Key & Compass presents:
The Temple
by Johan Berntsson

The Temple is a Z-machine interactive fiction game written with Inform 6 and is © 2002 by Johan Berntsson. It was an entry in IF Comp 2002 where it took 9th place. It was also a finalist for the Best Individal NPC award at the 2002 XYZZY Awards for the character of Charles Bristow.

You play as someone plagued by nightmares of falling, but in tonight's nightmare, you've somehow landed in in a strange alien city. With the time-lost Charles Bristow, you'll uncover the city's dark secrets, see unspeakable monsters, and learn of an evil ritual in the city's temple that must be stopped at all costs.

This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 2 of the game.


Void Roof Study Chamber Corridor RockChamber Storage Corridor Library Hall Road A DarkHallway BeforeA DarkTower Corridor Cross-roads Road PublicSquare DesertedHall Dead End Road Glen Stairs Temple Stage u enter cloud s u z d d u d d (after 3 turns)



You have three turns of falling to do whatever you like, for example:

> x me. x shadow. x shape.


> x me. i. (nothing)

> x city. x sky. x tower. x railing. x staircase.

> pull railing. x statue.

> d.


> x paper. take it.

> x table. x writing. (+5; a man appears on the table.)

> x man. touch man.

The man, now awake, starts to talk about himself.

> x books. x dust. x desk.

> ask Charles about nightmares. ask Charles about New England.

> ask Charles about archeology. (or about history)

> ask Charles about Caelestae Horriblis.

> ask Charles about Mukhtar.

> ask Charles about evil Gods. ask Charles about Eternal Ones.

> ask Charles about writing.

> ask Charles about city. (He wants to see it.)

> ask Charles about statue.

> u.


> z. ask Charles about city. d. d.


> x door. open door. (It's locked.)

> verbose. u. s.


By this time Charles has probably mentioned Miriam; it's a random event.

> x vials. ask Charles about vials.

> ask Charles about Miriam.

> take vial. g. g. g.

> n. d.

You notice something on the top of the door?


> x door. ask Charles about object.

> stand on Charles. (+3)

> x key. unlock door with key. open door. s.

Before A Dark Tower

> x buildings. x tower. sw.

Public Square

> x sandstone. x temple. ask Charles about temple. (Don't go.)

> w.


> x crack. n.

A Dark Hallway

> x carvings. n.


> x carvings. (Your command is ignored; Charles has found a skeleton.)

> x skeleton. take note. x note.

> show note to Charles. (He drops it; it's his handwriting.)

> x skeleton.

> x clothing. x torn clothes. x Charles' clothes. (They match.)

> look. take book. x it.

> x vial. (+2. when carrying the book)

> x mukhtar.

> s. s. w. n.


> n. (You return here, finding nothing new.)

> s. s.

Dead End

> x cat. ask Charles about cat.

> x bridge. x slabs. search slabs. move slab. (Staircase down.)

> d.


> d. (Charles refuses to follow you but will wait for your return.)


> x carvings. x blocks. n. n.


> x trapdoor. e. e.

Rock Chamber

> x stove. x kettle. x rack.

> x red powder. x yellow powder. x bottle. x liquid.

> x chair. x chest. open it. (locked)

> w. w. s. s. s. (This last ascends the stairs)


> ask Charles about chest. (Memory of crowbar underground.)

> u. n. e. e. s.


> x temple. x mural. listen.

> s.


> x huge statue.

People are looking suspciously at you and Charles suggests leaving.

> n. n. ne. n. u.


> put mukhtar on table. read writing. (+5; an alien presence in your mind?)

> x paper. (+5)

You have a vision of being Mukhtar:

Dark Chamber

Watch the old man to learn what to do with the powders.

> x old man. z. (The scene changes.)


> z. z. (The vision ends.)


> x Mukhtar.

> x vial. ask Mukhtar about vial.

> x writing. (Glimpse alien world with two moons.)

> x horriblis. (Pride and fear.)

> x statue. (Monster in a cavern.)

Head to Rock Chamber and mix the powders the way Mukhtar did in your vision:

> d. s. sw. w. w. s. d. d. n. n. e. e.

Rock Chamber

> take yellow powder. put it in kettle.

> take red powder. put it in kettle.

> take kettle. put kettle on stove. turn on stove. (+2)

There is a nearby explosion and screeching sound to the west.

> draw symbol on me.

> take bottle.

> w.


> w. (You retreat on seeing a Thing in the chamber ahead.)

> x thing.

> throw bottle at thing. (+3)

> w.


> yell. (Charles and you clear a passage except for one heavy stone.)

> s. z. z.

Charles tells you to get the crowbar from the chest. He now remembers that the key is under the stove.

> e. e.

Rock Chamber

> look under stove. unlock chest with brass key.

> open chest. take all from chest.

> x crowbar. x photograph.

> w. w.


> move stone (using the crowbar). s.


> show photograph to Charles. (It's of Miriam.)

> s. s. u.

Dead End

Sorry, but you do need to throw something at the cat to get it moving. It's s a plot point.

> throw iron key at cat. take iron key.

> n. e. e.

Public Square

The cat arrives and hears something from the wall.

> listen to wall. x wall. x door. open door. (The cat jumps through.)

> e.

Deserted Hall

By the way, if you find this place much earlier in your game session and send Charles home before exploring the library or the underground, your game is still winnable. Charles will inexplicably continue to give you any essential help even after he shouldn't be able to.

> x device. x column. x bulbs. x lever.

> pull lever. (Bulbs light up.)

Over the next few turns, a cloud-like portal starts to form.

> z. z. z. z. (+5; Charles goes thru to Miriam.)

> enter cloud.

Before you can, the picture alters to a boy about to be sacrified to a lizard-like thing when it sees you. Do not enter this cloud!

> pull lever. w. s. s.


Repeatedly wait until you're grabbed and tied to the table on the stage:

> z. z. z. z. z. z.


> z. z. (+5)

The priest stabs you, but this causes the temple's destruction, thanks to the symbol on your chest.

You wake briefly to see your sister near you and upset. Your sheets are bloody.

You wake again in the hospital. Your mother tells you that you were stabbed.

Your nightmares have ended.

*** You have won ***

> amusing



Amusing opens an "Amusing things" menu with the following menu items:





You have so far scored your-score out of a possible 35, in several turns.

The score is made up as follows:

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