Chapter 3 - In space no one can hear you scream
Section 1 - Where darkness gathers
In_Hyero is a room. "You are floating away, drifting on the last raft the universe has given you. Even the stars provide no light." The printed name is "Where Darkness Gathers". It is in Floating_away.
Instead of outpointing when in In_Hyero, say "There are no visible exits from the Hyerotrope."
Instead of going nowhere from In_Hyero, say "You are stuck in the Hyerotrope[first time]. And, given the surroundings, you are quite happy this way[only]."
Instead of exiting when in In_Hyero, try going west.
Instead of listening when in In_Hyero, say "You can hear the stars."
Instead of smelling when in In_Hyero, say "You can only get your own scent."
The Voyager II is fixed in place in In_Hyero. Understand "beacon/thing/object/2/crumpled/alien/wreckage/interior/interiors" as the Voyager II. The printed name is "alien wreckage". The initial appearance is "A crumpled, alien wreckage lies at your feet." The description is "The [']Beacon['] rests in peace on the floor of the Hyerotrope, its interiors exposed."
The plutonium battery is a thing. The description is "A cubic object, ten centimeters wide. There is an image on the side, depicting a sort of six-legged spider[first time].[paragraph break][italic type]This is a battery,[roman type] you mumble. [italic type]And if I'm not mistaken, a radioactive one, even. Maybe plutonium-powered[roman type][only]." The printed name is "cubic object". Understand "image/six-legged/spider/cubic/object/cube" as the plutonium battery.
The golden disc is a thing. The description is "A thin disc, made in copper and gold-plated. On it someone has carved interesting graffiti[first time].[paragraph break][bracket]You can find a picture of the disc in your original game's package ([italic type]Ref. 2[roman type])[close bracket][only]." Understand "copper/thin/gold-plated/plated" as the golden disc.
Some graffiti are part of the golden disc. The description is "The graffiti has been laser-cut into the disc's surface[first time].[paragraph break][bracket]You can find a picture of the disc -- and of the graffiti -- in your original game's package ([italic type]Ref. 2[roman type])[close bracket][only]."
Instead of reading the graffiti, try examining the graffiti.
After examining the plutonium battery for the first time:
now the printed name of the plutonium battery is "plutonium battery".
Before taking the plutonium battery:
if the plutonium battery is in the silver cylinder:
say "The battery is stuck in the cylinder. You must have pushed it too hard.";
stop the action.
Before removing the plutonium battery from something: try taking the plutonium battery instead.
Instead of examining the Voyager II for the first time, try searching the Voyager II.
Instead of taking or pushing or pulling the Voyager II, say "It has had its final voyage and now rests in pieces."
Instead of searching the Voyager II for the first time:
say "The crumpled, alien wreckage -- the thing the Ancients have named 'the Beacon' -- is a mess of distorted metal and crumpled debris. It did not survive the Monarch onslaught.[paragraph break]Among the useless metal you find two special things, surprisingly unscarred. You pick up both.";
now the player carries the plutonium battery;
now the player carries the golden disc.
Instead of searching the Voyager II, say "The crumpled, alien wreckage is a mess of distorted metal and crumpled debris. It did not survive the Monarch's onlsaught."
The Hyerotrope is a backdrop in In_Hyero. The description is "The perfect demisphere in which you stand is half of the star-traveling machine you used to escape Judgement Day on your home planet, Monarch[first time]. Thinking back to the moment, you realize it was the Hyerotrope who used you, instead. Leaving the planet was [italic type]not[roman type] your plan to begin with, and you could have done without it even in the end. You still puzzle at how exactly things went, after all[only].[paragraph break]The Hyerotrope's walls, although perfectly dark from the outside, seem to be totally transparent from the inside. You can see the universe." Understand "sphere/raft/walls/wall/transparent" as the Hyerotrope.
Instead of touching the Hyerotrope, say "The surface glitters at your touch."
Some stars are a backdrop in In_Hyero. The description is "The Monarch system is already too far to be seen. In its place, a pulsating nebula is starting to spread, the three suns devoured in its growing belly.[paragraph break]The fabric of the universe, in the direction to which the Hyerotrope is floating, seems to be disrupted. A dark presence lingers in space, breaking the pattern of the stars." Understand "universe/star/space" as the stars. It is ambiguously plural.
Instead of doing something other than examining to the stars, say "They are far beyond reach."
A pulsating nebula is a backdrop in In_Hyero. Understand "monarch/korhos/fatimah/sehrn/system/three/suns/growing/belly/trinary/gaseous/mass" as the pulsating nebula. The description is "You must have travelled millions of kilometers already[first time]. The thought alone puts you off-balance[only]. The trinary system has been devoured by a gaseous mass, which is growing at a very fast rate[first time].[paragraph break][italic type]The tides,[roman type] you think, remembering your pointless struggle to avert the disaster. [italic type]I thought [roman type]those[italic type] were the problem[roman type][only]."
Instead of doing something other than examining to the pulsating nebula, say "It is beyond reach and too big for your puny hands."
A dark presence is a backdrop in In_Hyero. The description is "[first time]It turns out that the universe is uneven, in the end. [only]A black spot stains a single point[first time] -- the magnitude of which you can but imagine --[only] where the stars seem to be missing.[paragraph break]A sort of shining crescent cuts the dark presence in half." Understand "spot/point/missing/black/rip/fabric/pattern" as the dark presence.
Instead of doing something other than examining to the dark presence, say "You try interacting with the dark presence, but only succeed in rubbing the Hyerotrope's inner surface."
A shining crescent is a backdrop in In_Hyero. The description is "The Hyerotrope approaches the dark shape, as it starts engulfing a vast amount of space in front of you. You strain your eyes until you discern other brilliances in the multiplying crescent.[paragraph break]Finally, you catch the meaning of what you are looking at.[paragraph break]The black gap in the sky is a gigantic structure, of a size and type you've never seen before. In comparison, even the Mechanostations around Monarch are dwarfed. Around it, thousands of other objects, like drifting debris, float meaninglessly. The reflections on them create a kaleidoscope of twirling lights."
Instead of doing something other than examining to the shining crescent, say "It is far beyond reach."
After examining the shining crescent:
say "As you get near the metal horde you begin mentally assessing the situation....[paragraph break][paragraph break]...until, suddenly, the Hyerotrope starts spinning out of control.[paragraph break]There is a strong shock, then you find yourself...";
pause the game;
deactivate the Table of Raft Hints;
now everything that is in In_Hyero is in Stuck_Hyero;
record "A Dark Omen" as achieved.
Every turn when the player is in In_Hyero for 16 turns:
if the dark presence is unknown:
try examining the dark presence;
if the shining crescent is unknown:
try examining the shining crescent.