Alabaster — 100 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

Section 7 - Interrogating Snow White about other topics

[A number of the items in this section are expansions that come of beta-testing, so the organization is even more disjointed than usual.]

what seems on her lips is a questioning quip.

The printed name is "what is on her lips". The true-name is "what seems on her lips".

Understand "is" as what seems on her lips. The comment is "'What is that on your lips? Blood?'".

It mentions Snow White's lips.

The response is "She makes a convincing grimace of distaste[pathetic]. 'Maybe from the hart... ew. I'd try dabbing my lips with a kerchief, but I'm underequipped for polite behavior just at the moment.'".

It is negated by snow-white-possessed.

It directly-follows what she was doing alongside the hart.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

Instead of rubbing Snow White's lips when the player recollects what she was doing alongside hart:

if the player knows vampirism-revealed:

say "It wouldn't be wise to get that close.";

otherwise if the player knows Snow-White-possessed:

say "You'll leave bathing the demon-possessed princess to someone a little more foolhardy.";

otherwise:

say "[one of][if the current quip is pleading-to-be-untied]'Possibly I'd better do this myself,' you reply. [end if]You wipe at Snow White's lips to clean them[possible-blood-drinking]. A few dark ruddy brown smudges come away, but it's hard to tell whether that is blood or dirt or some sort of cosmetic[or]You've done all you can do without the benefit of water[stopping]."

Instead of asking Snow White to try consuming the corpse's neck:

try asking Snow White to try drinking the corpse's veins. [ To capture such instructions as >SNOW WHITE, BITE NECK.]

Instead of asking Snow White to try consuming the corpse's veins:

try asking Snow White to try drinking the corpse's veins.

Instead of asking Snow White to try drinking the corpse's veins when the player knows hart-no-longer-undead and to drink the hart's blood is flagged-ready:

try discussing to drink the hart's blood.

Does the player mean asking Snow White to try drinking the corpse's veins:

it is very likely.

to drink the hart's blood is an informative quip. The comment is "'Would you drink the hart's blood, please?'". The printed name is "her to drink the hart's blood".

It mentions corpse's veins, corpse, vampirism.

The response is "'What is this, some foul ritual of yours? Absolutely not[if the player knows vampirism-revealed][first-vampire-accusation]. And if you're trying to suggest I have a taste for such things, you might be interested to know that vampires vastly prefer human blood, and use that of animals only in desperation or in order to send a message[end if].' So much for your dreams of reviving the thing again.".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It assumes hart-no-longer-undead.

It is negated by snow-white-possessed.

whether she knows any princes is a questioning quip. The comment is "'Do you know any princes from other kingdoms?'".

It mentions lost man.

The response is "'Not well,' she says. 'Other kingdoms send us only heralds, not the princes themselves. I believe some of our neighbors have heard rumors of the Queen, and do not care to visit in her present condition.'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is listed.

reveal what it was like hunting the hart is a weak performative quip.

Understand "like to hunt" as reveal what it was like hunting the hart.

The comment is "'There is always a pleasure in hunting an animal such as this.' You nod at the corpse beside you. 'It is a worthy adversary, though one also feels some compassion for the dead.'".

It mentions corpse.

The response is "'A truly worthy adversary would be one who was as likely to kill you as you to kill him.'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

maybe-again is a performative quip. The true-name is "maybe-again". The printed name is "equivocate".

Understand "[maybe]" as maybe-again.

The comment is "'I don't know. My belief or disbelief hardly matters, though, does it?'".

It mentions vampirism.

The response is "'No.'".

It directly-follows if she believes in vampires.

It quip-supplies Snow White

who seems the fairest of them all is a weak questioning quip.

The printed name is "who is the fairest of them all". The true-name is "who seems the fairest of them all".

Understand "is" as who seems the fairest of them all. The comment is "'Tell me, [vocative Snow White], who is the fairest of them all?'".

It mentions magic mirror.

The response is "She smirks. 'Very good — you have the Queen's voice exactly.'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

admit that you don't ken is a weak performative quip.

The printed name is "that you don't know". The true-name is "admit that you don't ken".

Understand "[maybe]" or "I" or "know" as admit that you don't ken. The comment is "'I have not lived long enough to observe.'".

It mentions vampirism.

The response is "'[friendly]Wisely said.'".

It directly-follows how vampires came to be.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

yes-26 is a weak affirmative quip. The printed name is "say yes". The true-name is "yes-26". The comment is "'You are... possibly correct,' you admit.".

Understand "[maybe]" as yes-26.

It mentions Queen, yourself.

The response is "'You have a weakness for her. I have observed it many times. It is excessive: not even her other servants feel it to the same degree. You should curb it if you can.'".

It directly-follows yes-2.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

whether the servants seem dwarrows is a questioning quip.

The printed name is "whether the servants are dwarrows". The true-name is "whether the servants seem dwarrows".

Understand "are" or "if" as whether the servants seem dwarrows. The comment is "'[if immediately]These [']small['] servants being[otherwise]Your [']small['] servants are[end if] dwarrows, I suppose?'".

It mentions dwarrows, servants.

The response is "'You needn't ask in that tone of voice,' she replies, and your cheeks flood with heat. 'A dwarf is as good as a man — better, sometimes[servant-dwarrows]. And they owe nothing to the Queen.'".

It is negated by servant-dwarrows.

It indirectly-follows what seems at the safe haven.

It quip-supplies Snow White

maybe is a performative quip.

Understand "[maybe]" as maybe.

The comment is "'Maybe. I wouldn't expect royalty to be visible on the surface,' you say.".

It mentions daughter.

The response is "'A fair observation. There are lords even among the dwarrows, after all.' She considers you again, then adds, 'Nonetheless I am both someone's daughter, and no one's daughter at all.'".

It directly-follows if she seems the king's daughter.

It quip-supplies Snow White

whether she likes the dwarrows is a weak questioning quip. The comment is "'Do you know the dwarrows well?'".

It mentions dwarrows.

The response is "'They have no loyalty to the Queen, or to men[if the player knows snow-white-possessed]; they are one of God's side projects[end if]. Therefore I find them [comforting].' ".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

yes-21 is an affirmative quip. The printed name is "say yes". The true-name is "yes-21". The comment is "'Of course,' you say firmly. 'I was wondering about their precise nature.'".

It mentions queen, demons.

The response is "'Ah[queue what demons the Queen invoked as immediate obligatory].'".

It directly-follows what powers the Queen dabbles alongside.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

no-20 is a weak negative quip. The printed name is "say no". The true-name is "no-20". The comment is "'Not all of us have studied these matters.'".

It mentions witchcraft.

The response is "'Ah yes. I must remember that[queue what studies as immediate obligatory] outside the castle these are not matters for constant conversation.'".

It directly-follows what powers the Queen dabbles alongside.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

why the dwarrows became friendly is a weak questioning quip. The comment is "'Why did [if immediately]they[otherwise]the dwarrows[end if] turn friendly?'".

Understand "have become" or "turned" or "are" as why the dwarrows became friendly.

It mentions dwarrows.

The response is "'No one knows. You would have to ask one of them.'".

It indirectly-follows what she knows about dwarrows.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is listed.

[And in case the player wants to go on talking...]

how the competition was hindered is a questioning quip. The comment is "'[if immediately]Hindered? How?[otherwise]How did Lilith 'hinder the Queen's competition'?' you ask[end if].".

Understand "hindering" as how the competition was hindered.

It mentions Lilith, witchcraft.

The response is "[if the player knows snow-white-possessed]'The usual methods. Did you know' — she gives you a wicked sidelong glance — 'Helen of Troy came down with the pox two days after she got on her ship? It's true. She looked like a used pincushion by the time it was over. Menelaus didn't know her again[queue further-musings-on-beauty as immediate optional].'[otherwise]'Death, disease, accidental disfigurement. Those sorts of thing.'[end if]".

It indirectly-follows whether Lilith made the Queen beautiful.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

whether she will be serious is a weak questioning quip. The comment is "'Would you be serious?'".

It mentions Snow White.

The response is "'I am. Completely.'".

It directly-follows how the competition was hindered.

It assumes snow-white-possessed.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is listed.

further-musings-on-beauty is an NPC-directed quip.

The response is "'Death is also very bad for the complexion,' she observes thoughtfully."

It quip-supplies Snow White.

why she avoids daylight is a weak questioning quip. The comment is "'The people have noticed that you avoid the daylight.'".

It mentions night.

The response is "[if the player knows snow-white-possessed]'I can stand the sun. I merely dislike the company of men. Night is quieter and more suitable.'[otherwise]'The sun is bad for my skin.'[end if]".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

whether that seems a vampire trait is a weak questioning quip.

The printed name is "whether that is a vampire trait". The true-name is "whether that seems a vampire trait".

Understand "is" as whether that seems a vampire trait. The comment is "'That is a vampire trait, is it not? [if the player knows vampirism-revealed][first-vampire-accusation][end if]A hatred of sunlight, a tendency to stay awake at night?'".

It mentions vampirism.

The response is "'Not only vampires are fair.'".

It directly-follows why she avoids daylight.

It is negated by snow-white-possessed.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is listed.

what she knows about Grumpy is a questioning quip. The comment is "'Tell me, are you acquainted with a dwarf called Grumpy?'".

It mentions Grumpy.

The response is "'That was the nickname the other dwarrows gave him,' she says. 'He preferred to be called Brassbiter. We were acquainted; he did some work for me[servant-dwarrows].'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It assumes Grumpy-named.

It is listed.

what chores Brassbiter performed is a questioning quip. The comment is "'And what sorts of things did Brassbiter do on your behalf?'".

It mentions grumpy.

The response is "'Just some preparations of the safe haven. I need many things in order to be able to live there without going outside, and to keep the Queen from guessing where I live. Some of the arrangements are straightforward, others arcane. Brassbiter has an unusually strong belief in the value of secrecy and privately-laid plans. I found him the most trustworthy of all his kind.'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It indirectly-follows what she knows about Grumpy.

It is listed.

other-names-Snowy is a privately-named questioning quip. The comment is "'[if the previous quip is other-names][one of]Or[or]What about[or]How about[at random][otherwise][one of]Do you know a dwarf called[or]Or do you know a[stopping][end if] ['][guessed-nickname][']?'". The printed name is "whether she knows a dwarf called [guessed-nickname]". The true-name is "other-names-Snowy".

It mentions dwarf-cousins.

The response is "'[one of]I have never known a dwarf to have such a foolish name[or]No[or]Credit them with more dignity[at random].'".

It is repeatable.

It assumes happy-name-known.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

how to find the King is a questioning quip. The comment is "'How can I find the King, if he doesn't even know who he is himself?'".

Understand "he" or "where" or "is" as how to find the King.

It mentions king.

The response is "She shakes her head. 'There are methods of divination — of consultation with the dead, for instance — that might reveal who he is. But among the ways open to the average mortal? I know no certain method.'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is negated by you-were-king.

It assumes blood-sundering, Snow-white-knows-sundering.

It is listed.

who the King seems is a weak questioning quip.

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

Understand "is" as who the King seems. The comment is "'Who is the King, then?'".

It mentions king.

The response is "'I don't know, obviously.'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is negated by you-were-king.

It assumes blood-sundering, snow-white-knows-sundering.

what she knows of Lamia is a questioning quip. The comment is "'Tell me about Lamia — or should that be the Lamia?'". [1]

The response is "'It is the name people gave to a memory,' she says. 'There was no Lamia, no Queen of Libya who took to murdering children; certainly no half-serpent lady who went by that name. But neither is the story wholly false.'".

It quip-supplies Snow White

why it takes a silver chain to involve her is a questioning quip.

The printed name is "why it takes a silver chain to contain her". The true-name is "why it takes a silver chain to involve her".

Understand "contain" as why it takes a silver chain to involve her. The comment is "'Tell me, [vocative Snow White]: why does it take a silver chain to contain you[if the player knows vampirism-revealed]? [first-vampire-accusation]Is it because you're a vampire[end if]?'".

It mentions silver chain.

The response is "'[if the player does not know Snow-white-possessed]That is the Queen's lunacy, not mine.[otherwise]Come, surely you don't expect me to explain such things to you.[end if]'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

why the Queen suffers this delusion is a questioning quip. The comment is "'Why does the Queen suffer this delusion, do you suppose?'".

It mentions Queen.

The response is "'The Queen's sanity has been crumbling away for a long time. The kingdom worries her; the King is absent; and then there is the matter of her vanity. Who knows where her delusions come from?'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is negated by snow-white-possessed.

It directly-follows why it takes a silver chain to involve her.

It is listed.

no-35 is a negative quip. The printed name is "say no". The true-name is "no-35". The comment is "'Perhaps not.'".

It mentions yourself.

The response is "She [for eye-gest]looks at you coyly[or walk-gest]jerks one shoulder up as though dislodging a gadfly landed there[or breath-gest]mutters to herself under her breath[end for]. 'Silver is the metal of mortal innocence,' she says. 'It has value, but is not showy, not worth [italic type]too much[roman type]. It is not beyond a workman's means to earn. And it requires maintenance, must be cleaned and polished, and in time diminishes into tarnish and is lost. Its modesty, its very mediocrity has the power to bind and compel eternal spirits.'".

It directly-follows why it takes a silver chain to involve her.

It quip-supplies Snow White

It assumes snow-white-possessed.

yes-31 is an affirmative quip. The printed name is "say yes". The true-name is "yes-31". The comment is "'I don't know what you might say: no reason not to ask, at least.'".

It mentions yourself.

The response is "'This must be very hard on you.'".

It directly-follows why it takes a silver chain to involve her.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It assumes snow-white-possessed.

yes-32 is an affirmative quip. The printed name is "say yes". The true-name is "yes-32". The comment is "'I've had easier evenings, it's true.'".

It mentions yourself.

The response is "'I doubt that even the Queen is enjoying a comfortable respite this night.' She sighs. 'It is strange, is it not, how closely we are bound to our enemies? She will not be able to sleep for wondering whether I am dead yet. To each of us the matter is consuming; and meanwhile many good neighbors, who would in human feeling pull either of us from a millpond if we were drowning, sleep soundly. And she and I are consumed by our angers and fears about one another, and so we study each other with the intensity of lovers.' [paragraph break]Her attention returns to the present. 'And then there is you, bystander in some of what has happened. But beside us three, who in the wide world marks the history of our private war?'".

It directly-follows yes-31.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

that Snow White shows marks of vampirism is an informative quip. The comment is "'Come, you haven't hidden the marks of vampirism well[if the player knows vampirism-revealed][first-vampire-accusation][end if].'".

It mentions vampirism, Snow White.

The response is "'Most vampires are vampires without having any choice in the matter,' she says[scary], without denying it[vampirism-revealed]. 'Demons merely dabble, from time to time.'".

It directly-follows whether Lilith likes drinking blood.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It assumes snow-white-possessed.

It is listed.

why Lilith would want to drink blood is a performative quip. The comment is "'Why would a demon wish to drink blood? Does it bring some advantage? Surely demons are immortal without the need for such things.'".

It mentions Lilith, demons, vampirism.

The response is "'There is strength in it,' she says[scary]. 'But sometimes one's host has no taste for it. The princess seems meek, but she can be very stubborn when something is not to her liking. We often —' (she says with some relish) '— have disagreements about what we should do.[paragraph break]'Of course, I win.'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It assumes snow-white-possessed.

It indirectly-follows that Snow White shows marks of vampirism.

whether she hath hurt the princess is a performative quip.

The printed name is "whether she has hurt the princess". The true-name is "whether she hath hurt the princess".

Understand "has" or "snow" or "white" or "lilith" as whether she hath hurt the princess. The comment is "'Have you hurt the princess?'".

It mentions Snow White.

The response is "'If I were to leave her now, she would bear no physical scars.' ".

It indirectly-follows that Snow White shows marks of vampirism.

It assumes snow-white-possessed.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is listed.

Availability rule for if the queen still seems a witch:

if the player recollects if the queen seems a witch:

it is off-limits.

if the queen still seems a witch is a questioning quip.

The printed name is "if the Queen is a witch". The true-name is "if the queen still seems a witch".

Understand "has" or "whether" as if the queen seems a witch.

Understand "is" as if the queen still seems a witch. The comment is "'[if the player knows queen-made-mirror]Do I take it that the Queen is a witch[otherwise]Is the Queen a witch[end if]?' you ask.".

It mentions queen, witchcraft.

The response is "'It is witchcraft to summon such demons as myself,' she says. 'So yes — though many other things popularly believed of witches are not true in her case.'".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It is negated by demon-possession.

It assumes snow-white-possessed. [paired with an alternate version]

It is listed.

no-36 is a negative quip. The printed name is "say no". The true-name is "no-36".

It mentions Queen, fear.

The comment is "'I doubt it.' She is looking at you steadily; it is difficult to lie to the demon.".

The response is "'There. It is best to know what you are capable of,' she says.".

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It assumes snow-white-possessed. [ This is the alternaet version of no-4]

It directly-follows how to deal alongside the queen and if you could kill the queen.

no-37 is a negative quip. The printed name is "say no". The true-name is "no-37".

The comment is "'Perhaps you have some reason not to,' you say. 'Maybe I should take my present existence as a sign of your future intentions. But I am human, and we are nervous sorts.'".

The response is "'As I have often observed,' she says.".

It assumes snow-white-possessed.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It directly-follows no-1.

yes-34 is an affirmative quip.

The printed name is "say yes". The true-name is "yes-34".

The comment is "'Of course you could kill me.'".

The response is "She sighs lightly. 'If I wanted to.'".

It assumes snow-white-possessed.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

It directly-follows no-1.

no-38 is a negative quip. The printed name is "say no". The true-name is "no-38". The comment is "'I wouldn't dare presume.'".

Understand "[maybe]" or "be evasive" or "avoid/evade her" or "avoid/evade answering" as no-38.

It mentions Snow White's skin.

The response is "She considers you. 'Very good, then.'".

It assumes snow-white-possessed.

It directly-follows am-I-beautiful.

It quip-supplies Snow White.

Note

[1]. And here's another one that's thanks to beta-testers showing off. All the same, I think we can weave it in.