Oh yeah, he was expecting it tonight. As soon as teeth were brushed and pyjamas were worn (i.e. an old T-shirt of mine… Enjoy every second of the time when your kids hero worship you, it won’t last), my little 6 year old Laser Knight was ready to continue his adventures.
Chatty: Okay so you blasted the forest away, gave all the wood to the Lumberjacks, built the animals and birds a big farm and were made a local hero.
Nico: That’s right! Now ask me some questions again daddy!
Okay, so you have a cleared up Forest of stumps, a Village and a Mountainside filled with Caves, what do you explore?
Hmmm. Let’s go look in the forest!
Chapter 3: The Forest Friend!
Okay, well as you search the stumps, you notice a pair of tracks made by round little feet…. between those tracks you also see a furrow in the ground, like if someone/something was dragged behind (Chatty: Narrative steering attempt).
Ohhh, that must be Sandshrew! He has a tail and that furrow must be his tail! (Chatty: Nico 1, Narrative Steering 0). I follow the tracks!
Wow, you’re good! As you progress deeper in the forest of stumps, you notice something yellow, hiding and trembling behind a large stump. It’s Sandshrew, he seems scared of you.
“Don’t be scared, I’m a friend!”
“If your a friend, why did you destroy the whole forest?”‘
“I did it so I could see who was stealing my dad!”
“Ahhh, good reason then… are you Nico the Knight-Prince?”
“I am! My daddy was stolen by Polywrath”
“Oh, that bad Monster, I bet he told you that I knew where he was huh?”
“He did, he left a message!”
“Well then I can help you get there before the end of the day for sure, but first I need your help. During the storm, my favorite yellow ball was blown away into the village. I’m too scared of Humans to go and get it back. Can you do it for me please?”
Chapter 4: Who broke wind?
I go talk to the lumberjacks daddy! (Man, I want this little man in my campaign now! He actually cares about NPCs!)
Okay, well they tell you that they didn’t see the ball. You should go talk to thier children who play all day long in the village square.
What’s a village square?
It’s like a big park in the middle of a village, usually between a church and a market.
Ahhh okay! I go there then.
As you come up the square, you see a large group of children play with a big yellow ball. They seem to be having a lot of fun!
I go talk to them, ask them if the ball fell from the sky?
They tell you that it did fall from the sky earlier today during a scary storm and that it was the bestest ball ever!
“Maybe it belongs to someone else that misses it?”
“That may be so, but we’re having so much fun with it”
“I’d really like to take it back to it’s owner”
As Nico says this, a large kid, a bit like Billy in Toy Story, comes to him and says “you want this ball? How about we play for it?”
This boy’s name is Biff, he’s the strongest kid in the village. While others are a bit afraid of him, he’s not all that bad. He proposes that you both kick the ball real hard and whoever kicks it the farthest keeps the ball, do you agree?
Okay, well Biff goes first and kicks it from one side of the square up to the other side, right up to the church’s steps. All the kids cheer real loud and Biff looks satisfied. Your turn.
Okay. Hmmm. I don’t know if I should use my armour’s power to create wind to push the ball further or just use me? (He phrased it like that in French, it’s grammatically incorrect but oh so ‘right’)
Well it depends, do you feel like you are stronger than Biff?
No I’m not, I’ll use my wind powers then.
Well then, you kick the ball really far and it goes across the square, over the church, past the street, over a home and into the pool of someone! All kids break out in a huge cheer! The ball is yours.
Yay! I go pick up the ball and return it to Sandshrew.
Okay, Sandshrew is real happy and is ready to tell you where Polywrath’s cave is. He tells you that you have to count your Age up and your Age right to know which Cave entrance to use…
The caves are arranged like an apartment building, the caves are arranged in a Grid…
Ah so I count up for 6 and then toward the right for 6?
That’s it! You’re smart! You see a ladder going up to that cave.
I climb it.
A sign says: Welcome to Polywrath’s Super Secret Cave.
All right Nico time for bed!
All right all right. One more scene.
Chapter 5: The Not so Unfriendly Cave
Oh! That must be a Polywag, he’s an unevolved version of Polywrath!
Is he now? Cool! Well Polywag can’t let you pass because he’s a guard and he tells you that you must have your daddy’s crown to go in!
Do I have the crown on me daddy?
Hmmm, I don’t think so, you told me you took your armour and sword only when you left (Ohhh! Chatty pulls an Evil GM on his own son! That’s cold!)
Oh yeah, I remember. Well then I give him one of my spare sword diamonds! That one can blast light beams that blind people and can stun them for a long time!
Post Game aside: After the story, Nico explained to me that his diamonds have limited ammo and that he carries a lot of them to recharge/replace them when they run out.
Polliwag says “You’re giving me this gift? For real?”
“Wow! That’s so nice of you… you can come in, I’ll go play with my diamond now! If you ever need help, just call me!”
We’re done for the night Nico, good night.
Good Night Daddy. Are you going to tell your Internet friends about this story?
Do you want me too?
Yes! I hope they like it too.
I’m sure they will.
Credits: Nicolas Menard (Story), Nintendo (Image)