Temporal Corps Private Journal #5: “I spend some time learning to meditate in the presence of the dead, which apparently qualifies me to become the patron of an entire Chinese monastic order. That entitles me to...a firework. After that, I nearly get killed (again), find more creepy messages in places they shouldn’t be, and watch the sad failure of faith."
Ilmari informed me last time about material that I hadn’t seen in the manual. Apparently the copy on the “goodolddays” site was incomplete, lacking the last several pages with the author’s notes. So I found a complete version on the Museum of Adventure Game History instead: http://www.mocagh.org/legend/tq-manual.pdf.
|History of China in 1361 BC.|
I get ten points just for entering the tomb, and immediately the mourners start passing around poison so they can kill themselves to be with their emperor. Naturally I don't want to participate in that part of it, so I just pass the basin on when it's handed to me. Nobody else cares; they all drink and immediately are dead. I'm the only one left alive in here, so now I can examine everything to my heart's content.
The basin that held the poison is now empty, but it might be useful, so I take it. There's a grotesque statue with an emerald in its navel. And there are four tablets with curious riddle-poems written on them. They're supposed to contain the secret of escape, but the only escape I see so far is death, which is unacceptable for my mission. The statue's mouth is a gaping hole, which suggests that if I give it the right thing, I'll get the emerald and/or a means of escape. I notice a bench in front of the statue, and when I sit on it, the emerald begins to glow. But I can't reach the statue from the bench.
|Riddle-poems of the Shang dynasty. I’m trying to meditate with the room full of dead and this grotesque statue staring at me.|
I remember that something happened when I waited in the right place at Stonehenge, so I try sitting on the bench again and waiting a few times. I think I'm onto something, as I get a few messages about squirming impatiently and not following the fourth tablet's instruction to "do without doing". Finally, I pause to think for a minute, and suddenly, without my entering any command at the command line, I'm told I fall into a state of meditation, which is then interrupted by a hidden pipe filling the bowl with water.
|Apparently, I have “done without doing” by entering no commands...by accident.|
|This was quite the ride!|
This concludes our initial survey of the 1361 BC locations. We're doing well in Peking, though, so let's move on to 452 AD here. The shrine and gates don't look much different, but this time there's a priest in the marketplace soliciting donations for a temple to be built there in the future. So I give him the emerald from the emperor's tomb, for five points. Now I have to go on to 800 AD to see what the temple looks like that they've built. I first save and restore back to an earlier point just to see what it looks like without having encountered the priest, to see what kind of difference I've made.
|The temple before I meddle...I mean, interfere...I mean...oh nevermind, that’s exactly what I did.|
|Fireworks are the big thing in China in this age, apparently.|
Let's skip the mission in Rome for now and check the other locations in 452 AD. In Dover, I step out into the shed and am nearly decapitated by a youth with a sword. Who promptly tries to kill me. He seems to think I'm Vettenmyer shapeshifted or something, and mentions that the runes on his "holy sword" have been changed. I glance at the sword and see another message in modern English: "Eternity will pass before you figure out a tenth of all this." I'm guessing there's not much else to see here other than picking up a point for finding Vettenmyer's creepy message.
|The sword looks like it’s glowing. Any connection to Arthur and Excalibur, or is this just random?|
|This was an easy maze to map.|
Baghdad in 452 AD looks nearly identical to 44 BC, and the ruins of Babylon look very similar also. Instead of a broken bowl, there's a fragile jug with a message stamped on it: "Risk is just a leaven to make your interest rise." I'm certainly interested in stopping Vettenmyer. I try to get the jug, but it crumbles, which I think is just as well. I'd erase all of the messages if I could. No extra points for it, just the one point for finding the message.
Finally, Rome in 452 AD holds the scenario of Attila the Hun threatening the city. The sewer looks the same, but the city looks deserted with people hiding from the threat of war. The circus is closed by order of Pope Leo, and a new exit from the main street is available that leads to the Vatican, in front of St. Peter's Basilica. From there I can either go inside or take the road to Ravenna to visit Attila's encampment.
The Basilica will undoubtedly be useful in later times, but there's nothing much there at the moment. I discover when I get to the camp and get yanked into Attila's tent that Pope Leo is already there to talk to Attila also. (On a restore, I find that if I wait at the Vatican first, Pope Leo comes out and asks if I'm there to accompany him, at which point I can travel with him to the camp instead of ahead of him. Oddly enough, the text says the road takes several hours to traverse, yet only a minute elapses on the clock.)
|How Leo convinced Attila in the first place, nobody knows, but his performance here isn’t too promising.|
|Attila’s final ultimatum. Nice alliteration.|
|Consequences of failing this mission in 452 AD Rome.|
|Status and score so far.|
Total Time: 6 hours 0 minutes
Note Regarding Spoilers and Companion Assist Points: There’s a set of rules regarding spoilers and companion assist points. Please read it here before making any comments that could be considered a spoiler in any way. The short of it is that no points will be given for hints or spoilers given in advance of me requiring one. Please...try not to spoil any part of the game for me...unless I really obviously need the help...or I specifically request assistance. In this instance, I've not made any requests for assistance. Thanks!