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Challenge #169: Harry's Road to Peace

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Challenge #169: Harry's Road to Peace
Concept: Professor Finesser
Story: Professor Finesser
Contributions from: Professor Finesser, Flamestalker, Blackvision, Pistax, Liort


Tagline : Join Harry as he makes amends with his past!

Don't break your heart over Harry. It will only make you feel bad. But if you do, why not take a walk down El Camino Real?

Story:
The Society was out on its biannual beach retreat, one of the few times a year everyone had a chance to relax. Even Bia was smiling and laughing, soaking up some sun with Yvonne and Lady Vaduva. It was no surprise, the beaches of the New Zealand were beautiful this time of year. The sand was white, the air was crisp with tinges of salt, the sea was that resplendent shade of aquamarine that one can only find in the ocean. Seagulls were nowhere to be seen. There was an atoll not too far from the shore, so Jan-Piet and Charles were building a raft out of tree trunks so they could check it out.

"I bet your Dutch rigging will give way before we're even halfway to the first piece of land," Charles spat.
Jan-Piet retorted quickly, "At least I can use the rudder properly."
"'Use the rudder properly?'" Charles was enraged now. The British put in an entire day dedicated to the basics of steering the rudder back when Charles was a lad. "For Queen and country, I'll show you how to use a rudder!" Charles picked up the rudder Jan-Piet had brought and heaved it towards him. Jan-Piet, busy rigging the sail Charles had brought, was hit cleanly. He keeled over face-first into the sand, right on to the tip of his oar, which spun up into the air wildly, landing square on the crown of Charles' head, knocking him out cold.

Harry, who was only 50 paces away, got to see this entire episode in full. Normally, he would have been laughing, but at the moment he barely registered the fight. The wind and the sand and the waves all seemed to melt away until he was long gone and far away from what was happening around him, lost in his memories.
...

Harry was back in London again, but not with any of the Society. No, back then, he was running with a group of orphans that found work stealing, cutting purses, and pickpocketing. He honestly didn't feel too bad about his work, as he loved the rush in his chest when he ran away from the bumbling constable Adams. He came back to the hideout that day, money in his hand and joy in his heart.

"Well crew, it looks like we'll be eating well tonight!" Harry exclaimed, to the cheers of the rest of the urchins. Especially overjoyed was one Nadzieja, a young girl who wound up here who Harry cared for deeply. There was this wonder that Harry saw in her blue eyes, something he had lost long ago.

"Hey Harry, how'd you escape this time?" she asked eagerly and inquisitively. Harry was all too happy to oblige. He told her a grossly overblown tale of how he dodged and weaved through a crowd of fifteen officers and even managed to taunt one before he disappeared.

"Wow Harry, you're amazing!"

"Thanks kid, but it wasn't anything special. Now go on, join the others."

Unfortunately for Harry, he remembers what happens not too long after that night.

It had not even begun snowing when our spritely cutpurse was darting into an alley to avoid capture when he bumped into a bald, intimidating man. It was not his full goatee nor his baldness, but rather an ethereal force around him. It wafted from him, this stench of corrosion; all encompassing, it made Harry sick just to be nearby. Harry felt as though he had stuck his foot in some sort of quagmire that he could not lift himself out of, that he could not pull away from. The man noticed his purse, snatched it away from Harry, and demanded to be taken to their hideout. Harry knew his hands were tied, as although the police had never caught him, they knew that he was a thief. He led the man to where all his companions hid. Harry didn't know it then, but that would be the last day any laughter was heard underneath that port.

In order to keep up with the new costs, the orphans were forced to begin robbing people. Gone were the days of hawking goods left out in the open, replaced with nights of violence and terror. Most everyone acclimated, as they have always done, but Harry was having trouble. He had managed to ensure that Nadzieja had never had to commit any crimes. However, with the new management, Harry had been having increasing difficulty keeping her away from that world. Worst were the nights, when the man insisted that Harry learn how to make synthetic crystals, which were supposedly going to help them create replicas that they could replace with stolen jewelry so the victims would not even know they had been robbed. Harry knew what he was actually going to use any synthetic crystals for, but he kept his mouth shut.
Weeks went by. Harry fell ill. Try as he might to fight it, he was condemned to his cot until the disease would lift. The sickness spread around, until there were only a few healthy ones left. It looked like Nadiezja would have to go out tonight. She stopped by Harry's cot before she left. He was soundly asleep for once. She smiled, happy that he was at peace, even if it was only for a while. She departed without a word. The target tonight was an old man who liked to take walks at night. Nadzieja had already set a tripwire in an alley, all she needed to do was draw him towards it and trip him there. The night was cold, but it was foggy and quiet. The man left his little brownstone and started his stroll. As he was approaching the alley, she began to start rushing him. As expected, the man thought the fog obscured him, so he dashed into the alley. When she got there, he had already fallen over, but had managed to break his fall, so he was still conscious. Nadiezja made her way over to the man with a brick, but the clouds opened and the moon's light shone on his face. She saw how scared he was; his eyes were wise and looked everywhere and nowhere, like some struck pig. Harry never saw the girl again.

...

"Harry? You there?" Emilia was waving her gloved hand in front of Harry's eyes. The sun was setting, so the beach was enveloped in shades of purple and orange, playfully dancing with each other until they melded into one. "It's time to go. Everyone has already packed onto their airships. The backup scout airship still has some room though."

"Oh, that's alright, I'll be there soon." Harry picked up a fistful of sand and slowly opened his palm. He watched as the breeze carried each grain, and kept watching until the last of it had gone behind him.


[h1]Rules:[/h1]
  • Harry must be your captain.
  • Harry must have the Saw and Cooking Pot trinkets equipped for the final mission*
  • He must** also have the Naturalist - Chemistry perk by the end.
  • Crew can be anyone, but you'll get bonus points (see "Scoring") for having either Hildgard Haas or Suh Min-Jeong (or both) on the crew
  • Bonus points for collecting any and all of: Sea Sapphire, Sun Stone, Hungarian Mix, Star of Africa, Clear Crystal, Community Crystal
  • You must play on Adventure mode.

Notes:
*The Saw and Cooking Pot are both Trinkets from the Downtown store in New Orleans
**You will not be disqualified if you do not have Chemistry, but you'll get a 8000 points penalty and/or be limited to Bronze


Scoring:
Your score is your Renown + Bonus Points.

You'll get 500 bonus points for each of the Treasures (list above) you collected

You'll get 1000 bonus points for bringing either Hildgard Haas or Suh Min-Jeong (or both)
  • BRONZE: 4000 Points (1MP*)
  • SILVER: 8000 Points (2MP*)
  • GOLD: 16000 Points (3MP*)
  • PLATINUM: 20000 Points (3MP+**)
* Number of medal points awarded when playing on Classic Difficulty. Easy and Normal give less, according to these rules.
Gold and Platinum medals may only be achieved without losing, though Silver and Bronze are still possible to get with just the Record sheet for that trip.
** The platinum medal is extraordinary and can only be achieved on Classic or Impossible difficulty without losing. It doesn't increase Medal Points further than a Gold medal, but we will track how many you have.

How to participate
You can participate with a highscore, a story or both.

Stories
Write a story. Use the Challenge theme as an inspiration by looking at the constraints. Find other stories in the Fan Story directory or by looking at previous challenges.
Post your story in a new topic in these forums.
Also link to it to this thread with a comment: Include the first paragraph/few lines of your story in the post here to show readers what your story is about.

Highscores
Play the game according to the challenge rules and in Adventure mode.
Post in this topic a screenshot of your Win Screen*, right after the ceremony or your Leaderboard record.* Also include a text version of your score with the submission to allow for error checking.
Submit by 12:00 noon CEST, 06/11/19 (Or 11/06/19 for those using MM/DD/YY)
(click here for your local time equivalent )
NOTE: Only one score will be accepted - only one submission for each player please. If you wish to enter a new score, please edit your initial entry and make it clear which score you are submitting, and add the word "EditGreenlight" to the entry so we can see immediately when the result needs updating.
*If you forget to screenshot the Win screen, you can also enter with a screenshot of your Leaderboards: Go to Main Menu > Leaderboards > Local > click the entry that matches your submission game > screenshot those details.

Remember to provide a screenshot of Harry's trinkets and perks!


Game Version
Must be Build 522 or later

Story ideas: How did Harry get out of his situation? What led him to the society? How will exploration help him come to terms with himself?

For the previous challenge - Challenge #168: Professor Yu, Yuologist - click here
 
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