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Challenge #199: Initiation Test


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Challenge #199: Initiation Test
Concept: Zale, Noctua Spell
Story: Pikminenco
Contributions from: Flamestalker, Zale, Pistax, Pikminenco, Noctua Spell

Tagline : Help Hildegard prepare for her 'adult explorer initiation test' by being ready for anything

Several boxes are stacked together outside of Pinkerton’s office. Pinkerton places the last of them next to the others and stretches his back. He lets outs a sigh of relief and searches for the right key in his pocket. Once he finds it he locks the door of his office. The sound of the lock can be heard through the hallway and Agatha takes notice. Normally Pinkerton only locks the office at the end of the day. She walks to his office to speak to him.
‘’Isn’t it a bit to early to leave Pinkerton? Normally you aren’t even halfway through the paperwork we bother you with.’’ She says teasingly. Pinkerton laughs and looks at the crates.
‘’If you want me to sign anything else for you you’ll have to do it quick.’’ He says. Agatha looks puzzled but then sees Pinkerton looking at the boxes contently. The unthinkable might happen soon!
‘’Wait!? You are actually going on a break!?’’ she asks.
‘’I have been in my office for seven days straight just so that I could leave for a few days.’’ He confirms.
‘’But who will do the work that comes up on the fly? It has happened plenty of times that we suddenly need a signature from you for one of our stupid, yet adventurous ideas?’’ Agatha asks.
‘’Do not worry. Vaduva will be taking over for a short while. Anything that needs my signature you can collect from her. She even has a stamp of my signature to make it look extra authentic.’’ Pinkerton says.
‘’A stamp eh? I should inform Harry about that.’’ Agatha says to herself.

From down the hallway somebody can be heard running towards Pinkerton’s office. Turning the corner it appears to be Hildegard who runs at top speed holding on to her top hat. When she is next to him she pants for a moment before she can speak.
‘’You can’t just leave! What if I need you like, RIGHT NOW!?’’ Hildegard asks desperately.
‘’Aren’t you experienced enough to do things by yourself now?’’ Agatha says. Pinkerton tries to calm Hildegard down.
‘’I am sure that whatever you need can also be handled by Vaduva.’’ He says.
‘’But I still have to do my ‘becoming an adult explorer initiation test’ and I want to ask you for help.’’ Hildegard says.
‘’Can’t Vaduva help you with that? She also has the authority to help you now.’’ Agatha says. Hildegard looks at the ground embarrassed.
‘’Yea…..well… but she scares me.’’ she says. Agatha wants to scold her but refrains from screaming.
‘’You have known her for a long while and you are still afraid of her? What’s the worse she can do?’’ Agatha asks. Pinkerton thinks of the many dark deeds that Vaduva did that are not know by anyone but Vaduva and Pinkerton himself.
‘’It is a valid reason to be afraid of her.’’ Pinkerton says.
‘’So can you help me out with this test of mine?’’ Hildegard asks with puppy-dog eyes. Pinkerton smiles.
‘’Hildegard you know you don’t have to put up those eyes for me to help you. I will be more than happy. Lets do this together!’’ Pinkerton says. Hildegard cheers and runs to the ship happily.

  • You must bring Hildegard, either as Captain or Crew
  • You must recruit Pinkerton into your entourage, and you cannot recruit Vaduva
  • You have to visit Transylvania
  • Bonuses for Recruiting Specialists and Perks on Hildegard
  • You must play on Adventure mode.
Your Score is your Renown + Bonus Points

You get 50 Bonus Points for each Specialist recruited
You get 100 Points for each Perk on Hildegard
You get 3000 Points for each level Hildegard has in all Perk lines
(example if Hildegard has atleast 1 of each then you get 3000, if she has 2 in each you'd get 6000, and so on)
  • BRONZE: 4000 Points (1MP*)
  • SILVER: 9000 Points (2MP*)
  • GOLD: 16000 Points (3MP*)
  • PLATINUM: 24000 Points and atleast 1 of each Perk line on Hildegard (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, 22/01/2021 (Or 01/22/2021 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 Specialists and Hildegard's Perks to verify your bonus points

Game Version
Must be Build 522 or later

Story ideas: What does Hildegard have to do in her initiation test? What dark deeds has Vaduva done in the past? Why are the boxes outside the office?

For the previous challenge - Challenge #198: The Earl that Stole Christmas - click here