ClubFloyd Transcript:
The Meteor, the Stone and a Long Glass of Sherbet by Graham Nelson

As played on ifMUD on March 1, 2009

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 Meteor, the Stone and a Long Glass of Sherbet, written by Graham Nelson. The Meteor, the Stone and a Long Glass of Sherbet was originally released as part of the 1996 IF Competition, where it took first place. It went on to be a Xyzzy awards finalist for Best Game, Best Individual Puzzle, Best Puzzles, and Best Writing. You can learn more about the game, including how to download it, by visiting the ifWiki.

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.


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Doe says (to Jacq), "yo"
Jacqueline says, "Wow, Doe."
Jacqueline says, "Hi!"
Jacqueline asks, "How goes?"
Doe says, "okay, updating my iffy web pages, so I can put them back up"
Jacqueline says, "Excellent."
Doe says, "yeah, AOL yanked my ftp space out from under me without telling me"
Doe says, "not really surprised"
Jacqueline asks, "I heard about that. You had it all backed up, right?"
Jacqueline crosses her fingers.
Doe says, "oh, yeah, even your what kind of doe photo are you"
Jacqueline says, "ha"
Doe says, "which I have to put back up someday, hmmm, I should do it when I do all this"
Jacqueline says, "It's a big undertaking, yeah."
DavidW arrives, full of neither funk nor fun.
inky arrives, full of fun and funk.
Doe arrives, full of fun, but no funk.
Doe says,"I'll just watch"
Jacqueline says,"Hm, well, I won't be able to play right at first, unfortunately."
Jacqueline says,"But will in short order."
Jacqueline says,"I'll be here to get stuff kicked off, though, and I'm logging."
Taleslinger arrives, full of fun, but no funk.
Lucea arrives, full of fun and funk.
Lucea asks, "are we playing something?"
Taleslinger says, "No, it's the Cabal meeting."
inky says, "well, not for another three minutes"
Jacqueline says,"Heh."
Doe says, "I've only played this particular game half way I think"
Jacqueline says (to Lucea), "Yes, we're playing The Meteor, the Stone, and the Long Glass of Sherbet."
Lucea says, "Ah, OK"
Taleslinger asks, "I can't understand Long Glass of Sherbert. Is that a drink?"
Lucea says, "(I might have to leave in a few minutes, though. I don't want to mess up another transcript with having to go afk every 2 minutes)"
Doe says (to Tales), "yes"
Doe says (to Tales), "and there is no cabal :-)"
Jacqueline says,"Okay, it's time."
Taleslinger says, "Of course not."
Doe says, "heh"
Jacqueline says,"Please restrict conversation to the #ClubFloyd channel from this point on."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "load sherbet"
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Jacqueline pushes the green 'space' button.
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Floyd |           The Meteor, The Stone And A Long Glass Of Sherbet
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Floyd |                    [Please press SPACE to begin.]
Jacqueline pushes the green 'space' button.
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Floyd | Another day wasted as guest of the Empress, a wretchedly long tour of
Floyd | the breath-taking Boreal Falls, conducted as ever by the Lady Amilia.
Floyd | As if she weren't bad enough, an honour guard of soldiers, their

Floyd | breast-plates red in the setting sun, march ahead of the procession
Floyd | and protect you from seeing anything unrehearsed. It's a dog's life
Floyd | being an Ambassador.
Floyd |
Floyd | The Meteor, the Stone and a Long Glass of Sherbet
Floyd | The Interactive Memoirs of a Diplomat

Floyd | Copyright (c) 1996 by Angela M. Horns
Floyd | Winning entry in the 1996 Interactive Fiction Competition
Floyd | (Please type "help" if you would like instructions.)
Floyd | Release 2 / Serial number 961216 / Inform v6.10 Library 6/3
Floyd | Standard interpreter 1.0
Floyd |

Floyd | Watling Street (in the cushioned basket)
Floyd | The ancient paved road stretches for miles to the south, turning very
Floyd | slowly to the northeast along a mossy stone wall. From up here on your
Floyd | elephant's wickerwork basket, you're just level with the branches of
Floyd | the old Imperial hunting woods inside the wall.
Floyd |

Floyd | Having been stuck in this cushioned basket with the Lady Amilia every
Floyd | day for a fortnight, you're just desperate to get away.
Floyd |
Floyd | The procession of elephants shuffles on, their enormous soles slapping
Floyd | onto the flagstones with a dull, regular boom.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x amelia"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a fedora hat (being worn)
Floyd |   a hand telescope
Floyd |

Floyd | "I'm sure I've told you the scandal with the new Lord Chamberlain?..."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x amilia"
Floyd | The terrifying thing about the Lady Amilia, a young woman who would

Floyd | grace any court ball, is that even after an entire day like this she
Floyd | shows no sign whatever of being bored. Even now she is reading the
Floyd | guide book with apparent concentration, though you can't ever remember
Floyd | her turning a page.
Floyd |
Floyd | "...such a disappointment for all concerned, quite honestly..."

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, ">ASK AMILIA WHY SHE DOESN'T SPELL HER NAME THE NORMAL WAY"
inky says (to Floyd), "x hat"
Floyd | (Amilia's hat)
Floyd | Amilia is wearing a simply fatuous hat, a light summer shade which
Floyd | would look quite presentable if it weren't for the waxwork grapes,
Floyd | apples, plums, damsons and so on around the brim.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "my hat"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x my hat"
Floyd | (Amilia's hat)
Floyd | Amilia is wearing a simply fatuous hat, a light summer shade which
Floyd | would look quite presentable if it weren't for the waxwork grapes,
Floyd | apples, plums, damsons and so on around the brim.

Floyd |
Floyd | "...which only means one thing..."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "..."
inky says (to Floyd), "x fedora"
Floyd | A broad-brimmed light summer hat, ideal for shading your face from the
Floyd | setting sun.
Floyd |
Floyd | A silken boy runs up from the rear of the procession, hands you each a

Floyd | glass of sherbet and then allows himself to be caught up again before
Floyd | boarding the last carriage at the rear of the elephant-train.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jota asks, "Oh, did it start already?"
inky says, "I guess it's a fedora and not a hat"
Bert arrives, ready to play with the toys.
inky says (to Floyd), "show fedora to amilia"
Floyd | Lady Amilia is unimpressed.
Floyd | Amilia fans herself with the guide book.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "ask amilia about guide book"
Floyd | What Amilia doesn't know would fill a whole game in itself.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get book"
Floyd | Those seem to belong to Lady Amilia.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "throw glass at amilia"
Floyd | Oh, if only you could. A pity that the resulting incident could plunge
Floyd | an entire continent into war, with the mighty Empire crushing your
Floyd | tiny Duchy.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Bert says, "Hey, Sherbet."
inky says (to Floyd), "x boy"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Bert says, "How Grahamic."
inky says, "I wonder what it means for the boy to be a silken boy"
inky asks, "is he wrapped up in silk? or made from silk? or polished to silky smoothness?"
inky says (to Floyd), "x branches"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x woods"
Floyd | The walls do seem very secure. Surely a minor local law would have
Floyd | been enough to keep the local peasants away?
Floyd |
Floyd | But then, by now you're quite sure it isn't just an ordinary hunting
Floyd | estate. A pity this will probably be the closest you'll ever be
Floyd | allowed to get...

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x branch"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x elephant"
Floyd | The magnificent grey beast is wrinkled and has a wise look (but then,
Floyd | after an entire day of Amilia's conversation, your average potato
Floyd | would have a wise look). His two great ears flap a little up at the

Floyd | front sides of the basket, his trunk curls and pokes at the air.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Have I told you the rumour about the Empire's best racing donkey?..."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe asks, "he's silken looking?"
inky says (to Floyd), "x basket"
Floyd | The basket has the usual complement of cushions, but if there were
Floyd | anything among them you'd have bumped into it hours ago.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a glass of sherbet
Floyd |   a fedora hat (being worn)

Floyd |   a hand telescope
Floyd |
Floyd | "...such a terribly exciting moment for everybody..."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "search cushion"
Floyd | The basket has the usual complement of cushions, but if there were
Floyd | anything among them you'd have bumped into it hours ago.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "look through telescope"
Floyd | You must say what to look at through the telescope.
Floyd |
Floyd | "...just as my Mother always warned me..."
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "search amilia"
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | Amilia fans herself with the guide book.

Floyd |
Floyd | At a whistle from the soldiers up ahead, the procession comes to an
Floyd | ungainly halt.
Floyd |
Floyd | Customs Post (in the cushioned basket)
Floyd | As the road passes around the corner of the woods and turns east, it

Floyd | also passes a customs post. You're ten feet up, and the tasseled
Floyd | pennant flag flutters down from the pole to curl around the basket in
Floyd | the light breeze.
Floyd |
Floyd | The whole procession of elephants and carts is halted, and there is
Floyd | much commotion.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "drink"
inky says (to Floyd), "look at amilia through telescope"
Floyd | Lady Amilia is too close to you to make that worthwhile.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "look at flag through telescope"
Floyd | The pennant flag is too close to you to make that worthwhile.
Floyd |

Floyd | "Have I told you how I couldn't get a single pair of shoes to fit,
Floyd | last week?..."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "look at forest through telescope"
Floyd | You raise the brass telescope expertly to your eye, a dashing gesture
Floyd | which never fails to make Amilia clap her hands with pleasure.
Floyd | Somehow, though, Amilia also manages to nudge your arm so that you
Floyd | can't get a clear look at the woods.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Don't fret," says Amilia, "we're only stopping a moment, it's just a

Floyd | silly old routine I suppose, I mean they can see we aren't smugglers
Floyd | or anything..."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
GDorn arrives, full of funk, but no fun.
inky says (to Floyd), "ask amilia about smugglers"
Floyd | What Amilia doesn't know would fill a whole game in itself.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "xyzzy"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Lucea says (to floyd), "x amilia"
Floyd | The terrifying thing about the Lady Amilia, a young woman who would
Floyd | grace any court ball, is that even after an entire day like this she
Floyd | shows no sign whatever of being bored. Even now she is reading the
Floyd | guide book with apparent concentration, though you can't ever remember
Floyd | her turning a page.
Floyd |

Floyd | The procession sluggishly resumes, taking some time to accelerate
Floyd | again. You dread to imagine what a hill start would be like.
Floyd |
Floyd | Watling Street (in the cushioned basket)
Floyd | The ancient highway stretches east as far as the eye can see, running
Floyd | parallel with the mossy stone wall enclosing the hunting woods to the

Floyd | south. The wall appears unbroken. To the north, vast meadowlands sweep
Floyd | into a lush, cultivated valley.
Floyd |
Floyd | The procession of elephants shuffles on, their enormous soles slapping
Floyd | onto the flagstones with a dull, regular boom.
Floyd |

Floyd | "...such a dreadful shame, all things considered..."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "x wall"
Floyd | (the mossy wall)

Floyd | The walls do seem very secure. Surely a minor local law would have
Floyd | been enough to keep the local peasants away?
Floyd |
Floyd | But then, by now you're quite sure it isn't just an ordinary hunting
Floyd | estate. A pity this will probably be the closest you'll ever be
Floyd | allowed to get...

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Taleslinger says, "I wonder if we need a driver for this, given the "oops unwinable" mentality of Graham's other games."
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "look at wall through telescope"
Floyd | (the mossy wall through the hand telescope)

Floyd | The mossy wall is too close to you to make that worthwhile.
Floyd |
Floyd | The procession runs over a small culvert bridge, which presents no
Floyd | problem to the elephants. You glance down, and can't help thinking
Floyd | something's wrong somewhere.
Floyd |

Floyd | "...I expect somebody was sorry, really..."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "as I remember this one is hard until you do something or something happens"
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "look at estate through telescope"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "I imagine we can make it unwinnable but I don't think having a single person leading will help much"
Taleslinger asks, "amilia about wall" inky says, "probably better just to save frequently"
Lucea says, "I don't think it's unwinnable yet"
inky clears the save counter.
inky says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
inky says (to Floyd), "cf1"
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "ask amilia about wall"
Floyd | What Amilia doesn't know would fill a whole game in itself.
Floyd |
Floyd | Amilia fans herself with the guide book.
Floyd |
Floyd | Just for a moment, you catch a flickering glimpse of a bird up in the
Floyd | higher branches of the woods.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "sorry, couldn't figure out if just inky was supposed to do it"
inky asks, "what me?"
inky says, "I'm not supposed to do anything"
inky says (to Floyd), " x bird"
Floyd | It's too far away to make out at all clearly, and it keeps moving.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "heh"
inky says (to Floyd), " look at bird through telescope"
Floyd | You raise the brass telescope expertly to your eye, a dashing gesture
Floyd | which never fails to make Amilia clap her hands with pleasure.
Floyd | Although you only get one clear glimpse of the bird, its distinctive

Floyd | speckled green and blue feathers must make it one of the legendary
Floyd | Birds of Paradise.
Floyd |
Floyd | "I'm sure I've told you my mother's recipe for rhubarb pudding?..."
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "tell amilia about bird"
Floyd | "Is that so? Heavens!"
Floyd |
Floyd | "...such a charming face, that's what I say..."
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "ask amilia about bird"
Floyd | What Amilia doesn't know would fill a whole game in itself.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe says, "so I can give a command>"
Doe asks, "?"
inky says, "of course"
inky says, "type 'f command'"
Doe says (to floyd), "drink sherbet"
Floyd | You sip at the fine sherbet, careful not to drink it all at once. It
Floyd | has been chilled in a wooden cask of ice, and is the best news all
Floyd | day.
Floyd |
Floyd | Giggling nervously, for she has been waiting for you to take a sip,

Floyd | Amilia downs her sherbet with a quick snort (unfortunately literally,
Floyd | and she sneezes).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "ew"
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "say eww"
Floyd | [To address somebody, please type "name, what you want to say". For
Floyd | example: "amilia, hello".]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "amilia, eww"
Floyd | Amilia is baffled, but then she so often is.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Bert says (to Floyd), "snog amilia"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Bert says (to Floyd), "kiss amilia"
Floyd | Thank heavens, an Ambassador's duties only go so far.
Floyd |
Floyd | "...I expect somebody was sorry, really..."
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "nod"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "yes"
Floyd | That was a rhetorical question.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "yawn"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "sleep"
Floyd | You aren't feeling especially drowsy.
Floyd |
Floyd | Amilia fans herself with the guide book.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe says (to floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Watling Street (in the cushioned basket)
Floyd | The ancient highway stretches east as far as the eye can see, running
Floyd | parallel with the mossy stone wall enclosing the hunting woods to the

Floyd | south. The wall appears unbroken. To the north, vast meadowlands sweep
Floyd | into a lush, cultivated valley.
Floyd |
Floyd | A bird seems to be darting about in the tree-tops, vaguely following
Floyd | the procession.
Floyd |

Floyd | The procession of elephants shuffles on, their enormous soles slapping
Floyd | onto the flagstones with a dull, regular boom.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "ask amilia about guidebook"
Floyd | What Amilia doesn't know would fill a whole game in itself.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "ask amilia about guide book"
Floyd | What Amilia doesn't know would fill a whole game in itself.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Surely I can't be the first to tell you about those scandalous
Floyd | goings-on at the Royal Farm?..."
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "give telescope to amilia"
Floyd | "Super!"
Floyd |
Floyd | She squints into the telescope, but picks the wrong end, and then
Floyd | hands it back with a half-puzzled look. "Marvellous invention, what?"

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "ask amilia for guide book"
Floyd | "It's a jolly super guide book!" says Amilia gratuitously, as she
Floyd | kindly passes it over. Fortified by years of training in the

Floyd | diplomatic service, you thank her.
Floyd |
Floyd | "...such a horrid way to spend a Wednesday in the season..."
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "stand"
Floyd | It wouldn't be safe to dismount while the procession is under way.
Floyd |
Floyd | "...a nod's as good as a wink, after all..."
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "amilia, look at bird through telescope"
Floyd | Amilia thinks she disapproves of that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x guide book" inky says, "wow, ask .. for"
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "take guide book"
Floyd | Enormously detailed with the useless and irrelevant, the Empress gave
Floyd | it to you hoping you'd waste time studying it in detail. You have

Floyd | vowed never to do so, but it's still handy for passing the odd dull
Floyd | moment by looking up some specific local feature.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Floyd | You already have that.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "look up bird in book"
Floyd | The Northland Empire supports a rich and varied avian life.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "look up bird of paradise in book"
Floyd | The Guide Book has a lovingly detailed section on birds of paradise,
Floyd | which there is no time to read now. Apart from the plumage, it seems
Floyd | these birds are distinguished by their mating call, a chirrup followed
Floyd | by a coo. They live to be twenty years old, always return to their

Floyd | first nest in midsummer and steal each others' eggs, but nobody knows
Floyd | why.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "chirrup"
Floyd | Amilia hangs her head half on one side and flutters her eyelids,
Floyd | puzzled.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "coo"
Floyd | Amilia really is bewildered now. But your mating call does seem to
Floyd | have done the trick! The bird of paradise flutters down over the wall
Floyd | to dance eagerly around your basket.
Floyd |
Floyd | Although clearly peeved by the lack of a significant other here, the
Floyd | beautifully-plumed bird does (to your immense satisfaction) begin

Floyd | pecking away at the wax fruit on the Lady Amilia's hat.
Floyd |
Floyd | [Your score has just gone up by one point.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "ha ha"
inky says, "ok, I didn't actually remember that part"
Taleslinger says, "Hehe."
inky says (to Floyd), "x bird"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the Bird of Paradise.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "look through telescope at forest"
Floyd | You raise the brass telescope expertly to your eye. Somehow, though,
Floyd | Amilia also manages to nudge your arm so that you can't get a clear

Floyd | look at the woods.
Doe says, "I love Graham's little touches"
Floyd |
Floyd | Amilia hisses at the bird, without effect.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "dammit"
inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Watling Street (in the cushioned basket)

Floyd | The ancient highway stretches east as far as the eye can see, running
Floyd | parallel with the mossy stone wall enclosing the hunting woods to the
Floyd | south. The wall appears unbroken. To the north, vast meadowlands sweep
Floyd | into a lush, cultivated valley.
Floyd |
Floyd | The Bird of Paradise is still worrying away at Amilia's hat, so for

Floyd | once your tour guide has her eyes off you.
Floyd |
Floyd | The procession of elephants shuffles on, their enormous soles slapping
Floyd | onto the flagstones with a dull, regular boom.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "get feather"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   a glass of sherbet

Floyd |   a fedora hat (being worn)
Floyd |   a hand telescope
Floyd |
Floyd | Amilia hisses at the bird, without effect.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says (to Floyd), "x elephant"
Floyd | The magnificent grey beast is wrinkled and has a wise look (but then,
Floyd | after an entire day of Amilia's conversation, your average potato
Floyd | would have a wise look). His two great ears flap a little up at the
Floyd | front sides of the basket, his trunk curls and pokes at the air.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | It wouldn't be safe to dismount while the procession is under way.
Floyd |

Floyd | No matter what Amilia tries, the bird continues to hover.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x ears"
Floyd | Which do you mean, the right ear or the left ear?

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "give sherbert to bird"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "give sherbet to bird"
Floyd | You can only do that to something animate.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says (to Floyd), "pull right ear"
Floyd | Amilia is too preoccupied to notice you doing this, giving the
Floyd | elephant's ear a good tug. But he must be half-asleep on his feet,
Floyd | after this long trudging day, and he shows no signs yet of waking up
Floyd | for you.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "pour sherbet on elephant"
Floyd | As the icy liquid cascades over the elephant's great head, he bucks
Floyd | and jumps, shaking his ears, thoroughly waking up. You have his

Floyd | attention now all right.
Floyd |
Floyd | [Your score has just gone up by one point.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "pull right ear"
Floyd | The elephant gives a huge trumpet and begins to charge right, straight
Floyd | into the stone wall!  The basket careers along with him, suddenly
Floyd | lurches onto his side and is rapidly crushed between an elephant and a
Floyd | hard place.

Floyd |
Floyd | Hopefully, you and Amilia will be sent to different departments of the
Floyd | afterlife.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |     *** You have died ***

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | In that game you scored 2 out of a possible 30, in 56 turns, the kind
Floyd | of score one would expect of an Embassy Clerk.
Floyd |
Floyd | Would you like to RESTART, RESTORE a saved game or QUIT?

Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Watling Street
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe says (to DavidW), "cool"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "pull left ear"
Floyd | The elephant gives a huge trumpet and begins to charge left down into
Floyd | the meadowland! The basket is tossed around at high speed as you and

Floyd | Amilia are taken for a nerve-wracking ride.
Floyd |
Floyd | By the time the bearers have got him under control again, the whole
Floyd | procession has slewn out of line and is all over the valley. Casks are
Floyd | overturned, cartwheels have rolled loose, axles have broken, the
Floyd | animals are restive, and darkness is coming on. The expedition will

Floyd | have to stop here for the night.
Floyd |
Floyd | Customs House Bedroom
Floyd | The finest quarters they could find for a visiting Ambassador, at such
Floyd | short notice: and much better than you'd have expected from a
Floyd | provincial customs post. Presumably some very rich collector of

Floyd | antiquities once slept here... The only exit is to east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The room is almost filled with a four-poster bed, caparisoned gaudily
Floyd | as a warhorse.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the four-poster bed is The Guide For Travellers To The Lower

Floyd | Northlands and Surrounding Provinces.
Floyd |
Floyd | A jade figurine nestles in an alcove, beneath a painting of
Floyd | unparalleled beauty.
Floyd |
Floyd | [Your score has just gone up by one point.]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "cf2"
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "got us off the elephant"
DavidW says, "yes."
Jacqueline says, "Woo. I never made it past the elephant."
DavidW says, "I didn't want you guys stuck there for a hour."
Doe says (to Jacq), "me either, now that I recall it"
Doe says, "aha, thanks"
DavidW says, "I'll go back to lurking for a bit. I'm still playing The Moon Watch."
inky says, "ha ha"
inky says, "ok, I wasn't sure if you were remembering that puzzle or not"
DavidW says, "I did"
inky says, "I was not solving it since I knew more or less how it worked"
DavidW says, "oh. sorry."
inky says, "oh no"
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "x painting"
Floyd | It depicts a wide cavern with a polished stone ledge on one shore of a
Floyd | subterranean lake, dimly lit from above and ringed in with rock faces.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "I mean, if we're going to get through this in two hours we had better not get stuck on the first puzzle for an hour"
DavidW says, "right"
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "x faces"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Lucea says, "I was not solving it becaues I didn't quite remember it. also I'm supposed to be working"
inky says, "ha ha"
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "x lake"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "that was enough elephant stuff anyway"
inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Customs House Bedroom
Floyd | The finest quarters they could find for a visiting Ambassador, at such
Floyd | short notice: and much better than you'd have expected from a

Floyd | provincial customs post. Presumably some very rich collector of
Floyd | antiquities once slept here... The only exit is to east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The room is almost filled with a four-poster bed, caparisoned gaudily
Floyd | as a warhorse.
Floyd |

Floyd | On the four-poster bed is The Guide For Travellers To The Lower
Floyd | Northlands and Surrounding Provinces.
Floyd |
Floyd | A jade figurine nestles in an alcove, beneath a painting of
Floyd | unparalleled beauty.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get guide"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "x figurine"
Floyd | An exquisite antiquity.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get it"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | [Your score has just gone up by one point.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Taleslinger asks, "Did anyone apart from me not knoe the solution?"
inky says, "ha ha"
inky says (to Floyd), "look under bed"
Floyd | Nice try, but there's nothing under the bed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd | Nice try, but there's nothing under the bed.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky asks, "are we really getting points for stealing things from our bedroom?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x figurine"
Floyd | An exquisite antiquity.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | You can't get out, because soldiers ("for your protection,
Floyd | Ambassador") are guarding the door.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look up figurine in guide book"
Floyd | Annoyingly there's no index and you can't find what you want.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Bert says (to Floyd), "score"
Floyd | You have so far scored 4 out of a possible 30, in 67 turns, the kind
Floyd | of score one would expect of a Third Secretary.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Bert says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a jade figurine
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding

Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Bert says (to Floyd), "eat guide"
Floyd | That's plainly inedible.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Bert says (to Floyd), "xyzzy"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "look up xyzzy in guide book"
Floyd | Annoyingly there's no index and you can't find what you want.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "x bed"
Floyd | It looks highly inviting.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "xyzzy"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "look up painting in guide book"
Floyd | Annoyingly there's no index and you can't find what you want.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Customs House Bedroom
Floyd | The finest quarters they could find for a visiting Ambassador, at such
Floyd | short notice: and much better than you'd have expected from a
Floyd | provincial customs post. Presumably some very rich collector of
Floyd | antiquities once slept here... The only exit is to east.

Floyd |
Floyd | The room is almost filled with a four-poster bed, caparisoned gaudily
Floyd | as a warhorse.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "x bed"
Floyd | It looks highly inviting.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x painting"
Floyd | It depicts a wide cavern with a polished stone ledge on one shore of a
Floyd | subterranean lake, dimly lit from above and ringed in with rock faces.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "look behind painting"
Floyd | I only understood you as far as wanting to look.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "x bed"
Floyd | It looks highly inviting.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "move painting"
Floyd | Nothing obvious happens.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "pull painting"
Floyd | Nothing obvious happens.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "move bed"
Floyd | Those are fixed in place.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "x post"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "or, wait, maybe we are supposed to sleep"
DavidW says, "maybe"
Doe says, "hmmm, yes bed is inviting"
inky says (to Floyd), "lie on bed"
Floyd | You get into bed.
Floyd |
Floyd | Customs House Bedroom (on the four-poster bed)
Floyd | A magnificent design is woven into the inside of the tapestry roof of
Floyd | the bed, and the whole effect is sumptuous and comfortable.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x roof"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x design"
Floyd | The design of a topiary garden, whose bushes and shaped hedges depict
Floyd | a dragon, a unicorn, a great serpent and a huge misshapen dog. It is
Floyd | signed "Leblank".

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x design"
Floyd | The design of a topiary garden, whose bushes and shaped hedges depict
Floyd | a dragon, a unicorn, a great serpent and a huge misshapen dog. It is

Floyd | signed "Leblank".
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "heh"
inky says (to Floyd), "sleep"
Floyd | You relax into a strange, dream-laced sleep. The Boreal Falls... Lady
Floyd | Amilia, giggling wildly with a hysterical edge... your secret
Floyd | briefing, back at the Duchy, when you were warned not to take anything
Floyd | in the Empire at face value... and mages, sorcerers, enchanters,
Floyd | powerful men from the Old Time...
Floyd |

Floyd | ...and suddenly you sit bolt upright, at the distant but unnerving
Floyd | sound of the blowing of a horn. It's deep into the night but you're
Floyd | now perfectly awake.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Customs House Bedroom (on the four-poster bed)
Floyd | A magnificent design is woven into the inside of the tapestry roof of
Floyd | the bed, and the whole effect is sumptuous and comfortable.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "out"
Floyd | You get off the four-poster bed.
Floyd |

Floyd | Customs House Bedroom
Floyd |
Floyd | The room is almost filled with a four-poster bed, caparisoned gaudily
Floyd | as a warhorse.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Customs House Bedroom
Floyd | The finest quarters they could find for a visiting Ambassador, at such
Floyd | short notice: and much better than you'd have expected from a

Floyd | provincial customs post. Presumably some very rich collector of
Floyd | antiquities once slept here... The only exit is to east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The room is almost filled with a four-poster bed, caparisoned gaudily
Floyd | as a warhorse.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | (The soldiers who guarded this door must have gone off duty some hours
Floyd | ago.)
Floyd |

Floyd | Upstairs Landing
Floyd | Stairs descend to the ground floor, and one doorway leads west, into
Floyd | your bedroom.
Floyd |
Floyd | The rich brocade curtains of the window here are drawn.
Floyd |

Floyd | [Your score has just gone up by one point.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "now we're talkin'"
inky says (to Floyd), "x curtains"
Floyd | Perhaps you should open the curtains and then see what you can see.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "open curtains"
Floyd | You open the curtains, and look out on a deserted Watling Street, the
Floyd | mossy wall, the woods beyond. Somewhere in the distance, from the
Floyd | centre of the woods, is an unearthly green glow.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x woods"
Floyd | You can't make out much from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x glow"
Floyd | You can't make out much from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "I should sleep with my telescope at all times, just in case"
Doe says (to floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Kitchen
Floyd | You are in the kitchen of the white-painted Customs House. The table
Floyd | here looks as if it hasn't been used for the preparation of food in
Floyd | years. A passage leads to the west and a dark staircase can be seen

Floyd | leading upward. There is a fine, modern charcoal-stove and to the
Floyd | east, the front door is closed.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the kitchen table is a small wickerwork hamper (which is closed).
Floyd |
Floyd | A joint of cured ham hangs from a hook in the ceiling.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get ham"
Floyd | You just, right up on tiptoe, succeed in dislodging the ham from its
Floyd | hook.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get hamper"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Perhaps a tall glass of sherbet fell from the sky!"
inky says, "this will provide us an alibi -- we'll claim we needed a midnight snack"
inky says (to Floyd), "x stove"
Floyd | This immaculate black iron stove, just the size of the fireplace, has
Floyd | been very well cleaned and has that elusive "never used" look. It is a
Floyd | modern, de luxe charcoal stove, embellished with iron hoops and
Floyd | designs around the edge. The stove is currently closed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "open stove"
Floyd | You open the stove. There is no charcoal inside.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "search stove"
Floyd | The black-iron stove is empty.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x designs"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x design"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "open hamper"
Floyd | Thoughtfully, someone has provided you with breakfast.

Floyd |
Floyd | In the small wickerwork hamper are some provisions - an apple, a hunk
Floyd | of cheese and a clove of garlic.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Living Room
Floyd | You are in a stately and well-aged living room. There is a doorway to
Floyd | the east, leading back into the kitchen, a trophy case, and a large

Floyd | oriental rug in the center of the room.
Floyd |
Floyd | A brass lantern rests on top of the trophy case.
Floyd |
Floyd | You are very relieved to see that your Ambassador's trunk is still
Floyd | here, just where you left it last night.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "put ham in hamper"
Floyd | You put the joint of cured ham into the small wickerwork hamper.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get lantern"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "x trunk"
Floyd | This little trunk (one foot by one foot by six inches) is an
Floyd | immaculate example of Duchy craftsmanship at its finest. The latch
Floyd | mechanism is so intricate that only its owner can open it. Turning out
Floyd | fine products like this is the very lifeblood of your native land.

Floyd |
Floyd | So why do you keep suspecting that somebody has opened and searched
Floyd | it? Surely only a wizard could have done so, and the days of the
Floyd | wizards are long gone, back even before the foundation of the Old
Floyd | Underground Empire! Unless... the rumours are true. Has magic been
Floyd | rediscovered here?

Floyd |
Floyd | You'd better find out, because in a world of magic no-one's going to
Floyd | want mechanisms like this any more.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get it"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "open trunk"
Floyd | Expertly sliding your fingers along the sequence of hidden catches,
Floyd | you trigger the mechanism and the trunk-lid gracefully raises.
Floyd |
Floyd | In the Ambassador's trunk are a hand telescope, your formal
Floyd | credentials and a coil of light rope.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x rope"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the coil of light rope.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x credentials"
Floyd | "To whom it may concern... granted plenipotentiary powers
Floyd | notwithstanding... most excellent and serene Highness..." and so on.
Floyd | The froth which covers any diplomat's life.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "man, no description on the rope"
Doe says (to floyd), "take all"
Floyd | trophy case: That's hardly portable.

Floyd | oriental rug: That's hardly portable.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "it is hard to believe everyone was surprised this was graham at the time"
Doe asks (of inky), "where they?"
inky says, "that is my recollection"
inky says, "perhaps it is incorrect"
Doe says, "yeah, think you're right"
Doe says, "but the writing, I think becAuse it was fairly short"
inky says, "actually the cultural norms of locks with a society that has rezrov are kind of interesting"
inky says, "like locks become all courtesy locks like on the bathroom"
inky says, "not things intended to actually keep people out"
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |

Floyd | Kitchen
Floyd |
Floyd | There's a hook in the ceiling.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "open front door"
Floyd | They seem to be locked.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "verose"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "verbose"
Floyd | The Meteor, the Stone and a Long Glass of Sherbet is now in its
Floyd | "verbose" mode, which always gives long descriptions of locations
Floyd | (even if you've been there before).
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "x front door"
Floyd | As secure as you could ever hope for.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Living Room
Floyd | You are in a stately and well-aged living room. There is a doorway to
Floyd | the east, leading back into the kitchen, a trophy case, and a large

Floyd | oriental rug in the center of the room.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x trophy case"
Floyd | According to a plaque, it's a genuine early Empire trophy case, a real

Floyd | antique. At that time, it was fashionable to collect precious items
Floyd | and display them in one's own home, in just such a case.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "open it"
Floyd | As you open the old trophy case, which is so stiff it can't have been
Floyd | opened in years, something shiny falls out into your hand.
Floyd |
Floyd | [Your score has just gone up by one point.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe asks, "is she actually going to take a trunk around with her?"
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope

Floyd |     your formal credentials
Floyd |     a coil of light rope
Floyd |   a brass lantern
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open)
Floyd |     some provisions - a joint of cured ham, an apple, a hunk of cheese
Floyd | and a clove of garlic

Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   two ancient treasures:
Floyd |     a jewelled scarab
Floyd |     a jade figurine
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "are we? of course"
inky says, "we're adventurers"
inky says (to Floyd), "x scarab"
Floyd | A finely-worked filigree gold and jewelled scarab.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "heh"
inky says (to Floyd), "look under rug"
Floyd | With a great effort, the rug is moved to one side of the room,
Floyd | revealing a seamless wooden floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | Somewhat embarrassed, you move the rug back again.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "dangit"
inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Living Room
Floyd | You are in a stately and well-aged living room. There is a doorway to

Floyd | the east, leading back into the kitchen, a trophy case, and a large
Floyd | oriental rug in the center of the room.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Kitchen
Floyd | You are in the kitchen of the white-painted Customs House. The table
Floyd | here looks as if it hasn't been used for the preparation of food in
Floyd | years. A passage leads to the west and a dark staircase can be seen
Floyd | leading upward. There is a fine, modern charcoal-stove and to the

Floyd | east, the front door is closed.
Floyd |
Floyd | There's a hook in the ceiling.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "This game is influenced by Zork, somewhat."
inky says, "heh"
inky says (to Floyd), "move stove"
Floyd | You can hardly move the stove, and anyway it's already backed onto the
Floyd | fireplace and won't push inward.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x table"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the kitchen table.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x fireplace"
Floyd | That's not something you need to refer to in the course of this game.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "pull stove"
Floyd | The stove budges fractionally, but is so heavy that you can hardly get
Floyd | it to move at all by hand.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |     your formal credentials

Floyd |     a coil of light rope
Floyd |   a brass lantern
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open)
Floyd |     some provisions - a joint of cured ham, an apple, a hunk of cheese
Floyd | and a clove of garlic
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding

Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   two ancient treasures:
Floyd |     a jewelled scarab
Floyd |     a jade figurine
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe asks, "we get the shiny thing?"
inky says, "yeah, the scarab"
Doe says, "okay"
inky says (to Floyd), "score"
Floyd | You have so far scored 6 out of a possible 30, in 122 turns, the kind
Floyd | of score one would expect of a Third Secretary.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "ha ha"
inky says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
inky says (to Floyd), "cf3"
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "restore"
inky says (to Floyd), "cf1"
Floyd | Enter saved game to load: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "score"
Floyd | You have so far scored 0 out of a possible 30, in 24 turns, the kind
Floyd | of score one would expect of the Embassy Stablehand.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "RESTORE"
inky says (to Floyd), "cf3"
Floyd | Enter saved game to load: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "harsh but fair"
Doe says, "okay, another room or out"
inky says, "well, I don't know where to go"
inky says, "the front doors are locked, though maybe we can pick the lock"
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |     your formal credentials
Floyd |     a coil of light rope

Floyd |   a brass lantern
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open)
Floyd |     some provisions - a joint of cured ham, an apple, a hunk of cheese
Floyd | and a clove of garlic
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces

Floyd |   two ancient treasures:
Floyd |     a jewelled scarab
Floyd |     a jade figurine
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Kitchen
Floyd | You are in the kitchen of the white-painted Customs House. The table
Floyd | here looks as if it hasn't been used for the preparation of food in
Floyd | years. A passage leads to the west and a dark staircase can be seen

Floyd | leading upward. There is a fine, modern charcoal-stove and to the
Floyd | east, the front door is closed.
Floyd |
Floyd | There's a hook in the ceiling.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "oh!"
inky says (to Floyd), "tie rope to stove"
Floyd | You make a secure little knot. It is now tied to the black-iron stove.
Floyd |
Floyd | [Your score has just gone up by one point.]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "pull hook"
Floyd | The hook's too high for you to touch, even on tiptoe.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put rope on hook"
Floyd | You need to be holding the length of light rope before you can put it
Floyd | on top of something else.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "tie rope to hook"
Floyd | The rope's already tied to the black-iron stove.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "pull rope"
Floyd | You pull hard on the rope, and the stove budges fractionally, but the
Floyd | enormous friction of its flat base on the floor stops you from getting
Floyd | anywhere.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope

Floyd |     your formal credentials
Floyd |   a brass lantern
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open)
Floyd |     some provisions - a joint of cured ham, an apple, a hunk of cheese
Floyd | and a clove of garlic
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding

Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   two ancient treasures:
Floyd |     a jewelled scarab
Floyd |     a jade figurine
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "x ham"
Doe says (to floyd), "climb rope"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the joint of cured ham.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Floyd | But the rope leads neither up nor down.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x cheese"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the hunk of cheese.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take rope"
Floyd | You can't take the rope; it's tied to the black-iron stove.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "greese"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "grease"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put cheese on floor"
Floyd | You haven't got that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "rub cheese on floor"
Floyd | I only understood you as far as wanting to rub the hunk of cheese.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "rub cheese"
Floyd | You achieve nothing by this.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Gerynar arrives, full of fun and funk.
DavidW says (to Floyd), "put rope over hook"
Floyd | I didn't understand that sentence.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "lift stove"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "put rope on hook"
Floyd | You need to be holding the length of light rope before you can put it
Floyd | on top of something else.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "hrm"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "untie rope"
Floyd | You untie the rope.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "yeah a pully to move the stove"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take rope"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "put rope on hook"
Floyd | The hook's too high for you to touch, even on tiptoe.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "stand on table"
Floyd | That would be unhygienic. Anyway, the table is not underneath anything
Floyd | interesting, so no benefit would accrue.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "move table"
Floyd | The kitchen table seems securely fixed in place.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "move bench"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x chair"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "stand on oven"
Floyd | There's no room to comfortably do so.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "durf"
Doe says (to floyd), "drop trunk"
Floyd | Dropped.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "stand on case"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe says (to floyd), "close trunk"
Floyd | You close the clasps carefully, and the trunk seals itself.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "stand on trunk"
Floyd | That's not something you can enter.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "good call"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Kitchen
Floyd | You are in the kitchen of the white-painted Customs House. The table
Floyd | here looks as if it hasn't been used for the preparation of food in

Floyd | years. A passage leads to the west and a dark staircase can be seen
Floyd | leading upward. There is a fine, modern charcoal-stove and to the
Floyd | east, the front door is closed.
Floyd |
Floyd | There's a hook in the ceiling.
Floyd |

Floyd | You can also see your Ambassador's trunk (which is closed) here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "hmmm"
inky says, "aw c'mon"
inky says (to Floyd), "drop basket"
Floyd | Dropped.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "stand on it"
Floyd | That's not something you can enter.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "stand on trunk"
Floyd | That's not something you can enter.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a length of light rope
Floyd |   a brass lantern
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   two ancient treasures:

Floyd |     a jewelled scarab
Floyd |     a jade figurine
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "I don't remember it being this irritating"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "throw rope at hook"
Floyd | You throw the rope up. Its two ends are now hanging from the hook.
Floyd |
Floyd | [Your score has just gone up by one point.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "woot"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "tie rope to oven"
Floyd | You make a secure little knot. It now runs from the black-iron stove
Floyd | up and over the hook, from which the loose end dangles.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "pull rope"
Floyd | Pulling hard on the rope, you have enough leverage to slightly lift
Floyd | the stove, and it comes aside towards the centre of the kitchen.

Floyd |
Floyd | Behind the stove, it seems, was a much older chimney, an original
Floyd | feature of the Customs House.
Floyd |
Floyd | [Your score has just gone up by one point.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get hamper and trunk"
Floyd | small wickerwork hamper: Taken.
Floyd | Ambassador's trunk: Taken.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take trunk"
Floyd | You already have that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "x chimney"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the original chimney.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "look in it"
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "pull rope"
Floyd | A second pull does no good.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get rope"
Floyd | You can't take the rope; it's tied to the black-iron stove.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "untie rope"
Floyd | You untie the rope. Its two ends are now hanging from the hook.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get rope"
Floyd | (first pulling the rope off the hook)

Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "enter chimney"
Floyd | As dazzling as you may be in the conference chamber, down a chimney

Floyd | you're as mortal as anyone else. It looks extremely dangerous to climb
Floyd | down in darkness without anything holding you safe.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "cf4"
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "aha"
inky says (to Floyd), "tie rope to stove"
Floyd | You make a secure little knot. It is now tied to the black-iron stove.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "light lamp"
Floyd | You light the lantern.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "in"
Floyd | The stairs lead back up, and there's a doorway west.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "enter chimney"
Floyd | As dazzling as you may be in the conference chamber, down a chimney
Floyd | you're as mortal as anyone else. It looks extremely dangerous to climb
Floyd | down in darkness without anything holding you safe.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "tie rope to me"
Floyd | You tie the rope around you. One end is tied around you, and the other
Floyd | to the black-iron stove.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "enter chimney"
Floyd | You pull hard on the rope, and the stove budges fractionally, but the
Floyd | enormous friction of its flat base on the floor stops you from getting
Floyd | anywhere.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "uhhh"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | You abseil down the chimney, securely held by the rope, though you
Floyd | have to untie yourself to drop down the last foot or so.

Floyd |
Floyd | Cellars
Floyd | At the foot of the chimney are low and grimy cellars, built of
Floyd | decaying brickwork and seemingly unused for years. There are no
Floyd | bottles, or crates, unless they're stored through the passage to the
Floyd | south.

Floyd |
Floyd | Your length of rope is here. Its tail is just visible at the foot of
Floyd | the chimney.
Floyd |
Floyd | [Your score has just gone up by one point.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "geez whatever"
DavidW says, "It's an old game."
inky says (to Floyd), "x brickwork"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "I guess so"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x brickwork"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x bricks"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "we used to put up wiht a lot more difficult puzzles"
DavidW says, "we did"
Doe says, "then puzzleless if came along and we got lazy"
Doe says (to DavidW), "yeah, like INfocom"
DavidW asks, "hm. Is it simply not listing any exits?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | There are no other obvious exits, only south or back up the chimney.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |

Floyd | Low Junction
Floyd | This is a low junction among cavities in the foundation stones of the
Floyd | ancient Watling Street, which must run just overhead.
Floyd |
Floyd | A north-south passage narrows considerably and descends to the south
Floyd | under a long lintel-stone; a side passage, northwest, is much more

Floyd | earthy.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky asks, "watling street?"
inky says (to Floyd), "x lintel"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the lintel-stone.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x stones"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "nw"
Floyd |

Floyd | Bubbling Pool
Floyd | This is a red-brown earthy bole, a cavity in hardened soil with but a
Floyd | single crawl leading out to the southeast. The ground is covered with
Floyd | autumn leaves, russet and variegated.
Floyd |
Floyd | In the centre is a bubbling pool of spring water, glinting with shades

Floyd | and flickers of green phosphoresence.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Watling street was the street we were on with the elephant, I think."
inky says, "aha"
inky says, "man, it makes me a little nervous to think elephants were walking over ground that wasn't totally solid"
inky says (to Floyd), "x pool"
Floyd | You can make out nothing inside the pool.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "x leaves"
Floyd | The leaves have the weight of many autumns, many winds, in their
Floyd | delicate hue.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "yeah right, as if there is nothing in this pool"
inky says (to Floyd), "search pool"
Floyd | You can make out nothing inside the pool.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says (to Floyd), "count leaves"
Floyd | There are 16,339 leaves.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "ha ha"
Fang arrives, full of funk, but no fun. Fang asks, "what are we playing, and how long ago did we start?"
DavidW says, "Obviously, we need to add more leaves. :)"
inky says, "meteor, stone, long class of sherbet"
Doe asks, "btw, do we have an objective?"
inky says, "er, glass"
inky says, "and we started 38 minutes ago"
inky says (to Doe), "I don't think so"
Doe says, "I ahven't seen one"
inky says (to Doe), "it's one of those "our character has a mission but didn't bother to tell us" games"
DavidW says (to Doe), "Finding that glowing thing, perhaps. Also, find out if magic has returned."
Doe says, "I thought so :-) heh"
Fang says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Bubbling Pool
Floyd | This is a red-brown earthy bole, a cavity in hardened soil with but a
Floyd | single crawl leading out to the southeast. The ground is covered with
Floyd | autumn leaves, russet and variegated.
Floyd |

Floyd | In the centre is a bubbling pool of spring water, glinting with shades
Floyd | and flickers of green phosphoresence.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
crumple arrives, full of fun and funk.
inky says (to Floyd), "search leaves"
Floyd | Turning through the leaves, you come across a precious platinum egg!
Floyd |
Floyd | [Your score has just gone up by two points.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "drink water"
Floyd | The water is imbued with something... what? A taste of blackcurrant
Floyd | and the scent of morning fire-ash. Whatever it is, it's naturally
Floyd | carbonated and you hiccup.

Floyd |
Floyd | In fact, you feel quite light-headed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x egg"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the platinum egg.
Floyd |
Floyd | You're beginning to feel dangerously unsteady on your feet.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "whoops, maybe that was dumb"
inky says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | ...And suddenly, there is the Power! It crackles through your whole

Floyd | body, sparking at your fingernails and toenails, sending shivers along
Floyd | your limbs. You feel suddenly afraid to imagine, afraid that you can
Floyd | no longer tell imagination from reality.
Floyd |
Floyd | [Your score has just gone up by one point.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "woooooo"
inky says, "maybe maybe not"
inky says (to Floyd), "zap stuff"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "hmmm, we became maagical"
DavidW | Unless... the rumours are true. Has magic been rediscovered here? You'd better find out, because in a world of magic no-one's going to want mechanisms like this any more.
Doe says, "must be something magical we can do"
Fang says (to Floyd), "xyzzy"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe says (to floyd), "x egg"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the platinum egg.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is closed)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open)
Floyd |     some provisions - a joint of cured ham, an apple, a hunk of cheese
Floyd | and a clove of garlic

Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   three ancient treasures:
Floyd |     a platinum egg
Floyd |     a jewelled scarab

Floyd |     a jade figurine
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "x scarab"
Floyd | A finely-worked filigree gold and jewelled scarab.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "x figurine"
Floyd | An exquisite antiquity.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe asks, "rub something?"
inky says, "my recollection is that we can memorize and cast spells enchanter-style"
inky says, "so let's go look for a scroll"
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | The only passage out of this earthy bole is southeast.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd |
Floyd | Low Junction
Floyd | This is a low junction among cavities in the foundation stones of the
Floyd | ancient Watling Street, which must run just overhead.
Floyd |
Floyd | A north-south passage narrows considerably and descends to the south

Floyd | under a long lintel-stone; a side passage, northwest, is much more
Floyd | earthy.
Floyd |
Floyd | Still not quite yourself, you trip over slightly, banging your head on
Floyd | the lintel. Involuntarily you curse out the word "jilnix", a word
Floyd | you're almost certain you've never heard before!

Floyd |
Floyd | There is a horrid surge of power as you feel your mind creating a
Floyd | surge of motion. A dark cloud of bat-like insects clashes with the
Floyd | clear air around you, purposeless and malevolent. Only by great effort
Floyd | of will can you abolish them.
Floyd |

Floyd | One thing seems clear. The Old Magic has returned.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "aha, cool"
inky says, "...like that"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "spells"
Floyd | The jilnix spell is indelibly etched on your memory. Other than that,
Floyd | you have no spells memorised.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "x jilnix"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "!"
inky asks, "isn't that supposed to work?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "what is jilnix"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "jilnix"
Floyd | As your brows frown, the air around you gathers with vile winged
Floyd | insects, fluttering angrily about you for a moment. But nothing
Floyd | results from this, and they dissipate again.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Perhaps you can't examine your memory, only from a spellbook or scroll."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x memory"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "recall jilnix"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "Maybe insects eat leaves?"
inky says (to Floyd), "nw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Bubbling Pool

Floyd | This is a red-brown earthy bole, a cavity in hardened soil with but a
Floyd | single crawl leading out to the southeast. The ground is covered with
Floyd | autumn leaves, russet and variegated.
Floyd |
Floyd | In the centre is a bubbling pool of spring water, glinting with shades
Floyd | and flickers of green phosphoresence.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "jilnix"
Floyd | As your brows frown, the air around you gathers with vile winged
Floyd | insects, fluttering angrily about you for a moment. But nothing

Floyd | results from this, and they dissipate again.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd |

Floyd | Low Junction
Floyd | This is a low junction among cavities in the foundation stones of the
Floyd | ancient Watling Street, which must run just overhead.
Floyd |
Floyd | A north-south passage narrows considerably and descends to the south
Floyd | under a long lintel-stone; a side passage, northwest, is much more

Floyd | earthy.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | You duck your head under the lintel-stone.

Floyd |
Floyd | Passage Under the Wall
Floyd | A narrow passage, running north to south under solid sandstone blocks
Floyd | which must make up the base of the wall. Further south, the passage
Floyd | runs onto what seems to be a ledge, and you have a sense of space
Floyd | opening up from below.

Floyd |
Floyd | The Old Underground Empire awaits!
Floyd |
Floyd | A watchful oil-snake coils and uncoils itself restlessly, occupying
Floyd | its territory but making no move towards you as yet.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "jilnix"
Floyd | As your brows frown, the air around you gathers with vile winged
Floyd | insects, fluttering angrily about you for a moment. But nothing
Floyd | results from this, and they dissipate again.

DavidW asks, "Did anyone search the leaves?"
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "yeah, we found the egg"
DavidW says, "ah. okay"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x snake"
Floyd | It has a lean and hungry look.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "jilnix snake"
Floyd | As your brows frown, the air around you gathers with vile winged
Floyd | insects, which surge forward to plague the oil-snake. It recoils
Floyd | (literally) backward, retreating south through the passage until out
Floyd | of sight! Your insects dissipate, their work done.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says, "ah ha"
DavidW says (to Fang), "woot!"
Fang says, "I guess the spells work with subjects, then"
inky says, "excellent"
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a

Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |

Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "look at hole"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "whoops, sorry"
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Passage Under the Wall
Floyd | A narrow passage, running north to south under solid sandstone blocks
Floyd | which must make up the base of the wall. Further south, the passage

Floyd | runs onto what seems to be a ledge, and you have a sense of space
Floyd | opening up from below.
Floyd |
Floyd | The Old Underground Empire awaits!
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "x hole"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "maybe not significant space"
Doe says, "go ahead"
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge

Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a
Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.

Floyd |
Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe says, "right"
inky says, "this is a weird room description"
Taleslinger asks, "isn't cedar a cheese?"
Doe says (to floyd), "x tree"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the inverted cedar.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "I guess we can go e or sw"
DavidW says, "Cedars are trees."
inky says (to Floyd), "sw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Low Crawl
Floyd | It looks as if this low passage from the northeast peters out into a
Floyd | dead end not far west, but a muddy slide-passage descends to the
Floyd | south.
Floyd |

Floyd | A flat stick, curved around a right angle, rests on the ground here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x stick"
Floyd | A flat curved stick, but one that has been well-crafted to some end.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get stick"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "throw stick"
Floyd | There's not really enough room in this cramped space to throw the
Floyd | stick, since you'd really need to pull your arm right back and swing
Floyd | hard.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Cheddar is a cheese."
inky says (to Floyd), "look south"
Floyd | I only understood you as far as wanting to look.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "sounds like a hockey stick"
Fang says (to Floyd), "play hockey"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Taleslinger says, "oops, my bad."
inky says, "boomerang, I am guessing"
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Half Cave
Floyd | This is only half a cave; the eastern half, to be exact. It's a dark
Floyd | place full of crevices (you would have missed the slide passage back
Floyd | north if you hadn't already known about it); chief among them a
Floyd | distinctive triangular cavity, 1 foot or so high, and blocked by a

Floyd | rough quartz window.
Floyd |
Floyd | What divides this cave is a solid, floor-to-ceiling stone wall running
Floyd | north to south, masoned with mortar and seemingly recent. You feel
Floyd | quite certain that the cave continues.
Floyd |

Floyd | A shard of pottery glints slightly in the mud floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "boomerangs are like lockpicks in that they are much easier to use in IF games than in real life"
DavidW says, "heh. yes."
Doe says, "yup, heh"
Fang says (to Floyd), "x pottery"
Floyd | The remains of a pot perhaps two feet across and two thousand years
Floyd | old. (Held up to the light, it has a faint glint from having being
Floyd | baked with mica.)

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "x pottery"
Floyd | The remains of a pot perhaps two feet across and two thousand years
Floyd | old. (Held up to the light, it has a faint glint from having being

Floyd | baked with mica.)
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "get it"
Floyd | Taken.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Unlike swimming, where it's always easier in real life."
Doe says, "swimining is hard to do well in I"
Doe says, "IF"
Taleslinger says, "rope-climbing is easier in IF"
Doe says, "oh, right, MUCH easier"
inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Half Cave

Floyd | This is only half a cave; the eastern half, to be exact. It's a dark
Floyd | place full of crevices (you would have missed the slide passage back
Floyd | north if you hadn't already known about it); chief among them a
Floyd | distinctive triangular cavity, 1 foot or so high, and blocked by a
Floyd | rough quartz window.
Floyd |

Floyd | What divides this cave is a solid, floor-to-ceiling stone wall running
Floyd | north to south, masoned with mortar and seemingly recent. You feel
Floyd | quite certain that the cave continues.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x wall"
Floyd | (the masoned wall)
Floyd | You see nothing special about the masoned wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says, "And abseiling chimneys."
inky says, "hrm, interesting"
inky says (to Floyd), "x window"
Floyd | The window itself, perhaps, was the work of primitive cave dwellers
Floyd | long ago. Whoever they were, they seem to have cut some kind of cavity

Floyd | to the east, behind the window.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x cavity"
Floyd | Tantalisingly, you can only see darkness within.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | The quartz window in the east wall is only 1 foot high, in addition to
Floyd | being apparently unbreakable.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Taleslinger says, "casting spells"
inky asks, "a quartz window was the work of primitive cave dwellers?"
Fang says (to Floyd), "jilnix cavity" DavidW says (to inky), "please"
Floyd | The cavity can't be reached from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "jilnix window"
Floyd | As your brows frown, the air around you gathers with vile winged
Floyd | insects, which surge forward to plague the quartz window. But nothing
Floyd | results from this, and they dissipate again.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "put lamp in window"
Floyd | That can't contain things.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "open window"
Floyd | That's not something you can open.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look through window"
Floyd | Tantalisingly, you can only see darkness within.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "push window"
Floyd | The quartz is rough, and also tough.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "pull it"
Floyd | The quartz is rough, and also tough.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "maybe a one spell one use thing"
DavidW says, "I think, iirc, that we need a light source on the other side first."
Fang says (to Floyd), "i" inky says, "that would make sense"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a shard of pottery
Floyd |   a flat curved stick

Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is closed)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open)
Floyd |     some provisions - a joint of cured ham, an apple, a hunk of cheese
Floyd | and a clove of garlic
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding

Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   three ancient treasures:
Floyd |     a platinum egg
Floyd |     a jewelled scarab
Floyd |     a jade figurine
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe asks, "which way back to tree?"
inky says, "n, then ne"
inky asks, "are there any other exits?"
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | Thanks to the wall, the slide passage is the only way out.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Low Crawl
Floyd | It looks as if this low passage from the northeast peters out into a
Floyd | dead end not far west, but a muddy slide-passage descends to the
Floyd | south.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "n. ne"
Floyd | The increasingly earthy rock blocks your way. The only viable routes
Floyd | are west, south and northeast.
Floyd |

Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a
Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,

Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |
Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "climb tree"
Floyd | You can't reach the tree from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "oh hmm"
inky says, "I didn't know about the west exit back there"
Fang says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | The only obvious ways to proceed from here are north or along the
Floyd | ledge, either down to the east or into the tight squeeze to the

Floyd | southwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "I think the branch is signifcant"
inky says (to Floyd), "throw branch"
Floyd | The inverted cedar is already on the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "sw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Low Crawl
Floyd | It looks as if this low passage from the northeast peters out into a
Floyd | dead end not far west, but a muddy slide-passage descends to the
Floyd | south.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "ha ha"
Fang says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shambles

Floyd | An earthy rockfall, soaked through with water into wet clay, makes
Floyd | this passage lose all coherence. A kind of chimney-like crack leads
Floyd | upward, and the crawl eases slightly to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | Roughly underneath the chimney-crack is a mound of garbage, dropped in
Floyd | from above. Potato-peel, broken tools and so on seem to make up the

Floyd | bulk of it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | The muddy earth is too tight.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x tools"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the garbage heap.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "search heap"
Floyd | The moment you reach out to touch the mound, it comes alive with
Floyd | woodlice and ants, making you pull your finger back as if stung.
Floyd | Whatever the mound's secrets, they're well guarded.

Floyd |
Floyd | A moment later, it's as if nothing had happened.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "jilnix heap"
Floyd | As your brows frown, the air around you gathers with vile winged
Floyd | insects, which surge forward to plague the garbage heap. They set
Floyd | about the garbage heap with relish, doing battle royal with the native
Floyd | woodlice and ants. Only when finally triumphant do they dissipate.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "search heap"
Floyd | Rummaging through the garbage, you turn up all manner of things: odd
Floyd | socks with holes in, iron bedstead-parts, rotting turnips and so on.
Floyd |
Floyd | And then you come across a bound volume of parchment (wrapped loosely

Floyd | in old sackcloth), filled with curious writings.
Floyd |
Floyd | [Your score has just gone up by one point.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says, "yay bugs"
inky says, "oh hell yeah"
inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shambles

Floyd | An earthy rockfall, soaked through with water into wet clay, makes
Floyd | this passage lose all coherence. A kind of chimney-like crack leads
Floyd | upward, and the crawl eases slightly to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | Roughly underneath the chimney-crack is a mound of garbage, dropped in
Floyd | from above. Potato-peel, broken tools and so on seem to make up the

Floyd | bulk of it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "okay spells are multiuse"
inky says (to Floyd), "x crack"
Floyd | You can just make out starlight, so it must open onto the ground
Floyd | above. You can't help feeling it was indeed constructed to be a
Floyd | chimney, terribly long ago and with primitive tools at best.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says, "booyah"
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd | The chimney-crack becomes just too tight for you, and you sag back
Floyd | down, muddier and wiser.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "ha ha, muddier and wiser"
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5

Floyd |   a shard of pottery
Floyd |   a flat curved stick
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is closed)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open)
Floyd |     some provisions - a joint of cured ham, an apple, a hunk of cheese
Floyd | and a clove of garlic

Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   three ancient treasures:
Floyd |     a platinum egg
Floyd |     a jewelled scarab

Floyd |     a jade figurine
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Jilnix is multiuse. Don't assume others will be."
inky says (to Floyd), "x book"
Floyd | Which do you mean, the parchment book or The Guide For Travellers To
Floyd | The Lower Northlands and Surrounding Provinces?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "parchment"
Doe says (to floyd), "x parchment"
Floyd | A note tucked into the book falls out and into your hand.
Floyd |
Floyd | Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |
Floyd | The chiaro spell (cause inanimate object to radiate light).

Floyd | The jilnix spell (summon small plague of insects).
Floyd | The piroo spell (unfasten object).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Floyd | Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |

Floyd | The chiaro spell (cause inanimate object to radiate light).
Floyd | The jilnix spell (summon small plague of insects).
Floyd | The piroo spell (unfasten object).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "read note"
Floyd | Graceful, almost effeminate handwriting on the note declares that as
Floyd | the parchment book is defective (having failed the target of binding
Floyd | up to 50 spells), it is to be disposed of.
Floyd |

Floyd | Since magic-imbued paper will not burn, the instructions go on to
Floyd | insist that the book must be securely buried.
Floyd |
Floyd | Presumably, whoever received this note thought that dropping the book
Floyd | into the rubbish dump at one corner of the Imperial hunting woods was
Floyd | quite secure enough.

Floyd |
Floyd | (There is something troublingly familiar about the handwriting,
Floyd | perhaps from your briefings last month. But you can't put your finger
Floyd | on it.)
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "gee, whose handwriting could it be"
inky says, "taking a careful survey of all the NPCs in the game I am going to guess it's the elephant"
Fang exclaims, "it's the author's!"
DavidW says, "hm. That unfastening spell might get us the rope back. At the cost of losing our way back up there."
inky says, "oh, good call"
inky says (to Floyd), "memorize chiaro"
Floyd | You commit the chiaro spell to memory.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "memorize chiaro"
Floyd | You commit the chiaro spell to memory once again.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "hum"
inky asks, "can we light up the mirror with chiaro?"
Lucea is gonna get back baby bad balls to you, love, cretin.
Fang says (to Floyd), "memorize piroo"
Floyd | You commit the piroo spell to memory.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "er, window"
Fang says (to Floyd), "chiaro pottery"
Floyd | There is an almost blinding flash as the shard of pottery takes on a

Floyd | glow! Not for a long moment is the light level tolerable.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "You can try, but I bet the window itself is a poor choice."
Doe says, "yeah, go through window more likely"
Fang says, "I get the feeling the pottery is probably to be used for this"
DavidW says, "no, it's quartz. Not glass."
Fang says, "since it seems otherwise useless"
inky says (to Floyd), "x chiaro"
Floyd | chiaro spell (cause inanimate object to radiate light).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:

Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a flat curved stick
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is closed)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open)

Floyd |     some provisions - a joint of cured ham, an apple, a hunk of cheese
Floyd | and a clove of garlic
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   three ancient treasures:

Floyd |     a platinum egg
Floyd |     a jewelled scarab
Floyd |     a jade figurine
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "x pottery"
Floyd | The remains of a pot perhaps two feet across and two thousand years
Floyd | old. (Held up to the light, it has a faint glint from having being
Floyd | baked with mica.)
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW asks, "Can we go up from here?"
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd | The chimney-crack becomes just too tight for you, and you sag back
Floyd | down, muddier and wiser.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "there might be a way to do it"
Doe says, "nyah, get the rope"
inky says, "on the principle that it exists"
inky asks, "anyway, yeah, let's save and then get the rope?"
Doe says (to floyd), "pirou rope"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shambles
Floyd | An earthy rockfall, soaked through with water into wet clay, makes
Floyd | this passage lose all coherence. A kind of chimney-like crack leads

Floyd | upward, and the crawl eases slightly to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | Roughly underneath the chimney-crack is a mound of garbage, dropped in
Floyd | from above. Potato-peel, broken tools and so on seem to make up the
Floyd | bulk of it.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Low Crawl
Floyd | It looks as if this low passage from the northeast peters out into a

Floyd | dead end not far west, but a muddy slide-passage descends to the
Floyd | south.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "ne"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a
Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into

Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |
Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "I guess there's the one east too"
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | You edge along the northern wall of the cave, descending the rocky

Floyd | stairs.
Floyd |
Floyd | Dark Doorway
Floyd | Just where the shelf flattens at the foot of rocky steps (climbing
Floyd | westward), a square-cut doorway has been hewn into the north wall. The
Floyd | ledge, which begins to curve southeast, is at its broadest here, yet

Floyd | your feeling of vertigo hardly abates.
Floyd |
Floyd | The inverted cedar hangs impossibly from the roof some way to the
Floyd | southwest, 30 feet away.
Floyd |
Floyd | A watchful oil-snake coils and uncoils itself restlessly, occupying

Floyd | its territory but making no move towards you as yet.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | The oil-snake oozes and rears itself up to bar your way.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "thought you were going to save And get rope"
inky says, "well, I wanted to look this way first"
inky says (to Floyd), "jilnix snake"
Floyd | As your brows frown, the air around you gathers with vile winged
Floyd | insects, which surge forward to plague the oil-snake. But it's not to
Floyd | be fooled a second time.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe says, "k"
inky says (to Floyd), "spells"
Floyd | The jilnix spell is indelibly etched on your memory. Other than that,
Floyd | you have the piroo spell and chiaro spell memorised.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky asks, "these other spells don't really help, do they?"
inky says (to Floyd), "x piroo"
Floyd | piroo spell (unfasten object).
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "piroo snake"
Floyd | Nothing happens, perhaps because the oil-snake was already unfastened.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "piroo snake"
Floyd | You speak the word, but it seems that isn't enough to make the magical
Floyd | forces gather. Perhaps if you could voice the spell more quickly, with
Floyd | more assuredness... you would need to have learnt the spell in
Floyd | advance, though.

Floyd |
Floyd | Odd how at any one time, you can remember the details of some spells
Floyd | but not others.
Floyd |
Floyd | [Type the "spells" command to see which you can remember at any given
Floyd | moment.]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "I'd get the rope, attach rope to branch of tree, and climb tree"
Doe says, "or something like that"
DavidW says, "If there's a reverse-spell spell, maybe reversed-piroo with tie the snake into a knot."
inky says (to Floyd), "memorize piroo"
Floyd | You commit the piroo spell to memory.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to DavidW), "oho"
DavidW says, "er, will tie"
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a

Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |

Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Passage Under the Wall
Floyd | A narrow passage, running north to south under solid sandstone blocks
Floyd | which must make up the base of the wall. Further south, the passage

Floyd | runs onto what seems to be a ledge, and you have a sense of space
Floyd | opening up from below.
Floyd |
Floyd | The Old Underground Empire awaits!
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "oorip snake"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Low Junction
Floyd | This is a low junction among cavities in the foundation stones of the
Floyd | ancient Watling Street, which must run just overhead.

Floyd |
Floyd | A north-south passage narrows considerably and descends to the south
Floyd | under a long lintel-stone; a side passage, northwest, is much more
Floyd | earthy.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cellars
Floyd | At the foot of the chimney are low and grimy cellars, built of
Floyd | decaying brickwork and seemingly unused for years. There are no

Floyd | bottles, or crates, unless they're stored through the passage to the
Floyd | south.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your length of rope is here. Its tail is just visible at the foot of
Floyd | the chimney.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
inky says (to Floyd), "cf5"
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "piroo rope"
Floyd | The rope falls obligingly to your feet.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get rope"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd | Without the aid of the rope, there is no obvious way to get back up.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Low Junction
Floyd | This is a low junction among cavities in the foundation stones of the
Floyd | ancient Watling Street, which must run just overhead.

Floyd |
Floyd | A north-south passage narrows considerably and descends to the south
Floyd | under a long lintel-stone; a side passage, northwest, is much more
Floyd | earthy.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | You duck your head under the lintel-stone.
Floyd |
Floyd | Passage Under the Wall
Floyd | A narrow passage, running north to south under solid sandstone blocks

Floyd | which must make up the base of the wall. Further south, the passage
Floyd | runs onto what seems to be a ledge, and you have a sense of space
Floyd | opening up from below.
Floyd |
Floyd | The Old Underground Empire awaits!
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a

Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |

Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "throw stick"
Floyd | You throw the flat curved stick out into the vast air of the cave,
Floyd | where it quickly spins out of sight.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says, "You played Balances, yes? You remember lleps."
inky says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | Suddenly and without warning, the flat curved stick spins back in from
Floyd | the cave and gives you a nasty bruise on the head.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "hee hee"
inky says (to Floyd), "get boomerang"
Floyd | Taken.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a boomerang

Floyd |   a length of light rope
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is closed)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open)

Floyd |     some provisions - a joint of cured ham, an apple, a hunk of cheese
Floyd | and a clove of garlic
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   three ancient treasures:

Floyd |     a platinum egg
Floyd |     a jewelled scarab
Floyd |     a jade figurine
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "heh"
Doe says (to floyd), "tie rope to branch"
Floyd | There's no good way of tying it to that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe says (to floyd), "tie rope to stick"
Floyd | There's no good way of tying it to that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "drat, was going to tie rope to boomerang and throw boomerang"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "tie rope to boomerang"
Floyd | There's no good way of tying it to that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "hmm, that does seem like it should work"
inky says (to Floyd), "x tree"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the inverted cedar.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "tie rope to cedar"
Floyd | There's no good way of tying it to that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "jump to cedar"
Floyd | You take a short run-up and leap across, just managing to catch the
Floyd | nearest branch! Painfully slowly, you haul yourself in.
Floyd |
Floyd | Top Branches
Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the
Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on

Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you
Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a
Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.
Floyd |

Floyd | You can also see a bow and an arrow here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
GDorn disappears through an invisible gap in the MUD. You think you may have heard the sounds of chatting before the gap closed again.
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take bow and arrow"
Floyd | bow: Taken.
Floyd | arrow: Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "wow, awesome"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "tie rope to arrow"
Fang says (to Floyd), "x arrow"
Floyd | There's no good way of tying it to that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Floyd | You see nothing special about the arrow.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "a treehouse in an upside-down tree"
inky says (to Floyd), "x bow"
Floyd | A short-bow, reasonably accurate across short distances though little
Floyd | good for rapid fire. Well-balanced, if far from being state of the
Floyd | art.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "x arrow"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the arrow.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "x bow"
Floyd | A short-bow, reasonably accurate across short distances though little
Floyd | good for rapid fire. Well-balanced, if far from being state of the
Floyd | art.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
DavidW says, "yeah. I forgot about that"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x treehouse"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the tree house.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "enter house"
Floyd | Strangely, every side appears to be solid with vine-bound planks and
Floyd | logs, even the obvious place where a doorway should be.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "weird"
inky says, "is there a spell to let you -- hm"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "piroo vines"
inky says (to Floyd), "memorize piroo"
Floyd | You haven't got that spell committed to memory. [Type "spells" to see
Floyd | what you do remember.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Floyd | You commit the piroo spell to memory.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "piroo house"
Floyd | As the spell takes effect, vines begin to shrink and strain all over

Floyd | the treehouse. Just as your magic is about to expire, the cords break
Floyd | and the doorway opens up onto a dark interior.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "get in"
Floyd | (the ledge)
Floyd | The ledge is too far off.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "I wonder if the reversal spell is inside!"
inky says (to Floyd), "enter house"
Floyd |
Floyd | Treehouse
Floyd | Inside the wooden lean-to is a surprising illusion of space and
Floyd | comfort, which you'd never guess is perched in an upside-down cedar.

Floyd | There are no windows, but finely built wooden chairs suggest some kind
Floyd | of meeting-place.
Floyd |
Floyd | A golden fir-cone rolls about on one of the chairs.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see two arrows here.

Floyd |
Floyd | [Your score has just gone up by one point.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get cone"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | [Your score has just gone up by one point.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "get arrow"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd | (the arrow)
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "x chairs"
Floyd | That's not something you need to refer to in the course of this game.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x chair"
Floyd | That's not something you need to refer to in the course of this game.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "x cone"
Floyd | Only an inch across, but beautiful and valuable.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x table"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "eat cone"
Floyd | That's plainly inedible.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "sit"
Floyd | (on yourself)

Floyd | That's not something you can enter.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "The cone must be another treasure."
Fang says, "haha"
Doe says (to floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   three arrows
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   a boomerang
Floyd |   a length of light rope

Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is closed)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open)
Floyd |     some provisions - a joint of cured ham, an apple, a hunk of cheese

Floyd | and a clove of garlic
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   four ancient treasures:
Floyd |     a golden fir-cone

Floyd |     a platinum egg
Floyd |     a jewelled scarab
Floyd |     a jade figurine
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "x destruction order"
Floyd | Graceful, almost effeminate handwriting on the note declares that as
Floyd | the parchment book is defective (having failed the target of binding
Floyd | up to 50 spells), it is to be disposed of.
Floyd |

Floyd | Since magic-imbued paper will not burn, the instructions go on to
Floyd | insist that the book must be securely buried.
Floyd |
Floyd | Presumably, whoever received this note thought that dropping the book
Floyd | into the rubbish dump at one corner of the Imperial hunting woods was
Floyd | quite secure enough.

Floyd |
Floyd | (There is something troublingly familiar about the handwriting,
Floyd | perhaps from your briefings last month. But you can't put your finger
Floyd | on it.)
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW asks, "I suppose we tie the rope to the tree and climb down further?"
Doe says (to floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Treehouse
Floyd | Inside the wooden lean-to is a surprising illusion of space and

Floyd | comfort, which you'd never guess is perched in an upside-down cedar.
Floyd | There are no windows, but finely built wooden chairs suggest some kind
Floyd | of meeting-place.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "that seems reasonable"
Fang says (to Floyd), "look under chair"
Floyd | That's not something you need to refer to in the course of this game.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe says, "yeah, or just try d"
Fang says (to Floyd), "d#"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says (to Floyd), "out"
Floyd |
Floyd | Top Branches
Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the
Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on

Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you
Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a
Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "d"
Fang says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor

Floyd | The cedar's foliage thins out and this is the lowest point at which
Floyd | the trunk will bear your weight.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, hangs down the rest of the way.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the

Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |

Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
inky says (to Floyd), "cf6"
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | That would be straight into the pool. Try walking around it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "x pool"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the stream.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "drink pool"
Floyd | The water tastes strongly of minerals, but is not unpleasant, though
Floyd | it is extremely cold.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Taleslinger asks, "have we trued going further up?"
Fang says (to Floyd), "u. u. u. u"
Floyd |
inky says, "going up in the tree instead of down? we haven't"
Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor
Floyd | The cedar's foliage thins out and this is the lowest point at which
Floyd | the trunk will bear your weight.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, hangs down the rest of the way.

Floyd |
Floyd | Top Branches
Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the
Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on
Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you
Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.

Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a
Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.
Floyd | The trunk becomes too smooth up near the roots.
Floyd | The trunk becomes too smooth up near the roots.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
DavidW says, "'up' is where we came from"
Jacqueline says, "Okay, caught up now on the transcript."
Fang says (to Floyd), "d. d. d. d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor
Floyd | The cedar's foliage thins out and this is the lowest point at which
Floyd | the trunk will bear your weight.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and

Floyd | creepers, hangs down the rest of the way.
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the

Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |

Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd | This is the base of the cave.
Floyd | This is the base of the cave.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
DavidW says, "gonna go make and eat a quick lunch. bbiab"
inky says (to Floyd), "x ladder"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the improvised ladder.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get ladder"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe says, "lots of directions to go"
Taleslinger says, "have to ... heh ... have to hang up laundry"
inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "x ladder"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the improvised ladder.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "enh, what the heck"
inky says (to Floyd), "get ladder"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "sw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Furrow and Workings
Floyd | The furrow has been burrowed and extended by primitive mine workings,

Floyd | hewn chiefly by hand or at best stone tools. But the seam has been
Floyd | exhausted, and the striations in the rock scraped clean of ore.
Floyd |
Floyd | What looks like a small drum lies discarded here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "i"
inky says (to Floyd), "x drum"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   an improvised ladder
Floyd |   three arrows

Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   a boomerang
Floyd |   a length of light rope
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)

Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is closed)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open)
Floyd |     some provisions - a joint of cured ham, an apple, a hunk of cheese
Floyd | and a clove of garlic
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding

Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   four ancient treasures:
Floyd |     a golden fir-cone
Floyd |     a platinum egg
Floyd |     a jewelled scarab
Floyd |     a jade figurine

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Floyd | It resembles a tambourine without chimes. Some kind of coarse gauze is
Floyd | stretched taut along the bottom of a wooden drum-frame.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "get drum"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "tap drum"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "play drum"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "hit drum"
Floyd | A hollow Bong! results.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "hit drum"
Floyd | A hollow Bong! results.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | The furrow is a dead-end, opening out only to northeast.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x furrow"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "seam"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "x ore"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Furrow and Workings
Floyd | The furrow has been burrowed and extended by primitive mine workings,
Floyd | hewn chiefly by hand or at best stone tools. But the seam has been

Floyd | exhausted, and the striations in the rock scraped clean of ore.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "ne"
Floyd |

Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.

Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "I dunno, maybe there really is no other point to this room"
inky says (to Floyd), "x scree-fall"
Floyd | That's not something you need to refer to in the course of this game.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "x scree"
Floyd | That's not something you need to refer to in the course of this game.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 50 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of

Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you
Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |

Floyd | A black scroll, like a roll of remembrance, is curled around the top
Floyd | few feet of scree.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "maybe"
inky says, "oh ho ho"
inky says (to Floyd), "x tiles"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the masonry and rubble.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "search tiles"
Floyd | The scree is stable, but not that stable.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "count tiles"
Floyd | Arithmetical correctness gone mad.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x scroll"
Floyd | The scroll reads "azzev spell (view the past)".
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get scroll"
Floyd | Just as you're about to pull out the scroll, a tiny but significant
Floyd | shift of stones give you pause. The scree fall is on the very edge of
Floyd | an avalanche! You'd need to be a lot more than arm's length away to
Floyd | survive that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "x scroll"
Floyd | The scroll reads "azzev spell (view the past)".
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "hmm"
Fang says (to Floyd), "azzev"
Floyd | You haven't got that spell committed to memory. [Type "spells" to see
Floyd | what you do remember.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "throw boomerang"
Floyd | There's not really enough room in this cramped space to throw the
Floyd | stick, since you'd really need to pull your arm right back and swing
Floyd | hard.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "maybe get out of the room"
inky says (to Floyd), "tie rope to scree"
Floyd | There's no good way of tying it to that.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "drop ladder"
Floyd | Dropped.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "climb ladder"
Floyd | I don't think much is to be achieved by that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "memorize azzev"
Floyd | It seems to be not enough to be able to read a copy of the spell. No,
Floyd | the writing has to be part of the fabric of a spell book you have in
Floyd | your hands, so that the magic can flow from the binding into your own
Floyd | spine.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I figured that."
Fang says (to Floyd), "take ladder"
Floyd | Taken.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "there's still the window"
Doe says, "upstairs"
inky says, "there are some other exits we haven't taken, yeah"
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   an improvised ladder
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   three arrows

Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   a boomerang
Floyd |   a length of light rope
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)

Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is closed)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open)
Floyd |     some provisions - a joint of cured ham, an apple, a hunk of cheese
Floyd | and a clove of garlic
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding

Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   four ancient treasures:
Floyd |     a golden fir-cone
Floyd |     a platinum egg
Floyd |     a jewelled scarab
Floyd |     a jade figurine

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "hit scroll with ladder"
Floyd | I only understood you as far as wanting to hit the black, memorial
Floyd | scroll.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky asks, "but can we really not solve this?"
Fang says (to Floyd), "shoot scroll"
Floyd | You loose off an arrow at the black, memorial scroll, but miss.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get arrow"
Fang says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | (the arrow)
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "That sounds like a challenge, inky."
inky says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart

Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe asks, "solve what?"
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   an improvised ladder
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   three arrows
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   a boomerang

Floyd |   a length of light rope
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is closed)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open)

Floyd |     some provisions - a joint of cured ham, an apple, a hunk of cheese
Floyd | and a clove of garlic
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   four ancient treasures:

Floyd |     a golden fir-cone
Floyd |     a platinum egg
Floyd |     a jewelled scarab
Floyd |     a jade figurine
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Jacqueline says, "The avalanche thing."
inky says, "getting the scroll without triggering the avalanche"
Doe says (to floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart

Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 50 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of
Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you

Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |
Floyd | A black scroll, like a roll of remembrance, is curled around the top
Floyd | few feet of scree.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "throw boomerang at scroll"
Floyd | There isn't really room to throw it at the black, memorial scroll in
Floyd | this cramped space.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "jilnix scroll"
Floyd | As your brows frown, the air around you gathers with vile winged
Floyd | insects, which surge forward to plague the black, memorial scroll. But
Floyd | nothing results from this, and they dissipate again.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe says, "oh, I thought we got it"
Jacqueline says, "Nope, we'd probably die."
Jacqueline says, "We have to be at more than arm's length."
Doe says (to floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   an improvised ladder
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   three arrows
Floyd |   a bow

Floyd |   a boomerang
Floyd |   a length of light rope
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is closed)

Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open)
Floyd |     some provisions - a joint of cured ham, an apple, a hunk of cheese
Floyd | and a clove of garlic
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces

Floyd |   four ancient treasures:
Floyd |     a golden fir-cone
Floyd |     a platinum egg
Floyd |     a jewelled scarab
Floyd |     a jade figurine
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "throw pottery at scroll"
Floyd | Futile.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "piroo scroll"
Floyd | You haven't got that spell committed to memory. [Type "spells" to see
Floyd | what you do remember.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "memorize piroo"
Floyd | You commit the piroo spell to memory.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "piroo scroll"
Floyd | Nothing happens, perhaps because the black, memorial scroll was
Floyd | already unfastened.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang asks, "I guess that's everything?"
Doe says (to floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and

Floyd | rising 50 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of
Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you
Floyd | cannot say.

Floyd |
Floyd | A black scroll, like a roll of remembrance, is curled around the top
Floyd | few feet of scree.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "x rampart"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x scree"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the masonry and rubble.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says, "let's leave and try again later"
Doe says (to floyd), "put ladder on stones"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline shrugs.
Jacqueline says, "Okay."
Doe says, "fine by me"
Doe says, "thnis will be a tricky one"
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor

Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |

Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Enclosed Stream
Floyd | The cave floor closes off into an enclosed stream-bed here, forcing
Floyd | you into a stoop.
Floyd |
Floyd | The stream runs much faster here, as the bony hand of the cave-wall

Floyd | clenches around it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "the bony hand of the cave-wall"
inky says (to Floyd), "x stream"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the stream.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "x me"
Floyd | As good-looking as ever.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to inky), "yes good pt re hand"
Fang says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | Further east, the cave roof descends until it touches the stream
Floyd | water-level.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "drink water"
Floyd | The water tastes strongly of minerals, but is not unpleasant, though
Floyd | it is extremely cold.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floy), "put hand in stream"
Doe says (to floyd), "touch stream"
Floyd | You feel nothing unexpected.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "touch wall"
Floyd | Which do you mean, the north wall, the south wall, the east wall, the
Floyd | west wall, the northeast wall, the northwest wall, the southeast wall
Floyd | or the southwest wall?
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe says (to floyd), "cross stream"
Floyd | You'll have to be more specific about which way to go.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "swim"
Floyd | The water is bone-chillingly cold, and even undressing near it would
Floyd | give you goose-pimples.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "well, I've gotten no where"
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | Further east, the cave roof descends until it touches the stream
Floyd | water-level.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an

Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9

Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |

Floyd | Enclosed Stream
Floyd | The cave floor closes off into an enclosed stream-bed here, forcing
Floyd | you into a stoop.
Floyd |
Floyd | The stream runs much faster here, as the bony hand of the cave-wall
Floyd | clenches around it.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | The cave is tighter here, and you can't squeeze any further in.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an

Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9

Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "e"
Floyd |

Floyd | Enclosed Stream
Floyd | The cave floor closes off into an enclosed stream-bed here, forcing
Floyd | you into a stoop.
Floyd |
Floyd | The stream runs much faster here, as the bony hand of the cave-wall
Floyd | clenches around it.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor

Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |

Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "sw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Furrow and Workings
Floyd | The furrow has been burrowed and extended by primitive mine workings,
Floyd | hewn chiefly by hand or at best stone tools. But the seam has been
Floyd | exhausted, and the striations in the rock scraped clean of ore.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "ne"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an

Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9

Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "x cone"
Floyd | Only an inch across, but beautiful and valuable.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   an improvised ladder

Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   three arrows
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   a boomerang
Floyd |   a length of light rope
Floyd |   the "destruction order"

Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is closed)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open)
Floyd |     some provisions - a joint of cured ham, an apple, a hunk of cheese
Floyd | and a clove of garlic

Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   four ancient treasures:
Floyd |     a golden fir-cone
Floyd |     a platinum egg

Floyd |     a jewelled scarab
Floyd |     a jade figurine
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "x guide"
Floyd | Enormously detailed with the useless and irrelevant, the Empress gave
Floyd | it to you hoping you'd waste time studying it in detail. You have
Floyd | vowed never to do so, but it's still handy for passing the odd dull
Floyd | moment by looking up some specific local feature.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Jacqueline says, "Sorry, as I was away, but have we tried the ladder here"
Jacqueline asks, "?"
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "put ladder against wall"
Floyd | I didn't understand that sentence.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "use ladder"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe says, "yeah, but the wording might not have been right, the ladder came from here, I meant at the scree"
inky says, "here? this is where it was originally"
inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on cedar"
Floyd | You hang the ladder so that it runs from the cave floor up to the tip
Floyd | of the tree.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "take cone"
Floyd | You already have that.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe says, "yeah"
Jacqueline says, "Wait."
Jacqueline scrolls back.
Jacqueline asks, "Is this a disambiguation issue, or am I missing something?"
Jacqueline says, "I know we have a cone, but..."
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor

Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |

Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x cedar"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the inverted cedar.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Ah."
Jacqueline says, "Okay, got it."
Jacqueline says, "I was confusing it for what's already in our inventory."
inky says, "this game is old-school enough that it doesn't have a lot of the vocab you would expect"
Jacqueline says, "Carry on."
inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor

Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |

Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get ladder"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | That would be straight into the pool. Try walking around it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "x pool"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the stream.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "nw"
Floyd | You cross the stream and walk around the pool.
Floyd |
Floyd | North Edge of Pool
Floyd | The stream's pool washes up almost to your feet, close to the

Floyd | forbiddingly craggy and overhung northern wall of the cave, but the
Floyd | water does leave room for a broad path around the periphery; and this
Floyd | is its northern limb.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously down, its tip suspended some
Floyd | 20 feet to the south, across the stream.

Floyd |
Floyd | A single, graceful green water-lily plumes at the calm surface of the
Floyd | pool.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see an arrow here.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get arrow"
Floyd | (the arrow)
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x lily"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the water lily.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "get lily"
Floyd | You'd have to wade through icy water to reach it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "look under lily"
Floyd | You'd have to wade through icy water to reach it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "smell lily"
Floyd | You'd have to wade through icy water to reach it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "sw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly

Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "ne"
Floyd | You cross the stream and walk around the pool.
Floyd |
Floyd | North Edge of Pool
Floyd | The stream's pool washes up almost to your feet, close to the

Floyd | forbiddingly craggy and overhung northern wall of the cave, but the
Floyd | water does leave room for a broad path around the periphery; and this
Floyd | is its northern limb.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously down, its tip suspended some
Floyd | 20 feet to the south, across the stream.

Floyd |
Floyd | A single, graceful green water-lily plumes at the calm surface of the
Floyd | pool.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x pool"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the stream.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "drink water"
Floyd | Which do you mean, the stream or the water lily?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe asks, "we try shooting the scroll off with an arrow?"
inky says (to Floyd), "x lily"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the water lily.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "I don't remember, maybe"
inky says (to Floyd), "shoot lily"
Floyd | The water-lily gulps upward and swallows the arrow with a vicious
Floyd | snap!
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | North Edge of Pool
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "whoah"
inky says, "I wasn't expecting that one"
Doe says, "some lily"
inky says (to Floyd), "jilnix lily"
Floyd | As your brows frown, the air around you gathers with vile winged
Floyd | insects, which surge forward to plague the water lily. The carnivorous
Floyd | lily makes very quick work of them.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x lily"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the water lily.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get ham"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "throw ham at lily"
Floyd | The water-lily gulps upward and swallows the joint of cured ham with a
Floyd | vicious snap!
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | North Edge of Pool
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a joint of cured ham
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   an improvised ladder
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow

Floyd |   a boomerang
Floyd |   a length of light rope
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is closed)

Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open)
Floyd |     some provisions - an apple, a hunk of cheese and a clove of garlic
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   four ancient treasures:

Floyd |     a golden fir-cone
Floyd |     a platinum egg
Floyd |     a jewelled scarab
Floyd |     a jade figurine
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "get garlic"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "throw garlic at lily"
Floyd | The water-lily gulps upward and swallows the clove of garlic with a
Floyd | vicious snap!
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | North Edge of Pool
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Jacqueline says, "Okay, the fact that it ate the arrow was surprising, and the fact that it ate a ham is funny."
inky says, "yeah"
Doe says (to floyd), "throw apple at lily"
Floyd | (first taking the apple)
Floyd | The water-lily gulps upward and swallows the apple with a vicious

Floyd | snap!
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "undo"
Floyd | North Edge of Pool

Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "the lily might be a good way to get rid of something if we had to"
DavidW says, "back"
Taleslinger asks, "maybe it needs to eat a bunch of stuff?"
Doe says, "nyah, doubt it"
Doe says, "might juswt be a scenery feature"
Jacqueline says, "Seems like it might just be a good way to lose stuff."
Doe says, "yeah"
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "touch lily"
Floyd | You'd have to wade through icy water to reach it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says (to Floyd), "jilnix lily"
Floyd | As your brows frown, the air around you gathers with vile winged
Floyd | insects, which surge forward to plague the water lily. The carnivorous
Floyd | lily makes very quick work of them.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "possibly there'll be a bomb or something that shows up"
DavidW says, "heh"
Taleslinger asks, "maybe the boomerang?"
Doe says, "troll chasing us :-)"
inky says (to Floyd), "throw boomerang"
Floyd | You throw the boomerang out into the vast air of the cave, where it
Floyd | quickly spins out of sight.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | Suddenly and without warning, the boomerang spins back in from the
Floyd | cave and gives you a nasty bruise on the head.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "leAd to lily"
inky says (to Floyd), "get boomerang"
Floyd | Taken.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "unless the lily can get full"
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "throw boomerang at lily"
Floyd | There isn't really room to throw it at the water lily in this cramped

Floyd | space.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "but I don't see what that gains"
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "curse lily"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "we can't go in water anyway"
Jacqueline says, "I don't think we'd want to actually touch the thing."
Jacqueline says, "We might get devoured."
DavidW says, "hm. Perhaps the lily ate something (treasure, scroll, whatever) pre-game, and maybe something else gives it indigestion, and it'll vomit its prize up to us."
inky says, "yeah"
Gerynar has disconnected.
Gerynar spins around in circles, faster and faster, until he disapears in a brilliant flash of plaid light. Jacqueline asks, "Or we can go back in time to see what it ate?"
inky asks, "oh, the reverse time thing?"
DavidW says, "Although the bomb disposal idea sounds also plausible."
inky says, "yeah, that seems reasonable"
inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | North Edge of Pool
Floyd | The stream's pool washes up almost to your feet, close to the
Floyd | forbiddingly craggy and overhung northern wall of the cave, but the

Floyd | water does leave room for a broad path around the periphery; and this
Floyd | is its northern limb.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously down, its tip suspended some
Floyd | 20 feet to the south, across the stream.
Floyd |

Floyd | A single, graceful green water-lily plumes at the calm surface of the
Floyd | pool.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | The sheer black rock blocks your way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "ne"
Floyd | The sheer black rock blocks your way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "exits"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to inky), "Yeah, the spell we haven't got yet."
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | That would be into the pool!

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "sw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor

Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |

Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "I suspect there are otehr non-lily tings still to do"
inky says, "ok, let's see"
inky says, "I would guess we can deal with the snake now"
inky says, "although I don't know with what"
inky says, "maybe the bow"
inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on cedar"
Floyd | You hang the ladder so that it runs from the cave floor up to the tip
Floyd | of the tree.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says, "I haven't been mapping. I'm not sure where to explore."
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor
Floyd | The cedar's foliage thins out and this is the lowest point at which

Floyd | the trunk will bear your weight.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, hangs down the rest of the way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Top Branches
Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the
Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on

Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you
Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a
Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | Although branches radiate in all compass directions, your first
Floyd | impression is that none of them lead anywhere in particular. Certainly
Floyd | this one doesn't.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "oh, wait, I don't know how to get off"
inky says (to Floyd), "x snake"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "jump"
Floyd | Since the ledge is above you, there's no safe way to jump back across.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "oops"
inky says (to Floyd), "x ledge"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the ledge.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "throw rope at ledge"
Floyd | The ledge is too far off.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "shoot arrow at ledge"
Floyd | The arrow clatters against the stone ledge and then falls out of
Floyd | sight.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Top Branches
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "tie rope to arrow"
Floyd | There's no good way of tying it to that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take ladder"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor
Floyd | The cedar's foliage thins out and this is the lowest point at which
Floyd | the trunk will bear your weight.
Floyd |

Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, hangs down the rest of the way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get ladder"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Top Branches
Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the
Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on
Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you
Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.

Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a
Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "Can we make the ladder into a bridge?"
inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on ledge"
Floyd | You hang the ladder so that it runs across the abyss from the cedar's
Floyd | broadest branches to the ledge.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "nice!"
inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Top Branches

Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the
Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on
Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you
Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and

Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss up to the ledge.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a
Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a
Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge

Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |
Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,

Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss down to the cedar branches.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "woo"
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | You edge along the northern wall of the cave, descending the rocky
Floyd | stairs.

Floyd |
Floyd | Dark Doorway
Floyd | Just where the shelf flattens at the foot of rocky steps (climbing
Floyd | westward), a square-cut doorway has been hewn into the north wall. The
Floyd | ledge, which begins to curve southeast, is at its broadest here, yet
Floyd | your feeling of vertigo hardly abates.

Floyd |
Floyd | The inverted cedar hangs impossibly from the roof some way to the
Floyd | southwest, 30 feet away.
Floyd |
Floyd | A watchful oil-snake coils and uncoils itself restlessly, occupying
Floyd | its territory but making no move towards you as yet.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "ok, so let's see"
inky says (to Floyd), "throw boomerang at snake"
Floyd | There isn't really room to throw it at the oil-snake in this cramped

Floyd | space.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "shoot arrow at snake"
Floyd | You loose off an arrow at the oil-snake, but miss.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd | You loose off an arrow at the oil-snake, but miss.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd | You loose off an arrow at the oil-snake, but miss.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "get all"
Floyd | arrow: Taken.
Floyd | arrow: Taken.
Floyd | arrow: Taken.
Floyd | cave floor: That's hardly portable.

Floyd | inverted cedar: You can't reach the tree from here.
Floyd | oil-snake: I don't suppose the oil-snake would care for that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "mumble"
inky says (to Floyd), "x floor"
Floyd | (the cave floor)
Floyd | You see nothing special about the cave floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a boomerang
Floyd |   some provisions - a clove of garlic and a joint of cured ham

Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   a length of light rope
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)

Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is closed)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open)
Floyd |     some provisions - an apple and a hunk of cheese
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces

Floyd |   four ancient treasures:
Floyd |     a golden fir-cone
Floyd |     a platinum egg
Floyd |     a jewelled scarab
Floyd |     a jade figurine
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "give ham to snake"
Floyd | The snake snatches and swallows whole the joint of cured ham, its neck
Floyd | distending to fit.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "ha ha"
inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Dark Doorway
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "give arrow to snake" DavidW asks, "Obviously, Snakey is blocking the exit until we're almost ready to win, no?"
Floyd | The snake is not that hungry.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Taleslinger asks, "maybe put the ham in the hamper, then drop it?"
inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Dark Doorway

Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky asks, "oh, is this the exit?"
Jacqueline asks, "To ham in a hamper?"
Taleslinger says, "snrk"
DavidW asks, "Is he blocking the way back to the oven?"
inky says (to Floyd), "put ham in hamper"
Floyd | You put the joint of cured ham into the small wickerwork hamper.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "drop hamper"
Floyd | Dropped.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to DavidW), "no -- well, I dunno"
inky says, "this is a couple rooms south of there"
inky says, "but it's possible it leads back to the house anyway"
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "x snake"
Floyd | It has a lean and hungry look.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Dark Doorway

Floyd | Just where the shelf flattens at the foot of rocky steps (climbing
Floyd | westward), a square-cut doorway has been hewn into the north wall. The
Floyd | ledge, which begins to curve southeast, is at its broadest here, yet
Floyd | your feeling of vertigo hardly abates.
Floyd |
Floyd | The inverted cedar hangs impossibly from the roof some way to the

Floyd | southwest, 30 feet away.
Floyd |
Floyd | A watchful oil-snake coils and uncoils itself restlessly, occupying
Floyd | its territory but making no move towards you as yet.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see a small wickerwork hamper (in which are some

Floyd | provisions - a joint of cured ham, an apple and a hunk of cheese)
Floyd | here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "I assumed it was a room on the current level, but it might lead upstairs"
Taleslinger asks, "Oil snake -> set it on fire?"
DavidW says, "I didn't map, so I'm confused."
inky says (to Floyd), "x lantern"
Floyd | The brass lantern is currently switched on.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x snake"
Floyd | It has a lean and hungry look.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "consult guide about oil-snake"
Floyd | The oil snake infests the foundations of many Northland houses. It is
Floyd | said to bring bad luck, presumably because its bite is deadly poison.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "heh"
inky says (to Floyd), "consult guide about lily"
Floyd | Annoyingly there's no index and you can't find what you want.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "consult guide about water-lily"
Floyd | Annoyingly there's no index and you can't find what you want.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "consult guide about water lily"
Floyd | Annoyingly there's no index and you can't find what you want.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I prefer to map, but can't during ClubFloyd. There's no time."
inky says (to Floyd), "consult guide about OUE"
Floyd | Annoyingly there's no index and you can't find what you want.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Taleslinger asks, "will there ever be a non-deadly snake or a non-deadly spider in any game?"
inky says, "ha ha"
Jacqueline whispers, "And I never map because I assume DavidW is mapping."
Alex whispers, "Okay, And Jacqueline never map because Jacqueline assume DavidW is mapping."
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "consult guide about graham"
Floyd | Annoyingly there's no index and you can't find what you want.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
No user matching 'alex' is here.
Taleslinger says (to Floyd), "consult guide about nelsen"
Floyd | Annoyingly there's no index and you can't find what you want.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "I wrote a game with a spider that makes you hallucinate rather than die, but I guess that doesn't count"
inky says (to Floyd), "xyzzy"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Weird. I was being silly, but Alex whispered back."
You paged Alex: forget that
Alex pages: Okay, And Jacqueline never map because Jacqueline assume DavidW is not mapping. inky says, "I more or less know the map here"
inky says, "I am reasonably sure we've covered all the rooms we have available"
Jacqueline says, "I have told him to forget it, but I didn't realize he'd do that."
inky says (to Floyd), "get hamper"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Dark Doorway
Floyd | Just where the shelf flattens at the foot of rocky steps (climbing
Floyd | westward), a square-cut doorway has been hewn into the north wall. The

Floyd | ledge, which begins to curve southeast, is at its broadest here, yet
Floyd | your feeling of vertigo hardly abates.
Floyd |
Floyd | The inverted cedar hangs impossibly from the roof some way to the
Floyd | southwest, 30 feet away.
Floyd |

Floyd | A watchful oil-snake coils and uncoils itself restlessly, occupying
Floyd | its territory but making no move towards you as yet.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "There was a mortared wall that looked newish. Have we tried to bust through it?"
inky says, "no, I can walk us there"
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a

Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |

Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss down to the cedar branches.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "sw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Low Crawl

Floyd | It looks as if this low passage from the northeast peters out into a
Floyd | dead end not far west, but a muddy slide-passage descends to the
Floyd | south.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "actually, hang on one sec"
inky says (to Floyd), "ne"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a

Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |

Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss down to the cedar branches.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | You edge along the northern wall of the cave, descending the rocky
Floyd | stairs.

Floyd |
Floyd | Dark Doorway
Floyd | Just where the shelf flattens at the foot of rocky steps (climbing
Floyd | westward), a square-cut doorway has been hewn into the north wall. The
Floyd | ledge, which begins to curve southeast, is at its broadest here, yet
Floyd | your feeling of vertigo hardly abates.

Floyd |
Floyd | The inverted cedar hangs impossibly from the roof some way to the
Floyd | southwest, 30 feet away.
Floyd |
Floyd | A watchful oil-snake coils and uncoils itself restlessly, occupying
Floyd | its territory but making no move towards you as yet.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd |
Floyd | Long Curved Ledge

Floyd | This long parapet thins to nothing further on, appearing to lead
Floyd | nowhere after all: the nearest other ledge being 50 feet vertically
Floyd | below.
Floyd |
Floyd | Approximately 70 feet due west of here are the roof-braced roots of
Floyd | the inverted cedar, giving you a magnificent view of this botanic

Floyd | marvel.
Floyd |
Floyd | There's an iron ring fixed to the wall, the kind used to tie up
Floyd | horses, though how anyone could possibly get a horse up here you can't
Floyd | imagine.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "aha, there was an exit here"
inky says (to Floyd), "x roots"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the inverted cedar.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "consult guide about cedar"
Floyd | Annoyingly there's no index and you can't find what you want.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "tie rope to ring"
Floyd | You make a secure little knot. One end is tied to the ring, the other
Floyd | hangs down from the ledge.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "down"
Floyd | Since the rope is not long enough and would leave you a good 20 feet
Floyd | short, you decide against carefully lowering yourself down.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "aw c'mon"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "swing rope"
Floyd | There's nothing sensible to swing here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "we need some vines or something"
Jacqueline says, "Or some courage."
Jacqueline says, "Or some stupidity."
Doe says, "or a ladder"
Jacqueline says, "I mean, twenty feet. Seems like there's only a 50/50 chance we'd break something."
Doe says (to floyd), "tie rope to ladder"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "hee hee"
DavidW says, "The ladder is back at the other ledge."
Jacqueline says, "brb"
Doe says, "ah"
Doe says, "ladder rope combo might be long enough"
DavidW says, "Tying the rope to the ladder seems like a plan, yeah."
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | The ledge runs northwest (if anything, more north than west).
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "nw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Dark Doorway
Floyd | Just where the shelf flattens at the foot of rocky steps (climbing

Floyd | westward), a square-cut doorway has been hewn into the north wall. The
Floyd | ledge, which begins to curve southeast, is at its broadest here, yet
Floyd | your feeling of vertigo hardly abates.
Floyd |
Floyd | The inverted cedar hangs impossibly from the roof some way to the
Floyd | southwest, 30 feet away.

Floyd |
Floyd | A watchful oil-snake coils and uncoils itself restlessly, occupying
Floyd | its territory but making no move towards you as yet.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a
Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge

Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |
Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,

Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss down to the cedar branches.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get ladder"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | You edge along the northern wall of the cave, descending the rocky
Floyd | stairs.
Floyd |
Floyd | Dark Doorway

Floyd | Just where the shelf flattens at the foot of rocky steps (climbing
Floyd | westward), a square-cut doorway has been hewn into the north wall. The
Floyd | ledge, which begins to curve southeast, is at its broadest here, yet
Floyd | your feeling of vertigo hardly abates.
Floyd |
Floyd | The inverted cedar hangs impossibly from the roof some way to the

Floyd | southwest, 30 feet away.
Floyd |
Floyd | A watchful oil-snake coils and uncoils itself restlessly, occupying
Floyd | its territory but making no move towards you as yet.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd |
Floyd | Long Curved Ledge
Floyd | This long parapet thins to nothing further on, appearing to lead
Floyd | nowhere after all: the nearest other ledge being 50 feet vertically

Floyd | below.
Floyd |
Floyd | Approximately 70 feet due west of here are the roof-braced roots of
Floyd | the inverted cedar, giving you a magnificent view of this botanic
Floyd | marvel.
Floyd |

Floyd | There's an iron ring fixed to the wall, the kind used to tie up
Floyd | horses, though how anyone could possibly get a horse up here you can't
Floyd | imagine.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your length of rope is here. One end is tied to the ring, the other
Floyd | hangs down from the ledge.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "tie rope to ladder"
Floyd | The rope's already tied to the iron ring.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "this rope is suspiciously only able to be tied to two things in certain situations"
inky says (to Floyd), "untie rope"
Floyd | You untie the rope.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
DavidW says, "yes"
inky says (to Floyd), "tie ladder to ring"
Floyd | You would achieve nothing by this.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "tie rope to ladder"
Floyd | There's no good way of tying it to that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says, "bah"
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   an improvised ladder
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open)

Floyd |     some provisions - a joint of cured ham, an apple and a hunk of
Floyd | cheese
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a boomerang
Floyd |   a clove of garlic
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)

Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is closed)
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)

Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   four ancient treasures:
Floyd |     a golden fir-cone
Floyd |     a platinum egg
Floyd |     a jewelled scarab

Floyd |     a jade figurine
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "open trunk"
Floyd | Expertly sliding your fingers along the sequence of hidden catches,

Floyd | you trigger the mechanism and the trunk-lid gracefully raises.
Floyd |
Floyd | In the Ambassador's trunk are a hand telescope and your formal
Floyd | credentials.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "x telescope"
Floyd | One thing about your home, the Duchy: you may not be a very powerful
Floyd | realm, but you certainly are fine inventors and craftsmen. Take this
Floyd | ten-inch brass "telescope", for example. Distant objects that you look
Floyd | at through the telescope actually seem closer to you!

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "I wonder what good this telescope is now"
DavidW asks, "We have a drum?"
inky says, "yeah, we picked it up somewhere"
inky says, "hmm"
inky says, "I wonder if we could trigger the avalanche with it"
inky says (to Floyd), "hit drum"
Floyd | A hollow Bong! results.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x roots"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the inverted cedar.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW asks, "hm. If the boomerang with emitting light, would you see more of what's around when you throw it?"
DavidW says, "er, was emitting"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look in drum"
Floyd | The drum is empty.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Hm. Technically sound doesn't set off avalanches."
DavidW says, "But ... but... IF."
Jacqueline says, "But in IF, all variations of real world physics might be possible."
Jacqueline says, "Timing."
Jacqueline says, "Worth a try."
inky says (to Floyd), "spells"
Floyd | The jilnix spell is indelibly etched on your memory. Other than that,
Floyd | you have the chiaro spell memorised.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "chiaro boomerang"
Floyd | There is an almost blinding flash as the boomerang takes on a glow!
Floyd | Not for a long moment is the light level tolerable.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "throw boomerang"
Floyd | You throw the boomerang out into the vast air of the cave, where it
Floyd | quickly spins out of sight.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Long Curved Ledge

Floyd | This long parapet thins to nothing further on, appearing to lead
Floyd | nowhere after all: the nearest other ledge being 50 feet vertically
Floyd | below.
Floyd |
Floyd | Approximately 70 feet due west of here are the roof-braced roots of
Floyd | the inverted cedar, giving you a magnificent view of this botanic

Floyd | marvel.
Floyd |
Floyd | There's an iron ring fixed to the wall, the kind used to tie up
Floyd | horses, though how anyone could possibly get a horse up here you can't
Floyd | imagine.
Floyd |

Floyd | Your length of rope is here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.

Floyd |
Floyd | Suddenly and without warning, the boomerang spins back in from the
Floyd | cave and gives you a nasty bruise on the head.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get boomerang"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "drat"
Bert says, "Some people have also argued that the 'jilnix' spell may also not be supported by modern scientific theory."
inky asks, "wait, sound doesn't set off avalanches?"
Jacqueline says, "Nope."
inky says, "geez, what a disappointment"
Jacqueline says, "Sorry."
Bert says, "Butterfly wings do."
DavidW says, "yay"
inky asks, "but explosions still work, right?"
Jacqueline says (to Bert), "Right."
inky says (to Floyd), "get ladder"
Floyd | You already have that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "nw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Dark Doorway
Floyd | Just where the shelf flattens at the foot of rocky steps (climbing
Floyd | westward), a square-cut doorway has been hewn into the north wall. The
Floyd | ledge, which begins to curve southeast, is at its broadest here, yet

Floyd | your feeling of vertigo hardly abates.
Floyd |
Floyd | The inverted cedar hangs impossibly from the roof some way to the
Floyd | southwest, 30 feet away.
Floyd |
Floyd | A watchful oil-snake coils and uncoils itself restlessly, occupying

Floyd | its territory but making no move towards you as yet.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |

Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a
Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,

Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |
Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Oh yeah, explosions, sure."
inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on cedar"
Floyd | You hang the ladder so that it runs across the abyss from the cedar's
Floyd | broadest branches to the ledge.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | The only obvious ways to proceed from here are north or along the
Floyd | ledge, either down to the east or into the tight squeeze to the

Floyd | southwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "anyway, there's that wall"
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | The only obvious ways to proceed from here are north or along the
Floyd | ledge, either down to the east or into the tight squeeze to the
Floyd | southwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "sw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Low Crawl
Floyd | It looks as if this low passage from the northeast peters out into a
Floyd | dead end not far west, but a muddy slide-passage descends to the

Floyd | south.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |

Floyd | Half Cave
Floyd | This is only half a cave; the eastern half, to be exact. It's a dark
Floyd | place full of crevices (you would have missed the slide passage back
Floyd | north if you hadn't already known about it); chief among them a
Floyd | distinctive triangular cavity, 1 foot or so high, and blocked by a
Floyd | rough quartz window.

Floyd |
Floyd | What divides this cave is a solid, floor-to-ceiling stone wall running
Floyd | north to south, masoned with mortar and seemingly recent. You feel
Floyd | quite certain that the cave continues.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "read book"
Floyd | Which do you mean, Experimental Spell Book #5 or The Guide For
Floyd | Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding Provinces?
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "spell"
Floyd | Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |
Floyd | The chiaro spell (cause inanimate object to radiate light).
Floyd | The jilnix spell (summon small plague of insects).

Floyd | The piroo spell (unfasten object).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "memorize chiaro"
Floyd | You commit the chiaro spell to memory.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "memorize piroo"
Floyd | You commit the piroo spell to memory.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "chiaro window"
Floyd | There is an almost blinding flash as the quartz window takes on a
Floyd | glow! Not for a long moment is the light level tolerable.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x window"
Floyd | The window itself, perhaps, was the work of primitive cave dwellers
Floyd | long ago. Whoever they were, they seem to have cut some kind of cavity
Floyd | to the east, behind the window.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x cavity"
Floyd | Tantalisingly, you can only see darkness within.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "yarr"
inky says (to Floyd), "memorize chiaro"
Floyd | You commit the chiaro spell to memory.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "chiaro cavity"
Floyd | The cavity can't be reached from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe says (to floyd), "open window"
Floyd | That's not something you can open.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "break window"
Floyd | The quartz is rough, and also tough.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "not to mention buff"
inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Half Cave
Floyd | This is only half a cave; the eastern half, to be exact. It's a dark
Floyd | place full of crevices (you would have missed the slide passage back

Floyd | north if you hadn't already known about it); chief among them a
Floyd | distinctive triangular cavity, 1 foot or so high, and blocked by a
Floyd | rough quartz window.
Floyd |
Floyd | What divides this cave is a solid, floor-to-ceiling stone wall running
Floyd | north to south, masoned with mortar and seemingly recent. You feel

Floyd | quite certain that the cave continues.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "spell I bet is for window"
inky says (to Floyd), "x wall"
Floyd | (the masoned wall)
Floyd | You see nothing special about the masoned wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "break wall"
Floyd | (the masoned wall)
Floyd | Violence isn't the answer to this one.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "on scroll"
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | Thanks to the wall, the slide passage is the only way out.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | Though the cave undoubtedly extends west, the wall means you are
Floyd | unable to follow it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Low Crawl
Floyd | It looks as if this low passage from the northeast peters out into a
Floyd | dead end not far west, but a muddy slide-passage descends to the

Floyd | south.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "oops"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x cavity"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky asks, "well, was there more to do there?"
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Half Cave
Floyd | This is only half a cave; the eastern half, to be exact. It's a dark
Floyd | place full of crevices (you would have missed the slide passage back
Floyd | north if you hadn't already known about it); chief among them a
Floyd | distinctive triangular cavity, 1 foot or so high, and blocked by a

Floyd | rough quartz window.
Floyd |
Floyd | What divides this cave is a solid, floor-to-ceiling stone wall running
Floyd | north to south, masoned with mortar and seemingly recent. You feel
Floyd | quite certain that the cave continues.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x wall"
Floyd | (the masoned wall)
Floyd | You see nothing special about the masoned wall.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x mortar"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the masoned wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe says, "beats me, I'd shoot an arrow at the scroll"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "break wall"
Floyd | (the masoned wall)
Floyd | Violence isn't the answer to this one.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Ghogg arrives, full of neither funk nor fun. DavidW asks, "There's a scroll?"
Doe says, "I know we threw a stick at it"
inky says, "back on the rubble, she means"
Jacqueline says, "I thought we tried that, Doe."
DavidW says, "I didn't see the scroll."
Doe asks, "did you try shooting an arrow?"
Jacqueline says, "I didn't, no, but I thought someone did. Perhaps not."
Doe says, "I don't remember it"
Jacqueline says (to DavidW), "Yeah, that's why we want to trigger an avalanche."
inky says, "ok, let's see"
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Low Crawl
Floyd | It looks as if this low passage from the northeast peters out into a
Floyd | dead end not far west, but a muddy slide-passage descends to the
Floyd | south.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe says (to DavidW), "let's see down the tree and n or something"
inky says (to Floyd), "ne"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge

Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a
Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.

Floyd |
Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and

Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss down to the cedar branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |

Floyd | Top Branches
Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the
Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on
Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you
Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.
Floyd |

Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss up to the ledge.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a
Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Or, more to the point, a rockslide."
inky says (to Floyd), "get ladder"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor
Floyd | The cedar's foliage thins out and this is the lowest point at which

Floyd | the trunk will bear your weight.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "Why is the scroll not takeable?"
inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on trunk"
Floyd | There's nowhere suitable to lean the ladder here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | The ladder's no longer in place.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on cedar"
Floyd | That's not something you need to refer to in the course of this game.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "uhh"
inky says (to Floyd), "drop ladder"
Floyd | Dropped.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | The ladder's no longer in place.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "wtdf"
inky says (to Floyd), "get ladder"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on floor"
Floyd | (the cave floor)
Floyd | You hang the ladder so that it runs from the cave floor up to the tip
Floyd | of the tree.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor

Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |

Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart

Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 50 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of
Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you

Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |
Floyd | A black scroll, like a roll of remembrance, is curled around the top
Floyd | few feet of scree.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "here we are"
inky says, "so the issue is"
inky says (to Floyd), "get scroll"
Floyd | Just as you're about to pull out the scroll, a tiny but significant
Floyd | shift of stones give you pause. The scree fall is on the very edge of

Floyd | an avalanche! You'd need to be a lot more than arm's length away to
Floyd | survive that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "oh. I never saw this room. I must've been at lunch."
Doe says (to floyd), "shoot arrow at scroll"
Floyd | You loose off an arrow at the black, memorial scroll, but miss.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "g"
Floyd | You loose off an arrow at the black, memorial scroll, but miss.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart

Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "undo"
Floyd | [Can't "undo" twice in succession. Sorry!]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "might lose all our arrows"
DavidW says, "ok. You need to spray the scree with gelatin or some glue, I'd guess."
Doe says, "I keep thinking of sticky stuff too"
Doe says, "like on arrow"
Taleslinger asks, "Can we cause the avalanche and dig the blasted thing out?"
DavidW says, "Although, hm. The distant reach approach seems to be what's being hinted at."
inky says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "count arrows"
Floyd | You can't use multiple objects with that verb.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open)
Floyd |     some provisions - a joint of cured ham, an apple and a hunk of
Floyd | cheese
Floyd |   four arrows

Floyd |   a clove of garlic
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)

Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |     your formal credentials
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces

Floyd |   four ancient treasures:
Floyd |     a golden fir-cone
Floyd |     a platinum egg
Floyd |     a jewelled scarab
Floyd |     a jade figurine
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "play drum"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "yell"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "shout"
Floyd | [To address somebody, please type "name, what you want to say". For
Floyd | example: "amilia, hello".]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "hit drum"
Floyd | A hollow Bong! results.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "throw boomerang at scroll"
Floyd | There isn't really room to throw it at the black, memorial scroll in
Floyd | this cramped space.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "throw cheese at scroll"
Floyd | (first taking the hunk of cheese)
Floyd | Futile.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Jacqueline says, "IRTA hit bonh"
Jacqueline says, "er, hit bong"
inky says, "there's no point, the bong's hollow"
inky says, "so it must have nothing inside"
Jacqueline says, "heh"
DavidW asks, "what location is outside from here?"
inky says (to Floyd), "scree"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an

Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9

Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe says, "actually sticky stuff on boomerang"
Jacqueline says, ">X BONG"
Jacqueline | It reads 'Phelps wuz here'
inky says (to Floyd), "x shingle"
Floyd | That's not something you need to refer to in the course of this game.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x boomerang"
Floyd | A flat curved stick, but one that has been well-crafted to some end.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x boulders"
Floyd | That's not something you need to refer to in the course of this game.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "usually if a boomerang is in a game it has a use"
inky says (to Floyd), "throw boomerang"
Floyd | You throw the boomerang out into the vast air of the cave, where it
Floyd | quickly spins out of sight.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x scree"
Floyd | That's not something you need to refer to in the course of this game.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Sorry, that week is *so* February."
inky says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | Suddenly and without warning, the boomerang spins back in from the
Floyd | cave and gives you a nasty bruise on the head.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "get boomerang"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "er, joke."
Jacqueline says, "Man. I got a poor night's sleep, and it shows."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x scroll"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "If a light source is left near the scroll, can we see the scroll from further away?"
Jacqueline says, "Dunno."
DavidW asks, "And fhrow the boomerang from there?"
DavidW says, "er, throw"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open)

Floyd |     some provisions - a joint of cured ham, an apple and a hunk of
Floyd | cheese
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a clove of garlic
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow

Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |     your formal credentials

Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   four ancient treasures:
Floyd |     a golden fir-cone
Floyd |     a platinum egg

Floyd |     a jewelled scarab
Floyd |     a jade figurine
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 50 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of
Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the

Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you
Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |
Floyd | A black scroll, like a roll of remembrance, is curled around the top
Floyd | few feet of scree.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "drop shard"
Floyd | Dropped.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an

Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9

Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x scroll"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 50 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of

Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you
Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |

Floyd | A black scroll, like a roll of remembrance, is curled around the top
Floyd | few feet of scree.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see a shard of pottery (providing light) here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says (to Floyd), "take shard"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "I think this is a "confined" area and the boomerang doesn't fly here"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "jilnix scroll"
Floyd | As your brows frown, the air around you gathers with vile winged
Floyd | insects, which surge forward to plague the black, memorial scroll. But
Floyd | nothing results from this, and they dissipate again.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | The scree fall would be a desperate scramble down in any direction but
Floyd | north.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x scree"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the masonry and rubble.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "search scree"
Floyd | The scree is stable, but not that stable.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "hit screen"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "kick scree"
Floyd | Violence isn't the answer to this one.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "hit scree"
Floyd | Violence isn't the answer to this one.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "throw shard at scroll"
Floyd | Futile.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "A trained mouse could get it for us."
Jacqueline says, "Hahaha"
inky asks, "if it were drunk?"
Jacqueline says, "I have not seen any vodka."
Doe says, "we seriously need a hint"
inky says, "I wonder if we could catch the snake and use it to poison the plant"
Jacqueline says, "Is maga following this? Maybe he knows a spell to make alcohol spontaneously appear."
Doe says (to inky), "hmm"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "boozex"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "why do stills always appear / every time you are near"
Doe says (to inky), "that's a lot convoluted even for Graham"
Doe says, "er a little"
inky says, "I think this game might have hints if we really do get stuck"
Doe asks, "can one take some mud?"
DavidW says, "I'm about ready to grab my old notes."
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |

Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.

Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its

Floyd | branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "nw"
Floyd | You cross the stream and walk around the pool.

Floyd |
Floyd | North Edge of Pool
Floyd | The stream's pool washes up almost to your feet, close to the
Floyd | forbiddingly craggy and overhung northern wall of the cave, but the
Floyd | water does leave room for a broad path around the periphery; and this
Floyd | is its northern limb.

Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously down, its tip suspended some
Floyd | 20 feet to the south, across the stream.
Floyd |
Floyd | A single, graceful green water-lily plumes at the calm surface of the
Floyd | pool.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get mud"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I feel so lost without a map."
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | That would be into the pool!
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an

Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9

Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Enclosed Stream
Floyd | The cave floor closes off into an enclosed stream-bed here, forcing

Floyd | you into a stoop.
Floyd |
Floyd | The stream runs much faster here, as the bony hand of the cave-wall
Floyd | clenches around it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "throw boomerang"
Floyd | There's not really enough room in this cramped space to throw the
Floyd | stick, since you'd really need to pull your arm right back and swing
Floyd | hard.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an

Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9

Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "throw boomerang"
Floyd | You throw the boomerang out into the vast air of the cave, where it
Floyd | quickly spins out of sight.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | That would be straight into the pool. Try walking around it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "ne"
Floyd | You cross the stream and walk around the pool.
Floyd |
Floyd | North Edge of Pool
Floyd | The stream's pool washes up almost to your feet, close to the

Floyd | forbiddingly craggy and overhung northern wall of the cave, but the
Floyd | water does leave room for a broad path around the periphery; and this
Floyd | is its northern limb.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously down, its tip suspended some
Floyd | 20 feet to the south, across the stream.

Floyd |
Floyd | A single, graceful green water-lily plumes at the calm surface of the
Floyd | pool.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "sw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly

Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and

Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see a boomerang (providing light) here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "get boomerang"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "throw boomerang"
Floyd | You throw the boomerang out into the vast air of the cave, where it
Floyd | quickly spins out of sight.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "nw"
Floyd | You cross the stream and walk around the pool.
Floyd |
Floyd | North Edge of Pool
Floyd | The stream's pool washes up almost to your feet, close to the

Floyd | forbiddingly craggy and overhung northern wall of the cave, but the
Floyd | water does leave room for a broad path around the periphery; and this
Floyd | is its northern limb.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously down, its tip suspended some
Floyd | 20 feet to the south, across the stream.

Floyd |
Floyd | A single, graceful green water-lily plumes at the calm surface of the
Floyd | pool.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "Has all the water been checked for submerged goodies?"
inky says (to Floyd), "search water"
Floyd | Which do you mean, the stream or the water lily?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "stream"
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | That would be into the pool!
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x stream"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the stream.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look in stream"
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "What about the other water locations?"
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | That would be into the pool!

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "sw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor

Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |

Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.

Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see a boomerang (providing light) here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get boomerang"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Enclosed Stream
Floyd | The cave floor closes off into an enclosed stream-bed here, forcing
Floyd | you into a stoop.
Floyd |
Floyd | The stream runs much faster here, as the bony hand of the cave-wall

Floyd | clenches around it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x stream"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the stream.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look in stream"
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x hand"
Floyd | One thing about your home, the Duchy: you may not be a very powerful
Floyd | realm, but you certainly are fine inventors and craftsmen. Take this
Floyd | ten-inch brass "telescope", for example. Distant objects that you look

Floyd | at through the telescope actually seem closer to you!
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "hm. Perhaps we could've spotted the treehouse before jumping into the tree roots."
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly

Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and

Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 50 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of
Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the

Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you
Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |
Floyd | A black scroll, like a roll of remembrance, is curled around the top
Floyd | few feet of scree.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "look at scroll with telescope"
Floyd | The black, memorial scroll is too close to you to make that
Floyd | worthwhile.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "maybe the scroll can be read wihtout taken"
Doe says, "drat"
Taleslinger says, "Man, one could make great puzzles with the solutions proposed on CLubFloyd."
inky says, "there was an earlier comment that we can't memorize it without holding it"
DavidW says (to inky), "Nice try, though"
Jacqueline says, "Yeah, I tried memorizing it."
Jacqueline says, "No dice."
inky says (to Floyd), "x murals"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the masonry and rubble.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "mumble"
inky says, "ok, maybe we missed an exit someplace"
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an

Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9

Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | The cave wall is impenetrable in that direction.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "sw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Furrow and Workings
Floyd | The furrow has been burrowed and extended by primitive mine workings,
Floyd | hewn chiefly by hand or at best stone tools. But the seam has been

Floyd | exhausted, and the striations in the rock scraped clean of ore.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "this is where the drum was; I assume there's nothing else here"
DavidW says, "I don't remember."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x furrow"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x seam"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x rock"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Taleslinger says, "ifwiki says in-game hints"
inky says (to Floyd), "ne"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly

Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and

Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Enclosed Stream
Floyd | The cave floor closes off into an enclosed stream-bed here, forcing
Floyd | you into a stoop.
Floyd |
Floyd | The stream runs much faster here, as the bony hand of the cave-wall

Floyd | clenches around it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "there might be something here we didn't think of"
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open)
Floyd |     some provisions - a joint of cured ham, an apple and a hunk of
Floyd | cheese

Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a clove of garlic
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5

Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |     your formal credentials
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces

Floyd |   four ancient treasures:
Floyd |     a golden fir-cone
Floyd |     a platinum egg
Floyd |     a jewelled scarab
Floyd |     a jade figurine
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put cheese in river"
Floyd | You need to be holding the hunk of cheese before you can put it into
Floyd | something else.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get cheese"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "put cheese in river"
Floyd | The hunk of cheese washes away with the stream.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Enclosed Stream
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "x floor"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x cave"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open)
Floyd |     some provisions - a joint of cured ham and an apple

Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)

Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |     your formal credentials
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   four ancient treasures:

Floyd |     a golden fir-cone
Floyd |     a platinum egg
Floyd |     a jewelled scarab
Floyd |     a jade figurine
Floyd |   some provisions - a hunk of cheese and a clove of garlic
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x ceiling"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the ceiling.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "spells"
Floyd | The jilnix spell is indelibly etched on your memory. Other than that,
Floyd | you have the chiaro spell and piroo spell memorised.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang asks, "Are we still stuck?"
inky says, "yep"
Jacqueline says, "Kinda, yeah."
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly

Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and

Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I was wondering about the stream current. If the lily does vomit something, if might float downstream before we can grab it."
Fang says (to Floyd), "x scree"
Floyd | That's not something you need to refer to in the course of this game.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "take ladder"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Enclosed Stream
Floyd | The cave floor closes off into an enclosed stream-bed here, forcing
Floyd | you into a stoop.
Floyd |
Floyd | The stream runs much faster here, as the bony hand of the cave-wall

Floyd | clenches around it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | Further east, the cave roof descends until it touches the stream

Floyd | water-level.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "put ladder in river"
Floyd | There's nowhere suitable to lean the ladder here.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "Put the ladder on the scree?"
Fang says, "Hmm, I think we might want to try that, yeah"
Fang says, "I did it with drop earlier but it didn't work"
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at

Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart

Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 50 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of
Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you

Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |
Floyd | A black scroll, like a roll of remembrance, is curled around the top
Floyd | few feet of scree.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on scree"
Floyd | There's nowhere suitable to lean the ladder here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says, "maybe we should try a a different verb"
inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on scroll"
Floyd | There's nowhere suitable to lean the ladder here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "place ladder on scree"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang asks, "what about the crack?"
inky says, "I think put has worked ok before"
Doe says (to floyd), "ladder on masonary"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x crack"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says, "whereever that was"
Fang says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   an improvised ladder
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)

Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open)
Floyd |     some provisions - a joint of cured ham and an apple
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow

Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |     your formal credentials
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)

Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   four ancient treasures:
Floyd |     a golden fir-cone
Floyd |     a platinum egg
Floyd |     a jewelled scarab

Floyd |     a jade figurine
Floyd |   some provisions - a hunk of cheese and a clove of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "I dropped my put"
Fang says, "where's the rope?>"
Jacqueline says, "Damn this is a lot of stuff to carry around."
Doe says (to Jacq), "she's one strong woman"
Taleslinger asks, "Otherwise we'd be complaining about the stupid inventory limit, wouldn't we?"
inky says (to Floyd), "x rope"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "hm, the rope might be tied to the ring"
Fang says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd | You can scale the scree no further.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "I'm not actually sure the PC is gendered"
inky says (to Floyd), "x me"
Floyd | As good-looking as ever.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "poke scroll with ladder"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "who am I"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "diagnose"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I had the impression is was a dude."
Doe says, "oh, I thuoght being so chatting with Amelia it was a woman"
Fang says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 50 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of

Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you
Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |

Floyd | A black scroll, like a roll of remembrance, is curled around the top
Floyd | few feet of scree.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I thought it was that Amilia liked us."
inky says, "well, we're a diplomat"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "pray"
Floyd | Nothing practical results from your prayer.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "so we have to rattle on a bit"
Fang says (to Floyd), "shout"
Floyd | [To address somebody, please type "name, what you want to say". For
Floyd | example: "amilia, hello".]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Jacqueline asks, "Isn't there something in the book about how if you eat sherbet with someone you're betrothed to them?"
Doe says (to floyd), "help"
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |                                      Hints
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re
Floyd | sume game
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |    > Instructions: How to play this game
Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession
Floyd |      The Customs House
Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations

Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |      Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells
Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |
Fang says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re
Floyd | sume game

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game
Floyd |    > Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession

Floyd |      The Customs House
Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations
Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |      Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells
Floyd |      Hints: General

Floyd |
Doe says (to floyd), "Q"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart

Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 50 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of
Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you

Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |
Floyd | A black scroll, like a roll of remembrance, is curled around the top
Floyd | few feet of scree.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe says, "well, there if we need them"
inky says (to Floyd), "consult guide about sherbet"
Floyd | A delightful fruit cocktail. A popular superstition holds that a
Floyd | gentleman is fated to marry the first lady he drinks sherbet with.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "consult guide about scree"
Floyd | Annoyingly there's no index and you can't find what you want.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky asks, "ok, so are we going to check the hints or not?"
Jacqueline says, "I am fine with that."
Doe says, "okay, by me, but just one re scroll"
inky says, "(given that we're at two hours I am going to vote yes unless someone has an idea)"
inky says (to Floyd), "hint"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re

Floyd | sume game
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |    > Instructions: How to play this game
Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background

Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession
Floyd |      The Customs House
Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations
Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |      Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells

Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |
Fang says, "suggest we get back to the place with the garbage heap"
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |

Floyd |                                      Hints
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re
Floyd | sume game
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game
Floyd |    > Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession
Floyd |      The Customs House
Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations

Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |      Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells
Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re
Floyd | sume game

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game
Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |    > Hints: During the Procession

Floyd |      The Customs House
Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations
Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |      Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells
Floyd |      Hints: General

Floyd |
Fang says, "and try the ladder there"
Doe says, "try cAve floor"
inky says, "I believe we tried and it didn't fit"
DavidW says, "I thought the problem was the shaft was too narrow for us."
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re

Floyd | sume game
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game
Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession

Floyd |    > The Customs House
Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations
Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |      Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells

Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints

Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re
Floyd | sume game
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game

Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession
Floyd |      The Customs House
Floyd |    > Amongst the Foundations
Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings

Floyd |      Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells
Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re
Floyd | sume game
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game
Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession
Floyd |      The Customs House
Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations

Floyd |    > Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |      Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells
Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |

inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re

Floyd | sume game
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game
Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession

Floyd |      The Customs House
Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations
Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |    > Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells

Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |
inky pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints

Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re
Floyd | sume game
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game

Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession
Floyd |      The Customs House
Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations
Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |    > Cedar and Cave Floor

Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells
Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |
Fang says, "we need to fetch the rope, anyways"
inky says, "uh"
inky says (to Floyd), "I don't actually know how to push enter"
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re

Floyd | sume game
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game
Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession

Floyd |      The Customs House
Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations
Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |    > Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells

Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |
Doe says, "hmmm, maybe that gives away too much, ledge is what we want"
DavidW presses the yellow enter button.
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |                              Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev
Floyd | ious menu
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |    > I can't get back up.
Floyd |      The treehouse is impenetrable.
Floyd |      The scree slope is too unstable!
Floyd |      The arched doorway seems very dangerous.

Floyd |      What's the drum for?
Floyd |      Does the water-lily play a part?
Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), ""
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd | (Press H for more, or SPACE to return.)
Floyd |
Floyd | The means for doing so are further down.
Floyd |
inky says, "ah nice"
Doe says, "there we go"
inky pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |                              Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =

Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev
Floyd | ious menu
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |    > I can't get back up.

Floyd |      The treehouse is impenetrable.
Floyd |      The scree slope is too unstable!
Floyd |      The arched doorway seems very dangerous.
Floyd |      What's the drum for?
Floyd |      Does the water-lily play a part?
Floyd |

inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                              Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev

Floyd | ious menu
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      I can't get back up.
Floyd |    > The treehouse is impenetrable.

Floyd |      The scree slope is too unstable!
Floyd |      The arched doorway seems very dangerous.
Floyd |      What's the drum for?
Floyd |      Does the water-lily play a part?
Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                              Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev
Floyd | ious menu

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      I can't get back up.
Floyd |      The treehouse is impenetrable.
Floyd |    > The scree slope is too unstable!

Floyd |      The arched doorway seems very dangerous.
Floyd |      What's the drum for?
Floyd |      Does the water-lily play a part?
Floyd |
inky presses the yellow enter button.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | (Press H for more, or SPACE to return.)
Floyd |
Floyd | You need a way to pull the scroll out at the same time as getting
Floyd | away.

Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "h"
Floyd | So that your movement is what does the pulling.
Floyd |
inky asks, "we already tried tying the rope to it, didn't we?"
Fang says, "so we need the rope"
inky says (to Floyd), "push space"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |                              Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =

Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev
Floyd | ious menu
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      I can't get back up.
Floyd |      The treehouse is impenetrable.

Floyd |    > The scree slope is too unstable!
Floyd |      The arched doorway seems very dangerous.
Floyd |      What's the drum for?
Floyd |      Does the water-lily play a part?
Floyd |

inky says (to Floyd), "q"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =

Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re
Floyd | sume game
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game
Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background

Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession
Floyd |      The Customs House
Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations
Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |    > Cedar and Cave Floor

Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells
Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |
DavidW asks, "Tie the rope to what?"
inky says (to Floyd), "q"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 50 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of
Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked

Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you
Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |
Floyd | A black scroll, like a roll of remembrance, is curled around the top

Floyd | few feet of scree.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |

Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.

Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on cedar"
Floyd | You hang the ladder so that it runs from the cave floor up to the tip
Floyd | of the tree.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor
Floyd | The cedar's foliage thins out and this is the lowest point at which
Floyd | the trunk will bear your weight.

Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, hangs down the rest of the way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang asks, "ourselves?"
inky says (to Floyd), "get ladder"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Top Branches
Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the
Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on

Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you
Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a
Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on ledge"
Floyd | You hang the ladder so that it runs across the abyss from the cedar's
Floyd | broadest branches to the ledge.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a

Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |

Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss down to the cedar branches.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | You edge along the northern wall of the cave, descending the rocky
Floyd | stairs.

Floyd |
Floyd | Dark Doorway
Floyd | Just where the shelf flattens at the foot of rocky steps (climbing
Floyd | westward), a square-cut doorway has been hewn into the north wall. The
Floyd | ledge, which begins to curve southeast, is at its broadest here, yet
Floyd | your feeling of vertigo hardly abates.

Floyd |
Floyd | The inverted cedar hangs impossibly from the roof some way to the
Floyd | southwest, 30 feet away.
Floyd |
Floyd | A watchful oil-snake coils and uncoils itself restlessly, occupying
Floyd | its territory but making no move towards you as yet.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | You edge southeast along the ledge.
Floyd |

Floyd | Long Curved Ledge
Floyd | This long parapet thins to nothing further on, appearing to lead
Floyd | nowhere after all: the nearest other ledge being 50 feet vertically
Floyd | below.
Floyd |
Floyd | Approximately 70 feet due west of here are the roof-braced roots of

Floyd | the inverted cedar, giving you a magnificent view of this botanic
Floyd | marvel.
Floyd |
Floyd | There's an iron ring fixed to the wall, the kind used to tie up
Floyd | horses, though how anyone could possibly get a horse up here you can't
Floyd | imagine.

Floyd |
Floyd | Your length of rope is here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd | You can't go that way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get rope"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "You're making a bungle cord?"
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | The ledge runs northwest (if anything, more north than west).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "nw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Dark Doorway
Floyd | Just where the shelf flattens at the foot of rocky steps (climbing
Floyd | westward), a square-cut doorway has been hewn into the north wall. The
Floyd | ledge, which begins to curve southeast, is at its broadest here, yet
Floyd | your feeling of vertigo hardly abates.

Floyd |
Floyd | The inverted cedar hangs impossibly from the roof some way to the
Floyd | southwest, 30 feet away.
Floyd |
Floyd | A watchful oil-snake coils and uncoils itself restlessly, occupying
Floyd | its territory but making no move towards you as yet.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge

Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a
Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.

Floyd |
Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and

Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss down to the cedar branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |

Floyd | Top Branches
Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the
Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on
Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you
Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.
Floyd |

Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss up to the ledge.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a
Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor
Floyd | The cedar's foliage thins out and this is the lowest point at which

Floyd | the trunk will bear your weight.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Top Branches

Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get ladder"
Floyd | Taken.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d" Fang says, "that might work"
Floyd |

Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor
Floyd | The cedar's foliage thins out and this is the lowest point at which
Floyd | the trunk will bear your weight.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | The ladder's no longer in place.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe asks, "you didn't get a hint?"
inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on floor"
Floyd | (the cave floor)
Floyd | You hang the ladder so that it runs from the cave floor up to the tip
Floyd | of the tree.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an

Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9

Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and

Floyd | rising 50 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of
Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you
Floyd | cannot say.

Floyd |
Floyd | A black scroll, like a roll of remembrance, is curled around the top
Floyd | few feet of scree.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "tie rope to scroll"
Floyd | You make a secure little knot. It is now tied to the black, memorial
Floyd | scroll.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "oh come ON"
Jacqueline asks, "Just out of curiosity, do we know how far along we are?"
inky says (to Floyd), "tie rope to me"
Floyd | You tie the rope around you. One end is tied around you, and the other
Floyd | to the black, memorial scroll.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "this puzzle is so dumb I cannot even tell you"
inky says (to Floyd), "get scroll"
Floyd | Just as you're about to pull out the scroll, a tiny but significant

Floyd | shift of stones give you pause. The scree fall is on the very edge of
Floyd | an avalanche! You'd need to be a lot more than arm's length away to
Floyd | survive that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "okay"
Fang says, "yeah"
inky says, "hrm"
DavidW says, "I didn't understand what you... oh you gotta be kidding"
inky says, "ok, I guess I take that back"
Fang says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | The scree fall would be a desperate scramble down in any direction but
Floyd | north.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "it does say the issue is with *pulling out* the scroll, not with touching it"
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | The rope plucks out the scroll as you run north... but you are
Floyd | overtaken by a thundering avalanche with the same idea! Your burial is

Floyd | almost instant.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |     *** You have died ***
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd | In that game you scored 16 out of a possible 30, in 630 turns, the
Floyd | kind of score one would expect of a Diplomat.
Floyd |
Floyd | Would you like to RESTART, RESTORE a saved game or QUIT?
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Can we just walk away."
Doe says, "I don't get that"
Jacqueline says, "Nope."
inky asks, "wait, what?"
Jacqueline says, "Evidently we can't."
inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe asks, "can we get a hint?"
Fang says (to Floyd), "jump"
Floyd | You jump on the spot, fruitlessly.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "ok, I don't understand why that didn't work"
inky says (to Doe), "the hint said to do this"
inky says (to Doe), "(more or less)"
Doe says, "I scrolled back and didn't see it"
Fang says, "presumeable the next hint is 'Just kidding'"
DavidW says, "Don't tie it to yourself."
Doe says, "tie rope to scroll? then to something else then too"
Fang says, "followed by 'The scroll is not important'"
inky says (to Floyd), "untie rope"
Floyd | You untie the rope.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says, "'Eat the ladder'"
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open)
Floyd |     some provisions - a joint of cured ham and an apple
Floyd |   four arrows

Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope

Floyd |     your formal credentials
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   four ancient treasures:
Floyd |     a golden fir-cone

Floyd |     a platinum egg
Floyd |     a jewelled scarab
Floyd |     a jade figurine
Floyd |   some provisions - a hunk of cheese and a clove of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "get rope"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "tie rope to scroll"
Floyd | You make a secure little knot. It is now tied to the black, memorial
Floyd | scroll.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "pull rope"
Floyd | Just as you're about to pull out the scroll, a tiny but significant
Floyd | shift of stones give you pause. The scree fall is on the very edge of
Floyd | an avalanche! You'd need to be a lot more than arm's length away to
Floyd | survive that.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "If the rope is only tied to the scroll, that might make the rope long enough."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |

Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.

Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its

Floyd | branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "pull rope"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart

Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 50 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of
Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you

Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |
Floyd | A black scroll, like a roll of remembrance, is curled around the top
Floyd | few feet of scree.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your length of rope is here. It is now tied to the black, memorial

Floyd | scroll.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | The scree fall would be a desperate scramble down in any direction but

Floyd | north.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "get rope"
Floyd | You can't take the rope; it's tied to the black, memorial scroll.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take rope"
Floyd | You can't take the rope; it's tied to the black, memorial scroll.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Out of curiosity, do we know how far along we are? The waitress here seems to hate me."
inky says, "oops, sorry, you go ahead"
inky says, "what the hell"
DavidW says, "damn"
inky says (to Floyd), "score"
Floyd | You have so far scored 16 out of a possible 30, in 641 turns, the kind
Floyd | of score one would expect of a Diplomat.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)

Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open)
Floyd |     some provisions - a joint of cured ham and an apple
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"

Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |     your formal credentials
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding

Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   four ancient treasures:
Floyd |     a golden fir-cone
Floyd |     a platinum egg
Floyd |     a jewelled scarab
Floyd |     a jade figurine

Floyd |   some provisions - a hunk of cheese and a clove of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "pull rope"
Floyd | Just as you're about to pull out the scroll, a tiny but significant

Floyd | shift of stones give you pause. The scree fall is on the very edge of
Floyd | an avalanche! You'd need to be a lot more than arm's length away to
Floyd | survive that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Jacq), "so I think probably another 40 minutes at least"
Jacqueline says, "I... hm... I can't go to the library until top of the next hour anyway, so, I guess it doesn't matter."
Fang says (to Floyd), "d" Jacqueline says, "Oh, okay. Perfect."
Floyd |

Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.

Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its

Floyd | branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "She will just have to hate me."
Fang says (to Floyd), "o"
Floyd | Sorry, that can't be corrected.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open)
Floyd |     some provisions - a joint of cured ham and an apple
Floyd |   four arrows

Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope

Floyd |     your formal credentials
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   four ancient treasures:
Floyd |     a golden fir-cone

Floyd |     a platinum egg
Floyd |     a jewelled scarab
Floyd |     a jade figurine
Floyd |   some provisions - a hunk of cheese and a clove of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd |
Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor
Floyd | The cedar's foliage thins out and this is the lowest point at which
Floyd | the trunk will bear your weight.

Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, hangs down the rest of the way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at

Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.

Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe asks, "we get the scroll?"
Fang says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and

Floyd | rising 50 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of
Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you
Floyd | cannot say.

Floyd |
Floyd | A black scroll, like a roll of remembrance, is curled around the top
Floyd | few feet of scree.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your length of rope is here. It is now tied to the black, memorial
Floyd | scroll.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "no"
Fang says, "sorry, got confused for a moment"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "tie rope to boomerang"
Floyd | The rope's already tied to the black, memorial scroll.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "untie rope"
Floyd | You untie the rope.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe asks, "can I see the hint again?"
inky says (to Floyd), "get rope"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "help"
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re
Floyd | sume game
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |    > Instructions: How to play this game
Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession
Floyd |      The Customs House

Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations
Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |      Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells
Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |

Doe says (to floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re

Floyd | sume game
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game
Floyd |    > Briefings: A diplomatic background

Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession
Floyd |      The Customs House
Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations
Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |      Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells

Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |
Doe says (to floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints

Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re
Floyd | sume game
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game

Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |    > Hints: During the Procession
Floyd |      The Customs House
Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations
Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings

Floyd |      Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells
Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |
Doe says (to floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re
Floyd | sume game
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game
Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession
Floyd |    > The Customs House

Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations
Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |      Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells
Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |

Doe says (to floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re

Floyd | sume game
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game
Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession

Floyd |      The Customs House
Floyd |    > Amongst the Foundations
Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |      Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells

Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |
Doe says (to floyd), "n.n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints

Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re
Floyd | sume game
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game

Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession
Floyd |      The Customs House
Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations
Floyd |    > Ledge and Surroundings

Floyd |      Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells
Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |
Doe says (to floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re
Floyd | sume game
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game
Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession
Floyd |      The Customs House
Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations

Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |    > Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells
Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |

Doe says (to floyd), "return"
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re

Floyd | sume game
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game
Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession

Floyd |      The Customs House
Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations
Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |    > Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells

Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |
DavidW presses the yellow enter button.
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |                              Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev
Floyd | ious menu
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |    > I can't get back up.
Floyd |      The treehouse is impenetrable.
Floyd |      The scree slope is too unstable!
Floyd |      The arched doorway seems very dangerous.
Floyd |      What's the drum for?

Floyd |      Does the water-lily play a part?
Floyd |
Doe says (to floyd), "n.n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                              Cedar and Cave Floor

Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev
Floyd | ious menu
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      I can't get back up.

Floyd |    > The treehouse is impenetrable.
Floyd |      The scree slope is too unstable!
Floyd |      The arched doorway seems very dangerous.
Floyd |      What's the drum for?
Floyd |      Does the water-lily play a part?

Floyd |
Doe says (to floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                              Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =

Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev
Floyd | ious menu
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      I can't get back up.
Floyd |      The treehouse is impenetrable.

Floyd |    > The scree slope is too unstable!
Floyd |      The arched doorway seems very dangerous.
Floyd |      What's the drum for?
Floyd |      Does the water-lily play a part?
Floyd |

DavidW says, "'push return'"
Doe says (to floyd), "push return"
Floyd |
Floyd |                              Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =

Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev
Floyd | ious menu
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      I can't get back up.
Floyd |    > The treehouse is impenetrable.

Floyd |      The scree slope is too unstable!
Floyd |      The arched doorway seems very dangerous.
Floyd |      What's the drum for?
Floyd |      Does the water-lily play a part?
Floyd |
Taleslinger says, "okay gotta run"
Taleslinger has disconnected.
Taleslinger slowly disappears. DavidW says, "Not to Floyd"
Doe says (to floyd), "n"
Floyd |

Floyd |                              Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev
Floyd | ious menu
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |      I can't get back up.
Floyd |      The treehouse is impenetrable.
Floyd |    > The scree slope is too unstable!
Floyd |      The arched doorway seems very dangerous.
Floyd |      What's the drum for?

Floyd |      Does the water-lily play a part?
Floyd |
DavidW says, "Mud command"
Doe says (to floyd), "push yellow return button"
Floyd |

Floyd |                              Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev
Floyd | ious menu
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |      I can't get back up.
Floyd |    > The treehouse is impenetrable.
Floyd |      The scree slope is too unstable!
Floyd |      The arched doorway seems very dangerous.
Floyd |      What's the drum for?

Floyd |      Does the water-lily play a part?
Floyd |
DavidW says, "NOT TO FLOYD"
Doe says, "someone help"
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                              Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev
Floyd | ious menu
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |      I can't get back up.
Floyd |      The treehouse is impenetrable.
Floyd |    > The scree slope is too unstable!
Floyd |      The arched doorway seems very dangerous.

Floyd |      What's the drum for?
Floyd |      Does the water-lily play a part?
Floyd |
inky presses the yellow enter button.
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd | (Press H for more, or SPACE to return.)
Floyd |
Floyd | You need a way to pull the scroll out at the same time as getting
Floyd | away.
Floyd |

Doe says, "okay, that isn't the rope per se, but I get it"
inky asks, "do we want another hin?"
inky says, "t"
DavidW says, "I suppose so"
inky says (to Floyd), "h"
Floyd | So that your movement is what does the pulling.
Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "h"
Floyd | You need, then, to be attached to the scroll.

Floyd |
inky says, "..."
inky says (to Floyd), "h"
Floyd | In face, tied with the rope.
Floyd |

inky says (to Floyd), "h"
Floyd | But if you go the same way as the avalanche, you can expect to be
Floyd | overtaken...
Floyd |
inky says, "uh, ok"
inky pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |                              Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev

Floyd | ious menu
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      I can't get back up.
Floyd |      The treehouse is impenetrable.
Floyd |    > The scree slope is too unstable!

Floyd |      The arched doorway seems very dangerous.
Floyd |      What's the drum for?
Floyd |      Does the water-lily play a part?
Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "q"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re
Floyd | sume game

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game
Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession
Floyd |      The Customs House

Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations
Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |    > Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells
Floyd |      Hints: General

Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "q"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart

Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 50 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of
Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you

Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |
Floyd | A black scroll, like a roll of remembrance, is curled around the top
Floyd | few feet of scree.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "tie rope to scroll"
Floyd | You make a secure little knot. It is now tied to the black, memorial
Floyd | scroll.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "tie rope to me"
Floyd | You tie the rope around you. One end is tied around you, and the other
Floyd | to the black, memorial scroll.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | The scree fall would be a desperate scramble down in any direction but
Floyd | north.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW asks, "So we go some direction but not north?"
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | The scree fall would be a desperate scramble down in any direction but
Floyd | north.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | The rope plucks out the scroll as you run north... but you are
Floyd | overtaken by a thundering avalanche with the same idea! Your burial is

Floyd | almost instant.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |     *** You have died ***
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd | In that game you scored 16 out of a possible 30, in 655 turns, the
Floyd | kind of score one would expect of a Diplomat.
Floyd |
Floyd | Would you like to RESTART, RESTORE a saved game or QUIT?
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "drop ladder"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "untie rope"
Floyd | You untie the rope.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | The scree fall would be a desperate scramble down in any direction but
Floyd | north.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says, "wait"
Fang says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an

Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9

Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "get ladder"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 50 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of

Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you
Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |

Floyd | A black scroll, like a roll of remembrance, is curled around the top
Floyd | few feet of scree.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your length of rope is here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "pull rope"
Floyd | You pull the rope.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get rope"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "tie rope to scroll"
Floyd | You make a secure little knot. It is now tied to the black, memorial
Floyd | scroll.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "pull rope"
Floyd | Just as you're about to pull out the scroll, a tiny but significant
Floyd | shift of stones give you pause. The scree fall is on the very edge of
Floyd | an avalanche! You'd need to be a lot more than arm's length away to
Floyd | survive that.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "tie rope to me"
Floyd | You tie the rope around you. One end is tied around you, and the other
Floyd | to the black, memorial scroll.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | The rope plucks out the scroll as you run north... but you are

Floyd | overtaken by a thundering avalanche with the same idea! Your burial is
Floyd | almost instant.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |     *** You have died ***
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd | In that game you scored 16 out of a possible 30, in 665 turns, the
Floyd | kind of score one would expect of a Diplomat.
Floyd |
Floyd | Would you like to RESTART, RESTORE a saved game or QUIT?
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd | You can scale the scree no further.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "jump"
Floyd | You jump on the spot, fruitlessly.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "drop ladder"
Floyd | Dropped.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "climb ladder"
Floyd | I don't think much is to be achieved by that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Your default channel is currently "if/clubfloyd".
Fang says (to Floyd), "get ladder"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe asks, "is there anyway to go but down?"
inky says, "not as far as I see, but the hints suggest yes"
DavidW says, "Maybe a way needs to be made available."
Doe says, "hmmm"
Fang says, "that's what I'm trying with the ladder"
Fang says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 50 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of
Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked

Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you
Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |
Floyd | A black scroll, like a roll of remembrance, is curled around the top

Floyd | few feet of scree.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your length of rope is here. One end is tied around you, and the other
Floyd | to the black, memorial scroll.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 50 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of

Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you
Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |

Floyd | A black scroll, like a roll of remembrance, is curled around the top
Floyd | few feet of scree.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your length of rope is here. One end is tied around you, and the other
Floyd | to the black, memorial scroll.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | The scree fall would be a desperate scramble down in any direction but
Floyd | north.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd | You can scale the scree no further.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "x ceiling"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the ceiling.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "lean ladder against west wall"
Floyd | There's nowhere suitable to lean the ladder here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | You skitter nervously down the very steep western side of the scree.
Floyd |
Floyd | The rope plucks out the scroll... and your sideways leap is only just
Floyd | in time to clear the thundering avalanche of masonry which results!
Floyd |

Floyd | Furrow and Workings
Floyd | The furrow has been burrowed and extended by primitive mine workings,
Floyd | hewn chiefly by hand or at best stone tools. But the seam has been
Floyd | exhausted, and the striations in the rock scraped clean of ore.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see a black, memorial scroll here.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky asks, "?!?!?"
Fang says, "oh, duh."
Fang says (to inky), "we only tried n and s"
Jacqueline says, "man"
Jacqueline says, "But yay"
Fang says, "hahaha"
inky asks, "what, really?"
DavidW says, "This is what not mapping does."
inky says, "I suppose"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take scroll"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "read it"
Floyd | The scroll reads "azzev spell (view the past)".
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "this is what the author being a jerk does"
Fang says, "the previous times, we were escaping the scree by trying to walk into the south wall"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "gnusto azzev"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "mumble"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "cf7"
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "memorize azzev"
Floyd | It seems to be not enough to be able to read a copy of the spell. No,

Floyd | the writing has to be part of the fabric of a spell book you have in
Floyd | your hands, so that the magic can flow from the binding into your own
Floyd | spine.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put azzev in book"
Floyd | Which do you mean, Experimental Spell Book #5 or The Guide For
Floyd | Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding Provinces?
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "untie rope"
Floyd | >
Floyd | You loose the rope from your waist.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put azzev in spell book"
Floyd | Your spell book begins to glow softly. Almost imperceptibly, the
Floyd | binding swells and closes over the edge of the black, memorial scroll,
Floyd | which straightens and becomes the new azzev spell page. The book's
Floyd | brightness fades as the corners settle to perfect right angles.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take rope"
Floyd | You already have that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "memorize azzev"
Floyd | You commit the azzev spell to memory.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "azzev"
Floyd | A cloud of green smoke gathers and swirls in the air like cream poured
Floyd | into soup, and a vision briefly appears...
Floyd |
Floyd | You see the painfully slow carving-out of the seam, by miners

Floyd | centuries gone; and the anguish on their faces as the ore runs out,
Floyd | never to be found again.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says, "ok, that's gotta be tough to get without hinting"
Fang says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | The furrow is a dead-end, opening out only to northeast.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "ne"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the

Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and

Floyd | rising 40 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of
Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you
Floyd | cannot say.

Floyd |
Floyd | The avalanche has cleared away part of the scree, leaving open behind
Floyd | it a crudely arched doorway into the southern cave wall. Above the
Floyd | doorway, a skull and crossbones has been carved.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "memorize azzev" DavidW says, "Lily. Azzev the lily."
Floyd | You commit the azzev spell to memory.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd | You commit the azzev spell to memory once again.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "azzev"
Floyd | A cloud of green smoke gathers and swirls in the air like cream poured
Floyd | into soup, and a vision briefly appears...
Floyd |
Floyd | The scree slope being built, by teams of slaves, under an overseer

Floyd | terrified that the doorway would ever be revealed again, but in a
Floyd | desperate hurry... constantly glancing over his shoulder at the
Floyd | corridor behind him... and the slope being completed, and his final
Floyd | act laying the black scroll at its apex, to stand warning down all
Floyd | time.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Your default channel is currently "private/moose". Doe says, "hey, you got the scroll"
inky says (to Floyd), "memorize azzev"
Floyd | You commit the azzev spell to memory once again.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |

Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 40 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of
Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what

Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you
Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |
Floyd | The avalanche has cleared away part of the scree, leaving open behind
Floyd | it a crudely arched doorway into the southern cave wall. Above the
Floyd | doorway, a skull and crossbones has been carved.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x doorway"
Floyd | A closer look at the doorway reveals that its internal faces are
Floyd | coated with a runny, nasty-looking paste which drips out of tiny

Floyd | pores.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "ooh. Doorway"
inky says (to Floyd), "x skull"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get paste"
Floyd | That's fixed in place.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says, "suspicious"
inky says (to Floyd), "taste paste"
Floyd | You taste nothing unexpected.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x paste"
Floyd | A closer look at the doorway reveals that its internal faces are
Floyd | coated with a runny, nasty-looking paste which drips out of tiny
Floyd | pores.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | As you pass through the archway, clouds of vapour and drips of arsenic
Floyd | seep into your nose and ears! Death is immediate.
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |     *** You have died ***
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | In that game you scored 16 out of a possible 30, in 696 turns, the
Floyd | kind of score one would expect of a Diplomat.
Floyd |

Floyd | Would you like to RESTART, RESTORE a saved game or QUIT?
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "wow"
inky says (to Floyd), "put arrow in doorway"
Floyd | The use of poisoned projectiles is strictly prohibited by the Protocol

Floyd | of Collioure, one of the great triumphs of your early career.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "oh bag"
inky says, "er, bah"
Fang says, "I remember this scene being used to demonstrate 'polite' games"
Doe says, "someone suggest earlier looking back in history to see if the lily ate anything"
inky says (to Floyd), "put ham in doorway" Fang says, "or something"
Floyd | You need to be holding the joint of cured ham before you can put it

Floyd | into something else.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "azzev the lily. I wanna know what it swallowed."
inky says (to Floyd), "get ham"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put ham in doorway"
Floyd | That can't contain things.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put cheese in doorway"
Floyd | That can't contain things.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "poison ham"
Floyd | You'll have to be more exact about how to do that.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe says (to DavidW), "guess that was you"
inky says (to Floyd), "poison ham with arsenic"
Floyd | I only understood you as far as wanting to poison the joint of cured
Floyd | ham.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "poison ham with doorway"
Floyd | I only understood you as far as wanting to poison the joint of cured
Floyd | ham.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put ham in door"
Floyd | That can't contain things.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take paste"
Floyd | That's fixed in place.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "put ham on doorway"
Floyd | Putting things on the crudely arched doorway would achieve nothing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "poison ham"
Floyd | You'll have to be more exact about how to do that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "touch doorway with ham"
Floyd | I only understood you as far as wanting to touch the crudely arched
Floyd | doorway.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a length of light rope
Floyd |   an improvised ladder
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)

Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open)
Floyd |     an apple
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow

Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |     your formal credentials
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)

Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   four ancient treasures:
Floyd |     a golden fir-cone
Floyd |     a platinum egg
Floyd |     a jewelled scarab

Floyd |     a jade figurine
Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "azzev lily"
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an

Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9

Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | That would be straight into the pool. Try walking around it.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "ne"
Floyd | You cross the stream and walk around the pool.
Floyd |

Floyd | North Edge of Pool
Floyd | The stream's pool washes up almost to your feet, close to the
Floyd | forbiddingly craggy and overhung northern wall of the cave, but the
Floyd | water does leave room for a broad path around the periphery; and this
Floyd | is its northern limb.
Floyd |

Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously down, its tip suspended some
Floyd | 20 feet to the south, across the stream.
Floyd |
Floyd | A single, graceful green water-lily plumes at the calm surface of the
Floyd | pool.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "azzev lily"
Floyd | The spell backfires, and you somehow feel it wrong to apply it to
Floyd | individual objects.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "azzev"
Floyd | A cloud of green smoke gathers and swirls in the air like cream poured
Floyd | into soup, and a vision briefly appears...
Floyd |

Floyd | Green lilies proliferating in the depths of the pool.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "memorize azzev"
Floyd | You commit the azzev spell to memory.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says, "I suspect we should try the treehouse"
DavidW asks, "oh. It's a room-based spell?"
inky says, "yeah"
DavidW says (to Fang), "agreed"
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | That would be into the pool!
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at

Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "It was a 'meeting place'."
inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on cedar"
Floyd | You hang the ladder so that it runs from the cave floor up to the tip

Floyd | of the tree.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |

Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor
Floyd | The cedar's foliage thins out and this is the lowest point at which
Floyd | the trunk will bear your weight.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, hangs down the rest of the way.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Top Branches

Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the
Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on
Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you
Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a

Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "in"
Floyd |

Floyd | Treehouse
Floyd | Inside the wooden lean-to is a surprising illusion of space and
Floyd | comfort, which you'd never guess is perched in an upside-down cedar.
Floyd | There are no windows, but finely built wooden chairs suggest some kind
Floyd | of meeting-place.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "azzev"
Floyd | A cloud of green smoke gathers and swirls in the air like cream poured
Floyd | into soup, and a vision briefly appears...
Floyd |

Floyd | An old man rocks back and forth in a chair, puffing smoke rings from a
Floyd | long briar pipe.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "azzev"
Floyd | You haven't got that spell committed to memory. [Type "spells" to see
Floyd | what you do remember.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "memorize azzev"
Floyd | You commit the azzev spell to memory.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd | You commit the azzev spell to memory once again.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "x old man"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "g"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "azzev"
Floyd | A cloud of green smoke gathers and swirls in the air like cream poured
Floyd | into soup, and a vision briefly appears...
Floyd |

Floyd | An old man rocks back and forth in a chair, puffing smoke rings from a
Floyd | long briar pipe.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "memorize azzev"
Floyd | You commit the azzev spell to memory once again.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "well, that's lame"
DavidW says, "bah"
Fang says, "bah"
Fang exclaims, "he wasn't even meeting anyone!"
Fang asks, "how about the window?"
inky says, "good call"
inky says (to Floyd), "out"
Floyd |
Floyd | Top Branches
Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the
Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on
Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you

Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a
Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor
Floyd | The cedar's foliage thins out and this is the lowest point at which
Floyd | the trunk will bear your weight.

Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, hangs down the rest of the way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get ladder"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd |
Floyd | Top Branches
Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the
Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on
Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you

Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a
Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd | The ladder's no longer in place.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on ledge"
Floyd | You hang the ladder so that it runs across the abyss from the cedar's
Floyd | broadest branches to the ledge.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a
Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge

Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |
Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,

Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss down to the cedar branches.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | The only obvious ways to proceed from here are north or along the
Floyd | ledge, either down to the east or into the tight squeeze to the
Floyd | southwest.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "sw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Low Crawl

Floyd | It looks as if this low passage from the northeast peters out into a
Floyd | dead end not far west, but a muddy slide-passage descends to the
Floyd | south.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Half Cave
Floyd | This is only half a cave; the eastern half, to be exact. It's a dark
Floyd | place full of crevices (you would have missed the slide passage back

Floyd | north if you hadn't already known about it); chief among them a
Floyd | distinctive triangular cavity, 1 foot or so high, and blocked by a
Floyd | rough quartz window.
Floyd |
Floyd | What divides this cave is a solid, floor-to-ceiling stone wall running
Floyd | north to south, masoned with mortar and seemingly recent. You feel

Floyd | quite certain that the cave continues.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "azzev"
Floyd | A cloud of green smoke gathers and swirls in the air like cream poured

Floyd | into soup, and a vision briefly appears...
Floyd |
Floyd | The wall being masoned, but quite recently, by Northlands soldiers
Floyd | working on the other side.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | Thanks to the wall, the slide passage is the only way out.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "man, so far getting this new spell has been a major disappointment"
Fang says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Low Crawl
Floyd | It looks as if this low passage from the northeast peters out into a

Floyd | dead end not far west, but a muddy slide-passage descends to the
Floyd | south.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "memorize azzev"
Floyd | You commit the azzev spell to memory once again.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shambles
Floyd | An earthy rockfall, soaked through with water into wet clay, makes
Floyd | this passage lose all coherence. A kind of chimney-like crack leads
Floyd | upward, and the crawl eases slightly to the east.
Floyd |

Floyd | Roughly underneath the chimney-crack is a mound of garbage, dropped in
Floyd | from above. Potato-peel, broken tools and so on seem to make up the
Floyd | bulk of it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "azzev"
Floyd | A cloud of green smoke gathers and swirls in the air like cream poured
Floyd | into soup, and a vision briefly appears...
Floyd |
Floyd | Seas of garbage rain down through the crack onto the mound, rapidly

Floyd | decomposing or washing away so that the process fights itself to a
Floyd | standstill.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "memorize azzev"
Floyd | You commit the azzev spell to memory once again.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "memorize azzev"
Floyd | You commit the azzev spell to memory a third time.  You have so much
Floyd | rushing around in your head, though, that something may easily have
Floyd | been lost in the confusion.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Low Crawl
Floyd | It looks as if this low passage from the northeast peters out into a
Floyd | dead end not far west, but a muddy slide-passage descends to the

Floyd | south.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | The increasingly earthy rock blocks your way. The only viable routes

Floyd | are west, south and northeast.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |

Floyd | Shambles
Floyd | An earthy rockfall, soaked through with water into wet clay, makes
Floyd | this passage lose all coherence. A kind of chimney-like crack leads
Floyd | upward, and the crawl eases slightly to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | Roughly underneath the chimney-crack is a mound of garbage, dropped in

Floyd | from above. Potato-peel, broken tools and so on seem to make up the
Floyd | bulk of it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Low Crawl
Floyd | It looks as if this low passage from the northeast peters out into a
Floyd | dead end not far west, but a muddy slide-passage descends to the
Floyd | south.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "ne"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a

Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |

Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss down to the cedar branches.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe asks, "do we know what the spell does?"
Doe says, "right, we do"
inky says (to Floyd), "x azzev"
Floyd | azzev spell (view the past).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "vision of the past"
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | You edge along the northern wall of the cave, descending the rocky
Floyd | stairs.
Floyd |
Floyd | Dark Doorway
Floyd | Just where the shelf flattens at the foot of rocky steps (climbing
Floyd | westward), a square-cut doorway has been hewn into the north wall. The

Floyd | ledge, which begins to curve southeast, is at its broadest here, yet
Floyd | your feeling of vertigo hardly abates.
Floyd |
Floyd | The inverted cedar hangs impossibly from the roof some way to the
Floyd | southwest, 30 feet away.
Floyd |

Floyd | A watchful oil-snake coils and uncoils itself restlessly, occupying
Floyd | its territory but making no move towards you as yet.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "azzev"
Floyd | A cloud of green smoke gathers and swirls in the air like cream poured
Floyd | into soup, and a vision briefly appears...
Floyd |
Floyd | A very ancient time, when the tree has not grown: the doorway is being
Floyd | cut with enervating slowness.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe asks, "used it on window yet?"
Jacqueline says, "Dude, 'You have so much rushing around in your head, though, that something may easily have been lost in the confusion' is the story of my life."
inky says, "yeah, it didn't tell us anything"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x lintel"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd |
Floyd | Long Curved Ledge
Floyd | This long parapet thins to nothing further on, appearing to lead
Floyd | nowhere after all: the nearest other ledge being 50 feet vertically
Floyd | below.
Floyd |

Floyd | Approximately 70 feet due west of here are the roof-braced roots of
Floyd | the inverted cedar, giving you a magnificent view of this botanic
Floyd | marvel.
Floyd |
Floyd | There's an iron ring fixed to the wall, the kind used to tie up
Floyd | horses, though how anyone could possibly get a horse up here you can't

Floyd | imagine.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "azzev"
Floyd | A cloud of green smoke gathers and swirls in the air like cream poured

Floyd | into soup, and a vision briefly appears...
Floyd |
Floyd | The tree, sprouting confidentally downwards.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Long Curved Ledge
Floyd | This long parapet thins to nothing further on, appearing to lead
Floyd | nowhere after all: the nearest other ledge being 50 feet vertically

Floyd | below.
Floyd |
Floyd | Approximately 70 feet due west of here are the roof-braced roots of
Floyd | the inverted cedar, giving you a magnificent view of this botanic
Floyd | marvel.
Floyd |

Floyd | There's an iron ring fixed to the wall, the kind used to tie up
Floyd | horses, though how anyone could possibly get a horse up here you can't
Floyd | imagine.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky asks, "confidentally?"
inky says (to Floyd), "spells"
Floyd | The jilnix spell is indelibly etched on your memory. Other than that,
Floyd | you have the azzev spell, chiaro spell and piroo spell memorised.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe says, "I get stuff lost in the translation all the time :-)"
Fang asks, "where haven't we looked?"
inky asks, "where haven't we cast the spell, you mean?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look at cedar with telescope"
Floyd | You raise the brass telescope expertly to your eye. There seems to be
Floyd | a crude wooden house built into it halfway down.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says, "maybe we can't poison the ham... but we can poison something the snake will eat"
inky says (to Floyd), "look at house with telescope"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a length of light rope
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)

Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open)
Floyd |     an apple
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"

Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |     your formal credentials
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding

Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   four ancient treasures:
Floyd |     a golden fir-cone
Floyd |     a platinum egg
Floyd |     a jewelled scarab
Floyd |     a jade figurine

Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | You can't go that way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | You edge northwest along the ledge.
Floyd |
Floyd | Dark Doorway
Floyd | Just where the shelf flattens at the foot of rocky steps (climbing
Floyd | westward), a square-cut doorway has been hewn into the north wall. The
Floyd | ledge, which begins to curve southeast, is at its broadest here, yet

Floyd | your feeling of vertigo hardly abates.
Floyd |
Floyd | The inverted cedar hangs impossibly from the roof some way to the
Floyd | southwest, 30 feet away.
Floyd |
Floyd | A watchful oil-snake coils and uncoils itself restlessly, occupying

Floyd | its territory but making no move towards you as yet.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | The oil-snake oozes and rears itself up to bar your way.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "sw"
Floyd | You can't go that way.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd |
Floyd | Long Curved Ledge
Floyd | This long parapet thins to nothing further on, appearing to lead

Floyd | nowhere after all: the nearest other ledge being 50 feet vertically
Floyd | below.
Floyd |
Floyd | Approximately 70 feet due west of here are the roof-braced roots of
Floyd | the inverted cedar, giving you a magnificent view of this botanic
Floyd | marvel.

Floyd |
Floyd | There's an iron ring fixed to the wall, the kind used to tie up
Floyd | horses, though how anyone could possibly get a horse up here you can't
Floyd | imagine.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Jacqueline says, "I can never decide if 'oozes' is an awesome word, or horrible."
DavidW asks, "We haven't gone down from here yet, right?"
Fang says (to Floyd), "x ring"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the iron ring.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "tie rope to ring"
Floyd | You make a secure little knot. One end is tied to the ring, the other
Floyd | hangs down from the ledge.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe asks, "doing something in another window, so your azzeving everything?"
Fang says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | Since the rope is not long enough and would leave you a good 20 feet
Floyd | short, you decide against carefully lowering yourself down.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "tie ladder to rope"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "yeah, the rope wasn't -- yeah"
Fang says (to Floyd), "get rope"
Floyd | You can't take the rope; it's tied to the iron ring.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
DavidW says, "We can't tie the rope to the ladder"
Fang says (to Floyd), "untie rope"
Floyd | You untie the rope.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "put ladder down"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "look down"
Floyd | I only understood you as far as wanting to look.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says, "hmph"
Doe says, "well, maybe that's not it"
Doe says, "maybe it's too obvious :-)"
DavidW says, "maybe we can turn the snake into a 2nd rope"
Fang says (to Floyd), "measure rope"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "not impossible"
Fang says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | You can't go that way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Hm, interesting idea."
inky says, "but I dunno how we calculate it"
inky says, "er"
inky says, "how we kill it"
Fang says, "haha"
DavidW says, "Snakes into ropes go back to Moses, even."
Fang asks, "well, try poisoning an apple?"
(from Jacqueline) inky says, "sorry, I can totally kill math problems, and I get confused on the meaning of that word.'
DavidW says, "That's for Snow White"
inky says, "it didn't let me poison the ham, but maybe it's possible to poison the apple, sure"
Fang says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | You edge northwest along the ledge.
Floyd |
Floyd | Dark Doorway
Floyd | Just where the shelf flattens at the foot of rocky steps (climbing
Floyd | westward), a square-cut doorway has been hewn into the north wall. The

Floyd | ledge, which begins to curve southeast, is at its broadest here, yet
Floyd | your feeling of vertigo hardly abates.
Floyd |
Floyd | The inverted cedar hangs impossibly from the roof some way to the
Floyd | southwest, 30 feet away.
Floyd |

Floyd | A watchful oil-snake coils and uncoils itself restlessly, occupying
Floyd | its territory but making no move towards you as yet.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "show apple to snake"
Floyd | (first taking the apple)
Floyd | The oil-snake is unimpressed.
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "give apple to snake"
Floyd | The snake snatches and swallows whole the apple, its neck distending
Floyd | to fit.
Floyd |
Floyd | But something mysterious is wrong! It chokes, seizing up horribly and
Floyd | thrashing about, its great body squeezing away from you until it
Floyd | topples over the lip of the ledge, plunging out of sight to its

Floyd | presumed demise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "whoah!"
inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Dark Doorway
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "because"
inky says (to Floyd), "give ham to snake"
Floyd | The snake snatches and swallows whole the joint of cured ham, its neck
Floyd | distending to fit.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Dark Doorway
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "x apple"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the apple.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "hmm"
DavidW says, "buh"
inky says (to Floyd), "eat apple"
Floyd | Just in time, you stop yourself from taking a bite as you notice
Floyd | little puncture-marks and a faint discolouration. This apple has been

Floyd | poisoned!
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "interesting"
Fang says, "haha"
DavidW says, "ah"
Jacqueline says, "aha"
inky says (to Floyd), "x cheese"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the hunk of cheese.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "eat cheese"
Floyd | You eat the hunk of cheese. Not bad.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Dark Doorway
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "I wonder if they were trying to poison us (for diplomatic reasons)"
DavidW asks, "Where did that apple come from? Was that in *our* provisions?"
inky says, "yeah"
Fang asks, "can this game be made unwinnable?"
inky says, "apple and cheese in the maper"
DavidW says, "yipes"
inky says, "quite possibly"
inky says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
inky says (to Floyd), "cf8"
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "give apple to snake"
Floyd | The snake snatches and swallows whole the poisoned apple, its neck
Floyd | distending to fit.
Floyd | It chokes, seizing up horribly and thrashing about, its great body
Floyd | squeezing away from you until it topples over the lip of the ledge,
Floyd | plunging out of sight to its presumed demise.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Pale Corridor
Floyd | This is a pale corridor filled with a cold, pearly light, ranging from

Floyd | near-darkness at the southern end to a bright glow from the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | You are in the almost ghostly presence of a gaunt, long-haired man, an
Floyd | Adventurer who looks as if he has just stepped out of a weaving of a
Floyd | scene from the old Empire.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x man"
Floyd | If legends may be believed, although basically trustworthy he would do
Floyd | almost anything for treasure.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "azzev"
Floyd | A cloud of green smoke gathers and swirls in the air like cream poured
Floyd | into soup, and a vision briefly appears...
Floyd |

Floyd | Even in your vision, the Adventurer stalks, untired and yet
Floyd | unsatisfied.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "azzev"
Floyd | You haven't got that spell committed to memory. [Type "spells" to see
Floyd | what you do remember.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "memorize azzev"
Floyd | You commit the azzev spell to memory.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Pale Corridor
Floyd | This is a pale corridor filled with a cold, pearly light, ranging from
Floyd | near-darkness at the southern end to a bright glow from the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | You are in the almost ghostly presence of a gaunt, long-haired man, an

Floyd | Adventurer who looks as if he has just stepped out of a weaving of a
Floyd | scene from the old Empire.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "adventurer, hello"
Floyd | The Adventurer is already serving under one geas, and you have little
Floyd | chance of talking him out of it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "I guess he has a ghostly presence because he's a ghost"
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | It seems the Adventurer is under a geas to protect the corridor's
Floyd | eastward continuation.
Floyd |
Floyd | "The Chamber is private to my Master!" he booms, in a voice not his

Floyd | own.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "ask adventurer about chamber"
Floyd | He has no answers for the modern day.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I suppose you give all treasure items to Ghost Guy and we get in."
inky says (to Floyd), "ask adventurer about master"
Floyd | He has no answers for the modern day.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)

Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"

Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |     your formal credentials
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding

Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   four ancient treasures:
Floyd |     a golden fir-cone
Floyd |     a platinum egg
Floyd |     a jewelled scarab
Floyd |     a jade figurine

Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "give egg to man"
Floyd | The Adventurer's eyes gleam. Treasure! He wants only more and more of
Floyd | it.
Floyd |
Floyd | [Your score has just gone up by one point.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "scarab to adventurer"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "give scarab to adventurer"
Floyd | The Adventurer's eyes gleam. Treasure! He wants only more and more of
Floyd | it.
Floyd |
Floyd | [Your score has just gone up by one point.]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "give jade to adventurer"
Floyd | The Adventurer's eyes gleam. Treasure! He wants only more and more of
Floyd | it.

Floyd |
Floyd | [Your score has just gone up by one point.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "give golden to adventurer"
Floyd | The Adventurer's eyes gleam. Treasure! He wants only more and more of
Floyd | it.
Floyd |
Floyd | [Your score has just gone up by one point.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | It seems the Adventurer is under a geas to protect the corridor's
Floyd | eastward continuation.
Floyd |
Floyd | "The Chamber is private to my Master!" he booms, in a voice not his

Floyd | own.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "give figurine to adventurer"
Floyd | (first taking the jade figurine)

Floyd | The ghostly Adventurer guards the pile of treasure zealously.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |

Floyd | Pale Corridor
Floyd | This is a pale corridor filled with a cold, pearly light, ranging from
Floyd | near-darkness at the southern end to a bright glow from the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | You are in the almost ghostly presence of a gaunt, long-haired man, an
Floyd | Adventurer who looks as if he has just stepped out of a weaving of a

Floyd | scene from the old Empire.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see four ancient treasures (a golden fir-cone, a jade
Floyd | figurine, a jewelled scarab and a platinum egg) here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "ask adventurer about treasure"
Floyd | He has no answers for the modern day.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "I guess those were good things to do since we got points"
inky says (to Floyd), "score"
Floyd | You have so far scored 20 out of a possible 30, in 791 turns, the kind
Floyd | of score one would expect of an Ambassador Plenipotentiary.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "give pottery to adventurer"
Floyd | The Adventurer is incorruptible. Well, fairly incorruptible. Unless
Floyd | something valuable is on offer, anyway.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)

Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5

Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |     your formal credentials
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces

Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "give credentials to adventurer"
Floyd | (first taking the formal credentials)
Floyd | He is unimpressed, perhaps because he speaks a language centuries
Floyd | before your own.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "get telescope then give it to adventurer"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd | The Adventurer is incorruptible. Well, fairly incorruptible. Unless
Floyd | something valuable is on offer, anyway.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Pale Corridor
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "give spellbook to adventurer"
Floyd | The Adventurer is incorruptible. Well, fairly incorruptible. Unless
Floyd | something valuable is on offer, anyway.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I think only treasures will satisfy him."
inky says, "yeah"
inky says, "ok, so the summary here is we dunno still"
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Dark Doorway
Floyd | Just where the shelf flattens at the foot of rocky steps (climbing
Floyd | westward), a square-cut doorway has been hewn into the north wall. The
Floyd | ledge, which begins to curve southeast, is at its broadest here, yet

Floyd | your feeling of vertigo hardly abates.
Floyd |
Floyd | The inverted cedar hangs impossibly from the roof some way to the
Floyd | southwest, 30 feet away.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says, "maybe we need to look harder"
Fang says, "I'm thinking the stream"
Fang says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | You can't go that way.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Dark Doorway
Floyd | Just where the shelf flattens at the foot of rocky steps (climbing

Floyd | westward), a square-cut doorway has been hewn into the north wall. The
Floyd | ledge, which begins to curve southeast, is at its broadest here, yet
Floyd | your feeling of vertigo hardly abates.
Floyd |
Floyd | The inverted cedar hangs impossibly from the roof some way to the
Floyd | southwest, 30 feet away.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | You can see no way down from here.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says, "er, which way is that"
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge

Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a
Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.

Floyd |
Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and

Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss down to the cedar branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |

Floyd | Top Branches
Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the
Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on
Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you
Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.
Floyd |

Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss up to the ledge.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a
Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor
Floyd | The cedar's foliage thins out and this is the lowest point at which

Floyd | the trunk will bear your weight.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | The ladder's no longer in place.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd |
Floyd | Top Branches

Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the
Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on
Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you
Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and

Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss up to the ledge.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a
Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "get ladder"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor
Floyd | The cedar's foliage thins out and this is the lowest point at which
Floyd | the trunk will bear your weight.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on floor"
Floyd | (the cave floor)
Floyd | You hang the ladder so that it runs from the cave floor up to the tip

Floyd | of the tree.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |

Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.

Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its

Floyd | branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |

Floyd | Enclosed Stream
Floyd | The cave floor closes off into an enclosed stream-bed here, forcing
Floyd | you into a stoop.
Floyd |
Floyd | The stream runs much faster here, as the bony hand of the cave-wall
Floyd | clenches around it.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "search stream"
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "azzev"
Floyd | A cloud of green smoke gathers and swirls in the air like cream poured
Floyd | into soup, and a vision briefly appears...
Floyd |

Floyd | Terribly slowly, the stream erodes this channel into existence.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "We searched the stream earlier."
Fang says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Enclosed Stream
Floyd | The cave floor closes off into an enclosed stream-bed here, forcing
Floyd | you into a stoop.
Floyd |
Floyd | The stream runs much faster here, as the bony hand of the cave-wall

Floyd | clenches around it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "azzev liliy in next room"
Fang says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly

Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and

Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "ne"
Floyd | You cross the stream and walk around the pool.
Floyd |
Floyd | North Edge of Pool
Floyd | The stream's pool washes up almost to your feet, close to the
Floyd | forbiddingly craggy and overhung northern wall of the cave, but the
Floyd | water does leave room for a broad path around the periphery; and this

Floyd | is its northern limb.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously down, its tip suspended some
Floyd | 20 feet to the south, across the stream.
Floyd |
Floyd | A single, graceful green water-lily plumes at the calm surface of the

Floyd | pool.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "The temple probably has at least one treasure."
inky says (to Floyd), "azzev"
Floyd | You haven't got that spell committed to memory. [Type "spells" to see
Floyd | what you do remember.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "memorize azzev"
Floyd | You commit the azzev spell to memory.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "azzev lily"
Floyd | The spell backfires, and you somehow feel it wrong to apply it to
Floyd | individual objects.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "azzev"
Floyd | You haven't got that spell committed to memory. [Type "spells" to see
Floyd | what you do remember.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "memorize azzev"
Floyd | You commit the azzev spell to memory.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "azzev"
Floyd | A cloud of green smoke gathers and swirls in the air like cream poured
Floyd | into soup, and a vision briefly appears...
Floyd |
Floyd | Green lilies proliferating in the depths of the pool.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "memorize azzev"
Floyd | You commit the azzev spell to memory.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)

Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5

Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove

Floyd | of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "shoot lilly"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "shoot lily"
Floyd | The water-lily gulps upward and swallows the arrow with a vicious
Floyd | snap!

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "throw pottery at lily"
Floyd | The water-lily gulps upward and swallows the shard of pottery with a
Floyd | vicious snap!

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | North Edge of Pool
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe asks, "we avvez i room of scree?"
inky says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | North Edge of Pool

Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Yeah"
inky says, "yeah"
Doe says, "there was a temple thre"
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | North Edge of Pool
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe says, "okay"
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | North Edge of Pool
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   your formal credentials

Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow

Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding

Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "well, we don't know how to enter the temple safely yet"
Doe says, "I doubt we can"
Fang says, "we need to kill this lily, I guess"
inky says (to Floyd), "put shard in drum"
Floyd | The gauze isn't strong enough to take weight.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "hmm"
inky says, "I wonder why it's empty if it can't take weight"
DavidW asks, "Gauze?"
DavidW asks, "Is the drum a sieve?"
Fang says (to Floyd), "jilnix lily"
Floyd | As your brows frown, the air around you gathers with vile winged
Floyd | insects, which surge forward to plague the water lily. The carnivorous
Floyd | lily makes very quick work of them.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "fill drum"
Floyd | The placid water pools slowly in the drum, then drains out of the
Floyd | gauze. Nothing appears to result from this.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "good call"
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | That would be into the pool!

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor

Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |

Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Enclosed Stream

Floyd | The cave floor closes off into an enclosed stream-bed here, forcing
Floyd | you into a stoop.
Floyd |
Floyd | The stream runs much faster here, as the bony hand of the cave-wall
Floyd | clenches around it.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "fill drum"
Floyd | Water sluices through the gauze drum, panning and leaving a sludge of
Floyd | wet sediment behind.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x sludge"
Floyd | The sludge is a mucky aggregation of river debris; clay, sand, small
Floyd | stones of all sizes.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "search it"
Floyd | The sludge is a mucky aggregation of river debris; clay, sand, small
Floyd | stones of all sizes.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "wash sludge"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe says, "uh"
inky says (to Floyd), "clean sludge"
Floyd | You achieve nothing by this.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "fill drum"
Floyd | Water washes through the sludge, filtering away the lighter sediment
Floyd | until a gleaming (if tiny) lump of ore remains!
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Bert says (to Floyd), "score"
Floyd | You have so far scored 20 out of a possible 30, in 831 turns, the kind
Floyd | of score one would expect of an Ambassador Plenipotentiary.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "hooray"
inky says (to Floyd), "x ore"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the tiny lump of tin ore.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "x ore"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the tiny lump of tin ore.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)

Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum
Floyd |     a tiny lump of tin ore
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"

Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces

Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "take it"
Floyd | You already have that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky asks, "...tin?"
DavidW says, "I love it when I'm right."
Fang says, "keep doing it"
Bert says, "Hey, you guys are 2/3 of the way there! You'll be almost done in another hour and a half..."
Doe says (to floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   your formal credentials

Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum
Floyd |     a tiny lump of tin ore

Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)

Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says, "we might get gold"
inky says, "cry"
inky says (to Floyd), "get tin"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "fill drum"
Floyd | Water sluices through the gauze drum, panning and leaving a sludge of
Floyd | wet sediment behind.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "perhaps there is a tin-to-gold spell somewhere"
DavidW says, "hm. Not sure what tin ore would be used for."
Doe asks, "is tin treasure?"
inky says, "nope"
Bert says (to inky), "Sounds like alchemy to me."
DavidW says (to Doe), "no"
Doe says, "I'd try giving it to him anyway"
Bert says (to Floyd), "spells"
Floyd | The jilnix spell is indelibly etched on your memory. Other than that,
Floyd | you have the azzev spell, chiaro spell and piroo spell memorised.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Tin to silver sounds more likely than gold."
Bert says (to Floyd), "frotz me"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "yes"
Bert asks, "Tin to silver, copper to gold, and zinc to platinum?"
Bert asks, "But then what does lead turn into?"
DavidW says (to Bert), "Pencils"
inky says, "chiaro is frotz"
Bert says, "Of course."
Bert says (to Floyd), "chiaro frotz"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says (to Floyd), "chiaro scuro"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "hee hee"
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an

Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9

Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and

Floyd | rising 40 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of
Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you
Floyd | cannot say.

Floyd |
Floyd | The avalanche has cleared away part of the scree, leaving open behind
Floyd | it a crudely arched doorway into the southern cave wall. Above the
Floyd | doorway, a skull and crossbones has been carved.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "x doorway"
Floyd | A closer look at the doorway reveals that its internal faces are
Floyd | coated with a runny, nasty-looking paste which drips out of tiny
Floyd | pores.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "jilnix doorway"
Floyd | As your brows frown, the air around you gathers with vile winged
Floyd | insects, which surge forward to plague the crudely arched doorway. But
Floyd | nothing results from this, and they dissipate again.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "If the tin is chiaro'ed, perhaps the ghost would be fooled into thinking it's treasure?"
inky says (to Floyd), "chiaro tin"
Floyd | There is an almost blinding flash as the tiny lump of tin ore takes on

Floyd | a glow! Not for a long moment is the light level tolerable.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x tin"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the tiny lump of tin ore.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a tiny lump of tin ore (providing light)

Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum

Floyd |     a sludge of sediment
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope

Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an

Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9

Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Enclosed Stream
Floyd | The cave floor closes off into an enclosed stream-bed here, forcing

Floyd | you into a stoop.
Floyd |
Floyd | The stream runs much faster here, as the bony hand of the cave-wall
Floyd | clenches around it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "fill drum"
Floyd | Water sluices the sludge away to nothing. Then again, panning is all
Floyd | about luck and persistence.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at

Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.

Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Enclosed Stream
Floyd | The cave floor closes off into an enclosed stream-bed here, forcing
Floyd | you into a stoop.

Floyd |
Floyd | The stream runs much faster here, as the bony hand of the cave-wall
Floyd | clenches around it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "fill drum"
Floyd | Water sluices through the gauze drum, panning and leaving a sludge of
Floyd | wet sediment behind.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "fill drum"
Floyd | Water sluices the sludge away to nothing. Then again, panning is all
Floyd | about luck and persistence.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "fill drum"
Floyd | Water sluices through the gauze drum, panning and leaving a sludge of
Floyd | wet sediment behind.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "fill drum"
Floyd | Water sluices the sludge away to nothing. Then again, panning is all
Floyd | about luck and persistence.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "fill drum"
Floyd | Water sluices through the gauze drum, panning and leaving a sludge of
Floyd | wet sediment behind.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "fill drum"
Floyd | Water sluices the sludge away to nothing. Then again, panning is all
Floyd | about luck and persistence.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says, "I hope we aren't screwing outselves over by making everything clowing"
inky says, "(ok, I guess not)"
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor

Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |

Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor

Floyd | The cedar's foliage thins out and this is the lowest point at which
Floyd | the trunk will bear your weight.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, hangs down the rest of the way.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says, "*glowing"
inky says (to Floyd), "get ladder"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Top Branches
Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the

Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on
Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you
Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a
Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on ledge"
Floyd | You hang the ladder so that it runs across the abyss from the cedar's
Floyd | broadest branches to the ledge.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge

Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a
Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.

Floyd |
Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and

Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss down to the cedar branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | You edge along the northern wall of the cave, descending the rocky

Floyd | stairs.
Floyd |
Floyd | Dark Doorway
Floyd | Just where the shelf flattens at the foot of rocky steps (climbing
Floyd | westward), a square-cut doorway has been hewn into the north wall. The
Floyd | ledge, which begins to curve southeast, is at its broadest here, yet

Floyd | your feeling of vertigo hardly abates.
Floyd |
Floyd | The inverted cedar hangs impossibly from the roof some way to the
Floyd | southwest, 30 feet away.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Pale Corridor
Floyd | This is a pale corridor filled with a cold, pearly light, ranging from
Floyd | near-darkness at the southern end to a bright glow from the east.

Floyd |
Floyd | You are in the almost ghostly presence of a gaunt, long-haired man, an
Floyd | Adventurer who looks as if he has just stepped out of a weaving of a
Floyd | scene from the old Empire.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see four ancient treasures (a golden fir-cone, a jade

Floyd | figurine, a jewelled scarab and a platinum egg) here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "give ore to ghost"
Floyd | The Adventurer is incorruptible. Well, fairly incorruptible. Unless

Floyd | something valuable is on offer, anyway.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "tell ghost about silver"
Floyd | He has no answers for the modern day.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "memorize chiaro"
Floyd | You commit the chiaro spell to memory.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says, "maybe we can try filling the drum with rubbish"
Fang says, "or sediment from elsewhere"
inky says, "hmm"
Doe says, "throw light on it make it look like silver"
inky says, "there are other streams, I guess"
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Dark Doorway

Floyd | Just where the shelf flattens at the foot of rocky steps (climbing
Floyd | westward), a square-cut doorway has been hewn into the north wall. The
Floyd | ledge, which begins to curve southeast, is at its broadest here, yet
Floyd | your feeling of vertigo hardly abates.
Floyd |
Floyd | The inverted cedar hangs impossibly from the roof some way to the

Floyd | southwest, 30 feet away.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |

Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a
Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,

Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |
Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |

Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss down to the cedar branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Passage Under the Wall
Floyd | A narrow passage, running north to south under solid sandstone blocks
Floyd | which must make up the base of the wall. Further south, the passage
Floyd | runs onto what seems to be a ledge, and you have a sense of space
Floyd | opening up from below.

Floyd |
Floyd | The Old Underground Empire awaits!
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Low Junction
Floyd | This is a low junction among cavities in the foundation stones of the
Floyd | ancient Watling Street, which must run just overhead.
Floyd |
Floyd | A north-south passage narrows considerably and descends to the south

Floyd | under a long lintel-stone; a side passage, northwest, is much more
Floyd | earthy.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "nw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Bubbling Pool
Floyd | This is a red-brown earthy bole, a cavity in hardened soil with but a
Floyd | single crawl leading out to the southeast. The ground is covered with
Floyd | autumn leaves, russet and variegated.
Floyd |

Floyd | In the centre is a bubbling pool of spring water, glinting with shades
Floyd | and flickers of green phosphoresence.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "fill drum"
Floyd | Effervescent, glowing spring water cascades magically around the pan.
Floyd | There is a sudden flash of light!
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "whoah!"
inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Bubbling Pool
Floyd | This is a red-brown earthy bole, a cavity in hardened soil with but a
Floyd | single crawl leading out to the southeast. The ground is covered with

Floyd | autumn leaves, russet and variegated.
Floyd |
Floyd | In the centre is a bubbling pool of spring water, glinting with shades
Floyd | and flickers of green phosphoresence.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)

Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)

Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a banana, a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese
Floyd | and a clove of garlic

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "huh"
inky asks, "uh, and it vanished?"
inky says (to Floyd), "x drum"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Bubbling Pool
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | [Can't "undo" twice in succession. Sorry!]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Bubbling Pool
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Bubbling Pool
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows

Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)

Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a banana, a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese
Floyd | and a clove of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Bubbling Pool
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Bubbling Pool

Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:

Floyd |   a tiny lump of tin ore (providing light)
Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows

Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope

Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "fill drum"
Floyd | Effervescent, glowing spring water cascades magically around the pan.
Floyd | There is a sudden flash of light!
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)

Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5

Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a banana, a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese

Floyd | and a clove of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Bubbling Pool

Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Bubbling Pool

Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:

Floyd |   a tiny lump of tin ore (providing light)
Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows

Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope

Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put ore in drum"
Floyd | The gauze isn't strong enough to take weight.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe says, "hmmm"
inky says (to Floyd), "put drum in pool"
Floyd | The drum drops silently into the spring water, vanishing without
Floyd | trace.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Bubbling Pool
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put ore in pool"
Floyd | The tiny lump of tin ore drops silently into the spring water,
Floyd | vanishing without trace.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Bubbling Pool
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "search pool"
Floyd | You can make out nothing inside the pool.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "drink water"
Floyd | You feel it would be highly dangerous to drink further.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "touch pool"
Floyd | You feel nothing unexpected.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "put drum in pool"
Floyd | The drum drops silently into the spring water, vanishing without
Floyd | trace.
Floyd |
Doe says, "well, the light is someting"
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "search pool"
Floyd | You can make out nothing inside the pool.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Bubbling Pool
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Bubbling Pool
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "learn azzev"
Floyd | You commit the azzev spell to memory once again.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says (to Floyd), "azzev"
Floyd | A cloud of green smoke gathers and swirls in the air like cream poured
Floyd | into soup, and a vision briefly appears...
Floyd |
Floyd | Deranged, kaleidoscopic visions of great force and power, signifying

Floyd | nothing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says, "this seems to be a nice place to be stuck forever"
Fang asks, "when did we last save?"
Fang says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a tiny lump of tin ore (providing light)
Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)

Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"

Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces

Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
inky says (to Floyd), "cf9"
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Ghogg goes home. Doe says, "hmmm, I'm stumped"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x spell book"
Floyd | Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |

Floyd | The chiaro spell (cause inanimate object to radiate light).
Floyd | The jilnix spell (summon small plague of insects).
Floyd | The piroo spell (unfasten object).
Floyd | The azzev spell (view the past).
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says, "that flash of light seems special"
Fang says (to Floyd), "touch tin to poll"
Floyd | I only understood you as far as wanting to touch the tiny lump of tin
Floyd | ore.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "it does kinda"
Fang says (to Floyd), "touch tin to pool"
Floyd | I only understood you as far as wanting to touch the tiny lump of tin
Floyd | ore.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "well, yeah"
inky says, "but I don't get what it would mean"
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a tiny lump of tin ore (providing light)
Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)

Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)

Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "fill hamper"
Floyd | You need to be holding the bubbling pool before you can put it into
Floyd | something else.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "especially since there is a hint in the text about patience and luck"
inky says, "ha ha"
Fang says (to Floyd), "chiaro drum"
Floyd | There is an almost blinding flash as the drum takes on a glow! Not for
Floyd | a long moment is the light level tolerable.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "fill drum"
Floyd | Effervescent, glowing spring water cascades magically around the pan.
Floyd | There is a sudden flash of light!
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Bubbling Pool
Floyd | This is a red-brown earthy bole, a cavity in hardened soil with but a
Floyd | single crawl leading out to the southeast. The ground is covered with
Floyd | autumn leaves, russet and variegated.

Floyd |
Floyd | In the centre is a bubbling pool of spring water, glinting with shades
Floyd | and flickers of green phosphoresence.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x pool"
Floyd | You can make out nothing inside the pool.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)

Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope

Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a banana, a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese
Floyd | and a clove of garlic
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "take drum"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says, "BANANA"
Fang says (to Floyd), "search pool"
Floyd | You can make out nothing inside the pool.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "hunh, sure enough"
inky says (to Floyd), "x banana"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the banana.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "reach in"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "peel banana"
Floyd | You already have that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "eat banana"
Floyd | Delicious! Just as you reach the last morsel, there is another
Floyd | blinding flash of light.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a drum (providing light and empty)
Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)

Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5

Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove

Floyd | of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "...ok, Graham is weird"
Fang says, "what the hell"
inky says, "hmm"
inky says, "wonder what happens if we give it to the plant"
inky says (to Floyd), "fill drum"
Floyd | Effervescent, glowing spring water cascades magically around the pan.
Floyd | There is a sudden flash of light!

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd |
Floyd | Low Junction

Floyd | This is a low junction among cavities in the foundation stones of the
Floyd | ancient Watling Street, which must run just overhead.
Floyd |
Floyd | A north-south passage narrows considerably and descends to the south
Floyd | under a long lintel-stone; a side passage, northwest, is much more
Floyd | earthy.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | You duck your head under the lintel-stone.
Floyd |

Floyd | Passage Under the Wall
Floyd | A narrow passage, running north to south under solid sandstone blocks
Floyd | which must make up the base of the wall. Further south, the passage
Floyd | runs onto what seems to be a ledge, and you have a sense of space
Floyd | opening up from below.
Floyd |

Floyd | The Old Underground Empire awaits!
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |

Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a
Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,

Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |
Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |

Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss down to the cedar branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Top Branches
Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the
Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on
Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you
Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.

Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss up to the ledge.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a
Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get ladder"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor
Floyd | The cedar's foliage thins out and this is the lowest point at which

Floyd | the trunk will bear your weight.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "spells"
inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on floor"
Floyd | The jilnix spell is indelibly etched on your memory. Other than that,
Floyd | you have the azzev spell and piroo spell memorised.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Floyd | (the cave floor)

Floyd | You hang the ladder so that it runs from the cave floor up to the tip
Floyd | of the tree.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly

Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and

Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | That would be straight into the pool. Try walking around it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "ne"
Floyd | You cross the stream and walk around the pool.
Floyd |
Floyd | North Edge of Pool
Floyd | The stream's pool washes up almost to your feet, close to the
Floyd | forbiddingly craggy and overhung northern wall of the cave, but the
Floyd | water does leave room for a broad path around the periphery; and this

Floyd | is its northern limb.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously down, its tip suspended some
Floyd | 20 feet to the south, across the stream.
Floyd |
Floyd | A single, graceful green water-lily plumes at the calm surface of the

Floyd | pool.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "throw banana at lily"
Floyd | The water-lily gulps upward and swallows the banana with a vicious

Floyd | snap!
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "...dang"
Fang says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | North Edge of Pool
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | North Edge of Pool
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x banana"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the banana.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows

Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)

Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a banana, a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese
Floyd | and a clove of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW asks, "Does filling the hamper do anything?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open banana"
Floyd | That's not something you can open.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says (to Floyd), "peel banana"
Floyd | You already have that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "it didn't let us"
Fang asks, "give it to the adventurer?"
Fang says, "maybe it breaks his geas"
inky asks, "what, the banana?"
Doe says, "I missed where the banana came from"
Fang says, "well, it's magic"
DavidW says (to Doe), "The drum turned into the banana."
Doe says, "oh"
DavidW says, "When we filled it with magic water."
Doe says, "Graham IS weird"
Fang says, "maybe if we lose the tin"
DavidW says, "Eating the banana returns the drum to us."
Fang says, "we get it back in the drum again"
Doe asks, "we try giving banana to ghost?"
DavidW says, "Hm. I guess the banana might be a way to smuggle something."
inky says, "maybe"
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   your formal credentials

Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"

Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces

Floyd |   some provisions - a banana, a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese
Floyd | and a clove of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "If the drum contains an X when it becomes a banana..."
inky says (to Floyd), "x ore"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "oh"
Doe says, "tin to silver or gold"
inky says, "we can't normally put stuff in, but we can end up with the nugget in therew"
inky says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor

Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |

Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Enclosed Stream

Floyd | The cave floor closes off into an enclosed stream-bed here, forcing
Floyd | you into a stoop.
Floyd |
Floyd | The stream runs much faster here, as the bony hand of the cave-wall
Floyd | clenches around it.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "fill drum"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "eat banana"
Floyd | Delicious! Just as you reach the last morsel, there is another
Floyd | blinding flash of light.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "fill drum"
Floyd | Water sluices through the gauze drum, panning and leaving a sludge of
Floyd | wet sediment behind.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "fill drum"
Floyd | Water sluices the sludge away to nothing. Then again, panning is all
Floyd | about luck and persistence.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Jacqueline asks, "The tin went where?"
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a drum (providing light and empty)
Floyd |   your formal credentials

Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"

Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces

Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "I dunno"
inky says (to Floyd), "restore"
inky says (to Floyd), "ddd"
Floyd | Enter saved game to load: Restore failed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "RESTORE"
inky says (to Floyd), "cf9"
Floyd | Enter saved game to load: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a tiny lump of tin ore (providing light)
Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)

Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"

Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces

Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "I was thinking maybe we could transform it, but now it is awol."
inky says, "ok, hmm"
inky says (to Floyd), "put tin in pond"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "put tin in pool"
Floyd | The tiny lump of tin ore drops silently into the spring water,
Floyd | vanishing without trace.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd |
Floyd | Low Junction
Floyd | This is a low junction among cavities in the foundation stones of the
Floyd | ancient Watling Street, which must run just overhead.

Floyd |
Floyd | A north-south passage narrows considerably and descends to the south
Floyd | under a long lintel-stone; a side passage, northwest, is much more
Floyd | earthy.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | You duck your head under the lintel-stone.
Floyd |
Floyd | Passage Under the Wall
Floyd | A narrow passage, running north to south under solid sandstone blocks

Floyd | which must make up the base of the wall. Further south, the passage
Floyd | runs onto what seems to be a ledge, and you have a sense of space
Floyd | opening up from below.
Floyd |
Floyd | The Old Underground Empire awaits!
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a

Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |

Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss down to the cedar branches.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Top Branches

Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the
Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on
Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you
Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and

Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss up to the ledge.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a
Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "get ladder"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "Did the tin disappear?"
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor
Floyd | The cedar's foliage thins out and this is the lowest point at which

Floyd | the trunk will bear your weight.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on floor"
Floyd | (the cave floor)

Floyd | You hang the ladder so that it runs from the cave floor up to the tip
Floyd | of the tree.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "it did, so I restored, then I purposely tossed it in the pond"
Doe says, "well, it was there but inky kept going"
inky says, "lemme see if I can pan for it again"
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor

Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |

Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Enclosed Stream

Floyd | The cave floor closes off into an enclosed stream-bed here, forcing
Floyd | you into a stoop.
Floyd |
Floyd | The stream runs much faster here, as the bony hand of the cave-wall
Floyd | clenches around it.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe says, "oh, okay"
inky says (to Floyd), "fill drum"
Floyd | Water sluices through the gauze drum, panning and leaving a sludge of
Floyd | wet sediment behind.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "fill drum"
Floyd | Water sluices the sludge away to nothing. Then again, panning is all
Floyd | about luck and persistence.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "... I guess not"
inky says (to Floyd), "RESTORE"
inky says (to Floyd), "cf9"
Floyd | Enter saved game to load: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x tin"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the tiny lump of tin ore.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x drum"
Floyd | It resembles a tambourine without chimes. Some kind of coarse gauze is

Floyd | stretched taut along the bottom of a wooden drum-frame.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put ore in drum"
Floyd | The gauze isn't strong enough to take weight.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "ok, so we have the ore again, but we can't put it back in the drum"
Fang says (to Floyd), "put tin in drum"
Floyd | The gauze isn't strong enough to take weight.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "I am not sure if this means we've made it unwinnable or not"
inky says, "I would hope not but you never know"
Fang says (to Floyd), "winnable"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "unwinnable"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang asks, "seek out a hint?"
Doe says, "yeah"
Jacqueline says, "Sure."
inky says, "okey doke"
inky says (to Floyd), "hint"
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |                                      Hints
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re
Floyd | sume game
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |    > Instructions: How to play this game
Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession
Floyd |      The Customs House
Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations

Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |      Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells
Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |
inky asks, "but about what? the lily?"
Doe says, "no the banana"
Doe says, "and ore"
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints

Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re
Floyd | sume game
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game

Floyd |    > Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession
Floyd |      The Customs House
Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations
Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings

Floyd |      Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells
Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re
Floyd | sume game
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game
Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |    > Hints: During the Procession
Floyd |      The Customs House

Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations
Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |      Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells
Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |

inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re

Floyd | sume game
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game
Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession

Floyd |    > The Customs House
Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations
Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |      Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells

Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |
Fang says, "yeah, the drum"
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |

Floyd |                                      Hints
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re
Floyd | sume game
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game
Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession
Floyd |      The Customs House
Floyd |    > Amongst the Foundations

Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |      Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells
Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re
Floyd | sume game

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game
Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession
Floyd |      The Customs House

Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations
Floyd |    > Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |      Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells
Floyd |      Hints: General

Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =

Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re
Floyd | sume game
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game
Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background

Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession
Floyd |      The Customs House
Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations
Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |    > Cedar and Cave Floor

Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells
Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |
inky presses the yellow enter button.
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |                              Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev
Floyd | ious menu
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |    > I can't get back up.
Floyd |      The treehouse is impenetrable.
Floyd |      The scree slope is too unstable!
Floyd |      The arched doorway seems very dangerous.

Floyd |      What's the drum for?
Floyd |      Does the water-lily play a part?
Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |

Floyd |                              Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev
Floyd | ious menu
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |      I can't get back up.
Floyd |    > The treehouse is impenetrable.
Floyd |      The scree slope is too unstable!
Floyd |      The arched doorway seems very dangerous.
Floyd |      What's the drum for?

Floyd |      Does the water-lily play a part?
Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                              Cedar and Cave Floor

Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev
Floyd | ious menu
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      I can't get back up.

Floyd |      The treehouse is impenetrable.
Floyd |    > The scree slope is too unstable!
Floyd |      The arched doorway seems very dangerous.
Floyd |      What's the drum for?
Floyd |      Does the water-lily play a part?

Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                              Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =

Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev
Floyd | ious menu
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      I can't get back up.
Floyd |      The treehouse is impenetrable.

Floyd |      The scree slope is too unstable!
Floyd |    > The arched doorway seems very dangerous.
Floyd |      What's the drum for?
Floyd |      Does the water-lily play a part?
Floyd |

inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                              Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev

Floyd | ious menu
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      I can't get back up.
Floyd |      The treehouse is impenetrable.
Floyd |      The scree slope is too unstable!

Floyd |      The arched doorway seems very dangerous.
Floyd |    > What's the drum for?
Floyd |      Does the water-lily play a part?
Floyd |
inky presses the yellow enter button.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | (Press H for more, or SPACE to return.)
Floyd |
Floyd | It's not for percussion.
Floyd |

inky says (to Floyd), "h"
Floyd | Its use is related to its surroundings.
Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "h"
Floyd | The gauze is really a sieve.
Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "h"
Floyd | Which would pass water while retaining solid matter.
Floyd |

inky says (to Floyd), "h"
Floyd | The drum is a river-mining pan...
Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "h"
Floyd | So it needs fast-moving water to work properly.
Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "h"
Floyd | If the sediment seems worthless, read on...
Floyd |

inky says (to Floyd), "h"
Floyd | Panning is not an instant process.
Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "h"
Floyd | One has to sluice more water over the sediment to filter it further.
Floyd |
Floyd | [Please press SPACE.]
inky says, "... hmm"
inky pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |                              Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev
Floyd | ious menu

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      I can't get back up.
Floyd |      The treehouse is impenetrable.
Floyd |      The scree slope is too unstable!
Floyd |      The arched doorway seems very dangerous.

Floyd |    > What's the drum for?
Floyd |      Does the water-lily play a part?
Floyd |
Fang says, "looks like the tin was it"
Fang says, "unless"
Fang asks, "what about the other stream?"
Fang says, "the ne one"
DavidW says, "Maybe the banana is a bizarre red herring."
Doe says, "I think hint for lily pad too"
crumple asks, "does UNWINNABLE sometimes work as a verb in games?"
inky says, "sometimes, yes"
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                              Cedar and Cave Floor

Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev
Floyd | ious menu
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      I can't get back up.

Floyd |      The treehouse is impenetrable.
Floyd |      The scree slope is too unstable!
Floyd |      The arched doorway seems very dangerous.
Floyd |      What's the drum for?
Floyd |    > Does the water-lily play a part?

Floyd |
DavidW says (to crumple), "not many, but some"
inky pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd |
Floyd |                              Cedar and Cave Floor

Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev
Floyd | ious menu
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      I can't get back up.

Floyd |      The treehouse is impenetrable.
Floyd |      The scree slope is too unstable!
Floyd |      The arched doorway seems very dangerous.
Floyd |      What's the drum for?
Floyd |    > Does the water-lily play a part?

Floyd |
inky presses the yellow enter button. Jacqueline says, "Yeah, I'm curious about the lily."
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd | (Press H for more, or SPACE to return.)
Floyd |
Floyd | Other than being vicious, you mean?
Floyd |
inky pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |                              Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev
Floyd | ious menu
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |      I can't get back up.
Floyd |      The treehouse is impenetrable.
Floyd |      The scree slope is too unstable!
Floyd |      The arched doorway seems very dangerous.
Floyd |      What's the drum for?

Floyd |    > Does the water-lily play a part?
Floyd |
Jacqueline says, "I have never heard of >UNWINNABLE."
inky says, "oops"
inky presses the yellow enter button.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | (Press H for more, or SPACE to return.)
Floyd |

Floyd | Other than being vicious, you mean?
Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "h"
Floyd | Yes and no. The lily at the surface plays no very great part.
Floyd |

inky says, "hmm"
Jacqueline says, "oho"
Jacqueline says, "Curious."
DavidW asks, "Look under lily?"
inky says, "ok, I guess that is good enough"
inky pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |                              Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =

Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev
Floyd | ious menu
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      I can't get back up.
Floyd |      The treehouse is impenetrable.

Floyd |      The scree slope is too unstable!
Floyd |      The arched doorway seems very dangerous.
Floyd |      What's the drum for?
Floyd |    > Does the water-lily play a part?
Floyd |

inky says (to Floyd), "q"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =

Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re
Floyd | sume game
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game
Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background

Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession
Floyd |      The Customs House
Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations
Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |    > Cedar and Cave Floor

Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells
Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "q"
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd | Bubbling Pool
Floyd | This is a red-brown earthy bole, a cavity in hardened soil with but a
Floyd | single crawl leading out to the southeast. The ground is covered with
Floyd | autumn leaves, russet and variegated.
Floyd |

Floyd | In the centre is a bubbling pool of spring water, glinting with shades
Floyd | and flickers of green phosphoresence.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd |
Floyd | Low Junction
Floyd | This is a low junction among cavities in the foundation stones of the
Floyd | ancient Watling Street, which must run just overhead.
Floyd |
Floyd | A north-south passage narrows considerably and descends to the south

Floyd | under a long lintel-stone; a side passage, northwest, is much more
Floyd | earthy.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | You duck your head under the lintel-stone.
Floyd |
Floyd | Passage Under the Wall
Floyd | A narrow passage, running north to south under solid sandstone blocks
Floyd | which must make up the base of the wall. Further south, the passage
Floyd | runs onto what seems to be a ledge, and you have a sense of space

Floyd | opening up from below.
Floyd |
Floyd | The Old Underground Empire awaits!
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a
Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge

Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |
Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,

Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss down to the cedar branches.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Top Branches
Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the

Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on
Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you
Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss up to the ledge.

Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a
Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get ladder"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor
Floyd | The cedar's foliage thins out and this is the lowest point at which
Floyd | the trunk will bear your weight.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | The ladder's no longer in place.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on floor"
Floyd | (the cave floor)
Floyd | You hang the ladder so that it runs from the cave floor up to the tip
Floyd | of the tree.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d" Jacqueline asks, "How to look under it, though?"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor

Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |

Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "ne"
Floyd | You cross the stream and walk around the pool.
Floyd |

Floyd | North Edge of Pool
Floyd | The stream's pool washes up almost to your feet, close to the
Floyd | forbiddingly craggy and overhung northern wall of the cave, but the
Floyd | water does leave room for a broad path around the periphery; and this
Floyd | is its northern limb.
Floyd |

Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously down, its tip suspended some
Floyd | 20 feet to the south, across the stream.
Floyd |
Floyd | A single, graceful green water-lily plumes at the calm surface of the
Floyd | pool.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "swim"
Floyd | The water is bone-chillingly cold, and even undressing near it would
Floyd | give you goose-pimples.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | The sheer black rock blocks your way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW asks, "duck our head under the lintel-stone, eh?"
Fang says (to Floyd), "tie rope to ham"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a tiny lump of tin ore (providing light)
Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)

Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"

Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces

Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look under lily"
Floyd | You'd have to wade through icy water to reach it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "yeah, if you recall, the lintel is what we banged our head on back when we first cast a spell"
Fang says, "we could try fishing it"
Fang says, "with the rope and something it eats"
DavidW asks, "did we ever examine the lintel?"
Fang asks, "where's the rope?"
inky says (to Floyd), "x rope"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "I guess it's tied to the ring"
Fang says, "I think I tied it to the iron ring"
inky says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at

Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.

Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor
Floyd | The cedar's foliage thins out and this is the lowest point at which
Floyd | the trunk will bear your weight.

Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, hangs down the rest of the way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get ladder"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Top Branches
Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the
Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on

Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you
Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a
Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on ledge"
Floyd | You hang the ladder so that it runs across the abyss from the cedar's
Floyd | broadest branches to the ledge.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a

Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |

Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss down to the cedar branches.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | You edge along the northern wall of the cave, descending the rocky
Floyd | stairs.

Floyd |
Floyd | Dark Doorway
Floyd | Just where the shelf flattens at the foot of rocky steps (climbing
Floyd | westward), a square-cut doorway has been hewn into the north wall. The
Floyd | ledge, which begins to curve southeast, is at its broadest here, yet
Floyd | your feeling of vertigo hardly abates.

Floyd |
Floyd | The inverted cedar hangs impossibly from the roof some way to the
Floyd | southwest, 30 feet away.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | You edge southeast along the ledge.
Floyd |
Floyd | Long Curved Ledge
Floyd | This long parapet thins to nothing further on, appearing to lead

Floyd | nowhere after all: the nearest other ledge being 50 feet vertically
Floyd | below.
Floyd |
Floyd | Approximately 70 feet due west of here are the roof-braced roots of
Floyd | the inverted cedar, giving you a magnificent view of this botanic
Floyd | marvel.

Floyd |
Floyd | There's an iron ring fixed to the wall, the kind used to tie up
Floyd | horses, though how anyone could possibly get a horse up here you can't
Floyd | imagine.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your length of rope is here.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get rope"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | The ledge runs northwest (if anything, more north than west).
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "nw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Dark Doorway
Floyd | Just where the shelf flattens at the foot of rocky steps (climbing
Floyd | westward), a square-cut doorway has been hewn into the north wall. The

Floyd | ledge, which begins to curve southeast, is at its broadest here, yet
Floyd | your feeling of vertigo hardly abates.
Floyd |
Floyd | The inverted cedar hangs impossibly from the roof some way to the
Floyd | southwest, 30 feet away.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a

Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |

Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss down to the cedar branches.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Passage Under the Wall

Floyd | A narrow passage, running north to south under solid sandstone blocks
Floyd | which must make up the base of the wall. Further south, the passage
Floyd | runs onto what seems to be a ledge, and you have a sense of space
Floyd | opening up from below.
Floyd |
Floyd | The Old Underground Empire awaits!

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x lintel"
Floyd | That's not something you need to refer to in the course of this game.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Low Junction
Floyd | This is a low junction among cavities in the foundation stones of the

Floyd | ancient Watling Street, which must run just overhead.
Floyd |
Floyd | A north-south passage narrows considerably and descends to the south
Floyd | under a long lintel-stone; a side passage, northwest, is much more
Floyd | earthy.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x lintel"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the lintel-stone.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says, "ok"
DavidW says, "I suspect the telescope needs more use."
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | You duck your head under the lintel-stone.
Floyd |

Floyd | Passage Under the Wall
Floyd | A narrow passage, running north to south under solid sandstone blocks
Floyd | which must make up the base of the wall. Further south, the passage
Floyd | runs onto what seems to be a ledge, and you have a sense of space
Floyd | opening up from below.
Floyd |

Floyd | The Old Underground Empire awaits!
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |

Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a
Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,

Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |
Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |

Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss down to the cedar branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "yeah"
inky asks, "but where?"
inky says, "also, still haven't figured out the deal with the boomerang"
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Top Branches

Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the
Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on
Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you
Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and

Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss up to the ledge.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a
Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW asks, "um. Examine ledge from tree?"
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a

Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |

Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss down to the cedar branches.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Top Branches

Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the
Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on
Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you
Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and

Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss up to the ledge.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a
Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "look at ledge with telescope"
Floyd | You raise the brass telescope expertly to your eye. The ledge looks
Floyd | much as you remember it. From here, however, you can see a cave
Floyd | opening below the southeastern end of the ledge, concealed from above
Floyd | by the overhang. But it's a very long way from here, and you can't see

Floyd | anything inside.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "oh ho ho ho ho"
inky says, "ok hrm"
inky says (to Floyd), "up" DavidW asks, "Can the ladder go there?"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a

Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |

Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss down to the cedar branches.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | You edge along the northern wall of the cave, descending the rocky
Floyd | stairs.

Floyd |
Floyd | Dark Doorway
Floyd | Just where the shelf flattens at the foot of rocky steps (climbing
Floyd | westward), a square-cut doorway has been hewn into the north wall. The
Floyd | ledge, which begins to curve southeast, is at its broadest here, yet
Floyd | your feeling of vertigo hardly abates.

Floyd |
Floyd | The inverted cedar hangs impossibly from the roof some way to the
Floyd | southwest, 30 feet away.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd |
Floyd | Long Curved Ledge
Floyd | This long parapet thins to nothing further on, appearing to lead
Floyd | nowhere after all: the nearest other ledge being 50 feet vertically

Floyd | below.
Floyd |
Floyd | Approximately 70 feet due west of here are the roof-braced roots of
Floyd | the inverted cedar, giving you a magnificent view of this botanic
Floyd | marvel.
Floyd |

Floyd | There's an iron ring fixed to the wall, the kind used to tie up
Floyd | horses, though how anyone could possibly get a horse up here you can't
Floyd | imagine.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "tie rope to ring"
Floyd | You make a secure little knot. One end is tied to the ring, the other
Floyd | hangs down from the ledge.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "climb rope"
Floyd | But the rope leads neither up nor down.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x cave"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get rope"
Floyd | You can't take the rope; it's tied to the iron ring.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "drop rope"
Floyd | The length of light rope is already on the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Long Curved Ledge
Floyd | This long parapet thins to nothing further on, appearing to lead
Floyd | nowhere after all: the nearest other ledge being 50 feet vertically
Floyd | below.
Floyd |

Floyd | There's an iron ring fixed to the wall, the kind used to tie up
Floyd | horses, though how anyone could possibly get a horse up here you can't
Floyd | imagine.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your length of rope is here. One end is tied to the ring, the other
Floyd | hangs down from the ledge.

Floyd |
Floyd | Approximately 70 feet due west of here are the roof-braced roots of
Floyd | the inverted cedar, giving you a magnificent view of this botanic
Floyd | marvel.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "climb down rope"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | Since the rope is not long enough and would leave you a good 20 feet
Floyd | short, you decide against carefully lowering yourself down.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "swing on rope"
Floyd | There's nothing sensible to swing here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "blrm"
Fang says, "oh wait"
inky says, "ok maybe the boomerang now"
Fang says (to Floyd), "tie hamper to rope"
Floyd | You would achieve nothing by this.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "tie lantern to rope"
Floyd | You would achieve nothing by this.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "take rope"
Floyd | You can't take the rope; it's tied to the iron ring.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "lower lantern"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "untie rope"
Floyd | You untie the rope.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "tie rope to lantern"
Floyd | There's no good way of tying it to that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a tiny lump of tin ore (providing light)
Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)

Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)

Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "tie lantern to ring"
Floyd | You would achieve nothing by this.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "tie rope to hamper"
Floyd | There's no good way of tying it to that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "I assure you there is"
Floyd | I only understood you as far as wanting to inventory.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "tie rope to pottery"
Floyd | There's no good way of tying it to that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says, "guess this won't work, then"
Fang says (to Floyd), "tie rope to ham"
Floyd | There's no good way of tying it to that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "tie rope to arrow"
Floyd | There's no good way of tying it to that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "tie rope to all"
Floyd | You can't use multiple objects with that verb.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I think we should go back to the tree house and try to have the ladder go into the cave."
Fang says (to Floyd), "tie rope to me"
Floyd | You tie the rope around you.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "tie rope to ring"
Floyd | You make a secure little knot. One end is tied around you, and the
Floyd | other to the iron ring.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "jump"
Floyd | You make a wild jump out into the cave, swinging down until the rope
Floyd | comes full stretch and catches you with an almost bone-breaking lurch.
Floyd | So you're feeling quite dizzy as you swing back under the ledge and,
Floyd | by ridiculous good fortune, into a cave mouth halfway up the wall
Floyd | (which had been invisible from above).
Floyd |

Floyd | Tiny Recess
Floyd | An almost inaccessible side-chamber, which leads only a little way
Floyd | northeast, giving you the feeling of being suspended in midair halfway
Floyd | up the cedar cavern. It would make a splendid eyrie, but thankfully
Floyd | there is no sign of eagles.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says, "haha"
DavidW says, "oh"
Fang says, "you forget that we are a ninja"
DavidW says, "I did"
inky says, "ok, what the hell"
inky says, "that -- geezus"
Jacqueline says, "haha"
Jacqueline says, "I'm not sure what's more funny, the wackiness or your responses to it."
Fang asks, "we have the ladder with us, right?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "i"
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a tiny lump of tin ore (providing light)

Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)

Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)

Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a tiny lump of tin ore (providing light)
Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)

Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)

Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x ladder"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "ne"
Floyd | The rope won't stretch any further.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "hmm"
inky says (to Floyd), "drop rope"
Floyd | (first untying it from yourself)
Floyd | The length of light rope is already on the floor.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "ne"
Floyd |
Floyd | Dead End
Floyd | Cruelly, the tight cave comes to what every adventurer dreads: a dead

Floyd | end, leaving nothing for it but to go back southwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | An ingot of silver was, presumably, quite safely stored here up to
Floyd | now.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "get silver"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | [Your score has just gone up by one point.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "You're worried that untying the rope will lose it?"
inky says (to Floyd), "x it"
Floyd | The ingot is marked in ancient runes with the word: "TOGNI". No,
Floyd | actually: you were looking at it back to front.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "har har"
inky says (to Floyd), "sw"
Floyd |

Floyd | Tiny Recess
Floyd | An almost inaccessible side-chamber, which leads only a little way
Floyd | northeast, giving you the feeling of being suspended in midair halfway
Floyd | up the cedar cavern. It would make a splendid eyrie, but thankfully
Floyd | there is no sign of eagles.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get rope"
Floyd | The rope is too far out.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "jump"
Floyd | You jump on the spot, fruitlessly.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "uh"
inky says, "ok!"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "fly"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "togni"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says (to Floyd), "throw boomerang at rope"
Floyd | You throw the boomerang out into the vast air of the cave, where it
Floyd | quickly spins out of sight.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | Suddenly and without warning, the boomerang spins back in from the
Floyd | cave and gives you a nasty bruise on the head.

Floyd |
Floyd | In the process, it recoils off the rope hanging in mid-air and swings
Floyd | that (rather more slowly) toward you. Forgetting about rubbing your
Floyd | temple, you grab at the rope and tie it back around your waist for
Floyd | safety.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "hunh"
inky says, "we are getting more super-ninja all the time"
Fang says, "haha"
Jacqueline says, "Crazay."
inky says (to Floyd), "get boomerang"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "jump"
Floyd | You jump on the spot, fruitlessly.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang exclaims, "guess we cast the ninja spell somewhere down the line!"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd | You jump back out and haul yourself painfully up the rope again.
Floyd |
Floyd | Long Curved Ledge

inky says (to Floyd), "out"
Floyd | This long parapet thins to nothing further on, appearing to lead
Floyd | nowhere after all: the nearest other ledge being 50 feet vertically
Floyd | below.
Floyd |

Floyd | Approximately 70 feet due west of here are the roof-braced roots of
Floyd | the inverted cedar, giving you a magnificent view of this botanic
Floyd | marvel.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your length of rope is here. One end is tied around you, and the other
Floyd | to the iron ring.

Floyd |
Floyd | There's an iron ring fixed to the wall, the kind used to tie up
Floyd | horses, though how anyone could possibly get a horse up here you can't
Floyd | imagine.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Floyd | But you aren't in anything at the moment.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "hmm"
inky says (to Floyd), "untie rope"
Floyd | You untie the rope.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get it"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | The ledge runs northwest (if anything, more north than west).

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | You edge northwest along the ledge.
Floyd |

Floyd | Dark Doorway
Floyd | Just where the shelf flattens at the foot of rocky steps (climbing
Floyd | westward), a square-cut doorway has been hewn into the north wall. The
Floyd | ledge, which begins to curve southeast, is at its broadest here, yet
Floyd | your feeling of vertigo hardly abates.
Floyd |

Floyd | The inverted cedar hangs impossibly from the roof some way to the
Floyd | southwest, 30 feet away.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Pale Corridor
Floyd | This is a pale corridor filled with a cold, pearly light, ranging from
Floyd | near-darkness at the southern end to a bright glow from the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | You are in the almost ghostly presence of a gaunt, long-haired man, an

Floyd | Adventurer who looks as if he has just stepped out of a weaving of a
Floyd | scene from the old Empire.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see four ancient treasures (a golden fir-cone, a jade
Floyd | figurine, a jewelled scarab and a platinum egg) here.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "give silver to ghost"
Floyd | The Adventurer, having now acquired the whole nearby wealth of
Floyd | treasure, spreads his arms around the pile of loot. As he does so, he
Floyd | and they vanish like the dawn into the past where, perhaps, they

Floyd | belong.
Floyd |
Floyd | [Your score has just gone up by two points.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says, "yay"
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Antechamber
Floyd | The corridor funnels out into a chamber, turning once again to the

Floyd | south. Though smoother, the walls become hung with cobwebs and you
Floyd | have a sense of disturbing centuries of quiet.
Floyd |
Floyd | An ancient coffer, a chest of precious or personal papers, rests to
Floyd | one side.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "score"
Floyd | You have so far scored 23 out of a possible 30, in 969 turns, the kind
Floyd | of score one would expect of an Ambassador Plenipotentiary.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x coffer"
Floyd | You can't see inside, since the coffer is closed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "open it"
Floyd | You open the coffer, revealing an old document and a colour chart.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "azzev"
Floyd | A cloud of green smoke gathers and swirls in the air like cream poured
Floyd | into soup, and a vision briefly appears...
Floyd |
Floyd | A wily gentleman sighs and makes another disconsolate mark on a

Floyd | curious colour-chart.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "ah yes"
inky says (to Floyd), "x chart"
Floyd | This chart, very ancient though it is, gives the impression of being
Floyd | work in progress rather than a finished diagram, in that different
Floyd | patches seem to have been drawn in at different times. It consists of
Floyd | colours and symbols rather than words:
Floyd |
Floyd |   Red-black --> ? --> ? -->

Floyd |
Floyd |   Copper --> Silver-white --> Bright yellow -->
Floyd |
Floyd |   Black --> Dull silver --> Dull grey -->

Floyd |
Floyd |   Vivid green --> Skull symbol -->
Floyd |
Floyd |   Flame symbol --> Yellow -->

Floyd |
Floyd |   Chalky white --> Dark silver -->
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x document"
Floyd | Scratchy handwriting adorns this text, and the writing's in a dialect
Floyd | almost unrecognisable today. But, like any diplomat worth his salt,
Floyd | you've a way with languages: it writes of a way to tap the
Floyd | Philosopher's Stone, a source of Riches by Transmutation, but which is

Floyd | only workable fairly near the Stone itself... A sketch diagram
Floyd | suggests that the author was familiar with the route back up to the
Floyd | Customs House, and may even have lived there.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x tin"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the tiny lump of tin ore.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says, "I smell a puzzle coming up"
inky says, "well, there's your alchemy"
Fang says (to Floyd), "take chart"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "get chart and document"
Floyd | colour chart: You already have that.
Floyd | old document: Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Antechamber
Floyd | The corridor funnels out into a chamber, turning once again to the
Floyd | south. Though smoother, the walls become hung with cobwebs and you

Floyd | have a sense of disturbing centuries of quiet.
Floyd |
Floyd | An ancient coffer, a chest of precious or personal papers, rests to
Floyd | one side.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says (to Floyd), "take coffer"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x cobwebs"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Chamber of the Philosopher's Stone
Floyd | The serene white illumination comes as a shock to your eyes after
Floyd | following dim lamplight for so long, but this chamber is patient while
Floyd | you blink; a circular room with smooth walls and concentric steps down

Floyd | to a shallow well.
Floyd |
Floyd | The Stone itself is resting in the well: an obelisk whose irregular
Floyd | facets contrast so sharply with the perfect roundness of the walls
Floyd | that it almost seems alive.
Floyd |

Floyd | On the Philosopher's Stone is a spotless scroll.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x scroll"
Floyd | The scroll reads "ruther spell (transmute pure chemical elements)".

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "ha ha"
inky says, "alchemy the easy"
inky says, "way"
inky says (to Floyd), "get ruther"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put it in spell book"
Floyd | Your spell book begins to glow softly. Almost imperceptibly, the
Floyd | binding swells and closes over the edge of the spotless scroll, which
Floyd | straightens and becomes the new ruther spell page. The book's
Floyd | brightness fades as the corners settle to perfect right angles.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "azzev"
Floyd | You haven't got that spell committed to memory. [Type "spells" to see
Floyd | what you do remember.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "memorize azzev. azzev. memorize azzev"
Floyd | You commit the azzev spell to memory.
Floyd | A cloud of green smoke gathers and swirls in the air like cream poured
Floyd | into soup, and a vision briefly appears...

Floyd |
Floyd | A wily gentleman casts a dazzling spell onto an ingot of silver, and
Floyd | it becomes gold! He is enriched, but unsurprised.
Floyd | You commit the azzev spell to memory.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Jacqueline says, "yay"
Fang says, "hah"
Fang says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a coffer (which is open but empty)

Floyd |   an old document
Floyd |   a colour chart
Floyd |   a length of light rope
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a tiny lump of tin ore (providing light)
Floyd |   your formal credentials

Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"

Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces

Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "ruther tin"
Floyd | You haven't got that spell committed to memory. [Type "spells" to see
Floyd | what you do remember.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "memorize ruther"
Floyd | You commit the ruther spell to memory.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "ruther tin"
Floyd | (This powerful enchantment easily cancels the earlier "chiaro" spell.)
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a coffer (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   an old document
Floyd |   a colour chart
Floyd |   a length of light rope
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)

Floyd |   a tiny lump of lead ore
Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)

Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)

Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "x lead"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the tiny lump of lead ore.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "oh, I missed a lot, I will back scroll"
inky says (to Floyd), "memorize ruther"
Floyd | You commit the ruther spell to memory.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "ruther lead"
Floyd | The air about the ore sparks blue in a hissing funnel of magical
Floyd | power! And it is transmuted into a gleaming uncut diamond.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "hunh"
inky says (to Floyd), "x diamond"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the gleaming uncut diamond.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "memorize ruther"
Floyd | You commit the ruther spell to memory.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Well, there's our answer."
Jacqueline says, "Not a pencil."
Fang says, "wait"
Fang says, "maybe we can cut the glass with the diamond"
inky says, "the quartz? hrm"
Fang says, "or the window"
DavidW says, "It was quartz, not glass."
Fang says, "still, diamond is quite hard"
inky says (to Floyd), "x coffer"
Floyd | The coffer is empty.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:

Floyd |   a coffer (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   an old document
Floyd |   a colour chart
Floyd |   a length of light rope
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a gleaming uncut diamond

Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow

Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding

Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x telescope"
Floyd | One thing about your home, the Duchy: you may not be a very powerful
Floyd | realm, but you certainly are fine inventors and craftsmen. Take this
Floyd | ten-inch brass "telescope", for example. Distant objects that you look
Floyd | at through the telescope actually seem closer to you!

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "ruther diamond"
Floyd | The magic has no effect, perhaps because the diamond's crystalline
Floyd | structure is too strong.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "ruther lantern"
Floyd | You haven't got that spell committed to memory. [Type "spells" to see
Floyd | what you do remember.]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "hm. I wonder what arsenic transmutes to."
inky says (to Floyd), "memorize ruther. ruther lantern"
Floyd | You commit the ruther spell to memory.

Floyd | The spell misfires, perhaps because the brass lantern is not pure but
Floyd | a mixture or an alloy.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "hmm, interesting"
Fang says (to DavidW), "ooooh"
inky says, "it says it only works fairly near the stone"
inky says (to Floyd), "get stone"
Floyd | That's fixed in place.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "but I guess what the hell"
inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Chamber of the Philosopher's Stone

Floyd | The serene white illumination comes as a shock to your eyes after
Floyd | following dim lamplight for so long, but this chamber is patient while
Floyd | you blink; a circular room with smooth walls and concentric steps down
Floyd | to a shallow well.
Floyd |
Floyd | The Stone itself is resting in the well: an obelisk whose irregular

Floyd | facets contrast so sharply with the perfect roundness of the walls
Floyd | that it almost seems alive.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says, "maybe it's close enough"
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | The Adventurer was guarding the only entrance.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Antechamber
Floyd | The corridor funnels out into a chamber, turning once again to the
Floyd | south. Though smoother, the walls become hung with cobwebs and you
Floyd | have a sense of disturbing centuries of quiet.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Pale Corridor

Floyd | This is a pale corridor filled with a cold, pearly light, ranging from
Floyd | near-darkness at the southern end to a bright glow from the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Dark Doorway
Floyd | Just where the shelf flattens at the foot of rocky steps (climbing
Floyd | westward), a square-cut doorway has been hewn into the north wall. The
Floyd | ledge, which begins to curve southeast, is at its broadest here, yet
Floyd | your feeling of vertigo hardly abates.

Floyd |
Floyd | The inverted cedar hangs impossibly from the roof some way to the
Floyd | southwest, 30 feet away.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a
Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge

Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |
Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,

Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss down to the cedar branches.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "oh. The stone is immobile?"
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Top Branches

Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the
Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on
Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you
Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and

Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss up to the ledge.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a
Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "get ladder"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "apparently, yeah"
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor
Floyd | The cedar's foliage thins out and this is the lowest point at which

Floyd | the trunk will bear your weight.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on floor"
Floyd | (the cave floor)

Floyd | You hang the ladder so that it runs from the cave floor up to the tip
Floyd | of the tree.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly

Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and

Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 40 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of
Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the

Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you
Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |
Floyd | The avalanche has cleared away part of the scree, leaving open behind
Floyd | it a crudely arched doorway into the southern cave wall. Above the

Floyd | doorway, a skull and crossbones has been carved.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW asks, "And ruther only works near the stone?"
inky says (to Floyd), "ruther arsenic"
Floyd | You haven't got that spell committed to memory. [Type "spells" to see
Floyd | what you do remember.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "memorize ruther. ruther arsenic"
Floyd | You commit the ruther spell to memory.
Floyd | Blue magical light crackles over the doorway, abating to leave it...
Floyd | greenly glowing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "interesting"
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Upward Burrow
Floyd | An upward slope from the arched doorway to north, this is an irregular

Floyd | burrow wriggled out of soft earth. Strange tracks have been dragged,
Floyd | making wavy lines which meet at the distant top, where the burrow
Floyd | opens out.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Bert says (to Floyd), "score"
Floyd | You have so far scored 23 out of a possible 30, in 1017 turns, the
Floyd | kind of score one would expect of an Ambassador Plenipotentiary.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "nice!"
Fang asks, "do we trust greenly glowing?"
inky says, "it feels like there are a bunch of inventory items we haven't used yet, but maybe that is not really the case"
inky says, "too late, I did"
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 40 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of
Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked

Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you
Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |
Floyd | The avalanche has cleared away part of the scree, leaving open behind

Floyd | it a crudely arched doorway into the southern cave wall. Above the
Floyd | doorway, a skull and crossbones has been carved.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x doorway"
Floyd | The doorway glows with green phosphorescence.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Bert says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a coffer (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   an old document
Floyd |   a colour chart
Floyd |   a length of light rope
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)

Floyd |   a gleaming uncut diamond
Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)

Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)

Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Upward Burrow
Floyd | An upward slope from the arched doorway to north, this is an irregular
Floyd | burrow wriggled out of soft earth. Strange tracks have been dragged,

Floyd | making wavy lines which meet at the distant top, where the burrow
Floyd | opens out.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Radium poisoning in six turns, I guess."
inky says (to Floyd), "x tracks"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x lines"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "heh"
Fang says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd |
Floyd | Egg Chamber
Floyd | Hollowed out like a wasp's nest in a rotten apple, this almost-sealed
Floyd | den can only be one thing.

Floyd |
Floyd | All around you is the desiccated body of the once-magnificent
Floyd | creature, curled up, half-hornet, half-prawn. It looks as if it would
Floyd | fall to dust if you so much as looked at it.
Floyd |
Floyd | A glistening, pulsing egg, rocks back and forth erratically. It seems

Floyd | close to hatching! A dull, humid heat radiates out from it, and you
Floyd | sense effort and anger.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "it's magic green glow"
inky says, "eyi freaky"
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inky says (to Floyd), "x egg"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the glistening egg.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x corpse"
Floyd | You so much as look at the creature's body, and it falls to dust!
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe asks, "dragon?"
inky says, "har har"
Fang says (to Floyd), "azzev"
Floyd | A cloud of green smoke gathers and swirls in the air like cream poured
Floyd | into soup, and a vision briefly appears...

Floyd |
Floyd | A magnificent hornet-creature, in its death-throes, laying one final
Floyd | egg.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "consult guide book about hornet"
Floyd | There are puzzling legends of giant hornet creatures striking fear
Floyd | into the population. Modern historians feel that this is merely a
Floyd | symbol of deep insecurity.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe asks, "do we want to be standing here when it hatches?"
Fang exclaims, "sure!"
DavidW says, "Lily, we have a prezzie for youuuu"
Fang says (to Floyd), "hit egg"
Floyd | If anything could accelerate hatching, pushing the egg around might.
Floyd | If only you could cause it to crack open somewhere!
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says, "I'm sure it's the sort of deal where it identifies the first thing it sees as mom"
inky says, "ha ha"
inky says (to Floyd), "break egg"
Floyd | If anything could accelerate hatching, pushing the egg around might.
Floyd | If only you could cause it to crack open somewhere!

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Egg Chamber

Floyd | Hollowed out like a wasp's nest in a rotten apple, this almost-sealed
Floyd | den can only be one thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | A glistening, pulsing egg, rocks back and forth erratically. It seems
Floyd | close to hatching! A dull, humid heat radiates out from it, and you
Floyd | sense effort and anger.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "push egg"
Floyd | If anything could accelerate hatching, pushing the egg around might.
Floyd | If only you could cause it to crack open somewhere!

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "hit egg with diamon"
Floyd | I only understood you as far as wanting to hit the glistening egg.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "hit egg with diamond"
Floyd | I only understood you as far as wanting to hit the glistening egg.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "I can't tell what we want to do"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x spell book"
Floyd | Experimental Spell Book #5
inky says, "if anything"
Floyd |
Floyd | The chiaro spell (cause inanimate object to radiate light).
Floyd | The jilnix spell (summon small plague of insects).
Floyd | The piroo spell (unfasten object).
Floyd | The azzev spell (view the past).
Floyd | The ruther spell (transmute pure chemical elements).

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "learn piroo"
Floyd | You commit the piroo spell to memory once again.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "jilnix egg"
Floyd | As your brows frown, the air around you gathers with vile winged
Floyd | insects, which surge forward to plague the glistening egg. They are
Floyd | unable to make any inroad into the eggshell.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "piroo egg"
Floyd | Nothing happens, perhaps because the glistening egg was already
Floyd | unfastened.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Egg Chamber

Floyd | Hollowed out like a wasp's nest in a rotten apple, this almost-sealed
Floyd | den can only be one thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | A glistening, pulsing egg, rocks back and forth erratically. It seems
Floyd | close to hatching! A dull, humid heat radiates out from it, and you
Floyd | sense effort and anger.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a coffer (which is open but empty)

Floyd |   an old document
Floyd |   a colour chart
Floyd |   a length of light rope
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a gleaming uncut diamond
Floyd |   your formal credentials

Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"

Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces

Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "be prepared to run to lily"
inky says (to Floyd), "shoot arrow at egg"
Floyd | If anything could accelerate hatching, pushing the egg around might.
Floyd | If only you could cause it to crack open somewhere!
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "push egg d"
Floyd | Jacqueline pushes the egg into a rolling motion, down the long burrow, that is
Floyd | really a hatching-tube: it gathers a little speed and rocks ominously
Floyd | side-to-side.
Floyd |

Floyd | Upward Burrow
Floyd | An upward slope from the arched doorway to north, this is an irregular
Floyd | burrow wriggled out of soft earth. Strange tracks have been dragged,
Floyd | making wavy lines which meet at the distant top, where the burrow
Floyd | opens out.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "nice!"
inky says (to Floyd), "push egg n"
Floyd | As you give the egg a further push down the slope, everything happens
Floyd | at once. The egg cracks, a vile viscous glue-like liquid coats it at

Floyd | once and your hands are stuck fast!
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the

Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |

Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | You're rolling with the egg now, into the waterlily pool. Bruised but
Floyd | somehow coping, you splutter in the sudden chill water: the glue is

Floyd | washing away, and your possessions are safe enough: not even your hair
Floyd | is wet.
Floyd |
Floyd | But just as the egg splits entirely, the giant pod of a deep lily
Floyd | strikes upward to swallow the flotsam whole, to compress it and digest
Floyd | it, safe in the depths in the pool.

Floyd |
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | Smothered in a suffocating red haze, half-conscious at best, your
Floyd | position seems hopeless. The lily's membrane is tough as
Floyd | crocodile-skin and beyond it is perhaps a thousand feet of water? The
Floyd | pressure seals you in as well as any rockfall could. Indeed, only the

Floyd | pressure makes it possible at all for one Ambassador and one giant
Floyd | hatched lizard to share a space barely six feet in diameter.
Floyd |
Floyd | The creature wriggles, dripping a saliva that burns to the touch, but
Floyd | seems lapsed back into embryonic sleep.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "wow crazygonuts"
Fang says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
inky says (to Floyd), "bdbdbd"
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
inky says (to Floyd), "cf10"
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Jacqueline says, "ASCII and the Crazygonauts."
Jacqueline says, "(IRTA crazygonauts the first time)"
inky says (to Floyd), "x dragon"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says, "This is Graham"
inky says (to Floyd), "x lizard"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | Smothered in a suffocating red haze, half-conscious at best, your
Floyd | position seems hopeless. The lily's membrane is tough as

Floyd | crocodile-skin and beyond it is perhaps a thousand feet of water? The
Floyd | pressure seals you in as well as any rockfall could. Indeed, only the
Floyd | pressure makes it possible at all for one Ambassador and one giant
Floyd | hatched lizard to share a space barely six feet in diameter.
Floyd |
Floyd | The creature wriggles, dripping a saliva that burns to the touch, but

Floyd | seems lapsed back into embryonic sleep.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x creature"
Floyd | A sleek, beautiful marvel, half-insect, half-reptile. Its gauzy wings

Floyd | are only undeveloped stubs and a little amniotic fluid still coats
Floyd | them; but its sting, painted like a brimstone butterfly, looks deadly
Floyd | already.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a coffer (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   an old document
Floyd |   a colour chart

Floyd |   a length of light rope
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a gleaming uncut diamond
Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)

Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)

Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic

Floyd |
Floyd | The compression tightens.
Floyd |
Floyd | The creature wriggles in sleep, stirring.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW asks, "So, are we inside the lily??"
inky says, "yeah"
Fang says, "looks like a timed puzzle"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "learn piroo"
Floyd | You commit the piroo spell to memory once again.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "piroo lily"
Floyd | Abruptly the lily-pod bursts. A detached observer would think its

Floyd | graceful explosion reminiscent of seeds released onto a spring wind.
Floyd | But with the pressure of the water smashing into you like a hammer,
Floyd | you are soon detached from all observation, all reminiscence.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |     *** You have died ***

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | In that game you scored 23 out of a possible 30, in 1043 turns, the
Floyd | kind of score one would expect of an Ambassador Plenipotentiary.
Floyd |
Floyd | Would you like to RESTART, RESTORE a saved game or QUIT?

Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "hmm"
Fang says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | The membrane walls exude some kind of digestive fluid.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "it seems like we need to get it back to the surface somehow"
Fang says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod

Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "before it dissolves us"
Fang says (to Floyd), "wake creature"
Floyd | The hornet sleeps soundly (thank heavens).
Floyd |
Floyd | The membrane walls exude some kind of digestive fluid.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says (to Floyd), "azzev"
Floyd | You haven't got that spell committed to memory. [Type "spells" to see
Floyd | what you do remember.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says (to Floyd), "learn azzev"
Floyd | You commit the azzev spell to memory.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "azzev"
Floyd | A cloud of green smoke gathers and swirls in the air like cream poured
Floyd | into soup, and a vision briefly appears...
Floyd |
Floyd | A highly disconcerting montage of plant and animal life being digested

Floyd | wholesale.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your shoulders are being folded together, like a recalcitrant
Floyd | cardboard box.
Floyd |
Floyd | The creature wriggles in sleep, stirring.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "See, all this 'This is Graham' stuff means nothing to me, as I've not played any of his stuff, only read his design manuals."
inky says (to Floyd), "spells"
Floyd | The jilnix spell is indelibly etched on your memory. Other than that,

Floyd | you have the piroo spell (twice) and chiaro spell memorised.
Floyd |
Floyd | The hatchling wriggles in sleep, stirring.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "we are going to be slowly digested"
inky says (to Floyd), "jilnix lily"
Floyd | There really is no situation so unpleasant you can't make it worse, is
Floyd | there?
Floyd |

Floyd | The pressure is now almost unbearable!
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Unbearable..."
inky says (to Floyd), "jilnix hatchling"
Floyd | There really is no situation so unpleasant you can't make it worse, is
Floyd | there?
Floyd |
Floyd | With a sudden convulsion of fibres, the lily pod crunches you up
Floyd | entirely, with merciful speed.
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |     *** You have died ***
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | In that game you scored 23 out of a possible 30, in 1049 turns, the
Floyd | kind of score one would expect of an Ambassador Plenipotentiary.

Floyd |
Floyd | Would you like to RESTART, RESTORE a saved game or QUIT?
Floyd | >
inky says, "nom nom nom"
Jacqueline says, "Ability to bear: exceeded."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "undo"
Fang says (to Floyd), "restore"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd | Enter saved game to load: Restore failed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe says (to Jacq), "he writes well-written, enjoyable to read all the details, but highly complex games"
Fang says (to Floyd), "restore"
Fang says (to Floyd), "bdbdbd" Jacqueline says, "So I'm seeing."
Floyd | Enter saved game to load: Ok.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "some puzzles seem pretty off the wall, though basically logical"
crumple transcends the lover-fighter dichotomy
Fang says (to Floyd), "give garlic to creature"
Floyd | The hornet sleeps soundly (thank heavens).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "wake hornet"
Floyd | The hornet sleeps soundly (thank heavens).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "shoot hornet"
Floyd | What, in this confined space?

Floyd |
Floyd | The compression tightens.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "well, most of the time, a few I have thought were totally unfair"
Fang says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a coffer (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   an old document
Floyd |   a colour chart

Floyd |   a length of light rope
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a gleaming uncut diamond
Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)

Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)

Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic

Floyd |
Floyd | The compression tightens.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "Graham's games have a lot of good aspects but the actual game design is rarely one of them"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "burn lily"
Floyd | The membrane seems impervious to everything.
Floyd |
Floyd | The hornet wriggles in sleep, talons rustling.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Limax arrives, full of neither funk nor fun. Doe asks, "ham?"
inky says (to Floyd), "cut lily with diamond"
Floyd | I only understood you as far as wanting to cut the lily membrane.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "except we're inside"
Limax asks, "Did I miss everything?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "cut lily with dia..."
Floyd | I only understood you as far as wanting to cut the lily membrane.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Bert says, "Ham is not such a great aspect."
Limax says, "Except on radio"
inky says (to Limax), "you've missed everything that happened so far"
Bert says (to Floyd), "bite lily"
Floyd | The membrane seems impervious to everything.
Floyd |

Floyd | The membrane walls exude some kind of digestive fluid.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Bert says (to Floyd), "spells"
Floyd | The jilnix spell is indelibly etched on your memory. Other than that,

Floyd | you have the piroo spell and chiaro spell memorised.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "ruther lily"
Floyd | You haven't got that spell committed to memory. [Type "spells" to see

Floyd | what you do remember.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Limax says (to inky), "Dang."
inky says (to Floyd), "kick lily"
Floyd | The membrane seems impervious to everything.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your shoulders are being folded together, like a recalcitrant
Floyd | cardboard box.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "x acid"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
4Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "memorise ruther"
Floyd | You commit the ruther spell to memory.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "cut membrane with diamond"
Floyd | I only understood you as far as wanting to cut the lily membrane.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "ruther lily"
Floyd | The spell misfires, perhaps because the lily membrane is not pure but
Floyd | a mixture or an alloy.
Floyd |
Floyd | The pressure is now almost unbearable!
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says, "hold on."
inky says (to Floyd), "shoot arrow at lily"
Floyd | What, in this confined space?
Floyd |
Floyd | With a sudden convulsion of fibres, the lily pod crunches you up

Floyd | entirely, with merciful speed.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |     *** You have died ***
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd | In that game you scored 23 out of a possible 30, in 1049 turns, the
Floyd | kind of score one would expect of an Ambassador Plenipotentiary.
Floyd |
Floyd | Would you like to RESTART, RESTORE a saved game or QUIT?
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "restore" DavidW asks, "Is *this* what the banana is for?"
Fang says (to Floyd), "bdbdbd"
Floyd | Enter saved game to load: Ok.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "heh"
inky says (to Fang), "it's easier just to use 'push save' and 'push restore'"
DavidW asks, "Does the banana teleport us to the pool?"
Doe says (to DavidW), "maybe"
DavidW asks, "Did we try eating the banana away from the pool?"
Fang says (to Floyd), "..DavidW don't think so"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "well, ok, lemme restore to before we got in here"
Fang says (to Floyd), "xyzzy"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "restore"
inky says (to Floyd), "cf9"
Floyd | Enter saved game to load: Ok.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a tiny lump of tin ore (providing light)

Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)

Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)

Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Bubbling Pool
Floyd | This is a red-brown earthy bole, a cavity in hardened soil with but a
Floyd | single crawl leading out to the southeast. The ground is covered with

Floyd | autumn leaves, russet and variegated.
Floyd |
Floyd | In the centre is a bubbling pool of spring water, glinting with shades
Floyd | and flickers of green phosphoresence.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "fill drum"
Floyd | Effervescent, glowing spring water cascades magically around the pan.
Floyd | There is a sudden flash of light!
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd |
Floyd | Low Junction
Floyd | This is a low junction among cavities in the foundation stones of the
Floyd | ancient Watling Street, which must run just overhead.

Floyd |
Floyd | A north-south passage narrows considerably and descends to the south
Floyd | under a long lintel-stone; a side passage, northwest, is much more
Floyd | earthy.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | The junction's between north, south and northwest passages.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | You duck your head under the lintel-stone.
Floyd |
Floyd | Passage Under the Wall
Floyd | A narrow passage, running north to south under solid sandstone blocks

Floyd | which must make up the base of the wall. Further south, the passage
Floyd | runs onto what seems to be a ledge, and you have a sense of space
Floyd | opening up from below.
Floyd |
Floyd | The Old Underground Empire awaits!
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "eat banana"
Floyd | Delicious! Just as you reach the last morsel, there is another
Floyd | blinding flash of light.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Passage Under the Wall
Floyd | A narrow passage, running north to south under solid sandstone blocks

Floyd | which must make up the base of the wall. Further south, the passage
Floyd | runs onto what seems to be a ledge, and you have a sense of space
Floyd | opening up from below.
Floyd |
Floyd | The Old Underground Empire awaits!
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "yeah, no soap"
DavidW says, "darn"
DavidW says, "Still..."
Fang says (to Floyd), "restore" DavidW asks, "Maybe the banana + digestive juices...?"
Fang says (to Floyd), "bdbdbd"
Floyd | Enter saved game to load: Ok.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a coffer (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   an old document

Floyd |   a colour chart
Floyd |   a length of light rope
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a gleaming uncut diamond
Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)

Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5

Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove

Floyd | of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | The creature wriggles in sleep, perhaps dreaming.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "feed cheese to creature"
Floyd | The hornet sleeps soundly (thank heavens).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Fang says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | Smothered in a suffocating red haze, half-conscious at best, your
Floyd | position seems hopeless. The lily's membrane is tough as

Floyd | crocodile-skin and beyond it is perhaps a thousand feet of water? The
Floyd | pressure seals you in as well as any rockfall could. Indeed, only the
Floyd | pressure makes it possible at all for one Ambassador and one giant
Floyd | hatched lizard to share a space barely six feet in diameter.
Floyd |
Floyd | The creature wriggles, dripping a saliva that burns to the touch, but

Floyd | seems lapsed back into embryonic sleep.
Floyd |
Floyd | The creature wriggles in sleep, stirring.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x saliva"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "fill drum"
Floyd | But there's no water here to carry.
Floyd |
Floyd | The compression tightens.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe says, "that was a good idea, re saliva"
Fang says (to Floyd), "enter coffer"
Floyd | That's not something you can enter.
Floyd |
Floyd | The compression tightens.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "tickle lily"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "memorise ruther"
Floyd | You commit the ruther spell to memory.
Floyd |
Floyd | The compression tightens.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "gild lily"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "ruther telescope"
Floyd | The spell misfires, perhaps because the hand telescope is not pure but
Floyd | a mixture or an alloy.
Floyd |

Floyd | The creature wriggles in sleep, stirring.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod

Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "ruther creature"
Floyd | The spell misfires, perhaps because the embryonic hornet is not pure

Floyd | but a mixture or an alloy.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod

Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "ruther saliva"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open pod"
Floyd | The membrane seems impervious to everything.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "spells"
Floyd | The jilnix spell is indelibly etched on your memory. Other than that,
Floyd | you have the ruther spell, piroo spell and chiaro spell memorised.
Floyd |

Floyd | The membrane walls exude some kind of digestive fluid.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x fluid"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "piroo creature"
Floyd | Nothing happens, perhaps because the embryonic hornet was already
Floyd | unfastened.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "hmm"
Fang says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod

Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "maybe there's another spell around somewhere"
inky says, "on the one hand it seems like we should need a crazy teleporter thing to get out of here"
Fang says (to Floyd), "chiaro diamond"
Floyd | The magic has no effect, perhaps because the diamond's crystalline
Floyd | structure is too strong.
Floyd |
Floyd | The hatchling wriggles in sleep, perhaps dreaming.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe asks, "we ever visited the window again?"
inky says, "but on the other, I don't understand what the point of this whole sequence was in that case"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "search hornet"
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your shoulders are being folded together, like a recalcitrant
Floyd | cardboard box.
Floyd |
Floyd | The hornet wriggles in sleep, talons rustling.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says, "we could have transmuted the window"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x talons"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang asks, "how far can we undo?"
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod

Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to Fang), "I think solmething with the window, at least try it"
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "unfortunately our last save is before the boomerang cave"
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Passage Under the Wall
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Passage Under the Wall
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Passage Under the Wall
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
inky says, "oho!"
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge

Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a
Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.

Floyd |
Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and

Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss down to the cedar branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "good work"
Limax asks, "Is /undo a floyd thing or a 'terp thing?"
inky says, "oh, wait"
Fang says, "simple persistence"
inky says, "I bet this restored to our last save"
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows

Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)

Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a banana, a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese
Floyd | and a clove of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "spells"
Floyd | The jilnix spell is indelibly etched on your memory. Other than that,
Floyd | you have the azzev spell, chiaro spell and piroo spell memorised.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "yeah, no good, alas"
Fang exclaims, "let's undo some more!"
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Passage Under the Wall
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd |
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Low Junction
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Low Junction
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Bubbling Pool
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Bubbling Pool
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Bubbling Pool
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Bubbling Pool
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says, "(sorry for this)"
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo" inky says, "I'm pretty sure it'll be faster just to replay"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Upward Burrow
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Egg Chamber
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Egg Chamber
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Egg Chamber
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang exclaims, "done!"
inky says, "ok, or not"
inky says, "ha ha"
inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Egg Chamber
Floyd | Hollowed out like a wasp's nest in a rotten apple, this almost-sealed
Floyd | den can only be one thing.

Floyd |
Floyd | A glistening, pulsing egg, rocks back and forth erratically. It seems
Floyd | close to hatching! A dull, humid heat radiates out from it, and you
Floyd | sense effort and anger.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Jacqueline says, "heehee"
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Fang says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
Fang says (to Floyd), "cf11"
Floyd |
Floyd | Upward Burrow
Floyd | An upward slope from the arched doorway to north, this is an irregular
Floyd | burrow wriggled out of soft earth. Strange tracks have been dragged,
Floyd | making wavy lines which meet at the distant top, where the burrow
Floyd | opens out.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky asks, "ok, so, uh, assuming we don't go in there now, what do we do instead?"
Doe says, "so where's the window"
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart

Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 40 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of
Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you

Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |
Floyd | The avalanche has cleared away part of the scree, leaving open behind
Floyd | it a crudely arched doorway into the southern cave wall. Above the
Floyd | doorway, a skull and crossbones has been carved.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an

Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9

Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor
Floyd | The cedar's foliage thins out and this is the lowest point at which

Fang says, "let's try transmuting the window"
Floyd | the trunk will bear your weight.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, hangs down the rest of the way.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get ladder"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Top Branches
Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the

Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on
Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you
Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a
Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on ledge"
Floyd | You hang the ladder so that it runs across the abyss from the cedar's
Floyd | broadest branches to the ledge.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge

Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a
Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.

Floyd |
Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and

Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss down to the cedar branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | The only obvious ways to proceed from here are north or along the

Floyd | ledge, either down to the east or into the tight squeeze to the
Floyd | southwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "sw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Low Crawl
Floyd | It looks as if this low passage from the northeast peters out into a
Floyd | dead end not far west, but a muddy slide-passage descends to the
Floyd | south.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Half Cave
Floyd | This is only half a cave; the eastern half, to be exact. It's a dark

Floyd | place full of crevices (you would have missed the slide passage back
Floyd | north if you hadn't already known about it); chief among them a
Floyd | distinctive triangular cavity, 1 foot or so high, and blocked by a
Floyd | rough quartz window.
Floyd |
Floyd | What divides this cave is a solid, floor-to-ceiling stone wall running

Floyd | north to south, masoned with mortar and seemingly recent. You feel
Floyd | quite certain that the cave continues.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "spells"
Floyd | The jilnix spell is indelibly etched on your memory. Other than that,
Floyd | you have the piroo spell and chiaro spell memorised.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x spell book"
Floyd | Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |
Floyd | The chiaro spell (cause inanimate object to radiate light).
Floyd | The jilnix spell (summon small plague of insects).
Floyd | The piroo spell (unfasten object).
Floyd | The azzev spell (view the past).

Floyd | The ruther spell (transmute pure chemical elements).
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "memorize ruther"
Floyd | You commit the ruther spell to memory.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "ruther window"
Floyd | The spell misfires, perhaps because the quartz window is not pure but
Floyd | a mixture or an alloy.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says, "huh."
Doe says, "damn"
inky says (to Floyd), "cut window with diamond"
Floyd | I only understood you as far as wanting to cut the quartz window.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "cut window"
Floyd | Cutting that up would achieve little.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "I feel there might be anotehr spell here"
Fang says (to Floyd), "look in window"
Floyd | Tantalisingly, you can only see darkness within.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "chiaro window"
Floyd | The spell dissipates, perhaps because the quartz window is already
Floyd | giving off light.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "x wall"
Floyd | (the masoned wall)
Floyd | You see nothing special about the masoned wall.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look at window through telescope"
Floyd | The quartz window is too close to you to make that worthwhile.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "ruther wall"
Floyd | You haven't got that spell committed to memory. [Type "spells" to see
Floyd | what you do remember.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "memorise ruther"
Floyd | You commit the ruther spell to memory.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "ruther wall"
Floyd | (the masoned wall)
Floyd | The spell misfires, perhaps because the masoned wall is not pure but a
Floyd | mixture or an alloy.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "memorise ruther"
Floyd | You commit the ruther spell to memory.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "ruther me. memorize ruther"
Floyd | That would be highly hazardous!
Floyd | You commit the ruther spell to memory.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe says (to floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a coffer (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   an old document
Floyd |   a colour chart

Floyd |   a length of light rope
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a gleaming uncut diamond
Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)

Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)

Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "color chart"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "x color chart"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says, "colour"
Doe says (to floyd), "x colour chart"
Floyd | This chart, very ancient though it is, gives the impression of being
Floyd | work in progress rather than a finished diagram, in that different
Floyd | patches seem to have been drawn in at different times. It consists of

Floyd | colours and symbols rather than words:
Floyd |
Floyd |   Red-black --> ? --> ? -->
Floyd |

Floyd |   Copper --> Silver-white --> Bright yellow -->
Floyd |
Floyd |   Black --> Dull silver --> Dull grey -->

Floyd |
Floyd |   Vivid green --> Skull symbol -->
Floyd |
Floyd |   Flame symbol --> Yellow -->

Floyd |
Floyd |   Chalky white --> Dark silver -->
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Bert says (to Floyd), "x joint"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the joint of cured ham.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Bert says (to Floyd), "smoke ham"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "ruther flame"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "obviously the chart has something to do with something"
inky says, "yeah"
Doe says, "especially when alloys are mentioned"
inky says, "so far the transmutations we've made are Vivid green --> Skull symbol -->"
inky says, "and Dull silver --> Dull grey -->"
inky says (to Floyd), "x document"
Floyd | Scratchy handwriting adorns this text, and the writing's in a dialect
Floyd | almost unrecognisable today. But, like any diplomat worth his salt,
Floyd | you've a way with languages: it writes of a way to tap the
Floyd | Philosopher's Stone, a source of Riches by Transmutation, but which is

Floyd | only workable fairly near the Stone itself... A sketch diagram
Floyd | suggests that the author was familiar with the route back up to the
Floyd | Customs House, and may even have lived there.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x chart"
Floyd | This chart, very ancient though it is, gives the impression of being
Floyd | work in progress rather than a finished diagram, in that different
Floyd | patches seem to have been drawn in at different times. It consists of
Floyd | colours and symbols rather than words:

Floyd |
Floyd |   Red-black --> ? --> ? -->
Floyd |
Floyd |   Copper --> Silver-white --> Bright yellow -->

Floyd |
Floyd |   Black --> Dull silver --> Dull grey -->
Floyd |
Floyd |   Vivid green --> Skull symbol -->

Floyd |
Floyd |   Flame symbol --> Yellow -->
Floyd |
Floyd |   Chalky white --> Dark silver -->

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang asks, "maybe we can push down the egg with something else, so we don't get stuck to it?"
inky says, "maybe"
DavidW says, "No, I think we're meant to enter the lily."
inky says, "you'd think it would have just killed us"
inky says, "if we weren't supposed to be there"
inky says, "but I don't understand what to do instead"
Fang says, "let's try ruthering the arsenic again"
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Low Crawl
Floyd | It looks as if this low passage from the northeast peters out into a
Floyd | dead end not far west, but a muddy slide-passage descends to the
Floyd | south.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | The increasingly earthy rock blocks your way. The only viable routes
Floyd | are west, south and northeast.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd | The increasingly earthy rock blocks your way. The only viable routes
Floyd | are west, south and northeast.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "ne"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge

Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a
Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.

Floyd |
Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and

Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss down to the cedar branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |

Floyd | Top Branches
Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the
Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on
Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you
Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.
Floyd |

Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss up to the ledge.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a
Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
DavidW says, "It'll be something else now."
inky says (to Floyd), "get ladder"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor
Floyd | The cedar's foliage thins out and this is the lowest point at which

Floyd | the trunk will bear your weight.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on floor"
Floyd | (the cave floor)

Floyd | You hang the ladder so that it runs from the cave floor up to the tip
Floyd | of the tree.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly

Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and

Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 40 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of
Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the

Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you
Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |
Floyd | The avalanche has cleared away part of the scree, leaving open behind
Floyd | it a crudely arched doorway into the southern cave wall. Above the

Floyd | doorway, a skull and crossbones has been carved.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "my brain is fuzzed"
inky says (to Floyd), "memorize ruther. ruther doorway"
Floyd | You commit the ruther spell to memory once again.
Floyd | Blue magical light crackles over the doorway, reconstituting the
Floyd | poison on the archway.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "x doorway"
Floyd | A closer look at the doorway reveals that its internal faces are
Floyd | coated with a runny, nasty-looking paste which drips out of tiny
Floyd | pores.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "hunh, toggled back"
Fang says (to Floyd), "ruther doorway"
Floyd | Blue magical light crackles over the doorway, abating to leave it...
Floyd | greenly glowing.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "So that's a cycle."
inky says, "I wonder if we go through and then put it back"
Fang says (to Floyd), "x doorway"
Floyd | The doorway glows with green phosphorescence.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x radium"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |

Floyd | Upward Burrow
Floyd | An upward slope from the arched doorway to north, this is an irregular
Floyd | burrow wriggled out of soft earth. Strange tracks have been dragged,
Floyd | making wavy lines which meet at the distant top, where the burrow
Floyd | opens out.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "memorize ruther"
Floyd | You commit the ruther spell to memory.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "ruther doorway"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x air"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe asks, "what's the flame yellow?"
DavidW says, "Sulphur, I'd guess"
Fang says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Egg Chamber
Floyd | Hollowed out like a wasp's nest in a rotten apple, this almost-sealed

Floyd | den can only be one thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | A glistening, pulsing egg, rocks back and forth erratically. It seems
Floyd | close to hatching! A dull, humid heat radiates out from it, and you
Floyd | sense effort and anger.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe says, "what we found? we found green skull"
Fang says (to Floyd), "x remains"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe says, "but having been paying enough attention to know agout the rest"
Fang says (to Floyd), "tie rope to egg"
Floyd | There's no good way of tying it to that.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe says, "er haven't been"
Fang says (to Floyd), "push egg with ladder"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "tie rope to egg"
Floyd | There's no good way of tying it to that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Upward Burrow
Floyd | An upward slope from the arched doorway to north, this is an irregular
Floyd | burrow wriggled out of soft earth. Strange tracks have been dragged,

Floyd | making wavy lines which meet at the distant top, where the burrow
Floyd | opens out.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "out"
Floyd | But you aren't in anything at the moment.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Egg Chamber
Floyd | Hollowed out like a wasp's nest in a rotten apple, this almost-sealed
Floyd | den can only be one thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | A glistening, pulsing egg, rocks back and forth erratically. It seems

Floyd | close to hatching! A dull, humid heat radiates out from it, and you
Floyd | sense effort and anger.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Upward Burrow
Floyd | An upward slope from the arched doorway to north, this is an irregular
Floyd | burrow wriggled out of soft earth. Strange tracks have been dragged,
Floyd | making wavy lines which meet at the distant top, where the burrow
Floyd | opens out.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart

Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 40 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of
Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you

Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |
Floyd | The avalanche has cleared away part of the scree, leaving open behind
Floyd | it a crudely arched doorway into the southern cave wall. Above the
Floyd | doorway, a skull and crossbones has been carved.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "x doorway"
Floyd | The doorway glows with green phosphorescence.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says, "I still think the banana is our best way of dealing with the lily."
Fang says (to Floyd), "take green"
Floyd | That's fixed in place.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe asks, "white silver, was that the tin?"
Fang says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an

Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9

Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "drop ham"
Floyd | Dropped.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 40 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of

Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you
Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |

Floyd | The avalanche has cleared away part of the scree, leaving open behind
Floyd | it a crudely arched doorway into the southern cave wall. Above the
Floyd | doorway, a skull and crossbones has been carved.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "the tin was dull silver"
Fang says (to Floyd), "ruther doorway"
Floyd | Blue magical light crackles over the doorway, reconstituting the
Floyd | poison on the archway.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe says, "okay"
Fang says (to Floyd), "ruther doorway"
Floyd | You haven't got that spell committed to memory. [Type "spells" to see
Floyd | what you do remember.]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe asks, "Fang, wahtcha doing?"
Fang says (to Floyd), "memorise ruther"
Floyd | You commit the ruther spell to memory.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says, "trying to poison the ham"
Fang says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | As you pass through the archway, clouds of vapour and drips of arsenic

Floyd | seep into your nose and ears! Death is immediate.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |     *** You have died ***
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd | In that game you scored 23 out of a possible 30, in 1098 turns, the
Floyd | kind of score one would expect of an Ambassador Plenipotentiary.
Floyd |
Floyd | Would you like to RESTART, RESTORE a saved game or QUIT?
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "ruther doorway"
Floyd | Blue magical light crackles over the doorway, abating to leave it...
Floyd | greenly glowing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Upward Burrow
Floyd | An upward slope from the arched doorway to north, this is an irregular
Floyd | burrow wriggled out of soft earth. Strange tracks have been dragged,

Floyd | making wavy lines which meet at the distant top, where the burrow
Floyd | opens out.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Egg Chamber
Floyd | Hollowed out like a wasp's nest in a rotten apple, this almost-sealed
Floyd | den can only be one thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | A glistening, pulsing egg, rocks back and forth erratically. It seems

Floyd | close to hatching! A dull, humid heat radiates out from it, and you
Floyd | sense effort and anger.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Upward Burrow
Floyd | An upward slope from the arched doorway to north, this is an irregular
Floyd | burrow wriggled out of soft earth. Strange tracks have been dragged,
Floyd | making wavy lines which meet at the distant top, where the burrow
Floyd | opens out.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart

Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 40 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of
Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you

Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |
Floyd | The avalanche has cleared away part of the scree, leaving open behind
Floyd | it a crudely arched doorway into the southern cave wall. Above the
Floyd | doorway, a skull and crossbones has been carved.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe asks, "does the banana explode? flame symbol yellow?"
Fang asks, "er, where the ham go?"
Bert asks, "We smoked it?"
Bert says (to Floyd), "score"
Floyd | You have so far scored 23 out of a possible 30, in 1103 turns, the
Floyd | kind of score one would expect of an Ambassador Plenipotentiary.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at

Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.

Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see a joint of cured ham here.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "get ham"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and

Floyd | rising 40 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of
Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you
Floyd | cannot say.

Floyd |
Floyd | The avalanche has cleared away part of the scree, leaving open behind
Floyd | it a crudely arched doorway into the southern cave wall. Above the
Floyd | doorway, a skull and crossbones has been carved.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Upward Burrow
Floyd | An upward slope from the arched doorway to north, this is an irregular
Floyd | burrow wriggled out of soft earth. Strange tracks have been dragged,

Floyd | making wavy lines which meet at the distant top, where the burrow
Floyd | opens out.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "drop ham"
Floyd | Dropped.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 40 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of
Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the

Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you
Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |
Floyd | The avalanche has cleared away part of the scree, leaving open behind
Floyd | it a crudely arched doorway into the southern cave wall. Above the

Floyd | doorway, a skull and crossbones has been carved.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "ruther doorway"
Floyd | You haven't got that spell committed to memory. [Type "spells" to see

Floyd | what you do remember.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "memorise ruther"
Floyd | You commit the ruther spell to memory.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x scree"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the masonry and rubble.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe says, "well, except it keeps mentioning membrane"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "search it"
Floyd | The scree is stable, but not that stable.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "ruther doorway"
Floyd | Blue magical light crackles over the doorway, reconstituting the
Floyd | poison on the archway.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe says, "as in we got to get through that"
Fang says (to Floyd), "memorise ruther"
Floyd | You commit the ruther spell to memory.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "ruther doorway"
Floyd | Blue magical light crackles over the doorway, abating to leave it...
Floyd | greenly glowing.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Upward Burrow
Floyd | An upward slope from the arched doorway to north, this is an irregular

Floyd | burrow wriggled out of soft earth. Strange tracks have been dragged,
Floyd | making wavy lines which meet at the distant top, where the burrow
Floyd | opens out.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see a joint of cured ham here.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "x ham"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the joint of cured ham.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says, "I guess that plan didn't work"
Fang says (to Floyd), "get ham"
Firion arrives, full of fun, but no funk.
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang asks, "any other ideas?"
DavidW says, "I'm starting to lose consciousness."
Doe says, "yeah, lots"
You do not have a default channel set. Firion asks, "Tired?"
Alex says (to Firion), "Awwwk! Word on the street is that tired is 3."
Doe says, "like break the code of the chart"
Bert says (to Floyd), "x cjar"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "but my brain is fuzzed"
Bert says (to Floyd), "x chart"
Floyd | This chart, very ancient though it is, gives the impression of being
Floyd | work in progress rather than a finished diagram, in that different
Floyd | patches seem to have been drawn in at different times. It consists of
Floyd | colours and symbols rather than words:
Floyd |
Floyd |   Red-black --> ? --> ? -->

Floyd |
Floyd |   Copper --> Silver-white --> Bright yellow -->
Floyd |
Floyd |   Black --> Dull silver --> Dull grey -->

Floyd |
Floyd |   Vivid green --> Skull symbol -->
Floyd |
Floyd |   Flame symbol --> Yellow -->

Floyd |
Floyd |   Chalky white --> Dark silver -->
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "My idea was use the banana. That was my idea."
Firion asks, "How does tired = 3?"
Doe asks (of DavidW), "okay, how?"
Jacqueline says, "Nothing special about the ham being cured? But it's *cured*! Praise Jesus!"
Fang says (to DavidW), "try that, if you want"
inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Upward Burrow
Floyd | An upward slope from the arched doorway to north, this is an irregular
Floyd | burrow wriggled out of soft earth. Strange tracks have been dragged,

Floyd | making wavy lines which meet at the distant top, where the burrow
Floyd | opens out.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "Man, lag."
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 40 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of

Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you
Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |

Floyd | The avalanche has cleared away part of the scree, leaving open behind
Floyd | it a crudely arched doorway into the southern cave wall. Above the
Floyd | doorway, a skull and crossbones has been carved.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at

Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.

Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "banana"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Doe), "I don't know how exactly."
inky says (to Floyd), "x banana"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor
Floyd | The cedar's foliage thins out and this is the lowest point at which
Floyd | the trunk will bear your weight.

Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, hangs down the rest of the way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get ladder"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Top Branches
Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the
Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on
Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you

Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a
Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "put banana on ledge"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "But the banana is activated by digestion."
Doe says (to DavidW), "heh, kinda what I thought"
inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on ledge"
Floyd | You hang the ladder so that it runs across the abyss from the cedar's
Floyd | broadest branches to the ledge.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | Although branches radiate in all compass directions, your first
Floyd | impression is that none of them lead anywhere in particular. Certainly

Floyd | this one doesn't.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |

Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a
Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,

Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |
Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |

Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss down to the cedar branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Passage Under the Wall
Floyd | A narrow passage, running north to south under solid sandstone blocks
Floyd | which must make up the base of the wall. Further south, the passage
Floyd | runs onto what seems to be a ledge, and you have a sense of space
Floyd | opening up from below.

Floyd |
Floyd | The Old Underground Empire awaits!
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "okay"
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Low Junction
Floyd | This is a low junction among cavities in the foundation stones of the
Floyd | ancient Watling Street, which must run just overhead.

Floyd |
Floyd | A north-south passage narrows considerably and descends to the south
Floyd | under a long lintel-stone; a side passage, northwest, is much more
Floyd | earthy.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "nw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Bubbling Pool
Floyd | This is a red-brown earthy bole, a cavity in hardened soil with but a
Floyd | single crawl leading out to the southeast. The ground is covered with

Floyd | autumn leaves, russet and variegated.
Floyd |
Floyd | In the centre is a bubbling pool of spring water, glinting with shades
Floyd | and flickers of green phosphoresence.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), " fill drum"
Floyd | Effervescent, glowing spring water cascades magically around the pan.
Floyd | There is a sudden flash of light!
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd |
Floyd | Low Junction
Floyd | This is a low junction among cavities in the foundation stones of the
Floyd | ancient Watling Street, which must run just overhead.

Floyd |
Floyd | A north-south passage narrows considerably and descends to the south
Floyd | under a long lintel-stone; a side passage, northwest, is much more
Floyd | earthy.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | You duck your head under the lintel-stone.
Floyd |
Floyd | Passage Under the Wall
Floyd | A narrow passage, running north to south under solid sandstone blocks

Floyd | which must make up the base of the wall. Further south, the passage
Floyd | runs onto what seems to be a ledge, and you have a sense of space
Floyd | opening up from below.
Floyd |
Floyd | The Old Underground Empire awaits!
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a

Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |

Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss down to the cedar branches.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Top Branches

Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the
Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on
Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you
Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and

Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss up to the ledge.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a
Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "get ladder"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor
Floyd | The cedar's foliage thins out and this is the lowest point at which
Floyd | the trunk will bear your weight.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on floor"
Floyd | (the cave floor)
Floyd | You hang the ladder so that it runs from the cave floor up to the tip

Floyd | of the tree.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |

Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.

Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its

Floyd | branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
inky says (to Floyd), "cf12"
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 40 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of
Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the

Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you
Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |
Floyd | The avalanche has cleared away part of the scree, leaving open behind
Floyd | it a crudely arched doorway into the southern cave wall. Above the

Floyd | doorway, a skull and crossbones has been carved.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |

Floyd | Upward Burrow
Floyd | An upward slope from the arched doorway to north, this is an irregular
Floyd | burrow wriggled out of soft earth. Strange tracks have been dragged,
Floyd | making wavy lines which meet at the distant top, where the burrow
Floyd | opens out.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Egg Chamber
Floyd | Hollowed out like a wasp's nest in a rotten apple, this almost-sealed

Floyd | den can only be one thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | A glistening, pulsing egg, rocks back and forth erratically. It seems
Floyd | close to hatching! A dull, humid heat radiates out from it, and you
Floyd | sense effort and anger.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "push egg"
Floyd | If anything could accelerate hatching, pushing the egg around might.
Floyd | If only you could cause it to crack open somewhere!
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "push egg north"
Floyd | Jacqueline pushes the egg into a rolling motion, down the long burrow, that is
Floyd | really a hatching-tube: it gathers a little speed and rocks ominously
Floyd | side-to-side.

Floyd |
Floyd | Upward Burrow
Floyd | An upward slope from the arched doorway to north, this is an irregular
Floyd | burrow wriggled out of soft earth. Strange tracks have been dragged,
Floyd | making wavy lines which meet at the distant top, where the burrow
Floyd | opens out.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "push egg north"
Floyd | As you give the egg a further push down the slope, everything happens
Floyd | at once. The egg cracks, a vile viscous glue-like liquid coats it at

Floyd | once and your hands are stuck fast!
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the

Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |

Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | You're rolling with the egg now, into the waterlily pool. Bruised but
Floyd | somehow coping, you splutter in the sudden chill water: the glue is

Floyd | washing away, and your possessions are safe enough: not even your hair
Floyd | is wet.
Floyd |
Floyd | But just as the egg splits entirely, the giant pod of a deep lily
Floyd | strikes upward to swallow the flotsam whole, to compress it and digest
Floyd | it, safe in the depths in the pool.

Floyd |
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | Smothered in a suffocating red haze, half-conscious at best, your
Floyd | position seems hopeless. The lily's membrane is tough as
Floyd | crocodile-skin and beyond it is perhaps a thousand feet of water? The
Floyd | pressure seals you in as well as any rockfall could. Indeed, only the

Floyd | pressure makes it possible at all for one Ambassador and one giant
Floyd | hatched lizard to share a space barely six feet in diameter.
Floyd |
Floyd | The creature wriggles, dripping a saliva that burns to the touch, but
Floyd | seems lapsed back into embryonic sleep.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Firion asks, "What game is this?"
Doe says, "eat banana"
inky says (to Floyd), "eat banana"
Floyd | Delicious! Just as you reach the last morsel, there is another
Floyd | blinding flash of light.
Floyd |
Floyd | The hornet wriggles in sleep, stirring.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says, "Another idea: maybe we can piroo the ladder and reuse its parts to make a raft."
inky says (to Floyd), "drop banana"
Floyd | Dropped.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe says, "well, the banana does soeting but what I don't know"
inky says (to Floyd), "piroo lily"
Floyd | Abruptly the lily-pod bursts. A detached observer would think its
Floyd | graceful explosion reminiscent of seeds released onto a spring wind.
Floyd | But with the pressure of the water smashing into you like a hammer,

Floyd | you are soon detached from all observation, all reminiscence.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |     *** You have died ***
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd | In that game you scored 23 out of a possible 30, in 1147 turns, the
Floyd | kind of score one would expect of an Ambassador Plenipotentiary.
Floyd |
Floyd | Would you like to RESTART, RESTORE a saved game or QUIT?
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "wake hornet"
Floyd | The hornet sleeps soundly (thank heavens).
Floyd |
Floyd | The hatchling wriggles in sleep, talons rustling.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "kick hornet"
Floyd | Does it not occur to you that you and the hornet are in the same boat,
Floyd | or in this case the same submarine?
Floyd |

Floyd | The compression tightens.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "at this point, just me, I'd go for another hint"
Fang says, "yeah"
inky says (to Floyd), "x hornet"
Floyd | A sleek, beautiful marvel, half-insect, half-reptile. Its gauzy wings
Floyd | are only undeveloped stubs and a little amniotic fluid still coats
Floyd | them; but its sting, painted like a brimstone butterfly, looks deadly
Floyd | already.

Floyd |
Floyd | The creature wriggles in sleep, perhaps dreaming.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x sting"
Floyd | The tip slightly exudes some kind of poison.
Floyd |
Floyd | The membrane walls exude some kind of digestive fluid.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "inject lily with sting"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says, "huhh" DavidW says, "oh"
inky says (to Floyd), "attack lily with sting"
Floyd | I only understood you as far as wanting to attack the lily membrane.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "push hornet"
Floyd | That would be less than courteous.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "ruther poison"
Floyd | You haven't got that spell committed to memory. [Type "spells" to see
Floyd | what you do remember.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "poison arrow"
Floyd | You'll have to be more exact about how to do that.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your shoulders are being folded together, like a recalcitrant
Floyd | cardboard box.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "cut sting with diamond. undo"
Floyd | I only understood you as far as wanting to cut the stinger.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I tried saliva and talons, etc., but not stinger."
inky says (to Floyd), "break stinger"
Floyd | You'd have to be very careful about that.
Floyd |

Floyd | Your shoulders are being folded together, like a recalcitrant
Floyd | cardboard box.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Firion asks, "What is this, some kind of bee simulator?"
Fang says (to Floyd), "take poison"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "shoot hornet with arrow"
Floyd | I only understood you as far as wanting to shoot the embryonic hornet.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "shoot hornet"
Floyd | What, in this confined space?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a coffer (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   an old document
Floyd |   a colour chart
Floyd |   a length of light rope
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)

Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"

Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces

Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic
Floyd |
Floyd | The pressure is now almost unbearable!
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe says (to floyd), "poke membrane with stinger"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put ham on stinger"
Floyd | Putting things on the stinger would achieve nothing.
Floyd |
Floyd | With a sudden convulsion of fibres, the lily pod crunches you up
Floyd | entirely, with merciful speed.
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |     *** You have died ***
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | In that game you scored 23 out of a possible 30, in 1156 turns, the
Floyd | kind of score one would expect of an Ambassador Plenipotentiary.

Floyd |
Floyd | Would you like to RESTART, RESTORE a saved game or QUIT?
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "restore"
inky says (to Floyd), "cf11"
Floyd | Enter saved game to load: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Upward Burrow
Floyd | An upward slope from the arched doorway to north, this is an irregular
Floyd | burrow wriggled out of soft earth. Strange tracks have been dragged,
Floyd | making wavy lines which meet at the distant top, where the burrow
Floyd | opens out.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put stinger in ham"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang asks, "hint?"
inky says, "ok"
inky says (to Floyd), "hint"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re
Floyd | sume game

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |    > Instructions: How to play this game
Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession

Floyd |      The Customs House
Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations
Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |      Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |      Egg Chamber and Lily
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells

Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "learn ruther"
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints

Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re
Floyd | sume game
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |    > Instructions: How to play this game

Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession
Floyd |      The Customs House
Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations
Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |      Cedar and Cave Floor

Floyd |      Egg Chamber and Lily
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells
Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "p"
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re
Floyd | sume game
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game
Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession
Floyd |      The Customs House
Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations

Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |      Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |      Egg Chamber and Lily
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells
Floyd |    > Hints: General

Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "p"
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =

Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re
Floyd | sume game
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game
Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background

Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession
Floyd |      The Customs House
Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations
Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |      Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |      Egg Chamber and Lily

Floyd |    > Hints: Casting Spells
Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "p"
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re
Floyd | sume game
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game
Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession
Floyd |      The Customs House
Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations

Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |      Cedar and Cave Floor
Floyd |    > Egg Chamber and Lily
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells
Floyd |      Hints: General

Floyd |
inky presses the yellow enter button.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |                              Egg Chamber and Lily

Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev
Floyd | ious menu
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |    > Can the creature be revived?

Floyd |      When will the egg hatch?
Floyd |      Will the amniotic fluid harm my hands?
Floyd |      The lily is crushing me.
Floyd |      My possessions are lost!
Floyd |      Can I go back to the house for something?
Floyd |      What's the broad leaf for?

Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                              Egg Chamber and Lily
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =

Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev
Floyd | ious menu
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      Can the creature be revived?
Floyd |    > When will the egg hatch?

Floyd |      Will the amniotic fluid harm my hands?
Floyd |      The lily is crushing me.
Floyd |      My possessions are lost!
Floyd |      Can I go back to the house for something?
Floyd |      What's the broad leaf for?
Floyd |

inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                              Egg Chamber and Lily
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev

Floyd | ious menu
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      Can the creature be revived?
Floyd |      When will the egg hatch?
Floyd |    > Will the amniotic fluid harm my hands?

Floyd |      The lily is crushing me.
Floyd |      My possessions are lost!
Floyd |      Can I go back to the house for something?
Floyd |      What's the broad leaf for?
Floyd |
Firion asks, "Anyone?"
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd |                              Egg Chamber and Lily
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev

Floyd | ious menu
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      Can the creature be revived?
Floyd |      When will the egg hatch?
Floyd |      Will the amniotic fluid harm my hands?

Floyd |    > The lily is crushing me.
Floyd |      My possessions are lost!
Floyd |      Can I go back to the house for something?
Floyd |      What's the broad leaf for?
Floyd |

inky presses the yellow enter button.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | (Press H for more, or SPACE to return.)
Floyd |

Floyd | You must find a way of immobilising it, without exploding it.
Floyd |
Doe says, "more"
inky presses the yellow enter button.
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |                              Egg Chamber and Lily
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev
Floyd | ious menu
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |      Can the creature be revived?
Floyd |      When will the egg hatch?
Floyd |      Will the amniotic fluid harm my hands?
Floyd |    > The lily is crushing me.
Floyd |      My possessions are lost!

Floyd |      Can I go back to the house for something?
Floyd |      What's the broad leaf for?
Floyd |
Jacqueline asks (of Firion), "Anyone what?"
inky presses the yellow enter button.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | (Press H for more, or SPACE to return.)
Floyd |
Floyd | You must find a way of immobilising it, without exploding it.
Floyd |

inky says (to Floyd), "h"
Floyd | Casting a "piroo" spell would be a bad idea.
Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "h"
Floyd | Consider if your companion may be able to assist.
Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "h"
Floyd | Look carefully to see what it has available.
Floyd |

DavidW says, "String the membrane. Then piroo, maybe."
inky says (to Floyd), "h"
Floyd | The poisoned sting would presumably upset the plant?
Floyd |
Firion says (to Jacqueline), "I've been trying to find out the title of this game."
inky says (to Floyd), "h"
Floyd | So you need to get poison out of the stinger.
Floyd |
Fang says, "oooj"
Doe says, "okay"
Fang says, "ooh"
inky pushes the green 'space' button.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |                              Egg Chamber and Lily
Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =

Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                        Q = prev
Floyd | ious menu
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      Can the creature be revived?
Floyd |      When will the egg hatch?

Floyd |      Will the amniotic fluid harm my hands?
Floyd |    > The lily is crushing me.
Floyd |      My possessions are lost!
Floyd |      Can I go back to the house for something?
Floyd |      What's the broad leaf for?

Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "q"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |                                      Hints

Floyd |  N = next subject                                                  P =
Floyd |  RETURN = read subject                                          Q = re
Floyd | sume game
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |      Instructions: How to play this game

Floyd |      Briefings: A diplomatic background
Floyd |      Hints: During the Procession
Floyd |      The Customs House
Floyd |      Amongst the Foundations
Floyd |      Ledge and Surroundings
Floyd |      Cedar and Cave Floor

Floyd |    > Egg Chamber and Lily
Floyd |      Hints: Casting Spells
Floyd |      Hints: General
Floyd |
inky says (to Floyd), "q"
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Upward Burrow
Floyd | An upward slope from the arched doorway to north, this is an irregular
Floyd | burrow wriggled out of soft earth. Strange tracks have been dragged,
Floyd | making wavy lines which meet at the distant top, where the burrow

Floyd | opens out.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang asks, "does this implement MILK?"
Doe asks, "maybe on arrow?"
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Egg Chamber
Floyd | Hollowed out like a wasp's nest in a rotten apple, this almost-sealed
Floyd | den can only be one thing.

Floyd |
Floyd | A glistening, pulsing egg, rocks back and forth erratically. It seems
Floyd | close to hatching! A dull, humid heat radiates out from it, and you
Floyd | sense effort and anger.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "push egg north"
Floyd | Jacqueline pushes the egg into a rolling motion, down the long burrow, that is
Floyd | really a hatching-tube: it gathers a little speed and rocks ominously
Floyd | side-to-side.
Floyd |

Floyd | Upward Burrow
Floyd | An upward slope from the arched doorway to north, this is an irregular
Floyd | burrow wriggled out of soft earth. Strange tracks have been dragged,
Floyd | making wavy lines which meet at the distant top, where the burrow
Floyd | opens out.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "push egg north"
Floyd | As you give the egg a further push down the slope, everything happens
Floyd | at once. The egg cracks, a vile viscous glue-like liquid coats it at
Floyd | once and your hands are stuck fast!

Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly

Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and

Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | You're rolling with the egg now, into the waterlily pool. Bruised but
Floyd | somehow coping, you splutter in the sudden chill water: the glue is
Floyd | washing away, and your possessions are safe enough: not even your hair

Floyd | is wet.
Floyd |
Floyd | But just as the egg splits entirely, the giant pod of a deep lily
Floyd | strikes upward to swallow the flotsam whole, to compress it and digest
Floyd | it, safe in the depths in the pool.
Floyd |

Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | Smothered in a suffocating red haze, half-conscious at best, your
Floyd | position seems hopeless. The lily's membrane is tough as
Floyd | crocodile-skin and beyond it is perhaps a thousand feet of water? The
Floyd | pressure seals you in as well as any rockfall could. Indeed, only the
Floyd | pressure makes it possible at all for one Ambassador and one giant

Floyd | hatched lizard to share a space barely six feet in diameter.
Floyd |
Floyd | The creature wriggles, dripping a saliva that burns to the touch, but
Floyd | seems lapsed back into embryonic sleep.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "squeeze stinger"
Floyd | With extreme care you squeeze the hornet's stinger, and poison drips
Floyd | out to form a tiny pool in the base of the lily pod. In this
Floyd | compressed space you're just able to keep your feet out of it, for the
Floyd | time it takes to soak into the membrane walls of the pod.

Floyd |
Floyd | [Your score has just gone up by one point.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | There is a hissing sound from the base of the pod.
Floyd |
Floyd | The hatchling wriggles in sleep, stirring.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | The pod's stalk seems to have been burnt through by the hornet's

Floyd | poison! The whole pod rocks a little in the underwater currents,
Floyd | fraying away from the stalk.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Firion), "it's the meteor, the stone, and the long glass of sherbet"
Fang says (to Floyd), "smoke cigarrette"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | Suddenly the pod pulls free, and although you can see nothing of the
Floyd | waters outside, your best guess is that it's drifting westward and
Floyd | rising slightly.

Floyd |
Floyd | You begin to feel a certain concern for, of all things, your
Floyd | belongings. When the pod collapses, what will the water do to them?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Firion says, "The Meteor, The Stone, and The Long Glass Of Sherbet. How interesting."
inky says (to Floyd), "piroo"
Floyd | Abruptly the lily-pod bursts. A detached observer would think its
Floyd | graceful explosion reminiscent of seeds released onto a spring wind.
Floyd | But with the pressure of the water smashing into you like a hammer,

Floyd | you are soon detached from all observation, all reminiscence.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |     *** You have died ***
Floyd |
Floyd |

Floyd | In that game you scored 24 out of a possible 30, in 1045 turns, the
Floyd | kind of score one would expect of an Ambassador Plenipotentiary.
Floyd |
Floyd | Would you like to RESTART, RESTORE a saved game or QUIT?
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | The pod bumps against an obstacle, checking its westward motion. Now
Floyd | it is only rising, rising.

Floyd |
Floyd | The hatchling wriggles in sleep, stirring.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "put all in coffer"
Floyd | old document: Done.
Floyd | colour chart: Done.
Floyd | length of light rope: Done.
Floyd | boomerang: Done.
Floyd | gleaming uncut diamond: Done.
Floyd | formal credentials: Done.

Floyd | shard of pottery: Done.
Floyd | small wickerwork hamper: Done.
Floyd | arrow: Done.
Floyd | arrow: Done.
Floyd | arrow: Done.
Floyd | drum: Done.

Floyd | arrow: Done.
Floyd | bow: Done.
Floyd | handwritten note: Done.
Floyd | Experimental Spell Book #5: Done.
Floyd | Ambassador's trunk: Done.
Floyd | brass lantern: Done.

Floyd | The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces: Done.
Floyd | joint of cured ham: Done.
Floyd | hunk of cheese: Done.
Floyd | clove of garlic: Done.
Floyd |

Floyd | Finally the pod breaks surface and bursts into disparate leaves, no
Floyd | longer bound up by the pressure. In confusion you strike out, treading
Floyd | water, but after a couple of minutes' panic realise that the water is
Floyd | only waist deep here. You wade toward a slight light.
Floyd |
Floyd | Stony Shallows

Floyd | From the natural light, dim and far above, you'd guess this cave was
Floyd | distinctly higher up than the cedar-cavern floor. A natural limestone
Floyd | cavity, beautiful and thankfully unused, it's a chance to rest and
Floyd | think. A single winding path leads vaguely north.
Floyd |
Floyd | A burnished lantern lies discarded in the sand.

Floyd |
Floyd | Dead leaves float out on the water, but of the hornet there is no
Floyd | trace.
Floyd |
Floyd | One broad leaf, though, has washed up beside you.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says, "wow, that coffer can contain a lot."
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying nothing.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Stony Shallows
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "/undo"
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
DavidW says, "Our aunt gave us that coffer."
Fang says (to Floyd), "put all in coffer"
Floyd | old document: Done.
Floyd | colour chart: Done.

Floyd | length of light rope: Done.
Floyd | boomerang: Done.
Floyd | gleaming uncut diamond: Done.
Floyd | formal credentials: Done.
Floyd | shard of pottery: Done.
Floyd | small wickerwork hamper: Done.

Floyd | arrow: Done.
Floyd | arrow: Done.
Floyd | arrow: Done.
Floyd | drum: Done.
Floyd | arrow: Done.
Floyd | bow: Done.

Floyd | handwritten note: Done.
Floyd | Experimental Spell Book #5: Done.
Floyd | Ambassador's trunk: Done.
Floyd | brass lantern: Done.
Floyd | The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces: Done.

Floyd | joint of cured ham: Done.
Floyd | hunk of cheese: Done.
Floyd | clove of garlic: Done.
Floyd |
Floyd | Suddenly the pod pulls free, and although you can see nothing of the
Floyd | waters outside, your best guess is that it's drifting westward and

Floyd | rising slightly.
Floyd |
Floyd | You begin to feel a certain concern for, of all things, your
Floyd | belongings. When the pod collapses, what will the water do to them?
Floyd |
Floyd | The hatchling wriggles in sleep, stirring.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "close coffer"
Floyd | You close the coffer.
Floyd |

Floyd | The pod bumps against an obstacle, checking its westward motion. Now
Floyd | it is only rising, rising.
Floyd |
Floyd | The hornet wriggles in sleep, talons rustling.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "hold on to coffer tightly"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "take coffer"
Floyd | You already have that.
Floyd |
Floyd | Finally the pod breaks surface and bursts into disparate leaves, no
Floyd | longer bound up by the pressure. In confusion you strike out, treading
Floyd | water, but after a couple of minutes' panic realise that the water is

Floyd | only waist deep here. You wade toward a slight light.
Floyd |
Floyd | Stony Shallows
Floyd | From the natural light, dim and far above, you'd guess this cave was
Floyd | distinctly higher up than the cedar-cavern floor. A natural limestone
Floyd | cavity, beautiful and thankfully unused, it's a chance to rest and

Floyd | think. A single winding path leads vaguely north.
Floyd |
Floyd | A burnished lantern lies discarded in the sand.
Floyd |
Floyd | Dead leaves float out on the water, but of the hornet there is no
Floyd | trace.

Floyd |
Floyd | One broad leaf, though, has washed up beside you.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x leaf"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the broad green leaf.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get leaf and lantern"
Floyd | broad green leaf: Taken.
Floyd | burnished lantern: Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "i"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take it"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a burnished lantern
Floyd |   a broad green leaf
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Floyd | You already have that.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x lantern"
Floyd | The burnished lantern is currently switched off.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "hmmm"
Fang says, "I guess it isn't possible to save our possessions"
inky says (to Floyd), "spells"
Floyd | The jilnix spell is indelibly etched on your memory. Other than that,
Floyd | you have the piroo spell and chiaro spell memorised.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

DavidW says (to Floyd), "take coffer"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "could leave them somehwere before pushing egg"
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Darkness
Floyd | It is pitch black. You are in danger of falling into a pit if you move

Floyd | around in this.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "with lid shut"
inky says (to Floyd), "turn on lantern"
Floyd | You light the lantern.
Floyd |
Floyd | Other Half Cave
Floyd | This is only half a cave; the western half, to be exact. It's a dark
Floyd | place full of crevices (you would have missed the stony passage back
Floyd | south if you hadn't already known about it). Boxes, bottles and crates

Floyd | are stored here, and to judge from scrape-marks are used by whoever
Floyd | lives through the broad passage northwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | What divides this cave is a solid, floor-to-ceiling stone wall running
Floyd | north to south, masoned with mortar and seemingly recent. You feel
Floyd | quite certain that the cave continues.

Floyd |
Floyd | The stub of a stock-keeper's note lies forgotten beside the stores.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Doe), "yeah, that might be best"
inky says (to Floyd), "x stub"
Floyd | Just the torn end of a tally-sheet of some kind:
Floyd |
Floyd |     2585
Floyd |    10163

Floyd |    -----
Floyd | Make of that what you will!
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get note"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang asks, "can we still memorize spells?"
inky says (to Floyd), "x boxes"
Floyd | The stores piled up here are heavy and there's quite a supply,
Floyd | covering half the wall: enough for a dozen men to last out for weeks.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "not without the book"
Fang says, "without the spellbook"
Doe says (to inky), "though that's a you-have-to-die-first-to-find-out puzzle"
Doe says, "so maybe not"
inky says (to Floyd), "memorize piroo"
Floyd | It seems to be not enough to be able to read a copy of the spell. No,
Floyd | the writing has to be part of the fabric of a spell book you have in
Floyd | your hands, so that the magic can flow from the binding into your own
Floyd | spine.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says, "uhh"
Fang says, "shit"
inky says (to Floyd), "search boxes"
Floyd | You manage to uncover what seems to be a secret doorway in the masoned
Floyd | wall. An emergency escape-route, prudently added by whoever is using

Floyd | the stores?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "open door"
Floyd | You open the secret door.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | You can't go that way.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says, "I hope we don't need a spell later"
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Half Cave

Floyd | This is only half a cave; the eastern half, to be exact. It's a dark
Floyd | place full of crevices (you would have missed the slide passage back
Floyd | north if you hadn't already known about it); chief among them a
Floyd | distinctive triangular cavity, 1 foot or so high, and blocked by a
Floyd | rough quartz window.
Floyd |

Floyd | A secret door in the masoned wall allows access to the other half of
Floyd | the cave, after all.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "well, we should probably restore, like Doe said"
Fang says, "let's keep going"
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Other Half Cave
Floyd | This is only half a cave; the western half, to be exact. It's a dark

Floyd | place full of crevices (you would have missed the stony passage back
Floyd | south if you hadn't already known about it). Boxes, bottles and crates
Floyd | are stored here, and to judge from scrape-marks are used by whoever
Floyd | lives through the broad passage northwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | A secret door in the masoned wall allows access to the other half of

Floyd | the cave, after all.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says, "until we *know* we've done something wrong"
inky says (to Floyd), "nw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Wheel Cave (South)
Floyd | A circular corridor-cave, like a cartwheel's rim and unmistakably
Floyd | artificial. Yet no mason of the Duchy could cut so smooth a wall! The
Floyd | arc hoops around northeast and northwest, while a broad passage runs
Floyd | southeast back to the stores.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
schep says, "playing sherbet? I think it can be a bit unforgiving."
inky says (to Floyd), "ne"
Floyd |

Floyd | Wheel Cave (East)
Floyd | A circular corridor-cave, like a cartwheel's rim and unmistakably
Floyd | artificial. The arc hoops around northwest and southwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | A white scroll, in pristine condition, rests in a niche.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x scroll"
Floyd | The scroll reads "ploor spell (nation shall speak peace unto nation)".
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe says, "pretty darn unforgiving"
inky says, "ha ha"
inky says (to Floyd), "nw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Wheel Cave (North)

Floyd | A circular corridor-cave, like a cartwheel's rim and unmistakably
Floyd | artificial. The arc hoops around southwest and southeast.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the northern wall is a wooden rack, of the kind used by bakers to
Floyd | cool cakes, or painters to dry watercolours.
Floyd |

Floyd | On the wooden rack are seven unwritten vellum scrolls.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x rack"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the wooden rack.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x scrolls"
Floyd | You can't use multiple objects with that verb.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang asks, "where's that from?"
inky says (to Floyd), "x scroll"
Floyd | The scroll is as yet unwritten.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd |
Floyd | Wheel Cave (East)
Floyd | A circular corridor-cave, like a cartwheel's rim and unmistakably

Floyd | artificial. The arc hoops around northwest and southwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | A white scroll, in pristine condition, rests in a niche.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get scroll"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "nw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Wheel Cave (North)
Floyd | A circular corridor-cave, like a cartwheel's rim and unmistakably
Floyd | artificial. The arc hoops around southwest and southeast.
Floyd |

Floyd | On the northern wall is a wooden rack, of the kind used by bakers to
Floyd | cool cakes, or painters to dry watercolours.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the wooden rack are seven unwritten vellum scrolls.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "get all"
Floyd | wooden rack: That's fixed in place.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get all from rack"
Floyd | unwritten vellum scroll: Removed.
Floyd | unwritten vellum scroll: Removed.
Floyd | unwritten vellum scroll: Removed.
Floyd | unwritten vellum scroll: Removed.

Floyd | unwritten vellum scroll: Removed.
Floyd | unwritten vellum scroll: Removed.
Floyd | unwritten vellum scroll: Removed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "sw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Wheel Cave (West)
Floyd | A circular corridor-cave, like a cartwheel's rim and unmistakably
Floyd | artificial. The arc hoops around northeast and southeast.

Floyd |
Floyd | Through a curious arched entranceway east is the workshop at the hub
Floyd | of the great wheel.
Floyd |
Floyd | A clear funnel chimney rises vertically up, like a glass-blower's vent
Floyd | or something from a furnace, lined with smooth-curving brick.

Floyd |
Floyd | Beneath the chimney is a huge, irregular, metallic lodestone,
Floyd | presumably a meteor fallen to earth.
Floyd |
Floyd | A thick, viscous green beam of magical light reflects from the meteor
Floyd | through a right-angle: straight upward through the chimney, to a level

Floyd | path east through the archway.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "x scrolls"
Floyd | You can't use multiple objects with that verb.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x scroll"
Floyd | Which do you mean, an unwritten vellum scroll or the white scroll in
Floyd | pristine condition?

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "unwritten"
Floyd | The scroll is as yet unwritten.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe says, "this might be where the colors come in"
inky says, "yeah"
Doe says, "see if scrolls are different colors"
inky says, "I bet we could ruther this"
schep arrives, full of neither funk nor fun. Fang says, "green just ruthers to poison, though"
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |

Floyd | Clotspinner's Workshop
Floyd | The presence everywhere of tools and instruments makes this place
Floyd | rather homely to a Duchy-born man like yourself: it's like a smithy,
Floyd | but of the colours of light, not the alloys of metal.
Floyd |
Floyd | At the workshop's centre is the Anvil, a hard stone mounting and,

Floyd | perhaps, the fulcrum of the new Northlands Empire that is to come. The
Floyd | beam of light courses in through the eastern archway to strike the top
Floyd | of the Anvil dead-centre.
Floyd |
Floyd | A swivel mounting runs around the whole western hemicircle of the
Floyd | workshop, and can be turned anywhere on the calibrated dial from 1 to

Floyd | 180 degrees. It now stands at 37.12.
Floyd |
Floyd | An old man you recognise as the great Clotspinner lies on a crude
Floyd | wooden cot, apparently in a deep sleep or coma.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the floor beneath Clotspinner's outstretched hand are the fragments

Floyd | of a broken glass prism, smashed by the fall. It's a tableau like a
Floyd | narrative painting: you feel a curious urge to disturb nothing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "well sometimes you just go too fast"
inky says (to Floyd), "x clotspinner"
Floyd | One of the few wise men to be widely known across the continent, he is
Floyd | Clotspinner, renowned for his optical experiments. They've
Floyd | revolutionised the practice of lense-making in the Duchy, but the
Floyd | Empress was far less impressed with such footling activities. Nothing

Floyd | has been known of him since his "resignation" from the Imperial
Floyd | Academy -- until now, that is.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   seven unwritten vellum scrolls (which is unwritten)
Floyd |   a white scroll in pristine condition (of the ploor spell)
Floyd |   a stub of a stock-keeper's note
Floyd |   a burnished lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   a broad green leaf

Floyd |
Floyd | >
DavidW says, "I need to lie down now. Hope you can do without me for a bit."
inky says, "I'm pretty sure we're almost done"
Fang says (to Floyd), "x prism"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the fragments of prism.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says (to David), "Sweet dreams."
Fang says (to Floyd), "wake clotspinner"
Floyd | Clotspinner lies prone, close to death, his pulse thready and weak,
Floyd | his breath too slight to feel on your hand. Surely nothing on earth
Floyd | could revive him now.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "give leaf to clotspinner"
Floyd | Clotspinner lies prone, close to death, his pulse thready and weak,
Floyd | his breath too slight to feel on your hand. Surely nothing on earth
Floyd | could revive him now.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x leaf"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the broad green leaf.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "taste leaf"
Floyd | You taste nothing unexpected.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "eat leafd"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "eat leaf"
Floyd | There is no narcotic effect, but it's chewy.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Clotspinner's Workshop
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   seven unwritten vellum scrolls (which is unwritten)
Floyd |   a white scroll in pristine condition (of the ploor spell)
Floyd |   a stub of a stock-keeper's note
Floyd |   a burnished lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   a broad green leaf

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   seven unwritten vellum scrolls (which is unwritten)

Floyd |   a white scroll in pristine condition (of the ploor spell)
Floyd |   a stub of a stock-keeper's note
Floyd |   a burnished lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   a broad green leaf
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "x prism"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the fragments of prism.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "chew leaf"
Floyd | Violence isn't the answer to this one.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Clotspinner's Workshop
Floyd | The presence everywhere of tools and instruments makes this place
Floyd | rather homely to a Duchy-born man like yourself: it's like a smithy,
Floyd | but of the colours of light, not the alloys of metal.

Floyd |
Floyd | At the workshop's centre is the Anvil, a hard stone mounting and,
Floyd | perhaps, the fulcrum of the new Northlands Empire that is to come. The
Floyd | beam of light courses in through the eastern archway to strike the top
Floyd | of the Anvil dead-centre.
Floyd |

Floyd | A swivel mounting runs around the whole western hemicircle of the
Floyd | workshop, and can be turned anywhere on the calibrated dial from 1 to
Floyd | 180 degrees. It now stands at 37.12.
Floyd |
Floyd | An old man you recognise as the great Clotspinner lies on a crude
Floyd | wooden cot, apparently in a deep sleep or coma.

Floyd |
Floyd | On the floor beneath Clotspinner's outstretched hand are the fragments
Floyd | of a broken glass prism, smashed by the fall. It's a tableau like a
Floyd | narrative painting: you feel a curious urge to disturb nothing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang asks, "...violence?"
inky says, "you're chewing hard"
Doe says (to floyd), "memorize ploor"
Floyd | It seems to be not enough to be able to read a copy of the spell. No,
Floyd | the writing has to be part of the fabric of a spell book you have in

Floyd | your hands, so that the magic can flow from the binding into your own
Floyd | spine.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x dial"
Floyd | It seems to be possible to put something into it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "hrm, probably we need the diamond"
Doe says, "uh huh"
inky says, "I think I'm just goign to restore and drop our stuff"
Fang says, "let's keep going"
Doe says, "I vote with inky"
Fang asks (of inky), "but can we access the old area?"
inky says, "yeah, there's a secret door"
inky says (to Floyd), "RESTORE"
inky says (to Floyd), "cf12"
Floyd | Enter saved game to load: Ok.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says, "let's first check..."
inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor

Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |

Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a coffer (which is open but empty)

Floyd |   an old document
Floyd |   a colour chart
Floyd |   a length of light rope
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)

Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)

Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a banana, a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese
Floyd | and a clove of garlic

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "drop all"
Floyd | coffer: Dropped.
Floyd | old document: Dropped.

Floyd | colour chart: Dropped.
Floyd | length of light rope: Dropped.
Floyd | boomerang: Dropped.
Floyd | formal credentials: Dropped.
Floyd | shard of pottery: Dropped.
Floyd | small wickerwork hamper: Dropped.

Floyd | arrow: Dropped.
Floyd | arrow: Dropped.
Floyd | arrow: Dropped.
Floyd | arrow: Dropped.
Floyd | bow: Dropped.
Floyd | handwritten note: Dropped.

Floyd | Experimental Spell Book #5: Dropped.
Floyd | Ambassador's trunk: Dropped.
Floyd | brass lantern: Dropped.
Floyd | The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces: Dropped.
Floyd | banana: Dropped.

Floyd | joint of cured ham: Dropped.
Floyd | hunk of cheese: Dropped.
Floyd | clove of garlic: Dropped.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 40 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of

Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you
Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |

Floyd | The avalanche has cleared away part of the scree, leaving open behind
Floyd | it a crudely arched doorway into the southern cave wall. Above the
Floyd | doorway, a skull and crossbones has been carved.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Darkness
Floyd | It is pitch black. You are in danger of falling into a pit if you move
Floyd | around in this.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor

Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |

Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.

Floyd |
Floyd | Your length of rope is here.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see some provisions - a clove of garlic, a hunk of
Floyd | cheese, a joint of cured ham and a banana, The Guide For Travellers To
Floyd | The Lower Northlands and Surrounding Provinces, a brass lantern

Floyd | (providing light), your Ambassador's trunk (in which is a hand
Floyd | telescope), Experimental Spell Book #5, the handwritten note, a bow,
Floyd | four arrows, a small wickerwork hamper (which is empty), a shard of
Floyd | pottery (providing light), your formal credentials, a boomerang
Floyd | (providing light), a colour chart, an old document and a coffer (which
Floyd | is empty) here.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get lantern"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "light it"
Floyd | That's already on.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 40 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of

Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you
Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |

Floyd | The avalanche has cleared away part of the scree, leaving open behind
Floyd | it a crudely arched doorway into the southern cave wall. Above the
Floyd | doorway, a skull and crossbones has been carved.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Upward Burrow
Floyd | An upward slope from the arched doorway to north, this is an irregular
Floyd | burrow wriggled out of soft earth. Strange tracks have been dragged,

Floyd | making wavy lines which meet at the distant top, where the burrow
Floyd | opens out.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Egg Chamber
Floyd | Hollowed out like a wasp's nest in a rotten apple, this almost-sealed
Floyd | den can only be one thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | A glistening, pulsing egg, rocks back and forth erratically. It seems

Floyd | close to hatching! A dull, humid heat radiates out from it, and you
Floyd | sense effort and anger.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "push egg north"
Floyd | Jacqueline pushes the egg into a rolling motion, down the long burrow, that is
Floyd | really a hatching-tube: it gathers a little speed and rocks ominously
Floyd | side-to-side.
Floyd |
Floyd | Upward Burrow
Floyd | An upward slope from the arched doorway to north, this is an irregular

Floyd | burrow wriggled out of soft earth. Strange tracks have been dragged,
Floyd | making wavy lines which meet at the distant top, where the burrow
Floyd | opens out.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "push egg north"
Floyd | As you give the egg a further push down the slope, everything happens
Floyd | at once. The egg cracks, a vile viscous glue-like liquid coats it at
Floyd | once and your hands are stuck fast!
Floyd |

Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.

Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its

Floyd | branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your length of rope is here.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see some provisions - a clove of garlic, a hunk of
Floyd | cheese, a joint of cured ham and a banana, The Guide For Travellers To

Floyd | The Lower Northlands and Surrounding Provinces, your Ambassador's
Floyd | trunk (in which is a hand telescope), Experimental Spell Book #5, the
Floyd | handwritten note, a bow, four arrows, a small wickerwork hamper (which
Floyd | is empty), a shard of pottery (providing light), your formal
Floyd | credentials, a boomerang (providing light), a colour chart, an old
Floyd | document and a coffer (which is empty) here.

Floyd |
Floyd | You're rolling with the egg now, into the waterlily pool. Bruised but
Floyd | somehow coping, you splutter in the sudden chill water: the glue is
Floyd | washing away, and your possessions are safe enough: not even your hair
Floyd | is wet.
Floyd |

Floyd | But just as the egg splits entirely, the giant pod of a deep lily
Floyd | strikes upward to swallow the flotsam whole, to compress it and digest
Floyd | it, safe in the depths in the pool.
Floyd |
Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | Smothered in a suffocating red haze, half-conscious at best, your

Floyd | position seems hopeless. The lily's membrane is tough as
Floyd | crocodile-skin and beyond it is perhaps a thousand feet of water? The
Floyd | pressure seals you in as well as any rockfall could. Indeed, only the
Floyd | pressure makes it possible at all for one Ambassador and one giant
Floyd | hatched lizard to share a space barely six feet in diameter.
Floyd |

Floyd | The creature wriggles, dripping a saliva that burns to the touch, but
Floyd | seems lapsed back into embryonic sleep.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "squeeze stinger"
Floyd | With extreme care you squeeze the hornet's stinger, and poison drips
Floyd | out to form a tiny pool in the base of the lily pod. In this
Floyd | compressed space you're just able to keep your feet out of it, for the
Floyd | time it takes to soak into the membrane walls of the pod.
Floyd |
Floyd | [Your score has just gone up by one point.]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |

Floyd | There is a hissing sound from the base of the pod.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.

Floyd |
Floyd | The pod's stalk seems to have been burnt through by the hornet's
Floyd | poison! The whole pod rocks a little in the underwater currents,
Floyd | fraying away from the stalk.
Floyd |
Floyd | The creature wriggles in sleep, talons rustling.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |

Floyd | Suddenly the pod pulls free, and although you can see nothing of the
Floyd | waters outside, your best guess is that it's drifting westward and
Floyd | rising slightly.
Floyd |
Floyd | You begin to feel a certain concern for, of all things, your
Floyd | belongings. When the pod collapses, what will the water do to them?

Floyd |
Floyd | The hatchling wriggles in sleep, stirring.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | The pod bumps against an obstacle, checking its westward motion. Now
Floyd | it is only rising, rising.
Floyd |
Floyd | The hornet wriggles in sleep, perhaps dreaming.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |

Floyd | Finally the pod breaks surface and bursts into disparate leaves, no
Floyd | longer bound up by the pressure. In confusion you strike out, treading
Floyd | water, but after a couple of minutes' panic realise that the water is
Floyd | only waist deep here. You wade toward a slight light.
Floyd |
Floyd | Stony Shallows

Floyd | From the natural light, dim and far above, you'd guess this cave was
Floyd | distinctly higher up than the cedar-cavern floor. A natural limestone
Floyd | cavity, beautiful and thankfully unused, it's a chance to rest and
Floyd | think. A single winding path leads vaguely north.
Floyd |
Floyd | A burnished lantern lies discarded in the sand.

Floyd |
Floyd | Dead leaves float out on the water, but of the hornet there is no
Floyd | trace.
Floyd |
Floyd | One broad leaf, though, has washed up beside you.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get leaf and lantern"
Floyd | broad green leaf: Taken.
Floyd | burnished lantern: Taken.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Darkness
Floyd | It is pitch black. You are in danger of falling into a pit if you move

Floyd | around in this.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "turn on lantern"
Floyd | You light the lantern.

Floyd |
Floyd | Other Half Cave
Floyd | This is only half a cave; the western half, to be exact. It's a dark
Floyd | place full of crevices (you would have missed the stony passage back
Floyd | south if you hadn't already known about it). Boxes, bottles and crates
Floyd | are stored here, and to judge from scrape-marks are used by whoever

Floyd | lives through the broad passage northwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | What divides this cave is a solid, floor-to-ceiling stone wall running
Floyd | north to south, masoned with mortar and seemingly recent. You feel
Floyd | quite certain that the cave continues.
Floyd |

Floyd | The stub of a stock-keeper's note lies forgotten beside the stores.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get note"
Floyd | Taken.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x wall"
Floyd | (the masoned wall)
Floyd | You see nothing special about the masoned wall.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "search boxes"
Floyd | You manage to uncover what seems to be a secret doorway in the masoned
Floyd | wall. An emergency escape-route, prudently added by whoever is using

Floyd | the stores?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "open secret door"
Floyd | You open the secret door.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | You can't go that way.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Half Cave
Floyd | This is only half a cave; the eastern half, to be exact. It's a dark

Floyd | place full of crevices (you would have missed the slide passage back
Floyd | north if you hadn't already known about it); chief among them a
Floyd | distinctive triangular cavity, 1 foot or so high, and blocked by a
Floyd | rough quartz window.
Floyd |
Floyd | A secret door in the masoned wall allows access to the other half of

Floyd | the cave, after all.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |

Floyd | Low Crawl
Floyd | It looks as if this low passage from the northeast peters out into a
Floyd | dead end not far west, but a muddy slide-passage descends to the
Floyd | south.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | The increasingly earthy rock blocks your way. The only viable routes
Floyd | are west, south and northeast.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "ne"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a
Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge

Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |
Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,

Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "jump at cedar"
Floyd | I only understood you as far as wanting to jump.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "jump"
Floyd | (to the tree, presumably, rather than plunging into the abyss and
Floyd | certain death)
Floyd | You take a short run-up and leap across, just managing to catch the
Floyd | nearest branch! Painfully slowly, you haul yourself in.
Floyd |
Floyd | Top Branches

Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the
Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on
Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you
Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a

Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |

Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor
Floyd | The cedar's foliage thins out and this is the lowest point at which
Floyd | the trunk will bear your weight.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, hangs down the rest of the way.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor

Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |

Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.

Floyd |
Floyd | Your length of rope is here.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see some provisions - a clove of garlic, a hunk of
Floyd | cheese, a joint of cured ham and a banana, The Guide For Travellers To
Floyd | The Lower Northlands and Surrounding Provinces, your Ambassador's

Floyd | trunk (in which is a hand telescope), Experimental Spell Book #5, the
Floyd | handwritten note, a bow, four arrows, a small wickerwork hamper (which
Floyd | is empty), a shard of pottery (providing light), your formal
Floyd | credentials, a boomerang (providing light), a colour chart, an old
Floyd | document and a coffer (which is empty) here.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says, "oh, okay, this puzzle sucks"
inky says (to Floyd), "get all"
Floyd | stream: You have nothing which will hold water.
Floyd | inverted cedar: You can't reach the tree from here.

Floyd | improvised ladder: Taken.
Floyd | clove of garlic: Taken.
Floyd | hunk of cheese: Taken.
Floyd | joint of cured ham: Taken.
Floyd | banana: Taken.
Floyd | The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding

Floyd | Provinces: Taken.
Floyd | Ambassador's trunk: Taken.
Floyd | Experimental Spell Book #5: Taken.
Floyd | handwritten note: Taken.
Floyd | bow: Taken.
Floyd | arrow: Taken.

Floyd | arrow: Taken.
Floyd | arrow: Taken.
Floyd | arrow: Taken.
Floyd | small wickerwork hamper: Taken.
Floyd | shard of pottery: Taken.
Floyd | formal credentials: Taken.

Floyd | boomerang: Taken.
Floyd | length of light rope: Taken.
Floyd | colour chart: Taken.
Floyd | old document: Taken.
Floyd | coffer: Taken.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "there we go"
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd | The ladder's no longer in place.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on cedar"
Floyd | You hang the ladder so that it runs from the cave floor up to the tip
Floyd | of the tree.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor
Floyd | The cedar's foliage thins out and this is the lowest point at which

Floyd | the trunk will bear your weight.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, hangs down the rest of the way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Top Branches
Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the
Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on

Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you
Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a
Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get ladder"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Top Branches
Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the
Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on

Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you
Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a
Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on ledge"
Floyd | You hang the ladder so that it runs across the abyss from the cedar's
Floyd | broadest branches to the ledge.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a

Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |

Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss down to the cedar branches.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | The only obvious ways to proceed from here are north or along the
Floyd | ledge, either down to the east or into the tight squeeze to the

Floyd | southwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "sw"
Floyd |

Floyd | Low Crawl
Floyd | It looks as if this low passage from the northeast peters out into a
Floyd | dead end not far west, but a muddy slide-passage descends to the
Floyd | south.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Half Cave
Floyd | This is only half a cave; the eastern half, to be exact. It's a dark
Floyd | place full of crevices (you would have missed the slide passage back

Floyd | north if you hadn't already known about it); chief among them a
Floyd | distinctive triangular cavity, 1 foot or so high, and blocked by a
Floyd | rough quartz window.
Floyd |
Floyd | A secret door in the masoned wall allows access to the other half of
Floyd | the cave, after all.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Other Half Cave

Floyd | This is only half a cave; the western half, to be exact. It's a dark
Floyd | place full of crevices (you would have missed the stony passage back
Floyd | south if you hadn't already known about it). Boxes, bottles and crates
Floyd | are stored here, and to judge from scrape-marks are used by whoever
Floyd | lives through the broad passage northwest.
Floyd |

Floyd | A secret door in the masoned wall allows access to the other half of
Floyd | the cave, after all.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | You can't go that way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "nw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Wheel Cave (South)
Floyd | A circular corridor-cave, like a cartwheel's rim and unmistakably
Floyd | artificial. Yet no mason of the Duchy could cut so smooth a wall! The
Floyd | arc hoops around northeast and northwest, while a broad passage runs
Floyd | southeast back to the stores.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "ne"
Floyd |
Floyd | Wheel Cave (East)

Floyd | A circular corridor-cave, like a cartwheel's rim and unmistakably
Floyd | artificial. The arc hoops around northwest and southwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | A white scroll, in pristine condition, rests in a niche.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "get scroll"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put it in book"
Floyd | Which do you mean, Experimental Spell Book #5 or The Guide For
Floyd | Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding Provinces?
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe asks, "you drop possessions down below?"
inky says (to Floyd), "put scroll in spell book"
Floyd | Your spell book begins to glow softly. Almost imperceptibly, the
Floyd | binding swells and closes over the edge of the white scroll in
Floyd | pristine condition, which straightens and becomes the new ploor spell

Floyd | page. The book's brightness fades as the corners settle to perfect
Floyd | right angles.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "yeah"
inky says (to Floyd), "nw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Wheel Cave (North)
Floyd | A circular corridor-cave, like a cartwheel's rim and unmistakably
Floyd | artificial. The arc hoops around southwest and southeast.

Floyd |
Floyd | On the northern wall is a wooden rack, of the kind used by bakers to
Floyd | cool cakes, or painters to dry watercolours.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the wooden rack are seven unwritten vellum scrolls.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get all"
Floyd | wooden rack: That's fixed in place.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "get all from rack"
Floyd | unwritten vellum scroll: Removed.
Floyd | unwritten vellum scroll: Removed.
Floyd | unwritten vellum scroll: Removed.
Floyd | unwritten vellum scroll: Removed.

Floyd | unwritten vellum scroll: Removed.
Floyd | unwritten vellum scroll: Removed.
Floyd | unwritten vellum scroll: Removed.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "sw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Wheel Cave (West)
Floyd | A circular corridor-cave, like a cartwheel's rim and unmistakably
Floyd | artificial. The arc hoops around northeast and southeast.

Floyd |
Floyd | Through a curious arched entranceway east is the workshop at the hub
Floyd | of the great wheel.
Floyd |
Floyd | A clear funnel chimney rises vertically up, like a glass-blower's vent
Floyd | or something from a furnace, lined with smooth-curving brick.

Floyd |
Floyd | Beneath the chimney is a huge, irregular, metallic lodestone,
Floyd | presumably a meteor fallen to earth.
Floyd |
Floyd | A thick, viscous green beam of magical light reflects from the meteor
Floyd | through a right-angle: straight upward through the chimney, to a level

Floyd | path east through the archway.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Bert says (to Floyd), "score"
Floyd | You have so far scored 24 out of a possible 30, in 1194 turns, the

Floyd | kind of score one would expect of an Ambassador Plenipotentiary.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "ok, I've now run back to where we were before"
inky says, "but we have all our stuff"
Bert says, "Hey, you got another point."
Fang says (to Floyd), "memorize ruther"
Floyd | You commit the ruther spell to memory.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "ruther light"
Floyd | (the green light beam)
Floyd | The beam is made of insubstantial light.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "memorize ruther"
Floyd | You commit the ruther spell to memory once again.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says, "well, beam and crystal seen before"
Fang says (to Floyd), "ruther lodestone"
Floyd | The air around the meteor glows as it is transformed, slowly under the
Floyd | play of the green light, into... a chalk formation, white and
Floyd | irregular. The beam now loses itself in the any-angled facets of the

Floyd | chalk.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "that was probably good, but we didn't get a point for it"
inky says (to Floyd), "ruther chalk"
Floyd | The air around the chalk glows as it is transformed, slowly under the
Floyd | play of the green light, back into the meteor, whose burnished surface
Floyd | throws the beam back east through the archway!
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Wheel Cave (West)
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "ok, so that's reversible, good"
inky says (to Floyd), "look"
Floyd |
Floyd | Wheel Cave (West)
Floyd | A circular corridor-cave, like a cartwheel's rim and unmistakably

Floyd | artificial. The arc hoops around northeast and southeast.
Floyd |
Floyd | Through a curious arched entranceway east is the workshop at the hub
Floyd | of the great wheel.
Floyd |
Floyd | A clear funnel chimney rises vertically up, like a glass-blower's vent

Floyd | or something from a furnace, lined with smooth-curving brick.
Floyd |
Floyd | Beneath the chimney is the chalk formation which the meteor has
Floyd | become, and into which the beam of magical light dissipates
Floyd | harmlessly.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Clotspinner's Workshop
Floyd | The presence everywhere of tools and instruments makes this place

Floyd | rather homely to a Duchy-born man like yourself: it's like a smithy,
Floyd | but of the colours of light, not the alloys of metal.
Floyd |
Floyd | At the workshop's centre is the Anvil, a hard stone mounting and,
Floyd | perhaps, the fulcrum of the new Northlands Empire that is to come.
Floyd |

Floyd | A swivel mounting runs around the whole western hemicircle of the
Floyd | workshop, and can be turned anywhere on the calibrated dial from 1 to
Floyd | 180 degrees. It now stands at 37.12.
Floyd |
Floyd | An old man you recognise as the great Clotspinner lies on a crude
Floyd | wooden cot, apparently in a deep sleep or coma.

Floyd |
Floyd | On the floor beneath Clotspinner's outstretched hand are the fragments
Floyd | of a broken glass prism, smashed by the fall. It's a tableau like a
Floyd | narrative painting: you feel a curious urge to disturb nothing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "ruther prism"
Floyd | The spell misfires, perhaps because the fragments of prism is not pure
Floyd | but a mixture or an alloy.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "put diamond in mounting"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x diamond"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x ore"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   seven unwritten vellum scrolls
Floyd |   a coffer (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   an old document
Floyd |   a colour chart
Floyd |   a length of light rope

Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a bow

Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces

Floyd |   some provisions - a banana, a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese
Floyd | and a clove of garlic
Floyd |   a stub of a stock-keeper's note
Floyd |   a burnished lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   a broad green leaf
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "hrm"
Fang says (to Floyd), "x anvil"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the Anvil.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "I hope I didn't lose the ore somewhere, but I probably did"
inky says (to Floyd), "objects"
Floyd | Objects you have handled:
Floyd |

Floyd | the fedora hat   (lost)
Floyd | the hand telescope   (inside the Ambassador's trunk)
Floyd | The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces   (held)
Floyd | the sherbet   (lost)
Floyd | the jade figurine   (lost)

Floyd | the joint of cured ham   (held)
Floyd | the small wickerwork hamper   (held)
Floyd | the poisoned apple   (lost)
Floyd | the hunk of cheese   (held)
Floyd | the clove of garlic   (held)
Floyd | the jewelled scarab   (lost)

Floyd | the brass lantern   (in Lily Pod)
Floyd | the Ambassador's trunk   (held)
Floyd | the formal credentials   (held)
Floyd | the length of light rope   (held)
Floyd | Experimental Spell Book #5   (held)
Floyd | the handwritten note   (held)

Floyd | the platinum egg   (lost)
Floyd | the banana   (held)
Floyd | the improvised ladder   (in Topmost Ledge)
Floyd | the silver ingot   (lost)
Floyd | the boomerang   (held)
Floyd | the shard of pottery   (held)

Floyd | the coffer   (held)
Floyd | the old document   (held)
Floyd | the colour chart   (held)
Floyd | the spotless scroll   (lost)
Floyd | the bow   (held)
Floyd | the arrow   (held)

Floyd | the golden fir-cone   (lost)
Floyd | the arrow   (held)
Floyd | the arrow   (held)
Floyd | the drum   (lost)
Floyd | the gleaming uncut diamond   (lost)
Floyd | the black, memorial scroll   (lost)

Floyd | the arrow   (held)
Floyd | the burnished lantern   (held)
Floyd | the broad green leaf   (held)
Floyd | the stub of a stock-keeper's note   (held)
Floyd | the white scroll in pristine condition   (lost)
Floyd | the unwritten vellum scroll   (held)

Floyd | the unwritten vellum scroll   (held)
Floyd | the unwritten vellum scroll   (held)
Floyd | the unwritten vellum scroll   (held)
Floyd | the unwritten vellum scroll   (held)
Floyd | the unwritten vellum scroll   (held)
Floyd | the unwritten vellum scroll   (held)

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "ruther anvil"
Floyd | You haven't got that spell committed to memory. [Type "spells" to see
Floyd | what you do remember.]

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Firion says, "Wow, that's a lotta stuff to carry."
Fang says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:

Floyd |   seven unwritten vellum scrolls
Floyd |   a coffer (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   an old document
Floyd |   a colour chart
Floyd |   a length of light rope
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)

Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"

Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a banana, a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese

Floyd | and a clove of garlic
Floyd |   a stub of a stock-keeper's note
Floyd |   a burnished lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   a broad green leaf
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "yes, yes I did"
inky says, "dammit"
Fang asks, "where did we put it?"
Jacqueline says, "meh"
Doe asks, "you think that's it?"
Jacqueline says, "That elusive, escapist ore has done it again."
Doe says, "maybe Graham left us a way out"
Fang says, "maybe we should look again"
Doe says, "with an alternative solution"
Fang says, "at where we dropped stuff"
Doe says, "if not on list, gone from game"
Doe says (to floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   seven unwritten vellum scrolls

Floyd |   a coffer (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   an old document
Floyd |   a colour chart
Floyd |   a length of light rope
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   your formal credentials

Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5

Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)
Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a banana, a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese
Floyd | and a clove of garlic

Floyd |   a stub of a stock-keeper's note
Floyd |   a burnished lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   a broad green leaf
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe says (to floyd), "x leaf"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the broad green leaf.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says, "hmm, we didn't have it when you dropped stuff"
Fang says, "do we have an earlier save"
Doe says (to floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Clotspinner's Workshop
Floyd | The presence everywhere of tools and instruments makes this place

Floyd | rather homely to a Duchy-born man like yourself: it's like a smithy,
Floyd | but of the colours of light, not the alloys of metal.
Floyd |
Floyd | At the workshop's centre is the Anvil, a hard stone mounting and,
Floyd | perhaps, the fulcrum of the new Northlands Empire that is to come.
Floyd |

Floyd | A swivel mounting runs around the whole western hemicircle of the
Floyd | workshop, and can be turned anywhere on the calibrated dial from 1 to
Floyd | 180 degrees. It now stands at 37.12.
Floyd |
Floyd | An old man you recognise as the great Clotspinner lies on a crude
Floyd | wooden cot, apparently in a deep sleep or coma.

Floyd |
Floyd | On the floor beneath Clotspinner's outstretched hand are the fragments
Floyd | of a broken glass prism, smashed by the fall. It's a tableau like a
Floyd | narrative painting: you feel a curious urge to disturb nothing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "I dunno if we actually need it or not, I just assume we do"
Doe says, "well, there is a dial"
inky says (to Floyd), "x anvil"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the Anvil.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x dial"
Floyd | It seems to be possible to put something into it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "yeah, we can turn the dial to something"
inky says (to Floyd), "turn dial"
Floyd | Try turning it to a particular setting.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "turn dial to 100"
Floyd | You rotate the mounting to 100.00.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Clotspinner's Workshop
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "x note"
Floyd | Which do you mean, the handwritten note or the stub of a
Floyd | stock-keeper's note?
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Doe says (to floyd), "put diamond in dial"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x stub"
Floyd | Just the torn end of a tally-sheet of some kind:
Floyd |
Floyd |     2585
Floyd |    10163
Floyd |    -----

Floyd | Make of that what you will!
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "I assume this is re the dial, but I don't know what it means"
Bert asks, "Does it go to eleven?"
Jacqueline says, "Of course."
Doe says (to floyd), "put unwritten scroll in dial"
Floyd | You put the unwritten vellum scroll on the calibrated swivel mounting.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "turn dial to 180"
Floyd | You rotate the mounting to 180.00.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Doe), "oho hmm"
inky says (to Floyd), "turn dial to 101.63" Doe says, "I suspecr it is a new scroll maker"
Floyd | You rotate the mounting to 101.63.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says, "yeah that seems possible"
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Wheel Cave (West)

Floyd | A circular corridor-cave, like a cartwheel's rim and unmistakably
Floyd | artificial. The arc hoops around northeast and southeast.
Floyd |
Floyd | Through a curious arched entranceway east is the workshop at the hub
Floyd | of the great wheel.
Floyd |

Floyd | A clear funnel chimney rises vertically up, like a glass-blower's vent
Floyd | or something from a furnace, lined with smooth-curving brick.
Floyd |
Floyd | Beneath the chimney is the chalk formation which the meteor has
Floyd | become, and into which the beam of magical light dissipates
Floyd | harmlessly.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "memorize ruther"
Floyd | You commit the ruther spell to memory.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "ruther chalk"
Floyd | The air around the chalk glows as it is transformed, slowly under the
Floyd | play of the green light, back into the meteor, whose burnished surface
Floyd | throws the beam back east through the archway!

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says, "we're probably do something with the light"
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |

Floyd | Clotspinner's Workshop
Floyd | The presence everywhere of tools and instruments makes this place
Floyd | rather homely to a Duchy-born man like yourself: it's like a smithy,
Floyd | but of the colours of light, not the alloys of metal.
Floyd |
Floyd | At the workshop's centre is the Anvil, a hard stone mounting and,

Floyd | perhaps, the fulcrum of the new Northlands Empire that is to come. The
Floyd | beam of light courses in through the eastern archway to strike the top
Floyd | of the Anvil dead-centre.
Floyd |
Floyd | A swivel mounting runs around the whole western hemicircle of the
Floyd | workshop, and can be turned anywhere on the calibrated dial from 1 to

Floyd | 180 degrees. It now stands at 101.63 and holds a sheet of vellum
Floyd | paper.
Floyd |
Floyd | An old man you recognise as the great Clotspinner lies on a crude
Floyd | wooden cot, apparently in a deep sleep or coma.
Floyd |

Floyd | On the floor beneath Clotspinner's outstretched hand are the fragments
Floyd | of a broken glass prism, smashed by the fall. It's a tableau like a
Floyd | narrative painting: you feel a curious urge to disturb nothing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "x anvil"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the Anvil.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get scroll"
Floyd | (the unwritten vellum scroll)
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "put it on anvil"
Floyd | The magical light melts away the unwritten vellum scroll in a split
Floyd | second.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | Clotspinner's Workshop
Floyd | [Previous turn undone.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says, "wow"
Doe says, "hmmm"
Fang says, "we definitely need the diamond"
Doe says, "it did fit in the dial"
Doe says, "let's try other things"
inky says, "ok ok"
Doe says (to floyd), "put leaf in dial"
Floyd | The mounting is clearly meant to hold something, but not a broad green
Floyd | leaf.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Bert says (to Floyd), "x dial"
Floyd | It seems to be possible to put something into it.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Doe says, "that's what I thought"
Bert says (to Floyd), "turn dial to 11000"
Floyd | You rotate the mounting to 169.60.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Bert), "nice"
inky says, "ok, I will restore again, with the diamond"
inky says (to Floyd), "RESTORE"
inky says (to Floyd), "cf12"
Fang says (to Floyd), "turn dial to -1"
Floyd | Enter saved game to load: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "er"
inky says (to Floyd), "restore"
inky says (to Floyd), "cf11" Doe says, "so if the scroll fits it was meant to go there"
Floyd | Enter saved game to load: Ok.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "x diamond"
Floyd | You see nothing special about the gleaming uncut diamond.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a coffer (which is open but empty)
Floyd |   an old document
Floyd |   a colour chart

Floyd |   a length of light rope
Floyd |   a boomerang (providing light)
Floyd |   a gleaming uncut diamond
Floyd |   your formal credentials
Floyd |   a shard of pottery (providing light)
Floyd |   a small wickerwork hamper (which is open but empty)

Floyd |   four arrows
Floyd |   a drum (which is empty)
Floyd |   a bow
Floyd |   the "destruction order"
Floyd |   Experimental Spell Book #5
Floyd |   your Ambassador's trunk (which is open)

Floyd |     a hand telescope
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |   The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces
Floyd |   some provisions - a joint of cured ham, a hunk of cheese and a clove
Floyd | of garlic

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd |
Floyd | Upward Burrow

Floyd | An upward slope from the arched doorway to north, this is an irregular
Floyd | burrow wriggled out of soft earth. Strange tracks have been dragged,
Floyd | making wavy lines which meet at the distant top, where the burrow
Floyd | opens out.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 40 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of

Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what
Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you
Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |

Floyd | The avalanche has cleared away part of the scree, leaving open behind
Floyd | it a crudely arched doorway into the southern cave wall. Above the
Floyd | doorway, a skull and crossbones has been carved.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at

Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.

Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "drop all except lantern"
Floyd | coffer: Dropped.
Floyd | old document: Dropped.
Floyd | colour chart: Dropped.
Floyd | length of light rope: Dropped.

Floyd | boomerang: Dropped.
Floyd | gleaming uncut diamond: Dropped.
Floyd | formal credentials: Dropped.
Floyd | shard of pottery: Dropped.
Floyd | small wickerwork hamper: Dropped.
Floyd | arrow: Dropped.

Floyd | arrow: Dropped.
Floyd | arrow: Dropped.
Floyd | drum: Dropped.
Floyd | arrow: Dropped.
Floyd | bow: Dropped.
Floyd | handwritten note: Dropped.

Floyd | Experimental Spell Book #5: Dropped.
Floyd | Ambassador's trunk: Dropped.
Floyd | The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces: Dropped.
Floyd | joint of cured ham: Dropped.
Floyd | hunk of cheese: Dropped.

Floyd | clove of garlic: Dropped.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |

Floyd | Shattered Temple Rampart
Floyd | Heaped up against the southern cave wall like a sloping rampart, and
Floyd | rising 40 feet above the stream, the scree fall is made up not of
Floyd | fallen stones but of masonry, broken terracotta tiles, wrecked
Floyd | alabaster murals and those marbly bits you can't ever remember the
Floyd | name of: as if the veil of a temple has been rent in twain. But what

Floyd | the catastrophe can have been, and where the building stood, you
Floyd | cannot say.
Floyd |
Floyd | The avalanche has cleared away part of the scree, leaving open behind
Floyd | it a crudely arched doorway into the southern cave wall. Above the
Floyd | doorway, a skull and crossbones has been carved.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Upward Burrow

Floyd | An upward slope from the arched doorway to north, this is an irregular
Floyd | burrow wriggled out of soft earth. Strange tracks have been dragged,
Floyd | making wavy lines which meet at the distant top, where the burrow
Floyd | opens out.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd |
Floyd | Egg Chamber
Floyd | Hollowed out like a wasp's nest in a rotten apple, this almost-sealed
Floyd | den can only be one thing.

Floyd |
Floyd | A glistening, pulsing egg, rocks back and forth erratically. It seems
Floyd | close to hatching! A dull, humid heat radiates out from it, and you
Floyd | sense effort and anger.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "push egg n"
Floyd | Jacqueline pushes the egg into a rolling motion, down the long burrow, that is
Floyd | really a hatching-tube: it gathers a little speed and rocks ominously
Floyd | side-to-side.
Floyd |

Floyd | Upward Burrow
Floyd | An upward slope from the arched doorway to north, this is an irregular
Floyd | burrow wriggled out of soft earth. Strange tracks have been dragged,
Floyd | making wavy lines which meet at the distant top, where the burrow
Floyd | opens out.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "push egg n"
Floyd | As you give the egg a further push down the slope, everything happens
Floyd | at once. The egg cracks, a vile viscous glue-like liquid coats it at
Floyd | once and your hands are stuck fast!

Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor
Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly

Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |
Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and

Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your length of rope is here.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see some provisions - a clove of garlic, a hunk of cheese

Floyd | and a joint of cured ham, The Guide For Travellers To The Lower
Floyd | Northlands and Surrounding Provinces, your Ambassador's trunk (in
Floyd | which is a hand telescope), Experimental Spell Book #5, the
Floyd | handwritten note, a bow, four arrows, a drum (which is empty), a small
Floyd | wickerwork hamper (which is empty), a shard of pottery (providing
Floyd | light), your formal credentials, a gleaming uncut diamond, a boomerang

Floyd | (providing light), a colour chart, an old document and a coffer (which
Floyd | is empty) here.
Floyd |
Floyd | You're rolling with the egg now, into the waterlily pool. Bruised but
Floyd | somehow coping, you splutter in the sudden chill water: the glue is
Floyd | washing away, and your possessions are safe enough: not even your hair

Floyd | is wet.
Floyd |
Floyd | But just as the egg splits entirely, the giant pod of a deep lily
Floyd | strikes upward to swallow the flotsam whole, to compress it and digest
Floyd | it, safe in the depths in the pool.
Floyd |

Floyd | Lily Pod
Floyd | Smothered in a suffocating red haze, half-conscious at best, your
Floyd | position seems hopeless. The lily's membrane is tough as
Floyd | crocodile-skin and beyond it is perhaps a thousand feet of water? The
Floyd | pressure seals you in as well as any rockfall could. Indeed, only the
Floyd | pressure makes it possible at all for one Ambassador and one giant

Floyd | hatched lizard to share a space barely six feet in diameter.
Floyd |
Floyd | The creature wriggles, dripping a saliva that burns to the touch, but
Floyd | seems lapsed back into embryonic sleep.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "squeeze stinger"
Floyd | With extreme care you squeeze the hornet's stinger, and poison drips
Floyd | out to form a tiny pool in the base of the lily pod. In this
Floyd | compressed space you're just able to keep your feet out of it, for the
Floyd | time it takes to soak into the membrane walls of the pod.

Floyd |
Floyd | [Your score has just gone up by one point.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | There is a hissing sound from the base of the pod.
Floyd |
Floyd | The hatchling wriggles in sleep, perhaps dreaming.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | The pod's stalk seems to have been burnt through by the hornet's

Floyd | poison! The whole pod rocks a little in the underwater currents,
Floyd | fraying away from the stalk.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | Suddenly the pod pulls free, and although you can see nothing of the
Floyd | waters outside, your best guess is that it's drifting westward and
Floyd | rising slightly.
Floyd |

Floyd | You begin to feel a certain concern for, of all things, your
Floyd | belongings. When the pod collapses, what will the water do to them?
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "shrug"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Fang says (to Floyd), "lantern is waterproof"
Floyd | That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "z"
Floyd | Time passes.
Floyd |
Floyd | The pod bumps against an obstacle, checking its westward motion. Now
Floyd | it is only rising, rising.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | You are carrying:
Floyd |   a brass lantern (providing light)
Floyd |
Floyd | Finally the pod breaks surface and bursts into disparate leaves, no

Floyd | longer bound up by the pressure. In confusion you strike out, treading
Floyd | water, but after a couple of minutes' panic realise that the water is
Floyd | only waist deep here. You wade toward a slight light.
Floyd |
Floyd | Stony Shallows
Floyd | From the natural light, dim and far above, you'd guess this cave was

Floyd | distinctly higher up than the cedar-cavern floor. A natural limestone
Floyd | cavity, beautiful and thankfully unused, it's a chance to rest and
Floyd | think. A single winding path leads vaguely north.
Floyd |
Floyd | A burnished lantern lies discarded in the sand.
Floyd |

Floyd | Dead leaves float out on the water, but of the hornet there is no
Floyd | trace.
Floyd |
Floyd | One broad leaf, though, has washed up beside you.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "take all"
Floyd | burnished lantern: Taken.
Floyd | dead leaves: You can't get to the pod's detritus from here.
Floyd | broad green leaf: Taken.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "turn on lantern"
Floyd | You light the lantern.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "shake a middle finger at the game"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd |
Floyd | Other Half Cave
Floyd | This is only half a cave; the western half, to be exact. It's a dark
Floyd | place full of crevices (you would have missed the stony passage back

Floyd | south if you hadn't already known about it). Boxes, bottles and crates
Floyd | are stored here, and to judge from scrape-marks are used by whoever
Floyd | lives through the broad passage northwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | What divides this cave is a solid, floor-to-ceiling stone wall running
Floyd | north to south, masoned with mortar and seemingly recent. You feel

Floyd | quite certain that the cave continues.
Floyd |
Floyd | The stub of a stock-keeper's note lies forgotten beside the stores.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "take note"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | Though the cave undoubtedly extends east, the wall means you are
Floyd | unable to follow it.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Fang says (to Floyd), "nw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Wheel Cave (South)
Floyd | A circular corridor-cave, like a cartwheel's rim and unmistakably
Floyd | artificial. Yet no mason of the Duchy could cut so smooth a wall! The

Floyd | arc hoops around northeast and northwest, while a broad passage runs
Floyd | southeast back to the stores.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "se" Doe says, "well, gotta go, later, hope you finish it"
Floyd |
Floyd | Other Half Cave
Floyd | This is only half a cave; the western half, to be exact. It's a dark
Floyd | place full of crevices (you would have missed the stony passage back
Floyd | south if you hadn't already known about it). Boxes, bottles and crates

Floyd | are stored here, and to judge from scrape-marks are used by whoever
Floyd | lives through the broad passage northwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | What divides this cave is a solid, floor-to-ceiling stone wall running
Floyd | north to south, masoned with mortar and seemingly recent. You feel
Floyd | quite certain that the cave continues.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "search wall"
Floyd | (the masoned wall)
Floyd | You find nothing of interest.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Doe goes home.
inky says (to Floyd), "search boxes"
Fang says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | You manage to uncover what seems to be a secret doorway in the masoned
Floyd | wall. An emergency escape-route, prudently added by whoever is using
Floyd | the stores?
Floyd |
Floyd | >

Floyd | You can't, since the secret door is in the way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "open door"
Floyd | You open the secret door.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "open secret"
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | That's already open.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Floyd |
Floyd | Half Cave
Floyd | This is only half a cave; the eastern half, to be exact. It's a dark

Floyd | place full of crevices (you would have missed the slide passage back
Floyd | north if you hadn't already known about it); chief among them a
Floyd | distinctive triangular cavity, 1 foot or so high, and blocked by a
Floyd | rough quartz window.
Floyd |
Floyd | A secret door in the masoned wall allows access to the other half of

Floyd | the cave, after all.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |

Floyd | Low Crawl
Floyd | It looks as if this low passage from the northeast peters out into a
Floyd | dead end not far west, but a muddy slide-passage descends to the
Floyd | south.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "ne"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a
Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge

Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |
Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,

Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "jump"
Floyd | (to the tree, presumably, rather than plunging into the abyss and
Floyd | certain death)
Floyd | You take a short run-up and leap across, just managing to catch the
Floyd | nearest branch! Painfully slowly, you haul yourself in.
Floyd |
Floyd | Top Branches

Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the
Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on
Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you
Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a

Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |

Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor
Floyd | The cedar's foliage thins out and this is the lowest point at which
Floyd | the trunk will bear your weight.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, hangs down the rest of the way.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Cave Floor

Floyd | An expanse of shingle and boulders sloping haphazardly across an
Floyd | irregularly-shaped floor a hundred feet across, only smoothed out at
Floyd | its centre by a stream which pools just to the north. A furrow in the
Floyd | rocky walls leads southwest, alongside a scree-fall which lies roughly
Floyd | south; while the cave narrows into a canyon to the east.
Floyd |

Floyd | The cone of the cedar hangs vertiginously over you, its tip perhaps 9
Floyd | feet off the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, rests against the tip of the cedar, leading up into its
Floyd | branches.

Floyd |
Floyd | Your length of rope is here.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see some provisions - a clove of garlic, a hunk of cheese
Floyd | and a joint of cured ham, The Guide For Travellers To The Lower
Floyd | Northlands and Surrounding Provinces, your Ambassador's trunk (in

Floyd | which is a hand telescope), Experimental Spell Book #5, the
Floyd | handwritten note, a bow, four arrows, a drum (which is empty), a small
Floyd | wickerwork hamper (which is empty), a shard of pottery (providing
Floyd | light), your formal credentials, a gleaming uncut diamond, a boomerang
Floyd | (providing light), a colour chart, an old document and a coffer (which
Floyd | is empty) here.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get all"
Floyd | stream: You have nothing which will hold water.
Floyd | inverted cedar: You can't reach the tree from here.

Floyd | improvised ladder: Taken.
Floyd | clove of garlic: Taken.
Floyd | hunk of cheese: Taken.
Floyd | joint of cured ham: Taken.
Floyd | The Guide For Travellers To The Lower Northlands and Surrounding
Floyd | Provinces: Taken.

Floyd | Ambassador's trunk: Taken.
Floyd | Experimental Spell Book #5: Taken.
Floyd | handwritten note: Taken.
Floyd | bow: Taken.
Floyd | arrow: Taken.
Floyd | drum: Taken.

Floyd | arrow: Taken.
Floyd | arrow: Taken.
Floyd | arrow: Taken.
Floyd | small wickerwork hamper: Taken.
Floyd | shard of pottery: Taken.
Floyd | formal credentials: Taken.

Floyd | gleaming uncut diamond: Taken.
Floyd | boomerang: Taken.
Floyd | length of light rope: Taken.
Floyd | colour chart: Taken.
Floyd | old document: Taken.
Floyd | coffer: Taken.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd | The ladder's no longer in place.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on cedar"
Floyd | You hang the ladder so that it runs from the cave floor up to the tip
Floyd | of the tree.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Branches Near the Cave Floor
Floyd | The cedar's foliage thins out and this is the lowest point at which

Floyd | the trunk will bear your weight.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, hangs down the rest of the way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "get ladder"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Top Branches
Floyd | You are perched inside the dense, broad first branches down from the
Floyd | cedar's roots, which splay across the rocky ceiling like buttresses on

Floyd | a perpendicular gothic column. Through the dappled green cover, you
Floyd | can just make out the long ledge, but it's too far up to jump across.
Floyd |
Floyd | A tree-house has been constructed here, though it's little more than a
Floyd | wooden lean-to on a log platform.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put ladder on ledge"
Floyd | You hang the ladder so that it runs across the abyss from the cedar's
Floyd | broadest branches to the ledge.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "up"
Floyd |
Floyd | Topmost Ledge
Floyd | This is a slate-littered shelf high up at the northwest eaves of a

Floyd | dark, vaulted cave, from which a meadow-fresh breeze blows. The ledge
Floyd | broadens down a slab "staircase" to the east but wastes away into a
Floyd | tight squeeze southwest. Natural passages extend like tendrils into
Floyd | the rock all around this cavern, but only one is accessible from here,
Floyd | back north under the lintel.
Floyd |

Floyd | Hanging down toward the dim, distant cave floor is a flourishing,
Floyd | inverted cedar, its roots grappling the roof, its nearest outflung
Floyd | branch a good 10 feet across the abyss from here.
Floyd |
Floyd | An improvised ladder of sticks, lashed together with vines and
Floyd | creepers, spans the abyss down to the cedar branches.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | The only obvious ways to proceed from here are north or along the
Floyd | ledge, either down to the east or into the tight squeeze to the

Floyd | southwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "sw"
Floyd |

Floyd | Low Crawl
Floyd | It looks as if this low passage from the northeast peters out into a
Floyd | dead end not far west, but a muddy slide-passage descends to the
Floyd | south.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd |
Floyd | Half Cave
Floyd | This is only half a cave; the eastern half, to be exact. It's a dark
Floyd | place full of crevices (you would have missed the slide passage back

Floyd | north if you hadn't already known about it); chief among them a
Floyd | distinctive triangular cavity, 1 foot or so high, and blocked by a
Floyd | rough quartz window.
Floyd |
Floyd | A secret door in the masoned wall allows access to the other half of
Floyd | the cave, after all.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd |
Floyd | Other Half Cave

Floyd | This is only half a cave; the western half, to be exact. It's a dark
Floyd | place full of crevices (you would have missed the stony passage back
Floyd | south if you hadn't already known about it). Boxes, bottles and crates
Floyd | are stored here, and to judge from scrape-marks are used by whoever
Floyd | lives through the broad passage northwest.
Floyd |

Floyd | A secret door in the masoned wall allows access to the other half of
Floyd | the cave, after all.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | You can't go that way.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "nw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Wheel Cave (South)
Floyd | A circular corridor-cave, like a cartwheel's rim and unmistakably
Floyd | artificial. Yet no mason of the Duchy could cut so smooth a wall! The
Floyd | arc hoops around northeast and northwest, while a broad passage runs
Floyd | southeast back to the stores.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "ne"
Floyd |
Floyd | Wheel Cave (East)

Floyd | A circular corridor-cave, like a cartwheel's rim and unmistakably
Floyd | artificial. The arc hoops around northwest and southwest.
Floyd |
Floyd | A white scroll, in pristine condition, rests in a niche.
Floyd |
Floyd | >

inky says (to Floyd), "get scorll"
Floyd | You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get scroll"
Floyd | Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "put it in spell book"
Floyd | Your spell book begins to glow softly. Almost imperceptibly, the
Floyd | binding swells and closes over the edge of the white scroll in
Floyd | pristine condition, which straightens and becomes the new ploor spell
Floyd | page. The book's brightness fades as the corners settle to perfect
Floyd | right angles.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "nw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Wheel Cave (North)

Floyd | A circular corridor-cave, like a cartwheel's rim and unmistakably
Floyd | artificial. The arc hoops around southwest and southeast.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the northern wall is a wooden rack, of the kind used by bakers to
Floyd | cool cakes, or painters to dry watercolours.
Floyd |

Floyd | On the wooden rack are seven unwritten vellum scrolls.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
Fang says (to Floyd), "memorise ploor"
Floyd | You commit the ploor spell to memory.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "get scrolls"
Floyd | unwritten vellum scroll: Taken.
Floyd | unwritten vellum scroll: Taken.

Floyd | unwritten vellum scroll: Taken.
Floyd | unwritten vellum scroll: Taken.
Floyd | unwritten vellum scroll: Taken.
Floyd | unwritten vellum scroll: Taken.
Floyd | unwritten vellum scroll: Taken.
Floyd |

Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
inky says (to Floyd), "cf13"
Floyd | Enter saved game to store: Ok.

Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "ploor"
Floyd | A brief babble in your ears clarifies and settles to a calm voice, a
Floyd | voice with the clarity of a thought. You are in telepathic conference

Floyd | with the Archduke Elect, the head of the Duchy's legislature and
Floyd | therefore of the whole Diplomatic Service!
Floyd |
Floyd | Somehow, without words, a perfect concord is achieved between you. He
Floyd | has received your report and is arranging for your escape: agents will
Floyd | be waiting at Watling Street to whisk you away. But your detailed

Floyd | impressions of what is going on will not be enough. No, you must
Floyd | somehow foil this new magic, if possible forever.
Floyd |
Floyd | (Only now do you realise how the poor watchmakers and craftsmen of the
Floyd | Duchy must feel. This "ploor" spell will make travelling diplomats
Floyd | entirely redundant.)

Floyd |
Floyd | [Your score has just gone up by one point.]
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says, "hey hey"
Jacqueline says, "hey hey good job"
Limax says, "Man... I wish real life would quit getting in the way"
inky says (to Floyd), "sw"
Floyd |
Floyd | Wheel Cave (West)

Floyd | A circular corridor-cave, like a cartwheel's rim and unmistakably
Floyd | artificial. The arc hoops around northeast and southeast.
Floyd |
Floyd | Through a curious arched entranceway east is the workshop at the hub
Floyd | of the great wheel.
Floyd |

Floyd | A clear funnel chimney rises vertically up, like a glass-blower's vent
Floyd | or something from a furnace, lined with smooth-curving brick.
Floyd |
Floyd | Beneath the chimney is a huge, irregular, metallic lodestone,
Floyd | presumably a meteor fallen to earth.
Floyd |

Floyd | A thick, viscous green beam of magical light reflects from the meteor
Floyd | through a right-angle: straight upward through the chimney, to a level
Floyd | path east through the archway.
Floyd |
Floyd | >
inky says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd |
Floyd | Clotspinner's Workshop
Floyd | The presence everywhere of tools and instruments makes this place
Floyd | rather homely to a Duchy-born man like yourself: it's like a smithy,

Floyd | but of the colours of light, not the alloys of metal.
Floyd |
Floyd | At the workshop's centre is the Anvil, a hard stone mounting and,
Floyd | perhaps, the fulcrum of the new Northlands Empire that is to come. The
Floyd | beam of light courses in through the eastern archway to strike the top