Bedridden King

Image

bedriddenking%20100.jpg

Encounter Conditions

Etheric
Wearing wispy hospital pants
After Dusty Throne Room

Initial Text

You make your way to the top of the highest tower. An elderly man rests in a hospital bed, its hard steel lines out of place among the tower's rough stone.

On one side of him is a woman who looks deeply worried and deeply tired. On the other side, a man in a nurse's uniform looks unworried but focused as he mixes up some sort of formula.

Or, after giving the princess the draught of immortality, or administering it to the king yourself:

You make your way to the top of the highest tower. An elderly man rests in a hospital bed, its hard steel lines out of place among the tower's rough stone.

On one side of him is a woman who looks deeply tired, almost drowning out the glimmer of hope in her eyes. On the other side, a man in a nurse's uniform looks annoyed but focused as he mixes up some sort of formula.

Summary of Choices

  1. Talk to her
    1. Talk about her father - something happens (If you have not yet given the king the draught of immortality)
    2. Give her the medicine - Changes encounter text slightly, unlocks something? (With draught of immortality, if you have not yet given it to her or the king)
    3. Distract her - 2 XP in Will or, with a tome of flowers equipped, 6 XP in Will and learn Lesson of Flowers, or with a princess bloom equipped, learn Blossoming Peace (If you have not yet given the king the draught of immortality)
    4. Ask to go for a walk - something happens (After giving the king the draught of immortality)
    5. Just chat - 2 XP in Will (After giving the king the draught of immortality)
    6. Leave her be - 2 XP in Will
  2. Chat with him
    1. Ask about his patient - something happens
    2. Give him the queen's flower - (Only after showing the queen the flower of the dragon in the Dusty Throne Room) - Get draught of immortality
    3. Just chat - 3 XP in Perception or, with a tome of stars equipped, 6 XP in Reflexes and learn Lesson of Stars
    4. Leave him be - something happens
  3. Search the room - Get ancient candle (Once per day?) or 3 XP in Perception
  4. Give him the draught - (With draught of immortality)
  5. Leave this place - something happens

Choice Text and Results

Talk to her

dreaming%20dust%20princess%20100f.jpg

She nods towards you politely as you approach, but seems more interested in her father in the bed.

Or, after the king has been given the draught of immortality:

dreaming%20dust%20princess%20100f.jpg

She smiles as you approach, seemingly willing to take her eyes of the King for a moment.

Talk about her father

dreaming%20dust%20princess%20100f.jpg

She sighs without looking away from the figure on the bed. "Every night I dream he's getting better, but when I wake up… he's still here like this. I… don't know what to do."

"The Alchemist," he nods politely from across the bed, "he's doing everything he can, but we just need something stronger. The sorceress…"

The Alchemist frowns and clears his throat pointedly. "Don't hold out for that charlatan, your highness. Even if you could get her the flower, it'd only be a terrible waste."

Give her the medicine

bedriddenking%20100.jpg

You hand her the flask. She accepts its worshipfully as the Alchemist sneers from across the room. "It won't work, Princess."

She ignores his statement and carefully pours the medicine into her father's open mouth, pausing periodically to let him swallow. He doesn't leap up for joy but his color looks a lot better and his breathing has evened.

Distract her

dreaming%20dust%20princess%20100f.jpg

She makes polite, although rather distracted, small talk. You don't get a lot out of her, but she does seem to appreciate the thought.

You've earned 2 XP in Will

(Or, with a tome of flowers equipped):

She makes polite, although rather distracted, small talk, until she notices the book you're carrying. Then she launches into a surprisingly detailed discussion of flowers from a symbolic angle and, strangely considering the age of her dress, a deeply knowledgable biological perspective.

You end up flipping back and forth in the book to keep up, but have a deeply interesting conversation as the book falls to dust in your hands. And it seemed to make her feel a little better, which is cool.

You learned a new Technique: Lesson of Flowers

You've earned 6 XP in Will
(Lose tome of flowers)

(Or, with a princess bloom equipped):

She takes the flower from your hand, seemingly well-distracted. You're tempted to take it back, but a strange calmness washes over you instead.

You learned a new Technique: Blossoming Peace
(Lose princess bloom)

Ask to go for a walk

dreaming%20dust%20princess%20100f.jpg

She nods shyly and leads you off to the gardens, explaining details about the various blooms there excitedly as she does.

As you rest in the garden for what seems like years, you hear the distant sounds of fighting. When the war finally reaches you, when she is finally cut down, all that remains behind is a flower as the dust closes in around you.

Time seems to pass into dust, leaving you in a strange world filled with pain and strife, but perhaps a little less alone than you thought.

You found: princess bloom

Just chat

She makes polite small talk. It's something she's had a lot of practice in, but it's just as clear she appreciates your help and doesn't mind chatting.

You've earned 2 XP in Will

Leave her be

dreaming%20dust%20castle.jpg

On second thought, she looks like she has a lot on her mind. You leave her to her thoughts.

You've earned 2 XP in Will

Chat with him

dreaming%20dust%20alchemist.jpg

He looks down at his patient, who shows no sign of getting up soon, and sighs. "I suppose I can take a moment to chat. What did you want?"

Even this momentary lapse is favored by a cold glance from the woman on the far side of the bed.

Ask about his patient

dreaming%20dust%20alchemist.jpg

He nods to the woman at bedside and leads you off to the side. "It's a lot, you know. The king is sick, sick and old. And the princess… it's just distracting."

He glances back at her with an obvious bit of longing. "So distracting."

Give him the queen's flower

dreaming%20dust%20alchemist.jpg

"Of course," he nods, accepting the flower. "It will be as my queen commands."

The wait is strangely uncomfortable, with the woman staring at you but unwilling or unable to speak her mind. Eventually he returns. "This will do, I hope?"

You found: draught of immortality
(Lose flower of the dragon)

Just chat

dreaming%20dust%20alchemist.jpg

You talk for a while, the topic wandering from chemistry to the stars and back. None of what he's saying quite makes sense.

He doesn't seem pleased with your questions, but poking at things makes you feel a little better. Eventually he gives you directions to the castle's library, perhaps in hopes of getting you off his back.

You've earned 3 XP in Perception

(Or, with a tome of stars equipped):

dreaming%20dust%20alchemist.jpg

You talk for a while, before the topic turns to the stars. The man becomes more and more animated, chatting over a variety of topics, but returning to his strange knowledge on stars.

You can barely follow along, even knowing it's all right there in the book.

It's odd… something in the depths of your brain whispers that he's mad, spouting beliefs only children could believe, but with his conviction you can almost feel the stars in your hands, burning the book away and leaving only its lessons behind.

You learned a new Technique: Lesson of Stars

You've earned 6 XP in Reflexes
(Lose tome of stars)

Leave him be

He shrugs, seeming glad to be left to his work.

Search the room

You search through the table, drawing a few curious glances from the Princess and Alchemist. They don't seem to mind when you help yourself to a candle anyway.

You found: ancient candle

Or, after getting an ancient candle (once per day?)

You search through the table, drawing a few curious glances from the Princess and Alchemist. It's probably just as well, because you don't find anything interesting anyway.

You've earned 3 XP in Perception

Give him the draught

bedriddenking%20100.jpg

You carefully pour the medicine into his open mouth, pausing periodically to let him swallow. He doesn't leap up for joy but his color looks a lot better and his breathing has evened.

(Lose draught of immortality)

Leave this place

dreaming%20dust%20castle.jpg

Yeah, you'd just be getting in the way here. You head back outside.

Notes

This encounter does not consume energy.

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License