The Lost Relic

Introduction

Trouble is brewing in Aistana. It can be felt everywhere. On the streets. In the churches. Even at the king's court. No one is quite sure what is happening, but rumours have it that Estain is collecting a lot of lost relics from the Goddess of Light, Irath, and keeping all of them to themselves.
The current Yppwenlas is from Estain claims the relics are shared with other nations. But trust is hard to come by, especially when considering the historical tension between Estain and Aistana.

You aren't really interested in these quarrels of the high and mighty, but money is needed to feed your poor family. You have noticed your youngest sister's health have deteriorated recently, and the herbalist's medicin can be expensive.

The church is looking for people willing to search for religious relics, and the pay would be high, if you managed to procure such a thing. Therefore, you travelled to Diundad da Luzven, the City of Light in Aistana, where the Yppwenlas' seat of power is. There are plenty of people who showed up, hearing about the lost relic bounty.

Part 1 | The Interview


You waited hours to get an audience with the Treasurer of Luzven. From her dialect you know she is from Estain too. With your current knowledge you know that Estain is a country that wants relics for this new Holy City they are building, despite Luzven already being the Holy City. You wonder if she wants the relics for Estain or Aistana.

"So, you seek to find a lost relic. Why are you interested in finding a relic for the Church of Irath?" She asks.

"My family is ill, and I need the money to support them."
"I am doing it to show my dedication to Irath."

Dedication

Reveal
"I am happy you are dedicated to our Goddess, more than the money. We have information about one relic. With your dedication you should be able to locate it."

Wait for more information from the Treasurer.


Honesty

Reveal
"So far everyone who have been here, are more interested in the money rather than contributing to the Goddess. This is so boring, and I do not see why you would be ideal for this."
Roll a 1d6 for persuasion
d1-d2
"Go home!" She says disappointed.

You return home with disappointing news.

d3-d4
"I am desperate for the money! Please, my little sister needs help."
She takes pity on you, and answer with a dismissive tone:
"Very well. Seek out Mother Yania for more information"

Go seek out Mother Yania

d5-d6
"My family means the world to me, and I am willing to go to extreme lengths to help them." You say, and she nods.

Receive information about the relics

Mother's Information

Reveal
You have located where Mother Yania is, and approach her.
"Hail Thee, I am one of the candidates searching for the relics. I was told to seek you for more information." You explain.
"Yes, that is correct. Tell me, which country you are from?" She asks. You notice her dialect is Aistanian.

Aistana, the largest country in Agia.
"Ah I thought so. Return the relic to me, and I will pay you more than the Treasurer. There are no reasons why Estain needs more relics than the one true holy city, that is here in Aistana. Relics belong in Luzven. I have a little proposition for you if you are willing to listen."

Accept
Decline

Estain, the second largest country in Agia.
"Well how dull. I cannot help you!" she says condescendingly.
Your journey ends here, knowing the Treasurer nor Mother Yania do not care about you.


Treasured Information

Reveal
The Treasurer looks at you and gives you the information herself.

Continue the Treasurers' Questline

New Opportunity

"I agree but promise me a higher payment!"
"You have my word as a Mother!" She promise.
You get +2 in all interactions with Mother Yania.
Continue down Mother Yania's Questline


Decline the Opportunity

Reveal
"I do not want to get involved in church politics. I was hired to find the relics for the Treasurer. So, I must decline your offer!" You say.
"Ahh. That is too bad. Well, there will be other opportunities for Aistana. You are welcome to change your mind."
She still tells you the information with slight discontent.:

Choose a questline: Mother Yania's.
The Treasurer's
 

Information

"Bring back Hailan Kotoan's ring, the Bountiful Cow. Legend tells us that Kotoan used the ring to feed all the poor. One cow was enough to feed a whole town, hence the name. The ring was last seen in the town of Haelrun in Southern Aistana." She explains.

Mother Yania's

Reveal
(Read the information above the two questlines)

Travel to Haelrun

Treasurer's

Reveal
(Read the information above the two questlines)

Travel to Haelrun


Part 2 | The Bountiful Cow

Haelrun is far away from Luzven, you worry if you family can survive on the few monies you left them. You find a travelling merchant willing to help you get a faster transport, in exchange of help to set up his booth on the market in Haelrun.
After arriving and setting up the merchant's booth, you start your search for the ring.

Mother Yania's

Reveal
(Read the text above the two questlines)
Choose:
Church records
Ask around

Treasurer's

Reveal
(Read the text above the two questlines)
Choose:
Investigate Church records.
Ask around.

Church Records

Read first
You decide to investigate and walk towards the church. You ask the monks for help in finding information about Kotoan.
They bring you a couple of books, but you do not understand Diwendus.


Mother Yania's

Reveal
(Read the text above!)

Roll a 1d6 for persuasion.
d1-3
They decline and you return to the merchant you travelled with. He asks what's wrong, and you tell him your story.
"I know someone who can help you." He says.
Follow him

d4-6
They accept and tell you what they have discovered.

More information


Church records' information

Reveal
The monk tells you that Kotoan was married, and had a child. The descendants still lives in the same house near the forest.

You get a +1 on your dice roll until you return to Mother Yania.
Go to the house

Treasurer's

Reveal
(Read the text above!)

Roll a 1d6 for persuasion.
d1-3
They decline and you return to the merchant you travelled with. He asks what's wrong, and you tell him your story.
"I know someone who can help you." He says.
Follow him

d4-6
They accept and tell you what they have discovered.

More information


Church records' information

Reveal
The monk tells you that Kotoan was married, and had a child. The descendants still lives in the same house near the forest.

You get a +1 on your dice roll until you return to Mother Yania.
Go to the house

Ask the people

Show spoiler
You ask the people you meet in the streets. They seem reluctant to answer you, and you wonder why.
Above you there is a flock of Northern Blackenbirds. You know there is a myth saying these birds will eat fallen warriors on the battlefield. You wonder why this many birds gather here.


Mother Yania's

Reveal
(Remember to read the text above!)
You ask a group of people for information about Kotoan's ring.
Roll a 1d6 for charisma.
d1-d3
No one reveals anything. You return to the merchant you travelled with. He looks at you, asks what's wrong, and you tell him your story.
"I know someone who can help you." He says.

Follow him

d4-d6
You notice they starts to pale.
"There are rumours that a woman does the evil deeds of Rathias in the forest. She will use the ring to create abominations, like using the Blackenbirds to create Illirfrains. Just look at how many there are!" They whisper.

Go to the house in the forest

Treasurer's

Reveal
(Read the text above!)
You ask a group of people for information about Kotoan's ring.
Roll a 1d6 for charisma.
d1-d3
No one reveals anything. You return to the merchant you travelled with. He looks at you, asks what's wrong, and you tell him your story.
"I know someone who can help you." He says.

Follow him

d4-d6
You notice they starts to pale.
"There are rumours that a woman does the evil deeds of Rathias in the forest. She will use the ring to create abominations, like using the Blackenbirds to create Illirfrains. Just look at how many there are!" They whisper.

Go to the house in the forest


Follow the Merchant

Reveal
The merchant walks to an abandoned alley.
"I once knew a woman claiming she was the descendant of Hailan Kotoan. She lives in the forest. I promised never to reveal this, since she did not want anyone to disturb her for the ring, but I trust you."


Mother Yania's

Reveal
(Read the text above!)
Go to the house

Treasurer's

Reveal
(Read the text above!)
Go to the house


The House in the Forest

Mother Yania's

Reveal
You travel to the woman's house in the forest.
Reaching the door to the house, how will you proceed?
Knock on her door and tell her your story.
Force the door open and take the ring.
Wait until night-time, and climb through the window


Knock and tell your story

Reveal
After knocking on the door, a woman opens the door.
"What do you want?" She asks.
You tell her about you.

"Again there are people looking for my ancestor's ring. It has sentimental value to me, and I cannot give it to you."

Persuade her


Use Force

Reveal
Roll a 1d6 to force the door open.
d1-d2
You hurt your shoulder by knocking it into the door repeatedly, the door does not move.

Wait until night-time, and climb through the window

d3-d4
You do not seem to be able to force the door open. As you look around, you notice an axe lying on the ground near a stump of tree.

What do you do?
Take the axe
Wait until night-time, and climb through the window

d5-d6
The door opens easily, and you enter the house.
A woman stands near the fireplace, shocked to see you standing in her doorway.
"What are you doing in my home?" She asks.

Persuade her to give you the ring
Intimidate her


Use the axe

Reveal
You pick up the axe and hit the door as hard as you can. It takes a while for you to get through, but manage to open the door.
You see a frightened woman standing in the corner of the house.

Intimidate her


Sneak through the window

Reveal
You wait until night-time, and open the shudders to the window and climb in. The woman is asleep on her bed.

What will you do:
Steal the ring
Wake her up and intimidate her

Steal

Reveal
Roll 1d6 for sleight of hand.
d1-d3
As you try to take the ring from the sleeping woman, she wakes up completely frightened.

Intimidate her.

d4-6
You manage to slip the ring from her finger and run away.

Return to Mother Yania


Persuade

Reveal
Roll 1d6 for persuasion.
d1-3
"Give it to me!" You shout, and push her. She stumbles, and hits her head hard into the corner of her bed. Approaching her, you see the blood, she is dead.

Take the ring

d4-d6
" I took a gamble coming here but without the bounty on this ring, my sister will die and my family will starve." You plead with her. She looks down but gives you the ring.

Return to Mother Yania.


Intimidate

Reveal
Roll 1d6 for intimidation
d1-d3
"Give me Kotoan's ring!" You repeat. She shakes her head. You try to take the ring by force, resulting in her falling and hits her head on the wall hard. You check her pulse but cannot find any.
Take the ring

d4-d6
"If you do not hand over the ring, I will be forced to take it." You tell her. She starts to shake and cry uncontrollably, and then reluctantly gives you the ring.

Return to Mother Yania

Treasurer's

Reveal
You travel to the woman's house in the forest.
Reaching the door to the house, how will you proceed?
Knock on her door and tell her your story.
Force the door open and take the ring.
Wait until night-time and sneak through the window.


Knock and tell your story

Reveal
After knocking on the door, a woman opens the door
"What do you want?" She asks.
You tell her about you.

"Again there are people looking for my ancestor's ring. It has sentimental value to me, and I cannot give it to you."

Persuade her


Use Force

Reveal
Roll a 1d6 to force the door open.
d1-d2
You hurt your shoulder by knocking it into the door repeatedly, the door does not move.

Wait until night-time, and climb through the window

d3-d4
You do not seem to be able to force the door open. As you look around, you notice an axe lying on the ground near a stump of tree.

What do you do?
Take the axe
Wait until night-time, and climb through the window

d5-d6
The door opens easily, and you enter the house.
A woman stands near the fireplace, shocked to see you standing in her doorway.
"What are you doing in my home?" She asks.

Persuade her to give you the ring
Intimidate her


Use the axe

Reveal
You pick up the axe and hit the door as hard as you can. It takes a while for you to get through, but manage to open the door.
You see a frightened woman standing in the corner of the house.

Intimidate her


Sneak through the window

Reveal
You wait until night-time, and open the shudders to the window and climb in. The woman is asleep on her bed.

What will you do:
Steal the ring
Wake her up and intimidate her

Steal

Reveal
Roll 1d6 for sleight of hand.
d1-d3
As you try to take the ring from the sleeping woman, she wakes up completely frightened.

Intimidate her.

d4-6
You manage to slip the ring from her finger and run away.

Return to the Treasurer


Persuade

Reveal
Roll 1d6 for persuasion.
d1-3
"Give it to me!" You shout and push her. She stumbles and hits her head hard into the corner of her bed. Approaching her, you see the blood, she is dead.

Take the ring

d4-d6
" I took a gamble coming here but without the bounty on this ring, my sister will die, and my family will starve." You plead with her. She looks down but gives you the ring.

Return to the Treasurer.


Intimidation

Reveal
Roll 1d6 for intimidation
d1-d3
"Give me Kotoan's ring!" You just repeat. She shakes her head. You try to take the ring by force, resulting in her falling and hits her head on the wall hard. You check her pulse but cannot find any.
Take the ring

d4-d6
"If you do not hand over the ring, I will be forced to take it." You tell her. She starts to shake and cry uncontrollably, and then reluctantly gives you the ring.

Return to the Treasurer

It's Mine!

Reveal
You take the ring from her cold finger.
When you are about to leave, you see the merchant standing in the doorway.
"You killed her! You will pay for this!" He shouts.
He somehow drags you to some soldiers in town, tells them what happened.

You have been arrested and awaits trial tomorrow.
Your journey ends here, knowing you will not be able to give your family the much-needed money in time.


 

Part 3 | Return to Mother Yania

Reveal
"Thank you. I am glad you decided to return the relic to the one true Holy City. It is about time we show those people from Estain, that Aistana is the central power of Agia. Changes will come soon. Be proud of your aid to the Aistanian church." She says.
"What about my payment?" You ask.
Roll a 1d6 to recieve your money. Remember, somewhere in this story you can get a boost.

d1-d2
"Ahh yes, here is 7 Lipun." She says and gives you the money.
"This is the same amount the Treasurer would pay me!" You say.
"You took far too long time," - she simply answers, - "now begone! Or I shall call the guards."
You got a decent payment and your family can finally have a better life... At least for now.

d3-d5
"I appreciate your help. Here is 10 Lipun." She says and give you the money.
Happy to have earned more, you return home to your family, who can finally have a better life... At least for now.

d6-d8
"I promised to pay you more if you took my offer. Here is 15 Lipun." She says.
You are happy to receive so much money, your family can finally have a better life... at least for now.


Read the epilogue


Part 3 | Return to the Treasurer

Reveal
Returning to Luzven, you decide to return to the Treasurers office. Just before you near the beginning of the staircase you hear a "psst".

What do you do:
Walk towards the sound
Ignore

Psst..

Reveal
You approach the voice and notice a female priest standing in the corner.
"I heard you found Kotoan's ring. If you give it to me, Mother Yania, I will pay you handsomely."

Give the ring to Mother Yania.
Continue to the Treasurer


Treasurer's Office

Reveal
You enter the Treasurer's office and give her the ring.
"Thank you. This relic will be moved to Estain, due to the rule of distribution of relics to other countries." She explains and gives you 7 Lipun.

Continue to epilogue

The Staircase

Reveal
You ignore the "psst" and continue to the Treasurer's office
In the middle of the staircase, another priest bumps into you.
Roll a 1d6 for agility.
d1-d2
You fall down the stairs. Just before death claims you, you see the priest takes the ring from your satchel.

d3-d6
You manage to keep your balance.

Go to the Treasurer's office.

Part 4 | Epilogue

A few months after you returned home to your family, you hear the news that both the Yppwenlas and the Treasurer had passed away mysteriously. A new Yppwenlas have been appointed. She used to be known as Mother Yania... War was going to break out between Aistana and Estain. Perhaps your family would not be safe after all...

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30 Apr, 2022 17:16

I helped Mother Yania, accepted her request to get the ring, convinced the peasants to tell me about the witch, then climbed through the window and stole the ring.   I liked how the story interwove with current events, will definitely come back to test another route.

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1 May, 2022 08:32

Great formatting, and a clever use of the spoiler buttons and text boxes.

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
1 May, 2022 12:00

I got the max amount of money :D a shame war is coming -_-

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3 May, 2022 14:58

Rolled so bad on persuasion that i accidentally killed the woman in the forest and got arrested lol. i only did one play-through so far but both the writing and design felt really polished and well thought out!

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George Sanders
4 May, 2022 16:50

HAHA. I was rejected. Fun CYOA!   "Your journey ends here, knowing the Treasurer nor Mother Yania do not care about you."

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Adebelle Anderson
25 Jun, 2022 22:57

The Epilogue made me SO sad!!! Dang I just wanted to be safe for gods sake!!!!   This was WONDERFUL!!! A true and original one player rpg!! It was very easy to follow!

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