Alabaster — 90 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 21 - Emily Short Nov 2

[This edit is mostly refactoring to make the conversation flow more robustly, and to give Snow White some more proactive behavior especially at the beginning of the game.]

go-ahead-and-cut is a q-transitional NPC-directed quip.

The response is "She shivers and looks pointedly from you to the corpse." [1]

It quip-supplies Snow White.

remark that she isn't very comforting is a performative quip. The comment is "'You aren't a very [comforting] ally,' you mutter.".

Understand "is" and "not" as remark that she isn't very comforting.

It mentions Snow White.

The response is "'Nor are you. But the strongest pacts are built on distrusting someone else more.' [pathetic][Snow White smiles].[line break]".

It directly-follows the heart seems dead.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is listed.

whether other huntsmen were sent to kill her is a questioning quip. The comment is "'[unless immediately]You mentioned other huntsmen. [end unless]Has the Queen attempted to — send you away — before?' This is as close as you can bring yourself to explaining the nature of your commission, though surely she knows what is happening.".

It mentions huntsmen.

The response is "'Not in exactly this way,' she says. [queen-uses-people-up]'But she finds reason, sooner or later, to destroy her servants, or send them on tasks they cannot bear, and then punish them for their failure. If you stay in her service, it will go the same way for you. Her requirements will grow stranger and more horrible. If you do not die, or disobey her, you will be corrupted[friendly].'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It indirectly-follows what happened to other huntsmen.

It is listed

stop-taunting is an NPC-directed quip.

The response is "'[angry]If you won't untie me, you might at least stop taunting me about the fact,' she says."

It quip-supplies Snow White.

pleading-to-be-untied is an NPC-directed quip.

The response is "[if the previous quip is the safe haven seems too far away to reach tonight]'Untie me, and I'll go on alone.'[otherwise if the previous quip is how the mirror reflects you to the queen][Snow White smiles]. 'I'm sorry,' she says, with unapologetic flatness. 'I seem to have drawn a blank. Perhaps if my hands were freed, it might jog my memory.' [line break][otherwise]'Untie me,' she says. 'It will make everything easier for both of us.'[end if]".

The nag is "[one of]She twists around to give you access to her bound wrists, just in case you want to set her free[or]'Come, we're allies,' she says[queue no-1][stopping]."

It quip-supplies Snow White. [2]

Before discussing something which does not directly-follow pleading-to-be-untied when the previous quip is pleading-to-be-untied:

say "[one of]It is not the first time she has made the request, and you are tired of refusing. This time you do not give any answer.[or][run paragraph on][stopping]"

maybe-later is a performative quip. The printed name is "say maybe". The true-name is "maybe-later".

Understand "[maybe]" as maybe-later.

The comment is "'Perhaps in a little while.'".

The response is "She stamps her foot on the cold ground[pathetic] and flounces toward one of the trees — as much as a girl can flounce with her arms tied behind her, that is.".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is negated by snow-white-possessed.

It directly-follows pleading-to-be-untied.

no-1 is a negative quip. The printed name is "say no". The true-name is "no-1".

The comment is "'I don't mean to untie you quite yet. I don't know you won't bite.'".

The response is "'I'm tired,' she says. 'My feet hurt. My wrists hurt. I am a third your size. Do you really think there is any harm I could do to you[pathetic]?'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is negated by snow-white-possessed.

It directly-follows pleading-to-be-untied.

no-30 is a negative quip. The printed name is "say no". The true-name is "no-30".

The comment is "'I think not, Lilith.'".

The response is "'I wouldn't harm you,' she promises. But who is to say that she is telling the truth?".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It assumes snow-white-possessed.

It directly-follows pleading-to-be-untied.

maybe-so is a performative quip. The printed name is "say perhaps". The true-name is "maybe-so". Understand "[maybe]" as maybe-so.

The comment is "'If you are dangerous, I would not expect physical size to be much of an impediment,' you say.".

It mentions Snow White.

The response is "She slumps[pathetic]. 'It's easier to demonstrate strength than to prove you really are weak.'".

It directly-follows no-1.

It is negated by snow-white-possessed.

It quip-supplies Snow White

After examining Snow White when the current quip is no-1:

say "But she catches you looking at her and she looks back at you, and in that moment seems no more or less than human, exhausted, small. You drop your eyes. [run paragraph on]";

queue no-2 as immediate obligatory. [We want her to react to your looking her over this way in reaction to her question.]

no-2 is a negative quip. The printed name is "say no". The true-name is "no-2".

The comment is "'Probably not.' She is a small thing, after all. Delicate, like chicken bones. Funny how when you think of her you always think of blood and bones and dead parts of things.

'I am not taking chances, all the same,' you add.".

The response is "She grimaces[pathetic]. 'The Queen must have been very persuasive.'".

It is negated by snow-white-possessed.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It directly-follows no-1.

yes-1 is an affirmative quip.

The printed name is "say yes". The true-name is "yes-1".

Understand "have" as yes-1.

Understand "is" as yes-1.

It mentions vampirism.

The comment is "'If you are truly a—' [if scariness is less than 5]You falter before the look in her eyes[set body-context to Snow White], which is hurt[pathetic][otherwise]Suddenly you can't bring yourself to name it[scary][end if]. '— what the Queen says you are[first-vampire-accusation], then you could bleed a man dry in an instant.'".

The response is "'Superstition,' she says. 'I sleep late. I avoid the sun. My skin is delicate: it's something I inherited from my real mother. Everything else is spite. She is, after all, the one who communes every night with a mirror that speaks!'".

It is negated by snow-white-possessed.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It directly-follows no-1.

she-sees-hesitation is an NPC-directed quip.

The response is "From the expression on her face[set body-context to Snow White], she was able to read most of your thoughts just now[casually queue no-1]."

It quip-supplies Snow White. [3]

Notes

[1]. This is an optional followup that appears if you tell her you're here to collect the heart but then don't do anything about it.

[2]. This used to be distributed over several quips, with different possible responses, but it is more coherent if the player has the same set of response options no matter when/how she asks to be untied.

[3]. This quip is queued if you try to obey her request to be untied, then hesitate and change your mind. If you don't change the subject, she'll push on why you're afraid of her.