Chapter - Edge of Ravine
The printed name of Edge of Ravine is "At the Dropoff". The prose name of Edge of Ravine is "at the dropoff to the great ravine". The description of Edge of Ravine is "[edgeravdesc].". To say edgeravdesc: say "At your feet a carpet of [o]wildflowers[x] suddenly drops off into a sheer ravine, a [if dawn or sunrise]mist-shrouded[otherwise]narrow[end if] inlet that sharply divides this side of the island from the equally sheer slopes of the mountain peak [if dir]to the north[otherwise]across (and up) from here[end if]. "; say "[if night]Waves crash somewhere below you[otherwise][A sentence about the gorge waves][end if][if sunup]. Above the far end of the gorge opposite the sea, on a narrow spur of the mountain running straight into the lava flow, rises [windsigh phrase of tree3], the largest you've seen, branches reaching high into the sky[end if].[paragraph break][exits]".
The ravine proper is a backdrop. It is in Edge of Ravine, Ravine Floor, Top of Ravine, Saddle, Atop, Viewpoint. Understand "inlet/gorge/mouth" as ravine proper. The printed name is "ravine". The description is "The ravine's sheer sides drop into a gorge swallowed by seawater.". Instead of leaping the ravine proper, say "It's much too far across and too far down for that.". Instead of entering the ravine proper, try climbing ravine-ladder.
The exits text of Edge of Ravine is "A rope [o]ladder[x] descends [down] a dizzying drop to the bottom of the ravine. The rain forest runs nearly to the cliff edge, but a short walk[if dir] [south][end if] would take you back to the [dr]beehive[x]". Understand "beehive" as south when location is Edge of Ravine.
To say a sentence about the gorge waves:
if high tide, say "Huge swells break through the gorge far below you";
if falling uptide or rising uptide, say "Waves crash up the gorge spectacularly";
if falling downtide or rising downtide, say "Waves smash dramatically into boulders at the distant mouth of the gorge";
if low tide, say "The bottom of the gorge is a bed of gravel";
if night begin; say ", dimly visible in the [light-source] that filters down into the depths";
if high tide, say ", the bottom hidden by a maelstrom of churned [foam bit] foam, now flowing up the gorge, now sinking back";
if falling uptide or rising uptide, say ", sending runners of [foam bit] foam dancing past and then slinking back repeatedly";
if falling downtide or rising downtide, say ", sending runners of [foam bit] foam almost halfway up the gorge to the ground far below you";
if low tide, say ", slicked with seaweed and pools of water, but safe for the moment from the distant smash of the waves far down by the gorge's mouth";
To say foam bit: if sunrise or morning begin; say "sun-kissed"; otherwise if afternoon or evening or sunset; say "shadowed"; otherwise if dawn or twilight; say "ghostly grey"; otherwise; say "cream-white"; end if.
The ravine-ladder is a backdrop. It is in Edge of Ravine and Ravine Floor. The description is "Woven from tough vines reinforced with some fibrous material; the rungs are planks of wood.". Instead of pulling or taking the ravine-ladder, say "The ladder does not hang free, but seems to be attached periodically to anchor points as it runs [if location is Ravine Floor]up[otherwise]down[end if] the wall of the ravine.". Instead of climbing or entering or using ravine-ladder when location is Edge of Ravine, try going down. Instead of climbing or entering or using ravine-ladder when location is Ravine Floor, try going up. Understand "ladder" or "ravine ladder" as ravine-ladder. The printed name is "ravine ladder".
Instead of going down in Edge of Ravine when tidein, say "You descend the ladder carefully, clutching the rungs slicked with sea breeze tightly, but after only a dozen rungs down you can see it's a lost cause; the waves are still crashing through the gorge below you, and if you made it to the bottom you'd be swept out to sea.[paragraph break]You climb back up the ladder to the edge of the ravine again.". Report going from Edge of Ravine to Ravine Floor: say "You descend the ladder [if player is wounded]one rung at a time, favoring your uninjured leg[else]carefully[end if], "; say "[if afternoon]passing into shadow after only a dozen rungs, [otherwise if evening or sunset]passing into shadow almost immediately, [end if]clutching rungs slicked with sea breeze and encrusted with years of brine. [if Ravine Floor is unvisited]It's a lot farther than you thought. [end if][if night]The darkness hides the distance to the ground, which is probably just as well. [end if][if sunrise or morning]The early morning light shines right up the ravine, letting you see just how far you are from the bottom-- something of a mixed blessing. [end if]Finally[if Ravine Floor is unvisited], after counting sixty-seven rungs,[end if] you step onto the wet gravel bed of the ravine floor[if Ravine Floor is unvisited] and massage your fingers, looking around with interest[end if]." Report going from Edge of Ravine to Hive Room: say "You walk back up the clear swath between forest and lava flow, until you arrive again at the bee hive."
The distant-tree3 is a view with base room Saddle. It is in Top of Ravine, North Beach, Rise, Chair-lift1, Chair-lift2, Chair-lift3, Chairlift Base, Stumps, Lawn, Observatory Exterior, Ravine Floor, Edge of Ravine. It is near Top of Ravine, North Beach, Rise. It is far from Chair-lift1, Chair-lift2, Chair-lift3, Chairlift Base, Stumps, Lawn, Observatory Exterior, Ravine Floor, Edge of Ravine. The printed name is "distant [tree3]". Understand "tree/tree9/windsigh" as distant-tree3. The description is "The tree straddles a steep ridge that angles down from the mountain and eventually collapses into the lava flow, neatly dividing the eastern side of the island from the west half. [if location is Chair-lift2 or location is Chair-lift3]Below you and to your right[otherwise]Far above you[end if], the distant tree is taller and larger than the others you've seen, presumably because of its all-day exposure to sunlight, but it still seems stunted somehow.". Does the player mean doing something to distant-tree3: it is unlikely. [There may be closer trees in the room we're in.]
The ambience table of Edge of Ravine is Table of Edge Ravine ambience.
Table of Edge Ravine ambience
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Table of Ravine ambience
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|common||rising uptide||falling uptide||"[one of]A great wave thunders[or]Waves crash[or]The tide surges[in random order] through the ravine below, [one of]smashing its way in a series of foam explosions[or]tumbling in an ever-rising white foamy jumble[in random order] [one of]past the boulders far below your feet[or]up the channel towards its rocky top[in random order] before retreating again."|
|uncommon||falling downtide||rising downtide||"[one of]Waves break[or]Water smashes[or]The sea crashes[or]The ocean slams[or]Swells slap[in random order] [one of]noisily[or]fiercely[in random order] [one of]against the base of the ravine[or]far down near the bottom of the ravine[or]at the jumble of boulders near the ravine's bottom point[in random order], but [one of]only a few small runners of foam penetrate the channel[or], but only showers of foam make it past the breakwater[or], a reminder of low tide's temporary nature[in random order]."|