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Anime Let's play: Strangeland (Finished)

Discussion in 'Codex Playground' started by Darth Roxor, May 25, 2021.

  1. Darth Roxor Prestigious Gentleman Wielder of the Huegpenis

    Darth Roxor
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    It's that time of the year again...

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    THAT TIME WHEN THE GUYS WHO BROUGHT US GEMINI RUE...

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    ... AND PRIMORDIA...

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    ... ALSO BRING US...!!

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    (... loadung...)

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    STRANGELAND!

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    Pressing new game leads to this ~dramatic~ close-up on the spooky skull.

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    and then cuts to this sad guy

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    Dude's eyes don't open as lightning flashes, zero convention points earned :rpgcodex:

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    In fact he just opens his eyes without any fanfare, how droll.

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    Dude takes a look around.

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    And rises to the occasion!

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    Gotta smooth your rock-star hair before moving on.

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    wot da zog

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    [​IMG] I don't wanna tell you anything at all. But you know the problem with me? I never could keep my big mouth shut! GAHEEHEEHAW!

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    That's one hell of a welcome carpet.

    [​IMG] Not very inviting.

    Also, the VO on the clown is very apt. Sounds like Mark Hamill's Joker except deeper and terribly hungover.

    Talking to the clown produces nothing of worth.

    [​IMG] Hello?

    [​IMG] Leave me alone. I already told you a joke!

    Also nothing much around the gate, just a handbill on the left.

    [​IMG] It says: "Not all attractions are suitable to all ages. Visitors are encouraged to exercise judgement." Pretty vague, as warnings go.

    And a poster next to it.

    [​IMG] It's an ad for "Nepenthe™". It reads: "Quaff, oh quaff this fine Nepenthe™. Win a bottle today at the Shooting Gallery!"

    Well then, might as well go in.

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    What do we have here...

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    D:

    that said, and with a single tear rolling down her cheek...

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    the woman plunges into the well :hero:

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    Dude looks inside.

    [​IMG] She's gone...

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    what the-

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    [​IMG] Merely dead.

    Reassuring!

    [​IMG] Again and again she comes to this well, to weep and leap at the sound of the shriek. Which of you will save the other?

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    The thingamajig goes silent.

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    This thingamajig.

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    Coin-operated and we just so happen to lack coinage. Sad! Where's my minimum assured income?!

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    There's also this crow here. It's kind of easy to miss at first.

    [​IMG] A large crow.

    [​IMG] Raven!

    now that's almost as bad as misgendering it

    [​IMG] Uhh... hello?

    [​IMG] Sticks and stones will make me groan, but words will never move me.

    And that's all it's willing to say.

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    Inspecting the well again...

    [​IMG] There's something moving down there, and a hint of golden light.

    Perhaps we could grab it?

    [​IMG] It's a long way down, but I could give it a shot.

    Yet before the dude can do anything...!

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    (actually can't refuse the call in-game)

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    The fellow on the other end sounds suspiciously much like the protagonist. And he proceeds to hurl a torrent of abuse at him...

    [​IMG] The thing you have to understand is: this is all your fault. You miss all the obvious signs. You let everything slip through your fingers. And you're no good at fixing things. That's why she's dead. That's why you're here. Right? Anyway, I'll call again later. But if you need help, and you *will* need help... "Please hang up and press 0 to dial your operator."

    [​IMG] Wait!

    But the call ends.

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    [​IMG] He sounded just like me.

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    The phone can in fact be used. Pressing zero probably brings up some kind of faggot hint system for wimps, and we're not using any of that. Gotta have muh zero hint cheevos. Are there zero hint cheevos? Beats me.

    However, obviously we have to report what's happened to the authorities!

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    ... the phone actually starts ringing :lol:

    [​IMG] 911. Please state the nature of your emergency.

    [​IMG] A... a woman. I think she's killed herself.

    [​IMG] Can you identify the victim?

    [​IMG] I..., I...

    [​IMG] Sir? Who is she?

    [​IMG] I don't know.

    [​IMG] Well, where are you, sir?

    [​IMG] It's... aah... it's hard to say.

    Smoooooooooth :lol:

    [​IMG] Sir, we can't help you if you can't tell us what's going on.

    She hangs up.

    Wow, thanks for nothing, assholes. DEFUND THE POLICE!

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    Guess we're on our own. Where the hell to go from here?
     
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  2. lightbane Arcane

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    That was fast. Sadly, I'll have to skip this LP as I intend to play this someday.
     
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  3. Strange Fellow Peculiar Patron Sad Loser

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    This. Then again, I said the same about Unavowed, and look how that turned out.
     
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  4. agris Arcane Patron

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    Gotta try *69 to see if you can call back the caller.
     
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  5. Darth Roxor Prestigious Gentleman Wielder of the Huegpenis

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    LPs being what they are, you're probably going to finish this ten times over before I make any major progress.
     
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  6. ERYFKRAD Barbarian Patron

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    Strap Yourselves In Serpent in the Staglands Shadorwun: Hong Kong Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Pathfinder: Kingmaker
    Right but how would I know if this game is good and worth buying if I don't read your lp?
     
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  7. Darth Roxor Prestigious Gentleman Wielder of the Huegpenis

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    Can't push either the hash nor the asterisk!



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    The last time we left our hapless protagonist, he had just woken up in a BIZARRE CARNIVAL.

    What would be his next step?

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    Obviously it would be to launch a daring rescue operation to pull waifu out of the well.

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    GO GO GO

    NO WOMAN LEFT BEHIND

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    hmmm

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    Unfortunately he decided to jump down instead :lol:

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    weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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    Animation of a human eye turning into a bird eye and blinking...

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    uh

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    updated my journal :neveraskedforthis:

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    Looking around reveals rocks.

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    Which we immediately add to our inventory as the first item gained! Huzzah!

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    A neat convenience feature is that you can cycle through your items with the mousewheel. Don't have to access the inventory all the time.

    The only other thing on the platform is the big neon sign.

    [​IMG] "Strangeland." A bit on the nose.

    subtle :rpgcodex:

    moving on

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    [​IMG] Here's one for ya. Man's sitting in his doctor's office. Doc says, "And now, here's the good news." Man says, "Doc, you didn't even tell me the bad news!" Doc says, "Not this again!" GAHEEHEEHAW!

    I have only one answer to this.

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    :troll:

    Dude throws the rock up and down a bit then tosses it at the clown.

    [​IMG] That's not funny.

    Au contraire!

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    Time to start using the rocks on everything for good measure.

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    [​IMG] Pretty long way down.

    [​IMG] Hey, that's an old raven trick! Trying to float her body up to where you can get it, huh? Won't work. Believe me, I've tried. There's no water down there. Just roots and darkness.

    The roots... OF ALL EVIL?!

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    Speaking of using the rocks on everything... sticks and stones, huh?

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    [​IMG] All right, all right, I'll talk!

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    Dialogue interface! Now we're talking!

    [​IMG] So, ahh... who... or what... are you?

    [​IMG] I just am... because I think.

    [​IMG] Really, what are you?

    [​IMG] A raven, lunatic.

    raving lunatic indeed

    [​IMG] Where are we?

    [​IMG] Baked in a pie, I'd guess.

    Asshole's got an attitude.

    [​IMG] Do you just sit there watching every time that woman kills herself?!

    [​IMG] Aw, don't get so bent outta shape. That little slip and fall didn't do her any harm.

    [​IMG] But she killed herself!

    [​IMG] Don't take it so literally, boss. Believe me, if she were dead, I'd be eating her eyes. As you might've noticed, death is different here. Puts a poor raven outta work, I'll tell you that.

    [​IMG] Are you *sure* you're not a crow?

    [​IMG] Look, I may be unkind, but I'm not murderous. And I *croak* rather than *caw*. Plus, I fly in a pair, not in a flock. Raven. Definitely raven.

    [​IMG] What did you mean, "Death is different here?"

    [​IMG] It means I'll not, carrion comfort down there, feast on thee.

    helpful :neveraskedforthis:

    [​IMG] Goodbye.

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    Go west, young man.

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    Charming.

    There's an anvil, some steam vents, intrusive arrows pointing the way down the plot trails, and a yuge gothic-looking furnace.

    [​IMG] A huge furnace with 83 painted on it.

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    @_@

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    [​IMG] What *are* you?

    [​IMG] I am the fire that burns the impure.

    [​IMG] What's that anvil for?

    [​IMG] Like the bear that licks its cub into shape, with a tongue of fire I forge from ore upon the anvil whatever thing I wish.

    [​IMG] There was a golden-haired woman, who threw herself down a well...

    [​IMG] The bellows gasped on the day she was made.

    [​IMG] But who *was* she?

    [​IMG] A flawed thing that fire could not save.

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    hell yeah my niggas time to start the craftung

    [​IMG] Can you make something for me?

    [​IMG] I can make *any* thing. Bring me a work order and lay your metal upon the anvil.

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    "Work order" and paying with metal sounds like capitalist oppression. Mad Marx doesn't pay anyone for anything.

    [​IMG] I really need you to make me something.

    [​IMG] You can bring me an order... or you can burn.

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    Dude never could take a hint. That's why he's stuck in a nightmarish carnival.

    [​IMG] Make me something!

    [​IMG] I will make you ash!

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    uh-oh

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    (though maybe Damn the Machine off the same album would be more appropriate)

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    Off we go again.

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    [​IMG] Crow squawks, "Whaddaya doin', she's not even dead yet!" Crab scuttles off. Next day, crow's flyin' along, sees the crab's at it again. "I thought I told ya to scram!" he says. Crab says, "Take a closer look." Crow looks at the lady and just says, "Carry on." GET IT? GAHEEHEEHAW!

    :rpgcodex:

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    With nothing more left to do at Eight-Three, let us move further west.

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    Every now and again the dude hears a terrible screech and grabs his head as the world around turns pixelated.

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    There's a spinning rocket ride that neither spins nor rides, some more useless props,

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    And a telescope.

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    The screech again as the world turns pixelated. Actually the pixels keep flying off in all directions as if the world were dissolving. It's a neat effect.

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    [​IMG] That... shadow. That's what's making that sound! That's what's *killing* her. I have to destroy it!

    You may not see it immediately from the screens, but there's a tower (?) made of crumbling rollercoaster tracks (?) with a cage on the top. Inside the cage is some swirling shadowy cloud.

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    moving on

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    holy shit or maybe not

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    Here we see Maxie on his 5th year of banishment from the shoutbox.

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    Dude wisely steps back.

    [​IMG] It's chewing on a piece of metal? Nice doggy...

    Dude tries to step closer to grab the metal thing, but the angry doge only growls angrily.

    [​IMG] Any closer and it'll attack me.

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    Which is why it's time to engage ranged combat protocols.

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    Dude wisely steps even further back before throwing.

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    ah, bollocks

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    (finally caught the entire anim!)

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    [​IMG] Can't stop himself from crying, and everywhere he looks, everything's ugly, dirty and dark. Kid runs to the doctor, and the doc checks him out. Doc says, "Well, Kai, problem is, you've got a little shard in there." Kai looks at him and says, "But doc, there's a whole mirror in yours!" GAHEEHEEHAW!

    :rpgcodex:

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    After chomping on the dude, the doge dropped the spike it was chewing on. We can now pick it up safely, the hound only growls a bit, and as we all know, the doge that growls the loudest is the one that has no teef.

    Back to the tent with the well...

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    hello there...

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    ah shit

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    Too late. But you get an A for effort.

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    Eastward!

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    There's a cool background effect in this screen. If you look at the small bits of stone and dust in the air, they aren't just suspended, it's a continuous wind effect blowing them from right to left.

    There's some kind of bulletin board on the left.

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    !!

    [​IMG] It's her! "431." It's been torn off after the first three digits.

    Not very helpful.

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    Nothing left but to keep moving.

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    The loudspeaker talks with the clown's voice.

    [​IMG] Home of the luminous Streammaid, the vitriolic Seastar and the oleaginous Black Swan.

    Doesn't seem like we'll be getting there with this fence in the way though.

    [​IMG] [Intelligence] Looks like it's electrified.

    There's a big switch on the other side but throwing rocks at it accomplishes nothing.

    Maybe the dude's straitjacket will offer enough insulation?

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    :doubt:

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    [​IMG] Man drags himself into his shrink's office. Says, "Doc, I've got this bad feeling my wife thinks all I do is dwell on the bad stuff and complain." Shrink says to herself, "Why'd I ever go and marry my patient?" GAHEEHEEHAW!

    Okay, I laffed :lol:

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    Only one way forward left. What madness could lie ahead?
     
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  8. baud Arcane Patron

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    Just finished the game, so I'll follow along for the commentary

    I've seen that eye so many times... Though it seems you're going for the same route too
     
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  9. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

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    I like the artstyle.
     
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  10. Jaedar Arcane Patron

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    Project: Eternity Shadorwun: Hong Kong Divinity: Original Sin 2 Pathfinder: Kingmaker
    In b4 abandon on page 3.
     
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  11. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

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    ar-Roxor would never do that to us.
     
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  12. Darth Roxor Prestigious Gentleman Wielder of the Huegpenis

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    given that apparently everyone decided to play this so nobody's following the lp, the possibility cannot be excluded lol

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    The last time we left our confused protagonist, he'd just died multiple times only to be respawned back in the STRANGE CARNIVAL! With no ways out, he had to continue on.

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    Moving out north, we find ourselves at some crossroads. Odd tents loom in the distance.

    [​IMG] I guess some attractions are always out of reach.

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    A hole!

    [​IMG] The hole's just big enough to reach through.

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    :hmmm:

    there's some kind of twisted mass of burnt decay wiggling deeper inside the tent

    [​IMG] It's an... eye. In... something horrible.

    Also a dead rat we can grab.

    You are probably asking yourselves why would we grab a dead rat.

    The answer is, as always, why not?

    [​IMG] Got it! Sure is heavier than it looked.

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    [​IMG] A very heavy dead rat. There's a line of stitches down its chest.

    I try to open it up with the metal spike, but it's "too dull to pull out the stitches". So it goes.

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    [​IMG] "Pick either direction, but definitely go left." I guess.

    I've always been bad at reverse psychology so let's in fact go left.

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    Dude freaks out immediately upon entering the area.

    [​IMG] Win yourself a bottle of Nepenthe™: the brew that puts a bullet in all your bad thoughts!

    No wonder he freaked out!

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    What do we have here.

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    seriously?

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    A crosshair appears on the screen and the skulls light up one by one.

    POPAMOLE!

    Nope, I refuse to participate in such base entertainment

    (and this has nothing to do with my multiple sclerosis)

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    [Intelligence]

    Let's take a look around.

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    A metal bawks.

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    [​IMG] There's no latch, and the edges are too tight for me to pull it off with just my fingers.

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    Fortunately we have other measures.

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    When in doubt, always insert pointy metal objects into electric circuitry.

    Now what the hell do all these dials mean?

    Pushing the hands obviously moves a number of the dials, and in different steps, to make whatever it is supposed to accomplish harder.

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    The cover, which fell a bit to the side, actually has a manual on the inside.

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    I follow the instructions on how to slow down the skulls to a T!

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    This is a good sign, right?

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    :hero:

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    Dude is not amused.

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    [​IMG] Says, "Doc, I feel like there's a monster that's eating me alive." Doc says, "Come on, lady, it's all in your head!" GAHEEHEEHAW!

    :rpgcodex:

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    ok this time let's actually follow the instructions more carefully

    To slow down the skulls you need to set the big right dial as far to the right as possible on that glowing field. However, the other dials also need to be set to glowing fields (safe space), or you're toast.

    I press the awesome button, and...

    [​IMG] Guess I've changed some settings.

    Presto.

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    Yeah now the skulls light up so slowly it's practically a turn-based strategy game.

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    i'm the fastest gun in the weird west

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    :smug:

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    wot dis

    [​IMG] "Nepenthe™. A drug to quiet all pain and strife, and bring forgetfulness of every ill."

    Grab it lad!

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    Dude starts literally shaking upon grabbing the bottle.

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    uhhh

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    her face starts... uhm, crawling?

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    CRAAAAAAAWLING IIIIIIIIIIN MY SKIIIIIIIIIIIN

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    Back to normal. Well, "normal".

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    Time to take your medicine, friend.

    [​IMG] But what if I forgot... her?

    Wimp.

    Nothing else to do here.

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    Ring-a-dinga-ding, baby.

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    [​IMG] No. You're finding it. You've hidden a hard grain of truth beneath smooth layers of lies. A masquerade of metaphors. Here's a metaphor for you. Your mind is a matryoshka.

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    [​IMG] And we're here to open you up.

    "We"?

    Andhaira hangs up, leaving us to our own devices again.

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    Moving on...

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    whoa

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    A raven takes flight from the birdbath and sits on the tree.

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    [​IMG] Did you scare off those nice doves? Come closer. Let me *hear* you.

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    I wonder if it's any more talkative than the other one.

    [​IMG] Sticks and stones will make me groan...

    ah piss off

    [​IMG] Yeah, yeah, I've heard it before.

    Let's take in the scenery.

    The birdbath is empty.

    [​IMG] It had water, once. "But the deeper he drinks, the dimmer grows the mind of many a man."

    Hey, who are you calling an alcoholic?

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    A loose noose.

    [​IMG] A noose. I wonder how it got here.

    [​IMG] *You* were the one who tied it there. Tried hanging yourself. Did it make you any wiser?

    [​IMG] I'm... not sure. I don't remember.

    [​IMG] That's why I write things down, you know. So as not to remember.

    [​IMG] Don't you mean "to forget"?

    [​IMG] Yes, I do mean to forget.

    :thumbsup:

    I like this guy already.

    I particularly like how he keeps writing down everything the raven says. And the raven has nothing but the nicest words to pass on, such as "death", "neoplasm", "hospital" and many others!

    The noose is too far to reach, apparently. There's also the big tree itself.

    [​IMG] It's a yew.

    Impressed that he can tell.

    [​IMG] *Ahem* It is *the* yew.

    With yews, you lose.

    and now for the man himself

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    [​IMG] But my ears are just fine, stranger.

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    Prepare for data mining.

    [​IMG] Who are you?

    [​IMG] I'm afraid I don't rightly know. I'm just an old fool who can hardly remember what he's read, much less who he is. I do recall a book that said, "Each is his own judge." That might just have to do.

    [​IMG] Can't you just tell me who you are?

    [​IMG] "Seldom do those who are silent make mistakes." So I think I'd best hold my tongue.

    [​IMG] Can you at least tell me your name?

    [​IMG] Well... I remember the name "Fimbul Fambi." But whether it's mine, or yours, or *both* of ours, I can't quite say.

    [​IMG] What're you writing?

    [​IMG] The same things I've written a thousand times before. After all, an act can lose meaning if you do it often enough.

    [​IMG] Where are we?

    [​IMG] I wish I could tell you. "The man who stands at a strange threshold should be cautious before he crosses it." I read that once, I think.

    That's a great piece of wisdom.

    [​IMG] There was a golden-haired woman, who threw herself down a well...

    [​IMG] *sigh* "No sickness is worse to one who is wise than to lack the longed-for love."

    [​IMG] But who *was* she?

    [​IMG] Who are *we* to rob each other of our forgetfulness? After all, it's written somewhere that "the learned man whose lore is deep is seldom happy at heart."

    D E E P L O R E

    [​IMG] Did you mention *doves*?

    [​IMG] Yes, I feed them as they flutter by. I find it soothes my mind. Are they here?

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] Do you mean that crow?

    [​IMG] RAVEN!

    #triggered

    [​IMG] No, I mean the doves. It was the raven who told me of them. Are they here?

    [​IMG] I think the raven lied.

    [​IMG] Well, what difference does it make to a blind man?

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] [Deceive] Sure, they're here.

    [​IMG] Ah. Then let me find a crust of bread.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    *splat* :lol:

    [​IMG] A scrap of meat.

    [​IMG] I'd rather think of it as bread, for the doves.

    [​IMG]

    Dude picks up the meat and freaks out :lol:

    [​IMG]

    Mayhap this raven will be more cooperative after a bribe?

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] Thanks :smug:

    Asshole :argh:

    I can't stay mad at the little guy, though. His voiceover is so suave.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] I mean, bread. For the doves :^)

    [​IMG] *Hmph.*

    Looks like Fimbul is an endless source of meat. Useful!

    [​IMG] Can you write me a work order?

    [​IMG] No. I only write what I've written before, the words stuck in my head, and the lost words the raven finds.

    [​IMG] Can you tell me anything about "Murmur the Magnificent"?

    [​IMG] "Wise and weighty be the word of his mouth, and his head was too good to bury." Whatever *that* means. I'd say I can't make heads or tails of it, but then, I'm not much one for puns.

    [​IMG] I keep hearing a terrible shriek... What is it?

    [​IMG] The Dark Thing.

    You know it's important because it's all caps.

    [​IMG] What *is* the "Dark Thing"?

    [​IMG] A shadow locked away up there, festering. Some boils are better left unlanced.

    [​IMG] How can I reach the Dark Thing?

    [​IMG] "A word leads to a word, a deed to a deed. For silver he speaks, his wisdom worth gold." I read that once... or maybe I wrote it? I suppose it does't much matter one way or the other.

    [​IMG] What happened to your eyes?

    [​IMG] I fed them to a raven. He said it would bring me wisdom.

    [​IMG] Did it work? Are you wiser?

    [​IMG] Oh, yes, indeed. I learned that "to be blind is better than to burn on a pyre." And that it is easier to be rid of your eyes than the vision that offended you.

    Old perv.

    [​IMG] Why's that birdbath empty?

    [​IMG] Once it was filled with fresh well-water, as cool and clear as a sound mind. But doves and ravens would much rather bathe in dust. Maybe they can't abide their reflections, either.

    Sede, Syon, in pulvere.

    [​IMG] Goodbye.

    [​IMG] "Joy to him who has understood, delight to those who have listened."

    [​IMG]

    Now back to that raven...

    [​IMG]

    peace was never an option

    [​IMG] Let me line this shot up.

    [​IMG]

    VATS engaged. We can shoot the raven in the 'ead to blind it, in the body if we are a scrublord who can't aim for shit, and in the leg to cripple it.

    Let's try the 'ead.

    Off goes the rock, AAAA cries the raven.

    [​IMG] My beak!

    [​IMG] "Beak"? Hmm?

    Fimbul writes it down immediately.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] This could be useful.

    [​IMG]

    More animal cruelty coming right up.

    [​IMG] My claws!

    [​IMG] Did you say "claws"?

    [​IMG]

    Sure did.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] My wing!

    [​IMG] Eh? "Wing"?

    [​IMG]

    Hmm. Not only is the "g" garbled, it also keeps wiggling.

    [​IMG] It's illegible.

    [​IMG] "G" is the cruelest letter for a blind man to write.

    Is it really? I could imagine having more problems with B. Or even H!

    Still, we've made quite a bit of progress today. Perhaps these writings will suffice as work orders for Eight-Three.

    Find out next time in Strangeland!
     
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    There's an alternate solution to this puzzle, where doing this gets you a shocking result

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    At least I didn't get the bottle by shooting, after sharpening the spike, I could only get the bottle by forcing open the drawer


    More symbolism!

    at least you can extract some retribution from the bird with the stones. And that delivery is very good, yes.

    liar
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    specifically, I think's it's a pun that refers coins,
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  16. Darth Roxor Prestigious Gentleman Wielder of the Huegpenis

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    [​IMG]

    The last time we left the sad dude, he just failed his literacy check to decipher what this cryptic message could be saying.

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    [​IMG]

    On our way to Eight-Three, we stop by the raven.

    [​IMG] What can you tell me about the Dark Thing?

    [​IMG] I'm a raven, not a rat. Go ask somebody else.

    This asshole is in on it! :argh:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] What can you tell me about the Dark Thing?

    [​IMG] It should have been burnt away, but the fire did no more than shrink it, for a time.

    Cryptic.

    Anyways,

    [​IMG]

    The spike we got from Maxie might just be the kind of true metal of steel that we can use for crafting.

    [​IMG]

    And Fimbul's scribblings may just suffice as a work order.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Poof, goes the paper.

    [​IMG] Now, step away.

    [​IMG]

    !

    [​IMG]

    !!

    [​IMG]

    Well, good enough, I guess.

    [​IMG]

    Wonder what combat mods it has.

    [​IMG]

    Hopefully it's +2 vs rats.

    A pretty disgusting carving sound ensues, followed by... jingle jangle.

    [​IMG]

    With this horrible realisation, dude starts literally shaking.

    [​IMG]

    uh

    [​IMG]

    @_@

    [​IMG]

    this doesnt look very healthy

    [​IMG]

    My thoughts exactly!

    With the quarters we've just obtained, we could try activating the head-in-the-box.

    [​IMG]

    But the dude has more pressing priorities :troll:

    [​IMG] Maybe it's a way out.

    [​IMG]

    Sure, brah, what's the worst that can happen?

    [​IMG]

    *ccrrrrkkkkkkk*

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    :lol:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] "Please," he says, "gimme something to help." Goddess gives him a shield so smooth it can reflect the world. Says, "Here's a joke." GAHEEHEEHAW!

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Here we go again.

    [​IMG]

    Time to use the coins with everything!

    The coin falls down the well with the same delayed echo as the rock before it.

    [​IMG] If wishes were fishes, I wouldn't eat eyes!

    :neveraskedforthis:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] What was, what is, and what will be are all mine to draw from the deck of your life. For what you've paid, we may speak of cards, and hear what suits the Fates. What would you know.

    [​IMG]

    Three cards (past, present, future) appear on the screen. Let's pick the past for a start.

    [​IMG] My past.

    [​IMG] I will tell you the figures, you will tell me the cards, and they will show us their truth. Let us begin. I see *you*, querent. What card do you make of the man you were?

    [​IMG]

    Three tarot cards appear - the fool, the hanged man, the hermit.

    Clearly, the dude had to rope to end up in this NIGHTMARISH CARNIVAL.

    [​IMG] An hero.

    [​IMG] Ever wanting wisdom, never knowing where to find it, stuck in time as a sacrifice to himself. A fitting choice. And what is the card for where he was?

    [​IMG]

    only one pick could force the dude to rope, so...

    [​IMG] The Clown World [​IMG]

    [​IMG] The final card in the deck. That last perfect moment, the holy union with the sacred woman. A sound selection. And tell me, what card will we lay for *her*?

    [​IMG]

    (the lovers, the empress, the priestess)

    The empress is just another word for...

    [​IMG] M'lady :mlady:

    [​IMG] She rules more than your heart, querent. From her springs abundance, bound to the earth's endless cycle. And so we have your cards. An Hero. The Clown World. M'lady.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    @_@

    [​IMG] Failing to heed a woman's flesh and blood while making an idol of her.

    [​IMG] ...

    [​IMG] That, querent, is what was.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    How cryptic.

    [​IMG]

    Let's try again!

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] What would you know?

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] My present.

    [​IMG] We will now speak of cards again. Once more, I see *you*, querent. What card shall stand for the man before me?

    [​IMG]

    Bumbling around confused, surely the dude is just...

    [​IMG] The [​IMG]

    [​IMG] Ah, the Excuse. An empty-headed vagabond, wandering among wonders. The card suits you.

    Wow, thanks :rpgcodex:

    [​IMG] But which best befits this place?

    [​IMG]

    The Wheel... of retardo.

    [​IMG] Retardo land.

    [​IMG] Eternally turning, inescapable, ever-changing, TARO, TORA, OTAR, ROTA: the wheel. It will do for this strange land. Now what will you pick for the old scribe you so lately stood beside?

    [​IMG]

    Because I like picking the same thing twice.

    [​IMG] The [​IMG]

    [​IMG] There is a fool who comes first, and another who comes last: wearier, but no wiser for his wandering. If he seems to have gravity, it is only because he has fallen from a cliff's edge.

    The [​IMG] Retardo Land. The [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] A man who outwits himself, lost in liminal space, that infinite infinitesimal between whence and whither. His well of wisdom has run dry, a worm gnaws at the roots of his confidence, and thought and memory blind his mind's eye.

    [​IMG] That, querent, is what is.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Let's go again! :happytrollboy:

    [​IMG] I am Murmur the Magnificent, great giver of counsel. What would you know?

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] My future.

    [​IMG] We will now speak of cards again. For the final time, querent, it is *you* that I see. What card will serve for the you who is to come?

    [​IMG]

    it's OVER

    [​IMG] The Incel.

    [​IMG] Holding a lamp to see and a staff to walk, but looking only inward, seeking only himself. The card suits you. Which one suits that ride, that *Valkyrie*, which promises to bear you up to where the great battle awaits?

    [​IMG]

    Sweet home, sweet chariot...

    [​IMG] Mercedes Benz.

    [​IMG] An obvious pick, perhaps, and yet fitting, for it marks an act of decision by the one stuck between the riddles of the dark sphinx and the light. It will do. There is but one more now: the Dark Thing that lurks above. What is *its* card?

    [​IMG]

    clearly...

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG] It's... DarkUnderlord.

    [​IMG] The apogee of man's ego, mighty lord of a lifeless perch, barrenly abiding. And yet, in his grasp, the key to life. So then, what have we?

    [​IMG] The Incel. Mercedes Benz. DarkUnderlord.

    [​IMG] You will call for three, wanton one, three. And from among the dead, you will be taken. To be borne and reborn, to rise, to fall, and rise again. Until you find your way.

    [​IMG] That, querent, is what will be.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    That wasn't particularly enlightening, and there's nothing left to do with Murmur. Mayhap there is still more to uncover in our explorations of this BIZARRE CARNIVAL.
     
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    I got it right on second try, and only needed a minor adjustment to do so :mlady:
     
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    i see tarot is as helpful as usual, hermit
     
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    what don't you like about Strangeland?
     
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