Alabaster — 101 of 123

John Cater, Rob Dubbin, Eric Eve, Elizabeth Heller, Jayzee, Kazuki Mishima, Sarah Morayati, Mark Musante, Emily Short, Adam Thornton, and Ziv Wities

Release 1

Section 8 - Recognizing Lilith

whether she seems lilith really is a questioning quip.

The printed name is "whether she is [if the player knows lilith-named]Lilith[otherwise]the victim[end if]". The true-name is "whether she seems lilith".

Understand "is" or "if" or "victim" or "the victim" as whether she seems lilith really. The comment is "'Were you the victim?' If she is — owned — by [if the player knows lilith-named]Lilith[otherwise]some demon[end if], what will become of you?".

It mentions demons, Lilith, Snow White.

The response is "She meets your eye without speaking, but you know that this is the point to which she has been leading you, the thing she wanted you to understand without her having to say it in so many words[snow-white-possessed].

[if the player knows lilith-named]'I am Lilith — in part.'[otherwise]'Lilith[lilith-named] is the demon,' she says. 'The first wife of [adam-named]Adam[lilith-first-wife], before the milkmaid [eve-named]Eve came to the garden.'[end if]".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It assumes demon-possession.

It is negated by possible-blood-drinking.

It is listed.

who Lilith was before is a questioning quip. The printed name is "who Lilith was". The true-name is "who Lilith was before". The comment is "'Who [if the player knows Snow-White-possessed]were you, [otherwise]was [end if]Lilith?'".

It mentions Lilith.

The response is "'Lilith,' she repeats, sing-song. 'The first wife of Adam[adam-named][lilith-first-wife], before the milkmaid [eve-named]Eve came to the garden. She was formed from fire as Adam was formed from earth: she was his [italic type]equal[roman type], and said so, and so he cast her out.'".

It assumes lilith-named.

It is negated by lilith-first-wife.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is listed.

whether pact endures is a questioning quip.

The comment is "'You still wish to keep our pact?' you ask. 'Now that I know what you truly are, I mean.'"

It mentions deal.

The response is "'I will not betray you to the Queen, if you do not try to harm me,' she says. 'There is honor even among demons.'"

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It assumes snow-white-possessed.

It is listed.

request another repetition of the riddle is a performative quip.

It mentions snow white, riddle, apple.

The comment is "'What was that riddle you asked me before? You mentioned yourself in it, and now I want to hear it again.'".

The response is "She [for breath-gest]laughs under her breath[or walk-gest]shrugs[or eye-gest]holds your gaze for a moment, then looks away[end for]. 'I might as well simply tell you,' she says. 'I am looking for an apple[riddle-solved].'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It assumes riddle-given, snow-white-possessed.

It is negated by riddle-solved.

It is listed.

Rule for quip-introducing whether she can read your thoughts really:

say "[roman type]There's an interesting question: whether demons can read thoughts.";

list no other quips.

whether she can read your thoughts really is a questioning quip. The comment is "'Can demons read minds?'".

Understand "my" or "Snow White" or "could" as whether she can read your thoughts.

It mentions mind reading, snow white, demons, lilith.

The response is "'Your mind is not a book of words,' she says. 'I can't look at it and see every idea that has passed through. But sometimes — when you concentrate — or when your soul deliberates over a course of action — it is hard to mistake what you must be considering. [paragraph break]'Whether that is a supernatural gift, I do not know. I would not wonder if it is an ability shared by any very old being with a long experience of behavior.'".

It directly-follows she-sees-hesitation, no-21, maybe-2. [1]

It assumes snow-white-possessed. [An alternate version of this exists.]

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is listed.

whether Snow White wishes to be rid of Lilith is a questioning quip. The comment is "'Do you wish to be rid of Lilith, [vocative Snow White]?'".

Understand "she" as whether Snow White wishes to be rid of Lilith.

It mentions lilith.

The response is "'The princess is sick of me, and frightened,' Snow White says, in what must be Lilith's voice. 'Nonetheless this is where I make my home.'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It assumes snow-white-possessed.

It is listed.

whether Lilith wishes to remain in Snow White is a weak questioning quip. The comment is "'Lilith, do you want to remain the princess? Or are you trapped there? She seems like a dull vessel for an old soul.' It is a dicy game you are playing now.".

Understand "she" as whether Lilith wishes to remain in Snow White.

It mentions lilith.

The response is "'I don't want to remain, but neither do I want simply to return to the cold and the dark and the wilderness alone[when weird]. It is a long time since anyone has asked[friendly][end when].'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It assumes snow-white-possessed.

It is listed

that you seem a decent man is an informative quip. It is weak.

The printed name is "that you are a decent man". The true-name is "that you seem a decent man".

Understand "I am" or "are" as that you seem a decent man. The comment is "'I take no pleasure in doing this,' you say[if anger is greater than 0], as though this would calm her[otherwise if scariness is greater than 1], trying to keep any note of pleading out of your voice[end if]. 'I am a decent man.'".

It mentions yourself.

The response is "'[when furious]How [comforting][or menacing]That is what all the Queen's servants tell themselves[or aggressive]I cannot express my relief[or whiny]Yet somehow I don't feel much pity for you[at other times]I know[friendly][end when].'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

Instead of Snow White discussing that you seem a decent man when the previous quip is you-promised-me: [2]

now Snow White recollects that you seem a decent man;

now that you seem a decent man is strong;

clear irritated-promise from queue;

say "'Very well,' she says, softening again[friendly]. She seems to take this as a promise to honor your agreement, though in fact you have said no such thing. But it's always best to make no firm commitments. You've learned that much, in the last few years in the company of the Queen.";

Instead of Snow White discussing that you seem a decent man when the player knows seeks-equal:

now Snow White recollects that you seem a decent man;

say "'Most of Eve's sons were decent; all but Cain made their sacrifices and loved their mother. I am looking for something other than such meager moral adequacy.'"

what she means now is a questioning quip. The comment is "'Is this a riddle game?'".

It mentions riddle, lilith.

The response is "She looks pleased. 'Say it is,' she replies. 'Who is a woman, not born of a woman? There is your clue.'".

It is negated by snow-white-possessed.

It directly-follows maybe.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is listed.

guess Eve is a performative quip. The comment is "'There was Eve, I suppose,' you say. 'She wasn't born, but was made of Adam's rib.'".

Understand "pick" or "choose" or "suggest" as guess eve.

It mentions Eve.

The response is "She sets her jaw angrily[angry]. 'Yes, there was [eve-named]Eve,' she says. 'But Eve came after another woman, who should have been [adam-named]Adam's true wife, if he had had the wit and daring to be her equal.'".

It is negated by snow-white-possessed.

It directly-follows what she means now.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

shrug is a weak performative quip. The comment is "'I don't care to play guessing games, [vocative Snow White]: I am only telling you what must happen, if we are to come out of these woods alive.'".

Understand "I don't know" or "don't know" or "dunno" or "do not know" or "I" as shrug.

It mentions yourself.

The response is "'Very well[angry].'".

It is negated by snow-white-possessed.

It directly-follows to walk properly.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

that the Queen burned your cabin is a weak informative quip. The comment is "'The Queen had my home burned: I believe it was intended as a warning. Graciously she has been allowing me to sleep in the stables until it can be rebuilt.'".

Understand "my" as that the Queen burned your cabin.

It mentions Queen, yourself, cabin.

The response is "[Snow White smiles]. 'Almost humane, by her standards. She must like you.'[if Snow White is likely to continue][run paragraph on][otherwise][line break][end if]".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It assumes cabin-destroyed.

It is listed.

no-21 is a negative quip. The printed name is "say no". The true-name is "no-21". The comment is "'It is my occupation to hunt animals; I do not seek out the woods in order to avoid other people.' It is a lie, but a lie you have practiced many times — for the benefit of your mother while she lived, and for the meddling matrons in the village when they dared to inquire into your solitary habits, and even to the Queen. But the truth is that people are exhausting, and their lies and riddles and hidden meanings wear out your patience.".

It mentions yourself.

The response is "'I see.' [scary]She looks as though she has read your mind and sees a bit more than you'd like her to.".

It directly-follows solace-in-desert.

It quip-supplies Snow White

yes-23 is an affirmative quip. The printed name is "say yes". The true-name is "yes-23". The comment is "'I do,' you admit. 'Or at least I do not find solace in being in the presence of the court.'".

It mentions yourself.

The response is "'What about the villagers? You have no wife, I understand.' And just as well, too, considering what the queen did to your cabin[cabin-destroyed]. A wife would have no place to live.".

It directly-follows solace-in-desert.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

explain that young women of the village hath never appealed is a performative quip.

The printed name is "explain that young women of the village have never appealed". The true-name is "explain that young women of the village hath never appealed".

Understand "have" as explain that young women of the village hath never appealed. The comment is "'The young women of the village are adequately pleasant,' you say. You grimace as it comes out of your mouth. Your mother always told you not to condescend, even if you didn't find their company stimulating (a deficiency, she implied, which was entirely your own fault).".

It mentions family.

The response is "She laughs[friendly]. 'I would not marry on such tepid—' She breaks off. 'Not that the Queen would permit my marriage in any case. The last thing she would desire is for me to have a husband.'".

It directly-follows yes-23.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is listed.

why the Queen would not want her to marry is a questioning quip. The comment is "'Why would [if immediately]she[otherwise]the Queen[end if] object to your marriage?'".

It mentions family, Queen, Snow White.

The response is "'Because then [if the player knows snow-white-possessed]the little princess[otherwise]I[end if] would have a family, a champion, allies... she wants to keep everyone who might be a threat to her at odds with one another. That is why she keeps her serving women at each others['] throats.'".

It indirectly-follows explain that young women of the village hath never appealed.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is listed.

whether she seems immortal is a questioning quip.

Understand "mortal" or "mortals" or "immortals" or "life" or "alive" as whether she seems immortal.

The printed name is "whether she is immortal". The true-name is "whether she seems immortal".

Understand "is" as whether she seems immortal. The comment is "'[if immediately]And you are[otherwise]Are you[end if] immortal?'".

It mentions souls, Snow White, death.

The response is "'Partly.' She walks away from you, around a tree, out of sight, and then circles back into view. 'It grows tiring. Under the proper conditions, I would change my situation[queue leading-comment-about-queen].'".

It indirectly-follows how an apple would help her.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is negated by vampirism-revealed, snow-white-possessed.

Instead of Snow White discussing leading-comment-about-queen when the player recollects if the queen seems a witch:

say "'The witch did all.' [for eye-gest]She gives you one of her sly looks[or walk-gest]She walks away from you and back again[or breath-gest]She puts her tongue between her front teeth, thoughtfully, and then withdraws it again[end for][scary]."

leading-comment-about-queen is an NPC-directed quip.

It mentions witchcraft.

The response is "'Perhaps we should begin with the Queen[if the player recollects whether the Queen hurt her] after all[end if]. Her magic is to blame for all our situations.'"

It quip-supplies Snow White.

what the apple would do is a questioning quip. The comment is "'What would an apple do? Would it make you mortal?'".

It mentions apple, souls, death.

The response is "She [for eye-gest]looks away from you[or walk-gest]walks away so her back is toward you[or breath-gest]breathes deeply[end for]. 'I knew a prophetess once in Egypt, who told me that if I ever ate an apple, it would snare me — make me forget what I am, that I am anything other than one of the daughters of [eve-named]Eve. I asked her whether this was a punishment; she said that it might be a gift.'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It assumes riddle-solved, apples-for-men, Snow-White-possessed.

It is listed.

suggest finding an apple later is a performative quip. The comment is "'If that is what you want, I would not wonder if you could find one later; but I doubt there will be any apples on the forest floor. This is not an orchard, or a marketplace,' you point out.".

It mentions apple.

The response is "'I merely wanted to prepare myself[pathetic],' she says, sounding tired. 'If things become much worse, I might desire— I have lived a long time. My knowledge becomes oppressive, and the Queen is the reflection of all that is wrong with my existence. It would comfort me to have an escape.'".

It indirectly-follows what the apple would do.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is listed.

what will happen if you burn the box is a questioning quip.

The printed name is "what will happen if you burn the box". The true-name is "what will happen if you burn the box".

Understand "I" or "when" or "burning" or "fire" as what will happen if you burn the box. The comment is "'What will happen if I burn this box?'".

It mentions heart-sized box.

The response is "She glances at [the heart-sized box] sideways. '[if the hart's heart is in the box]Nothing good,[otherwise]Nothing,[end if]' she says, 'except that you will have to go back empty-handed to the Queen.'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It assumes burn-box.

It is listed.

Availability rule for whether the King was murdered:

if the player knows blood-sundering and the player knows you-were-king:

it is off-limits.

whether the King was murdered is a questioning quip. The comment is "'Do you think that the King was murdered? Is that it? Or used up in some magical rite?'".

It mentions death, murder, King.

The response is "'No,' she says. 'Or not simply, anyway. What I think happened to the King was something more than a simple sacrifice.'".

It directly-follows why the king left.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

Availability rule for whether the King was a werewolf:

if the player knows blood-sundering and the player knows you-were-king:

it is off-limits.

whether the King was a werewolf is a weak questioning quip. The comment is "'Do you mean that the King was... or became... a werewolf?' You have never seen such a creature, and you would expect to have noticed if one lurked in the woods — assuming that such things are real. ".

Understand "werewolves" or "lycanthropy" as whether the king was a werewolf.

It mentions King.

The response is "'No. Something more unusual and much more frightening, in its way.'".

It directly-follows why the king left.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

Rule for printing the name of what exactly she surmises:

say "what exactly she surmises[unless the current quip is why the king left] about the King[end if]".

what exactly she surmises is a questioning quip. The comment is "'[if immediately]And what do you surmise?[otherwise]When you said you surmised what had happened to the king — what did you think that was?[end if]' You are close to something here: you can sense it.".

Understand "guess" or "surmise" or "about" or "the" or "king" as what exactly she surmises.

It mentions King.

The response is "She makes a face[set body-context to Snow White]. [if the player knows snow-white-possessed]'The answer is partly hidden even from me.'[otherwise]'I have difficulty being sure.'[end if][paragraph break]'But what do you think happened?' you ask. 'Whether you're sure or not.' [paragraph break]She answers slowly. 'There is an old magic, blood-sundering[blood-sundering][snow-white-knows-sundering]. By it daughters are made not-daughters, and sons not-sons; husbands and wives no longer know one another. Family is negated. Family members become strangers. [paragraph break]'I don't think that the king died, or went into exile. I think he was made not to be the king any longer[king-not-king]. But I [italic type]can't remember[roman type][queue what-do-you-recall as postponed obligatory]. Nothing about that night save the red ring around the moon, and the drumming of the dwarrows that went silent by dawn.'".

It indirectly-follows why the king left.

It is negated by blood-sundering.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is listed.

that you seem the king is an informative quip.

The printed name is "that you are the king". The true-name is "that you seem the king".

Understand "I am" or "are" as that you seem the king. The comment is "'I am the King[unless the player knows snow-white-knows-sundering]. I was blood-sundered[end if].'".

It mentions King, yourself, magic.

The response is "[one of]'You shouldn't know that, if it is true,' she says, perturbed. 'Though it would explain— but...' She frowns, thinking over this puzzle, and then gradually — as blood dissipates in clear water — the frown goes away and her face[set body-context to Snow White] becomes blank. Either she has forgotten what you told her again, or she has some reason for pretending to do so.[or]She looks both surprised and annoyed. 'I know!' she says, though at the same time it seems as though she didn't. 'It's very strange that you should be, though, because then — perhaps you are my father after all? But that does not make sense, because the Queen...' And she trails off, like a child falling asleep[pathetic].[or]'You keep saying that,' she says. 'But I don't think it can be right. You would have had to be married to the Queen.' But soon that train of thought is gone again.[or]She rubs her eyes[set body-context to Snow White]. 'I feel like this keeps happening,' she says [pathetic]petulantly.[stopping]".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is repeatable. [3]

It assumes blood-sundering, you-were-king.

that the King was blood-sundered is an informative quip. The comment is "'I believe that the King was blood-sundered,' you say. 'If you know what that means. It is a kind of magic where—'".

It mentions magic, king.

The response is "'I know,' she says, looking amused. [scary]'It is something I have often wondered myself. He would have had to be cast out into the village, I think... or perhaps he would have gone a little further away. Not too far, though, I think[snow-white-knows-sundering][if the player does not recollect what-do-you-recall][queue what-do-you-recall as postponed obligatory][end if].'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It assumes blood-sundering.

It is negated by snow-white-knows-sundering.

what-do-you-recall is a q-transitional NPC-directed quip.

The response is "[if the previous quip is yes-22]Only a fragmentary curiosity remains with her[otherwise if what-do-you-recall is not quippishly-relevant]She gets a far-away, thoughtful look — as though realizing something that has been in the back of her mind for a little while[otherwise]A curious look comes into her eyes[set body-context to Snow White][end if]. 'What do you remember about the night the King left?'" [4]

The nag is "[one of]'Try to think. This is important.'[or]'Tell me: the night the King left. Try to remember.'[or]'Well?'[stopping]".

It is restrictive.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

make up some lie is a weak performative quip. The comment is "'I remember the moon, red as though it had been dipped in blood, and then turning almost black,' you say. 'And I heard people moving in the darkness during the night. They might have been human or they might have been dwarf.'".

Understand "invent" or "devise" or "improvise" or "false" or "falsehood" or "prevaricate" or "prevarication" as make up some lie.

It mentions dwarrows.

The response is "She snorts. 'You remember no such thing[angry]. You're a poor liar.'".

It directly-follows what-do-you-recall.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is listed.

that you remember very little is an informative quip.

The printed name is "that you remember very little". The true-name is "that you remember very little".

Understand "I" or "memory" or "recollection" or "recall" or "nothing" as that you remember very little. The comment is "'Very little.' Which is the truth. You would think that a night with a red-ringed moon, and the dwarrows drumming in the distance, would have been memorable to you. But all that seems infinitely distant now. The departure of the King was the beginning of a different time for everyone: the world became stranger and colder. You can barely remember how it was before.".

It mentions King.

The response is "'Strange.' She is looking at you with great attention, as though there were something she wanted to read printed on your forehead. 'You really don't remember. And I don't remember. And the Queen doesn't remember -- I have heard her restless questions to the mirror often enough[conditionally queue what became of the King].'".

It directly-follows what-do-you-recall.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is listed.

whether you could hath performed the blood-sundering is a weak questioning quip.

The printed name is "whether you could have performed the blood-sundering". The true-name is "whether you could hath performed the blood-sundering".

Understand "have" or "I" or "if" or "can" as whether you could hath performed the blood-sundering. The comment is "'Could I have performed the blood-sundering?'".

It mentions yourself, witchcraft.

The response is "'Considering your ignorance to this point, I rather doubt it.'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It assumes blood-sundering, snow-white-knows-sundering.

whether the King could hath performed the blood-sundering is a questioning quip.

The printed name is "whether the King could have performed the blood-sundering". The true-name is "whether the King could hath performed the blood-sundering".

Understand "have" or "if" or "can" as whether the King could hath performed the blood-sundering. The comment is "'Could the King have performed the blood-sundering?'".

It mentions King, witchcraft.

The response is "She looks startled. 'It is possible. But to what end? If he had wanted the power to accomplish some great victory in the war, he could just as easily have performed the sundering on someone else.'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It assumes blood-sundering, snow-white-knows-sundering.

whether Snow White could hath performed the blood-sundering is a questioning quip.

The printed name is "whether Snow White could have performed the blood-sundering". The true-name is "whether Snow White could hath performed the blood-sundering".

Understand "have" or "she" or "if" or "can" as whether Snow White could hath performed the blood-sundering. The comment is "'Could you have performed a blood-sundering?'".

It mentions Snow White, witchcraft.

The response is "'[if the player knows snow-white-possessed]If you mean the young princess, no: she did not do it. We were not merged into one until... some time afterward. The king vanished first; then the queen ran mad; then there was the mirror and the magic and the demons.[otherwise]Me? At the age of six? I was not so precocious.[end if]'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It assumes blood-sundering, snow-white-knows-sundering.

whether the dwarrows could hath performed the blood-sundering is a questioning quip.

The printed name is "whether the dwarrows could have performed the blood-sundering". The true-name is "whether the dwarrows could hath performed the blood-sundering".

Understand "have" or "if" or "can" as whether the dwarrows could hath performed the blood-sundering. The comment is "'Do you think the dwarrows performed the blood-sundering? Could they have done that?' This all seems quite unreal.".

It mentions dwarrows, war, witchcraft.

The response is "'Maybe,' she says. 'I would not have expected it, but it is imaginable.'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It assumes blood-sundering and Snow-White-knows-sundering.

whether the Queen could hath performed the blood-sundering is a questioning quip.

The printed name is "whether the Queen could have performed the blood-sundering". The true-name is "whether the Queen could hath performed the blood-sundering".

Understand "have" or "if" or "can" as whether the Queen could hath performed the blood-sundering. The comment is "'Do you think the Queen did [if immediately]it[otherwise]the blood-sundering[end if]?' you ask.".

It mentions witchcraft, Queen.

The response is "She laughs, a fey unpleasant laugh[scary]. '[if the player knows Snow-White-possessed]I know every magic the Queen has performed from the beginning of her dabbling until quite recently, and she did not perform this one.[otherwise]I am certain that she did not.[end if]'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It assumes blood-sundering and Snow-White-knows-sundering.

what became of the King is a questioning quip. The comment is "'What would have become of the King after this blood-sundering, if he became not-himself?'".

It mentions King.

The response is "'I doubt he would have gone far,' she says. 'He might still live nearby — in the village, in the palace itself. Who knows? The Queen might not even know him for who he is[casually queue anyone-move-in].'".

It is negated by you-were-king.

It indirectly-follows what exactly she surmises.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is listed.

anyone-move-in is an NPC-directed quip.

The response is "'Did anyone new come to the village around the time of the King's departure?' she asks."

It is restrictive.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

shrug again is a performative quip. The printed name is "shrug". The true-name is "shrug again". The comment is "'I can't recall.' You were, after all, new to the village yourself at the time.".

Understand "[maybe]" as shrug again.

It mentions yourself.

The response is "'Hm.' She frowns in concentration. 'There are other people in town who might remember, but we can hardly ask anyone else now.'".

It directly-follows anyone-move-in.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

no-24 is a negative quip. The printed name is "say no". The true-name is "no-24". The comment is "'Not that I can remember.' Except yourself — but you'd always lived nearby.".

It mentions yourself.

The response is "'I see. Maybe he went somewhere else, then.' [for eye-gest]She makes a face[set body-context to Snow White] that looks curiously frustrated.[or walk-gest]She walks away and kicks a few times at a root that apparently offends her.[or breath-gest]She makes an annoying sequence of clicking noises with her tongue.[end for][pathetic]".

It directly-follows anyone-move-in.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

whether the King could be restored is a questioning quip. The comment is "'Would it be possible to undo this blood-sundering magic?'".

Understand "can" as whether the King could be restored.

It mentions King, witchcraft.

The response is "She considers. 'It would,' she says. 'But at the cost of losing much of what the blood-sundering achieved. It is a great source of power; whoever performed the magic gained something considerable by it[power-from-sundering].'".

It assumes snow-white-knows-sundering.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is listed.

yes-22 is an affirmative quip. The printed name is "say yes". The true-name is "yes-22". The comment is "'Myself,' you say. 'But I had always lived nearby. The village is full of cousins of mine. Other than that, I believe not.'".

It mentions yourself.

The response is "'Hm.' Her eyes[set body-context to Snow White] meet yours and for just a moment you feel as though you are both thinking the same thing — something extraordinary [friendly]— and then she shakes her head and the idea, whatever it was, is gone again. ".

It directly-follows anyone-move-in.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

how the blood-sundering could be done is a questioning quip. The comment is "'How would a blood-sundering be done?' you ask. 'I am curious about the methods.'".

Understand "can" or "blood" or "sundering" as how the blood-sundering could be done.

It mentions witchcraft.

The response is "She [for eye-gest]looks at you sidelong and sharply[or breath-gest]hums under her breath[or walk-gest]gives a curious half-hop on the balls of her feet[end for][if the player does not know sundering-method]. 'That is not the first question an honest man would have asked,' she remarks[end if]. '[if the player does not know magic-involves-demons]Like all magic, such things must be done with the cooperation of a demon. [end if]One would invoke the desired power, make certain offerings, spell out the nature of the exchange. The victim would have to be present: perhaps bound, but it would give the demon still greater satisfaction if he remained of his own free will, being compelled by something even more terrible. Then—' She shrugs. '—there would be some violence to the victim's soul, such as a demon is never allowed to perform unless men themselves provide the opening. Tear out a man's tie to family and friends, and you half-destroy him; he becomes more violent, less constrained.'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It assumes power-from-sundering.

how the blood-sundering could be undone is a questioning quip. The comment is "'How would a blood-sundering be undone?' you ask.".

Understand "can" or "blood" or "sundering" as how the blood-sundering could be undone.

It mentions witchcraft.

The response is "She gestures with her chin at the heart-sized box. 'That,' she says. 'It has the power to undo many sorts of magics that work on the soul. You'd need to find the King and convince him to contribute a little blood to the cause[sundering-method]. Fill the box part-way full, and then light it on fire in front of him. Then — if you have the right person — the magic is undone and he is himself again.'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It assumes power-from-sundering.

It is listed.

point out that the war ended as the King vanished is a performative quip. The comment is "'The war ended when the King vanished,' you point out. 'Perhaps the dwarrows used the blood-sundering in order to make him unable to fight, in order to bring an end to the conflict. Perhaps they used the power they gained to attain something else — perhaps acceptance among humans.'".

It mentions war, dwarrows.

The response is "'That is possible,' she says. But you can tell that she does not think it very likely.".

It indirectly-follows whether the dwarrows could hath performed the blood-sundering.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is listed.

Notes

[1]. There is other thought-reading elsewhere.

[2]. In this one context, she takes it as an attempt at reassurance.

[3]. We want to allow the player to wear himself out repeating this, if he wants — she is just not going to hang on to it.

[4]. 'not quippishly-relevant' means 'something that doesn't seem to go with the current strand of discussion'; in other words, this will be true if Snow White reverts to the topic after a long