Key & Compass presents:
Friar Bacon's Secret
Friar Bacon's Secret is a Z-machine interactive fiction game written with Inform 6 and is © 2000 by Carl Muckenhoupt. It was a ToasterComp participant.
In this game, you play as Miles, a peasant hired by Friar Bacon to do manual labor. Friar Bungay asks you to fetch Friar Bacon; he needs to speak to him. But Friar Bacon isn't in his room and he never left the building, so where is he?
This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 1 of the game.
Bacon's Chamber The
Scholars' Garden (to town)
The Scholars' Garden
> i. x knife. x Bungay.
> knock on Bacon's door. e. (You hear "Time Was" to the north.)
Friar Bacon's Chamber
> x bed. x bookcase. move it. (You find a secret passage.)
> x lamp. take lamp. (fixed in place)
> break lamp. (out of reach)
> s. w. s.
The Scholars' Garden
> take mallet. n. e. n.
You must first examine the lamp before you may destroy it.
> x lamp. x cord.
> — cut cord with knife or— break lamp with mallet. (+1)
> look. (Outline of door to north.)
> x door. open door. n.
> x papers. take papers. x sheet. read sheet. x bed.
> x bird. x flagon.
By this time, you should have heard a cricket's call.
> listen. search papers. x device.
> take device. listen to device. (It sounded like Bungay telling Bacon to not travel.)
Fiddle with the steel box:
> x box. x lever. x knob. (Can be set to white, tan, brown, or black.)
> x bread. take bread. put bread in box.
> turn knob to brown. push lever. z. z. z.
> x toast. push lever. z. z. (Smoke!)
> put knife in box. (Ouch.)
In the middle of your experimenting with the box, a platform appeared with a wire head above it. It said "Time Is".
> x head. x red button.
Don't push the red button. Instead, destroy these hellish things.
> take flagon. pour water in box. (+1)
> break bird. (+1)
> break device. (+1)
> hit head with mallet. (+1; "Time Is Past")
*** You have made a difference ***
Friar Bungay is initially working in the garden. He doesn't like you much. He wants you to find Friar Bacon for him.
Friar Bacon is the one who hired you, but he's missing. In a losing ending, you can find him in Hell (actually the future).
Unbeknownst to you, both men are time travellers from the future.
You have fled
if you go back to town. You must have at least examined the odd lamp first.
You have become profoundly lost
if you travel to Hell (actually to the future) by pushing the button on the platform.
You have made a difference
if you destroy the altar of Baphomet (actually a time travel platform).
knife. You're carrying it. You can cut the cord in the secret passage with it. a
mallet. Bungay leaves it in the garden. Hit the lamp in the secret passage with it. Hit the head or the platform in the hidden study with it. a
sheet of paper. Acquire it by taking one of the papers in the hidden study. You can't do much with it. a
peculiar device. Find it by listening in the hidden study, then searching the papers. Take it. Listen to it. Break it. (It's a phone or pager.) a
flagon of water. It's in the hidden study. Pour the water into the steel box (actually a toaster). a
bird statue. It's in the hidden study. Break it. three
pieces of bread. They're in the hidden study. You can turn them into toast by putting them into the steel box and pushing the lever. Turn the knob to select how dark a toasting you want.
piece of light toast. Use the toaster on the white setting. a
piece of medium toast. Use the toaster on the tan setting. a
piece of dark toast. Use the toaster on the brown setting. a
piece of very dark toast. Use the toaster on the black setting. If you toast any piece of toast too much, smoke will billow out of the box and you won't get any toast slice back.
You may eat the bread, and you may eat the toast if you haven't seen any smoke, but you are unwilling to eat any food roasted by hellfire.
You have so far scored
your-score out of a possible 5, in some turns, earning you the rank of ranking.
1 point for casting out Lucifer. (Breaking the odd lamp or cutting its cord.)
1 point for vanquishing the Harpy. (Breaking the bird statue.)
1 point for extinguishing the Fires of Hall. (Pouring water in the steel box.)
1 point for silencing forever the Phantasmal Voices. (Breaking the peculiar device.)
1 point for ending the earthly reign of Baphomet. (Breaking the platform.)
Unwitting Pawn of the Adversary. (0 points)
Witchfinder. (1 point)
Ghostbuster. (2 points)
Vampire Slayer. (3 points)
Schattenjäger. (4 points)
Exorcist. (5 points) Thank You to my Patreon supporters
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