Protagonist

Today is the first day of my life and the town elder tells me I have to leave. I did a wrong thing, or was perhaps chosen, but I have to go away. People who I think are my parents are saying things to me. A lot of strange symbols come from their mouths and I do not understand them. I can look back on any mouth symbols people have said to me whenever I want but it’s not very useful. For the most part I say YES or NO. It works fine. Those are the only words I know but it’s very easy and I like that. The elder gives me ‘$\/\/0RD’ and ‘l*07i0N’. One I can use to attack which is good and the other I can use to ‘heal’. I think that word means the opposite of attack, which is also good? There’s another YES/NO option and I say YES and I leave the village forever.

I know it’s forever because I bump against the entrance and it won’t let me back in. I guess this is what adulthood’s like.

Travelling is fun. It’s very dangerous and many animals (and sometimes people) attack me but that’s what $\/\/0RD is for. If ‘|-|l*’ is low I use ‘l*07i0N’ to feel better again. ‘|-|l*’ must be how happy I am. When the ‘|-|l*’ of something that doesn’t like me reaches 0 it leaves me alone which is good because I like being happy and when things attack me I get less happy. When I attack a lot of things I get to be tougher by exactly one in how strong, smart, or fast I am. I’m not very smart yet but maybe later I will be. I have already learned many things already but not what ‘60lD’ is yet. It has been a long time since I left the village but there is another up ahead! Maybe I get to stay for longer than a day.

It is very pleasant here, although my first day was very tough. I managed to figure out the secret all by myself! You must give a lot of ‘60lD’ to people and they give you gifts even if they don’t know you. In a building filled with beds I said NO to a man the first time we spoke and nothing happened but then I said YES and it made me happy. I gave a lot of ‘60lD’ to a man selling things to put on your body and he gave me ‘|-|4T’. Wearing it makes some numbers go up and makes me feel safer, which is a good thing. No one in the village is attacking me, though, which is also a good thing? I can stand close to small animals and they make sounds but I don’t understand the sounds. I hope they are saying nice things about me or the people that live here.

There is a tree in the square that’s very tall and pretty. There is a group of people underneath it making music and dancing. I want to join them but I don’t think I can move my body in more than two ways. The dancing boy has a lot of animations which makes me a bit upset even though ‘|-|l*’ is still the same. He makes weird signs appear and I say YES and suddenly I am dancing with him. We dance until night happens and suddenly it is morning and the boy is there. We’re together now which is very nice. I still don’t understand his mouth symbols so I just say YES because he is very smart and knows what to do. He does not need ‘$\/\/0RD’ to fight and instead uses ‘/\/\461C’. Maybe I need to get smarter so I can do that too. We talked with the village elder — well, I just said YES — and now we are headed for a cave. This is the second time I’ve been sent me away but I don’t think I mind because ‘|-|l*’ is all the way full.

The cave is very dark. Thankfully there are many glowing drawings on the wall. They look a lot like the strange symbols that pour from people’s mouths so I guess I learned another thing but I still don’t understand. The dancing boy and I attack a lot of things which makes the both of us tougher — I secretly put ones into being smart because I want ‘/\/\461C’, too. At the end of the cave there is a very strong animal that makes the dancing boy unhappy. He is lying on the floor which is no place to sleep (I know this because a bed is where you sleep!). I give him the last ‘l*07i0N’ but nothing happens so I attack the animal until it leaves us alone. I get tougher again.

Thank goodness: the dancing boy gets up again after the fight. He says something and I say YES and he opens the treasure chest the animal was guarding. He grabs what’s inside and turns to me, holding a very strange device. Now we can go back to the village. But, for some reason, I suddenly become a lot less happy. The dancing boy is happy, though, which is good, and he walks away. I can’t move. I can’t ‘heal’. I can’t make myself happy. I put another one into smart. The glowing symbols on the wall — I understand them now. They read, “BEWARE THE BEAST THAT GUARDS THE TREASURE, BUT BEWARE THE TREASURE MORE…” I think this means I can understand mouth symbols, too. I think I will take a look at what people have said to me.


VILLAGE ELDER

“You are finally 18 years of age, which means you must leave the village on a journey of your own. It will be perilous and it will be dangerous, but we will provide you with weapons and supplies. Do you accept?”

YOU

YES

VILLAGE ELDER

“Very good. Most young people do not accept our traditions that easily. You are allowed to return in one year. Be safe and be strong.”

Received ‘SWORD’.
Received ‘POTION’.

TERRIBLE DOG attacks!
You attack TERRIBLE DOG.
7 damage!
TERRIBLE DOG is defeated!
Received 8 EXP and 20 gold.


DANCING BOY

“Hey, you! Don’t you want to dance with me?”

YOU

YES

CRETHEUS

“La la la ♪ la la la ♫”
“My name’s Cretheus. You’re pretty cute!”
“La la la ♪ la la la ♫”
“Let’s go to the inn!”

Zzz… Zzz…

CRETHEUS

“Did you know the village elder has a quest? About an evil monster in a cave, but I can’t defeat it on my own. Will you help me?”

YOU

YES

VILLAGE ELDER 2

“A beast has stolen a precious thing that has kept the town safe for many generations. It is called a ‘Gun’ and was used by ancient civilisations to protect themselves. The beast lives in a cave to the east. Will you retrieve it for me, brave adventurers? I will reward you handsomely.”

YOU

YES

YOU took 7 damage!
Received 48 exp! Received 20 gold!

Level up!

Received 24 EXP! Received 10 gold!
Received 24 EXP! Received 10 gold!

Level up!

CRETHEUS took 6 damage!
Received 70 exp! Received 20 gold!

Level up!

A boss monster appears!

CRETHEUS has fainted!
YOU used POTION on Cretheus!
Nothing happened!

You attack CITIZEN CONCERNED WITH WEAPONRY.
CRITICAL HIT!
CITIZEN CONCERNED WITH WEAPONRY is defeated!

Received 200 exp! Received 150 gold!

Level up!


CRETHEUS

“Oh, you managed to defeat it. Are you alright?

YOU

YES

CRETHEUS

“Great. The chest may be booby-trapped. You’ve done enough, let me open it. Here goes nothing… Nothing happened! That’s a relief! I think this is what we’ve been looking for… I can see why the village elder promised such a hefty reward. It looks really powerful! Speaking of which, there’s only one in here, and two of us, and I really don’t like splitting rewards… Sorry.”

You have unspent attribute points. Please allocate them.
Intelligence raised by 1.
Gained ability! ‘Literacy’