The Troublesome Tiara
A solo choose-your-path adventure for stealthy, nimble-fingered folks.
This interactive choose-your-path adventure contains profanity and options that may lead to: unconsciousness, injury, disfigurement or death.
IntroductionYou're unwinding in a grimy tavern, having a well earned drink after another successful job; the cheap swill always tastes sweeter when paid for with someone else's coin. A very drunk man is telling you his entire life story. Every sentence is punctuated with a jolting hiccup that causes his coin purse to clink in an overly distracting fashion.
You decide to buy him a few more rounds and as you excuse yourself for the night, you deftly cut the pouch from his belt and be on your way. Safely out of sight, you open it and are alarmed to find a sizeable sum of coin and a mysterious note addressed directly to you, by name, flattering your thieving skills and asking you to meet a potential employer in the next pub over.
How to play
An Unusual Arrangement
She lives opposite the dressmaker's shop you broke into last week, oh yes I know all about that - but before you dash towards the door, let me make you an offer. I'll pay you well, your criminal records will mysteriously vanish, and you can keep anything else you find. Conceal it in this box and return to me in Room 9 upstairs. Should be easy for someone like you..." - "Quite the reward... I accept."
- "Keep your coin, I don't work with the law."
A Nimble Opportunity
Casing the Joint
Devil in the Details
You learn that Stoddard's tiara is an exotic pet gouper, a species of bear-cat illegaly imported Xendria, known for their sharp claws and skittishness. She has adorned it in a glitzy collar of emeralds. - Interesting... Time to scout the area.
- Working with animals never ends well. I'm outta here.
Breaking & Entering
- I can probably force this open without anyone hearing.
Sneaking in the Back
You glance around but find nothing. - On to the next room.
- Valuables are always kept upstairs, I'll check there.
A Bump in the Night
Drinks on Me
You manage to twist the dagger away from yourself but the blade sinks into Lady Stoddard's bosom. Her night robe turns red. Her face turns gaunt.
She collapses. - FUCK!! How do I make this look like an accident??
- FUCK!! I have to finish this and get outta here!
The Troublesome Tiara
- "We need extra loot to make up for half pay."
- "I really can't do this. I'm shifting towns - maybe you should, too."
- [I'll say everything, maybe I'll get extra pay.]
- No. Job's done, I'm taking the gold.
- [Pat him on the shoulder as misdirection while you grab it.]
Handle With Care
She immediately jumps in. You close the lid and carry the it back to the tavern. Lieutenant Ellery's eyes beam fiendishly at the sight of Tiara. "Perrrrfect. Now, did you run into any trouble?" - [Confess to framing the thief.]
- [Say nothing about the thief.]
- [Side-step and block its escape.]
With Tiara now calmed down, you put the empty box on the floor and she hops right in. Wasting no time, you return to the tavern. - [Ask Lieutenant Ellery if he knew about the thief.]
- [Deliver the goods without asking questions.]
Making a Grab
All or Nothing
- Oh shit. Shit... I fucked this up so badly. Everything's gone wrong, I have to get out of here!
- [Explain what happened, but don't mention the thief.]
This section contains the 16 unique endings!
Silence is Golden
Five Finger Discount
Lieutenant Ellery grabs your wrist and calls for backup. You're held tight and your arm is stretched across the table as the Lieutenant draws his blade and raises it high.
The Path Less Travelled
A Sharp Twist
Greed for Gold
A Job Well Done
Two Sides of the Coin
The misdirection worked perfectly and as he jumped in shock, the collar practically fell out of his pocket and into yours. You return the collar to Lady Stoddard who pays you handsomely. Overnight you've become a double agent, had your criminal record erased, and earned more money than you've ever seen. Time to help an old lady plan her revenge...
Like a Masterpiece
You've been framed for thievery and an "assassination attempt" on Lady Stoddard, due to a knife that was found in your hand.