Key & Compass presents:
The Great Ritual
by Gunther Schmidl

The Great Ritual is a Z-machine interactive fiction game written with Inform 6 and is © 1999 by Gunther Schmidl. It was a participant in the Speed-IF 2000 event.

You play as a young Masai warrior armed with a spear. You have been ordered by the elders to find a stolen herd of cattle and a missing herder. After twelve hours of tracking footprints, you hope you find something soon.

This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 1 of the game.


in w w (fail) (fail) InsidetheStable Stable(backentrance) Plains Plains out

Plains (east)

> x me. i. x spear. w.

Plains (west)

> x lioness. kill lioness with spear. x sandal. w. in.

Inside the Stable

> x Jackson. ungag Jackson.

> gag Jackson (with roll of duct tape). out.

*** You have won ***



In the prologue:

In the epilogue:



Thank You to my Patreon supporters

This walkthrough is provided free of charge since I wrote this walkthrough prior to January 2015 when I began my Patreon account, and also because the work it's based on has less than fifteen locations (so I wouldn't have charged for it anyway). I've since reformatted this walkthrough to use my currently preferred style. I hope you enjoy it!

I'm still creating new walkthroughs! Larger ones too! Please visit my Patreon account if you're interested in helping me create more interactive fiction walkthroughs. I appreciate all the help I can get! Thanks again.