Zwackus Posted August 26, 2010 Report Share Posted August 26, 2010 You take a quick shortcut between some hedges to avoid <Random Low Relationship Character>. “I saw you, @Player Name@!” <he/she> calls. <he/she> is following you! Just then, you spot a hole under an old stone wall. It’s just big enough to climb through, and you know <he/she> isn’t going to follow you there and get all dirty. You scramble through on your hands and knees and emerge on the other side just in time to hear <Character> run past. You’re safe now! Only then do you notice where you are . . . at the entrance to some kind of hedge maze! 1 – You’ve heard rumors of a dangerous maze that traps students, and you don’t have time to deal with that now. (Exit, -1 to Curiosity) 2 – Memorization – Try to remember if you’ve heard something about this before. Investigate – Success – Mysterious hedge maze, walled off, near Avila College . . . yes, you have heard something about that. Unfortunately, it was when you were listening in to a conversation between some older students, and you couldn’t understand most of what they were talking about. It definitely had something to do with geometry, though. – Result, show Geometry option. Investigate – Failure – You remember hearing a story <Random High Relationship Character> told you about a maze that closed up behind you. The only way to survive was to run as fast as you can! – Result – show Running option. 3 – Puzzles – Enter the maze, and leave a trail of breadcrumbs behind you so you don’t get lost. (Very Hard) Success – You enter the maze, confident that there’s no puzzle you can’t solve. The maze is tricky. It seems like it loops back on itself in ways that should be impossible, but you ignore that and focus on your goal. It’s a puzzle, and like any puzzle, there’s a solution. Patience, logic, and dedication eventually pay off when you emerge from the hedges into a small clearing at the maze’s center. There’s a small plaque on a pedestal. Etched onto the plaque is a map of the maze, which makes your mind swim if you consider it carefully, and a small caption explaining that the maze was built as a physical solution to Hans Edlun’s Fourth Geometric Quandry. <Insert better name/problem from lore here> Hmn, interesting. (Exit, +1 Puzzles, +1 Geometry Problems Research) Fail – You start off confident, but quickly realize that this maze is no ordinary puzzle. Straight lines are not straight, right angles don’t behave properly, and turning around has unpredictable results. When you unexpectedly end up back at the start of the maze, your frustration turns to relief, and you leave the whole thing behind you. (Exit, -1 Confidence, +2 Stress) 4 – Climb – Climb a nearby tree, and try to figure out the layout of the maze. Investigate – Success – You slowly make your way up the tree, looking carefully for branches that seem strong enough to hold you. When you look down at the maze, though, something is not right! The paths twist and fold into themselves in ways that are impossible, and seem to shift every time you blink. It makes you dizzy, and before you know it, you’ve slipped off the branch and fallen onto the soft ground below. You wake up hours later, just moments before curfew, and run back to your dorm. (Exit, Vitality -1) Investigate -- Fail – Climbing the tree is more difficult than it looks, and after fifteen minutes you’re right back where you started. (No effect) 5 – Geometry Problems – Tackle the maze as a giant geometry problem. Success – Four right angles make a squared triangle, but if you cut across the center vertex and divide by . . . the twists and turns of the maze become less a physical space and more an expression of profound and inexplicable geometric laws. The twists and turns are not directions laid out on a two-dimensional map, but rather arguments and statements in a giant geometric puzzle. Fortunately, it’s a puzzle that was solved long ago, and you studied it in class. Seeing the solution made into physical space is an incredible experience. At the center of the maze there is a small clearing, with a marble pedestal and a bronze plaque. The plaque shows the formal solution to Hans Edlun’s Fourth Geometric Quandry, the very same solution you just retraced in the maze. Cool. (Exit - +1 Confidence, +1 Geometry Problems, +1 Geometry Laws) Failure – The maze definitely has something to do with geometry – impossible geometry! You quickly realize that this is simply beyond your level, and make for the exit. ( Exit - -1 Confidence) 6 – Running – You set off at a sprint, pushing ahead at your top speed, turning the corners as quickly as you can. However, no matter how fast you run, you don’t seem to be getting any closer to the center. Still, you can’t shake the feeling in your gut that you’re getting closer . . . to something. Something important. Gasping for breath, you make one final turn . . . and see the entrance to the maze. All that running, and you’re right back where you started. Well, at least the maze didn’t eat you! (Exit, +1 Running) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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