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    Default Let's Play: A Midsummer Nights Choice



    In this Shakespearean comedy adventure, can forbidden love conquer adorable fairy outlaws?

    "A Midsummer Night's Choice" is a 190,000-word interactive fantasy novel by Kreg Segall, where your choices control the story. It's entirely text-based--without graphics or sound effects--and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

    "Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind"

    When your father, the Duke, tries to force you to marry, you'll leave civilization behind as you flee in disguise, cross-dressed, into the enchanted forest. Mistaken identities, inexplicable bears, and tiny but fearsome fairies await! (Seriously, they wear little walnut shells for helmets, and ride armored baby bunnies into battle.)

    Will you fall into the mysterious Faerie Queene's clutches? Will you (or your identical doppelganger) find true love? Or will your father's spies find you first?

    Hold on to your heart! The course of true love never did run smooth.

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    1. We read a selection. Every two or three days (barring holidays or other events) there will be a vote.
    2. Selections to be voted on will be highlighted in blue.
    3. Please cast your vote in red.
    4. Prose votes are worth 1 vote. Votes in Rhyme, or poetry, or some other form of bardic art, will count for 2. Expires at end of 27 Mar 2019 session.
    4A) The entire submission must be in red.
    5. In the event of a tie, the moderator (pendell) reserves the right to cast a tie-breaker. In almost all cases, however, the result will be determined by 1d100 roll on random.org. Each course of action will be rolled against in the order they were presented, highest roll winning. In the event of a tie between two entries, those specific entries will be re-rolled.



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    Name: Robin (Disguised as a male scholar)
    AKA: Frederick
    Sex: Female
    Nobility: 56%
    Merriment: 72%
    Enchantment: 58%
    Artistry: 61%
    Charm: 60%
    Courage: 39%
    Wit: 45%


    Reputation
    Prenzie: 55%
    Maroon Knight: 36%
    Morgan: 62%
    Piccolita: 40%.

    Father's Mood
    Furious: 54 % Tolerant: 46%


    Nobility is a measure of your aristocratic bearing. It increases every time you successfully pass a skill test.
    Merriment is a measure of comedic failure. It increases every time you fail. Fail often enough, you can still pass skill tests by choosing the funniest option with merriment!
    Enchantment is your ability to use the magical power of the forest. It is closely related to Charm
    Artistry is the measure of your ability to perform in music, plays, juggling, or any other of the fine arts. Artistry is necessary for any test involving skills.
    Charm is also called Charisma in other games; it directly correlates to Enchantment.
    Courage is used to pass tests of physical strength and daring. The higher this rating, the better your character can fight and the more pain and hardship they may endure.
    Wit is a measure of intelligence. Unlike other games, the magic system has no bearing on wit. It is used for solving puzzles , determining battle tactics, and other intellectual pursuits.


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    Curious: You overheard all of Father's meeting.
    A Rare Courtier: You chose Morgan as your co-star.
    A Sweet Comedy: You performed in a comedy.
    Failed Sacrifice: You tried, and failed, to be gallant.
    Cleanse The Foul Body: Father has been healed.
    The Arbor of Healing: The Arbor heals slowly, but wholly.
    Unity: Together with your love Morgan, you have unified Upper and Lower Fogsworth.


    Spoiler: Decision Log
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    1. …laughing, dancing, and drinking in the tavern.
    2B) With Prenzie, so I would have someone to sing, dance, and drink with.
    3A) Prenzie is A young man
    4A) I pause and dramatically look back towards the forest in the distance.
    5A) Young Woman
    6J) Something else
    7D) Discoursing intelligently to various courtiers, who look intrigued.
    8B) He is socializing at a grand ball.
    9e) I believe in the stories. I listen for her voice, and although I haven't heard her yet, I keep listening.
    10A) I know of an unused door that connects the art gallery and Father's room. If I open it a bit, no one should notice.
    11B) Confuse the guard.
    12A) I meet Father's gaze steadily and make no excuses.
    13a) Pretend to dance.
    14c) Discuss ambassador.
    15B) Voice my strong opposition.
    16C) Room is bright and airy.
    17A) Think through our problem rationally.
    18A) A dashing young man.
    19D) We were seated next to each other at a ceremony in honor of the Lord Mayor.
    20D) Very much so, and I've tried to let him know how I feel.
    21C) His sense of humor.
    22B) I embrace Morgan closely.
    23B) I'll talk my way past the guard at the front door and walk right out.
    24C) Pretend to faint.
    25D) I smile wryly at Prenzie and make a cynical comment.
    26C) Scholar
    27D) Serpent
    28E) Custom Name - Frederick.
    29A) "I say, "I hope Morgan made it out all right."
    30B) Throw food to distract dogs.
    31C) "You sleep on the moss. I'll find someplace else nearby."
    32B) Scout one more time.
    33B1.3) A clever lyric with a lot of puns and biting satire.
    34B) Rest and find him in the morning.
    35B) Our wedding to lord Penderghast is my nightmare.
    36B) Attempt rhymed couplets
    37c3) Tell about Hero and Leander to take his mind off his own troubles.
    38c1) Soliloquy on the confusing paradoxes of love.
    39C) I also say "Alas my sorrow!"
    40.2) Sneak up and catch the fairy._
    40.A) I am suspicious. Knights usually work for lords. Who is this knight working for?
    41C) I tell him part of the truth, that I'm a noble in disguise.
    42B) Bravely hide behind the maroon knight.
    43C) Leave robin alone!
    44A) "I think it is perfect. I love it. All true lovers should express themselves so!" I gather all of them carefully.
    45C) "I think I will climb a tree and scout out the situation. Stay here."
    46A) I am worried. I have grown kind of attached to him, and I wish we could stay together.
    47B) She is using some kind of magic on me. I grit my teeth and try to resist it.
    48B) "Oh, no, I did not spot her. She surprised me completely."
    49B) "I think I have fallen in love with Prinzie! "
    50B) We remain silent.
    51A) I bewilder her with paradoxes and witty compliments to distract her from questioning me.
    52B) "Morgan thinks he can outfox everyone, but I will not let him get away with it."
    53A) Lament our fate.
    54C) "Are you an illusion of some sort?"
    55C) Re-sculpt evil twin.
    56C) Confident in my disguise, I continue forward, certain that I can evade his notice.
    57B) "Er…the what? Forgive me, good shepherd, but I am a stranger to this forest. What festivities are you talking about?"
    58A) Not only do I join in, I command the fiddlers and pipers to play an energetic jig that I can leap and gambol to.
    59B) I speak up on behalf of the Duke and the nobility in general.
    60C) I'll tell a ridiculous and false anecdote about Robin to demonstrate to the shepherds that they are overreacting.
    61A) "I am happy to help, Flavia. Just point the way."
    62C) I subtly use magic to show them an image of my twin rising from the icy pool, to convince them they've been deceived.
    63B) "What is going on up there?" I motion to his head. "Can I…help at all?" I say, kindly.
    64B) I will tearfully ask Morgan why he betrayed everyone's trust so heartlessly.
    65B) "Perhaps you may some day regain the heart of Robin. After all, love is not love that alters when it alteration finds."
    66A) I'll amuse everyone with physical comedy and ridiculous buffoonery.
    67A) Morgan
    68c) I feel more like myself.
    69A) "I am CONTENT, as always when I travel, to meet both common folk as well as lords."
    70D) …Oh, forget the script. I'll just make it up.
    71A) Berate him to the ground!
    72C) It's better to milk this situation for comedy. I'll pretend I don't notice it to get the crowd laughing.
    73B) Lash out at Morgan through the medium of the play.
    74B) Distraction
    75A) Swift kick in the rump.
    76C) The script says I need to run. I'll try to make it look like part of the play, not like I'm running for my life.
    771C) Step out of character and ask them to give flavia a hand.
    78A) "Ah, Your Grace, you are discerning and wise. You have perceived our clever parody."
    79C) "Certainly, Your Grace. Bear, this is the Duke. Duke, this is bear."
    80C) I sarcastically bow to her and blow her a kiss, artfully making it look like part of my entrance.
    81C) Mock Everyone.
    82C) "Thus ever are traitors o'erwhelmed by their own treason. Goodbye."
    83E) Make it up - 'Cause Toujours!'
    84B) I refuse to take sides in this battle. Instead I will help the noncombatant shepherds find somewhere to hide.
    85B) I start telling them a story and walk away. They'll follow me to hear the end of the story.
    86C) I call upon the forest itself to protect Morgan from the blow.
    87A) "Let us tie her up and leave her helpless until the battle is over."
    88B) The time for neutrality has passed. I'll approach the Faerie Queene and join with the fairy forces!
    89C) "Everything looks delicious. I will have both wine and cake, please."
    90C) Smash throne with axe.
    91A) I go where the fight is thickest, with no thought to my own safety.
    92C) I throw myself in front of the Maroon Knight and take the blow for him.
    93C) I am far from defenseless. I call upon the forest to grant me enough magic to strike her with fire, melting her utterly.
    94A) "The pleasure was mine, O Faerie Queene. I am your most humble servant, eager to serve you in whatever you deem fit."
    95C) "I blame the Duke for her death."
    96A) Steadfastly deny everything.
    97C) Defenestration
    98C) Demand that father and mother embrace each other.
    99B) Ten year truce.
    100B) "It would be nice of you to heal him now, in the spirit of joy, generosity, and goodwill."
    101C.2) Choose Morgan.
    102A.1) Morgan should be exiled. I will join him. ENDING: ARBOR.
    ROLLBACK AND ATTEMPT 102D: Magic.
    103B) Sing, dance, and make merry.
    104C) "…The United Duchy and March of Upper and Lower Fogsworth."
    THE END.



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    Quote Originally Posted by PROLOGUE

    The only child of an ailing Duke,
    In Upper Fogsworth, where we start this scene,
    Will shortly face harsh words and stern rebuke,
    And flee the castle to a world more green.
    The Duke's sole heir is summoned to his side,
    What next shall pass, your choices shall decide.
    With that, we move to the story proper.


    And ... ACTION!

    You had the very best intentions when your father commanded that you attend him in his quarters promptly at two o'clock. You really did. But one thing led to another, and the day got away from you. Now Father is going to be furious.

    You run across a meadow, past farmers tending Father's land. Some of them lean on their spades and watch you pass in surprise, not expecting to see the Duke's heir tearing across their lands in such haste. You must be at least an hour late, and you are going to get a stern lecture about responsibility. He'll probably give you that look that says he's disappointed and that he expects more from you.

    But surely, surely, you can make Father understand. He was young once. On such a beautiful day, how could he blame you?
    Vote 1:

    You were just…

    (a) …attending a wonderful new comedy at the theatre.
    (b)…exploring that old cave network behind the palace.
    (c)…completely absorbed in a book, sitting against an old stone wall near the daffodil patch.
    (d)…laughing, dancing, and drinking in the tavern.


    Have your votes in by 5 PM, Wednesday, 16 Jan. See you then!

    Respectfully,

    Brian P.
    Last edited by pendell; 2019-06-26 at 04:30 PM.
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    Not books, nor inns nor theatre,
    the caves are where it's at, man!
    Not 'cause I'm in to geology, oh no:
    Because.
    I'm.
    BATMAN!!!

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    A book is wise, a book is strong,
    is something to read if all else goes wrong,
    And if I find that I reach the end,
    I'll use it to beat off the drunken men.
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    Have you heard that the town crier Theodore
    wailed, "Now here's entertainment worth paying for!"
    Once the play started going
    In laughter we're roaring
    That's why I was late from the theatre.

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    The theatre, the theatre, there's nothing like the theatre!
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    If music is the food of love, my dear.
    Company shall become the food of joy.
    And so such songs and talks, you'd never hear.
    Except from the inns, where bards find employ.


    I am awful at rhyming, especially when also counting syllables.
    Quote Originally Posted by RadarMonkey1 View Post
    I suddenly feel that my character is not as optimized as it could be...

    Oh well, it should still be fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JbeJ275 View Post
    If music is the food of love, my dear.
    Company shall become the food of joy.
    And so such songs and talks, you'd never hear.
    Except from the inns, where bards find employ.


    I am awful at rhyming, especially when also counting syllables.
    That's a sonnet, isn't it? Not bad at all. I take it the vote is for the tavern?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pendell View Post
    That's a sonnet, isn't it? Not bad at all. I take it the vote is for the tavern?

    Respectfully,

    Brian P.
    It's a quatrain, we'd need three of them and then a couplet for a Shakespearian sonnet.

    Also yes, the vote is for the tavern.
    Quote Originally Posted by RadarMonkey1 View Post
    I suddenly feel that my character is not as optimized as it could be...

    Oh well, it should still be fun.

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    To laugh, to dance, fares well for thy dear soul
    From the Tavern at father's insistence
    I journey through town, curse his persistence!
    EXPLOSIVE RUNES
    EXPLOSIVE RUNES
    EXPLODED RUNES
    PICTURE OF A CAT
    EXPLOSIVE RUNES

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    I don't recognize Crisis21's entry as verse or poetry, so I'm counting it as 1 vote. This means we're going to the tavern, by a vote of 4 (tavern) to 3 (play) to 2 apiece for the cave and the book.

    ... …laughing, dancing, and drinking in the tavern.

    CHARM: +7

    Father really doesn't like when you mix with the townspeople. He says it cheapens your value. You consider and reject a dozen possible ways to defend your conduct to Father as you run across the field towards home.
    Vote 2:
    Did you go to the tavern alone or with your best friend, Prenzie?

    2A) Alone, because I felt like disobeying Father as much as possible.
    2B) With Prenzie, so I would have someone to sing, dance, and drink with.
    2C) With Prenzie, because being with Prenzie makes it easy to make friends.


    And another vote immediately .. which we aren't always asked, but I'll bring it up here anyway :


    Vote 3:
    Is Prenzie a young man or a young woman?
    3A) A young man
    3B) A young woman.


    Quote Originally Posted by Midsummer
    Although you try to put it out of your mind, the thought of Father's impending anger tightens your stomach with anticipation, as you try unhappily to think of how you can excuse yourself.

    You finally cross the field, run past the numerous outbuildings, and reach the threshold of the ducal residence, where a troop of Father's guards is marching by smartly.

    Vote 4:
    As you are about to enter the palace, what do you do?

    4A) I pause and dramatically look back towards the forest in the distance.
    4B) I delay entering by watching the guards.
    4C) I break into a run to ensure that I get to Father as quickly as possible.


    Have your votes in by Friday, 18 Jan, 2019, 5PM EST.

    Enjoy!

    Respectfully,

    Brian P.
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    O Prenzie my friend, let me relate,
    As we here drink and dine,
    how I will return with glibness great,
    as a son not back in time.


    Thats, 2B, 3A, and 4A, if my poetry if utterly impregnible.
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    2B or not 2B, that is the question?

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    The agony of rhyming it is doing in my head. So, at the risk of plagiarism:
    what Tentreto said.

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    Prenzie, thy nursemaid, and father's harsh spy,
    And quite unappealing to my young eye,
    Was left on an errand that I devised
    And upon her return was most surprised
    For away had I slipped at jest's behest
    But lo there's the palace that I call home
    Methinks I'll delay as the guards thence come


    2A, 3B, 4B
    EXPLOSIVE RUNES
    EXPLOSIVE RUNES
    EXPLODED RUNES
    PICTURE OF A CAT
    EXPLOSIVE RUNES

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    Away from my father, I did quietly spirit
    caroused with ol' Prenzie, my brother in spirit
    Soon after I downed my last bottle of spirit
    I ran back as fast as I could. That's the spirit!


    2B, 3A, 4C

    EDIT: Can homonyms even be used for rhyming? I'm not well-versed (pun intended) enough to know
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    My choices are 2B, 3B, 4A
    No reason, yes, that's all I have to say
    Quote Originally Posted by RadarMonkey1 View Post
    I suddenly feel that my character is not as optimized as it could be...

    Oh well, it should still be fun.

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    Vote is 2B, 3A, and 4A.

    2B) With Prenzie, so I would have someone to sing, dance, and drink with.
    ARTISTRY: +7
    PRINZIE: +6
    WIT: -3
    FATHER'S FURY RATING: +5.

    Prinzie is a young man.
    Story continues...

    Quote Originally Posted by Midsummer
    You have been friends with Prenzie for eight years, since he first came to Father's court. He is a licensed professional fool, entertaining Father's courtiers during feasts and mocking important people without fear of punishment. Father has almost no patience for foolery, but having a real fool is practically a requirement for a court of any importance. Prenzie is your oldest friend, someone you can trust to tell you the truth, even when he's mocking you.

    Prenzie came to the tavern with you, but only on the condition that you both wear floppy hats to disguise your faces, so Father couldn't scold you and whip him for encouraging you in such a low activity. But the tapster recognized you immediately, and the game was up. So you both danced, and then Prenzie regaled everyone with a really off-color song about the potter's wife. When you realized what time it was, Prenzie was in the middle of singing an encore. You had to quickly apologize, and then run out and leave him there.

    Although you try to put it out of your mind, the thought of Father's impending anger tightens your stomach with anticipation, as you try unhappily to think of how you can excuse yourself.

    You finally cross the field, run past the numerous outbuildings, and reach the threshold of the ducal residence, where a troop of Father's guards is marching by smartly.
    And what do we do next?

    I pause and dramatically look back towards the forest in the distance.
    Which gives us ...
    Ah, the forest. You take a deep, cleansing breath, as if you could smell the sweet scent of pine. Or willow. Actually, you aren't sure what sort of trees grow in the great forest. They are the green kind, though. You feel an affinity for the forest, although you have not been allowed to venture into it much.

    Some say the forest is filled with outlaws. Some say it is the home of ravenous and enchanted beasts out of storybooks. You put the back of your hand to your forehead and ponder your strange fate, living in the palace, but drawn to the green woods—always close to the forest, but never quite within it.

    You shake your head, utter a sigh, and turn to enter the palace.
    ENCHANTMENT: +8

    Any interaction with the forest increases enchantment. Hmmm.

    FATHER'S FURY: +4
    I guess he doesn't like being kept waiting.

    The guard at the door of the receiving chamber nods his head respectfully to you and motions to the adjacent room.

    "Please wait here. His Grace will be with you momentarily. Won't you amuse yourself in the portrait gallery while you wait?"

    You can hear Father arguing with someone inside, his voice rising in intensity. "How dare you…this is outrageous…!" You and the guard share a quick look, and then you enter the gallery.

    This portrait gallery is an ornate chamber decorated with carved dark wood and adorned with two dozen paintings and tapestries with mythological themes. A balcony leads off of this room, with a stunning view of the palace gardens and, further on, the majestic forest that borders Father's land. It is a room meant solely to impress visitors with Father's impeccable taste. But the chairs are uncomfortable, and dreary portraits of your ancestors loom over you from everywhere.

    You understand that when Mother was alive, this room was a lovely and sunny sitting room. But now, much like Father, it is cold and unwelcoming.
    Hmmm .. that's sad. I wonder if he was different when mum was around? Did that have an impact on his mood?

    Over the fireplace is a portrait of you, commissioned just last year.

    VOTE 5:
    It's a portrait of a…
    5A) Young man
    5B) Young woman


    Note: This game is designed for the enjoyment of anyone regardless of orientation, so choosing a sex does not foreclose romantic options. Father, being of the old school, will strongly oppose any marriage that doesn't result in money, power, and children, but no one else will care.

    Of course, HIS idea of marriage ... well, we'll get to that in a minute.


    VOTE 6:
    The brass plate at the bottom of the painting tells the viewer your name. What does it say?

    MALE:
    6A) Robin
    6B) Stansfield
    6C) Antonio
    6D) Colin
    6E) Something else [fill in the blank]

    FEMALE
    6F) Sophia
    6G) Eleanore
    6H) Florimelle
    6I) Kate
    6J) Something else.


    Please vote for one male and one female name, since we don't yet know the sex of our character.

    Your portrait shows you at your best, doing something you are quite good at.

    Vote 7:
    What are you doing in the portrait?

    7A) Lunging with a rapier, with obvious coordination and skill.
    7B) Strolling in a garden in a fashionable outfit, looking very fine indeed.
    7C) Playing a lap harp, with various other artistic accoutrements surrounding me.
    7D) Discoursing intelligently to various courtiers, who look intrigued.


    So ; that tells us what our greatest strength is in. Now , the next part is a little tricky ...

    Our small portrait is dwarfed by your father's, which shows him as he was in his youth—at about your age, in fact, which is when he became Duke. The painting shows one of Father's most notable early achievements.

    Father gained great glory in the field that you are weakest in, unfortunately. That has always been a source of displeasure for him.

    Vote 8: What is your father doing in his portrait?
    8A) He is on horseback in battle.
    8B) He is socializing at a grand ball.
    8C) He is in costume as Apollo the sun god, at a well-attended performance.
    8D) He is sitting in his study, writing an erudite book in Latin.


    The thing that your father is best at is the exact thing you are WEAKEST at. So we're picking your lowest stat. The fact that you are terrible at the thing he values most is one of the reasons he's disappointed with you. But really, what are parents for except to be disappointed with their children?

    One other thing: Votes 7 and 8 are mutually exclusive. So if , say, the vote for 7 is that our strongest point is skill with a rapier, we will not get the option for our father to have been a great warrior. Or if vote 7 is for scholarship, our father will not be allowed to have been a scholar himself. Votes 7 and 8 are mutually exclusive, so be sure to cast your votes accordingly.

    Have your votes in by 5 PM on Monday, 21 January, 2018. Have fun, and see you then!

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    Oh, let me not play a woman; I have a beard coming...

    Two portraits prove the saw that there's no art/ to tell the mind's complexion in the face. The first, my father's: master horseman, who/ in wars too long to mention cut his path to bubble reputation. Next to it /his son Antonio. Bearded like the pard, in visage as a mirror of my sire, and yet in temperament reflected full: I'd sooner change the heads of other men /than leave them on the battlefield detached, through learned discourse: such is man's true might.

    A, C, D and A in other words.

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    My answer, in Haiku form:

    An intelligent
    woman, Robin, unlike her
    father, dislikes balls.

    i.e. 5B), 6A/J), 7D), and 8B).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Personification View Post
    My answer, in Haiku form:

    An intelligent
    woman, Robin, unlike her
    father, dislikes balls.

    i.e. 5B), 6A/J), 7D), and 8B).
    Gotta admit I was tempted by the idea of our hero, unlike their father, not looking good in a dress...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Personification View Post
    My answer, in Haiku form:

    An intelligent
    woman, Robin, unlike her
    father, dislikes balls.

    i.e. 5B), 6A/J), 7D), and 8B).
    The words thus spake are true as rain
    And so I offer my refrain
    To issue this same vote again
    EXPLOSIVE RUNES
    EXPLOSIVE RUNES
    EXPLODED RUNES
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    EXPLOSIVE RUNES

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    I seem to see,
    five bees, near me,
    which a robin, (k)ate,
    and to balls, did hate.
    prefering instead,
    to fill its head.


    That is 5B, 6A/I 7D 8B

    though I might vote for robin being the name for a girl as well. Kate just fit the rhyme better...
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    We-ell, given we got multiple votes all for the same thing, call me a little silly but I think I'll just get this rolling a little early.

    5b) Young Woman
    6J) Other (Robin ?)
    7D) Discoursing intelligently to various courtiers, who look intrigued.
    8B) He is socializing at a grand ball.


    So ... we are a young man. Named Robin.

    Author commentary.
    Quote Originally Posted by Commentary
    Robin is the first name of Robin Goodfellow, better known as Puck the fairy from A Midsummer Night's Dream.
    Quote Originally Posted by Midsummer
    The brass plate reads, "Lady Robin, the only child and heir of the Duke of Upper Fogsworth."

    Your portrait shows you at your best, doing something you are quite good at. What are you doing in the portrait?
    We're discussing a book with courtiers.

    Quote Originally Posted by Midsummer
    The young woman in the portrait leans forward in her chair, clearly making a clever observation. She gestures towards the open volume on the table, no doubt a text by some philosopher of divinity or nature. The various listening courtiers smile and take careful notes, some rubbing their chins and nodding sagely.
    WIT: 37

    And now we see dad doing what he did best, before illness turned him into the grumpy cripple he is today.

    He is socializing at a grand ball.

    Yes, Father was known for his immense social presence when he was younger. The portrait shows him surrounded by a crowd of nobles vying for his favor. It is clear what a magnetic and winning personality Father must at one time have had. You have never excelled at being charming or persuasive. Not like Father.

    It's not for lack of effort. You spend a lot of time around people trying to be charming. Saying charming things. Telling jokes. Making attractive expressions. But somehow, it doesn't work.

    You know how disappointed he is with you. But ever since Mother died when you were born, Father has been sick and bedridden. His illness has embittered him, and his powers of charm and persuasion have been sadly reduced.
    CHARM: 26 .

    You wait for a while, a bit bored, studying the portraits. As always, you notice the slightly faded rectangle on the wall where you assume your mother's portrait once hung next to Father's. You aren't sure exactly why it was removed when she died. And whenever you bring it up to Father, he shuts down the conversation entirely.

    You've heard rumors, but you aren't sure what to believe. Some say she died in childbirth, but some of the townsfolk say she was enchanted by a necromancer. And some of the old women of the town say that when the moon is bright and the world is quiet, they can almost hear her singing in the forest near the palace.

    Vote 9: What do you feel when you think about your mother?
    9A) Nothing in particular. I have many other things on my mind.
    9B) I don't believe the legends of the townsfolk. That kind of magic only exists in silly stories, not in real life.
    9C It's strange. Sometimes if I close my eyes, I feel like I can almost see her, fleetingly. Then she disappears.
    9D) Mostly I'm angry. I know there's something Father isn't telling me.
    9E) I believe in the stories. I listen for her voice, and although I haven't heard her yet, I keep listening.



    Quote Originally Posted by Midsummer
    The shouting continues in the next room. It sounds like someone is banging on a table for emphasis. Maybe Father will get tired of shouting by the time he is ready to see you. But you somehow doubt it. You do wonder what's going on in there. Surely Father would understand if you eavesdropped. Just a little bit. After all, curiosity is the sign of a lively intellect, an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Father has always encouraged you to learn as much as you can; in a very real sense, it is as if he wishes you to eavesdrop on his meeting.

    Vote 10: How are you going to listen in?

    10A) I know of an unused door that connects the art gallery and Father's room. If I open it a bit, no one should notice.

    10B) I go out to the balcony and lean over it. Maybe I can see into Father's window from there.

    10C) I get the guard to leave, so I can peek into Father's keyhole.


    This is probably our first skill test. Note that the MERRIMENT stat will increase if we fail, and that stat itself can be used in later tests ; so we'll never totally mess ourselves up, though we may have to just go for the funny if we mess up too often

    Have thy votes in by Wednesday , 21 Feb 2018, 5PM. . Until then, I bid thee good fortune!

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    errr, I think we might be a girl, as I see 6 votes for girl and 2 for boy?

    Anger and hate, I can relate,
    to things when mother died,
    and listening in, at the art room's fringe,
    I surely must now try.


    so 9D 10A
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tentreto View Post
    errr, I think we might be a girl, as I see 6 votes for girl and 2 for boy?

    Anger and hate, I can relate,
    to things when mother died,
    and listening in, at the art room's fringe,
    I surely must now try.


    so 9D 10A
    D-oh! You're right. The vote is for us to be female! I must have been tired and messed it up. I've corrected that now. Since the winning female option was 6J (choose a different name) that means we need a


    SUPPLEMENTAL VOTE: What is our female character's name, since we want to make up our own?


    If I'm reading the vote correctly, we want her name to be "Robin", is that correct?

    All votes in by Wednesday, 5 PM, same time.


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    Listen/ to master the art of opening yourself to listen to nobody,/ Robin./ Nobody to listen to your opening of art of the masters/ to listen.

    A pretty bad example of a deceptively difficult-to-write poem called a ketek.

    To clarify, the woman is named Robin, and my answers are 9E) and 10A).
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    So ... the resulting supplemental vote is in, and we are a young woman named Robin!

    We have a tie between 9d and 9e so I will roll off at random.org.

    9d = 41
    9e = 99

    So 9e it is - I believe in the stories. I listen for her voice, and although I haven't heard her yet, I keep listening.

    ARTISTRY: 43
    WIT: 34 (-3)

    The shouting continues in the next room. It sounds like someone is banging on a table for emphasis. Maybe Father will get tired of shouting by the time he is ready to see you. But you somehow doubt it. You do wonder what's going on in there. Surely Father would understand if you eavesdropped. Just a little bit. After all, curiosity is the sign of a lively intellect, an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Father has always encouraged you to learn as much as you can; in a very real sense, it is as if he wishes you to eavesdrop on his meeting.
    So let's listen in

    10A) I know of an unused door that connects the art gallery and Father's room. If I open it a bit, no one should notice.


    WIT: 40 (+6)

    Some of the others required skill checks; this not only is an automatic pass, it gives us to a bonus to wit, presumably to reward clever thinking!

    Quote Originally Posted by Midsummer
    You hold your breath and nudge the door open.

    Now you can see into Father's receiving chamber, which is also his bedroom, since he has been bedridden for years.

    He is propped up on the bed; a small tray that doubles as a writing desk perched on the bed next to him is strewn with papers, an inkstand, the ducal seal, and a ledger. Father is gesturing at a map of the duchy on the wall, and he is clearly very, very angry.

    Father's stringy gray hair frames his determined but fading noble features. As you look at Father, you feel the familiar mix of emotions you've come to associate with him. He is your only family, and so of course you owe him your dutiful affection and obedience. But he makes it so difficult. He is stern and sharp with you, and he makes it impossible to give him the kindness a father deserves.

    You recognize the man he is arguing with. He is the Ambassador from Lower Fogsworth, the neighboring land. They are the rivals of Upper Fogsworth, but you don't remember things being this volatile before. Then again, it isn't like Father takes you into his confidence when it comes to politics. He is pale and clearly in great pain, but he masks it in the presence of the ambassador. "Alas," one might say when gazing upon him. "Here was once a great man."

    Even in his stricken condition, confined to his bed as he is, he clearly intimidates the ambassador.
    A bit sad to see Father in this condition; I wonder to what extent is infirmity affects his mood. At any rate, let's see what he's angry about.

    Quote Originally Posted by Midsummer
    Also in the room is Doctor Nostrum, your father's personal physician. Doctor Nostrum attended the University at Palermo, and is a world-recognized healer, but even he has been unable to keep your father's unfortunate condition from deteriorating. He tsk-tsks and takes your father's pulse even as the political argument swirls around him.

    "Very well, then," your father says. "If you refuse to rein in your bandits, we will respond in ways that make you sorely rue your base conduct."

    "Oh, there will be ruing. Make you no mistake about the ruing. The Marquess of Lower Fogsworth denies your accusations, Your Grace, and we will not be charged with such vile provocations without responding to this insult. My master assures you that when he chooses to seize your duchy, you will know it. That is where the ruing will come in."

    "Begone to your master then, and tell him to prepare himself. We shall not long wait before we march."
    Uh-oh. War is imminent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Midsummer
    You are so absorbed by your eavesdropping that you fail to notice the guard standing at the door of the portrait gallery, looking at you suspiciously.

    The guard clears his throat. "Lady Robin, is everything quite all right?"

    Vote 11: How are you going to get rid of him?

    A) I'll use my authority over him to make him leave me alone.
    B) I'll confuse him until he leaves.
    C) I'll act friendly towards him to get him to leave me alone.



    So .. let us continue Friday, 25 Jan, 2019, at 5 PM EST !

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    How strange or odd some'er I bear myself
    (As I perchance hereafter shall think meet
    To put an antic disposition on)
    (HAMLET 1.5.190-192)


    11B)
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    Noble guard of my father's court,
    How vigilant you are today!
    Indeed it seems you are the sort
    That ought to gain a raise in pay


    11C
    EXPLOSIVE RUNES
    EXPLOSIVE RUNES
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    ’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
    Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
    All mimsy were the borogoves,
    And the mome raths outgrabe.

    “Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
    The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
    Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
    The frumious Bandersnatch!”

    He took his vorpal sword in hand;
    Long time the manxome foe he sought—
    So rested he by the Tumtum tree
    And stood awhile in thought.

    And, as in uffish thought he stood,
    The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
    Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
    And burbled as it came!

    One, two! One, two! And through and through
    The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
    He left it dead, and with its head
    He went galumphing back.

    “And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
    Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
    O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
    He chortled in his joy.

    ’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
    Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
    All mimsy were the borogoves,
    And the mome raths outgrabe.


    11B, unless the guard turned out to be Lewis Carroll

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