(Title screen: a small boat on waves)
(On new game the title simply lifts and you join the boat on the title screen.)
(Loud splashing is heard. A net is pulled from the water, there is thrashing from within. A horrific creature looks out through the weave, golden eyes with horizontal pupils, hair like seaweed and near-transparent skin.)
Meron: Look what I’ve caught, a little human.
Meron: Best let me go, else curses be upon ye.
[[>Don't Release->Begin Game]]Really? Did you even want to play the game?
Meron: There be a storm on the way. Run along.
Meron: I said to let me go.
(Thunder and loud, high pitched screaming of inhuman quality as the waves pick up immediately and the screen goes black after a dark wave passes over.)
[[>>>->p1]](An empty beach. The Meron lays in the sand still struggling to get out of the net.)
Meron: Now we’ve washed up. Release me.
> “You’re bleeding.”
Meron: Aye, genius that ye are, you’ve noticed.
Meron: Tch. Foolish human, you’re really going to try to hold me after all of that?
Meron: Hm. Fine. I can use you. Humans have medicine; we fish simply make do. You’ll heal my wound and in turn I will not tear you to shreds.
Meron: I know where we are. Head north; there is a cave.
/Dev notes: Research on vernacular must be done. A balance of the vernacular speech is necessary so as not to sound like silly pirates.
Meron: I said North, fool.
[[North->B Path]](An animal’s path. Plants, twigs, and assorted detritus line the narrow walkway. These are interactable items randomly generated each in-game day.)
[[South->South1]](A clearing with a cave at the northern side. The clearing has more assorted plants and detritus.)
>[[North->Home Cave 1]]
Meron: Keep going.
[[North->Home Clearing]]Meron: The cave is right there, fool. Hurry; I'll dry up.
>[[North->Home Cave 1]]
(A cave with a large pool of water occupying the main space.)
Meron: Let me from the net.
[You stumble back as you release the net, taking quick steps backward in case the Meron decides to attack. It does not, rather it crawls to the pool, pale arms reaching and pulling its body across the stone floor, and submerges itself.]
/Dev note: add more cutscene description and inner monologue to earlier parts/
(The Meron resurfaces, head barely poking from the water.)
Meron: Smart of you to scramble away. But, mind, you’re easy pickings for me.
Meron: Mistreat me, and I will rend you from your belly open.
(Its teeth flash in a smile at you, sharp like the creatures that dwell too far under the sea. Reasonably, you know that it can’t possibly make it across the land to the beach on its own. It’s much too far a distance.)
Meron: Go get me some food.
>[[Exit->Clearing2]]Meron: The sun will set soon. Dally not. You don’t want me hungry.
> [[East->Clearing3]] (No time to explore. The sun is setting.)
> [[South->Clearing3]] (No time to explore. The sun is setting.)
> [[Examine mushrooms->Mushrooms]] (These look like what your wife cooks. You take them.)
> [[Examine twigs->Twigs]] (You’ll need a fire to keep yourself warm.)
>[[Return (with items. Don’t skip it, lazy.)->Home2]]
No time to explore. The sun is setting.
[[>>>->Clearing2]]These look like what your wife cooks. You take them.
[[>>>->Clearing2]]You’ll need a fire to keep yourself warm. Who knows how cold it will get here. You take the twigs.
Meron: Well? Do you have food for me?
[[>Give->Feed1]]Meron: My, I’ll take these here. No, no, keep the spotted ones for yourself.
(You feel ill.)
Meron: Ha! Take that as a lesson; be careful what you scrounge.
(It gives you back one brown mushroom.)
Meron: Have this one.
(It eats one before you do. You eat it. You feel a little better.)
(HP bar changes through interaction.)
Meron: Oho, perhaps you’re not as stupid as you seem. You didn’t even need my help. That will scare away whatever lived here before. But should it return, I’ll kill it before it kills you.
Meron: A win for both of us. I feast, you make it through the night.
> [[Sleep->End Day 1]]
End of Day 1.
End of prototype.