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There is no sign of Jack up here. Must be somewhere in the castle.
The series of banners is titled 'They Wait.'
They wait for he who would extinguish candles whilst fanning a fire.
They wait for she who would thaw solid flesh and resolve it into a dew.
They wait for she who would breed lilacs out of the dead land.
They wait for he who would drop it like it's hot whilst the pimp's in the crib.
You got A TROPHY!
He is too frightened to speak!
He seems to be indicating that the only reason he survived this massacre was by hiding behind this pillar. Thank goodness for pillars.
It bears an inscription: 'Our Glorious Speaker.'
His head was lopped clean off, with some sort of sharp, sword-like object. Someone around here sure must hate frogs. You wonder who it could be? (It was probably Jack.)
You got A TROPHY!
You find an ancient unlabeled tome, and read an excerpt.
'Though we adore Him we shall never enjoy His beauteous Croak. We spill our blood on acres of black and white so they may cross the yellow yard. At last in Skaia's reflection through broken glass He may find the pond in which He's meant to squat.'> Examine bookshelf.
'Journey to the Center of the Battlefield'
Looks to be a fairy tale for youngsters. The hero is a dashing young man in a blue hood. He heals the planet from within, but can do nothing to stop its annihilation from above, nor its soon to follow eradication from reality. It must be sad growing up in a culture whose mythology is centered almost completely around futility.> Examine bookshelf.
This is a book on theoretical physics, and complex spatial geometries based on the hypothetical addition of orbs to the queen's ring.
The shapes in the diagrams are very complex. This sort of nonsense is regarded as crackpottery at best. Why would the queen ever wear more than four orbs? Four towers, four orbs, four heroes; this is a sacred truth.> Examine bookshelf.
'A Foot Soldier's Guide to Combat'
Most of the diagrams in this book involve a soldier advancing by a single tile, either straight ahead, or diagonally when lunging with a weapon. No wonder these guys are so easy to kill.> Examine bookshelf.
'Advanced Frog Breeding for Beginners: Difficulty Level - EXTREME For Idiots!'
The stairs are blocked.
You supposed you could easily remove the obstacle, but that would spoil a perfectly good opportunity to look for secret passages.
'Her hands are in my service but they still shake. They unfasten the first button at my royal gown's waist, clumsily.'
This... This is erotic fanfiction written about the queen in the first person. This doesn't belong in this library. This doesn't belong anywhere.> Examine bookshelf.
More books. You really have better things to do than to read a lot of books written by chess guys.> Examine bookshelf.
books books books> Examine bookshelf.
'Data Structures for Assholes 2: Now Written to Accommodate the Shortcomings of the Mentally Retarded'> Examine bookshelf.
'Grimoire for Summoning the Zoologically Dubious'
This is apparently on loan from the Dersite Library. It seems unlikely to be returned at this point.> Examine bookshelf.
You think you know what you might find on this shelf. Just a hunch...
Yep. More books.> Examine bookshelf.
'Rise of the Slayer' A horror story meant to scare children.
Writers of Prospitian fiction tend to write what they see in clouds. Hence their fables tend to be events which simply haven't happened yet, or happened in another realm. They like to use the word fiction so that kids don't get TOO scared.> Examine bookshelf.
You have been meaning to read this one. Absolutely required reading for any promising young seer who has blundered into entanglement with the occult through an absurd sequence of events.> Open chest.
You got A TROPHY!
You got A FLAMING METEOR CHUNK!
This isn't even treasure. How is this treasure?> Open chest.
You got the BANNER OF THE VILLEIN!
You suddenly feel inspired. In a generally rebellious, united sort of way.
She is apparently swooning over a hero of lore shared by the two kingdoms. A great man who united opposing sides against his tyrannical king. The revolt ended in tragedy of course, which is typical of their folktales. But it is no less inspiring.> Talk to solider.
She is all aflutter about a legendary hero. Some guy who was weary of war, apparently. A simple farmer, handsome and brave. You think you are beginning to fall in love with him too.> Talk to solider.
He seems to be relieved that he and a handful of fellow soldiers have found a secret hideaway to escape the bloody rampage. Maybe if they regroup, and marshal all their remaining forces, they can TAKE this guy! (Yeah right!)> Talk to solider.
She looks scared and confused. There is nothing left to do but hide.> Talk to solider.
This fellow is mourning the dead. He has probably lost many friends today.> Talk to solider.
First he was frightened when you barged in here, and then briefly excited, and now disappointed. He must have thought you were the great dark kingdom's defector, come to save them. Alas, it was only a spooky girl with magic wands.
It is a holy parchment.
Maimed Clown. Undead Cat. Impaled Crow. Omnipotent Dog. These four shall be held in reverence for the eternity they serve to cut short.
You're sick of reading. Gotta find Jack.
something's blocking it from other side.
You have never seen anything so sad in your entire life. A beautiful muscular man-stallion, struck down in his prime. WHAT MONSTER COULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS DEED?
(Hint: it was Jack Noir.)
They make such a cute couple.
The king and queen are pretty nice too. Heheheh.
This is where John came from. No use backtracking now. Got to take him to see mom and dad.
Ripped to shreds. All but one, for some reason. WHO COULD HAVE POSSIBLY it was Jack stupid.