Eric the Unready Journal Entry #5: I've finally defeated the Stygian Dragon, and all it needed was the right clothes. And now I'm hanging out with various Gods at their Mountain - and they're not exactly filling me with awe.
Day 5: Stygian Dragon – To Cover My Arse Continued
When we last checked in with Eric the Unready, all the way back on 18th May, I'd been helplessly stuck and asked for assistance in covering my butt to protect me from dragon fire. I'd surmised that I'd need the chamberpot from the Pavilion of Tomorrow, but hadn't been able to get it due to a hungry spitting snake.
Vetinari came to my rescue by mentioning that I needed to use the rubber band.
1. You are right, it's a babelfish puzzle.
2. The first step is closing the shade (which you did), the second involves blocking the snake from swallowing the marble.
3. You need an item that you have, but it's not one of those you mentioned at the end of your post.
4. It's the rubber band.
With that information the obvious answer seemed to be to close the viper's mouth by wrapping the rubber band over it. A check of previous screenshots showed me that I had fleetingly had the idea, but when “tie rubber band on viper” hadn't worked I had quickly moved on to other things. Knowing the rubber band was the correct solution I persevered and quickly found one of the correct commands.
|Mmphmftk to you too, snake who kept me stuck by trying to eat my marble.|
Having solved that part of the puzzle, I try to get the chamberpot again and the puzzle continues. I brush against the catapult, which shoots the marble toward the gong before being stopped by my closed window shade and rolling into the viper's cage. This time the marble bounces off the viper's head rather than him spitting the marble out at the gong. With the marble rolling away the aardvark mistakes the rolling marble for his dinner and hits the gong on the way to eating it.
So I haven't quite solved the puzzle yet as the gong again alerts the guard troll who places the marble back onto the catapult.
My next mission is to stop the aardvark. I tie cord to aardvark which works well in stopping the aardvark brushing past the gong.
Because it can't be that simple, with the aardvark unable to reach his meal, he tries to get it with his long tongue, hitting the Crush-o-Matic switch which drops the weight onto a loose floorboard which flips up into the gong, again alerting the troll.
I try placing various items on the floorboard, and am surprised at some of the results.
|How does a feather boa loudly crash into the gong - shouldn't it soundlessly flop into the gong?|
|A missed opportunity to use the word 'penultimate' if ever I saw one.|
When I get to the dragon's lair I am told that my sunglasses reveal a weak spot on the dragon's tail. I can shoot the dragon's weak spot, but it moves as soon as I've aimed, not giving me time to adjust. So now I have to predict where the weak spot will move to before I shoot.
I solved this puzzle fairly quickly. The dragon breathes fire at a part of my body and the vulnerable spot will move to that part of his own body after my next move.
In the standard end of chapter "Meanwhile” cutscene, I see Grizelda talking to her rhyming magic mirror.
Day 6: Mountain of the Gods – Only the Penitent Man May Pass
I find myself in a pasture containing a unicorn and a newpaper. I pick up the latter and moon the former.
If you're wondering why the first thing I did when seeing a unicorn was drop my pants and moon the beast, I direct you to the previous day's newspaper.
|As for why my first thought was to do something that someone had recently died trying, I direct you to the fact that I'm a fool.|
|That's more like it – I much prefer comedy about a young child's death|
|This game really hates lawyers!|
I'm let in and start at the Examination Room, where a virgin waits with me. I talk to her.
|It's good to have life goals|
Trying again, I read the newspaper to my virgin roommate and she cries uncontrollably (probably from the story about the dead puppy – I suppose that explains throwing the sad story in this comedy game.)
My first thought when this happens is that virgin tears would be useful, and seeing as I have a hanky in my robe pocket, I try to get me some of those sweet, delicious virgin tears.
|Give hanky to girl works, as long as she's still crying.|
I talk to the virgins and check out the sacrifice chamber to the north.
|I disagree with the 'examine' verb. The floor is blood red, but the wine is clearly Thanos purple.|
After trying various ways of listening to the door and failing to do anything useful, after 10 minutes we hear the scream of the chosen girl.
Now that the sanctuary is once again empty, I can explore in there some more. I enter the wine vat and find out that it comes up the my waist. As the ring makes me invisible above the waist, I think I have a hiding place.
I wait in the vat with my robe off and my ring on until the next sacrifice is brought in, and see what happens to the terrified girl.
I can remove my ring and talk to her while we wait for her gruesome death.
As usual, talking just gets me some jokes (not that I'm complaining - I like jokes). I try to get her to leave the room somehow but nothing seems to work and she sacrifices herself when Molochi opens his mouth by jumping in. The game doesn't give me a chance to jump into the mouth before her, and the mouth closes immediately so that's not the solution.
On a reload, I try giving the sacrificial virgin my sleep-inducing book, which works.
... on an escalator.
Having saved a poor innocent girl from the horrors of slowly ascending stairs, I pop out at the top and meet a god.
Apart from the Promontory, there are a bunch of locations I can go to up here.
The glade is where the Goddess of Beauty rests, and the location of a key that I as yet can't get.
The God of the North Wind is here, along with some icicles.
Palace of the Gods.
The palace of the Gods has a few areas, but I'll stop it here for now and explore the palace and the rest of the mountain area next time. And hopefully I'll take significantly less than 47 days to continue.
In the meantime, here's a partial map of the Mountain of the Gods so far...
|Yeah, I know that map is very uninformative and uninteresting - I just wanted to finish on a screenshot.|
Total time: 9 hours 10 minutes
Score: 500 out of 1000, in 1296 turns
Inventory: backpack, Crescent Wrench of Armageddon, Pitchfork of Damocles, Steak of Eternity, note, apple, newspaper, dragon, some berries