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EXCEPTIONAL STORY JUNE 2015: The Court of Cats Messages in this topic - RSS

Jolanda Swan
Jolanda Swan
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13 days ago
I played it in August and had no idea it could unlock a card if played a certain way. Do we have any links?

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phryne
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13 days ago
Jolanda Swan wrote:
I played it in August and had no idea it could unlock a card if played a certain way. Do we have any links?

This is my echo of the epilogue card. This is the ending that unlocked it.

As you can see, there was half a year between playing the story and getting the card. I had no idea of its existence either and remember being pleasantly surprised by that late epilogue. I had no idea its existence was still such a secret so many years later. smile

Afaik the epilogue card is a one-timer for everyone, but do correct me if I'm wrong.

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Skinnyman
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13 days ago
Hope there aren't too many spoilers here; first is the result when favouring the Bishop followed by the card pop-over, heading, option and result text.

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The Prince-Bishop's gratitude

The Duchess nods. "I concur, Arbiter. The marriage is dissolved. Prince-Bishop: the Misermere is yours." The Viscountess pours, resentfully, from her footstool and prowls from the room. Her crestfallen supporters follow her.
The Prince-Bishop permits you to scratch him under the chin. "My gratitude, Arbiter," he says, through purrs. "You have freed me. I'll return to the Misermere, where I mean to organise an expedition into the Undiscovered Lands. Perhaps you could join us for part of the journey." He leaves with the Landgrave of the Waswood at his side, their tails a-twine.
You are alone with the Duchess. She stands, stretches, and yawns gracefully. The powders that cake her face crack, revealing a glimpse of dark skin. She covers it quickly with her fingers, and gives you a secret smile.
"Thank you for your efforts. Not a happy occasion, but a necessary one."
(Sets The Court of Cats 100 - You settled in favour of the Prince-Bishop)

An Unpleasant Dream
The nightmare holds you tight...
You unlocked this with Nightmares 5, The Court of Cats 100-200
(Very Infrequent frequency)


An Unpleasant Dream
The nightmare holds you tight. A forest of spindly trees. A silver rain, which turns the ground to a mire the colour of snail trails and the consistency of mucus. Something is following you through the trees. Its eyes glow like gas-lamps.
You are lost, but a distant sound offers hope.



Follow the sound of drums to join the Prince-Bishop's march
A procession of leopards stalks through the forest. The thing chasing you hoods its eyes and slinks away.
You unlocked this with Dangerous 100, The Court of Cats exactly 100


Pioneers
At the head of the procession walk the Prince-Bishop of the Dome of Scales and the Landgrave of the Waswood. They are both leopards here, lean and gloriously spotted. "We are striking into the wildnesses in search of unfound lands," the Prince-Bishop says. "Perhaps we'll kill some serpents on the way. Join us."


You accompany them through endless oceans of jungle. You climb blue mountains with shawls of ragged mist. You join in scarlet feasts amidst the stones of viny ruins. You roar with them into the domes of Fingerking shrines, and shatter the rippling mirrors upon the altars. You discover nests of serpents knotted among the branches of a stately forest, and introduce the leopards to the convenience of fire.
You do not remember waking. One moment you are striding beside the Prince-Bishop across a plain of long-shadowed stones. The next you are in your bed, lean from your travails, fevered from your dreams. But the things you have seen!
(You've gained 1 x Primaeval Hint, -100 CP Dangerous
Sets The Court of Cats 300 - You travelled with the Prince-Bishop on his expedition)

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phryne wrote:
Afaik the epilogue card is a one-timer for everyone, but do correct me if I'm wrong.
It is locked by picking an the Bishop/Viscountess option. Choosing the other one, doesn't change any unlock qualities for it.
Do tell if there are other options or echoes. smile
edited by Skinnyman on 10/8/2019

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Jolanda Swan
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12 days ago
This is a story where I deeply regret choosing the path of compromise. I hate the Fingerkings, dammit! I should have chosen the Prince.

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Skinnyman
Skinnyman
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12 days ago
Jolanda Swan wrote:
This is a story where I deeply regret choosing the path of compromise. I hate the Fingerkings, dammit! I should have chosen the Prince.
What's your ES quality level if I may ask?
edited by Skinnyman on 10/9/2019

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Jolanda Swan
Jolanda Swan
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12 days ago
The Court of Cats 1000 - You convinced the Prince-Bishop and Viscountess to stay together.

Seeing, all the echoes here (thanks, guys!) I at least feel that [spoiler]the Fingerkings are damned no matter what happens. [/spoiler] Which is great. And thankfully, the reconciliation path gives the feline nobles a year to rethink, at the end of which they can still break up.

Knowing what I know now, I prefer to imagine they realized they had more in common tham they initially thought in that year.

Having said that, the reconciliation option gives neither the interesting and chilling twist which the Viscountess' option gives in the end, nor an extra card like the Bishop does - though story-wise, it could very well give you both, especially given that it was the most troublesome path to take.
edited by Jolanda Swan on 10/9/2019

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Skinnyman
Skinnyman
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12 days ago
Jolanda Swan wrote:
Knowing what I know now, I prefer to imagine they realized they had more in common tham they initially thought in that year.


Having said that, the reconciliation option gives neither the interesting and chilling twist which the Viscountess' option gives in the end, nor an extra card like the Bishop does - though story-wise, it could very well give you both, especially given that it was the most troublesome path to take.
I wouldn't agree with them realizing anything; the text implies something else.
But I agree that the Viscountesses option on the card is more interesting than the Bishop's.

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