The meat puppet formerly known as Prince

When last we left our Lone Wolf, we were deciding whether or not to call out to some passing soldiers. We decided to go for it. We don't have a record of the actual signal, but I bet it was some variation of "Me love you long time!" Or not. Regardless:

The officer orders his men to halt and asks you your business. You tell him who you are, and how the monastery has been destroyed. He is deeply saddened to hear your news. He offers you a horse and asks you to accompany him to Prince Pelathar, the King's son.

If you accept, turn to 97.
If you decide to decline his offer, turn to 200.

I suppose it's possible this guy is a brigand disguised as an officer, but that seems unlikely -- if he wanted to rob or kill us, we're outnumbered and cowardly so he'd just run us through. In the interest of keeping the story moving, therefore, I'm just going to make an executive decision and fire everyone. Wait, I mean, we're going to follow the officer to the lovely environs of page 97, which I hear is nice this time of year.

Ahead of you, you can see a fierce battle raging across a stone bridge. The clash of steel and the cries of men and beasts echo through the forest. In the midst of the fighting, you see Prince Pelathar, the King's son. He is in combat with a large gray Gourgaz who is wielding a black axe above his scaly head. Suddenly, the Prince falls wounded -- a black arrow in his side.

You'd think the Prince would have some sort of elite bodyguard, but no -- it's up to one little Lone Wolf to either save his royal hide or bravely run away. So which will it be, cubs?

6 Responses to The meat puppet formerly known as Prince

  1. Worf says:

    YES, run and hide in the forest little man…HAHAHAHAHA

    Me, I choose to FIGHT!

  2. NEON_N64 says:

    “If you wish to defend the fallen Prince, turn to 255.”

    85.71% (12 votes)

  3. Me, Myself & I says:

    NEON_N64 (2)

    I noticed that you frequently copy the number of votes and the current results in the responses here. I am rather curious as to why?

  4. Jeff Hebert says:

    I’ve wondered that, too. Especially so early in the vote — I could see if it was later and it was a “Hey Jeff, clearly the overwhelming majority of people want option A so quit dinking around and do that already”, but now’s way too early for that. So I’m curious as well.

  5. Jeff Hebert says:

    You gotta dig that illustration, by the way, don’t you?! Maybe it’s because I love to draw, but the scene setters like this one made these kinds of books so much better.

  6. NEON_N64 says:

    Ha ha. It’s just a custom I got from some video game board (Zelda boards at IGN). I noticed people often doing it there and I kind of liked it.

    When several people do it, it helps to track the progress of the poll. For example, if option A is winning with a wide margin and suddenly option B takes the lead without many people saying they voted for it between the last 2 “reports” (the ones that showed the sudden difference in votes) then it is reason enough to consider that somebody is somehow cheating to alter the poll’s results.

    And, I guess it just make me feel like I’m at least providing some kind of information. In polls, people often post just to say “I voted for this”. What I do is the same but adding something like “… and other people have voted for this and that”.

    I guess even in little things like these I show my engineer personality (affinity with numbers and data).