Adam’s Journal #7: "I knew a lot of kinds of bats existed, but before recently, I had never seen so many different kinds in one place before! I’m glad I could help them a little, but now I have to help Paquita too. The Fountain of Youth is the only thing that can heal her. Good thing it’s supposed to be in the City of Gold where I was going anyway."
Last time I was all set to board another boat to take us down the polluted river to travel toward the City of Gold. There we can find the seedling for Forest Heart and the Fountain of Youth to cure Paquita. Of course, it's not going to be quite that simple.
|Who's throwing that fruit at me?|
I take the opportunity to scan the screen, finding two items: Igapo and Cannonball Fruit . Clearly the latter is the fruit that was the cause of my current predicament. Curious, I check the first to find that it is a Brazilian word used for this sort of forest that is inundated by fresh water for several months out of the year.
I find nothing else to do here, so I start swimming. With water in all directions, this time I remember to carefully check the borders of the screen for exits. It seems I could go either east or south, so I try east first. I find another flooded forest screen, but this one also holds a large rock with a reddish howler monkey stranded on it. When I appear, he moans, "Woe is me! I'm eagle fodder!" A bit dramatic, aren't we?
|This monkey has an interesting vocabulary, self-identifying as "succulent."|
I talk to the monkey  to find out what's going on. He doesn't explain about the piranha teeth (I never do find out why they're there), but he says he was looking for food when the waters rose, stranding him out here. I guess he can't swim. Plus this is the hunting range of the empress eagle, who likes eating monkeys. He really does seem to be in a pickle. He seems mostly resigned to this fate, but asks me to bring him something to eat before he perishes. (Again, dramatic.) I don't have anything on me, and the only fruit I've seen around here has been the cannonball fruit, if those are even edible.
|Climbing up to get the bananas.|
|Yes, you asked for some food...|
I go back over there and pull on the lily pads, but they have a thick stem and don't come free. I can't do anything further with the vine or the fruit, as Adam complains that all the swimming makes him too tired to climb again. (How about all that gold weighing him down!) I have nothing sharp that might be useful to cut the stems on the lily pads. I need those piranha teeth, but I can't seem to get up on the rock or around to the right place to get them: it just says I can't reach.
|It didn't look like the teeth were all that far away from the front edge of that rock...|
|I bet you could too.|
|I thought it was monkeys that were succulent. He said so himself.|
|Adam sensibly refuses to jump out of the nest.|
|Your ancestor was made of gold?|
|Flying in the claws of a great eagle would be amazing but scary.|
|A helicopter would be much more comfortable...but not with Slaughter on board!|
|Great scenic overlook.|
We haven't used the recycling feature since nearly the very beginning of the game, but here we can recycle six bits of trash , one of which reveals a modern magnifying glass with the initials M.S. I take the magnifying glass , but I have to wonder how something of Slaughter's ended up here. I suppose that means that all of this trash came from his camp, but it probably washed up here somehow without his knowing.
|Aha, the amulet was actually a map this whole time.|
I notice that the edge of one rock has a golden mask embedded in it, and next to it, a deep gash. Possibly someone already gouged out a different golden piece at some point. I can't take the flower or the golden mask, so I try pushing on the rock that's balanced on the edge. Well, that's what I intended, but Adam actually walks over and climbs up on top of it, which causes it to tilt to one side. The corner he's sitting on tilts down, revealing a stairway under the other side. Aha, there's our way down, if we can keep the rock out of the way.
|Gold really is heavy.|
If the facts that Slaughter had the mask and his magnifying glass was lost here are meant to imply that he was actually here at some point, how did he not find the golden coins or the way down to the city? It seems like an odd coincidence if someone else pried out the mask and he acquired it somehow, and then his magnifying glass also somehow ended up here. If just putting the mask back in its hole revealed the coins, then surely they should have been visible before whoever took the mask did so? This scenario seems inconsistent one way or the other.
|Was there something dangerous at the center of this maze? ...is it still there?|
|There we go, the map on the amulet matches the maze.|
Next time, we'll find out what's at the heart of the city!
Scanned items: 65/82
Inventory: passport, Ecorder, Forest Heart amulet, golden blossom, carved necklace, Noah's wallet, photograph, customs papers, fax, bat whistle
Session Time: 1.5 hours
Total Time: 15.5 hours
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