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Challenge #177: Questionable Cooking


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Challenge #177: Questionable Cooking
Concept: Flamestalker, Noctua Spell, Pikminenco, Liro
Story: Pikminenco
Contributions from: Flamestalker, Noctua Spell, Pikminenco, Liro, Pistax

Tagline : The way of diplomacy is through the stomach. Offer the world food to show your unending generosity.

Dolores walks towards the kitchen of the society. She has worked up quite the appetite. She was just minding her own business walking through London when there was a band of thugs trying to mug her, telling her that she never could take on all of them. Well, she certainly showed them. After she punched the first thug to the ground in one, clean punch she jumped to the next and performed a diving stomp, knocking the thug into a wall. After nimbly dodging a few strikes from the remaining two thugs she grabbed one of them by the waist and threw him over her head into the ground. The last thug tried to run away, but Dolores ran after him and performed her signature pinning strike to knock him to the ground. After her stunning victory she decided to return to the society to grab something to eat.

As she approached the kitchen she could already hear the sound of clattering pots, boiling water and utensils being placed on the table. She started smiling and increased her pace. Before she could open the door Charles stepped in front of it. Dolores tried to get around him but Charles wouldn’t let her. He simply shook his head.
‘’It’s not worth it, it really isn’t.’’ he said. Dolores put her hands on her waist and laughed.
‘’No matter the recipe, no matter the ingredients used, no matter the horrible cook, I will eat whatever is put on the table.’’
‘’Are you very certain about that? Why don’t you ask the last person who claimed that.’’ Charles says and points to the couch against the wall. On the couch is Earl laying in pain, with his hands around his stomach.
‘’Don’t be a fool, don’t enter that kitchen.’’ He says. Next to him on the couch is Emilia preparing a remedy against the stomach pain. Dolores is surprised.
‘’Earl! What happened? We were eating 2 month old bread with a side of expired milk two days ago and we were completely fine. What in the world is in that kitchen that it made your stomach go upside down?’’ She asks.
‘’Kwa…Kwame..’’ he says in pain. Dolores sighs and shakes her head.
‘’You know Kwame isn’t edible right, he is all old and such.’’ she says. Emilia puts a wet towel on Earl’s head.
‘’He didn’t try to eat Kwame you dumb oaf. He ate the food that Kwame prepared.’’ She says.
‘’But Kwame has always been a horrible cook.’’ Dolores says.
‘’Well he certainly reconfirmed it today. That madman has been in the kitchen for almost the entire day now. He is claiming all the tools and ingredients used for the majesty of cooking and ruining it by having his little hands do the work!’’ Charles says angrily.
‘’Then why won’t you stop him?’’
‘’Then I would have to probably eat his food first. He is very convincing.’’ Charles says. Earl moans in pain and almost falls from the couch. Emilia and Charles help him back up.
‘’What did you even eat that made you so sick?’’ Dolores asks.
‘’I don’t know the entire thing, but I did recognise sunflowers seeds in there.’’ He says.
‘’That’s odd. To my knowledge there are no sunflower seeds in the kitchen.’’ Charles says.
‘’The only person with sunflower seeds on this society is me. But those are safely in the seed pocket of my overall.’’ Emilia says and opens the pocket to grab the seeds, but there are none in there.
‘’THAT SON OF A…., he’ll pay for this!’’ she says and reaches for the kitchen door but is stopped by Dolores. After a while Emilia calms down. Earl raises a new problem.
‘’So how are we going to get him out of there?’’ he asks. Everyone thinks for a moment, but no one has a fool proof plan.
‘’Maybe it is just best to wait it out. While he is in there he can’t hurt people as long as they stay out of the kitchen.’’ Charles says. The other nod. However shortly after the kitchen door opens. The group turns around and sees Kwame holding two plates of wet goop with a small decorative flag in each of them.
‘’Dinner is ready. Eat up!’’ he says with a big smile. The other explorers quickly disperse.
‘’That is until he starts the offensive!’’ Dolores says while running.

  • Kwame has to be your captain
  • Your crew can be anyone
  • You get bonus points and penalties for your helpers, depending on your perks
  • You must play on Adventure mode.
Your score is your Renown + Bonus Points and Penalties

You get a -50 points penalty for every helper (due to Kwame's poor cooking) that you have, but you can reduce that penalty (or even make it possitive) by having the following perks.

+10 points per helper if Kwame has Beguiler - Charms
+20 points per helper if Kwame has Rogue - Sneaking
+20 points per helper if Kwame has Survivalist - Cooking
+5 points per helper for every other Survivalist Perk Kwame has, but only if he has Cooking as well. (cooking doesnt count twice, it only gets its own +20)

Dont forget you'll need to add a screenshot of Kwame's perks and your entourage
  • BRONZE: 2500 Points (1MP*)
  • SILVER: 7500 Points (2MP*)
  • GOLD: 14000 Points (3MP*)
  • PLATINUM: 21000 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.

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.

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 CET, 06/03/2020 (Or 03/06/2020 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.

Dont forget the screenshots of your entourage and Kwame's perks!

Game Version
Must be Build 522 or later

Story ideas: What were the ingredients in the meal that Earl ate? What other things can Earl’s and Dolores’s stomach handle? Was Harry among those thugs?

For the previous challenge - Challenge #176: Hat Trick - click here