Alabaster — 92 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 23 - Rob Dubbin Nov 3

Rule for quip-introducing whether she can read your thoughts while freeing Snow White:

say "[roman type]Thinking about asking her about whether she can read your thoughts is almost like asking her. And thinking about thinking about asking... No, stop.";

list no other quips. [1]

whether she can read your thoughts is a questioning quip. The comment is "'I don't like that look,' you say. 'In fact I can't help but feel like you just took a glance into my mind, which may I remind you belongs to me.'".

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

It mentions mind reading, snow white.

The response is "'There are some things I cannot help,' she says. 'Call it intuition. Besides, you are hardly in a position to take a moral stance on privacy[pathetic].' Snow White's chin gestures toward her chained wrists.".

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

It is negated by snow-white-possessed.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is listed.

yes-15 is an affirmative quip. The printed name is "say yes". The true-name is "yes-15". The comment is "'The Queen has a way with words, and even more of a way with leverage.' With bitterness, you recall arriving home to find your cabin[cabin-destroyed] razed — its once-pristine roofbeams now twisted and charred beyond not only recognition, but also physical force.".

It mentions witchcraft, Queen. [3]

The response is "It is as though she feels your pain. 'Yes... I understand[friendly][pathetic].' For a moment there is a connection, but then nothing.".

It directly-follows no-2.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

no-16 is a negative quip. The printed name is "say no". The true-name is "no-16". The comment is "You are hesitant to reveal too much. 'I make my own decisions,' you say, with bravado you do not feel.".

It mentions Queen, snow white, powers, witchcraft.

The response is "She sees through the ruse[angry]. 'Yes, I am sure you do. Let us discuss the matter no further; I can see it gives you great discomfort.'".

It directly-follows no-2.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

what will happen if she kens you ken she's a vampire is a questioning quip.

The true-name is "what will happen if she kens you ken she's a vampire".

The printed name is "what will happen if she knows you know she's a vampire".

Understand "is" or "know" or "knows" as what will happen if she kens you ken she's a vampire. The comment is "'And if she does... discern the surety?' You repeat the corpse's words back to him, unwilling even to picture the scenario.".

It mentions corpse, vampirism, snow white.

The response is "'Well, you know how vampires are. They anger easily and don't like to leave much behind. Since I got here I've heard all kinds of tales. There was Count Anthrax, a horribly cursed being who enjoyed puncturing his victims['] arms slowly, because for him it was less about drinking the blood than it was about witnessing the transition. Oh, and there was this one vampire who possessed the body of a vagrant, actually not too far from here, who would sneak into open windows at night and nibble the feet of infants, because he liked the way they would turn against their parents the next morning, and suddenly there would be a whole family of vampires. Then there was[queue tell the corpse to stop it] —'". [Since your concern at the moment is that he'll keep going, we want, in fact, to guarantee that he does keep going if you don't first intervene.]

It directly-follows yes-10.

It quip-supplies corpse.

It is listed.

Rule for quip-introducing tell the corpse to stop it:

say "[roman type]You want to tell him to stop it.";

list no other quips.

tell the corpse to stop it is a performative quip. The comment is "'Stop it! Stop telling me these things.' ".

It mentions snow white, vampirism, death.

The response is "'— Don't eat my ears! I need those! But the vampire ate them anyway. And you haven't lived until you've seen the spirit imprint of a canine vampire attack. I swear to you, huntsman, it's like nothing I've ever seen. Mauled Beyond Recognition is an understatement[queue more-disturbance].'".

It directly-follows what will happen if she kens you ken she's a vampire.

It quip-supplies corpse.

It is listed.

more-disturbance is an NPC-directed quip.

The response is "'They say that if the vampires become common in the area, all the animals of the forest turn vampire as well, and devour any traveler fool enough to pass through. Only their dried white corpses are found afterward, all twisted and wrung-out.'"

It quip-supplies corpse.

Availability rule for seriously please stop telling me these things:

if the player recollects more-disturbance:

it is off-limits.

seriously please stop telling me these things is an informative quip. The comment is "You [if the player carries the dagger]brandish your knife[otherwise]wave frantically[end if] in a desperate attempt to get [corpse] to stop describing grotesquely fatal scenarios. 'I'm not kidding. Stop telling me these things.'".

It mentions vampirism, snow white, death, corpse.

The response is "'Oh I'm sorry, am I disturbing you? Please don't hurt me with that knife, I'd hate to lose a vital organ OTHER THAN THE HEART YOU ALREADY STOLE.'".

It directly-follows tell the corpse to stop.

It quip-supplies corpse.

It is listed.

if she needs privacy because she's a vampire is a questioning quip. The comment is "'Is the main reason that you're a vampire?'[first-vampire-accusation]".

Understand "whether" as if she needs privacy because she's a vampire.

It mentions vampirism, snow white.

The response is "It was tempting, and you regret giving in to the temptation. The diminutive Snow White suddenly looks larger than she did before, and more dangerous[scary][angry]. The look in her eyes[set body-context to Snow White] makes you want to dash into the nearest tree. She responds: 'I do not like the tone behind your words. In fact... I think it dangerous. I do not respond well to danger.'".

It directly-follows why she needs privacy.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It assumes vampirism-revealed.

It is listed.

if she doesn't stand there because she's a vampire is a weak performative quip. The comment is "In a flash of insight, you remember an obscure fact from the tales of your youth. 'Do you avoid the mirror because you're a vampire?'[first-vampire-accusation]".

Understand "does" and "not" and "whether" as if she doesn't stand there because she's a vampire.

It mentions vampirism, snow white, magic mirror.

The response is "'That isn't why,' she says ambiguously."

It directly-follows what she sees in the mirror.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is negated by snow-white-possessed.

It assumes vampirism-revealed.

It is listed.

Instead of Snow White discussing something when accusation-count is greater than 1:

say "'Interesting [if the noun is a questioning quip]question[otherwise]comment[end if],' she says, before leaping at your throat and tearing it out with her teeth. The last sensation you feel is one of floating away, as your soul drains from your body.

At the very end, it occurs to you to be amused that you thought binding her hands would keep you safe.";

record "Provoking Snow White to murder through incessant questions about vampires" as an ending;

end the game in death.

accusation-count is a number that varies.

Before printing the name of first-vampire-accusation: [4]

say "[scary][angry]";

increase accusation-count by 1.

To say end the game in death:

end the game in death.

Notes

[1]. Added because currently the text reads "From the expression on her face, she was able to read most of your thoughts just now... You could ask whether she can read your thoughts." Which is tediously repetitive.

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

[3]. reduced the number of mentions here because "treason" and "hounds" seemed like false positives for this one — it mentions neither explicitly.

[4]. This is a slightly tricky way of counting how many times the player has tipped his hand