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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

Chapter 2 - Snow White and Her Attire

Snow White is a woman in the Dark Woods. Understand "princess" or "girl" as Snow White. "[if stopped-time is happening]Snow White hangs motionless in midair, silenced and unapproachable[otherwise]Snow White is with you[one of]. Her wrists are bound behind her back. She has made as much of a nuisance of herself as she could, deliberately stumbling over every root in the dark, until you had to half-carry her this far[or][stopping][end if]."

The description of Snow White is "Her skin is whiter than the surface of the moon and her eyes are black and her breath is [if scariness is not greater than 0]unappealing[otherwise]the breath of the grave[end if]. At night she dances and she drinks red wine[drinks-red-wine]; she sleeps by day.

[if the player does not know rock-at-mirror]She alone of all the court refuses to be brought before the Queen's magic mirror. She threw a rock at it once, [rock-at-mirror]and almost broke it. But she bites and scratches and will not be dragged in front of its face[otherwise][mood-based description][end if]."

To say mood-based description:

if the player knows Snow-white-possessed:

say "Knowing what you know about her, you can barely take in the surface appearance, because you are trying too hard to make out the demon beneath that skin";

stop;

otherwise if the player knows vampirism-revealed:

say "This must be how vampires appear";

stop;

if the mood of Snow White is:

-- menacing:

say "The Queen has suggested she is a monster. That may be so";

-- aggressive:

say "What she sees when she looks back, you don't know, but it doesn't appear to be entirely favorable";

-- furious:

say "She looks back at you, too, and her stare is wholly hostile";

-- needy:

say "At the moment she is childlike — like a child treated badly, and very confused — not a healthy child, perhaps. But vulnerable all the same";

-- whiny:

say "If there is beauty in her face, it is ruined by the petulance: she pouts, and sighs, and gives you reproachful looks. Someone has spoiled her, that is certain";

-- harmless:

say "All the same there is more ordinary than strange about her, just now. Who wouldn't be pale and cold after a journey like she has had? Who would not have a similar expression of raw exhaustion? You may look much the same yourself";

-- warm:

say "And yet you feel a little kinship toward her, especially when she smiles her least menacing smile, and shows her glancing wit";

-- weird:

say "But you find yourself more tolerant of her strange looks than you have ever been before, for she seems — if not exactly human — at least better disposed towards you";

Instead of dropping Snow White:

say "You've already set her back on her own feet. Thank goodness: your arm was getting sore."

Instead of consuming or tasting Snow White:

say "[italic type]Your[roman type] food preferences do not run in that direction."

Instead of consuming or tasting something which is part of Snow White:

try consuming Snow White.

Understand "bite [something]" as consuming.

Instead of looking under Snow White:

if Stopped-time is happening:

say "She is indeed suspended in mid-air. There appear to be no levers nor stands nor strings nor other apparatus of false magic.";

otherwise:

say "Beneath her is ordinary ground."

Instead of searching Snow White:

say "She has no hidden possessions: the Queen saw to that, before you led her away."

Instead of pulling or pushing or taking Snow White:

say "[lethal-blow]".

Understand "screw [someone]" as entering.

Instead of turning Snow White:

say "The Queen has, in her chambers, a large, jointed doll that can be dressed in gowns and posed in various positions.

Snow White is not such a doll."

Instead of pulling or pushing or turning or taking something which is part of Snow White:

change the noun to Snow White;

try the current action.

Instead of entering or getting off Snow White:

say "Her person is sacrosanct — at least against violations of that sort."

Instead of squeezing Snow White:

try rubbing Snow White.

Instead of rubbing or squeezing something that is part of Snow White:

if the noun is flush:

say "Your cousin's wife has sometimes hinted that she wishes your cousin would perform such acts, but you yourself have never seen the appeal.";

otherwise:

try rubbing Snow White.

Instead of rubbing Snow White:

say "She is cold, to be certain, but you'd rather not go close enough to warm her."

Instead of throwing something at Snow White:

say "[lethal-blow]".

Instead of throwing something at something which is part of Snow White:

try throwing the noun at Snow White.

Instead of waking Snow White:

say "She might not be entirely herself these days, but you doubt that sleep-walking is the cause."

Instead of tying something which is part of Snow White to Snow White:

if the noun is flush:

say "Hard to imagine how that would work.";

otherwise:

say "Is there some risk [it-them of noun] might otherwise come off? No."

Instead of tying Snow White to something:

say "Snow White is already bound as much as she needs to be."

Instead of tying something which is part of Snow White to something:

try tying Snow White to the second noun.

To say lethal-blow:

if scariness is greater than 0:

say "Dangerous animals should be killed instantly. Wounding them is very risky.";

otherwise if anger is greater than 0:

say "This is not a game, and you are not a favored uncle. If you attempt violence on her person, it will have to be forceful and permanent.";

otherwise:

say "Any violence you attempt should be lethal.".

Instead of throwing the dagger at something:

say "It is sharp, but it isn't balanced as a throwing knife — and that was never your best skill anyway."

Instead of climbing something which is part of Snow White:

try climbing Snow White.

Instead of climbing Snow White:

say "[if the player knows snow-white-possessed]Whatever her true form, she is currently[otherwise]She is[end if] a normal-sized girl, not a giantess from the stories of the early days of the earth."

Instead of swinging or waving Snow White:

say "She isn't an errant cat!"

Instead of swinging or waving something which is part of Snow White:

if the noun is flush:

say "[The noun] [is-are] not exactly susceptible to being wielded in that fashion.";

otherwise:

say "If she wishes to make any gestures, no doubt she will do so on her own."

Snow White wears a green dress. Understand "clothing" or "clothes" or "outfit" or "gown" or "Snow White's" as the green dress. The description of the green dress is "She wears a green dress, meant for court dances, not for late walks in the woods. The gold embroidery around the neckline glints in the lantern light."

Instead of touching or rubbing or squeezing the green dress:

say "From your earlier contact, you know it to be a very expensive but not at all warm sort of cloth."

Instead of opening or taking or attacking or entering or cutting the green dress:

say "The Queen is happy to have you murder her step-daughter, but any defilements you perform must be strictly according to instruction."

Instead of closing the green dress:

say "It is already buttoned up as high as it will go. Even so, it can't be very warm."

Instead of buying or wearing the green dress:

say "It wouldn't go with your eyes."

A gold embroidery is part of the green dress. It is flush. The indefinite article is "some". Understand "neckline" or "Snow White's" as the gold embroidery. Understand "gold embroidery on [something related by reversed incorporation]" or "embroidery on [something related by reversed incorporation]" as the embroidery. The description is "She sewed it herself, you believe[written-embroidery]: it is an intricate pattern that does not repeat, almost like writing."

Instead of rubbing or squeezing or touching or listening to or smelling the gold embroidery:

say "Snow White might be unable to tell that your interest was in the embroidery and not in what lies beneath her gown."

Instead of looking under or searching the gold embroidery:

say "It lies flat and conceals nothing."

Instead of taking or cutting or pulling or pushing or turning or opening the gold embroidery:

say "The embroidery is done in hundreds of small, neat stitches: it would take you hours of work to cut all the threads and pick them free of the cloth, even if she were minded to permit it."

Understand "chafing" or "chafed" or "raw" as Snow White's wrists. Understand "wound" or "wounds" as Snow White's wrists when the wound is off-stage.

The description of Snow White's wrists is "Her wrists are bound with a silver chain. [silver-hurts]It has chafed her, oh, much more than you would expect possible in such a short time. But the Queen insisted that no mere rope would suffice."

Instead of closing Snow White's wrists:

say "You do not have a doctor's ability to close wounds."

Instead of taking or cutting Snow White's wrists:

if Snow White's wrists are part of Snow White:

say "The cutting off of hands is a punishment reserves to thieves and poachers: the Queen did not tell you to do any such thing, and you would rather leave such gruesome tasks to the royal executioners.";

otherwise if Snow White's wrists are part of new-Snow-White:

try attacking new-Snow-White;

otherwise:

say "*** BUG: FREE-FLOATING Snow White's wrists ***"

To decide whether the chain is misunderstood:

if the player's command includes "bonds/rope/ropes":

yes;

no.

The silver chain is part of Snow White's wrists. The description of the silver chain is "[if the chain is misunderstood]What binds Snow White's hands is not an ordinary rope, but a strong silver chain made for the purpose.[otherwise]Strong links: this is no mere piece of jewelry, but something the Queen had specially forged.[end if]". Understand "rope/ropes/bonds" or "links" or "link" as the silver chain.

Instead of opening or taking or cutting or attacking or pulling or pushing or turning the chain:

if the silver chain is part of Snow White's wrists:

if Snow White's wrists are part of Snow White:

try freeing Snow White;

otherwise if Snow White's wrists are part of new-Snow-White:

try freeing new-Snow-White.

Instead of searching or looking under the silver chain:

say "You glance without actually touching, but yes, it appears that the wrists beneath have worn very raw."

Instead of closing the silver chain:

say "The links are already forged closed by the Queen's magic."

Instead of tying the silver chain to Snow White:

say "She is already well-bound."

Instead of tying the silver chain to something which is part of Snow White:

try tying the silver chain to Snow White.

Instead of tying the silver chain to something which is not part of Snow White:

say "You would first have to remove the chain from its present owner."

Instead of rubbing or touching or squeezing the silver chain:

say "You felt the links earlier. They were like ice, and tingled when you touched them."

Instead of listening to the silver chain:

say "It makes no sound; does not even clink much when she struggles, so finely made are the links."

Instead of climbing the silver chain when the silver chain is part of Snow White's wrists and Snow White's wrists are part of Snow White:

try climbing Snow White.

Instead of buying the silver chain:

say "No doubt she would gladly give it to you, if you [if the current interlocutor is new-Snow-White]wanted it[otherwise]had the nerve to take it[end if]."

Instead of smelling the silver chain:

say "You don't fancy putting your face where the gesture could be so completely misinterpreted by your companion."

The description of Snow White's hair is "Her hair is long, black, and shining. It hangs past her waist."

Instead of taking Snow White's hair:

say "The Queen has had one or two of her court rivals plucked bald. Her feelings against Snow White go much deeper than that."

Instead of touching Snow White's hair:

say "You know from prior contact — though you are nervous of repeating the gesture — that it is like a river of silk."

Instead of pulling Snow White's hair:

say "You are not Snow White's rival in love, and this is not a matter to be settled with hair-pulling and scratches."

Instead of squeezing or rubbing or waving or swinging or turning or pushing Snow White's hair:

say "No doubt some such activity enters into her hair-care regimen, but the intricate braiding techniques of the court ladies are a mystery to you."

Before wearing Snow White's hair:

try buying Snow White's hair instead.

Instead of buying Snow White's hair:

say "Such a wig would not be comely on your head."

Instead of cutting Snow White's hair:

if the player knows magic-revealed:

say "No, you'd prefer not to; who knows what she might do.";

otherwise if the hair is part of new-Snow-White:

say "She deserves no further indignities.";

otherwise if the current interlocutor is Snow White:

say "You boldly go to Snow White and cut a lock of her hair. It is silky in your fingers.

[magic-revealed]Her eyes flash with anger, and she speaks a word you cannot understand. At once the hair turns to a dusting of powdery snow in your fingers. A moment later it has melted away[queue do-not-try].";

otherwise:

say "That would make a strange sort of trophy."

The description of Snow White's skin is "Fair and smooth, almost like wax or marble or alabaster."

Instead of taking or cutting or looking under or searching or opening Snow White's skin:

say "The Queen stopped short of ordering you to flay your victim, and you have no taste for torturing things."

Instead of closing Snow White's skin:

say "She has no visible wounds save on her wrists."

The description of Snow White's face is "The Queen told you to cut it off and so now you regard her head with an executioner's professional curiosity, whether you wish to or not.

The eyes and the lips are her most exceptional features. All the rest — bone structure, cheeks, temples, nose — is finely formed, attractive, but neither striking nor frightening."

Instead of taking or cutting or attacking Snow White's face when the face is part of Snow White:

try attacking Snow White.

Instead of taking Snow White's face:

try cutting Snow White's skin.

Instead of looking under Snow White's face:

say "If there is anything beneath but bone and flesh, you do not wish to know it."

Instead of squeezing Snow White's face:

say "Your cousin's children are amused when you give them fish-lips, but you doubt that Snow White would have the same reaction."

Instead of searching a face:

try examining the noun.

Snow White's heart is a flush covered part of Snow White. Understand "her heart" as Snow White's heart.

The description is "You can hardly see it from outside her body."

Instead of listening to Snow White's heart:

say "Earlier, when you carried her, you heard her heart beat. It was fast and light like a bird's."

Instead of taking or cutting Snow White's heart when Snow White's heart is part of Snow White:

try attacking Snow White.

The description of Snow White's neck is "Through the pale skin the veins of blue-green are sometimes visible — but not now, not in this inferior light."

Instead of attacking or cutting or turning or squeezing Snow White's neck when Snow White's neck is part of Snow White:

try attacking Snow White. [Because this might be an attempt to break her neck or choke her or slit her throat.]

Instead of drinking Snow White's neck:

try drinking Snow White's veins.

The description of Snow White's ears is "Small, round, close to her head. Her hair falls across them sometimes, and sometimes they are visible."

Instead of listening to ears:

say "They return the favor."

Instead of inserting something into Snow White's ears:

say "Rendering her deaf was not the gist of your assignment."

Instead of taking or cutting Snow White's ears:

say "You have heard of some barbarians that take such trophies. You do not count yourself among them."

Instead of pushing or pulling something which is part of Snow White:

say "[lethal-blow]"

The description of Snow White's nose is "Her nose is long and straight, perhaps the least extraordinary feature of her face."

Instead of taking or attacking or cutting Snow White's nose when the nose is part of Snow White:

say "The nostrils (you have heard) can be split to create a particularly unattractive form of disfigurement. But that is not the fate the Queen has ordained for Snow White."

Instead of inserting something into Snow White's nose when the nose is part of Snow White:

say "Though the Queen encouraged you to mutilate Snow White, she did not suggest doing anything quite of that nature."

Understand "pinch [something]" as squeezing.

Instead of squeezing or closing Snow White's nose:

say "There are less vile and less dangerous ways of killing than to suffocate your victim."

The description of Snow White's veins is "Her delicate veins you have seen before, but they are not now visible."

Instead of looking under a covered thing:

say "You cannot see [the noun] clearly, let alone what might lie beneath."

Before drinking Snow White's veins:

say "You are not yourself a vampire." instead. [1]

Instead of attacking or cutting or opening Snow White's veins when Snow White's veins are part of Snow White:

try attacking Snow White.

The description of Snow White's chin is "Her chin is small and pointed, her jawbone angular and proportionate for her face."

Instead of cutting or taking Snow White's chin:

say "[lethal-blow]".

Instead of looking under Snow White's chin:

say "In an elegant bit of divine engineering, her neck begins just where the chin leaves off."

The description of Snow White's lips is "[if the lips are part of Snow White]Red-black[otherwise]Rose-red[end if] in the lamplight."

Instead of tasting lips when lips are part of someone (called the owner) who is not the player:

try kissing the owner.

Instead of consuming lips:

say "The thought reminds you of an unproductive romantic interlude from your early youth. An episode you do not intend to repeat."

Instead of cutting or attacking or taking Snow White's lips:

say "Once the Queen had a lady so disfigured when she (that is, the lady) was caught in a certain adulterous act. But surely that is not the source of the Queen's anger against Snow White."

Instead of squeezing lips which are part of someone (called the owner):

let the chosen face be a random face which is part of the owner;

try squeezing the chosen face.

Instead of opening or closing Snow White's lips:

say "She opens them herself, and closes them again too. At the moment they are just parted."

The description of Snow White's teeth is "Her teeth are even, white, and sharp. She has incisors; everyone does. You can see nothing absolutely abnormal." Understand "fangs" or "fang" as Snow White's teeth.

Instead of squeezing or rubbing or touching Snow White's teeth:

say "You are especially nervous of the teeth, and have no desire to make their closer acquaintance."

Instead of taking or cutting Snow White's teeth:

say "If Snow White is what the Queen says she is, impromptu dentistry could be extremely dangerous."

Instead of tasting or consuming Snow White's teeth:

say "In the old fables, there is a demon that makes its bread out of a meal of crushed teeth and ground bones. [one of]But demon diets are notoriously unsuited for humans[or]But demons have apparently discovered a form of leavening unknown to man[at random]."

The description of Snow White's eyes is "[if Snow White's eyes are part of Snow White]They are flawless, deep black, the pupil and the iris indistinguishable except in the brightest lamplight. (Or perhaps there is a color that sunlight would reveal, but you have never seen her so.)[otherwise]They are a deep warm brown, like walnut, with lighter flecks in the iris.[end if]"

Instead of opening or closing Snow White's eyes:

say "If she were a corpse, she might hold still for that."

Instead of taking or cutting or pulling or pushing or turning or igniting or squeezing or looking under Snow White's eyes:

if Snow White's eyes are part of Snow White:

say "The removal of the eyes, the Queen prefers to inflict on spies and those she believes to have been snooping on her magic.

Besides, as horrifying as Snow White is now, imagine how much more frightening she would be staring at you with two empty eye sockets.";

otherwise:

say "Unpardonably cruel."

Instead of touching or searching or rubbing Snow White's eyes:

say "If she has something in them, she hasn't said so."

The breath is part of Snow White. The indefinite article is "some". The description is "It is not quite cold enough for her breath to cloud the air."

Instead of smelling the breath:

say "She is not near enough for you to do so now, but when you were dragging her along you got plenty of opportunity. It is sickly, sweet and fetid."

Instead of doing something other than examining or taking or smelling to the breath:

say "It is hardly possible."

Instead of taking the breath when the breath is part of someone (called the owner):

try attacking the owner.

Instead of smelling something which is part of Snow White:

if the noun is the breath:

continue the action;

otherwise:

try smelling Snow White.

Instead of smelling Snow White:

say "Her breath is sickly; you have smelled nothing extraordinary about the rest of her. She wears (unlike the Queen) no perfumes."

Instead of listening to or looking under or searching something which is part of Snow White:

if the noun is covered:

say "You would first have to peel back her skin — an idea that does not please you.";

otherwise:

say "That seems offensively intimate."

Instead of listening to or smelling or looking under or searching something which is worn by Snow White:

say "That seems offensively intimate."

The hypothetical vampire is a far-off flush scenery thing in the Woods. It is privately-named. Understand "vampire" as the hypothetical vampire.

Before doing something to the hypothetical vampire:

if the player knows vampirism-revealed:

say "Perhaps you'd better not think of her in those terms so loudly. She might pick up on it." instead;

otherwise:

say "You're not certain you can see any such thing." instead.

Note

[1]. Since the veins are covered, we need a before rule in order to skip the rule about touchability.