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16-01-2017 09:22 AM
Vanshilar
Disabling copy protection

In Castles 2: Siege and Conquest, copy protection takes the form of occasional questions about random things from the manual like how many points does a castle need to have to prevent a territory from revolting. They're not that hard to memorize, but if you want to disable them, follow these steps:

1. Open up LIB.CLU in your favorite hex editor.
2. Go to bytes 0xB4BBC to 0xB4BC1. The values should be "04 40 2F 4C 00 00" (in hexadecimal). Alternatively, you can just search for this sequence of byte values, as there are only two of them.
3. Change the value "2F" into "2D".
4. Save the file and play! If copy protection comes up during the course of the game, you'll simply get the "Thank you, Majesty" message for successfully completing the copy protection.

Node 19500 in LIB.CLU is the "plot" that gets activated when doing the copy protection. It usually goes to node 19503 ("2F 4C"), which then goes to the appropriate question to ask. This change moves it instead to node 19501, which is when you successfully answer the copy protection question.
04-01-2017 01:02 AM
Vanshilar I've (mostly) figured out how the initial map creation process works, and put the results in a graphic attached here.

Each faction can start in one of 3 possible locations. The Pope starts with 3 territories; each can be at 1 of 4 possible locations. Each of those sets have a different pattern (solid color, horizontal stripes, or vertical stripes).

If the commodities is set to "Balanced", then the resource type is dictated by the castle size in the graphic (no castle, Partial Castle, Small Castle, or Large Castle), with each castle size corresponding to one of the resources. Note that it's not exactly even; there are 10 "Small Castles" and 8 "Large Castles". So once you know one of them, you know where all the territories are for that resource type.

If the commodities is set to "Geographic", then the resource type depends on the type shown in the graphic. An "F" represents plains, which has a 75% chance of being food, otherwise it will be iron or gold (never timber). A "T" represents forest, which has a 75% chance of being timber, otherwise it will be iron or gold (never food). A "G" represents mountains, which has a 50% chance of being iron and 50% chance of being gold (never food nor timber).

I didn't look into what if the commodities is set to "Random", I assume then the resources are randomly generated but didn't verify this.

The numbers are the territory ID's. You can see this order if you tab through the territories during the game. (Beware though, if you tab during a plot or other actions while the lower right window is active, you may break the game including breaking any save games saved after doing so.)

Since gold is the most important resource, if you're playing on "Geographic", then Valois is probably the best option since it puts you close to the largest number of mountain territories. Just make sure you scout ahead so you know which one is the Pope.
10-12-2016 06:07 AM
Vanshilar For those who are interested, I've put up the save game format for the game here:

http://www.shikadi.net/moddingwiki/C...ve_Game_Format

If you have any questions about the save game data, please let me know.
18-04-2016 01:51 PM
Vanshilar So an overview of the plots:

The probabilities of seeing each of the plots is as follows:
40% "Main" plots
15% "One-liner" plots
41% "Resource" plots
4% Queen Catherine's daughters plot

Main plots:
Each of the main plots are equally likely. There are 18 of them. Some of them start with a wait time, meaning that by the time you see them, you're already locked into that plot. It also means that if the usual time for a plot comes and goes without a plot starting (the first one starts on May 24, 1312), then you have one of these delayed plots. The 18 main plots are:
Arinseault
Mortain (wait 60 days)
Chamord (wait 60 days)
Catherine's debt
Teuton (wait 40 days)
Denmark (wait 60 days)
Peasant grievances (wait 65 days)
Annonay
Laval barracks (wait 60 days)
Duke of Compagne (wait 60 days)
Castile (wait 60 days)
Roland (wait 60 days)
Chassaine
Mercurato
Officious-looking clerk
Clouseu
Discontented
Etienne

One-liner plots:
These are just humorous anecdotes or random events that give you a few gold or takes a few gold, etc. There are 52 of them.

Resource plots:
There seems to be some sort of check to not give these plots unless you have enough resources. Thus, if these plots are unavailable, the plot script goes back and chooses another. These plots basically take resources and give happiness. There are 13 of them. They are:
Illness ("terrible plague has hit the village")
Plague ("archer complains of shooting pains in his stomach")
Locust ("swarm of locusts is attacking our crops")
Termites ("termites have invaded our lumber supply")
Drought ("serious drought has plagued the village")
Mining accident ("mine tunnels collapsed")
Killer bees ("swarm of killer bees is attacking our people")
Explosion ("explosion at the foundry")
Weapons ("Sir Gunny")
Camouflage ("Sara Thimble")
Dowser ("Madame Zelda")
Genetic Engineer ("Dr. Snodgrass")
Fertilizer ("Sir Vincent")

Queen Catherine's daughters:
There are separate plots for each of the factions (Valois, Anjou, Burgundy, and Aragon). I'm not sure yet how they differ. Albion cannot have this plot because Albion is married already to Edna.
17-10-2015 10:05 AM
Vanshilar I've figured out where the instructions for the plots (i.e. do this if human player selects A, check for that, etc.) are stored in LIB.CLU. They're a bunch of 6-byte lines. There's 80831 of them. So it'll take a while to figure out what they do.

However, I've figured out some basic things, such as the instruction to display lines of text (the lines in the previous 15 posts), and adding player stats such as resources and ability (Adm/Mil/Pol) points. Since Adm points are the hardest to get later on, I thought I'd take a look at how to get them first:

* Marrying Queen Catherine
* If Holy Teuton Empire decides to support you, you gain 5 of each resource and 1 of each ability point (this is one of the best outcomes of all the plots)
* When Alain is on trial, and you select B to appoint a new judge, you'll lose a Pol point but gain an Adm point
* When peasants suspect judge in Aniber is accepting bribes, and you select B to have someone try to bribe him
* In Annonay plot, when you try to deliver 8 gold (and have it), Sir Percy reveals himself, and you accept him into your council, you gain 1 of each ability point
* Etienne plot, when you talk to the Order, and ask for extra support from the guilds
* Etienne plot, when asked "Why was Man created?", one of the results says "a smile comes to his face", in which case you'll gain 1 Adm point and 3 of each resource, then 1 Mil point and 1 Pol point; one of the other results says "smiles", in which case you'll gain 1 Adm point and later 1 Pol point; one of the other results may be that nothing happens
* Random event saying bureaucracy gains abacuses
* Professor offers to lecture, and you pay 5 gold and can raise any one ability point
* There's some oddity with the "state of the kingdom" plot. When you give gold to repair the cathedral or throw a festival, it says you gain Adm points (up to 6 if you give 3 gold). This is patently absurd and doesn't work, so there's likely something in the intervening instructions that hampers this. Just mentioning it because it's in the instructions list
* For the stonemason guild repairing St. Simone, when you threaten the guild with force
* In the Lord Chassaine plot, various ways such as if you successfully ambush Corinn
* For Mercurato plot, if you don't have enough troops and he ends up staying in your court
* For Mercurato plot. if Sir Estes signs treaty with King Qalati, you get 1 Adm point, 1 Pol point, 1 infantry, and 1 archers
* For Mercurato, if you don't have enough gold or food, he cancels the expedition and you gain 1 Adm point, 2 infantry, and 1 archers (you probably lost some of those to the plot at some point)
* For Mercurato, he returns from successful expedition to the Pyramids, and you gain 1 Adm point, 2 infantry, 1 archers, and 10 gold
* Doing bishop's paperwork, there's a number of branches where you gain 1 of each ability point or just 1 Adm point (but you probably lost them somewhere along the line)
* When the town Clouseu heals

Some of these may be inaccurate -- I've figured out less than half of the instructions so far, so there's a lot of stuff that I don't understand yet.

Looking at the outcomes, it seems like the Holy Teuton Empire one, the Annonay one, and the Etienne one have the best outcomes (they all give 1 of each ability point and sometimes some resources too) so I'll look into how those work first.
12-10-2015 07:13 AM
Vanshilar -------------
Cluster: 2964
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_MMI Phi: node 29641
Prunella's handmaiden runs in.
{Sire! Prunella ate some porridge this morn, and now she cannot
stop eating soap!}

[a] Send for a doctor.
[b] Ignore it.
She bows.
{I'll fetch him right away.}
She bows.
{Yes, Sire.}
_MMI Phi: node 29642
Prunella's handmaiden runs in.
{Prunella is gone! She left this note:
'I am sorry, but I cannot accept the dismal destiny of being your
Queen. Farewell and good luck.'}
_MMI Phi: node 29643
Prunella's handmaiden runs in.
{Sire! Prunella is dead! She left this note:
'I am sorry, but I could not endure the thought of our marriage. With
death, I find solace in being close to God. Say hello to Mother.'}
_MMI Phi: node 29644
Prunella's nurse enters.
Prunella is greatly recovered, but she could use a spiritual
boost. I think this is a good time to commemorate your engagement.}

[a] Plan a commemoration.
[b] Refuse.
She nods.
{Very well, Sire.}
Her eyes avoid yours.
{As you wish.}
_MMI Phi: node 29645
Prunella's nurse enters.
{Prunella is dead. With her last breaths, she asked for you to
remember her. Shall I call the royal ceremony planner?}

[a] Refuse.
[b] Agree.
She glares.
{As you wish.}
She nods.
{I shall send for him.}
_MMI Phi: node 29646
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{To commemorate Princess Prunella, I suggest a tower costing 2 Gold.
A statue would cost only 1 Gold. A song would cost nothing, but still
seem sweet.}

Do you order:
[a] A tower.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
He smiles.
{Sire, your judgment is unsurpassed. It shall be done.}
He smiles.
{Very good, Sire.}
He smiles.
{I thought you might like that. A song it shall be.}
He smiles.
{I see.}
_MMI Phi: node 29647
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{You have gone too far. I hope you grow warts on your nose.}

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Cluster: 2965
-------------

_MMI Phi: node 29651
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{Commemorating the princess with a bridge would cost 2 Gold.
A statue would cost 1 Gold. Of course, a song would cost nothing,
but still show you care.}

Do you order:
[a] A bridge.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
He smiles.
{Sire, your judgment is superb. It shall be done.}
He smiles.
{It shall be done, my liege.}
He smiles.
{It shall be done, my liege.}
He frowns.
{As you wish, my liege.}
_MMI Phi: node 29653
Prunella's commemoration ceremony is held today.
The people joyously throw gilded peas.
Prunella chokes back a sob with a fierce smile. She exclaims:
{I shall never forget this day!}
_MMI Phi: node 29652
Prunella's commemoration ceremony is held today.
The jeering people throw boiled peas.
Horrified, Prunella gasps:
{I want to go home to mother!}
_MMI Phi: node 29659 (END OF PLOT)

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Cluster: 2971
-------------

_MMI Cha: node 29811
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I have considered your request, and I consent to let you marry my
second daughter, Griselda. She will soon come to call.}
_MMI Phi: node 29716
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I am pleased to announce the engagement of my daughter, Princess Griselda, to
Ramiro, King of Aragon.}
Charles, King of Valois.}
Henri, Duke of Anjou.}
_MMI Phi: node 29718
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{Duke, you are a disappointment. I shall never do business with
you again.}

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Cluster: 2972
-------------

_MMI Phi: node 29721
Princess Griselda arrives. She is sharp and stylish, but has the
face of a horse. She says:
{Sire, I am sure our union will be a profitable one. Indeed, I
cannot wait for you to lavish me with my first gift.}

[a] Give her a bauble.
[b] Refuse.
[c] Promise her anything.
You give her a golden music box. She spits on it.
{A music box? Jewels would
certainly be more appropriate.}

[a] Give her jewels.
[b] Send her home.
[c] Call off the engagement.
Smiling, she dons a diamond and ruby tiara.
{I think we shall get along very well.}
She stomps her foot.
{How dare you treat me like a child? Sire, you are
a leper!}
She laughs.
{I wouldn't have married you anyway. You have the mind
of a gnat!}
She spits.
{How dare you! Queen Catherine shall hear about this!}
She laughs.
{Promises are sweet, but worthless. I trust you will soon give
me something I can wear.}
_MMI Phi: node 29722
Griselda comes to see you. Her beady eyes glow with determination.
{Sire, we must sever our engagement. I love Ramiro of
Aragon. He is not as handsome as thou, but he hath brains.}
{Sire, I love Charles of Valois. He is a true leader who will
someday be King of Bretagne. You must free me.}
{Sire, I am love with Henri of Anjou. I know he is not very
smart, nor powerful, but I love him anyway. You must free me.}

[a] Free her.
[b] Keep her.
She smiles.
{Sire, you hath done a good deed.}
She sneers:
{Sire, you show poor judgment indeed.}
_MMI Phi: node 29723
Queen Catherine visits.
{Duke, the engagement is off. Your kingdom is worthless,
but Griselda is not. If you ever rise to power again, maybe then
I shall call on you.}
_MMI Phi: node 29724
A message arrives from Ramiro of Aragon.
{Free Princess Griselda, and I shall give you 100 hard-working
serfs. What is your reply?}
A message arrives from Charles of Valois.
{Free Princess Griselda or I shall cut off your head.}
A message arrives from Henri of Anjou.
{Please give Griselda to me, for our love is one of destiny.
I will e'er stick by your side if you will let Griselda be my bride.}

[a] Free her.
[b] Keep her.
A message arrives from Ramiro of Aragon.
{Bless you for freeing Griselda. As promised, the serfs
are on the way.}
A message arrives from Charles of Valois.
{As promised, I am sending 200 *****s. I hope you
will be as happy as myself.}
A message arrives from Henri of Anjou.
{Thank you for setting Griselda free. You shall
always get respect from me.}
A message arrives from Ramiro of Aragon.
{You are a fool to keep Griselda against her will.
This has severely damaged our relationship.}
A message arrives from Charles of Valois.
{You shall soon pay the penalty for not freeing Griselda.}
A message arrives from Henri, Duke of Anjou.
{You will not let Griselda go, so I shall be
your mortal foe.}
_MMI Phi: node 29726
An advisor comes to plan the engagement parade.
{A ceremony with virgin sopranos costs 2 Gold. One with magicians
costs 1 Gold. What is your desire, Sire?}

[a] Virgins.
[b] Magicians.
[c] Nothing.
He smiles.
{Sire, your judgment is unsurpassed. It shall be done.}
{I shall begin preparations.}
{But Sire! The people already complain that they scarcely
see you. You must show them you care.}

Do you choose:
[a] Virgins - 2 Gold.
[b] Magicians - 1 Gold.
[c] Nothing.
He nods.
{I am very pleased. It shall be done.}
{Very good, my liege.}
{Very well, Sire.}
_MMI Phi: node 29727
A messenger arrives.
{Sire, Queen Catherine is distressed that you sent Griselda home.
She says you must plan the traditional parade in honor of the engagement
immediately.}

[a] Refuse.
[b] Plan the parade.
{I shall deliver the message, Sire.}
{I shall notify the royal ceremony planner.}

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Cluster: 2973
-------------

_MMI Phi: node 29731
Today, the royal engagement parade is held. The joyous
villagers toss gold coins at you and your betrothed.
Griselda beams:
{This gold is even lovelier than thou!}
_MMI Phi: node 29732
Today, the royal engagement parade is held. The jeering
villagers hurl epithets at you and Griselda. She spits
on them and shouts:
{Laugh now, fools, for you shall soon be my slaves!}
_MMI Phi: node 29733
Griselda enters.
{Sire, the people look down on me because there has been no
parade. What sort of a man are you anyway? Where is my parade?}

[a] Have a parade.
[b] Refuse.
She smiles.
{I am glad you came to your senses.}
She sneers:
{You art a pea brain.}
_MMI Phi: node 29734
Queen Catherine enters.
{How dare you have no engagement parade? You must treat Griselda
with respect!}

[a] Give in.
[b] Refuse.
She smiles.
{You are very wise for such a small man.}
She hisses:
{You will be sorry!}
_MMI Phi: node 29735
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{A parade with brandied pigeons costs 2 Gold. One with brandied
cake costs 1 Gold. Which shall it be?}

[a] Pigeons.
[b] Cake.
[c] Nothing.
He smiles.
{It shall be done.}
{Very good, Sire.}
{But Sire! Why then, did you call me? You simply must
have a parade. It is good manners.}

Do you choose:
[a] Pigeons - 2 Gold.
[b] Cake - 1 Gold.
[c] Nothing.
{Sire, I am glad you reconsidered. It shall be done.}
{Very good, my liege.}
{As you wish, my liege.}
_MMI Phi: node 29736
The royal ceremony planner arrives.
{Sire, it is time to commemorate Princess Griselda. A tower would
cost 2 Gold, a statue, 1 Gold. Of course, a song would cost nothing.}

Do you order:
[a] A tower.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
He smiles.
{Sire, your taste is superb. It shall be done.}
{Very good, Sire.}
{A song it shall be.}
{I am sorry to hear this, my liege.}
_MMI Phi: node 29737
Queen Catherine sends a message.
{I hereby renounce your engagement to Griselda for you have
proven to be unworthy of her.}

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Cluster: 2974
-------------

_MMI Phi: node 29741
Griselda's handmaiden runs in.
Sire! Griselda is gravely ill. She drank some ancient Cognac
and now we cannot awaken her.}

[a] Send for a doctor.
[b] Ignore it.
She bows.
{I'll fetch him right away.}
{Very well, Sire.}
_MMI Phi: node 29742
Griselda's handmaiden runs in.
{Sire, Griselda is gone! She left a note. It says:
'What did you expect, you mental midget?'}
_MMI Phi: node 29743
Griselda's handmaiden runs in.
{Sire! Griselda is dead! She left a note. It says:
'Sire, I hope you pay.'}
_MMI Phi: node 29744
Griselda's nurse enters.
Sire, Griselda is greatly recovered, but she could still use a
lift. I think this is a good time to commemorate your engagement.}

[a] Plan a commemoration.
[b] Refuse.
She nods.
{Very good, Sire.}
{As you wish.}
_MMI Phi: node 29745
Griselda's nurse enters.
{Sire, Griselda is dead. With her last breaths, she said,
'Make him pay...Make him pay...' Shall I call the royal ceremony
planner?}

[a] Refuse.
[b] Agree.
She nods.
{As you wish.}
She nods.
{I shall send for him.}
_MMI Phi: node 29746
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{Sire, I suggest a tower costing 2 Gold to commemorate Princess Griselda.
A statue would cost 1 Gold. A song would cost nothing, but still seem nice.}

Do you order:
[a] A tower.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
{It shall be done.}
{Very good, Sire.}
{A song it shall be.}
{Very well, my liege.}
_MMI Phi: node 29747
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{You shall pay, Duke. You shall pay.}

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Cluster: 2975
-------------

_MMI Phi: node 29751
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{Sire, commemorating the princess with a bridge would cost 2 Gold.
A statue would cost 1 Gold. A song, nothing.}

Do you order:
[a] A bridge.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
{Your judgment is superb. It shall be done.}
{It shall be done, my liege.}
{Very well, my liege.}
{As you wish, my liege.}
_MMI Phi: node 29752
Griselda's commemoration ceremony is held today.
The people ooh and ah.
Griselda laughs.
{What fools! I cannot wait to subjugate them to my will.}
_MMI Phi: node 29753
Griselda's commemoration ceremony is held today.
The people jeer and throw peat moss. The mob turns into
a rioting throng.
Griselda laughs.
{Finally, I'm having some fun!}
_MMI Phi: node 29759 (END OF PLOT)

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Cluster: 2981
-------------

_MMI Cha: node 29811
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I have considered your request, and I consent to let you marry my
third daughter, Priscilla. She will soon come to call.}
_MMI Phi: node 29816
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I am pleased to announce the engagement of my daughter, Princess
Priscilla, to Henri, Duke of Anjou. It is unfortunate you
missed your chance.}
Priscilla, to Ramiro, King of Aragon. It is unfortunate
you missed your chance.}
Priscilla, to Charles, King of Valois. It is unfortunate you
missed your chance.}
_MMI Phi: node 29818
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I am sorry you are too dim to appreciate my daughters. I
shall never offer you anything again.}

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Cluster: 2982
-------------

_MMI Phi: node 29821
Your newly betrothed Priscilla arrives. She has the face of a
goat and the body of a child, but she has a gorgeous neck.
{Sire, together, we shall make this kingdom great. Let us lower
taxes and liberate the people! They will be forever loyal.}

[a] Agree.
[b] Refuse.
[c] Call off the engagement.
Priscilla sighs:
{Sire, you are noble indeed!}
Priscilla flushes.
{I thought you were kind. Now I don't know what to believe.
Good day.}
Priscilla flushes.
{I understand.}
_MMI Phi: node 29822
Priscilla enters. She holds her chin high.
{Henri of Anjou and I are in love. Please show your love and
free me.}

{Sire, I must go. Ramiro of Aragon and I love each
other very much, and we wish to wed.}
{Sire, I am sorry, but I am in love with Charles of Valois.
I must be with him. Please free me.}

Do you:
[a] Free her.
[b] Keep her.
She kisses you.
{Bless you, Sire, and farewell.}
She turns white.
{Sire, I am devastated.}
_MMI Phi: node 29823
Queen Catherine visits.
{Duke, the engagement is off. Your lowly kingdom is not worthy of my
fair Priscilla. Good day.}
_MMI Phi: node 29824
A message arrives from Henri of Anjou.
{I love Priscilla and Priscilla loves me. Won't you be
kind and set her free?}
A message arrives from Ramiro of Aragon.
{I request that you free Princess Priscilla. For her, I will
give you 100 of my fastest steeds.}

A message arrives from Charles of Valois.
{Free Princess Priscilla, or I will slash your face to
ribbons.}

[a] Free her.
[b] Keep her.
A message arrives from Henri of Anjou.
{Sire, thou are truly great. We shall soon set our
wedding date.}
A message arrives from Ramiro of Aragon.
{Bless you for freeing Priscilla. The steeds are
on their way.}
A message arrives from Charles of Valois.
{Enjoy your handsome face while it lasts. You were
wise to free her.}
A message arrives from Henri of Anjou.
{You will not let Priscilla go, so I shall be
your mortal foe.}
A message arrives from Ramiro of Aragon.
{I am very disappointed that you will not free
Priscilla. I thought we were friends.}
A message arrives from Charles of Valois.
{Kiss your face goodbye.}
_MMI Phi: node 29826
An advisor comes to plan the engagement parade.
{A ceremony with 100 jesters costs 2 Gold. One with scented canaries costs
1 Gold. Which shall it be?}

[a] Jesters.
[b] Canaries.
[c] Nothing.
{Excellent choice, Sire. It shall be done.}
{I shall begin preparations.}
{But Sire, the people love Priscilla. You will look bad if
you don't have a parade.}

Do you choose:
[a] Jesters - 2 Gold.
[b] Canaries - 1 Gold.
[c] Nothing.
He smiles.
{I am very pleased. It shall be done.}
He smiles.
{Very well, my liege.}
He sighs:
{I understand, my liege.}

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Cluster: 2983
-------------

_MMI Phi: node 29831
Today, the royal engagement parade is held. The joyous
villagers toss roses at you and your betrothed.
Priscilla shouts:
{Rejoice, o' people of Burgundy! When I am Queen, we shall all
share alike. All men will be equal! And no more taxes!}
Your stomach churns as you watch the villagers cheer and lift her
on their shoulders.
_MMI Phi: node 29832
Today, the royal engagement parade is held. The villagers hurl
rotten chard at you and Priscilla. She shouts:
{You may despise me now, but when we eliminate all taxes, you
shall love your Queen!}
The people jeer. Your sigh goes unnoticed by Priscilla.
_MMI Phi: node 29833
Priscilla strides in.
{Sire, the people are unhappy because there has been no parade.
Isn't it time to have one?}
Do you:
[a] Have a parade.
[b] Refuse.
She smiles.
{You are kind indeed.}
She looks you in the eye.
{I pray your people don't turn against you.}
_MMI Phi: node 29834
Queen Catherine arrives.
{How dare you have no parade? Priscilla is very popular and
influential. She must be honored!}

[a] Give in.
[b] Refuse.
She sighs.
{I am glad you changed your mind.}
{Duke, you will regret this!}
_MMI Phi: node 29835
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{A parade with painted ponies costs 2 Gold. One with dancing monkeys
costs 1 Gold. Which do you prefer?}

Do you choose:
[a] Ponies.
[b] Monkeys.
[c] Nothing.
{Sire, your judgment is unsurpassed. It shall be done.}
He nods.
{Very good.}
He bows his head.
{As you wish, my liege.}
_MMI Phi: node 29836
The royal ceremony planner arrives.
{A tower commemorating Princess Priscilla would cost 2 Gold, a
statue, 1 Gold. A lovely song would cost nothing, but still seem nice.}

Do you order:
[a] A tower.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
{Sire, your taste is excellent. It shall be done.}
He smiles.
{Very good, Sire.}
He smiles wryly.
{A song it shall be.}
He frowns.
{I am sorry to hear this, my liege.}
_MMI Phi: node 29837
Queen Catherine sends a message.
{I hereby renounce your engagement to Priscilla. Duke, you are
dim of wit.}

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Cluster: 2984
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_MMI Phi: node 29841
Priscilla's handmaiden runs in.
Sire! Priscilla is gravely ill. She ate some coddled cream this morning,
and now we cannot awaken her!}

[a] Send for a doctor.
[b] Ignore it.
She bows.
{I'll fetch him right away.}
She bows.
{Very well, Sire.}
_MMI Phi: node 29842
Priscilla's handmaiden runs in.
{Priscilla is gone! She left a note. It says:
'My soul guides me elsewhere. Farewell, Sire.'}
_MMI Phi: node 29843
Priscilla's handmaiden runs in.
{Sire! Priscilla is dead! She left a note. It says:
'Farewell, cruel world. I loved you so.'}
_MMI Phi: node 29844
Priscilla's nurse enters.
Priscilla's fate is still uncertain. A spiritual boost would help.
Perhaps you could commemorate your engagement.}

[a] Plan a commemoration.
[b] Refuse.
She nods.
{Very well.}
She nods.
{As you wish.}
_MMI Phi: node 29845
Priscilla's nurse enters.
{Priscilla is dead. With her last breaths, she said,
'Don't pity me. It is lovely here. So bright...'
Do you wish for a commemoration?}

[a] No.
[b] Yes.
She nods.
{As you wish.}
{I shall send for one.}
_MMI Phi: node 29846
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{I suggest commemorating Princess Priscilla with a tower. It would
cost 2 Gold. A statue would cost 1 Gold, and a song would
cost nothing but still seem touching.}

Do you order:
[a] A tower.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
He nods.
{Very good, Sire.}
He nods.
{Very good.}
He frowns.
{A song it shall be.}
He frowns.
{Very well, my liege.}
_MMI Phi: node 29847
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I shall never forget you were responsible for this.}

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Cluster: 2985
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_MMI Phi: node 29851
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{I recommend commemorating the princess with a bridge costing 2 Gold.
A statue would cost 1 Gold. Of course, a song costs nothing, but seems
sweet.}

Do you order:
[a] A bridge.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
{Sire, your judgment is superb. It shall be done.}
He nods.
{It shall be done.}
He frowns.
{It shall be done.}
{But Sire! This will make you appear cruel. Please
reconsider.}

Do you choose:
[a] A bridge.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
He smiles.
{I am very pleased.}
He smiles.
{It shall be done.}
He nods.
{As you wish, my liege.}
He frowns.
{Very well, Sire.}
_MMI Phi: node 29852
Priscilla's commemoration ceremony is held today.
The people react with resounding oohs and ahs.
Priscilla beams.
{These truly are my people!}
_MMI Phi: node 29853
Priscilla's commemoration ceremony is held today.
The people jeer and throw bottles.
Priscilla sighs.
{Someday they will love me!}
_MMI Phi: node 29859 (END OF PLOT)

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Cluster: 2991
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_Mother May I? Henri
_MMI Hen: node 29911
Queen Catherine calls on you.
{Duke, I have three daughters of marrying age. Your mother and I
have decided that you shall marry the eldest, Prunella.}

[a] Agree.
[b] Ask for another daughter.
[c] Refuse.
She smiles.
{Very good, Henri. Prunella will soon come to call.}
She laughs.
{Just for that, I may retract my offer. You shall hear from
me soon.}
She laughs.
{It's not your choice. The decision has been made.}

[a] Agree.
[b] Refuse.
She smiles.
{Thou art such a good boy. Prunella will soon come
to call.}
She slaps your face.
{You hath insulted my daughter. Consider the engagement
off!}
_MMI Hen: node 29912
A messenger delivers a box of candied cherries.
{Sire, Queen Catherine brings this gift. She says she
will forgive your rude behavior if you wed Prunella.}

Do you:
[a] Accept the gift.
[b] Give it to the messenger.
[c] Send it back.
[d] Agree to get married.
He gives you the cherries.
{Enjoy, Sire.}
He bows.
{Bless you, Sire!}
He nods.
{I shall return them to Queen Catherine.}
{I shall inform Queen Catherine at once.}
_MMI Hen: node 29913
After sampling Queen Catherine's cherries, you break out in a
horrible rash. Finally, a mustard plaster body cast relieves you.
_MMI Hen: node 29914
A messenger you've never seen before enters.
{Sire, I am your new messenger, Gerald. Your former messenger
was found dead this morning, face down in a box of candied
cherries.}
_MMI Hen: node 29915
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{You were a bad boy to return my peace offering. Marie shall hear
about this.}
_MMI Hen: node 29916
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I am pleased to announce the engagement of my daughter, Princess Prunella, to
Charles, King of Valois. Eat thy heart out, Duke.}
Phillip, Duke of Burgundy. Eat thy heart out, Duke.}
Ramiro, King of Aragon. Eat thy heart out, Duke.}
_MMI Hen: node 29917
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{You have made the right decision. Prunella will soon
come to call.}
_MMI Hen: node 29918
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I shall never do business with a worm like you again.}

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Cluster: 2992
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_MMI Hen: node 29921
Princess Prunella arrives. She looks at you with lovely, but sad brown eyes.
{Duke, I hope we shall be happy. My mother said I shall stay at the castle
while the engagement parade is prepared. Is that also your wish?}

[a] Let her stay.
[b] Send her home.
[c] Call off the engagement.
Prunella nods glumly.
{Thank you, Sire.}
Prunella smiles.
{As you wish.}
Prunella smiles.
{Thank you, Sire!}
_MMI Hen: node 29922
Prunella enters. She is crying.
{Sire, I have fallen in love with Charles of Valois.
Please free me so we may wed.}
{Sire, I have fallen in love with Phillip of Burgundy.
Please free me so I may marry him.}
{Sire, I have fallen in love with Ramiro of Aragon.
Please free me so I may be his wife.}

[a] Free her.
[b] Keep her.
Prunella hugs you.
{Oh Sire, you are the kindest!}
{Oh Sire, I just want to die!}
_MMI Hen: node 29923
Queen Catherine visits.
Duke, you can forget the engagement. Your kingdom is practically
worthless. Certainly not worthy of Prunella! If you again rise to
power, I may call on you again.}
_MMI Hen: node 29924
A message arrives from Charles of Valois.
{Free Princess Prunella at once or I shall crush you.}
A message arrives from Phillip of Burgundy.
{I request that you free Princess Prunella. For her, I will
give you a tureen of jewels.}
A message arrives from Ramiro of Aragon.
{Count, if you free the fair Princess Prunella, I will give
you 50 serfs. What is your reply?}

Do you:
[a] Free her.
[b] Keep her.
A message arrives from Charles of Valois.
{You were wise to free Prunella. You shall live another
day.}
A tureen of jewels and a message arrives from Phillip of Burgundy.
{Bless you for freeing Prunella. Enjoy the jewels, for
I need them not. I have the brightest gem of all.}
A message arrives from Ramiro of Aragon.
{As promised, I am sending 50 serfs. Thank you for Prunella.}
A message arrives from Charles of Valois.
{Your death will come soon.}
A message arrives from Phillip of Burgundy.
{I cannot believe you will not free Prunella. I am very
distressed.}
A message arrives from Ramiro of Aragon.
{Only a fool or a child would keep Prunella from me.
This has severely damaged our relationship.}
_MMI Hen: node 29926
An advisor comes to plan the engagement parade.
{A ceremony with bell ringers costs 2 Gold. One featuring trained
crickets costs 1 Gold. What is your wish?}

[a] Bell ringers.
[b] Crickets.
[c] Nothing.
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He gasps.
{But Sire! Marie has commanded me to arrange a parade. You
must choose one.}

Do you choose:
[a] Bell ringers - 2 Gold.
[b] Crickets - 1 Gold.
[c] Nothing.
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He sighs.
{As you wish. I shall notify your mother.}
_MMI Hen: node 29927
Marie enters.
{I do not understand why you are so rude to Prunella.
You must plan the traditional parade at once.}

Do you:
[a] Ignore her.
[b] Plan the parade.
She slaps you.
{Your headstrong behavior will be your downfall.}

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Cluster: 2993
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_MMI Hen: node 29931
Today, the royal engagement parade is held. The joyous
villagers toss barley at you and your betrothed.
Prunella can barely manage a smile.
_MMI Hen: node 29932
Today, the royal engagement parade is held. The surly
villagers throw peanuts at you and Prunella. She cries:
{I should have joined the circus!}
_MMI Hen: node 29933
Prunella enters. She is crying
{Sire, the people mock me because you haven't held a
parade in my honor. Won't you please show them you love me?}

[a] Have a parade.
[b] Refuse.
She smiles.
{Thank you, Sire.}
She falls to her knees.
{Oh Sire, I just want to die!}
_MMI Hen: node 29934
Queen Catherine arrives. Her nostrils flare with fury.
{How dare you have no parade? Prunella must be honored! Now!!}

[a] Agree.
[b] Scoff at her.
She glares.
{You had better stop rankling me, Henri.}
She bares her sharp teeth.
{You will be sorry!}
_MMI Hen: node 29935
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{Sire, a parade with trained cockatoos costs 2 Gold. One
with 50 lutes costs 1 Gold. Which do you prefer?}

[a] Cockatoos.
[b] Lutes.
[c] Nothing.
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
{But Sire, surely you knew a ceremony would cost something.
Why not have a small parade?}

Do you choose:
[a] The small parade.
[b] Nothing.
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
_MMI Hen: node 29936
The royal ceremony planner arrives.
{Sire, it is time to commemorate Princess Prunella. A tower would
cost 2 Gold, a statue, 1 Gold. Of course, a song would cost nothing,
but still be quite touching.}

Do you order:
[a] A tower.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He frowns.
{I shall notify your mother.}
_MMI Hen: node 29937
Queen Catherine sends a message.
{I hereby renounce your engagement to Prunella, and my other daughters
shall never be available for you.}

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Cluster: 2994
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_MMI Hen: node 29941
Prunella's handmaiden runs in.
Sire! Prunella ate some currants this morn, and now she has turned
blue!}

[a] Send for a doctor.
[b] Ignore it.
She bows.
{I shall notify your mother.}
She bows.
{I shall notify your mother.}
_MMI Hen: node 29942
Prunella's handmaiden runs in.
{Prunella is gone! She left this note:
'I am sorry, but I cannot accept the miserable destiny of being your
Queen. Farewell and good luck.'}
_MMI Hen: node 29943
Prunella's handmaiden runs in.
{Sire! Prunella is dead! She left this note:
'I am sorry, but I could not endure the thought of our marriage. With
death, I find solace in being close to God. Say hello to your mother.'}
_MMI Hen: node 29944
Prunella's nurse enters.
Prunella is greatly recovered, but she could use a spiritual
boost. I think this is a good time to commemorate your engagement.}

[a] Plan a commemoration.
[b] Refuse.
She nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
Her eyes avoid yours.
{I shall notify your mother.}
_MMI Hen: node 29945
Prunella's nurse enters.
{Prunella is dead. With her last breaths, she asked for you to
remember her. Shall I call the royal ceremony planner?}

[a] Refuse.
[b] Agree.
She glares.
{As you wish. I shall notify your mother.}

She nods.
{I shall send for him.}
_MMI Hen: node 29946
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{To commemorate Princess Prunella, I suggest a tower costing 2 Gold.
A statue would cost only 1 Gold. A song would cost nothing.}

Do you order:
[a] A tower.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
He smiles.
{Sire, your judgment is unsurpassed. I shall notify your mother.}
He smiles.
{Very good, Sire. I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{A song it shall be. I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{I see. I shall notify your mother.}
_MMI Hen: node 29947
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{You have gone too far. I hope you roast in Hell.}

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Cluster: 2995
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_MMI Hen: node 29951
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{Commemorating the princess with a bridge would cost 2 Gold.
A statue would cost 1 Gold. Of course, a song would cost nothing.}

Do you order:
[a] A bridge.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
He smiles.
{Sire, your judgment is superb. I shall notify your mother.}
He smiles.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He smiles.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He frowns.
{As you wish, my liege. I shall notify your mother.}
_MMI Hen: node 29952
Prunella's commemoration ceremony is held today.
The people joyously throw sawdust and oats.
Prunella chokes back a sob. She exclaims:
{I shall never forget this day!}
_MMI Hen: node 29953
Prunella's commemoration ceremony is held today.
The jeering people throw stewed prunes.
Horrified, Prunella gasps:
{I want to go home to mother!}
_MMI Hen: node 29959 (END OF PLOT)

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Cluster: 3001
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_MMI Hen: node 30011
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I have considered your request, and I consent to let you marry my
second daughter, Griselda. She will soon come to call.}
_MMI Hen: node 30016
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I am pleased to announce the engagement of my daughter, Princess Griselda, to
Charles, Count of Valois.}
Phillip, Duke of Burgundy.}
Ramiro, King of Aragon.}
_MMI Hen: node 30018
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{Henri, you are a spoiled child. I shall never do business with
you again.}

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Cluster: 3002
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_MMI Hen: node 30021
Princess Griselda arrives. She is sharp and stylish, with long,
chestnut hair. She says:
{Sire, I am sure our union will be a profitable one. Indeed, I
cannot wait for you to lavish me with my first gift.}

[a] Give her a bauble.
[b] Refuse.
[c] Promise her anything.
You give her a golden harp. She spits on it.
{A harp? That is a plaything for servants. Jewels would
certainly be more appropriate.}

[a] Give her jewels.
[b] Send her home.
[c] Call off the engagement.
Smiling, she dons a diamond tiara.
{I think we shall get along very well.}
She stomps her foot.
{How dare you treat me like a child? Sire, you are
a lout!}
She laughs.
{I wouldn't have married you anyway. You have the face
of a horse and the body of a pig!}
She spits.
{How dare you! Queen Catherine shall hear about this!}
She laughs.
{Promises are sweet, but worthless. I trust you will soon give
me something more tangible.}
_MMI Hen: node 30022
Griselda comes to see you. Her green eyes glow with determination.
{Sire, I love Charles of Valois. He is a true leader who will
someday be King of Bretagne. You must free me.}
{Sire, we must sever our engagement. I love Phillip of
Burgundy. He is so romantic, unlike thou.}
{Sire, I am love with Ramiro of Aragon. I know he is not very
smart, nor powerful, but I love him anyway. You must free me.}

[a] Free her.
[b] Keep her.
She smiles.
{Sire, you are thoroughly decent.}
She sneers:
{Sire, you show poor judgment indeed.}
_MMI Hen: node 30023
Queen Catherine visits.
{Sire, the engagement is off. Your kingdom is worthless,
but Griselda is not. If you ever rise to power again, maybe then
I shall call on you.}
_MMI Hen: node 30024
A message arrives from Charles of Valois.
{Free Princess Griselda, and I shall give you 200 of my
finest *****s. What is your reply?}
A message arrives from Phillip of Burgundy.
{If you free Princess Griselda so that we may wed, I shall
give you my entire wine cellar.}
A message arrives from Ramiro of Aragon.
{Please give Griselda to me, for our love is one of destiny.
I will e'er stick by your side if you will let Griselda be my bride.}

[a] Free her.
[b] Keep her.
A message arrives from Charles of Valois.
{As promised, I am sending 200 *****s. I hope you
will be as happy as myself.}
A message arrives from Phillip of Burgundy.
{Bless you for freeing Griselda. Enjoy the wine, for
I need it not. I have the richest intoxicant of all.}
A message arrives from Ramiro of Aragon.
{Thank you for setting Griselda free. You shall
always get respect from me.}
A message arrives from Ramiro of Aragon.
{You are a fool to keep Griselda against her will.
This has severely damaged our relationship.}
A message arrives from Phillip of Burgundy.
{I am very disappointed that you will not free
Griselda. I thought we were friends.}
A message arrives from Ramiro, King of Aragon.
{You will not let Griselda go, so I shall be
your mortal foe.}
_MMI Hen: node 30026
An advisor comes to plan the engagement parade.
{A ceremony with virgin sopranos costs 2 Gold. One with magicians
costs 1 Gold. What is your desire, Sire?}

[a] Virgins.
[b] Magicians.
[c] Nothing.
He smiles.
{Sire, your judgment is unsurpassed. It shall be done.}
{I shall begin preparations.}
{But Sire! The people already complain that they scarcely
see you. You must show you are thinking of them.}

Do you choose:
[a] Virgins - 2 Gold.
[b] Magicians - 1 Gold.
[c] Nothing.
He nods.
{I am very pleased. It shall be done.}
{Very good, my liege.}
{Very well, Sire.}
_MMI Hen: node 30027
A messenger arrives.
{Sire, Queen Catherine is distressed that you sent Griselda home.
She says you must plan the traditional parade in honor of the engagement
immediately.}

[a] Refuse.
[b] Plan the parade.
{I shall deliver the message, Sire.}
{I shall notify the royal ceremony planner.}

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Cluster: 3003
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_MMI Hen: node 30031
Today, the royal engagement parade is held. The joyous
villagers toss gold coins at you and your betrothed.
Griselda beams:
{This kingdom shall be mine. All mine!}
_MMI Hen: node 30032
Today, the royal engagement parade is held. The jeering
villagers hurl eggs at you and Griselda. She spits
on them and shouts:
{Laugh now, fools, for all you own shall soon be mine!}
_MMI Hen: node 30033
Griselda enters.
{Henri, the people are scoffing at me because there has been no
parade. What sort of a man are you anyway? Where is my parade?}

[a] Have a parade.
[b] Refuse.
She smiles.
{I am glad you came to your senses.}
She sneers:
{You are such a worm.}
_MMI Hen: node 30034
Marie strides in and grabs your cheek.
{How dare you have no engagement parade? You must treat Griselda
with respect!}

[a] Give in.
[b] Refuse.
She releases you.
{You are very wise.}
She shoves you to the floor.
{You are destroying everything!}
_MMI Hen: node 30035
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{A parade with flaming entrails costs 2 Gold. One with dancing
pigs costs 1 Gold. Which shall it be?}

[a] Entrails.
[b] Pigs.
[c] Nothing.
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
{But Sire! Why then, did you call me? You simply must
have a parade. Marie has ordered one.}

Do you choose:
[a] Entrails - 2 Gold.
[b] Pigs - 1 Gold.
[c] Nothing.
{Sire, I am glad you reconsidered. I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
_MMI Hen: node 30036
The royal ceremony planner arrives.
{Sire, it is time to commemorate Princess Griselda. A tower would
cost 2 Gold, a statue, 1 Gold. Of course, a song would cost nothing.}

Do you order:
[a] A tower.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
_MMI Hen: node 30037
Queen Catherine sends a message.
I hereby renounce your engagement to Griselda for you have
proven to be unworthy of her.}

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Cluster: 3004
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_MMI Hen: node 30041
Griselda's handmaiden runs in.
Sire! Griselda is gravely ill. She ate some leftover
lamb and now we cannot awaken her.}

[a] Send for a doctor.
[b] Ignore it.
She bows.
{I'll fetch him right away.}
She bows.
{I shall notify your mother.}
_MMI Hen: node 30042
Griselda's handmaiden runs in.
{Sire, Griselda is gone! She left a note. It says:
'What did you expect, you worm?'}
_MMI Hen: node 30043
Griselda's handmaiden runs in.
{Sire! Griselda is dead! She left a note. It says:
'This is the happiest day of my life.'}
_MMI Hen: node 30044
Griselda's nurse enters.
Sire, Griselda is greatly recovered, but she could still use a
lift. I think this is a good time to commemorate your engagement.}

[a] Plan a commemoration.
[b] Refuse.
She nods.
{Very good, Sire.}
She bows.
{I shall notify your mother.}
_MMI Hen: node 30045
Griselda's nurse enters.
{Sire, Griselda is dead. With her last breaths, she said,
'Make him pay...Make him pay...' Shall I call the royal ceremony
planner?}

[a] Refuse.
[b] Agree.
She nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
She nods.
{I shall send for him.}
_MMI Hen: node 30046
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{Sire, I suggest a tower costing 2 Gold to commemorate Princess Griselda.
A statue would cost 1 Gold. A song would cost nothing.}

Do you order:
[a] A tower.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
_MMI Hen: node 30047
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{You shall pay, Sire. You shall pay.}

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Cluster: 3005
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_MMI Hen: node 30051
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{Sire, commemorating the princess with a bridge would cost 2 Gold.
A statue would cost 1 Gold. A song, nothing.}

Do you order:
[a] A bridge.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
_MMI Hen: node 30052
Griselda's commemoration ceremony is held today.
The people ooh and ah.
Griselda laughs.
{What fools! I cannot wait to ruin their lives.}
_MMI Hen: node 30053
Griselda's commemoration ceremony is held today.
The people jeer and throw dogs and you and Griselda.
Griselda laughs.
{Finally, I'm having some fun!}
_MMI Hen: node 30059 (END OF PLOT)

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Cluster: 3011
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_MMI Hen: node 30111
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I have considered your request, and I consent to let you marry my
third daughter, Priscilla. She will soon come to call.}
_MMI Hen: node 30116
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I am pleased to announce the engagement of my daughter, Princess
Priscilla, to Charles, King of Valois. It is unfortunate you
missed your chance.}
Priscilla, to Phillip, Duke of Burgundy. It is unfortunate
you missed your chance.}
Priscilla, to Ramiro, King of Aragon. It is unfortunate you
missed your chance.}
_MMI Hen: node 30118
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I am sorry my daughters do not meet your high standards. I
shall never offer you anything again.}

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Cluster: 3012
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_MMI Hen: node 30121
Your newly betrothed Priscilla arrives. She looks like an angel,
and she smells great, too.
{Sire, together, we shall make this kingdom great. Let us lower
taxes and liberate the people! They will be forever loyal.}

[a] Agree.
[b] Refuse.
[c] Call off the engagement.
Priscilla kisses and sighs:
{Sire, you are noble indeed!}
Priscilla flushes.
{I thought you were kind. Now I don't know what to believe.
Good day.}
Priscilla flushes.
{I understand.}
_MMI Hen: node 30122
Priscilla enters. She holds her chin high.
{Sire, I am sorry, but I am in love with Charles of Valois.
I must be with him. Please free me.}
{Sire, I must go. Phillip of Burgundy and I love each
other very much, and we wish to wed.}
{Ramiro of Aragon and I are in love. Please show your love and
free me.}

Do you:
[a] Free her.
[b] Keep her.
She kisses your hand.
{Bless you, Sire, and farewell.}
She turns white.
{Sire, I am devastated.}
_MMI Hen: node 30123
Queen Catherine visits.
{Sire, the engagement is off. Your lowly kingdom is not worthy of my
fair Priscilla. I am sure your mother will be very disappointed.}
_MMI Hen: node 30124
A message arrives from Charles of Valois.
{Free Princess Priscilla or I shall feed you to the wolves.}
A message arrives from Phillip of Burgundy.
{I request that you free Princess Priscilla. For her, I will
give you 50 steeds.}
A message arrives from Ramiro of Aragon.
{Free Princess Priscilla, and I shall give you 50 milk cows.
What is your reply?}

[a] Free her.
[b] Keep her.
A message arrives from Charles of Valois.
{You hath dodged an arrow by giving me Priscilla.}
A message arrives from Phillip of Burgundy.
{Bless you for freeing Priscilla. The steeds are
on their way.}
A message arrives from Ramiro of Aragon.
{As promised, the cows are on the way. Thank you for
freeing Priscilla.}
A message arrives from Charles of Valois.
{You shall die for keeping Priscilla.}
A message arrives from Phillip of Burgundy.
{I am very disappointed that you will not free
Priscilla. I thought we were friends.}
A message arrives from Ramiro of Aragon.
{You will regret not freeing Priscilla.}
_MMI Hen: node 30126
An advisor comes to plan the engagement parade.
{A ceremony with flower dancers costs 2 Gold. One with just flowers costs
1 Gold. Which shall it be?}

[a] Dancers.
[b] Flowers.
[c] Nothing.
{Excellent choice, Sire. I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
{But Sire, the people love Priscilla. They eagerly await
a parade.}

Do you choose:
[a] Dancers - 2 Gold.
[b] Flowers - 1 Gold.
[c] Nothing.
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He sighs:
{I shall notify your mother.}

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Cluster: 3013
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_MMI Hen: node 30131
Today, the royal engagement parade is held. The joyous
villagers toss roses at you and your betrothed.
Priscilla shouts:
{Rejoice, o' people of Anjou! When I am Queen, we shall all
share alike. All men will be equal! And no more taxes!}
You ignore Marie's scowl as you admire Priscilla's beauty.
_MMI Hen: node 30132
Today, the royal engagement parade is held. The villagers hurl
rotten beets at you and Priscilla. She shouts:
{You may despise me now, but when we eliminate all taxes, you
shall love your Queen!}
You ignore Marie's scowl as you admire Priscilla's beauty.
_MMI Hen: node 30133
Priscilla strides in.
{Sire, the people are unhappy because there has been no parade.
Isn't it time to have one?}
Do you:
[a] Have a parade.
[b] Refuse.
She kisses you.
{I love you, Sire.}
She looks you in the eye.
{I pray your people don't turn against you.}
_MMI Hen: node 30134
Marie enters and slaps your face.
{How dare you have no parade? Priscilla is very popular and
influential. She must be honored!}

[a] Give in.
[b] Refuse.
She slaps you again.
{I am glad you changed your mind.}
She slaps you again.
{You are a brainless child!}
_MMI Hen: node 30135
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{A parade with costumed sheep costs 2 Gold. One with male chorus
costs 1 Gold. Which do you prefer?}

Do you choose:
[a] Sheep.
[b] Chorus.
[c] Nothing.
{Sire, your judgment is unsurpassed. I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
_MMI Hen: node 30136
The royal ceremony planner arrives.
{A tower commemorating Princess Priscilla would cost 2 Gold, a
statue, 1 Gold. A lovely song would cost nothing.}

Do you order:
[a] A tower.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He frowns.
{I shall notify your mother.}
_MMI Hen: node 30137
Queen Catherine sends a message.
I hereby renounce your engagement to Priscilla. Henri, you are
a spoiled child.}

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Cluster: 3014
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_MMI Hen: node 30141
Priscilla's handmaiden runs in.
Sire! Priscilla is gravely ill. She ate some candied violets this morning,
and now we cannot awaken her!}

[a] Send for a doctor.
[b] Ignore it.
She bows.
{I'll fetch him right away.}
She bows.
{I shall notify your mother.}
_MMI Hen: node 30142
Priscilla's handmaiden runs in.
{Priscilla is gone! She left a note. It says:
'My soul guides me elsewhere. Farewell, Sire.'}
_MMI Hen: node 30143
Priscilla's handmaiden runs in.
{Sire! Priscilla is dead! She left a note. It says:
'Farewell, cruel world. I loved you so.'}
_MMI Hen: node 30144
Priscilla's nurse enters.
Priscilla's fate is still uncertain. A spiritual boost would help.
Perhaps you could commemorate your engagement.}

[a] Plan a commemoration.
[b] Refuse.
She nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
She nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
_MMI Hen: node 30145
Priscilla's nurse enters.
{Priscilla is dead. With her last breaths, she said,
'Don't pity me. It is lovely here. So bright...'
Do you wish for a commemoration?}

[a] No.
[b] Yes.
She nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
{I shall send for one.}
_MMI Hen: node 30146
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{I suggest commemorating Princess Priscilla with a tower. It would
cost 2 Gold. A statue would cost 1 Gold, and a song would
cost nothing.}

Do you order:
[a] A tower.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He frowns.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He frowns.
{I shall notify your mother.}
_MMI Hen: node 30147
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I shall never forget you were responsible for this.}

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Cluster: 3015
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_MMI Hen: node 30151
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{I recommend commemorating the princess with a bridge costing 2 Gold.
A statue would cost 1 Gold. Of course, a song costs nothing.}

Do you order:
[a] A bridge.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
{Sire, your judgment is superb. I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He frowns.
{I shall notify your mother.}
{But Sire! Princess Priscilla will be distressed. Please
reconsider.}

Do you choose:
[a] A bridge.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
He smiles.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He smiles.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He nods.
{I shall notify your mother.}
He frowns.
{I shall notify your mother.}
_MMI Hen: node 30153
Priscilla's commemoration ceremony is held today.
The people react with resounding oohs and ahs.
Priscilla beams.
{These truly are my people!}
_MMI Hen: node 30152
Priscilla's commemoration ceremony is held today.
The people jeer and throw old bath water.
Priscilla sighs.
{Someday they will love me!}
_MMI Hen: node 30159 (END OF PLOT)
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Cluster: 2913
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_MMI Cha: node 29131
Today, the royal engagement parade is held. The joyous
villagers toss flowers at you and your betrothed.
Griselda grumbles:
{I would think they could throw something of value!}
_MMI Cha: node 29132
Today, the royal engagement parade is held. The jeering
villagers hurl rotten potatoes at you and Griselda. She spits
on them and shouts:
{Laugh now, fools, for I shall tax you until you until you die
horrible deaths! Ha ha!}
_MMI Cha: node 29133
Griselda enters.
{Count, the people are scoffing at me because there has been no
parade. What sort of a man are you anyway? Where is my parade?}

[a] Have a parade.
[b] Refuse.
She smiles.
{I am glad you came to your senses.}
She sneers:
{You are such a fool.}
_MMI Cha: node 29134
Queen Catherine enters.
{How dare you have no engagement parade? You must treat Griselda
with respect!}

[a] Give in.
[b] Refuse.
She grimaces.
{Count, you are very wise.}
She shakes her fist.
{You will be sorry!}
_MMI Cha: node 29135
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{A parade with elephants costs 2 Gold. One with 1,000 choirs
costs 1 Gold. Which shall it be?}

[a] Elephants.
[b] Choirs.
[c] Nothing.
He smiles.
{It shall be done.}
{Very good, Sire.}
{But Sire! Why then, did you call me? You simply must
have a parade. It is tradition.}

Do you choose:
[a] Elephants - 2 Gold.
[b] Choirs - 1 Gold.
[c] To dismiss him.
{Count, I am glad you reconsidered. It shall be done.}
{Very good, my liege.}
{As you wish, my liege.}
_MMI Cha: node 29136
The royal ceremony planner arrives.
{Sire, it is time to commemorate Princess Griselda. A tower would
cost 2 Gold, a statue, 1 Gold. Of course, a song would cost nothing.}

Do you order:
[a] A tower.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
He smiles.
{Sire, your taste is excellent. It shall be done.}
{Very good, Sire.}
{A song it shall be.}
{I am sorry to hear this, my liege.}
_MMI Cha: node 29137
Queen Catherine sends a message.
{I hereby renounce your engagement to Griselda for you have
proven to be unworthy of her.}

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Cluster: 2914
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_MMI Cha: node 29141
Griselda's handmaiden runs in.
{Sire! Griselda is gravely ill. She drank some ancient Bordeaux,
and now we cannot awaken her.}

[a] Send for a doctor.
[b] Ignore it.
She bows.
{I'll fetch him right away.}
{Very well, Sire.}
_MMI Cha: node 29142
Griselda's handmaiden runs in.
{Sire, Griselda is gone! She left a note. It says:
'What did you expect, you snake?'}
_MMI Cha: node 29143
Griselda's handmaiden runs in.
{Sire! Griselda is dead! She left a note. It says:
'Count, I wish I were you.'}
_MMI Cha: node 29144
Griselda's nurse enters.
{Sire, Griselda is greatly recovered, but she could still use a
lift. I think this is a good time to commemorate your engagement.}

[a] Plan a commemoration.
[b] Refuse.
She nods.
{Very good, Sire.}
{As you wish.}
_MMI Cha: node 29145
Griselda's nurse enters.
{Sire, Griselda is dead. With her last breaths, she said,
'Make him pay...Make him pay...' Shall I call the royal ceremony
planner?}

[a] Refuse.
[b] Agree.
She nods.
{As you wish.}
She nods.
{I shall send for him.}
_MMI Cha: node 29146
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{Sire, I suggest a tower costing 2 Gold to commemorate Princess Griselda.
A statue would cost 1 Gold. A song would cost nothing.}

Do you order:
[a] A tower.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
{It shall be done.}
{Very good, Sire.}
{A song it shall be.}
{Very well, my liege.}
_MMI Cha: node 29147
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{You shall pay, Count. You shall pay.}

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Cluster: 2915
-------------

_MMI Cha: node 29151
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{Sire, commemorating the princess with a bridge would cost 2 Gold.
A statue would cost 1 Gold. A song, nothing.}

Do you order:
[a] A bridge.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
{Your judgment is superb. It shall be done.}
{It shall be done, my liege.}
{Very well, my liege.}
{As you wish, my liege.}
_MMI Cha: node 29152
Griselda's commemoration ceremony is held today.
The people ooh and ah.
Griselda laughs.
{What fools! I can't wait to dominate them.}
_MMI Cha: node 29153
Griselda's commemoration ceremony is held today.
The people jeer and throw old soup bones. The mob turns into
a rioting throng.
Griselda laughs.
{Finally, I'm having some fun!}
_MMI Cha: node 29159 (END OF PLOT)

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Cluster: 2921
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_MMI Cha: node 29211
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I have considered your request, and I consent to let you marry my
third daughter, Priscilla. She will soon come to call.}
_MMI Cha: node 29216
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I am pleased to announce the engagement of my daughter, Princess Priscilla, to
Ramiro, King of Aragon. It is unfortunate you
missed your chance.}
Henri, Duke of Anjou. It is unfortunate you
missed your chance.}
Phillip, Duke of Burgundy. It is unfortunate
you missed your chance.}
_MMI Cha: node 29218
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I am sorry my daughters do not meet your high standards. I
shall never offer you anything again.}

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Cluster: 2922
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_MMI Cha: node 29221
Your newly betrothed Priscilla arrives. She has the face of a
goat and the body of a child. At least she smells terrific.
{Sire, together, we shall make this kingdom great. Let us lower
taxes and liberate the people! They will be forever loyal.}

[a] Agree.
[b] Refuse.
[c] Call off the engagement.
Priscilla kisses you on the brow. She sighs:
{Count, you are noble indeed!}
Priscilla flushes.
{I thought you were kind. Now I don't know what to believe.
Good day.}
Priscilla flushes.
{I understand.}
_MMI Cha: node 29222
Priscilla enters. She holds her chin high.
{Henri of Anjou and I are in love. Please show your love and
free me.}

{Sire, I must go. Phillip of Burgundy and I love each
other very much, and we wish to wed.}
{Sire, I am sorry, but I am in love with Ramiro of Aragon.
I must be with him. Please free me.}

Do you:
[a] Free her.
[b] Keep her.
She kisses your hand.
{Bless you, Sire, and farewell.}
She turns white.
{Sire, I am devastated.}
_MMI Cha: node 29223
Queen Catherine visits.
{Count, the engagement is off. Your lowly kingdom is not worthy of my
fair Priscilla. Good day.}
_MMI Cha: node 29224
A message arrives from Henri of Anjou.
{I love Priscilla and Priscilla loves me. Won't you be
kind and set her free?}
A message arrives from Phillip of Burgundy.
{I request that you free Princess Priscilla. For her, I will
give you 100 of my fastest steeds.}

A message arrives from Ramiro of Aragon.
{If you free Princess Priscilla, I will give you my reknowned
art collection. What is your reply?}

[a] Free her.
[b] Keep her.
A message arrives from Henri, Duke of Anjou.
{Count, thou are truly great. We shall soon set our
wedding date.}
A message arrives from Phillip, Duke of Burgundy.
{Bless you for freeing Priscilla. The steeds are
on their way.}
A message arrives from Ramiro, King of Aragon.
{As promised, I am sending my treasured art collection.
I hope you will be as happy as myself.}
A message arrives from Henri of Anjou.
{You will not let Priscilla go, so I shall be
your mortal foe.}
A message arrives from Phillip of Burgundy.
{I am very disappointed that you will not free
Priscilla. I thought we were friends.}
A message arrives from Ramiro of Aragon.
{You are both selfish and a fool for keeping Priscilla
against her will. This has severely damaged our
relationship.}
_MMI Cha: node 29226
An advisor comes to plan the engagement parade.
{A ceremony with mimes costs 2 Gold. One with dancing dogs costs
1 Gold. Which shall it be?}

[a] Mimes.
[b] Dogs.
[c] Nothing.
{Excellent choice, Sire. It shall be done.}
{I shall begin preparations.}
{But Sire, the people love Priscilla. They eagerly await
a parade.}

Do you choose:
[a] Mimes - 2 Gold.
[b] Dogs - 1 Gold.
[c] Nothing.
He smiles.
{I am very pleased. It shall be done.}
He smiles.
{Very well, my liege.}
He sighs:
{I understand, my liege.}

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Cluster: 2923
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_MMI Cha: node 29231
Today, the royal engagement parade is held. The joyous
villagers toss roses at you and your betrothed.
Priscilla shouts:
{Rejoice, o' people of Valois! When I am Queen, we shall all
share alike. All men will be equal! And no more taxes!}
Your stomach churns as you watch the villagers go berserk. A riot
ensues.
_MMI Cha: node 29232
Today, the royal engagement parade is held. The villagers hurl
rotten potatoes at you and Priscilla. She shouts:
{You may despise me now, but when we eliminate all taxes, you
shall love your Queen!}
The people jeer. Your glare goes unnoticed by Priscilla.
_MMI Cha: node 29233
Priscilla strides in.
{Sire, the people are unhappy because there has been no parade.
Isn't it time to have one?}
Do you:
[a] Have a parade.
[b] Refuse.
She smiles.
{You are kind indeed.}
She looks you in the eye.
{I pray your people don't turn against you.}
_MMI Cha: node 29234
Queen Catherine arrives.
{How dare you have no parade? Priscilla is very popular and
influential. She must be honored!}

[a] Give in.
[b] Refuse.
She laughs.
{I cannot believe how tiresome you are.}
{Count, you will regret this!}
_MMI Cha: node 29235
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{A parade with costumed ponies costs 2 Gold. One with trained monkeys
costs 1 Gold. Which do you prefer?}

Do you choose:
[a] Ponies.
[b] Monkeys.
[c] Nothing.
{Sire, your judgment is unsurpassed. It shall be done.}
He nods.
{Very good.}
He bows his head.
{As you wish, my liege.}
_MMI Cha: node 29236
The royal ceremony planner arrives.
{A tower commemorating Princess Priscilla would cost 2 Gold, a
statue, 1 Gold. A lovely song would cost nothing.}

Do you order:
[a] A tower.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
{Your taste is excellent. It shall be done.}
He smiles.
{Very good, Sire.}
He smiles wryly.
{A song it shall be.}
He frowns.
{I am sorry to hear this, my liege.}
_MMI Cha: node 29237
Queen Catherine sends a message.
{I hereby renounce your engagement to Priscilla. Count, you hath
lost all.}

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Cluster: 2924
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_MMI Cha: node 29241
Priscilla's handmaiden runs in.
{Sire! Priscilla is gravely ill. She ate some apples this morning,
and now we cannot awaken her!}

[a] Send for a doctor.
[b] Ignore it.
She bows.
{I'll fetch him right away.}
She bows.
{Very well, Sire.}
_MMI Cha: node 29242
Priscilla's handmaiden runs in.
{Priscilla is gone! She left a note. It says:
'My soul guides me elsewhere. Farewell, Sire.'}
_MMI Cha: node 29243
Priscilla's handmaiden runs in.
{Sire! Priscilla is dead! She left a note. It says:
'Farewell, cruel world. I loved you so.'}
_MMI Cha: node 29244
Priscilla's nurse enters.
{Priscilla's fate is still uncertain. A spiritual boost would help.
Perhaps you could commemorate your engagement.}

[a] Plan a commemoration.
[b] Refuse.
She nods.
{Very well.}
She nods.
{As you wish.}
_MMI Cha: node 29245
Priscilla's nurse enters.
{Priscilla is dead. With her last breaths, she said,
'Don't pity me. It is lovely here. So bright...'
Do you wish for a commemoration?}

[a] No.
[b] Yes.
She nods.
{As you wish.}
{I shall send for one.}
_MMI Cha: node 29246
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{I suggest commemorating Princess Priscilla with a tower. It would
cost 2 Gold. A statue would cost 1 Gold, and a song would
cost nothing.}

Do you order:
[a] A tower.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
He nods.
{Very good, Sire.}
He nods.
{Very good.}
He frowns.
{A song it shall be.}
He frowns.
{Very well, my liege.}
_MMI Cha: node 29247
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I shall never forget you were responsible for this.}

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Cluster: 2925
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_MMI Cha: node 29251
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{I recommend commemorating the princess with a bridge costing 2 Gold.
A statue would cost 1 Gold. Of course, a song costs nothing.}

Do you order:
[a] A bridge.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
{Sire, your judgment is superb. It shall be done.}
He nods.
{It shall be done.}
He frowns.
{It shall be done.}
{But Sire! Princess Priscilla will be so hurt. Please
reconsider.}

Do you choose:
[a] A bridge.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
He smiles.
{I am very pleased.}
He smiles.
{It shall be done.}
He nods.
{As you wish, my liege.}
He frowns.
Very well, Sire.
_MMI Cha: node 29253
Priscilla's commemoration ceremony is held today.
The people react with resounding oohs and ahs.
Priscilla beams.
{These truly are my people!}
_MMI Cha: node 29252
Priscilla's commemoration ceremony is held today.
The people jeer and throw old soup bones. The mob turns into
a rioting throng.
Priscilla sighs.
{Someday they will love me!}
_MMI Cha: node 29259 (END OF PLOT)

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Cluster: 2931
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_Mother May I? Ramiro
_MMI Ram: node 29311
Queen Catherine calls on you.
{Sire, I have three fair daughters of marrying age. I know you are
a shrewd businessman, so I offer you the eldest, Prunella. Marrying her
would certainly increase your popularity. Shall it be done?}

[a] Yes.
[b] Ask for another daughter.
[c] No.
She smiles.
{You are a man with taste. Prunella will soon come to call.}
{That is an interesting proposal. I shall contact you when I
have an answer.}
{But Sire, Prunella is so desirable and you will certainly
have to wed some day. Why not take the best while you can?}

[a] Agree to marry Prunella.
[b] Refuse.
She smiles.
{Your judgment is supreme.}
She scowls.
{And I thought you had a brain!}
_MMI Ram: node 29312
A messenger delivers a box of candied cherries.
{Sire, Queen Catherine offers this appeasement for her rude
behavior during her last visit. She also says Prunella is still
available, but you must act quickly.}

Do you:
[a] Accept the gift.
[b] Give it to the messenger.
[c] Send it back.
[d] Agree to marry Prunella.
He gives you the cherries and leaves.
He kisses your feet.
{You are benevolent indeed!}
He nods.
{I shall return them to Queen Catherine.}
{I shall inform Queen Catherine at once.}
_MMI Ram: node 29313
After sampling Queen Catherine's cherries, you suffer
violent cramping. Finally, a good leeching relieves your
pain.
_MMI Ram: node 29314
A messenger you've never seen before enters.
{Sire, I am your new messenger, John. Your former messenger
was found dead this morning, face down in a box of candied
cherries.}
_MMI Ram: node 29315
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{It is not good business to return peace offerings. You shall hear
from me.}
_MMI Ram: node 29316
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I am pleased to announce the engagement of my daughter, Princess Prunella, to
Phillip, Duke of Burgundy. He has good sense.}
Charles, King of Valois. He has good sense.}
Henri, Duke of Anjou. He was desparate.}
_MMI Ram: node 29317
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{You have made the right decision. Prunella will soon
come to call.}
_MMI Ram: node 29318
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I shall never do business with a dog like you again.}

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Cluster: 2932
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_MMI Ram: node 29321
Princess Prunella arrives. She has the face of an ox and the body
of a pig.
{Sire, I hope we shall be happy. May I stay at the castle
while the engagement parade is prepared?}

[a] Let her stay.
[b] Send her home.
[c] Call off the engagement.
Prunella bows.
{Thank you, Sire.}
Prunella's face drops.
{As you wish.}
Prunella cries:
{How can you be so cruel? I shall tell the kingdom about this!}
_MMI Ram: node 29322
Prunella enters. She is crying.
{Sire, I have fallen in love with Phillip of Burgundy.
Please free me so I may marry him.}
{Sire, I still find you very attractive, but I have fallen
in love with Charles of Valois. Please set me free.}
{Sire, I have fallen in love with Henri of Anjou.
Please free me so I may be his wife.}

[a] Free her.
[b] Keep her.
Prunella beams.
{Oh Sire, I shall tell the kingdom of your kindness!}
{Oh Sire, I just want to die!}
_MMI Ram: node 29323
Queen Catherine visits.
{Sire, you can forget the engagement. Your kingdom is practically
worthless. Certainly not worthy of Prunella! If you again rise to
power, I may call on you again.}
_MMI Ram: node 29324
A message arrives from Phillip of Burgundy.
{I request that you free Princess Prunella. For her, I will
give you a chest of jewels.}
A message arrives from Charles of Valois.
{Sire, if you free the fair Princess Prunella, I will give
you 100 hard-working *****s. If you don't, I shall slay you.}
A message arrives from Henri of Anjou.
{I must bother you because I'm blue. You see, I love Prunella true.
I would be your friend for life if you will let her be my wife.}

Do you:
[a] Free her.
[b] Keep her.
A chest of jewels and a message arrives from Phillip of Burgundy.
{Bless you for freeing Prunella. Enjoy the jewels, for
I need them not. I have the brightest gem of all.}
A message arrives from Charles of Valois.
{The *****s are on their way. Kiss them for me.}
A message arrives from Henri of Anjou.
{I, for one, shall never call you a miser. You hath
given me my heart's desire.}
A message arrives from Phillip of Burgundy.
{I cannot believe you will not free Prunella. I am very
distressed.}
A message arrives from Charles of Valois.
{Enjoy your last breaths.}
A message arrives from Henri of Anjou.
{A man who keeps Prunella from me will ever be my enemy.}
_MMI Ram: node 29326
An advisor comes to plan the engagement parade.
{A ceremony with blackbird pie costs 2 Gold. One featuring 100
minstrels costs 1 Gold. What is your wish?}

[a] Pie.
[b] Minstrels.
[c] Nothing.
He nods.
{It shall be done.}
{I shall begin preparations.}
He gasps.
{But Sire! It is impolite not to have a parade. Think
of your image.}

Do you choose:
[a] Pie - 2 Gold.
[b] Minstrels - 1 Gold.
[c] Nothing.
He sighs in relief.
{Sire, I am sure you made the right decision.}
He smiles.
{Excellent, Sire.}
He sighs.
{As you wish.}
_MMI Ram: node 29327
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I do not understand why you sent Prunella home. If this
engagement is to continue, you must plan the traditional parade
at once.}

Do you:
[a] Ignore her.
[b] Plan the parade.

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Cluster: 2933
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_MMI Ram: node 29331
Today, the royal engagement parade is held. The joyous
villagers toss gold at you and your blushing betrothed.
Prunella looks wistful, but smiles at you.
_MMI Ram: node 29332
Today, the royal engagement parade is held. The surly
villagers jeer at you and Prunella. She sighs:
{I cannot wait to become Queen.}
_MMI Ram: node 29333
Prunella enters. She is crying.
{Sire, the people mock me because you haven't held a
parade in my honor. Won't you please show them you love me?}

[a] Have a parade.
[b] Refuse.
She kisses you on the cheek.
{Oh, thank you! You are truly kind.}
She falls to her knees.
{Oh Sire, I just want to die!}
_MMI Ram: node 29334
Queen Catherine arrives. Her nostrils flare with fury.
{How dare you have no parade? Prunella must be honored! Now!!}

[a] Agree.
[b] Scoff at her.
She glares.
{Thank you, Sire.}
She bares her sharp teeth.
{You will be sorry!}
_MMI Ram: node 29335
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{Sire, a parade with trained parakeets costs 2 Gold. One
with fire dancers costs 1 Gold. Which do you prefer?}

[a] Parakeets.
[b] Dancers.
[c] Nothing.
He nods.
{Very well. I shall commence preparations.}
He nods.
{Very good, Sire.}
{But Sire, surely you knew a ceremony would cost something.
Why not have a small parade?}

Do you choose:
[a] The small parade.
[b] Nothing.
{I am glad you reconsidered. It shall be done.}
{As you wish, my liege.}
_MMI Ram: node 29336
The royal ceremony planner arrives.
{Sire, it is time to commemorate Princess Prunella. A tower would
cost 2 Gold, a statue, 1 Gold. Of course, a song would cost nothing,
but still be quite touching.}

Do you order:
[a] A tower.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
He smiles.
{Excellent. It shall be done.}
He nods.
{Very good, Sire.}
He nods.
{Very well.}
{Very well, Sire.}
_MMI Ram: node 29337
Queen Catherine sends a message.
{I hereby renounce your engagement to Prunella, and my other daughters
shall never be available for you.}

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Cluster: 2934
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_MMI Ram: node 29341
Prunella's handmaiden runs in.
Sire! Prunella ate some curds and whey this morn, and now she cannot
stop twitching!}

[a] Send for a doctor.
[b] Ignore it.
She bows.
{I'll fetch him right away.}
She bows.
{Yes, Sire.}
_MMI Ram: node 29342
Prunella's handmaiden runs in.
{Prunella is gone! She left this note:
'I am sorry, but I cannot accept the dreadful destiny of being your
Queen. Farewell and good luck.'}
_MMI Ram: node 29343
Prunella's handmaiden runs in.
{Sire! Prunella is dead! She left this note:
'I am sorry, but I could not endure the thought of our marriage. With
death, I find solace in being close to God. Say hello to Mother.'}
_MMI Ram: node 29344
Prunella's nurse enters.
Prunella is greatly recovered, but she could use a spiritual
boost. I think this is a good time to commemorate your engagement.}

[a] Plan a commemoration.
[b] Refuse.
She nods.
{Very well, Sire.}
Her eyes avoid yours.
{As you wish.}
_MMI Ram: node 29345
Prunella's nurse enters.
{Prunella is dead. With her last breaths, she asked for you to
remember her. Shall I call the royal ceremony planner?}

[a] Refuse.
[b] Agree.
She glares.
{As you wish.}
She nods.
{I shall send for him.}
_MMI Ram: node 29346
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{To commemorate Princess Prunella, I suggest a tower costing 2 Gold.
A statue would cost only 1 Gold. A song would cost nothing.}

Do you order:
[a] A tower.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
He smiles.
{Sire, your judgment is unsurpassed. It shall be done.}
He smiles.
{Very good, Sire.}
He smiles.
{I thought you might like that. A song it shall be.}
He smiles.
{I see.}
_MMI Ram: node 29347
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{You have gone too far. I hope you roast in Hell.}

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Cluster: 2935
-------------

_MMI Ram: node 29351
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{Commemorating the princess with a bridge would cost 2 Gold.
A statue would cost 1 Gold. Of course, a song would cost nothing.}

Do you order:
[a] A bridge.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
He smiles.
{Sire, your judgment is superb. It shall be done.}
He smiles.
{It shall be done, my liege.}
He smiles.
{It shall be done, my liege.}
He frowns.
{As you wish, my liege.}
_MMI Ram: node 29352
Prunella's commemoration ceremony is held today.
The people joyously throw gemstones and rosebuds.
Prunella chokes back a sob with a fierce smile. She exclaims:
{I shall never forget this day!}
_MMI Ram: node 29353
Prunella's commemoration ceremony is held today.
The jeering people throw stones.
Horrified, Prunella gasps:
{I want to go home to mother!}
_MMI Ram: node 29359 (END OF PLOT)

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Cluster: 2941
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_MMI Cha: node 29511
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I have considered your request, and I consent to let you marry my
second daughter, Griselda. She will soon come to call.}
_MMI Ram: node 29416
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I am pleased to announce the engagement of my daughter, Princess Griselda, to
Charles, King of Valois.}
Henri, Duke of Anjou.}
Phillip, Duke of Burgundy.}
_MMI Ram: node 29418
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{Sire, you are a disappointment. I shall never do business with
you again.}

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Cluster: 2942
-------------

_MMI Ram: node 29421
Princess Griselda arrives. She is sharp and stylish, with long,
chestnut hair. She says:
{Sire, I am sure our union will be a profitable one. Indeed, I
cannot wait for you to lavish me with my first gift.}

[a] Give her a bauble.
[b] Refuse.
[c] Promise her anything.
You give her a golden harp. She spits on it.
{A harp? That is a plaything for servants. Jewels would
certainly be more appropriate.}

[a] Give her jewels.
[b] Send her home.
[c] Call off the engagement.
Smiling, she dons a diamond tiara.
{I think we shall get along very well.}
She stomps her foot.
{How dare you treat me like a child? Sire, you are
a lout!}
She laughs.
{I wouldn't have married you anyway. You have the face
of a horse and the body of a pig!}
She spits.
{How dare you! Queen Catherine shall hear about this!}
She laughs.
{Promises are sweet, but worthless. I trust you will soon give
me something more tangible.}
_MMI Ram: node 29422
Griselda comes to see you. Her green eyes glow with determination.
{Sire, I love Charles of Valois. He is a true leader who will
someday be King of Bretagne. You must free me.}
{Sire, I am love with Henri of Anjou. I know he is not very
smart, nor powerful, but I love him anyway. You must free me.}
{Sire, we must sever our engagement. I love Phillip of
Burgundy. He is so romantic, unlike thou.}

[a] Free her.
[b] Keep her.
She smiles.
{Sire, you are thoroughly decent.}
She sneers:
{Sire, you show poor judgment indeed.}
_MMI Ram: node 29423
Queen Catherine visits.
{Sire, the engagement is off. Your kingdom is worthless,
but Griselda is not. If you ever rise to power again, maybe then
I shall call on you.}
_MMI Ram: node 29424
A message arrives from Charles of Valois.
{Free Princess Griselda, and I shall give you 200 of my
finest *****s. If not, I shall slay you.}
A message arrives from Phillip of Burgundy.
{If you free Princess Griselda so that we may wed, I shall
give you my entire wine cellar.}
A message arrives from Henri of Anjou.
{Please give Griselda to me, for our love is one of destiny.
I will e'er stick by your side if you will let Griselda be my bride.}

[a] Free her.
[b] Keep her.
A message arrives from Charles of Valois.
{I am sending 200 *****s. You shall live
for now.}
A message arrives from Phillip of Burgundy.
{Bless you for freeing Griselda. Enjoy the wine, for
I need it not. I have the richest intoxicant of all.}
A message arrives from Henri of Anjou.
{Thank you for setting Griselda free. You shall
always get respect from me.}
A message arrives from Charles of Valois.
{You are a fool to keep Griselda against her will.
This has severely damaged our relationship.}
A message arrives from Phillip of Burgundy.
{I am very disappointed that you will not free
Griselda. I thought we were friends.}
A message arrives from Henri of Anjou.
{You will not let Griselda go, so I shall be
your mortal foe.}
_MMI Ram: node 29426
An advisor comes to plan the engagement parade.
{A ceremony with virgin sopranos costs 2 Gold. One with magicians
costs 1 Gold. What is your desire, Sire?}

[a] Virgins.
[b] Magicians.
[c] Nothing.
He smiles.
{Sire, your judgment is unsurpassed. It shall be done.}
{I shall begin preparations.}
{But Sire! The people already complain that they scarcely
see you. You must show you are thinking of them.}

Do you choose:
[a] Virgins - 2 Gold.
[b] Magicians - 1 Gold.
[c] Nothing.
He nods.
{I am very pleased. It shall be done.}
{Very good, my liege.}
{Very well, Sire.}
_MMI Ram: node 29427
A messenger arrives.
{Sire, Queen Catherine is distressed that you sent Griselda home.
She says you must plan the traditional engagement parade
immediately.}

[a] Refuse.
[b] Plan the parade.
{I shall deliver the message, Sire.}
{I shall notify the royal ceremony planner.}

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Cluster: 2943
-------------

_MMI Ram: node 29431
Today, the royal engagement parade is held. The joyous
villagers toss gold coins at you and your betrothed.
Griselda beams:
{I cannot wait for all this gold to be mine!}
_MMI Ram: node 29432
Today, the royal engagement parade is held. The jeering
villagers hurl epithets at you and Griselda. She spits
on them and shouts:
{Laugh now, fools, for all you own shall soon be mine!}
_MMI Ram: node 29433
Griselda enters.
{Sire, the people are scoffing at me because there has been no
parade. What sort of a man are you anyway? Where is my parade?}

[a] Have a parade.
[b] Refuse.
She smiles.
{I am glad you came to your senses.}
She sneers:
{And I thought I loved you.}
_MMI Ram: node 29434
Queen Catherine enters.
{How dare you have no engagement parade? You must treat Griselda
with respect!}

[a] Give in.
[b] Refuse.
She grimaces.
{Sire, you are very wise.}
She shakes her fist.
{You will be sorry!}
_MMI Ram: node 29435
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{A parade with flaming pigeons costs 2 Gold. One with flaming
cake costs 1 Gold. Which shall it be?}

[a] Pigeons.
[b] Cake.
[c] Nothing.
He smiles.
{It shall be done.}
{Very good, Sire.}
{But Sire! Why then, did you call me? You simply must
have a parade. It is tradition.}

Do you choose:
[a] Pigeons - 2 Gold.
[b] Cake - 1 Gold.
[c] Nothing.
{Sire, I am glad you reconsidered. It shall be done.}
{Very good, my liege.}
{As you wish, my liege.}
_MMI Ram: node 29436
The royal ceremony planner arrives.
{Sire, it is time to commemorate Princess Griselda. A tower would
cost 2 Gold, a statue, 1 Gold. Of course, a song would cost nothing.}

Do you order:
[a] A tower.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
He smiles.
{Sire, your taste is excellent. It shall be done.}
{Very good, Sire.}
{A song it shall be.}
{I am sorry to hear this, my liege.}
_MMI Ram: node 29437
Queen Catherine sends a message.
{I hereby renounce your engagement to Griselda for you have
proven to be unworthy of her.}

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Cluster: 2944
-------------

_MMI Ram: node 29441
Griselda's handmaiden runs in.
{Sire! Griselda is gravely ill. She ate some strange-looking truffles
and now we cannot awaken her.}

[a] Send for a doctor.
[b] Ignore it.
She bows.
{I'll fetch him right away.}
{Very well, Sire.}
_MMI Ram: node 29442
Griselda's handmaiden runs in.
{Sire, Griselda is gone! She left a note. It says:
'What did you expect, you miser?'}
_MMI Ram: node 29443
Griselda's handmaiden runs in.
{Sire! Griselda is dead! She left a note. It says:
'Sire, I hope you pay.'}
_MMI Ram: node 29444
Griselda's nurse enters.
Sire, Griselda is greatly recovered, but she could still use a
lift. I think this is a good time to commemorate your engagement.}

[a] Plan a commemoration.
[b] Refuse.
She nods.
{Very good, Sire.}
{As you wish.}
_MMI Ram: node 29445
Griselda's nurse enters.
{Sire, Griselda is dead. With her last breaths, she said,
'Make him pay...Make him pay...' Shall I call the royal ceremony
planner?}

[a] Refuse.
[b] Agree.
She nods.
{As you wish.}
She nods.
{I shall send for him.}
_MMI Ram: node 29446
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{Sire, I suggest a tower costing 2 Gold to commemorate Princess Griselda.
A statue would cost 1 Gold. A song would cost nothing.}

Do you order:
[a] A tower.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
{It shall be done.}
{Very good, Sire.}
{A song it shall be.}
{Very well, my liege.}
_MMI Ram: node 29447
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{You shall pay, Sire. You shall pay.}

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Cluster: 2945
-------------

_MMI Ram: node 29451
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{Sire, commemorating the princess with a bridge would cost 2 Gold.
A statue would cost 1 Gold. A song, nothing.}

Do you order:
[a] A bridge.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
{Your judgment is superb. It shall be done.}
{It shall be done, my liege.}
{Very well, my liege.}
{As you wish, my liege.}
_MMI Ram: node 29452
Griselda's commemoration ceremony is held today.
The people ooh and ah.
Griselda laughs.
{What fools! I cannot wait to subjugate them to my will.}
_MMI Ram: node 29453
Griselda's commemoration ceremony is held today.
The people jeer and throw old soup bones. The mob turns into
a rioting throng.
Griselda laughs.
{Finally, I'm having some fun!}
_MMI Ram: node 29459 (END OF PLOT)

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Cluster: 2951
-------------

_MMI Cha: node 29511
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I have considered your request, and I consent to let you marry my
third daughter, Priscilla. She will soon come to call.}
_MMI Ram: node 29516
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I am pleased to announce the engagement of my daughter, Princess Priscilla, to
Henri, Duke of Anjou. It is unfortunate you
missed your chance.}
Phillip, Duke of Burgundy. It is unfortunate
you missed your chance.}
Charles, King of Valois. It is unfortunate you
missed your chance.}
_MMI Ram: node 29518
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I am sorry my daughters do not meet your high standards. I
shall never offer you anything again.}

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Cluster: 2952
-------------

_MMI Ram: node 29521
Your newly betrothed Priscilla arrives. She has the face of a
goat and the body of a child. At least she smells terrific.
{Sire, together, we shall make this kingdom great. Let us lower
taxes and liberate the people! They will be forever loyal.}

[a] Agree.
[b] Refuse.
[c] Call off the engagement.
Priscilla kisses you on the brow. She sighs:
{Sire, you are noble indeed!}
Priscilla flushes.
{I thought you were kind. Now I don't know what to believe.
Good day.}
Priscilla flushes.
{I understand.}
_MMI Ram: node 29522
Priscilla enters. She holds her chin high.
{Henri of Anjou and I are in love. Please show your love and
free me.}

{Sire, I must go. Phillip of Burgundy and I love each
other very much, and we wish to wed.}
{Sire, I am sorry, but I am in love with Charles of Valois.
I must be with him. Please free me.}

Do you:
[a] Free her.
[b] Keep her.
She kisses your hand.
{Bless you, Sire, and farewell.}
She turns white.
{Sire, I am devastated.}
_MMI Ram: node 29523
Queen Catherine visits.
{Sire, the engagement is off. Your lowly kingdom is not worthy of my
fair Priscilla. Good day.}
_MMI Ram: node 29524
A message arrives from Henri of Anjou.
{I love Priscilla and Priscilla loves me. Won't you be
kind and set her free?}
A message arrives from Phillip of Burgundy.
{I request that you free Princess Priscilla. For her, I will
give you 100 of my fastest steeds.}

A message arrives from Charles of Valois.
{Free Princess Priscilla, and I will give you my reknowned
***** collection. Otherwise, you shall die.}

[a] Free her.
[b] Keep her.
A message arrives from Henri of Anjou.
{Sire, thou are truly great. We shall soon set our
wedding date.}
A message arrives from Phillip of Burgundy.
{Bless you for freeing Priscilla. The steeds are
on their way.}
A message arrives from Charles of Valois.
{My *****s are on the way. Enjoy the rest of your short
life.}
A message arrives from Henri of Anjou.
{You will not let Priscilla go, so I shall be
your mortal foe.}
A message arrives from Phillip of Burgundy.
{I am very disappointed that you will not free
Priscilla. I thought we were friends.}
A message arrives from Charles of Valois.
{You shall die for keeping Priscilla from me.}
_MMI Ram: node 29526
An advisor comes to plan the engagement parade.
{A ceremony with roast boar costs 2 Gold. One with dancing cats costs
1 Gold. Which shall it be?}

[a] Boar.
[b] Cats.
[c] Nothing.
{Excellent choice, Sire. It shall be done.}
{I shall begin preparations.}
{But Sire, the people love Priscilla. They eagerly await
a parade.}

Do you choose:
[a] Mimes - 2 Gold.
[b] Dogs - 1 Gold.
[c] Nothing.
He smiles.
{I am very pleased. It shall be done.}
He smiles.
{Very well, my liege.}
He sighs:
{I understand, my liege.}

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Cluster: 2953
-------------

_MMI Ram: node 29531
Today, the royal engagement parade is held. The joyous
villagers toss roses at you and your betrothed.
Priscilla shouts:
{Rejoice, o' people of Aragon! When I am Queen, we shall all
share alike. All men will be equal! And no more taxes!}
Your stomach churns as you watch the villagers go berserk. A riot
ensues.
_MMI Ram: node 29532
Today, the royal engagement parade is held. The villagers hurl
rotten beets at you and Priscilla. She shouts:
{You may despise me now, but when we eliminate all taxes, you
shall love your Queen!}
The people jeer. Your glare goes unnoticed by Priscilla.
_MMI Ram: node 29533
Priscilla strides in.
{Sire, the people are unhappy because there has been no parade.
Isn't it time to have one?}
Do you:
[a] Have a parade.
[b] Refuse.
She smiles.
{You are kind indeed.}
She looks you in the eye.
{I pray your people don't turn against you.}
_MMI Ram: node 29534
Queen Catherine arrives.
{How dare you have no parade? Priscilla is very popular and
influential. She must be honored!}

[a] Give in.
[b] Refuse.
She sighs.
{I am glad you changed your mind.}
{Sire, you will regret this!}
_MMI Ram: node 29535
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{A parade with acrobats costs 2 Gold. One with singing monkeys
costs 1 Gold. Which do you prefer?}

Do you choose:
[a] Acrobats.
[b] Monkeys.
[c] Nothing.
{Sire, your judgment is unsurpassed. It shall be done.}
He nods.
{Very good.}
He bows his head.
{As you wish, my liege.}
_MMI Ram: node 29536
The royal ceremony planner arrives.
{A tower commemorating Princess Priscilla would cost 2 Gold, a
statue, 1 Gold. A lovely song would cost nothing.}

Do you order:
[a] A tower.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
{Sire, your taste is excellent. It shall be done.}
He smiles.
{Very good, Sire.}
He smiles wryly.
{A song it shall be.}
He frowns.
{I am sorry to hear this, my liege.}
_MMI Ram: node 29537
Queen Catherine sends a message.
{I hereby renounce your engagement to Priscilla. Sire, you are
no businessman at all.}

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Cluster: 2954
-------------

_MMI Ram: node 29541
Priscilla's handmaiden runs in.
{Sire! Priscilla is gravely ill. She ate some green cheese this morning,
and now we cannot awaken her!}

[a] Send for a doctor.
[b] Ignore it.
She bows.
{I'll fetch him right away.}
She bows.
{Very well, Sire.}
_MMI Ram: node 29542
Priscilla's handmaiden runs in.
{Priscilla is gone! She left a note. It says:
'My soul guides me elsewhere. Farewell, Sire.'}
_MMI Ram: node 29543
Priscilla's handmaiden runs in.
{Sire! Priscilla is dead! She left a note. It says:
'Farewell, cruel world. I loved you so.'}
_MMI Ram: node 29544
Priscilla's nurse enters.
Priscilla's fate is still uncertain. A spiritual boost would help.
Perhaps you could commemorate your engagement.}

[a] Plan a commemoration.
[b] Refuse.
She nods.
{Very well.}
She nods.
{As you wish.}
_MMI Ram: node 29545
Priscilla's nurse enters.
{Priscilla is dead. With her last breaths, she said,
'Don't pity me. It is lovely here. So bright...'
Do you wish for a commemoration?}

[a] No.
[b] Yes.
She nods.
{As you wish.}
{I shall send for one.}
_MMI Ram: node 29546
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{I suggest commemorating Princess Priscilla with a tower. It would
cost 2 Gold. A statue would cost 1 Gold, and a song would
cost nothing.}

Do you order:
[a] A tower.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
He nods.
{Very good, Sire.}
He nods.
{Very good.}
He frowns.
{A song it shall be.}
He frowns.
{Very well, my liege.}
_MMI Ram: node 29547
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I shall never forget you were responsible for this.}

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Cluster: 2955
-------------

_MMI Ram: node 29551
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{I recommend commemorating the princess with a bridge costing 2 Gold.
A statue would cost 1 Gold. Of course, a song costs nothing.}

Do you order:
[a] A bridge.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
{Sire, your judgment is superb. It shall be done.}
He nods.
{It shall be done.}
He frowns.
{It shall be done.}
{But Sire! Princess Priscilla will be distressed. Please
reconsider.}

Do you choose:
[a] A bridge.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
He smiles.
{I am very pleased.}
He smiles.
{It shall be done.}
He nods.
{As you wish, my liege.}
He frowns.
{Very well, Sire.}
_MMI Ram: node 29553
Priscilla's commemoration ceremony is held today.
The people react with resounding oohs and ahs.
Priscilla beams.
{These truly are my people!}
_MMI Ram: node 29552
Priscilla's commemoration ceremony is held today.
The people jeer and throw old shoes.
Priscilla sighs.
{Someday they will love me!}
_MMI Ram: node 29559 (END OF PLOT)

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Cluster: 2961
-------------

_Mother May I? Phillip
_MMI Phi: node 29611
Queen Catherine calls on you.
{Sire, I have three fair daughters of marrying age. I offer you the eldest,
Prunella. Marrying her would certainly enhance your image.
Shall it be done?}

[a] Yes.
[b] Ask for another daughter.
[c] No.
She smiles.
{You are a charming man. Prunella will soon come to call.}
{That is an intriguing proposal. I shall contact you when I
have an answer.}
{But Sire, marriage is so vital to one's image. And your
people must expect you to have an heir.}

[a] Agree to marry Prunella.
[b] Refuse.
She smiles.
{Your judgment is supreme.}
She scowls.
{Your image shall suffer for this!}
_MMI Phi: node 29612
A messenger delivers a box of candied cherries.
{Sire, Queen Catherine offers this appeasement for her rude
behavior during her last visit. She also says Prunella is still
available, but you must act quickly.}

Do you:
[a] Accept the gift.
[b] Give it to the messenger.
[c] Send it back.
[d] Agree to marry Prunella.
He gives you the cherries and leaves.
He bows.
{You are so kind!}
He nods.
{I shall return them to Queen Catherine.}
{I shall inform Queen Catherine at once.}
_MMI Phi: node 29613
After sampling Queen Catherine's cherries, you go blind.
Finally, the doctor's humming bird soup revives your sight.
_MMI Phi: node 29614
A messenger you've never seen before enters.
{Sire, I am your new messenger, Leonard. Your former messenger
was found dead this morning, face down in a box of candied
cherries.}
_MMI Phi: node 29615
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{You were rude to return my peace offering. You shall hear
from me.}
_MMI Phi: node 29616
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I am pleased to announce the engagement of my daughter, Princess Prunella, to
Charles, King of Valois. His people are rejoicing.}
Ramiro, King of Aragon. He is rejoicing.}
Henri, Duke of Anjou. His people are rejoicing.}
_MMI Phi: node 29617
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{You have made the right decision. Prunella will soon
come to call.}
_MMI Phi: node 29618
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I shall never do business with a joker like you again.}

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Cluster: 2962
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_MMI Phi: node 29621
Princess Prunella arrives. She has the face of an ox and the body
of a pig, but her feet are very nice.
{Sire, I hear you are very kind. I hope we shall be happy. May I stay at
the castle while the engagement parade is prepared?}

[a] Let her stay.
[b] Send her home.
[c] Call off the engagement.
Prunella bows.
{Thank you, Sire.}
Prunella's face drops.
{As you wish.}
Prunella cries:
{How can you be so cruel? I shall tell the kingdom about this!}
_MMI Phi: node 29622
Prunella enters. She is crying.
{Sire, I still find you very attractive, but I have fallen
in love with Charles of Valois. Please set me free.}
{Sire, I have fallen in love with Ramiro of Aragon.
Please free me so I may marry him.}
{Sire, I have fallen in love with Henri of Anjou.
Please free me so I may be his wife.}

[a] Free her.
[b] Keep her.
Prunella beams.
{Oh Sire, I shall tell the kingdom of your kindness!}
{Oh Sire, I just want to die!}
_MMI Phi: node 29623
Queen Catherine visits.
Sire, you can forget the engagement. Your kingdom is practically
worthless. Certainly not worthy of Prunella! If you again rise to
power, I may call on you again.}
_MMI Phi: node 29624
A message arrives from Charles of Valois.
{Free the fair Princess Prunella, or I will disembowl you.}
A message arrives from Ramiro of Aragon.
{I request that you free Princess Prunella. For her, I will
give you a cart full of jewels.}
A message arrives from Henri of Anjou.
{I must bother you because I'm blue. You see, I love Prunella true.
I would be your friend for life if you will let her be my wife.}

Do you:
[a] Free her.
[b] Keep her.
A message arrives from Charles of Valois.
{You were wise to choose to live.}
A cart full of jewels and a message arrives from Ramiro of Aragon.
{Thank you for freeing Prunella. Enjoy the jewels.}
A message arrives from Henri of Anjou.
{I, for one, shall never call you a miser. You hath
given me my heart's desire.}
A message arrives from Charles of Valois.
{I will crush you for keeping Prunella from my side.}
A message arrives from Ramiro of Aragon.
{I cannot believe you will not free Prunella. I am very
distressed.}
A message arrives from Henri of Anjou.
{A man who keeps Prunella from me will ever be my enemy.}
_MMI Phi: node 29626
An advisor comes to plan the engagement parade.
{A ceremony with singing magpies costs 2 Gold. One featuring 100
feather dancers costs 1 Gold. What is your wish?}

[a] Magpies.
[b] Dancers.
[c] Nothing.
He nods.
{It shall be done.}
{I shall begin preparations.}
He gasps.
{But Sire! The people will think ill of you if you don't have a parade.}

Do you choose:
[a] Magpies - 2 Gold.
[b] Dancers - 1 Gold.
[c] Nothing.
He sighs in relief.
{Sire, I am sure you made the right decision.}
He smiles.
{Excellent, Sire.}
He sighs.
{As you wish.}
_MMI Phi: node 29627
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I do not understand why you sent Prunella home. If this
engagement is to continue, you must plan the traditional parade
at once.}

Do you:
[a] Ignore her.
[b] Plan the parade.

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Cluster: 2963
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_MMI Phi: node 29631
Today, the royal engagement parade is held. The joyous
villagers toss gold at you and your blushing betrothed.
Prunella looks wistful, but smiles.
_MMI Phi: node 29632
Today, the royal engagement parade is held. The surly
villagers jeer at you and Prunella. She sighs:
{I hope this is not a mistake.}
_MMI Phi: node 29633
Prunella enters. She is crying.
{Sire, the people tease me because you haven't held a
parade in my honor. Won't you please show them you love me?}

[a] Have a parade.
[b] Refuse.
She bows.
{You are truly kind.}
She falls to her knees.
{Oh Sire, I just want to die!}
_MMI Phi: node 29634
Queen Catherine arrives. Her nostrils flare with fury.
{How dare you have no parade? Prunella must be honored! Now!!}

[a] Agree.
[b] Scoff at her.
She glares.
{Thank you, Sire.}
She bares her sharp teeth.
{You will be sorry!}
_MMI Phi: node 29635
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{Sire, a parade with fire eaters costs 2 Gold. One
with dancing goats costs 1 Gold. Which do you prefer?}

[a] Fire eaters.
[b] Goats.
[c] Nothing.
He nods.
{Very well. I shall commence preparations.}
He nods.
{Very good, Sire.}
{But Sire, surely you knew a ceremony would cost something.
A small parade will still make a good impression.}

Do you choose:
[a] The small parade.
[b] Nothing.
{I am glad you reconsidered. It shall be done.}
{As you wish, my liege.}
_MMI Phi: node 29636
The royal ceremony planner arrives.
{Sire, it is time to commemorate Princess Prunella. A tower would
cost 2 Gold, a statue, 1 Gold. Of course, a song would cost nothing,
but still be quite touching.}

Do you order:
[a] A tower.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
He smiles.
{Excellent. It shall be done.}
He nods.
{Very good, Sire.}
He nods.
{Very well.}
{Very well, Sire.}
_MMI Phi: node 29637
Queen Catherine sends a message.
{I hereby renounce your engagement to Prunella, and my other daughters
shall never be available for you.}
12-10-2015 07:09 AM
Vanshilar -------------
Cluster: 2720
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_Fertilizer: node 27203
Sir Vincent enters, this time with his accountant.

{I can work with you. What do you have to offer?}

Do you barter:
[a] Iron.
[b] Timber.
[c] Change your mind.
{Iron.}

How much:
[a] 5 percent.
[b] 10 percent.
[c] Change your mind.
{Five percent is acceptable.}

As Sir Vincent leaves, he leans over to his accountant,

{Get the ripe dung out. It seems that we have
found a buyer.}
{This guy drives a hard bargain. But I know my dung, and
he will get what he paid for.}
{We will give him the dog dung.}
{Ten percent should be quite sufficient.}

As he leaves, he leans over to the accountant,

{This guy knows his dung. We might actually have to give him
the good stuff.}
{Do you know what this means? We can buy those
shovels now!}
{Perhaps we can finally ship those cow patties.}
{You certainly are fickle. I will return in a few days.}
{Timber.}

How much:
[a] 5 percent.
[b] 10 percent.
[c] Change your mind.
{Five percent is acceptable.}

Sir Vincent turns to his companion, saying,
{Get the ripe dung out. It looks like we
found a buyer.}
{This guy drives a hard bargain. But I know my dung, and
he will get what he paid for.}
{Be sure to throw in plenty of sawdust.}
{Ten percent. Hmmm. I suppose that will be adequate.}

He turns to his accountant as he leaves,

{This guy knows his dung. We might have to give him the
good stuff.}
{Why do I always get stuck with the intelligent ones?}
{Perhaps we can ship those cow patties.}
{What an indecisive person! I will return in a few days.}
{Sire, sooner or later you must make a decision.}
_Fertilizer: node 27204
Sir Vincent returns, hoping to show you more items.

{Sire, my dung is the best you will find this side of heaven.
I know that you are a busy man, but please honor me with a moment of
your valuable time. I guarantee that you will not regret it.}

Do you:
[a] Inspect the Premium Dung.
[b] Inspect the Economy Dung.
[c] Inspect the Plain Wrap Dung.
[d] Tell him {No, thanks.}
{The Premium Dung is a outstanding choice. I shall have a sample
for you in a day or two.}
{The Economy Dung is a tried-and-true choice.
I will bring a sample in a few days.}
{The Plain Wrap Dung is a economical choice, Sire.
I should be able to scrape together a sample in a few days.}
{I see that you are not ready to make a decision. I am sure that
matters will be different in a few days.}
_Fertilizer: node 27205
Sir Vincent returns, ready to show his dung.

{Now, Sire, I know that you were not interested on my previous visit,
but I thought that the aroma of this fresh dung would persuade you to
give me another chance. I have some lovely filth here.

{What do you think?

{Honestly, have you ever smelled dung this pungent before?}

A guard pales, then drops face first into Sir Vincent's dung sample.

{What better endorsement can I find?

{Now will you please reconsider and let me show you my goods?}

Do you:
[a] Say yes.
[b] Say no.
{Thank you, Great One. Do not fret about this mess. I will
get some dung remover from my cart and have it cleaned up
in two shakes of a lamb's tail.}
{You do not have to beat me over the head. I will leave.}

As he leaves, he mumbles

{Let him clean it up, then.}
{He had better watch where he steps. My dung is everywhere!}
{Dung happens!}

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Cluster: 2730
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_Fertilizer: node 27303
Sir Vincent is back. The dung is certainly well seasoned today.

{Sire, you must buy today.}

The guards drag him from your presence.

{The dung is going to hit the wall now! Just you wait!}
{He had better watch where he steps. And perhaps he should warn
the others in his household as well.}
{Me thinketh thou art a dunghead!}
_Fertilizer: node 27304
The head cook comes with dung news.

{Sire, that dung you purchased has become the seasoning
of choice among the most elite.

{Thank you for your generous gift. You have made the nobles very happy.}
_Fertilizer: node 27305
A villager comes to visit. He is wearing a scarf around his face.

{Sire, that dung you bought truly stinks!

{The aroma has driven most of the villagers to the hills. They are
in a fine state over this matter.}
_Fertilizer: node 27306
A farmer comes to inform you of how the dung fared in the fields.

{Sire, this is superb dung! The zucchini have never
been bigger.}
{You certainly know your dung, Sire! The crops are
flourishing.}
{Sire, that new dung really works. The tomatoes are rounder and
juicier than I have ever seen in my life!}
_Fertilizer: node 27307
A farmer comes to inform you of how the dung fared in the fields.

{That dung was not very potent. I think you must have
received a spoiled batch. There was no significant
change in the crops. Next time, smell it first.}
{That dung was old dung. Next time, try
smelling it first.}
{Sire, thou hast been dealt a rotten hand. That dung
was worthless, and did almost nothing for us. I think you got a bad
pile this time.}
_Fertilizer: node 27308
A farmer comes to inform you of how the dung fared in the fields.

{Sire, that dung was defective. It killed part of our harvest.

{It was much too hearty for our delicate crops.

{Please be more careful next time.
Remember, you cannot trust a man who sells dung.}
{Sire, that dung really stank. It killed part of our crops.

{It is a sad world in which one cannot even find good dung!}
{That dung you bought was bad news. It killed part of our
most fruitful crops.

{Sire, do you not know how to find a trustworthy dung dealer?}
_Exit Plague Part II: node 27309
A farmer comes to inform you of how the dung fared in the fields.

{Sire, I have terrible news. The crops were scorched by that
dung you bought.

{Next time, try throwing it against the wall.
If it sticks, it is good dung. Otherwise, send it back.}
{Sire, that dung dealer is as worthless as his product.

{That shipment of dung massacred our harvest.

{I only hope that we will be able to salvage a portion of the crops.}
{The dung ruined some of our most fertile fields.

{That dung dealer must have done a tremendous sales job
on you to make you buy that pile.

{Next time, do us all a favor and leave the dung-buying to the
experts!}

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Cluster: 2740
-------------

_Genetic Engineer: node 27400
Dr. Snodgrass, a botanical genetic engineer, arrives.
He is considered to be the best in his field.

{Sire, I have developed some breakthrough techniques for
the cultivation of plants. For many years, I have
refined these skills. Now I wish to offer my services to you.
I can teach your farmers how to improve their crops
and produce the most fertile harvest in history.

{Which technique would you like me to describe?}

Your choices:
[a] Twice as Fast but Half as Pretty.
[b] Twice as Tasty but Half as Big.
[c] Twice as Big but Half as Tasty.
[d] Tell him that you are not interested.
{The TFHP (Twice as Fast but Half as Pretty) method
is a fine decision. I will return with the information
you requested. Thank you for your time.}
{Thank you, Sire. I will return with information on
the TTHB (Twice as Tasty but Half as Big) method.
I thought you might like the tasty method. It is a popular
choice.}
{Very well. The TBHT (Twice as Big but Half as Tasty)
leaflet is being reprinted. I will be back when the ink has
dried. Thank you for your interest.}
{I see that you need some time
to get comfortable with this new technique.
I will be back in a week.}

As Dr. Snodgrass leaves, he murmurs under his breath,

{I am sure the idea will grow on him.}
{What a relief! The ink on the leaflets is not dry yet!}
{I had better write that down on my calendar.}
_Genetic Engineer: node 27402
Dr. Snodgrass arrives with a brochure on the
{Twice as Fast but Half as Pretty Method.}

{Sire, this method results in plants that grow twice as fast
as normal. However, they are not as attractive.

{If you want volume and are not worried about the
appearance of the produce, this is the method for you.

{Would you like me to start the treatment?}

Do you:
[a] Say no and ask to look at the other choices.
[b] Buy it for 1 Gold.
[c] Barter.
[d] Tell him to take a hike.
{Very well, I will come back when you have more time
to discuss the other choices.}

As Dr. Snodgrass leaves, he mumbles,
{He is not as open-minded as I thought!}
{What a relief! The ink on the leaflets is not dry yet!}
{I had better write that down on my calendar.}
{Wonderful! I will begin the process today.}

Dr. Snodgrass dances out of the room, babbling.

{Superb! I have been dying to try this technique in
this climate!}
{Now I can afford those new row markers for the garden!}
{Finally, a chance to experiment with this technique!}
{So, you like to barter.}
{Did I mention that I was once a used cart salesman?
Oops, perhaps I forgot. I will be back to deal.}
{Take a hike? Sire, there is no need to be rude.}
_Genetic Engineer: node 27403
Dr. Snodgrass arrives with a handbill on the
{Twice as Tasty but Half as Big Method.}

{This method is popular with many villagers,
especially those with a taste for fine foodstuffs.
The farmers, however, do not appreciate the low yields.

{If you like fabulous food in small quantities, this is the method
for you!

{Shall I begin the process, Sire?}

Do you:
[a] Say no and ask to look at the other choices.
[b] Buy it for 1 Gold.
[c] Barter.
[d] Tell him to take a hike.
{Very well. I will return with my product sheets.}

He is mumbling as he leaves,

{Gosh, I had hoped that this transaction would yield more for me.}
{Good, now I can go home and water.}
{Oh well, back to the lab for me.}
{I see you are a man who likes good food.}

Dr. Snodgrass has a bounce in his step as he leaves,
mumbling to himself,

{I had better get my secret ingredient
from the dung dealer.}
{This just might put me in the running for
Cultivator of the Year!}
{Wonderful! Now I can try engineering that
cherry tomato strain.}
{Ah, a monarch who likes to barter.}
{Did I mention that I once sold used carts? I will be back to deal.}
{Sire, I see no reason why I should wish to take a hike.
I am quite fit already.}

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Cluster: 2750
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_Genetic Engineer: node 27502
Dr. Snodgrass arrives with a leaflet on the
{Twice as Big but Half as Tasty Method.}

{This method results in crops that are enormous,
but it has a significant drawback. Despite its size, the produce
does not have as pleasant a taste.

{If you like tremendous vegetables that taste like dirt, this
is the method for you.

{Shall I begin, Sire?}

Do you:
[a] Say no and ask to look at the other choices.
[b] Buy it for 1 Gold.
[c] Barter.
[d] Tell him to take a hike.
{As you wish. I will return to discuss the
other methods that I can offer.}

Dr. Snodgrass turns to leave and mutters,

{Now I can get back to my experiments. I hate these
castle-to-castle sales trips.}
{I hope I remember to come back in a week. I think
the chemicals are ruining my memory.}
{Come back? Does this guy think I have nothing
better to do than to come back here?}
{As you wish. I will start my procedures today.}

Dr. Snodgrass struts out, whistling, and whispers,

{This will be a breeze!}
{How refreshing! Someone who is willing
to try my methods!}
{I cannot wait to tell the fellows back at the lab!}
{I see that you like to barter.
{Did I mention that I was formerly a used cart salesman?
Ah, it must have slipped my mind. I will be back to deal.}
{I think I will go for a walk. Thank you for your fine
suggestion.}
_Genetic Engineer: node 27503
Dr. Snodgrass returns.

{Sire, are you ready to negotiate? I am!}

Do you barter:
[a] Iron.
[b] Timber.
[c] Or change your mind and do not barter.
Iron

How much:
[a] 5 percent.
[b] 10 percent.
[c] Change your mind and do not barter.
{5 percent is acceptable.}

As Dr. Snodgrass leaves, he thinks aloud,

{This will be a breeze!}
{How refreshing that someone is willing
to try my methods!}
{I cannot wait to tell the fellows back at the lab!}
{10 percent? That should be quite sufficient.}

As Dr. Snodgrass leaves, he thinks aloud,
{Time to get my secret ingredient
from the dung dealer.}
{This just might put me in the running for
Cultivator of the Year!}
{Wonderful! Now I can try engineering that
cherry tomato plant.}
{I will return in a few days and see if you have
made a decision.}
Timber

How much:
[a] 5 percent.
[b] 10 percent.
[c] Change your mind and do not barter.
{5 percent is acceptable.}

As Dr. Snodgrass leaves, he thinks aloud,
{Good. I need some timber to make flower boxes.}
{These castle-to-castle sales are finally paying off.}
{Timber is very useful in my business.}
{10 percent! That should be quite sufficient.}

As Dr. Snodgrass leaves, he thinks aloud,
{I have to get busy! First thing to do is get the
secret ingredient. Now...what was it again?}
{Magnificent! Now I can get get my hands dirty.
I love the feeling of dirt under my fingernails.}
{Fabulous! I can try out my latest experiments.}
{I shall return.}
{Sire, try to open your mind to this new concept.}
_Genetic Engineer: node 27504
Dr. Snodgrass, the Genetic Engineer, returns.

{Sire, will you reconsider and allow me to
work with your farmers to improve your crops?

{On which technique would you like more information?}

Your choices:
[a] Twice as Fast but Half as Pretty.
[b] Twice as Tasty but Half as Big.
[c] Twice as Big but Half as Tasty.
[d] Tell him that you are not interested.
{The TFHP (Twice as Fast but Half as Pretty) method
is a fine decision. I will return with the information
you requested. Thank you for your time.}
{Thank you, Sire, I will return with information on
The TTHB (Twice as Tasty but Half as Big) method.
I thought you might like the tasty approach. It is a popular
choice.}
{Very well, the TBHT (Twice as Big but Half as Tasty)
leaflet is being reprinted. I will be back when the ink has
dried. Thank you for your interest.}
{I see that you need some time
to get comfortable with this new technique.
I will be back in a week.}

As Dr. Snodgrass leaves, he murmurs under his breath,
{The idea will certainly grow on him.}
{What a relief! The ink on the leaflets is not dry yet!}
{Now, if I could just remember to write that down
on my calendar.}
_Genetic Engineer: node 27505
Dr. Snodgrass returns to discuss his services.

{Sire, I hope that you have had a change of heart. My methods
are very successful, with little risk.

{Will you please reconsider?}

Do you:
[a] Say yes.
[b] Say no.
{Sire, thank you for this opportunity. You will not regret
this change of heart.}
{Sire, I will not bother you again.}

He hangs his head in disbelief and turns to leave. He mumbles,

{Some people do not have the vision I possess!}
{He would not know an E. coli if it bit him!}
{Perhaps now I will have time to
weed the garden!}

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Cluster: 2760
-------------

_Genetic Engineer: node 27603
Dr. Snodgrass returns for one last attempt.

{I fervently wish that the seed of hope that I planted in your head has
grown. Have you reconsidered my offer?}

The guards move in to remove him from your presence.

{I see that your mind has no fertile ground for such new ideas!}
{No need to get rough! By God, you really are
as hard-headed as an oak tree!}
{Sire, I will leave under my own power, thank you!}

As Dr. Snodgrass leaves, he turns to you.

{May your crops dry up and wither away!}
_Genetic Engineer: node 27604
The head cook arrives carrying a basket of fresh vegetables.

{Sire, Dr. Snodgrass is a miracle worker.

{The fields are even more fertile than some of our young
maidens!}
{The foliage has never been so green and leafy!
And the farmers' wives are truly happy with
the size of their melons.}
{The vegetables have never been so tasty.
The villagers are walking on air and feeling healthier.}
_Genetic Engineer: node 27605
A very tired farmer comes to visit.

{Sire, whatever that Dr. Snodgrass did to the crops has worked too well!

{The plants are producing so much that the farmers must work
overtime to harvest the fruit before it rots on the vine.}

He yawns.

{I speak for all when I say that we do not relish this drudgery!}
_Genetic Engineer: node 27606
A farmer comes with news from the fields.

{Sire, this Snodgrass fellow is truly outstanding in his field.
The crops have grown beyond anything we could have ever
imagined.

{One farmer grew a four-foot zucchini...er, I think it was
a zucchini.

{At any rate, thank you.}
{Sire! The crops have truly flourished!

{Dr. Snodgrass certainly has a green arm!

{Or maybe he was just wearing a green shirt.

{No matter. He surely has a way with plants!}
{Sire, thank you for sending Dr. Snodgrass!

{The crops have never looked so voluptuous!
The knights are volunteering to help harvest the
the tomatoes!}
_Genetic Engineer: node 27607
A farmer comes with news from the fields.

{Dr. Snodgrass was not as impressive as we thought.

{Although our yields did improve, the result was barely
more than we would normally expect.

{He is not as good as he imagines himself to be.}
{Snodgrass is a pleasant enough fellow, but he is not the
miracle worker he claims to be. Our yields did improve,
but only slightly.}
{Dr. Snodgrass puts on a good show, but the results were
just not as impressive as he claimed they would be. The
yields showed a slight improvement, but not as much as we had
anticipated.}
_Genetic Engineer: node 27608
A very tired farmer comes to visit.

{Sire, Dr. Snodgrass' methods did not work. In fact, he
even destroyed some perfectly good corn.

{I think you were hoodwinked by a smooth-talking salesman.}
{Sire, that Dr. Snodgrass is a charlatan of the highest order.

{We saw no change in the yields. And
he even ruined a field that was producing well.

{You should be more careful in the future, and check
the references of those you would hire.}
{What a charlatan that Snodgrass turned out to be!

{Not only did he fail to enhance our yields, he actually ruined
a perfectly good field of tomatoes.}
_Exit Plague Part II: node 27609
A very tired farmer comes to visit.

{Sire, I have good news and bad news.

{The good news is that Dr. Snodgrass was a huge success.

{The bad news is that the crops have grown so much that
the farmers cannot keep up with their work. They
will be unable to bring in all the crops.}
{Additionally, because the farmers are so exhausted,
they have not brought their harvest to us. Our stockpiles
are being depleted.}
{Sire, that Dr. Snodgrass is possessed of extraordinary talents.

{The crops have flourished with his methods, but we
do not have the manpower to bring this bountiful harvest home.
And we will lose some of the crops that we already have.

Disheartened, he hangs his head and leaves.
{That Snodgrass is singularly successful!

{The crops flourished because of his methods, and now
there is no way for the farmers to finish their harvesting.
Worse yet, the farmers are too tired to tend to the current inventory,
so some has been lost.}

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Cluster: 2770
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_Dowser: node 27700
Madame Zelda, a dowser from a faraway village, arrives with an
interesting proposition.

She flips open her cape and stomps her foot.

{I am Madame Zelda!

{I have been summoned to this place by a great power.
I sense there is much wealth beneath the soil.
Please let me help you find these underground riches.
She pulls the hood away from her face. With a mysterious
lilt in her voice, she begins to speak.

{I am Madame Zelda.

{A very powerful feeling has brought me here.
My instincts tell me there is much wealth under this land.
I must find it. I MUST!
The old crone hobbles to your side. She slowly pulls back
her hood and begins to whisper in your ear.

{I am Madame Zelda. I feel that there is much wealth here.
For the right price I can tell you where to find it.

{My terms are as follows:

{For 2 Gold, I will use my powerful dowsing rod. It has
been very good to my previous clients. Very good indeed!

{For 1 Gold, I can use an ordinary broom, but you take your chances.
I am very powerful, even with a broom, although it is not as effective as
my enchanted dowsing rod.}

Bowing slightly, she says,

{It is your decision, Sire. I am at your disposal.}

Do you:
[a] Pay 2 Gold and have Madame Zelda use the dowsing rod.
[b] Pay 1 Gold and have Madame Zelda use a broom.
[c] Find your own stick and send your own men to do it.
{Excellent. Excellent! I will start this afternoon.}

Madame Zelda closes her cape as she leaves. She is
heard muttering to herself,
{I have a good feeling about this man!}
{I had better find a stick in a hurry!}
{Hee, Hee, HEE! Wait until I tell the girls back
at the castle!}
{As you wish, Sire. Of course, you will need to provide the broom.

Madame Zelda adjusts her hood to cover her head and part
of her face. She leaves mumbling,

{The broom? This man must think I am a witch!}
{The broom again! Well, at least I can sweep up when
I am done digging!}
{I can really clean up with this broom idea!
It is sweeping my patrons away!}
{Sire, dowsing should be left to professionals such as myself.}

Madame Zelda is escorted out of the room,
shrieking as she leaves,

{For your safety and that of your villagers,
I beg of you to reconsider!}
{Sire, this is most dangerous! You will enrage the powers that be.}
{You know not what you do, Sire! Please reconsider!}
_Dowser: node 27702
Douglas, a young man from the village, comes bearing news.

{Sire, Sire! A new vein of iron has been found. The village is
all abuzz about the find. Although it is only a small amount, about
ten percent of our current supply, it gives hope that more can be
found. Please, Sire, continue to look!}

Do you:
[a] Try it again.
[b] Quit.
{Thank you, Sire. THANK YOU! I will send for Madame Zelda.}

He dances from the room, bellowing,

{Let the dowsing continue!}
Jumping up and down, he runs from the
room gleefully, yelling,

{He said yes! He said YES!!}
The young man cannot contain his excitement. He
leans over and gives you a kiss on the cheek.

{You are truly a grand leader. Thank you!}
{But... but Sire, how can you say no? We did rather well the
first time. Why not give it one more try? Please?}

He is removed from the room by the guards.

{Sire, I am sure that the entire village will feel the same
disappointment that I do.}
He is asked politely to leave.

{I will leave, Sire. But let me express to you how
truly dejected this will make the villagers. They were
so encouraged by the find.}

He hangs his head and slowly slinks out of the room.
He hangs his head and slowly shuffles out of the room.

{Sire, I think that you do not realize how excited
the villagers were about this remarkable occurrence.
They will be very disappointed that you have dispensed with
this magical resource so swiftly.}

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Cluster: 2771
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_Dowser: node 27713
Emily, a young maiden from the village, comes bearing news.

{I have extraordinary news, Sire! The dowsing has worked!

{A new vein of iron has been discovered. It is worth about a
quarter of our current supply. The villagers can talk of nothing
else. Even the most skeptical are amazed by the results.

{Please, allow the dowsing to continue! Please, Sire!}

Do you:
[a] Try it again.
[b] Quit.
Emily falls to her knees and kisses your hand.

{Sire, you are a most glorious leader! Thank you!

{I will send for Madame Zelda.}
{Sire, Thank you! You are so generous!

{I will send for Madame Zelda. She is most helpful.}
{Sire, I am so happy that you feel the same as we do!

{I will find Madame Zelda and send her to you.}
Emily begins to sob quietly.

{Sire, everyone will be truly disheartened by this
decision!}

Emily turns to leave, wiping the tears from her face.
{As you wish. I hope you realize that
the villagers will be disappointed by this decision. But it
is your choice.}
She wipes a tear from her cheek.

{This is very disheartening, Sire. But, if this is what
you desire, I will pass the news onto the villagers.}

Emily continues to sob and blow her nose as she
slowly shuffles from the room.
_Dowser: node 27714
Madame Zelda returns from her dowsing mission.

{Sire, sometimes things do not go as planned, as I am sure you
know. No new minerals have been found to date.

{But, if you are willing give me another chance, I shall return shortly
to review the arrangements with you.}

Do you:
[a] Try it again.
[b] Quit.
Madame Zelda nods in agreement.

{As you wish, Sire. I am enchanted to have the
opportunity to serve you.}
{Majestic idea, Sire. I shall return when the powers tell
me that the time is right.}
{Thank you for your faith in my powers. I will return
when I sense that the time is right.}
Madame Zelda coils up like a cat ready to attack and hisses,

{You do not realize how you have upset the powers! You
will regret my dismissal.}
{Sire, you are clashing with very powerful forces!}
{You are very stubborn! I sense that you will regret
this action.}
_Dowser: node 27715
Madame Zelda returns to discuss her dowsing services.

She slowly opens her cape to reveal a dowsing rod
strapped to her hip.

{I, Madame Zelda, have returned!

{The powers tell me that this is the optimal time to look for
minerals in your soil.
She reveals a dowsing rod to you. Thunder rumbles and
a chill falls upon the room. Madame Zelda scowls.

{I have great powers! They can serve you...or work
against you. It is your decision.
She flips open her cape, pulls out her dowsing rod,
and points it directly between your eyes.

{I am Madame Zelda. I sense there is great wealth
beneath this ground. Allow me to use my powers to find it.

{My terms are as follows:

{For 2 Gold, I will use my powerful dowsing rod. It has
been very good to my previous clients. Very good indeed!

{For 1 Gold, I will use an ordinary broom.
My powers are potent, even with a broom. However, a broom may not
be as effective as my enchanted dowsing rod.}

Bowing slightly, she says,

{I will do as you wish.}

Do you:
[a] Pay 2 Gold and have Madame Zelda use her dowsing rod.
[b] Pay 1 Gold and have Madame Zelda use a broom.
[c] Find your own stick and have your men do it.
{Wonderful, Sire. I will start this afternoon.}

Madame Zelda mutters to herself,

{I hope this old stick does the trick!}
A cracking noise is heard. Madame Zelda hurries out the door.

{Oh, no! I had better find another stick}
Madame Zelda mutters to herself,

{Goodness gracious, I am getting too old for this shtick!}
{The broom is such an unusual choice, Sire.}

Madame Zelda adjusts her cape and leaves. She mutters
to herself,

{The broom? I cannot believe he picked the broom! This
guy is a lot more chintzy than I thought!}
{The broom again! Well, at least I can sweep up when
I am done digging!}
{The broom. An excellent choice -- I suppose.}
{Sire, dowsing is not for amateurs. It should be left to
professionals such as myself.}

Madame Zelda is ordered to leave.
As she is escorted out of your presence, she shrieks,

{For the well-being of all,
I beg you to reconsider!}
{Sire, I must register my protests! Such actions
could enrage the forces that be!}
{Sire, be careful, for you know not what you do!}

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Cluster: 2781
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_Dowser: node 27815
William, a local villager, comes bearing phenomenal news.

{Sire, Gold was found! While dowsing, we found
gold! I bring you this treasure.}

He hands you a bag filled with gold dust worth 3 Gold.

{Sire, the village is so thrilled with this discovery. Thank you
for your faith.}
{Can you believe it? Gold! Thank you for believing, Sire!}
{The village is buzzing with the news. All know of your
support. Thank you!}
_Dowser: node 27816
Richard, a local villager, dashes in to bring you news.

{Sire, we had such a surprise. The dowsing has led us to
gold. Not iron, but gold! It was only a meager amount,
but I am sure that you will gladly enrich your treasury with this.}

He hands you a bag with gold dust worth 1 Gold.
_Dowser: node 27817
Emily, a young maiden from the village, arrives in high spirits.

{I have extraordinary news, Sire! The dowsing has worked!

{It led us to a new vein of iron. The find is worth about a
quarter of our current supply.

{Thank you for keeping the faith.}
{The villagers are grateful for your support!}
{Sire, we all wish to express our heartfelt
gratitude for your support.}

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Cluster: 2790
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_Dowser: node 27907
Madame Zelda returns to say farewell.

{Sire, I have enjoyed my experiences here. I hope that you will
think of me in the future. In fact, I sense that you will.}
{It has been an enchanting experience! Please call on me again
if the forces possess you.}
{I do believe that this has been a most fortuitous experience!
I sense that we will meet again.}
_Dowser: node 27908
Walter, a local farmer, arrives.

{Sire, the dowsing has met with success. However, it is
not quite what we expected. We found water.

{The villagers are disappointed. We need iron and gold,
not mere water!

{Ultimately, the people will understand that you did your best. For
now, however, they are disillusioned.}
_Exit Plague Part II: node 27909
Emily, a young maiden from the village, dances joyfully into your presence.

{I have incredible news, Sire! The dowsing has worked!

{It has lead us to a new vein of iron. It is worth nearly
half of our current supply. Is this not the most wonderful news?}

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Cluster: 2800
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_Plague Plot Part I node n28007
Sir Derek, an army commanders arrives. He looks a little green.

{Sire, there has been another outbreak. This was no accident.

{Rumors are flying that Elma, the headmistress, is angry about
the way you have treated her.
The rumor mill says she might be responsible.}

Do you:
[a] Refuse to reinstate the headmistress.
[b] Agree to reinstate the headmistress.
[c] Have Elma, the headmistress, killed.
{Although this will not be very popular with the people,
it is probably for the best.}
{Reinstate? Are you crazy? This woman is a health hazard
to the community. Or at least anyone who eats her cooking!}
{On the other hand, she is a sweet old woman! I can see
why you would not want to throw her out on the streets.}
{Killed? Is that not slightly harsh? Why not make her do
dishes for the rest of her life instead?}
{Good idea? You like that dishes idea?

{What a relief! I will cancel the orders to have
her killed. This will make the people much happier.}
_Plague Plot Part I node n28008
One of the maiden in training comes to visit.

{Sire, I am Elizabeth. I have come on behalf of my whole class.
We wish to apologize for the mix up with the spoiled mushrooms.
Thank you for being so understanding.}

She bows her head slightly and bats her big brown eyes at you.

{To help make the men feel better, the girls and I have been
waiting on them hand and foot. I fear they like it too much.
However, they are almost back to normal.
Too bad, I like big, brawny, vulnerable men!

{Now Sire, I hope that you do not blame poor Elma. This is
not her fault. She feels terrible about this whole mess. In
fact, it was her idea to care for the men.

{We believe that she deserves a raise of 1 Gold. She is truly
a diligent worker with your best interest at heart.}

Elizabeth winks at you.

{So what do you say big boy?}

Do you:
[a] Send your deepest gratitude to the girls but no raise.
[b] Agree to pay the 1 Gold raise.
[c] Tell her it will take more than a wink for you to pay 1 Gold.
Rolling her big, brown eyes in disgust.

{Thanks a whole lot, Sire.

{You know money talks louder than words!}

She flips her hair and struts out of the room.
{Thank you, Sire. I will be back tonight to show you how
I appreciate your generosity.}
{Oh yeah? What would it take? You cranky old man!}

Elizabeth is fuming as she leaves.
_Exit Plague Plot Part I node n28009
Sir Derek, an army commander, is back.

{Sire, the men are slow to recover. This food poisoning has really
taken a toll on their health and well being. Some are still not
well yet.}
{And I hate to mention it, but some more took ill this very morning.

{Sire I pray we will be back to normal soon. We have just one
request. PLEASE keep the girls away from the pots and pans
for a while!}

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Cluster: 2901
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_Mother May I? Charles
_MMI Cha: node 29011
Queen Catherine calls on you.
{Count, I have three fair daughters of marrying age. I know you are
a rogue, but I still offer you the eldest, Prunella. Marrying her
would certainly increase your popularity. Do you accept my offer?}

[a] Yes.
[b] Ask for another daughter.
[c] No.
She smiles shrewdly.
{Your reputation as a poor businessman is clearly
unfounded. Prunella will soon come to call.}
{Marriages should not be arranged in haste. I shall contact
you when I have an answer.}
{But Count, even one as boorish as yourself must realize
your people are unhappy. You must at least pretend you are
human.}

[a] Agree to marry Prunella.
[b] Refuse.
She smiles.
{Count, you are smarter than people say.}
She sniffs in disdain.
{Mark my words, Prunella will someday rule alongside
the King of Bretagne. Good day.}
_MMI Cha: node 29012
A messenger delivers a box of candied cherries.
{Sire, Queen Catherine offers this appeasement for her rude
behavior during her last visit. She also says Prunella is still
available, but you must act quickly.}

Do you:
[a] Accept the gift.
[b] Give it to the messenger.
[c] Send it back.
[d] Agree to marry Prunella.
He gives you the cherries and leaves.
He kneels.
{Sire, your graciousness is as uncommon as the rarest jewel.
I shall savor every bite.}
He nods.
{I shall return them to Queen Catherine.}
{Sire, let me be the first to congratulate you. I shall
inform Queen Catherine at once.}
_MMI Cha: node 29013
After wolfing down Queen Catherine's cherries, you suffer
a blinding headache. Finally, a good trephining relieves your
pain.
_MMI Cha: node 29014
A messenger you've never seen before enters.
{Sire, I am your new messenger, Geofrey. Your former messenger
was found dead this morning, face down in a box of candied
cherries.}
_MMI Cha: node 29015
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{Friends do not return peace offerings. You shall hear from me.}
_MMI Cha: node 29016
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I am pleased to announce the engagement of my daughter, Princess Prunella, to
Phillip, Duke of Burgundy, the future King of Bretagne.}
Ramiro, King of Aragon, the future ruler of Bretagne.}
Henri, Duke of Anjou. He is more a man than thou.}
_MMI Cha: node 29017
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I am pleased that you have come to your senses. Prunella will soon
come to call.}
_MMI Cha: node 29018
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I shall never do business with you again. Not even
in Hell.}

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Cluster: 2902
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_MMI Cha: node 29021
Princess Prunella arrives. She is voluptuous, with
breasts like jutting turrets.
{Sire, I have heard so much about you. I hope it is all true.
I must say you are very handsome, too. May I stay at the castle
while the engagement parade is prepared?}

[a] Let her stay.
[b] Send her home.
[c] Call off the engagement.
Prunella bows, showing ample cleavage.
{I look forward to every minute.}
Prunella's face drops.
{Your wish is my command. I shall await my summons.}
Prunella cries:
{How can you treat me this way? Am I not lovely?
Am I not influential? Am I not agreeable? Sire, you
are lowlier than rat droppings. Good day!}
_MMI Cha: node 29022
Prunella enters. She is crying.
{Sire, I have fallen in love with Phillip of Burgundy.
Please free me so I may marry him.}
{Sire, I still find you very attractive, but I have fallen
in love with Ramiro of Aragon. Please set me free.}
{Sire, I have fallen in love with Henri of Anjou.
Please free me so I may be his wife.}

[a] Free her.
[b] Keep her.
Prunella beams.
{Oh Sire, I shall always remember your kindness!}
{Oh Sire, I just want to die!}
_MMI Cha: node 29023
Queen Catherine visits.
{Count, you can forget the engagement. Your kingdom is practically
worthless. Certainly not worthy of Prunella! If you again rise to
power, I may call on you again.}
_MMI Cha: node 29024
A message arrives from Phillip of Burgundy.
{I request that you free Princess Prunella. For her, I will
give you a chest of jewels.}
A message arrives from Ramiro of Aragon.
{Count, if you free the fair Princess Prunella, I will give
you 100 hard-working serfs. What is your reply?}
A message arrives from Henri of Anjou.
{I must bother you because I'm blue. You see, I love Prunella true.
I would be your friend for life if you will let her be my wife.}

Do you:
[a] Free her.
[b] Keep her.
A chest of jewels and a message arrives from Phillip of Burgundy.
{Bless you for freeing Prunella. Enjoy the jewels, for
I need them not. I have the brightest gem of all.}
A message arrives from Ramiro of Aragon.
{As promised, I am sending 100 serfs to your kingdom.
I hope you will be as happy as myself.}
A message arrives from Henri of Anjou.
{I, for one, shall never call you a miser. You hath
given me my heart's desire.}
A message arrives from Phillip of Burgundy.
{I cannot believe you will not free Prunella. I am very
distressed.}
A message arrives from Ramiro of Aragon.
{You are both selfish and a fool for keeping Prunella
against her will. This has severely damaged our
relationship.}
A message arrives from Henri of Anjou.
{A man who keeps Prunella from me will forever be my enemy.}
_MMI Cha: node 29026
An advisor comes to plan the engagement parade.
{A ceremony with trained doves costs 2 Gold. One featuring 100
white stallions costs 1 Gold. What is your wish?}

[a] Doves.
[b] Stallions.
[c] Nothing.
He nods.
{It shall be done.}
{I shall begin preparations.}
He gasps.
{But Sire! If you don't have a parade, the people may
riot. They are very restless these days.}

Do you choose:
[a] Doves - 2 Gold.
[b] Stallions - 1 Gold.
[c] Nothing.
He sighs in relief.
{Sire, I am sure you made the right decision.}
He smiles.
{Excellent, Sire.}
He sighs.
{As you wish.}
_MMI Cha: node 29027
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I do not understand why you sent Prunella home. If this
engagement is to continue, you must plan the traditional parade
at once.}

Do you:
[a] Ignore her.
[b] Plan the parade.

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Cluster: 2903
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_MMI Cha: node 29031
Today, the royal engagement parade is held. The joyous
villagers toss flowers at you and your blushing betrothed, then
proceed to throw a merry riot. Prunella is thrilled.
_MMI Cha: node 29032
Today, the royal engagement parade is held. The surly
villagers hurl turnips and dung at you and Prunella. The mob turns
into a riot, and the royal procession must flee to the castle.
_MMI Cha: node 29033
Prunella enters. She is crying.
{Count, the people are taunting me because you haven't held a
parade in my honor. Won't you please show them you love me?}

[a] Have a parade.
[b] Refuse.
She kisses you on the cheek.
{Oh, thank you! You are truly kind.}
She falls to her knees.
{Oh Count, I just want to die!}
_MMI Cha: node 29034
Queen Catherine arrives. Her nostrils flare with fury.
{How dare you have no parade? Prunella must be honored! Now!!}

[a] Agree.
[b] Scoff at her.
She glares.
{I look forward to the ceremony.}
She bares her sharp teeth.
{You will regret this!}
_MMI Cha: node 29035
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{Count, a parade with trained falcons costs 2 Gold. One
with jugglers costs 1 Gold. Which do you prefer?}

[a] Falcons.
[b] Jugglers.
[c] Nothing.
He nods.
{Very well. I shall commence preparations.}
He nods.
{Very good, Sire.}
{But Sire, surely you knew a ceremony would cost something.
Why not have a small parade?}

Do you choose:
[a] The small parade.
[b] Nothing.
{I am glad you reconsidered. It shall be done.}
{As you wish, my liege.}
_MMI Cha: node 29036
The royal ceremony planner arrives.
{Sire, it is time to commemorate Princess Prunella. A tower would
cost 2 Gold, a statue, 1 Gold. Of course, a song would cost nothing,
but still be quite touching.}

Do you order:
[a] A tower.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
He smiles.
{Excellent. It shall be done.}
He nods.
{Very good, Sire.}
He smiles.
{I thought that might appeal to you.}
He smiles.
{I see. Very well.}
_MMI Cha: node 29037
Queen Catherine sends a message.
{I hereby renounce your engagement to Prunella. You can forget
about my other daughters, too, you dog.}

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Cluster: 2904
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_MMI Cha: node 29041
Prunella's handmaiden runs in.
{Sire! Prunella ate some green kumquats this morn, and now she is
feverish and delirious.}

[a] Send for a doctor.
[b] Ignore it.
She bows, revealing ample cleavage.
{I'll fetch him right away.}
She bows, revealing ample cleavage.
{Yes, Sire.}
_MMI Cha: node 29042
Prunella's handmaiden runs in.
{Prunella is gone! She left this note:
'I am sorry, but I cannot accept the dreadful destiny of being your
Queen. Farewell and good luck.'}
_MMI Cha: node 29043
Prunella's handmaiden runs in.
{Sire! Prunella is dead! She left this note:
'I am sorry, but I could not endure the thought of our marriage. With
death, I find solace in being close to God. Say hello to Mother.'}
_MMI Cha: node 29044
Prunella's nurse enters.
{Prunella is greatly recovered, but she could use a spiritual
boost. I think this is a good time to commemorate your engagement.}

[a] Plan a commemoration.
[b] Refuse.
She nods.
{Very well, Sire.}
Her eyes avoid yours.
{As you wish.}
_MMI Cha: node 29045
Prunella's nurse enters.
{Prunella is dead. With her last breaths, she asked for you to
remember her. Shall I call the royal ceremony planner?}

[a] Refuse.
[b] Agree.
She glares.
{As you wish.}
She nods.
{I shall send for him.}
_MMI Cha: node 29046
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{To commemorate Princess Prunella, I suggest a tower costing 2 Gold.
A statue would cost only 1 Gold. A song would cost nothing.}

Do you order:
[a] A tower.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
He smiles.
{Sire, your judgment is unsurpassed. It shall be done.}
He smiles.
{Very good, Sire.}
He smiles.
{I thought you might like that. A song it shall be.}
He smiles.
{I see.}
_MMI Cha: node 29047
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{You have gone too far. I hope you roast in Hell.}

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Cluster: 2905
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_MMI Cha: node 29051
The royal ceremony planner enters.
{Commemorating the princess with a bridge would cost 2 Gold.
A statue would cost 1 Gold. Of course, a song would cost nothing.}

Do you order:
[a] A bridge.
[b] A statue.
[c] A song.
[d] Nothing.
He smiles.
{Count, your judgment is superb. It shall be done.}
He smiles.
{It shall be done, my liege.}
He smiles.
{It shall be done, my liege.}
He frowns.
{As you wish, my liege.}
Prunella's commemoration ceremony is held today.
The people joyously throw rotten potatoes and dung.
Prunella chokes back a sob with a fierce smile. She exclaims:
{I shall never forget this day!}
Prunella's commemoration ceremony is held today.
The jeering people throw prunes. The mob turns into a rioting
throng.
Horrified, Prunella gasps:
{I want to go home to mother!}
_MMI Cha: node 29059 (END OF PLOT)

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Cluster: 2911
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_MMI Cha: node 29111
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I have considered your request, and I consent to let you marry my
second daughter, Griselda. She will soon come to call.}
_MMI Cha: node 29116
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{I am pleased to announce the engagement of my daughter, Princess Griselda, to
Ramiro, King of Aragon.}
Henri, Duke of Anjou.}
Phillip, Duke of Burgundy.}
_MMI Cha: node 29118
A message from Queen Catherine arrives.
{Count, you are a scoundrel. I shall never do business with
you again.}

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Cluster: 2912
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_MMI Cha: node 29121
Princess Griselda arrives. She has the face of a horse and the
body of a pig. She smells about as good, too. She says:
{Count, I am sure our union will be a profitable one. Indeed, I
cannot wait for you to lavish me with my first gift.}

[a] Throw her a trinket.
[b] Laugh at her.
[c] Promise her anything.
You give her a golden goblet. She spits on it.
{A goblet? What use have I for such a thing? Jewels would
certainly be more appropriate.}

[a] Give her jewels.
[b] Send her home.
[c] Call off the engagement.
Smiling, she slips a sapphire bracelet on her wrist.
{I think we shall get along very well.}
She stomps her foot.
{How dare you treat me like a child? Count, you are
a swine!}
She laughs.
{Ha! I wouldn't have married you anyway. You have the face
of a dog, the body of a boar, and you smell like a
goat!}
She spits.
{How dare you! Queen Catherine shall hear about this!}
She laughs.
{Promises are sweet, but worthless. I trust you will soon give
me something more tangible.}
_MMI Cha: node 29122
Griselda comes to see you. Her tiny eyes glow with determination.
{Count, I love Ramiro of Aragon. His business acumen thrills
me beyond words. You must free me.}
{Count, I am love with Henri of Anjou. I know he is scrawny
and weak, but I love him anyway. You must free me.}
{Count, we must sever our engagement. I love Phillip of
Burgundy. He is so romantic, unlike thou.}

[a] Free her.
[b] Keep her.
She laughs.
{Count, for the first time, I actually like you!}
She sneers:
{Count, you are a snake. I hope someone crushes you.}
_MMI Cha: node 29123
Queen Catherine visits.
{Count, the engagement is off. Your kingdom is worthless,
but Griselda is not. If you ever rise to power again, maybe then
I shall call on you.}
_MMI Cha: node 29124
A message arrives from Ramiro of Aragon.
{Free Princess Griselda, and I shall give you 200 of my
finest wenches. What is your reply?}
A message arrives from Henri of Anjou.
{Please give Griselda to me, for our love is one of destiny.
I will e'er stick by your side if you will let Griselda be my bride.}
A message arrives from Phillip of Burgundy.
{If you free Princess Griselda so that we may wed, I shall
give you my entire wine cellar.}

[a] Free her.
[b] Keep her.
A message arrives from Ramiro of Aragon.
{As promised, I am sending 200 wenches. I hope you
will be as happy as myself.}
A message arrives from Henri of Anjou.
{Thank you for setting Griselda free. You shall
always get respect from me.}
A message arrives from Phillip of Burgundy.
{Bless you for freeing Griselda. Enjoy the wine, for
I need it not. I have the richest intoxicant of all.}
A message arrives from Ramiro of Aragon.
{You are a fool to keep Griselda against her will.
This has severely damaged our relationship.}
A message arrives from Henri, Duke of Anjou.
{You will not let Griselda go, so I shall be
your mortal foe.}
A message arrives from Phillip of Burgundy.
{I am very disappointed that you will not free
Griselda. I thought we were friends.}
_MMI Cha: node 29126
An advisor comes to plan the engagement parade.
{A ceremony with fireworks costs 2 Gold. One with magicians
costs 1 Gold. What is your desire, Sire?}

[a] Fireworks.
[b] Magicians.
[c] Nothing.
He smiles.
{Count, your judgment is unsurpassed. It shall be done.}
{I shall begin preparations.}
{But Sire! The people already complain that they scarcely
see you. You must show you are thinking of them.}

Do you choose:
[a] Fireworks - 2 Gold.
[b] Magicians - 1 Gold.
[c] Nothing.
He nods.
{I am very pleased. It shall be done.}
{Very good, my liege.}
{Very well, Sire.}
_MMI Cha: node 29127
A messenger arrives.
{Count, Queen Catherine is distressed that you sent Griselda home.
She says you must plan the traditional parade in honor of the engagement
immediately.}

[a] Refuse.
[b] Plan the parade.
{I shall deliver the message, Sire.}
{I shall notify the royal ceremony planner.}
12-10-2015 07:07 AM
Vanshilar -------------
Cluster: 2631
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_Drought: node 26315
A slightly damp farmer arrives with news.

{Earlier today, clouds rolled in and rain began to fall. Cheers
were heard throughout the village. But our hopes were dashed,
as the rain lasted for one brief hour.

{Sire, we must continue to fight.}

Do you:
[a] Send for Thor the Rain Maker.
[b] Try doing your own rain dance.
[c] Donate 1 Gold to the church.
{I will locate the legendary Thor and bring him to you.}
Thor arrives, grinning broadly.

{Sire, I was told you wished to hear more about my services.

{I have recently learned a new rain dance that has proven highly
effective in some of the other villages.

{For 2 Gold, I will perform the dance for you.}

Do you:
[a] Offer him 1 Gold.
[b] Do your own dance.
[c] Donate 1 Gold to the church.
{You drive a hard bargain.}

He ponders the offer for a moment.

{Very well, I accept your offer of 1 Gold.}
{Sire, without proper instruction, you could hurt yourself.}

The guards are motioned to remove him from your presence.

{Sire! Surely you need not be so harsh!}
{Sire, gold cannot buy you rain from God! I, however,
may provide some help or, at least, some entertainment.
{Do your own dance? What an idea! This shall surely
be worth seeing.}
{Sire, do you truly believe that a donation to the church will
help you get into God's good graces?

{I hope and pray that you are correct!}
_Drought: node 26316
The rain fell steadily for two days, but the moisture only penetrated the
surface of the soil. A farmer comes with a report on the fields.

{I am pleased to report that spirits are high. We were
able to save 2 percent of the food supply that we believed
to be lost.

{However, the rainfall was sadly insufficient to
eliminate the drought.

{Please, Sire. Will you provide further assistance to us?}

Do you:
[a] Try doing the rain dance yourself.
[b] Tell him that he should be grateful.
[c] Donate 1 Gold to the church.
[d] Donate 2 Gold to the church.
{Magnificent! The villagers truly enjoy seeing you dance.}

He begins to snicker, then to laugh loudly.
The guards rush him out the door.
{Sire, I would recommend rest to brighten your mood.}

He storms out of the room.
{May God bless you, Sire, and respond to your prayers.}
{May God bless you, Sire. The Lord loves a cheerful giver.}
_Drought: node 26317
Tiffany, a local beauty, comes to visit.

{Sire, our efforts to end the drought are succeeding.
Still, we suffer from the lingering effects of the drought.}

Looking into your eyes, she gently touches your hand.

{Please, we need your help.}

Do you:
[a] Tell her to come back when she has good news.
[b] Donate 1 Gold to the church.
[c] Tell her to do the rain dance.
She pulls her hand away and looks askance at you.

{I will be back, but perhaps not with good news!}
Tiffany enters your chambers once again.

{Please, Sire. Will you help, or
are you content to see your faithful people starve?}

Do you:
[a] Apologize and give her 1 Gold.
[b] Donate 1 Gold to the church.
[c] Apologize and ask if she will do the rain dance.
She leans over and gives you a big kiss on the cheek.

{I accept your apology. Thank you for your generosity.}
{A donation to the church? Very well, thank you.}

Tiffany looks confused as she leaves.

{Gold for the church? I must be losing my touch!}
{Dance? Me? I could not. It would be so... immodest.}
{Then again, perhaps I could.}
{Yes, I will do it.}
{A gift to the church? Very well, thank you.}

Tiffany looks confused as she leaves.

{For the church? I must be losing my touch!}
{Dance? Me? Would that not be unbecoming for a gentle maiden such as I?}
{Perhaps I should, since the situation is so grave.}
{Yes, I will do it.}
_Drought: node 26318
Rain has fallen for days and days on end.

A soaked Tiffany arrives.

{Sire, Sire, the villagers are singing in the streets!
Thank you for bringing the rain.}

She kisses your hand, then returns to the celebration.
_Exit Plague Part II: node 26319
Rain has fallen for days, seemingly without end.
Your prime agricultural land is flooded.

The villagers are thrilled about the rain, but dejected about
its overabundance.

The floods have destroyed a small fraction of your food supply.

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Cluster: 2650
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_Mining Accident: node 26500
A dusty, dirty miner arrives with tragic news from the foundry.

{Sire, one of our mine tunnels collapsed today. Some of the men
were injured while they were trying to escape.

{Regrettably, some of the miners are still trapped.

{The foundry is shut down, and we have lost nearly a quarter of our
iron supply.}

Do you:
[a] Donate shovels.
[b] Send men to help in the rescue efforts.
[c] Tell him to stop moaning and get back to the foundry.
{Thank you. I am sure that the shovels will come in handy.
I will keep you informed about the rescue efforts.}
The miner who spoke to you last week comes back with a status report.

{We were able to shovel out most of the trapped men.
However, we are in need of further help.}

Do you:
[a] Donate blankets.
[b] Give him 1 Gold for rescue supplies.
[c] Tell him you have nothing for him.
{Thank you, Sire. Anything that you can spare is helpful.}
{Sire, thank you. This will allow us to buy much-
needed supplies. We are ever grateful.}
{Nothing? You have nothing? I cannot believe that you are so
coldhearted.}
{I will gather a group of strong men to accompany me.}
{You are truly heartless.}

He slowly leaves, his head bowed in disbelief.

{You will regret turning your back on us.}
_Mining Accident: node 26502
A cloud of dust surrounds a strapping young man as he enters the
royal chambers.

{Sire, my father asked me to come and inform you that the men trapped
in the mine are now freed. But the tunnel completely collapsed, and
the vein to which it led is no longer accessible. It was the richest
vein we had.

{We feel that we may be able to unblock it if we can afford to hire
more workers. This will cost 1 Gold.}

Do you:
[a] Donate shovels and wheelbarrows.
[b] Pay 1 Gold.
[c] Tell him not to waste his time with the blocked tunnel.
{I am saddened by your lack of interest, Sire.}
{A very shrewd move, Sire. That vein contains a massive amount
of iron.}
{Sire, I will do as you wish. However, I must remind
you that we may lose even more iron in the future.}
_Mining Accident: node 26503
A distraught woman comes to see you,
sobbing uncontrollably.

{Sire, another tunnel in the mine has collapsed. Many men are trapped.}

She takes a deep breath and continues,

{My husband is among them. I beg you, please send help!}

Do you:
[a] Disregard her pleas and have her removed.
[b] Give 1 Gold.
[c] Send men with shovels to help.
She is dragged from the room.

{I will be back, and I will keep coming back until
my demands are satisfied.}
{God bless you. You are a wonderful man. Thank you.}
{Thank you for the assistance, Sire.}
_Mining Accident: node 26504
The mining accident continues to strain the community.

News from the foundry arrives with a woman from the town.

{Sire, falling debris has destroyed another fraction of our
iron supply. The situation is looking very bleak.

{The foundry is engulfed in a tremendous cloud of dust.}

Her expression becomes very intense.

{Please, Sire, we desperately need your guidance.}

Do you:
[a] Donate shovels, picks and wheelbarrows.
[b] Order her removed from your presence.
[c] Give her 1 Gold.
{Thank you. Supplies are much needed.}
She smiles.

{Oh, Sire, I love it when you talk that way.}
{Thank you for your donation. We will spend it wisely.}

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Cluster: 2651
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_Mining Accident: node 26515
A very dirty miner strolls into the room. He is smiling from
ear to ear.

{Earlier today, there was another mine collapse. When the dust settled,
we discovered a new vein of iron. It is worth 3 Gold.}

He begins to dance around the room.
{3 GOLD! 3 GOLD! 3 GOLD!}

The guards stop him from knocking over a bust of your head.

{Sire, I also wish to petition you for additional supplies
to allow us to complete our cleanup and return to a normal routine.}

Do you:
[a] Decree a day of rest.
[b] Tell him to stop celebrating and return to work.
[c] Give 1 Gold to hire extra men.
{This will be a day of great joy and celebration, Sire!}
The celebration has continued for two days without ceasing.

An older woman comes to complain about the noise.

{Sire, I hate to complain, but this celebration
has lasted far too long. Please tell these rude men
to get back to work!}

Do you:
[a] Tell her you will do your best.
[b] Have her thrown out.
{I knew that you would see it my way.}
{You are as bad as the villagers.}

The guards are motioned to remove her from your presence.

{Sire! There is no need to be rough.}
{Very well, Sire.}

He sulks as he leaves.

{What a party pooper!}
{Thank you. You are so thoughtful. More men will ease the workload
for all.}
_Mining Accident: node 26516
A blacksmith comes to complain.

{Sire, I have been unable to obtain iron from the foundry.
The workers refuse to work until the conditions are improved.
They say the mine is unsafe. Production has
come to a complete stop. You must do something.}

Do you:
[a] Tell him to stop wasting your time with his petty complaints.
[b] Send men to help with the cleanup.
[c] Give him 1 Gold to buy supplies.
{Sire, many feel these are not 'petty' complaints. I think you
should reconsider this rash decision.}

He stomps his feet as he is leaving.
You notice that the guards are watching him very closely.
{Thank you for your support.}
{Supplies will help ease the strain of the cleanup. Thank you.}
_Mining Accident: node 26517
Tiffany, a beautiful young maiden, brings news from the foundry.

{Sire, the foundry is slowly recovering from all the
stress of the recent accidents. Nevertheless, your assistance
is still needed to complete the reconstruction and cleanup.}

She moves closer to you.

{We just need Gold, supplies or anything else that can be spared.}

Do you:
[a] Tell her you have given all that you plan to give.
[b] Give her 1 Gold to buy supplies.
[c] Donate buckets.
{Sire! Where is your community spirit?
I will return in a day or two to see if you have changed
your mind.}
Tiffany is back

{Have you reconsidered, Sire? Will you help us?}

Do you:
[a] Apologize and give her 1 Gold.
[b] Give her 1 Gold for supplies.
[c] Apologize.
{I accept your apology. Now I must go shopping.}
{No apology?}

Tiffany looks angry as she leaves.

{At least we can use the gold!}
{An apology, but no more?

{Are you sure you did not forget something? Perhaps a
financial contribution to the cause?}

She sneers and departs abruptly.
{Thank you. Now I must go shopping.}
{Buckets? Is that all you can spare?}

{I must be losing my touch.}
_Mining Accident: node 26518
The foundry is back in operation.

The foreman from the foundry arrives with a status report.

{Sire, we are back at full operation. Because of all the work
done, we have increased productivity enormously. Thank you
for your help through these rough times.}
_Exit Plague Part II: node 26519
The foundry is back in operation.

The foreman from the foundry arrives with a status report.

{Sire, we are back at full operation. However, there was damage
to some of the tunnels, and we are not able to repair them. Our
productivity will remain down for some time.}

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Cluster: 2660
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_Explosion: node 26600
A loud explosion is heard in the distance.

Suddenly, one of the guards comes running in with news.

{Sire, there has been an explosion at the foundry.

{Many workers have been injured, and there is an enormous fire.

{The foundry foreman believes that approximately twenty percent of
the iron supply has been lost.}

Do you:
[a] Order him to leave.
[b] Send men to help put out the fire.
[c] Tell him to investigate further and bring a status report.
{You are truly heartless.}

He slowly leaves, his head bowed in disbelief.

{You will regret being so insensitive.}
{I will gather a group of strong men to take with me.}
Your guard returns with a status report on the foundry accident.

{Sire, I wish I had better news. The foundry is in a
state of chaos. There are many small fires, collapsed tunnels,
and injured workers.}

Do you:
[a] Send men to help with the rescue and fires.
[b] Give him 1 Gold for rescue supplies.
[c] Tell him you have nothing for him.
{I will leave at once. Thank you.}
{Sire, thank you. This will allow us to buy
much-needed supplies.}
{Nothing? You have nothing? I cannot believe that you are so
coldhearted.}
_Explosion: node 26602
You are handed a charred piece of paper with a message on the
foundry's status.

{Fires almost under control.

{Rebuilding underway.

{Need more men.

{Please send gold to hire fresh men.}

Do you:
[a] Order some young boys from the village to help.
[b] Send 1 Gold.
[c] Return it to the sender, pretending that you
never saw it.
A hysterical woman is heard screaming from the window,

{You cannot send my son to that dangerous place. Who
ordered this?

{Even a King would not send young children!}
The sound of a man's voice is heard bellowing through the
streets,

{Did you hear? My son is man enough to be sent to help
with the mining explosion.

{What a wise leader to recognize the strength of my son!}
A strongbox containing 1 Gold is sent to the foundry to hire
new workers.
The messenger returns the note to the foundry under protest.
_Explosion: node 26603
A distraught woman comes to see you.
She is sobbing uncontrollably.

{Sire, while cleaning up from the first foundry disaster, another
explosion was triggered. Many men are hurt and more damage
has been done to the foundry. I heard that still more iron
has been lost.}

She takes a deep breath and continues,

{I implore you to please send help!}

Do you:
[a] Disregard her pleas and have her removed.
[b] Give 1 Gold for aid.
[c] Send some of your strongest men to help.
She is dragged from the room, screaming and shaking her fists.

{You cannot silence me so readily! I will have my satisfaction!}
{Thank you, Sire. You are a decent man.}
She begins to smile.

{Strong men. I love strong men! I adore the way you think.}
_Explosion: node 26604
A hefty miner, nicknamed Moose, arrives with news.

{The foundry reconstruction is proceeding steadily.
Progress is slow, however, and we cannot determine when
the work will be completed.

{Our efforts will be more effective if you permit us to
hire additional workers. The cost would be 2 Gold.

Moose looks you straight in the eye.

{So, what will it be?}

Do you:
[a] Donate shovels, picks and wheelbarrows.
[b] Order him removed from your presence.
[c] Give him 2 Gold.
{Sire, thank you, but we need men to use these tools.}

Moose is struck in the back of the head.

{Ouch! You have a serious attitude problem!}

He leaves in disgust.
He smirks.

{A strong man! I respect a man who stands up for himself.}
{I shall hire new workers posthaste.}

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Cluster: 2661
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_Explosion: node 26615
A man is heard singing outside of your window.

{Happy days are here again.}

He begins to dance around the room.

{Iron! A new vein of iron! Worth 2 Gold!}

{Sire, Sire! Another explosion has led us to a new vein of iron.
It is estimated to be worth 2 Gold.

{But, in the excitement, someone knocked over a torch and set off a
small fire. Alas, our cleanup efforts have been further delayed.}

Do you:
[a] Give the miners a day off at a cost of 1 Gold.
[b] Tell him to stop singing and get back to work.
[c] Send extra men to help.
{Festivals! Gold! Maidens! Time to go; time is a-wasting!}
The revelry has continued for two uninterrupted days.

An old woman from the village comes to complain
about the noise.

{Sire, I hate to be seen as a wet blanket, but this celebration
is trying my patience. Please tell these rude men
to get back to work!}

Do you:
[a] Tell her you will do your best.
[b] Tell her that they deserve this reward for their hard work.
{I knew you would see it my way.}
{You are no better than the villagers.}

The guards are motioned to remove her from your presence.

{Sire! No need to be rough.}
{But... but what about celebrating? Please, Sire!}

He mumbles under his breath as he leaves,

{What a party pooper!}
{Your offer is welcome, although we would much rather be granted a
brief respite from our labors.}
_Explosion: node 26616
Moose, as he is known around the foundry, arrives with news.

{Sire, the entrance supports have collapsed. Some men are
still inside. We need help to rescue them.}

Do you:
[a] Tell him to stop wasting your time.
[b] Send men to help with the rescue.
[c] Give him 1 Gold to buy supplies for the rescue.
{The responsibility will be yours if lives are lost, Sire!}

He stomps out of the room, his contempt plain for all to see.

The guards watch him closely as he leaves.
{Thank you for your support.}
{Supplies certainly will help the cleanup. Thank you.}
_Explosion: node 26617
Tiffany, a beautiful young maiden, brings news from the foundry.

{Sire, the men have asked me to tell you that all goes
well. The foundry is almost ready to resume full
production.}

She leans closer to you.

{They were wondering if you...if you could send
some... wine... to them. They could use some recreation.

{Only 1 Gold, and you will ensure their happiness!}

Do you:
[a] Tell her to lift their spirits herself.
[b] Give her 1 Gold to buy the wine.
[c] Donate books for them to read instead.
{Sire! Where is your community spirit?
I shall return on the morrow to see if you have changed
your mind.}
Tiffany returns, as promised.

{Will you help us now, Sire?}

Do you:
[a] Apologize and give her 1 Gold.
[b] Give her 1 Gold for wine.
[c] Apologize.
{I accept your apology. Now I must leave and purchase a few
vats of wine.}
{No apology?}

Tiffany's gentle features twist into an unbecoming scowl as
she mutters,

{At least he parted with some Gold!}
{An apology, and naught else?}

{Have you not forgotten something, perhaps
a small monetary gift?}

With an unpleasant look on her face, she abruptly departs.
{Thank you. I must go. I can hear the men whining, even at
this distance.}
{Books? Do you think these men can read?}

{I must be losing my touch.}
_Explosion: node 26618
The foreman from the foundry arrives with a status report.

{Sire, the foundry is finally back in operation.
In fact, due to the repairs, we were able to increase
our productivity for the month.

{Your staunch support through this very frightening time will not
be forgotten. Our heartfelt gratitude to you, Sire.}
_Exit Plague Part II: node 26619
The foundry is back in operation.

The foreman arrives with a status report.

{Sire, the foundry is slowly resuming full
operation. During the next several weeks, we expect that
productivity will be significantly impaired.
This situation should be temporary. We expect to return to normal
operation soon.}

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Cluster: 2670
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_Killer Bees: node 26700

A villager comes running past the guards into the room.

{Oh Great One, a swarm of killer bees is attacking our people.
The village is in chaos.}

Do you:
[a] Spend 1 Gold for nets to catch the bees.
[b] Send for a beekeeper.
[c] Tell him to buzz off.
{Very well, Sire.}
{I know just the man for the job.}
{Sire, please do not dismiss this problem so hastily.
These bees have been known to kill.}
_Killer Bees: node 26702
A young girl arrives, carrying a large net.

{Sire, thank you for the nets to trap the bees. There is a problem
with them, however.
The holes are so big that these nasty bees are able to escape
through them.}

She holds up her arm to show you the stings she has
received.

{My father asked me to see if you
could give us more Gold so we can pay the netmaker to fix them.}

Her bottom lip begins to quiver.

{Please. Please, Sire.}

Do you:
[a] Tell her to make do.
[b] Give her 1 Gold to fix the nets.
[c] Send for the beekeeper.
A tear wells up in her eye.

{We are simple farmers, Sire. We just wanted some new
nets. That is all. Just some new nets.}

She turns to leave as the tears roll down her cheeks.

Do you:
[a] Let her leave.
[b] Reconsider and give 1 Gold.
[c] Reconsider and send for the beekeeper.
Her father steps into the room to take his little girl home.

He turns briefly toward you, bearing a look of contempt,
then gently comforts his daughter as they step from the room.
Her tears stop as her face brightens. She runs over and gives
you a delicate kiss on the cheek.

{Thank you! You are a kindly man!}
{I know him. He lives a short walk down the road from my house.}
{Thank you, thank you. Now we can catch those
mean old bees.}
{I know him. He lives very near to me.}
_Killer Bees: node 26703
A man wearing a huge hood and large gloves arrives.

He removes the hood and politely bows to you.
{Sire, I am Buzz the beekeeper. I have come to help you with your
bee problem.

{For 1 Gold, I will chase them from the town. But I cannot guarantee
that they will stay away.

{But, for 2 Gold, I will purge the village of the bees and dust it
with my bee dust. It prevents the bees from coming back.}

Do you:
[a] Pay 1 Gold and hope the bees do not come back.
[b] Spend 2 Gold to eliminate them.
[c] Send for the bee charmer.
{Sire, remember that I cannot guarantee that the bees will stay
away. I will do my best.}
{That is a wise idea. This sort of bee is very dangerous.
It is best to eradicate them all.}
{The bee charmer? He has not had the successes I have had.}

Buzz turns to leave and a swarm of bees follows him.
_Killer Bees: node 26704
Another villager arrives. His arms are obviously covered with
bee stings.

{Sire, the bees are attacking more viciously than ever. The more
frail villagers grow ill from the bee stings.

{We need help to get rid of these horrible pests before someone
dies.}

Do you:
[a] Tell him to go away.
[b] Provide 2 Gold to purchase herbs to ward off the bees.
[c] Send for the beekeeper.
{The bees will never leave unless you take action, Sire.
I will keep returning until you make a decision.}
{Thank you. Your generosity shall not be forgotten.}
{Buzz is a friend of mine. I will suggest that he arrange an
audience with you.}
_Killer Bees: node 26705
A handsome young squire with a red and blotchy face enters the room.

{Sire, our bee stings are beginning to heal. The village is
slowly returning to its familiar routine.

{However, there is still a need for your assistance. We need
ointment to help with the bee stings. Also, not all of the bees are
gone yet.}

Do you:
[a] Order him to leave.
[b] Donate wine to ease their pain.
[c] Give him 1 Gold.
{I do not give up easily. I have a responsibility to
the people of the village. I will be back.}
The young squire returns, hat in hand.

{Sire, I have granted you ample time to reconsider your position.
Will you help the village?}

Do you:
[a] Order him to leave.
[b] Donate wine to ease their pain.
[c] Give him 1 Gold.
{You are heartless, Sire. The village has looked to you
for help and you have turned your back. They will not
soon forget this.}
{Your wine will certainly help to distance the villagers
from the pain of their travails.}
{I can see that the light of reason guides you. Thank you.}
{A mug of mulled wine certainly sounds grand to me. Thank you!}
{Sire, you are truly the gracious leader I have heard you to be.}

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Cluster: 2671
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_Killer Bees: node 26716
{I am Sir Bee Tranquil, the bee charmer. I can cast a spell on
any bee in the land.

{My services include the following:

{For 2 Gold I will hypnotize the bees and purchase special
traps that will almost certainly keep the bees from escaping.

{For 1 Gold I will hypnotize the bees, but I will not be able to
purchase the traps.}

Do you:
[a] Spend 2 Gold.
[b] Spend 1 Gold.
[c] Send for the beekeeper.
{I will place the order for the traps immediately. It
is a pleasure doing business in your fine kingdom, Sire.}
{I will dispose of these annoying bees with all dispatch.}
{You are obviously not open to the latest in bee control.}

He shakes his head in disbelief as he leaves.
_Killer Bees: node 26717
The young squire arrives with news of the bees.

{The good news is that we have not seen a bee in days.
Alas, the bad news is that the bee stings have accentuated the
tempestuous behavior of the villagers. They are in need of some good cheer.
I have some ideas, but I need Gold for my purchases.}

Do you:
[a] Tell him that you are tired of his demands.
[b] Donate wine.
[c] Give him 1 Gold.
{Sire, this sort of treatment will not win you many friends!}
{Wine! What a fine idea.}
{Thank you for your generosity. This will make the
villagers very happy.}
_Killer Bees: node 26718
A beautiful maiden arrives.

{Sire, the village is back to its normal routine.
Thank you for helping us through this stinging ordeal.}

She leans over and whispers,

{I would be happy to demonstrate the depth of my gratitude to you.}
_Exit Plague Part II: node 26719
The young squire is back. He looks somewhat disgruntled.

{Sire, the bees are all gone, and all is well with the villagers.

{Nonetheless, your neglect is still fresh in their memories. It would
be wise for you to have a food taster present at your every meal.}

Your royal taster, fork in hand, pales and slumps to the floor.

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Cluster: 2680
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_Weapons: node 26800
Sir Gunny, the local weapons salesman, arrives.

{Sire, I have some new weapons to show you today.

{What would you like to examine?}

Do you:
[a] Look at the Super Catapult.
[a] Look at the Automatic Bow and Arrow set.
[b] Look at the infamous Stink Bomb.
[b] Look at the Flaming Pigeon starter kit.
[c] Tell him to go away.
{Excellent choice. The Super Catapult is always a
popular item wherever I go. I shall bring you
a sample in a few days.}
{Ah, the Automatic Bow and Arrow set.
This little number is moving quickly.
I shall revisit your lovely castle in a few days.}
{The Stink Bomb is a wonderful choice, Sire.
I shall have a sample for you in a few days.}
{Flaming Pigeons. Ah, yes, a splendid choice.
I will return shortly to demonstrate this hot new item.}
{Sire, I can see you are a busy man. Perhaps you will have
more time to talk in a fortnight or so.}
_Weapons: node 26802
Sir Gunny returns with the Super Catapult.

{Sire, I have brought some men to show you what a wonderful
addition this weapon will be to your arsenal. A large animal has
been readied as a demonstration of the projectile weights that
may be employed by this fine weapon.

{Ready, Fire!}
A massive, confused cow flies through the air, mooing plaintively.

{As you can see, this Super Catapult can be of great assistance to
you when in the heat of battle. Just imagine the plague and pestilence
that you could spread with one well-placed cow.}

Do you:
[a] Run a test on it.
[b] Buy it.
[c] Ask to see another weapon.
{Very well. Please feel free to test it yourself.}
{As you wish. I will return to discuss my price.}

As he leaves, he does a little dance.

{I might make Salesman of the Month yet!}
{Now I can buy that new cart that I have been eyeing!}
{What an easy target, this one!}
{I shall return with more samples.}
_Weapons: node 26803
Sir Gunny arrives with the Automatic Bow and Arrow set.

{Sire, this represents the state of the art in automatic weapons.

{It will improve your firing speed. Other customers have
been impressed with the results.}

Do you:
[a] Run a test on it.
[b] Buy it.
[c] Ask to see another weapon.
{Test it?}
{As you wish. But be careful. This is not a toy!}
{Marvelous! We can discuss an equitable price when I return.}

Just before he disappears from sight, you see him take a little
leap into the air. He mumbles to himself,

{I cannot believe he went for it! I am brilliant!}
{Watch out! I am on a roll!}
{No one will believe this! What a soft touch!}
{Very well, I will return with more samples. I am sure that you
will find something to your liking, Sire.}
_Weapons: node 26804
Sir Gunny brings the infamous Stink Bomb.

{Sire, do not let the innocent look of this little box fool you.
This is an exceedingly potent weapon.

{We use a secret formula that contains items such as
dung, skunk oil, garlic, and ram's bladder extract.}

Do you:
[a] Run a test on it.
[b] Buy it.
[c] Ask to see another weapon.
{Very well, but do so at your own risk.}
{Many who have used it incorrectly have had their friends
desert them.}
{Excellent selection! We may negotiate a price at our next meeting.}

As he leaves, he smiles slyly to himself, saying,

{Now I can pay off that bothersome bill collector
and secure the release of my family!}
{What a soft touch! I should come here more often!}
{Gracious, that was much easier than I thought!}
{I understand. Stink Bombs are not for everyone. I will
return with less noxious samples in a few days.}
_Weapons: node 26805
Sir Gunny returns, ready to show you the Flaming Pigeons.

{This demonstration is not for the faint of heart,
so leave if you feel you must.}

A group of twenty people draws closer. No one leaves.

{Let us begin the demonstration.}
{Flaming Pigeons provide a perfect means of distracting an enemy.
As the pigeons fly overhead, your enemy will look skyward. This
will make them easy prey to your attack.

{Do not hesitate. This is our hottest item!}

Do you:
[a] Run a test on it.
[b] Buy it.
[c] Ask to see another weapon.
{Very well. But be careful not to burn yourself on the wings.}
{Thank you, Sire. I will return to make the financial arrangements.}

As he leaves, he does a little dance.

{I cannot wait to tell the guys back at the home castle!}
{Now I can go on that dream vacation to Camelot!}
{That sale just put me into the Gold Club!}
{I shall fetch my samples.}

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Cluster: 2681
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_Weapons: node 26815
{Which weapon do you wish to examine?}

Do you:
[a] Look at the Super Catapult.
[a] Look at the Automatic Bow and Arrow set.
[b] Look at the infamous Stink Bomb.
[b] Look at the Flaming Pigeon starter kit.
[c] Tell him to go away.
{Excellent choice. The Super Catapult always
makes a big impact wherever I go. I will return with
a sample in a few days.}
{The Automatic Bow and Arrow set.
This little number is a fast mover.
I will return with a demonstration in a few days.}
{The Stink Bomb is a wonderful choice, Sire.
I will return with a sample in a few days.}
{Flaming Pigeons. A splendid choice.
I will return in a few days to show this hot new item.}
{You are a most difficult customer, Sire. I shall return
once more. Perhaps you will be more receptive then.}
_Weapons: node 26816
A delighted messenger arrives with news from the weapon test.

{Sire, the test was a huge success. All who were present were
impressed with the results. We grant it our hearty approval!}

Do you:
[a] Buy it.
[b] Don't buy it.
[c] Ask to see another weapon.
Sir Gunny enters your chambers, and says,

{Thank you, Sire. I will return to discuss the price.}

As he leaves, he does a little dance.

{Wait until I tell the guys back at the home castle!}
{Now I can go on that dream vacation to Camelot!}
{That sale just put me into the Gold Club!}
{Sire, you are a hard man to impress.
I will return in a few days to see if you have
changed your mind.}
{As you wish. I shall return in a few days.}
_Weapons: node 26817
A dazed messenger brings the results of the weapon test.

{Sire, the test was not successful. Perhaps this was
a bad unit.}

Do you:
[a] Buy it.
[b] Don't buy it.
[c] Ask to see another weapon.
Sir Gunny enters your chambers, and says,

{I see that you are a wise man, and can see beyond this minor
setback. When I return, we can negotiate a fair price.}

As he leaves, he does a little dance.

{Now I can pay off that bothersome bill collector
and secure the release of my family!}
{What a soft touch! I should come here more often!}
{Amazing! This shall not be my last trip to this fine kingdom.}
{I see. Nevertheless, I shall return once more in the hope that
you will have a change of heart.}
{Thank you, Sire. I will return with wonderful offerings for you.}
_Weapons: node 26818
Sir Gunny returns to discuss the cost of the new weapon.

{Sire, my prices are fair and reasonable. Of course, you must
remember that the price determines the quality of the goods.}

Do you:
[a] Barter.
[b] Pay 1 Gold.
[c] Pay 2 Gold.
{You want to deal. What commodity do you wish to trade?}

Do you barter:
[a] Crops.
[b] Timber.
[c] Iron.
{Crops.}

How much:
[a] 5 percent.
[b] 10 percent.
[c] Change your mind.
{Five percent sounds reasonable.}

As he leaves, he leans over to his assistant,

{We will give him the seconds.}
{Ten percent sounds reasonable.}

As he leaves, he leans over to his assistant,

{We will give him the ones that have been tested.}
{Changed your mind?}
{Timber.}

How much:
[a] 5 percent.
[b] 10 percent.
[c] Change your mind.
{5 percent sounds reasonable.}

As he leaves, he leans over to his assistant,

{We will give him the seconds.}
{10 percent sounds reasonable.}

As he leaves, he leans over to his assistant,
{We will give him the ones that have been tested.}
{Changed your mind?}
{Iron.}

How much:
[a] 5 percent.
[b] 10 percent.
[c] Change your mind.
{Five percent sounds reasonable.}

As he leaves, he leans over to his assistant,

{We will give him the seconds.}
{Ten percent sounds reasonable.}

As he leaves, he leans over to his assistant,

{We will give him the ones that have been tested.}
{Changed your mind?}
{Thank you Sire. I can see that you are watching your purse.}

As he leaves, he leans over to his assistant,

{Good! Now we can dispose of our old inventory.}
{Thank you, Sire! I will ensure that you receive the best units
in my inventory.}

As he leaves, he leans over to his assistant,

{Make sure that he gets the ones that have been tested.}
_Exit Plague Part II: node 26819
Sir Gunny is back.

{Sire, can I interest you in any of my wares?}

Do you:
[a] Tell him that you really mean {NO!}
[b] Ask him to show you what he has.
{As you wish. Your message is quite clear.}
{Very well. I shall fetch them from my cart.}

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Cluster: 2690
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_Camouflage: node 26900
Sara Thimble, the local camouflage sales representative, arrives.

{Sire, I have the most extraordinary camouflage for your
men. My girls have been sewing their fingers to the bone to
bring you some new designs.

{What would you like to see?}

Do you:
[a] Look at the nun outfits.
[a] Look at the tree outfits.
[b] Look at the enemy uniforms.
[b] Look at the horse outfits.
[c] Tell her to go away.
{Splendid choice. This is an excellent habit for
you to develop. I shall be back with
a sample in a few days.}
{The tree outfits.
These little numbers truly grow on you.
I can have a sample for you in a few days.}
{The enemy uniforms are a sly choice, Sire.
I shall have a sample made up for you in a few days.}
{Horse outfits. I am sure that these shall become a mane-stay
of your men. I can be back in a few days with a sample.}
{Sire, I shall come back in a week when you have
more time to talk.}

She murmurs under her breath,

{Give a guy a throne, and he thinks he can act like a King!}
_Camouflage: node 26902
Sara Thimble returns with the nun outfit sample.

{Sire, I have the nun habit for you to look over.

She hands over a fine black habit.

{As you can see, this is entirely handmade. It is a direct copy of
what the nuns are issued.

{Your men can wear these over their combat gear and sneak
up on your enemy. No one would suspect a group of nuns on
a walk. Right?}

Do you:
[a] Try it on.
[b] Buy it.
[c] Ask to see what else she has.
{Very well, try it out and see what your men think.}
{As you wish. I shall return to discuss the price.}

As she leaves, she does a little dance.

{I haven't lost my touch!}
{Now I can buy that new loom that I have coveted!}
{That sale just put me into the Golden Spool Club!}
{I shall fetch more samples.}
_Camouflage: node 26903
Sara Thimble arrives with the tree outfits.

{We finally finished sewing the leaves on the branches.

{This is one of our most successful items. If your men
wear these, no one will see them coming.

{I shall 'leaf' you to your own decision. Heh heh. A little humor
that I picked up from the tree doctor.}

Do you:
[a] Try it on.
[b] Buy it.
[c] Ask to see what else she has.
{As you wish, Sire. I shall have one of my girls help with the
branches.}
{Tremendous! We can discuss the price when I return.}

As she leaves, she does a little dance.

{This guy is starting to grow on me!}
{Thank God! I went out on a limb with this one.}
{I guess the leaf joke worked!}
{Very well, I shall return with more samples.}
_Camouflage: node 26904
Sara Thimble arrives with the enemy uniforms.

{Sire, it is best that you do not know where I obtained this design.

{Let me just say that my girls have many talents.

{These uniforms have obvious benefits. If your men wear these,
your enemy will be blamed for whatever your men do.}

Do you:
[a] Try it on.
[b] Buy it.
[c] Ask to see what else she has.
{As you wish.}
{But I suggest you do this in private. You might say this is a
hot item.}
{Excellent selection! When I return, we can discuss the price.}

As she leaves, she does a little dance.

{This will pay for that new thatched roof on the house!}
{I just might be able to afford that new dining set!}
{Now I can go shopping!}
{I understand. Enemy uniforms are a bit risky. I shall
return with some more conventional samples in a few days.}
_Camouflage: node 26905
Sara Thimble returns, ready to show you the horse outfits.

{This costume requires two people: the front end and the
back end. I know you have the wisdom to be able to assign
these positions.

{Horse outfits provide a perfect means of distracting the enemy.
Your men can act like a herd of horses.
When they get close enough, they can attack.

{Do not wait. This item is going fast! Even the monks have ordered
a dozen.}

Do you:
[a] Try it on.
[b] Buy it.
[c] Ask to see what else she has.
{Very good, I shall be here to help put on the head.}
{Thank you, Sire. I shall see you soon to discuss the price.}

As she leaves, she does a little dance.

{Wait until I tell the girls about this one!}
{It is getting harder and harder to earn gold today.}
{That sale just put me into the Golden Spool Club!}
{I shall fetch my samples.}

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Cluster: 2691
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_Camouflage: node 26915
Sara Thimble returns, hoping to show you more items.

{Sire, I hope you are ready to be dazzled. I have my latest and
greatest designs to show you.}

Do you:
[a] Look at the nun outfits.
[a] Look at the tree outfits.
[b] Look at the enemy uniforms.
[b] Look at the horse outfits.
[c] Tell her to go away.
{Superb choice. The nun outfits are quite
habit-forming. I shall have a sample in
a few days.}
{The tree outfits. Excellent choice! Even the bark is real.
I shall be back with a sample in a few days.}
{The enemy uniforms are a wonderful choice, Sire.
I should be able to mock up a sample in a few days.}
{Horse outfits are always a crowd pleaser.
I shall return in a few days to show you a sample.}
{I see that you are not ready to make a decision. I shall come
back in a few days.}
_Camouflage: node 26916
A young squire, pursued by an anxious Sara Thimble, arrives.

{Sire, the men have voted! They all agree that this costume
would be superb in battle. They recommend that you buy it.}
{Sire, the men agree that using this costume would be a cunning
strategy. Thumbs up!}
{Sire, these costumes are the best thing since swords! When can
we get them?}

Do you:
[a] Buy it.
[b] Don't buy it.
[c] Ask to see what else she has.
{Thank you, Sire. I shall return shortly to discuss the price.}

She seems quite pleased.

{It is getting harder and harder to earn gold today.}
{I just might beat out that pesky dung salesman for
Wheeler-Dealer of the Month!}
{And I thought this was going to be a hard sell!}
{Sire, I will give you several days to mull it over.
I shall return to see how you are doing.}
{As you wish. I shall return in a few days.}
_Camouflage: node 26917
A young squire, pursued by a concerned Sara Thimble, arrives.

{Sire, the men have sent me here to find out what
ails you. What made you think that this was
a good idea?}
{The men have sent me here to ask you...ARE YOU CRAZY?}
{Sire, this costume is quite possibly the worst idea you
have ever had.}

Do you:
[a] Buy it anyway.
[b] Don't buy it.
[c] Ask to see what else Sara has.
{Excellent selection! When I return we can discuss my price.}

Sara smiles,

{Now I can pay off that annoying bill collector
and get my head seamstress out of debtor's prison!}
{What a soft touch! I should come here more often!}
{This will get me into a new flat in the good part of town!}
Sare frowns,

{I see. Still, I will see you once more. Perhaps you will have
a change of heart.}
She says,

{Thank you, Sire. I shall return with wonderful offerings for you.}

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Cluster: 2700
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_Camouflage: node 27008
Sara Thimble is ready to talk business.

{Sire, I am flexible on the cost. My girls can work within your
budget. But remember that they are more motivated if the price is
right.}

Do you:
[a] Barter.
[b] Pay 1 Gold.
[c] Pay 2 Gold.
{I can work with you. What do you have to offer?}

Do you barter:
[a] Crops.
[b] Timber.
[c] Iron.
{Crops.}

How much:
[a] 5 percent.
[b] 10 percent.
[c] Change your mind.
{Five percent sounds very reasonable.}

As she leaves, she leans over to her assistant,
{Get the returns out. It looks like we
have found a buyer.}
{Is this guy cheap, or what? He will learn
to pay for quality if he wants it.}
{Time to clear out the old inventory!}
{Ten percent sounds very reasonable.}

As she leaves, she leans over to her assistant,
{We shall give him the newest ones.}
{I suppose we had better give him the good ones.}
{We had better make some good ones this time.}
{Typical man. Can never make up his mind.}
{Timber.}

How much:
[a] 5 percent.
[b] 10 percent.
[c] Change your mind.
{Five percent sounds very reasonable.}


As she leaves, she leans over to her assistant,
{Get the returns out. It looks like we
found a buyer.}
{This guy sure is a cheapskate. Maybe someday he will
{learn to pay for quality if he wants it.}
{We shall give him the seconds.}
{Ten percent sounds very reasonable.}

As she leaves, she leans over to her assistant,
{We shall give him the newest ones.}
{I think we should give him the good ones.}
{We should try to make some good ones this time.}
{Changed your mind?}
{Iron}

How much:
[a] 5 percent.
[b] 10 percent.
[c] Change your mind.
{Five percent sounds very reasonable.}

As she leaves, she leans over to her
assistant,
{Get the returns out. It appears that we have
found a buyer.}
{What a loser! He will learn his lesson some day.}
{We shall give him the seconds.}
{Ten percent sounds very reasonable.}

As she leaves, she leans over to her assistant,
{We shall give him the newest ones.}
{I want to give him the good ones.}
{Perhaps we should actually try to deliver the goods, eh?}
{Changed your mind?}
{Thank you, Sire! I see that you are on a tight budget.}

As she leaves, she leans over to her assistant,

{Get the returns out. It appears that we have found a buyer.}
{Is this guy cheap, or what? He will learn
{to pay for quality if he wants it.}
{We shall give him the seconds.}
{For you, Sire, only the best! It is a pleasure doing
business with you.}

As she leaves, she leans over to her assistant,
{He will probably expect decent quality. We had better get busy!}
{No seconds for this guy.}
{We may actually have to make some new ones.}
_Exit Plague Part II: node 27009
Sara Thimble appears once more.

{Sire, have you changed your mind about my wares?}

Do you:
[a] Say {NO!} and erect a No Solicitors sign.
[b] Ask her to show what she has.
{Sire, I detect a subtle hint of disapproval in your voice.
I will leave.}
{Very well. I shall be but a moment while I
retrieve them from my cart.}

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Cluster: 2710
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_Fertilizer: node 27100
Sir Vincent, the local fertilizer salesperson, arrives
to peddle his dung. It is a dirty job, but someone has to do it.

{Your Majesty, I have a fine selection of dung for you today.

{Which type would you like to experience?}

Do you:
[a] Inspect the Premium Dung.
[b] Inspect the Economy Dung.
[c] Inspect the Plain Wrap Dung.
[d] Tell him {No, thanks.}
{Splendid choice. The Premium Dung always
makes an impact. I will be back with
some samples in a few days.}
{The Economy Dung is an apt choice, Sire.
I will be back after I let it ferment for a day or two.}
{Plain Wrap Dung, as you wish.}

As he leaves, he murmurs under his breath,

{What a cheap dunghead!}
{Sire, I will return in a week when you are not so busy.}

As Sir Vincent leaves, he murmurs under his breath,

{Obviously, a throne does not a great King make.}
_Fertilizer: node 27102
Sir Vincent returns with a Premium Dung sample.

{This is the creme de la creme of dung. Sire, this will make
your tomatoes robust, your zucchini long and hard, and your
foliage large and leafy.

{Who could turn down an offer like this?}

Do you:
[a] Ask to see the other choices.
[b] Buy it for 2 Gold.
[c] Tell him to go away.
{As you wish. I will not force you to buy. But I cannot be
deterred quite so easily.}

As Sir Vincent leaves, he mumbles,

{This is a much harder sale than I had anticipated!}
{So much for the burgeoning merchant classes once destined to
bring an era of unprecedented growth and prosperity to the
European continent.}
{This job stinks!}
{I smell a deal yet!}
{Excellent selection! What an nose for a deal you have, Sire.}

Sir Vincent dances out of the room, babbling,

{Chump! He fell for ye olde Premium Dung trick.}
{Now I can afford to get those dung stains removed
from the floor!}
{That shipment will allow me to breathe easier!}
{What? Doth your dung not stink? I will be back.}
_Fertilizer: node 27103
Sir Vincent arrives with the Economy Dung.

{The Economy Dung is our most popular grade.

{This will make your crops grow at a slightly higher rate,
if used in the proper proportions.}

Do you:
[a] Ask to see the other choices.
[b] Buy it for 1 Gold.
[c] Barter.
[d] Tell him to go away.
{I see that you like to shop around. Very well.
In a few days, I shall bring to you another prime pile of dung.}

He mumbles as he leaves,

{Bummer! Now I have to get my dung together again.}
{Same dung, different day.}
{I suppose that is how the dung falls.}
{Sire, what a thrifty choice. The Economy Dung is just
the ticket for a man such as yourself.}

As Sir Vincent leaves, he snickers audibly,

{Who says this job pays like dung?}
{This sale could put me into the Dung
Slingers Hall of Fame!}
{Whoopee! Now I can afford to buy that state-of-the-art
dung shovel!}
{A wheeler-dealer. I like that. I will present my offer forthwith.}
{I can understand not wanting my dung. But must you be
so gruff? I will call again, Sire.}
_Fertilizer: node 27104
Sir Vincent is back with the Plain Wrap Dung.

{Sire, the Plain Wrap Dung is our most cost-effective dung.

{It is highly popular with my economically disadvantaged customers.}

Do you:
[a] Reconsider and ask to see other choices.
[b] Buy it for 1 Gold.
[c] Barter.
[d] Tell him to go away.
{As you wish. I will scrape up some samples.}

{It's a dung deal!}
{Peddling this dung is getting really old!}
{Another day, another pile of dung to sell.}
{Such an eye for a bargain. How gold-wise you are, Sire.}

As Sir Vincent leaves, he smiles to himself and whispers,

{Now I can get rid of the big pile of dung
from the stable!}
{I cannot wait to tell the folks back at the
home castle about this!}
{Now I can afford to take a bath.}
{That Dung Mover of the Year award is still within reach!}
{So, you want to deal? I will be ready to bargain in a few days.}
{Sire, does my dung offend you? I will leave for now, but
not forever.}
12-10-2015 07:04 AM
Vanshilar -------------
Cluster: 1941
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{Majesty, the saboteur you sent to %t found nothing to destroy.}
{Majesty, the saboteur you sent to %t was successful in
destroying some grain.}
burning some of their timber reserves.}
sending some of their iron to the bottom of a lake.}
stealing some gold.}
poisoning some of their infantry.}
burning down one of their barracks, killing some of
their archers.}
killing some of their knights in their sleep.}
damaging their castle.}
_ERROR IN SABSENT INTERACTION %d
{Majesty, the saboteur you sent to %t has been caught by their guards.}
{Majesty, a saboteur has visited us. He was successful
in destroying some of our grain.}
in burning some of our timber.}
in taking some of our iron.}
in stealing some of our gold.}
in poisoning some of our infantry units.}
in killing some of our archers.}
in killing some of our knights.}
in damaging our castle.}
_ERROR IN SABRECV INTERACTION %d
{Majesty, a saboteur from %t has been caught by our guards.}
{Majesty, your saboteur has
returned and says that %t does not own
that land anymore.}
{Majesty, the saboteur you sent to %t
was struck by lightning.}
lost his money and could not continue his journey.}
was robbed by some bandits.}
took pity on a lass, and decided to marry her.}
was eaten by a bear and is not likely to return in the near future.}
broke his leg, so he abandoned his mission.}

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Cluster: 1942
-------------

{Majesty, the spy you sent to %t was successful.

{He reports that %t has
%d territories, and an army
%d unit strong.
%d units strong.
The happiness of the people is %d.}
{Majesty, the spy you sent to %t has been captured by their guards.}
{Majesty, I have bad news. Do you remember that spy you sent to
%t? The guards used him for target practice yesterday.}
{Majesty, a messenger from %t has returned the spy that we sent to
him. Unfortunately, his head was no longer attached to his body.}
{Majesty, the key to the box of state papers has gone missing.
I fear that a spy has struck against us.}
{Majesty, last night one of the manservants saw a shadowy figure
rifling through some documents. It would appear that one of your
enemies has sent a spy against us.}
{Majesty, several of our guards report that they were drugged last
night. These were guards who were guarding your records. It is
almost certain that a spy is carrying critical information to our
enemies.}
{Majesty, one of your servants was seen travelling away from your
lands. I fear he was a spying for the enemy.}
{Majesty, do you remember that band of travelling gypsies that
performed for us last week? We have good reason to believe they
were spies!}
{Majesty, a spy has been caught. We have questioned him, and
determined that he comes from %t.}
{Majesty, we found a spy fleeing from our guards. He has eluded
them, but he was travelling toward %t when he lost them.}
{Majesty, you may have noticed the decoration on the tower bridge.
It was the head of a spy from %t that we recently caught.}
{Majesty, those swine from %t have the nerve to send a spy against
us! Fortunately, we have caught and killed the scoundrel.}
{Majesty, something must be done about %t. They sent not one spy, but
two spies against us. They were caught and slain, but we may need to
hire another executioner if these vermin continue to trouble us.}
{Majesty, your spy has
returned and says that %t does not own
that land anymore.}
{Majesty, the spy you sent to %t
said that the enemy was too heavily guarded and could not discover
what you needed to know.}
fell in love with your enemy's niece and abandoned your cause.}
came back with information that is clearly false. His report is
useless.}
broke his leg fleeing from the dogs that your enemy keeps in his
estate, and never got close enough to find out any secrets.}
was arrested for vagrancy, escaped from the dungeons, and is now
living as a beggar on the streets of Paris. He had no useful
information.}
was being followed by our enemy's spies, and was forced to return
to escape their notice. He had learned nothing.}
discovered that the enemy pays their spies twice what pay ours, and
now refuses to divulge any of his information.}

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Cluster: 1943
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{Majesty, the diplomat sent to %t has returned.
He was unable to make a deal with them.}
He was told that they don't deal with pariahs.}
{Majesty, your envoy to %t has returned. We could not reach
an affordable bargain with them, and the deal has been
nullified.}
{Majesty, I regret to inform you that the diplomat we
sent to %t was convicted of spying, and executed.
%t is now a murderer as well as a usurper!}
{Majesty, the diplomat has returned and says that %t does
not own that land anymore.}
{Majesty, the diplomat has returned and says that %t does
not deal with you since you have claimed the throne.}
{Majesty, your diplomat sent to %t returns.}
{We have improved relations, and received a gift of
%d gold.}
{We have improved relations by giving them a gift of
%d gold.}
{We have signed an agreement of mutual friendship and
goodwill.}
{Majesty, the merchant sent to %t has returned.
He was told that they don't deal with pariahs.}
He was unable to make a deal with them.}
{Majesty, the merchant has returned and says that %t does
not own that land anymore.}
{Majesty, the merchant sent to %t has returned.
He was unable to make a deal with them.}
{Majesty, your merchant sent to %t returns.
He was able to get %d
%u from them.
He paid them %d
%v.}
It is time to pay the troops.
Payment for your %d troops
is %d gold.
The troops return for payment.
Payment for your %d troops
is %d gold.

[a] Pay them.
[b] Delay a month.
You do not have enough gold.
The troops will return in a month.
It is time to feed the troops.
Feeding your %d troops
will require %d food.
The troops return for food.
Feeding your %d troops
will require %d food.

[a] Pay them.
[b] Delay a month.
You do not have enough food.
The troops will return in a month.
--Council--
Player Ranks:
%t.
%u.
%v.
%w.
%x.

All territories are safe.
%y is the only territory near revolt.
%d territories are near revolt.
%y is the most likely to revolt.

Families at War:
Valois-Anjou
Valois-Albion
Valois-Burgundy
Valois-Aragon
Anjou-Albion
Anjou-Burgundy
Anjou-Aragon
Albion-Burgundy
Albion-Aragon
Burgundy-Aragon
The word flows like fire around the land.

The Pope is considering backing %t to the throne.
The word flows like fire around the land.

The Pope has reached a decision: {%t is the new King!}
The Pope has decided not to back %t as the new king at this time.
{Majesty, Lord Byon of California has returned.

{His Lady Lara has given birth to another son, Sir Tim,
and his first born, Sir Scott, has sent us many gifts.

{The Garrabrant family wishes you luck in your quest.}

73 de KD6BCH
{Sire, Baron Sorin of Walachia comes to you,
running from political turmoil in his lands.
Lady Roxana and his son Andrei accompany him.

{You receive their best wishes and part of their treasure as a gift.}
{Your Highness, Cindy the Alchemist and her apprentice
William discovered a means of transmuting the straw
in your courtyard into gold. They added the fruits of
their labors to your treasury.

Unfortunately, their notes
were destroyed in the ensuing commotion, and they cannot
remember all of the steps in the process.}
{One side effect, however, is that their pet parakeet
was transmuted into an enormous six-foot-high bunny rabbit.
While this has incredible military potential, the annual feed
costs exceed your entire budget, so the rabbit weapon is
unlikely to be used in battle.}
Duke DeNardo has just purchased a new watchdog. Her name is Sasha.
The people rejoice. Your happiness goes up.

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Cluster: 1950
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{Thank you, Majesty. May your quest for King be
short and successful.}
{There are many bad rumors surfacing about you, Majesty.
I fear your quest for King will come to a quick demise.}

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Cluster: 1951
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_CP 1.
One of your advisors visits you.

{The man in the tin mask has escaped from the dungeon! Since he
looks exactly like you, I must ask you a question to determine
whether you are the real king!

{Where would Edward of Albion like to place his wife?} (Page 37)

Do you answer:
[a] in a nunnery.
[b] in Hell.
[c] on the throne of Aquitaine.
[d] in a kitchen.
[e] in a nursery.
[f] Edward has no wife.
_CP 2.
One of your guards sounds the alarm.

{My apologies, my liege, but the troubadour Daniel de Quaille
has escaped from the dungeon, and he is a master of disguise. I
must ask you a question to be certain that you are really my
liegelord.

{Who is the real power in Anjou?} (Page 40)

Do you answer:
[a] Queen Catherine.
[b] Lady Marie.
[c] Pere Goriot.
[d] Duke Henri.
[e] Arinseault.
[f] Count Merose.
_CP 3.
One of your councillors brings shocking news.

{Majesty, I regret to inform you that software theft has reached
epidemic proportions in the land. To combat this vile practice,
which the ignoble call piracy (to give it romantic connotations
that are most undeserved), I must ask you a question:

{How many points must a castle be to keep a province from revolting?}
(Page 13)

Do you answer:
[a] 50 points.
[b] 75 points.
[c] 100 points.
[d] 150 points.
[e] 200 points.
[f] castles don't keep provinces from revolting.
_CP 4.
One of your councillors brings shocking news.

{Majesty, I regret to inform you that software theft has reached
epidemic proportions in the land. To combat this vile practice,
which the ignoble call piracy (to give it romantic connotations
that are most undeserved), I must ask you a question:

{What is required to be able to build a catapult?} (Page 49)

Do you answer:
[a] a Military Rating of 4, and one unit of food, iron, and timber.
[b] a Military Rating of 5, and one unit of iron, timber, and gold.
[c] a Military Rating of 5, one unit of iron and timber, and one
Infantry unit.
[d] a Military Rating of 6, and one unit of iron, timber, and gold.
[e] a Military Rating of 6, one unit of timber and iron, and a
previously built ballista.
[f] a Military Rating of 7, and one unit of food, timber, and gold.
_CP 5.
One of your guards brings bad news.

{Majesty, a traveller from the East has come and will not leave
until you answer the following question:

{Who in Bretagne objects to the Bible being written in Latin instead
of Aramaic?} (Page 42)

Do you answer:
[a] Father Klein.
[b] Father Jenre.
[c] Cardinal Velchamps.
[d] Bishop Winslow.
[e] Pope Innocent Benedict.
[f] The Archbishop of Limoges.
_CP 6.
One of your councillors brings shocking news.

{Majesty, I regret to inform you that software theft has reached
epidemic proportions in the land. To combat this vile practice,
which the ignoble call piracy (to give it romantic connotations
that are most undeserved), I must ask you a question:

{Which was the third great victory for England in the Hundred Years
War?} (Page 23)

Do you answer:
[a] Agincourt.
[b] the siege of Orleans.
[c] Poitiers.
[d] Crecy.
[e] the siege of Calais.
[f] Harfleur.
_CP 7.
One of your councillors brings shocking news.

{Majesty, I regret to inform you that software theft has reached
epidemic proportions in the land. To combat this vile practice,
which the ignoble call piracy (to give it romantic connotations
that are most undeserved), I must ask you a question:

{What French King beheaded two English knights just before an agreed
truce came into effect?} (Page 32)

Do you answer:
[a] Charles III.
[b] Henri II.
[c] Louis Augustus.
[d] Francis I.
[e] Louis XI.
[f] Phillip VI.
_CP 8.
One of your advisors visits you.

{The man in the tin mask has escaped from the dungeon! Since he
looks exactly like you, I must ask you a question to determine
whether you are the real king!

{When was the Estates-General first called together?} (Page 36)

Do you answer:
[a] 1953.
[b] 1302.
[c] 1313.
[d] 1317.
[e] 1337.
[f] 1600.
_CP 9.
One of your advisors visits you.

{The man in the tin mask has escaped from the dungeon! Since he
looks exactly like you, I must ask you a question to determine
whether you are the real king!

{How many English soldiers fought at the battle of Agincourt?}
(Page 23)

Do you answer:
[a] 5,000.
[b] 8,000.
[c] 13,000.
[d] 16,000.
[e] 22,000.
[f] 50,000.

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Cluster: 1952
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_CP 10.
One of your guards brings bad news.

{The man in the tin mask has escaped from the dungeon! Since he
looks exactly like you, I must ask you a question to determine
whether you are the real king!

{Who would argue that the late King's claim to the throne was
rather dubious?} (Page 37)

Do you answer:
[a] Aragon and Albion.
[b] Valois and the Pope.
[c] Albion and Burgundy.
[d] Anjou and the Empire.
[e] Albion and Anjou.
[f] Burgundy and Aragon.
_CP 11.
One of your advisors visits you.

{The man in the tin mask has escaped from the dungeon! Since he
looks exactly like you, I must ask you a question to determine
whether you are the real king!

{What teachings of the Pope does Phillip, Duke of Burgundy,
dislike?} (Page 39)

Do you answer:
[a] his teachings about kindness to peasants.
[b] his teachings against greed.
[c] his teachings about Papal supremacy.
[d] his teachings against womanizing.
[e] his teachings against lying.
[f] his teachings about obeying one's parents.
_CP 12.
One of your guards sounds the alarm.

{My apologies, my liege, but the troubadour Daniel de Quaille
has escaped from the dungeon, and he is a master of disguise. I
must ask you a question to be certain that you are really my
liegelord.

{According to the official record of the Danes, where are the Danes
located?} (Page 41)

Do you answer:
[a] south of Vikingdom.
[b] east of the Empire.
[c] west of Hungar.
[d] north of the Empire.
[e] north of Bretagne.
[f] east of Flanders.
_CP 13.
One of your councillors brings shocking news.

{Majesty, I regret to inform you that software theft has reached
epidemic proportions in the land. To combat this vile practice,
which the ignoble call piracy (to give it romantic connotations
that are most undeserved), I must ask you a question:

{What is the Empire's chief goal?} (Page 41)

Do you answer:
[a] to place a puppet on the throne of Bretagne.
[b] to maintain control of the Mediterranean Sea.
[c] to keep Constantinople from falling to the Saracens.
[d] to defeat Genoa and the renegade Italian states.
[e] to destroy the Danish fleet.
[f] to prevent quarreling princes from destroying the Empire.
_CP 14.
One of your councillors brings shocking news.

{Majesty, I regret to inform you that software theft has reached
epidemic proportions in the land. To combat this vile practice,
which the ignoble call piracy (to give it romantic connotations
that are most undeserved), I must ask you a question:

{What relation is Count Charles of Valois to the late King Charles?}
(Page 37)

Do you answer:
[a] nephew.
[b] adopted son.
[c] brother.
[d] illegitimate son.
[e] cousin.
[f] Charles claims to be related, but they were not.
_CP 15.
One of your guards brings bad news.

{Majesty, a traveller from the East has come and will not leave
until you answer the following question.

{From what country did the saying: 'Zeal without knowledge is a
runaway horse.' originate?} (Page 29)

Do you answer:
[a] England.
[b] France.
[c] Germany.
[d] Spain.
[e] India.
[f] Arabia.
_CP 16.
One of your guards brings news.

{A hermit says that all hope of becoming King of Bretagne will fade
unless you can answer the following question.

{What battle saw one of the first uses of gunpowder by the English?}
(Page 21)

Do you answer:
[a] Agincourt.
[b] the siege of Orleans.
[c] Poitiers.
[d] Crecy.
[e] the siege of Calais.
[f] Harfleur.
_CP 17.
One of your guards brings news.

{A hermit says that all hope of becoming King of Bretagne will fade
unless you can answer the following question.

{How many points are required before you can petition the Pope to
declare you King of Bretagne?} (Page 34)

Do you answer:
[a] 6,000.
[b] 7,000.
[c] 7,500.
[d] 8,000.
[e] 10,000.
[f] points have nothing to do with being declared king.
_CP 18.
One of your advisors visits you.

{Majesty, you have been nominated for the {Philosopher-King of the
Year} award! Unfortunately, you must make the short list to have any
hope of being named King of Bretagne, and to make the short list you
must answer the following question:

{What lessens your chances of being cheated on the Black Market?}
(Page 11)

Do you answer:
[a] a Military Rating of at least four.
[b] policing the realm.
[c] being blessed by the Pope.
[d] an Administrative Rating of at least six.
[e] a Military Rating of at least six.
[f] none of the above.
_CP 19.
One of your guards brings a problem.

{Majesty, the bishops want to know your opinion on who is the
true Anti-Pope. Only by answering this question can you hope to
obtain the throne.

{Who is the Anti-Pope?} (Page 40)

Do you answer:
[a] Peter.
[b] Henry Robert.
[c] Innocent Benedict.
[d] Pius.
[e] Benedict Innocent.
[f] Christopher.

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Cluster: 1953
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_CP 20.
One of your guards brings bad news.

{The writer Victor Jugo is claiming that you are too ignorant to
be the real king. To prove him wrong, you must answer the following
question.}

{What happens when you cede a territory with a castle on it to the
Pope when you are not excommunicated?} (Page 27)

Do you answer:
[a] your relations improve by 2 points.
[b] your relations improve by 3 points.
[c] the Pope will allow you to claim the throne of Bretagne.
[d] the Pope auctions the territory to the highest bidder.
[e] your relations with everyone improves by 2.
[f] the Pope will excommunicate anyone of your choice.
_CP 21.
One of your guards brings bad news.

{Majesty, the abbot of Abbey Chanteuset needs your help with a very
important question.

{Who said: 'Four things come not back: the spoken word, the spent
arrow, time past, the neglected opportunity?'} (Page XX)

Do you answer:
[a] Victor Hugo.
[b] Ibn Al-Khattab Omar.
[c] Geoffrey Chaucer.
[d] Solomon, in Proverbs 6:13.
[e] Louis IX, after the Battle of Crecy.
[f] Francois Rabelais.
_CP 22.
One of your guards brings news.

{A hermit says that all hope of becoming King of Bretagne will fade
unless you can answer the following question.

{How many times was Rouen destroyed due to floods between 1200 and
1225?} (Page XX)

Do you answer:
[a] three times.
[b] five times.
[c] eight times.
[d] ten times.
[e] never, but it was burned down six times.
[f] Rouen was not built until 1275.
_CP 23.
One of your guards brings news.

{A hermit says that all hope of becoming King of Bretagne will fade
unless you can answer the following question.

{Who did Phillip IV rob from?} (Page XX)

Do you answer:
[a] Burgundy, Aragon and the Church.
[b] The Rich (but he didn't give to the poor).
[c] No one. He was known as Phillip the Good.
[d] Saracens, Pilgrims, and the Moneylenders.
[e] The Jews and the Templars.
[f] Henri, Duc du Vichy.
_CP 24.
One of your guards sounds the alarm.

{My apologies, my liege, but the troubadour Daniel de Quaille
has escaped from the dungeon, and he is a master of disguise. I
must ask you a question to be certain that you are really my
liegelord.

{Who said, 'The use of force alone is but temporary?'} (Page XX)

Do you answer:
[a] Charles de Gaulle.
[b] Edmund Burke.
[c] Karl Von Clausewitz
[d] Napoleon.
[e] Thomas Paine.
[f] Mao Tse Tung.
_CP 25.
One of your guards brings bad news.

{Majesty, a traveller from the East has come and will not leave
until you answer the following question.

{Between what years did the Black Death kill one-fourth of Europe's
population?} (Page XX)

Do you answer:
[a] 1346-1349.
[b] 1347-1348.
[c] 1347-1350.
[d] 1348-1352.
[e] 1349-1352.
[f] 1349-1354.

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Cluster: 2000
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_Rules: looking at player %d with relations > 8

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Cluster: 2100
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_Rules: looking at player %d with relations > 8

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Cluster: 2200
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_Rules: looking at player %d with relations > 8

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Cluster: 2300
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_Rules: looking at player %d with relations > 8

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Cluster: 2400
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_******** POPE Forgives Valois
_******** POPE Forgives Burgundy
_******** POPE Forgives Albion
_******** POPE Forgives Aragon
_******** POPE Excommunicates player %d

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Cluster: 2500
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_Rules: looking at player %d with relations > 8

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Cluster: 2600
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_Plague Plot Part I node n26000
_Plague Plot Part I node n26001
An archer from your army enters clinching his stomach. He
complains of shooting pains in his stomach.

{Sire,} he gasps, {The army seems to have been poisoned.
The maidens-in-training class offered to prepare a meal for the men.}

He gasps.

{Shortly thereafter, the men became violently ill.}

Do you:
[a] Fire the headmistress.
[b] Send for the headmistress.
[c] Tell him to be a good soldier and endure this hardship.
Thea, the assistant headmistress, comes to complain
about the firing of her superior.

{Sire, you are a inconsiderate boor. Elma has
served you well for many years. How can you dismiss her
so swiftly, without even so much as speaking with her?

{Elma is crying bitter tears. Have you no concern for her
feelings?

{Please reinstate her. The girls would be so happy.}

Do you:
[a] Refuse to reinstate the headmistress.
[b] Agree to reinstate the headmistress.
[c] Have Thea killed for her impudence.
{Sire, I must warn you that this will make many
people very unhappy. Especially Elma!}
{A thousand garlands of flowers at your feet,
O gracious one!}
{Sire! Please do not judge me so rashly. I only wish
the best for the kingdom.}
{I shall bring her to you, Sire.}
{Sire, may I interest you in a doggie bag?}
_Plague Plot Part I node n26002
Elma, the headmistress, arrives. Her eyes are red and swollen.

{Sire, after all I have done for you, how could you consider firing
me? If I had known that the mushrooms were spoiled, we would have
prepared stuffed zucchini instead.}

Her eyes fill with tears, and she begins to sob.

{I beg of you, Sire, do not cast me aside. I have a family to feed.}

Do you:
[a] Fire her, since she is obviously lying.
[b] Force her to pretend to resign instead.
[c] Allow her to stay.
{Sire, you are truly a heartless man!}
{Sire, I will resign, because you leave me no choice.}

Her tears now stream down her cheeks.

{This action will devastate my family.}
{Thank you, Sire. Truly, I am not worthy to remain in
your majestic presence.}
_Plague Plot Part I node n26003
Sir Derek, one of your army commanders, brings
a report on his men.

{Sire, you must fire the headmistress. This incompetent
woman is the source of this evildoing! The stomach pains of
my men continue to afflict them.

{The men will never be the same again! You must make an
example of her!}

Do you:
[a] Fire her.
[b] Force her to pretend to resign instead.
[c] Allow her to stay.
[d] Tell him that he is causing you too much pain.
{Smart move, O Great One! I am pleased that you are so sensible.}
{A clever tactic, Sire. I know that the maidens
will be fooled, for they are a silly lot. I will tell
Elma you wish to speak with her immediately.}
{You will be sorry, you moron! This woman is a menace.}
{I will return, but I fear that my message will not change. Stalling
will only worsen the situation.}
_Plague Plot Part I node n26004
Elma, the headmistress, arrives to discuss your proposition.

{So you want me to 'voluntarily' resign?

{Why should I sacrifice my reputation?

{1 Gold could persuade me to agree to this charade.}
{But, if you refuse, I will reveal to the world that you are a swine and
cannot be trusted.

{So, what will it be, big boy?}

Do you:
[a] Fire her.
[b] Allow her to stay, but do not pay her the Gold.
[c] Pay the 1 Gold and accept her resignation.
{Sire, remember that 'Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned'.}
{Thank you. You do have some common sense, after all.}
{Very wise, Sire. You do not want to see me angry.}
_Plague Plot Part I node n26006
Thea, the assistant headmistress, arrives.

{Oh Sire, I am thrilled to tell you all is well with the troops. The
girls felt so bad about all that has happened they personally
nursed to men back to health.

{Strange, it seemed to take some of the more handsome
men a little longer to get better than some of the more
homely boys. But I guess that is neither here nor there.

{Furthermore, the girls and I would once again like to
thank you for supporting us in this dark time.}

She bows politely and then leaves.

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Cluster: 2601
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_Illness: node 26010
A messenger arrives, pale and shaken

{I have dreadful news, Sire.
A terrible plague has hit the village.
Many are ill and some are near death.
Even the men in the army have been affected.}

Do you:
[a] Let them suffer.
[b] Donate used clothing for the sick.
[c] Give him 2 Gold for healing potions.
The village doctor comes to you, pleading for help.

{Sire, you must reconsider. People are dying. Even your top
military commander is ill. He may not survive the week unless
he receives proper treatment. We need gold to buy it for him.}

Do you:
[a] Apologize and give him blankets.
[b] Give him 2 Gold.
[c] Tell him to go away and stop wasting your time.
{Thank you, O generous one.}

As he leaves, he mutters,

{Fool, fool! Does he think an apology will heal the afflicted?}
{Thank you, thank you, O gracious ruler!}
{You shall be sorry.}
{Even such small gestures are appreciated. Thank you.}
{Sire, you are so generous! This will surely help.}
You don't have enough grain.

You don't have enough wood.

You don't have enough iron.

You don't have enough gold.

Your skill as a diplomat and leader is without peer.
Your people are pleased.
Congratulations on your fine management of your domain.
Your people grow happier by the day.
News is spreading about the glorious achievements of your
people under your rule. Their contentment is growing.
_Happiness went up (%d)
_Total is now %d.
_%d
People are questioning your skills as diplomat and leader.
Your people are losing faith in you.
Rumors are rife of trouble within your lands.
Your people are growing restless and uneasy.
Sadly, your image in the eyes of your people is becoming
tarnished. Their contentment is decreasing.
_Happiness went down (%d)
_Total is now %d.
_%d
_Illness: node 26012
The plague continues to devastate the village. A local doctor comes to visit you.

{Sire, you have been helpful in the past and we are in need of your
gold... er... aid again. Your top military commander has taken
ill. We need to buy healing potions.}

Do you:
[a] Donate supplies.
[b] Offer to pray for him.
[c] Give him 2 Gold.
{Is that all you can afford, Sire? Truly, these are dark times.}
{Sire, we need more than prayers.}
{Thank you, Sire. I must hurry now.}
_Illness: node 26013
One of the villagers brings a report on the plague.

{Sire, more gold is still needed to stop this gruesome plague. I hate to
ask, but could you spare a pittance for your people?}

Do you:
[a] Tell him you have given as much as you can give.
[b] Donate blankets.
[c] Give him 1 Gold.
{Sire, I am begging you. Please reconsider! Now is not the time to be stingy.}

Do you:
[a] Give 2 Gold.
[b] Have him ejected.
[c] Donate 2 horses.
{You will not regret this act of kindness. Thank you.}
He struggles with the guards as he is dragged from the room.

{You will regret this deed,} he bellows.
{You will be sorry!}
{Thank you. We will keep you informed.}
{Very well, Sire. Your gesture is welcome.}
{May God smile down upon you, Sire. Thank you.}
_Illness: node 26014
One of your army commanders arrives.

{Sire, I have grave news. Our commander has died! To whom do we turn?
What shall we do?}

Do you:
[a] Provide 1 Gold to hire a new commander.
[b] Provide 3 Gold.
[c] Tell him to plan a military funeral.
{I will do my best. However, most experienced commanders
expect more than you are willing to offer.}
{Thank you. Your wisdom in this matter shall not be forgotten.}
{A funeral? What about our leadership?}

The messenger is struck by one of the guards for his lack of respect.

{I apologize, Sire. I shall watch my tongue. I would be honored
to help with the funeral arrangements.}
_Illness: node 26015
A beautiful maiden from the village arrives, bearing good news.

{Sire, the potions seem to be working. Most are getting better
and your commander is almost out of danger! If only we had
a few more vials, all would be well once more.}

Do you:
[a] Tell her to be gone.
[b] Donate pillows.
[c] Give her 1 Gold.
{Sire, I am begging you. Please reconsider, for many lives
are at stake.}

Do you:
[a] Order her to leave.
[b] Give her 1 Gold.
[c] Give her 2 Gold.
She slumps to the floor in tears, and is dragged from the room.

{You will be sorry,} she says.
{You will be sorry!}
{Thank you,} she mutters.

{Sire, you were once so generous.}
{Your generosity shall bring great joy to your people, Sire.
Thank you.}
{Thank you,} she mutters.
{I hope they are feather pillows!}
{Thank you. You are truly a gracious ruler.}
_Illness: node 26016
A young boy offers news of the plague.

Sire, people are getting weller and weller. Thank you for
helping us. You are swell.}

Do you:
[a] Give him a toy.
[b] Tell him thanks and ask him to get out.
[c] Give him 1 Gold.
{You are not as bad as my father says. Thank you.}
{Thanks a whole lot, Mister.}
{Thank you, Sire. My family needs the money.}
_Exit Plague: node 26019

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Cluster: 2602
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_Excess of Grain detected
_Excess of Timber detected
_Excess of Iron detected
_Excess of Gold detected
_Lack of Military detected
_Lack of Iron detected
_Lack of Grain detected
_Excess of Military detected

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Cluster: 2603
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_Illness: node 26037
A beautiful maiden arrives.

{Sire, the plague has passed. The village is happy again. Thank
you for your support.}
_Illness: node 26038
One of your army commanders arrives.

{Sire, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that the
plague has finally passed. The bad news is that many have died.
The village will not soon forget this tragedy.}

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Cluster: 2610
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_Locust: node 26100

A breathless messenger comes with news from the fields.

{O great one, a swarm of locusts is attacking our crops.
If you do not act to stop them soon, we shall have nothing to harvest.}

Do you:
[a] Spend 1 Gold for pesticide.
[b] Send for Sir Zapit, the exterminator.
[c] Tell him to stop bugging you.
{Very well, I will do my best. But 1 Gold will not buy much.}
{A wise idea, Sire. I hear Sir Zapit is the best in the kingdom.}
{Surely, you jest.}

The messenger storms out of the room mumbling,

{Such flippant behavior shall be his undoing.}
_Locust: node 26102
A local farmer enters with news about the locusts.

{Sire, the locusts are slowly dying. However, some of the farmers grow
ill from the pesticide.}

Do you:
[a] Tell him to stop pestering you.
[b] Give him 1 Gold.
[c] Send for Sir Bugoff, the exterminator.
{Sire, I am not the pest! These locusts are our mutual enemy. I
think you should reconsider.}

Do you:
[a] Order him to leave.
[b] Reconsider and give 1 Gold.
[c] Reconsider and send for Sir Bugoff, the exterminator.
{I shall return, Sire!}
{Your generosity shall surely bring an end to this infestation.}
{Sir Bugoff? Well, I suppose his services may be of some use.}
{Your generosity shall surely bring an end to this infestation.}
{Sir Bugoff? I suppose that we could call on him.}
_Locust: node 26103
{I am Sir Zapit. I hear you have a bug problem. You have come to
the right man. There is even a special on locust exterminations today!

{1 Gold will provide very effective results, but the procedures are not
quite as safe as those that can be purchased with 2 Gold.
Which would you prefer?}

Do you:
[a] Barter 10 percent of your Food for the 1 Gold package.
[b] Spend 2 Gold for the safer procedures.
[c] Send for Sir Bugoff.
{Sire, I see that you are a little stingy today. But I will
take your offer.}
{May God smile down upon you, Sire. Thank you.}
{Sir Bugoff? He is a fraud. However, I shall respect your
decision.}
_Locust: node 26104
Another villager arrives with news of the locusts.

{Sire, I have grave news. There is no end in sight to this locust
infestation. The farmers and their families grow desperate.
What shall we do?}

Do you:
[a] Send for Sir Zapit.
[b] Provide 2 Gold for pesticide.
[c] Tell him you will pray for a swift end.
{Sir Zapit? I will find him.}
{Thank you. Your generosity shall not be forgotten.}
{As you wish, Sire. I am sure, though, that the news will be the same
on my return unless you take action.}
_Locust: node 26105
A beautiful maiden from the village comes bearing good news.

{Sire, the locusts are leaving in swarms and the villagers are
feeling better and better every day. I have come to ask for your
support in the recovery efforts. We need aid for the farmers.}

Do you:
[a] Dismiss her.
[b] Donate brooms.
[c] Give her 1 Gold.
{Sire, I can see that you are not in a good mood today. I shall return
when you are feeling more generous.}
A beautiful maiden from the village comes to visit you.

{Sire, has your heart softened to the plight of your poor,
suffering villagers? Will you help us
with their recovery efforts?}

Do you:
[a] Dismiss her.
[b] Donate brooms.
[c] Give her 1 Gold.
{The morale in town is low enough. Must you contribute to the
people's unhappiness?

{I hope that this decision has left you in good spirits,} she says.
{Thank you.

{Brooms?} she mutters as she leaves the royal chambers.
{We need seeds, fertilizers, and Gold. Yet he provides
mere brooms.}
{Your generosity shall bring great joy to your people, Sire.

{Thank you.}
{Thank you.

{Brooms?} she mutters as she leaves the royal chambers.
{We need seeds, fertilizers, and Gold. Yet he only provides
us with brooms.}
{Thank you. You are truly a gracious ruler.}
_Locust: node 26106
{I am the famous Sir Bugoff, known throughout the land for my
methods of stopping pests from bugging you.

{Today, and today only, I have a special on locust extermination.
For the low, low price of 30 percent of your food supply, I will
rid you of these annoying pests forever.

{Or, for 1 Gold, I can do the job with some of
my less-skilled help. For 2 Gold, I will use my most experienced
men.}

Do you:
[a] Trade for 30 percent of your current food supply.
[b] Spend 1 Gold.
[c] Spend 2 Gold.
{Sire, you certainly have an eye for a bargain. We will
begin immediately.}
{Very well, Sire. We will do what we can.}
{May God shower you with ten thousand blessings, Sire. Thank you.}

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Cluster: 2611
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_Locust: node 26117
A tired but happy farmer arrives.

{Sire, the locust destruction is almost a distant memory. The
villagers are themselves again. If I might trouble you, though,
we could use just a little more help.}

Do you:
[a] Tell him that you are tired of the people whining.
[b] Donate dirt.
[c] Give him 1 Gold.
{It is sad that you show so little respect for your people, Sire.

{May a thousand pigeons perch on your parapets.}
{Thank you,} he mutters.

{Dirt? Very well, Sire.}
{Your steadfastness shall not be soon forgotten, Sire.
Thank you.}
_Locust: node 26118
A beautiful maiden arrives.

{Sire, I have wonderful news. The locusts have departed and all is
well with the villagers. There is light at last, now that we have
reached the end of this dark ordeal. Thank you for helping us
in our time of need.}

She leans over and gives you a polite kiss on the cheek.
_Exit Plague Part II: node 26119
A rough-looking villager arrives.

{Sire, the locusts have vanished and all is well with the villagers.
However, there are some who feel that you did not give your full
support in one of their darkest times.
Some day, they will be able to forgive you. But, for now, you should
avoid venturing out after dark without a stout retinue of guards.}

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Cluster: 2620
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_Termites: node 26200
A worker from the lumber mill arrives with alarming news.

{Sire, termites have invaded our timber supply.
They have eaten through nearly a fourth of our supply already.
Our stockpiles are turning into worthless sawdust.}

Do you:
[a] Spend 1 Gold for poison pellets.
[b] Send for Sir Mandible.
[c] Say, {Don't worry, they can't eat much more.}
{Very well. I shall pay a visit to the alchemist.}
{Sir Mandible is a fine choice, Sire. I will fetch him.}
{Will not eat much? Sire, they are devouring everything in
sight.}

The messenger shuffles out of the room, mumbling,

{Even Peter's wooden leg is just a pile of wood shavings.}
_Termites: node 26202
One-Legged Peter limps in with news about the termites.

{Sire, the termites are starting to slow down.
Either the poison has started to work, or they have had their fill.

{However, some of the foresters accidentally ate the
poison. They mistook it for sugar.

{We need to buy some medicine to alleviate their pain.}

Do you:
[a] Tell him that he is being a pain.
[b] Give him 1 Gold.
[c] Send for a tree doctor.
{Sire, I am appalled! Your lack of concern will not be
looked upon kindly. I will grant you one more chance to redeem
yourself and change your mind.}

Do you:
[a] Order him to leave.
[b] Reconsider and give 1 Gold.
[c] Reconsider and donate brooms.
{Sire, you are worse than the termites!}
{Thank you for reconsidering. The foresters
will be grateful.}
{Brooms? They are ill, not dusty!}
{Gold! You are truly a wise man. Thank you.}
{A tree doctor? I shall trust the wisdom of my leader, although
I cannot be sure that I trust even my own ears.}
_Termites: node 26203
{I am Sir Mandible. I despise termites. I love to kill them.

{My fees are as follows:
1 Gold will provide an effective extermination, but we
have had some side effects. Do not trouble yourself with that, however.
They are not permanent.

{For 2 Gold, we have a procedure that is completely safe.
It kills the termites on contact.

{What is your pleasure today, your Majesty?}

Do you:
[a] Barter 10 percent of your timber for the 1 Gold package.
[b] Spend 1 Gold.
[c] Spend 2 Gold.
[d] Send for the tree doctor.
{Ah, a fine dealmaker you are.
You have made a very sensible and affordable choice.
Of course, I will make certain that the timber you give
to me is free from termites before I accept your offer!}
{I know that you will be satisfied with my efforts.
Please do not worry about the side effects. As I said before,
they are only temporary.}
{Very well, the safe method it is. I admire your concern
for your people.}
{The tree doctor? He is but a pagan and a charlatan.}

Sir Mandible flips his cape and leaves in disgust.
_Termites: node 26204
A weary forester arrives.

{Sire, the termites have spread further into the village.
Some houses are falling down. There are almost as many piles
of rubble as homes.}

He sighs heavily.

{People are homeless and desperate. What shall we do?
What shall we do?}

Do you:
[a] Send for the tree doctor.
[b] Provide 1 Gold for poison.
[c] Tell him to remove himself from your presence.
{Splendid idea! I have heard wonderful things about him.}
{Thank you. Your generosity knows no boundaries, Sire.}
{Your coldness is very unbecoming. I will return to
remind you of your responsibilities to the people.}

As he leaves, he turns and glares,

{Your inaction shall be punished.}
_Termites: node 26205
One-Legged Peter arrives with his new leg and good news.

{Sire, we have a leg up on this termite thing. The pesky devils
are running for the borders, and reconstruction of the village
is going well.

{Nonetheless, we are in need of hammers and nails. These will cost
1 Gold.}

Do you:
[a] Tell Peter to take a hike.
[b] Donate screws.
[c] Give him the 1 Gold.
{I shall return when your mood is more receptive.}
Peter reappears, as promised.

{Sire, how is your mood today? We could still use those
hammers and nails. What say you?}

Do you:
[a] Growl at him.
[b] Donate screws.
[c] Give him 1 Gold.
{I suspect, Sire, that your royal lineage has perhaps been
tainted by an excess of inbreeding.

{Good day.}
{Thank you. But what can I do with screws, Sire?


{Use my imagination?}
{Thank you. Your bark is truly worse than your bite.}
{Thank you. But what shall we do with screws, Sire?}

{I sense that you are not altogether pleased.}
{Now you are barking up the right tree.}

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Cluster: 2621
-------------

_Termites: node 26216
Sir Wattle, the tree doctor, bursts into the room, eager to help.

{I am pleased that you have sent for me, Sire. I recently
branched out into foliage pathology, and my reputation is
growing rapidly.

{For 5 percent of your timber supply I can apply my timber ointment
to your stockpiles. This will kill the termites, but its effects
will not be apparent for several weeks.

{Or, for 1 Gold, I can surgically remove the little critters
by hand. This is the most effective means at my disposal.}

Do you:
[a] Use 5 percent of your current timber supply.
[b] Spend 1 Gold.
[c] Send for Sir Mandible.
{Bark ointment it is. I will start the treatments today.}
{I shall summon my assistants and begin the surgery immediately, Sire.}
{You sap! Sir Mandible is not as knowledgeable as I.}

Sir Wattle recoils and falls to the floor after being struck
by one of the guards.

His tone and demeanor change.

{Sire, I apologize. I respect your decision.}

He turns to the guard and sneers,

{Was that better?}
_Termites: node 26217
A gorgeous maiden sashays in to visit.

{Sire, the termite frenzy is reaching a swift conclusion.
Our efforts have borne fruit. Nevertheless, we are still
in need of your assistance.}

She bats her sparkling blue eyes at you.

{We need Gold to buy supplies. Can you find it in your heart to
help?}

Do you:
[a] Ask how badly she wants the Gold.
[b] Donate dust pans.
[c] Give her 1 Gold and a wink.
{How about if I give you a kiss?}

Do you:
[a] Accept her offer and give her 1 Gold.
[b] Decline and donate dust pans.
[c] Decline and give her 1 Gold.
She leans over and gives you a small peck on the cheek.

{Thank you for your generosity.}
{Dust pans? You must be shy. Thank you nonetheless.}
{No kiss? You may stop blushing now. Thank you for
the Gold.}
{Dust pans?} she exclaims.

{No Gold? Am I not worth Gold?}

She rolls her eyes and storms out.

{You certainly have a way with women.}
She winks back and blows a kiss.

{Oh, Sire, thank you. The Gold will do much good.}
_Termites: node 26218
Cheers are heard from the village.

{The termites are gone! The termites are gone!}

A young girl visits to tell you the good news.

{Sire, Sire, the termites are gone. The villagers are planning
a festival to celebrate. Will you please join us?}

{Goody, goody! See you soon!}
_Exit Plague Part II: node 26219
A rough-looking villager arrives.

{Sire, the termites have been exterminated. Nevertheless, the
morale of the village is low due to your disinterest. I suggest
that you watch your back until this cloud of hostility passes.}

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Cluster: 2630
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_Drought: node 26300

A serious drought has plagued the village for months without reprieve.

A farmer comes with news about the crops.

{Sire, the drought has taken its toll on our food supply.
The crops are withering rapidly instead of offering
to us the bountiful harvests to which we are accustomed.

{Even worse, one quarter of our current food stockpile has spoiled.
If rains do not bring relief soon, I fear that we will be too late to
save the harvest.}

Do you:
[a] Send for Thor the Rain Maker.
[b] Send for the Bishop.
[c] Tell him he is all wet.
{A shrewd idea, Majesty. I hear that the Rain Maker has magical
powers and can make the very clouds weep.}
{A holy man such as the Bishop may just have the right
connections to get the rain we need.}
{Sire, I am far from wet! I do not think it is wise
for you to be so cavalier about the situation.}

The farmer sneers as he is leaving.

{You will regret this waffling.}
_Drought: node 26302
Chanting is heard outside the door.

Hopping around in circles, a man wearing an unusual
headdress meanders into the room.

{Oh Great One, I am Thor the Rain Maker. I have come to put
an end to this dreadful drought that is tormenting your village.

{My fees are very reasonable.

{For 2 Gold, I will perform the Sacred Rain Dance.
For 1 Gold I can give you some very simple instructions and you
can try the Dance yourself.

{Of course, since I am a professional, I have a better chance of
influencing the powers that be.}

Do you:
[a] Barter 10 percent of your food and do the Dance yourself.
[b] Pay 2 Gold.
[c] Send for the Bishop.
Thor smiles and chuckles to himself.

{I accept your offer, as I am somewhat hungry. And I will
also enjoy seeing you in this headdress.}

{I shall return on the morrow to begin the lessons.}
Thor returns, ready to start your Dance lessons.

{Hop on your left foot two times, then your right foot
three times. Come, follow me.

{Very good. Practice that a couple of times.}
{Excellent! Now, let us add the chant. As you hop,
lift your face to the heavens and intone, in a loud voice:
Rain, Rain,
Come Today.
Don't stay away
Another day.

{Go ahead and try the pattern a few times.
{To ensure the best results, you should repeat this for
two hours. And the Dance works best in front of a large number of
spectators, say about one hundred.}

Do you:
[a] Do the Dance, knowing that you will be humiliated.
[b] Pay him the 2 Gold to have him do the Dance.
[c] Send for the Bishop.
He slaps you on the back.

{I like your enthusiasm! I am sure the villagers
will enjoy the show.

{Just remember: left, right, then turn your face heavenward.}
{For heaven's sake, Sire, the Dance is not that hard.

{However, since you seem to be so shy, just give me the
gold and I will be happy to do the Dance.}
{A holy man? And what do you expect him to do that I cannot?}
{Shrewd move. I have had good luck in
the past. I am certain that I will be successful.}
{The Bishop? You are certainly not as adventurous as I
thought.}

As he leaves, he rolls his eyes in disgust.
_Drought: node 26303
Quiet falls over the room as the Bishop enters.

{Sire, I have been informed of this tragic drought that
is plaguing your village.

{I am sure that God will look kindly on you and your plight
if the church receives a generous donation.

{God loves those who give freely of themselves.}

Do you:
[a] Make a donation of 10 percent of the food supply.
[b] Donate 1 Gold.
[c] Send for Thor the Rain Maker.
{Food will help feed many who are hungry. Thank you.}

{The church will ask for God's blessing on your endeavors.}
{Gold is always a wise choice. The church will be pleased.}

{I will pray for a swift end to your nightmare.}
{A Rain Maker? That is sacrilegious.}

As the Bishop makes a hasty exit, he mumbles,
{I must leave before this room is struck by lightning!}
_Drought: node 26304
The drought drags on.

A maiden from the village comes to plead for help.

{Sire, the drought has destroyed another 5 percent of our food
supply. The farmers are beginning to panic.

{The once fertile soil is turning to dust.}

A tear rolls down her cheek.

{Please, Sire, we need your guidance.}

Do you:
[a] Send for the Bishop.
[b] Send for Thor the Rain Maker.
[c] Promise her that the rain will come soon.
She wipes the tear away.

{Very well, I will go and find the Bishop.}
She wipes the tears from her eyes.

{Thor the Rain Maker? Yes, Sire.}
The tears start to stream down her face.

{I wish I had your faith, Sire. But I fear things will
continue to get worse.}

As she leaves, her sobs become louder.
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