CAUSE YOU'RE GOING TO BE MAKING SOME MAPS, BOY HOWDY.
A new useless gem, hurray! Bad weather in Kyrandia must be interesting.
Now that I've got my special yellow gem, I'LL SHOW YOU, SNAKEY! I BET IT SHOOTS LASERS!
SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR TREE, SNAKEY
Oh, is that what that does.
Note that Kyrandia doesn't TELL you that this is what this gem does. And if you use it when you're NOT poisoned, it won't tell you anything. YOU JUST HAVE TO ASSUME THAT HEY, IF I GET BITTEN BY THE SNAKE, THESE RANDOM YELLOW SPARKLES WILL SAVE ME. Also note that using the gem BEFORE you get bitten, like it would PROTECT you from the snake, will not work. When I was first playing this, I thought the gem would protect me rather than heal me, and so when it failed, I was convinced that the gem was unrelated. GOT STUCK FOR A WEEK OR SOMETHING BEFORE I FIGURED IT OUT.
Also keep in mind that it takes a while for the gem to recharge too, so if you screw it up you don't have time to save yourself. AWESOME.
Kyrandia does this CONSTANTLY.
FINALLY, THE RUBY IS MINE, ALL MINE!
Fine, I'll just take my ONE ruby then. >(
DARN IT I WANT TO BURN SOME ROSES, WHAT KIND OF LAME INCENDIARY ALTAR IS THIS
Surely, since getting this ruby was something of a puzzle, it is supposed to be used to solve THIS puzzle, whatever it is.
Brandon randomly comments on things if you click him. :D
Another somewhat random puzzle - if you use the yellow gem under the bird, it'll heal the bird! WOULD YOU HAVE FIGURED THIS OUT? IT TOOK ME A WHILE because I didn't think that the gem could just heal whatever it feels like.
Hey Nolby want a quill
Ah whatever. OFF TO DARM
Brandywine: pfft, whatever.
LOOK OUT, BRANDON WILL POINT OUT THE PLOTHOLES IN YOU NEXT
When no spells will work, got it. Wait, what?
Well that explains where all the gemstones are coming from. THANKS FOR TELLING ME WHAT STONE GOES TO WHAT SEASON THOUGH THAT'S AWESOME I GUESS I'LL JUST GUESS. ALSO THANKS FOR THE VAGUE THING ABOUT THE SUNSTONE, AWESOME.
Yes, I know it's a sunstone. Shh.
That's right, the sunstone is in the river here. How did I find this? This time, I actually honestly found it by accident. THERE'S NO REAL HINT TELLING YOU THIS except that Brandon says the rock at the bottom is "pretty". You may have to click the river multiple times, no less. I JUST GOT LUCKY but I actually was wandering around for a while all wtf where is my stone you old geezer thanks for nothing >(
WELL GOT THAT DONE AT LEAST
As you can see, I just dumped them all here cause of limited inventory space and the like. HMM, WHAT COULD BE NEXT? I WILL HAVE TO USE THE TIMEHONORED METHOD OF "GUESSING RANDOMLY"
I SURE WISH YOU'D TELL ME THEN
DARN IT WHAT AM I MISSING AIRAHGFHJADGKA
So I had to go wandering back to through the woods to find some more frigging gemstones. Darn it.
Okay, let's try this again.
ALRIGHT ANOTHER ONE DOWN HURRAY
I put it in twice since I loaded my game a few times doing this cause I was too lazy to go find more gemstones everytime I screwed it up.
IS THIS MAKING SENSE TO ANY OF YOU? CAUSE IT'S NOT TO ME, I'M JUST GUESSING.
I actually already guessed that the ruby would be the last one, I just wanted to get rid of all those extra stones lying around.
And what a quest it was.
Hahahahahaha at least Brandon's got a good attitude about this nonsense.
"And my feet hurt. >("
I swear these two are married.
God I hate the labryinth so much. YOU'LL SEE.
Wow, that ice was thinner than I thought.
Ah, here we go. The Serpent's Grotto (The Cavern) is actually a nice, simple, kind of creepy, very atmospheric kind of melody, and very pleasant to listen to at first. However, with the amount of time you're going to be spending in these caves, this music will eventually drive you insane. I swear to god. It's a shame since it's actually a really neat song in general. Frigging mazes.
Ominous Cavern is a nice DoD remix of it, full of some awesome guitars and such. Makes it much more in your face. :D
Frigging fireberries. YOU WILL ALWAYS REMIND ME OF THIS HORRIBLE MAZE.
I got a bit overzealous here. In reality, the most you will probably ever need to carry at one time is four fireberries.
Note the color of the fireberries.
HEY THIS ROOM LOOKS AWESOME
I could have told you that would happen, Brandon.
THAT'S RIGHT, YOU'RE STUCK IN HERE! HURRAY!
And yes, Fireberries only last about three screens, then they burn up in your inventory, leaving you lightless. This means that no matter how many fireberries you carry, you can only go three screens with them before they burn out.
What this means is that in the oncoming maze, you can only ever really go three screens in any given direction before having to backtrack, or, if you're lucky, stumbling across a fireberry bush or some important place.
That's what makes this maze so FUN!
Basically, what you are going to want to do is make a map. I already made one, but you'll probably want to make one yourself because this has the added bonus of you personally dropping a fireberry in each room. If you drop a fireberry in a room, it will always remain lit. This makes backtracking through the maze a million times easier, and if you're going through yourself, you'll drop a berry everytime you make a room on your map, and it will save you some work in a way.
If you're in a room with no light, you die. :D
Stupid magic flute, DO SOMETHING.
I should probably check what this scroll does sometime. Thankfully this isn't a one-shot scroll or something. THAT would suck.
Well that was pointless.
Anyway, every room in this place looks almost the same. They light up to different degrees depending on the freshness of the berry before you drop it. I hate this place so much.
Aha, here's one of the things we're looking for in this place. Rocks. Why would you need rocks? WELL, WHO KNOWS. IT'S THERE, SO YOU PICK IT UP. YOU PICK IT UP RIGHT NOW. IT'S OBVIOUSLY IMPORTANT.
There are five rocks scattered through the maze, and you have to find them all.
After a lot of pointless wandering, hey! Looks like we found something!
"I just need a place to crash until my paycheck clears, come on dude."
These two have something going on.
That's awesome there's just this tiny matter of WHAT THE #$#@ IS EVERYONE TALKING ABOUT
"We also happen to be shimmering, incorporeal balls of purple light, but that's neither here nor there!"
Oh great, yeah, thanks.
Well hey there you go.
And that's all the explanation you get! Ha ha!
Dang, hmm. I bet it's a gemstone or something.
Anyway after MORE WANDERING
WELL FINE POINTLESS ROOM JUST BE THAT WAY I'LL TAKE MY ROCK AND GO
Blah blah backtracking
This room is utterly pointless. I swear to god. I have no idea why it's even here.
It even has its own theme! WHY.
Yes, that's what your rocks are for. That pulley system! Ha ha! You cannot imprison me forever, Serpent's Grotto!
Yes, Brandon ricocheted it off the wall and landed it! Impressive!
BRANDON NO IT TOOK ME LIKE AN HOUR TO GET THESE ROCKS
So at this point I actually ended up getting stuck, since I couldn't figure out how to fix the moon altar, or how to cross the pit, or what I was supposed to DO. So I wandered and wandered and wandered, and eventually in yet another check of each room...
THERE WAS A GOLD COIN IN HERE. DID YOU SEE IT THE FIRST TIME? IT BLENDS IN PERFECTLY WITH THE BACKGROUND. I SWEAR TO GOD.
So I ended up wandering and wandering and wandering SOME MORE and finally got frustrated and quit. When I came back, I decided to just start back in the forest and see if maybe there was something I missed.
I HATE YOU GOLD COIN, BE GONE FROM ME.
OH SCREW YOU KYRANDIA
When you're a wisp it plays this jaunty little theme.
The convenient thing about your Will o Wisp form is that it will light up any areas you go into, thus making fireberries unnecessary. HURRAY.
Fun note - be careful clicking on this apple, as you may accidentally click on the entrance to the cave and go back inside, which will be dark since you're no longer a wisp, and you'll die! :D I didn't do this, but it's very easy.
What a lovely view.
Tree: I DISAGREE!
OH NO WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO BRANDON NOW?!?