Dreaming Dust Castle



Encounter Conditions

Orbital Watch equipped, after agreeing to help in the Audience with the King
Repeats every few energy until you launch an attack and succeed/fail or abandon your post? Run out of National Hunt?

Initial Text

The veil of dust pulls back to reveal a beautiful castle. The king of that castle has asked you to determine where the corporations' hidden headquarters is and what might be guarding it. He warns you that the corporatists, although not able to measure up to his noble blood, show a certain serpentine cunning.

As far as the defenses, your scouts report that the opposing army includes hound drones along with the spidery kind and old-fashioned missile drones. But they also say there are dragons among the enemy ranks, so their reports are somewhat suspect.

Summary of Choices

  1. Look for Hound Drones - gain 2 XP Perception, gain information
  2. Search for Spider Drones - gain 2 XP Reflexes, gain information
  3. Seek out Missile Drones - gain 2 XP Strength, gain information
  4. Hunt for Dragons - gain 2 XP Will, gain information
  5. Launch the attack!
    1. Make the call - ends encounters*, or, if correct allocation: learn Time of Collapse skill or gain national crown
    2. Not quite yet - nothing
  6. Abandon your post -

For the first four choices below, you can receive clues in one of the following forms:

  • <Drones> are guarding a facility in <Location>.
  • <Drones> are guarding the <headquarters/drone factory/the drone storage>.
  • <Drones> aren't guarding <headquarters/drone factory/the drone storage> in <Location>.

Choice Text and Results

Look for Hound Drones


Your scouts search for hound drones and return after some time with the results. The search was long and hard, leaving you to learn a few things from their report.

Your scouts indicate the hound drones <clue>.

You've earned 2 XP in Perception

Search for Spider Drones


Your scouts canvas the world, looking for spider drones. Their reports of the cat-and-mouse between them and the drones are nothing short of bone-chilling.

Your scouts indicate the spider drones <clue>.

You've earned 2 XP in Reflexes

Seek out Missile Drones


Your soldiers search high and low for missile drones. Their harrowing report inspires you to stop and appreciate life a little more, maybe even take care of yourself a bit better.

Your scouts indicate the missile drones <clue>.

You've earned 2 XP in Strength

Hunt for Dragons


Your soldiers seem oddly complacent at the idea of hunting for dragons. They soon return with an inspiring report of a glorious hunt and some news of the outside world.

Your scouts indicate the dragons <clue>.

You've earned 2 XP in Will

Launch the attack!


Your field commanders readily agree to begin the attack, but they need two pieces of information to execute it: where the enemy headquarters lies and what forces the corporations have guarding it. There are not nearly enough soldiers to make a second attempt.

Where: [Africa, The Americas, Eurasia, Oceania]
Defenses: [Hound Drones, Spider Drones, Missile Drones, Dragons]

(Where and Defenses are labels for dropdowns from which you can select one of the listed options.)

Make the call


You make the final order to attack.

If you entered correct input:
Your army overruns the drones, destroying the transmission center that controls them. It explodes, sending a pillar of fire into the dusty night air.

And, if you don't have Time of Collapse:

You've learned a new Skill: Time of Collapse
(Hidden: Lose Time of War skill, if you have it.)

Or, if you already have the Time of Collapse skill:

For your hard work and extended service, you are granted the king's crown! You're equally surprised that there are still kings and that they give up their crowns so freely, but you're apparently quite the hero.

You found: national crown

If you entered incorrect input (I attacked the location that was labeled headquarters):
Your army breaks through the enemy lines to find that the headquarters is merely a decoy. With the army drawn out of position, your headquarters is swarmed by drones within days.

If you entered non-sensical input (eg. through url manipulation):
Your army is utterly confused by your commands. It's going to take a while to sort out.

Not quite yet

Something happens

Abandon your post

Something happens


This encounter does not consume energy.

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