ClubFloyd Transcript:
Muggle Studies by M. Flourish Klink
As played on ifMUD on April 8, 2012

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 Muggle Studies written by M. Flourish Klink. Muggle Studies is a lovingly-crafted Harry Potter fanfic in IF form, released on its own recognisance. 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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Jacqueline hollers, "All muggles are invited to the Toyshop to play Flourish's new game. Should you decide to attend, your presense is requested in 13 minutes."
Jacqueline gets bored and wanders off to the Toyshop.
Jacqueline arrives, ready to play with the toys.
Yuri exclaims (at Jacqueline), "Hello!"
Jacqueline says, "Hi, Yuri."
Jacqueline asks, "I forget, have you done ClubFloyd before?"
Yuri asks (of Jacqueline), "How are you?" * Jacqueline has added Yuri to the channel.
Yuri says (to Jacqueline), "No, I haven't been before. My first time. I've read some of the transcripts etc. though, so I know how it works ;-)" Jacqueline says, "Possibly you have not, since you weren't on the channel."
Jacqueline says, "Can you speak on the channel? Give it a go."
Jacqueline says, "To speak on the channel, type #clubfloyd hello" Yuri exclaims, "Hello!"
Jacqueline says, "Yay."
Jacqueline asks, "Okay, are you new to using channels, or do you have that bit down already?"
Yuri says, "ah, yes, thanks ;-)"
Yuri scratches his head
Yuri says, "I'm new, but I've read up on it... and I've hung around on MUDs and IRC back in the early 90s"
Jacqueline says, "Yes you're new, or yes you know how to use them? All I was going to say is that after you've established a channel by prefacing your statement with #channel, you can then shorten that to just a semi-colon."
Jacqueline says, "Ah, timing. Okay, great."
djfletch arrives, full of neither funk nor fun.
Yuri sorry I seem to be slightly lagged
DavidW arrives, ready to play with the toys. djfletch says, "hello hello"
Yuri says, "argh sorry, semi-colon"
Jacqueline says, "So you'll know from reading the transcripts then that during the game we chat on the channel and only play the game in the room - that's how the transcript separates things out."
Yuri exclaims, "yes, thanks!"
Jacqueline says (to Yuri), "No problem. We all do the : for a ; now and then."
Jacqueline says (to djf), "Howdy."
Yuri says (to Jcqueline), "Thanks..."
Jacqueline says, "Hello, Mr. David."
Jacqueline says (to Yuri), "You're welcome."
Jacqueline says, "And welcome to ifMUD."
DavidW says, "morning, Ms. J."
DavidW says, "My eyes are still trying to focus."
Jacqueline says, "Just so folks know, vimes has been working on an easier transcript processing script, so we should get transcripts updated sometime soon, with streamlined goodness."
Jacqueline says, "Well, today there is no survey. We know what we're playing for the next 2-3 (possibly 4) weeks. Today is Muggle Studies, next week we start working through the Apollo 18+20 stuff."
Jacqueline says, "So your eyes don't have to be open just yet."
DavidW says, "Oculos tergeo!"
Jacqueline says, "hahaha"
Jacqueline says, "So, it's time."
Jacqueline asks, "Who here has not yet played Muggle Studies?"
djfletch says, "I haven't played it."
DavidW says, "I have not played it."
Yuri says, "The time has come, the Walrus said, to speak of many things..."
Yuri hasn't
Jacqueline says, "Well, I was a beta tester on this one, so I have."
Jacqueline says, "But I am going to enjoy watching you guys play."
Jacqueline says, "Flourish was hoping to give us a new version, but it didn't happen by Floydtime, so she apologizes and says that she knows about the thing that if I mentioned it might be a spoiler, so I won't."
zarf arrives, full of neither funk nor fun. Jacqueline exclaims, "On that note, incipit ludum!"
Floyd | Welcome to the Cheap Glk Implementation, library version 0.9.0.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Magic is real.
Floyd |
Floyd | Or that's what the Headmaster of Hogwarts College--no, Hogwarts School
Floyd | of Witchcraft and Wizardry--wants you to think. Assuming that you're
Floyd | not going insane, it seems like he's probably right. How else could you
Floyd | explain the way he appeared out of nowhere, or how he made you speak in
Floyd | rhyming couplets for ten minutes, or how he brought your grandmother's
Floyd | Lladró figurines to life and had them dancing with each other, or
Floyd | packed all your things with the wave of a wand, or...
Floyd |
Floyd | Then, he asked you to be his new Professor of Muggle Studies. Whatever
Floyd | a "Muggle" is. You just needed to sign the contract, say good-bye to
Floyd | your old place, and you'd be whisked away. By magic. To Scotland. To
Floyd | start your new job immediately.
Floyd |
Floyd | You asked for a little while to think. What you really meant, of
Floyd | course, was "a little while to go on a bender in celebration of all
Floyd | your notions about life and the world being shattered." That worked out
Floyd | pretty well, except you woke up with a pounding headache and a signed
Floyd | contract. Oh, and an old shoe, which apparently you are supposed to
Floyd | touch whenever you want to be transported. You're not sure how that
Floyd | works, but he put it around here somewhere--you can't quite remember
Floyd | where--and you'd better find it if you want to make it to Hogwarts.
Floyd |
Floyd | A magical contract is probably pretty unbreakable, yeah?
Floyd |
Floyd | Muggle Studies
Floyd | An exploration of the wonderful world of wizardry, with apologies to
Floyd | J.K. Rowling, by Flourish Klink
Floyd | Release 1 / Serial number 120331 / Inform 7 build 6G60 (I6/v6.32 lib
Floyd | 6/12N)
Floyd | For more information about the game, or how to play IF, type ABOUT or
Floyd | HELP. For hints on specific puzzles, type HINTS.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your Flat
Floyd | Your simple one-room flat, suitable to the needs of a young teacher.
Floyd | The place was advertised as a steal, and everyone who sees it has to
Floyd | admit that its bones are good. Unfortunately, it hasn't been redone
Floyd | since before the Second World War. Also, it's about the size of a
Floyd | postage stamp. It's cheap, anyway... You've got a bed, a wardrobe, a
Floyd | table, and an ancient Aga to cook on. One lonely broadside hangs on the
Floyd | south wall. The door on the north wall leads to the rest of the
Floyd | building. A packed trunk stands in the middle of the floor.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the table are a contract, a Hogwarts brochure, and a handful of
Floyd | yellow Jelly Babies.
Floyd |
DavidW asks, "hm. I know an Aga is a stove. What's a broadside?"
Jacqueline says, "You are ahead of me. I had no idea what an Aga was."
Yuri says (to Floyd), "read contract"
Floyd | >You read: A lot of legalese committing you to teach at Hogwarts for a
Floyd | full year, blah, blah, blah, painful death if you don't fulfill the
Floyd | terms of the contract, blah, blah, blah, then the signatures Albus
Floyd | Dumbledore and Alice Armstrong. Yep. That's your drunk-signature. You'd
Floyd | know it anywhere.
Floyd |
Floyd | Holy shit. It says that they can erase your memories if you don't
Floyd | actually hold up your end of the deal. It says they can hex you. What
Floyd | does hexing even mean? It doesn't sound very pleasant. ...looks like
Floyd | you're going to have to go to Hogwarts.
Floyd |
djfletch says, "I'm not sure what a broadside is if it isn't boats shooting at each other."
Jacqueline says, "I think a broadside is a piece of paper."
Yuri says, "a broadside is a ship"
Yuri says, "sorry, side of a ship"
DavidW says, "f x broadside"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x broadside"
Floyd | >Sangita printed it. It's set in black type on white paper--an excerpt
Floyd | of poetry by Shelley.
Floyd |
Floyd | You read: All day the wizard lady sate aloof,
Floyd | Spelling out scrolls of dread antiquity,
Floyd | Under the cavern's fountain-lighted roof;
Floyd | Or broidering the pictured poesy
Floyd | Of some high tale upon her growing woof,
Floyd | Which the sweet splendour of her smiles could dye
Floyd | In hues outshining heaven - and ever she
Floyd | Added some grace to the wrought poesy.
Floyd |
Floyd | Now that you know what you know about magic, having "The Witch of
Floyd | Atlas" on your wall is pretty damn ironic.
Floyd |
Jacqueline says, "My husband has just confirmed this, and he served as one of the Britishism checkers for this game. heh"
Yuri says, "for example on old-fashioned navyships, the cannons were on broadside"
Jacqueline says (to Yuri), "That's another sort of broadside. :)"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "who is Sangita"
Floyd | >You can't ask direct questions to the game. Type a verb - noun command
Floyd | like EXAMINE HANDFUL OF YELLOW JELLY BABIES to interact with the story
Floyd | world, or LOOK to get a description of your surroundings.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take all from table"
Floyd | >You can't use ALL in this story. Sorry.
Floyd |
Jacqueline says, "I don't think 'remember' is implemented, but maybe it is."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x babies"
Floyd | >Jelly Babies just like any you'd buy in a shop, except they're all
Floyd | yellow.
Floyd |
Floyd | The Grand High Mugglewump or whoever he is kept offering you sweets.
Floyd | You tried to slip them down your sleeve so you didn't have to eat any.
Floyd | Hopefully he didn't notice. Even if you liked Jelly Babies, you
Floyd | probably couldn't have kept them down--you were pretty much in shock
Floyd | after he appeared unexpectedly in your flat. Maybe he thought that
Floyd | raising your blood sugar would help? Do wizards even have blood sugar?
Floyd | Well, of course they have blood sugar, they're human, aren't they?
Floyd | ...aren't they? God, this is not a good line of thinking.
Floyd |
Jacqueline says (to Floyd), "remember sangita"
Floyd | >That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
Jacqueline says, "Guess I was right."
Yuri says, "bloody lag! And yes: the piece of paper hypothesis seems better ;-)"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take babies"
Floyd | >Taken.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take contract"
Floyd | >Taken.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take brochure"
Floyd | >Taken.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x brochure"
Floyd | >A tri-fold brochure, like you'd see in any admissions office. This one
Floyd | just happens to have moving pictures, including an aerial view of a
Floyd | craggy, hodgepodge castle that must be Hogwarts itself.
Floyd |
Floyd | You read:
Floyd |
Floyd | HOGWARTS SCHOOL OF WITCHCRAFT AND WIZARDRY
Floyd | Providing an excellent magical education since 909 AD
Floyd |  Headmaster Albus Dumbledore (Order of Merlin First Class, Grand Sorc.,
Floyd | Chf. Warlock, Supreme Mugwump International Confed. of Wizards)--et
Floyd | cetera, et cetera.
Floyd |
Floyd | ...wait a minute. That's not what the brochure said when Dumbledore
Floyd | gave it to you at your interview. Then, it was about Hogwarts
Floyd | College--not Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry--and it was all
Floyd | about how Hogwarts provides extensive bursaries for nearly all its
Floyd | students, and how they follow a unique educational programme, focusing
Floyd | on life skills and personal interests. And the pictures didn't
Floyd | move--and there certainly wasn't a picture of students flying around on
Floyd | broomsticks--and the section about Hogwarts's history didn't mention
Floyd | that most of the historical alumni still live there as ghosts.
Floyd |
Floyd | Of course, now that you think about it, it must have been an enchanted
Floyd | brochure. After you accepted the job and Dumbledore broke the news
Floyd | about magic to you, its nature changed. That makes as much sense as
Floyd | anything seems to lately.
Floyd |
Yuri says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | >You are carrying:
Floyd |   a Hogwarts brochure
Floyd |   a contract
Floyd |   a handful of yellow Jelly Babies
Floyd |   an identity card
Floyd |
Yuri says (to Floyd), "x identity card"
Floyd | >The usual lilac-and-salmon card, with a picture of you looking awfully
Floyd | peaked.
Floyd |
Floyd | You read: ALICE ARMSTRONG.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Yuri), "Good thought."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x trunk"
Floyd | >A steamer trunk that once belonged to your grandmother, covered in
Floyd | dingy brown canvas and lined with outstandingly ugly floral-sprigged
Floyd | paper. You can't see the paper, of course, because it's closed, stuffed
Floyd | to the brim with your clothes and knicknacks.
Floyd |
Floyd | Headmaster Dumbledore waved around that ridiculous wand and everything
Floyd | just jumped in there. The Lladrós even wrapped themselves up in
Floyd | newsprint to make sure they wouldn't crack! That probably convinced you
Floyd | more than anything--parlor tricks aside, absolutely nothing could make
Floyd | all your stuff fit in that little trunk except magic.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "open trunk"
Floyd | >There's nothing on top of the trunk, and you'd better not look inside.
Floyd | Everything's packed, and if you opened it you probably couldn't get it
Floyd | closed again. Anyway, you know that the old shoe's not in there.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take trunk"
Floyd | >That's too heavy for you, and anyway, why would you want to carry it?
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x wardrobe"
Floyd | >Sturdy, tall, wooden; a relic of your Grandma Gigi. The inside is
Floyd | lined with outstandingly ugly floral-sprigged paper, twin to the trunk
Floyd | she also left you.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "look under bed"
Floyd | >There's a drawer for storage under the bed, and no space beneath the
Floyd | drawer.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "open drawer"
Floyd | >You bought the bed when you broke up with Sangita. The drawer was the
Floyd | selling point: so functional! Now that it's about to go into storage
Floyd | (well, that's what the Headmaster said would happen, anyway. Maybe it's
Floyd | going to go into a pocket dimension or something. Who knows?) you're
Floyd | feeling a bit wistful. Sangita was great, and you still pretty much
Floyd | miss her. It's been a year, though, and you'd better get over it. Maybe
Floyd | it's a good thing you're starting over in Scotland. There definitely
Floyd | won't be anything there to remind you of her.
Floyd |
Floyd | Nothing inside, not even dust--no old shoe.
Floyd |
Yuri says (to DavidW), "Thanks! Not very enlightening, unfortunately ;-)"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open wardrobe"
Floyd | >You can remember Grandma reading you the Narnia books; you used to
Floyd | hide inside the wardrobe, behind her fur coats, and pound on the back
Floyd | wall to see if anyone in Narnia, on the other side, could hear you. The
Floyd | sound of the door creaking open brings it all back: the scent of the
Floyd | moth balls, the feel of her papery skin, the heavy warmth of the coats
Floyd | around you.
Floyd |
Floyd | No old shoe here, either. All this searching is doing exactly nothing
Floyd | for your headache.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x table"
Floyd | >An old plastic-topped table. A bit wobbly.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "hm. Maybe we should find an aspirin first."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "look under table"
Floyd | >You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
DavidW asks, "Where's the bathroom?"
djfletch says, "dunno"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x aga"
Floyd | >An ancient Aga, with the classic black top and white front panels,
Floyd | rusty and unassuming. At least the stove is functional, and you use the
Floyd | oven for storage.
Floyd |
Floyd | Actually, part of why you ended up taking this flat is the Aga. It's
Floyd | sentimental, really. When you were a small child, your parents' house
Floyd | had one just like it. Your mother never liked to cook--for her, a
Floyd | family meal meant going round the corner for curry take-away instead of
Floyd | actually sitting down in a restaurant--but whenever your grandmother
Floyd | came to visit, she'd make the most incredible meals on that crummy old
Floyd | thing. You can still practically taste everything--she did all the
Floyd | standards, a roast one day, bubble and squeak the next, tarts and
Floyd | scones and pies. Unfortunately, she never taught you any of it.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "exits"
Floyd | >That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x exits"
Floyd | >You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd | >You can't go that way.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd | >Your Flat
Floyd | You've got a bed, a wardrobe, a table, and an ancient Aga to cook on.
Floyd | One lonely broadside hangs on the south wall. The door on the north
Floyd | wall leads to the rest of the building. A packed trunk stands in the
Floyd | middle of the floor.
Floyd |
DavidW asks, "Shall we head north?"
djfletch says, "let me just check the aga"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "open aga"
Floyd | >You open the Aga, revealing an old shoe.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "ah"
djfletch says, "I don't know if this will teleport us straight away."
djfletch says, "try going north first perhaps"
DavidW says, "Portkeys in the books sometimes were timed, sometimes weren't."
Yuri says, "probably... let's explore first"
DavidW asks, "Did anyone clear the save counter?"
djfletch says, "I don't think so."
DavidW clears the save counter.
DavidW says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "cf1"
Floyd | >Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "Just in case the rest of the building is a swamp or something."
Yuri exclaims (at DavidW), "Good thinking!"
DavidW says, "thanks!"
DavidW says, "Someone brave ought to test the north exit."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | >You get the sense that it wouldn't do you any good to change your mind
Floyd | and go. Surely they wouldn't let a secret like, oh, the existence of
Floyd | magic go so easily. Best to at least see what Hogwarts is like.
Floyd |
Yuri says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | >You get the sense that it wouldn't do you any good to change your mind
Floyd | and go. Surely they wouldn't let a secret like, oh, the existence of
Floyd | magic go so easily. Best to at least see what Hogwarts is like.
Floyd |
Yuri says, "Hmmm..."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "grab trunk"
Floyd | >That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "touch trunk"
Floyd | >Slightly rough.
Floyd |
djfletch says, "hopefully our trunk will magically come with us somehow"
Yuri..The portkey then? DavidW says, "hm. I guess we can only hope the trunk somehow follows us."
Yuri asks, "maybe we should touch both at the same time?"
Yuri says, "as in: touch trunk and shoe"
DavidW says (to djfletch), "You found the shoe. I think you should get the honours of taking it."
Yuri says, "at least we have a saved game, if we bungle it"
djfletch says, "oh ok"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "get shoe"
Floyd | >As soon as you touch the shoe, it feels like someone's set a giant
Floyd | fish-hook in your belly and started reeling you in. After a brief,
Floyd | stomach-churning journey, you find yourself somewhere quite
Floyd | different--and no longer clutching the shoe. You must have lost it on
Floyd | the way.
Floyd |
Floyd | Dumbledore's Office
Floyd | A circular room with a high, vaulted ceiling. It is filled with various
Floyd | magical instruments, an enormous claw-footed desk, and innumerable
Floyd | oddities--all of which have been pushed, higgledy-piggledy, to the
Floyd | walls, and some of which look much the worse for it. An elaborate perch
Floyd | stands forlornly next to the desk, with no bird seated on it. The walls
Floyd | themselves are covered in portraits of important-looking people. A
Floyd | spiral staircase appears to continually spin downwards--almost like an
Floyd | escalator--at the far end of the room.
Floyd |
Floyd | Wait, what?
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x desk"
Floyd | >A heavy, claw-footed desk with a highly polished surface. It is
Floyd | covered in chalked designs, strange and geometric.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the claw-footed desk is an iron bell.
Floyd |
Floyd | As you examine the designs, you walk around the desk--and notice a
Floyd | piece of purple parchment, dropped nearby. You pick it up.
Floyd |
Floyd | You read: INGREDIENTS. To be carried by spellcaster.
Floyd | The next bit is all symbols:
Floyd | a dot inside a circle;
Floyd | a crescent moon;
Floyd | a female symbol;
Floyd | a male symbol;
Floyd | a 2 with a 1 intersecting its tail;
Floyd | a female symbol with horns;
Floyd | a curiously embellished lower-case h;
Floyd | a circle bisected by a horizontal line;
Floyd | a circle with a complicated, Celtic-looking pattern.
Floyd |
Floyd | No, really, what the fuck is going on?
Floyd |
djfletch says, "magic! is going on."
DavidW says, "hm. I recognize the symbols. They represent both planets and alchemical elements. The dot in circle is sun/gold."
Yuri sun, moon, venus, mars, jupiter, mercury, saturn, earth...
Yuri not sure, what the celticy thing is
Yuri could be metals instead of planets as well zarf says, "channel, please"
zarf says, "also ,I suspect we'll find helper texts in the game, since this isn't supposed to be a brainburner"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x bell"
Floyd | >A little iron bell with a slightly rusty clapper. It's lying on its
Floyd | side, as though somebody hastily dropped it.
Floyd |
Floyd | You've got a sinking feeling you know what's going on. This is Hogwarts
Floyd | School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. That was some bona fide wizardry
Floyd | there, only instead of being on your trunk, it was on you. Okay. All
Floyd | right. So the next step is to find Dumbledore. Why isn't he here?
Floyd |
Jacqueline says, "Yeah, semi-colon, Yuri. :)"
Yuri gold, silver, copper, iron, tin, lead, ???. ??? Yuri exclaims, "Oh bugger!"
Jacqueline says (to Yuri), "You're -- yeah."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x portraits"
Floyd | >Curious portraits elaborately framed; they are more like flat-screen
Floyd | televisions than oil paintings, however, as their inhabitants are
Floyd | animated. Most of them are sleeping, rhythmically breathing: "Dilys
Floyd | Derwent, headmistress 1741-1768," "Phineas Nigellus Black, headmaster
Floyd | 1890-1925." One is awake, reading a book: "Newton Scamander, headmaster
Floyd | 1930-1939." You deduce that they are former heads of Hogwarts.
Floyd |
Jacqueline exclaims, "But appropriate use of swears, given today's game. Good show!"
Yuri exclaims, "Sorry about that!"
Yuri exclaims, "And excuse my French!"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "ask scamander about dumbledore"
Floyd | >[Use TALK TO to interact with characters.]
Floyd |
Jacqueline exclaims, "Zut alors!"
Yuri blushes
DavidW says (to Floyd), "talk to scamander"
Floyd | >"Can you talk?" you ask the portrait.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Of course I can, what do you think?" he replies.
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Where's Headmaster Dumbledore?
Floyd [2] What are you?
Floyd [3] Never mind.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"Do you know where Headmaster Dumbledore went?" you ask, trying to
Floyd | figure out how to be polite to a portrait.
Floyd |
Floyd | He peers at you over the top of his book. "In my day we never would
Floyd | have thought of such a thing as having a Muggle at Hogwarts," he says,
Floyd | which does not seem to be quite on topic. "Particularly not one that's
Floyd | as rude as you. You were late. Very late. So he thought he'd get some
Floyd | business done first."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Business?
Floyd [2] What are you?
Floyd [3] Never mind.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >Ugh. Your head aches and now you feel guilty on top of it. "Business?"
Floyd | you ask, but before you can say anything further, yet another weird
Floyd | thing happens. A bizarre little man appears, floating between you and
Floyd | Scamander's portrait. He seems to have come from the ceiling,
Floyd | but--where could he have been, up there?
Floyd |
Floyd | Before you have a chance to say anything, even to exclaim in surprise,
Floyd | he shouts in a singsong voice, "Oi! It's the new Muggly-girl!" He
Floyd | dances around--surprising, how he can manage to dance in midair--to
Floyd | hover with his feet just on the level of your nose. "I, of course, am
Floyd | Peeves the Proper, King of this castle. Bet you're wondering what's
Floyd | going on, aren't you? Eh-eh-eh?" The bells on his hat jingle.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Yeah, uh, starting with -" you begin, but he cuts you off.
Floyd |
Floyd | "There once was a lazy headmaster
Floyd | who thought he could cast a spell faster.
Floyd | But the corners he cut
Floyd | slammed dimension doors shut
Floyd | and now he's a missing spellcaster!"
Floyd |
Floyd | "Get out of here, Peeves," Scamander says. "I'll call the Bloody
Floyd | Baron!" To your surprise, the threat seems to work: Peeves disappears
Floyd | as quickly as he came.
Floyd |
Floyd | All right. So Dumbledore tried to cast a spell and everybody
Floyd | disappeared, including him. That makes... well, it makes a weird kind
Floyd | of sense. It seems like you have a couple of options--you could try to
Floyd | fix the spell, even though you're not magical, or you could try to
Floyd | figure out where you are and start walking home. Maybe you could find a
Floyd | train station or something.
Floyd |
Floyd | Why did you ever think this whole teaching thing was a good idea?
Floyd |
DavidW says, "Sorry about the textdump!"
zarf says, "hm, that's pretty accepting of us"
DavidW says, "But we found plot and goal."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "wake nigellus"
Floyd | >That seems unnecessary.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "talk to scamander"
Floyd | >"Um, Headmaster Scamander?" you ask.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Yes?"
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Who precisely is Peeves?
Floyd [2] Who's the Bloody Baron?
Floyd [3] What are you?
Floyd [4] Never mind.
Floyd |
Floyd | This has been fun and all, but you're pretty much ready to go home now.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "3"
Floyd | >"So, are you a person, like, behind a window? Or a real animated
Floyd | person?" you ask.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Excuse me?" the Headmaster asks.
Floyd |
Floyd | "I mean--you're not a hologram or something? You and the other
Floyd | paintings?"
Floyd |
Floyd | "What in Merlin's name is a hologram?" he inquires. It occurs to you
Floyd | that you don't actually know how holograms are made. What's that
Floyd | phrase--'any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from
Floyd | magic'?
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Who precisely is Peeves?
Floyd [2] Who's the Bloody Baron?
Floyd [3] Never mind.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"So who--or what--precisely is Peeves?"
Floyd |
Floyd | "The castle poltergeist. I'm not entirely clear on why he didn't
Floyd | disappear along with all the other ghosts," Scamander muses. "Perhaps
Floyd | he's simply too annoying for magic to deal with."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Who's the Bloody Baron?
Floyd [2] What do you mean, disappear?
Floyd [3] Never mind.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd | >"What do you mean, disappeared?"
Floyd |
Floyd | Scamander sighs. "You heard Peeves," he says. "The headmaster and his
Floyd | assistant were making complex adjustments to the castle's wards.
Floyd | Something related to your arrival here, as I understand it. In any
Floyd | case, something they did went wrong, and off they went, Merlin knows
Floyd | where. I believe you've already found their notes." Well, shit.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Um. Thanks," you say, to be polite.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "talk to scamander"
Floyd | >"Um, Headmaster Scamander?" you ask.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Yes?"
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Who's the Bloody Baron?
Floyd [2] How can I get back home?
Floyd [3] Never mind.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd | >"So how can I get back home--a train or a bus or something?"
Floyd |
Floyd | "How should I know?" Scamander asks. "I've been a portrait since 1991,
Floyd | and before that I never came here if I could help it. Being the
Floyd | Headmaster stank."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Who's the Bloody Baron?
Floyd [2] Never mind.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"Who's the Bloody Baron?"
Floyd |
Floyd | "The only thing Peeves is scared of. I don't suppose the threat will
Floyd | work long--any minute now he'll figure out that the Baron's not around,
Floyd | and then he'll be insufferable."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Never mind.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"Never mind," you say. Newt nods curtly and goes back to his book.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "instruments"
Floyd | >I only understood the first part of that-- trying anyway.
Floyd | >EXAMINE INSTRUMENTSSome of the instruments are familiar: an astrolabe,
Floyd | a Leyden jar, an orrery. Others are strange: complex silver
Floyd | contraptions that whirr and emit puffs of smoke intermittently.
Floyd |
maga arrives, full of neither funk nor fun.
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x instruments"
Floyd | >Some of the instruments are familiar: an astrolabe, a Leyden jar, an
Floyd | orrery. Others are strange: complex silver contraptions that whirr and
Floyd | emit puffs of smoke intermittently.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "ring bell"
Floyd | >Ding-a-ling-a-ling!
Floyd |
Floyd | The sound makes you think. There was a church quite near Grandma's
Floyd | house and when the bells rang she'd ring a little bell of her own. It
Floyd | was a funny tic. She'd ring the bell at plenty of things, actually--the
Floyd | toad that lived in her garden and the owls that flew in to visit,
Floyd | various pots and pans in her kitchen, sometimes even at you. Grandma
Floyd | liked bells. "They scare the faeries out," she'd say, but you knew
Floyd | perfectly well that she was just telling you old wives" tales.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take bell"
Floyd | >Taken.
Floyd |
djfletch asks, "hmm, anything else to do here?"
DavidW says, "An orrery is a model of the solar system."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd | >Dumbledore's Office
Floyd | A circular room with a high, vaulted ceiling. It is filled with various
Floyd | magical instruments, an enormous claw-footed desk, and innumerable
Floyd | oddities--all of which have been pushed, higgledy-piggledy, to the
Floyd | walls, and some of which look much the worse for it. An elaborate perch
Floyd | stands forlornly next to the desk, with no bird seated on it. The walls
Floyd | themselves are covered in portraits of important-looking people. A
Floyd | spiral staircase appears to continually spin downwards--almost like an
Floyd | escalator--at the far end of the room.
Floyd |
Yuri says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd | >Dumbledore's Office
Floyd | A circular room with a high, vaulted ceiling. It is filled with various
Floyd | magical instruments, an enormous claw-footed desk, and innumerable
Floyd | oddities--all of which have been pushed, higgledy-piggledy, to the
Floyd | walls, and some of which look much the worse for it. An elaborate perch
Floyd | stands forlornly next to the desk, with no bird seated on it. The walls
Floyd | themselves are covered in portraits of important-looking people. A
Floyd | spiral staircase appears to continually spin downwards--almost like an
Floyd | escalator--at the far end of the room.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x orrery"
Floyd | >A minute model of the solar system, slowly revolving.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x sun"
Floyd | >You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Yuri says (to Floyd), "x desk"
Floyd | >A heavy, claw-footed desk with a highly polished surface. It is
Floyd | covered in chalked designs, strange and geometric.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x jar"
Floyd | >A glass jar coated in foil.
Floyd |
Yuri says (to Floyd), "x designs"
Floyd | >A heavy, claw-footed desk with a highly polished surface. It is
Floyd | covered in chalked designs, strange and geometric.
Floyd |
Yuri says (to Floyd), "x astrolabe"
Floyd | >A spherical astrolabe made of glass and chased silver.
Floyd |
Yuri says (to Floyd), "x leyden jar"
Floyd | >A glass jar coated in foil.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "get astrolabe"
Floyd | >As you reach out for the astrolabe, your fingers slide away. Magic,
Floyd | most likely, to prevent curious students from destroying things they
Floyd | don't understand.
Floyd |
Jacqueline says, "Just saw that typo in the phrase old wives' tales - Flourish is still doing another release, so if you catch things, say them here or send her an e-mail."
DavidW says, "I think we'll want to collect ingredients. Hope we'll recognize them when we see them."
vimes arrives, full of neither funk nor fun. djfletch says, "yeah"
Yuri exclaims, "Well, that's jolly rotten! We can't pick up any of the goodies!"
DavidW says, "I hope we find a good bag of holding."
DavidW says, "Also, I wish ASK NPC ABOUT TOPIC was supported."
Yuri says (to DavidW), "Indeed! There'll probably be plenty to carry..."
DavidW asks, "Shall we head down the stairs?"
Jearl arrives, full of funk, but no fun. djfletch says, "ok"
Yuri says, "Let's..."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | >You step onto the spinning staircase and it delivers you,
Floyd | conveyor-belt style, to the corridor below. A gargoyle settles into
Floyd | place behind you, blocking the way you came.
Floyd |
Floyd | Purple Corridor
Floyd | The walls and ceiling are painted a violent shade of purple. The floor
Floyd | seems to have turned green with envy. A gargoyle of curious mien stands
Floyd | on one wall, and on another hangs a portrait of a fat lady in a pink
Floyd | dress. A squirming staircase--yes, really squirming, it's weird - leads
Floyd | down; a narrow passage leads northwest; an ordinary door leads south;
Floyd | and a feather-strewn archway leads northeast.  Not very much like a
Floyd | stately castle, you have to say.
Floyd |
Floyd | Now how are you going to get back up to the office? There's got to be
Floyd | some kind of mechanism for moving the gargoyle, or another way up, but
Floyd | you sure can't see it.
Floyd |
Yuri says, "Hey! The gargoyle didn't leave..."
Yuri says (to Floyd), "x gargoyle"
Floyd | >An ugly gargoyle made of black stone, sitting motionless as if waiting
Floyd | for you to say something.
Floyd |
Yuri says (to Floyd), "talk to Gragoyle"
Floyd | >You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Yuri says (to Floyd), "talk to Gargoyle"
Floyd | >"Hello," you venture. "Well, I suppose I'd best let you in, eh?" he
Floyd | responds in a gravelly voice, and steps aside to let you pass.
Floyd |
Floyd | Dumbledore's Office
Floyd | A circular room with a high, vaulted ceiling. It is filled with various
Floyd | magical instruments, an enormous claw-footed desk, and innumerable
Floyd | oddities--all of which have been pushed, higgledy-piggledy, to the
Floyd | walls, and some of which look much the worse for it. An elaborate perch
Floyd | stands forlornly next to the desk, with no bird seated on it. The walls
Floyd | themselves are covered in portraits of important-looking people. A
Floyd | spiral staircase appears to continually spin downwards--almost like an
Floyd | escalator--at the far end of the room.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "heh."
Yuri says, "oh... sorry about that..."
DavidW says, "I thought for sure it'd want a password."
Yuri says, "That was a tad silly"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | >You step onto the spinning staircase and it delivers you,
Floyd | conveyor-belt style, to the corridor below. A gargoyle settles into
Floyd | place behind you, blocking the way you came.
Floyd |
Floyd | Purple Corridor
Floyd | The walls and ceiling are painted a violent shade of purple. The floor
Floyd | seems to have turned green with envy. A gargoyle of curious mien stands
Floyd | on one wall, and on another hangs a portrait of a fat lady in a pink
Floyd | dress. A squirming staircase leads down; a narrow passage leads
Floyd | northwest; an ordinary door leads south; and a feather-strewn archway
Floyd | leads northeast.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "talk to fat lady"
Floyd | >"Hello?" you ask.
Floyd |
Floyd | "What's the password?" the portrait asks.
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask to be let in.
Floyd [2] Ask what's going on.
Floyd [3] Ask how to get out of here.
Floyd [4] Say goodbye.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "3"
Floyd | >"How far to the next place where I can get a train? Or a taxi or a bus
Floyd | or anything."
Floyd |
Floyd | She looks at you doubtfully. "Muggle transport? It'd take you days, if
Floyd | you're going to walk. Anyhow, the castle's sealed itself up when
Floyd | whatever-it-was happened, to prevent the problem from growing. You
Floyd | can't go anywhere."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask to be let in.
Floyd [2] Ask what's going on.
Floyd [3] Ask what she meant by the castle being sealed.
Floyd [4] Say goodbye.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "3"
Floyd | >"What did you mean when you said the castle was 'sealed'?"
Floyd |
Floyd | "The castle knows when something's wrong," she explains slowly, as
Floyd | though speaking to a particularly dense child. "There must be something
Floyd | really wrong, too, because it's decided that nobody can come in or out.
Floyd | The wards are all tight as can be; only a Portkey can get you in here
Floyd | now, and nothing can get you out till things are fixed."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask to be let in.
Floyd [2] Ask what's going on.
Floyd [3] Say goodbye.
Floyd |
Yuri says, "Pitty the menu system doesn't allow us to say xyzzy as a password"
Yuri says (to Floyd), "xyzzy"
Floyd | >Nothing happens. You must really not be magical. Or maybe that only
Floyd | works in text adventures?
Floyd |
djfletch says, "ha"
Yuri exclaims, "Ha!"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"I don't know the password. Can't I come in?"
Yuri says, "Nice touch."
Floyd |
Floyd | "No," she says. "No admittance without it, even in time of crisis."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask to be let in.
Floyd [2] Ask what's going on.
Floyd [3] Say goodbye.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"Um, the password is abracadabra?"
Floyd |
Floyd | "Sorry," she says.
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask to be let in.
Floyd [2] Ask what's going on.
Floyd [3] Say goodbye.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd | >"Do you have any idea where everybody went?"
Floyd |
Floyd | "They just disappeared," she says. "How would I know? Newt Scamander up
Floyd | in the Headmaster's office probably saw it. Deep sorcery, no doubt."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask to be let in.
Floyd [2] Ask about deep sorcery.
Floyd [3] Say goodbye.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd | >"What precisely does 'deep sorcery'" mean?"
Floyd |
Floyd | The fat lady looks you up and down. "Are you, by chance, a Muggle?" she
Floyd | asks.
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Yes.
Floyd [2] What's a Muggle?
Floyd [3] No.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd | >"What is a Muggle?" you ask.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Well, you must be one then. That's bad luck. You can't do magic, is
Floyd | what a Muggle is. Sometimes a Muggle can reverse a spell, but who knows
Floyd | if you can manage this one?" she asks, apparently rhetorically. "You'll
Floyd | have to look into it. Try the library."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask to be let in.
Floyd [2] Say goodbye.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"Open sesame?" "No."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask to be let in.
Floyd [2] Say goodbye.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"Please?" "No."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask to be let in.
Floyd [2] Say goodbye.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"Pretty pretty please?" "No."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask to be let in.
Floyd [2] Say goodbye.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "heh heh"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"Pretty please with a cherry on top?" "No!"
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask to be let in.
Floyd [2] Say goodbye.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"Seriously," she says, "don't bother unless you actually know the
Floyd | password this time."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask to be let in.
Floyd [2] Say goodbye.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "oh well. The library suggestion sounds useful, though."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x squirming"
Floyd | >A staircase between the fourth and fifth floors.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd | >Purple Corridor
Floyd | The walls and ceiling are painted a violent shade of purple. The floor
Floyd | seems to have turned green with envy. A gargoyle of curious mien stands
Floyd | on one wall, and on another hangs a portrait of a fat lady in a pink
Floyd | dress. A squirming staircase leads down; a narrow passage leads
Floyd | northwest; an ordinary door leads south; and a feather-strewn archway
Floyd | leads northeast.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x feather" djfletch says, "pick a direction, I suppose"
Floyd | >You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "I bet the Owlery is the feather one."
djfletch says, "let's try it"
DavidW says, "ok"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "ne"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Owlery
Floyd | You must be in the top of a tall tower; the room is circular, cold, and
Floyd | echoing. Owls swoop in and out of the many unglassed windows. Four
Floyd | perches jut from the walls, high above your head, in each cardinal
Floyd | direction. An owl-parrot seems to have made himself a nest of feathers
Floyd | on the floor. You can also head southwest through a feather-strewn
Floyd | archway. Lots of feathers all over. Wow. Apparently wizards have a
Floyd | thing for birds.
Floyd |
Floyd | You haven't seen an owl since Grandma died--her house was always ground
Floyd | zero for owls. Day or night, there were always one or two around. She
Floyd | even kept a few mice on hand to feed them, like a normal person would
Floyd | keep birdseed. Kind of bloodthirsty, for an old lady, now that you
Floyd | think about it.
Floyd |
Floyd | As you enter, the owl-parrot turns his enormous head to look at you.
Floyd | "Awk. Here for the medallion?" he asks. "Ah--yes?" you respond. "CALL
Floyd | the owls," he says. "Owls are very polite. Owls like names. Four
Floyd | pieces. Four owls. Four names. Four names! CALL the names, CALL the
Floyd | owls!"
Floyd |
djfletch says, "good guess"
djfletch says, "I'm thinking our grandma was a witch."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "call alex"
Floyd | >Nothing happens; you must have got something wrong.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "talk to owl-parrot"
Floyd | >"Hello, kakapo?" you inquire. He looks up expectantly. (He seems so
Floyd | intelligent that it's hard not to address him like a person.)
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask about the first owl.
Floyd [2] Ask about the second owl.
Floyd [3] Ask about the third owl.
Floyd [4] Ask about the fourth owl.
Floyd [5] Make small talk.
Floyd [6] Say goodbye.
Floyd |
Jacqueline says, "heh"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"First owl!" the owl-parrot squawks in his birdy little voice. "500
Floyd | begins it. 500 ends it. 5 in the middle is seen. First of all figures
Floyd | and first of all letters take their stations between." He cocks his
Floyd | head at you, as if judging you."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask about the first owl.
Floyd [2] Ask about the second owl.
Floyd [3] Ask about the third owl.
Floyd [4] Ask about the fourth owl.
Floyd [5] Make small talk.
Floyd [6] Say goodbye.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "call david"
Floyd | >An elf owl flutters through one of the lowest windows. It's David,
Floyd | though you didn't expect he'd be so small. He's flying so low because
Floyd | the red piece of wood he carries weighs him down; he lands on your
Floyd | hands for a moment, sides heaving with the effort, before leaving you
Floyd | the piece of wood and flying up to the easternmost perch.
Floyd |
djfletch says, "aha"
DavidW says, "Some one else try."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x red wood"
Floyd | >An intricately carved little piece of wood, painted red.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd | >"Third owl.  One thousand one times two. Enigmatic!" "How did a kakapo
Floyd | learn the word 'enigmatic'?" you ask. He doesn't deign to answer.
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask about the second owl.
Floyd [2] Ask about the third owl.
Floyd [3] Ask about the fourth owl.
Floyd [4] Make small talk.
Floyd [5] Say goodbye.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "call zooz"
Floyd | >Nothing happens; you must have got something wrong.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "Think Roman numerals again."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "call mmii"
Floyd | >Nothing happens; you must have got something wrong.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "Screaming..."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "call mimi"
Floyd | >An eagle owl flies in through one of the high windows; this must be
Floyd | Mimi. She regards you briefly, then offers you a black piece of wood.
Floyd | When you take it, she flies up to the western perch.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "yay"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x black wood"
Floyd | >An intricately carved little piece of wood, painted black.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "3"
Floyd | >You try to engage the owl-parrot in conversation, thinking that
Floyd | perhaps he'll let something slip about the names. "How does it feel to
Floyd | be so special? A talking kakapo and all," you say. But he seems to take
Floyd | it as a reflection on his species' endangered status, and he huffs and
Floyd | turns away. Whoops.
Floyd |
djfletch says, "oh the numbers have changed"
DavidW says, "yes."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "talk to parrot"
Floyd | >"Hello, kakapo?" you inquire. He looks up expectantly.
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask about the second owl.
Floyd [2] Ask about the fourth owl.
Floyd [3] Say goodbye.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"Second owl!" he proclaims. "Cut off her head, she's male. Cut off her
Floyd | tail, she's a fruit. Cut off both, she's part of you." He makes a
Floyd | strange, deep sort of noise in his throat, then remarks, "She's really
Floyd | an owl, though."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask about the second owl.
Floyd [2] Ask about the fourth owl.
Floyd [3] Say goodbye.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "Got it."
DavidW says, "She's an oyster's gift, too."
djfletch says, "oh I see"
djfletch says, "I was trying to use bits of the word "you"."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "call pearl"
Floyd | >A Lapland owl seems to come out of nowhere and plops herself down,
Floyd | ungracefully, on your shoulder. "Pearl?" you ask. She turns her head
Floyd | and responds "tuwhit-tuwhoo"--it sounds encouraging. She delicately
Floyd | offers you a yellow piece of wood, using one claw; when you take it,
Floyd | she flies off to sit on the south perch.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "talk to parrot"
Floyd | >"Hello, kakapo?" you inquire. He looks up expectantly.
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask about the fourth owl.
Floyd [2] Say goodbye.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >You could swear the bird's smiling at you. "A villain with a common
Floyd | heart. Ten is his end, but he's fifty to start." He ruffles his
Floyd | feathers. "No cheating!"
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask about the fourth owl.
Floyd [2] Say goodbye.
Floyd |
Yuri asks, "lex?"
DavidW says, "I think so."
Yuri asks, "50, 10 and the commonest vowel?"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "call lex"
Floyd | >A spotted owl lands on the sill of one of the windows, then--with
Floyd | great dignity--glides over to the north perch. As he goes, he drops a
Floyd | white piece of wood into your waiting hands. Well, he doesn't look a
Floyd | lot like Lex Luthor, but this is undoubtedly Lex.
Floyd |
Floyd | You weigh the four pieces of wood in your hands for a moment--and then
Floyd | it strikes you. Fitting them together just so, you make a little wooden
Floyd | medallion--a circle around some Celtic knotwork. It's the same shape as
Floyd | one of the symbols in Dumbledore's office.
Floyd |
Yuri says (to Floyd), "call lex"
Floyd | >Lex has already alit. You don't need to shout.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x medallion"
Floyd | >A little wooden medallion, black and white and red and yellow, in the
Floyd | shape of a circle with Celtic knotwork within.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "score"
Floyd | >There is no score in this story.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "talk to owl-parrot"
Floyd | >He's perfectly happy ignoring you, sitting on his nest. He apparently
Floyd | feels that he's done his job.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "wear medallion"
Floyd | >You can't wear that!
Floyd |
DavidW says, "I have no idea what the medallion is for, but yay us."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "cf2"
Floyd | >Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
djfletch asks, "shall we try another room?"
Yuri says (to Floyd), "rub medallion"
Floyd | >You achieve nothing by this.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "Yes, olease."
DavidW says, "er please"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "sw"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Purple Corridor
Floyd | The walls and ceiling are painted a violent shade of purple. The floor
Floyd | seems to have turned green with envy. A gargoyle of curious mien stands
Floyd | on one wall, and on another hangs a portrait of a fat lady in a pink
Floyd | dress. A squirming staircase leads down; a narrow passage leads
Floyd | northwest; an ordinary door leads south; and a feather-strewn archway
Floyd | leads northeast.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "nw"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Divination Landing
Floyd | An extremely tiny landing with a brass plaque affixed to the low
Floyd | ceiling. A narrow passageway leads southeast, and a silver ladder leads
Floyd | up through a trapdoor.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x plaque"
Floyd | >A very shiny plaque.
Floyd |
Floyd | You read: SIBYLL TRELAWNEY, DIVINATION TEACHER.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x ladder"
Floyd | >A slight silver ladder leading down through a trapdoor.
Floyd |
Yuri says (to Floyd), "scry in plaque"
Floyd | >That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Divination Classroom
Floyd | This room doesn't look like a classroom at all; it's more like an
Floyd | unholy cross between an old-fashioned tea-shop and someone's attic. The
Floyd | air is stiflingly warm and scented with a heavy, sickening perfume.
Floyd | Various items necessary for divination are fitted into nooks in the
Floyd | circular walls. One high shelf runs around the walls, about a foot and
Floyd | a half from the ceiling. A fat little pouf and an ugly chintz armchair
Floyd | nestle around a low table. A silver ladder leads down.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the high shelf are a tourmaline ball and a china doll.
Floyd |
Yuri exclaims, "Drat!"
DavidW asks (of Yuri), "What were you expecting to happen there?"
Yuri says, "I'd have expected to see something"
Yuri says, "AKin to a crystal ball or black mirror."
DavidW says, "It was just a sign."
Yuri says, "We have a ball here though"
Yuri says, "True..."
Yuri says (to Floyd), "x chair"
Floyd | >Professor Trelawney must never have heard that the 1980s were over.
Floyd | The armchair is covered in some of the ugliest floral patterned cloth
Floyd | you can possibly imagine. Its dimensions are off, too--much too tall
Floyd | and narrow.
Floyd |
Yuri says (to Floyd), "look under cloth"
Floyd | >Most IF separates space into a series of locations, each containing a
Floyd | set of objects. If you can see an object, you can usually interact with
Floyd | it without worrying about positioning. Try a command like EXAMINE
Floyd | TOURMALINE BALL for a closer look, LOOK to get a new description of
Floyd | this location, or a compass direction like (for example) DOWN or D to
Floyd | move to a different location.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x ball"
Floyd | >A perfectly round ball of schorl tourmaline. It is blue-black, and you
Floyd | can imagine a wizard scrying in it, drawing images up from its depths.
Floyd | It must be the one you're looking for.
Floyd |
Floyd | The china doll stirs to life and pulls the ball towards her body with
Floyd | one perfectly molded hand. She seems protective of it.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x doll"
Floyd | >A large doll, her body made of cloth and her head and shoulders of
Floyd | glazed porcelain. She's clothed in a lovely white dress covered in
Floyd | eyelet lace. As you examine her delicate patent leather shoes, she
Floyd | seems to notice that you're staring. She turns to face you--moving her
Floyd | whole body, as her head cannot turn on her neck. She stares back at
Floyd | you, her immobile face pure and blank, for a long moment. Then she
Floyd | returns to her original posture.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "talk to doll"
Floyd | >You feel a little silly addressing a children's toy, but then,
Floyd | twenty-four hours ago you thought magic was all bullshit. "Excuse me,
Floyd | Doll," you begin. She seems to perk up. "Could you possibly throw me
Floyd | that tourmaline ball that you've got there? I really need it."
Floyd |
Floyd | You've clearly piqued the doll's interest; she awkwardly examines the
Floyd | ball, then inches towards the edge of the shelf and peers over. It must
Floyd | seem very far, even though she is a large doll. She begins to writhe.
Floyd | It takes you a moment to realise that she's trying to shake her head
Floyd | "no." To be fair, if you were made of porcelain, you'd probably be
Floyd | sensitive about the risk of smashing too.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "look in ball"
Floyd | >The tourmaline ball is too high to reach.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take ladder"
Floyd | >That's fixed in place.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "doll, kick ball"
Floyd | >[Use TALK TO to interact with characters.]
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "push pouffe"
Floyd | >>PUSH POUF
Floyd | It is fixed in place.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x pouf"
Floyd | >The pouf is made of velvet. It seems to be slowly cycling through
Floyd | different shades of red: amaranth, auburn, burgundy, carmine,
Floyd | carnelian, cerise, chestnut, coral, crimson, fuschia, magenta, maroon,
Floyd | mauve, raspberry, rose, ruby, rufous, rust, scarlet, sinopia, and
Floyd | vermilion. It looks squashy and rather uncomfortable.
Floyd |
djfletch says, "haha"
DavidW says, "That was bizarre."
djfletch asks, "it would make sense to move something underneath though - was that your idea?"
DavidW says, "yes"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "push chair"
Floyd | >It is fixed in place.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "get pouf"
Floyd | >That's too heavy to lift without magic.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "Perhaps we need something else we haven't found."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "talk to doll"
Floyd | >"Are you ready to help me now?" you ask. No immediate reply.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "push table"
Floyd | >It is fixed in place.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "stand on table"
Floyd | >You get onto the low table.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "get ball"
Floyd | >The tourmaline ball is too high to reach.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "get off"
Floyd | >You get off the low table.
Floyd |
Floyd | Divination Classroom
Floyd | This room doesn't look like a classroom at all; it's more like an
Floyd | unholy cross between an old-fashioned tea-shop and someone's attic. The
Floyd | air is stiflingly warm and scented with a heavy, sickening perfume.
Floyd | Various items necessary for divination are fitted into nooks in the
Floyd | circular walls. One high shelf runs around the walls, about a foot and
Floyd | a half from the ceiling. A fat little pouf and an ugly chintz armchair
Floyd | nestle around a low table. A silver ladder leads down.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the high shelf are a tourmaline ball and a china doll.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "get cloth"
Floyd | >You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "look under chair"
Floyd | >You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x nooks"
Floyd | >Weird and wonderful things, some familiar and others strange, all
Floyd | incomprehensible to you.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "look under table"
Floyd | >You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "search nooks"
Floyd | >SEARCH doesn't work that way. You can SEARCH DESK, for instance-but
Floyd | you can't SEARCH ROOM, because that would ruin the fun of exploration.
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x shelf"
Floyd | >An extremely high shelf of unpainted wood.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the high shelf are a tourmaline ball and a china doll.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "move chair"
Floyd | >It is fixed in place.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "I think we just can't get it now. We need a pillow or stepladder or flying carpet or something."
djfletch says, "yeah"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "accio ball"
Floyd | >I only understood you as far as wanting to accio.
Floyd |
djfletch asks, "try somewhere else then?"
DavidW says, "We have no wand, of course. Or magical training."
djfletch says, "well ok, it was a long shot"
DavidW says, "yes, it was a good try. South of corridor next, I think."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Divination Landing
Floyd | An extremely tiny landing with a brass plaque affixed to the low
Floyd | ceiling. A narrow passageway leads southeast, and a silver ladder leads
Floyd | up through a trapdoor.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | >You can't go that way.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Purple Corridor
Floyd | The walls and ceiling are painted a violent shade of purple. The floor
Floyd | seems to have turned green with envy. A gargoyle of curious mien stands
Floyd | on one wall, and on another hangs a portrait of a fat lady in a pink
Floyd | dress. A squirming staircase leads down; a narrow passage leads
Floyd | northwest; an ordinary door leads south; and a feather-strewn archway
Floyd | leads northeast.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | >(first opening the ordinary door)
Floyd | It won't budge.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x door"
Floyd | >An ordinary, wood-and-iron door, appropriate to a castle. It says
Floyd | PREFECTS ONLY on it in large letters. You can hear splish-splashing
Floyd | coming from the other side. There must be a fountain in there, or maybe
Floyd | a bathroom.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "knock on door"
Floyd | >The ordinary door echoes hollowly.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "I guess we need a shiny prefects badge? Or 'pine fresh'."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "talk to door"
Floyd | >The ordinary door doesn't respond. Must not be sentient.
Floyd |
djfletch says, "looks like the squirming staircase then"
DavidW says, "yup"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | >The staircase undulates beneath your feet as you descend.
Floyd |
Floyd | Granite Corridor
Floyd | A short corridor, the walls and floor made entirely of granite.
Floyd | Centuries of use have worn a smooth path down the middle. Staircases
Floyd | lead down and up. A plain door leads south, and the hall ends in what
Floyd | looks like a library to the west.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Library
Floyd | A large room with a vaulted ceiling and wood-paneled walls. Bookcases
Floyd | fill most of the space; one glass-fronted bookcase stands at the back
Floyd | of the room. The entrance leads eastward to the corridor.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x bookcase"
Floyd | >While most of the bookcases don't have doors, one does. Its door is
Floyd | frosted glass, and it stands ever so slightly ajar. It is engraved with
Floyd | a single word: RESTRICTED.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "open bookcase"
Floyd | >You open the glass-fronted bookcase, revealing a book of alchemy and a
Floyd | book of herbs.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "get book"
Floyd | >Which do you mean, the book of alchemy or the book of herbs?
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "get alchemy"
Floyd | >Taken.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "get herbs"
Floyd | >Taken.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "read alchemy"
Floyd | >You read: The alchemists have used many symbols to encode their
Floyd | meanings. The following is a record of the most commonly-used.
Floyd |
Floyd | a dot inside a circle, representing gold or Sol;
Floyd | a crescent moon, representing silver or Luna;
Floyd | a female symbol, representing copper or Venus;
Floyd | a male symbol, representing iron or Mars;
Floyd | a 2 with a 1 intersecting its tail, representing tin or Jupiter;
Floyd | a female symbol with horns, representing quicksilver or Mercury;
Floyd | a curiously embellished lower-case h, representing lead or Saturn;
Floyd | a female symbol with a triangle instead of a circle for its head,
Floyd | representing sulfur, the connection between the high and low;
Floyd | a circle bisected by a horizontal line, representing salt--that is,
Floyd | base matter of any kind, including stones and crystals;
Floyd | a triangle with several diagonal lines in it, representing plant
Floyd | matter;
Floyd | a triangle pointing up, representing fire;
Floyd | a triangle pointing down, representing water;
Floyd | a triangle pointing down with its bottom point intersected by a
Floyd | horizontal line, representing earth;
Floyd | a triangle pointing up with its top point intersected by a horizontal
Floyd | line, representing air;
Floyd | an upside-down female symbol, representing antimony;
Floyd | a circle with a half-circle atop it, representing bismuth;
Floyd | a misshapen 3, representing cinnabar.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "read herbs"
Floyd | >You read: A table of contents: acacia, agaric, alder, aloe vera,
Floyd | Angel's Trumpet, arnica, ash, Abyssinian shrivelfig, aconite, Alihotsy,
Floyd | asphodel, baneberry, beech, belladonna, bergamot, black walnut,
Floyd | blackthorn, bloodroot, boom berry, bubotuber, camomile, catnip, cedar,
Floyd | centaury, Chinese chomping cabbage, Cobra Lily, cypress, daisy,
Floyd | dandelion, Devil's Snare, dirigible plum, dittany, ebony, elm, Fanged
Floyd | Geranium, flitterbloom, floo, Flutterby bush, fluxweed, foxglove,
Floyd | gillyweed, ginger, goosegrass, Gurdyroot, hawthorn, hazel, hellebore,
Floyd | henbane, holly, honking daffodil, horehound, hornbeam, knotgrass,
Floyd | lovage, mahogany, mallowsweet, Mandragora, maple, Mimbulus Mimbletonia,
Floyd | monkshood, moly, nettle, oak, peppermint, plangentine, privet,
Floyd | puffapod, pumpkin, rosewood, rowan, rue, sage, Screechsnap,
Floyd | scurvy-grass, silver lime, Snargaluff, Snarfalump, sneezewort,
Floyd | snowdrop, sopophorous bean, sycamore, valerian, Venomous Tentacula,
Floyd | walnut, Whomping Willow, wolfsbane, wormwood, yarrow, yew.
Floyd |
Floyd | You could probably LOOK UP one of the topics IN THE BOOK OF HERBS.
Floyd |
djfletch says, "blimey"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "look up catnip"
Floyd | >You'll need to specify what you want to look that up in--for example,
Floyd | LOOK UP ACACIA IN BOOK OF HERBS, or LOOK UP HAZEL IN CABINET.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "look up catnip in herbs"
Floyd | >Potions involving catnip are widely used in the training and control
Floyd | of Kneazles, particularly in combination with camomile, which serves as
Floyd | a further sedative.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "We'll probably find potion ingredients in the Potions classroom, I'd guess."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | >You are carrying:
Floyd |   a book of herbs
Floyd |   a book of alchemy
Floyd |   a medallion
Floyd |   an iron bell
Floyd |   a piece of purple parchment
Floyd |   a Hogwarts brochure
Floyd |   a contract
Floyd |   a handful of yellow Jelly Babies
Floyd |   an identity card
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x purple parchment"
Floyd | >A piece of purple parchment with some strange scribbles on it.
Floyd |
Floyd | You read: INGREDIENTS. To be carried by spellcaster.
Floyd |
Floyd | gold;
Floyd | silver;
Floyd | copper;
Floyd | iron;
Floyd | tin;
Floyd | quicksilver;
Floyd | lead;
Floyd | base matter;
Floyd | eternity.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "oh. Auto-translated."
djfletch says, "nice"
djfletch asks, "hmm, does the bell count as our iron then?"
DavidW says, "It might."
Yuri asks, "same recipe we saw in dumbledore's office, but magically translated?"
DavidW says, "yes"
zarf says, "aw, it shouldn't drop the symbol descrip[tions"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x medallion"
Floyd | >A little wooden medallion, black and white and red and yellow, in the
Floyd | shape of a circle with Celtic knotwork within.
Floyd |
Yuri says, "the amulet might be eternity"
Yuri says, "medallion I mean"
DavidW says (to Yuri), "maybe. I'm not sure."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd | >Library
Floyd | A large room with a vaulted ceiling and wood-paneled walls. Bookcases
Floyd | fill most of the space; one glass-fronted bookcase stands at the back
Floyd | of the room. The entrance leads eastward to the corridor.
Floyd |
DavidW asks, "Have we got all we're likely to need from the library?"
djfletch says, "doesn't look like there's anything else here"
djfletch says, "let's try the other room on this floor"
DavidW says, "So, south of granite corridor, next."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Granite Corridor
Floyd | A short corridor, the walls and floor made entirely of granite.
Floyd | Centuries of use have worn a smooth path down the middle. Staircases
Floyd | lead down and up. A plain door leads south, and the hall ends in what
Floyd | looks like a library to the west.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | >(first opening the plain door)
Floyd |
Floyd | Mirror Room
Floyd | An empty, unused classroom, with only one feature: the Mirror of
Floyd | Erised. A plain door leads north to the corridor.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x mirror"
Floyd | >A tall freestanding mirror, somewhat clouded with age. Above the
Floyd | mirror, engraved in its wooden frame, are the words "Erised stra ehru
Floyd | oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi."
Floyd |
Floyd | You see not your face, but someone else's. It's Sangita.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x sangita"
Floyd | >She's just a reflection.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "Wish the game would tell us who Sangita is."
djfletch asks, "didn't it say she was our girlfriend?"
djfletch asks, "or ex-girlfriend?"
DavidW says, "I missed that, I guess."
djfletch says, "I forget where though."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "kiss sangita"
Floyd | >You can only do that to something animate.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "touch mirror"
Floyd | >You raise a hand to the mirror's surface. Sangita does not raise her
Floyd | hand in answer. You reach out to touch her face and find yourself
Floyd | surprised, and disappointed, when your hand meets cold glass instead of
Floyd | warm girl.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "enter mirror"
Floyd | >That's not something you can enter.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "talk to sangita"
Floyd | >"Sangita-" you begin. She looks at you unblinkingly. "Are you really
Floyd | there? Is this a magic mirror?" Then you hear yourself. "Oh, Jesus, of
Floyd | course it's a magic mirror, but is it that kind? Are you real?" She
Floyd | doesn't answer. Evidently not.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "But we're ALICE."
djfletch says, "hah"
djfletch says, "we're in the wrong book"
DavidW asks, "So, down the rabbit hole (or the next stairway)?"
djfletch says, "yeah"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Granite Corridor
Floyd | A short corridor, the walls and floor made entirely of granite.
Floyd | Centuries of use have worn a smooth path down the middle. Staircases
Floyd | lead down and up. A plain door leads south, and the hall ends in what
Floyd | looks like a library to the west.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | >As you step on it, the staircase turns into a chute. You rocket down
Floyd | it. Exhilarating!
Floyd |
Floyd | Armour Gallery
Floyd | A long, narrow room, lined with suits of armour on either side.
Floyd | Staircases lead down and up, and you're beginning to catch on: if you
Floyd | go down, something weird is going to happen. Westward you can see the
Floyd | gallery open out into a trophy room.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see a scribbled note here.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "get note"
Floyd | >Taken.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "read it"
Floyd | >You read: This week's password: Pig snout.
Floyd |
Floyd | Someone must be a real prat. Who would write a password down? An
Floyd | eleven-year-old, you suppose.
Floyd |
djfletch says, "aha"
DavidW says, "ah. Password for the Fat Lady."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x armour"
Floyd | >Suits of armour from every historical period and every country. Well,
Floyd | from every country that ever had suits of armour, anyway.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "look in armour"
Floyd | >SEARCH doesn't work that way. You can SEARCH DESK, for instance-but
Floyd | you can't SEARCH ROOM, because that would ruin the fun of exploration.
djfletch says (to Floyd), "wear suit"
Floyd | >They're hardly portable.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "Let's get a trophy. :)"
djfletch says, "ok"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Trophy Room
Floyd | The space is dominated by a huge trophy case, which butts directly up
Floyd | against a pedestal holding an enormous brass cup. It's immaculate--no
Floyd | dust anywhere. To the east, suits of armor keep watch in their gallery.
Floyd | Since the portraits are alive here, maybe the suits of armor really are
Floyd | keeping watch. That's a creepy thought.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see a tin cup and a long-handled scrub-brush here.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "Like a prefects badge of 1908."
DavidW says, "hmm, tin."
DavidW says, "Tin is on our list."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x cup"
Floyd | >(the tin cup)
Floyd | A small, battered tin cup, with nothing to recommend it. It is wedged
Floyd | far back between the trophy case and the pedestal.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take tin"
Floyd | >You can't reach that far into the crack.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x brush"
Floyd | >A standard looking sort of scrub-brush. It doesn't make much sense
Floyd | that a wizard would need to clean with normal equipment, but then,
Floyd | maybe the students get assigned to do it for detention or something.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take it"
Floyd | >Taken.
Floyd |
Yuri asks, "climbing teh pedestal?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take tin cup with brush"
Floyd | >Just type TAKE THE TIN CUP; you'll automatically use any means
Floyd | necessary to get it.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take tin cup"
Floyd | >You try to hook the cup's handle with the brush's handle, but it's too
Floyd | short.
Floyd |
Yuri says (to Floyd), "climb pedestal"
Floyd | >I don't think much is to be achieved by that.
Floyd |
Yuri says (to Floyd), "get on pedestal"
Floyd | >That's not something you can enter.
Floyd |
Yuri says, "Pity..."
djfletch says, "note for the next release: not consistent about "armour" and "armor"."
DavidW says, "cast engorgio on brush"
Yuri asks, "Is tehre somethign we can tie to the brush?"
DavidW says, "I think the brush wants a viagra spell."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x brass cup"
Floyd | >An enormous cup, engraved with what seems to be a record of which
Floyd | Houses have won it.
Floyd |
Floyd | You read: ...1985-1986: Slytherin. 1986-1987: Slytherin. 1987-1988:
Floyd | Slytherin. 1988-1989: Slytherin. 1989-1990: Slytherin. 1990-1991:
Floyd | Slytherin. 1991-1992: Gryffindor. 1992-1993: Gryffindor.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "wave brush"
Floyd | >You look ridiculous waving the long-handled scrub-brush.
Floyd |
djfletch asks, "is it a broomstick? can we fly on it?"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "get on brush"
Floyd | >That's not something you can enter.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "We'd recognize a broom."
djfletch says, "yeah I suppose so"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x case"
Floyd | >A crystal case holding various awards. They're almost boring, given
Floyd | that this is a magical school--the Medal for Magical Merit, as an
Floyd | example, or a series of shields engraved with the words "For Special
Floyd | Services to the School," most recently awarded to Messrs. Harry Potter
Floyd | & Ronald Weasley. You'd expect them to be more interesting. Awards for
Floyd | dragon-slaying or something.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "push case"
Floyd | >It is fixed in place.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x medal"
Floyd | >>X MEDALLION
Floyd | A little wooden medallion, black and white and red and yellow, in the
Floyd | shape of a circle with Celtic knotwork within.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "get brass cup"
Floyd | >That's fixed in place.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "I think we're stuck here for now."
djfletch asks, "go back and try the password?"
DavidW says, "If we can go up."
djfletch says, "good point"
djfletch says, "let's see"
DavidW says, "But try, yes."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Armour Gallery
Floyd | A long, narrow room, lined with suits of armour on either side.
Floyd | Staircases lead down and up. Westward you can see the gallery open out
Floyd | into a trophy room.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd | >As you step on it, the staircase wiggles as if considering something,
Floyd | then subsides. You climb it without incident.
Floyd |
Floyd | Granite Corridor
Floyd | A short corridor, the walls and floor made entirely of granite.
Floyd | Centuries of use have worn a smooth path down the middle. Staircases
Floyd | lead down and up. A plain door leads south, and the hall ends in what
Floyd | looks like a library to the west.
Floyd |
djfletch says, "heh"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd | >The staircase writhes beneath your feet as you climb up.
Floyd |
Floyd | Purple Corridor
Floyd | The walls and ceiling are painted a violent shade of purple. The floor
Floyd | seems to have turned green with envy. A gargoyle of curious mien stands
Floyd | on one wall, and on another hangs a portrait of a fat lady in a pink
Floyd | dress. A squirming staircase leads down; a narrow passage leads
Floyd | northwest; an ordinary door leads south; and a feather-strewn archway
Floyd | leads northeast.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "talk to fat lady"
Floyd | >"Pig snout," you say.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Welcome," the fat lady says graciously. Her portrait swings open,
Floyd | letting you into Gryffindor Tower.
Floyd |
Floyd | Gryffindor Tower
Floyd | A circular room, its stone walls hung with sumptuous tapestries. It is
Floyd | dominated by a large fireplace; a banner, clearly student-made, hangs
Floyd | above the fireplace. Light from a rose window illuminates a message
Floyd | board. You can go northeast through the back side of the picture-frame,
Floyd | too. Sangita would make a dirty joke about rear entry if she were here.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x banner"
Floyd | >A banner, at least six feet long, its colors magically shifting from
Floyd | red to gold to yellow to orange and back again; it says GO GO
Floyd | GRYFFINDOR!!!
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x message board"
Floyd | >About three feet wide, covered in cork and flyers. Three stand out:
Floyd | one's about a lost toad, one's about the glee club, and one appears to
Floyd | be a love note.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "read toad"
Floyd | >You read: LOST TOAD. Answers to Trevor. REWARD. Speak with Neville
Floyd | Longbottom.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "read glee"
Floyd | >You read: Glee club ~ meets Weds 5pm ~ forget the school song ~ sing
Floyd | in HARMONY!!!!!
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "read love note"
Floyd | >You read: Dearest P.W.,
Floyd |
Floyd | I long to be with you--I miss you every day--
Floyd |
Floyd | It continues on in similar fashion, signed P.C., but with a postscript
Floyd | added in pencil in a rather different hand:
Floyd |
Floyd | GUESS WHO THIS WAS TO AND FROM? She can't be a very smart Ravenclaw if
Floyd | she thought she could trust us!!! Percy's in LOVE!!! FWGW
Floyd |
DavidW says, "I'm guessing 'harmony' is another password."
djfletch says, "oh, could be"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x fireplace"
Floyd | >A large, unlit fireplace with a heavy, carved-wood mantelpiece.
Floyd | Something shiny glints from atop the mantel.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x shiny"
Floyd | >A badge of yellow and red enamel, shined to within an inch of its
Floyd | life, emblazoned with a P for PREFECT.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "ooh shiny"
DavidW says, "take it!"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "get badge"
Floyd | >You feel a little guilty for borrowing someone's badge, but you might
Floyd | need it, even if you don't know why yet. You pin it onto your shirt to
Floyd | make sure you don't lose it.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "cf3"
Floyd | >Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x window"
Floyd | >A huge, circular window with many panes of thick, wavy glass. Through
Floyd | it you can catch glimpses of the castle grounds.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd | >Gryffindor Tower
Floyd | A circular room, its stone walls hung with sumptuous tapestries. It is
Floyd | dominated by a large fireplace; a banner, clearly student-made, hangs
Floyd | above the fireplace. Light from a rose window illuminates a message
Floyd | board. You can go northeast through the back side of the picture-frame,
Floyd | too.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "get glee"
Floyd | >You're not some kind of kleptomaniac. You only plan on taking things
Floyd | you really need to fix this situation.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x tapestries"
Floyd | >Tapestries from floor to ceiling, depicting shifting and ever-changing
Floyd | scenes of battle and bravery.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look behind them"
Floyd | >Tapestries from floor to ceiling, depicting shifting and ever-changing
Floyd | scenes of battle and bravery.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "move them"
Floyd | >The stories on them are fascinating, but they're just stories.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "look in fireplace"
Floyd | >SEARCH doesn't work that way. You can SEARCH DESK, for instance-but
Floyd | you can't SEARCH ROOM, because that would ruin the fun of exploration.
djfletch says (to Floyd), "enter fireplace"
Floyd | >That's not something you can enter.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "I guess we don't visit the dorms themselves."
djfletch asks, "anything else to do here?"
jojo arrives, full of fun, but no funk. DavidW says, "I don't think so. Visit the prefects bathroom next, please. South of purple corridor."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "ne"
Floyd | >The Fat Lady obligingly swings her frame forward and lets you out into
Floyd | the corridor.
Floyd |
Floyd | Purple Corridor
Floyd | The walls and ceiling are painted a violent shade of purple. The floor
Floyd | seems to have turned green with envy. A gargoyle of curious mien stands
Floyd | on one wall, and on another hangs a portrait of a fat lady in a pink
Floyd | dress. A squirming staircase leads down; a narrow passage leads
Floyd | northwest; an ordinary door leads south; and a feather-strewn archway
Floyd | leads northeast.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | >(first opening the ordinary door)
Floyd |
Floyd | Prefects' Bathroom
Floyd | A small room with a high ceiling. All the walls are white marble, and
Floyd | it is dominated by a huge sunken tub. A large portrait of a mermaid
Floyd | hangs on one wall, a chandelier softly lights the room, and some towels
Floyd | and a purple bottle lie discarded in a corner. A door leads north to
Floyd | the purple corridor.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see a ciphered book here.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "get book"
Floyd | >(the ciphered book)
jojo exclaims, "Ooh! I know what we're playing!"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "read it"
Floyd | >You read: Jura nyy gur cebcre vaterqvragf ner va cynpr hcba gur
Floyd | qvntenz, fgnaq arne vg naq hggre gur jbeq Erqvgr. Guvf vf zreryl gur
Floyd | gevttre sbe gur zntvpf; rira n Zhttyr znl qb vg; fb vg vf jvfr gb frg
Floyd | bgure cerpnhgvbaf vs bar qbrf abg jvfu gb erghea sebz bar'f qvzrafvbany
Floyd | geniry.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "hm. That looks like a standard substitution cipher."
jojo says, "It's all Terrx to me."
djfletch says, "ah, it's rot13"
jojo exclaims, "Pbeerpg!"
djfletch | When all the proper ingredients are in place upon the
djfletch | diagram, stand near it and utter the word Redite. This is merely the
djfletch | trigger for the magics; even a Muggle may do it; so it is wise to set
djfletch | other precautions if one does not wish to return from one's dimensional
djfletch | travel.
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x mermaid"
Floyd | >A saucy mermaid, splashing around; she must have been the one making
Floyd | all the noise.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "talk to mermaid"
Floyd | >You wink at the mermaid. She winks back.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x tub"
Floyd | >An enormous sunken tub, made of the same white marble as the rest of
Floyd | the room. It is surrounded by hundreds of gold-and-jewel taps; closest
Floyd | to you are an amethyst tap, a sapphire tap, and a pearl tap.
Floyd |
djfletch says, "loot!"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "get amethyst tap"
Floyd | >That's hardly portable.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "turn amethyst tap"
Floyd | >You open the amethyst tap, and heavily perfumed purple clouds pour out
Floyd | of it. They make you sneeze, so you turn it off again; as soon as you
Floyd | do, they dissipate.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "turn sapphire"
Floyd | >You open the sapphire tap, and along with water, it gushes pink and
Floyd | blue bubbles the size of footballs. They smell faintly of candyfloss.
Floyd | Sitting back on your heels, you turn it off again and let the bath
Floyd | drain.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "turn pearl"
Floyd | >You open the pearl tap, and out pours thick white foam. It looks like
Floyd | it could support your weight, if you cared to try it. Probably not the
Floyd | best idea, though; you'd ruin your clothes. Regretfully, you turn it
Floyd | off again. The foam slowly melts.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "get in tub"
Floyd | >You haven't time for that.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd | >Prefects' Bathroom
Floyd | A small room with a high ceiling. All the walls are white marble, and
Floyd | it is dominated by a huge sunken tub. A large portrait of a mermaid
Floyd | hangs on one wall, a chandelier softly lights the room, and some towels
Floyd | and a purple bottle lie discarded in a corner. A door leads north to
Floyd | the purple corridor.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "I'll work on translating the cipher. It's rather simple."
jojo says, "These Prefects sure get spoiled."
djfletch says, "too late, I just pasted it"
djfletch says, "I cheated by using a computer"
jojo says, "I think 'Redite' is Latin (more or less) for 'return', which would be appropriate."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "get towels"
Floyd | >You're not some kind of kleptomaniac.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "get bottle"
Floyd | >You're not some kind of kleptomaniac.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x bottle"
Floyd | >A little purple glass bottle with a garish yellow label: SLEEKEAZY'S
Floyd | TANGLE TAMER POTION.
Floyd |
Floyd | God. That's the conditioner Sangita used, and now you're thinking about
Floyd | Sangita's hair, long and black and smelling of camomile, feathered out
Floyd | in the tub or on a pillow.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x towels"
Floyd | >Fluffy white towels, tossed carelessly in a corner.
Floyd |
Floyd | Actually, now that you're thinking about it, wasn't Sangita's
Floyd | conditioner called "Sleek & Easy," not "Sleekeazy's"? The label was
Floyd | just the same style, though.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x chandelier"
Floyd | >A splendid candle-filled chandelier, softly lighting the room.
Floyd |
Yuri says, "Sorry... I was distracted for a while. Cats got in trouble."
jojo asks, "But you bailed them out?"
Yuri says, "Yes. Took me soem time to raise the necessary money."
jojo says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | >You are carrying:
Floyd |   a ciphered book
Floyd |   a prefect's badge (being worn)
Floyd |   a long-handled scrub-brush
Floyd |   a scribbled note
Floyd |   a book of herbs
Floyd |   a book of alchemy
Floyd |   a medallion
Floyd |   an iron bell
Floyd |   a piece of purple parchment
Floyd |   a Hogwarts brochure
Floyd |   a contract
Floyd |   a handful of yellow Jelly Babies
Floyd |   an identity card
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "cf4"
Floyd | >Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Yuri says (to Floyd), "read cyphered book"
Floyd | >You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Yuri says (to Floyd), "read ciphered book"
Floyd | >You read: Jura nyy gur cebcre vaterqvragf ner va cynpr hcba gur
Floyd | qvntenz, fgnaq arne vg naq hggre gur jbeq Erqvgr. Guvf vf zreryl gur
Floyd | gevttre sbe gur zntvpf; rira n Zhttyr znl qb vg; fb vg vf jvfr gb frg
Floyd | bgure cerpnhgvbaf vs bar qbrf abg jvfu gb erghea sebz bar'f qvzrafvbany
Floyd | geniry.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "That untangling shampoo might untangle other things."
jojo says, "We can't take it."
DavidW says, "Anyway, I have a translation for the cipher."
Yuri says, "It probably does..."
Yuri asks, "can we pour some in something else?"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x bottle"
Floyd | >A little purple glass bottle with a garish yellow label: SLEEKEAZY'S
Floyd | TANGLE TAMER POTION.
Floyd |
Yuri says, "of teh shampoo that is..."
two-star arrives, full of fun, but no funk.
djfletch says (to Floyd), "get potion"
Floyd | >You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "get bottle"
Floyd | >You're not some kind of kleptomaniac.
Floyd |
jojo says, "I think it's mainly there to make you think of your girlfriend."
djfletch says, "yeah, looks like it"
two-star says, "YE CANNOT TAKE YE FLASK"
Yuri exclaims, ",,DavidW A translation? Do tell!"
jojo asks, "Have you tried eating jelly babies yet?"
djfletch says (to jojo), "I don't think we have."
jojo says (to floyd), "eat babies"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "eat jelly babies"
Floyd | >No way. You really hate Jelly Babies.
Floyd |
Floyd | >No way. You really hate Jelly Babies.
Floyd |
djfletch asks, "who hates jelly babies!?!?"
jojo says, "Apparently Floyd doesn't want to eat babies."
jojo says, "I'm not keen: I think they have gelatin in them."
DavidW | WHEN ALL THE PROPER INGREDIENTS ARE IN PLACE UPON THE DIAGRAM, STAND NEAR IT AND UTTER THE WORD REDITE. THIS IS MERELY THE TRIGGER FOR THE MAGICS; EVEN A MUGGLE MAY DO IT; SO IT IS WISE TO SET OTHER PRECAUTIONS Is ONE DOES NOT WISH TO RETURN FROM ONE'S DIMENSIONAL TRAVEL.
djfletch says, "hmm, diagram"
jojo says, "Easier than placing everything on your diaphram."
DavidW says, "I wouldn't know."
djfletch says, "there were some sort of marks on Dumbledore's desk, I think."
Yuri says (to DavidW), "What was it? Simple substitution cypher/"
DavidW says, "I suspect the Great Hall might be a place for the diagram."
DavidW says (to Yuri), "yes"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd | >Prefects' Bathroom
Floyd | A small room with a high ceiling. All the walls are white marble, and
Floyd | it is dominated by a huge sunken tub. A large portrait of a mermaid
Floyd | hangs on one wall, a chandelier softly lights the room, and some towels
Floyd | and a purple bottle lie discarded in a corner. A door leads north to
Floyd | the purple corridor.
Floyd |
DavidW asks, "Did you guys talk to the mermaid?"
djfletch says, "she wasn't talking"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "talk to mermaid"
Floyd | >You wink at the mermaid. She winks back.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take bath"
Floyd | >You haven't time for that.
Floyd |
djfletch says, "there are taps that do stuff but I don't know how useful it is."
Yuri exclaims (at DavidW), "Good work!"
djfletch says, "I think we should go back and explore downstairs."
two-star has had its fill of playing for now, and goes back to the Lounge. djfletch says, "unless anyone has anything else to do."
DavidW says, "We haven't gone down from the Granite Corridor yet."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Purple Corridor
Floyd | The walls and ceiling are painted a violent shade of purple. The floor
Floyd | seems to have turned green with envy. A gargoyle of curious mien stands
Floyd | on one wall, and on another hangs a portrait of a fat lady in a pink
Floyd | dress. A squirming staircase leads down; a narrow passage leads
Floyd | northwest; an ordinary door leads south; and a feather-strewn archway
Floyd | leads northeast.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | >The staircase writhes beneath your feet as you descend.
Floyd |
Floyd | Granite Corridor
Floyd | A short corridor, the walls and floor made entirely of granite.
Floyd | Centuries of use have worn a smooth path down the middle. Staircases
Floyd | lead down and up. A plain door leads south, and the hall ends in what
Floyd | looks like a library to the west.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | >As you step on it, the staircase turns into a chute. You feel like a
Floyd | little kid again as you slide on down.
Floyd |
Floyd | Armour Gallery
Floyd | A long, narrow room, lined with suits of armour on either side.
Floyd | Staircases lead down and up. Westward you can see the gallery open out
Floyd | into a trophy room.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | >The staircase swivels dizzyingly as you descend.
Floyd |
Floyd | Gothic Corridor
Floyd | A long corridor with an extremely high, vaulted ceiling. It gives the
Floyd | impression of tall trees spreading into branches over your head,
Floyd | although it's all just the same grey stone. Staircases lead down and
Floyd | up. A strange red plastic door leads north, and a black door leads
Floyd | west. To the south, the corridor opens out into the Hospital Wing.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "The alchemy book makes me wonder if sulphur could turn the divination high shelf into a low shelf."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "read alchemy"
Floyd | >You read: The alchemists have used many symbols to encode their
Floyd | meanings. The following is a record of the most commonly-used.
Floyd |
Floyd | a dot inside a circle, representing gold or Sol;
Floyd | a crescent moon, representing silver or Luna;
Floyd | a female symbol, representing copper or Venus;
Floyd | a male symbol, representing iron or Mars;
Floyd | a 2 with a 1 intersecting its tail, representing tin or Jupiter;
Floyd | a female symbol with horns, representing quicksilver or Mercury;
Floyd | a curiously embellished lower-case h, representing lead or Saturn;
Floyd | a female symbol with a triangle instead of a circle for its head,
Floyd | representing sulfur, the connection between the high and low;
Floyd | a circle bisected by a horizontal line, representing salt--that is,
Floyd | base matter of any kind, including stones and crystals;
Floyd | a triangle with several diagonal lines in it, representing plant
Floyd | matter;
Floyd | a triangle pointing up, representing fire;
Floyd | a triangle pointing down, representing water;
Floyd | a triangle pointing down with its bottom point intersected by a
Floyd | horizontal line, representing earth;
Floyd | a triangle pointing up with its top point intersected by a horizontal
Floyd | line, representing air;
Floyd | an upside-down female symbol, representing antimony;
Floyd | a circle with a half-circle atop it, representing bismuth;
Floyd | a misshapen 3, representing cinnabar.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x plastic door"
Floyd | >It appears to be made of tough plastic, like toys for very small
Floyd | children, and it is fire-engine red.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "open it"
Floyd | >You open the plastic door.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x black door"
Floyd | >Black-painted. Slightly smudged with chalk.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Muggle Studies Classroom
Floyd | So this is going to be your classroom, is it? Not too posh. It's a
Floyd | rather small room, dominated by an oak table. Muggle Studies must not
Floyd | be a popular class; only ten or twelve students could fit in here,
Floyd | seminar-style. A poster illustrating how a light bulb works adorns the
Floyd | wall, and a bookcase stands in a corner. The door out is to the south.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "Plastic is really out of place for somewhere like Hogwarts."
jojo says, "It is for the the Muggle Studies classroom."
DavidW says, "So I see."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x poster"
Floyd | >It seems to get some fundamental things wrong. As far as you know,
Floyd | there are not any magical spirits of "ekeltricity" living in light
Floyd | bulbs. Or are there?
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x bookcase"
Floyd | >Oak, matching the table.
Floyd |
Floyd | In the oak bookcase are a blue book and a cloth book.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "get blue book"
Floyd | >Taken.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "read it"
Floyd | >You read: The internet is for porn, blah blah blah, internet users
Floyd | often use a simple cipher known as "rot13" to keep their messages
Floyd | initially unreadable, blah blah blah, some wizards find it useful too,
Floyd | blah blah blah. Nothing shocking.
Floyd |
jojo says, "But, still I take your point. It's weirdly anachronistic, despite plastic co-existing in the same world as Hogwarts."
DavidW says, "ah. I bet rot13 was the cipher used."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "get cloth book"
Floyd | >Taken.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "read it"
Floyd | >You read: The back cover informs you:  This book covers all sorts of
Floyd | magical and Muggle means to enter homes and burgle businesses, from the
Floyd | familiar--combination locks--to the foreign--security systems running
Floyd | on ekeltricity. The book falls open to a page describing how one may
Floyd | turn a dial and naturally hear tumblers fall into place, allowing a
Floyd | combination lock to be successfully opened without any prior knowledge
Floyd | of the combination, or any use of magical power.
Floyd |
jojo says (to DavidW), "Vg jnf."
djfletch says, "we haven't seen a safe yet"
jojo says (to floyd), "x parchment"
Floyd | >A piece of purple parchment with some strange scribbles on it.
Floyd |
Floyd | You read: INGREDIENTS. To be carried by spellcaster.
Floyd |
Floyd | gold;
Floyd | silver;
Floyd | copper;
Floyd | iron;
Floyd | tin;
Floyd | quicksilver;
Floyd | lead;
Floyd | base matter;
Floyd | eternity.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "look behind poster"
Floyd | >It seems to get some fundamental things wrong. As far as you know,
Floyd | there are not any magical spirits of "ekeltricity" living in light
Floyd | bulbs. Or are there?
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "get poster"
Floyd | >You're not some kind of kleptomaniac.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Narrator), "sez you."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x table"
Floyd | >Simple, heavy, and serviceable, worn with many years of use.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "look under it"
Floyd | >You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "I guess the hints in the two books are all that's useful here."
djfletch says, "looks like it"
djfletch says, "I'll keep exploring"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Gothic Corridor
Floyd | A long corridor with an extremely high, vaulted ceiling. It gives the
Floyd | impression of tall trees spreading into branches over your head,
Floyd | although it's all just the same grey stone. Staircases lead down and
Floyd | up. A strange red plastic door leads north, and a black door leads
Floyd | west. To the south, the corridor opens out into the Hospital Wing.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "please do."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x black door"
Floyd | >Black-painted. Slightly smudged with chalk.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | >(first opening the black door)
Floyd |
Floyd | The Defence Against the Dark Arts Classroom
Floyd | A large classroom; the defining feature is an enormous skeleton hung
Floyd | from the ceiling, spotlit, in the centre of the room. The professor's
Floyd | desk, at the front of the room, also looks interesting. A black door is
Floyd | on the east wall.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x skeleton"
Floyd | >A very old skeleton of a horse--with wings. It's spotlighted by a
Floyd | Fresnel lantern. One of its hooves gleams curiously in the light.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x hoof"
Floyd | >Now, why would that be? Among the old ivory bones and black hooves of
Floyd | the skeleton shines a single piece of metal: one hoof made of silver.
Floyd | As you stand on tiptoe to get a better look, the skeleton moves and
Floyd | twists away from you. Not as dead as it looks!
Floyd |
djfletch says, "eep"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "talk to skeleton"
Floyd | >"Can you understand me?" you ask. "You're a skeleton. Surely that's
Floyd | impossible, even with magic?" The huge creature waggles his wingtips at
Floyd | you. He evidently can hear you.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "That must be our 'silver ingredient'."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "talk to skeleton"
Floyd | >You ask the skeleton for his silver hoof in as many ways as you can:
Floyd | cajoling, threatening, pleading. Nothing seems to work. He tosses his
Floyd | noble skull and somehow manages to snort (despite his obvious lack of
Floyd | lungs), and drums his hooves in the air as though to urge you away.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "give jelly beans to skeleton"
Floyd | >The skeleton turns its skull away. Apparently it isn't interested.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "I was thinking of feeding it!"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x lantern"
Floyd | >A Fresnel lantern, glowing, but with no obvious source of power. Looks
Floyd | almost steampunk.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take it"
Floyd | >The Fresnel lantern is too high to reach.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "brush skeleton"
Floyd | >What do you want to brush the thestral skeleton with?
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "brush"
Floyd | >What do you want to brush?
Floyd |
djfletch says, "I don't know what a skeletal flying horse would eat, really"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x brush"
Floyd | >A standard looking sort of scrub-brush.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "brush skeleton with scrub-brush"
Floyd | >The skeleton twists nimbly out of your reach. That's not difficult;
Floyd | you're pretty short.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "Mutton marrow"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "pet horse"
Floyd | >That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x desk"
Floyd | >A low, much-embellished chestnut affair, with a single wide drawer.
Floyd | It's kept very neat.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open drawer"
Floyd | >You open the wide drawer, revealing a journal.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x journal"
Floyd | >A small journal bound in soft leather, with the initials R J L on the
Floyd | cover. It appears to be a record of classroom affairs--detentions
Floyd | given, supplies used--but there's a section about the skeleton.
Floyd |
Floyd | You read: The new thestral skeleton I purchased for the classroom
Floyd | appears to be animate. I had not realized until this morning, but he
Floyd | seems to have merely been scoping out his new situation, waiting to
Floyd | make himself known. He has more or less managed to communicate to me
Floyd | that he would like his silky black mane back; he seems to be rather
Floyd | vain, and quite proud of the silver that I used to replace his split
Floyd | hoof. (Thank heavens that part of the curse is a Muggle myth; not being
Floyd | able to handle Sickles would be quite frustrating.) As a wig would
Floyd | spoil the effect of the skeleton, and the beast is quite rude about it,
Floyd | I'm apt to let him stew in his own juices until he becomes more polite.
Floyd |
djfletch says, "I don't remember seeing a silky black mane yet."
DavidW asks, "so, we need a hair growth potion, maybe?"
djfletch says, "oh, could be"
DavidW says, "Give hair; take silver."
djfletch says, "next room then I suppose"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Gothic Corridor
Floyd | A long corridor with an extremely high, vaulted ceiling. It gives the
Floyd | impression of tall trees spreading into branches over your head,
Floyd | although it's all just the same grey stone. Staircases lead down and
Floyd | up. A strange red plastic door leads north, and a black door leads
Floyd | west. To the south, the corridor opens out into the Hospital Wing.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "Hospital Wing"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Hospital Wing
Floyd | A room with a high ceiling and white walls, sterile and institutional.
Floyd | Iron-framed beds stand in rows, and an enormous medicine cabinet
Floyd | dominates the far wall. To the north is a gothic-arched corridor.
Floyd |
Yuri says (to Floyd), "x medicine cabinet"
Floyd | >A large cabinet made of chestnut with a thick glass front. A built-in
Floyd | combination lock is part of the frame.
Floyd |
Floyd | In the medicine cabinet are a vial of mercury and a bottle of Pepper-Up
Floyd | Potion.
Floyd |
Yuri says (to Floyd), "get all"
Floyd | >You can't use ALL in this story. Sorry.
Floyd |
Yuri says (to Floyd), "get vial"
Floyd | >The medicine cabinet isn't open.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x lock"
Floyd | >A large, gaudy combination lock. Instead of numbers, the dial shows
Floyd | moon phases, inlaid with mother-of-pearl. You can turn it right or
Floyd | left. An engraved arrow points to the first quarter moon.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "read cloth book"
Floyd | >You read: The back cover informs you:  This book covers all sorts of
Floyd | magical and Muggle means to enter homes and burgle businesses, from the
Floyd | familiar--combination locks--to the foreign--security systems running
Floyd | on ekeltricity. The book falls open to a page describing how one may
Floyd | turn a dial and naturally hear tumblers fall into place, allowing a
Floyd | combination lock to be successfully opened without any prior knowledge
Floyd | of the combination, or any use of magical power.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "listen to lock"
Floyd | >The hospital wing's so quiet, it will be easy to hear tumblers falling
Floyd | when you TURN the lock RIGHT and LEFT.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "turn lock right"
Floyd | >You turn the dial of the moon lock right; now the arrow points to
Floyd | waxing crescent moon.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "turn lock right"
Floyd | >You turn the dial of the moon lock right; now the arrow points to new
Floyd | moon.
Floyd | You hear a soft click of tumblers falling into place.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "turn lock left"
Floyd | >You turn the dial of the moon lock left; now the arrow points to
Floyd | waxing crescent moon.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "turn lock left"
Floyd | >You turn the dial of the moon lock left; now the arrow points to first
Floyd | quarter moon.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "turn lock left"
Floyd | >You turn the dial of the moon lock left; now the arrow points to
Floyd | waxing gibbous moon.
Floyd | You hear a soft click of tumblers falling into place.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "turn lock right"
Floyd | >You turn the dial of the moon lock right; now the arrow points to
Floyd | first quarter moon.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "turn lock right"
Floyd | >You turn the dial of the moon lock right; now the arrow points to
Floyd | waxing crescent moon.
Floyd | You hear a soft click of tumblers falling into place, and the medicine
Floyd | cabinet's door springs open.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "look in cabinet"
Floyd | >In the medicine cabinet are a vial of mercury and a bottle of
Floyd | Pepper-Up Potion.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "get mercury"
Floyd | >Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | The mercury in the vial is silvery. Sangita had a chemistry kit with
Floyd | mercury in it. Kind of strange, since she never was any use helping you
Floyd | with science curricula. "I use it to make inks for the printshop," she
Floyd | said when you moved in together, but you never saw her do it, and
Floyd | anyway, can't you buy printer's ink? And wouldn't she be doing it at
Floyd | work?
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "get potion"
Floyd | >You're not some kind of kleptomaniac.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x potion"
Floyd | >A red glass bottle labeled "Pepper-Up Potion" in a spidery hand.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x beds"
Floyd | >Uncomfortable looking.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look under beds"
Floyd | >You find nothing of interest.
Floyd |
Yuri asks, "shall we save and drink the potion?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "cf5"
Floyd | >Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Yuri says (to Floyd), "drink potion"
Floyd | >You're not some kind of kleptomaniac.
Floyd |
djfletch says, "bah"
Yuri says, "Oh... that's a bit of a let-down ;-)"
DavidW says, "You just wanted to see steam come out our ears."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x mercury"
Floyd | >A crystal vial containing a silvery liquid.
Floyd |
Yuri admits Tis true... "I did.."
DavidW asks, "I guess down the stairs again?"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | >You are carrying:
Floyd |   a vial of mercury
Floyd |   a cloth book
Floyd |   a blue book
Floyd |   a ciphered book
Floyd |   a prefect's badge (being worn)
Floyd |   a long-handled scrub-brush
Floyd |   a scribbled note
Floyd |   a book of herbs
Floyd |   a book of alchemy
Floyd |   a medallion
Floyd |   an iron bell
Floyd |   a piece of purple parchment
Floyd |   a Hogwarts brochure
Floyd |   a contract
Floyd |   a handful of yellow Jelly Babies
Floyd |   an identity card
Floyd |
Yuri says (to DavidW), "sure"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Gothic Corridor
Floyd | A long corridor with an extremely high, vaulted ceiling. It gives the
Floyd | impression of tall trees spreading into branches over your head,
Floyd | although it's all just the same grey stone. Staircases lead down and
Floyd | up. A strange red plastic door leads north, and a black door leads
Floyd | west. To the south, the corridor opens out into the Hospital Wing.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | >You sweep regally down the staircase.
Floyd |
Floyd | Entrance Hall
Floyd | A capacious hall, lit with torches. There's not much here, though,
Floyd | other than inspiring architecture. Which, honestly, you could see
Floyd | pretty easily in non-magical London whenever you wanted to. An enormous
Floyd | sweeping staircase leads up, and a smaller staircase leads down. A
Floyd | rough door leads west, and the Great Hall is through a stone archway to
Floyd | the east.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "Great Hall first please"
djfletch says, "ok"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Great Hall
Floyd | An enormous, long room with a flagstone floor, filled with four equally
Floyd | enormous tables. The linens on each table are of different colors: red,
Floyd | blue, yellow, and green. A fifth table with a large centrepiece in the
Floyd | middle - the head table - stands on a dais, perpendicular to the
Floyd | others. The entrance hall is to the west.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x centrepiece"
Floyd | >A centrepiece of sunflowers, with a little golden toad nestled in the
Floyd | middle.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x toad"
Floyd | >A little statue of a toad. It's heavy: pure gold.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take toad"
Floyd | >Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | When you look at it closely, the little toad statue kind of looks like
Floyd | Buford, Grandma's old pet. No matter how many owls were around, they
Floyd | never seemed to eat Buford. Grandma really liked the old boy--he lived
Floyd | in the mud of the garden and he'd croak at you whenever you got too
Floyd | close. She always told you he could talk and he was telling you to back
Floyd | off. He wasn't made of gold, of course.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "talk to toad"
Floyd | >The golden toad doesn't respond. Must not be sentient.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x trevor"
Floyd | >A little statue of a toad. It's heavy: pure gold.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "well, we have the gold ingredient now."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x head table"
Floyd | >A table on a dais, above the others. A large centrepiece is the only
Floyd | thing on it.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x dais"
Floyd | >The floor, including a dais at one end of the room, is made of
Floyd | flagstones.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x flagstones"
Floyd | >The floor, including a dais at one end of the room, is made of
Floyd | flagstones.
Floyd |
Floyd | Wandering the castle alone is lonely, and you find yourself remembering
Floyd | things that you'd rather not--whisked away to a wholly different realm
Floyd | of memory.
Floyd |
Floyd | Your Remembered Flat
Floyd | Your familiar flat, back in London, but with more things in it. It's a
Floyd | year ago. Sangita's still here; she's packing her things to leave you.
Floyd | Her suitcase and clothes are laid out on her big brass bed, the one you
Floyd | used to share, the one she took with her when she left. You're in the
Floyd | midst of a conversation--a painful one, too.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "cf6"
Floyd | >Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
djfletch says, "interesting"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x sangita"
Floyd | >As beautiful as ever.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x bed"
Floyd | >There are some good memories of that bed, but now you're never going
Floyd | to be able to think about them without thinking about this fight, the
Floyd | tightly controlled way Sangita's moving, how sad she looks.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "talk to sangita"
Floyd | >"I just don't understand," you say. "You have these incredible mood
Floyd | swings, and you won't tell me what the problem really is. You have to
Floyd | tell me!"
Floyd |
Floyd | "Look, I don't want to talk about this right now," she says. "We just
Floyd | aren't as close as you think. We shouldn't have moved in together.
Floyd | That's all."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask about her mood swings.
Floyd [2] Ask if living together was so bad.
Floyd [3] Say nothing.
Floyd |
DavidW asks, "2?"
djfletch says, "ok"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd | >"Has living together really been so bad?"
Floyd |
Floyd | "No," she says, and for the first time her façade of determination
Floyd | seems to crack.
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask about her mood swings.
Floyd [2] Ask if she still loves you.
Floyd [3] Say nothing.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd | >"Do you still love me?" you ask. "No," she says, but she doesn't sound
Floyd | so sure.
Floyd |
Floyd | Too bad you can't change anything that happened.
Floyd |
Floyd | Great Hall
Floyd | An enormous, long room with a flagstone floor, filled with four equally
Floyd | enormous tables. The linens on each table are of different colors: red,
Floyd | blue, yellow, and green. A fifth table with a large centrepiece in the
Floyd | middle - the head table - stands on a dais, perpendicular to the
Floyd | others. The entrance hall is to the west.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "ow"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x red table"
Floyd | >A table with red and yellow linens.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x blue table"
Floyd | >A table with blue and brown linens.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x yellow table"
Floyd | >A table with yellow and black linens.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x green table"
Floyd | >A table with green and grey linens.
Floyd |
djfletch asks, "what ingredients do we still need?"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x parchment"
Floyd | >A piece of purple parchment with some strange scribbles on it.
Floyd |
Floyd | You read: INGREDIENTS. To be carried by spellcaster.
Floyd |
Floyd | gold;
Floyd | silver;
Floyd | copper;
Floyd | iron;
Floyd | tin;
Floyd | quicksilver;
Floyd | lead;
Floyd | base matter;
Floyd | eternity.
Floyd |
Yuri says (to Floyd), "i" DavidW says, "I think we're done with this room? I suppose west from the Entrance Hall takes us into the grounds. Down should lead to the Potions classroom."
Floyd | >You are carrying:
Floyd |   a prefect's badge (being worn)
Floyd |   a golden toad
Floyd |   a vial of mercury
Floyd |   a cloth book
Floyd |   a blue book
Floyd |   a long-handled scrub-brush
Floyd |   a book of herbs
Floyd |   a book of alchemy
Floyd |   a scribbled note
Floyd |   a ciphered book
Floyd |   a piece of purple parchment
Floyd |   an iron bell
Floyd |   a handful of yellow Jelly Babies
Floyd |   a Hogwarts brochure
Floyd |   a contract
Floyd |   a medallion
Floyd |   an identity card
Floyd |
jojo says, "Let's go down."
DavidW says, "We have gold and quicksilver; we've seen tin and silver."
DavidW says, "oh, and we have iron."
DavidW says, "So still plenty to find."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Entrance Hall
Floyd | A capacious hall, lit with torches. There's not much here, though,
Floyd | other than inspiring architecture. Which, honestly, you could see
Floyd | pretty easily in non-magical London whenever you wanted to. An enormous
Floyd | sweeping staircase leads up, and a smaller staircase leads down. A
Floyd | rough door leads west, and the Great Hall is through a stone archway to
Floyd | the east.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "sure, down is okay with me."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | >The staircase squeezes around you as you descend. By the time you make
Floyd | it down, it's only a foot wide, and you have to go sideways.
Floyd |
Floyd | Moist Corridor
Floyd | A damp, windowless corridor, with wet and slime oozing down the walls.
Floyd | A staircase leads up--and man, you aren't ready to do that again right
Floyd | away, ick. A classroom is visible to the east.
Floyd |
jojo says (to floyd), "x slime"
Floyd | >You glance around.
Floyd |
Floyd | Moist Corridor
Floyd | A damp, windowless corridor, with wet and slime oozing down the walls.
Floyd | A staircase leads up. A classroom is visible to the east.
Floyd |
jojo says (to floyd), "e"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Potions Classroom
Floyd | A large, rather damp room. A long stone table is its primary feature. A
Floyd | heavy door stands a little ajar at the north end of the room, as though
Floyd | someone were just going through it when they disappeared. The corridor
Floyd | is to the west.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the stone table are a copper cauldron (in which is an icy potion)
Floyd | and a potions book.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see a scarf here.
Floyd |
Jacqueline says, "Still watching, but away for a second to grab an OJ."
djfletch says, "copper!"
Yuri says (to Floyd), "get cauldron"
Floyd | >You eye it cautiously. Whatever is in the cauldron looks just about
Floyd | ready to slosh out if you joggle it.
Floyd |
Floyd | Grandma's kitchen--without the Aga. That's what the dungeon classroom
Floyd | reminds you of. Her pantry was full of herbs hanging down, and the
Floyd | whole place, well& now that you think of it, it wasn't really anything
Floyd | like the dungeon classroom. There was something similar about them,
Floyd | though. Maybe it's the temperature, or something about the smell? But
Floyd | Grandma's kitchen was always warm and smelt of cooking, nothing like
Floyd | the dungeons.
Floyd |
Yuri says, "we might be able to find salt here"
Yuri says, "or anything equivalently earthy"
DavidW says, "The cauldron itself is copper."
jojo says (to floyd), "look in the cauldron"
Floyd | >You eye it cautiously. Whatever is in the cauldron looks just about
Floyd | ready to slosh out if you joggle it.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "Salt is not one of our ingredients."
jojo says (to floyd), "x book"
Floyd | >Which do you mean, the potions book, the cloth book, the blue book,
Floyd | the book of herbs, the book of alchemy, or the ciphered book?
Floyd |
jojo says (to floyd), "potions"
Floyd | >A large, old book, entitled "Moste Potente Potions."
Floyd |
Floyd | You read:
Floyd |
Floyd | It's open to a recipe: FOR KEEPING A GOBLETTE OR GLASSE UNMOLESTED. The
Floyd | recipe is long, involved, and requires measures of things in "scruples"
Floyd | and "minims." However, at the end, it describes a potion of extreme
Floyd | frigidity and blueness, ready to pour out at the slightest provocation
Floyd | and destroy the potion's molester. Nasty. The last line reads, The
Floyd | inclusion of aconitum, a most wondrous hot herbe, shall however render
Floyd | it inert, and indeed most beneficial to the skin of a lady.
Floyd |
jojo exclaims, "Looks like we're after some aconitum!"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "look up aconitum in herbs book"
Floyd | >Extremely poisonous plant; also known as wolfsbane or monkshood. The
Floyd | name "aconite" comes from "aconiton," a Greek word meaning without
Floyd | struggle and referring to the quick death it brings.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "get scarf"
Floyd | >Taken.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x it"
Floyd | >A black scarf made of some fine, shaggy substance--spider's silk?
Floyd | Human hair? It feels slightly oily to the touch.
Floyd |
Yuri says (to DavidW), "Salt is the most standard base matter... one of teh books we saw mentioned that"
djfletch says, "oh the thestral's mane"
DavidW says, "That scarf must be the mane, yeah."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "wear scarf"
Floyd | >You can't wear that!
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd | >Potions Classroom
Floyd | A large, rather damp room. A long stone table is its primary feature. A
Floyd | heavy door stands a little ajar at the north end of the room, as though
Floyd | someone were just going through it when they disappeared. The corridor
Floyd | is to the west.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the stone table are a copper cauldron (in which is an icy potion)
Floyd | and a potions book.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "get potions book"
Floyd | >It isn't yours, and it doesn't look like a library book, so you don't
Floyd | plan to mess with it.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "I bet there's a potions cupboard to the north."
djfletch says, "let's look"
Yuri says (to Floyd), "look up icy potion in potion book"
Floyd | >It isn't yours, and it doesn't look like a library book, so you don't
Floyd | plan to mess with it.
Floyd |
djfletch says, "looks like you just read it about one thing"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "n"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Potions Storeroom
Floyd | A tiny room, with every bit of space used, even the ceiling: herbs hang
Floyd | in bundles, drying. The main feature, however, is a huge apothecary
Floyd | cabinet. A heavy door leads south.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x herbs"
Floyd | >(the book of herbs)
Floyd | The book's title is "1001 Magical Herbs and Fungi."
Floyd |
Floyd | You read: A table of contents: acacia, agaric, alder, aloe vera,
Floyd | Angel's Trumpet, arnica, ash, Abyssinian shrivelfig, aconite, Alihotsy,
Floyd | asphodel, baneberry, beech, belladonna, bergamot, black walnut,
Floyd | blackthorn, bloodroot, boom berry, bubotuber, camomile, catnip, cedar,
Floyd | centaury, Chinese chomping cabbage, Cobra Lily, cypress, daisy,
Floyd | dandelion, Devil's Snare, dirigible plum, dittany, ebony, elm, Fanged
Floyd | Geranium, flitterbloom, floo, Flutterby bush, fluxweed, foxglove,
Floyd | gillyweed, ginger, goosegrass, Gurdyroot, hawthorn, hazel, hellebore,
Floyd | henbane, holly, honking daffodil, horehound, hornbeam, knotgrass,
Floyd | lovage, mahogany, mallowsweet, Mandragora, maple, Mimbulus Mimbletonia,
Floyd | monkshood, moly, nettle, oak, peppermint, plangentine, privet,
Floyd | puffapod, pumpkin, rosewood, rowan, rue, sage, Screechsnap,
Floyd | scurvy-grass, silver lime, Snargaluff, Snarfalump, sneezewort,
Floyd | snowdrop, sopophorous bean, sycamore, valerian, Venomous Tentacula,
Floyd | walnut, Whomping Willow, wolfsbane, wormwood, yarrow, yew.
Floyd |
Floyd | You could probably LOOK UP one of the topics IN THE BOOK OF HERBS.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x bundles"
Floyd | >Bundles of various herbs, too far away to identify. They make the
Floyd | storeroom look like Grandma's pantry.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x cabinet"
Floyd | >An enormous cabinet with a multitude of tiny drawers, containing herbs
Floyd | in alphabetical order.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "look up aconitum in cabinet"
Floyd | >There doesn't seem to be a drawer labeled "aconite." Curious. Maybe
Floyd | it's under another name?
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look up wolfsbane in cabinet"
Floyd | >There doesn't seem to be a drawer labeled "wolfsbane." Curious. Maybe
Floyd | it's under another name?
jojo says (to floyd), "look up Snargaluff in cabinet"
Floyd | >There's no drawer labelled that way. Rats.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look up monkshood in cabinet"
Floyd | >You find the drawer for monkshood ("also known as wolfsbane or
Floyd | aconite," the label says, in crabbed script), and it's mostly full. You
Floyd | take a sprig or so.
Floyd |
djfletch says, "hurrah"
djfletch asks, "now we put it in the icy potion?"
DavidW says, "yes"
jojo says, "Yep"
Lionheart arrives, full of funk, but no fun.
djfletch says (to Floyd), "s"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Potions Classroom
Floyd | A large, rather damp room. A long stone table is its primary feature. A
Floyd | heavy door stands a little ajar at the north end of the room, as though
Floyd | someone were just going through it when they disappeared. The corridor
Floyd | is to the west.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the stone table are a copper cauldron (in which is an icy potion)
Floyd | and a potions book.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "That'll cure what's-her-name's acne. :)"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "put aconitum in cauldron"
Floyd | >You drop the monkshood into the cauldron, and the potion suddenly
Floyd | turns a creamy white. You cautiously reach out to take the cauldron,
Floyd | and when some of the potion sloshes over the edge, it feels smooth and
Floyd | even a little warm. You waste no time in tipping it down the drain in
Floyd | the centre of the floor and claiming your prize: the copper cauldron.
Floyd |
jojo exclaims, "No spot-free skin for us!"
Lionheart asks, "Something Harry Potter-themed?"
DavidW says, "heh. The potion itself was unimportant, just the cauldron was wanted."
jojo exclaims, "Muggle Studies!"
DavidW says (to Lionheart), "yes, we're playing Muggle Studies by Flourish."
djfletch says, "if only we'd had some change in our pockets we could have saved all this trouble"
Lionheart exclaims, "Ah, sorry I missed the beginning!"
jojo says, "I think pennies are alloys."
djfletch says, "yeah, probably true"
Lionheart says, "Zinc and copper IIRC"
Guest1 arrives, full of neither funk nor fun. djfletch says, "I expect you need pure metals to do magic properly"
DavidW says, "This is awkward. Guest accounts can't speak on channels."
Lionheart says (to jojo), "#hobbies Starting with 1983 Lincoln pennies."
Yuri says (to djfletch), "One usually does, yes..."
jojo says (to Lionheart), "It's true also of British pennies as well, which the protagonist here would be holding."
Lionheart asks (of jojo), "Oh, right. But those are pence, aren't they?"
Guest1 says, "x floyd" DavidW says, "Unless we have other ingredients to get, I guess we should check the grounds next."
jojo says (to jojo), "Well yes, but we also call them pennies."
jojo says (to Lionheart), "'Penny' being a cute version of 'pence'."
djfletch says, "yeah, might as well check the grounds"
jojo asks, "Up we go?"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Moist Corridor
Floyd | A damp, windowless corridor, with wet and slime oozing down the walls.
Floyd | A staircase leads up. A classroom is visible to the east.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd | >The staircase expands and contracts as you climb, as though it were
Floyd | trying to decide what to do.
Floyd |
Floyd | Entrance Hall
Floyd | A capacious hall, lit with torches. There's not much here, though,
Floyd | other than inspiring architecture. Which, honestly, you could see
Floyd | pretty easily in non-magical London whenever you wanted to. An enormous
Floyd | sweeping staircase leads up, and a smaller staircase leads down. A
Floyd | rough door leads west, and the Great Hall is through a stone archway to
Floyd | the east.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | >(first opening the rough door)
Floyd |
Floyd | Filch's Office
Floyd | A small and cluttered room. A large and intricate card file takes up
Floyd | most of one wall. A metal desk and chair hunch against another. Some
Floyd | menacing-looking manacles hang above your head. The entrance hall is
Floyd | east, through a rough door.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the metal desk are a printing press, a piece of type, a list of
Floyd | banned items, and a Kwikspell course.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can also see a broom here.
Floyd |
jojo says (to Floyd), "get broom"
djfletch says, "ok, not the grounds"
jojo says (to Floyd), "get broom"
Floyd | >Taken.
Floyd |
Jacqueline whispers to the guest.
jojo says (to Floyd), "x manacles"
Floyd | >Menacing. Or possibly sexy in some other setting. In either case, not
Floyd | school-appropriate.
Floyd |
Jacqueline says, "You guys play, I'll take care of it."
DavidW says, "The broom might help us in Divination."
jojo says (to Jacq), "You're a star."
DavidW asks, "or the tin cup?"
jojo says (to Floyd), "x broom"
Floyd | >Nothing like a witchy broom. This is just an old fashioned sweeper,
Floyd | with a long handle, worn from a great deal of use.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x course"
Floyd | >Purple paper with silvery lettering.
Floyd |
Floyd | You read: KWIKSPELL: A Correspondence Course in Beginners' Magic. The
Floyd | subheading is Holding Your Wand (Some Useful Tips). Huh. According to
Floyd | the cover letter, Kwikspell has helped Madam Z. Nettles of Topham and
Floyd | warlock D.J. Prod of Didsbury learn to use their magical abilities
Floyd | better. It doesn't look very promising, though.
Floyd |
Lionheart can see a dream in your dance. Lionheart can see tomorrow in your dance. We can call it, "our hope"!
jojo says (to floyd), "x press"
Floyd | >A small printing press, quite heavy, fit to print eight-inch by
Floyd | eleven-inch sheets.
Floyd |
Lionheart arrives, full of fun, but no funk.
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x type"
Floyd | >A small piece of lead type--the letter A. Who knows where the other
Floyd | letters are.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take lead"
Floyd | >You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take type"
Floyd | >Taken.
Floyd |
Floyd | Sangita never let you come to work with her, at the press. "It's all
Floyd | wedding invitations and menus for posh restaurants," she'd say. Even
Floyd | so, even though you've never actually handled a piece of type before,
Floyd | it seems familiar to you. The font's familiar too. It's clearly not a
Floyd | computer font. The serifs are somehow wrong, not slantwise, but--just
Floyd | off, a little. It looks like it came from a parallel universe. But, of
Floyd | course, now that you think about it, it's rather like the font Sangita
Floyd | set broadsides in, like the one on the wall of your flat.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "That's our lead ingredient."
jojo says, "Mmmhmmm, yeah we believe you Sangita."
djfletch says, "she's was a witch too! Everyone is a witch except us!"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x list"
Floyd | >Handwritten. Apparently it was too much for the little printing press.
Floyd |
Floyd | You read: FORBIDDEN.
Floyd | Dungbombs.
Floyd | Stink Pellets.
Floyd | fireworks of any kind, paritcularly Filibuster's.
Floyd | Ever-Bashing Boomerangs.
Floyd | Fanged frisbees.
Floyd | Trick wands.
Floyd | Fizzing Whizbees.
Floyd | Anything made by Fred and George Weasley outside of class.
Floyd | It goes on in similar vein for many, many pages.
Floyd |
jojo says, "I love the foreshadowing in this game."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x desk"
Floyd | >A nondescript metal desk, the sort a schoolchild might use, but
Floyd | markedly devoid of any of the usual graffiti.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the metal desk are a printing press, a list of banned items, and a
Floyd | Kwikspell course.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x card file"
Floyd | >An enormous card file with innumerable tiny drawers, very
Floyd | old-fashioned looking.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "open it"
Floyd | >You open a drawer and draw a card at random. James Potter and Sirius
Floyd | Black. Apprehended using an illegal hex upon Bertram Aubrey. Aubrey's
Floyd | head twice normal size. Double detention. Lovely. A record of
Floyd | miscreants and their punishments.
Floyd |
jojo asks, "I think that's all in this room, try elsewhere?"
DavidW asks, "I wonder where the Glee club meets. Did we miss an exit?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "harmony"
Floyd | >That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "sing"
Floyd | >Your singing is abominable.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "sing in harmony"
Floyd | >I only understood you as far as wanting to sing.
Floyd |
djfletch says, "I think we've explored everywhere now."
jojo says, "It think they're all in the dungeon dimension where they belong."
djfletch says, "unless there are secret exits"
DavidW says, "Let's give the mane to the thestral and use the broom to get the tin cup in the Trophy Room."
jojo exclaims, "Lead the way!"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Entrance Hall
Floyd | A capacious hall, lit with torches. There's not much here, though,
Floyd | other than inspiring architecture. Which, honestly, you could see
Floyd | pretty easily in non-magical London whenever you wanted to. An enormous
Floyd | sweeping staircase leads up, and a smaller staircase leads down. A
Floyd | rough door leads west, and the Great Hall is through a stone archway to
Floyd | the east.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd | >You glide up the staircase as though you were a princess in a
Floyd | ballgown.
Floyd |
Floyd | Gothic Corridor
Floyd | A long corridor with an extremely high, vaulted ceiling. It gives the
Floyd | impression of tall trees spreading into branches over your head,
Floyd | although it's all just the same grey stone. Staircases lead down and
Floyd | up. A strange red plastic door leads north, and a black door leads
Floyd | west. To the south, the corridor opens out into the Hospital Wing.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | >
Floyd | The Defence Against the Dark Arts Classroom
Floyd | A large classroom; the defining feature is an enormous skeleton hung
Floyd | from the ceiling, spotlit, in the centre of the room. The professor's
Floyd | desk, at the front of the room, also looks interesting. A black door is
Floyd | on the east wall.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "give scarf to skeleton"
Floyd | >Exerting itself to the utmost, the skeleton bends down and lets you
Floyd | drape the scarf across his head, as though it were a mane. Proud of his
Floyd | new wig, he extends his hoof regally for you to take. It's heavy and
Floyd | satisfying in your hand.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take hoof"
Floyd | >You already have that.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Gothic Corridor
Floyd | A long corridor with an extremely high, vaulted ceiling. It gives the
Floyd | impression of tall trees spreading into branches over your head,
Floyd | although it's all just the same grey stone. Staircases lead down and
Floyd | up. A strange red plastic door leads north, and a black door leads
Floyd | west. To the south, the corridor opens out into the Hospital Wing.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd | >The staircase spins counterclockwise as you ascend, but the motion is
Floyd | slow and controlled.
Floyd |
Floyd | Armour Gallery
Floyd | A long, narrow room, lined with suits of armour on either side.
Floyd | Staircases lead down and up. Westward you can see the gallery open out
Floyd | into a trophy room.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "w"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Trophy Room
Floyd | The space is dominated by a huge trophy case, which butts directly up
Floyd | against a pedestal holding an enormous brass cup. It's immaculate--no
Floyd | dust anywhere. To the east, suits of armor keep watch in their gallery.
Floyd |
Floyd | You can see a tin cup here.
Floyd |
Floyd | The silver hoof is surprisingly heavy in your pocket. You used to have
Floyd | a hoof from a horse, and it was much lighter. It wasn't silver, but it
Floyd | was cloven like the one you got from the skeleton. Now that you think
Floyd | about it, it couldn't have been from a horse, of course--horses don't
Floyd | have cloven hooves. It was big, though, and when you were little and
Floyd | going through your horse phase you used it to stamp out prints in the
Floyd | dust, so you could pretend you were really riding along. Kind of
Floyd | macabre.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take tin"
Floyd | >You use the broom to hook the cup's handle and pull it out. Success!
Floyd |
Floyd | That tin cup feels abnormally small in your hand, and it takes you a
Floyd | moment to resolve the cognitive dissonance. You drank from a tin cup
Floyd | like this as a child in your grandmother's kitchen, and then it was
Floyd | just the right size. Grandma would pour you a dose of her cold remedy
Floyd | in that cup--not hot but peppery, peppery, peppery! "It'll pep her up,"
Floyd | Grandma would say to your mum, "stop fussing," and yes, it always did
Floyd | seem to help more than any medicine Mum got from the pharmacy.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "uh-huh"
Jacqueline says, "The guest is borowski, he just doesn't have his password with him. Hopefully he'll get it straightened out with inkster."
Jacqueline says, "Strike that, he's on a phone, can't really type, so he's just going to watch."
DavidW asks, "Grandma was using a magic Pepper-Up potion?"
Yuri says, "maybe I missed somethign earlier during my cat incident, but it's starting to seem we do come from a non-muggle family, what with all these references to potentially magickal events in our childhood"
zarf says, "the game has been dropping hints all along"
Yuri says (to We've), "had at leats 5 or 6 such hints now."
jojo says, "It's pretty clear that the Granny was a witch, but her parents weren't. They'd hoped she was a witch too, but she isn't."
DavidW says, "We're missing 'base matter', 'eternity', and a diagram to put them on."
Ellison arrives, ready to play with the toys.
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x eternity"
Floyd | >You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
jojo asks, "Have we been to the owlery yet?"
DavidW says, "Unless the medallion counts as eternity."
jojo says (to floyd), "x medallion"
Floyd | >A little wooden medallion, black and white and red and yellow, in the
Floyd | shape of a circle with Celtic knotwork within.
Floyd |
jojo says (to floyd), "x alchemy"
Floyd | >The book's title is "Deciphering the Language of Alchemy."
Floyd |
Floyd | You read: The alchemists have used many symbols to encode their
Floyd | meanings. The following is a record of the most commonly-used.
Floyd |
Floyd | a dot inside a circle, representing gold or Sol;
Floyd | a crescent moon, representing silver or Luna;
Floyd | a female symbol, representing copper or Venus;
Floyd | a male symbol, representing iron or Mars;
Floyd | a 2 with a 1 intersecting its tail, representing tin or Jupiter;
Floyd | a female symbol with horns, representing quicksilver or Mercury;
Floyd | a curiously embellished lower-case h, representing lead or Saturn;
Floyd | a female symbol with a triangle instead of a circle for its head,
Floyd | representing sulfur, the connection between the high and low;
Floyd | a circle bisected by a horizontal line, representing salt--that is,
Floyd | base matter of any kind, including stones and crystals;
Floyd | a triangle with several diagonal lines in it, representing plant
Floyd | matter;
Floyd | a triangle pointing up, representing fire;
Floyd | a triangle pointing down, representing water;
Floyd | a triangle pointing down with its bottom point intersected by a
Floyd | horizontal line, representing earth;
Floyd | a triangle pointing up with its top point intersected by a horizontal
Floyd | line, representing air;
Floyd | an upside-down female symbol, representing antimony;
Floyd | a circle with a half-circle atop it, representing bismuth;
Floyd | a misshapen 3, representing cinnabar.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "I'm not sure how the tourmaline ball fits into this."
zarf says, "the symbol is right, although the list has stopped telling us that"
djfletch says, "yeah, you'd think we need that ball for something"
DavidW says, "oh. Base matter can be CRYSTAL."
DavidW says, "So let's get to Divination; maybe one of our items will help."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd | >Trophy Room
Floyd | The space is dominated by a huge trophy case, which butts directly up
Floyd | against a pedestal holding an enormous brass cup. It's immaculate--no
Floyd | dust anywhere. To the east, suits of armor keep watch in their gallery.
Floyd |
Floyd | Wandering the castle alone is eerie, and you find yourself remembering
Floyd | things that you'd rather not--whisked away to a time that doesn't
Floyd | really seem happier, in retrospect...
Floyd |
Floyd | Grandma's Kitchen
Floyd | Grandma Gigi's snug kitchen, with its Aga and its aura of coziness,
Floyd | long before it was destroyed. Grandma herself is sitting and knitting.
Floyd | You've just finished quietly celebrating your twelfth birthday, and
Floyd | you're doing your part with the dishes, scrubbing them up in the sink.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Happy birthday, Alice," Grandma says, but she doesn't really sound so
Floyd | happy.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "cf7"
Floyd | >Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "Devilus laughus"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x grandma"
Floyd | >Small and wrinkled, but hale and hearty nonetheless.
Floyd |
Ellison says, "there's a mechanic for telling you which requirements you have met? if so, I never found that"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x grandma"
Floyd | >Small and wrinkled, but hale and hearty nonetheless.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "talk to grandma"
Floyd | >At the sound of your voice, Grandma looks up.
Floyd |
Floyd [1] What did you do on your twelfth birthday?
Floyd [2] Are you feeling sad?
Floyd |
jojo says (to Ellison), "You just read the ingredients list and look in your inventory..."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"Grandma--when you were twelve, what did you do for your birthday?"
Floyd | you ask.
Floyd |
Floyd | "When I was twelve--well, I suppose that when I was twelve I was at
Floyd | school in Scotland."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] So you didn't have a party?
Floyd [2] Tell me about the boarding school.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"So you didn't have a party then?" you ask.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Well, I suppose I did have a party. My friends brought me sweets, of
Floyd | course, and presents--I'll always remember the beautiful ribbons dear
Floyd | Al gave me, in our House colors, red and gold. But it wasn't with
Floyd | family, like yours is." It was nice of her to put it like that.
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Was Al your best friend?
Floyd [2] I'm not angry that Mum forgot my birthday.
Floyd [3] It makes me so angry that Mum forgot my birthday!
Floyd |
Ellison says (to jojo), "right, ok, so there's nothing beyond that, then"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"Was Al your best friend? Is he still alive?" As soon as you ask it,
Floyd | you realise that it's probably rude to put it quite like that.
Floyd | Fortunately, Grandma chuckles.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Back then one didn't have a best friend of the opposite gender," she
Floyd | says, "but yes, he was my best friend, for awhile. We still keep in
Floyd | contact; he teaches at the school where we went, in fact."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Are you feeling sad?
Floyd [2] You couldn't be friends with boys?
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd | >"Really, you couldn't be friends with boys?"
Floyd |
Floyd | "This was in Queen Victoria's reign," she says. "We couldn't even say
Floyd | the word "leg" in mixed company. But Al was almost like a girl, and
Floyd | things were a little different at school." Even at twelve, you know
Floyd | that she couldn't possibly be that old--but Grandma is a great joker.
Floyd |
Floyd | The memory falls away, and you wish you could put your finger on
Floyd | precisely what seemed so important about it. The boarding school thing?
Floyd | Too late. It's gone.
Floyd |
Floyd | Trophy Room
Floyd | The space is dominated by a huge trophy case, which butts directly up
Floyd | against a pedestal holding an enormous brass cup. It's immaculate--no
Floyd | dust anywhere. To the east, suits of armor keep watch in their gallery.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "e"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Armour Gallery
Floyd | A long, narrow room, lined with suits of armour on either side.
Floyd | Staircases lead down and up. Westward you can see the gallery open out
Floyd | into a trophy room.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "sorry. I should wait before zooming off."
DavidW asks, "May I continue to Divination?"
djfletch says, "carry on"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd | >As you step on it, the staircase wiggles as if considering something,
Floyd | then subsides. You climb it without incident.
Floyd |
Floyd | Granite Corridor
Floyd | A short corridor, the walls and floor made entirely of granite.
Floyd | Centuries of use have worn a smooth path down the middle. Staircases
Floyd | lead down and up. A plain door leads south, and the hall ends in what
Floyd | looks like a library to the west.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd | >The staircase writhes beneath your feet as you climb up.
Floyd |
Floyd | Purple Corridor
Floyd | The walls and ceiling are painted a violent shade of purple. The floor
Floyd | seems to have turned green with envy. A gargoyle of curious mien stands
Floyd | on one wall, and on another hangs a portrait of a fat lady in a pink
Floyd | dress. A squirming staircase leads down; a narrow passage leads
Floyd | northwest; an ordinary door leads south; and a feather-strewn archway
Floyd | leads northeast.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "nw"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Divination Landing
Floyd | An extremely tiny landing with a brass plaque affixed to the low
Floyd | ceiling. A narrow passageway leads southeast, and a silver ladder leads
Floyd | up through a trapdoor.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Divination Classroom
Floyd | This room doesn't look like a classroom at all; it's more like an
Floyd | unholy cross between an old-fashioned tea-shop and someone's attic. The
Floyd | air is stiflingly warm and scented with a heavy, sickening perfume.
Floyd | Various items necessary for divination are fitted into nooks in the
Floyd | circular walls. One high shelf runs around the walls, about a foot and
Floyd | a half from the ceiling. A fat little pouf and an ugly chintz armchair
Floyd | nestle around a low table. A silver ladder leads down.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the high shelf are a tourmaline ball and a china doll.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take ball"
Floyd | >You're way too short to reach it.
Floyd |
Yuri says (to Floyd), "push armchair to shelf"
Floyd | >I only understood the first part of that-- trying anyway.
Floyd | >PUSH ARMCHAIR
Floyd | It is fixed in place.
Floyd |
Yuri says (to Floyd), "push table"
Floyd | >It is fixed in place.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "We tried pushing furniture earlier."
djfletch asks, "do we have anything useful?"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | >You are carrying:
Floyd |   a prefect's badge (being worn)
Floyd |   a copper cauldron
Floyd |   a golden toad
Floyd |   a broom
Floyd |   a piece of type
Floyd |   a silver hoof
Floyd |   a vial of mercury
Floyd |   a cloth book
Floyd |   a blue book
Floyd |   a long-handled scrub-brush
Floyd |   a tin cup
Floyd |   a book of herbs
Floyd |   a book of alchemy
Floyd |   a scribbled note
Floyd |   a ciphered book
Floyd |   a piece of purple parchment
Floyd |   an iron bell
Floyd |   a handful of yellow Jelly Babies
Floyd |   a Hogwarts brochure
Floyd |   a contract
Floyd |   a medallion
Floyd |   an identity card
Floyd |
Yuri says, "sorry"
DavidW says, "I thought the broom or scrub-brush would help, but apparently not."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "ride broom"
Floyd | >You're a Muggle. You can't fly. Remember?
Floyd |
djfletch says, "heh"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "talk to doll"
Floyd | >"Are you ready to help me now?" you ask. No immediate reply.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x doll"
Floyd | >A large doll, her body made of cloth and her head and shoulders of
Floyd | glazed porcelain. She's clothed in a lovely white dress covered in
Floyd | eyelet lace. As you examine her delicate patent leather shoes, she
Floyd | seems to notice that you're staring. She turns to face you--moving her
Floyd | whole body, as her head cannot turn on her neck. She stares back at
Floyd | you, her immobile face pure and blank, for a long moment. Then she
Floyd | returns to her original posture.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x shoes"
Floyd | >You do not normally need to refer to articles of clothing.
Floyd |
jojo says (to floyd), "stand on chair"
Floyd | >For a moment it feels like the chair is going to eject you, it's so
Floyd | hard--but that's ridiculous, even for a wizarding school. Isn't it?
Floyd | ...You decide not to risk it. Molesting the armchair in any way is out.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x babies"
Floyd | >Jelly Babies just like any you'd buy in a shop, except they're all
Floyd | yellow.
Floyd |
djfletch says, "there were towels in the bathroom, but I don't think we were allowed to take them."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x sulphur"
Floyd | >You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x alksjda"
Floyd | >You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
djfletch asks, "have we used the scrub brush anywhere?"
DavidW says, "no"
DavidW asks, "Have we seen anything dirty?"
Guest1 says, "@joinchannel clubd"
DavidW says, "Guests can't join channels. Sorry." djfletch says, "there was a door with some chalk on it. Seems a bit unlikely though."
Lionheart asks, "Have we learned 'scourgify' yet?"
DavidW says, "no, we know no spells and have no wand."
DavidW says, "We're a Muggle, or think we are."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "stand on pouf"
Floyd | >The pouf feels rather like a marshmallow. Just as you thought, it's
Floyd | too uncomfortably soft to sit in, and too squashy to give you any kind
Floyd | of a height boost when you stand on it. So much for that.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "sit on armchair"
Floyd | >For a moment it feels like the chair is going to eject you, it's so
Floyd | hard--but that's ridiculous, even for a wizarding school. Isn't it?
Floyd | ...You decide not to risk it. Molesting the armchair in any way is out.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x ball"
Floyd | >A perfectly round ball of schorl tourmaline. It is blue-black, and you
Floyd | can imagine a wizard scrying in it, drawing images up from its depths.
Floyd |
vimes gets bored and wanders off to the Toyshop.
vimes arrives, ready to play with the toys.
djfletch says (to Floyd), "push ball with broom"
Floyd | >I only understood the first part of that-- trying anyway.
Floyd | >PUSH BALL
Floyd | Nothing obvious happens.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "give baby to doll"
Floyd | >You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "give babies to doll"
Floyd | >The china doll is too high to reach.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "stand under doll"
Floyd | >Most IF separates space into a series of locations, each containing a
Floyd | set of objects. If you can see an object, you can usually interact with
Floyd | it without worrying about positioning. Try a command like EXAMINE
Floyd | TOURMALINE BALL for a closer look, LOOK to get a new description of
Floyd | this location, or a compass direction like (for example) DOWN or D to
Floyd | move to a different location.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x scrub"
Floyd | >You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x scrub-brush"
Floyd | >A standard looking sort of scrub-brush.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "If we're flailing, we could check the herbs or potions storeroom for something that might help."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look up sulphur in alchemy"
Floyd | >You discover nothing of interest in the book of alchemy.
Floyd |
djfletch says, "can I have another look at Dumbledore's office? I want to see if that was the diagram."
DavidW says, "yeah, I'm curious about that too."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd | >You can't go that way.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Divination Landing
Floyd | An extremely tiny landing with a brass plaque affixed to the low
Floyd | ceiling. A narrow passageway leads southeast, and a silver ladder leads
Floyd | up through a trapdoor.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Purple Corridor
Floyd | The walls and ceiling are painted a violent shade of purple. The floor
Floyd | seems to have turned green with envy. A gargoyle of curious mien stands
Floyd | on one wall, and on another hangs a portrait of a fat lady in a pink
Floyd | dress. A squirming staircase leads down; a narrow passage leads
Floyd | northwest; an ordinary door leads south; and a feather-strewn archway
Floyd | leads northeast.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "talk to gargoyle"
Floyd | >"Hello, gargoyle, may I come in?" you ask. "Certainly," he says, and
Floyd | lets you pass.
Floyd |
Floyd | Dumbledore's Office
Floyd | A circular room with a high, vaulted ceiling. It is filled with various
Floyd | magical instruments, an enormous claw-footed desk, and innumerable
Floyd | oddities--all of which have been pushed, higgledy-piggledy, to the
Floyd | walls, and some of which look much the worse for it. An elaborate perch
Floyd | stands forlornly next to the desk, with no bird seated on it. The walls
Floyd | themselves are covered in portraits of important-looking people. A
Floyd | spiral staircase appears to continually spin downwards--almost like an
Floyd | escalator--at the far end of the room.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x diagram"
Floyd | >You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x desk"
Floyd | >A heavy, claw-footed desk with a highly polished surface. It is
Floyd | covered in chalked designs, strange and geometric.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x perch"
Floyd | >An elaborate perch for a rather large bird. Presumably it's normally
Floyd | inhabited, but whatever usually sits there is nowhere to be seen.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "talk to newt"
Floyd | >"Um, Headmaster Scamander?" you ask.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Yes?"
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Never mind.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"Never mind," you say. Newt nods curtly and goes back to his book.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "clean desk"
Floyd | >You achieve nothing by this.
Floyd |
jojo says, "I don't think we tried standing on everything in the Divination Classroom."
DavidW asks (of jojo), "What did we miss?"
jojo says, "Everything is 'nestled around a low table'."
djfletch says, "it did let us stand on the table earlier, I think, but it didn't seem to help."
DavidW says, "hm, low/high."
DavidW says, "I'd like to know if there's sulphur in the potions storeroom."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | >You step onto the spinning staircase and it delivers you,
Floyd | conveyor-belt style, to the corridor below. A gargoyle settles into
Floyd | place behind you, blocking the way you came.
Floyd |
Floyd | Purple Corridor
Floyd | The walls and ceiling are painted a violent shade of purple. The floor
Floyd | seems to have turned green with envy. A gargoyle of curious mien stands
Floyd | on one wall, and on another hangs a portrait of a fat lady in a pink
Floyd | dress. A squirming staircase leads down; a narrow passage leads
Floyd | northwest; an ordinary door leads south; and a feather-strewn archway
Floyd | leads northeast.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "nw"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Divination Landing
Floyd | An extremely tiny landing with a brass plaque affixed to the low
Floyd | ceiling. A narrow passageway leads southeast, and a silver ladder leads
Floyd | up through a trapdoor.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "u"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Divination Classroom
Floyd | This room doesn't look like a classroom at all; it's more like an
Floyd | unholy cross between an old-fashioned tea-shop and someone's attic. The
Floyd | air is stiflingly warm and scented with a heavy, sickening perfume.
Floyd | Various items necessary for divination are fitted into nooks in the
Floyd | circular walls. One high shelf runs around the walls, about a foot and
Floyd | a half from the ceiling. A fat little pouf and an ugly chintz armchair
Floyd | nestle around a low table. A silver ladder leads down.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the high shelf are a tourmaline ball and a china doll.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "stand on low table"
Floyd | >You get onto the low table.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "take ball"
Floyd | >You try to knock the ball down with the broom, but only succeed in
Floyd | whacking the china doll a good one.
Floyd |
Floyd | The doll stands, crosses her arms, and stamps one cloth foot. Then, she
Floyd | laboriously lifts the tourmaline ball and throws it directly at your
Floyd | head. Through some act of God you manage to catch it, feeling its cold,
Floyd | heavy weight in your hand. It almost seems familiar--but you can't
Floyd | think why.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "cf8"
Floyd | >Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
djfletch says, "hurrah"
Ellison says, "wow, different solution than the one I am familiar with"
DavidW says, "huh. I wasn't expecting that to work."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x ball" jojo asks (of Ellison), "what did you think was the right thing to do?"
Floyd | >A perfectly round ball of schorl tourmaline. It is blue-black, and you
Floyd | can imagine a wizard scrying in it, drawing images up from its depths.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "look in ball"
Floyd | >SEARCH doesn't work that way. You can SEARCH DESK, for instance-but
Floyd | you can't SEARCH ROOM, because that would ruin the fun of exploration.
Floyd | You idly caress the surface of the tourmaline ball, and then you
Floyd | remember why it seems so familiar. Sangita had a ball like
Floyd | this--exactly like this, actually. She used to juggle it, keeping it in
Floyd | contact with her skin, running it up and down her arms and over her
Floyd | chest. She was quite good.
Floyd |
Floyd | Well, you've got all the things that you seem to need now - one for
Floyd | each of the symbols in the notes. If you know the magic word, you
Floyd | should be able to reverse the spell and bring back the denizens of
Floyd | Hogwarts.
Floyd |
Ellison says, "you *can* move the pouf"
jojo says, "Ah."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "stand"
Floyd | >You get off the low table.
Floyd |
Floyd | Divination Classroom
Floyd | This room doesn't look like a classroom at all; it's more like an
Floyd | unholy cross between an old-fashioned tea-shop and someone's attic. The
Floyd | air is stiflingly warm and scented with a heavy, sickening perfume.
Floyd | Various items necessary for divination are fitted into nooks in the
Floyd | circular walls. One high shelf runs around the walls, about a foot and
Floyd | a half from the ceiling. A fat little pouf and an ugly chintz armchair
Floyd | nestle around a low table. A silver ladder leads down.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the high shelf is a china doll.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "move pouf"
Floyd | >It is fixed in place.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "posh pouf"
Floyd | >That's not a verb I recognise.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "push pouf"
Floyd | >It is fixed in place.
Floyd |
Ellison says, "huh, I guess Flourish changed the solution entirely"
Yuri says (to DavidW), "Posh pouf?? Did you do that on purpose? ;-)"
DavidW says, "no, typo"
jojo says, "Odd. Usually, more things not less are implemented in games."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x parchment"
Floyd | >A piece of purple parchment with some strange scribbles on it.
Floyd |
Floyd | You read: INGREDIENTS. To be carried by spellcaster.
Floyd |
Floyd | gold;
Floyd | silver;
Floyd | copper;
Floyd | iron;
Floyd | tin;
Floyd | quicksilver;
Floyd | lead;
Floyd | base matter;
Floyd | eternity.
Floyd |
jojo exclaims, "To Dumbledore's office!"
jojo says (to floyd), "d"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Divination Landing
Floyd | An extremely tiny landing with a brass plaque affixed to the low
Floyd | ceiling. A narrow passageway leads southeast, and a silver ladder leads
Floyd | up through a trapdoor.
Floyd |
jojo says (to floyd), "ne"
Floyd | >You can't go that way.
Floyd |
jojo says (to floyd), "nw"
Floyd | >You can't go that way.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "y'know, the parchment and the cipher don't agree."
jojo says (to floyd), "sw"
Floyd | >You can't go that way.
Floyd |
jojo says (to floyd), "se"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Purple Corridor
Floyd | The walls and ceiling are painted a violent shade of purple. The floor
Floyd | seems to have turned green with envy. A gargoyle of curious mien stands
Floyd | on one wall, and on another hangs a portrait of a fat lady in a pink
Floyd | dress. A squirming staircase leads down; a narrow passage leads
Floyd | northwest; an ordinary door leads south; and a feather-strewn archway
Floyd | leads northeast.
Floyd |
jojo says, "(Got there eventually)"
DavidW says, "The parchment says the spellcaster carries the ingredients; the cipher asks for a diagram."
Yuri asks (of DavidW), "What's the difference?"
jojo says, "Yeah, I was confused by that when I first played the game."
Yuri says (to DavidW), "Hmm... indeed..."
Yuri says (to DavidW), "How very odd..."
jojo says (to floyd), "u"
Floyd | >"Hello, gargoyle, may I come in?" you ask. "Certainly," he says, and
Floyd | lets you pass.
Floyd |
Floyd | Dumbledore's Office
Floyd | A circular room with a high, vaulted ceiling. It is filled with various
Floyd | magical instruments, an enormous claw-footed desk, and innumerable
Floyd | oddities--all of which have been pushed, higgledy-piggledy, to the
Floyd | walls, and some of which look much the worse for it. An elaborate perch
Floyd | stands forlornly next to the desk, with no bird seated on it. The walls
Floyd | themselves are covered in portraits of important-looking people. A
Floyd | spiral staircase appears to continually spin downwards--almost like an
Floyd | escalator--at the far end of the room.
Floyd |
DavidW asks, "Do we just say redite everywhere?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "redite"
Floyd | >Nothing happens. Maybe you're missing something?
Floyd |
jojo says, "Gotta put stuff on the 'diagram'."
DavidW says (to Floyd), "put gold on medallion"
Floyd | >Putting things on the medallion would achieve nothing.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "put toad on diagram"
Floyd | >You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "x diagram"
Floyd | >You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
jojo says, "Though, obviously the word 'diagram' isn't synonymous with the diagram."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x desk"
Floyd | >A heavy, claw-footed desk with a highly polished surface. It is
Floyd | covered in chalked designs, strange and geometric.
Floyd |
djfletch says, "seems sort of diagrammy"
Yuri says, "that looks like a diagram"
DavidW says, "It shouldn't be vague."
Yuri says (to Floyd), "x diagram"
Floyd | >You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "put gold on desk"
Floyd | >You put the golden toad on the claw-footed desk.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "put silver on desk"
Floyd | >(the silver hoof on the claw-footed desk)
Floyd | You put the silver hoof on the claw-footed desk.
Floyd |
Yuri says (to Floyd), "x designs"
Floyd | >A heavy, claw-footed desk with a highly polished surface. It is
Floyd | covered in chalked designs, strange and geometric.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the claw-footed desk are a silver hoof and a golden toad.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "put iron on desk"
Floyd | >You put the iron bell on the claw-footed desk.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "put tin on desk"
Floyd | >You put the tin cup on the claw-footed desk.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "put ball on desk"
Floyd | >You put the tourmaline ball on the claw-footed desk.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "put copper on desk"
Floyd | >You put the copper cauldron on the claw-footed desk.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x parchment"
Floyd | >A piece of purple parchment with some strange scribbles on it.
Floyd |
Floyd | You read: INGREDIENTS. To be carried by spellcaster.
Floyd |
Floyd | gold;
Floyd | silver;
Floyd | copper;
Floyd | iron;
Floyd | tin;
Floyd | quicksilver;
Floyd | lead;
Floyd | base matter;
Floyd | eternity.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "put quicksilver on desk"
Floyd | >You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
DavidW says (to Floyd), "put vial on desk"
Floyd | >You put the vial of mercury on the claw-footed desk.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "put lead on desk"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "put type on desk"
Floyd | >You can't see any such thing.
Floyd |
Floyd | >You put the piece of type on the claw-footed desk.
Floyd |
Ellison says, "wow, this final version is rather different than the last release I played"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "put ball on desk"
Floyd | >(first taking the tourmaline ball)
Floyd |
Floyd | You put the tourmaline ball on the claw-footed desk.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "put medallion on desk"
Floyd | >You put the medallion on the claw-footed desk.
Floyd |
DavidW asks, "Is that everything?"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x desk"
Floyd | >A heavy, claw-footed desk with a highly polished surface. It is
Floyd | covered in chalked designs, strange and geometric.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the claw-footed desk are a medallion, a tourmaline ball, a piece of
Floyd | type, a vial of mercury, a copper cauldron (empty), a tin cup, an iron
Floyd | bell, a silver hoof, and a golden toad.
Floyd |
Yuri asks, "And... nothing happens?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "redite"
Floyd | >For a moment, nothing happens, and you think that you've screwed up.
Floyd | Then two people pop into existence. Albus Dumbledore is standing behind
Floyd | his desk. Standing next to you - somehow, for some strange reason - is
Floyd | Sangita.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Why, Miss Armstrong!" Dumbledore says. "I'd hoped you wouldn't be too
Floyd | nonplussed at our little mishap. I assume that you fixed things
Floyd | yourself? --Excellent, excellent!" While you are still gaping, he
Floyd | rushes out the door. "Many things to attend to!" he calls, airily, over
Floyd | his shoulder. "You've got things to talk about, I expect!" ...and
Floyd | you're alone with your ex-girlfriend.
Floyd |
Yuri says, "Either this isn;t the diagram, or teh order inwhich we put things down matters."
Yuri says, "oh..."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "cf9"
Floyd | >Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
Ellison says, "in earlier versions, there was a chalk pentagram or something that you could stand in. that's probably what the 'carried on your person' stuff was alluding to."
DavidW says, "It's confusing."
Ellison says, "yeah, I'm sure she'll fix that when she sees this."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x sangita"
Floyd | >As beautiful as ever.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "talk to sangita"
Floyd | >"What are you doing here?" you ask flatly.
Floyd |
Floyd | "I can explain," she says. "Ally--I'm a witch."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Well fucking spotted.
Floyd [2] Why didn't you tell me?
Floyd |
Ellison says, "ha, the PC is such a foul-mouthed sailor"
zarf says, "1 please"
DavidW says, "yes 1 please"
djfletch says, "1 seems good"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"Well fucking spotted," you say. "I didn't ask if you were a witch or
Floyd | not. I asked what you're doing here."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Albus only told me you were coming today," she says. "I wanted to be
Floyd | here so I could tell you about everything."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Took you long enough.
Floyd [2] Explain, then.
Floyd |
maga says (to Ellison), "well, I was responsible for authentic Britishness"
Ellison says (to maga), "oh, those were your suggestions? nice"
DavidW says, "2"
Jacqueline says, "She knows about the chalk circle - that's the thing I alluded to earlier that I didn't want to talk about explicitly so as not to mess with folks before they'd even played the game."
maga says, "no, I think that Flourish had worked out that we are a cussin' nation already"
djfletch says, "yeah, I like 2"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd | >"Explain then," you say. "Explain why you couldn't tell me before."
Floyd |
Floyd | "I couldn't!" she says. "It's the law - our law, I couldn't tell you
Floyd | unless you were part of my family. Unless we were married. They
Floyd | would've snapped my wand, Ally, you have to understand that."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] That's still a dick move.
Floyd [2] I understand your reasons.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "1"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"Well I don't," you say. "You should've broken the law and gotten
Floyd | another wand."
Floyd |
Floyd | "I couldn't get another one," she says. "Breaking a wand means throwing
Floyd | us out of the wizarding world. Forever."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Being like me? A fate worse than death?
Floyd [2] That does sound horrible.
Floyd |
djfletch says, "I'm thinking 1 again"
DavidW says, "I don't like either choice."
jojo says, "I prefer the more diplomatic choices."
DavidW says, "I'm leaning towards 2."
djfletch says, "ok let's go for 2 then"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd | >"Everything you'd ever known," you muse. "Although you can get along
Floyd | in the Muggle world well enough, else we'd never have met... what does
Floyd | it mean for you, otherwise? Being banished."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Legally speaking, you become like a Muggle," Sangita says. "It's like
Floyd | becoming a child again. All your rights--stripped."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] So you can legally enchant me whenever? Great.
Floyd [2] So you'd lose your rights too, if you told.
Floyd |
Yuri says, "Yes... we've bene down her neck all the time, let's do a 2"
Yuri says, "oh... I'm still lagged..."
maga says, "willow can't you see / there'll be nothing left of meeeeeee"
Yuri says, "nevertheless... 2 again? best of two bad alternatives and all that"
DavidW says, "yeah 2, I guess."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd | >"People like me are viewed as children in the eyes of the law, and you
Floyd | would lose your status too. So you couldn't change it, not ever,
Floyd | because you'd be out just like me."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Yes. And we hide the wizarding world from you. It isn't fair at all.
Floyd | I've been trying to change it. I swear I didn't want to lie to you, I
Floyd | never put a spell on you, nothing. But it wouldn't have done any good
Floyd | for me to have my wand snapped."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Don't try and make yourself out a rebel.
Floyd [2] I believe that you didn't want to hurt me.
Floyd |
Jacqueline says (to maga), "Thanks ever so for the earworm, darling."
maga says (to Jacqueline), "turnabout is fair play"
DavidW says, "I'm missing part of the story. I don't get where the legal/enchant me/rebel thread is coming from."
DavidW says, "I'm also confused that the text in our choices doesn't match what's said by the characters."
Jacqueline says (to maga), "Fair enough."
Yuri says, "It seems like this bit of the game is rather too black vs white. It could do with an occasional shade of grey in the form of a third or even fourth option in the conversation."
djfletch says, "if I understood it properly it's that Sangita wasn't allowed by magical law to tell us she's a wizard"
DavidW says, "yeah, I don't want to be a harpy or a doormat."
djfletch says, "but we're being sarcastic about her so-called magical law"
Yuri exclaims (at DavidW), "Indeed!"
Yuri says (to DavidW), "that's rather well put."
djfletch asks, "shall we continue being understanding and see where it gets us?"
DavidW says, "Anyway, I vote for doormat choices over harpy choices, if only to get a friend in the magical world once all-is-explained."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd | >"I can respect that you were doing the best you could," you say, "but
Floyd | it's hard. You have to know it's hard. How can I ever trust you?--Is
Floyd | anyone else I know a witch?"
Floyd |
Floyd | But Sangita's face is closed and you know she's about to drop something
Floyd | heavy on you. "She wanted you to know," she says. "Your grandmother.
Floyd | Oh, surely you caught the hints! But she couldn't tell you either."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Get out of my fucking sight.
Floyd [2] I need to think about this.
Floyd |
Yuri exclaims, "Second!"
maga says, "mm, to some extent my feeling here is that this is a situation with only two real outcomes, and looking for a third way would be mostly sugar-coating"
DavidW says, "Then we'll force feed her some castor oil."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd | >Somehow, you knew. You didn't want to admit it, but you really did
Floyd | know. "I suppose I knew that," you say. Suddenly grief crashes in on
Floyd | you. "Look, I think you ought to leave me alone for a bit," you say.
Floyd | "Just go."
Floyd |
Floyd | She goes. She can't even look at you. You are alone.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Hello, my dear," Dumbledore says, swooping in just as Sangita swoops
Floyd | out. "I take it that your conversation was not easy?--Well, it's only
Floyd | to be expected. But now I would imagine you have a great many questions
Floyd | to ask me."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask about where he went.
Floyd [2] Ask about the spell he was casting.
Floyd [3] Ask about Sangita.
Floyd [4] Ask about wizard laws about Muggles.
Floyd |
zarf says (to maga), "that doesn't require presenting one of these two emotional reactions"
maga says, "(also Alice is not precisely the world's most adept person at relationship-skills)"
zarf says, "admittedly 'I need to think about this' is neither harpy nor doormat"
djfletch says, "I'm thinking 3 or 4"
DavidW says, "I vote 2."
djfletch says, "we can probably ask him everything anyway"
DavidW says, "We probably can lawnmow this part, though."
djfletch says, "yup"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd | >"What spell were you trying to cast, when things went wrong?" you ask.
Floyd |
Floyd | "I was modifying the wards," he says.
Floyd |
Floyd [1] The wards keep threats out?
Floyd [2] The wards keep people like me out?
Floyd |
Yuri says, "I'd say 1 or 2.... we've had plenty of Sangita stuff"
DavidW says, "2"
djfletch says, "yeah"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd | >"The wards keep people like me out?" you ask. You're not really doing
Floyd | a great job of hiding your emotions right now.
Floyd |
Floyd | "I was modifying them to allow you in," he replies. "It isn't just
Floyd | Muggles they keep out, either. There is evil in the world."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] So we're in a fantasy novel now.
Floyd [2] Magic could be really tempting to abuse...
Floyd |
DavidW says, "1"
djfletch asks, "what if we pick 1 and he says yes?"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"Stop. Come on. This isn't The Lord of the Rings. You can't honestly
Floyd | think--Look, I don't care if magic is real, Sauron isn't."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Not Sauron," Dumbledore replies. "Much more banal than that. Ah well:
Floyd | ignorance is bliss! Perhaps an enterprising young wizard will sell the
Floyd | story to a Muggle movie studio someday, and you can see it all on the
Floyd | gold screen."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Silver screen," you correct automatically. Wizards are truly weird.
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask about where he went.
Floyd [2] Ask about Sangita.
Floyd [3] Ask about wizard laws about Muggles.
Floyd [4] Ask about what happens next.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "2"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd | >"How do you know Sangita?" you ask.
Floyd |
Floyd | "I know all the students who have attended Hogwarts during my tenure,"
Floyd | he says. "In any case, our interests coincide quite often."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Which interests?
Floyd [2] Was she always a pathological liar?
Floyd |
djfletch says, "hmm, dunno"
djfletch asks, "1?"
DavidW says, "I worry that 1 will reveal the Gay Straight Alliance at Hogwarts."
djfletch says, "hah"
DavidW says, "yeah, 1"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"Which interests? Printing?"
Floyd |
Floyd | "Yes, the magical qualities of the printed book--but our politics also
Floyd | align admirably," he says. "Miss Gopalan is, perhaps, an idealist on
Floyd | the issue of Muggle liberation; but I respect her with all my heart."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] In what way is she an idealist?
Floyd [2] She can't be that much of an idealist.
Floyd |
zarf says, "I do not have a clear sense what ethnicity 'Sangita Gopalan' is."
DavidW says, "This is a weird conversation to have at the end of a scavenger hunt."
Yuri says, "I'd guess Indian"
Yuri says, "I'd guess possibly Sri Lankan"
Yuri says, "Oh... didn't intend to type "I guess" with that second line"
DavidW asks, "hmmm. 1?"
Yuri says, "not sure though... South Asian names aren't my forte"
djfletch says, "yeah, 1 seems ok. Don't know if it makes much difference here."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >You consider this for a moment. "An idealist?"
Floyd |
Floyd | "Miss Gopalan is a good Hufflepuff, interested in following the rules
Floyd | and living her life in a rational and ordered way; but she deeply
Floyd | believes that Muggles have the right to know about the wizarding world,
Floyd | however inconvenient it might be for us." Dumbledore sighs. "I agree
Floyd | with her that far--but she does not consider the wider political
Floyd | climate, the lurking presence of Lord Voldemort and the danger he
Floyd | poses. That is far more immediate than any long-standing injustice."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Your view is totally wrong.
Floyd [2] Your view is sensible.
Floyd |
zarf says, "'Your view is -- Lord Who? I'm missing a thousands years of political background here.'"
DavidW asks, "[3] What's a Lord Voldemort?"
maga asks, "you're overlooking the most important thing: we were dating a *Hufflepuff*?"
djfletch says (to DavidW), "don't say his name!"
DavidW says (to maga), "ewwww"
Jacqueline says (to maga), "haha"
vimes says, "maga-disapproved"
jojo goes home. DavidW asks, "so um, 1?"
djfletch says, "yeah, why not"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >You straighten up. "It seems pretty straightforward to me. There's
Floyd | what's wrong and what's right. You're talking about lying to most of
Floyd | the population. I can't tell you what betrayal -"
Floyd |
Floyd | "A natural Gryffindor," Dumbledore says. "Ah, well. My House is not
Floyd | without its follies." You refrain from asking what a Gryffindor's
Floyd | traits are. You probably wouldn't like the answer.
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask about where he went.
Floyd [2] Ask about wizard laws about Muggles.
Floyd [3] Ask about what happens next.
Floyd |
DavidW says, "Newbie in the castle gonna tell you what's what, you old man."
DavidW asks, "sigh. 2?"
djfletch says, "yeah"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd | >"So what exactly are the laws about Muggles?" you ask. "And how did
Floyd | you manage to make an exception for me?"
Floyd |
Floyd | "The International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy is the main thing," he
Floyd | replies. "As for how you were excepted--Muggles with wizarding children
Floyd | are already excepted, of course, and Squibs. So you see, it wasn't all
Floyd | that difficult to convince them that you would be an excellent
Floyd | candidate for the Muggle Studies position, and that it was not a
Floyd | startling deviation from the Statute to inform you of our world."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Aren't you way more powerful than a Muggle?
Floyd [2] How is the Statute enforced?
Floyd |
djfletch asks, "1?"
DavidW says, "I don't understand 1's implication."
DavidW says, "Of course Dumbledore is more powerful. What's the point of asking that."
djfletch says, "I'm assuming he's saying he's got to convince a Muggle of this - but reading it again it doesn't actually say that."
DavidW says, "And 'Squibs' aren't explained here."
djfletch says, "hmm, we might be able to ask both here anyway"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd | >"How is it enforced? I mean--mind-wiping, wand-snapping--"
Floyd |
Floyd | You've hit a nerve. Dumbledore does not look happy. "Enforcement is
Floyd | haphazard at best," he says. "Certainly Muggles are Obliviated. For
Floyd | wizards, however, the punishment can be as light as a warning or as
Floyd | severe as utter banishment. One never knows. All depends on influence
Floyd | and luck."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Obliviated means mind-wiped?
Floyd [2] So there aren't standardised punishments for wizards?
Floyd |
jojo arrives, full of fun and funk. djfletch says, "I'm thinking 1"
DavidW says, "1"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"Obliviated means mind-wiped. It was on the contract I signed," you
Floyd | say slowly. "Do you enjoy playing God? Muggles have laws
Floyd | against--against brain-washing, and kidnapping, and everything."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Muggle laws do not apply to wizards," Dumbledore says, "and Muggles
Floyd | have few rights under wizarding law. The law sees wizards as benevolent
Floyd | parents and Muggles as ignorant children."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Right now, any wizard can legally Obliviate me?
Floyd [2] You might have Obliviated me? If I hadn't signed the contract?
Floyd |
jojo says, "Sure does suck to be a muggle in a wizard's world."
DavidW says, "It's not always treacle tarts for wizards in a wizard's world either."
jojo says, "No, sometimes they have butterbeer."
Guest1 goes home. djfletch asks, "hmm, 2?"
jojo says, "(Which I've always thought sounds hideous.)"
Jacqueline says, "It's not bad."
DavidW says (to jojo), "Well, pumpkin juice isn't my preferred tipple either."
DavidW says (to djfletch), "sure, 2."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd | >"You might have Obliviated me, then? If I hadn't signed the contract?"
Floyd | you ask, even though you know it's true, that he would have. "It says
Floyd | something about 'hexing', too. Would you have hexed me?"
Floyd |
Floyd | "It was a risk," Dumbledore says, "but a worthwhile risk. It is only by
Floyd | more contact with Muggles that we will ever begin to grow closer to the
Floyd | Muggle world. We need someone like you at Hogwarts."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask about where he went.
Floyd [2] Ask about what happens next.
Floyd |
djfletch asks, "1 first?"
DavidW says, "yes"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"Where did you go just now?" you ask.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Oh, there was a great deal to attend to," he says. "You did wreak some
Floyd | havoc, didn't you?"
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Um... no?
Floyd [2] So what if I did?
Floyd |
DavidW asks, "We wreaked havoc?"
djfletch says, "I don't remember wreaking anything."
DavidW says, "yeah, this sounds like an unwarranted accusation."
jojo says, "We stole a broom."
DavidW says, "Fiddlesticks."
jojo exclaims, "10 Points from Griffindor for that!"
DavidW says, "Choose 1. We're innocent."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"I don't think so? Not much anyway," you say sheepishly. He isn't
Floyd | fooled one bit, but he smiles indulgently and lets you save face.
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask about what happens next.
Floyd |
Jacqueline says (to jojo), "heehee"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"So what happens next?" you ask.
Floyd |
Floyd | "You have a choice before you, Alice," Dumbledore says. "I believe I
Floyd | speak for the entire staff of Hogwarts when I say that we would be
Floyd | honored if you choose to remain with us. Otherwise, I shall release you
Floyd | from your contract. You signed it, after all, in a rather impaired
Floyd | state." He touches his nose--and how did he know that? You never told
Floyd | him! "So--will you stay at Hogwarts?"
DavidW says (to Floyd), "%showpartial"
Floyd says (to DavidW), "No partial line. Bo-ring."
borowski arrives, full of neither funk nor fun. DavidW says, "I vote yes, of course."
djfletch says, "of course"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "yes"
Floyd |
Floyd | "I am very glad, my dear girl," the Headmaster says. "I thought you
Floyd | must have had some of Gertrude's spirit in you. It won't be an easy row
Floyd | to hoe, you know, the Ministry of Magic will almost certainly wish to
Floyd | hold an inquiry--but what am I doing? I believe that Miss Gopalan will
Floyd | be waiting in the hallway, and she will be very eager to hear what you
Floyd | have chosen."
Floyd |
Floyd | You take a deep breath. "There wasn't really any other choice to make,"
Floyd | you say. "I can't help Sangita fight if I can't remember what I'm
Floyd | fighting for."
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |     *** The End ***
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Would you like to RESTART, RESTORE a saved game, or QUIT?
djfletch says, "hurrah"
jojo says, "What a lovely game."
jojo says, "The flashbacks were the strong point, I felt."
DavidW says, "hm. I found the conversation at the end of the game awkward, but I liked the game in general, certainly."
djfletch says, "yeah, it was good"
borowski says (to jojo), "Especially since they were tied to the main story with the grandmother being a witch at the end."
borowski says, "Too bad I just got back to a real computer as it came to an end."
jojo says, "Yep, structurally it helps redeem the game which would otherwise be just a middle of the road treasure hunt."
DavidW says, "I suppose we missed a ton of things in the herbs book that we could've looked up."
jojo says, "It was very richly implemented, which is good for an in-game encyclopedia"
djfletch says, "I'm going to see if there's a different ending if you say no."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "undo"
Floyd | > Too late for that. You'll have to load a save.
Floyd |
Floyd | Would you like to RESTART, RESTORE a saved game, or QUIT?
djfletch says, "bah"
jojo says, "We made our bed and no we must lie in it."
djfletch says, "last save was quite far back"
DavidW says, "I saved at Grandma's with cf7."
djfletch says, "I'm tempted to try it"
djfletch says, "see how rude we can be to Sangita this time"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "RESTORE"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "cf9"
Floyd | > Enter saved game to load: Ok.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd | >Dumbledore's Office
Floyd | A circular room with a high, vaulted ceiling. It is filled with various
Floyd | magical instruments, an enormous claw-footed desk, and innumerable
Floyd | oddities--all of which have been pushed, higgledy-piggledy, to the
Floyd | walls, and some of which look much the worse for it. An elaborate perch
Floyd | stands next to the desk, with a big red bird seated on it. The walls
Floyd | themselves are covered in portraits of important-looking people. A
Floyd | chalk circle covers most of the floor. A spiral staircase spins
Floyd | continually downward at the far end of the room.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | >You are carrying:
Floyd |   a prefect's badge (being worn)
Floyd |   a broom
Floyd |   a cloth book
Floyd |   a blue book
Floyd |   a long-handled scrub-brush
Floyd |   a book of herbs
Floyd |   a book of alchemy
Floyd |   a scribbled note
Floyd |   a ciphered book
Floyd |   a piece of purple parchment
Floyd |   a handful of yellow Jelly Babies
Floyd |   a Hogwarts brochure
Floyd |   a contract
Floyd |   an identity card
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x desk"
Floyd | >A heavy, claw-footed desk with a highly polished surface. It is
Floyd | covered in chalked designs, strange and geometric.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the claw-footed desk are a medallion, a tourmaline ball, a piece of
Floyd | type, a vial of mercury, a copper cauldron (empty), a tin cup, an iron
Floyd | bell, a silver hoof, and a golden toad.
Floyd |
djfletch says, "oh, didn't realise we saved here"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "redite"
Floyd | >For a moment, nothing happens, and you think that you've screwed up.
Floyd | Then two people pop into existence. Albus Dumbledore is standing behind
Floyd | his desk. Standing next to you - somehow, for some strange reason - is
Floyd | Sangita.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Why, Miss Armstrong!" Dumbledore says. "I'd hoped you wouldn't be too
Floyd | nonplussed at our little mishap. I assume that you fixed things
Floyd | yourself? --Excellent, excellent!" While you are still gaping, he
Floyd | rushes out the door. "Many things to attend to!" he calls, airily, over
Floyd | his shoulder. "You've got things to talk about, I expect!" ...and
Floyd | you're alone with your ex-girlfriend.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Hello, my dear," Dumbledore says, swooping in just as Sangita swoops
Floyd | out. "I take it that your conversation was not easy?--Well, it's only
Floyd | to be expected. But now I would imagine you have a great many questions
Floyd | to ask me."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask about where he went.
Floyd [2] Ask about the spell he was casting.
Floyd [3] Ask about Sangita.
Floyd [4] Ask about wizard laws about Muggles.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Given the events of today, it seems unwise that you come to Hogwarts
Floyd | as a Muggle Studies teacher," Dumbledore says, "which means that there
Floyd | is only one path open to me."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Obliviation," you say flatly.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Just so. But if you like--I might consider asking Miss Gopalan to pay
Floyd | you a visit, after you are returned to London. It will be dangerous for
Floyd | her to defy the Ministry--but I suspect that today's events have
Floyd | galvanized her against them in any case. So. Yes or no?
jojo says, "Weirdly enough the conversation reminded me of Mass Effect: there was always a concilliatory option and an antagonistic option."
Ellison has had his fill of playing for now, and goes back to the Lounge. DavidW asks, "huh, what happened there?"
djfletch says, "something weird"
zarf says, "yeah, that looked bad"
zarf says, "but you wanted to know what happened if you pissed her off!"
djfletch says, "hah"
djfletch says, "maybe it will still accept numbers"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "3"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "yes"
Floyd | Please answer yes or no.>
Floyd | "I hope that we neither of us are making a mistake--and I hope the
Floyd | Ministry of Magic does not get wind of this, at the inevitable
Floyd | inquiry," Dumbledore says. "Is there any message you would like to send
Floyd | yourself--after?"
Floyd |
Floyd | "Only promise me that Sangita won't just tell me about herself," you
Floyd | say. "Promise me she'll tell me about Grandma Gigi. And about you. And
Floyd | about all the things I couldn't ask."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Very well," he says, and raises his wand, and the world goes dark.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |     *** The End ***
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Would you like to RESTART, RESTORE a saved game, or QUIT?
zarf says, "I know Flourish was working on conversation-state problems like htis , relating to 'undo'"
zarf says, "that's a standard problem when a game bypasses the input loop"
zarf says, "I wouldn't think it would affect 'restore', but maybe some bit of extension is going wrong"
djfletch says, "looking back, it looks like I saved after we said redite, so we were probably in the conversation then"
djfletch says, "might be able to go further back"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "restore"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "cf8"
Floyd | > Enter saved game to load: Ok.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "l"
Floyd | >Divination Classroom (on the low table)
Floyd | This room doesn't look like a classroom at all; it's more like an
Floyd | unholy cross between an old-fashioned tea-shop and someone's attic. The
Floyd | air is stiflingly warm and scented with a heavy, sickening perfume.
Floyd | Various items necessary for divination are fitted into nooks in the
Floyd | circular walls. One high shelf runs around the walls, about a foot and
Floyd | a half from the ceiling. A fat little pouf and an ugly chintz armchair
Floyd | nestle around a low table. A silver ladder leads down.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the high shelf is a china doll.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | >You are carrying:
Floyd |   a tourmaline ball
Floyd |   a prefect's badge (being worn)
Floyd |   a copper cauldron
Floyd |   a golden toad
Floyd |   a broom
Floyd |   a piece of type
Floyd |   a silver hoof
Floyd |   a vial of mercury
Floyd |   a cloth book
Floyd |   a blue book
Floyd |   a long-handled scrub-brush
Floyd |   a tin cup
Floyd |   a book of herbs
Floyd |   a book of alchemy
Floyd |   a scribbled note
Floyd |   a ciphered book
Floyd |   a piece of purple parchment
Floyd |   an iron bell
Floyd |   a handful of yellow Jelly Babies
Floyd |   a Hogwarts brochure
Floyd |   a contract
Floyd |   a medallion
Floyd |   an identity card
Floyd |
Floyd | You idly caress the surface of the tourmaline ball, and then you
Floyd | remember why it seems so familiar. Sangita had a ball like
Floyd | this--exactly like this, actually. She used to juggle it, keeping it in
Floyd | contact with her skin, running it up and down her arms and over her
Floyd | chest. She was quite good.
Floyd |
Floyd | Well, you've got all the things that you seem to need now - one for
Floyd | each of the symbols in the notes. If you know the magic word, you
Floyd | should be able to reverse the spell and bring back the denizens of
Floyd | Hogwarts.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "d"
Floyd | >(first getting off the low table)
Floyd |
Floyd | Divination Landing
Floyd | An extremely tiny landing with a brass plaque affixed to the low
Floyd | ceiling. A narrow passageway leads southeast, and a silver ladder leads
Floyd | up through a trapdoor.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "se"
Floyd | >
Floyd | Purple Corridor
Floyd | The walls and ceiling are painted a violent shade of purple. The floor
Floyd | seems to have turned green with envy. A gargoyle of curious mien stands
Floyd | on one wall, and on another hangs a portrait of a fat lady in a pink
Floyd | dress. A squirming staircase leads down; a narrow passage leads
Floyd | northwest; an ordinary door leads south; and a feather-strewn archway
Floyd | leads northeast.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "talk to gargoyle"
Floyd | >"Hello, gargoyle, may I come in?" you ask. "Certainly," he says, and
Floyd | lets you pass.
Floyd |
Floyd | Dumbledore's Office
Floyd | A circular room with a high, vaulted ceiling. It is filled with various
Floyd | magical instruments, an enormous claw-footed desk, and innumerable
Floyd | oddities--all of which have been pushed, higgledy-piggledy, to the
Floyd | walls, and some of which look much the worse for it. An elaborate perch
Floyd | stands forlornly next to the desk, with no bird seated on it. The walls
Floyd | themselves are covered in portraits of important-looking people. A
Floyd | spiral staircase appears to continually spin downwards--almost like an
Floyd | escalator--at the far end of the room.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "put gold on desk"
Floyd | >You put the golden toad on the claw-footed desk.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "put silver on desk"
Floyd | >(the silver hoof on the claw-footed desk)
Floyd | You put the silver hoof on the claw-footed desk.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "put copper on desk"
Floyd | >You put the copper cauldron on the claw-footed desk.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "put tin on desk"
Floyd | >You put the tin cup on the claw-footed desk.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "put iron on desk"
Floyd | >You put the iron bell on the claw-footed desk.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "put mercury on desk"
Floyd | >You put the vial of mercury on the claw-footed desk.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "i"
Floyd | >You are carrying:
Floyd |   a tourmaline ball
Floyd |   a prefect's badge (being worn)
Floyd |   a broom
Floyd |   a piece of type
Floyd |   a cloth book
Floyd |   a blue book
Floyd |   a long-handled scrub-brush
Floyd |   a book of herbs
Floyd |   a book of alchemy
Floyd |   a scribbled note
Floyd |   a ciphered book
Floyd |   a piece of purple parchment
Floyd |   a handful of yellow Jelly Babies
Floyd |   a Hogwarts brochure
Floyd |   a contract
Floyd |   a medallion
Floyd |   an identity card
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "put type on desk"
Floyd | >You put the piece of type on the claw-footed desk.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "put ball on desk"
Floyd | >You put the tourmaline ball on the claw-footed desk.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "put medallion on desk"
Floyd | >You put the medallion on the claw-footed desk.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "x desk"
Floyd | >A heavy, claw-footed desk with a highly polished surface. It is
Floyd | covered in chalked designs, strange and geometric.
Floyd |
Floyd | On the claw-footed desk are a medallion, a tourmaline ball, a piece of
Floyd | type, a vial of mercury, an iron bell, a tin cup, a copper cauldron
Floyd | (empty), a silver hoof, and a golden toad.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "SAVE"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "cf10"
Floyd | >Enter saved game to store: Ok.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "redite"
Floyd | >For a moment, nothing happens, and you think that you've screwed up.
Floyd | Then two people pop into existence. Albus Dumbledore is standing behind
Floyd | his desk. Standing next to you - somehow, for some strange reason - is
Floyd | Sangita.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Why, Miss Armstrong!" Dumbledore says. "I'd hoped you wouldn't be too
Floyd | nonplussed at our little mishap. I assume that you fixed things
Floyd | yourself? --Excellent, excellent!" While you are still gaping, he
Floyd | rushes out the door. "Many things to attend to!" he calls, airily, over
Floyd | his shoulder. "You've got things to talk about, I expect!" ...and
Floyd | you're alone with your ex-girlfriend.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "talk to sangita"
Floyd | >"What are you doing here?" you ask flatly.
Floyd |
Floyd | "I can explain," she says. "Ally--I'm a witch."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Well fucking spotted.
Floyd [2] Why didn't you tell me?
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"Well fucking spotted," you say. "I didn't ask if you were a witch or
Floyd | not. I asked what you're doing here."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Albus only told me you were coming today," she says. "I wanted to be
Floyd | here so I could tell you about everything."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Took you long enough.
Floyd [2] Explain, then.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"Oh, so as soon as you knew I had found out anyway you decided to come
Floyd | clean," you say. You're not even a little bit sorry that it comes out
Floyd | sharp as can be.
Floyd |
Floyd | "I couldn't!" she says. "It's the law - our law, I couldn't tell you
Floyd | unless you were part of my family. They would've snapped my wand, Ally,
Floyd | you have to understand that."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] That's still a dick move.
Floyd [2] I understand your reasons.
Floyd |
djfletch says, "shout if anyone wants to try anything in particular"
djfletch says, "I'm just going to try being rude"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"Well I don't," you say. "You should've broken the law and gotten
Floyd | another wand."
Floyd |
Floyd | "I couldn't get another one," she says. "Breaking a wand means throwing
Floyd | us out of the wizarding world. Forever."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Being like me? A fate worse than death?
Floyd [2] That does sound horrible.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"Oh, so then you'd be like me? What a fate. A fate worse than death,
Floyd | honestly."
Floyd |
Floyd | Sangita looks uncomfortable. "Well. Legally speaking Muggles are--it
Floyd | isn't fair, all right, but Muggles are worse than children. They
Floyd | haven't any rights, practically."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] So you can legally enchant me whenever? Great.
Floyd [2] So you'd lose your rights too, if you told.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"So legally you can just enchant me? You can just fucking do that
Floyd | whenever? What spells did you put on me?"
Floyd |
Floyd | "Only to protect the wizarding world from discovery," Sangita says. "I
Floyd | don't like it either, but it's been the law since 1692. The
Floyd | International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy. Since we broke up it's
Floyd | been--it was a wake-up call for me, Ally. I didn't ever put a spell on
Floyd | you. I swear it."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Don't try and make yourself out a rebel.
Floyd [2] I believe that you didn't want to hurt me.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"Working from the inside, were you? Like a secret double agent? Ha.
Floyd | Who else do I know who's been lying to me? I'm just not special enough,
Floyd | am I." You snort, but you aren't finding anything very funny just now.
Floyd | "You must've gotten a good laugh out of World of Warcraft, and me the
Floyd | mage."
Floyd |
Floyd | But Sangita's face is closed and you know she's about to drop something
Floyd | heavy on you. "She wanted you to know," she says. "Your grandmother.
Floyd | Oh, surely you caught the hints! But she couldn't tell you either."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Get out of my fucking sight.
Floyd [2] I need to think about this.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >You knew it. Somehow you knew it but you didn't want to admit it, you
Floyd | just--"That fucking tops all," you say. "Get out. I don't ever want to
Floyd | see you again."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Ally -"
Floyd |
Floyd | "GET BLOODY OUT!"
Floyd |
Floyd | She gets. You're left alone.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Hello, my dear," Dumbledore says, swooping in just as Sangita swoops
Floyd | out. "I take it that your conversation was not easy?--Well, it's only
Floyd | to be expected. But now I would imagine you have a great many questions
Floyd | to ask me."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask about where he went.
Floyd [2] Ask about the spell he was casting.
Floyd [3] Ask about Sangita.
Floyd [4] Ask about wizard laws about Muggles.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "4"
Floyd | >"So what exactly are the laws about Muggles?" you ask. "And how did
Floyd | you manage to make an exception for me?"
Floyd |
Floyd | "The International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy is the main thing," he
Floyd | replies. "As for how you were excepted--Muggles with wizarding children
Floyd | are already excepted, of course, and Squibs. So you see, it wasn't all
Floyd | that difficult to convince them that you would be an excellent
Floyd | candidate for the Muggle Studies position, and that it was not a
Floyd | startling deviation from the Statute to inform you of our world."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Aren't you way more powerful than a Muggle?
Floyd [2] How is the Statute enforced?
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"I still don't understand why you need the Statute at all. You could
Floyd | turn us all into frogs if we got uppity."
Floyd |
Floyd | Dumbledore looks sad. "Witches were burned in the streets not so long
Floyd | ago. We live longer than you do: we remember better than you do."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Witch-burning? Come on.
Floyd [2] You live longer than us...?
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"Witch-burning. Right. Come on. This isn't the Dark Ages. Sure,
Floyd | there's some religious freaks, but you make it sound like Muggles are
Floyd | savages."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Not just witch-burning," Dumbledore says. "We can heal wounds quickly
Floyd | and easily. We can Transfigure lead into gold. We can walk around,
Floyd | invisible. What do you think your Prime Minister thinks of that? He
Floyd | knows about us. He's terrified of us."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] He's right to be terrified of you!
Floyd [2] You're right to be terrified of him!
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"And he's right to be terrified! You're terrifying! All of you! This
Floyd | is mad. You can probably cure cancer and you're keeping it from us. You
Floyd | enjoy playing God, I suppose."
Floyd |
Floyd | "I do not play God," Dumbledore says, but he sounds--troubled? It's
Floyd | strange; he seemed so unflappable before. "I have had this conversation
Floyd | before, believe it or not; and once we get to this point, there is not
Floyd | much point in continuing. Only your own experience of the wizarding
Floyd | world can help you understand."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask about where he went.
Floyd [2] Ask about the spell he was casting.
Floyd [3] Ask about Sangita.
Floyd [4] Ask about what happens next.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"Where did you go just now?" you ask.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Oh, there was a great deal to attend to," he says. "You did wreak some
Floyd | havoc, didn't you?"
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Um... no?
Floyd [2] So what if I did?
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd | >"So what if I did?" you say. "I got you all back, didn't I? It's not
Floyd | as though I asked for all this to happen."
Floyd |
Floyd | "One should never sign a contract if one doesn't know precisely what it
Floyd | means," he replies. "Why, last time I did that, I ended up the
Floyd | foster-father of a hundred and seven baby Fwoopers. Enough to drive you
Floyd | mad!"
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask about the spell he was casting.
Floyd [2] Ask about Sangita.
Floyd [3] Ask about what happens next.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd | >"How do you know Sangita?" you ask.
Floyd |
Floyd | "I know all the students who have attended Hogwarts during my tenure,"
Floyd | he says. "In any case, our interests coincide quite often."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Which interests?
Floyd [2] Was she always a pathological liar?
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd | >"Was she always a pathological liar?"
Floyd |
Floyd | Dumbledore looks affronted. "My dear, the decision to lie to you--or
Floyd | rather to exclude certain truths--was not and has never been hers to
Floyd | make. One of the reasons she and I get on so well is that she is one of
Floyd | the few wizards with a more radical view of Muggles than my own."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] In what way is she radical?
Floyd [2] Radicals take action, they don't sit around.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd | >"In my experience, radicals take action, even when it's at a cost,"
Floyd | you say. "If they'd snapped her wand for telling me, it'd have been
Floyd | worth it."
Floyd |
Floyd | "If they'd snapped her wand for telling you, they'd have erased her
Floyd | memory of the wizarding world entire," Dumbledore says sharply. "She'd
Floyd | forget you too. Everything. If she were lucky, she'd wander homeless
Floyd | for awhile, then somehow find a job at a press--if they were kind
Floyd | enough to leave her memories of how to print. No-one would ever know.
Floyd | She wouldn't be a martyr; she'd be forgotten."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] You may be right.
Floyd [2] She's still in the wrong.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd | >"I don't care," you say, strident. "It still wasn't right. She hadn't
Floyd | any right to make me fall in love with her if she was going to be lying
Floyd | to me. It's like --like a slave being forced to sleep with their
Floyd | master."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Really," Dumbledore says, his voice doubtful and even a little
Floyd | scornful, but he does not say anything else.
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask about the spell he was casting.
Floyd [2] Ask about what happens next.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"What spell were you trying to cast, when things went wrong?" you ask.
Floyd |
Floyd | "I was modifying the wards," he says.
Floyd |
Floyd [1] The wards keep threats out?
Floyd [2] The wards keep people like me out?
Floyd |
jojo says, "I find it a little painful to be so rude, even in a game."
djfletch says, "only our first playthrough is real, this one is just hypothetical"
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"Modifying the wards. So you mean the spells that keep bad things out.
Floyd | What could wizards possibly be afraid of?" you ask.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Other wizards," he says. "Muggles do not have a monopoly on evil."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] So we're in a fantasy novel now.
Floyd [2] Magic could be really tempting to abuse...
Floyd |
jojo says (to djfletch), "Ok, that's comforting to know."
djfletch says (to Floyd), "2"
Floyd | >"If there are wizards who--well, I suppose it makes sense that some
Floyd | people would abuse their magic. But Muggles couldn't fight that. We
Floyd | wouldn't have a chance."
Floyd |
Floyd | "That's one of the reasons people claim that it is easier to keep our
Floyd | worlds separated," he says. "Our wars don't spill over into your world
Floyd | as much. You needn't fear struggles you have no hand in."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Well, that's infantilizing."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Quite."
Floyd |
Floyd [1] Ask about what happens next.
Floyd |
djfletch says (to Floyd), "1"
Floyd | >"So what happens next?" you ask.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Given the events of today, it seems unwise that you come to Hogwarts
Floyd | as a Muggle Studies teacher," Dumbledore says, "which means that there
Floyd | is only one path open to me."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Obliviation," you say flatly.
Floyd |
Floyd | "Just so. But if you like--I might consider asking Miss Gopalan to pay
Floyd | you a visit, after you are returned to London. It will be dangerous for
Floyd | her to defy the Ministry--but I suspect that today's events have
Floyd | galvanized her against them in any case. So. Yes or no?
djfletch says (to Floyd), "no"
Floyd |
Floyd | "Perhaps you are wise," Dumbledore says, his voice low and disappointed
Floyd | nonetheless. "The Ministry will hold an inquiry, and it would certainly
Floyd | all come out then. I had hoped..."
Floyd |
Floyd | "Only be thorough about it," you say. "I don't want to remember any of
Floyd | it. I don't even want to remember Sangita if I can possibly help it.
Floyd | Ignorance is bliss, isn't it? So put me back."
Floyd |
Floyd | And he does.
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |     *** The End ***
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd |
Floyd | Would you like to RESTART, RESTORE a saved game, or QUIT?
jojo asks, "Aw, who in their right mind would pick that ending?"
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Jacqueline says, "Well, I think it was just a desire to see both."
Jacqueline asks (of djf), "You're in your right mind... right?"
djfletch asks, "maybe?"
jojo says, "Yeah, I know. I'm just thinking for people playing through the game the first time."
borowski says, "I like the game more knowing that the dialogue choices make a difference and it isn't just exposition."
jojo says, "Yeah, that's a nice part of it."
djfletch asks, "I wonder how late you can change your mind?"
jojo says, "It might be down to how many negative things you say."
djfletch says, "yeah. There's no very obvious place where you've committed yourself - it looks like it could be taking account of the whole conversation."
jojo says, "Also, what house do you think she should be associated with? As a muggle, I'd say Hufflepuff: the boring house."
djfletch says, "There was one point where Dumbledore said she was like a Gryffindor."
DavidW says, "But that part possibly also can change."
djfletch says, "oh, maybe"
DavidW says, "Shame the sorting hat is missing."
jojo says, "If she's outspoken in favour of justice, he says she's like a Griffindor."
jojo says, "Sangita is a Hufflepuff. I want to play the sequel where they get back together."
djfletch says, "and she starts teaching her Muggle Studies"
Jacqueline says, "Glad you guys had a good session today. vimes has been working on a new transcript process for me, and we're nearly there. I will try to get all the transcripts up once we're done, hopefully this week."
Jacqueline says, "Thanks for coming, everyone - next week: Apollo 18+20."


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