably the females of the species - which
Floyd | attempted to escape from the exit hole of the parlor, and father would
Floyd | delight me by cracking them upon his great bony knees. Later, when
Floyd | confronted with the disappointments of my youngest son, I would
Floyd | imagine taking him as my father had done the runtish bints, cracking
Floyd | him with satisfaction upon my own knee."
Floyd |
Floyd | You flick ahead to the middle of the book.
Floyd |
Floyd | "By means of these simple hand-binding exercises you will be able to
Floyd | Set your Claws in Order. While the experience will be painful at
Floyd | first, you must NEVER INDUCE YOURSELF INTO THINKING THAT LIFE IS
Floyd | ANYTHING OTHER THAN PAIN."
Floyd |
Floyd | There follows pages of bewildering diagrams which seem to depict men
Floyd | with lobster appendages fighting the Swimmerets of Chaos.
Floyd |
Floyd | "... until the blood takes the form of a transluscent white gel, which
Floyd | you should then inject ... commercial fishing licences ... scream in
Floyd | the water like egg-burst women ... telomerase now in the DNA of your
Floyd | cells is the Chrysopoeia ... baptized by briny Neptune ...
Floyd | dying and molting and eating oneself in the charnel house of bloodied
Floyd | bones ... "
Floyd |
Floyd | From hereon in the words become incomprehensible.
Floyd |
Floyd | Intellectual stuff.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "What."
Jacqueline says, "Lovely"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "kill crawfish"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 727
Floyd | >
Floyd | > KILL CRAWFISH
Floyd |
Floyd | You dare not attempt to put him out of his misery with your bare
Floyd | hands.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "set claws in order"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 727
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SET CLAWS IN ORDER
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I think we're going to haave to do something unspeakable."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "hit crawfish with pole"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 728
Floyd | >
Floyd | > HIT CRAWFISH WITH POLE
Floyd |
Floyd | (the long hooked pole)
Floyd | You instinctually feel that this poor creature deserves to be put to
Floyd | rest with some weapon of mercy that is both native to the riverbank
Floyd | and sufficiently heavy to murder a crawfish.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Eventually, yes, maybe."
Knight_Otu says, "I guess we stone the poor thing."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "hit crawfish with rock"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 729
Floyd | >
Floyd | > HIT CRAWFISH WITH ROCK
Floyd |
Floyd | You raise the grimy rock high above your head and bring it crashing
Floyd | down upon the dying crawfish immediately splitting open its carapace
Floyd | revealing diseased creamy flesh the color of cooked chicken. Its
Floyd | eyestalks swivel wildly towards you and its periopods flicker like the
Floyd | eyelashes of a man trying desperately to awake from a nightmare.
Floyd |
Floyd | You bring the rock down again and again, smashing rostrum and
Floyd | cephalothorax to shribbons until all that remains are fragments of
Floyd | shell, with a tail and two front claws emerging from a pulped mound of
Floyd | rotting flesh. The stench is intolerable.
Floyd |
Floyd | While most of the shell of the dead crawfish is riven into tiny
Floyd | pieces, one especially sharp looking shard stands out from the rest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x shard"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 730
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SHARD
Floyd |
Floyd | An especially sharp and vicious looking shard of shattered crawfish
Floyd | carapace.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get it"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 731
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET IT
Floyd |
Floyd | You pluck the shard from the fishy mulch, being careful not to cut
Floyd | yourself.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "eat flesh"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 731
Floyd | >
Floyd | > EAT FLESH
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "eat crawfish"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 732
Floyd | >
Floyd | > EAT CRAWFISH
Floyd |
Floyd | You choke back vomit.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take all"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 732
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE ALL
Floyd |
Floyd | There are none at all available!
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take claw"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 732
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TAKE CLAW
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x crawfish"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 733
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X CRAWFISH
Floyd |
Floyd | The giant crawfish is laid splayed and beaten before you, eyestalks
Floyd | rent from his pulverized body. The opaque milky whiteness of its flesh
Floyd | is a telltale sign of aphanomyces astaci aka "crayfish
Floyd | plague".
Floyd |
Floyd | The crawfish was clearly a member of some Old Order of crustacean
Floyd | patriarchs, grown huge over perhaps more than a century, year after
Floyd | year shedding his shell for a larger carapace until his metabolism was
Floyd | no longer a match for his hulking ambitions.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "There's better stuff to eat in this game than a diseased crawfish."
Jacqueline says, "Sorry. I just really like crawfish."
Jacqueline says, "Also, I was wondering if we were supposed to somehow incorporate its DNA with our own."
Knight_Otu says, "I think our sanity isn't low enough for that, yet."
Knight_Otu says, "It's just low enough to read coffee."
Jacqueline asks, "Did you get the sense that the book implied that?"
Knight_Otu says, "Not really."
Jacqueline says, "huh"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "hit ash with shard"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 734
Floyd | >
Floyd | > HIT ASH WITH SHARD
Floyd |
Floyd | Violence isn't the answer to this one.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "cut ash with shard"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 735
Floyd | >
Floyd | > CUT ASH WITH SHARD
Floyd |
Floyd | That doesn't make sense here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 736
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | River Walk (Adam Whybray)
Floyd | A dirt path along the west bank of the Makaskuta - or Blackgourd -
Floyd | River. The air is motionless and sweltry, the urticariate heat drawing
Floyd | sweat profusely from your prickling glands.
Floyd |
Floyd | Just below you, to your side, the river burbles in vainglorious
Floyd | stupor, foaming in bright patches from the surfacants released from
Floyd | the rotting deposits of the red maples and poplars that line its
Floyd | banks. A single black ash, denuded of leaves, its corky bark blighted
Floyd | with the telltale signs of parasitic infection, quietly interrupts the
Floyd | Autumnal foliage of its deciduous cousins.
Floyd |
Floyd | The river's waters slith over rocks as lustrous-gray as seal skin,
Floyd | rending them freshly burnished for the mid-September sun, which casts
Floyd | Her rays in refulgent slats through the rust-honey colored trees. It
Floyd | is though Nature, in celebration of Her own fecundity, has chosen to
Floyd | offer Herself up in Equinoxical sacrifice - the rocks laid out before
Floyd | the blazing altar of the sun.
Floyd |
Floyd | There is a forbidding sign on the bank of the river.
Floyd |
Floyd | The way up to Backwater town square is northwest. Following the path
Floyd | north leads under the bridge.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the Makaskuta river is a buoy.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see a shattered crawfish here.
Floyd |
Floyd | A ghostly trolley stop sign reads Aqua Line -- River Walk.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x coffee"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 737
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X COFFEE
Floyd |
Floyd | The swirls in your cup form a perfect fern, just like in a fancy
Floyd | latte. Botanical images mean that while there is much left to
Floyd | accomplish in the present situation, your immediate environment
Floyd | sustains you, and you have everything that you need.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x river"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 738
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X RIVER
Floyd |
Floyd | The river's name is said to date back to the 17th century, Christened
Floyd | by a local Algonquian tribe after the peculiarly black coloration of
Floyd | the cucurbita pepo gourds that sprouted in the floodplains
Floyd | south of Backwater. Natives believed local Jesuit Ministers to use the
Floyd | gourds in Devil worship and to prevent these rituals from taking place
Floyd | would uproot the warty vegetables and "drown" them in the river.
Floyd |
Floyd | Across the 19th century, the Makaskuta became increasingly
Floyd | inhospitable to life due to the paper mills of Backwater discharging
Floyd | their untreated waste directly into its water - an industry that
Floyd | flourished in the period due to the competing demands of two local
Floyd | printing establishments which specialized in bound volumes of the
Floyd | letters, prayers and instructions of St. Ignatius of Loyola. By the
Floyd | 1870s the river was regularly running the color of strained tomato
Floyd | soup and, according to the 17th July 1874 edition of the Backwater
Floyd | Gazette, stank of "rank putrescence ... as though nothing borne of
Floyd | this Earth".
Floyd |
Floyd | Only the interventions of the mysterious philanthropist Dr. Elias
Floyd | Saltz, DDiv in the latter part of the 1960s were able to restore the
Floyd | Makaskuta to its once verdant glories. The good Doctor may also be
Floyd | thanked for the introduction of the C. Robustus genus of
Floyd | giant crawfish into the Makaskuta, for which it is now justly
Floyd | celebrated.
Floyd |
Floyd | The river babbles to itself complacently.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the Makaskuta river is a buoy.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x trees"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 739
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X TREES
Floyd |
Floyd | The vermillion hue of the acer rubrum provides a startling
Floyd | contrast to the dreary environs of Backwater, like a feather boa round
Floyd | the neck of a New England clergyman. The surface of the dirt path is
Floyd | riven by tessellating layers of crisping leaves. The slender leaves of
Floyd | the populus balsamifera are shaped like the piques of a
Floyd | traditional suit of French playing cards and some are stained with an
Floyd | orange resin from which the "balm of Gilead" is derived.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x ash"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 740
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X ASH
Floyd |
Floyd | The scaly trunk of the black ash is marked by the signs of both fungal
Floyd | damage and the Emerald Ash Borer. Where sections of bark have flaked
Floyd | away from the trunk, weevil-wheedling paths of pale discoloration
Floyd | caused by the larval secretions of this virulent insect can be
Floyd | discerned. Epicormic shoots shamelessly sprout forth from this
Floyd | blighted trunk like unwanted fingers.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x shoot"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 740
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SHOOT
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x shoots"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 740
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SHOOTS
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x bark"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 740
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BARK
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Hm."
DavidW asks, "The sign?"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x sign"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 741
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SIGN
Floyd |
Floyd | A wooden sign with a chunk missing from its bottom-right corner is
Floyd | embedded in the mud off the side of the path near the edge of the
Floyd | riverbank. Engraved in the sign is the message "Fishing and
Floyd | trapping allowed. Strictly no swimming."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "fish"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 741
Floyd | >
Floyd | > FISH
Floyd |
Floyd | What do you want to fish?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "river"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 741
Floyd | >
Floyd | > RIVER
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "fish bouy"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 741
Floyd | >
Floyd | > FISH BOUY
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "trap"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 741
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TRAP
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "fish in river"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 742
Floyd | >
Floyd | > FISH IN RIVER
Floyd |
Floyd | You fish the Makaskuta with the long hooked pole, thrusting it down
Floyd | into the water beneath the buoy, where it knocks against something
Floyd | heavy and - judging by the feel of its contact against the pole -
Floyd | wooden. You manage to manoeuvre the hook between what you presume to
Floyd | be two planks of wood and then, with considerable effort, pull the
Floyd | mysterious object to the riverbank. It is a freshwater lobster
Floyd | trap!
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x trap"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 743
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X TRAP
Floyd |
Floyd | (the freshwater lobster trap)
Floyd | The trap looks rather like a rabbit hutch, approximately 600 mm in
Floyd | length, almost cuboid but slightly curved at the top edges so that its
Floyd | width is marginally more narrow at the top than at the bottom, where
Floyd | it measures around 300 mm. The framework of the trap seems to be made
Floyd | of slats of ash, which goes some way to explaining its weight. Along
Floyd | one side of the trap is a wire-frame mesh door attached to the body of
Floyd | the trap with copper "J Clip" hinges, long rusted. The door is held
Floyd | shut at the other end by two thin loops of twine, which are tied tight
Floyd | at a point two-thirds up and two-thirds down the length of the door,
Floyd | opposite the hinges. Along the other side of the trap is a
Floyd | funnel-shaped opening of netting, which grows narrower as it recedes
Floyd | into the trap.
Floyd |
Floyd | The kitchen (the funnel-shaped netting), the parlor (the trap's second
Floyd | chamber), and the bedroom (the trap's false exit) are all parts of the
Floyd | freshwater lobster trap.
Floyd |
Floyd | In the freshwater lobster trap are an employee ID card and an eggbound
Floyd | crawfish.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline exclaims, "!"
Jacqueline asks, "So, um, cut it open with our shard?"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x eggbound crawfish"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 744
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X EGGBOUND CRAWFISH
Floyd |
Floyd | The eggbound crawfish is considerably smaller than the tragic,
Floyd | moldering specimen upon the bank - around six inches in length, but
Floyd | with antenna that resemble long curving tendrils, notably large for
Floyd | her size of body. She reposes in the trap's bedroom, occasionally
Floyd | skittering back and forth like an armor-plated insect.
Floyd |
Floyd | The crawfish's swimmerets are laden with eggs the size and color of
Floyd | tinned peas. The eggs sway back and forth like grapes upon a vine,
Floyd | wafted by their mother to ensure their aeration.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "open trap"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 745
Floyd | >
Floyd | > OPEN TRAP
Floyd |
Floyd | (the freshwater lobster trap)
Floyd | Currently the trap is being held shut by two thin loops of twine.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "cut twine with shard"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 746
Floyd | >
Floyd | > CUT TWINE WITH SHARD
Floyd |
Floyd | (the thin loops of twine with the shard of shattered carapace)
Floyd | You cut through the twine with the sharp edge of the shard of the
Floyd | crawldad's shell. With the twine no longer securing the door of the
Floyd | trap, it swings open.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu exclaims, "Run, crawfish, run!"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x card"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 747
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X CARD
Floyd |
Floyd | (the library card)
Floyd | A battered beige rectangle with rounded corners, printed with the
Floyd | library insignia, and bearing the words:
Floyd |
Floyd | PETER CRAGNE
Floyd | CRAGNE MANOR
Floyd | is entitled to borrow books from
Floyd | BACKWATER PUBLIC LIBRARY
Floyd | Backwater, Vermont
Floyd | and is responsible for all books taken on this card
Floyd | Expires APRIL 1998
Floyd | No 19078
Floyd |
Floyd | A little metal dealy clips through the cardboard, with a
Floyd | mirror-reversed version of the ID number stamped into it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x employee card"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 748
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X EMPLOYEE CARD
Floyd |
Floyd | An employee ID card for Vermont Transit Authority, bearing a blurry ID
Floyd | photo and the name "Veeder, R."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "snrk"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get it"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 749
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET IT
Floyd |
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x coffee"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 750
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X COFFEE
Floyd |
Floyd | The swirls in your cup form a blank, mirrored surface. Lack of a
Floyd | symbolic image means that you have accomplished everything you must in
Floyd | your current environment and should move on to find new challenges in
Floyd | order to grow as a person.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "I guess we have what we came for."
Knight_Otu says, "So there's one room to the north now."
Jacqueline says, "Guess so."
Jacqueline exclaims, "North to the future!"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 751
Floyd | >
Floyd | > N
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Under the Bridge (Tenth)
Floyd | The path along the river gives way to a crumbling stone embankment as
Floyd | it passes below the arch of the old stone bridge. A rusty metal hatch
Floyd | is set into the ground opposite from the river, and towards the end of
Floyd | the embankment, a derelict payphone squats, forgotten, under the
Floyd | shadow of the bridge. To the south, the path continues to follow the
Floyd | river.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "So down here the bridge is stone."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x bridge"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 752
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BRIDGE
Floyd |
Floyd | A once proud part of Backwater's infrastructure, now crumbling into
Floyd | ruin. The decorative carvings along the sides have worn away to faint
Floyd | impressions, and much of the underside has been patched with
Floyd | lighter-colored concrete.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x hatch"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 753
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X HATCH
Floyd |
Floyd | The humidity of the river has rusted the hatch to the color of dried
Floyd | blood, like an old scab on the embankment. Seemingly of the same
Floyd | vintage as the bridge, it lacks any modern logo, markings, or even a
Floyd | handle, though there is an odd rectangular indentation along one edge.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x me"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 754
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X ME
Floyd |
Floyd | As good-looking as ever.
Floyd |
Floyd | You bear the trauma of a woman who has been eye to eye with an
Floyd | eburnean pond kraken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 755
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   an employee ID card
Floyd |   a shard of shattered carapace
Floyd |   a soggy tome
Floyd |   a long hooked pole
Floyd |   a grimy rock
Floyd |   a dead battery
Floyd |   a moldy, waterlogged journal
Floyd |   a small, rectangular battery
Floyd |   an antique locket (being worn and closed)
Floyd |   The Dollmaker's Journal
Floyd |   a repaired page
Floyd |   a trolley schedule
Floyd |   a trolley pass (being worn)
Floyd |   Twin Hearts Between the Planes
Floyd |   a pamphlet of home listings
Floyd |   a Jansport backpack (being worn and open)
Floyd |     a hidden pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a key pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a book pocket (open)
Floyd |       a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |       the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |       The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |     a side pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a trash pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a backpack features guide
Floyd |   a book list
Floyd |   a library card
Floyd |   Peter's jacket
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x indentation"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 756
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X INDENTATION
Floyd |
Floyd | The indentation in the hatch is a little over an inch long, about half
Floyd | as wide, and seems too shallow to make a good handle, even if it
Floyd | didn't look like a jagged-edged tetanus-shot-waiting-to-happen...
Floyd | Which, for the record, it does.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x payphone"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 757
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X PAYPHONE
Floyd |
Floyd | The payphone has been vandalized exhaustively over the years; The
Floyd | shelter is covered in graffiti, while the phone itself has been
Floyd | scratched, stained, spraypainted, and used as an ashtray, among other
Floyd | things. While there is a grievous wound where a large piece of the
Floyd | phone was torn out, there is still a coin slot in the upper right, a
Floyd | keypad in the center, next to the receiver, and a coin return in the
Floyd | lower right; Probably about as much of a phone as necessary to place a
Floyd | call.
Floyd |
Floyd | But you find yourself strangely reluctant to touch it, as if you would
Floyd | be disturbing a grave, or a shrine to some nameless Backwater god...
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x coffee"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 758
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X COFFEE
Floyd |
Floyd | The clouds in your cup form a jackalope. Images of strange hybrids
Floyd | mean that some challenges in your current environment can be defeated
Floyd | with what you already possess, while others will require outside
Floyd | assistance.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "ah"
Knight_Otu says, "I think that's the first time we've seen that."
Jacqueline says, "yeah"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x coin return"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 759
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X COIN RETURN
Floyd |
Floyd | A narrow, grimy metal flap, stamped with the words PUSH FOR COIN,
Floyd | protecting the small chamber where your change should end up after
Floyd | making a call (though you have your doubts, given the condition of the
Floyd | phone).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "Also, the fact that this room has (Tenth) after it... does that mean it was authored by Jenni and/or Ryan?"
Knight_Otu asks, "I had assumesd the author wanted to be referred as such, but maybe?"
DavidW says, "I think it's just someone's nickname."
Jacqueline says, "oh"
DavidW says, "We used to have a mudder named TenthStone."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "push it"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 760
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PUSH IT
Floyd |
Floyd | You press on the coin return with your finger, meeting some
Floyd | resistance, but it finally swings inwards with a soft crunch.
Floyd | Something dry and hard tumbles under your fingertip (it's not a
Floyd | tooth, why the hell would there be a tooth...) but as you jerk
Floyd | away your hand in revulsion, you also manage to fling an old quarter
Floyd | into your palm.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x quarter"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 761
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X QUARTER
Floyd |
Floyd | An ancient, discolored, battle-scarred US quarter, still proudly worth
Floyd | 25 cents. While the tail features a bald eagle, the George Washington
Floyd | profile on the head side has been... damaged.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x profile"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 762
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X PROFILE
Floyd |
Floyd | The head side of the coin has been purposefully defaced. George
Floyd | Washington's eye has been gouged out of the surface of the coin, with
Floyd | a crack leading downward, resembling tears (or blood), his mouth has
Floyd | been carved into a crude, jagged opening, and the "In god we trust"
Floyd | inscription has been obliterated.
Floyd |
Floyd | While it's probably just another casualty of Backwater teens
Floyd | expressing their angst, you can't quite shake the feeling that the
Floyd | coin was purposefully left where you'd find it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Well then."
Jacqueline says, "Now I think we're just imagining things."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 763
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Under the Bridge (Tenth)
Floyd | The path along the river gives way to a crumbling stone embankment as
Floyd | it passes below the arch of the old stone bridge. A rusty metal hatch
Floyd | is set into the ground opposite from the river, and towards the end of
Floyd | the embankment, a derelict payphone squats, forgotten, under the
Floyd | shadow of the bridge. To the south, the path continues to follow the
Floyd | river.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x keypad"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 764
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X KEYPAD
Floyd |
Floyd | A fairly standard telephone keypad. The buttons, once silver, and now
Floyd | more of a muted, nicotine-stained gray, include the first nine digits,
Floyd | in rows of three, followed by a final row containing the star, zero,
Floyd | and pound keys:
Floyd |  1 2 3
Floyd |  4 5 6
Floyd |  7 8 9
Floyd |  * 0 #
Floyd |
Floyd | Twelve silver keys - Wasn't that an Elizabethan-era occult thing?
Floyd | Something to do with John Dee, Enochian angels, and other nonsense...
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "We sure have an imagination in this room."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x slot"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 765
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X SLOT
Floyd |
Floyd | Set into a slightly rounded recess in the phone's faceplate is a thin
Floyd | slot, about the height of a quarter, labeled "5-10-25" and "US COINS
Floyd | ONLY".
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x graffiti"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 766
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X GRAFFITI
Floyd |
Floyd | There's no obvious place to start reading; Every inch of the panels
Floyd | are inlaid with high school scrimshaw, but your eyes are initially
Floyd | drawn to a cartoon dagger (or acorn? green pepper?) and the
Floyd | inscription "I don't ever wanna feel, like I did that day..."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 767
Floyd | >
Floyd | > G
Floyd |
Floyd | You've already lost track of where you started, and find yourself
Floyd | looking at the phrase "Black Number ONE", surrounded by tiny skulls
Floyd | and... hearts?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "So, thinking of placing a call?"
Knight_Otu asks, "To whom?"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 768
Floyd | >
Floyd | > G
Floyd |
Floyd | Adrift on a sea of outsider folk art, you briefly lock eyes with "LISA
Floyd | LOEB IS A HACK", and a careless scribble you'd politely describe as
Floyd | "genitals".
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I think we may find out if we read more graffiti"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 769
Floyd | >
Floyd | > G
Floyd |
Floyd | Your eyes struggle to find purchase on the maze of scribbles, briefly
Floyd | settling on "For a good time CALL 911"... Sheesh. it doesn't really
Floyd | work as a prank, or a joke..
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 770
Floyd | >
Floyd | > G
Floyd |
Floyd | Maybe scrimshaw was the wrong metaphor... It's more like the phone
Floyd | went to prison and got all inked up with jailhouse tattoos, such as
Floyd | the letters "AC", an angry looking lightning bolt, and "DC".
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 771
Floyd | >
Floyd | > G
Floyd |
Floyd | It's like a message board for bored teens; You'd almost say "a fire
Floyd | hydrant for stray dogs", but that seems cruel, even given "PEARL JAM",
Floyd | followed by "Jeremy!" (crossed out), "Black?" (also struck out), and
Floyd | finally, "EVENFLOW" (underlined repeatedly for emphasis).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "dial 911"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 772
Floyd | >
Floyd | > DIAL 911
Floyd |
Floyd | While you'd love to just leave the receiver where it is, you'll need
Floyd | to pick it up to make a call.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x receiver"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 773
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X RECEIVER
Floyd |
Floyd | An old, battered black plastic handset, connected to the phone by a
Floyd | segmented metal cable that reminds you of a rat's tail. It is hanging
Floyd | from a metal lever, the unfortunately named "cradle", like an
Floyd | unpleasant piece of meat on a hook.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "You could do that for me, game."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x phone"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 774
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X PHONE
Floyd |
Floyd | (the the payphone)
Floyd | The payphone has been vandalized exhaustively over the years; The
Floyd | shelter is covered in graffiti, while the phone itself has been
Floyd | scratched, stained, spraypainted, and used as an ashtray, among other
Floyd | things. While there is a grievous wound where a large piece of the
Floyd | phone was torn out, there is still a coin slot in the upper right, a
Floyd | keypad in the center, next to the receiver, and a coin return in the
Floyd | lower right; Probably about as much of a phone as necessary to place a
Floyd | call.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get receiver"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 775
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET RECEIVER
Floyd |
Floyd | You lift the receiver off the cradle, trying to not to think too much
Floyd | about the associations of that word.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "..."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "dial 911"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 776
Floyd | >
Floyd | > DIAL 911
Floyd |
Floyd | The phone hisses and sputters with static, and then, as if from a
Floyd | great distance, a faint voice growls "Please zzZRrt
Floyd | twenty-fiiIEERrve cents before continuUURRRRrroo
Floyd | dial your numMMRRrrrrzzzCHRRt."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "911 is free, people"
Knight_Otu says, "Not in Backwater."
Jacqueline asks, "People are in trouble too often? They had to start charging?"
DavidW says, "I've never called 911 in real life."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "cf13"
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SAVE
Floyd | %% Enter a save filename to write:
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 776
Floyd | > SAVEOk.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "put quarter in slot"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 777
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PUT QUARTER IN SLOT
Floyd |
Floyd | The phone swallows the coin, jingling in satisfaction. Deep inside,
Floyd | something rattles into place, and the receiver begins to hiss softly
Floyd | with static.
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "dial 911"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 778
Floyd | >
Floyd | > DIAL 911
Floyd |
Floyd | There is an odd squawk of static on the line, followed by a few
Floyd | seconds of quiet hissing, before a distorted male voice begins to
Floyd | crackle through the speaker. It's... hard to make out, with gaps of
Floyd | silence and bursts of static, but you're fairly certain it's telling
Floyd | you that Emergency Services are not currently available on this
Floyd | exchange, and to try your call again shortly... Or that "the throne of
Floyd | heaven sits empty?" Something like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "hang up"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 779
Floyd | >
Floyd | > HANG UP
Floyd |
Floyd | (the phone receiver)
Floyd | You put the phone back where you found it, and hope it stays there.
Floyd |
Floyd | Something grinds and clatters grudgingly inside the phone, followed by
Floyd | a muffled clink from the coin return.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x coin return"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 780
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X COIN RETURN
Floyd |
Floyd | A narrow, grimy metal flap, stamped with the words PUSH FOR COIN,
Floyd | protecting the small chamber where your change should end up after
Floyd | making a call (though you have your doubts, given the condition of the
Floyd | phone).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "push coin return"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 781
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PUSH COIN RETURN
Floyd |
Floyd | You take a deep breath, and gingerly poke the coin return with your
Floyd | finger, deftly scooping out the quarter without touching... anything
Floyd | else.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x coffee"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 782
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X COFFEE
Floyd |
Floyd | The clouds in your cup form a sharknado. Images of strange hybrids
Floyd | mean that some challenges in your current environment can be defeated
Floyd | with what you already possess, while others will require outside
Floyd | assistance.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "Sharknado..."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 783
Floyd | >
Floyd | > G
Floyd |
Floyd | The clouds in your cup form a chimera. Images of strange hybrids mean
Floyd | that some challenges in your current environment can be defeated with
Floyd | what you already possess, while others will require outside
Floyd | assistance.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Half shark, half tornado."
Knight_Otu says, "I know, I know, I just didn't expect."
Jacqueline says, "Jenni wrote the coffee, I think."
DavidW says, "No one expects a sharknado in their coffee."
DavidW says (to Jacqueline), "yes, I think that's correct."
Knight_Otu asks, "What about tempests in teapots?"
DavidW says, "I remember seeing something where Jenni thanked Emily for letting her put a book in her trash bin."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "put coin in slot"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 784
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PUT COIN IN SLOT
Floyd |
Floyd | The coin disappears into the slot, and down some tiny stairs, by the
Floyd | sound of it. Something stirs down in the guts of the mechanism, and
Floyd | the receiver begins to make a rushing sound like labored breathing.
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "call peter"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 785
Floyd | >
Floyd | > CALL PETER
Floyd |
Floyd | The receiver is still sleeping on the cradle; You'll have to pick it
Floyd | up.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "The book that tells you how to read coffee."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get receiver"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 786
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET RECEIVER
Floyd |
Floyd | You reach towards the phone, as you would towards a spider that seems
Floyd | almost certaintly dead, but might not be, before finally taking it -
Floyd | You bring it up to the side of your head in much the same way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Yeah."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "call peter"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 787
Floyd | >
Floyd | > CALL PETER
Floyd |
Floyd | The phone's keypad only has numbers (and * and #, but who even uses
Floyd | those?)
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I guess my point was that I'm not shocked to find a sharknado in a thing created by Jenni."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "press pound"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 788
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PRESS POUND
Floyd |
Floyd | Try dialing the entire number you want instead.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x library card"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 789
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X LIBRARY CARD
Floyd |
Floyd | A battered beige rectangle with rounded corners, printed with the
Floyd | library insignia, and bearing the words:
Floyd |
Floyd | PETER CRAGNE
Floyd | CRAGNE MANOR
Floyd | is entitled to borrow books from
Floyd | BACKWATER PUBLIC LIBRARY
Floyd | Backwater, Vermont
Floyd | and is responsible for all books taken on this card
Floyd | Expires APRIL 1998
Floyd | No 19078
Floyd |
Floyd | A little metal dealy clips through the cardboard, with a
Floyd | mirror-reversed version of the ID number stamped into it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 790
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a phone receiver
Floyd |   an employee ID card
Floyd |   a shard of shattered carapace
Floyd |   a soggy tome
Floyd |   a long hooked pole
Floyd |   a grimy rock
Floyd |   a dead battery
Floyd |   a moldy, waterlogged journal
Floyd |   a small, rectangular battery
Floyd |   an antique locket (being worn and closed)
Floyd |   The Dollmaker's Journal
Floyd |   a repaired page
Floyd |   a trolley schedule
Floyd |   a trolley pass (being worn)
Floyd |   Twin Hearts Between the Planes
Floyd |   a pamphlet of home listings
Floyd |   a Jansport backpack (being worn and open)
Floyd |     a hidden pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a key pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a book pocket (open)
Floyd |       a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |       the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |       The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |     a side pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a trash pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a backpack features guide
Floyd |   a book list
Floyd |   a library card
Floyd |   Peter's jacket
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I'm kind of thinking we should explore more"
Jacqueline asks, "We don't have everything for this location, right?"
DavidW says, "Not everything, no."
DavidW says, "I've updated your map: [LINK]"
Knight_Otu says, "But there is something we can solve here."
Jacqueline says (to DW), "Thank you."
Knight_Otu says, "I'm thinking the hatch we can't solve yet..."
Knight_Otu says, "Unless..."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "push coin return"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 791
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PUSH COIN RETURN
Floyd |
Floyd | You depress the return flap just far enough to confirm that there's no
Floyd | quarter inside.
Floyd |  (If there's anything else, you don't want it.)
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "call 911"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 792
Floyd | >
Floyd | > CALL 911
Floyd |
Floyd | There is an odd squawk of static on the line, followed by a few
Floyd | seconds of quiet hissing, before a distorted male voice begins to
Floyd | crackle through the speaker. It's... hard to make out, with gaps of
Floyd | silence and bursts of static, but you're fairly certain it's telling
Floyd | you that Emergency Services are not currently available on this
Floyd | exchange, and to try your call again shortly... Or that "the throne of
Floyd | heaven sits empty?" Something like that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "hang up"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 793
Floyd | >
Floyd | > HANG UP
Floyd |
Floyd | (the phone receiver)
Floyd | You hang up the receiver, wishing you could just hang up on this
Floyd | phone, as a whole.
Floyd |
Floyd | There is a solemn clunk from the heart of the phone, and something
Floyd | clatters to (an upsettingly crunchy) stop inside the coin return.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "push coin return"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 794
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PUSH COIN RETURN
Floyd |
Floyd | Gritting your teeth, you deftly scoop the quarter out of the return.
Floyd | It's like that old board game, "Operation", except here the goal is to
Floyd | not touch the... bones, or whatever.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "pry hatch with spire"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 794
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PRY HATCH WITH SPIRE
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 795
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Under the Bridge (Tenth)
Floyd | The path along the river gives way to a crumbling stone embankment as
Floyd | it passes below the arch of the old stone bridge. A rusty metal hatch
Floyd | is set into the ground opposite from the river, and towards the end of
Floyd | the embankment, a derelict payphone squats, forgotten, under the
Floyd | shadow of the bridge. To the south, the path continues to follow the
Floyd | river.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "Did we read all the graffiti?"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 796
Floyd | >
Floyd | > I
Floyd |
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   an old quarter
Floyd |   an employee ID card
Floyd |   a shard of shattered carapace
Floyd |   a soggy tome
Floyd |   a long hooked pole
Floyd |   a grimy rock
Floyd |   a dead battery
Floyd |   a moldy, waterlogged journal
Floyd |   a small, rectangular battery
Floyd |   an antique locket (being worn and closed)
Floyd |   The Dollmaker's Journal
Floyd |   a repaired page
Floyd |   a trolley schedule
Floyd |   a trolley pass (being worn)
Floyd |   Twin Hearts Between the Planes
Floyd |   a pamphlet of home listings
Floyd |   a Jansport backpack (being worn and open)
Floyd |     a hidden pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a key pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a book pocket (open)
Floyd |       a postcard of Big Ben
Floyd |       the diary of Phyllis Cragne
Floyd |       The Modern Girl's Divination Handbook -- Volume Three
Floyd |     a side pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a trash pocket (open but empty)
Floyd |     a backpack features guide
Floyd |   a book list
Floyd |   a library card
Floyd |   Peter's jacket
Floyd |   a faint chill (haunting you)
Floyd |   a cast iron spire
Floyd |   a waterproof flashlight
Floyd |   a giant milkweed leaf (being worn as a mask)
Floyd |   a pull-string doll
Floyd |   a glass jar containing an insect
Floyd |   a half-full styrofoam coffee cup
Floyd |   a familiar gold wristwatch
Floyd |   a brass winding key
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "You have not read it all."
Jacqueline says, "Maybe theere's someone else we're supposed to call for a good time"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "read grafitti"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 797
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ GRAFITTI
Floyd |
Floyd | It doesn't seem like there's a whole thesis here, but... at least an
Floyd | anthropology paper? You try to focus, finding yourself looking at
Floyd | "WINONA FOREVER", of which the "NA" has been cleverly scribbled over.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "read grafitti"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 798
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ GRAFITTI
Floyd |
Floyd | If you've learned one thing from this phone, it's to not hang out
Floyd | under a bridge with a bunch of miscreants. That's how you end up
Floyd | inscribed with an enthusiastic but flawed "ASE OF BASE" logo inside a
Floyd | jagged polygon.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "read grafitti"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 799
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ GRAFITTI
Floyd |
Floyd | You must have read everything... Or so you thought, but then you find
Floyd | a whole extra column of scribbles, starting with the phrase
Floyd | "BADMOTORFINGER", presented boldly and without comment.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "read grafitti"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 800
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ GRAFITTI
Floyd |
Floyd | Trying to make sense of a knot of graffiti, you follow a trail of
Floyd | scribbled stars to the number 258-0987, flanked by loosely drawn
Floyd | stars.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "there we go"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "read grafitti"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 801
Floyd | >
Floyd | > READ GRAFITTI
Floyd |
Floyd | The years have not been kind to this phone, nor was the person
Floyd | responsible for a crude horse, dog (or possibly alligator?)
Floyd | inexplicably labeled "SKANK".
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "And so of course we would dial that number randomly because it is here."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "put coin in slot"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 802
Floyd | >
Floyd | > PUT COIN IN SLOT
Floyd |
Floyd | The coin clatters down into the depths of the machine. There is a
Floyd | buzzing and rattling deep inside, before a faint hiss of static
Floyd | becomes audible from the receiver.
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "get receiver"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 803
Floyd | >
Floyd | > GET RECEIVER
Floyd |
Floyd | You pick up the receiver, trying not to look at the hundreds of tiny
Floyd | holes at both ends, or thinking about what might be inside them
Floyd | (especially as you hold them to your ear...)
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "call 258-0987"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 804
Floyd | >
Floyd | > CALL 258-0987
Floyd |
Floyd | As you dial the number, pressing the buttons down the middle row, and
Floyd | then across the next-to-last row, from left to right, you realize that
Floyd | you have made the sign of the cross on the keypad... But upside-down
Floyd | and backwards.
Floyd |
Floyd | It's pretty typical high-school occult bullshit, but before you can
Floyd | roll your eyes, the phone buzzes to life, and, as if from a great
Floyd | distance, you begin to hear ringing on the other end of the line.
Floyd |
Floyd | The ring repeats three times, and then stops, leaving you in an
Floyd | ominous silence. Even the restless sound of the river behind you has
Floyd | stopped, and you are suddenly conscious of how, facing the payphone,
Floyd | you've turned your back on the water.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "OH"
Jacqueline says, "UPSIDE DOWN CROSS"
Jacqueline says, "So clever"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "turn around"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 804
Floyd | >
Floyd | > TURN AROUND
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Well, this isn't unsettling at all."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "hang up"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 805
Floyd | >
Floyd | > HANG UP
Floyd |
Floyd | (the phone receiver)
Floyd | That number you dialed has done something... You're not quite sure
Floyd | what, but you're even less sure what'll happen if you hang up now.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x water"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 806
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X WATER
Floyd |
Floyd | The surface of the river has become completely still, like a mirror;
Floyd | You feel as though you could fall through it, into the blue sky beyond
Floyd | the bridge...
Floyd |
Floyd | The bridge in the reflection is sound and whole, new as the day it was
Floyd | built, and instead of rotting patches of concrete, the underside is
Floyd | covered in a colorful painted mural. Roughly oval in shape, it
Floyd | features a vivid green, eel-like creature with a wavy frill, curled
Floyd | around as though ready to bite its own tail. You don't totally follow
Floyd | the motto encircling it... Something about the commission of an
Floyd | officer? Or an office? But the words "Croceate" and "Variegated Court"
Floyd | stand out.
Floyd |
Floyd | You tear your eyes away from the mural, to the railing of the bridge,
Floyd | as a woman leans over the edge, wearing an old-fashioned hat...
Floyd |
Floyd | "VAAAAAAA!" shrieks the phone, causing you to jump and almost drop the
Floyd | receiver, "DIIIIIIIIIGH..."
Floyd |
Floyd | You frantically slam the phone back down into the cradle, out of sheer
Floyd | panic, and there is a loud splash behind you.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x water"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 807
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X WATER
Floyd |
Floyd | The surface of the river is white with foam, and splashes violently
Floyd | against the embankment, as though something large had just dove under
Floyd | the surface...
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "Another Variegated Court reference. Did you note it down?"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "search it"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 808
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SEARCH IT
Floyd |
Floyd | The river splashes fitfully against the crumbling stone of the
Floyd | embankment, dark and murky in the shadows. The wrinkled surface of the
Floyd | water yields a rough reflection, an animated expressionist painting of
Floyd | the bridge and sky above, except for where a trail of bubbles mars the
Floyd | view, as though something... large... had recently swum past.
Floyd |
Floyd | The bridge in the reflection is sound and whole, new as the day it was
Floyd | built, and instead of rotting patches of concrete, the underside is
Floyd | covered in a colorful painted mural. Roughly oval in shape, it
Floyd | features a vivid green, eel-like creature with a wavy frill, curled
Floyd | around as though ready to bite its own tail. You don't totally follow
Floyd | the motto encircling it... Something about the commission of an
Floyd | officer? Or an office? But the words "Croceate" and "Variegated Court"
Floyd | stand out.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu asks, "Are we supposed to count the references?"
baf arrives, ready to play with the toys. Jacqueline says, "I'm not sure."
DavidW says, "I'm definitely not telling on this one."
Jacqueline says, "Like, not counting them, but keeping track of them."
DavidW asks, "The other reference was in that diary, I think?"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x bubbles"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 808
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X BUBBLES
Floyd |
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "And there's one in my locket."
DavidW says, "oh, three references then."
Knight_Otu says, "There were a few, I seem to recall."
Jacqueline says, "So, um, I think I know how they will eventually matter,"
Jacqueline says, "But I shouldn't say."
Jacqueline says, "Because I have that idea from what I was told when I wrote my room."
Jacqueline says, "So that's kind of inside baseball."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "swim"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 808
Floyd | >
Floyd | > SWIM
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "dive"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 808
Floyd | >
Floyd | > DIVE
Floyd |
Floyd | That verb doesn't work here, or, at least, not right now, but
Floyd | it might work somewhere later.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 809
Floyd | >
Floyd | > L
Floyd |
Floyd | Under the Bridge (Tenth)
Floyd | The path along the river gives way to a crumbling stone embankment as
Floyd | it passes below the arch of the old stone bridge. A rusty metal hatch
Floyd | is set into the ground opposite from the river, and towards the end of
Floyd | the embankment, a derelict payphone squats, forgotten, under the
Floyd | shadow of the bridge. To the south, the path continues to follow the
Floyd | river.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Check the coffee."
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "x coffee"
Floyd ]  Under the Bridge (Tenth)                             Turns: 810
Floyd | >
Floyd | > X COFFEE
Floyd |
Floyd | The clouds in your cup form a biplane. Modes of transportation mean
Floyd | that your current environment presents challenges that can only be
Floyd | overcome by seeking fresh perspectives elsewhere until you're ready to
Floyd | return.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Knight_Otu says, "I was about to, not that I'm sure what we did."
Jacqueline says, "Well, we called the number"
DavidW says, "You solved the phone puzzle, revealing a mural."
Jacqueline says, "Also, 15 more minutes for today."
Knight_Otu says, "Ah."
Knight_Otu says, "Not sure we can get more done in 15 minutes."
Jacqueline says, "Up to you."
Jacqueline says, "If we're about to switch rooms and just want to stop here, I'm fine with that. I'm nursing a headache."
Knight_Otu says, "but wecan try east of the bridge,"
Jacqueline says, "Sure"
Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd ]  River Walk (Adam Whybray)                            Turns: 811
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Floyd | River Walk (Adam Whybray)
Floyd | A dirt path along the west bank of the Makaskuta - or Blackgourd -
Floyd | River. The air is motionless and sweltry, the urticariate heat drawing
Floyd | sweat profusely from your prickling glands.
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Floyd | Just below you, to your side, the river burbles in vainglorious
Floyd | stupor, foaming in bright patches from the surfacants released from
Floyd | the rotting deposits of the red maples and poplars that line its
Floyd | banks. A single black ash, denuded of leaves, its corky bark blighted
Floyd | with the telltale signs of parasitic infection, quietly interrupts the
Floyd | Autumnal foliage of its deciduous cousins.
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Floyd | The river's waters slith over rocks as lustrous-gray as seal skin,
Floyd | rending them freshly burnished for the mid-September sun, which casts
Floyd | Her rays in refulgent slats through the rust-honey colored trees. It
Floyd | is though Nature, in celebration of Her own fecundity, has chosen to
Floyd | offer Herself up in Equinoxical sacrifice - the rocks laid out before
Floyd | the blazing altar of the sun.
Floyd |
Floyd | There is a forbidding sign on the bank of the river.
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Floyd | The way up to Backwater town square is northwest. Following the path
Floyd | north leads under the bridge.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the Makaskuta river is a buoy.
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Floyd | You can also see a freshwater lobster trap (in which is an eggbound
Floyd | crawfish) and a shattered crawfish here.
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Floyd | A mistlike trolley stop sign reads Aqua Line -- River Walk.
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Knight_Otu says (to Floyd), "nw"