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Challenge #198: The Earl that stole Christmas


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Challenge #198: The Earl that stole Christmas
Concept: Flamestalker
Story: Pikminenco
Contributions from: Pistax, Professor Finesser, Noctua Spell, Blackvision, Pikminenco

Tagline : Earl, overcome by greed, has stolen all the presents! Help him flee with the loot!

This is the tale of a man with no patience. A man that takes everything for himself even though he does not deserve it. A man that almost singlehandedly ruined the Christmas spirit for all of them were it not for other people’s cooperation. This is the story of the Earl that ruined Christmas.

On the day before Christmas a big, decorated tree stands in the courtyard. Around and under it lie presents in all shapes and sizes; Big and small, Red, Blue, Green and a combination of the three. The explorers look at all the presents excitedly. ‘When can we open these presents?’ little Hildegard asked. Pinkerton, donning his red hat and fake beard, laughed. ’This is for tomorrow my dear child. If we can all wait for another day the festivities would be even greater.’ The crowd looks a bit disappointed, but the spirit of excitement lives on. They all return inside and leave the presents behind. But not everyone is willing to wait.

Through the window is a deceitful Earl looking at the tree, grumpily talking to himself. ‘Why do they all get presents? Didn’t I do way more exploring this year than all the others?’ he says. He walks from the window to the door, door to the window, window to door and stopping…..before turning around and back to the door just to turn around again. ‘Take those two children for example.’ He mutters as he stands still. ‘They are nothing but lumps of coal among the excellence of diamonds that is myself.’ He says proudly. He pressed his face against the window. ‘I will take matters into my own hands and distribute these presents accordingly.’

But as he looks through the window he sees he is not alone. In the other room he sees Hatice looking at the presents with the same glint of greed in her eyes. They see each other and decide to team up, who wouldn’t want a partner in crime? However it is not the golden duo of greed as they thought it would be, as the first thing that comes up is who should be the leader. ‘Obviously me!’ Earl says. ‘With your small stature and tinkering with tools you can be the perfect gremlin minion.’ Hatice lets out a laugh. ‘Quite the contrary!’ she continues. ‘With your large size and lack of brain you are perfect as the big brute that is second in command.’ They continue their argument for a while but decide to lay it to rest for the moment. They have presents to ‘redistribute.’

The next morning the explorers run down from their rooms to the courtyard. Most of them are still wearing their pyjamas. They throw open the door and rush to the large, decorated tree. The tree is there but all the presents are gone. Some explorers drop to their knees. A few even have tears in their eyes. Pinkerton however notices a small pile of gunpowder near the tree. ‘It was Earl!’ he says. ‘He has taken the presents for himself!’ The explorers grab their gear and start looking for the fiend that stole the presents.

  • Earl or Hatice has to be Captain, bring the other as a crewmember
  • Your 3rd crewmember cannot be a Devout Believer*
  • You must visit Shangri-La and finish with a Devious attitude
  • Dont recruit many Helpers and Specialists into your entourage
  • Bonus points for each Black Heart between the crew, and for your captain become Enlightened in Shangri-La**
  • You must play on Adventure mode.
* The following explorers are Devout Believers: Emilia, Dolores, Ivan, Maria and Kwame
** In Shangri-La there is an event on Mount Kaliash where a character can become enlightened, you get bonus points if your captain is the one who becomes enlightened this way.
Black Hearts can be gained through Campfire Storycards

Your Score is your Renown + Bonus Points

You get 500 Bonus Points for each Black Heart between crewmembers
You get 1000 Bonus Points if your Captain becomes Enlightened

Dont forget to screenshot your Entourage and your character's passports to verify your bonus points
  • BRONZE: 3000 Points (1MP*)
  • SILVER: 6000 Points and less than 16 members in your Entourage (2MP*)
  • GOLD: 11000 Points and less than 11 members in your Entourage (3MP*)
  • PLATINUM: 16000 Points and less than 6 members in your Entourage (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, 01/01/2021
(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 your passport screenshots to verify your bonus points

Game Version
Must be Build 522 or later

Story ideas:What kind of presents were under the tree? Where have Earl and Hatice ran off to? Who eventually became the leader of the greed crew?

For the previous challenge - Challenge #197: The Ultimate Challenge - click here
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