Part 19: Chapter 19
Return to word room, take the rod.
>up or >west
Teleportation also makes me queasy.
We have the rod already, but I can do the rest. Observe this first command. It is my act of kindness to you. Revel in it.
>turn off lamp
You switch the brass lantern off.
That's not a verb I recognise.
At End Of Road
You are standing at the end of a road before a small brick building. Around you is a forest. A small stream flows out of the building and down a gully.
In A Valley
You are in a valley in the forest beside a stream tumbling along a rocky bed.
At Slit In Streambed
At your feet all the water of the stream splashes into a 2-inch slit in the rock. Downstream the streambed is bare rock.
You are in a 20-foot depression floored with bare dirt. Set into the dirt is a strong steel grate mounted in concrete. A dry streambed leads into the depression.
The grate stands open.
Below the Grate
You are in a small chamber beneath a 3x3 steel grate to the surface. A low crawl over cobbles leads inward to the west.
The grate stands open.
In Cobble Crawl
You are crawling over cobbles in a low passage. There is a dim light at the east end of the passage.
It is pitch dark, and you can't see a thing.
>turn on light
You switch the brass lantern on.
In Debris Room
You are in a debris room filled with stuff washed in from the surface. A low wide passage with cobbles becomes plugged with mud and debris here, but an awkward canyon leads upward and west.
A note on the wall says, "Magic word XYZZY."
Sloping E/W Canyon
You are in an awkward sloping east/west canyon.
I'm not even going to bother stopping here.
Orange River Chamber
You are in a splendid chamber thirty feet high. The walls are frozen rivers of orange stone. An awkward canyon and a good passage exit from east and west sides of the chamber.
A cheerful little bird is sitting here singing.
The walls are orange because they are a type of limestone compound called travertine deposited by natural springs (this is another real room). Travertine looks like this:
(click for a larger version)
No, I'm really enjoying your behind-the-scenes stuff. As much as I love text adventures I admit it never once dawned on me to wonder why every area is a "room." Interesting and informative!
You shouldn't worry either; I have more stuff to share. But it'll be coming in smaller chunks (with a couple of exceptions).