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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 10 - The New Snow White

where the haven seems really is a questioning quip.

The printed name is "where the haven is". The true-name is "where the haven seems really".

Understand "is" as where the haven seems really. The comment is "'Where is your safe haven?' you ask. 'You never told me.'".

It mentions safe haven.

The response is "'North,' she says numbly. 'We— I put it to the north, among the dwarrows. That might not have been the wisest choice, but she seemed to know how to control them. It was easy for her to make them do her bidding[haven-location].'".

It quip-supplies new-Snow-White.

It is negated by haven-location.

It is listed.

how Lilith manipulated the dwarrows is a questioning quip. The comment is "'How did Lilith control the dwarrows? Did she cast a spell on them, put them under her power somehow?' How wide-spread was this creature's control, anyway?".

It mentions dwarrows, Lilith.

The response is "She shakes her head. 'There was no magic in it. She just could see what they wanted, and how to make them think that they were doing what they wanted when in fact they were doing what [italic type]she[roman type] wanted. I didn't like her. But that would be a useful ability to have.'".

It indirectly-follows where the haven seems really.

It quip-supplies new-Snow-White.

It is listed.

where the King seems is a questioning quip.

The printed name is "where the King is". The true-name is "where the King seems".

Understand "is" as where the King seems. The comment is "'Do you know where to find the King?' you ask.".

It mentions king.

The response is "She looks puzzled. 'He has been gone a long time. No one expects him to return. I do not think he is dead, but he is likely not coming back.'".

It quip-supplies new-Snow-White.

It is negated by you-were-king.

It is listed.

what the heart-sized box was for is a questioning quip. The comment is "'You don't happen to know what the heart-sized box was originally for, do you?''".

It mentions heart-sized box, witchcraft.

The response is "*** she shouldn't ever reach this point ***".

It quip-supplies new-Snow-White.

It is listed.

It is repeatable.

why the exorcism succeeded is a questioning quip. The comment is "'Why do you suppose that exorcism succeeded? I do not understand why a little smoke was enough to drive Lilith off.'".

It mentions heart-sized box, demons, exorcism, Lilith, witchcraft.

The response is "*** unreachable ***".

It quip-supplies new-Snow-White.

It is listed.

It is repeatable.

what the library contained is a questioning quip. The comment is "'[one of]What[or]I ask again: what[stopping] books were in the Queen's library, and where did she get them?'".

It mentions the library, witchcraft.

The response is "*** she shouldn't ever reach this point ***".

It quip-supplies new-Snow-White.

It is listed.

It is repeatable.

It indirectly-follows what studies.

whether she ever saw any other powers besides Lilith is a questioning quip. The comment is "'[one of]Did you ever see any other powers besides Lilith, when you observed the Queen?[or]I asked you about powers the Queen summoned. I must know. Were there any besides Lilith?[stopping]'".

It mentions powers, witchcraft, demons.

The response is "*** she shouldn't reach ***".

It quip-supplies new-snow-White.

It is listed.

It is repeatable.

how did vampire teeth grow is a questioning quip. The comment is "'[one of]Tell me, when you gained the teeth of a vampire, did they grow all at once to a new size[or]But surely you can at least remember what it felt like when your teeth changed shape[or]Why won't you tell me about your teeth[stopping]?''".

It mentions vampirism, Snow White's teeth.

The response is "*** shouldn't reach ***".

It quip-supplies new-Snow-White.

It is repeatable.

what Lilith wanted is a questioning quip. The comment is "'What did Lilith want?'".

It mentions Lilith.

The response is "'I am not certain,' Snow White replies. 'She was better at hiding her counsels from me than I from her. Sometimes I could not guess why she made us do the things she did. But sometimes I think she was jealous of me — and wanted to be something ordinary — and at other times she seemed very angry.'".

It quip-supplies new-Snow-White.

how the mirror works is a questioning quip. The comment is "'What do you know about the magic mirror and its workings?'".

It mentions magic mirror.

The response is "*** she shouldn't ever reach this point ***".

It quip-supplies new-Snow-White.

whether she likes apples is a questioning quip. The comment is "'Do you like apples?".

It mentions apple.

The response is "'Do you have one?' she asks eagerly. 'I am starving.' She looks quite disappointed when it turns out that you have no hidden food supplies.".

It quip-supplies new-Snow-White.

Definition: a quip is nerve-wracking if it mentions vampirism or it mentions witchcraft or it mentions magic mirror.

Before discussing something nerve-wracking when the current interlocutor is new-snow-white:

say "[one of][or]'This is important,' you tell her. [or]You move around so that you are in front of her again, impossible to ignore. [or]'I need you to think!' you exclaim. Her weakness is exasperating — what feeble stock she is! [or][stopping][run paragraph on]"

Instead of new-Snow-White discussing something nerve-wracking:

increase insanity count by 1;

if insanity count is:

-- 1:

if the current quip mentions vampirism:

say "'Please don't ask me,' she says. 'I remember-- too clearly.'";

otherwise:

say "She shakes her head. 'All knowledge of that sort belonged to Lilith, not to me,' she says. 'Even when she wanted us to read things, it is she who remembered them.'";

-- 2:

say "She shivers. 'Please -- I can't tell you. It is horrible to think about.'";

-- 3:

say "She looks glassy and pretends not to hear, but her eyes[set body-context to Snow White] are filling with tears.";

-- 4:

say "Instead of answering, she looks green, and runs over to retch into the undergrowth. It does not appear that she actually had anything to vomit up.";

-- otherwise:

say nervous breakdown.

Insanity count is a number that varies.

To say nervous breakdown:

say "This appears to be one question too many, because she flings herself on the forest floor, screaming and crying. What she says isn't very articulate, but you can pick out bits like 'leave me alone!' and 'go away' and 'I'm sorry I'm sorry.'

Later her shouts change. 'Come back,' she says sometimes; and 'I'll have the apple then' and even once '...blood, blood. Hungry.'[paragraph break]";

wait for any key;

say "The sun rises and brings no greater degree of sanity. On the contrary, she scoots away from the filtering patches of light and huddles at the base of one of the larger pines, still crying and occasionally screaming.[paragraph break]";

wait for any key;

say "You try leaving her alone for a while in case exhaustion brings her some release from the fit: sometimes those taken with a shaking disease come around again, given time.

Finally, around midday, she is worn out enough to sleep. But you can go neither forward nor back, cannot take a damaged princess to the haven nor return her to the castle; you will have to find some third way.";

record "Exorcising Snow White, then driving her mad with questions" as an ending;

end the game saying "Snow White is mad". [1]

Note

[1]. From a story-telling point of view, we want to emphasize how seriously Snow White's experience has damaged her -- she must be suffering from major trauma, and it's reasonable for her to crack sooner or later. (Maybe actually it would take a little longer for the cracks to manifest themselves, but the game scale is compact.) From a game-play point of view, we want to narrow the player's options for finding things out so that he is forced to discover most of the cool answers while he is still dealing with Lilith. This is riskier but will also lead to other interesting outcomes.