The Goatman - OLD THOMAS
Ruler: Hmm...did you hear that?
The Baron: I hear nothing. I'm sure it's just your imagination.
Ruler: Wait, there it is again! It's a voice - coming from the southeast,
that area of dense forest. It sounds like someone calling for help!
The Baron: Hold on. You can't venture off into the Glimmer Wood so rashly-
Ruler: Don't worry, mystery voice! I'm coming!
The Baron: Wait!
Ruler: I'm not waiting around while someone could be in trouble. Southeast, here I come!
The Baron: Wait! Blast it!
(There are faint noises coming from the southeast. Someone could be in trouble.
It might be a good idea to explore in that direction. Search The Forest
*Southeast* baron>Will you not listen? This is a bad idea! Be careful! The wood may be dangerous!)
Goatman: Hello! Is someone there? I've gotten a bit lost in these woods, I'm afraid?
Ruler: I'm here! So, uh...what happened to you?
Goatman: What do you mean?
Ruler: I mean...why are you a goat?
Goatman: Oh, that! I was exploring the forest. It seems I've fallen victim to a strange curse!
Ruler: : What's your name?
Goatman: My name is Old Thomas (*My name is "Old Thomas." That's what my students called me.)
Ruler: Well, Old Thomas- this is my kingdom. That makes *you* a citizen.
And it's my duty as a ruler to always help my citizens! We'll have that curse off of you in no time!
(Old Thomas>Oh, thank goodness! I know just how to reverse this goat-curse.
A workshop will help us combine the materials we need. A Cursed Scholar
*build a Workshop* OT>Seems like you've been busy!)
Ruler: The Workshop is finished.
OT: Excellent! A Workshop is quite a useful place! Imagine the possibilities!
We could even build a telescope! Or a gyrocopter!
Ruler: We're concentrating on your curse, remember?
OT: The what now? Oh, yes... My Book of Spells *did* contain a method to reverse my curse.
However...the book was nearly destroyed as the curse hit me.
We must repair it. That's where the Workshop comes in!
(OT>I need you to gather some Iron Ore and forge two new book bindings.
You should sometimes find Iron Ore in the outcroppings nearby. Book Bound
*Check the "Specials" in the Workshop* OT>How are the bindings coming?)
OT: A book of magic requires a sturdy cover to contain the power within!
Ruler: What sort of material would work best for the cover?
(OT>Leather is perfect for making book covers. You can occasionally obtain Leather from Cows.
If they're in a giving mood. The Cover *again to "Specials" in the Workshop*
OT>You look happy. Any news?)
Ruler: I have the bindings.
OT: Now, we need only find the lost pages! They were torn from the book by the man who cursed me.
That's a story for another time. For now, let us search for those pages.
As the curse hit, they were torn from the book and scattered to the winds!
Ruler: Don't worry. I'll take a look around.
Ruler: * at the well*This must be one of Old Thomas' lost pages... I bet I can find more around here.
(OT>The lost pages must be nearby!
You might stumble upon them when you are chopping wood or mining rocks!
The Lost Pages *find 5 lost pages* OT>Oh! You've gathered the pages!)
OT: Thank you for finding those pages. It must have been quite a search!
Ruler: So, what's next?
Old Thomas: It seems like we have everything we need to recreate my Book of Spells!
Ruler: I bet you're looking forward to being human again.
OT: Oh, yes! Though I may miss nibbling on the leaves. Quite tasty.
(OT>You should be able to assemble the Book of Spells at the Workshop. The Book of Spells
OT> You have the book! Come talk to me and I'll show you what to do with it.)
*ruler reads the incantation*
OT: Oh! It worked! I'm human again! Thank you so much. You saved me. I cannot every repay you.
Ruler: No need to thank me. It's a ruler's duty to help a citizen in need!
OT: Then I shall stay here, as a citizen. To provide help and counsel.
OT: Old Thomas, the Royal Scholar. At your service!
Ruler: So, what does a "Royal Scholar" do, exactly?
OT: It's *my* duty to figure out who is most suited to inherit the throne!
Ruler: How do you figure that out?
OT: Why, Royal Points, of course! A system of my own design!
You can earn Royal Points by constructing buildings!
Castle structures, like walls and towers, count towards the Royal Point total.
Ruler: You seem really excited about this.
OT: Oh, I am!
(OT>To earn Royal Points, you must construct certain kinds of structures.
Try adding a Wall, Gateway or Tower to your kingdom.
The Royal Scholar *build 3walls* OT>Very royal-looking, I must say!)
OT: It's a bit crowded here. I bet you're eager to expand your borders!
Ruler: I *do* want to explore the Glimmer Wood.
But, it's very dark and dense...and weird stuff seems to happen there...
OT: There may be a solution to make exploring safer. With enough Coal,
we can fashion Wisp Lanterns to light our way! Come, I will show you.
(OT>Making a Wisp Lantern is simple.
First, you must find Earth Wisps by processing Coal in the Workshop.
They shed plenty of light. Let's try that for now. Finding Earth Wisps
*craft 3 Earth Wisps * OT>Fine craftsmanship!)
Ruler: I'm running a little short on rocks to mine for Coal.
Whew! It takes a lot of energy to mine all these rocks for Coal. is there any way to make it easier?
(Original text -
OT: If you're short on rocks to mine, you can buy them from the Market.
Or, construct a sparkling Mine! It provides a regular income of Coal and other materials.
(ot> As you can see, there are many ways to gather the materials you need to acquire Earth Wisps!
Let's try out the various methods) Help with Wisps *buy rock deposit, build sparkling mine*
OT: Actually, yes! You could construct a Sparkling Mine!
A Sparkling Mine provides a regular income of Coal and other materials!
(OT>Once constructed, a Sparkling Mine will provide an income of mining-related materials,
for little energy cost! Help With Wisps *build a Sparkling Mine*
OT>You should be able to gather Coal quickly, now.)
OT: Ooh! Now that you have the Earth Wisps, we can put them into a Wisp Lantern! With haste! To the Workshop!
Ruler: ... He moves fast for an old guy.
(OT>To assemble a Wisp Lantern, you must join three Earth Wisps.
Let's make a couple of Wisp Lanterns now. Shedding Light *assemble a wisp lantern*
OT> Look at those wisps glow!)
OT: I must say, I'm flattered to be welcome in the fine kingdom of...
Wait a minute. I never did find out the name of this kingdom.
Ruler: Oh, its...
(OT> Yes, What is it? A Kingdom By Any Other Name
*pick a name & tell Old Thomas, he's eager to know* OT> A fine name!)
OT: Tell me, have you heard news of the missing royal heir?
Ruler: Missing royal heir? No. I didn't even know that was a thing.
OT: Really? But it's been the talk of all the land!
Surely, other rulers must have mentioned it. In your friendly chats, and such.
Ruler: Sorry. I'm uh...sort of alone out here.
OT: Oh dear. Well, we should fix that.
(OT>In order to make friends with other rulers, you must set a Storm8 ID. Then, you can use that ID, or they can add you!
Friends Beyond The Wood *ask for a friends ID or give them yours*
OT>A happy conclusion! We've gotten you out of your shell)
OT: Perhaps you could send a message to your new ruler friend.
Ruler: Saying what?
OT: "How are you?" "Is the royal heir in your land?" That sort of thing.
Ruler: What does the royal heir look like? I'll include a description.
OT: Nobody knows! It is a well-kept secret.
Ruler: What? If nobody knows, how will my friend even look for the heir?
OT: Oh. Good point.
(OT>Perhaps you could send you friend a letter anyway.
"Please be on the lookout for anyone exceptionally royal-looking" - oh, you're right. It's a long shot.
News Of The Heir *send messenger pigeon*
OT>Any news? *your friend my respond to your request - pigeon arrives on you wall*)
Note: I check the walls I built earlier, not there.
Checked my game wall and when I returned to the kingdom - the dang bird had arrived. Hahaha
OT: Are you ready to venture out into the wood?
Ruler: Wisp Lanterns will help, but I'm not sure what direction to go.
Is there some way I could get a bird's eye view of the forest?
OT: I know just the thing. You could construct a grand watchtower!
It would be wondrous! Tall enough to provide a view for miles around!
Ruler: It sounds like quite a big project.
OT: Oh, it would be. The biggest one yet! But I think you can do it.
Ruler: With your help.
(OT>This tower will be the a great undertaking. There are two tower designs to choose from.
Pick the one that best fits your style of rulership! Watchtower of Lantern Spire!
The Royal Tower *climb the tower* OT>That must be quite a view!)
OT: So, what did you see at the top of your royal tower?
Ruler: The forest stretches out quite far. To the southeast, it goes all the way to the coast.
But the *most* interesting thing I saw was a strange tree to the north. I think it's worthy of investigation!
OT: That sounds like an excellent plan. Finally, you get to explore!
(OT>By expanding further, you can uncover the secrets of this enchanted forest while also securing new space to build!
Why not investigate that tree you saw to the north? A View To The North
*something strange about that tree? OT>Hmm, what was that creaking noise?)
The Baron: Well my young friend, I think its time I returned to my own lands.
Ruler: Oh, you're leaving?
The Baron: Yes, I've taught you all I could. Now, it is up to you to use those lessons.
Ruler: I will.
The Baron: Work hard, and build the kingdom of your dreams!
Ruler: I will!
The Baron: ... and make sure you have my royal tribute ready within thirty days.
Ruler: I wi-...wait. Royal tribute? What royal tribute?
The Baron: Why, your tribute to the new king of all kingdoms, of course. Have you not heard?
The royal heir is gone! I, Baron Garland Pfeffernot, am next in line for the throne!
Ruler: YOU? But you're...
The Baron: ...handsome? A genius? The wealthiest man in all the land?
Ruler: ...Greedy! Selfish! Cowardly and lazy! Why would anyone want you to be king?
The Baron: The law requires it. I have the most Coins, the most land, the most Royal Points!
Sorry, my young friend. I told you from the start that was all that mattered.
Ruler: ... That can't be all that matters. It isn't right.
Hmm... Old Thomas is the Royal Scholar. Maybe he can help.
(OT>Oh, hello there. I was just looking through my scrolls. You wanted to see me?
The Baron's Secret Ambition *ask Old Thomas for Advice* OT>Well, let me see...)
Ruler: So we really can't do anything? He's going to be king?
OT: Perhaps. The Laws of Succession are very complex.
If you'll look at line 265, Section6, Subsection 9 on scroll J94... Oh dear, where did that scroll go?
Ruler: Wait...how many scrolls do you have stacked here on the grass?
OT: I don't know. Perhaps a thousand.
Ruler: A thousand!? You'll never find what you're looking for! Thomas, were going to build you a library.
(OT>Oh, that would be splendid. Perhaps then I could find a way
to prove that the Baron does not deserve the throne! The Scholars Library
*build library* OT>Oh, what a fine library! I'll get to work immediately!)
Ruler: You know, we're always visiting kingdoms and making new friends.
Maybe we can't find a law that will stop the Baron from taking the throne...
... but we can definitely tell everyone what a louse he is!
OT: Oh, a fine idea. How do you propose to do that?
Ruler: We'll throw a party! A "Down With The Baron" party. We'll invite everyone!
OT: But the Baron is wealthy and powerful. What if he takes revenge on the guests?
Ruler: That's the best part. Everyone will wear a mask! He won't know who is who!
(OT>Let's travel far and wide to find new friends to invite.
Don't forget to tell them to bring their own Baron mask!) A "Down With The Baron" Party
*spread the word, create masks* OT>I think we're ready for the party!)
OT: The party seems like it's a big success!
Ruler: Hmm... look at that guy over there. Doesn't his mask look a little *too* realistic?
Baron: A party? In my honor? Why, what a wonderful gesture from you commoners!
I'll be sure to remember this, once I am ruler of all the realm!
Ruler: That buffoon thinks we're *celebrating* him! He's here to hog the spotlight!
OT: Oh dear. This is quite awkward. What should we do?
Ruler: I have an idea. Just play along.
Ruler: Oh, Baron Pepperpot! I'm afraid this is an *exclusive* party. Did you bring your exclusive, executive "entry fee" of eight gems?
(baron>An entry fee? I must say, child, I'm very proud of all you've learned from me.
Party Crasher*collect the fee* baron>In any case, a paltry eight gems is nothing. Here, take it.)
Ruler: How do you like the Library, Thomas? Are you getting organized?
OT: Oh, yes! I've discovered scrolls of mine that I'd forgotten existed!
Sadly, none of them disprove the Baron's claim to the throne.
Still, there is hope. Do you know why I originally came to this forest?
I was looking for the Tablet of Tabernum. An ancient stone monolith.
The original Laws of Succession were engraved on it, many many years ago.
It may contain laws that would disqualify the Baron from being king.
Ruler: Laws like "The monarch must not be a greedy louse who only cares about Coins"?
Ruler: How should we go about finding the Tablet? The forest is huge.
OT: According to my scrolls, we can find the Tablet by reading the stars!
Unfortunately, we have no telescope.
Ruler: Then we'll build you one!
(OT>I'm so excited to be building a telescope! We need to gather materials that reflect, focus, and amplify light.
I'm not sure exactly what we can use, but I'll know it when I see it. Of Tablets And Telescopes
OT>Jewels, silver, mermaid scales.. Yes, that should do it!)
Ruler: *at the well* Oh, of course! Mermaid Scales really glitter in the light.
Maybe Thomas can use this. I knew they'd come in hand eventually! (found some at The Old Well awhile ago)
Ruler: *at the mine* I bet if I hammered and polished this silver ore it would really reflect light!
I'll ask Old Thomas if that would be helpful of the telescope.
OT: Great work finding those materials. If I combine them, our telescope will make the stars look big as streetlamp!
To the Workshop! We should start crafting the telescope crystal right away! I call it "the Magnifying Matrix!"
Ruler: Uh...very impressive!
OT: I thought so!
(OT>Keep gathering, Jewels, Silver, and Mermaid Scales until we have enough to craft a Magnifying Matrix.
Magnifying Matrix * Old Thomas? telescope will be super-powered*
OT>Do you have news about the Magnifying Matrix?)
OT: Is it finished? Sorry I didn't greet you at the library door. I was just waking up.
Ruler: Waking up? You mean... you've been *sleeping* here? In the library?
OT: Living here, actually. It's quite quiet and peaceful. And all my scrolls are here! In the evenings I unroll a few and make a nice bed!
Ruler: Thomas, you can't just live in the library. Let's build you a house of your own!
OT: But what about the telescope?
Ruler: We'll install the telescope in the house! Everybody wins!
Ruler: Alright, let's start building. You draw up the plans. I'll get the materials.
(OT>I'll keep track of *this* construction personally. I've drawn up a plan for my house, and a list of needed materials.
Come on, let's lay the foundation! And don't forget the telescope! A House For Old Thomas
*build Old Thomas? house* OT>We did it!)
Meet Old Thomas again when looking for the Tablet of Tabernum
OT: Ho ho ho! I can't get enough of these! Mmmm... delicious!
Ruler: Thomas... What are you doing in the Strawberry patch?
OT: Oh...nothing. Just... hanging around.
Ruler: Why is your beard stained with strawberry juice?
OT: That's just the light playing tricks on you!
Ruler: The pockets of your robe are filled with strawberries!
OT: What? I have no idea what you're- oh, say! Look over there!
Ruler: Where? ... I can't believe I fell for that.
Thomas, if you want Strawberries, you only have to say so!
(OT>I'm sorry. I just felt silly, having such an affection for those delightful little berries!
If you could provide me with some, I'd be in your debt.
The Strawberry Scholar *give 50 strawberries to OT* OT> Oh, those look delicious!)