Alabaster — 74 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

Chapter 5 - Rob Dubbin Oct 29

why you should avoid the mirror is a questioning quip.

Understand "I" as why you should avoid the mirror.

It mentions Queen, magic mirror.

The comment is "'I am a huntsman,' you say proudly. 'I respect her authority but serve my own whims.'".

The response is "Her eyes narrow[set body-context to Snow White]. 'You are a man,' she corrects. 'and her authority, as you call it, extends more deeply than you perhaps suspect[angry][snowWhite-sees-reflections].'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is restrictive.

It directly-follows why she avoids the magic mirror.

It is listed.

what authority seems is a questioning quip.

The printed name is "what authority is". The true-name is "what authority seems".

Understand "is" as what authority seems.

It mentions Queen, magic mirror, Witchcraft.

The comment is "'It sounds like you're talking about more than the power to issue land grants.' You attempt a laugh that rings hollow the moment it leaves your mouth and hits the air.".

The response is "'It is amusing to see you enjoy your joke, in much the same way that it must have been amusing to watch the final, desperate moments of this hart,' responds Snow White. You can almost see your attempt at levity plummet to the ground and shatter[angry].".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It directly-follows why you should avoid the mirror.

It is listed.

A plausibility rule for what the symbols mean:

if the player does not know symbols-seen:

it is dubious. [1]

[An availability rule for what the symbols mean:

if the player knows sundering-method:

it is off-limits.]

what the symbols mean is a questioning quip.

It mentions box, symbols.

The comment is "You tilt the ornamented box in Snow White's direction. 'Any insight into these symbols[symbols-seen]? I can't make heads or tails of them.'".

The response is "Her eyes[set body-context to Snow White] flash, and for a moment you could swear the box felt colder in your hands. 'No,' comes the reply[angry].".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is negated by sundering-method.

[ It is restrictive.] [2]

It is listed.

Rule for quip-introducing what the symbols mean again:

say "[roman type]But she is lying. Perhaps if you asked again.";

list no other quips.

[An availability rule for what the symbols mean again:

if the player knows sundering-method:

it is off-limits.]

what the symbols mean again is a questioning quip.

It mentions box, symbols.

The comment is "You won't give up that easily. 'I can tell you know something, and I have you in something of a compromising position,' you say, asserting your authority. 'Tell me what these symbols mean.'".

The response is "'Very well,' she says, conceding the point.

Before you can respond, the forest goes silent, the wind seems to swirl, and the white skin of Snow White's face takes on an otherworldly glow. Her lips curl[set body-context to Snow White] into a sneer and she speaks toward the box in a language you do not recognize, but whose abrasive consonants assault your ears like driving hail. The box burns cold in your hand, binding your skin to wood that suddenly feels alive, and hateful.

Just as the first desperate scream dies soundlessly in your throat, the box, the forest, and your hands return to normal. Your mind, however, affords you no such courtesy. 'That is what I know about the box,' says Snow White[scary][angry][box-is-creepy][magic-revealed].".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is negated by sundering-method.

It is listed.

It directly-follows what symbols mean.

what just happened is a questioning quip.

It mentions snow white, witchcraft, box, symbols.

The comment is "'W-what just happened?' you manage to stammer, flexing fingers that only a moment ago felt ready to snap off your hand like icicles.".

The response is "'You pushed me too far,' she answers calmly[angry].".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It directly-follows what the symbols mean again.

It is listed.

[ how the mirror reflects you to the queen is a questioning quip.

It mentions magic mirror, Queen.

The comment is "'And how does the magic mirror reflect me to the Queen?' You can't quite suppress the edge of skepticism in your voice. ".

The response is "'Your question betrays your ignorance. [snowWhite-sees-reflections]Suffice it to say you are not the first huntsman Her Majesty ' — the title is practically spit — 'has dispatched into the woods.' Thoughtfully she adds, 'Though you would be the first to return.' ".

It is restrictive.

It directly-follows why she avoids the magic mirror.

It is listed.] [3]

how the mirror reflects you to the Queen is an NPC-directed quip.

The response is "'Your question [if the previous quip is not what you look like in the mirror]about the mirror [end if]betrays your ignorance. [snowWhite-sees-reflections]Suffice it to say you are not the first huntsman Her Majesty ' — the title is practically spit — 'has dispatched into the woods.' Thoughtfully she adds, 'Though you would be the first to return.'"

It quip-supplies Snow White.

Instead of Snow White discussing what happened to other huntsmen when the player does not recollect pleading-to-be-untied:

try Snow White discussing pleading-to-be-untied.

what happened to other huntsmen is a questioning quip.

It mentions huntsmen, Queen.

The comment is "This piques your curiosity. 'What other huntsmen?', you ask, cautiously. These are close woods, and had there been some manner of... unpleasantness, you would have heard about it.".

The response is "'Not everything that happens in these woods comes to your ears,' she says, answering your thought more than your speech. 'Some of those the Queen disposes of do not merely die: they are forgotten even by those who loved them[pathetic].'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

[It is restrictive.]

It directly-follows how the mirror reflects you to the queen.

It is listed.

To say Snow White smiles:

say "[one of][first smile][or]You brace as Snow White inflicts another smile upon you[or][one of]Her teeth glint in the darkness[or]Her smile is white in the dimness[or]Snow White gives a smile bleaker than death[or]Snow White smiles, teeth glinting[at random][stopping][run paragraph on]" [4]

To say first smile:

say "[set body-context to Snow White]";

say "[if scariness is greater than 0]For the first time, Snow White smiles. The expression is not [comforting]; in fact, the temperature seems to dive[scary] and your lantern nearly extinguishes itself[otherwise if anger is greater than 0]For the first time, she smiles. Her eyes glitter in the lamplight[otherwise]Snow White smiles — a small, sad smile[end if]"

Notes

[1]. This is a refinement of my own: Rob designated that this quip should be listed, which is fine, but it doesn't seem to make a lot of sense to list it before the player has looked at the box. On the other hand, the player should be able to trigger it with SHOW BOX TO SNOW WHITE even before he examines the box himself. We can control this with a 'plausibility rule', which exists to determine how *likely* the player is to want to say something, and therefore whether it should be explicitly listed as an option. (This is not something that the collaboration interface is currently set up to handle.)

[2]. I think we do want to allow the player to go another direction from here.

[3]. It's been pointed out that this seems to overlap and conflict with the other quip about how you see yourself in the mirror. Following a general principle of minimal-editing-sufficient-to-retain-continuity, I think the thing to do is rewrite this as an NPC-directed follow-up to the previous quip about how the mirror displays you: that way Snow White's creepy hints about other huntsmen are preserved but we don't lose the original description of what you actually look like. So:

[4]. This is my addition, designed to handle a pseudo-code condition that Rob Dubbin incorporated into the previous quip. Once introduced, it needs to be applied elsewhere in the game as well. It's interesting how later contributors' material implicitly revises that of earlier contributors...