Key & Compass presents:
A Pilgrim
by Caleb Wilson

A Pilgrim is a Web browser interactive fiction story written with Inform 7 and is © 2020 by Caleb Wilson (as "Abandoned Pools"). It was entered in the La Petite Mort English division of Ectocomp 2020 where it took 2nd place.

In this tiny spooky game, you play as Absalome Pilcrow, an ancient of Panzitoum. You're exhausted from a long day of walking and stop in a grove of poison pine. Perhaps you can sleep in the low building just off the path to the north.

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

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Root-shrine Tunnel Vault Pilgrim'sStation Bower PoisonPine d sleep (to Lud) (to Yunp) wake (to olderdarkness)


Poison Pine

> x me. i. x hat. x cape. x stick. x candle.

> x building. x pines.

> n.

Darkness / Pilgrim's Station

> light candle.

> x face. x hole. (empty)

> x bench. x bundle. (a dead person who withered into twigs)

> put stick in hole. (doesn't fit)

> s. ne.


> search needles. (You acquire a stone sphere.)

> x sphere.

> sw. n.

Darkness / Pilgrim's Station

> put sphere in hole.

The wall begins to slide, then halts, cracks, falls, leaving a much bigger hole.

> n. nw.


> x mouth. (carved with more eyeflowers)

> d. (No!)

> u. s.

Pilgrim's Station

> take body. n. d.


> put body in mouth.

> u. s.

Pilgrim's Station

> get on bench. blow candle. sleep. (You dream...)


> x shade. (It produces two parchment strips.)

> x strip. (which? twelve sickles or people of Zocep?)

> x Zocep.

> x sickles.

> wake.

Pilgrim's Station

It's now daytime, so this room is no longer dark.

> s.

Poison Pine

Oops. This location's description didn't get updated with a daytime look.

> w. (You already visited Lud and fed their sacred hyenas.)

> e.

You head towards Yunp, the city of gravestones.

*** The End ***





The response to CREDITS is:

A Pilgrim was written for ECTOCOMP 2020 in four hours. This version was not tested except by me, Abandoned Pools, who also wrote it.


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