Wednesday 2 September 2020

Lost Secret of the Rainforest - Concerned

Written by Reiko

Adam’s Journal #3: "I got to meet Forest Heart! But it’s so sad, she’s a huge tree, but she’s dying! And I have to find her sprout so the village will still be protected when she’s gone. She had one, but it didn’t survive, so there has to be another one somewhere. Maybe the villagers can help me?"

Last time, I finally found the Forest Heart and received the main quest to find a sprout of hers to replace her when she's gone. She gave Adam a special branch, some seed pods, and a bark cup, which should be useful for making progress in the village. So I head back along the path.

To my surprise, I find the village occupied again when I get back. Where was everyone before? Several groups of people sit busily doing things around the big hut. A potter worriedly tends her crying baby. An older man with a painted face talks with a younger one. A storyteller tells a story to some children. A couple more people lie in hammocks, resting.

Aww, poor baby.
One problem at a time. That doesn't work for me, though.

I go around and talk to everyone. The potter [1] is worried because a bee stung her baby, who's in pain [1], and she doesn't want to bother the shaman for a poultice. The older man [1] thinks the younger, Llusti, should apologize to someone he quarreled with, named Churana. They've got a machete that looks useful, but the older man won't let me take it (until I help with the quarrel, presumably). The storyteller is too busy telling the story to talk. I now have two people to look for, though: the shaman and the person that the young man quarreled with.

On the next screen, three old women are angrily staring at a cooking pot. A weaver is sitting by her cloth, looking upset. An unhappy woman sits by the garden. And two hunters sort through arrows, periodically talking to the gardener.

Did you break your tools?

I talk to each of the women by the pot [3], and they each agree that they are waiting on some lazy woman (they don't name her) to bring some roots so they can make a drink. The weaver [1] is upset because Llusti is upset with her, so she must be Churana. The gardener [1] says others call her Lazy Sumac, so she's probably the one who needs to get the roots, but she can't work because her tools are broken. And the hunters are too busy to talk.

Well, that's certainly a lot of problems to solve. I need to get Llusti to apologize to Churana so she can weave; I need to get Sumac new tools so she can get the roots for the old women; and I need to get the poultice from the shaman for the baby. I also notice that there are now more things to scan on these screens, so I go back over both of them and find five more things: Pottery, Body Painting, Iguana, Masato, Hunting [5].

Finally a problem I can solve.

I'm not sure what to do about those problems yet, so I move on to the third village screen, the one with the vine and the small hut. A boy is sadly hanging on the vine and a man is working on the thatch of the hut's roof. The boy [1] says that everyone is angry with him because he lost a drum. Well, that at least I can solve. I give him the drum I found [5], and he happily runs off to practice.

Maybe you're really the shaman? And what's a Sky Sapphire anyway?

Oh, maybe it's this butterfly.

The man by the thatch babbles a bit about the shaman being busy sometimes. I'm kind of wondering if he's actually the shaman and doesn't want to help me, but anyway, he suggests I need to get a "Sky Sapphire" in order to see the shaman. He also names the potter as Musqui and suggests she shouldn't be afraid to come see the shaman for a poultice (so the shaman will help people that are sick, at least). Maybe I can help her, though - he says the shaman often visits Forest Heart when he needs to make a poultice. Maybe one of the gifts I received will help the baby.

I also swing back across the stream and check the bushes again. This time I can pick some berries [5]. I also find something shiny - a necklace with a dolphin's tooth on it [5]. Time to go around and see if any of my items can help anyone, or if anyone can tell me what a Sky Sapphire is. The boy, Taquia, is now playing the drums. Apparently he will be shaman someday. He says Sinchi makes him practice, but won't say who that is (maybe the shaman?). I show the necklace first to the gardener, who says it's a love charm the shaman made. Maybe that would help Churana with Llusti?

She already has a baby, so obviously she doesn't need it now.

When I show it to Churana, she says it would, but it belongs to her sister, so she can't use it without permission. Who could her sister be? Maybe the potter? Yep, how convenient. I show it to her [5], and she says those bushes were where the baby was stung, and when that happened, she ran away, dropping the necklace. But she has no need of a love charm, so Churana can use it.

You're going to give your priceless family heirloom to a random outsider you never met before today?

When I give it to Churana [5], she gratefully gives me a necklace she received from her mother with a tiny pattern carved on it. Now she goes back to her weaving, content. I then show the bark cup to the gardener [1] who says I'm special for being able to borrow the shaman's medicine cup. Of course, I got it from Forest Heart, not from the shaman. She has something to say about all my other new items, too, but can't use any of them. The berries aren't for food, so she doesn't grow them, and she doesn't know how to grow the special seed pods either, but she says the shaman uses them.

The old women [1] say I need to return the medicine cup to the shaman. They get a little alarmed when I show them the berries and the seed pods, as they aren't food and shouldn't go in the drink they're trying to make. Churana also recognizes the medicine cup [1] but doesn't tell me anything new.

Who is the shaman?

Now that I've helped Churana, the older man has also managed to reason with Llusti, who is gone when I get back to the first screen. Now the older man will graciously allow me to take the machete when I reach for it [5]. I don't actually know what I need it for yet. He also refuses the medicine cup [1], of course, saying I need to return it to the shaman. Adam asks who the shaman is, and he says it's hard to say, because he is someone of the tribe and yet apart from it.

The weaver says the medicine cup [1] is what the shaman has used to mix poultices for her baby. She stops me when I try giving the berries or the seed pods to the baby, saying they aren't for food. But she says the seed pods smell like the poultice she needs, except they're too rough for the baby's skin. Surely there will be a way to crush them up or something to make the poultice.

Are you sure you aren't the shaman?

I still don't know what a sky sapphire is, although I suspect it's the bright blue butterfly that has been flitting around the hut screens, inviting me to catch it. It can also be scanned to reveal that it's a Morpho Butterfly [1]. I don't know how to catch it though, and the ecorder information is no help with this either, so I go back and talk to the thatcher again. When I show him the medicine cup [1] he says I should hold onto it for now, but he will tell the shaman. He also names himself as Sinchi, so he's the one that's been teaching the boy. All the more reason why he could be the shaman himself. When I show him the seed pods, he says he doesn't know why Sumac can't grow them, but they're useful for poultices, and I should put them on the bench next to him, which I do [1].

At this point I'm at a bit of a loss. I've helped Churana, but I'm not sure where the shaman is, I don't know what to do with his cup (I was going to put it on the bench, but Sinchi says the shaman was going to fill it, and I could do him a favor by holding onto it - but fill it with what?), I don't know how to make the poultice for the baby, and I don't know how to catch the butterfly.

I did notice that bugs seemed to be attracted to the liquid in the cookpot that the three old women are tending. I think I need to get some so that the butterfly will land somewhere so I can catch it. But the only container I have is the bark cup, and I can't use that on the pot. Also, if I try to get the butterfly on the first screen, I get a message saying it won't stay anywhere long enough, but if I try to get it on the second screen, the message says that grabbing it would damage it. That seems to suggest I need to catch it without touching it, like with a net or cage. But I have nothing like that either. None of the other pots or visible containers around the village can be picked up or manipulated.

Sumac's not lazy, just underequipped.

Wait a second. Sumac needs a tool, and I now have a machete. I thought I'd already tried that, but nope, the machete is exactly what she needs [5]. She gives me the roots for the old women (and warns me that they're poison unless prepared correctly). I pass them on to the old women [5], who add them to the pot to make their drink. No apology to Sumac, though. They say I need a cup and then they'll give me some, but I still only have the bark cup and it still isn't working on the cookpot. There's an empty pot sitting around on the waterfall screen, but I can't pick it up: I'm just told it's empty when I try. Why can't I use that?

The old woman's response to finding bugs in the drink. Yuck.

Any suggestions (ROT-13) for what container I need for the drink or what else I need to do to catch the butterfly would be helpful. I have apparently missed something somehow.

Score: 347/1000
Scanned items: 42/82
Inventory: passport, Ecorder, Forest Heart amulet, leaf with sticky sap, branch, bark cup, carved necklace, berries

Session Time: 2 hour 15 min
Total Time: 5 hour 30 minutes

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  1. I'm not sure if you did this, but if you didn't, this will help you to advance in the game:
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    I love the graphics in this part of the game.
    Do you think the delphin's tooth in that necklace is a nod to Adam"s first adventure? Otherwise seems weird how that ended in the middle of the Amazonian jungle

  2. I think you are right about it being a nod to the first game, but it should be noted that there is actually an amazonian river dolphin. You will have to Google it since I can't seem to copy the link from Wikipedia on my phone unfortunately.

  3. And this is a wild swing but I suspect Lbh ner npghnyyl gur funzna


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