ClubFloyd Transcript:
The Weight of a Soul by Chin Kee Yong
As played on ifMUD on June 6-20, 2021

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 The Weight of a Soul written by Chin Kee Yong. The Weight of a Soul was released as part of the 2017 Spring Thing (Back Garden) and 2021 Spring Thing (Main Festival). In the latter, it won Best in Show, as well as awards for Best Endoscopy, Best NPCs, and Best Setting. 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. Here we are. All dressed up with no game to play. (And no DW.)"
MoyTravis says, "The Weight of a Soul is really good so far but I'd guess some of y'all have played it? Also it'd feel bad to start a long game without David."
Roger says, "hmmm I don't think I have, but I can check"
Jacqueline says, "I have not started it yet. I've heard good things."
Knight_Otu says, "We haven't started Weight. I had suggested it before for the Club."
Roger says, "I'll vote yes"
Jacqueline says, "I'll go get it. One sec."
DavidW says, "hi all. I'm only vaguely here."
Roger says, "fair enough, DavidW"
DavidW says, "I've been having sleepless nights for the last several days."
Jacqueline says, "Hrm. I may not be up for this one this week. I am fine with you all playing it, though."
Jacqueline says, "Just loaded the site, looking at the content warnings."
Jacqueline says, "And this past week has been filled with hospital ICU for one family member, multiple surgeries for another, and a death."
Jacqueline says, "But I will upload it for you all."
DavidW says, "oh dear. Sorry to hear that."
Jacqueline says, "Thanks. It's been rough."
Knight_Otu says, "Oh man, many bad news around."
MoyTravis says, "Oh. That's tough."
Jacqueline says (to ClubFloyd), "load sleepmask weightofasoul2021"
CF ]
CF |
CF |
CF | Too fast. It all happened too fast. Jacqueline says, "There you go. Someone press space, I guess."
Knight_Otu pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | Too fast. It all happened too fast.
CF |
CF | He was healthy not a day before, or so he said when he stumbled into
CF | the clinic just minutes ago. You should have seen the signs -- the
CF | shivers, the black stains around his eyes -- but the shadows were long
CF | in the hour of night, and in the darkness you couldn't see, you
CF | couldn't see...
Knight_Otu pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | couldn't see...
CF |
CF | The vomiting came first, then the weakness of the knees -- you barely
CF | caught him as he keeled over you -- Doctor Cavala seized him before
CF | you were crushed by his weight. "The surgery room!" she shouted, and
CF | together you half-carried half-dragged the goblin to the gurney and
CF | strapped him down. You hid behind the protection of your surgical
CF | mask, adjusted the lights as you had been drilled. Thoughts flitted
CF | across your mind -- flitted -- flitting --
Knight_Otu pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | across your mind -- flitted -- flitting --
CF |
CF | "I've never operated on a goblin before," you say, trying to conceal
CF | the panic in your voice. "I did, in a way, on the Collegiate cadavers,
CF | but --"
Knight_Otu pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | but --"
CF |
CF | "Steady, girl." Doctor Cavala snaps on her gloves and squeezes your
CF | shoulder. "Remember your training. I need your help. Are you with me?"
Jacqueline disappears through an invisible gap in the MUD. You think you may have heard the sounds of chatting before the gap closed again.
Knight_Otu pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | shoulder. "Remember your training. I need your help. Are you with me?"
CF |
CF | You take a deep breath. "I'm with you, Doctor."
Knight_Otu pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | You take a deep breath. "I'm with you, Doctor."
CF |
CF | "Good." She nods. "Try to keep up."
Knight_Otu pushes the green 'space' button.
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CF | T H E
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CF | W E I G H T
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CF | O F
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CF | S O U L
Knight_Otu pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Surgery Room
CF |
CF |
CF | The Weight of a Soul
CF | A study of the ars vitalis by Chin Kee Yong
CF | Release 44885 / Serial number 210411 / Inform 7 build 6M62 (I6/v6.33
CF | lib 6/12N) SD
CF | Thank you for playing the Spring Thing 2021 release of The Weight
CF | of a Soul!
CF | For more information, visit
CF | [LINK]
CF |
CF | Surgery Room
CF | You are in a cold cylindrical chamber, thrown into sharp focus by
CF | hovering surgical lamps. Shelves of vials and medical supplies crowd
CF | around you, leaving little room to misstep. A shimmering calomel
CF | curtain frames the exit to the south.
CF |
CF | The patient, Reden -- he shudders against his straps on the gurney,
CF | black blood streaming from his eyes and mouth, even as Doctor Cavala
CF | fights to isolate the infection.
CF |
CF | "Eyes sharp, Marid," she says. "I'm going to need your help in a
CF | moment."
CF |
CF | "Got it," you reply.
CF |
CF | (Type >c for a list of commands. For more information, type
CF | >help.)
CF |
CF | >
Knight_Otu says (to ClubFloyd), "c"
CF ] List of Commands
CF | A list of important commands
CF | (You can type >commands or >c to bring up this page at
CF | any time.)
CF |
CF | >look
CF | Look around and get a description of your surroundings. The command
CF | "look" can be shortened to "l" or simply a blank command.
CF |
CF | >examine (something)
CF | Examine something for a more detailed description. You can examine
CF | practically anything, including yourself. The command "examine" can be
CF | shortened to "x" or simply typing the name of the object.
CF |
CF | >inventory
CF | Check the items you're wearing or carrying. The command "inventory"
CF | can be shortened to "i".
CF |
CF | >talk to (someone)
CF | Begin a dialogue with someone. The command "talk to" can be shortened
CF | to "t".
CF |
CF | >go (direction)
CF | Travel to a new location in the world. The directions are each of the
CF | eight compass directions, plus up, down, in, and out. "North" can be
CF | abbreviated to "n", "northwest" can be abbreviated to "nw", and so on.
CF | You can also omit the command "go" and just type a direction to go in.
CF |
CF | >enter (something)
CF | Enter something that you can fit into, such as a door, bed, or hiding
CF | place.
CF |
CF | >cut (something)
CF | Cut something with your scalpel.
CF |
CF | >take/drop (something)
CF | >open/close (something)
CF | >push/pull/turn (something)
CF | >put (something) on/in (something else)
CF | These commands can be used to manipulate items and the world around
CF | you.
CF |
CF | >help
CF | >commands
CF | >journal
CF | >characters
CF | >map
CF | >places
CF | >hints
CF | Open the help menu, or quickly check one of its pages. "Commands" can
CF | be shortened to "c", "journal" can be shortened to "j", "characters"
CF | can be shortened to "ch", "map" can be shortened to "m", and "places"
CF | can be shortened to "p".
CF |
CF | >undo
CF | Take back your last command, rewinding the game to an earlier state.
CF |
CF | >save
CF | >restore
CF | >quit
CF | Create or restore a saved game, or exit the game once you're done
CF | playing.
CF |
CF | The game recognizes a good deal of synonyms and miscellaneous commands
CF | not listed here. Feel free to experiment.
CF |
CF |
CF |
CF |
CF | Please press SPACE to continue. Roger says, "okay then"
Knight_Otu says, "We're thrown right into the surgery."
DavidW says, "yes"
lkcampbell says, "Don't see any unusual commands in there"
DavidW says, "We played an introcomp version of this before, I think."
Knight_Otu says, "Well, the journal commands are nonstandard."
lkcampbell says, "except places"
lkcampbell says, "oh yeah, all those at the end"
DavidW says, "Journal and map as well."
Knight_Otu says, "I'm not sure we did, but maybe."
MoyTravis says, "The map is cool but I'm confident CF won't be able to show it. It brings up a picture."
Knight_Otu says, "Yeah, a picture won't work here."
lkcampbell says, "communication is via talk to"
DavidW says, "I vaguely remember a bit where a woman will be poisoning birds."
Knight_Otu says, "Always the poisoning of birds."
Knight_Otu says, "Well, not always."
Knight_Otu pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Surgery Room
CF |
CF |
CF | Surgery Room
CF | You are in a cold cylindrical chamber, thrown into sharp focus by
CF | hovering surgical lamps. Shelves of vials and medical supplies crowd
CF | around you, leaving little room to misstep. A shimmering calomel
CF | curtain frames the exit to the south.
CF |
CF | The patient shudders against his straps on the gurney, black blood
CF | streaming from his eyes and mouth, even as Doctor Cavala fights to
CF | isolate the infection.
CF |
CF | "Eyes sharp, Marid," she says. "I'm going to need your help in a
CF | moment."
CF |
CF | "Got it," you reply.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "x cavala"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | >
CF | > X CAVALA
CF |
CF | You came to know Doctor Cavala when she served with Lumina's
CF | volunteers during the troubles. Her clinic was your first choice for
CF | apprenticeship when you graduated. Since then you've watched her drag
CF | more than a few souls kicking from the brink of death -- and they
CF | won't be the last, not if she has anything to say about it.
CF |
CF | Doctor Cavala is a dark-skinned surgeon in her early forties, sharp
CF | and regal of bearing. She circles the gurney with increasing
CF | agitation, doing all she can to keep her patient alive.
CF |
CF | A convulsion -- Doctor Cavala takes a step back as the gurney creaks.
CF | "We need to sedate the patient," she says, "or we'll never get
CF | anything done. Marid, get the soporific from the shelves. I'm going to
CF | take a look at his eyes..."
CF |
CF | You glance up at the shelves ringing the surgery room.
CF |
CF | > DavidW asks, ">get soporific ?"
DavidW asks, "Or > x shelves ?"
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "x shelves"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | >
CF | > X SHELVES
CF |
CF | Nestled among the medical supplies, you spy an inhaler labeled aer
CF | vivificans and an inhaler labeled aer soporifer.
CF |
CF | "...massive internal bleeding..." she mutters.
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu says, "I was waiting to see if lkcampell wanted to drive."
lkcampbell says, "doesn't matter to me"
Knight_Otu says, "Hm, I'm getting some lag."
Knight_Otu says, "Not constant, but on occasion."
lkcampbell asks, "you all think we need a driver?"
Knight_Otu says, "This feels time-critical here."
lkcampbell says, "gotcha, okay I can take the first emergency anyway :)"
DavidW says, "I'm not sure if this game is forgiving or not, but this is media res at the start of the game. It's probably forgiving *now*."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "take aer soporifer"
CF | >
CF | > TAKE AER SOPORIFER
CF |
CF | You tiptoe -- grab the inhaler -- press the device into Doctor
CF | Cavala's waiting palm. She shakes it experimentally and nods at you
CF | before raising the inhaler to Reden's lips with a hiss...
CF |
CF | The goblin's pupils begin to dilate. "Easy now," Doctor Cavala mutters
CF | --
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "x goblin"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | --His head bucks violently. Doctor Cavala drops the inhaler and the
CF | bulb shatters all over the floor. "Primes!" she hisses. "Marid, can
CF | you get me another dose?"
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "take aer soporifer"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | >
CF | > TAKE AER SOPORIFER
CF |
CF | That is either not important or not something you can see.
CF |
CF | (Type >look or a blank command to examine your surroundings.)
CF |
CF | > lkcampbell says, "oops"
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "x shelves"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | >
CF | > X SHELVES
CF |
CF | You spy nothing useful on the shelves, well-stocked though they are.
CF |
CF | "That was the last one," you yell back, trying not to breathe in any
CF | of the fumes.
CF |
CF | "Fine!" Doctor Cavala says. "We'll do this without anaesthetic, one
CF | way or another." She squints at Reden's body. "Marid, get me the
CF | stethoscope."
CF |
CF | "Where is it?"
CF |
CF | Doctor Cavala's answer is drowned out by another round of coughing
CF | from the patient.
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu says, "Well-stocked, except for what we need. Inconvenient."
DavidW says, "I think you need to >look"
DavidW says, "There'll be a supplies gurney or something."
lkcampbell says, "next I will have to get that head strappy thing with the reflective metal circle...whatever that is called"
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "look"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | >
CF | > LOOK
CF |
CF | Surgery Room
CF | You are in a cold cylindrical chamber, thrown into sharp focus by
CF | hovering surgical lamps. Shelves of vials and medical supplies crowd
CF | around you, leaving little room to misstep. A shimmering calomel
CF | curtain frames the exit to the south.
CF |
CF | The patient shudders against his straps on the gurney, black blood
CF | streaming from his eyes and mouth, even as Doctor Cavala fights to
CF | isolate the infection.
CF |
CF | "Doctor, I don't know where the stethoscope is."
CF |
CF | "The gurney, the gurney!" she snaps. "There. Hanging from the side. I
CF | can't reach it from here."
CF |
CF | > DavidW says, "shinydiscoscope"
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "x gurney"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | >
CF | > X GURNEY
CF |
CF | You look behind the gurney and there it is -- a stethoscope reclining
CF | snakelike on its hook.
CF |
CF | Doctor Cavala looks up from her work, irritated. "Have you found it
CF | yet?"
CF |
CF | "I found it," you reply.
CF |
CF | "Good," she says, "give it to me."
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "give stethoscope to cavala"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | >
CF | > GIVE STETHOSCOPE TO CAVALA
CF |
CF | (first taking the stethoscope)
CF | You carefully unwind the stethoscope and toss it to Doctor Cavala, who
CF | catches it with a practiced hand.
CF |
CF | "Took you long enough."
CF |
CF | "But it was --" you protest.
CF |
CF | "Hush." Doctor Cavala pushes the device against Reden's chest and
CF | lowers her ear to the ausculting dish. "I'm trying to listen."
CF |
CF | > lkcampbell exclaims, "any self respecting doctor carries their stethoscope around their necks, Missy!"
Roger says, "Might be more like a pinard horn"
MoyTravis asks, "Wait?"
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "z"
CF | >
CF | > Z
CF |
CF | Blood continues to run down the goblin's lips, and you hurry over to
CF | dab it away before it touches Doctor Cavala's face. At last she rises,
CF | her face grim.
CF |
CF | "What did you hear, Doctor?" you ask.
CF |
CF | "Nothing good," she replies. "I fear we may be too late -- but there
CF | is one last thing we can try." Knight_Otu says, "It is a magical world, but it sounds like a stethoscope we would have."
MoyTravis asks, "Doctor's instruments are basically magic right?"
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "z"
CF | is one last thing we can try."She pauses. "Have you ever heard of the
CF | breath of catholicon?" Knight_Otu says, "If only."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "no"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | breath of catholicon?"You frown. "I thought that was a myth."
CF |
CF | "Check the shelves again," Doctor Cavala commands, turning back to her
CF | ailing patient. "And be quick about it."
CF |
CF | > Roger says, "it might just be mundane stuff with magical names"
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "x shelves"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | >
CF | > X SHELVES
CF |
CF | The breath of catholicon -- could it really be here, hidden among this
CF | detritus? You glance across the crowded supplies, but nothing catches
CF | your eye, not yet...
CF |
CF | "What would such a thing even look like?" you protest.
CF |
CF | Doctor Cavala moves as if to speak -- but then there is another
CF | coughing fit from Reden, and she curses and adjusts the straps. You
CF | shake your head and turn back to the shelves.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "search shelves"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | >
CF | > SEARCH SHELVES
CF |
CF | Curatives, laxatives, poisons, panaceas, blades of every shape and
CF | size... no. None of them...
CF |
CF | "It's in an inhaler," she says finally. "Labeled in the old language.
CF | It cost me a great deal to acquire."
CF |
CF | There is no mirth in her voice, and for a moment you are at a loss for
CF | words.
CF |
CF | > MoyTravis says, "I mean the patient's a goblin."
MoyTravis says, "Unless this narrator is just VERY judgy."
lkcampbell says, "they really like inhalers"
DavidW says, "maybe that aer vivi-whatever we first saw."
lkcampbell says, "hold a sec, scrolling to find the name"
DavidW says, "aer vivificans"
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "take aer vivificans"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | >
CF | > TAKE AER VIVIFICANS
CF |
CF | That is either not important or not something you can see.
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu says, "Unless things changed, my understanding is that this game is set in a world the author also used for two custom MtG sets."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "search shelves"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | >
CF | > SEARCH SHELVES
CF |
CF | Rows and rows of strange tools, tubes, vials, beakers, inhalers...
CF | inhalers?
CF |
CF | There is another convulsion from the patient, but with less vigor than
CF | before. Much less.
CF |
CF | "He's falling apart," Doctor Cavala says in a low voice. "Don't
CF | hesitate, Marid. Get me the catholicon."
CF |
CF | > DavidW asks, "I guess you need to >x inhaler first?"
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "x inhaler"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | >
CF | > X INHALER
CF |
CF | You blink.
CF |
CF | Nestled among the medical supplies, you spy an inhaler labeled
CF | halitus catholiconis.
CF |
CF | Distantly you hear Reden's ragged breathing.
CF |
CF | > DavidW says, "oh. That's new."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "take halitus catholiconis"
CF | >
CF | > TAKE HALITUS CATHOLICONIS
CF |
CF | The halitus whirls within its glass cage as you lower it from the
CF | shelves; it billows as Doctor Cavala bears the inhaler to Reden's
CF | bloodsoaked lips. She breaks the seal, and in the bulb it spirals
CF | round and round in the dance of exhalation --
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "z"
CF | round and round in the dance of exhalation --And it is within him.
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "z"
CF | round and round in the dance of exhalation --And it is within him.His
CF | breath is stolen away. His irises flare with the light of catharsis.
CF | He flails against the gurney straps as though puppeted by invisible
CF | hands.
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "z"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | hands."Doctor Cavala?" you ask. You look to her, and her eyes are as
CF | wide as yours.
CF |
CF | > MoyTravis asks, "I think it wants space, not Z?"
DavidW says, "yeah"
DavidW says, "But you can do a command now."
lkcampbell asks, "how do you do space?"
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "x goblin"
CF | >
CF | > X GOBLIN
CF |
CF | Hold--
CF |
CF | There is a sudden quiet, a moment when the surgical lights flicker and
CF | time itself seems to slow. For an instant something brilliant swims at
CF | the edges of your vision. says, "It's 'push space', but here in the room, not a command to CF."
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | the edges of your vision.Reden's eyes close.
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | the edges of your vision.Reden's eyes close.The moment passes. Doctor
CF | Cavala seizes him, shouting, but the goblin is unresponsive. She
CF | checks his pulse. She produces a needle, lines up an injection -- the
CF | needle withdraws empty, stained with foul black effluvium. But he does
CF | not awaken.
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | not awaken.Seconds pass. A minute. Finally she stands, silent, her
CF | breathing level. She takes off her mask and sets it on the operating
CF | table with an air of grim finality.
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Surgery Room Talking to Doctor Cavala
CF | table with an air of grim finality.(To continue, choose a response
CF | from the list by typing the corresponding number.)
CF |
CF | 1) "Damn it."
CF | 2) "I'm sorry."
CF | 3) <Take off your surgical mask.>
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu says, "Well, we lost our first patient."
MoyTravis says, "The game's liberal usage of "press any key" doesn't seem to be playing very well with CF."
lkcampbell asks, "suggestions on conversation?"
Roger says, "It might calm down on that front eventually"
DavidW says (to Moy), "That sometimes happens, yes."
Roger says, "As a Canadian, I need to vote 2"
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF ] Surgery Room Talking to Doctor Cavala
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | "I'm sorry." Your voice is a whisper.
CF |
CF | Doctor Cavala shakes her head. "Don't apologize, Marid. We did all we
CF | could. But it's out of our hands now."
CF |
CF | 1) <Take off your surgical mask.>
CF | 2) "If only..."
CF | 3) "The catholicon -- what was that?"
CF | 4) "At the moment he died, I had a strange vision..."
CF | 5) "What happens next?"
CF |
CF | > DavidW says (to Roger), "yay"
lkcampbell asks, "if we take off our mask, do we get the COVID?"
Knight_Otu says, "I'm fine with three or four here."
DavidW says, "No, we're the hero of the story."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "3"
CF | >
CF | > 3
CF |
CF | "The catholicon --"
CF |
CF | You glance at Reden, half expecting to see white fire in his eyes, and
CF | suppress a shudder.
CF |
CF | "The catholicon, Doctor. What was that?"
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | "The catholicon, Doctor. What was that?"Doctor Cavala takes
CF | the empty inhaler out of her pocket. She looks pensively into the
CF | glass, and holds it up to the light where it shines.
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | glass, and holds it up to the light where it shines."The
CF | catharsis," she says quietly. "The purging of the soul. It is
CF | the most destructive of all remedies, and the most irreversible once
CF | administered. But remember this, Marid: sometimes a thing must be
CF | destroyed before it can be built anew." Roger asks, "is Reden the patient?"
Knight_Otu says, "Being the hero of one's own story doesn't make one invincible."
MoyTravis says, "Yeah."
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | destroyed before it can be built anew."She turns to regard the body on
CF | the gurney, so frail and gentle in death, and sighs.
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Surgery Room Talking to Doctor Cavala
CF | the gurney, so frail and gentle in death, and sighs."It was his only
CF | chance," she says. "He was probably going to die either way. But...
CF | I'm sorry you had to see that, Marid. I really am."
CF |
CF | 1) <Take off your surgical mask.>
CF | 2) "If only..."
CF | 3) "At the moment he died, I had a strange vision..."
CF | 4) "What happens next?"
CF |
CF | > lkcampbell asks, "3?"
DavidW says, "yeah"
Knight_Otu says, "Sure."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "3"
CF | >
CF | > 3
CF |
CF | "At the moment he died, I had a strange vision. It was... it was..."
CF |
CF | You try to recall the strange sensation you experienced, but it
CF | fragments and swims away, and lingers at the edge of your
CF | consciousness where you can find no purchase. What words could
CF | describe that weightless moment?
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | describe that weightless moment?"It was..." you flounder, "it was..."
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | describe that weightless moment?"It was..." you flounder, "it
CF | was..."Doctor Cavala watches you intently.
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | was..."Doctor Cavala watches you intently."Strange sights are not
CF | uncommon at the moment of death, Marid. Especially when the animus
CF | escapes untethered. You studied such reactions in the Physicians'
CF | College, did you not?"
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | College, did you not?""This was different," you insist.
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | College, did you not?""This was different," you insist."It's been a
CF | long day," she replies. "Take a moment to collect your thoughts. Talk
CF | to me again tomorrow when you are certain."
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Surgery Room Talking to Doctor Cavala
CF | to me again tomorrow when you are certain."You lower your eyes. "Yes,
CF | Doctor."
CF |
CF | 1) <Take off your surgical mask.>
CF | 2) "If only..."
CF | 3) "What happens next?"
CF |
CF | > lkcampbell says, "I'm guessing taking off the mask is the "exit dialog" choice"
Knight_Otu says, "It might be."
lkcampbell asks, "2 or 3?"
Knight_Otu says, "3 I guess."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "3"
CF | >
CF | > 3
CF |
CF | "What happens next?"
CF |
CF | "You can begin by taking off your mask," she reminds you. "We won't be
CF | operating on a cadaver any time soon."
CF |
CF | You sigh and pull off your mask. "But what happens next?"
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | You sigh and pull off your mask. "But what happens next?""It's a
CF | unique situation, to be sure." Doctor Cavala takes the mask from you
CF | and begins to pace around the gurney. "For any other disease, our
CF | course would be straightforward. Log the death. Inform the family.
CF | Check for symptoms. Do our best to contain the contagion. Easier said
CF | than done, but at least it would be straightforward.
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | than done, but at least it would be straightforward."Now Reden has
CF | died of an illness I can't identify. And I've seen a lot of illnesses,
CF | Marid." She studies her gloved hands, stained black with blood. "In
CF | the morning I will reference the Alchemical Library of Fluids
CF | and contact my colleagues for help... but we must be prepared for the
CF | possibility that we are dealing with an unknown affliction.
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Surgery Room Talking to Doctor Cavala
CF | possibility that we are dealing with an unknown affliction."For now,
CF | we proceed with caution." She gives you a curt nod. "After you clean
CF | up the surgery room, Marid, you may retire for the night. You've been
CF | a good assistant. As for myself... I will begin on the paperwork, and
CF | on the task of moving the body to the mortuary."
CF |
CF | 1) "Yes, Doctor."
CF | 2) "Can I help?"
CF |
CF | > lkcampbell asks, "2?"
Knight_Otu says, "Sure."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF ] Surgery Room Talking to Doctor Cavala
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | "Can I help?" you ask.
CF |
CF | Doctor Cavala smiles and shakes her head. "I appreciate the sentiment,
CF | Marid, but you've seen and done more than enough for one night. Take
CF | my advice and get some rest. You'll need it for tomorrow."
CF |
CF | 1) "Yes, Doctor."
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "Yes, Doctor."
CF |
CF | "See that it's done."
CF |
CF | Doctor Cavala hands her tools to you and leaves to dispose of the
CF | soiled surgical masks. The next half hour is spent in simple work: the
CF | comforting tedium of cleaning, sterilizing, organizing. Soon the
CF | surgery room is pristine and unblemished.
CF |
CF | You wash your hands, switch off the lamps, and look to the calomel
CF | curtain to the south. It's time to go home.
CF |
CF | > lkcampbell says, "okay, I was wrong, dialog is exited by eliminating all possibilities, at least in this conversation."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "l"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | >
CF | > L
CF |
CF | Surgery Room
CF | You are in a cold cylindrical chamber, thick with quiet shadows.
CF | Shelves of vials and medical supplies crowd around you, leaving little
CF | room to misstep. A shimmering calomel curtain frames the exit to the
CF | south.
CF |
CF | Reden lies on the gurney, lifeless and still.
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu says, "We may now have time to take inventory and all that."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "i"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | >
CF | > I
CF |
CF | You are wearing your natron jacket, your clothes, and an animus
CF | pendant (containing the spirit of your father). On your person are
CF | your practitioner's badge, your scalpel, your purse, and an antiseptic
CF | cloth.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "x jacket"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | >
CF | > X JACKET
CF |
CF | A utilitarian white garment, lined and sealed with alchemical sigils
CF | against contamination. It effectively shields its wearer against most
CF | communicable diseases.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "x clothes"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | >
CF | > X CLOTHES
CF |
CF | Simple garb, but it keeps the wind and moisture out.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "x animus"
CF | >
CF | > X ANIMUS
CF |
CF | Images tumble unbidden from memory -- Knight_Otu says, "Hey, game, we could use a few billion of those."
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | Images tumble unbidden from memory ---- flames, licking at the
CF | beams, melting glass, engulfing the silhouette of your father. "Marid,
CF | go!" he screamed, hoarse from the fumes, and you ran, ran, cheeks
CF | stained with tears --
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | stained with tears ---- turned to you, and her golden eyes
CF | were haunted. "I'm sorry, Marid," she said, her voice cracking. "I
CF | couldn't save him. I'm so sorry --"
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | couldn't save him. I'm so sorry --""-- no promises," the
CF | animologist said, his brow knitted. "If indeed your father died there,
CF | we can bind the residual energies to an animus stone, residual, you
CF | understand; there's no telling --"
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | understand; there's no telling --"-- flaring light, and you
CF | reached out and mouthed the word --
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | reached out and mouthed the word --Father.
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | reached out and mouthed the word --Father.You shake your head to
CF | clear your thoughts. The past belongs in the past. What matters is
CF | that he is with you now, in this pendant.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "i"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | >
CF | > I
CF |
CF | You are wearing your natron jacket, your clothes, and an animus
CF | pendant (containing the spirit of your father). On your person are
CF | your practitioner's badge, your scalpel, your purse, and an antiseptic
CF | cloth.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "x badge"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | >
CF | > X BADGE
CF |
CF | This burnished badge bears the symbol of a snake coiling around a
CF | staff, certifying you as a qualified apprentice of the ars
CF | vitalis.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "x scapel"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | >
CF | > X SCAPEL
CF |
CF | That is either not important or not something you can see.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "oops scalpel"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | >
CF | > OOPS SCALPEL
CF |
CF | This elegant blade was a graduation gift from the Physicians' College.
CF | It measures just over twenty centimeters long, and holds a finely
CF | graduated orichalcum edge.
CF |
CF | > DavidW says, "oo, orichalcum"
Roger asks, "want to see what >JOURNAL does?"
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "journal"
CF ] Journal
CF | Third of Aquaria, Auritum IV
CF |
CF | I'm tired. I'm so tired.
CF |
CF | I'm sorry, Reden. I hope your animus rests in peace.
CF |
CF | Current objectives:
CF |
CF | - Go home and get some sleep
CF |
CF | Marid's notes:
CF |
CF | - I'm in the mood for a drink...
CF |
CF |
CF |
CF | Please press SPACE to continue.
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Surgery Room
CF |
CF |
CF | Surgery Room
CF | You are in a cold cylindrical chamber, thick with quiet shadows.
CF | Shelves of vials and medical supplies crowd around you, leaving little
CF | room to misstep. A shimmering calomel curtain frames the exit to the
CF | south.
CF |
CF | Reden lies on the gurney, lifeless and still.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "i"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | >
CF | > I
CF |
CF | You are wearing your natron jacket, your clothes, and an animus
CF | pendant (containing the spirit of your father). On your person are
CF | your practitioner's badge, your scalpel, your purse, and an antiseptic
CF | cloth.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "x purse"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | >
CF | > X PURSE
CF |
CF | You don't carry much money with you. Just enough to buy food and other
CF | necessities.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "x money"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | >
CF | > X MONEY
CF |
CF | You don't carry much money with you. Just enough to buy food and other
CF | necessities.
CF |
CF | > DavidW says, "Journal sounds helpful. Like a TODO list and diary that self-updates."
lkcampbell says, "yup"
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "x cloth"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | >
CF | > X CLOTH
CF |
CF | It's for cleaning your scalpel.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "clean scalpel"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | >
CF | > CLEAN SCALPEL
CF |
CF | You polish your scalpel with the antiseptic cloth.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "x me"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | >
CF | > X ME
CF |
CF | You feel alert and well. Slightly on edge, perhaps, but that's nothing
CF | unusual considering the circumstances.
CF |
CF | You are wearing your natron jacket, your clothes, and an animus
CF | pendant (containing the spirit of your father). On your person are
CF | your practitioner's badge, your scalpel, your purse, and an antiseptic
CF | cloth.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "places"
CF ] Places
CF | You have not visited any notable locations in this game so far.
CF |
CF | As you explore the game world, notable locations will be added to this
CF | page.
CF |
CF |
CF |
CF |
CF | Please press SPACE to continue.
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Surgery Room
CF |
CF |
CF | Surgery Room
CF | You are in a cold cylindrical chamber, thick with quiet shadows.
CF | Shelves of vials and medical supplies crowd around you, leaving little
CF | room to misstep. A shimmering calomel curtain frames the exit to the
CF | south.
CF |
CF | Reden lies on the gurney, lifeless and still.
CF |
CF | > lkcampbell says, "what were the other unusual commands"
Knight_Otu says (to ClubFloyd), "x curtain"
CF ] Surgery Room
CF | >
CF | > X CURTAIN
CF |
CF | It decontaminates objects that pass through it.
CF |
CF | (Type >go south to leave the surgery room.)
CF |
CF | > DavidW says, "msp, but we won't see the graphics here."
Knight_Otu says, "Characters was the other one we could use."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "characters"
CF ] Characters
CF | You have encountered the following notable characters:
CF |
CF | Servator Marid Orpheia (yourself)
CF | A seventeen-year-old graduate of the Physicians' College, currently
CF | apprenticed to Doctor Cavala. You have taken care of yourself ever
CF | since your parents died four years ago.
CF |
CF | Doctor Cavala
CF | Your mentor in the ars vitalis. A former army doctor and a
CF | surgeon of commanding skill.
CF |
CF | Reden
CF | A goblin bum who died in Doctor Cavala's surgery room of an hitherto
CF | unknown affliction.
CF |
CF |
CF | Please press SPACE to continue.
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Surgery Room
CF |
CF |
CF | Surgery Room
CF | You are in a cold cylindrical chamber, thick with quiet shadows.
CF | Shelves of vials and medical supplies crowd around you, leaving little
CF | room to misstep. A shimmering calomel curtain frames the exit to the
CF | south.
CF |
CF | Reden lies on the gurney, lifeless and still.
CF |
CF | > lkcampbell asks, "anything else you all want to do here?"
DavidW says, "Not me. Go south."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "s"
CF ] Clinic
CF | >
CF | > S
CF |
CF | A wave of warmth washes over you as you step through the calomel
CF | curtain.
CF |
CF | Clinic
CF | Doctor Cavala's clinic is a small, unostentatious affair, neatly
CF | organized with little in the way of decoration. A row of chairs faces
CF | the prescription counter, where the medication and patient records are
CF | sorted in gridlike pigeonholes; further on is the consulting study,
CF | home to a desk strewn with notes and diagrams.
CF |
CF | A calomel curtain leads north to the surgery room, stairs lead down to
CF | the mortuary, and the front door lies east.
CF |
CF | Doctor Cavala is at her desk, engrossed in paperwork. As you emerge
CF | from the surgery room, she glances up and gives you a nod.
CF |
CF | > lkcampbell says, "you still want a driver or do people want to jump in now...at least until another time sensitive part"
Roger says, "I think people could jump in as they are moved to"
lkcampbell says, "ok"
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "x counter"
CF ] Clinic
CF | >
CF | > X COUNTER
CF |
CF | The counter, with its latticework screen, divides the pharmacy from
CF | the waiting area. There is a drawer for money and a service handbell.
CF |
CF | > DavidW says, "I vaguely remember a maze later on. We might need a driver then."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "x drawer"
CF ] Clinic
CF | >
CF | > X DRAWER
CF |
CF | If you didn't work here, you would never have noticed the faint bevel
CF | that demarcates it.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "open drawer"
CF ] Clinic
CF | >
CF | > OPEN DRAWER
CF |
CF | You are many things, Marid, but you are not a thief.
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu says, "But, but."
lkcampbell asks, "why limit yourself?"
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "x handbell"
CF ] Clinic
CF | >
CF | > X HANDBELL
CF |
CF | A small brass handbell. You know its sound all too well.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "ring bell"
CF ] Clinic
CF | >
CF | > RING BELL
CF |
CF | You have already heard it ring countless times, and you aren't
CF | inclined to listen to it again.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "l"
CF ] Clinic
CF | >
CF | > L
CF |
CF | Clinic
CF | Doctor Cavala's clinic is a small, unostentatious affair, neatly
CF | organized with little in the way of decoration. A row of chairs faces
CF | the prescription counter, where the medication and patient records are
CF | sorted in gridlike pigeonholes; further on is the consulting study,
CF | home to a desk strewn with notes and diagrams.
CF |
CF | A calomel curtain leads north to the surgery room, stairs lead down to
CF | the mortuary, and the front door lies east.
CF |
CF | Doctor Cavala is at her desk, engrossed in paperwork.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "x records"
CF ] Clinic
CF | >
CF | > X RECORDS
CF |
CF | You could look up medication or patient records in the pigeonholes.
CF |
CF | > MoyTravis says, "Seventeen years old, just watched a goblin die, immediately starts shuffling around at her workplace and having mad urges to steal and fiddle with things."
MoyTravis says, "Well, I mean, I guess different folks have different stress reactions."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "look up reden"
CF ] Clinic
CF | >
CF | > LOOK UP REDEN
CF |
CF | That object or command isn't available.
CF |
CF | (Type >commands or >c for a list of commands.)
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "x pigeonholes"
CF ] Clinic
CF | >
CF | > X PIGEONHOLES
CF |
CF | You could look up medication or patient records in the pigeonholes.
CF |
CF | > MoyTravis asks, "x patient records?"
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "x patient records"
CF ] Clinic
CF | >
CF | > X PATIENT RECORDS
CF |
CF | You could look up medication or patient records in the pigeonholes.
CF |
CF | > lkcampbell says, "not sure what the syntax is here"
DavidW says, "Reden might not be in the records if that's the paperwork Cavala is working on right now."
Roger says (to floyd), "read patient records"
CF ] Clinic
CF | >
CF | > READ PATIENT RECORDS
CF |
CF | You could look up medication or patient records in the pigeonholes.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "look up halitus catholiconis"
CF ] Clinic
CF | >
CF | > LOOK UP HALITUS CATHOLICONIS
CF |
CF | That object or command isn't available.
CF |
CF | > lkcampbell says, "maybe it works later on"
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "c"
CF ] List of Commands
CF | A list of important commands
CF | (You can type >commands or >c to bring up this page at
CF | any time.)
CF |
CF | >look
CF | Look around and get a description of your surroundings. The command
CF | "look" can be shortened to "l" or simply a blank command.
CF |
CF | >examine (something)
CF | Examine something for a more detailed description. You can examine
CF | practically anything, including yourself. The command "examine" can be
CF | shortened to "x" or simply typing the name of the object.
CF |
CF | >inventory
CF | Check the items you're wearing or carrying. The command "inventory"
CF | can be shortened to "i".
CF |
CF | >talk to (someone)
CF | Begin a dialogue with someone. The command "talk to" can be shortened
CF | to "t".
CF |
CF | >go (direction)
CF | Travel to a new location in the world. The directions are each of the
CF | eight compass directions, plus up, down, in, and out. "North" can be
CF | abbreviated to "n", "northwest" can be abbreviated to "nw", and so on.
CF | You can also omit the command "go" and just type a direction to go in.
CF |
CF | >enter (something)
CF | Enter something that you can fit into, such as a door, bed, or hiding
CF | place.
CF |
CF | >cut (something)
CF | Cut something with your scalpel.
CF |
CF | >take/drop (something)
CF | >open/close (something)
CF | >push/pull/turn (something)
CF | >put (something) on/in (something else)
CF | These commands can be used to manipulate items and the world around
CF | you.
CF |
CF | >help
CF | >commands
CF | >journal
CF | >characters
CF | >map
CF | >places
CF | >hints
CF | Open the help menu, or quickly check one of its pages. "Commands" can
CF | be shortened to "c", "journal" can be shortened to "j", "characters"
CF | can be shortened to "ch", "map" can be shortened to "m", and "places"
CF | can be shortened to "p".
CF |
CF | >undo
CF | Take back your last command, rewinding the game to an earlier state.
CF |
CF | >save
CF | >restore
CF | >quit
CF | Create or restore a saved game, or exit the game once you're done
CF | playing.
CF |
CF | The game recognizes a good deal of synonyms and miscellaneous commands
CF | not listed here. Feel free to experiment.
CF |
CF |
CF |
CF |
CF | Please press SPACE to continue.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Clinic
CF |
CF |
CF | Clinic
CF | Doctor Cavala's clinic is a small, unostentatious affair, neatly
CF | organized with little in the way of decoration. A row of chairs faces
CF | the prescription counter, where the medication and patient records are
CF | sorted in gridlike pigeonholes; further on is the consulting study,
CF | home to a desk strewn with notes and diagrams.
CF |
CF | A calomel curtain leads north to the surgery room, stairs lead down to
CF | the mortuary, and the front door lies east.
CF |
CF | Doctor Cavala is at her desk, engrossed in paperwork.
CF |
CF | >
Knight_Otu says (to ClubFloyd), "consult patient records about reden"
CF ] Clinic
CF | >
CF | > CONSULT PATIENT RECORDS ABOUT REDEN
CF |
CF | On record are various minor illnesses typical for a goblin of his age:
CF | the homunculoid shingles, the common cold. There is no precedent for
CF | the sudden and dramatic affliction that took his life.
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu exclaims, "Ah ha!"
MoyTravis says, "Nice."
lkcampbell says, "ah..."
lkcampbell says, "knowing the default Inform commands helps :)"
MoyTravis says, "Do that medicine that we used. The expensive one, uuuh."
MoyTravis says, "Cathalicon."
Knight_Otu says, "Breath of Catholicon"
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "consult pigeonhole about halitus catholiconis"
CF ] Clinic
CF | >
CF | > CONSULT PIGEONHOLE ABOUT HALITUS CATHOLICONIS
CF |
CF | You doubt you will see another inhaler of the halitus
CF | catholiconis in your lifetime, let alone in these pigeonholes.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "consult records about halitus catholiconis"
CF ] Clinic
CF | >
CF | > CONSULT RECORDS ABOUT HALITUS CATHOLICONIS
CF |
CF | You doubt you will see another inhaler of the halitus
CF | catholiconis in your lifetime, let alone in these pigeonholes.
CF |
CF | > DavidW asks, "that rare, eh?"
Knight_Otu says, "If it literally shatters souls, it probably is a controlled substance at least."
MoyTravis says, "Impressed that the doctor is willing to use such a rare and presumably expensive thing on a rando who just stumbles in in the middle of the night."
MoyTravis asks, "Anyways, let's go?"
Knight_Otu says, "Sure, let's go."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "consult records about aer soporifer"
CF ] Clinic
CF | >
CF | > CONSULT RECORDS ABOUT AER SOPORIFER
CF |
CF | The more powerful medications are reserved for the surgery room.
CF |
CF | > lkcampbell asks, "is that what's in the records?"
Knight_Otu says (to ClubFloyd), "consult records about me"
CF ] Clinic
CF | >
CF | > CONSULT RECORDS ABOUT ME
CF |
CF | Your own medical record is little more than an informal account, as
CF | your only treatment here -- for a bout of Midaes fever last month --
CF | was self-prescribed.
CF |
CF | > lkcampbell says, "take aer soporifer"
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "take aer soporifer"
CF ] Clinic
CF | >
CF | > TAKE AER SOPORIFER
CF |
CF | That is either not important or not something you can see.
CF |
CF | > lkcampbell says, "I guess that's what's in the record for that med"
MoyTravis says, "Seems so."
lkcampbell says, "consult records about cavala"
lkcampbell exclaims, "doh!"
DavidW says, "I suspect the records will be more useful later in the game."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "consult records about cavala"
CF ] Clinic
CF | >
CF | > CONSULT RECORDS ABOUT CAVALA
CF |
CF | Doctor Cavala has meticulously recorded her medical history starting
CF | from the day she opened this clinic six years ago. It seems she has
CF | been mostly in health, except for a recurrent ache in her right
CF | shoulder from her soldiering days.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "l"
CF ] Clinic
CF | >
CF | > L
CF |
CF | Clinic
CF | Doctor Cavala's clinic is a small, unostentatious affair, neatly
CF | organized with little in the way of decoration. A row of chairs faces
CF | the prescription counter, where the medication and patient records are
CF | sorted in gridlike pigeonholes; further on is the consulting study,
CF | home to a desk strewn with notes and diagrams.
CF |
CF | A calomel curtain leads north to the surgery room, stairs lead down to
CF | the mortuary, and the front door lies east.
CF |
CF | Doctor Cavala is at her desk, engrossed in paperwork.
CF |
CF | > lkcampbell asks, "where next?"
DavidW says, "You're supposed to go home, so east."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "e"
CF ] Via Terminalis, West End
CF | >
CF | > E
CF |
CF | "Good night, Doctor Cavala," you say.
CF |
CF | "Good night, Marid. Don't stay up too late."
CF |
CF | (first opening the front door of the clinic)
CF | (closing the door behind you)
CF |
CF | Via Terminalis, West End
CF | You stand in the terminus of the Via Terminalis, a cul-de-sac of steel
CF | spires and buildings aspiring to the heavens. Night has fallen, broken
CF | only by the ghostly glow of bound animii in street-lamps and shop
CF | windows. Beyond, you see the great spine of the Channelworks District,
CF | receding from the lamplight into the beginnings of rain.
CF |
CF | The white cross of Doctor Cavala's clinic is to the west, and the
CF | dormitory block where you live lies to the north. The rest of the
CF | district can wait until tomorrow.
CF |
CF | (You may wish to save the game now by typing >save. You can do
CF | this at any time.)
CF |
CF | > MoyTravis says, "It has exits listed. Which is nice."
Knight_Otu says, "I doubt we can go to the morgue at least."
Knight_Otu says (to ClubFloyd), "SAVE"
Knight_Otu says (to ClubFloyd), "cf5"
CF | >
CF | > SAVE
CF | %% Enter a save filename to write:
CF ] Via Terminalis, West End
CF | > SAVEOk.
CF |
CF | >
Knight_Otu says (to ClubFloyd), "x spine"
CF ] Via Terminalis, West End
CF | >
CF | > X SPINE
CF |
CF | It bears the burden of a thousand living souls.
CF |
CF | > DavidW asks, "This city uses 'animii' for night lights?"
Knight_Otu says, "So it seems."
lkcampbell says, "animii purgatory"
lkcampbell says, "or limbo maybe"
Knight_Otu says (to ClubFloyd), "x lamps"
CF ] Via Terminalis, West End
CF | >
CF | > X LAMPS
CF |
CF | There is a living quality to the light.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "x windows"
CF ] Via Terminalis, West End
CF | >
CF | > X WINDOWS
CF |
CF | All the shops are closed for the night.
CF |
CF | >
Knight_Otu says (to ClubFloyd), "think about animii"
CF ] Via Terminalis, West End
CF | >
CF | > THINK ABOUT ANIMII
CF |
CF | (Type >journal for a reminder of the information you've come
CF | across.)
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu says, "Worth a try."
lkcampbell asks, "anything else, or should we go home?"
DavidW says, "Head home."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "n"
CF ] Dormitory Block
CF | >
CF | > N
CF |
CF |
CF | Dormitory Block
CF | You have walked the grounds of this three-storey estate long enough to
CF | know it by heart. Here is the faded arch, with its years of verdigris;
CF | here are the too-small atrium and the fountain at its center. All
CF | around above are the lights of innumerable domiciles, linked by
CF | crumbling stairs and divided by flimsy plaster walls.
CF |
CF | From here, you can go up to your dormitory room, visit the public
CF | house to the west, or exit the building to the south.
CF |
CF | An old woman sits at the base of the fountain, feeding pigeons that
CF | wing down from the sky above.
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu says, "I think we should go home unless we find something on the way."
lkcampbell asks, "oh, is that the bird murderer?"
DavidW says, "If you talk to her, yeah."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "talk to woman"
CF ] Dormitory Block Talking to the old woman
CF | >
CF | > TALK TO WOMAN
CF |
CF | (the old woman)
CF | As you approach, the old woman looks up and smiles.
CF |
CF | "Ah, hello, Marid," she says. "It is Marid, isn't it?"
CF |
CF | 1) "It's nice to meet you too, ma'am."
CF | 2) "Have we met before?"
CF | 3) "Sorry, I don't know who you're talking about."
CF |
CF | > lkcampbell says, "odd she knows our name, unless the PC knows something we don't"
MoyTravis says, "#2 seems relevant."
lkcampbell says, "I'm thinking 2"
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF ] Dormitory Block Talking to Saliunca
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | "Have we met before?" you ask.
CF |
CF | "Oh, no, no," the old woman replies. "It's just that everyone knows
CF | your name, you see; you are the doctor's assistant, are you not? And I
CF | hear you live all by yourself in this dormitory, poor girl... but I'm
CF | sure you don't need my pity.
CF |
CF | "As I know your name, it's only fair that you know mine. My name is
CF | Saliunca."
CF |
CF | 1) "It's nice to meet you, Saliunca."
CF | 2) "Living by myself isn't that bad..."
CF | 3) "Do you feed the pigeons often?"
CF | 4) "I'm in a bit of a rush, actually..."
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu says, "I mean, many people around here know my name and I don't know theirs, necessarily."
lkcampbell says, "you are infamous"
lkcampbell says, "should we be Canadian again and pick 1"
DavidW says, "please"
Knight_Otu says, "Sure."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Dormitory Block Talking to Saliunca
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "It's nice to meet you, Saliunca."
CF |
CF | "The pleasure is all mine." She bares her crooked teeth in a wry
CF | smile.
CF |
CF | 1) "Living by myself isn't that bad..."
CF | 2) "Do you feed the pigeons often?"
CF | 3) "I'm in a bit of a rush, actually..."
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "Living by myself isn't that bad," you say. "I've gotten used
CF | to it ever since I boarded out to the Physicians' College."
CF |
CF | "Oh, I don't doubt you can look after yourself, love," Saliunca
CF | quickly adds. "I'm -- We're only worried for you, is all; just a spot
CF | of neighborly worry. It isn't easy for an -- for a young lady to -- to
CF | live like you do."
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | live like you do."An awkward pause.
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Dormitory Block Talking to Saliunca
CF | live like you do."An awkward pause."I appreciate the concern," you say
CF | eventually, "but you shouldn't worry. I get by, in my own way."
CF |
CF | 1) "Do you feed the pigeons often?"
CF | 2) "I'll be seeing you, then."
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu asks, "What are you trying to say, Saliunca?"
lkcampbell says, "pretty judgmental for a bird poisoner"
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Dormitory Block Talking to Saliunca
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | You gesture at the flock surrounding her. "Do you feed the pigeons
CF | often?"
CF |
CF | Saliunca cackles. "Feed them?" she says. "I suppose you could say
CF | that, in a way. Yes, I feed them; but if you think I harbor any love
CF | for the pigeons, you would be quite mistaken. I'm poisoning the
CF | pigeons, you see, love -- feeding them poison!"
CF |
CF | 1) "Poison!?"
CF | 2) "Then you're killing them...!"
CF | 3) "But why would you do something like that?"
CF |
CF | > MoyTravis asks, "#3?"
Knight_Otu says, "Sure."
DavidW says, "sure"
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "3"
CF | >
CF | > 3
CF |
CF | "But -- but why would you do something like that?"
CF |
CF | Saliunca shakes her head sadly. "Oh, Marid, don't you see? The pigeons
CF | are infesting the dormitory! All over the atrium they are, and even in
CF | some of the ground-floor domiciles. You never even noticed?" lkcampbell says, "no, I'm too busy being a sinner"
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | some of the ground-floor domiciles. You never even noticed?""I -- I
CF | live on the third floor," you admit.
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | live on the third floor," you admit."Then you haven't noticed." She
CF | sighs. "The pigeons are everywhere, love -- a great nuisance they are
CF | making. Stealing food. Leaving their droppings about. And that's why
CF | their numbers have to be culled.
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Dormitory Block Talking to Saliunca
CF | their numbers have to be culled."For some peace, Marid, for some
CF | peace. You understand, don't you?"
CF |
CF | 1) "I suppose you are right..."
CF | 2) "I don't believe that for a second..."
CF | 3) "But killing them...!"
CF | 4) "The corpses... the corpses will litter the ground."
CF | 5) "I'm sorry. I have to go."
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu says, "I think what Saliunca was dancing around was us being an orphan, rather than a sinner."
Knight_Otu asks, "4?"
lkcampbell says, "oh heh, yeah that makes more sense"
lkcampbell says, "sure 4 is dramatic"
DavidW says, "hm. I wonder if this is foreshadowing, that maybe Raden's illness is because of poisoning."
DavidW says, "Different poison, I mean."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "4"
CF ] Dormitory Block Talking to Saliunca
CF | >
CF | > 4
CF |
CF | "The corpses..." You shake your head. "The corpses will litter the
CF | ground."
CF |
CF | Saliunca grimaces. "Yes. Yes, they will. The atrium will be rather
CF | unpleasant for a while; that's the cost of it, Marid. But you must see
CF | -- you must see it's something that has to be done."
CF |
CF | 1) "I suppose you are right..."
CF | 2) "I don't believe that for a second..."
CF | 3) "But killing them...!"
CF | 4) "I'm sorry. I have to go."
CF |
CF | > lkcampbell says, "rotting corpses are probably a health concern as well"
Knight_Otu says, "Definitely. Not everyone has fancy anti-contagion clothes after all."
lkcampbell says, "yeah this has to be some sort of foreshadowing because this conversation is very odd"
MoyTravis says, "Look she could just be a Tom Lehrer fan."
MoyTravis says, "(American satirist/singer, he has a song where he sings about poisoning pidgeons in the park)"
Knight_Otu asks, "Continue with 3?"
lkcampbell says, "ok by me"
MoyTravis says, "Anyways I second anything that anybody picks in interest of moving faster."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "3"
CF ] Dormitory Block Talking to Saliunca
CF | >
CF | > 3
CF |
CF | "But killing them...!"
CF |
CF | Saliunca frowns. "You say that as though I'm a murderess," she says,
CF | "when I'm nothing of the sort. Think, girl, think!
CF |
CF | "Do you think about the food you eat, of how the butcher earns his
CF | keep? No, of course not -- they are animals, animals! We know they are
CF | lesser -- we have measured their animii. And the animus of a
CF | pigeon... why, it's little more than a candlelight. So why shouldn't I
CF | snuff them?"
CF |
CF | 1) "I suppose you are right..."
CF | 2) "I don't believe that for a second..."
CF | 3) "I'm sorry. I have to go."
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu says, "You're not killing these pigeons for food or resources. You're killing them for convenience."
lkcampbell says, "yeah, it's a pretty weak analogy"
MoyTravis asks, "2 then?"
DavidW says, "I'm gonna lie down for 15."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | You glare at her. "I don't believe that for a second. The pigeons may
CF | be pests, but -- but poisoning them? That's much too cruel.
CF | There must be some other way."
CF |
CF | "Oh?" Saliunca raises an eyebrow. "And what would this other way be?"
CF |
CF | "I... I don't..."
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | "I... I don't..."You shake your head.
CF |
CF | "I don't know. But there must be a way. There must be..."
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | "I don't know. But there must be a way. There must be...""And suppose
CF | I'm right, and there isn't?" She frowns. "You've got some nerve
CF | telling me off, young lady, when all I've heard out of you is talk.
CF | Get off your high horse. Don't tell me you're squeamish about killing
CF | a few birds -- or is that what the Physicians' College taught you?"
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Dormitory Block Talking to Saliunca
CF | a few birds -- or is that what the Physicians' College taught you?"You
CF | tense up.
CF |
CF | 1) "What would a hag like you possibly know about the
CF | Art?..."
CF | 2) "I'm sorry. I have to go."
CF |
CF | > MoyTravis asks, "1?"
lkcampbell says, "I hope this character isn't someone we need on our side later"
Knight_Otu asks, "1 probably reveals her to be a grand-doctor or something?"
lkcampbell says, "I guess we can try 1 and undo if its bad"
Knight_Otu says, "We can try 1, sure."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | What would --
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | What would --No. You start. You catch yourself.
CF |
CF | Being emotional won't get you anywhere, Marid. It won't change
CF | anything. It won't bring him back.
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Dormitory Block Talking to Saliunca
CF | anything. It won't bring him back.You take a deep breath.
CF |
CF | 1) "I'm sorry. I have to go."
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "I'm sorry," you mutter. "I have to go."
CF |
CF | You turn and walk away. "Suit yourself, love," Saliunca calls after
CF | you.
CF |
CF | When you don't respond, she shakes her head and goes back to feeding
CF | the pigeons.
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "l"
CF ] Dormitory Block
CF | the pigeons.## Dormitory Block
CF | You have walked the grounds of this three-storey estate long enough to
CF | know it by heart. Here is the faded arch, with its years of verdigris;
CF | here are the too-small atrium and the fountain at its center. All
CF | around above are the lights of innumerable domiciles, linked by
CF | crumbling stairs and divided by flimsy plaster walls.
CF |
CF | From here, you can go up to your dormitory room, visit the public
CF | house to the west, or exit the building to the south.
CF |
CF | Saliunca sits at the base of the fountain, feeding pigeons that wing
CF | down from the sky above.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "x fountain"
CF ] Dormitory Block
CF | >
CF | > X FOUNTAIN
CF |
CF | A neoclassical sculpture of concentric basins. An image of Mercury
CF | takes pride of place, with sword aloft in one hand and water-spout
CF | chalice in the other.
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu says, "Still, that poison can have all kinds of after-effects you haven't considered, Sal."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "x public house"
CF ] Dormitory Block
CF | >
CF | > X PUBLIC HOUSE
CF |
CF | (the public house)
CF | A refuge from the troubles of the world, at least for some.
CF |
CF | > lkcampbell asks, "public house or home?"
MoyTravis asks, "Just pick one?"
Knight_Otu says, "As I recall, Marid said she could use a drink."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "w"
CF ] Public House
CF | >
CF | > W
CF |
CF | (first opening the door of the public house)
CF | (closing the door behind you)
CF |
CF | Public House
CF | Tucked away in the shadow of the domiciles, this cozy establishment
CF | offers a retreat from the melancholy of the night. Other patrons are
CF | scattered at the tables, engaged in drinking and conversation, while
CF | in the corner a solitary clockwork musician plays.
CF |
CF | The door is to the east.
CF |
CF | A smartly-dressed mutant is behind the counter polishing a glass --
CF | this must be the new bartender. He gives you a nod as you enter.
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu says, "Whether we can actually get one is a different question."
MoyTravis says, "Okay public house. Which is a weirdly contemporary phrasing given that all the rest of the descriptions."
MoyTravis asks, "'s a Britishism ain't it?"
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "x mutant"
CF ] Public House
CF | >
CF | > X MUTANT
CF |
CF | (the bartender)
CF | (It has been some years now since the mutants of the Dark Lands were
CF | integrated into society, and you have mostly gotten used to their
CF | haphazard anatomy, their alien perception of the world. Mostly.)
CF |
CF | He looks to be one of the older generation of mutants, with few
CF | features that mark him as having once been human. He wears a dignified
CF | wooden mask and a tailcoat that has been modified to accommodate
CF | additional limbs.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "x mask"
CF ] Public House
CF | >
CF | > X MASK
CF |
CF | Its simple lines evoke a man's face. It has become fashionable for
CF | mutants with unsightly mutations to wear these.
CF |
CF | The clockwork musician finishes playing Sutor's Lament and
CF | starts on Magis Quam Amor.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "talk to mutant"
CF ] Public House Talking to the bartender
CF | >
CF | > TALK TO MUTANT
CF |
CF | (the bartender)
CF | You sit down at the serving counter. "Hello," you say.
CF |
CF | The bartender stops polishing his glass and regards you thoughtfully.
CF |
CF | 1) "I don't believe we've met. My name is Marid."
CF | 2) "You must be the new bartender."
CF | 3) <Order a drink.>
CF | 4) "Actually, never mind."
CF |
CF | > lkcampbell asks, "want me to just pick my way through this conversation?"
MoyTravis says, "Please."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Public House Talking to the bartender
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "I don't believe we've met," you say. "My name is Marid."
CF |
CF | The bartender bows and pantomimes a welcome.
CF |
CF | 1) "You can't speak?"
CF | 2) "It's nice to meet you." <Offer your hand.>
CF | 3) "You must be the new bartender."
CF | 4) <Order a drink.>
CF | 5) "See you soon."
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Public House Talking to the bartender
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "You can't speak?"
CF |
CF | The bartender nods mournfully.
CF |
CF | "I'm sorry," you say, feeling slightly guilty.
CF |
CF | 1) "It's nice to meet you." <Offer your hand.>
CF | 2) "You must be the new bartender."
CF | 3) <Order a drink.>
CF | 4) "See you soon."
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Public House Talking to the bartender
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "It's nice to meet you."
CF |
CF | You offer your hand; the bartender bends and touches the wooden mouth
CF | of his mask to it.
CF |
CF | 1) "You must be the new bartender."
CF | 2) <Order a drink.>
CF | 3) "See you soon."
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Public House Talking to the bartender
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "You must be the new bartender."
CF |
CF | The bartender nods sagely.
CF |
CF | 1) "How's business?"
CF | 2) <Order a drink.>
CF | 3) "See you soon."
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Public House Talking to the bartender
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "How's business?" you ask.
CF |
CF | The bartender pauses in thought, then makes a noncommittal gesture
CF | with his tentacle.
CF |
CF | 1) <Order a drink.>
CF | 2) "See you soon."
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Public House Talking to the bartender
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "I'd like a glass of spiced wine, please."
CF |
CF | The bartender measures out the wine, waters it down, and tosses it
CF | with a bag of spices before handing you the glass. You take your time
CF | to nurse the drink: it's sweet, with a pinch of nutmeg and other
CF | flavors you don't recognize.
CF |
CF | Sweet and sad.
CF |
CF | 1) <Get something off your mind.>
CF | 2) <Finish your drink in silence.>
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Public House Talking to the bartender
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | Your mind wanders to the things you've seen; the things you've done.
CF |
CF | 1) "I watched a man die tonight..."
CF | 2) <Finish your drink in silence.>
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "I watched a man die tonight," you say quietly. "It was just around
CF | the corner. In Doctor Cavala's clinic."
CF |
CF | The bartender is silent as you take another sip.
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | The bartender is silent as you take another sip."It all happened too
CF | fast. It was only when he collapsed on top of me that we knew, and --
CF | and we rushed him to the surgery room. I was so scared. It was Doctor
CF | Cavala who steadied me... who believed we could cure him together. But
CF | he died on the gurney. He died just like that."
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | he died on the gurney. He died just like that."You close your eyes.
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Public House Talking to the bartender
CF | he died on the gurney. He died just like that."You close your eyes."We
CF | aren't even sure what he was suffering from... how he died. But now...
CF | what can we do?"
CF |
CF | 1) "I became a physician because I wanted to save lives..."
CF | 2) "Doctor Cavala tried so hard to stabilize him..."
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Public House Talking to the bartender
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | You gaze into your glass, watching the wine swirl around and around.
CF |
CF | "I became a physician because I wanted to save lives. I... I wanted to
CF | make a difference. But for every life I save -- every life we save --
CF | it seems like a dozen more die out of our reach. How is that fair? How
CF | is it worth it?
CF |
CF | "They teach you in the Physicians' College that you can't save
CF | everyone. It just isn't possible..."
CF |
CF | 1) "...but I keep wondering if we could have saved that
CF | man..."
CF | 2) "...and now I'm beginning to understand what they
CF | meant..."
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Public House Talking to the bartender
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "...but I keep wondering if we could have saved that man, if maybe we
CF | had done something different. And it's killing me inside."
CF |
CF | 1) <Finish your drink.>
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu says, "Oh that'll so be over all the social media."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Public House Talking to the bartender
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | You down the last of your wine.
CF |
CF | "Thanks for listening."
CF |
CF | The bartender takes the empty glass, and you feel a little better for
CF | having confided in him.
CF |
CF | 1) <Tip the bartender.>
CF | 2) "See you soon."
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Public House Talking to the bartender
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | You tip the bartender and he bows.
CF |
CF | 1) "See you soon."
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "See you soon."
CF |
CF | You stand up. The bartender goes back to his business; you suppose you
CF | should as well.
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "journal"
CF ] Public House
CF | should as well.## Public House
CF | Tucked away in the shadow of the domiciles, this cozy establishment
CF | offers a retreat from the melancholy of the night. Other patrons are
CF | scattered at the tables, engaged in drinking and conversation, while
CF | in the corner a solitary clockwork musician plays.
CF |
CF | The door is to the east.
CF |
CF | The bartender is behind the counter polishing a glass.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "journal"
CF ] Journal
CF | Third of Aquaria, Auritum IV
CF |
CF | I'm tired. I'm so tired.
CF |
CF | I'm sorry, Reden. I hope your animus rests in peace.
CF |
CF | Current objectives:
CF |
CF | - Go home and get some sleep
CF |
CF |
CF |
CF | Please press SPACE to continue.
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Public House
CF |
CF |
CF | Public House
CF | Tucked away in the shadow of the domiciles, this cozy establishment
CF | offers a retreat from the melancholy of the night. Other patrons are
CF | scattered at the tables, engaged in drinking and conversation, while
CF | in the corner a solitary clockwork musician plays.
CF |
CF | The door is to the east.
CF |
CF | The bartender is behind the counter polishing a glass.
CF |
CF | > lkcampbell says, "was that where the drink objective was, in the journal/"
lkcampbell says, "so we achieved it"
Knight_Otu says, "Yeah."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "l"
CF ] Public House
CF | >
CF | > L
CF |
CF | Public House
CF | Tucked away in the shadow of the domiciles, this cozy establishment
CF | offers a retreat from the melancholy of the night. Other patrons are
CF | scattered at the tables, engaged in drinking and conversation, while
CF | in the corner a solitary clockwork musician plays.
CF |
CF | The door is to the east.
CF |
CF | The bartender is behind the counter polishing a glass.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "e"
CF ] Dormitory Block
CF | >
CF | > E
CF |
CF | (first opening the door of the public house)
CF | (closing the door behind you)
CF |
CF | Dormitory Block
CF | You have walked the grounds of this three-storey estate long enough to
CF | know it by heart. Here is the faded arch, with its years of verdigris;
CF | here are the too-small atrium and the fountain at its center. All
CF | around above are the lights of innumerable domiciles, linked by
CF | crumbling stairs and divided by flimsy plaster walls.
CF |
CF | From here, you can go up to your dormitory room, visit the public
CF | house to the west, or exit the building to the south.
CF |
CF | Saliunca sits at the base of the fountain, feeding pigeons that wing
CF | down from the sky above.
CF |
CF | >
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "u"
CF ] Marid's Room
CF | >
CF | > U
CF |
CF | (first opening the door to your dormitory room)
CF | (closing the door behind you)
CF |
CF | Marid's Room
CF | Though this space of yours is small, you have done your best to
CF | furnish it with the comforts of home. In one corner is a dressing
CF | table, piled with stationery and assorted toiletries, and in another
CF | is the kitchenette. The only door leads back downstairs to the atrium.
CF |
CF | Your bed is at the end of the room, beside the window.
CF |
CF | You feel tired. Weary.
CF |
CF | > lkcampbell says, "sleep I guess"
Knight_Otu says, "Yeah, enter bed, then sleep."
lkcampbell says (to ClubFloyd), "enter bed"
CF | >
CF | > ENTER BED
CF |
CF | It's been a long day.
CF |
CF | You drape your jacket over the head of your bed and settle beneath the
CF | covers. Your room fades away as you will your eyes to close. But still
CF | your mind drifts, draws you back into the tides of memory, where you
CF | can only watch --
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | can only watch ---- watch the shimmer of the surgery room; watch
CF | Reden's eyes close a thousand times; watch the lights all around
CF | --
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | ---- dancing like --
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | ---- dancing like ---- flames --
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ]
CF |
CF |
CF |
CF |
CF |
CF |
CF |
CF |
CF | D A Y O N E
lkcampbell pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Marid's Room Day One
CF |
CF | You wake in a cold sweat. The bells of Miller's Gate are ringing.
CF |
CF | Marid's Room
CF | Though this space of yours is small, you have done your best to
CF | furnish it with the comforts of home. In one corner is a dressing
CF | table, piled with stationery and assorted toiletries, and in another
CF | is the kitchenette. The only door leads back downstairs to the atrium.
CF |
CF | Far off, the bells continue to ring: four, five, six, seven. Seven in
CF | the morning. You're lucky you haven't overslept. You quickly get
CF | dressed and run through your morning routine -- Doctor Cavala will be
CF | waiting for you at the clinic.
CF |
CF | > lkcampbell says, "okay, that's it for me today, gotta cruise"
Knight_Otu asks, "Shall we stop for the day then?"
MoyTravis says, "Thanks for driving."
lkcampbell says, "I think so, good place to stop"
Knight_Otu exclaims, "Yeah, thanks for that!"
Knight_Otu says (to ClubFloyd), "save"
CF | >
CF | > SAVE
CF | %% Enter a save filename to write:
lkcampbell goes home. MoyTravis says, "I mean, end of day 1 seems like a natural enough point."
Knight_Otu says (to ClubFloyd), "cfwoasday1"
CF ] Marid's Room Day One
CF | > SAVEOk.
CF |
CF | > Roger exclaims, "nice work everyone!"
Knight_Otu says, "Good night, then, and hopefully things will go better for everyone."
*** SESSION TWO ***
Jacqueline asks, "Hey - y'all still doing WoaS this week?"
DavidW asks, "I assume so?"
MoyTravis asks, "We finished Day 1, of several, probably?"
DavidW says, "I'm hoping others continue to drive."
Knight_Otu has arrived. Knight_Otu says, "Hey."
lkcampbell has arrived. Jacqueline says, "mmkay - y'all enjoy your continuing game."
Jacqueline departs dramatically, saying, "Since I'm probably marked for death anyway, I'm going to have an oreo cookie and then a nap. See you all later, possibly on the #obits bb." DavidW says (to Jacqueline), "Not exactly an 'enjoyable' game."
DavidW says, "Also ugh #obits."
PerrySimm says (to David), "Yeah, that's why she left. She's had enough death lately."
Knight_Otu says, "It's definitely not for everyone."
DavidW asks, "Should we begin? Are we waiting for more arrivals?"
Knight_Otu asks, "I think we can begin. We probably aren't on a timer for this section I guess?"
Knight_Otu says, "So we don't necessarily need a driver yet."
DavidW says, "I think we're exploring the town a bit, en route to a collague, if I remember correctly."
Knight_Otu says (to ClubFloyd), "l"
CF ] Marid's Room Day One
CF | >
CF | > L
CF |
CF | Marid's Room
CF | Though this space of yours is small, you have done your best to
CF | furnish it with the comforts of home. In one corner is a dressing
CF | table, piled with stationery and assorted toiletries, and in another
CF | is the kitchenette. The only door leads back downstairs to the atrium.
CF |
CF | Your bed is at the end of the room, beside the window.
CF |
CF | > DavidW says, "I don't have any of my old notes for this game easily available."
Knight_Otu says (to ClubFloyd), "i"
CF ] Marid's Room Day One
CF | >
CF | > I
CF |
CF | You are wearing your natron jacket, your clothes, and an animus
CF | pendant (containing the spirit of your father). On your person are
CF | your practitioner's badge, your scalpel, your purse, and an antiseptic
CF | cloth.
CF |
CF | > DavidW says, "I think I only did written notes, and they might not have been filed."
Knight_Otu says, "Oops, be back in a bit. Drive on."
DavidW says, "yeah, I don't even see a scan copy."
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "look through window"
CF ] Marid's Room Day One
CF | >
CF | > LOOK THROUGH WINDOW
CF |
CF | You can see little except the view of the rooftop.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x table"
CF ] Marid's Room Day One
CF | >
CF | > X TABLE
CF |
CF | You have little need for vanity, and so use the dressing table as a
CF | writing desk. A mirror and some delicate drawers are the only
CF | concession to its original purpose.
CF |
CF | > lkcampbell says, "did we sleep yet or did we stop before that"
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "open drawers"
CF ] Marid's Room Day One
CF | >
CF | > OPEN DRAWERS
CF |
CF | You open the delicate drawers, revealing some folded clothing.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "close drawers"
CF ] Marid's Room Day One
CF | >
CF | > CLOSE DRAWERS
CF |
CF | You close the delicate drawers.
CF |
CF | > DavidW says, "I don't remember."
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "get in bed"
CF ] Marid's Room Day One
CF | >
CF | > GET IN BED
CF |
CF | No, you have to report for work.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "d"
CF ] Dormitory Block Day One
CF | >
CF | > D
CF |
CF | (first opening the door to your dormitory room)
CF | (closing the door behind you)
CF |
CF | Dormitory Block
CF | You have walked the grounds of this three-storey estate long enough to
CF | know it by heart. Here is the faded arch, with its years of verdigris;
CF | here are the too-small atrium and the fountain at its center. All
CF | around above are innumerable domiciles, linked by crumbling stairs and
CF | divided by flimsy plaster walls.
CF |
CF | From here, you can go up to your dormitory room or exit the building
CF | to the south.
CF |
CF | The ground is littered with what must be dozens of dead pigeons. A
CF | char-golem is busy sweeping the carcasses into a bag, while a
CF | gobliness slouches beside the fountain nearby.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x pigeons"
CF ] Dormitory Block Day One
CF | >
CF | > X PIGEONS
CF |
CF | Each carcass is contorted strangely, as though frozen in an instant of
CF | convulsion.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x char-golem"
CF ] Dormitory Block Day One
CF | >
CF | > X CHAR-GOLEM
CF |
CF | An animated golem comprised of cast iron. The stamp on its forehead
CF | identifies it as property of the Council of Works.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x gobliness"
CF ] Dormitory Block Day One
CF | >
CF | > X GOBLINESS
CF |
CF | She's dressed like an odd-job woman. The pockets of her apron are
CF | stuffed with work tools.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "talk to gobliness"
CF ] Dormitory Block Day One
CF | >
CF | > TALK TO GOBLINESS
CF |
CF | "Good morning."
CF |
CF | "Morning, miss." She tips her cap. "Take care you don't step on one of
CF | them pigeons. Nasty business."
CF |
CF | You look at your feet. "Thanks for the warning."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "talk to golem"
CF ] Dormitory Block Day One
CF | >
CF | > TALK TO GOLEM
CF |
CF | Golems aren't sapient. You'd sooner get a response out of a lamp-post.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "s"
CF ] Via Terminalis, West End Day One
CF | >
CF | > S
CF |
CF |
CF | Via Terminalis, West End
CF | You stand in the terminus of the Via Terminalis, a cul-de-sac of steel
CF | spires and buildings aspiring to the heavens. From here the
CF | street-lamps and shop windows line the great spine of the Channelworks
CF | District until, shrouded in the mists of the canal, it curves out of
CF | sight.
CF |
CF | The white cross of Doctor Cavala's clinic is to the west; the
CF | dormitory block where you live lies to the north. The rest of the
CF | district will have to wait until after you report for work.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "w"
CF ] Clinic Day One
CF | >
CF | > W
CF |
CF | (first opening the front door of the clinic)
CF | (closing the door behind you)
CF |
CF | Clinic
CF | Doctor Cavala's clinic is a small, unostentatious affair, neatly
CF | organized with little in the way of decoration. A row of chairs faces
CF | the prescription counter, where the medication and patient records are
CF | sorted in gridlike pigeonholes; further on is the consulting study,
CF | home to a desk strewn with notes and diagrams.
CF |
CF | A calomel curtain leads north to the surgery room, stairs lead down to
CF | the mortuary, and the front door lies east.
CF |
CF | "Good morning, Doctor," you call. But she doesn't seem to be in the
CF | waiting area or the consulting study. Odd; where could she have gone?
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "n"
CF ] Surgery Room Day One
CF | >
CF | > N
CF |
CF | A wave of warmth washes over you as you step through the calomel
CF | curtain.
CF |
CF | Surgery Room
CF | You are in a cold cylindrical chamber, thick with quiet shadows.
CF | Shelves of vials and medical supplies crowd around you, leaving little
CF | room to misstep. A shimmering calomel curtain frames the exit to the
CF | south.
CF |
CF | The gurney in the center of the room is empty.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "s"
CF ] Clinic Day One
CF | >
CF | > S
CF |
CF | A wave of warmth washes over you as you step through the calomel
CF | curtain.
CF |
CF | Clinic
CF | Doctor Cavala's clinic is a small, unostentatious affair, neatly
CF | organized with little in the way of decoration. A row of chairs faces
CF | the prescription counter, where the medication and patient records are
CF | sorted in gridlike pigeonholes; further on is the consulting study,
CF | home to a desk strewn with notes and diagrams.
CF |
CF | A calomel curtain leads north to the surgery room, stairs lead down to
CF | the mortuary, and the front door lies east.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "d"
CF ] Mortuary Day One
CF | >
CF | > D
CF |
CF | You descend the steps into shadow...
CF |
CF | Mortuary
CF | The odor of camphor is overwhelming in this gloomy subterranean
CF | chamber. Shelves along the walls house organs in jars of formaldehyde.
CF | Deeper in, cadavers are organized in labeled niches, embalmed and
CF | awaiting cremation.
CF |
CF | A flight of stairs leads back up to the clinic.
CF |
CF | Doctor Cavala is here studying Reden's body with a loupe. His heart,
CF | lungs, and trachea are neatly laid out beside him on the slab.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x reden"
CF ] Mortuary Day One
CF | >
CF | > X REDEN
CF |
CF | His chest cavity has been dissected, revealing a spiderweb pattern of
CF | blackened blood vessels and tissues.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x heart"
CF ] Mortuary Day One
CF | >
CF | > X HEART
CF |
CF | Reden's organs are black and withered. You might have suspected poor
CF | embalming technique if it hadn't been Doctor Cavala performing the
CF | dissection.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "talk to doctor"
CF ] Mortuary Talking to Doctor Cavala
CF | >
CF | > TALK TO DOCTOR
CF |
CF | You cough politely. "Good morning, Doctor."
CF |
CF | "Hmm? Oh." Doctor Cavala pushes up her loupe and acknowledges you with
CF | a nod. "Good morning, Marid. I trust you had a good night's sleep?"
CF |
CF | 1) "Um. Yes."
CF | 2) "I had a terrible nightmare..."
CF | 3) "I'd rather not talk about it."
CF |
CF | > DavidW asks, "1?"
MoyTravis says, "Sure."
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "Um. Yes."
CF |
CF | She sighs. "You're a terrible liar, Marid."
CF |
CF | You redden.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | You redden.Doctor Cavala gets to her feet, wipes off her gloves, and
CF | places her hand on your shoulder.
CF |
CF | "Don't worry," she says, more gently. "It's not an easy thing to go
CF | through. I remember the first time I lost a patient. But I promise it
CF | will get better."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | will get better."You shake your head. "I'll... I'll be fine, Doctor.
CF | Don't worry about me."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | Don't worry about me."After a pause, she nods and squeezes your
CF | shoulder. "Good girl."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | shoulder. "Good girl."Then Doctor Cavala steps back, and her
CF | businesslike demeanor returns.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | businesslike demeanor returns."The order of business today is
CF | twofold," she begins. "We aren't expecting many patients today, so I
CF | don't need you to be at the counter. Instead, I need you to run an
CF | errand for me."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | errand for me.""What sort of errand?" you ask.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Mortuary Talking to Doctor Cavala
CF | errand for me.""What sort of errand?" you ask.She purses her lips.
CF | "First, I need you to deliver the documentation of Reden's death to
CF | the basilica. Second, I need you to inform Reden's next of kin that he
CF | has passed away."
CF |
CF | 1) "How should I go about delivering the documentation?"
CF | 2) "Where does Reden's next of kin live?"
CF | 3) "What will you be doing?"
CF | 4) "I'm on it, Doctor."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Mortuary Talking to Doctor Cavala
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "How should I go about delivering the documentation?"
CF |
CF | "It's quite straightforward." Doctor Cavala shows you a sheaf of
CF | papers. "I've already bundled the documents and sent word to the
CF | basilica by correspondence. All you have to do is pass the bundle to
CF | the censor's office."
CF |
CF | You rack your memory. "The basilica is next to the forum, right?
CF | Across the Via Terminalis bridge?"
CF |
CF | "That's right."
CF |
CF | 1) "Where does Reden's next of kin live?"
CF | 2) "What will you be doing?"
CF | 3) "I'm on it, Doctor."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Mortuary Talking to Doctor Cavala
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "Where does Reden's next of kin live?" you ask.
CF |
CF | Doctor Cavala frowns. "According to my file, he has a brother in
CF | Riggertown by the name of Zoiro, but I don't have an address for you.
CF | Your best bet is to look up his name in the census records. Or you
CF | could ask around in Riggertown -- I understand the goblin community is
CF | quite tightly knit."
CF |
CF | "Is Riggertown that shanty town down the canal?"
CF |
CF | "It is. Turn right at the bridge and you'll see it." She pauses. "And
CF | another thing -- check whether anyone in Riggertown is exhibiting
CF | similar symptoms. It could help in narrowing down the cause of the
CF | affliction."
CF |
CF | 1) "What will you be doing?"
CF | 2) "I'm on it, Doctor."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Mortuary Talking to Doctor Cavala
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "What will you be doing?" you ask.
CF |
CF | Doctor Cavala inclines her head at the slab. "When not receiving
CF | patients, you mean? I intend to spend the day studying Reden's
CF | affliction. I've already left correspondence for Doctor Arturus, who I
CF | expect shall join me in the afternoon. In the meantime, I am compiling
CF | observations and studying the mechanism by which Reden has died. If
CF | all goes well, we should be able to present our findings to the
CF | medical community by the end of the week."
CF |
CF | 1) "I'm on it, Doctor."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x sheaf"
CF ] Mortuary Talking to Doctor Cavala
CF | >
CF | > X SHEAF
CF |
CF | Please choose a response from the list by typing the corresponding
CF | number.
CF |
CF | 1) "I'm on it, Doctor."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "I'm on it, Doctor."
CF |
CF | She nods and presses the bundle of documentation into your hands.
CF | "Remember: first, deliver the documents to the basilica; second, look
CF | for Zoiro in Riggertown. Report back to me when you're done."
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x documentation"
CF | for Zoiro in Riggertown. Report back to me when you're done.""Okay."
CF |
CF | "I'll be here if you need anything." She pauses. "Take your time.
CF | Consider today a break after yesterday night."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | Consider today a break after yesterday night.""Yes, Doctor."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | Consider today a break after yesterday night.""Yes, Doctor.""Run
CF | along."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | along."With that, she sits down at the slab.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Mortuary Day One
CF | along."With that, she sits down at the slab.(Type >inventory or
CF | >i to see what items you're carrying. Type >journal or
CF | >j to review your current objectives.)
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "i"
CF ] Mortuary Day One
CF | >
CF | > I
CF |
CF | You are wearing your natron jacket, your clothes, and an animus
CF | pendant (containing the spirit of your father). On your person are a
CF | bundle of documents, your practitioner's badge, your scalpel, your
CF | purse, and an antiseptic cloth.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x documents"
CF ] Mortuary Day One
CF | >
CF | > X DOCUMENTS
CF |
CF | Comprehensive documentation of Reden's death. It's filled out in neat
CF | longhand and bound with Doctor Cavala's signature.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "j"
CF ] Journal
CF | Fourth of Aquaria, Auritum IV
CF |
CF | I've been given an opportunity to get out of the clinic and see the
CF | sights of the Channelworks District... but I still feel a hollowness
CF | inside.
CF |
CF | Current objectives:
CF |
CF | - Deliver the bundle of documents to the censor in the basilica
CF | - Find Zoiro, Reden's brother, in Riggertown
CF | ...by asking the censor for his address
CF | ...by asking around Riggertown
CF |
CF | Marid's notes:
CF |
CF | - I remember that the basilica is across the Via Terminalis bridge,
CF | next to the grand forum.
CF | - I remember that Riggertown is down the canal from the Via
CF | Terminalis.
CF |
CF |
CF |
CF | Please press SPACE to continue.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Mortuary Day One
CF |
CF |
CF | Mortuary
CF | The odor of camphor is overwhelming in this gloomy subterranean
CF | chamber. Shelves along the walls house organs in jars of formaldehyde.
CF | Deeper in, cadavers are organized in labeled niches, embalmed and
CF | awaiting cremation.
CF |
CF | A flight of stairs leads back up to the clinic.
CF |
CF | Doctor Cavala is here studying Reden's body with a loupe. His heart,
CF | lungs, and trachea are neatly laid out beside him on the slab.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "u"
CF ] Clinic Day One
CF | >
CF | > U
CF |
CF | You emerge from the darkness of the mortuary...
CF |
CF | Clinic
CF | Doctor Cavala's clinic is a small, unostentatious affair, neatly
CF | organized with little in the way of decoration. A row of chairs faces
CF | the prescription counter, where the medication and patient records are
CF | sorted in gridlike pigeonholes; further on is the consulting study,
CF | home to a desk strewn with notes and diagrams.
CF |
CF | A calomel curtain leads north to the surgery room, stairs lead down to
CF | the mortuary, and the front door lies east.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "e"
CF ] Via Terminalis, West End Day One
CF | >
CF | > E
CF |
CF | (first opening the front door of the clinic)
CF | (closing the door behind you)
CF |
CF | Via Terminalis, West End
CF | You stand in the terminus of the Via Terminalis, a cul-de-sac of steel
CF | spires and buildings aspiring to the heavens. From here the
CF | street-lamps and shop windows line the great spine of the Channelworks
CF | District until, shrouded in the mists of the canal, it curves out of
CF | sight.
CF |
CF | The white cross of Doctor Cavala's clinic is to the west, the
CF | dormitory block where you live lies to the north, and a gap between
CF | buildings hides an alley entrance to the south. The great Via
CF | Terminalis continues to the east.
CF |
CF | (Type >map to view a map of the Channelworks District.)
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "SAVE"
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "cf6"
CF | >
CF | > SAVE
CF | %% Enter a save filename to write:
CF ] Via Terminalis, West End Day One
CF | > SAVEOk.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "map"
CF ] Map
CF |
CF | [Picture number 3 here.]
CF |
CF |
CF |
CF |
CF |
CF | Please press SPACE to continue.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Via Terminalis, West End Day One
CF |
CF |
CF | Via Terminalis, West End
CF | You stand in the terminus of the Via Terminalis, a cul-de-sac of steel
CF | spires and buildings aspiring to the heavens. From here the
CF | street-lamps and shop windows line the great spine of the Channelworks
CF | District until, shrouded in the mists of the canal, it curves out of
CF | sight.
CF |
CF | The white cross of Doctor Cavala's clinic is to the west, the
CF | dormitory block where you live lies to the north, and a gap between
CF | buildings hides an alley entrance to the south. The great Via
CF | Terminalis continues to the east.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "e"
CF ] Via Terminalis, West Street Day One
CF | >
CF | > E
CF |
CF |
CF | Via Terminalis, West Street
CF | You are adrift in the bustle of crowds and carriages, a raucous river
CF | that runs through the blood-vessel streets. Signage advertises a
CF | profusion of shops and services amid the sounds of leather rollers and
CF | stitching machines. In the distant mist, the Bilious Canal spills from
CF | the Channelworks into the heart of the city.
CF |
CF | You can follow the Via to the west, or to the southeast where it
CF | bridges the canal. A condemned block is visible to the north. A
CF | hanging banner obscures an alley to the southwest, while a footpath
CF | follows the canal to the south.
CF |
CF | Some civil guards are keeping vigil on the thoroughfare. Among them
CF | you see your friend, Horatio.
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu says, "Back, and I should be caught up."
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x Horatio"
CF ] Via Terminalis, West Street Day One
CF | >
CF | > X HORATIO
CF |
CF | Vigile Horatio is a childhood friend of yours. He's always been a bit
CF | dense, but you're glad to have him around.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x banner"
CF ] Via Terminalis, West Street Day One
CF | >
CF | > X BANNER
CF |
CF | The banner is an advertisement for a night market, now three weeks out
CF | of date. You can't see much behind it.
CF |
CF | A carriage with drawn blinds trundles past.
CF |
CF | > DavidW asks, "Talk to Horatio?"
Knight_Otu says, "Sure."
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "talk to Horatio"
CF ] Via Terminalis, West Street Talking to Horatio
CF | >
CF | > TALK TO HORATIO
CF |
CF | You smile at him. "Good morning, Horatio."
CF |
CF | He grins. "Hey, Marid. Out and about early?"
CF |
CF | 1) "I should be asking you the same thing..."
CF | 2) "I'm on an errand for Doctor Cavala..."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF ] Via Terminalis, West Street Talking to Horatio
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | "I'm on an errand for Doctor Cavala," you explain. "I'm on my way to
CF | deliver some documents to the basilica."
CF |
CF | "No wonder you looked like you were in a hurry," Horatio muses. "Well,
CF | I shan't hold you up. You do know the way, don't you?"
CF |
CF | "Even if I didn't, I'd know better than to ask you."
CF |
CF | He hangs his head. "Fair enough."
CF |
CF | 1) "How is life in the Vigiles?"
CF | 2) "See you soon, Horatio."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "How is life in the Vigiles?"
CF |
CF | Horatio folds his arms. "I've hardly done anything. It's been nothing
CF | but closet-scrubbing and guard duty. I thought I'd had enough of that
CF | after boot camp."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | after boot camp.""I know the feeling."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Via Terminalis, West Street Talking to Horatio
CF | after boot camp.""I know the feeling.""I'm getting antsy, you know?"
CF | He drums his fingers on the hilt of his saber. "I want to be out there
CF | catching criminals and stopping burglaries, not standing around. I
CF | want to see some action once in a while."
CF |
CF | 1) "See you soon, Horatio."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Via Terminalis, West Street Day One
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "See you soon, Horatio."
CF |
CF | "You too, Marid."
CF |
CF | You hug each other goodbye, and he returns to his post.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "se"
CF ] Via Terminalis Bridge Day One
CF | >
CF | > SE
CF |
CF |
CF | Via Terminalis Bridge
CF | Here the voices and bustle wash over the arches and cobblestones. Mist
CF | rises from the Bilious Canal below, tarnishing the wayside statues
CF | green and gray, and fading into the fog and the overcast sky.
CF |
CF | The Via Terminalis stretches away to the northwest and southeast,
CF | while a clandestine stairway descends to the south.
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu says, "Oh, Horatio, I have a feeling you'll regret saying that."
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x canal"
CF ] Via Terminalis Bridge Day One
CF | >
CF | > X CANAL
CF |
CF | The Bilious Canal is furious and vitriolic, as befits its name. Mist
CF | curls from the surface of the water.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x bridge"
CF ] Via Terminalis Bridge Day One
CF | >
CF | > X BRIDGE
CF |
CF | The stones have been smoothed by decades of traffic.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "se"
CF ] Via Terminalis Junction Day One
CF | >
CF | > SE
CF |
CF |
CF | Via Terminalis Junction
CF | Traffic revolves every which way around this old-fashioned rotunda,
CF | tracing the ancient alchemical lines inscribed on the stonework. An
CF | armillary sphere rotates in the center of the junction and guides
CF | carriages according to its lights.
CF |
CF | The Via Terminalis runs northwest to the bridge and southeast to
CF | Miller's Gate. A colonnade to the north marks the entrance of the
CF | Channelworks. To the east lies the Turris Infinita, and to the south
CF | can be seen the grand forum.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "j"
CF ] Journal
CF | Fourth of Aquaria, Auritum IV
CF |
CF | It feels good to be out and about making myself useful. Has it really
CF | been a week since the last time I went out on the town? Not that I
CF | should be going shopping at a time like this... but walking through
CF | the streets, seeing everyone going about their daily lives, it's
CF | almost enough to make me feel as though everything is going to be
CF | well.
CF |
CF | Current objectives:
CF |
CF | - Deliver the bundle of documents to the censor in the basilica
CF | - Find Zoiro, Reden's brother, in Riggertown
CF | ...by asking the censor for his address
CF | ...by asking around Riggertown
CF |
CF | Marid's notes:
CF |
CF | - I remember that the basilica is across the Via Terminalis bridge,
CF | next to the grand forum.
CF | - I remember that Riggertown is down the canal from the Via
CF | Terminalis.
CF | - Perhaps I could go to the Turris Infinita and pay Justinian a
CF | surprise visit...
CF | - Doctor Cavala told me to think about what I saw last night...
CF | - This district is so much larger than the Lake District...
CF |
CF |
CF |
CF | Please press SPACE to continue. DavidW says, "I suppose S if we want to get our errands done."
Knight_Otu says, "Yeah."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Via Terminalis Junction Day One
CF |
CF |
CF | Via Terminalis Junction
CF | Traffic revolves every which way around this old-fashioned rotunda,
CF | tracing the ancient alchemical lines inscribed on the stonework. An
CF | armillary sphere rotates in the center of the junction and guides
CF | carriages according to its lights.
CF |
CF | The Via Terminalis runs northwest to the bridge and southeast to
CF | Miller's Gate. A colonnade to the north marks the entrance of the
CF | Channelworks. To the east lies the Turris Infinita, and to the south
CF | can be seen the grand forum.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "s"
CF ] Grand Forum Day One
CF | >
CF | > S
CF |
CF |
CF | Grand Forum
CF | This immense paved square is alive with people of all kinds: couples,
CF | merchants, buskers. There are children flying their paper kites and
CF | old men watching the clouds drift by. A brilliant mural of Furopolis
CF | and Solphos hovers at the heart of it all.
CF |
CF | The arch of Miller's Gate rules the east, and the curving canal
CF | cradles the basilica to the west. From the northern Via Terminalis
CF | junction, the Via Mercurii splits off and travels south.
CF |
CF | A newsboy is handing out copies of the Libri Liberi to
CF | passers-by.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "take libri"
CF ] Grand Forum Day One
CF | >
CF | > TAKE LIBRI
CF |
CF | "Good morning," you say.
CF |
CF | "Morning, miss." He thrusts a newspaper into your hands. "Compliments
CF | of the press."
CF |
CF | "Um, thanks."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x it"
CF ] Grand Forum Day One
CF | >
CF | > X IT
CF |
CF | The Bilious Canal is furious and vitriolic, as befits its name. Mist
CF | curls from the surface of the water.
CF |
CF | A prison carriage rolls past. You glimpse what looks like a squid
CF | through the bars before it turns a corner and is gone.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x libri"
CF ] Grand Forum Day One
CF | >
CF | > X LIBRI
CF |
CF | FEATURE: IS ANIMUS POWER ETHICAL? Cathode-bound animii produce the
CF | energy that sustains our civilization, yet these souls are acquired
CF | through the coercion of society's most deprived...
CF | MUTANT CULTISTS AMONG US? Witnesses have reported individuals in
CF | the Lower City performing rituals in contravention of the Declaration
CF | of Religion Act...
CF | SIX AUTUMN FASHION TIPS. Look your best in the coming season with
CF | these products and recommendations from our featured experts...
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x mural"
CF ] Grand Forum Day One
CF | >
CF | > X MURAL
CF |
CF | The mural is a three-dimensional work of art magically inscribed upon
CF | the aether. Walking through it you see the world exquisitely captured,
CF | so finely detailed that you can make out the pinprick-lights of the
CF | constellations. There are the continents Terra Munda and Terra Nova,
CF | the great black sea of the Pelagus, and the four domed periochs --
CF | Kardiapolis, Kreopolis, Furopolis, and Neopolis.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x neopolis"
CF ] Grand Forum Day One
CF | >
CF | > X NEOPOLIS
CF |
CF | Neopolis is still sparse in comparison to the other periochs, but
CF | there is a haunting wonder to its symmetry.
CF |
CF | A couple walks past, arm in arm.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x pelagus"
CF ] Grand Forum Day One
CF | >
CF | > X PELAGUS
CF |
CF | A vast dark expanse that seems to undulate as you move around the
CF | mural.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x furopolis"
CF ] Grand Forum Day One
CF | >
CF | > X FUROPOLIS
CF |
CF | The artist has magnified the image of the city so that the forty-nine
CF | districts are reproduced. There is the Upper Perioch with its
CF | breathtaking spires, and the gold-stained rows of the Lower Perioch;
CF | and on the boundary, caught between worlds, you see the tiny
CF | Channelworks District and the even tinier forum nestled within.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x kreopolis"
CF ] Grand Forum Day One
CF | >
CF | > X KREOPOLIS
CF |
CF | Massive with its multiple domes, and ensconced amid the mountains.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x kardiapolis"
CF ] Grand Forum Day One
CF | >
CF | > X KARDIAPOLIS
CF |
CF | At this scale, the capital city looks like a fairy-tale palace on the
CF | ocean.
CF |
CF | Some young men walk past, pointing and laughing at something out of
CF | sight.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x basilica"
CF ] Grand Forum Day One
CF | >
CF | > X BASILICA
CF |
CF | An imposing gothic hall. Petitioners trickle in and out.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "w"
CF ] Basilica Day One
CF | >
CF | > W
CF |
CF |
CF | Basilica
CF | Footsteps and whispers echo through these high-vaulted halls. The
CF | aisles on either side are lined with the doorways of countless
CF | clerical offices, and surrounding the raised chancel are the seats of
CF | the Magistrates' Court. The exit is to the east.
CF |
CF | Nearby is the censor -- but he appears to have fallen asleep at his
CF | desk.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "wake censor"
CF ] Basilica Day One
CF | >
CF | > WAKE CENSOR
CF |
CF | Yes, but how?
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x censor"
CF ] Basilica Day One
CF | >
CF | > X CENSOR
CF |
CF | A middle-aged man with a receding hairline. He's slumped over his
CF | desk, fast asleep.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "touch censor"
CF ] Basilica Day One
CF | >
CF | > TOUCH CENSOR
CF |
CF | You tickle the censor's forehead and nose. He shifts and groans a
CF | little, and furrows his brow in his sleep.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "talk to censor"
CF ] Basilica Day One
CF | >
CF | > TALK TO CENSOR
CF |
CF | "Excuse me?"
CF |
CF | The censor snores by way of response.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "shake censor"
CF ] Basilica Day One
CF | >
CF | > SHAKE CENSOR
CF |
CF | You grab the censor's shoulders and give him a firm couple of shakes.
CF |
CF | He sniffs. He sighs. And then he keels over and resumes snoring.
CF |
CF | > DavidW says, "yell"
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "yell"
CF ] Basilica Talking to the censor
CF | >
CF | > YELL
CF |
CF | You take a deep breath and yell, "Censor, in the name of Earth, Water,
CF | Fire, Air, Natron, Mercury, and Sulfur, would you kindly. Wake.
CF | Up!"
CF |
CF | There is a very long silence.
CF |
CF | The censor is wide awake now. He scrambles to a seated position,
CF | staring at you all the while.
CF |
CF | "Er," he says. "Um."
CF |
CF | 1) <Clear your throat.>
CF | 2) "Sorry..."
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu says, "What a sound sleeper."
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF ] Basilica Talking to the censor
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | "Sorry," you say, a little sheepishly. "It's just that you were asleep
CF | at your desk, and..."
CF |
CF | The censor turns red. "Of course, of course. Let's not speak of that.
CF | Entirely understandable. On to business." He adjusts his collar and
CF | puffs out his chest. "Censor Provis at your service, miss. What can I
CF | do for you today?"
CF |
CF | 1) "I have documents from Doctor Cavala's clinic..."
CF | 2) "I need the address of a Channelworks District citizen..."
CF |
CF | > MoyTravis says, "lol that did it"
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "I have documents from Doctor Cavala's clinic regarding the death of a
CF | Channelworks District citizen," you say. "A middle-aged goblin man by
CF | the name of Reden."
CF |
CF | You hand the bundle of documents to the censor, who regards it with an
CF | appraising eye.
CF |
CF | "Let me see." He breaks the seal and quickly scans the contents. "Yes.
CF | Hmm. Unfortunate, this. Not to worry. All shall be in order..."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | Hmm. Unfortunate, this. Not to worry. All shall be in order..."The
CF | censor's gaze pauses on one section of the report. He reads it --
CF | rereads it.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | rereads it."Hmm!" he says. "Well excuse me! An unknown
CF | disease? Hmm! Now this is highly irregular. Highly irregular. I will
CF | have to contact my superiors."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | have to contact my superiors."He puts a big red stamp on the bundle
CF | and files it away in a clattering of drawers, muttering to himself all
CF | the while. At last he pats the desk and nods with an air of
CF | self-importance. MoyTravis asks, "Is Natron, like, an actual ancient Thing or just a word in this universe?"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Basilica Talking to the censor
CF | self-importance."Very good, miss," he says. "Thank you for bringing
CF | this to our attention. Now was there anything else you needed?"
CF |
CF | 1) "I need the address of a Channelworks District citizen..."
CF | 2) "Nothing, thank you."
CF |
CF | > MoyTravis says, "It is apparently a natural mineral salt."
DavidW says, "I don't know what a natron is, but I think it's real, yes."
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "I need the address of a Channelworks District citizen. His name is
CF | Zoiro."
CF |
CF | The censor furrows his brow. "Right then," he says. "Just a moment.
CF | Wait here, if you please."
CF |
CF | He gets up and vanishes into one of the side doorways of the basilica,
CF | muttering a stream of incomprehensible jargon involving coordinates
CF | and street names. You hear the sounds of wooden scroll cases being
CF | rifled through, and furtive frantic consultations among the clerks. Knight_Otu says, "It is a very alchemical world in any case."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | rifled through, and furtive frantic consultations among the
CF | clerks.After an appreciable wait, he emerges from the doorway
CF | flush-faced and triumphant.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | flush-faced and triumphant."Seventh on Layabout Row," he proclaims,
CF | "Upper Riggertown. Property under the name of Zoiro and Koriph. And
CF | his place of employment, which I've taken the liberty to look up, is
CF | the Riggertown Mechanistry. Here, let me write it down for you --"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Basilica Talking to the censor
CF | the Riggertown Mechanistry. Here, let me write it down for you --"He
CF | scribbles on a scrap of paper, hands it to you, and sits back down at
CF | his desk looking eminently satisfied.
CF |
CF | "There we go," he says. "Now was there anything else you needed?"
CF |
CF | 1) "Nothing, thank you."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Basilica Day One
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "Nothing, thank you."
CF |
CF | The censor beams. "Have a good day, miss. Per radium sophia."
CF |
CF | You step away from the censor's desk.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "i"
CF ] Basilica Day One
CF | >
CF | > I
CF |
CF | You are wearing your natron jacket, your clothes, and an animus
CF | pendant (containing the spirit of your father). On your person are a
CF | note with Zoiro's address, today's copy of the Libri Liberi,
CF | your practitioner's badge, your scalpel, your purse, and an antiseptic
CF | cloth.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x note"
CF ] Basilica Day One
CF | >
CF | > X NOTE
CF |
CF | It's the scrap of paper the censor gave you. It reads:
CF |
CF | Home address: VII Layabout Row, Upper Riggertown
CF | Employment address: Riggertown Mechanistry, Upper Riggertown
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "e"
CF ] Grand Forum Day One
CF | >
CF | > E
CF |
CF |
CF | Grand Forum
CF | This immense paved square is alive with people of all kinds: couples,
CF | merchants, buskers. There are children flying their paper kites and
CF | old men watching the clouds drift by. A brilliant mural of Furopolis
CF | and Solphos hovers at the heart of it all.
CF |
CF | The arch of Miller's Gate rules the east, and the curving canal
CF | cradles the basilica to the west. From the northern Via Terminalis
CF | junction, the Via Mercurii splits off and travels south.
CF |
CF | A newsboy is handing out copies of the Libri Liberi to
CF | passers-by.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "s"
CF ] Via Mercurii Day One
CF | >
CF | > S
CF |
CF |
CF | Via Mercurii
CF | The Road of Change is a snaking, secretive thing. It curls in the side
CF | streets and in the dark places. Here along the canal, the opulence of
CF | the Upper Perioch peels away to reveal midnight hues and scarlet
CF | lamps, cabarets and pawnbrokers and establishments of ill repute --
CF | but for now, at least, they slumber in the daylight.
CF |
CF | To the north is the grand forum, vibrant and lively, while to the
CF | south the Shanty Quarter begins.
CF |
CF | A fortune-teller is plying his trade by the road. As you pass him, he
CF | meets your gaze and beckons you with a smile.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "talk to teller"
CF ] Via Mercurii Talking to the fortune-teller
CF | >
CF | > TALK TO TELLER
CF |
CF | You approach the fortune-teller's table.
CF |
CF | "Hello," you offer.
CF |
CF | "Good afternoon, young one." His accent is disarming. "Have you come
CF | in search of answers?"
CF |
CF | 1) "I have."
CF | 2) "I came because you beckoned me."
CF | 3) "I was curious."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "3"
CF ] Via Mercurii Talking to the fortune-teller
CF | >
CF | > 3
CF |
CF | "I was curious."
CF |
CF | "Ah, curiosity. I can hardly fault you. It's only natural to be
CF | curious about a tradition such as mine."
CF |
CF | The fortune-teller spreads his hands, and the deck of cards seems to
CF | fly apart and flow into itself.
CF |
CF | "I am a reader of messages, of portents. We often ask -- What should I
CF | do? Where will I go? The cards can show us all these things and more."
CF |
CF | 1) "I've never seen cards like these before."
CF | 2) "How does it work?"
CF | 3) "Do you get many patrons?"
CF | 4) "I'd like a reading."
CF | 5) "Perhaps another time."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Via Mercurii Talking to the fortune-teller
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "I've never seen cards like this before."
CF |
CF | The fortune-teller nods enigmatically, and slowly riffles the deck for
CF | you to see. The card backs are baroque, inlaid with gold, brilliant
CF | with light as they collapse inward.
CF |
CF | "The Aubedore," he murmurs. "The lost art. Here, you may not have
CF | heard of it. But the tradition exists, and I assure you that it is
CF | real."
CF |
CF | 1) "What did you mean by 'the lost art?'"
CF | 2) "How does it work?"
CF | 3) "Do you get many patrons?"
CF | 4) "I'd like a reading."
CF | 5) "Perhaps another time."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Via Mercurii Talking to the fortune-teller
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "What did you mean by 'the lost art?'" you ask.
CF |
CF | He only smiles. "Perhaps I've said too much. A magician can only
CF | reveal so many secrets."
CF |
CF | 1) "How does it work?"
CF | 2) "Do you get many patrons?"
CF | 3) "I'd like a reading."
CF | 4) "Perhaps another time."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Via Mercurii Talking to the fortune-teller
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "How does it work?"
CF |
CF | The fortune-teller holds the cards close to his chest. "The strings of
CF | fate -- but perhaps you know them better as the chains of causality.
CF | They are intimately connected to all things in ways you can't imagine.
CF | By shuffling the cards, I am attuning them to your past, present, and
CF | future, to the parallels and possibilities."
CF |
CF | 1) "I don't believe in fate."
CF | 2) "Do you get many patrons?"
CF | 3) "I'd like a reading."
CF | 4) "Perhaps another time."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF ] Via Mercurii Talking to the fortune-teller
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | "Do you get many patrons?" you ask.
CF |
CF | "Many," the fortune-teller replies. "I've told the fortunes of the
CF | rich and poor, young and old. They all sought answers in their
CF | lifetime, and the cards helped them discover the way."
CF |
CF | 1) "I don't believe in fate."
CF | 2) "I'd like a reading."
CF | 3) "Perhaps another time."
CF |
CF | > DavidW asks, "Do we want a reading?"
Knight_Otu says, "I have a feeling this could be a hint mechanic, but sure."
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF ] Via Mercurii Talking to the fortune-teller
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | "I'd like a reading," you say cautiously.
CF |
CF | "Very well," he replies. "Please, sit down. What question do you wish
CF | to ask the Fates?"
CF |
CF | You take your seat at the table, facing the fortune-teller. After a
CF | long moment, you give your answer.
CF |
CF | 1) "There's a boy I like..."
CF | 2) "A man died in the clinic where I work..."
CF | 3) "I've been having nightmares..."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | "A man died in the clinic where I work. I want to know what happened
CF | to him."
CF |
CF | The fortune-teller's smile fades, and he nods more seriously.
CF |
CF | "You pose me a sober question, my friend," he says. "I will endeavor
CF | to ask the cards on your behalf. Let's see what the River pattern has
CF | to tell us about your patient."
CF |
CF | He upturns his hand. Cards slide off the deck and onto the table in a
CF | flowing line. With his other hand, he turns the path of the cascade
CF | until a curving tangent has been formed.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | until a curving tangent has been formed."The River flows from the
CF | source," he says, "through the upper course and the bend, into the
CF | lower course and the delta. Here, the tributary is fed by the lake."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | lower course and the delta. Here, the tributary is fed by the lake."He
CF | gestures to each of the face-down cards in sequence.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | gestures to each of the face-down cards in sequence."Now we will
CF | reveal the cards, one by one, and see what they reveal about the flow
CF | of causality."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | of causality."His gold-gloved hand hovers over the source.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Via Mercurii Talking to the fortune-teller
CF | of causality."His gold-gloved hand hovers over the source."Shall we
CF | begin?"
CF |
CF | 1) <Watch him reveal the upper river.>
CF |
CF | >
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Via Mercurii Talking to the fortune-teller
CF | >
CF | >
CF |
CF | Please choose a response from the list by typing the corresponding
CF | number.
CF |
CF | 1) <Watch him reveal the upper river.>
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | You nod. The fortune-teller touches the source, and brings it to
CF | light.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | light.The illustration is of an ancient forge, immaculately detailed
CF | and filled with artifacts of esoteric design. You see swords and cups,
CF | cloaks and crowns. But in front and center, set above the rest, is a
CF | band of purest, most exalted gold.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | band of purest, most exalted gold."The Ring," says the fortune-teller.
CF | "The most brilliant of the Fixtures. The source was a device, or
CF | perhaps a discovery, that possessed vast potential."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | perhaps a discovery, that possessed vast potential."The next card is
CF | upside down, and all you can make out is a crowded and colorful
CF | vignette. But in the center, almost unnoticeable, is one stooped
CF | figure devoid of color.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | figure devoid of color."The Servant. The lowliest in the realm of the
CF | court, so humble as to go unnoticed. But it is inverted; I dare say
CF | your patient drew unexpected attention, for good or for ill."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | your patient drew unexpected attention, for good or for ill."The third
CF | card bears a young woman's face in stark definition, with blue eyes
CF | eerily like your own, but with only pale skin where her mouth should
CF | have been. You involuntarily touch your lips.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | have been. You involuntarily touch your lips.The fortune-teller shakes
CF | his head. "The bend is the Mute. The event, then, the death, had to do
CF | with silence. But did your patient die because he did not speak out...
CF | or was he killed to ensure he never did?"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Via Mercurii Talking to the fortune-teller
CF | or was he killed to ensure he never did?"He purses his lips.
CF |
CF | "Let us take a step back, and see if the tributary sheds light on the
CF | mystery."
CF |
CF | 1) <Watch him reveal the tributary.>
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | He reveals the card, and it turns out to be an idyllic scene of the
CF | land before the Darkening, a picture of a forest with green trees and
CF | blue skies. In its center is a body of still and silvery water.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | blue skies. In its center is a body of still and silvery water."The
CF | Pond," says the fortune-teller. "It represents a place far from
CF | civilization where one can reflect and find reflection. It is the
CF | indirect cause -- could the discovery have been made in such a place?
CF | The place your patient drew attention? Or did he not speak out because
CF | civilization would not have heard him?"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | civilization would not have heard him?"You frown. "I came here for
CF | answers, not more questions."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | answers, not more questions.""I am sorry you feel that way, my
CF | friend," he replies. "I can only convey what I can see with my own
CF | eyes, and what the cards see fit to provide. The Fates can be
CF | temperamental even at the best of times.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Via Mercurii Talking to the fortune-teller
CF | temperamental even at the best of times."But look! There are still
CF | three cards we have not revealed."
CF |
CF | 1) <Watch him reveal the rest of the river.>
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "We have seen what has come to pass," he says, reaching for the lake.
CF | "Now we see what could have been..."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | "Now we see what could have been..."The card bears the image of an old
CF | woman in a dungeon. She is strung up by iron manacles and horribly
CF | withered, with her emaciation illustrated in exacting detail.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | withered, with her emaciation illustrated in exacting detail."The
CF | Manacles." A grimace. "If not for your patient's death, someone would
CF | have been imprisoned. Yes, an unpleasant picture is beginning to
CF | emerge..."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | emerge..."The fortune-teller turns over the lower course, revealing it
CF | to be another dark and disturbing illustration; but upside-down, so
CF | that you can only see a bone-white figure.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | that you can only see a bone-white figure."Ah!" he declares. "The
CF | Ghost appears, but inverted. The dire message it brings is not heard,
CF | and the course of fate is not changed. And that brings us to our final
CF | card, the delta --"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | card, the delta --"The delta is a storm at sea, heaving with
CF | rain-lashed ships and alive with forked lightning. Above all in the
CF | pitch-black sky is a terrible sphere that can only be the
CF | Luna.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | Luna.The fortune-teller sets the card down.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Via Mercurii Talking to the fortune-teller
CF | Luna.The fortune-teller sets the card down."The Tempest," he
CF | whispers. "The future will be filled with change and turmoil. It could
CF | be in many years, or it could be tomorrow. And all because of a humble
CF | man who drew the wrong attention -- and was silenced."
CF |
CF | A long pause.
CF |
CF | 1) "...I see."
CF | 2) "Are you sure?"
CF | 3) "I hope you aren't expecting me to believe this drivel."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF ] Via Mercurii Talking to the fortune-teller
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | "Are you sure?" you ask.
CF |
CF | He nods. "It is what the Fates have shown me."
CF |
CF | 1) "...I see."
CF | 2) "I don't believe in fate."
CF | 3) "I hope you aren't expecting me to believe this drivel."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "...I see," you say at last.
CF |
CF | He is still and pensive. The wind grasps his hood, making its edges
CF | billow.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | billow.At length, he places a hand on his deck. His eyes flicker to
CF | it; his lips twitch. Then he picks up his cards, one by one, and
CF | shuffles them away and out of sight.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Via Mercurii Talking to the fortune-teller
CF | shuffles them away and out of sight."I should go," he murmurs. "I have
CF | other places to be."
CF |
CF | 1) "Goodbye."
CF | 2) "Wait..."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | "Wait..."
CF |
CF | He gets to his feet. You rise, your mind buzzing with questions.
CF | "Wait!" you cry. "Wait..."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | "Wait!" you cry. "Wait...""Goodbye," he says. "Live on, my friend.
CF | Live well."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | Live well."And he vanishes with a whirl of his cloak, leaving only a
CF | whiff of incense on the wind.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Via Mercurii Day One
CF | whiff of incense on the wind.It's a while before you notice the sounds
CF | of the city around you again.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "l"
CF ] Via Mercurii Day One
CF | >
CF | > L
CF |
CF | Via Mercurii
CF | The Road of Change is a snaking, secretive thing. It curls in the side
CF | streets and in the dark places. Here along the canal, the opulence of
CF | the Upper Perioch peels away to reveal midnight hues and scarlet
CF | lamps, cabarets and pawnbrokers and establishments of ill repute --
CF | but for now, at least, they slumber in the daylight.
CF |
CF | To the north is the grand forum, vibrant and lively, while to the
CF | south the Shanty Quarter begins.
CF |
CF | The divining table sits vacant by the road.
CF |
CF | A dozen goblins meander down the street, chatting loudly.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x table"
CF ] Via Mercurii Day One
CF | >
CF | > X TABLE
CF |
CF | A simple tin-framed table with two matching chairs.
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu says, "Gee, thanks, wizard."
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "s"
CF ] Via Mercurii Day One
CF | >
CF | > S
CF |
CF | The cobblestones grow crooked and broken underfoot. The buildings
CF | crowd inward until they blot out the darkening sky. You hesitate.
CF |
CF | Is there really no other way?
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "w"
CF ] Via Mercurii Day One
CF | >
CF | > W
CF |
CF | The grand forum is to the north, and the Shanty Quarter is to the
CF | south.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "s"
CF | >
CF | > S
CF |
CF | With a deep breath, you press onward.
CF |
CF | Shanty Quarter
CF | No words can describe this place. It is claustrophobic, oppressive, a
CF | place where light does not reach. The air is heavy with the stench of
CF | offal and waste, and other things better left unimagined -- and you
CF | are hemmed in by ropes, walled off by concrete, entombed with the
CF | walking dead.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Shanty Quarter Day One
CF | walking dead.You instinctively take a step back, only to bump into a
CF | wall. You turn around and see a labyrinth of crawlspaces and ladders
CF | and rag curtains.
CF |
CF | You are lost.
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu says, "Uh oh."
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "s"
CF | >
CF | > S
CF |
CF | You wander blindly...
CF |
CF | Deeper, Darker
CF | And you cannot find your way. All is awash in the spectral light of
CF | broken cathode lamps, and in the shadows phantasmagoria creeps.
CF | Frightened children eye you from the rooftops. Rats are strung up like
CF | hanged men.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | hanged men.You walk through a broken arch and someone grabs your arm.
CF | The point of a knife touches your back.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Shanty Quarter Talking to a stranger
CF | The point of a knife touches your back."Don't scream," says a cracked
CF | and leathery voice. "I'll kill you if you scream."
CF |
CF | 1) <Scream.>
CF | 2) <Remain silent.>
CF | 3) "What do you want?"
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "3"
CF ] Shanty Quarter Talking to a stranger
CF | >
CF | > 3
CF |
CF | "What do you want?"
CF |
CF | The knife blade pushes deeper into your jacket. You're forced up
CF | against a wall. The bricks are hard and cold.
CF |
CF | "I want your money. All of it. Now."
CF |
CF | 1) <Scream.>
CF | 2) <Try to grab the knife.>
CF | 3) "Okay..." <Take out your purse.>
CF | 4) "Okay..." <Take out your scalpel.>
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "4"
CF | >
CF | > 4
CF |
CF | "Okay," you say. "I'm -- I'm getting my purse. Please don't hurt me."
CF |
CF | You reach into your jacket. The knife point trembles -- his hands are
CF | shaking. You feel for the familiar weight...
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | shaking. You feel for the familiar weight..."Hey," a different voice
CF | says. "The girl... doesn't she, doesn't she look familiar?"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | says. "The girl... doesn't she, doesn't she look familiar?""I don't
CF | know what you're talking about," your assailant growls.
CF |
CF | "No. Look. I swear she's the girl from the clinic. The Doc's
CF | clinic. She's got the tattoos and everything --"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | clinic. She's got the tattoos and everything --"The knife recedes.
CF |
CF | "Oh Primes." The voice sounds panicked. "Oh Primes. I'm sorry. We
CF | didn't know. Please don't --"
CF |
CF | "Please don't tell anyone. We just --"
CF |
CF | "Don't tell the Doc --"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Shanty Quarter Day One
CF | "Don't tell the Doc --"They take off at a run. Their footsteps vanish
CF | into the crowd, into the din of the underworld.
CF |
CF | You are alone once more.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "i"
CF ] Shanty Quarter Day One
CF | >
CF | > I
CF |
CF | You are wearing your natron jacket, your clothes, and an animus
CF | pendant (containing the spirit of your father). On your person are a
CF | note with Zoiro's address, today's copy of the Libri Liberi,
CF | your practitioner's badge, your scalpel, your purse, and an antiseptic
CF | cloth.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "l"
CF ] Shanty Quarter Day One
CF | >
CF | > L
CF |
CF | Deeper, Darker
CF | And you cannot find your way. All is awash in the spectral light of
CF | broken cathode lamps, and in the shadows phantasmagoria creeps.
CF | Frightened children eye you from the rooftops. Rats are strung up like
CF | hanged men.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "s"
CF ] Shanty Quarter Day One
CF | >
CF | > S
CF |
CF | Among the Lost
CF | There are so many people here. Mothers. Daughters. You see goblin boys
CF | fighting over scraps, and mutant children with two mouths and nothing
CF | to eat. You push through the crowd and they barely even notice your
CF | presence, so lost are they in their own suffering.
CF |
CF | You find yourself suddenly set upon by a legion of beggars, grabbing
CF | at your trousers, thrusting empty hats into your face, baying like
CF | starving dogs.
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu says, "Well. Doc has a reputation here."
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "talk to beggars"
CF ] Shanty Quarter Talking to the beggars
CF | >
CF | > TALK TO BEGGARS
CF |
CF |
CF | 1) "Leave me alone!"
CF | 2) <Give them some money.>
CF | 3) <Never mind.>
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Shanty Quarter Day One
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "Leave me alone!" you cry.
CF |
CF | But they don't hear you. All they see is a rich stranger.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "s"
CF | >
CF | > S
CF |
CF | You flee from them...
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | You flee from them...## Into the Fire
CF | A rubbish fire, roaring and acrid and unmistakably fecal. The flames
CF | are green and blue from alchemical decomposition, and dead bodies feed
CF | the fire and stoke its insatiable hunger with their animii.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Shanty Quarter Day One
CF | the fire and stoke its insatiable hunger with their animii.You sink to
CF | your knees.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "look"
CF ] Shanty Quarter Day One
CF | >
CF | > LOOK
CF |
CF | Into the Fire
CF | A rubbish fire. The green and blue flames lick at your jacket and
CF | sting your eyes raw with tears.
CF |
CF | But somewhere far to the west, you think you see sunlight.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "w"
CF | >
CF | > W
CF |
CF | You get to your feet.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | You get to your feet.Unsteadily, you walk.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | You get to your feet.Unsteadily, you walk.You close your eyes.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | You get to your feet.Unsteadily, you walk.You close your eyes.You keep
CF | walking.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | walking.You don't stop until you feel the sun on your face once more.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Cadaver Walk Day One
CF | walking.You don't stop until you feel the sun on your face once
CF | more.## Cadaver Walk
CF | You've emerged out onto a bridge, if it can be called that: a
CF | haphazard assortment of ropes, planks, chains, warning signs, layers
CF | upon layers bound up in incomprehensible knots. Below the lines trail
CF | where they have snapped and never been repaired, and the Bilious Canal
CF | gobbles them up as they descend.
CF |
CF | Riggertown is to the west, while the Shanty Quarter is to the east.
CF |
CF | >
Roger has arrived.
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "w"
CF ] Riggertown, Lower Level Day One
CF | >
CF | > W
CF |
CF |
CF | Riggertown, Lower Level
CF | This peculiarly goblin neighborhood bristles with mechanical-chymical
CF | detritus. There are twisty catwalks made for childlike feet, and
CF | sheet-metal shacks you must stoop to enter. Here and there in the
CF | shadow of the upper landing, neon lamps glow and windchimes tinkle
CF | like laughter.
CF |
CF | You can climb a ladder up to the next level, wander among the shacks
CF | to the west, or cross the canal east by way of Cadaver Walk.
CF |
CF | A scruffy old goblin sits on a post, chewing on a golden stick and
CF | watching the midday crowd.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "talk to goblin"
CF ] Riggertown, Lower Level Talking to the scruffy old goblin
CF | >
CF | > TALK TO GOBLIN
CF |
CF | (the scruffy old goblin)
CF | The old goblin raises an eyebrow as you approach. He pops the
CF | half-chewed stick out of his mouth.
CF |
CF | "Something on your mind, girlie?"
CF |
CF | 1) "Good afternoon, sir."
CF | 2) "What's that you're chewing on?"
CF | 3) "Has anyone in Riggertown come down with a mysterious illness
CF | recently?"
CF | 4) "Nothing, sorry."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF ] Riggertown, Lower Level Talking to the scruffy old goblin
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | "What's that you're chewing on?"
CF |
CF | "This?" He holds up the half-chewed stick. "It's a stick of gold. I'm
CF | sucking on it, see? Brings out the flavor."
CF |
CF | "Oh."
CF |
CF | "Yeah."
CF |
CF | 1) "I'm curious. What does gold taste like?"
CF | 2) "By the way, I never caught your name."
CF | 3) "Has anyone in Riggertown come down with a mysterious illness
CF | recently?"
CF | 4) "I'll be back soon."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Riggertown, Lower Level Talking to the scruffy old goblin
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "I'm curious," you remark. "What does gold taste like?"
CF |
CF | "Ah," he says. "Now there's a fine question. Metals, see, all of them
CF | have got different flavors. You're a doctor, ain't you?"
CF |
CF | 1) "Um, yes."
CF | 2) "Um, no."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF ] Riggertown, Lower Level Talking to the scruffy old goblin
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | "Um, no."
CF |
CF | "No?" His ears droop. "I thought I had you figured from your jacket.
CF | Anyway -- you've surely heard of the metal correspondences, yes? Lead
CF | to yellow bile, tin to blood, iron to black bile? It tastes just like
CF | that. You can taste them like a bouquet on your tongue -- the
CF | correspondences, the extremes."
CF |
CF | 1) "That doesn't sound very palatable."
CF | 2) "So what does gold taste like?"
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF ] Riggertown, Lower Level Talking to the scruffy old goblin
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | "So what does gold taste like?"
CF |
CF | "Gold, you ask?" The goblin leans forward with shining eyes. "Gold is
CF | different from all of them. Gold corresponds to the heart.
CF | Tasting it is like tasting the sun, the soul. Biting
CF | down on a freshly transmuted nugget -- ah! Now that, I dare say, is a
CF | feast fit for a king."
CF |
CF | 1) "That's... very interesting."
CF | 2) "Is it healthy to be snacking on gold like this?"
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF ] Riggertown, Lower Level Talking to the scruffy old goblin
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | "Is it healthy to be snacking on gold like this?"
CF |
CF | He shrugs. "You tell me, Doc."
CF |
CF | "I -- I already told you, I'm not a doctor..."
CF |
CF | "So it is, so it is. Healthful, not healthful -- who's counting? Not
CF | me, that's for certain."
CF |
CF | He takes another bite out of his stick, and grins a toothy grin.
CF |
CF | 1) "By the way, I never caught your name."
CF | 2) "Has anyone in Riggertown come down with a mysterious illness
CF | recently?"
CF | 3) "I'll be back soon."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Riggertown, Lower Level Talking to Donti
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "By the way, I never caught your name."
CF |
CF | His lips curl wryly. "Never caught yours either."
CF |
CF | "Um... I'm Marid," you say. "Marid Orpheia."
CF |
CF | "Well, I'm Donti," he says. "Just Donti. Good afternoon to you, Marid
CF | Orpheia."
CF |
CF | 1) "Has anyone in Riggertown come down with a mysterious illness
CF | recently?"
CF | 2) "Talk to you later, Donti."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "Has anyone in Riggertown come down with a mysterious illness
CF | recently?" you ask.
CF |
CF | "Eh?" Donti frowns. "What kind of illness?"
CF |
CF | You briefly elucidate the symptoms, and a black look comes over his
CF | face.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | face."Talk about a nasty business," he remarks. "No, I can't say I've
CF | ever come across something like that before, and I don't know anyone
CF | who has. But I'll keep an eye out, and I'll spread the word for you.
CF | You'll know if someone so much as sneezes in this town, so it is."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | You'll know if someone so much as sneezes in this town, so it
CF | is.""That would be a great help," you say. "Thank you."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Riggertown, Lower Level Talking to Donti
CF | is.""That would be a great help," you say. "Thank you.""Don't mention
CF | it. Just doing what I can."
CF |
CF | 1) "Talk to you later, Donti."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Riggertown, Lower Level Day One
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "Talk to you later, Donti."
CF |
CF | "Good health to you."
CF |
CF | He waves you off and goes back to chewing on his stick.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "j"
CF ] Journal
CF | Fourth of Aquaria, Auritum IV
CF |
CF | The poorest parts of the district have been an ordeal to walk through,
CF | but the worst has finally passed. After everything that I've seen
CF | today, having to break the news of Reden's death... somehow doesn't
CF | seem as bad.
CF |
CF | Current objectives:
CF |
CF | - Find Zoiro, Reden's brother, in Riggertown
CF |
CF | Marid's notes:
CF |
CF | - I learned that Zoiro lives on Layabout Row, in Upper Riggertown, and
CF | works at the Riggertown Mechanistry.
CF |
CF |
CF |
CF | Please press SPACE to continue.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Riggertown, Lower Level Day One
CF |
CF |
CF | Riggertown, Lower Level
CF | This peculiarly goblin neighborhood bristles with mechanical-chymical
CF | detritus. There are twisty catwalks made for childlike feet, and
CF | sheet-metal shacks you must stoop to enter. Here and there in the
CF | shadow of the upper landing, neon lamps glow and windchimes tinkle
CF | like laughter.
CF |
CF | You can climb a ladder up to the next level, wander among the shacks
CF | to the west, or cross the canal east by way of Cadaver Walk.
CF |
CF | Donti is sitting on his usual post, chewing on his golden stick and
CF | watching the midday crowd.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "u"
CF ] Riggertown, Upper Level Day One
CF | >
CF | > U
CF |
CF |
CF | Riggertown, Upper Level
CF | This is the more industrial part of Riggertown. The buildings here are
CF | scrap-heap spires that twist and turn around each other, with
CF | cubby-carts trundling along cables strung between them. Amidst horns
CF | honking advertisements, there is a great mess of little people
CF | shuffling about, and roads winding in ways wholly inexplicable to your
CF | human sensibilities.
CF |
CF | To the south looms an enormously noisy factory, which signage
CF | identifies as the Riggertown Mechanistry. A quieter road leads
CF | southwest to the suburbs. You could also descend a series of ladders
CF | to Lower Riggertown, or take a footpath north along the Bilious Canal.
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu asks, "I'm no doctor, but have you seen any mysterious illnesses lately?"
Roger says, "More of a disease enthusiast"
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "s"
CF ] Riggertown Mechanistry Day One
CF | >
CF | > S
CF |
CF |
CF | Riggertown Mechanistry
CF | This building is just as haphazard inside as it is on the outside.
CF | Assembly lines run up and down and all around the many levels of this
CF | building, weighed down by unfinished, not-quite-manufactured things.
CF | At stations along the lines, factory workers are hunched over
CF | workbenches, welding disparate parts together within acceptable
CF | margins of regularity.
CF |
CF | To the north, through a series of raised metal shutters, is the exit.
CF |
CF | A large gobliness is walking among the workers, pausing now and then
CF | to dish out a tongue-lashing. This must be the forewoman of the shift.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "talk to gobliness"
CF ] Riggertown Mechanistry Talking to the forewoman
CF | >
CF | > TALK TO GOBLINESS
CF |
CF | As the forewoman finishes lecturing one of her workers, you take the
CF | opportunity to approach her.
CF |
CF | "Excuse me," you say. "Are you the forewoman here?"
CF |
CF | She turns and grimaces. "What do you want? Make it quick. I'm busy."
CF |
CF | 1) "Do you greet everyone like that?"
CF | 2) "I'm looking for a man named Zoiro..."
CF | 3) "Never mind. Forget I asked."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF ] Riggertown Mechanistry Talking to the forewoman
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | "I'm looking for a man named Zoiro. I have it on good authority that
CF | he's employed here."
CF |
CF | "Yeah, he is." The forewoman narrows her eyes. "What's this about? He
CF | miss a payment for something?"
CF |
CF | 1) "Something like that."
CF | 2) "I have a message for him. From Doctor Cavala."
CF | 3) "There's been a death in the family. I'm here to break the bad
CF | news."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "3"
CF | >
CF | > 3
CF |
CF | "There's been a death in the family. I'm here to break the bad news."
CF |
CF | She covers her mouth.
CF |
CF | "Oh," she says. "Oh dear. I didn't think..."
CF |
CF | She shakes her head and trails off. With a wave of her hand she
CF | beckons you to follow, and the two of you make your way across the
CF | factory floor.
CF |
CF | "Damned unlucky business," she mutters. "Was it violence or disease
CF | that -- oh, it doesn't matter. I suppose I'll have to give him
CF | compassionate leave either way..."
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "push space"
CF | compassionate leave either way..."She leads you to one of the side
CF | stations, where a pair of men are hard at work assembling animus
CF | lanterns. They look up with trepidation as you approach.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Riggertown Mechanistry Talking to two goblins
CF | lanterns. They look up with trepidation as you approach."Zoiro!" she
CF | says. "This here lady's got a message for you. Listen up, because
CF | she's only going to say it once."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | she's only going to say it once."You glance at her. She inclines her
CF | head, as if to say you're on your own now, before turning and
CF | disappearing into the forest of assembly lines.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Riggertown Mechanistry Talking to two goblins
CF | disappearing into the forest of assembly lines.You're left with the
CF | two goblins, who are more than a little nonplussed. They look at you.
CF | You look at them.
CF |
CF | 1) "Um."
CF | 2) "Hello..."
CF | 3) "Which one of you is Zoiro?"
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | "Hello," you say. "My name is Marid. Marid Orpheia."
CF |
CF | The goblins look at each other and shrug.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | The goblins look at each other and shrug."I'm Koriph," says the goblin
CF | on the right.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Riggertown Mechanistry Talking to Zoiro and Koriph
CF | on the right."I'm Zoiro," says the goblin on the left.
CF |
CF | 1) "Um."
CF | 2) "I have some bad news."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | You take a deep breath.
CF |
CF | "I have some bad news."
CF |
CF | The goblins look at each other. The atmosphere has grown abruptly
CF | heavier.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | heavier."Shit," Zoiro says, after a pause. "What kind of bad news?"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | heavier."Shit," Zoiro says, after a pause. "What kind of bad
CF | news?""This isn't the best place," you tell him. "Is there a smoking
CF | room around here? Somewhere we'll have peace and quiet?"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | room around here? Somewhere we'll have peace and quiet?"Zoiro licks
CF | his lips nervously. "The... the smoking room, yeah. Come on. I'll show
CF | you. Come on, Koriph -- you too. Let's get this over with."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | you. Come on, Koriph -- you too. Let's get this over with."You are
CF | brought into a little cubbyhole of a room, past a curtain you have to
CF | stoop to go through. The odor of smoke lingers uncomfortably in the
CF | air, just on the edge of your nostrils.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Riggertown Mechanistry Talking to Zoiro and Koriph
CF | air, just on the edge of your nostrils.Zoiro sits in an armchair.
CF | Koriph sits next to him. You take a seat opposite, going over your
CF | words in your mind.
CF |
CF | 1) <Be direct.>
CF | 2) <Be gentle.>
CF | 3) <Be professional.>
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu asks, "3?"
DavidW says, "okay."
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "3"
CF | >
CF | > 3
CF |
CF | "It's about your brother, Reden."
CF |
CF | Zoiro leans forward. "Why? What happened to him?"
CF |
CF | "Last night, during the last shift at Doctor Cavala's clinic, he
CF | staggered through the door seriously ill. His symptoms were unlike
CF | anything Doctor Cavala had ever seen."
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "push space"
CF | anything Doctor Cavala had ever seen."Zoiro's eyes widen. "He -- he
CF | wasn't sick at all when I saw him last."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | wasn't sick at all when I saw him last."You take a breath, keep your
CF | eyes fixed on him.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | eyes fixed on him."His heart and lungs had failed. He was hemorrhaging
CF | badly. We rushed him to the surgery room, but -- but --"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | badly. We rushed him to the surgery room, but -- but --""-- Oh Primes
CF | --"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | --"You look away.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | --"You look away."I'm sorry," you whisper. "He died on the gurney. We
CF | couldn't save him."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | couldn't save him."Zoiro falls silent. He nods, bites his lip, buries
CF | his head in his hands.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | his head in his hands.Koriph puts a hand on his shoulder.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | his head in his hands.Koriph puts a hand on his shoulder."Well," says
CF | Zoiro at last. "I... I shouldn't be surprised. It was bound to happen
CF | sooner or later. He was a bum. A fucking disgrace. He was going to
CF | catch something, living the way he did..."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | catch something, living the way he did..."He hangs his head.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Riggertown Mechanistry Talking to Zoiro and Koriph
CF | catch something, living the way he did..."He hangs his head."But it
CF | hurts," he says. "Knowing that he's gone."
CF |
CF | 1) "I'm sorry..."
CF | 2) "Do you need a moment?"
CF | 3) "You can ask me anything..."
CF | 4) <Say nothing.>
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Riggertown Mechanistry Talking to Zoiro and Koriph
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "I'm --"
CF |
CF | You blink back tears.
CF |
CF | "I'm so sorry. I'm so, so sorry."
CF |
CF | Zoiro shakes his head. "Don't beat yourself up, kid. It was... it was
CF | his time. Like I said... it was bound to happen."
CF |
CF | 1) "Will you be okay?"
CF | 2) <Say nothing.>
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "Will you be okay?"
CF |
CF | Zoiro looks down, and is quiet.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | Zoiro looks down, and is quiet."There's something I want to know," he
CF | says. "About Reden."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | says. "About Reden."A pause, uncertain.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Riggertown Mechanistry Talking to Zoiro and Koriph
CF | says. "About Reden."A pause, uncertain."Where is his body now?"
CF |
CF | 1) "We're dissecting his body..."
CF | 2) "We couldn't recover his body..."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "We're... we're dissecting his body," you tell him. "Doctor Cavala has
CF | invoked the ius medici --"
CF |
CF | "The what?"
CF |
CF | "The right of the doctor," you explain. "The illness that took Reden's
CF | life... it's unlike anything we've encountered before. We don't know
CF | how contagious it is, or who else might be at risk. We need to study
CF | the cadaver so we can make sure it doesn't kill anyone else."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | the cadaver so we can make sure it doesn't kill anyone else."Zoiro
CF | nods slowly.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | nods slowly."I... I guess that makes sense," he says. "Do what you
CF | need to do. Just... promise me you'll cremate him, when this is all
CF | over."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | over."He clenches his fists.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Riggertown Mechanistry Talking to Zoiro and Koriph
CF | over."He clenches his fists."And make sure you find out what you're
CF | looking for. Promise it."
CF |
CF | 1) "I promise..."
CF | 2) "I can't make that promise..."
CF |
CF | > DavidW says, "hmmm."
DavidW says, "I want to say 2 here."
MoyTravis says, "I'd say #2 but we're the protaganist so we'll definitely find it."
MoyTravis says, "Either's fine."
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | "I... I can't make that promise."
CF |
CF | Your voice trembles. You look into his eyes.
CF |
CF | "I don't make promises I don't know if I can keep. I don't know if I'm
CF | strong enough. I don't know if Doctor Cavala can do it. Knight_Otu says, "I mean, we'll sure try to do it, but we can't know that we'll find it, in-world."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | strong enough. I don't know if Doctor Cavala can do it."But I promise
CF | that we will try."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | that we will try."Zoiro nods, even as tears well up and glitter on his
CF | cheeks.
CF |
CF | He stands up and offers his hand. You shake on it.
CF |
CF | "Good luck." He squeezes your hand. "I believe in you."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | "Good luck." He squeezes your hand. "I believe in you."He takes
CF | Koriph's hand and nods at you in lieu of farewell.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | Koriph's hand and nods at you in lieu of farewell."Come on, Koriph.
CF | Let's talk to the forewoman about compassionate leave..."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Riggertown Mechanistry Day One
CF | Let's talk to the forewoman about compassionate leave..."You get up
CF | and make your way back to the Mechanistry floor. Your work here is
CF | done. It's time to go.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "l"
CF ] Riggertown Mechanistry Day One
CF | >
CF | > L
CF |
CF | Riggertown Mechanistry
CF | This building is just as haphazard inside as it is on the outside.
CF | Assembly lines run up and down and all around the many levels of this
CF | building, weighed down by unfinished, not-quite-manufactured things.
CF | At stations along the lines, factory workers are hunched over
CF | workbenches, welding disparate parts together within acceptable
CF | margins of regularity.
CF |
CF | To the north, through a series of raised metal shutters, is the exit.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "n"
CF ] Riggertown, Upper Level Day One
CF | >
CF | > N
CF |
CF |
CF | Riggertown, Upper Level
CF | This is the more industrial part of Riggertown. The buildings here are
CF | scrap-heap spires that twist and turn around each other, with
CF | cubby-carts trundling along cables strung between them. Amidst horns
CF | honking advertisements, there is a great mess of little people
CF | shuffling about, and roads winding in ways wholly inexplicable to your
CF | human sensibilities.
CF |
CF | To the south looms the Riggertown Mechanistry, while a quieter road
CF | leads southwest to the suburbs. You could also descend a series of
CF | ladders to Lower Riggertown, or take a footpath north along the
CF | Bilious Canal.
CF |
CF | It's getting dark out. The spires and factories are closing for the
CF | day.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "SAVE"
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "cf7"
CF | >
CF | > SAVE
CF | %% Enter a save filename to write:
CF ] Riggertown, Upper Level Day One
CF | > SAVEOk.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "d"
CF ] Riggertown, Lower Level Day One
CF | >
CF | > D
CF |
CF |
CF | Riggertown, Lower Level
CF | This peculiarly goblin neighborhood bristles with mechanical-chymical
CF | detritus. There are twisty catwalks made for childlike feet, and
CF | sheet-metal shacks you must stoop to enter. Here and there in the
CF | shadow of the upper landing, neon lamps glow and windchimes tinkle
CF | like laughter.
CF |
CF | You can climb a ladder up to the next level, wander among the shacks
CF | to the west, or cross the canal east by way of Cadaver Walk.
CF |
CF | A boy walks past doing a handstand.
CF |
CF | > DavidW says, "I'm not sure how to get back to the clinic from here. I don't want to go through that maze again."
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "w"
CF ] Riggertown, Lower Level Day One
CF | >
CF | > W
CF |
CF | You wander among the shacks for a bit, but it's getting dark out. You
CF | return to the main level before you get lost.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "u"
CF ] Riggertown, Upper Level Day One
CF | >
CF | > U
CF |
CF |
CF | Riggertown, Upper Level
CF | This is the more industrial part of Riggertown. The buildings here are
CF | scrap-heap spires that twist and turn around each other, with
CF | cubby-carts trundling along cables strung between them. Amidst horns
CF | honking advertisements, there is a great mess of little people
CF | shuffling about, and roads winding in ways wholly inexplicable to your
CF | human sensibilities.
CF |
CF | To the south looms the Riggertown Mechanistry, while a quieter road
CF | leads southwest to the suburbs. You could also descend a series of
CF | ladders to Lower Riggertown, or take a footpath north along the
CF | Bilious Canal.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "n"
CF ] Following the Canal Day One
CF | >
CF | > N
CF |
CF |
CF | Following the Canal
CF | Glittering waters roar alongside the footpath, running from north to
CF | south in an ever-restless torrent. North lies the Via Terminalis, and
CF | beyond it the mouth of the Channelworks; to the south, the path
CF | descends by steps and turns, ending in the algae and grime of Upper
CF | Riggertown.
CF |
CF | A closed manhole is recessed into the footpath.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "n"
CF ] Via Terminalis, West Street Day One
CF | >
CF | > N
CF |
CF |
CF | Via Terminalis, West Street
CF | You are adrift in the bustle of crowds and carriages, a raucous river
CF | that runs through the blood-vessel streets. Signage advertises a
CF | profusion of shops and services amid the sounds of leather rollers and
CF | stitching machines. In the distant mist, the Bilious Canal spills from
CF | the Channelworks into the heart of the city.
CF |
CF | You can follow the Via to the west, or to the southeast where it
CF | bridges the canal. A condemned block is visible to the north. A
CF | hanging banner obscures an alley to the southwest, while a footpath
CF | follows the canal to the south.
CF |
CF | A harried-looking alchemist runs past.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "w"
CF | >
CF | > W
CF |
CF |
CF | Via Terminalis, West End
CF | You stand in the terminus of the Via Terminalis, a cul-de-sac of steel
CF | spires and buildings aspiring to the heavens. From here the
CF | street-lamps and shop windows line the great spine of the Channelworks
CF | District until, shrouded in the mists of the canal, it curves out of
CF | sight.
CF |
CF | The white cross of Doctor Cavala's clinic is to the west, the
CF | dormitory block where you live lies to the north, and a gap between
CF | buildings hides an alley entrance to the south. The great Via
CF | Terminalis continues to the east.
CF |
CF | Wait a moment.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Via Terminalis, West End Day One
CF | Wait a moment.Someone on the street has just drawn her sword and
CF | stalked into Doctor Cavala's clinic.
CF |
CF | > DavidW says, "That sounds bad."
Knight_Otu says, "It sure does."
DavidW says, "Where's Horatio when we need him."
DavidW asks, "Do we go in?"
MoyTravis asks, "Save but yes?"
Knight_Otu says, "We probably are supposed to."
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "SAVE"
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "cf8"
CF | >
CF | > SAVE
CF | %% Enter a save filename to write:
CF ] Via Terminalis, West End Day One
CF | > SAVEOk.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "w"
CF | >
CF | > W
CF |
CF | You rush through the door of the
CF |
CF | Clinic
CF | A row of chairs faces the prescription counter, where the medication
CF | and patient records are sorted in gridlike pigeonholes. Further on is
CF | the consulting study, home to a desk strewn with notes and diagrams.
CF |
CF | And she is there, walking slowly toward the mortuary stairs. Her sword
CF | glints in the final rays of sunlight.
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "d"
CF | glints in the final rays of sunlight."Coming!" Doctor Cavala calls.
CF | You hear the doctor's chair shift, her footfalls climbing the steps.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Clinic Day One
CF | You hear the doctor's chair shift, her footfalls climbing the
CF | steps.The hooded stranger raises her sword.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "yell"
CF | >
CF | > YELL
CF |
CF | "Get away!" you scream.
CF |
CF | The assassin turns her head and looks directly at you.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | The assassin turns her head and looks directly at you.Her face catches
CF | the light and she has so
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | the light and she has somany
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | the light and she has somanyteeth
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | the light and she has somanyteethand Doctor Cavala comes up the stairs
CF | with a flying tackle that sends the assassin staggering into the
CF | waiting chairs. In three steps she is reaching under the counter --
CF | but the assassin is quicker -- her blade faster -- blood spatters the
CF | floor -- Doctor Cavala cries out -- a blur of motion -- and there is a
CF | flash and thunder from the walls.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | flash and thunder from the walls.The assassin clutches at her face.
CF | Doctor Cavala raises the cutter and pulls the trigger again --
CF | lightning arcs, misses by inches.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | lightning arcs, misses by inches."Get the fuck out of my clinic," she
CF | growls.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | growls.A rush of wind. The assassin is gone. You whirl around and see
CF | a dark shape disappearing into the night. MoyTravis says, "I feel this effect would work a lot better if you were playing normally and the interpreter? wasn't smashing the lines together when you pressed space."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | a dark shape disappearing into the night.Doctor Cavala takes a deep
CF | breath. Stifles a cry.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | breath. Stifles a cry."Marid," she says. "My leg."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Clinic Talking to Doctor Cavala
CF | breath. Stifles a cry."Marid," she says. "My leg."You find her slumped
CF | on the floor, her chest rising and falling. A gash has been torn above
CF | her left knee. Her entire trouser leg is stained red.
CF |
CF | 1) "Doctor...!"
CF | 2) "Oh Primes..."
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu says, "Probably, yes."
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | "Oh Primes..."
CF |
CF | You rush to Doctor Cavala's side. Even from a cursory examination,
CF | it's obvious that she needs help, and quickly.
CF |
CF | "Hurry," she says through gritted teeth. "There's a first aid bag
CF | behind the counter..."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Clinic Day One
CF | behind the counter..."(This scene has lethal consequences. You may
CF | wish to save the game by typing >save.)
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "SAVE"
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "cf9"
CF | >
CF | > SAVE
CF | %% Enter a save filename to write:
CF ] Clinic Day One
CF | > SAVEOk.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "take bag"
CF ] Clinic Day One
CF | >
CF | > TAKE BAG
CF |
CF | You grab the bag and wrest it open. Inside are a bellows, an
CF | aspirator, a stethoscope, a blood pressure gauge, a pair of scissors,
CF | a pair of tweezers, a bar of soap, a roll of tape, five vials
CF | (containing saline, laudanum, smelling salts, aqua vitae, and
CF | tincture-of-resins) --
CF |
CF | There. An antiseptic dressing and an elastic bandage.
CF |
CF | > DavidW asks, "> put dressing on leg. put bandage on leg?"
Knight_Otu says, "Seems what is indicated."
lkcampbell says, "or give them to the doctor"
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "put dressing on leg"
CF | >
CF | > PUT DRESSING ON LEG
CF |
CF | (first taking the dressing and the bandage)
CF | "There's no debris." Doctor Cavala's voice is shaking. "Remember.
CF | Apply pressure --"
CF |
CF | She cries out as the dressing touches her wound. You force yourself to
CF | ignore her gasps, press down hard, loop the bandage tight. And natron
CF | sigils flare on the fabric: the wound is sealed.
CF |
CF | "Not... not bad," she croaks, when she has the voice to speak.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | "Not... not bad," she croaks, when she has the voice to speak."Can you
CF | move?" you ask.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | move?" you ask.Her face twitches.
CF |
CF | "Primes, it hurts. I... I think my tendon's gone."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Clinic Day One
CF | "Primes, it hurts. I... I think my tendon's gone.""You're still
CF | bleeding," you tell her. "I need to --"
CF |
CF | "-- raise my leg above chest level," she finishes. "I understand. Do
CF | it, Marid. Prop it up on the chair."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "prop leg on chair"
CF | >
CF | > PROP LEG ON CHAIR
CF |
CF | (first putting down the first aid bag)
CF | Taken --
CF |
CF | Doctor Cavala grits her teeth and screws her eyes shut. Her
CF | bloodstained trousers stick to your gloves. Her leg feels heavy and
CF | fragile in your hands, like a porcelain model that will shatter if you
CF | slip.
CF |
CF | Seconds pass before her leg finds its place, before you dare loosen
CF | your grip and let go --
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | your grip and let go --You let go.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | your grip and let go --You let go.Doctor Cavala breathes a sigh of
CF | relief.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | relief.You exhale. Something in your expression makes Doctor Cavala
CF | chuckle, and her laughter is infectious. The two of you, master and
CF | apprentice -- you can't help but start laughing at the terror, the
CF | absurdity of the situation.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | absurdity of the situation."The bleeding's stopped," you say, wiping
CF | your gloves on your apron. "I... I think."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | your gloves on your apron. "I... I think.""Then we've done the best we
CF | could," Doctor Cavala replies. "You've done well, Marid. Very well.
CF | I'm afraid this evening would have gone rather worse without you --"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Clinic Talking to Doctor Cavala
CF | I'm afraid this evening would have gone rather worse without you
CF | --"She smirks at her own gallows humor, and looks morbidly satisfied.
CF |
CF | 1) <Smile.>
CF | 2) "I'm just glad you're all right, Doctor."
CF | 3) "I was so worried for you..."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "3"
CF ] Clinic Talking to Doctor Cavala
CF | >
CF | > 3
CF |
CF | "I was so worried for you," you say. "I thought..."
CF |
CF | "I know." Doctor Cavala's voice is soft. "I know."
CF |
CF | 1) <Smile.>
CF | 2) "I'm just glad you're all right, Doctor."
CF | 3) "Will you be safe here?"
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "3"
CF | >
CF | > 3
CF |
CF | You glance at the clinic door. The Luna is ascending,
CF | painting the Via Terminalis in the colors of moonlight.
CF |
CF | "Will you be safe here?"
CF |
CF | "I don't think she'll be coming back, if that's what you mean." She
CF | holds up her cutter. "You may rest assured that I'm a very good shot."
CF |
CF | "But what about your injury?" you ask. "Are you going to sleep on the
CF | floor? What if you need to relieve yourself? I -- I don't know if I'm
CF | comfortable leaving you here. Perhaps I should --"
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "push space"
CF | comfortable leaving you here. Perhaps I should --"Boots clatter on
CF | cobble. Lanterns approach. The clinic door swings open, admitting a
CF | bustle of hard-eyed civil guards.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | bustle of hard-eyed civil guards."Hullo!" the point man says. "Doctor
CF | Cavala. The neighbors reported a scream, and we responded as soon as
CF | we... what happened here?"
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "push space"
CF | we... what happened here?"There's something oddly familiar about
CF | him...
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | him..."...Horatio?" you say.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | him..."...Horatio?" you say."Marid?" He turns -- it is him,
CF | the buffoon. "What are you doing here? Is everything alright?"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | the buffoon. "What are you doing here? Is everything alright?""You've
CF | arrived with commendable timing," remarks Doctor Cavala. "I've just
CF | chased a violent hoodlum out of my clinic, and Servator Marid here has
CF | seen to my injuries. We were just on the topic of informing the
CF | authorities, but it seems that won't be necessary..."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | authorities, but it seems that won't be necessary..."
CF | * * *
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Clinic Talking to the interviewer
CF | * * *It takes the better part of an
CF | hour to sort everything out with the Vigiles. You're interviewed by a
CF | bored-looking patrolwoman, and given a steaming mug of tea to wash
CF | away the foul taste of the evening's events. An agreement is made:
CF | Doctor Cavala will remain under Vigiles protection for the time being,
CF | with Horatio assigned as a personal assistant and bodyguard.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | with Horatio assigned as a personal assistant and bodyguard."...and
CF | you're saying you have no idea who the assailant was?" the interviewer
CF | is asking. "Surely you must have made an enemy of someone."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | is asking. "Surely you must have made an enemy of
CF | someone.""I'm telling you, I know this district."
CF | Doctor Cavala takes another sip from her drinking straw. "No one is
CF | fool enough to antagonize the only pro bono doctor in the
CF | city. Just ask Marid."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Clinic Talking to the interviewer
CF | city. Just ask Marid."The interviewer shoots you an inquiring look.
CF |
CF | 1) "It's true. I was almost robbed in the Shanty Quarter..."
CF | 2) "Aren't there other doctors operating in the area?"
CF | 3) "Something definitely smells about this incident..."
CF | 4) <Remain silent.>
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu asks, "1 or 3?"
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Clinic Talking to the interviewer
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "It's true. I was almost robbed in the Shanty Quarter..."
CF |
CF | You describe how you were accosted; how the robbers were terrified
CF | once they realized your identity. The interviewer writes furiously in
CF | her little black notebook, pursing her lips all the while.
CF |
CF | "You see?" Doctor Cavala says. "Even if I stepped on someone's toes,
CF | they wouldn't have the stones to touch me."
CF |
CF | "But clearly," the interviewer counters, "someone does."
CF |
CF | 1) "Aren't there other doctors operating in the area?"
CF | 2) "Something definitely smells about this incident..."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | "Something definitely smells about this incident. I can't imagine why
CF | someone would have it out for Doctor Cavala -- and why now,
CF | of all times?"
CF |
CF | The doctor falls silent. The interviewer's eyes dart between you.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | The doctor falls silent. The interviewer's eyes dart between you.It is
CF | Doctor Cavala who breaks the silence, with words that prick like pins.
CF |
CF | "Do you think it's connected to Reden?" she asks. "To what happened
CF | last night?"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Clinic Talking to the interviewer
CF | last night?"You hesitate.
CF |
CF | 1) "Yes..."
CF | 2) "No..."
CF | 3) "Maybe..."
CF | 4) "I don't know."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "3"
CF | >
CF | > 3
CF |
CF | "...Maybe," you say. "It's uncomfortably close. I can't imagine it
CF | being a coincidence. But if it isn't -- how could the surgery possibly
CF | be connected? Why would anyone want you dead for such a thing?"
CF |
CF | Doctor Cavala furrows her brow. "I certainly hope it's a coincidence,"
CF | she says. "If the alternative is true..."
CF |
CF | She doesn't finish her sentence. She takes another sip of tea, looking
CF | greatly perturbed.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | greatly perturbed."Well," the interviewer finally says. "This has all
CF | been very fascinating -- but the hour is growing late, and we are no
CF | closer to discovering any answers. I shall recommend a better equipped
CF | team to join you tomorrow, Doctor. Until then --"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | team to join you tomorrow, Doctor. Until then --"The guards leave the
CF | clinic following a perfunctory sending-off. You are left in the
CF | company of Doctor Cavala and Horatio, who have settled down in the
CF | waiting area for the long haul.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Clinic Day One
CF | waiting area for the long haul.## Clinic
CF | A row of chairs faces the prescription counter, where the medication
CF | and patient records are sorted in gridlike pigeonholes. Further on is
CF | the consulting study, home to a desk strewn with notes and diagrams.
CF |
CF | A calomel curtain leads north to the surgery room, stairs lead down to
CF | the mortuary, and the front door lies east.
CF |
CF | Doctor Cavala is recuperating in a makeshift bed, with Horatio keeping
CF | watch nearby.
CF |
CF | You catch yourself yawning; you didn't realize how tired you were.
CF | Perhaps you should get back home before it's too dark out.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "talk to horatio"
CF ] Clinic Talking to Doctor Cavala and Horatio
CF | >
CF | > TALK TO HORATIO
CF |
CF | You approach the makeshift bed, and Doctor Cavala and Horatio turn to
CF | you.
CF |
CF | 1) <Speak to Doctor Cavala...>
CF | 2) <Speak to Horatio...>
CF | 3) "I should be going..."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "3"
CF ] Clinic Day One
CF | >
CF | > 3
CF |
CF | "I should be going," you say. "I'll see you tomorrow."
CF |
CF | "Good night, Marid."
CF |
CF | "G'night, Marid."
CF |
CF | "Good night, Doctor, Horatio."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "e"
CF ] Via Terminalis, West End Day One
CF | >
CF | > E
CF |
CF | (first opening the front door of the clinic)
CF | (closing the door behind you)
CF |
CF | Via Terminalis, West End
CF | You stand in the terminus of the Via Terminalis, a cul-de-sac of steel
CF | spires and buildings aspiring to the heavens. Night has fallen, broken
CF | only by the ghostly glow of bound animii in street-lamps and shop
CF | windows. Beyond, you see the great spine of the Channelworks District,
CF | receding from the lamplight into the beginnings of rain.
CF |
CF | The white cross of Doctor Cavala's clinic is to the west, and the
CF | dormitory block where you live lies to the north.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "n"
CF ] Dormitory Block Day One
CF | >
CF | > N
CF |
CF |
CF | Dormitory Block
CF | Here is the faded arch, with its years of verdigris; here are the
CF | too-small atrium and the fountain at its center. All around above are
CF | the lights of innumerable domiciles, linked by crumbling stairs and
CF | divided by flimsy plaster walls.
CF |
CF | From here, you can go up to your dormitory room, visit the public
CF | house to the west, or exit the building to the south.
CF |
CF | You notice a single pigeon half-hidden under the stairs. The gobliness
CF | and her golem must have missed it.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x pigeon"
CF | >
CF | > X PIGEON
CF |
CF | You take a step closer --
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | You take a step closer --The pigeon twitches.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | You take a step closer --The pigeon twitches.Before your eyes, the
CF | pigeon begins to move, like a delicate clockwork replica that has been
CF | wound up again. It rights itself in a flutter of feathers, and coos,
CF | unmistakably alive.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | unmistakably alive.It looks around. It cocks its head in your
CF | direction.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | direction.And with no more than a thought, it leaps awing, and
CF | disappears into the glittering night sky.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Dormitory Block Day One
CF | disappears into the glittering night sky.You touch your pendant.
CF |
CF | > DavidW says, "weird"
Knight_Otu says, "Hm."
MoyTravis says, "Okay then."
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "u"
CF ] Marid's Room Day One
CF | >
CF | > U
CF |
CF | (first opening the door to your dormitory room)
CF | (closing the door behind you)
CF |
CF | Marid's Room
CF | Though this space of yours is small, you have done your best to
CF | furnish it with the comforts of home. In one corner is a dressing
CF | table, piled with stationery and assorted toiletries, and in another
CF | is the kitchenette. The only door leads back downstairs to the atrium.
CF |
CF | Your bed is at the end of the room, beside the window.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "get in bed"
CF | >
CF | > GET IN BED
CF |
CF | You change out of your clothes and curl up beneath the sheets. But
CF | sleep does not come easily.
CF |
CF | You close your eyes and drift in that listless limbo between
CF | wakefulness and slumber. A clockwork clicking echoes in your mind,
CF | behind your eyelids, like a promise you've forgotten and cannot
CF | remember.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | remember.You barely notice when the world melts away -- when it
CF | dissolves, fades, becomes a haze of images and memories.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | dissolves, fades, becomes a haze of images and memories.Your last
CF | thought before you fall asleep is a quiet realization --
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | thought before you fall asleep is a quiet realization --the clicking
CF | in your mind is the sound of teeth.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ]
CF |
CF |
CF |
CF |
CF |
CF |
CF |
CF |
CF | D A Y T W O
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Marid's Room Talking to Horatio
CF |
CF | A knocking at the door jolts you awake.
CF |
CF | "Marid?" comes Horatio's voice.
CF |
CF | 1) <Ignore the knocking.>
CF | 2) <Answer the door.>
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF ] Marid's Room Talking to Horatio
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | You clamber out of bed, throw on your jacket, and shuffle up to the
CF | door.
CF |
CF | 1) <Look through the peephole.>
CF | 2) "Horatio?"
CF | 3) "What is it?"
CF | 4) <Open the door.>
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Marid's Room Talking to Horatio
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | A peep reveals a Horatio who looks as tired and disheveled as you are.
CF |
CF | 1) "Horatio?"
CF | 2) "What is it?"
CF | 3) <Open the door.>
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Marid's Room Talking to Horatio
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "Horatio?"
CF |
CF | "Marid! So you do live here." He sounds relieved. "Marid,
CF | listen. There's been trouble. Doctor Cavala wants you to come down to
CF | the clinic as soon as you can."
CF |
CF | 1) "What's going on?"
CF | 2) "Trouble? What kind of trouble?"
CF | 3) "I'll be there."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | You're wide awake now. "Trouble? What kind of trouble?"
CF |
CF | "Big trouble. We've gotten wind of more deaths in the Channelworks
CF | District, and Doctor Cavala thinks they all died of the same disease
CF | as Reden. People are saying it's an epidemic --"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | as Reden. People are saying it's an epidemic --""Oh Primes --"
CF |
CF | "I know. Come down as soon as you can. The doctor will fill you in." Knight_Otu exclaims, "More trouble?!"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Marid's Room Day Two
CF | "I know. Come down as soon as you can. The doctor will fill you
CF | in."Horatio's footsteps disappear down the stairs. You hurry through
CF | your morning routine and slip your boots on.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "d"
CF ] Dormitory Block Day Two
CF | >
CF | > D
CF |
CF | (first opening the door to your dormitory room)
CF | (closing the door behind you)
CF |
CF | Dormitory Block
CF | Here is the faded arch, with its years of verdigris; here are the
CF | too-small atrium and the fountain at its center. All around above are
CF | innumerable domiciles, linked by crumbling stairs and divided by
CF | flimsy plaster walls.
CF |
CF | From here, you can go up to your dormitory room or exit the building
CF | to the south.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "s"
CF ] Via Terminalis, West End Day Two
CF | >
CF | > S
CF |
CF |
CF | Via Terminalis, West End
CF | You stand in the terminus of the Via Terminalis, a cul-de-sac of steel
CF | spires and buildings aspiring to the heavens. From here the
CF | street-lamps and shop windows line the great spine of the Channelworks
CF | District until, shrouded in the mists of the canal, it curves out of
CF | sight.
CF |
CF | The white cross of Doctor Cavala's clinic is to the west, and the
CF | dormitory block where you live lies to the north.
CF |
CF | Some pigeons fly overhead.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x pigeons"
CF ] Via Terminalis, West End Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X PIGEONS
CF |
CF | That is either not important or not something you can see.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "w"
CF | >
CF | > W
CF |
CF | (first opening the front door of the clinic)
CF | (closing the door behind you)
CF |
CF | Clinic
CF | Doctor Cavala and Horatio have been busy this morning. You spy fresh
CF | cups of tea beside the makeshift bed, and plates with crumbs that
CF | Horatio is in the process of tidying. Doctor Cavala, for her part,
CF | looks up from a newspaper as you enter.
CF |
CF | "Marid. Has Horatio told you what's happened?"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | "Marid. Has Horatio told you what's happened?""More deaths?"
CF |
CF | She passes the newspaper to you. "Take a look at this."
lkcampbell goes home.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | She passes the newspaper to you. "Take a look at this."DOCTOR
CF | FOUND DEAD IN HIS OWN HOME. Doctor Arturus, the renowned pathologist
CF | of the Channelworks District, was found dead this morning. Black blood
CF | was observed running from his eyes and mouth, a symptom shared by
CF | several patients he had recently received. Doctor Justinian, who
CF | discovered the body, expressed fears that his colleague's death could
CF | mark the beginning of a dangerous epidemic --
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | mark the beginning of a dangerous epidemic --A chill grips your
CF | spine.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Clinic Talking to Doctor Cavala
CF | spine.Doctor Cavala nods grimly. "Our suspicions have proven true.
CF | Reden is the first of many. More than that -- Doctor Arturus himself
CF | is among the casualties."
CF |
CF | 1) "Oh Primes."
CF | 2) "How could this have happened?"
CF | 3) "What do we do now?"
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu says, "Too topical."
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF ] Clinic Talking to Doctor Cavala
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | "How could this have happened?"
CF |
CF | She shakes her head. "Very easily. It is unlikely for a medical
CF | practitioner to contract a patient's disease -- not with the proper
CF | safeguards in place -- but not inconceivable. And Doctor Arturus...
CF | oh, the bloody fool. He should have known better..."
CF |
CF | 1) "Oh Primes."
CF | 2) "What do we do now?"
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | "What do we do now?"
CF |
CF | "That, Marid, is a very good question."
CF |
CF | Doctor Cavala folds her arms. Her expression seethes with disquiet,
CF | with the agitation of an invalid accustomed to physical activity.
CF |
CF | "Recent events have backed us into a corner," she says. "I can't do
CF | much of anything, on account of my injury. Horatio's hands are full
CF | with matters around the clinic. That leaves only one person to look
CF | into the situation --"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | into the situation --""Myself," you say.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | into the situation --""Myself," you say."Exactly." She snaps her
CF | fingers. "Before we can combat the disease, we need data -- data that
CF | can only be gathered through firsthand observation. You've proven
CF | yourself to be dependable and resourceful. You have enough medical
CF | expertise to make informed judgments. It will have to be you who
CF | investigates this series of deaths."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Clinic Talking to Doctor Cavala
CF | investigates this series of deaths."You consider her words carefully.
CF |
CF | 1) "Does it have to be me?"
CF | 2) "Where should I begin?"
CF | 3) "What should I look out for?"
CF | 4) "Can you tell me anything about Doctor Arturus?"
CF | 5) "Do you think Doctor Justinian can help?"
CF | 6) "I'm on it, Doctor."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF ] Clinic Talking to Doctor Cavala
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | "Where should I begin?" you ask.
CF |
CF | "You could begin by examining the bodies," Doctor Cavala says. "He'll
CF | be in his clinic -- I suppose it's Doctor Justinian's clinic now. Talk
CF | to Doctor Justinian about it, and check his patient records for
CF | possible contagion vectors between the deceased.
CF |
CF | "It might also be worth asking Zoiro about his brother's associations.
CF | See if you can find any correlation between the patients so far. With
CF | any luck, we'll uncover the source of the outbreak."
CF |
CF | 1) "What should I look out for?"
CF | 2) "Can you tell me anything about Doctor Arturus?"
CF | 3) "Do you think Doctor Justinian can help?"
CF | 4) "I'm on it, Doctor."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Clinic Talking to Doctor Cavala
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "What should I look out for?"
CF |
CF | "Our goal is to combat the disease," Doctor Cavala replies. "We need
CF | to determine the means by which it is transmitted -- whether it is
CF | endemic to a particular area, or spread by contact, or something else
CF | entirely. Once the transmission method is determined, we can take
CF | measures to isolate the disease and find a cure."
CF |
CF | 1) "Can you tell me anything about Doctor Arturus?"
CF | 2) "Do you think Doctor Justinian can help?"
CF | 3) "I'm on it, Doctor."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Clinic Talking to Doctor Cavala
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "Can you tell me anything about Doctor Arturus?"
CF |
CF | She sighs. "Not much, I'm afraid. Doctor Arturus was from before my
CF | time. I'm familiar with his corpus of work, of course -- even met him
CF | once or twice, in a professional capacity -- but he was a reclusive
CF | man, and rarely involved in everyday affairs.
CF |
CF | "Try asking Doctor Justinian instead. He's had more contact with the
CF | man than anyone else."
CF |
CF | 1) "Do you think Doctor Justinian can help?"
CF | 2) "I'm on it, Doctor."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Clinic Talking to Doctor Cavala
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "Do you think Doctor Justinian can help?" you ask.
CF |
CF | Doctor Cavala nods. "He likely can. At minimum, he can give you a
CF | better picture of the events that led to Doctor Arturus's death.
CF | Beyond that, he's now the only other qualified doctor in the district.
CF | He'll be a useful ally if we are to contain the disease."
CF |
CF | 1) "I'm on it, Doctor."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "I'm on it, Doctor."
CF |
CF | She nods. "Remember: talk to Doctor Justinian in the Turris Infinita.
CF | Investigate all the deaths that have occurred so far. If you find a
CF | connection, we can isolate the transmission vector and quarantine the
CF | disease."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | disease.""Got it."
CF |
CF | She holds up a hand. "Before you go, I have a couple of things to give
CF | you. First -- Horatio, would you fetch me a pen?"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | you. First -- Horatio, would you fetch me a pen?"The pen is delivered.
CF | Doctor Cavala signs a small piece of paper, then seals it with a
CF | sigil-brand and hands it to you.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | sigil-brand and hands it to you."This is my signum," she says. "It's
CF | proof that you're acting on my behalf, for anyone who asks. And
CF | another thing --"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | another thing --"She has Horatio retrieve a sleek instrument from her
CF | desk. It is orichalcum, threaded with tiny magnification lenses, and
CF | your eyes widen as he places it in your palm.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | your eyes widen as he places it in your palm."Yes, Marid." She smiles
CF | wryly. "Since you'll be dealing with a lot of dead bodies, you can
CF | borrow my endoscope for this investigation. Just promise me you'll
CF | return it in one piece -- I'd hate to take the cost out of your next
CF | paycheck."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | paycheck.""I -- I understand, Doctor."
CF |
CF | She squeezes your hand. "Good luck, Marid. I'm counting on you."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Clinic Day Two
CF | She squeezes your hand. "Good luck, Marid. I'm counting on you."You
CF | step back and put the endoscope in your pocket.
CF |
CF | (The endoscope can be used to look inside narrow pathways. To use the
CF | endoscope, >put it in the object you wish to inspect.)
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu asks, "We're so going to break that priceless instrument, aren't we?"
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x endoscope"
CF ] Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X ENDOSCOPE
CF |
CF | An intricate assembly of lenses mounted on adjustable orichalcum rods.
CF | It can be inserted into cadavers to examine their internal pathways,
CF | and may be useful for inspecting other crevices of a similar nature.
CF |
CF | > DavidW says, "'other crevices'"
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x signum"
CF ] Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X SIGNUM
CF |
CF | A piece of paper signed and sealed by Doctor Cavala. It declares that
CF | Servator Marid Orpheia is formally authorized to act in the
CF | signatory's stead, and that anyone who disagrees is welcome to take it
CF | up with the signatory.
CF |
CF | Horatio yawns.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "talk to horatio"
CF ] Clinic Talking to Horatio
CF | >
CF | > TALK TO HORATIO
CF |
CF | You approach Horatio, and he grins a little bashfully.
CF |
CF | "Hey, Marid," he says.
CF |
CF | 1) "You don't look too good. Did you sleep well last night?"
CF | 2) "What do you think of the situation so far?"
CF | 3) "See you around, Horatio."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Clinic Talking to Horatio
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "You don't look too good," you say. "Did you sleep well last night?"
CF |
CF | "Well... no." He rubs his eyes. "I couldn't get any shut-eye in the
CF | clinic -- too much calomel in the air. Doctor Cavala slept like a
CF | baby, though. I don't know how she does it..."
CF |
CF | He sighs and looks you over.
CF |
CF | "To be honest," he says, "you don't look too good yourself. Your
CF | tattoos are all in a jumble. I know the doctor has you running errands
CF | for her, but -- just watch yourself out there, all right?"
CF |
CF | "I will," you say. "I promise."
CF |
CF | 1) "What do you think of the situation so far?"
CF | 2) "See you around, Horatio."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Clinic Talking to Horatio
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "What do you think of the situation so far?"
CF |
CF | Horatio's jaw hardens, and he looks contemplative.
CF |
CF | "I... I don't really know what to think," he says. "You and Doctor
CF | Cavala have been at this for a lot longer than I have. All I know that
CF | people seem to be dropping like flies all of a sudden. Doctor Arturus
CF | is dead -- even Doctor Cavala's got a ruined leg. How can we fix the
CF | problem when we don't even know what's going on?"
CF |
CF | 1) "See you around, Horatio."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "See you around, Horatio."
CF |
CF | "You too, Marid."
CF |
CF | You step back, and Horatio returns to his duties.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x tattoos"
CF ] Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X TATTOOS
CF |
CF | Your father gave you these tattoos when you were a young child, as is
CF | tradition in some alchemical families. Even now, the flowing,
CF | circuitous lines remind you of him.
CF |
CF | "I expect we shall be waiting awhile," Doctor Cavala observes. "How
CF | about a game of crucible, Horatio?"
CF |
CF | "Sure, I guess."
CF |
CF | Horatio produces a pack of cards and sits opposite Doctor Cavala.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "e"
CF ] Via Terminalis, West End Day Two
CF | >
CF | > E
CF |
CF | (first opening the front door of the clinic)
CF | (closing the door behind you)
CF |
CF | Via Terminalis, West End
CF | You stand in the terminus of the Via Terminalis, a cul-de-sac of steel
CF | spires and buildings aspiring to the heavens. From here the
CF | street-lamps and shop windows line the great spine of the Channelworks
CF | District until, shrouded in the mists of the canal, it curves out of
CF | sight.
CF |
CF | The white cross of Doctor Cavala's clinic is to the west, the
CF | dormitory block where you live lies to the north, and a gap between
CF | buildings hides an alley entrance to the south. The great Via
CF | Terminalis continues to the east.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "e"
CF ] Via Terminalis, West Street Day Two
CF | >
CF | > E
CF |
CF |
CF | Via Terminalis, West Street
CF | You are adrift in the bustle of crowds and carriages, a raucous river
CF | that runs through the blood-vessel streets. Signage advertises a
CF | profusion of shops and services amid the sounds of leather rollers and
CF | stitching machines. In the distant mist, the Bilious Canal spills from
CF | the Channelworks into the heart of the city.
CF |
CF | You can follow the Via to the west, or to the southeast where it
CF | bridges the canal. A condemned block is visible to the north. A
CF | hanging banner obscures an alley to the southwest, while a footpath
CF | follows the canal to the south.
CF |
CF | "That poor doctor!" you overhear someone in the crowd say. "What is
CF | the world coming to?..."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "se"
CF ] Via Terminalis Bridge Day Two
CF | >
CF | > SE
CF |
CF |
CF | Via Terminalis Bridge
CF | Here the voices and bustle wash over the arches and cobblestones. Mist
CF | rises from the Bilious Canal below, tarnishing the wayside statues
CF | green and gray, and fading into the fog and the overcast sky.
CF |
CF | The Via Terminalis stretches away to the northwest and southeast,
CF | while a clandestine stairway descends to the south.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "se"
CF ] Via Terminalis Junction Day Two
CF | >
CF | > SE
CF |
CF |
CF | Via Terminalis Junction
CF | Traffic revolves every which way around this old-fashioned rotunda,
CF | tracing the ancient alchemical lines inscribed on the stonework. An
CF | armillary sphere rotates in the center of the junction and guides
CF | carriages according to its lights.
CF |
CF | The Via Terminalis runs northwest to the bridge and southeast to
CF | Miller's Gate. A colonnade to the north marks the entrance of the
CF | Channelworks. To the east lies the Turris Infinita, and to the south
CF | can be seen the grand forum.
CF |
CF | Above the Turris Infinita, a black banner casts its trailing shadow
CF | across the sky.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x black banner"
CF ] Via Terminalis Junction Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X BLACK BANNER
CF |
CF | A black banner is traditionally put up when the head of the house has
CF | died.
CF |
CF | A mutant in work clothes tromps past.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "e"
CF | >
CF | > E
CF |
CF | (first opening the ornate double doors)
CF | (closing the doors behind you)
CF |
CF | Turris Infinita
CF | The atmosphere within the tower is utterly still. The lights that
CF | normally circle the mirrors have been dimmed, and the chandeliers
CF | overhead brood like thunderclouds. You find yourself treading softly,
CF | lightly -- as though if you took a wrong step, the whole glass tower
CF | would come crashing down.
CF |
CF | As you enter the foyer, two gargoyles land to your left and right.
CF | They move to seize your arms.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | They move to seize your arms."I am sorry to inform you that the Turris
CF | Infinita is now closed." The porter regards you humorlessly.
CF | "There is to be no trespassing -- no idle journalism --"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Turris Infinita Talking to the porter
CF | "There is to be no trespassing -- no idle journalism --"Her lower lip
CF | curls.
CF |
CF | "No gawking."
CF |
CF | 1) "I'm charmed."
CF | 2) "Why is the Turris Infinita closed?"
CF | 3) "I'm here on business."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "3"
CF ] Turris Infinita Talking to the porter
CF | >
CF | > 3
CF |
CF | "I'm here on business," you say pointedly.
CF |
CF | She rolls her eyes. "You and every dullard that comes through these
CF | doors. Do I look as though I give a whit about your business? Which
CF | part of 'no trespassing' do you not comprehend?"
CF |
CF | 1) "You're being completely unreasonable!"
CF | 2) "Doctor Cavala has authorized me..." <Present the signum.>
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | You hold up the signum. "Doctor Cavala has authorized me to
CF | investigate the death of Doctor Arturus in her stead. If you have a
CF | problem with that, you can take it up with Doctor Cavala."
CF |
CF | The porter's gaze falls on the slip of paper in your hand. The corner
CF | of her mouth twitches.
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "push space"
CF | of her mouth twitches."Is that so?" she says. "I believe I
CF | shall take the matter up with her. Thank you for the kind
CF | offer, and do inform the good doctor to arrange a meeting at
CF | her earliest convenience. Until then... the gargoyles will escort you
CF | to the door."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | to the door."Your face flushes. "You --"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | to the door."Your face flushes. "You --"A curtain rattles open.
CF | Surgical boots click on glass.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | Surgical boots click on glass."What's going on here?" a smoky voice
CF | demands.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | demands.You turn, and a young man with auburn hair is striding
CF | purposefully from the arch of Doctor Arturus's clinic. His coat
CF | ripples with natron filigree. There is an intensity in his expression,
CF | his visage.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | his visage.Your heart skips a beat.
CF |
CF | "D -- Doctor Justinian," you say. DavidW asks, "Is this the love interest?"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | "D -- Doctor Justinian," you say."Marid?" He furrows his brow.
CF | "Excubitores! Unhand this woman. She is a guest."
CF |
CF | The gargoyles release you and vanish into the rafters. The porter
CF | looks accusingly at him.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | looks accusingly at him."Doctor Justinian," she says. "This is
CF | exceedingly irregular --"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | exceedingly irregular --""Regulations be damned," he replies.
CF | "This is my friend, porter. I don't care what she's done.
CF | We'll have words about this later."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | We'll have words about this later.""But --"
CF |
CF | He holds up a hand, and the porter falls silent.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | He holds up a hand, and the porter falls silent."Good," he says. Knight_Otu says, "Maybe."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | He holds up a hand, and the porter falls silent."Good," he says.He
CF | turns to you, and his voice loses its edge, grows gentle.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Turris Infinita Talking to Justinian
CF | turns to you, and his voice loses its edge, grows gentle."Marid," he
CF | says. "I thought you might be coming."
CF |
CF | 1) "Thanks for that."
CF | 2) "It's good to see you, Doctor Justinian."
CF | 3) "I wouldn't miss a chance to see you, Doctor Justinian."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "Thanks... thanks for that," you say lamely.
CF |
CF | "It's the least I can do." He nods. "Come with me. We can speak more
CF | freely in the clinic proper..."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | freely in the clinic proper..."
CF | * * *
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Justinian
CF | * * *## Arturus's Clinic
CF | This upscale clinic exudes a muted elegance. Chrome fixtures are lit
CF | by surgically placed spotlights and underscored by dizzyingly
CF | intricate sigil-work. But you can't bring yourself to focus on your
CF | surroundings -- not when Justinian's hand feels so warm around yours,
CF | and demands so much of your attention.
CF |
CF | You know, intellectually, that it is normal for girls to develop
CF | crushes. That doesn't stop you from wanting to bury yourself in a hole
CF | right now. Why do you have to be so awkward?
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | right now. Why do you have to be so awkward?Justinian leads
CF | you to a coffee table and gestures to one of the armchairs. "Please,"
CF | he says. "Take a seat."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | he says. "Take a seat."You sit down, and he sits opposite you. His
CF | eyes -- those eyes! -- they study you. Troubled. Concerned.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Justinian
CF | eyes -- those eyes! -- they study you. Troubled. Concerned."This is
CF | about Doctor Arturus's death, I take it?"
CF |
CF | 1) "I'm so sorry you have to go through this, Justinian."
CF | 2) "I can't believe something like this is happening."
CF | 3) "Doctor Cavala sent me. We're investigating the disease that
CF | killed Doctor Arturus..."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Justinian
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "I -- I'm so sorry you have to go through this, Justinian."
CF |
CF | He lowers his eyes. "I appreciate it, Marid. Doctor Arturus -- I
CF | haven't always been on the best of terms with him. But he was like a
CF | father to me."
CF |
CF | 1) "I can't believe something like this is happening."
CF | 2) "Doctor Cavala sent me. We're investigating the disease that
CF | killed Doctor Arturus..."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | "Doctor Cavala sent me," you say. "We're -- we're investigating the
CF | disease that killed Doctor Arturus. Now that we three are the only
CF | medical professionals in the district, we -- we have to work together.
CF | If we're going to get through this."
CF |
CF | Why are you blushing at a time like this? What is wrong with
CF | you?
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | you?Justinian leans forward and clasps his hands. "Marid," he says. "I
CF | wish I could be of more help, but I'm afraid last night took... a toll
CF | on me. I don't know what I can provide that you don't already know..."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Justinian
CF | on me. I don't know what I can provide that you don't already
CF | know..."You try to compose your thoughts.
CF |
CF | 1) "I believe in you, Justinian."
CF | 2) "Can you tell me about how you discovered the body?"
CF | 3) "Can you tell me anything about Doctor Arturus's
CF | patients?"
CF | 4) "What are your thoughts on the disease?"
CF | 5) "There was an attempt on Doctor Cavala's life. Do you have any
CF | idea why?"
CF | 6) "I'll look around the clinic. Perhaps I'll find something the
CF | Vigiles have missed."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Justinian
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | I --
CF |
CF | You can already feel the blood rising in your cheeks. Justinian -- you
CF | -- no. No!
CF |
CF | You can't say it. You just can't.
CF |
CF | 1) "Can you tell me about how you discovered the body?"
CF | 2) "Can you tell me anything about Doctor Arturus's
CF | patients?"
CF | 3) "What are your thoughts on the disease?"
CF | 4) "There was an attempt on Doctor Cavala's life. Do you have any
CF | idea why?"
CF | 5) "I'll look around the clinic. Perhaps I'll find something the
CF | Vigiles have missed."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Justinian
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "Can you... can you tell me about how you discovered the body?"
CF |
CF | He shakes his head. "It's all a blur. Doctor Arturus had cloistered
CF | himself in the back of the clinic. I was instructed not to disturb him
CF | -- he seemed fine when I left in the evening. It was only when he
CF | didn't turn up for work this morning that I thought..."
CF |
CF | "...You thought something might have happened?"
CF |
CF | "Exactly." Justinian looks at his hands. "When I called on him in his
CF | domicile -- the disease had taken him."
CF |
CF | 1) "Can you tell me anything about Doctor Arturus's
CF | patients?"
CF | 2) "What are your thoughts on the disease?"
CF | 3) "There was an attempt on Doctor Cavala's life. Do you have any
CF | idea why?"
CF | 4) "I'll look around the clinic. Perhaps I'll find something the
CF | Vigiles have missed."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Justinian
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "Can you tell me anything about Doctor Arturus's patients?"
CF |
CF | Justinian's jaw hardens. "I know very little," he says. "Doctor
CF | Arturus... even in this clinic, with his aide, he was circumspect
CF | about his clients. He never told me anything. Never let me handle any
CF | of the administration. It's almost as if he didn't trust me -- but he
CF | was always a private man. I'm afraid I can't help you more."
CF |
CF | 1) "Do you know where the patient records are kept?"
CF | 2) "What are your thoughts on the disease?"
CF | 3) "There was an attempt on Doctor Cavala's life. Do you have any
CF | idea why?"
CF | 4) "I'll look around the clinic. Perhaps I'll find something the
CF | Vigiles have missed."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Justinian
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | You squirm in your seat. "Do you know where the patient records are
CF | kept?"
CF |
CF | "Try Doctor Arturus's domicile," he says. "He was obsessed with
CF | control. It would be like him to have every record on hand."
CF |
CF | 1) "What are your thoughts on the disease?"
CF | 2) "There was an attempt on Doctor Cavala's life. Do you have any
CF | idea why?"
CF | 3) "I'll look around the clinic. Perhaps I'll find something the
CF | Vigiles have missed."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Justinian
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "What are your thoughts on... on the disease?"
CF |
CF | A serious cast comes over Justinian's features, and he pauses before
CF | speaking.
CF |
CF | "I know that it is dangerous, Marid. It has killed so many in mere
CF | days -- not even Doctor Arturus was safe, and he was the most cautious
CF | man I ever knew. If you plan to investigate this -- you must be
CF | careful, Marid. Very careful."
CF |
CF | 1) "Was Doctor Arturus a cautious man? Doctor Cavala didn't give
CF | me that impression."
CF | 2) "There was an attempt on Doctor Cavala's life. Do you have any
CF | idea why?"
CF | 3) "I'll look around the clinic. Perhaps I'll find something the
CF | Vigiles have missed."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Justinian
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "Was Doctor Arturus a cautious man?" you ask. "Doctor Cavala... didn't
CF | give me that impression."
CF |
CF | Justinian looks almost disappointed for a moment, and the look in his
CF | eyes breaks your heart.
CF |
CF | "Doctor Cavala didn't know him like I did," he says, quietly.
CF |
CF | 1) "There was an attempt on Doctor Cavala's life. Do you have any
CF | idea why?"
CF | 2) "I'll look around the clinic. Perhaps I'll find something the
CF | Vigiles have missed."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Justinian
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "There was... there was an attempt on Doctor Cavala's life. Do you
CF | have any idea why?"
CF |
CF | "Hmm?"
CF |
CF | You relate your recollection of last night's events, and Justinian
CF | purses his lips.
CF |
CF | "I don't know what that's all about," he says. "It sounds like Doctor
CF | Cavala is the one you should ask."
CF |
CF | 1) "I'll look around the clinic. Perhaps I'll find something the
CF | Vigiles have missed."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "I'll... I'll look around the clinic. Perhaps I'll find something the
CF | Vigiles have missed."
CF |
CF | You stand up a little too anxiously -- no, Marid, you're blowing
CF | it -- and then Justinian grabs your wrist and you react in an
CF | entirely unladylike fashion but his attention is focused completely on
CF | you.
CF |
CF | "Marid," he says.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | "Marid," he says."J-- Justinian?"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | "Marid," he says."J-- Justinian?""Be careful." His voice is trembling.
CF | "I don't want anything to happen to you. If -- if it's too dangerous
CF | -- you can just go back to Doctor Cavala. No one will begrudge you for
CF | it."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | it."His words wrench at your heartstrings. For a moment you have the
CF | urge to hug him and forget about everything -- forget about blood,
CF | forget about tears, forget about the dying and the dead.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | forget about tears, forget about the dying and the dead.But when you
CF | close your eyes, you know you'd never forgive yourself. Not for the
CF | rest of your life.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | rest of your life."I'll be careful," you tell him. "I promise."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | rest of your life."I'll be careful," you tell him. "I promise."He
CF | reluctantly lets go.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | reluctantly lets go.You turn and make your way into the frigid light.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | reluctantly lets go.You turn and make your way into the frigid
CF | light.## Arturus's Clinic
CF | This upscale clinic exudes a muted elegance. Chrome fixtures are lit
CF | by surgically placed spotlights and underscored by dizzyingly
CF | intricate sigil-work. Yet for all its technical mastery, the space
CF | seems somehow empty, somehow melancholy.
CF |
CF | An arch to the west leads back to the Turris Infinita foyer.
CF |
CF | A Vigiles examiner and his investigators are huddled around a group of
CF | tarpaulin-covered bodies. Beside them, Justinian sits at a coffee
CF | table, brooding.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x examiner"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X EXAMINER
CF |
CF | The Vigiles examiner appears to be the one in charge of the team. He
CF | looks surprisingly human, if you discount his quivering mustache.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x bodies"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X BODIES
CF |
CF | You can't see much of the bodies beneath the tarpaulins.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "talk to examiner"
CF | >
CF | > TALK TO EXAMINER
CF |
CF | You approach the team of Vigiles, signum in hand. The examiner's cilia
CF | twitch as he looks you over.
CF |
CF | "Examiner Velox," he says. "Channelworks Division. And who might you
CF | be?"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | be?""My name is Servator Marid Orpheia," you reply. "I'm here on
CF | behalf of Doctor Cavala. I need to study the bodies so we can develop
CF | a cure for the affliction."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Examiner Velox
CF | a cure for the affliction.""The ius medici?" He nods. "Very
CF | well, Servator. You may inspect these bodies at your own risk. Do not
CF | damage them, however -- we are considering the possibility of
CF | quarantine, and they may be used as evidence in the tribunal."
CF |
CF | 1) "Quarantine?"
CF | 2) "Tribunal?"
CF | 3) "I'll do my best to avoid damaging the bodies."
CF | 4) "I can't promise that I won't damage the bodies..."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Examiner Velox
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "Quarantine?"
CF |
CF | "Indeed." His mustache bristles vigorously. "If there is even a
CF | possibility that Doctor Justinian's fears ring true, it is imperative
CF | that the spread of the disease be contained -- if not within the
CF | Turris, then within the Channelworks District."
CF |
CF | 1) "The disease isn't confined to the Turris."
CF | 2) "You mentioned a tribunal?"
CF | 3) "I'll do my best to avoid damaging the bodies."
CF | 4) "I can't promise that I won't damage the bodies..."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Examiner Velox
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "The disease isn't confined to the Turris."
CF |
CF | He frowns. "Then the situation is worse than I had imagined. We
CF | must quarantine the district in the name of the public good."
CF |
CF | 1) "You mentioned a tribunal?"
CF | 2) "I'll do my best to avoid damaging the bodies."
CF | 3) "I can't promise that I won't damage the bodies..."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Examiner Velox
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "You mentioned a tribunal?"
CF |
CF | Examiner Velox flashes his badge. "We are here on behalf of the
CF | district councils. At this very moment, a hearing is under way
CF | regarding measures to be taken against the disease."
CF |
CF | 1) "I'll do my best to avoid damaging the bodies."
CF | 2) "I can't promise that I won't damage the bodies..."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "I'll do my best to avoid damaging the bodies."
CF |
CF | He nods. "Excellent. To business, then. If you'll follow me..."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | He nods. "Excellent. To business, then. If you'll follow me..."You
CF | follow him to the slab, where he draws back the tarpaulin. You
CF | recognize Doctor Arturus, but there are three others: a man dressed in
CF | finery, a man built like a fighter, and a reedy young woman. All have
CF | black stains around their mouths and eyes.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | black stains around their mouths and eyes."Here are the four victims
CF | of the disease," Examiner Velox says. "We've made some preliminary
CF | investigations into their identities. Looking for identification on
CF | the bodies, cross-referencing against our records, et
CF | cetera..."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | cetera...""What can you tell me?" you ask.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | cetera...""What can you tell me?" you ask."The man on the left is
CF | Doctor Arturus -- I see you're already familiar with him. Very good.
CF | The one beside him, the well-dressed man, is Creditor Nacarat of the
CF | Furopolis Securities Exchange. He's rather well-known in certain
CF | circles of society -- has been implicated in some fraud allegations,
CF | but nothing concrete."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | but nothing concrete.""What about the other two?"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | but nothing concrete.""What about the other two?""Ah." Examiner Velox
CF | furrows his mustache. "They are more of an enigma. They carry no
CF | identification; they are not in our records. We believe they were
CF | unregistered criminals hiding in the Shanty Quarter. According to our
CF | contacts, they match the description of Sal and Piper, a villainous
CF | duo of some notoriety. They were underworld enforcers, and not
CF | particularly well liked." DavidW says, "Sal and Piper =!= Salt and Pepper"
Knight_Otu says, "Oh, yeah."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Examiner Velox
CF | particularly well liked."You consider the facts laid before you.
CF |
CF | 1) "The victims all died of the same disease?"
CF | 2) "Regarding Doctor Arturus..."
CF | 3) "Regarding Creditor Nacarat..."
CF | 4) "Regarding Sal and Piper..."
CF | 5) "I'll keep investigating."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Examiner Velox
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "The victims all died of the same disease?"
CF |
CF | Examiner Velox shrugs. "Like you, we cannot damage the bodies, making
CF | any detailed examination impossible. It seems clear, however, that
CF | these deaths were all caused by the same affliction of the blood."
CF |
CF | 1) "Regarding Doctor Arturus..."
CF | 2) "Regarding Creditor Nacarat..."
CF | 3) "Regarding Sal and Piper..."
CF | 4) "I'll keep investigating."
CF |
CF | > MoyTravis says, "Oh! Hah. Nice catch."
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Examiner Velox
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "Regarding Doctor Arturus..."
CF |
CF | 1) "You're certain about his identity?"
CF | 2) "What was the state his body was found in?"
CF | 3) "What was the time of death?"
CF | 4) "Is there anything I should be aware of?"
CF | 5) "Regarding Creditor Nacarat..."
CF | 6) "Regarding Sal and Piper..."
CF | 7) "I'll keep investigating."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Examiner Velox
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "You're certain about his identity?"
CF |
CF | Examiner Velox's mustache wriggles. "You and Doctor Justinian have
CF | both identified the body. We have detected no illusions, if that is
CF | what you are asking. The body on the slab is, without a doubt, that of
CF | Doctor Arturus."
CF |
CF | 1) "What was the state his body was found in?"
CF | 2) "What was the time of death?"
CF | 3) "Is there anything I should be aware of?"
CF | 4) "Regarding Creditor Nacarat..."
CF | 5) "Regarding Sal and Piper..."
CF | 6) "I'll keep investigating."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Examiner Velox
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "What was the state his body was found in?"
CF |
CF | "Doctor Justinian notified the Vigiles at five in the morning,"
CF | Examiner Velox replies. "When we arrived at quarter-past five, we
CF | found Doctor Arturus's body already laid out here on the slab. Doctor
CF | Justinian testified that he had found Doctor Arturus motionless in his
CF | domicile, and moved him here in an attempt to revive him."
CF |
CF | 1) "What was the time of death?"
CF | 2) "Is there anything I should be aware of?"
CF | 3) "Regarding Creditor Nacarat..."
CF | 4) "Regarding Sal and Piper..."
CF | 5) "I'll keep investigating."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "1"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Examiner Velox
CF | >
CF | > 1
CF |
CF | "What was the time of death?"
CF |
CF | His mustache squirms. "The varying temperatures in the Turris Infinita
CF | make the precise time difficult to ascertain. Complicating matters is
CF | the fact that Doctor Justinian moved the body, interfering with the
CF | natural processes of rigor mortis and livor mortis.
CF | All we can gather is that he died last night -- sometime between eight
CF | and twelve hours ago."
CF |
CF | 1) "What was the state his body was found in, again?"
CF | 2) "Is there anything I should be aware of?"
CF | 3) "Regarding Creditor Nacarat..."
CF | 4) "Regarding Sal and Piper..."
CF | 5) "I'll keep investigating."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Examiner Velox
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | "Is there anything I should be aware of?"
CF |
CF | "We believe that he was infected through his gloves," Examiner Velox
CF | replies. "They are stained with black effluvium both within and
CF | without. If you are concerned with the method of transmission, you
CF | might examine them further."
CF |
CF | Through his gloves? That shouldn't be possible...
CF |
CF | 1) "What was the state his body was found in, again?"
CF | 2) "What was the time of death, again?"
CF | 3) "Regarding Creditor Nacarat..."
CF | 4) "Regarding Sal and Piper..."
CF | 5) "I'll keep investigating."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "3"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Examiner Velox
CF | >
CF | > 3
CF |
CF | "Regarding Creditor Nacarat..."
CF |
CF | 1) "Who was he again?"
CF | 2) "What was the time of death?"
CF | 3) "What do you know about the circumstances of his death?"
CF | 4) "Is there anything I should be aware of?"
CF | 5) "Regarding Doctor Arturus..."
CF | 6) "Regarding Sal and Piper..."
CF | 7) "I'll keep investigating."
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu says, "Well that's troubling."
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Examiner Velox
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | "What was the time of death?"
CF |
CF | "By my estimation," he replies, "and assuming his body has remained in
CF | the clinic the whole time -- he died a little over thirty hours ago,
CF | on the night of the Third."
CF |
CF | The night Reden died, you mentally append.
CF |
CF | 1) "Who was he again?"
CF | 2) "What do you know about the circumstances of his death?"
CF | 3) "Is there anything I should be aware of?"
CF | 4) "Regarding Doctor Arturus..."
CF | 5) "Regarding Sal and Piper..."
CF | 6) "I'll keep investigating."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Examiner Velox
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | "What do you know about the circumstances of his death?"
CF |
CF | He shrugs. "Creditor Nacarat was a patient here before he died. All
CF | the signs suggest he died here, together with Sal and Piper."
CF |
CF | 1) "Who was he again?"
CF | 2) "What was the time of death, again?"
CF | 3) "Is there anything I should be aware of?"
CF | 4) "Regarding Doctor Arturus..."
CF | 5) "Regarding Sal and Piper..."
CF | 6) "I'll keep investigating."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "3"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Examiner Velox
CF | >
CF | > 3
CF |
CF | "Is there anything I should be aware of?"
CF |
CF | A twitch of the mustache. "There is a glyph of recording in the inner
CF | lining of his jacket. It holds an intriguing, if fragmented,
CF | phonographic transcription. We did not find it particularly useful,
CF | but it may be worth listening to regardless."
CF |
CF | 1) "Who was he again?"
CF | 2) "What was the time of death, again?"
CF | 3) "What do you know about the circumstances of his death,
CF | again?"
CF | 4) "Regarding Doctor Arturus..."
CF | 5) "Regarding Sal and Piper..."
CF | 6) "I'll keep investigating."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "5"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Examiner Velox
CF | >
CF | > 5
CF |
CF | "Regarding Sal and Piper..."
CF |
CF | 1) "Who were they again?"
CF | 2) "What were the times of death?"
CF | 3) "What do you know about the circumstances of their
CF | deaths?"
CF | 4) "Is there anything I should be aware of?"
CF | 5) "Regarding Doctor Arturus..."
CF | 6) "Regarding Creditor Nacarat..."
CF | 7) "I'll keep investigating."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Examiner Velox
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | "What were the times of death?"
CF |
CF | "Both of them died around the same time," Examiner Velox replies,
CF | "though the precise time is uncertain. I am given to believe that they
CF | died around the same time as Creditor Nacarat -- around thirty hours
CF | ago, on the night of the Third."
CF |
CF | 1) "Who were they again?"
CF | 2) "What do you know about the circumstances of their
CF | deaths?"
CF | 3) "Is there anything I should be aware of?"
CF | 4) "Regarding Doctor Arturus..."
CF | 5) "Regarding Creditor Nacarat..."
CF | 6) "I'll keep investigating."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "2"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Examiner Velox
CF | >
CF | > 2
CF |
CF | "What do you know about the circumstances of their deaths?"
CF |
CF | "As they were patients in the clinic," he replies, "they likely died
CF | here, together with Creditor Nacarat. The signs they exhibit
CF | corroborate that."
CF |
CF | 1) "Who were they again?"
CF | 2) "What were the times of death, again?"
CF | 3) "Is there anything I should be aware of?"
CF | 4) "Regarding Doctor Arturus..."
CF | 5) "Regarding Creditor Nacarat..."
CF | 6) "I'll keep investigating."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "3"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Talking to Examiner Velox
CF | >
CF | > 3
CF |
CF | "Is there anything I should be aware of?"
CF |
CF | "We found some things in their pockets," the examiner says. "You may
CF | wish to look at their possessions... although I am uncertain,
CF | personally, how relevant they are to this series of deaths."
CF |
CF | 1) "Who were they again?"
CF | 2) "What were the times of death, again?"
CF | 3) "What do you know about the circumstances of their deaths,
CF | again?"
CF | 4) "Regarding Doctor Arturus..."
CF | 5) "Regarding Creditor Nacarat..."
CF | 6) "I'll keep investigating."
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "6"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > 6
CF |
CF | "I'll keep investigating."
CF |
CF | "Very well. I will be here if you have any further questions."
CF |
CF | You step back, and Examiner Velox returns to his work.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x gloves"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X GLOVES
CF |
CF | Which do you mean, Doctor Arturus's gloves, Creditor Nacarat's gloves,
CF | or the clothes?
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "doctor"
CF | >
CF | > DOCTOR
CF |
CF | You get a loupe and a pair of tweezers, and carefully -- very
CF | carefully -- you inspect Doctor Arturus's bloodstained gloves.
CF |
CF | Your heart hammers in your ears. Your breath condenses on the
CF | tarpaulins.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | tarpaulins.There! Is that --
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | tarpaulins.There! Is that --Nothing.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | tarpaulins.There! Is that --Nothing.There's nothing at all.
CF | The gloves are perfectly sealed. Brand new, in fact -- if you brush
CF | away the blood, you can see the sigils glowing softly on the rubber.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | away the blood, you can see the sigils glowing softly on the
CF | rubber.That means there are two possibilities. Either this disease can
CF | somehow be transmitted through an alchemically-sealed
CF | waterproof barrier -- which is in defiance of everything you learned
CF | in school, and besides you and Doctor Cavala are still alive, so that
CF | can't be right --
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | can't be right --Or there's something else at work here. Something
CF | more insidious.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | more insidious.You carefully decontaminate the equipment you borrowed
CF | and return it to the clinic. You're going to have to keep
CF | investigating.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x doctor"
CF | >
CF | > X DOCTOR
CF |
CF | You approach the body.
CF |
CF | The first time you saw Doctor Arturus's face was in De historia
CF | medica, your first-year medical textbook. You still remember it
CF | -- sharp, black and white, with a jaw like a the edge of a knife. You
CF | were nervous, when you moved to the Channelworks District, to meet the
CF | famed pathologist in the flesh.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | famed pathologist in the flesh.But the man who you met that day was
CF | smaller, somehow. His features, so arresting in his youth, had
CF | crinkled under the burden of years. He did not look you in the eye
CF | when he shook your hand.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | when he shook your hand."His time is past," Doctor Cavala had said,
CF | afterwards. "He hardly practices these days..."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | afterwards. "He hardly practices these days..."The body laid before
CF | you is gaunt, almost pitiful. The sleeves of his natron coat are
CF | completely soaked in eerie black stains. His glasses are stained
CF | opaque, and his mouth is frozen open in horror.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | opaque, and his mouth is frozen open in horror.You could examine
CF | Doctor Arturus's head, his torso, his arms, or his legs.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x doctor head"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X DOCTOR HEAD
CF |
CF | Death has not been kind to Doctor Arturus. The black blood from his
CF | eyes and mouth has seeped into his wrinkles, crisscrossing his face
CF | with a spiderweb of decay.
CF |
CF | His mouth is wide open. It occurs to you that you could put your
CF | endoscope in and look around inside.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "put endoscope in doctor mouth"
CF | >
CF | > PUT ENDOSCOPE IN DOCTOR MOUTH
CF |
CF | You insert the endoscope into Doctor Arturus's mouth...
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Doctor Arturus
CF |
CF |
CF | Mouth
CF | A cavern ringed with tombstones. The cavity glistens black -- the
CF | capillaries are visible behind the membranes, diseased and withered
CF | and creeping. It is almost impossible to distinguish blood from
CF | shadow.
CF |
CF | Light streams in from outside. The pharynx lies further in.
CF |
CF | > Roger says, "moderately clever"
Knight_Otu says, "Oh, I didn't expect that."
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x cavity"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Doctor Arturus
CF | >
CF | > X CAVITY
CF |
CF | The walls are streaked ebon where the diseased blood has set.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x teeth"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Doctor Arturus
CF | >
CF | > X TEETH
CF |
CF | At this scale, Doctor Arturus's teeth are colossal bone plinths.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x tongue"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Doctor Arturus
CF | >
CF | > X TONGUE
CF |
CF | That is either not important or not something you can see.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "in"
CF | >
CF | > IN
CF |
CF | You descend...
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Doctor Arturus
CF |
CF |
CF | Pharynx
CF | A tunnel splitting, twisting darkly. Fleshy folds press inward, tight
CF | bundles of muscle and cartilage frozen in black ivy.
CF |
CF | The esophagus is blocked by the epiglottis. You can only descend
CF | through the larynx.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x ivy"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Doctor Arturus
CF | >
CF | > X IVY
CF |
CF | The scutiform cartilage. The smuggler's fossa. The ventricular folds.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x epiglottis"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Doctor Arturus
CF | >
CF | > X EPIGLOTTIS
CF |
CF | The epiglottis is frozen in rigor mortis, and will not move.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "d"
CF | >
CF | > D
CF |
CF | You descend...
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Doctor Arturus
CF |
CF |
CF | Trachea
CF | It is almost completely dark, save the small ring of light from your
CF | lens. Your world is a hollow pit with no beginning and no end.
CF |
CF | Below are the lungs.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x lungs"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Doctor Arturus
CF | >
CF | > X LUNGS
CF |
CF | Somewhere beneath are the bronchi, the bronchioles.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x bronchi"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Doctor Arturus
CF | >
CF | > X BRONCHI
CF |
CF | Somewhere beneath are the bronchi, the bronchioles.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "d"
CF | >
CF | > D
CF |
CF | You descend...
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF |
CF |
CF | Lungs
CF | The terminus of the respiratory system. A thousand dead ends, holes,
CF | alveoli -- they greet you like blood-choked eye sockets.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | alveoli -- they greet you like blood-choked eye sockets.Something is
CF | wrong here.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | wrong here.The pattern of decay isn't consistent with an airborne
CF | pathogen. If the disease were transmitted by air or aether, it would
CF | attack from the alveoli inward. Here, it looks like the infection
CF | spread outward, from the blood vessels into the lungs.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Doctor Arturus
CF | spread outward, from the blood vessels into the lungs.Further
CF | on, you see the cast-off tethers of Doctor Arturus's animus still
CF | lingering in the aetheric weave. But the skeins are fragmented,
CF | somehow. Different from the textbooks.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x animus"
CF | >
CF | > X ANIMUS
CF |
CF | The animus, colloquially known as the soul, is bound to a person's
CF | body by aetheric skeins. When the body dies, the skeins are loosened,
CF | and the animus drifts apart from the corpus. Every first-year medical
CF | student knows that.
CF |
CF | Here, the animic skeins were not loosened. They were ripped apart.
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x infection"
CF | Here, the animic skeins were not loosened. They were ripped apart.You
CF | can see auroral fragments flickering in the halo of your lens-light.
CF | They shine weakly, painfully, unable to fade away.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Doctor Arturus
CF | They shine weakly, painfully, unable to fade away.What are you looking
CF | at here? What kind of disease attacks the soul?
CF |
CF | (Type >out to end the endoscopy.)
CF |
CF | (You think you've learned all you can from Doctor Arturus's body. You
CF | should look for more clues elsewhere.)
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "out"
CF | >
CF | > OUT
CF |
CF | You withdraw upward...
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF |
CF | You clean the endoscope and put it in your pocket.
CF |
CF | Arturus's Clinic
CF | This upscale clinic exudes a muted elegance. Chrome fixtures are lit
CF | by surgically placed spotlights and underscored by dizzyingly
CF | intricate sigil-work.
CF |
CF | An arch to the west leads back to the Turris Infinita foyer.
CF |
CF | Examiner Velox and his investigators are huddled around the bodies of
CF | Doctor Arturus, Creditor Nacarat, Sal, and Piper. Beside them,
CF | Justinian sits at a coffee table, brooding.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x doctor legs"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X DOCTOR LEGS
CF |
CF | Doctor Arturus is wearing formal trousers and rubber boots --
CF | relatively dignified, in comparison with the rest of his body.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x boots"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X BOOTS
CF |
CF | Doctor Arturus is wearing formal trousers and rubber boots --
CF | relatively dignified, in comparison with the rest of his body.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x doctor torso"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X DOCTOR TORSO
CF |
CF | The doctor is a thin man, shrunken with age. His natron coat is of
CF | that old-fashioned button-up sort you see in laterna magica
CF | pictures. Your eyes are drawn to his ruined sleeves, which cling to
CF | his skin like grotesque pelagic rays.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x sleeves"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X SLEEVES
CF |
CF | Doctor Arturus's sleeves are streaked with black blood. Like a living
CF | thing, it seems to have oozed up from his hands, twisting and
CF | squirming and crawling up his forearms. His gloves are almost
CF | completely black.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x arms"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X ARMS
CF |
CF | Doctor Arturus's sleeves are streaked with black blood. Like a living
CF | thing, it seems to have oozed up from his hands, twisting and
CF | squirming and crawling up his forearms. His gloves are almost
CF | completely black.
CF |
CF | > Roger says, "everyone's favourite, Doctor Torso"
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x gloves"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X GLOVES
CF |
CF | Although the gloves are coated in blood, they're brand new. You can
CF | still see the sigils glowing on the rubber.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x nacarat"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X NACARAT
CF |
CF | There is a certain poise surrounding this man, even in death. His
CF | facial hair is immaculately trimmed; his features are not diminished
CF | by the black trails that stain them. But something in his bearing
CF | sends a shiver up your spine, something that is cold and callous and
CF | utterly without sympathy.
CF |
CF | You could examine Creditor Nacarat's head, his torso, his arms, or his
CF | legs.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x head"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X HEAD
CF |
CF | Like you, he bears tattoos on his face, but his are in the mode of the
CF | Austri rather than the alchemical. Alongside, his pearl earrings catch
CF | the light -- his face is framed in pale off-white.
CF |
CF | Blood runs from his open mouth. It occurs to you that you could put
CF | your endoscope in and look around inside.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x earrings"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X EARRINGS
CF |
CF | They strike you as slightly ostentatious.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "put endoscope in mouth"
CF | >
CF | > PUT ENDOSCOPE IN MOUTH
CF |
CF | You insert the endoscope into Creditor Nacarat's mouth...
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Creditor Nacarat
CF |
CF |
CF | Mouth
CF | The tongue is a diseased behemoth. It wallows in a pool of dark dried
CF | blood, broken by stained folds and bleached teeth. On the tip a
CF | piercing has become infected, revealing the ragged holes at either
CF | side.
CF |
CF | Light streams in from outside. The pharynx lies further in.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x piercing"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Creditor Nacarat
CF | >
CF | > X PIERCING
CF |
CF | Blood leaks beneath the engraved orichalcum.
CF |
CF | > Roger says, "I guess of all the places an endoscope could go, I'm happy we're going in through the mouth"
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x teeth"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Creditor Nacarat
CF | >
CF | > X TEETH
CF |
CF | Markers in a sunless sea. There are white trails where his
CF | tooth-powder has melted.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x trails"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Creditor Nacarat
CF | >
CF | > X TRAILS
CF |
CF | Markers in a sunless sea. There are white trails where his
CF | tooth-powder has melted.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x pool"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Creditor Nacarat
CF | >
CF | > X POOL
CF |
CF | The shadows are opaque.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x tongue"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Creditor Nacarat
CF | >
CF | > X TONGUE
CF |
CF | Withered within and without.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "in"
CF | >
CF | > IN
CF |
CF | You descend...
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Creditor Nacarat
CF |
CF |
CF | Pharynx
CF | This grotto is barely recognizable. Flesh has corroded, sloughed from
CF | cartilage. The throat weeps with the ruins of ruptured blood vessels.
CF |
CF | The epiglottis blocks the larynx. You can only descend into the
CF | esophagus.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "d"
CF | >
CF | > D
CF |
CF | You descend...
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Creditor Nacarat
CF |
CF |
CF | Esophagus
CF | You hang between sphincters, slashed apart and seized with rigor
CF | mortis. The walls, flickering in your unsteady lens-light, run
CF | with black streaks into the yawning darkness.
CF |
CF | The stomach lies beneath.
CF |
CF | > Roger says, "maybe we can pull the tongue out of the way, from without"
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x streaks"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Creditor Nacarat
CF | >
CF | > X STREAKS
CF |
CF | Death flows through this place.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "d"
CF | >
CF | > D
CF |
CF | You descend...
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF |
CF |
CF | Stomach
CF | The stain of disease is everywhere. The humidity is almost palpable.
CF | The pylorus is stopped -- a glistening black expanse rises in the
CF | light, residual bile and vitriolic secretions unable to drain into the
CF | small intestine.
CF |
CF | There are things drifting lazily in the body-of-stomach. You
CF | can see festering tumors that have crawled up the stomach lining,
CF | embedded themselves in the mucosa, insinuated themselves into the
CF | circulatory system. And from them, sickly veins crawl outward, each a
CF | deadly trail that points back to the heart. Knight_Otu says, "I rather doubt it."
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x things"
CF | deadly trail that points back to the heart.There is no doubt. This
CF | stomach -- this spawning pit -- this must have been the
CF | origin of Creditor Nacarat's infection.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | origin of Creditor Nacarat's infection.But what does that imply? Was
CF | the disease in something the man ingested? Was it something
CF | he ate, something he drank?
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Creditor Nacarat
CF | he ate, something he drank?There's too little evidence. You have to
CF | keep investigating.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x things"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Creditor Nacarat
CF | >
CF | > X THINGS
CF |
CF | You'll have to specify which one.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x tumors"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Creditor Nacarat
CF | >
CF | > X TUMORS
CF |
CF | You have the urge to throw up just looking at them.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "l"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Creditor Nacarat
CF | >
CF | > L
CF |
CF | Stomach
CF | The stain of disease is everywhere. The humidity is almost palpable.
CF | The pylorus is stopped -- a glistening black expanse rises in the
CF | light, residual bile and vitriolic secretions unable to drain into the
CF | small intestine.
CF |
CF | There are things drifting lazily in the body-of-stomach. You
CF | can see festering tumors that have crawled up the stomach lining,
CF | embedded themselves in the mucosa, insinuated themselves into the
CF | circulatory system. And from them, sickly veins crawl outward, each a
CF | deadly trail that points back to the heart.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x veins"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Creditor Nacarat
CF | >
CF | > X VEINS
CF |
CF | You have the urge to throw up just looking at them.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x bile"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Creditor Nacarat
CF | >
CF | > X BILE
CF |
CF | Unidentifiable boli drift across the pool's surface.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x heart"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Creditor Nacarat
CF | >
CF | > X HEART
CF |
CF | That is either not important or not something you can see.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x mucosa"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Creditor Nacarat
CF | >
CF | > X MUCOSA
CF |
CF | You have the urge to throw up just looking at them.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x thing"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Creditor Nacarat
CF | >
CF | > X THING
CF |
CF | Black. Bloody. Spherical. They elude description.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "d"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Creditor Nacarat
CF | >
CF | > D
CF |
CF | You cannot go any further.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "out"
CF | >
CF | > OUT
CF |
CF | You withdraw upward...
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF |
CF | You clean the endoscope and put it in your pocket.
CF |
CF | Arturus's Clinic
CF | This upscale clinic exudes a muted elegance. Chrome fixtures are lit
CF | by surgically placed spotlights and underscored by dizzyingly
CF | intricate sigil-work.
CF |
CF | An arch to the west leads back to the Turris Infinita foyer.
CF |
CF | Examiner Velox and his investigators are huddled around the bodies of
CF | Doctor Arturus, Creditor Nacarat, Sal, and Piper. Beside them,
CF | Justinian sits at a coffee table, brooding.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x torso"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X TORSO
CF |
CF | The creditor's jacket is dark, embellished with buttons of brass and
CF | mother-of-pearl. There are black stains here and there, where blood
CF | has run down from his chin and seeped into the fabric.
CF |
CF | The jacket has been partially undone, revealing a quicksilver glyph
CF | embroidered in the lining.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x glyph"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X GLYPH
CF |
CF | It appears to be a glyph of recording. Although it has suffered
CF | partial bloodstain damage, it still appears to be functional. You
CF | could listen to it if you wanted.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "listen to it"
CF | >
CF | > LISTEN TO IT
CF |
CF | "Sonate," you say.
CF |
CF | The glyph flickers aglow, coursing with stained quicksilver, and the
CF | inscription begins to revolve around the index.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | inscription begins to revolve around the index."--for your
CF | hospitality, Doctor," a bass voice crackles. "I hope you will consider
CF | what I have said."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | what I have said."There is noise for a few seconds -- a clink that
CF | sounds like porcelain or glass. An inhalation.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | sounds like porcelain or glass. An inhalation.The crash of shards
CF | shattering.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | shattering."Creditor?" you hear Doctor Arturus's voice echo. "Are you
CF | feeling quite all right? Perhaps we should --"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | feeling quite all right? Perhaps we should --"The words are drowned
CF | out by coughing. You hear the sound of friction on fabric, growing
CF | louder and louder.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | louder and louder.The recording cuts out. The glyph returns to its
CF | resting state.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | resting state.It sounds like Creditor Nacarat was taking tea with
CF | Doctor Arturus when his symptoms emerged.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x stains"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X STAINS
CF |
CF | (the dried black blood)
CF | You know these symptoms all too well, now.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x arms"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X ARMS
CF |
CF | He wears the smooth black gloves of a businessman. Decorative gilding
CF | plays across the back of each hand, surrounding the faint molded
CF | silhouette of a raven.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x gloves"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X GLOVES
CF |
CF | He wears the smooth black gloves of a businessman. Decorative gilding
CF | plays across the back of each hand, surrounding the faint molded
CF | silhouette of a raven.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x legs"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X LEGS
CF |
CF | Elegant pin-striped trousers. There appear to be some items in his
CF | pockets.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x items"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X ITEMS
CF |
CF | Most of the things in Creditor Nacarat's pockets are detritus, but
CF | that black pocketbook looks interesting.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x pocketbook"
CF | >
CF | > X POCKETBOOK
CF |
CF | It appears to be a coded record of business transactions. Of
CF | particular interest is the last chronological entry, which records a
CF | significant sum made out to "S&P".
CF |
CF | Strange. You don't know any company in the Channelworks District with
CF | those initials. Unless...
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | those initials. Unless...The fact that Sal and Piper have those
CF | initials can't be a coincidence. Can it?
CF |
CF | (You think you've learned all you can from Creditor Nacarat's body.
CF | You should look for more clues elsewhere.)
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x sal"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X SAL
CF |
CF | The man on the slab is muscle-bound -- built like a gray longhorn,
CF | with a countenance to match. His coat has the whiff of sweat and
CF | blood. It does not quite conceal the scars that split his knuckles,
CF | nor the black lines that crisscross his chest.
CF |
CF | You could examine Sal's head, his torso, his arms, or his legs.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x head"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X HEAD
CF |
CF | His skull is monstrous and chiseled. His eyes bleed, glisten, like
CF | orbs of bloodshot onyx. But beneath the brutishness so prominent in
CF | his features, there is an indescribable and all-too-familiar sadness.
CF |
CF | His mouth is closed. An endoscopy will not be possible here.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x eyes"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X EYES
CF |
CF | Small and sunken.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x ears"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X EARS
CF |
CF | That is either not important or not something you can see.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x torso"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X TORSO
CF |
CF | If Sal wasn't a canal-man, he had the dress sense of one. His work
CF | coat is an intimidating leather mass that could stop knife blades, and
CF | looks like it has. Beneath is an unbuttoned shirt, revealing a mass of
CF | savage black scars.
CF |
CF | You notice a bit of metal glinting in his coat pocket.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x scars"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X SCARS
CF |
CF | Once, these would have been red. Now they are black and diseased.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x metal"
CF | >
CF | > X METAL
CF |
CF | You draw back the leather, revealing a pair of knuckle-dusters.
CF | Wicked-looking implements, with holes for the fingers, and grim stains
CF | surrounding the pointed nubs.
CF |
CF | Weapons like these aren't uncommon in the Channelworks District. Even
CF | Horatio used to own a set. One can't be too careful living and working
CF | in the less-frequented parts of the city.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | in the less-frequented parts of the city.But you don't often see a
CF | knuckle-duster with a raven engraved in place of the manufacturer's
CF | logo.
CF |
CF | That's the second time you've seen that raven symbol today. Is it
CF | connected to these deaths somehow? Perhaps someone will know something
CF | about the symbol's significance.
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu says, "A raven again? It's probably nothing."
DavidW asks, "Where was the 1st time?"
Roger says, "on dude's gloves"
Knight_Otu says, "The Creditor's... right."
DavidW says, "ah"
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x coat"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X COAT
CF |
CF | It's a crinkly brown, with unprepossessing stains splashed here and
CF | there.
CF |
CF | There is a set of knuckle-dusters in his coat pocket.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x stains"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X STAINS
CF |
CF | It's a crinkly brown, with unprepossessing stains splashed here and
CF | there.
CF |
CF | There is a set of knuckle-dusters in his coat pocket.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x shirt"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X SHIRT
CF |
CF | Some unbutton their shirts to look fashionable. Others do so because
CF | they sweat a great deal in their line of work. You suspect Sal falls
CF | into the latter category.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x legs"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X LEGS
CF |
CF | Tough trousers and work boots. There are clumps of grime encrusted in
CF | his soles, and other things that you don't really want to dwell on.
CF |
CF | Hanging from Sal's belt is a battered keyring.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x keyring"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X KEYRING
CF |
CF | A loop of steel wire. It holds a pair of crudely fashioned keys, the
CF | sort used in old buildings and cheap locks.
CF |
CF | You wonder if Examiner Velox will allow you to borrow it.
CF |
CF | > Knight_Otu exclaims, "Keys keys keys!"
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "ask velox about keys"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > ASK VELOX ABOUT KEYS
CF |
CF | (Use the command >talk to or >t to converse with other
CF | characters.)
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "take keys"
CF | >
CF | > TAKE KEYS
CF |
CF | You glance at Examiner Velox. "There's a keyring on Sal's body. Do you
CF | mind if I borrow it for a while?"
CF |
CF | "Well --" His mustache wriggles. "You are not officially
CF | permitted, Servator, but if you believe it will further your
CF | investigation... let us agree that my attention is divided, focused
CF | elsewhere. Just be sure to return it to the basilica when you are
CF | finished."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | finished.""I will," you reply. "Thank you."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | finished.""I will," you reply. "Thank you."You pocket the keyring.
CF |
CF | (You think you've learned all you can from Sal's body. You should look
CF | for more clues elsewhere.)
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x belt"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X BELT
CF |
CF | A rugged leather belt.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x boots"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X BOOTS
CF |
CF | Tough trousers and work boots. There are clumps of grime encrusted in
CF | his soles, and other things that you don't really want to dwell on.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x piper"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X PIPER
CF |
CF | A tall, thin specimen of a woman with arms and legs like sea-stilts.
CF | Of all the patients, her posture is the most contorted, as though her
CF | body had convulsed in the hour of death: she is a broken marionette,
CF | loosed from its strings and cast aside.
CF |
CF | You could examine Piper's head, her torso, her arms, or her legs.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x head"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X HEAD
CF |
CF | A dark thin face with dark thin hair. Her lips are colorless, foul
CF | with trails of long-dried ichor; her eyes, glassy and expressionless,
CF | are buried in black rings of decay.
CF |
CF | Her mouth is slightly parted. It occurs to you that you could put your
CF | endoscope in and look around inside.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x eyes"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X EYES
CF |
CF | Her eyes are empty.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "put endoscope in mouth"
CF | >
CF | > PUT ENDOSCOPE IN MOUTH
CF |
CF | You insert the endoscope into Piper's mouth...
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Piper
CF |
CF |
CF | Mouth
CF | It is dark. What little light filters through the lips is absorbed by
CF | countless black ulcers, each an eruption of effluvium and contagion.
CF | Between them run stains on a stained tongue, and capillaries that have
CF | shriveled and died.
CF |
CF | The light leads out. The pharynx leads in.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x tongue"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Piper
CF | >
CF | > X TONGUE
CF |
CF | It's utterly black.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x ulcers"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Piper
CF | >
CF | > X ULCERS
CF |
CF | You are acutely aware of your own mouth.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x lips"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Piper
CF | >
CF | > X LIPS
CF |
CF | At this magnification they are monstrous, engorged.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "in"
CF | >
CF | > IN
CF |
CF | You descend...
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Piper
CF |
CF |
CF | Pharynx
CF | Dead flesh constricts you. Muscles seized by rigor mortis
CF | impede your entry, distended as though in a perpetual scream. The
CF | walls stain the endoscope lenses.
CF |
CF | The epiglottis blocks the larynx. You can only descend into the
CF | esophagus.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x walls"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Piper
CF | >
CF | > X WALLS
CF |
CF | Masses like black bezoars.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x epiglottis"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Piper
CF | >
CF | > X EPIGLOTTIS
CF |
CF | The epiglottis, too, is frozen in rigor mortis, and will not
CF | move.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "d"
CF | >
CF | > D
CF |
CF | You descend... Knight_Otu says, "I think we can all agree to be glad that this isn't a graphic adventure."
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Piper
CF |
CF |
CF | Esophagus
CF | A well without an end. You stare into a palpable darkness that goes on
CF | and on, a purgatory of black branches and devouring rings.
CF |
CF | The stomach is beneath.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x branches"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Piper
CF | >
CF | > X BRANCHES
CF |
CF | Arteries, veins, twisting and spiraling into the dark.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "d"
CF | >
CF | > D
CF |
CF | You descend...
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF |
CF |
CF | Stomach
CF | A flooded cavern. You hang terrifyingly over a pitch-dark expanse of
CF | undigested bile. The stomach walls are ruptured and lacerated and
CF | pockmarked with ulcers that leer evilly in your lens-light.
CF |
CF | And in the center of it all there is a mass, an island in the
CF | body-of-stomach. Sickening boli that have clumped together and
CF | extended their tendrils into the surrounding vitriol and flesh --
CF | infected the bloodstream. Roger says, "quite graphic enough as it is, yes"
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | infected the bloodstream.These are the things that killed Piper. These
CF | -- these things -- they must have grown inside her stomach.
CF | They must have destroyed her from the inside.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Piper
CF | They must have destroyed her from the inside.Not a comforting thought.
CF | It raises more questions than it answers.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x mass"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Piper
CF | >
CF | > X MASS
CF |
CF | You hope it's your hands that are trembling, and not the mass.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x stomach"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Piper
CF | >
CF | > X STOMACH
CF |
CF | Layers of flesh have been flayed away.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x ulcers"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Piper
CF | >
CF | > X ULCERS
CF |
CF | Layers of flesh have been flayed away.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x bile"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Piper
CF | >
CF | > X BILE
CF |
CF | Acid. Mucus. Chyme.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "d"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Inspecting Piper
CF | >
CF | > D
CF |
CF | You cannot go any further.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "out"
CF | >
CF | > OUT
CF |
CF | You withdraw upward...
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF |
CF | You clean the endoscope and put it in your pocket.
CF |
CF | Arturus's Clinic
CF | This upscale clinic exudes a muted elegance. Chrome fixtures are lit
CF | by surgically placed spotlights and underscored by dizzyingly
CF | intricate sigil-work.
CF |
CF | An arch to the west leads back to the Turris Infinita foyer.
CF |
CF | Examiner Velox and his investigators are huddled around the bodies of
CF | Doctor Arturus, Creditor Nacarat, Sal, and Piper. Beside them,
CF | Justinian sits at a coffee table, brooding.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x torso"
CF ] Arturus's Clinic Day Two
CF | >
CF | > X TORSO
CF |
CF | Piper's clothes are muted and loosely fitted. She wears a cut-off
CF | frock, and above it a watchwoman's jacket with unidentifiable stains
CF | along the flaps. She would have been difficult to pick out in a
CF | working crowd -- or in a dark alley.
CF |
CF | You notice a square, flat outline in one of her jacket pockets.
CF |
CF | >
DavidW says (to ClubFloyd), "x pocket"
CF | >
CF | > X POCKET
CF |
CF | A folded scrap of paper. Further investigation reveals it to be a list
CF | of names followed by -- numbers? Prices?
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | of names followed by -- numbers? Prices?Sums of money.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | of names followed by -- numbers? Prices?Sums of money.You recognize
CF | some of the names on here, too -- you've bought your groceries, or
CF | your clothes, from these people in the past. All of the names have
CF | check marks beside them. Some of them are crossed out.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | check marks beside them. Some of them are crossed out.Has Piper been
CF | collecting debts?
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | collecting debts?You reach the end of the page, and turn it over only
CF | to find the reverse side blank.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.
CF | to find the reverse side blank.Only... hold on a second.
DavidW pushes the green 'space' button.