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Aaron A. Reed

Release 4

Section - Distant Description

[ We often describe Progue at a distance; when we do, we move this object into scope, which lets the player examine Progue. We can set him to be "out-of-sight" to indicate that he has just left visibility.]

Distant-progue is minor set dressing. The printed name of distant-Progue is "[the Progue]". Understand "figure/form/man/Progue" as distant-Progue. The provoke message of distant-Progue is "He's not nearby."

Check following distant-progue: try following Progue instead. Does the player mean following Progue: it is likely.

Rule for supplying a missing noun when saying farewell to and distant-Progue is in location: say "He's already out of earshot." instead.

Distant-progue can be in-sight or out-of-sight. Distant-progue is in-sight. Every turn when distant-progue is out-of-sight and distant-progue is off-stage: now distant-progue is in-sight. [ This object can be used both when we're seeing Progue at a distance, and when Progue has just vanished from our sight, in which case the "out-of-sight" flag is used. ]

The description of distant-Progue is "[if out-of-sight]He is no longer in sight.[otherwise if the psyche of Progue is resolved]He raises a single hand to you silence.[otherwise if current episode is Rayfish Suicide]He's not moving.[otherwise if current episode is Word Day]The figure stands atop one of the rounded boulders and shouts at the surf.[otherwise if Progue is wishing][The Progue] seems to be on his way somewhere.[otherwise][The Progue], off near [prose name of location of Progue], seems to be [Progue-animus].[end if]".

Understand "[greeting word]" or "say [greeting word]" or "[greeting word] [distant-Progue]" as a mistake ("[if current episode is Word Day]The figure seems completely oblivious to your attempts to gain his attention; maybe if you got closer to the [d]boulders[x] he could see you better[otherwise]You're too far away to easily attract his attention; maybe if you made some noise or got closer[end if].") when distant-Progue is enclosed by location.

First Instead of waking or kissing or touching or hugging or pushing or attacking distant-Progue: say "He's too far away." instead.

First report remembering Progue:

say "The last time you saw him, [the Progue] was [if remembered spot is location]right here[otherwise if remembered spot is unvisited]heading towards an area you haven't explored[otherwise]at [the prose name of remembered spot][end if]." instead.