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Let's board the Orient Express (Completed)

Discussion in 'Codex Playground' started by Redshirt #42, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. Fafnir Liturgist Patron

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    Grab the Codex by the pussy
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  2. Redshirt #42 Augur

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    Update #2

    Now this update is a bit larger. Took me at least 3 fucking hours to upload, transcribe and copypaste it. Maybe I should have split it up, but it contains little of the main story and most of the dialogues are completely optional.

    Anyway.

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    Farewell, Tyler. We hardly knew ye.

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    +5 Renegade points

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    They see me rollin', they hatin'.

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    Must be difficult to lose an old friend.

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    Or maybe not... Maybe your alignment affects Cath's facial expressions.

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    Also, time to change the jacket.

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    Somehow, this reminds me of the Dark-Side player character's posture on the character screen in the KotOR series.

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    He looks at Tyler's body one last time... (actually he's just looking at his bloodied jacket, flying in the wind)

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    There's an empty chest in Tyler's compartment. Looks like something is missing. Maybe the murderer has stolen it?

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    You can find a scarf underneath it.

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    The owner is unknown (but it's probably not Tyler's).

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    Smells like...

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    ... mystery.

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    Above is a small suitcase.

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    Inside is a letter from Cath to Whitney.

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    Still angry about the noodle incident.

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    And there's an old scroll.

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    Unfortunately, it's filled with moonspeak, so Cath can't understand what's it about.

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    Also, there's a glass in the bathroom.

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    When you click on the rim, you'll get a different perspective (that's the view from the lamp above the sink). I'm not sure if there's any reason to do that.

    If you linger too long, René will come and knock on the door.

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    - Monsieur Whitney, Herr Schmidt is waiting for you in the front car. -

    Now, let's get back to the corridor.

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    All doors are either locked, or inaccessible. But knocking on any of the last 4 doors pisses Wyrmlord off (actually his real name is Mahmoud Mahkta, according to the passenger list). You can't really talk to him, since he repeats some sentences in Persian over and over again if you keep on bothering him.

    The second sleeping car is pretty much the same. So we'll go to the smoking compartment.

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    Here you can listen to the discussion between the two young ladies (who pretty much ignore you). Btw, the woman who played the lady in red and blue clothes is according to IMDb a porn acctress (she played in some Ron Jeremy movies, in example).

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    The French are so funny. Madame Caillaux seems to become some sort of national heroine. Somehow shes been transformed from an insignificant women enslaved an overshadowed by her husband, into a passionate avenger.

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    If the middle classes are going to start writing history, we're all in trouble.

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    That's just the kind of thing a little aristocrat girl would say.

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    Stop it. You even said yourself that she was like Madame Bovary.

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    What counts is that she’s acted. She's the very opposite of Madame Bovary. More like Joan of Arc, really.

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    Whom the English burned at the stake.

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    Must you always bring that up?

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    Well, it happened.

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    What really interests me about Madame Caillaux is the way French scandals develop so differently from English ones. Like the Dreyfus affair in England. The Jewish... -

    We move on to the dining car.

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    Inside, we're approached by one of the waiters (definitely the more outspoken one).

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    - Bonsoir Monsieur, we have a nice table for you here in the corner. If you will please, uh, follow me. -

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    You can look around and see the other passengers eating. For now, let's talk to Schmidt.

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    - Ah, Herr Whitney? You are different than I imagined.

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    Sorry to keep you waiting. I ran across an old friend.

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    One does have the most unexpected encounters on trains.

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    Shall we get down to bussiness. Have you brought the gold?

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    First you kept me waiting, now you don't answer me! I have kept my half of the bargain. If something has gone wrong I would like to know it.

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    Nothing has gone wrong.

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    I'm glad.

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    I trust that you will not mind if I asked to see the gold.

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    I trust you won't mind either if I asked to see what I'm buying.

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    To see it? But you know that is impossible! The merchandise will be put on the train at Munich. It is what we agreed.

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    Good. Then we're even. Herr Schmidt, it's been a pleasure. We'll talk again, after Munich. -

    Diplomacy check successful. Cath talked his way out pretty well considering that he had now idea what they were talking about. Maybe we can find someone else to talk to in the wagon.

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    Let's disrupt this guy's peaceful dinner.

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    Mind if I join you?

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    Why not? -

    He's not a very talkative fella. He prefers to enjoy his potato soup.

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    Suddenly he stops eating.

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    I didn't mean to scare you off.

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    For me about this is enough. I can't take no pleasure in food while millions of my countrymen go without bread. Good evening. -

    And he leaves. I guess this is not a very good time for potato in Russia. In all the drama, he forgot to take his book.

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    Looks like he's planning to do something after the train arrives in Galanta. An important hint later on.

    We retun to the smoking car. This time the ladies actually notice Cath.

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    Look at the handsome man who walked in!

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    Sophie!

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    Don't worry, he won't understand. He's an American. If we don't look at him, he'll never know were talking about him.

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    Good Lord.

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    Isn't he impressive? He seems to have just come in from outside, not at all like a European. Jacket open, hair mussed...

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    I'd say he could use a wash.

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    Listen, if you are not interested in small details, you'll never become a great writer.

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    Look at his sad eyes. He could be a model for the hero of a novel. -

    In the sleeping wagon corridors, we find a small brat running around with his whistle.

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    Francois! Come here! Stop that right now!

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    If you don't stop, I'll put you off at the next station in Germany. Would you like that?

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    *cries*

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    Where did this whistle come from?

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    I found it.

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    And where?

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    On the floor.

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    Why are you hiding it? Let me see it.

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    No! I found it, it's MINE!

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    You're impossible. You can keep it, but only if you stop blowing it!

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    I promise. -

    A few seconds later.

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    I saw a man go through the window. He rolled along the tracks. -

    OH SHI-

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    Really?

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    Yes, he rolled and he was DEAD.

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    Please, go play with your toy.

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    He’s dead… he’s dead… he’s dead.

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    Francois, stop singing! It’s unpleasant. *Francois starts crying again* You can cry, go ahead, cry. Your life is so hard, I’m a horrible mother who makes you suffer… what’s going on? Why are you crying? You’re not as sad as that. Dry your tears. It’s all right, it’s over now. -

    Fortunately, they don't notify any authorities.

    By the way, I forgot to mention that there were matches in Tyler's jacket. There must have been a lot of them, since we can smoke over and over again.

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    I'm not sure if that is useful for any other thing than to pass time when you're bored.

    Furthermore, when the second conductor (the fatter one, I think we haven't met him yet) moves around the compartment, you can find his sketchbook under his chair.

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    It contains useful hints. Sometimes. Well, actually I can't remember it being useful more than once. But it helps a bit if you're lost and don't know what you should do or where you should go.

    After some time, you can meet an another lady in a fine red dress in the corridor.

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    -Excuse me, got a light?

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    Thanks, haven’t we met somewhere before?

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    It is possible. I don’t think I would have remembered. -

    :?

    We'll follow her as she enters the dining car. We stop for a while to listen to yet another dialogue in the smoking wagon.

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    Come on. Let's go back.

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    Aren't we going to dinner?

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    Of course not, that's not how it's done on luxury trains. It's only eight o'clock. We must wait for second service. If we eat now, afterwards we'll be bored. Look who's gone in. Only old and impossible people. Trust me.

    And they leave. Inside the dining car, we see Pascale the waiter, trying to impress our acquaintance.

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    - Ah, Madame, welcome.

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    Good evening.

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    Madame's presence is a great honour for us. Your usual table is ready. If you will permit me...

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    Thank you.

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    If I may say so, Madame is like a shining star, we're all basking in her light. I am your servant.

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    Thank you, Pascale.

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    Enjoy your dinner, Madame. -

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    Now it's our turn.

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    Mind if I join you?

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    That's bold. Is it customary in America to be so forward?

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    In certain circles, it's not unheard of.

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    I must have been moving in the wrong circles. -

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    Success! :D

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    I hope you find somewhere to sit.

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    *disappoint*

    An another waiter comes and she odrers dinner.

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    - Oui madame?

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    Yes, I'll have the... beef fillet.

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    Very good. Is Madame dining alone?

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    Yes.

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    Very good, madame. -

    The waiter leaves and we use our opportunity to talk to her again.

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    - Excuse me, I think you've dropped this.

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    It's not mine.

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    My mistake. I wonder who's it is. -

    Bitch is surely lying!

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    - Are you sure this isn't your scarf?

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    Quite sure. -

    There's not much to do for a while so we might aswell sit down. And listen to other conversations, of course. There are some Russians sitting next to us - they must have been eating for hours.

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    - Did you obey all the covenants of our church?

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    Yes, Grandfather.

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    Do you like your dish?

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    Yes.

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    I think it's remarkable.

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    You're feeling good. -

    Boring. But at least Schmidt finally finished dinner, the fat pig.

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    And he stops by the lady in red.

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    - Excuse me, Fraulein Wolf? I could not leave this room without paying you my compliments. I'm sure you do not remember me. My name is August Schmidt.

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    But I do remember you. It was at Mrs. Lauder's in London, wasn't it?

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    Yes! You played Brahms' violin concerto.

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    Oh, lovely of you to remember. And you were with an Englishwoman. Was she your wife? -

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    Time for Cath to join the conversation.

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    - Um, yes, um. That is, eh...

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    Ah, Miss Wolf, may I present my colleauge from America, Mr. Tyler Whitney. Herr Whitney, Miss Anna Wolf.

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    I -- I'm sorry, I didn't catch the name.

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    Tyler Whitney. Have we met before?

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    I seem to remember hearing of a Mr. Whitney years ago in New York. You were trying to raise money to start a revolution in Cuba, isn't that right?

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    Mexico. And it wasn't me. It must've been some place else that we've met.

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    Herr Whitney is well known as a champion of freedom and justice in countries other than his own.

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    But please don't let us interrupt your dinner.

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    Not at all. You're both very kind. One does get so bored on these long journeys. Good evening.

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    A beautiful woman.

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    Is she?

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    And a brilliant preformer.

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    To look at her, you would never think she was Jewish. Until Munich, sir! -

    So she's a Jew. Obviously a hint telling the player that she will be dangerous! We had better not trust her. Schmidt leaves. We can follow him into the smoking car again. The Russian student we've met before (the one eating potato soup, whose screenshot I forgot to take this time) is waiting for someone. Let's see if he can translate the moonspeaking scroll we've found in Tyler's compartment.

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    Excuse me. Could you tell me what this paper says?

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    It's a Russian fairy tale. For children.

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    Could you translate it for me?

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    Do you know what a fairy tale is? It's one of the ways the exploiters make the people forget that they're enslaved. For a hundered years Russian peasants have told their children this story of a hero who plucks the tailfeather from a Firebird. Child goes to bed with an empty stomach and dreams of a hero who will never come.

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    Sorry I asked. -

    What a fag. Afterwards you can go inside the sencond sleeping car, to Compartment D (where the French family is) and listen to an another conversation.

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    Francois, get ready for dinner. My God, what’s that floating in my cologne?

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    It’s Eugene. I had to embalm him before we left.

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    Eugene…?

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    My praying mantis. He died.

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    How horrible. You should have thrown him in the garden. Claude speak to him!

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    Francois, you must not touch your mother’s things or use them in your experiments. You did quite well however, to use the cologne. The alcohol does have a preservative effect.

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    My scarab whistle died too, but he didn’t fit in the bottle.

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    Claude, you really must speak to him. This obsession with death, does it seem normal to you in a seven-year old boy?

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    Why not? It is a natural process like any other.

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    But a toy whistle, how can it die?

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    It’s dead! -

    And they leave for dinner soon. Since there's nothing else to do, we might aswell follow them to kill some time.

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    It smells!

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    Sit down Francois! And keep your opinions for yourself.

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    Fracois, sit still. You're in a restaurant now, with adults, and I expect you to behave. Claude, tell him to sit still.

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    Claude!

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    Look out of the window, Fracois.

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    I want to go home. When are we going home?

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    Don't be silly. You know we are going away for a year, maybe more, to live with your father at Abadan.

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    Why?

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    Because your father is going to work there. At the oil refinery.

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    Why?

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    Claude, tell us what it is like, where we are going. I know Fracois would like to hear more about it. Tell us about the town.

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    The town? I don't have any idea. I'll be spending all my time out at the construction site, or surveying the surrounding desert.

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    But... are there many shops? What about the schools? What is our house like? And our servants?

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    These things are your province, my dear. I would never interfere.

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    When we arrive, you must introduce me to the wives of the other engineers.

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    Shall we ride camels in the desert, Papa?

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    Of course.

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    Absolutely not!

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    The waiter comes and they order dinner. Afterwards the Russians sitting at the table finally leave. However, they are interrupted in the smoking car.

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    Vassili Alexandrovitch.

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    Grandfather.

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    Vassili Alexandrovitch. I am Alexei Dolnikov. I believe you knew my father.

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    I knew a Dolnikov. Pyotr Nikolaievitch. He was a good man, a pious man. He had a son...

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    ...but that son brought shame upon him and upon his family. Come, Granddaughter. I am a bit tired.

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    Vassili Alexandrovitch. How many thousands have you condemned to prison and torture in the name of your piety? -

    He says that in English, to prove that he's a real drama queen.

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    - Or have you lost count? -

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    Let's talk to him, to see if he's still pissed.

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    - Well, I think you've made a pretty good first impression. -

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    *glares*

    Now we can go back to the dining car, where the waiter has already brought the Boutarels' food.

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    Here's the Chateaubriand with the Béarnaise sauce for madame. -- Well-done for young man. -- And for you, sir.

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    Thank you.

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    That is not what I wanted.

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    Of course, it's a steak. It's exactly what you ordered.

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    Thank you, sir. Enjoy your meal.

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    I went all the way to the end of the train and I saw a lady with a snake.

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    Don't be silly, Francois. Eat your dinner.

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    It was a big snake all wrapped around her. It was as ig around as a boa constrictor.

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    Claude, you really ought to say something to him. He invents the most outrageous stories.

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    Imagination is very important for a scientist. Many great discoveries were greeted with skepticism at first.

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    He's seven years old. I doubt he's going to make any world-shattering discoveries on this trip.

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    I want a crepe with chocolate sauce!

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    Sit still and eat your dinner. -

    After a while, the conversation continues.

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    Papa, are there insects in the desert?

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    Don’t bother your father, Francois.

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    Insects are everywhere, Francois. You should do your research before asking questions. Have you looked in your book?

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    Mama doesn’t want me to read at the table.

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    Francois, sit still. You are not at home now. -

    They sure talk a lot. Let's go back to our sleeping comparment.

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    There were approached by René, the retarded conductor.

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    - Monsieur Whitney, excusez-moi. His Excellency wishes to receive you in his private car.

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    Hmm, 'His Exellency'.

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    Yes Monsieur. He's waiting for you. -

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  3. SCO Arcane In My Safe Space

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    Behold the best narrative game of the 90's (that means the best ever). The game is actually voice acted in the appropriate languages.
     
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  4. Darth Roxor Prestigious Gentleman Wielder of the Huegpenis

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    Sure is a colourful bunch in that train. A porn actress, a jew, a nazi, a rabid commie, a pope, a paranoid kid and a few retards. And that's just the beginning!
     
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  5. SCO Arcane In My Safe Space

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  6. ghostdog Prestigious Gentleman Arcane Patron

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    Not to mention events happening real time like you're actually inside the train. It's one of the most impressive games ever made.
     
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  7. Andyman Messiah Mr. Ed-ucated

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    Yeah, Last Express is pretty awesome.

    Too bad you threw your friend out the window. That kid is going to fuck up your plans something dreadful, you just know it!
     
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  8. SCO Arcane In My Safe Space

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    How are you going to deal with the ending credits (if you've ever seen them) - lots of screenshots or a movie? A simple idea for such a large thematic impact.
     
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  9. Twinkle Liturgist

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    Who?

    BTW you forgot two lesbians close girlfriends. :smug:
     
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  10. SCO Arcane In My Safe Space

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  11. Andyman Messiah Mr. Ed-ucated

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    Yeah, it's pretty obvious that the girls are really close friends. Not that the game ever spells it out directly (to my knowledge), though, but... Heh.
     
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  12. SCO Arcane In My Safe Space

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    One of the really irritating things about this game is that it was supposed to be a series. But due to retarded average gamers, and their stupid interests - helped by inadequate marketing - this game tanked.

    TANKED

    Plunging Jordan fucking Mechner into returning to work for the man (tm) making prince of persia games again.
    Derp.
     
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  13. Zdzisiu Arcane

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    Some of the facial expressions are hilarious :D
     
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  14. SCO Arcane In My Safe Space

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    BTW i found this, a anthropology sketch of a paper based on the game. It completely spoils the whole game, so don't read it unless you finished the game.
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    It is a anthropology tract, so it very much sucks in parts, but i thought it interesting to read after beating the game.
     
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  15. Drakron Arcane

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    The little shit should also be thrown out the window.

    Also is it me or does the main character looks like "angry" Anakin Skywalker?
     
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  16. Brother None inXile Entertainment Developer

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    [​IMG]

    Looks like a story about the жар-птица, The Firebird of slavic lore. It's written in the old, pre-communist Cyrillic alphabet, so it's really hard to read, except picking up stuff like "grey wolf". Seems to be a fairy tale.

    The alphabet is a nice touch. It's too often you see media forget that the Russian alphabet used to be different.

    EDIT: oh, faggy Russian explained it.
     
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  17. Malakal Arcane

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    Looks good and I hate adventure games. But this one has great art style and setting seems more than fine. If only our hero wasnt some Kwan fag and instead was a proper gentleman...
     
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  18. Sergiu64 Arcane Sad Loser

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    I'm Ridin' with Biden I'm Ridin' with Biden
    Here's my best attempt at translating it:

    Firebird

    Each night in far away lands a Firebird stole golden apples from the Royal Gardens. So the old Tzar Ukan(sp?) said: "You, the Prince, must go to find the Grey Wolf. You and him must discuss how to bring me the Firebird. I wish to hear her sing me a song."

    Grey Wolf asks: where are you going to go on two legs? You should get on my back and I'll carry you into the heart of southern deserted and empty lands where a cage with silver bells is carried on red stone - dream-seen shapes from times long past set the stone there.
    So Ivan grabs the Cage - the bells ring and the Firebird - is long gone.
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    I'm not sure if those were fragments of the story being put together or what, cause it definitely seems to jump from event to event.
     
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  19. SoupNazi rial billionaire Patron

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    Honestly, you're playing a gigantic douche in this game, but somehow it's still great. Just by reading the LP I can feel the suspense... looking forward to more.
     
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  20. Radisshu Prophet

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    Wow. This game looks awesome, and the LP is really well put together so far.

    :salute:
     
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  21. SCO Arcane In My Safe Space

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    The game is also noteworthy by it's notion of time, not only that it is real-time, but that there are no saves as such. Instead they used something (speaking of implementation here) called memento in software engineering. Instead of saving a snapshot of the state, so it can be reconstructed later, they saved the actions done by the player (you can have parallel timelines - red, blue and green i think). If you do a mistake you "turn back the clock" and watch the line of the orient express turn back too in the "loading" screen. It's not as smooth as a save system if you fucked up lots of actions before, but it's a interesting technique. This notion of discrete time is also reflected in the characters themselves. There are normally no animations (exceptions: intro and ending) just frozen moments that progress to a slightly changed figure, like a very spaced stop motion animation. Some people don't like this (tell it doesn't immerse them - dumbfucks) but i liked it, and you do forget about it.

    This is, in a sense the predecessor to sands of time.
     
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  22. Erebus Arcane

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    I'm watching the beginning of the game on Youtube again. I really appreciate the fact that the french characters are played by actors who speak the language perfectly. I wonder if the same can be said of the characters with other nationalities ?
     
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  23. SCO Arcane In My Safe Space

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    Are you playing the dos version perchance? I think the subtitles have some rendering artifacts i don't remember being so bad.

    It's strange to think about it, but this may be the best of the FMV games.
     
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  24. Redshirt #42 Augur

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    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0355819/

    Such a shame. She had a pleasant voice. Btw, imo all of the actors did a great job in this game although most of them have never played in any other movie or video game except The Last Express (theatre actors maybe?).

    You didn't have to.

    Show Spoiler
    Later on, one of the passengers will actually translate the whole thing for you.


    Nope.

    I agree.

    Yeah the credits are great. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them yet. I've got screenshots of them, but there's also a video on the internets.

    Also, the next update is finished. I'll post it tommorow (since I'm going to try to make 1 update every day).
     
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  25. Redshirt #42 Augur

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    Update #3

    The private car of 'His Excellency' is at the end of the train. Before the entrance to his comparment is a door on the left, which is locked, and on the right

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    tits.

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    Knocking on the comparment door makes a niggress appear.

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    - Hello. It seems I've been sent for by someone named 'His Excellency'. That wouldn't be you, would it? -

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    She doesn't respond but she let's us in and goes inside the other room.

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    Let's see if we can steal some goodies in the meantime.

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    - What an unexpected pleasure.

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    Mister Robert Cath.

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    Usually people call me Tyler Whitney.

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    You should take care when choosing a name for yourself. Names have power. The most primitive cultures understood this. But of course, it will be as you prefer.

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    Not everyone has the luxury of choosing his own name mister...

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    Kronos. Whether you are Cath or Whitney is a matter of indifference to me. I am prepared to continue the disscussions begun by my agent in Paris.

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    Is Kronos your first name or your last name?

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    I have no time to continue these… delightful discussions of names.

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    I have brought with me a rather heavy briefcase. I would like to know now if the proposed exchange interests you and if you are capable of completing it.

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    Not just at the moment, but I have hopes of being able to do so.

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    In that case we have nothing further to discuss.

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    I myself must leave the train in Vienna. In case we don’t see each other again, I wish you a pleasant journey to Istanbul and continued success in evading the British and French authorities.

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    Have a pleasant evening, Mr. Cath. Kahina will show you out. -

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    So, Tyler was supposed to give something to the sandnigger for the gold, and then buy something else from Schmidt. I'm sure we will eventually find out what that was. Let's go back to the dining car to pass time.

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    Also, the conductors start making beds in the compartments. This would have obviously caused some trouble, if we hid Tyler's corpse under the sofa.

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    René doesn't have a lot to do, because when he tries to enter the comparments numbered 5 - 8 (someone's private harem), Wyrmlord the eunuch comes and shouts at him in Persian (so René obviously has no idea what the fuck to do).

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    Back in the dining car, we listen to an another lenghty conversation between Sophie and her *close friend* Rebecca.

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    Mademoiselle, I have saved your favourite table for you. What a pleasure to see you tonight with your charming friend. Never have I seen two such beautiful young ladies in one space. You are the queens of the Orient Express.

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    Thank you, Pascale.

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    He does lay it on a bit thick, doesn’t he.

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    Pascale? He talks like that to everybody. You are beautiful tonight.

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    Sophie, you’re embarassing me.

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    Why? It’s true. You don’t believe me? Turn around and ask our American if he finds you beautiful. I know he’ll agree with me.

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    Sophie!

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    I’m sorry, I forgot he’s not your type. You wouldn’t care if he likes you or not. So let’s ask the woman in red there, behind me. She’s gorgeous, isn’t she? “Tall, slender, grieving, such majestic pain”. -

    [Intelligence] She's talking about Anna.

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    Sophie! Everyone can hear you.

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    So what? What difference does that make to us? Why travel if you’re going to worry about the same things as home. You’re free. You just don’t know it yet.

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    You make it sound so simple. If only you knew how difficult it was for me to get on this train. -

    A few minutes later.

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    ... all of Russia may go in revolt.

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    After a month on the island you won’t think about such things. Why don’t you write a play when you get there. It could be briliant. One of your amusing little pieces like the one you did on Reginald. I’ll be Ariadne, you’ll be Theseus. Josephine can be the Minotaur. Although you are so stubborn, that should really be your role.

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    Josephine!

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    Oh yes, didn’t I tell you? She wrote just at the last minute and positively demanded to come. She hates to be left out of anything. Oh, don’t make such a face! Of course you and I will be together. After all, we can’t spend all our time just staring at the sunset. -

    As you can see, Rebecca and Sophie are just friends and *definitely* nothing more. Let's leave them alone for now and go back to our compartment.

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    But wait. Someone's there, knocking on the door. He's asking for Tyler Whitney (I don't know what exactly he's saying since he's speaking Serbo-Croatian). And as always, he just opens the fucking door and walks inside. Jesus, it would have really been nice if Cath could actually ask the conductor to lock his door (as every other passenger does - even René is competent enough to do it, I've seen him open/lock Schmidt's door a few times, no kidding). Let's knock on our own door.

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    - Yes, who is it? -

    Alternatively, if Cath is inside his comparment already and the guy knocks on the door, Cath says

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    Don’t bother to knock, just walk right in. Everybody else does. -

    Touché.

    Anyway, once inside, the shitstorm starts.

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    This is my compartment. Who are you?

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    This is Tyler Whitney’s compartment. Where is Tyler? -

    Uh-oh. Guess this guy's Perception is slightly higher than the conductor's (although, winning against René's great observation skill is hardly worth a medal).

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    René, in example, will never notice the abundance of blood on the carpet.

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    I've made an oopsie on the floor, please, don't bother.

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    Ubica! -

    Well, this line isn't translated again (Cath cannot into Serbo-Croatian remember), but Google Translate says it means 'murderer'. And the guy pulls out his knife.

    Fuck.

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    :ACTION:

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    The fight isn't very difficult. You just have to press the mouse button at the right time to dodge his attacks. After a few successful dodge checks, he does a special attack (not that it would be harder to avoid, it's just a different animation). When you dodge that one, you can quickly click on his hand to disarm him.

    But if you fail to evade them...

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    ... or ...

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    Cath sure doesn't have a lot of hitpoints. What is more, should he kill you, you won't get to see an epilogue narrated by Rebecca - instead you get to the Menu screen, from where you can continue and do the fight from start again.

    Anyway, good thing Cath's so skilled at Unarmed Combat.

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    He should have stabbed the fucker.

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    - As I was about to say, I didn’t kill him.

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    Who are you?

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    My name is Robert Cath.

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    So you are Cath! Tyler spoke of you.

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    He was afraid you were angry with him. -

    Still angry about Cuba, alright.

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    - He shouldn’t have worried, that was a long time ago.

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    You’d better tell me what’s going on. Tyler had a meeting with someone named August Schmidt. What was that about?

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    Where's the gold?

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    What gold? I saw a wooden box and a hell of a mess.

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    Then we’re lost! How can I tell this to the general... and to the others.

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    What general?

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    You must tell no one about this. No one!

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    Not even the train conductor?

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    You’ve been warned, Crna Ruka, the Black Hand. -

    And he leaves. So Tyler was working with the Serbian Black Hand to acquire some 'merchandise' from Schmidt for them. Unfortunately, someone killed him before he could do this elaborate transaction.

    Finally, the plot thickens!
     
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