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Moonlight, Swordfighting, and The Single Adventurer

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In the interests of keeping myself moving towards actual completion, I am tossing this up even though it is not complete. I just had very little time to give to the project; in order to push, i need to post whatever is done even close to reasonably up. So, for feedback and error correction, here goes:

 

Aran or Zelda: The Return of the Text Adventure?

 

OK, don't do this.

 

Really.

 

The idea was to build a really cool little text adventure entry, a moonlit swordfight, following the advice of the ladies at P&T.

 

Then I got the idea that swordfights can be done by foil or by language.

 

An oddity of construction - I started this as a sketch, then followed berelinde's advice on using squentially numbered states to make sure no stitch gets dropped. This means the original final state is now actually state 50 out of X, so the basic plans flow in an odd net around the final exits - and some additional exits are tucked close to the end.

 

On the good side, it has lots of possibilities from the player choice standpoint. There is just about everything tossed in there save perhaps Stat-checked opposed roll responses (I realized it was getting way, way too big without adding that complexity). On the bad side, it is a game-within-a-game, and most folks are not into huge long clickfest text adventures popping up in their game. On the worst side of all, it does rely on stage direction - (He whips his sword up to his lips in salutation.). There is a whole thread on why this is Bad™ at PPG, and the primary reason behind Bri and Lord Ernie's text rebuilt of Tashia seems to be the updating of the original text away from these "action" style dialogs - in fact, the only place these are really considered ok is within flirts. But for now, frankly, cutscenes suck for this kind of thing, and I am not a good enough writer to make the scenes pop into people's heads with just the soundtrack, and no visual. It is probably because the engine was never, ever designed for this kind of thing. C'est la vie, non? Oui.

 

So, here goes a massively overdone Text Adventure, called "Sparring". I do not expect the male bonding version to be as elaborate - the male version vould be done in all action, with a few grunts, and The Brotherhood would be cool with it. But for the budding romance-novelist reader, this might ticle your fancy.

 

/* Romance interlude: Sparring Challenge */
/* StoryTelling through Interactive Text Adventure */

/* Begin Sparring, romance version */
IF ~Global("c-aransparslt","GLOBAL",1)~ THEN BEGIN c-asparlt
SAY ~[ARAN] You be a mite late, there, <CHARNAME>. I was just about to turn in, eh?~
++ ~[PC] Do you always spar with your shirt off?~  + c-asparlt1
++ ~[PC] Judging from the sheen of sweat on your chest, it looks like you have been working hard. Do you want to postpone this?~  + c-asparlt2
++ ~[PC] Think of it as early for tomorrow. The moon is still up, and I am here now.~ + c-asparlt3
++ ~[PC] I think I would rather not spar tonight, Aran. I am going to turn in.~ + c-asparlt5
++ ~[PC] You are a little slow, aren't you. When I said 'spar', I was thinking of more amorous pursuits.~  + c-asparlt6
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt1
SAY ~[ARAN] Well, now, sometimes I do, sometimes no. But I don't think I'll be askin' you to do the same. That blouse looks right pretty, it does. Especially as I can see right through it in this moonlight.~
++ ~[PC] (Quickly pull your jerkin closer around you.) Are you going to gawk, or are you going to fight?~ + c-asparlt7
++ ~[PC] (Cross over in front of him.) All part of my plan to distract you and win, of course.~ + c-asparlt7
++ ~[PC] (Loosen your blouse, allowing the silk to billow gently in the night breeze.) I simply need the freedom to move. A gentleman would not look so closely.~ + c-asparlt7
++ ~[PC] You are being silly again, Aran. Stop joking around. You can see very well that I am still in my armor.~ + c-asparlt10
++ ~[PC] (blush) Aran, I... I... ~ + c-asparlt11
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt2
SAY ~[ARAN] No, no... I was stretchin' out, is all. I don't rightly suppose I should ask you to match me, eh? Well, no matter... ~
+ ~Class(Player1,MAGE_ALL)~ + ~[PC] Any decent mage will tell you that a good, well tailored robe is the first line of defense. I think you should stop talking and start sparring, Aran.~ + c-asparlt4
+ ~Class(Player1,FIGHTER_ALL)~ + ~[PC] Warcries, distracting sounds, blabbering on about my beauty, all valid combat tactics, Aran. But really, aren't we both a little to seasoned for such distractions? Put your sword to use instead of your tongue.~ + c-asparlt4
+ ~Class(Player1,THIEF_ALL)~ + ~[PC] In my profession, it is important to learn when to hide one's assets, and when to display them. Less talk and much more action, please.~ + c-asparlt4
+ ~Class(Player1,CLERIC_ALL) Alignment(Player1,MASK_GOOD)~ + ~[PC] I think you should stop talking and start fighting, Aran. Good intentions pale in comparison with actions.~ + c-asparlt4
+ ~Class(Player1,CLERIC_ALL) Alignment(Player1,MASK_EVIL)~ + ~[PC] I think you should stop talking and start fighting, Aran. The gods prefer actions over platitudes. Besides, you need to be taught your place.~ + c-asparlt4
+ ~Class(Player1,CLERIC_ALL) !Alignment(Player1,MASK_GOOD) !Alignment(Player1,MASK_EVIL)~ + ~[PC] I think you should stop talking and start fighting, Aran. I shall endeavor to show you the essense of spiritual focus, or at least give you a good drubbing.~ + c-asparlt4
+ ~Class(Player1,PALADIN_ALL)~ + ~[PC] A good spar to clear the head and focus the mind. Come, now, Aran. Let us have a clean fight.~ + c-asparlt4
+ ~Class(Player1,SORCERER)~ + ~[PC] Somehow I think it might be fun to try a good old-fashioned swordfight. I will try to avoid melting your blade, or setting your trousers on fire.~ + c-asparlt4
+ ~Class(Player1,MONK)~ + ~[PC] Hand to hand is more my forte, but perhaps this will be interesting. I will spar with you.~ + c-asparlt4
+ ~Class(Player1,BARD_ALL)~ + ~[PC] I should be asking to spar musically, or perhaps with poetry, Aran, but I am afraid I have heard your singing. I think you should stop talking and start fighting.~ + c-asparlt4
++ ~[PC] I think I will keep my top on, thank you.~ + c-asparlt4
++ ~[PC] I think I would rather not spar tonight, Aran. I am going to turn in.~ + c-asparlt5
++ ~[PC] You could ask. But my answer would be no. Besides, that is a highly unromantic suggestion.~  + c-asparlt6
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt3
SAY ~[ARAN] That you be. An' in th' moonlight, I don't know what be prettier... you, or a full contract tight-bound.~
++ ~[PC] Are you comparing me to a bundle of dried, ink-covered sheepskin?~ + c-asparlt12
++ ~[PC] Me. I am prettier. See? (Spin slowly, raising your arms).~ + c-asparlt13
// 4th wall, Buckaroo Bonsai  - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086856/ - , but it fits too well not to use 
++ ~[PC] Laugh all you want, monkey boy. I have come to show you your inadequacies!~ + c-asparlt4
++ ~[PC] Talk is cheap. Show me you can fight.~ + c-asparlt4
++ ~[PC] Talk is cheap. (Punch him hard in the gut.)~ + c-asparlt18
++ ~[PC] You do not seem to get the idea. I am interested in friendship, nothing more. Are we going to spar, or talk?~ + c-asparlt4
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt4
SAY ~[ARAN] Aye, then. Here, catch.~
++ ~[PC] (Catch rapier by the hilt and place it to your lips, saluting him.)~ + c-asparlt9
++ ~[PC] (Catch rapier and extend it away and to your left, ready to fight.)~ + c-asparlt9
++ ~[PC] (Catch rapier and instantly lunge forward with a direct thrust.)~ + c-asparlt33
++ ~[PC] (Barely catch rapier, fumbling with it.) How do you work this thing, anyways?~ + c-asparlt14
++ ~[PC] (Clumsily catch rapier, gouging your finger on part of the hilt.) Oh!~ + c-asparlt25
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt5
SAY ~[ARAN] Aye, then, that be fine. Do you want anythin' else?~
++ ~[PC] Now what might I want when I am headed for my bedroll?~ + c-asparlt22
++ ~[PC] No, I am fine. Have a good night, Aran.~ + c-asparlt52
++ ~[PC] Well, there are still some cooking pots you have not cleaned, and there is firewood to gather.~ + c-asparlt23
++ ~[PC] I want... I... I do not know what I want.~ +  c-asparlt22
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt6
SAY ~[ARAN] Now, what could be more amorous than to be swordfightin' in th' moonlight? Where be your sense o' romance, o' foreplay, o' gettin' all hot an' bothered?~
++ ~[PC] The whole idea turns me off completely. I think I will just go to bed.~ + c-asparlt23
++ ~[PC] No, I am fine with avoiding complications. Have a good night, Aran.~ + c-asparlt52
++ ~[PC] You do not seem to get the idea. I am interested in friendship, nothing more. Are we going to spar, or talk?~ + c-asparlt4
++ ~[PC] You have a point. But I think I am ready for that match, now.~ + c-asparlt4
++ ~[PC] I can think of many more romantic notions, Aran. Do you think fighting is the way into my heart?~ + c-asparlt80
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt7
SAY ~[ARAN] Now then, I don't rightly have th' practice equipment for Waterdeep Twin Swords style, just starlight... err. Just *straight* practice foils for duellin' wi' out harm.~
++ ~[PC] 'starlight'?~ + c-asparlt8
++ ~[PC] That will do just fine.~ + c-asparlt4
++ ~[PC] Cut the clumsy attempts at seduction, sellsword. Save it for your tavern slatterns.~ + c-asparlt8
++ ~[PC] Wait a minute. You have not finished all your chores. There are still some cooking pots you have not cleaned, and there is firewood to gather.~ + c-asparlt23
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt8
SAY ~[ARAN] Must be somethin' wrong wi' me. Sorry.  Caught sight o' your eyes, an' got distracted. Won't happen again. Here, let's get goin', eh - en garde!~
++ ~[PC] (Circle around to his left.)~ + c-asparlt30
++ ~[PC] (Wait patiently, watching him closely.)~ + c-asparlt31
++ ~[PC] (Stand very still, motionless in the moonlight.)~ + c-asparlt32
++ ~[PC] (Thrust savagely.)~  + c-asparlt33
++ ~[PC] (Kick hard towards his knee.)~  + c-asparlt35
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt9
SAY ~[ARAN] Here, let's get goin', eh - en garde!~
++ ~[PC] (Circle around to his left.)~  + c-asparlt30
++ ~[PC] (Wait patiently, watching him closely.)~ + c-asparlt31
++ ~[PC] (Stand very still, motionless in the moonlight.)~  + c-asparlt32
++ ~[PC] (Thrust savagely.)~  + c-asparlt33
++ ~[PC] (Kick hard towards his knee.)~  + c-asparlt35
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt10
SAY ~[ARAN] Well, a man can have imagination, can't he? I was just hopin' to get you out of all that armor, is all.~
++ ~[PC] (Unstrap your armor, dropping it where it falls, advancing towards him.) If you insist. We will see if your swordplay matches your bold words.~ + c-asparlt13
++ ~[PC] Less talk, boyo. Toss me a weapon, and let's see how this all works out.~ + c-asparlt13
++ ~[PC] Nice try. I shall retain my modesty, thank you. And stop flexing your chest like that, it is distracting.~ + c-asparlt13
++ ~[PC] Stop thinking with the wrong sword. I believe the phrase is 'en garde'?~ + c-asparlt4
++ ~[PC] You do not seem to get the idea. I am interested in friendship, nothing more. Are we going to spar, or talk?~ + c-asparlt4
++ ~[PC] Stop, please... you are embarassing me...~ + c-asparlt12
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt11
SAY ~[ARAN] Sune's Delight, <CHARNAME>, I be right sorry. Here, have a jerkin to cover up. I didn't mean to upset you. You just can tear a man's heart right out wi' your beauty, is all.~
++ ~[PC] I am not beautiful.~ + c-asparlt19
++ ~[PC] I know.~ + c-asparlt4
++ ~[PC] Shall we spar?~ + c-asparlt4
++ ~[PC] Are you going to teach me how to spar?~ + c-asparlt14
++ ~[PC] You say such strange things sometimes.~ + c-asparlt4
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt12
SAY ~[ARAN] Hey, now, that came out all wrong, that did! Though your skin be as beautiful as a blank sheet o' vellum, ready for new scribin'.~
++ ~[PC] Why, thank you. And your compliments are as smooth as a crumpled dishrag.~ + c-asparlt4
++ ~[PC] You can save the feeble attempts at compliments. Throw me a foil, and let's spar.~ + c-asparlt4
++ ~[PC] My dearest Aran, you have so much to learn about women. Perhaps a sound thrashing will help.~ + c-asparlt4
++ ~[PC] I am not beautiful.~ + c-asparlt19
++ ~[PC] Actually, could you show me how to hold a foil? I never really learned...~ + c-asparlt14
++ ~[PC] You keep talking like I am interested in you. I am interested in friendship, nothing more. Are we going to spar, or talk?~ + c-asparlt4
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt13
SAY ~[ARAN] I do believe you, there. No contest - you look right pretty, you do. An' there's somethin' about moonlight or starlight what sets you off right dangerously, it does.~
++ ~[PC] Laugh all you want, monkey boy. I have come to show you your inadequacies!~ + c-asparlt4
++ ~[PC] Talk is cheap. Show me you can fight.~ + c-asparlt4
++ ~[PC] Talk is cheap. (Punch him hard in the gut.)~ + c-asparlt18
++ ~[PC] That is quite poetic, Sir Aran. When did you begin studying courtship and chivalry?~ + c-asparlt8
++ ~[PC] Actually, Aran, I have never fenced before. Do you think you could teach me?~ + c-asparlt14
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt14
SAY ~[ARAN] Aye, it would be a pleasure to teach you. Here, hold it like this...~
++ ~[PC] Just like this? (Move into his arms, awkwardly holding the foil at arms length.)~ +  c-asparlt15
++ ~[PC] Just like this? (Move into his arms, nestling back into his chest.)~ + c-asparlt15
++ ~[PC] Just like this? (Nervously stand in front of him, holding the foil down.)~ + c-asparlt17
++ ~[PC] Just like this? (Smile sweetly at him, and punch him hard in the gut.)~ + c-asparlt18
++ ~[PC] HEY. Hands off, Aran. I am interested in friendship, nothing more. Are we going to spar, or are you going to keep making passes at me?~ + c-asparlt4
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt15
SAY ~[ARAN] Aye. Only you need to hold your wrist like this... an' your waist, it be better here... sorry, didn't rightly mean to touch you there... now gentle-like, lean in like this...~
++ ~[PC] (Rest your head back on his shoulder, falling into a slow dance of movements.)~ + c-asparlt6
++ ~[PC] That will do. I can take it from here - let's spar.~ + c-asparlt4
++ ~[PC] It would be very nice, except your hands keep wandering. I am interested in friendship, nothing more. Are we going to spar, or talk?~ + c-asparlt4
++ ~[PC] (Rest your head back on his shoulder, nuzzling his neck.)~ + c-asparlt56
++ ~[PC] I think I would rather not spar tonight, Aran. I am going to turn in.~ + c-asparlt5
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt16
SAY ~[ARAN] There you go. Nothin' to it. You dance right fine, an' duelin's just like dancin', only with a point, eh? I mean, a point system. I guess there be a point to dancin', too.~
++ ~[PC] (Lean your head back onto his shoulder and offer your lips to him.)~ + c-asparlt56
++ ~[PC] That will do. I can take it from here - let's spar.~ + c-asparlt4
++ ~[PC] Enough. Interesting approach, but I have had enough of it. But I do think there are some things you can do for me. Let's see... there are still some cooking pots you have not cleaned, and there is firewood to gather.~ + c-asparlt23
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt17
SAY ~[ARAN] Well, no. You don't have no shield, so you want to get a good profile, an' make as small a target as possible.~
++ ~[PC] Is that what you are staring at? My 'profile'?~ + c-asparlt86
++ ~[PC] I think I am ready to try this out.~ + c-asparlt9
++ ~[PC] Show me what you have, boyo. Is your blade as fast as your tongue?~ + c-asparlt79
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt18
SAY ~[ARAN] *gasp* What in th' nine hells was that?~
++ ~[PC] Weakness. You let your guard down, Aran, and I was right there to take advantage. Are we going to spar?~ + c-asparlt4
++ ~[PC] Fun. Here, let me do it again...~ + c-asparlt60
++ ~[PC] A warning. I came here to fight, not talk.~ + c-asparlt4
++ ~[PC] I do not know. You confuse me so much that sometimes, I just feel like I have to hit you or I will explode. Throw me a foil.~ + c-asparlt4
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt19
SAY ~[ARAN] (Aran catches your chin quickly, turning your face to his) To me, you are right beautiful. Hanali Celanil an' Sune are but pale comparisons, <CHARNAME>.~
++ ~[PC] (Kiss him.)~ + c-asparlt56
++ ~[PC] (Break away quickly.) Are we going to spar, or talk?~ + c-asparlt4	
++ ~[PC] (Look him directly in the eyes.) Big words. But a real man would not talk. He would take what he wants.~ + c-asparlt74
++ ~[PC] (Look him directly in the eyes, and slam your fist into his gut.)~ + c-asparlt18
++ ~[PC] And you, sir, are nearly as cute as you think you are. Nearly.~ + c-asparlt20
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt20
SAY ~[ARAN] Well, I do thank you, I think. Now, do you want to spar, or not, eh?~
++ ~[PC] No, I am fine. Have a good night, Aran.~ + c-asparlt52
++ ~[PC] Well, there are still some cooking pots you have not cleaned, and there is firewood to gather.~ + c-asparlt23
++ ~[PC] I want.. I ... I do not know what I want.~ + c-asparlt22
++ ~[PC] Are you going to teach me how to spar?~ + c-asparlt4

END

IF ~~ c-asparlt21
SAY ~[ARAN] Well, I do thank you for th' lesson, I think. Now, do you want to spar, or not, miss 'poisonous fanged viper'?~
++ ~[PC] No, I am fine. Have a good night, Aran.~ + c-asparlt52
++ ~[PC] Well, there are still some cooking pots you have not cleaned, and there is firewood to gather. You should go do that, instead. I doubt you could please me any other way.~ + c-asparlt23
++ ~[PC] I want.. I ... I do not know what I want.~ + c-asparlt22
++ ~[PC] Show me what you can do, Aran. Amuse me.~ + c-asparlt4

END

IF ~~ c-asparlt22
SAY ~[ARAN] Perhaps a bit o' company?~
++ ~[PC] No, no thank you. Look, this was a mistake. I am headed back to camp. Have a good night, Aran.~ + c-asparlt52
++ ~[PC] On second thought, I think I might need some energy worked off. Why don't we spar.~ + c-asparlt4
++ ~[PC] My, you just push your luck at every opportunity, don't you?~ + c-asparlt23
++ ~[PC] No, thank you. But I do think there are some things you can do for me. Let's see... there are still some cooking pots you have not cleaned, and there is firewood to gather.~ + c-asparlt23
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt23
SAY ~[ARAN] Melliki's Quick temper, I done just.. just.. oh, hells. Fine. Go to bed. I be gettin' on wi' th' chores, like a good little blighted boy. (Damn females, anyways. Th' bloody creatures never did have no sense, an' they are a right pain in th' left buttock, they are).~
++ ~[PC] Good night, Aran.~ + c-asparlt52
++ ~[PC] Did you say something?~ + c-asparlt54
++ ~[PC] (Damned males, anyways... they never clean up after themselves, and never have the good sense to kiss a girl goodnight when she is practically throwing herself at them).~ + c-asparlt53
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt24
SAY ~[ARAN] Bane's Blood, did I hurt you? Here, let me see that...~
++ ~[PC] (Punch him hard in the gut.)~ + c-asparlt18
++ ~[PC] Ow! You just broke one of my nails. I spent a long time getting them just the right length. And that is not easy while adventuring!~ + c-asparlt25
++ ~[PC] That hurt. Perhaps giving you a sound thrashing will help ease the pain.~ + c-asparlt9
++ ~[PC] Look, obviously I am not that proficient with this weapon. Perhaps you would teach me how to hold it?~ + c-asparlt14
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt25
SAY ~[ARAN] Well, I'm right sorry, I am. I didn't mean to hurt you none. Is there somethin' I can do to make up for it?~
++ ~[PC] Kiss it better. (Hold your hand out to him imperiously.)~ + c-asparlt26
++ ~[PC] Look, obviously I am not that proficient with this weapon. Perhaps you would teach me how to hold it?~ + c-asparlt14
++ ~[PC] Well, there are still some cooking pots you have not cleaned, and there is firewood to gather. I don't want to do any silly old sparring anyways. I'm going to bed.~ + c-asparlt23	
++ ~[PC] No, no... a minor annoyance. Prepare to be defeated.~ + c-asparlt9
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt26
SAY ~[ARAN] (He gently takes you hand, and kisses each fingertip.)~
= ~[ARAN] Is that better?~
++ ~[PC] Perhaps. But it hurts a little higher up.~ + c-asparlt27
++ ~[PC] No, no... it is fine now. A minor annoyance. Prepare to be defeated.~ + c-asparlt9
++ ~[PC] I bet you do that to everyone's fingers.~ + c-asparlt87
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt27
SAY ~[ARAN] (He gently kisses the inside of your palm and carefully kisses each wrist.)~
= ~[ARAN] Is that better?~
++ ~[PC] Perhaps. But it hurts a little higher up.~ + c-asparlt28
END	

IF ~~ c-asparlt28
SAY ~[ARAN] (He gently kisses his way up to your mouth, leaning in and savoring your lips.)~
= ~[ARAN] Is that better?~
++ ~[PC] (Punch him hard in the gut.)~ +
c-asparlt18
++ ~[PC] Well, there are still some cooking pots you have not cleaned, and there is firewood to gather. I don't want to do any silly old sparring anyways. I'm going to bed.~ + c-asparlt23
++ ~Yes, it is fine. Let's spar now!~ + c-asparlt9
++ ~Yes, it is fine. But I think I want you to teach me how to hold this thing.~ + c-asparlt14
++ ~[PC] Perhaps. But it now aches a little lower down...~ + c-asparlt29
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt29
SAY ~[ARAN] Aye, now you be after sparrin' o' a different kind, I see. For that, I'd have to get rid o' some o' these obstacles...~
++ ~[PC] (Open the front of your clothing carefully, avoiding eye contact.)~ + c-asparlt48
++ ~[PC] (Tear your clothing from your shoulders, baring yourself in the moonlight.)~ + c-asparlt48
++ ~[PC] I will not yield to you. But I will take what I want from you, right this moment.~ + c-asparlt48
++ ~[PC] I think I have had enough excitement. I call this a draw. We will have to do this again sometime.~ + c-asparlt46
++ ~[PC] But I think I am ready for that match, now. Toss me a foil, and we shall see if you can concentrate on the task at hand.~ + c-asparlt4 	
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt30
SAY ~[ARAN] (His rapier dances forward, boring towards your left shoulder.)~
++ ~[PC] (Guard closely, on the defensive, parrying each of his thrusts.) + c-asparlt36
++ ~[PC] (Twist your wrist, deflecting his blow and flicking your blade towards his throat.)~ + c-asparlt38
++ ~[PC] (Spin lightly, ducking under his whispering blade and coming up with a thrust from underneath.)~  + c-asparlt40
++ ~[PC] (Step back quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes.)~ + #######################
++ ~[PC] (Thrust savagely past his guard.)~ + c-asparlt41
END

/* Let's approximate circling eachother until someone moves... */
IF ~~ c-asparlt31
SAY ~[ARAN] (Soft moonlight falls across his face as he circles to the right, swordpoint towards you)~
+ ~RandomNum(3,3)~ + ~[PC] (Wait patiently, watching him closely.)~ + c-asparlt31
+ ~RandomNum(3,2)~ + ~[PC] (Wait patiently, watching him closely.)~ + c-asparlt32
+ ~RandomNum(3,1)~ + ~[PC] (Wait patiently, watching him closely.)~ + c-asparlt36
++ ~[PC] (Thrust savagely towards his left knee.)~ + c-asparlt33
++ ~[PC] (Stand very still, motionless in the moonlight.)~ + c-asparlt32
++ ~[PC] I thought that you were a fighter, Aran. What is the matter, are you afraid I am too delicate a flower to fight?~ + c-asparlt32
++ ~[PC] I do not know about this, Aran. You look... you... I want to...~ + c-asparlt36
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt32
SAY ~[ARAN] Well, now, do you need some instruction? I thought we was sparrin', not passin' th' time. Not that you don't make th' perfect picture, I must admit.~
++ ~[PC] (Thrust savagely towards his right shoulder.)~ + c-asparlt43
++ ~[PC] (Kick hard towards his knee.)~  + c-asparlt35
++ ~[PC] (Step back quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes.)~ + c-asparlt41
++ ~[PC] I tire of this. I want a different kind of thrust and parry. (drop your foil and fling yourself hard into his arms)~  + c-asparlt37
++ ~[PC] The perfect picture of your demise, you mean?~  + c-asparlt35
END

/* Let's change up things a little if the state gets repeated a few times... */
IF ~~ c-asparlt33
SAY ~[ARAN] (a spark strikes as his counterstroke sends your swordpoint  off to the left)~
++ ~[PC] (Guard closely, on the defensive, parrying each of his thrusts)~ + c-asparlt36
+ ~RandNum(2,2)~ + ~[PC] (Step back quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes)~ + c-asparlt36
+ ~RandNum(2,1)~ + ~[PC] (Step back quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes)~ + c-asparlt63
++ ~[PC] (twist your wrist, deflecting his riposte and flicking your blade towards his throat)~ + c-asparlt38
+ ~Global("c-aransp1","LOCALS",0)~ + ~[PC] Had enough, oh feeble wielder of swords? I can thrust and parry all night, you know. It does not look like you have the stamina.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp1","LOCALS",1)~ + c-asparlt34
+ ~Global("c-aransp1","LOCALS",1)~ + ~[PC] Didn't we do this already? You have to learn to be more creative, Aran.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp1","LOCALS",2)~ + c-asparlt34
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt34
SAY ~[ARAN] Hah. Now do you be talkin' swordlay, or playin' wi' words? Not that it rightly matters - I can tire you out either way you intended, you know.~
+  ~Global("c-aransp2","LOCALS",0)~ + ~[PC] Promises, promises... (Kick hard towards his knee.)~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp2","LOCALS",1)~ + c-asparlt35
+ ~Global("c-aransp2","LOCALS",1)~ + ~[PC] Yes, yes... you said that before.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp2","LOCALS",2)~ + c-asparlt35
++ ~[PC] (drop your rapier and fling yourself hard into his arms.)~ + c-asparlt37
+ ~RandNum(2,2)~ + ~[PC] (Spin lightly, ducking under his whispering blade and coming up with a thrust from underneath.)~  + c-asparlt40
+ ~RandNum(2,1)~ + ~[PC] (Spin lightly, ducking under his whispering blade and coming up with a thrust from underneath.)~  + c-asparlt63
++ ~[PC] (Thrust savagely towards his right shoulder.)~ + c-asparlt43
END

/* Don;t forget dudettes may be getting sick oftthings and want out... */
IF ~~ c-asparlt35
SAY ~[ARAN] (hard muscle blocks your path, and the riposte stabs towards your right side)~
++ ~[PC] (Step back quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes)~ + c-asparlt41
++ ~[PC] (Spin lightly, ducking under his whispering blade and coming up with a thrust from underneath)~ + c-asparlt40
++ ~[PC] (Spin lightly, ducking under his whispering blade and coming up with a thrust from underneath)~ + c-asparlt40
++ ~[PC] (circle around to his left)~ + c-asparlt30
++ ~[PC] Enough! I do not want to do this any more.~ + c-asparlt55
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt36
SAY ~[ARAN] (The point of his blade whistles close past your guard, seeking your left inner thigh.)~
++ ~[PC] (Guard closely, on the defensive, parrying each of his thrusts.)~ + c-asparlt36
++ ~[PC] (Step back quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes.)~ + c-asparlt41
++ ~[PC] (Step inside of his thrust, then dance out of the way, circling around to his left.)~  + c-asparlt30
++ ~[PC] Stop. I do not want to spar. I want you.~ + c-asparlt47
asparlt44
++ ~[PC] (Spin lightly, ducking under his whispering blade and coming up with a thrust from underneath.)~ + c-asparlt63
END

/* There is no crying in baseball... keep focus on a PC strong enough to want to spar, because one who is just into flirting won't have followed this line at all */
IF ~~ c-asparlt37
SAY ~[ARAN] (Aran staggers, suprised, arms enfolding you.)~
= [ARAN] What in Bane's... <CHARNAME>?~
++ ~[PC] *whisper* I do not want to spar. I just want you.~ + c-asparlt47
++ ~[PC] HAH! (Spin out of his arms, duck down, grab the foil, and flick it towards Aran's throat.)~ + c-asparlt42
++ ~[PC] TRUCE!~ + c-asparlt55
++ ~[PC] I think I just got cut...~ + c-asparlt24
++ ~[PC] I am tired. Tired of everything. Look, Aran, just hold me. As a friend? Just hold me.~ + c-asparlt67
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt38
SAY ~[ARAN] (He dances back, then counters, rapier hissing in low and straight.)~
++ ~[PC] (Kick hard towards his groin, following up with a stab towards his heart.)~ + c-asparlt35
++ ~[PC] Is that all you have? (kick hard towards his knee.)~ + c-asparlt35
++ ~[PC] Wait a second... hold on, I have to do something... (adjust your clothing to show off your leg to mid-thigh, and then instantly launch an attack when he is distracted)~ + c-asparlt35
++ ~[PC] Oh, ouch! I just cut myself.~ + c-asparlt39
END

/* Remember the tricksters... */
IF ~~ c-asparlt39
SAY ~[ARAN] Celanil's Sweet Lips, let me see.... are you hurt?~
++ ~[PC] HAH! (as he moves forward dropping his guard, place the tip of your foil at the base of his throat.)~ + c-asparlt47
++ ~[PC] It is just a little cut. But I think you should kiss it better.~ + c-asparlt45
++ ~[PC] It is nothing. Besides, you have a scratch or two, too. But I think I have had enough for one night. Have a good rest, Aran.~ + c-asparlt52
++ ~[PC] There will be blood tonight! (advance with a ferocious whirlwind of quick strokes.)~ + c-asparlt44
END

/* Remember the ladies who started this thing with no experience fencing... */
IF ~~ c-asparlt40
SAY ~[ARAN] (One strong hand reaches out to grab your shoulder as his foil batters yours down)~
++ ~[PC] (Drop your rapier and fling yourself hard into his arms.)~  + c-asparlt37
++ ~[PC] (Twist away quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes.)~ + c-asparlt41
++ ~[PC] Ah ah ah... no touchie-feely the girl, now.... (counter quickly, and slice inward towards his side.)~ + c-asparlt41
++ ~[PC] So, what were you thinking of fixing for dinner tomorrow? Aran-ke-bobs? Because I almost skewered you there.~ + c-asparlt63
++ ~[PC] This is... a good bit... harder than it... looks.~ + c-asparlt63
END

/* Gratuitous sexual references are fun, too... */
IF ~~ c-asparlt41
SAY ~[ARAN] (He falls back, blade countering blade, teeth bared savagely in the moonlight)~
++ ~[PC] (Thrust savagely towards his right shoulder.)~ + c-asparlt43
++ ~[PC] (Twist away quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes.)~ + c-asparlt44
++ ~[PC] Is that a rabbit in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?~ + c-asparlt68
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt42
SAY ~[ARAN] (He springs forward, blade countering blade, pushing you back.)~
++ ~[PC] (Spin lightly, ducking under his whispering blade and coming up with a thrust from underneath.)~  + c-asparlt40
++ ~[PC] (kick hard towards his knee.)~ + c-asparlt35
++ ~[PC] (Guard closely, on the defensive, parrying each of his thrusts.)~ + c-asparlt36
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt43
SAY ~[ARAN] (the clash of steel rings as his counterstroke sends your swordpoint off to the right)~
++ ~[PC] (Send a spinning kick towards his head.)~ + c-asparlt35
++ ~[PC] (Lunge forward to pink his right shoulder.)~ + c-asparlt41
++ ~[PC] (Guard closely, on the defensive, parrying each of his thrusts.)~ + c-asparlt36
++ ~[PC] (Drop your rapier and fling yourself hard into his arms.)~  + c-asparlt37
++ ~[PC] (Spin lightly, then check yourself and lunge forward, foil tip to the right leg.)~  + c-asparlt40
++ ~[PC] (Step back quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes.)~ + c-asparlt41
END

/* Needs more entry points - summative state for fight */
IF ~~ c-asparlt44
SAY ~[ARAN] (White moonlight flashes along swiftly moving blades as they meet point and counterpoint, weaving their harsh music. Stacatto clashes of metal upon metal, ostinato breaths becoming shorter and labored, no thought but the weave of body with body... until suddenly you find yourself locked chest to chest, leg to leg, straining against eachother.)
= ~[ARAN] Do you want to be beggin' quarter?~
++ ~[PC] Not likely. Look down, Aran. I think you will find I have everything in hand...~ + c-asparlt62
++ ~[PC] Never!~ + c-asparlt45
++ ~[PC] I will not yield. But I will take what I want.~ + c-asparlt47
++ ~[PC] I think I have had enough excitement. I call this a draw. We will have to do this again sometime.~ + c-asparlt46
++ ~[PC] Do you?~ + c-asparlt47
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt45
SAY ~[ARAN] Now, then, you be a mite winded, there - I can see right down your front, you know. You move right beautifully when you pant like that.~
++ ~[PC] (Lean hard into him, kissing him ferociously)~ + c-asparlt47
++ ~[PC] (Butt your head forward hard towards his nose)~ + c-asparlt59
++ ~[PC] I yield to you, Aran. In every way.~ + c-asparlt48
++ ~[PC] I have you right where I want you. Surrender now, and I will be merciful.~ + c-asparlt47
++ ~[PC] I thought this was a friendly sparring practice.~ + c-asparlt46
END

/* Teasing Aran is iok, but he has his breaking point... */
IF ~~ c-asparlt46
SAY ~[ARAN] I... hey, I... Sune's Sweet Skin, <CHARNAME>, do you be jokin' wi' me? You drive me to a frenzy, an' now I desire you more than any man ought. What do you want o' me?~
++ ~[PC] Absolutely nothing. I have exactly what I want. Have a nice night, Aran. And thank you for the practice session.~ EXIT
++ ~[PC] What do you think, Aran? Am I teasing? (Slowly begin to disrobe)~ + c-asparlt48
++ ~[PC] I... I do not know what I want. There are so many reasons that I cannot do this...~ + c-asparlt51
++ ~[PC] Somehow, it always comes down to sex with you. I said I wanted to be friends, but you keep interpreting everything as an invitation to move into my bedroll. Let me spell it out for you - N O T   I N T E R E S T E D. ~ +
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt47
SAY ~[ARAN] (He steps away, dropping his sword, falling to his knees before you.)~
= ~[ARAN] I surrender.  An' what will you do wi' th spoils, <CHARNAME>?~
++ ~[PC] Absolutely nothing. I have exactly what I want. Have a nice night, Aran. And thank you for the practice session.~ EXIT
++ ~[PC] I was thinking of an armistace. (Kneel with him, drawing one gentle finger lightly down his chest, following it with your gaze.)~ + c-asparlt49
++ ~[PC] I... (grab the back of his head and tug back fiercely) ...will do exactly... (bury his face close to your heart) ... as I please.~ + c-asparlt50
++ ~[PC] I... I think I will surrender in return...~ + c-asparlt50
++ ~[PC] Practice a completely different form of combat.~ + c-asparlt50
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt48
SAY ~[ARAN] <CHARNAME>...~
= ~[ARAN] (His face is a mask of desire, and his lips burn hot on your cheeks and lips.)~
++ ~[PC] Hold on. I need to clear my head. I cannot do this!~ + c-asparlt51
++ ~[PC] (Lean your head forward and fold both hands against his chest.)~ + c-asparlt50
++ ~[PC] (Loop one leg around his, and twist quickly, bringing yourself under him as you fall to the ground.)~ + c-asparlt50
++ ~[PC] (Loop one leg around his, and twist quickly, bringing yourself on top of him as you fall to the ground.)~ + c-asparlt50
++ ~[PC] (Bite his lips fiercely, tasting warm blood as your teeth clash together in mounting desire.)~ + c-asparlt50

END

IF ~~ c-asparlt49
SAY ~[ARAN] <CHARNAME>...~
= ~[ARAN] (His face is a mask of desire, and his lips burn hot on your cheeks and lips)~
++ ~[PC] Hold on. I need to clear my head. I cannot do this!~ + c-asparlt51
++ ~[PC] (Drop everything and fold both hands against his chest.)~ + c-asparlt50
++ ~[PC] (Loop your arms around his neck and twist quickly, bringing yourself under him.)~ + c-asparlt50
++ ~[PC] (Loop your arms around his neck and twist quickly, bringing yourself on top of him.)~ + c-asparlt50
++ ~[PC] (Bite his lips fiercely, tasting warm blood as your teeth clash together in mounting desire.)~ + c-asparlt50
END

/* The "PG - 13"  Romantic Encounter Ending 47b, Female Romacing Male, No  Nudity Or Graphic Depiction Of Naughty Stuff,. Reclassified from 1275a, Classic Romance Tricks, "Fade To Black". */
IF ~~ c-asparlt50
SAY ~[ARAN] (Clothes fly into tangles of twisted cloth, and modesty is thrown to the wind and the stars.)~
IF ~~ THEN DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransexspar","GLOBAL",1) RestParty()~ EXIT

END

/* Damn, girl, you are teasing him way hard, then dropping the whole "but I am not sure," thing - put the poor bugger out if his misery, already ! */
IF ~~ c-asparlt51
SAY ~[ARAN] (His face hardens, breath coming in short fierce bursts) Aye. You can, if you want to. But you don't want to, so I needs be controllin' myself. This sparrin' be over, I think.~
IF ~~ THEN EXIT
END

/* No comment. */
IF ~~ c-asparlt52
SAY ~[ARAN] Aye, then, same to you. I think I am goin' to go get some energy worked out o' my system, eh? I will see you back at camp.~
IF ~~ THEN EXIT
END

/* A page form RL - everyon walks waya muttering sometimes, and sometimes the partner challenges them on it... */
IF ~~ c-asparlt53
SAY ~[ARAN] Did you say somethin', <CHARNAME>?~
++ ~[PC] No, not a thing. Good night, Aran.~ EXIT
++ ~[PC] I said, 'damned males, anyways... they never clean up after themselves, and never have the good sense to kiss a girl goodnight when she is practically throwing herself at them'.~  + c-asparlt19
++ ~[PC] I said, 'If Aran does not kiss me right this minute, I will make his life a living hell for all eternity'.~ + c-asparlt19
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt54
SAY ~[ARAN] No, naught. I was just mutterin' to myself.~
IF ~~ THEN EXIT
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt55
SAY ~[ARAN] Right, we can take a break. What are you after, anyways, <CHARNAME>? You be not quite into th' sparrin', I think. Why did you come out here?~
++ ~[PC] I just needed a moment to regroup. (Flick your foil point towards his throat.)~ + c-asparlt42
++ ~[PC] I... I do not know. I was bored, and wanted amusement?~ + c-asparlt57
++ ~[PC] I... I do not know. I thought I wanted to have someone want me, desire me. But now I really just feel like that will make things worse. I think I should go now.~ + c-asparlt5
++ ~[PC] I came here to be made love to, silly. So shut up and get to it!~ + c-asparlt48
++ ~[PC] I came out here because you are a friend, Aran. And I need all of those I can get right now.~ + c-asparlt58
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt56
SAY ~[ARAN] Hey, What are you after, <CHARNAME>? You be not quite into th' sparrin', I think. Why did you come out here, anyways?~
++ ~[PC] I... I do not know. I was bored, and wanted amusement?~ + c-asparlt57
++ ~[PC] I... I do not know. I thought I wanted to have someone want me, desire me. But now I really just feel like that will make things worse. I think I should go now.~ + c-asparlt5
++ ~[PC] I came here to be made love to, silly. So shut up and get to it!~ + c-asparlt48
++ ~[PC] I came out here because you are a friend, Aran. And I need all of those I can get right now.~ + c-asparlt58
++ ~[PC] (Kiss his neck and move deeper into his arms.)~ + c-asparlt74
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt57
SAY ~[ARAN] That makes sense, but you be phrasin' that as a question. Are you sure there be no other ways I could entertain you?~
++ ~[PC] No, I am fine. Have a good night, Aran. + c-asparlt52
++ ~[PC] Well, there are still some cooking pots you have not cleaned, and there is firewood to gather. You should go do that, instead. I doubt you could please me any other way.~ + c-asparlt23

END

IF ~~ c-asparlt58
SAY ~[ARAN] Well, that's is not rightly for sale, <CHARNAME>, an' I prize it a mite higher than most do, I wager. But I already done given you th' whole contract on my friendship, no strings attached. I must be somethin' right stupid in my actions not to have shown that by now.~
= ~[ARAN] Let's get you back to camp, an' get somethin' nice an' warm in your stomach. I bet we could find a mite bit o' Firewine to warm up th' tea, an' lighten your mood. You go on ahead. I'll clear this gear away right proper.~
IF ~~ THEN EXIT
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt59
SAY ~[ARAN] OUCH! Ilmater's Sufferin', that bloody well hurt! What in th' nine hells are you after, <CHARNAME>?~
++ ~[PC] I am taking advantage of your weakness. You let your guard down, Aran, and I was right there to take advantage. Are we going to spar? I think you need to be taught more.~ + c-asparlt38
++ ~[PC] Fun. Here, let me do it again...~ + c-asparlt60
++ ~[PC] I do not know. But back away, and let's get fighting again.~ + c-asparlt38
++ ~[PC] I... I do not know. I was bored, and wanted amusement?~ + c-asparlt57
++ ~[PC] I... I do not know. I thought I wanted to have someone want me, desire me. But now I really just feel like that will make things worse. I think I should go now.~ + c-asparlt5
++ ~[PC] I came here to be made love to, silly. So shut up and get to it!~ + c-asparlt48
++ ~[PC] I came out here because you are a friend, Aran. And I need all of those I can get right now.~ + c-asparlt58
END

/* Hit me once,  shame on me. Hit me twice, and I will avoid it. Note to self - probably need an otion for the Evil side where he likes it. A little. */
IF ~~ c-asparlt60
SAY ~[ARAN] Not on your life, girl... I'm done wi' getting my nose boke on account o' you gotta let off some steam. You got anythin' else you want me to do for you? Mayhap somethin' that don't rightly hurt so much?~
++ ~[PC] No, I am fine. Have a good night, Aran. + c-asparlt52
++ ~[PC] Well, there are still some cooking pots you have not cleaned, and there is firewood to gather. You should go do that, instead. I doubt you could please me any other way.~ + c-asparlt23
++ ~[PC] I want... I... I do not know what I want.~ + c-asparlt22
++ ~[PC] But lovemaking is supposed to hurt a little, don't you think?~ + c-asparlt48
++ ~[PC] I came out here because you are a friend, Aran. And I need all of those I can get right now.~ + c-asparlt61
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt61
SAY ~[ARAN] Funny thing is, <CHARNAME>, you got strange ways o' showin' it, but I do believe you.~
= ~[ARAN] Look, sometimes we be seein' different things in th' way o' how life is supposed to be, I guess. But whether I like your actions or no, an' whether you be god, bad, or indifferent, there be somethin' about you I like right fine.~
= ~[ARAN] You might use that against me later on, I wager, but hells... I done flipped your coin to Tymora early on, an' it came back heads. I'll call you friend long after you've forgotten I exist. Let's get you back to camp, an' get somethin' nice an' warm in your stomach.~
IF ~~ THEN EXIT
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt62
SAY ~[ARAN] Aye, that you do. I think this be a good time for me to surrender, eh?~
IF ~~ THEN GOTO c-asparlt47
END

/* OK, passthrough state to send things in odd directions.... */
IF ~~ c-asparlt63
SAY ~[ARAN] (Blades clash, ringing in your ears.)~
IF ~RandNum(4,1)~ THEN GOTO c-asparlt64
IF ~RandNum(4,2)~ THEN GOTO c-asparlt65
IF ~RandNum(4,3)~ THEN GOTO c-asparlt66
IF ~RandNum(4,4)~ THEN GOTO c-asparlt44
END

/* Words or Swords? Boo would be confused... */
IF ~~ c-asparlt64
SAY ~[ARAN] Aye, you are gettin' th' hang o' this, eh?~
++ ~[PC] Hang you and your paternalistic crap! (Send a spinning kick towards his head.)~ + c-asparlt35
++ ~[PC] Oh, I am getting the hang of this. But I heard that you have troubles... you are not so well hung as you claim? (lunge forward to pink his right shoulder)~ + c-asparlt41
++ ~[PC] I... I am not so sure... (Guard closely, on the defensive, parrying each of his thrusts)~ + c-asparlt36
++ ~[PC] No, not at all. But you seem to be having troubles winning, yourself. (Drop your rapier and fling yourself hard into his arms.)~  + c-asparlt37
++ ~[PC] Child's play. A fitting moniker, seeing as I am sparring with you. (Spin lightly, then check yourself and lunge forward, foil tip to the right leg)~  + c-asparlt40
++ ~[PC] Stop for a bit. Truce!~ + c-asparlt55
END

/* Nothing says romance like commenting on the sweatiness of a ladies' workout clothes. By the way,  judging by my wife's reaction, the appropriate response would be "shut up and get out, idiot." But this is fantasy,, so we turn the tables. */
IF ~~ c-asparlt65
SAY ~[ARAN] You know, I do believe there be nothin' prettier than a lass what be sweatin' so fierce.~
++ ~[PC] We 'lasses' do not sweat. We glow. We 'Mist'. (Send a spinning kick towards his head.)~ + c-asparlt35
++ ~[PC] That is nice to hear. You look pretty, too. Tired yet? (Lunge forward to pink his right shoulder.)~ + c-asparlt41
++ ~[PC] I can think of prettier things... like figuring out what your next line of attack will be... (Guard closely, on the defensive, parrying each of his thrusts)~ + c-asparlt36
++ ~[PC] Nice picture. Pity you stink like a mule when you sweat. (Fling yourself hard into his arms, atempting to knock him down.)~  + c-asparlt37
++ ~[PC] Didn't your mother ever teach you to keep your mouth closed when you need to concentrate? (Spin lightly, then check yourself and lunge forward, foil tip to the right leg.)~  + c-asparlt40
++ ~[PC] Stop for a bit. Truce!~ + c-asparlt55
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt66
SAY ~[ARAN] I do believe you blighted well nicked me!~
++ ~[PC] Quick, shall we call a healer for your little booboo? (send a spinning kick towards his head)~ + c-asparlt35
++ ~[PC] I'm so terribly sorry. That was the point, right? (Lunge forward to pink his right shoulder)~ + c-asparlt41
++ ~[PC] I'm sorry... do you want to stop? (Guard closely, on the defensive, parrying each of his thrusts)~ + c-asparlt36
++ ~[PC] Oh, Aran! (drop your rapier and fling yourself hard into his arms)~  + c-asparlt37
++ ~[PC] Well, when you play with me, you play with fire. Or ice. Or lightning. In fact, you could cut to the chase and just say you are running with scissors. (Spin lightly, then check yourself and lunge forward, foil tip to the right leg.)~  + c-asparlt40
++ ~[PC] Stop for a bit. Truce!~ + c-asparlt55
END

/* Also known in college circles as "teddy-bearing". Or at least it was, back in the day. God, I'm old. */
IF ~~ c-asparlt67
SAY ~[ARAN]  <CHARNAME>, I can do that, I can. I can hold you right proper. An' I value your friendship above any treasure what's been thought of.~
= ~[ARAN] (You stand together for a time in the moonlight, holding eachother.)~
IF ~~ THEN EXIT
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt68
SAY ~[ARAN] No rabbit, but now I know where you are lookin', I can use that to my advantage...~
++ ~[PC] (Slash towards his head.)~ + c-asparlt35
++ ~[PC] (Lunge forward to pink his right shoulder.)~ + c-asparlt41
++ ~[PC] (Guard closely, on the defensive, parrying each of his thrusts.)~ + c-asparlt36
++ ~[PC] Oh, Aran - why look when I can feel! (Drop your rapier and fling yourself hard into his arms.)~  + c-asparlt37
++ ~[PC] Just be careful. I am not sure we want the makings of rabbit stew.  (Spin lightly, then check yourself and lunge forward, foil tip to the right leg.)~  + c-asparlt40
++ ~[PC] Stop for a bit. Truce!~ + c-asparlt55
END

/* Foreplay, WWE style. */
IF ~~ c-asparlt69
SAY ~[ARAN] Well, if you want to play that way... (His arm catches you solidly across the chest, knocking you over.)~
++ ~[PC] Well, know that I am down here, do you want to come and join me?~ + c-asparlt83
++ ~[PC] Oooohh... just the way I like them. Rough, stupid, and easily provoked... (sweep his legs, slamming him to the ground.)~ + c-asparlt70
++ ~[PC] Ouch! Gods, Aran, I was only joking.~ + c-asparlt24
++ ~[PC] Stop for a bit. Truce!~ + c-asparlt55
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt70
SAY ~[ARAN] (Aran staggers, suprised, slamming to the ground next to you.)~
= [ARAN] What in Bane's... <CHARNAME>?~
++ ~[PC] *whisper* I do not want to spar. I just want you.~ + c-asparlt47
++ ~[PC] HAH! (Spin out of his arms, roll, grab the foil, and point it at Aran.)~ + c-asparlt56
++ ~[PC] Well, when you play with me, you play with fire. Or ice. Or lightning. In fact, you could cut to the chase and just say you are running with scissors.~  + c-asparlt72
++ ~[PC] (Begin unfastening your clothes.) If you need instruction, then I have sadly misjudged you, Aran. Do what comes naturally, of course.~ + c-asparlt50
++ ~[PC] I think I have had enough excitement. I call this a draw. We will have to do this again sometime.~ + c-asparlt46
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt71
SAY ~[ARAN] I do believe you blighted well tricked me! That hurt, it did. What do you want, anyways? It don't rightly look like you want to spar.~
++ ~[PC] Well, when you play with me, you play with fire. Or ice. Or lightning. In fact, you could cut to the chase and just say you are running with scissors.~  + c-asparlt72
++ ~[PC] (Begin unfastening your clothes.) If you need instruction, then I have sadly misjudged you, Aran. Do what comes naturally, of course.~ + c-asparlt50
++ ~[PC] *whisper* I do not want to spar. I just want you.~ + c-asparlt47
++ ~[PC] I think I have had enough excitement. I call this a draw. We will have to do this again sometime.~ + c-asparlt46		
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt72
SAY ~[ARAN] True enough. Well, you done got me here. Mayhap I can make th' most o' my opportunity...~
== ~[ARAN] (With a sudden twist he is on top of you, crushing you, his arms holding yours hard above your head.) Surrender, or do I take my winnin's right now?~
++ ~[PC] Get off me, idiot. Game over. If you value your life, that is.~ + c-asparlt73
++ ~[PC] I... (roll over, pinning him) ...will do exactly... (bury your face in his neck) ... as I please.~ + c-asparlt50
++ ~[PC] Take what you will..~ + c-asparlt50
++ ~[PC] I think I have had enough excitement. I call this a draw. We will have to do this again sometime.~ + c-asparlt46
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt73
SAY ~[ARAN] (He rolls away, coming to his knees before you.)~
= ~[ARAN] I surrender.  An' what will you do wi' th spoils, <CHARNAME>?~
++ ~[PC] Absolutely nothing. I have exactly what I want. Have a nice night, Aran. And thank you for the practice session.~ EXIT
++ ~[PC] I was thinking of an armistace. (Roll over and kneel with him, drawing one sharp fingernail lightly down his chest, following it with your gaze.)~ + c-asparlt49
++ ~[PC] Well, there are still some cooking pots you have not cleaned, and there is firewood to gather. You should go do that, instead. I doubt you could please me any other way.~ + c-asparlt23
++ ~[PC] I... (roll up, grab the back of his head and tug him back down to you fiercely) ...will do exactly... (bury your face in his neck) ... as I please.~ + c-asparlt50
++ ~[PC] Practice a completely different form of combat.~ + c-asparlt50
++ ~[PC] (Begin unfastening your clothes.) If you need instruction, then I have sadly misjudged you, Aran. Do what comes naturally, of course.~ + c-asparlt50
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt74
SAY ~[ARAN] I thought you might say that. Problem is, I don't rightly believein forcin' that sort o' thing.~
++ ~[PC] You are so weak. I have exactly what I want - proof you do not have the strength to overpower me and take what you want. Have a nice night, Aran. And thank you for the practice session.~ EXIT
++ ~[PC] What if I was play-acting the whole resistance thing... (Draw one sharp fingernail lightly down his chest, following it with your gaze.)~ + c-asparlt49
++ ~[PC] Well, there are still some cooking pots you have not cleaned, and there is firewood to gather. You should go do that, instead. I doubt you could please me any other way.~ + c-asparlt23
++ ~[PC] I, on the other hand, have absolutely no compunction about taking exactly when I want, how I want it.~ + c-asparlt50
++ ~[PC] Well, enough fun. I think this enough sparring for one night, in any area. Have a good night, Aran.~ + c-asparlt52
++ ~[PC] (Begin unfastening your clothes.) If you need instruction, then I have sadly misjudged you, Aran. Do what comes naturally, of course.~ + c-asparlt50
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt75
SAY ~[ARAN] Hey, if you keep goin' on like that, there will be a mite bit o' different kind o' sparrin' goin' on tonight...~
++ ~[PC] And the light dawns... gods, man, I am literally sprawled at your feet, here for the taking. Are you slow, or do you need instruction?~ + c-asparlt72
++ ~[PC] Well, we do not want to have any of that, now, do we. This is boring anyways. Look, let's just get a few rounds of swordfighting in, and be done with it.~ + c-asparlt4
++ ~[PC] On second thought, the whole idea turns me off completely. I think I will just go to bed.~ + c-asparlt23
END

/* Hmmm... simulating that pause - speak - pause - overlap confusion, when you both are not quite sure what to say, and waiting for someone to take the next big step? Let's give it a shot... */
IF ~~ c-asparlt76
SAY ~[ARAN] I think you might be...~
++ ~[PC] ...a little unsure of myself? Hardly. Just hold me, Aran. Make me feel alive. Just be a good friend and hold me.~ + c-asparlt67
++ ~[PC] ...a little confusing to you? I am confused, too. Look, let's just get a few rounds of swordfighting in, and be done with it.~ + c-asparlt4
++ ~[PC] This was a bad idea. I think I will just go to bed. Alone.~ + c-asparlt23
++ ~[PC] (Kiss him again and move deeper into his arms.)~ + c-asparlt49
END

/* I watched the pPrincess Bride once too often, and now it resides in my head with 5th grdae jokes... */
IF ~~ c-asparlt77
SAY ~[ARAN] Hah! Good one! You done missed me, miss 'misty miss'.  Take that!~
++ ~[PC] I hate jokes like that. Hold still, so I can swat you!~ + c-asparlt44
++ ~[PC] That is not fair! You made me laugh! (Swipe at Aran with the blade.)~ + c-asparlt78
++ ~[PC] (Send a spinning kick towards his head)~ + c-asparlt35
++ ~[PC] (Guard closely, on the defensive, parrying each of his thrusts)~ + c-asparlt36
++ ~[PC] (Spin lightly, then check yourself and lunge forward, foil tip to the right leg)~  + c-asparlt40
++ ~[PC] (Step back quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes)~ + c-asparlt41
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt78
SAY ~[ARAN] All be fair in love an' war - an' what we got goin' on now counts as both, in my book!~
++ ~[PC] The only love I have for you is the love of watching you lose, big boy.~ + c-asparlt44
++ ~[PC] Well in that case, expect no quarter fom me! (Stab at Aran with the foil point.)~ + c-asparlt44
++ ~[PC] (Send a spinning kick towards his head)~ + c-asparlt35
++ ~[PC] (Guard closely, on the defensive, parrying each of his thrusts)~ + c-asparlt36
++ ~[PC] (Spin lightly, then check yourself and lunge forward, foil tip to the right leg)~  + c-asparlt40
++ ~[PC] (Step back quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes)~ + c-asparlt41
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt79
SAY ~[ARAN] Well now, if you be interested in that, I think that we be doin' th' wrong kind o' sparrin', eh? But let's stick to th' business at hand.  ~
IF ~~ THEN GOTO c-asparlt9
END

/* Point, counterpoint, chocolate, and flowers */
IF ~~ c-asparlt80
SAY ~[ARAN] Look, I am not rightly sure how to try to romance you, <CHARNAME>. There be so many ways you are not quite th' normal... err... Helm's Beard, that came out wrong...~
++ ~[PC] So you think calling me abnormal is the way to get me interested. Fascinating.~ +
++ ~[PC] You do no have to try so hard, you know. You could just kiss me.~ + c-asparlt83
++ ~[PC] Aran, I keep telling you we are just friends. If you are here to spar, then let's spar. With foils, not with words, please.~ + c-asparlt4
++ ~[PC] You could try flowers, or chocolate, or just listening to me, you know.~ + c-asparlt81
++ ~[PC] I think I am ready for that sparring match, now.~ +
c-asparlt4
END

/* Weak arguments against flowers and chocolate. Hey, we qare making him too human - next he weill say "I didn't see any at the 7-11", or "I got some for your sister, but forgot some for you... */
IF ~~ c-asparlt81
SAY ~[ARAN] Aye, I could do that. But flowers, they don't speak to your strength. They seem all scawy when compared to you, too.  An' chocolate be nice, but it seems soft an' usual, which... oh, by th' nine blighted hells, I'm walkin' my feet right into my mouth, aren't I.~
++ ~[PC] But I like chocolate. And I like flowers. ~ + ##########
++ ~[PC] I was joking, Aran. Flowers are a waste of time, and chocolate is overrated. I value actions and deeds over useless gestures.~ +
++ ~[PC] Do not worry, Aran. You were born with both feet planted firmly in your mouth. I will simply have to ~ + ##########
++ ~[PC] I get what you mean, Aran. But I think yu will do better by just tossing me a foil and starting the practice. If I let you ramble on about me, soon I will be an unusual thorny flower with non-choclate petals with a nice bottom. And you will be spending the next three tendays apologising. We should just practice fighting!~ + c-asparlt4
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt82
SAY ~[ARAN] Well, in that case, let me show you how th' whole fencin' and sparrin' practice be illustrative o' my strength, agility, an' usefulness, eh? With a bit o' Tymora's Luck, you might look on me a mite more favorable.~
IF ~~ THEN GOTO c-asparlt4
END

/* Dunno. Supposed to be for the PC who expects him o be forceful and take the lead. Not thrilled yet. */
IF ~~ c-asparlt83
SAY ~[ARAN] That I could, I guess. It be a might forward, but then again, mayhap you want me to be a bit overbearin', eh?~
++ ~[PC] It spoils all the fun if you have to be coached. Just do what you know you want to do, Aran. Quickly, fiercely, and thoroughly.~ + c-asparlt49
##########
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt84
SAY ~[ARAN] Sticks an' stones will hurt my bones, but a quick jab wi' th' sharp end o' a foil can harm a lad, you know. Actually, I know, on account o' I just got me a little nick, back there.~
++ ~[PC] So do you yield?~ + c-asparlt47
++ ~[PC] It is not the only thing that you have that's little...~ + ##########
++ ~[PC] I'm sorry, I didn't mean to hurt you!~ + ##########
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt85
SAY ~[ARAN] No, I be ready for more. (His blade whips across your left shoulder, seeking your arm.)~
++ ~[PC] ~ + ##########
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt86
SAY ~[ARAN] That be my story, an' I'm stickin' to it. Here, try this. Knees slightly bent, side towards me, an' blade down towards my knee. This be a dancer's weapon, not for use on th' shield wall.~
++ ~[PC] I tire of this. I want a different kind of thrust and parry. (Drop your foil and fling yourself hard into his arms.)~  + c-asparlt37
++ ~[PC] I am ready to fight. I do not need more instruction.~ + c-asparlt9
++ ~[PC] I have been playing with you, Aran. Hull taught me well, back in Candlekeep. I will try not to hurt you too badly.~ + c-asparlt9
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt87
SAY ~[ARAN] As opposed to jut your fingers, or as opposed to me kissin' somethin' else?~
++ ~[PC] Spare me the talk of your many boisterous adventurers, Aran. They are all probably made up, anyways.~ + c-asparlt88
++ ~[PC] Enough talk, just teach me to spar.~ + c-asparlt14
++ ~[PC] Put your blade up, and we will see who can fight, who can talk, and who can do both at the same time.~ + c-asparlt4
END

/* Let's let PC take him for a ride... */
IF ~~ c-asparlt88
SAY ~[ARAN] I do tell some tall tales. But for you, there be nothin' but truth. I have had my share o' lovers, but you are in a class by yourself.~
++ ~[PC] So I am stupid, held out with need of a personal tutor?~ + c-asparlt89
++ ~[PC] I do not care about the truth. I want you.~ + c-asparlt48
++ ~[PC] I do not want the truth, and I most certainly do not want you.~ + c-asparlt91
++ ~[PC] Gods, Aran, all this talk, talk, talk... you are confusing me so much. I think I need to go, now. Good night.~ + c-asparlt52
++ ~[PC] So you have had me? I was unaware of that. Was I an acceptable lover?~ + c-asparlt89
++ ~[PC] This conversation is over. Do not speak another word.~ EXIT
END

/* And drop him off a cliff... */
IF ~~ c-asparlt89
SAY ~[ARAN] Now, I didn't mean... ~
++ ~[PC] You did not mean, or you did not think?~ + c-asparlt90
++ ~[PC] Surrender while you are behind, because I do not think you will get out of this one. Perhaps I will be merciful.~ + c-asparlt47
++ ~[PC] Oh, another thing you do with all the girls - stammer and stutter. So you have no spine at all, and any pretty face and sharp tongue can slay you in an instant?~ + c-asparlt90
END

/* Onot the rocks... */
IF ~~ c-asparlt90
SAY ~[ARAN] I... ~
++ ~[PC] Come on, Aran, if you want to keep up with me, keep up.... did you mean to tell me I was stupid and a poor lover in need of special instruction only you could give me?~ + c-asparlt23
++ ~[PC] I think you have annoyed me enough for one night. Good night.~ EXIT
++ ~[PC] It hurts when you talk like that. I do not like all this fencing with words. I can play the game, but I hate it. If you like me, kiss me. If you do not, walk away now.~ + c-asparlt48
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt91
SAY ~[ARAN]  Good gods, woman, you are a study in contradictions, you are. You twist my words around right proper, an' now you talk about wantin' me?~
++ ~[PC] I said I did not want you. Clear the wax out of your ears. Good night.~ EXIT
++ ~[PC] I think we both are a little confused, by now. Look, just put up your sword and fight, ok?~ + c-asparlt9

END

IF ~~ c-asparlt92
SAY ~[ARAN]	~
++ ~[PC] ~ +
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt93
SAY ~[ARAN]	~
++ ~[PC] ~ +
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt94
SAY ~[ARAN]	~
++ ~[PC] ~ +
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt95
SAY ~[ARAN]	~
++ ~[PC] ~ +
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt96
SAY ~[ARAN]	~
++ ~[PC] ~ +
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt97
SAY ~[ARAN]	~
++ ~[PC] ~ +
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt98
SAY ~[ARAN]	~
++ ~[PC] ~ +
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt99
SAY ~[ARAN]	~
++ ~[PC] ~ +
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt100
SAY ~[ARAN]	~
++ ~[PC] ~ +
END

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And the follow up requisite "Morning After" talk.

 

/* Sparring: The Morning After Extra-Curicular Activity */

IF ~Global("c-aransexspar","GLOBAL",1)~ THEN BEGIN  c-asparlt101
SAY ~[ARAN] Hey, there, sleepyhead... wake up, eh?~
++ ~[PC] *yawn* Wh... What...~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransexspar","GLOBAL",2)~ + c-asparlt102
+ ~Gender(Player2,MALE) !Name("c-aran",Player2)~ + ~[PC] Not now, <PLAYER2>. Just a few more minutes...~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransexspar","GLOBAL",2)~ + c-asparlt118
+ ~Gender(Player3,MALE) !Name("c-aran",Player3)~ + ~[PC] Not now, <PLAYER3>. Just a few more minutes...~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransexspar","GLOBAL",2)~ + c-asparlt124
+ ~Gender(Player4,MALE) !Name("c-aran",Player4)~ + ~[PC] Not now, <PLAYER4>. Just a few more minutes...~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransexspar","GLOBAL",2)~ + c-asparlt125
+ ~Gender(Player5,MALE) !Name("c-aran",Player5)~ + ~[PC] Not now, <PLAYER5>. Just a few more minutes...~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransexspar","GLOBAL",2)~ + c-asparlt126
+ ~Gender(Player6,MALE) !Name("c-aran",Player6)~ + ~[PC] Not now, <PLAYER6>. Just a few more minutes...~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransexspar","GLOBAL",2)~ + c-asparlt127
++ ~[PC] Hey, stop that. You tired me out. Let me get some more sleep. Just a few more minutes...~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransexspar","GLOBAL",2)~ + c-asparlt102
++ ~[PC] I am awake. And from the feel of things, so are you.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransexspar","GLOBAL",2)~ + c-asparlt103
++ ~[PC] Oh gods... get up. Fast. And get dressed. Where are my clothes? Quickly... hand me that, will you?~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransexspar","GLOBAL",2)~ + c-asparlt109
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt102
SAY ~[ARAN] Well, m'lady <CHARNAME>, we done took sparrin' to a whole new level.
++ ~[PC] Oh. Well, I am awake, I guess. And from the feel of things, so are you.~ + c-asparlt103
++ ~[PC] Oh gods... get up. Fast. And get dressed. Where are my clothes? Quickly... hand me that, will you?~ + c-asparlt109
++ ~[PC] Hmmmmm. Warm. Come back here.~ + c-asparlt120
++ ~[PC] Levels. Sparring. (Sit bolt upright suddenly, clutching the blanket close to your chin) We made love.~ + c-asparlt109
END


IF ~~ c-asparlt103
SAY ~[ARAN] Cold hands, cold hands... easy there! We seem to have taken sparrin' to a whole new level.~
++ ~[PC] Oh gods... get up. Fast. And get dressed. Where are my clothes? Quickly.. hand me that, will you?~ + c-asparlt109
++ ~[PC] I think it was several levels. I lost count.~ + c-asparlt104
++ ~[PC] That, Aran, was not sparring. That was serious lovemaking. And I think with a little more practice, we may redefine the genre.~ + c-asparlt104
++ ~[PC] Well, you tired me out. But I am quite disappointed. You need to be taught some things, Aran.~ + c-asparlt105
++ ~[PC] It was nice enough for an evenings's entertainment. Tell anyone it happened, and I will destroy you.~ + c-asparlt105
END


IF ~~ c-asparlt104
SAY ~[ARAN] Hey, that tickles. Get your tousled head off o' my chest, eh? We had best be movin' along right quick. Spendin' this much time might have been a mistake.~
++ ~[PC] Perhaps you are right. Hand me my clothes, and let's get back to business.~ + c-asparlt122
++ ~[PC] It was not a mistake. You took advantage of me, and if you come close to me again, I shall make you pay.~ + c-asparlt119
++ ~[PC] This - *kiss* - was not - *kiss* -  a mistake.~ + c-asparlt120
++ ~[PC] I do not want to get out of bed. Fix me breakfast? I could make it worth your while...~ + c-asparlt116
END


IF ~~ c-asparlt105
SAY ~[ARAN] That's not th' impression I got last night. But you are th' expert, I guess. I know how to keep my mouth shut, when it counts. An' I am trainable, to an extent. Next time, let me know what you want, an' I might just be able to supply it.
++ ~[PC] There will be no next time. Get dressed, and get a move on. EXIT
++ ~[PC] '..you are th' expert...' - just what are you implying, Aran?~ + c-asparlt107
++ ~[PC] Look, I am sorry - I didn't mean it that way. But we have to keep our distance from eachother. This kind of thing can really interfere with what we are trying to accomplish.~ + c-asparlt106
++ ~[PC] Aran, you know I have feelings for another. I should never have allowed myself to risk damaging that relationship. Promise me you will be discreet... swear it on your life!~ + c-asparlt122
++ ~[PC] Come here, silly. I was playing with you. I want some more of that firey passion!~ + c-asparlt104
END


IF ~~ c-asparlt106
SAY ~[ARAN] Aye, true enough. We had better get movin' quickly, on account o' we don't have no one guardin' this position an' on th' lookout, eh?
++ ~[PC] Hand me the rest of my clothes, please... yes, that too. No, the strap goes there, not there... OUCH!~ + c-asparlt121
++ ~[PC] What is done is done. But we need to be discreet.~ + c-asparlt122
++ ~[PC] On second thought, I think that we need another practice session. In fact, I think that we need one right... (oooh)  now... (hmmm) see?~ + c-asparlt120
++ ~[PC] I do not want to get out of bed. Fix me breakfast? I could make it worth your while...~ + c-asparlt116
END


IF ~~ c-asparlt107
SAY ~[ARAN] That came out all wrong...
++ ~[PC] You bet it did. Get your clothes on, and get out of here. NOW. EXIT
++ ~[PC] You are right, I am the expert on my own body, and I am telling you to step up your game. Do you have a problem with that?~ + c-asparlt108
++ ~[PC] Look, this is going all wrong. Let's just get dressed and get back to our travels.~ + c-asparlt106
END

########################<<<REVISIT###################
IF ~~ c-asparlt108
SAY ~[ARAN] No, there be no problems. No ma'am. Gettin' up an' fallin' back in line, like a good soldier. Thanks for takin' th' time to 'instruct' me, oh great leader. I be right humbled by your massive level o' knowledge, an' I'll be sure to pay attention right proper. Now, I got breakfast to cook. By your leave, m'lady Sune.
++ ~[PC] (Throw a boot hard at Aran)
EXIT {set Aran's "in a spat with Player1" toggle}
++ ~[PC] A smart man would shut his flapping jaw and open his huge ears and pay attention, thus pleasing his partner. But you are particularly stupid, as males go, aren't you. 
EXIT {set Aran's "in a spat with Player1" toggle}
++ ~[PC] I have killed people for less insolent behavior than this. Get out. EXIT {set Aran's "in a spat with Player1" toggle}
++ ~[PC] M'lady Sune? Hmm, I like the sound of that. Why not come over here and kiss my feet for all that 'instruction' I blessed you with? I expect daily displays of your devotion to your goddess, you know... 
EXIT {set Aran's "in a spat with Player1" toggle}
++ ~[PC] (Get up and leave in silence)
EXIT {set Aran's "in a spat with Player1" toggle}
END


IF ~~ c-asparlt109
SAY ~[ARAN] Here they be... easy, there! We are grown, consentin' adults. In fact, there was a whole lot o' 'yes' bein' thrown about by both o' us last night, if I remember correctly.
++ ~[PC] This was a mistake.~ + c-asparlt105
++ ~[PC] Yes. And I do not need to hurry, do I. (Stretch lazily, barely catching the blanket in time to preserve your modesty.)~ + c-asparlt110
++ ~[PC] Gods, I think I will not move for a few days... everything hurts.~ + c-asparlt112
++ ~[PC] I did not plan on this. This may... complicate things. Aran, promise me you will not talk about this with anyone, please?~ + c-asparlt122
++ ~[PC] No time... we have to hurry. I do not need to explain my self to anyone, and I do not want to repeat my orders. Get moving, right now!~ + c-asparlt123
END


IF ~~ c-asparlt110
SAY ~[ARAN] No hurry, but no dawdlin', neither, on account o' we don't have no one guardin' this position an' on th' lookout, eh?~
++ ~[PC] Hand me the rest of my clothes, please... yes, that too. No, the strap goes there, not there... OUCH!~ + c-asparlt121
++ ~[PC] What is done is done. But we need to be discreet.~ + c-asparlt122
++ ~[PC] On second thought, I think that we need another practice session. In fact, I think that we need one right... (oooh)  now... (hmmm) see?~ + c-asparlt120
++ ~[PC] I do not want to get out of bed. Fix me breakfast? I could make it worth your while...~  + c-asparlt116
++ ~[PC] Well, in that case, I think I want to trace that tatoo again. Perhpas this time just with my fingers...~ + c-asparlt111
END


IF ~~ c-asparlt111
SAY ~[ARAN] Ye Gods an' Solars, you be an assassin what's been sent to kill me! Right then, off wi' that blanket...~
IF ~~ THEN EXIT
END


IF ~~ c-asparlt112
SAY ~[ARAN] I'm right sorry, I am. I think we got a mite carried away, eh? I didn't know... well, I don't regret a moment wi' you, but I never wanted to cause no pain to you.~
++ ~[PC] You are sweet, but if I remember correctly it was me who insisted on recieving the full treatment.~ + c-asparlt106
++ ~[PC] It was not a mistake. You took advantage of me, and if you come close to me again, I shall make you pay.~ + c-asparlt119
++ ~[PC] This - *kiss* - was not - *kiss* -  a mistake.~ + c-asparlt120
++ ~[PC] Here, rub here, will you, please? Gently...~ + c-asparlt113
END


IF ~~ c-asparlt113
SAY ~[ARAN] Here?~
++ ~[PC] A little lower... lower... hmmmm...~ + c-asparlt120
++ ~[PC] Yes, just gently. So, what would you like to have for breakfast?~ + c-asparlt114
++ ~[PC] Here, let me show you. Follow my finger...~ + c-asparlt120
END


IF ~~ c-asparlt114
SAY ~[ARAN] You be offerin' to cook for me?
++ ~[PC] Absolutely. Anything you desire.~ + c-asparlt115
++ ~[PC] Silly man! Of course not. We can do it together.~ + c-asparlt117
++ ~[PC] I do not want to get out of bed. Fix me breakfast? I could make it worth your while...~  + c-asparlt116
END


IF ~~ c-asparlt115
SAY ~[ARAN] Anythin' I desire, eh? In that case, breakfast be served. An' quit that gigglin', girl... I can't rightly help my whiskers aren't shaved yet!
IF ~~ THEN EXIT
END


IF ~~ c-asparlt116
SAY ~[ARAN] Your wish be my command, m'lady. One warm breakfast, comin' up. Be a mite bit o' tme, but you stay here an' I'll be back wi' somethin' good. EXIT
END


IF ~~ c-asparlt117
SAY ~[ARAN] Your wish be my command, m'lady. One warm breakfast, done right proper an' together. Here, let me help you wi' that... right. You keep th' blanket, an' I'll make a run for th' clothes. Ready, set... go! EXIT
END


IF ~~ c-asparlt118
SAY ~[ARAN] Bloody hells, woman. Get your body off o' me. Bugger that Shar-kissed bastard, anyways. You dreamin' o' <PLAYER2> when I was wi' you. That be just wrong!~
{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{set Aran's "in a spat with Player1" toggle}
>> JOKING
>> NOTJOKING
>> OOPS
>> TAKEWHATYOUCANGET
>> SORRY
END


IF ~~ c-asparlt119
SAY ~[ARAN] Bloody hells, woman. Get your body off o' me. Bugger that Shar-kissed mouth o' yours, anyways. I didn't do naught you didn't want me to do. If I did, then I'll hand you th' dagger myself, an' I'll explain it to Kelemvor.~
{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{set Aran's "in a spat with Player1" toggle}
IF ~~ THEN EXIT
END


IF ~~ c-asparlt120
SAY ~[ARAN] Well, when you be puttin' it that way... HEY! Easy there, that's a tender spot! Perhaps there be a mite o' time more we can spend together...~
IF ~~ THEN EXIT
END


IF ~~ c-asparlt121
SAY ~[ARAN] Sorry. That be a mite fun, though.~
IF ~~ THEN EXIT
END


IF ~~ c-asparlt122
SAY ~[ARAN] That I can do, <CHARNAME>.~
IF ~~ THEN EXIT
END


IF ~~ c-asparlt123
SAY ~[ARAN] Right, understood. That I can do, <CHARNAME>. Only... can you be movin' over about a foot? On account o' my trousers be somewhere under you, an' I might be needin' them...~
IF ~~ THEN EXIT
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt124
SAY ~[ARAN] Bloody hells, woman. Get your body off o' me. Bugger that Shar-kissed bastard, anyways. You dreamin' o' <PLAYER3> when I was wi' you. That be just wrong!~
{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{set Aran's "in a spat with Player1" toggle}
>> JOKING
>> NOTJOKING
>> OOPS
>> TAKEWHATYOUCANGET
>> SORRY
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt125
SAY ~[ARAN] Bloody hells, woman. Get your body off o' me. Bugger that Shar-kissed bastard, anyways. You dreamin' o' <PLAYER4> when I was wi' you. That be just wrong!~
{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{set Aran's "in a spat with Player1" toggle}
>> JOKING
>> NOTJOKING
>> OOPS
>> TAKEWHATYOUCANGET
>> SORRY
END

IF ~~ c-asparlt126
SAY ~[ARAN] Bloody hells, woman. Get your body off o' me. Bugger that Shar-kissed bastard, anyways. You dreamin' o' <PLAYER5> when I was wi' you. That be just wrong!~
{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{set Aran's "in a spat with Player1" toggle}
>> JOKING
>> NOTJOKING
>> OOPS
>> TAKEWHATYOUCANGET
>> SORRY
END


IF ~~ c-asparlt127
SAY ~[ARAN] Bloody hells, woman. Get your body off o' me. Bugger that Shar-kissed bastard, anyways. You dreamin' o' <PLAYER6> when I was wi' you. That be just wrong!~
{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{set Aran's "in a spat with Player1" toggle}
>> JOKING
>> NOTJOKING
>> OOPS
>> TAKEWHATYOUCANGET
>> SORRY
END

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Ideas to borrow from:

Rostand, Cyrano De Bergerac

A kiss, when all is said,--what is it?

An oath that's ratified,--a sealed promise,

A heart's avowal claiming confirmation,--

A rose-dot on the 'i' of 'adoration,'--

A secret that to mouth, not ear, is whispered,--

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++ ~[PC] Well, know that I am down here, do you want to come and join me?~ + c-asparlt83

 

"now that I am down here"

 

Looking pretty darn good so far!

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Looking pretty darn good so far!

Seconded. :crazyeyes:

 

For those first early lines where Aran suggests the PC remove her shirt to match him, I'd love to see a response for the brazen PC who actually does it.

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got it - typo, and a Brazzen Hussy response.

 

This weeks' work on the introduction/setup for this encounter, set through FriendTalk 9.

 

/* BG2 FriendTalk 9 c-aranfriendbg2 = 17 */
/* "Weapons Practice for Fun and Profit", or, never bet with a Sicilian when death is on the line. */
/* Setup for evening sparring, 1 version for (non-hitting on) males: c-aranspar 3 -> 4, one for (hitting on) females: c-aranspar 1 -> 2 */ 

IF ~Global("c-aranfriendbg2","GLOBAL",17)~ THEN BEGIN a198
 SAY ~[ARAN] We have a moment, <CHARNAME>. You want to take a bit o' time an' spar here? I could use some limberin' up.~
 + ~Class(Player1,MAGE)~ + ~[PC] I am not sure I want to do that, Aran. My best combat is done through casting spells.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranfriendbg2","GLOBAL",18) RealSetGlobalTimer("c-aranfriendtimer","GLOBAL",ARAN_FTT)~ + a199
 + ~Class(Player1,FIGHTER)~ + ~[PC] That sounds like a good idea to me. Where do you want to set up? Do you favor Waterdeep Twin swords style, or Moonshea Axes? I have been wanting to try some new combinations.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranfriendbg2","GLOBAL",18) RealSetGlobalTimer("c-aranfriendtimer","GLOBAL",ARAN_FTT)~ + a200
 + ~Class(Player1,CLERIC) + ~[PC] I could use some weapons practice. I will even say a prayer for you, Aran, for when you find yourself on the losing end of the skirmish.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranfriendbg2","GLOBAL",18) RealSetGlobalTimer("c-aranfriendtimer","GLOBAL",ARAN_FTT)~ + a201
 + ~Class(Player1,THIEF)~ + ~[PC] Would you like to use your dagger? Because I just lifted it off of you, so you would have to ask for it back.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranfriendbg2","GLOBAL",18) RealSetGlobalTimer("c-aranfriendtimer","GLOBAL",ARAN_FTT)~ + a202
 + ~Class(Player1,BARD)~ + ~[PC] I would prefer a duel of wits, or perhaps song and poem. But if you would like to try a skirmish, I can oblige you.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranfriendbg2","GLOBAL",18) RealSetGlobalTimer("c-aranfriendtimer","GLOBAL",ARAN_FTT)~ + a203
 + ~Class(Player1,PALADIN)~ + ~[PC] A noble thought. It would be good practice. Where would you like to set up this session?~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranfriendbg2","GLOBAL",18) RealSetGlobalTimer("c-aranfriendtimer","GLOBAL",ARAN_FTT)~ + a204
 + ~Class(Player1,FIGHTER_MAGE)~ + ~[PC] I suppose I need to stay with the weapons side of things, and not cast any spells, right? Oh, if it will make you better at your job, sure.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranfriendbg2","GLOBAL",18) RealSetGlobalTimer("c-aranfriendtimer","GLOBAL",ARAN_FTT)~ + a205
 + ~Class(Player1,FIGHTER_CLERIC)~ + ~[PC] My fighting skills are sharp, as is my faith, Aran. But if you need some practice, I will help you.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranfriendbg2","GLOBAL",18) RealSetGlobalTimer("c-aranfriendtimer","GLOBAL",ARAN_FTT)~ + a206
 + ~Class(Player1,FIGHTER_THIEF)~ + ~[PC] My fighting skills are sharp enough, Aran, but sure. I will even wager this purse that I will win.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranfriendbg2","GLOBAL",18) RealSetGlobalTimer("c-aranfriendtimer","GLOBAL",ARAN_FTT)~ + a207
 + ~Class(Player1,FIGHTER_MAGE_THIEF)~ + ~[PC] Well, I could use a little practice. Between practicing picking locks, casting spells, and weapons cleaning there is never enough time for a good skirmish.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranfriendbg2","GLOBAL",18) RealSetGlobalTimer("c-aranfriendtimer","GLOBAL",ARAN_FTT)~ + a208
 + ~Class(Player1,DRUID)~ + ~[PC] It is part of nature's beauty that the animal form should be trained and used as efficiently as possible. Perhaps we should schedule several training sessions together.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranfriendbg2","GLOBAL",18) RealSetGlobalTimer("c-aranfriendtimer","GLOBAL",ARAN_FTT)~ + a209
 + ~Class(Player1,RANGER)~ + ~[PC] We could spar. I think I should teach you a bit more about tracking, though.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranfriendbg2","GLOBAL",18) RealSetGlobalTimer("c-aranfriendtimer","GLOBAL",ARAN_FTT)~ + a210
 + ~Class(Player1,MAGE_THIEF)~ + ~[PC] Well, since I just pickpocketed your dagger and made it invisible, why not make the first challenge you finding your dagger?~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranfriendbg2","GLOBAL",18) RealSetGlobalTimer("c-aranfriendtimer","GLOBAL",ARAN_FTT)~ + a211
 + ~Class(Player1,CLERIC_MAGE)~ + ~[PC] I could pray to the gods to help you, or cast a healing spell. Or we could try a small training exercise. But magic is really my strong point, Aran.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranfriendbg2","GLOBAL",18) RealSetGlobalTimer("c-aranfriendtimer","GLOBAL",ARAN_FTT)~ + a212
 + ~Class(Player1,CLERIC_THIEF)~ + ~[PC] We could, but my faith has allowed me a unique opportunity. My prayers have been answered, and voila... is this your dagger?~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranfriendbg2","GLOBAL",18) RealSetGlobalTimer("c-aranfriendtimer","GLOBAL",ARAN_FTT)~ + a213
 + ~Class(Player1,FIGHTER_DRUID)~ + ~[PC] A good warmup helps everyone. But I should really teach you more about tracking.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranfriendbg2","GLOBAL",18) RealSetGlobalTimer("c-aranfriendtimer","GLOBAL",ARAN_FTT)~ + a214
 + ~Class(Player1,FIGHTER_MAGE_CLERIC)~ + ~[PC] My skills are divided between arcane, spiritual, and physical pursuits, Aran. But I suppose that I have time to indulge in one of the three.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranfriendbg2","GLOBAL",18) RealSetGlobalTimer("c-aranfriendtimer","GLOBAL",ARAN_FTT)~ + a215
 + ~Class(Player1,CLERIC_RANGER)~ + ~[PC] The gods help those who help themselves, Aran, so I would be happy to practice with you. I should teach you some tracking skills, though.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranfriendbg2","GLOBAL",18) RealSetGlobalTimer("c-aranfriendtimer","GLOBAL",ARAN_FTT)~ + a216
 + ~Class(Player1,SORCERER)~ + ~[PC] Well, I do not practice the way you do, Aran. But some minor skirmishing might sharpen us. I will just have to be careful and not accidentally turn you into a cinder.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranfriendbg2","GLOBAL",18) RealSetGlobalTimer("c-aranfriendtimer","GLOBAL",ARAN_FTT)~ + a217
 + ~Class(Player1,MONK)~ + ~[PC] A good idea. No weapons, though.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranfriendbg2","GLOBAL",18) RealSetGlobalTimer("c-aranfriendtimer","GLOBAL",ARAN_FTT)~ + a218
 ++ ~[PC] I am not sure this is the time or place, Aran. Perhaps we should and find somewhere more protected.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranfriendbg2","GLOBAL",18) RealSetGlobalTimer("c-aranfriendtimer","GLOBAL",ARAN_FTT)~ + a219
 + ~RandNum(5,1)~ + ~[PC] No. And stop talking to me.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranfriendbg2","GLOBAL",18) RealSetGlobalTimer("c-aranfriendtimer","GLOBAL",ARAN_FTT)~ + c-aranshutup3
 + ~RandNum(5,2)~ + ~[PC] I prefer you when you are the silent type. Right now, obviously, this is a problem, because you keep opening your mouth and letting wind come out.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranfriendbg2","GLOBAL",18) RealSetGlobalTimer("c-aranfriendtimer","GLOBAL",ARAN_FTT)~ + c-aranshutup5
 + ~RandNum(5,3)~ + ~[PC] Please, keep talking. I always yawn when I am interested. Just in case you did not notice, this is called 'sarcasm'.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranfriendbg2","GLOBAL",18) RealSetGlobalTimer("c-aranfriendtimer","GLOBAL",ARAN_FTT)~ + c-aranshutup7
 + ~RandNum(5,4)~ + ~[PC] Silence. That is spelled 's i l e n c e'. You are a scribe - write it down, and post it somewhere where you can read it.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranfriendbg2","GLOBAL",18) RealSetGlobalTimer("c-aranfriendtimer","GLOBAL",ARAN_FTT)~ + c-aranshutup9
 + ~RandNum(5,5)~ + ~[PC] I don't mind you talking so much, as long as you don't mind me not listening.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranfriendbg2","GLOBAL",18) RealSetGlobalTimer("c-aranfriendtimer","GLOBAL",ARAN_FTT)~ + c-aranshutup11
END

IF ~~ a199
 SAY ~[ARAN] All the more reason to take a swing or two, when there be no enemies about, eh?~
 ++ ~[PC] Well, if you insist, sure. But we should use practice weapons to make sure we don't have any accidents.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] I suppose it might be a good idea. I prefer to rely on magic, but when one is out of spells, brute force is sometimes necessary.~ + a220
 + ~Class("c-aran",MAGE)~ + ~[PC] I guess it would be more fun than trying out a traditional duel between mages. All right, let's spar.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] I do not think it would be a good idea, Aran.~ + a221
 ++ ~[PC] No. Physical combat bores me, and I only put up with it when I have to.~ + a221
END

IF ~~ a200
 SAY ~[ARAN] Twin Swords style, Moonshea Axes, Camimshan Dual Scimitars, mayhap even simple quarterstaves if you like. You have to know your enemy an' what he uses, eh?~
 ++ ~[PC] Well, if you insist, sure. But we should use practice weapons to make sure we don't have any accidents. I have seen too many good fighters injured when using magical gear.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] I suppose it might be a good idea. Even if I do not need the practice, it would make sure you can watch my back effectively.~ + a220
 + ~Class("c-aran",FIGHTER_ALL)~ + ~[PC] And here I thought you had been distracted by all that ink and study. Good to see a fellow fighter remembering what really matters.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] I do not think it would be a good idea, Aran. I am not sure your ego could handle the trouncing I would give you. It might be best not to spar.~ + a221
 ++ ~[PC] I am not going to waste my time this way. You practice without me. I am getting enough of a workout just keeping up with our daily routine of find things, talk to them, and then kill them.~ + a221
END

IF ~~ a201
 SAY ~[ARAN] Big words, cleric <PRO_GIRLBOY>. Do you want to wager a prayer will be no help against my mighty skills?~
 ++ ~[PC] Well, if you insist, sure. I will wager a trade bar or two. But we should use practice weapons to make sure we don't have any accidents.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] No coin, Aran. But perhaps you will wager some few moments of time to listen to me about my god's plan for you. Where shall we spar?~ + a220
 + ~Class("c-aran",CLERIC_ALL)~ + ~[PC] And here I thought you had been distracted by all that ink and study. Good to see a fellow cleric remembering that faith does not preclude keeping other skills active and useful in service to the gods.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] I do not thing either a wager or a sparring session will help me accomplish my goals, Aran. Perhaps you should find another partner.~ + a221
 ++ ~[PC] No, I am not interested in sparring.~ + a221
END

IF ~~ a202
 SAY ~[ARAN] Why you slippery little <PRO_SONDAUGHTER> o' a b... right. Give that bloody well back to me. Now, are we goin' to spar, or are you goin' to rob me blind?~
 ++ ~[PC] Well, if you insist, sure. But we should use practice weapons to make sure we don't have any accidents.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] Can't I do both?~ + a220
 + ~Class("c-aran",FIGHTER_ALL)~ + ~[PC] And here I thought you had been distracted by all that ink and study. Good to see a fighter remembering what really matters to you meatshields... a good headbashing.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] No thank you. You are just too slow, Aran. It would not be fair. And you seem to think that things should be fair.~ + a221
 ++ ~[PC] No thank you to both. You do not have anything worth taking, and I do not find sparring very entertaining... or useful.~ + a221
END

IF ~~ a203
 SAY ~[ARAN] You done heard me sing a tavern song or two, so you know that would be no sparrin', just plain slaughter. On th' wits thing, I do not know if i could come up with enough to entertain you. But combat, I got me a knack for that.~
 ++ ~[PC] Well, if you insist, sure. But we should use practice weapons to make sure we don't have any accidents.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] Lead on, oh wielder of weapons and shield of strength. Your instruction shall provide merriment, and my merriment shall provide instruction.~ + a220
 + ~Class("c-aran",FIGHTER_ALL)~ + ~[PC] And here I thought you had been distracted by all that ink and study. Good to see a fellow remembering his roots.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] No, Aran, I would rather not spar now, or ever, for that matter. I think I have had enough physical combat with our daily routine of finding things, talking to them, and then killing them.~ + a221
 ++ ~[PC] A wordsmith, songsmith, or poet needs no instruction in crude belligerence, Aran. I would not find it much fun. I think I would rather not.~ + a221 
END

IF ~~ a204
 SAY ~[ARAN] See, there you go again, all noble an' correct. I needs be showin' you a bit about fightin' dirty, an' combattin' those what do not follow your paladiny ways.~
 ++ ~[PC] Well, if you insist, it is always wise to study the ways of adversaries who refuse to act with chivalry. But we should use practice weapons to make sure we don't have any accidents.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] There is no need to stoop to that level, Aran. Come, we should spar, and I will show you that winning the fight within the bounds of chivalry is much more satisfying, and much more effective.~ + a220
 + ~Class("c-aran",PALADIN_ALL)~ + ~[PC] And here I thought you had been distracted by all that ink and study. Good to see a fellow paladin remembering the thrill of single combat.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] I do not think sparring like that will help me, Aran. I need to maintain my focus. Besides, you might get hurt, or I might get hurt, and we have important goals to achieve together.~ + a221
 ++ ~[PC] On second thought, Aran, I think sparring would be a bad idea. I would not enjoy sullying the true combat forms with unchivalrous garbage.~ + a221 
END

IF ~~ a205
 SAY ~[ARAN] We might stick just to your fightin' side this time, eh? I know you blend magic wi' fightin', but there be times when it pays to focus on one or the other, instead o' doin' both.~
 ++ ~[PC] Well, if you insist, sure. But we should use practice weapons to make sure we don't have any accidents.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] I disagree, but if you want to stick to sparring on the physical level, I understand.~ + a220
 + ~Class("c-aran",FIGHTER_ALL)~ + ~[PC] And here I thought you had been distracted by all that ink and study. Good to see a fellow remembering what really matters.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] Without magic use, fighting is really not that much fun. Perhaps we should do something else, like play cards.~ + a221
 ++ ~[PC] I am not sure I would learn anything new, Aran. Besides, I think I have had enough physical combat with our daily routine of finding things, talking to them, and then killing them.~ + a221
END

IF ~~ a206
 SAY ~[ARAN] So you say, <CHARNAME>, but I think you be spendin' more time prayin' an' not enough time preyin', if you catch my meanin'. It might do you good to get th' fighter side limbered up, so as to get that whole cleric side protected, eh?~
 ++ ~[PC] Well, if you insist, sure. But we should use practice weapons to make sure we don't have any accidents.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] My faith and my weaponry are interlinked, Aran. But perhaps I could help instruct you in both. Some people need to have the words of the gods drummed into their heads... literally.~ + a220
 + ~Class("c-aran",FIGHTER_ALL)~ + ~[PC] And here I thought you had been distracted by all that ink and study. Good to see a fellow remembering what really matters.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] My faith shields me well enough that I do not need to be spending all sorts of time sparring, Aran. Perhaps you should find another partner.~ + a221
 ++ ~[PC] I am not sure I would learn anything new, Aran. Besides, I think I have had enough physical combat with our daily routine of finding things, talking to them, and then killing them.~ + a221 
END

IF ~~ a207
 SAY ~[ARAN] I would take that wager, exceptin' that be *my* purse you be wagerin', you slippery <PRO_SONDAUGHTER> o' a b... here, give me that. You needs be winnin' it fair an' square, not liftin' it off my belt all quiet-like.~
 ++ ~[PC] Well, if you insist, sure. But we should use practice weapons to make sure we don't have any accidents.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] If you what to be embarrassed by my quick dexterity and sharp skills, then so be it. I will spar with you.~ + a220
 + ~Class("c-aran",FIGHTER_ALL)~ + ~[PC] And here I thought you had been distracted by all that ink and study. Good to see a fellow remembering what really matters.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] I think you should find someone else to spar with. You are not going to be a challenge to my skills if you cannot detect a quick pickpocketing.~ + a221
 ++ ~[PC] I am not sure I would learn anything new, Aran. Besides, I think I have had enough physical combat with our daily routine of finding things, talking to them, and then killing them.~ + a221
END

IF ~~ a208
 SAY ~[ARAN] Aye, a triple threat is a tough set o' skills to keep sharp, eh? You keep th' light fingers an' the arcane spell chantin' in your back pocket on this one, an' we can concentrate just on the weapons skills.~
 ++ ~[PC] Well, if you insist, sure. But we should use practice weapons to make sure we don't have any accidents.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] I might be more interested in trading ideas on scribing scrolls, but perhaps you are right. A good spar would clear my head.~ + a220
 + ~Class("c-aran",FIGHTER_ALL)~ + ~[PC] And here I thought you had been distracted by all that ink and study. Good to see a fellow remembering what really matters.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] I think you may not be the right sparring partner for me, Aran. Perhaps you should find someone closer to your skill level.~ + a221
 ++ ~[PC] I am not sure I would learn anything new, Aran. Besides, I think I have had enough physical combat with our daily routine of finding things, talking to them, and then killing them.~ + a221
END

IF ~~ a209
 SAY ~[ARAN] If you think this here 'form' o' mine is goin' to get all beautiful while workin' up a sweat, well, you got some strange ideas on what be beautiful, eh? But we can give it a shot. I want to see you fight fair an' square, without all that nature<PRO_BOYGIRL> chantin' an' spellcraft.~
 ++ ~[PC] Well, if you insist, sure. But we should use practice weapons to make sure we don't have any accidents.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] It would be very enjoyable. I promise that if you lose, I shall balance it cleanly with my win, thus preserving the natural order of our relationship.~ + a220
 + ~Class("c-aran",FIGHTER_ALL)~ + ~[PC] And here I thought you had been distracted by all that ink and study. Good to see a fellow remembering what really matters.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] If you are going to insult my bond with nature, perhaps you should find a new partner. I did not suggest sparring. You did.~ + a221
 ++ ~[PC] I am not sure I would learn anything new, Aran. Besides, I think I have had enough physical combat with our daily routine of finding things, talking to them, and then killing them.~ + a221 
END

IF ~~ a210
 SAY ~[ARAN] Rangers be all alike. They think that anyone can learn th' skill, an' the ranger speakin' claims to be able to track a fly travellin' between Calimport an' The Dale Lands, at night, blindfolded, an' stuffed in a sack o' grain.~
 ++ ~[PC] Well, if you insist on sparring, sure. But we should use practice weapons to make sure we don't have any accidents.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] What, no swearing? Come on, Aran, you are slipping! We shall help you track your missing blasphemy by whacking you repeatedly, eliciting many and various oaths and grimaces!~ + a220
 + ~Class("c-aran",RANGER)~ + ~[PC] I could say 'it takes one to know one', or 'speak for yourself, ranger', but it will be much more fun trouncing you in a sparring match!~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] Well, if you want to focus on the crude weaponsplay of the fighter, instead of he subtle and refined approach of the true woods<PRO_MANWOMAN>, perhaps you should find another sparring partner.~ + a221
 ++ ~[PC] I am not sure I would learn anything new, Aran. Besides, I think I have had enough physical combat with our daily routine of finding things, talking to them, and then killing them.~ + a221 
END

IF ~~ a211
 SAY ~[ARAN] Mask's Malicious Smile, you done pickpocketed me an' magicked my dagger... perhaps we need to have a mite bit o' a lesson on what be mine, and what be yours! A sparrin' match is just th' ticket to teach you the error o' your ways.~
 ++ ~[PC] Well, if you insist, sure. But we should use practice weapons to make sure we don't have any accidents.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] I think I just taught you the lesson, Aran - what is mine is mine, and what you cannot hold on to is mine, and... oh, everything is mine anyways. But if it makes you feel better, I will have a spar with you.~ + a220
 + ~Class("c-aran",FIGHTER_ALL)~ + ~[PC] And here I thought you had been distracted by all that ink and study. Good to see a fellow remembering what really matters.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] Why would I need to work on those skills? My magic can protect me, and nothing withstands a well timed backstab from invisibility. Perhaps you should find another sparring partner.~ + a221
 ++ ~[PC] I am not sure I would learn anything new, Aran. Besides, I think I have had enough physical combat with our daily routine of finding things, talking to them, and then killing them.~ + a221 
END

IF ~~ a212
 SAY ~[ARAN] I trust you be smart enough to know that spells run out, an' wise enough to know that th' gods help when they can, but sometimes it all comes down to what you can do with a big stick an' a firm grip. Try a spar wi' me, eh? It will help us both out.~
 ++ ~[PC] Well, if you insist, sure. But we should use practice weapons to make sure we don't have any accidents.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] It is against my better judgement, but if you think it will help, then I will spar with you.~ + a220
 + ~!Class("c-aran",FIGHTER_ALL)~ + ~[PC] And here I thought you had been distracted by all that ink and study. Good to see you remembering the distant past, before you began concentrating on what really matters.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] [I think my studies and my faith will serve me well enough. i do not see much point in sparring. Perhaps you should find someone else to spar with.~ + a221
 ++ ~[PC] I am not sure I would learn anything new, Aran. Besides, I think I have had enough physical combat with our daily routine of finding things, talking to them, and then killing them.~ + a221
END

IF ~~ a213
 SAY ~[ARAN] Bugger all... an' you done took my purse, too! That god o' yours, an' those fingers, they be headed for a pack o' trouble some day. See, what you need is a right smart sparrin' match to get some sense beat into you!~
 ++ ~[PC] Well, if you insist on embarrassing yourself, sure. But we should use practice weapons to make sure we don't have any accidents.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] There is nothing that says a faithful follower with agility and style cannot teach a fighter how to fight. I would enjoy teaching you, Aran.~ + a220
 + ~Class("c-aran",CLERIC_ALL)~ + ~[PC] And here I thought you had been distracted by all that ink and study. Good to see you remembering what really matters is faith and focus. I suspect we will not set our respective gods at eachother's throats with a friendly sparring match.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] Why should I bother? I an pray for assistance, and then attack from a position of advantage. Go find a fighter who likes long drawn out engagements to spar with, Aran.~ + a221
 ++ ~[PC] I am not sure I would learn anything new, Aran. Besides, I think I have had enough physical combat with our daily routine of finding things, talking to them, and then killing them.~ + a221
END

IF ~~ a214
 SAY ~[ARAN] Well, your fightin' ways have been slowed down a mite on account o' all that work on stealth an' trackin', an' all that spellswork. This be th' perfect time to catch up a bit, eh?~
 ++ ~[PC] Well, if you insist, sure. But we should use practice weapons to make sure we don't have any accidents.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] I suspect that a good spar is more useful for you then it is for me, but I will indulge you.~ + a220
 + ~Class("c-aran",FIGHTER_DRUID)~ + ~[PC] And here I thought you had been distracted by all that ink and study. Good to see a fellow druid remembering that what really matters is Nature's balance.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] You probably would be better served sparring with someone else, then. Go find someone willing to waste their time swatting at you with play weapons.~ + a221
 ++ ~[PC] I am not sure I would learn anything new, Aran. Besides, I think I have had enough physical combat with our daily routine of finding things, talking to them, and then killing them.~ + a221 
END

IF ~~ a215
 SAY ~[ARAN] Just hold off on th' spell protections, eh? What with a Bless and an Iron Skin or two, you wouldn't rightly feel when I made a touch, an' that wouldn't be fair.~
 ++ ~[PC] Well, if you insist, sure. But we should use practice weapons to make sure we don't have any accidents.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] Do not worry. I will not put up the protective spells. I will even heal your head when I drub it, and boost your ego with a spell or two when you find yourself sprawled across the ground like a sack of grain.~ + a220
 + ~Class("c-aran",FIGHTER_MAGE_CLERIC)~ + ~[PC] And here I thought you had been distracted by all that ink and study. Good to see a fellow jack of all trades remembering that balance between our three disciplines really matters.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] You might find it better to spar with someone else, Aran. Without my faith or magic engaged, combat is just a boring routine of thrust and counterthrust. No artistry involved.~ + a221
 ++ ~[PC] I am not sure I would learn anything new, Aran. Besides, I think I have had enough physical combat with our daily routine of finding things, talking to them, and then killing them.~ + a221
END

IF ~~ a216
 SAY ~[ARAN] See, you have been spendin' way too much time prayin', and then you go wanderin' off through the woods an' trees all stealthy-like. You need to get a leg up on good, old-fashioned physical combat, you do.~
 ++ ~[PC] Well, if you insist, sure. But we should use practice weapons to make sure we don't have any accidents.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] Perhaps you are right. Besides, teaching you to track is probably wasted; you would stop to write in that journal of yours and be completely lost. We can spar, if you like.~ + a220
 + ~Class("c-aran",CLERIC_RANGER)~ + ~[PC] And here I thought you had been distracted by all that ink and study. Good to see you remembering your roots.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] You might choose another sparring partner, then. My faith and my love of nature are not subjects for banter, Aran.~ + a221
 ++ ~[PC] I am not sure I would learn anything new, Aran. Besides, I think I have had enough physical combat with our daily routine of finding things, talking to them, and then killing them.~ + a221
END

IF ~~ a217
 SAY ~[ARAN] I'd be right happy if you would avoid that, yes. I know you ken to things right easy an' natural, but sometimes you run out o' focus, an' then you be needin' a way to keep yourself alive until you get a chance to get all bound up in your 'weave', or whatever it be you do to get that magic rollin'. Come spar, eh?~
 ++ ~[PC] Well, if you insist, sure. But we should use practice weapons to make sure we don't have any accidents.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] If you can teach me some defensive combinations, I would enjoy that. It might be useful.~ + a220
 + ~Class("c-aran",SORCEROR)~ + ~[PC] And here I thought you had been distracted by all that ink and study, along with your newly discovered powers with the weave. Stop playing coy. If it means that much to you, I agree.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] I am really not very interested in physical combat, Aran. I have you to handle that for me. I concentrate on blowing things up and melting things, deciphering arcane materials, you know... important stuff. You should find someone else to spar with.~ + a221
 ++ ~[PC] I think I have had enough physical combat with our daily routine of finding things, talking to them, and then killing them.~ + a221
END

IF ~~ a218
 SAY ~[ARAN] Hey, now, none o' that monk stuff here. I know you can clobber a man barehanded, on account o' I seen you do it. You pick up a weapon, fair an' square, an' fight me <PRO_MANWOMAN> to man, th' way civilized folk do!~
 ++ ~[PC] Well, if you insist. But we should use practice weapons to make sure we don't have any accidents.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] It will do no harm to indulge you, aran. If it will help you find your center, then I shall assist you. Where shall we spar?~ + a220
 + ~Class("c-aran",MONK)~ + ~[PC] I thought that you had given up weaponry when you became a monk, Aran. But I guess it will do no harm to indulge in some memories for you.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] My beliefs will not allow that sort of weapons practice even in mock combat, Aran. perhaps you should find someone else to take as a sparring partner.~ + a221
 ++ ~[PC] I think I have had enough physical combat with our daily routine of finding things, talking to them, and then killing them.~ + a221
END

IF ~~ a219
 SAY ~[ARAN] Chauntea's Rosy Cheeks, where do you think be a safe an' protected place anywhere on th' face o' Toril? Here be just as good as anywhere when your adversaries include the pack o' powerful beings what like to mess wi' you. Come on, a spar won't hurt none. Well, it might just sting a mite bit.~
 ++ ~[PC] If you insist, sure. But we should use practice weapons to make sure we don't have any accidents.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] I think you will be eating those words for dinner, boyo. I will spar with you, and it is you who will be stinging.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] And here I thought you had been distracted by all that ink and study. Good to see a fighter remembering what really matters.~ + a220
 ++ ~[PC] I said it was not the right time or place. Perhaps you should find someone else to bother about this, Aran.~ + a221
 ++ ~[PC] I am not sure I would learn anything new, Aran. Besides, I think I have had enough physical combat with our daily routine of finding things, talking to them, and then killing them.~ + a221
END

IF ~~ a220
 SAY ~[ARAN] Right then. Let's be gettin'... oh, Corellon's Uncertain Chastity, this be a bad idea right now. We are makin' progress, an' here I go interruptin' again. Plus, all my sparrin' gear be packed at the bottom o' things, on account o' we need other things ready at hand more. Look, how about when we settle into camp for a rest? Next time we be outside someplace we can move about freely? Some evenin', when we be campin'.~
 +  ~Gender(Player1,MALE)~ + ~[PC] That sounds fine to me.~ + DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",3)~ EXIT
 +  ~Gender(Player1,FEMALE)~ + ~[PC] That sounds fine to me.~ + DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",1)~ EXIT
 +  ~Gender(Player1,MALE)~ + ~[PC] You are not going to let this go until we spar, are you. Fine. Next time we set up camp outside in the evening, I will look for you.~ + DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",3)~ EXIT
 +  ~Gender(Player1,FEMALE)~ + ~[PC] You are not going to let this go until we spar, are you. Fine. Next time we camp outside in the evening, I will look for you.~ + DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",1)~ EXIT
 ++ ~[PC] No, thank you. I think it would be a waste of my time.~ + a224
 + ~OR(2) Global("c-aranromance","GLOBAL",1) Global("c-aranromance","GLOBAL",2)~ + ~[PC] Are you sure that you want to spar, or do you have romance in mind?~ + a223
 ++ ~[PC] Chicken. You are worse than Melicamp. At least he had an excuse.~ + a222
END

IF ~~ a221
 SAY ~[ARAN] Well, that puts a damper on things. How about the first time we settle into camp for a rest, we take this up again? We should make it outside, too, on account o' havin' enough space. Some evenin', when we be campin'. Come on, it might be a mite bit o' fun!~
 + ~Gender(Player1,MALE)~ + ~[PC] That sounds fine to me.~ + DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",3)~ EXIT
 +  ~Gender(Player1,FEMALE)~ + ~[PC] That sounds fine to me.~ + DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",1)~ EXIT
 +  ~Gender(Player1,MALE)~ + ~[PC] You are not going to let this go until we spar, are you. Fine. Next time we camp outside, I will look for you.~ + DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",3)~ EXIT
 +  ~Gender(Player1,FEMALE)~ + ~[PC] You are not going to let this go until we spar, are you. Fine. Next time we camp outside, I will look for you.~ + DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",1)~ EXIT
 ++ ~[PC] No, thank you. I think it would be a waste of my time.~ + a224
 + ~OR(2) Global("c-aranromance","GLOBAL",1) Global("c-aranromance","GLOBAL",2)~ + ~[PC] Are you sure that you want to spar, or do you have romance in mind?~ + a223
 ++ ~[PC] Chicken. You are delaying this because you do not want to lose to me. You are worse than Melicamp. At least he had an excuse.~ + a222
END

IF ~~ a222
 SAY ~[ARAN] Meli-who? I don't rightly know who you be talkin' about.~
 + ~Gender(Player1,MALE)~ + ~[PC] Short fellow, feathers, clucked alot, stole some bracers... oh. Right. You weren't there. Never mind. Sure, I will find you for a sparring session.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",3)~ EXIT
 + ~Gender(Player1,MALE)~ + ~[PC] Neither do I. I just liked the sound of the name. I think it was a pet chicken Imoen kept back at Candlekeep. I will find you some evening and spar, Aran.~  DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",3)~ EXIT 
 + ~Gender(Player1,MALE)~ + ~[PC] Heh. Bwak bwawk cluck cluck... you just do not want to lose to me right here and now. I will wander out some evening and see what you can do, boyo.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",3)~ EXIT 
 + ~Gender(Player1,FEMALE)~ + ~[PC] Short fellow, feathers, clucked alot, stole some bracers... oh. Right. You weren't there. Never mind. Sure, I will find you for a sparring session.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",1)~ EXIT
 + ~Gender(Player1,FEMALE)~ + ~[PC] Neither do I. I just liked the sound of the name. I think it was a pet chicken Imoen kept back at Candlekeep. I will find you some evening and spar, Aran.~  DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",1)~ EXIT 
 + ~Gender(Player1,FEMALE)~ + ~[PC] Heh. Bwak bwawk cluck cluck... you just do not want to lose to me right here and now. I will wander out some evening and see what you can do, boyo.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",1)~ EXIT 
END

IF ~~ a223
 SAY ~[ARAN] Why, perish the thought. I'm a right golden good boy, I am. My mother done said so once, I think. O' course, she might have been yellin' somethin' else, but it be hard to hear clear-like when you are bouncin' along in a Coster wagon.~
 IF ~~ THEN DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",1)~ EXIT 
END

IF ~~ a224
 SAY ~[ARAN] Well, I made the offer, eh? I guess that just has naught for interest for you. Fine by me. Mayhap someone else will give it a shot.~
 IF ~~ THEN EXIT 
END

 

ft9 sets up the bromance/romance swordfighting talk if the PC agrees , run out of the DreamScript to engage on resting (the closest we can script for camping). On a setting of c-aranspar = 3, the 'bromance' straight swordfight and chat, on c-aranspar = 1, the romantic swordfight. Player options can control the scene for the ladies, but this is a slippery slope - much like RL, if the moment is right and the wrong things are said, a lady PC can find herself getting carried away. Luckily, the options to get out are numerous, and the after-sex talk is already designed to cover a romantically committed PC who has a one-night stand, so we should be good.

 

On the 'bromance' side, I need to reconstruct the swordfight with more traditional DM'ing and an emphasis on "why are you fighting your destiny", along with friendly trash talking, as this is the FR equivalent of shooting hoops with a friend at night under the lights in an outdoor park.

 

Either way, it means that the opportunity for the swordfight is appropriately delayed until later in the friendship. For female PCs it does not rely on the romance side of things to initiate, so it can have the friendship crush gone awry feel to it if players want. The only question is whether to move it/swap places with another friendtalk, figuring that folks who have run both friendship and romance may have already been committed to Aran by now, which means some of the pathways might need adjustment. (They might anyways - I should set that darned variable for the folks who have pushed fast for a physical relationship with Aran by flirting alot. Damn, I said I would try to make this uncomplicated, but things get tangled up anyways :crazyeyes: )

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I only have one question. Did you actually use the word "bromance"?

 

It's official. I *am* the last dinosaur. :crazyeyes:

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Heck no, b - I used the word the way I use things like "twitter", and "iPod" -

 

my first inclination is to ask

 

"what birdcall are you studying?"

 

and I think of

 

I pod, You (singular) pod, He pods, She pods, They pod, You (plural) pod, We pod...

 

I keep up with the language because of the students, but it is like speaking a foreign language :crazyeyes:

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OK, rewriting for the male version (no follow "morning after" talk) took way, way longer than it should have - but here it is. Got to go back and rebuild/clean up the female/romance side, but this is ready for folks to poke at and see what I have screwed up...

 

a reminder to self - the four points to win is because I could not get my head around a simple way of filtering the dialog to let the LOCAL set - it will work, on that fourth "touch", skipping the intermediary steps on those CHAIN constructions. But I need to retest it sometime soon.

 

/* FT9 Follow-Up - Males - Shooting Hoops, FR Style */
IF ~Global("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",3)~ THEN BEGIN a225
 SAY ~[ARAN] You be a mite late, there, <CHARNAME>. I was just about to turn in, eh?~
 ++ ~[PC] I think the bet was 5 gold that you would lose, 10 gold that you would trip on something during the match, and no takers on how many times you would swear.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",4)~ + a226
 ++ ~[PC] You look like you have been working hard already. Do you want to postpone this? I do not want to take advantage of your fatigue.~  DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",4)~ + a227
 ++ ~[PC] Think of it as early for tomorrow. The moon is still up, so there is plenty of light, and I am here now.~  DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",4)~ + a228
 ++ ~[PC] I think I would rather not spar tonight, Aran. I am going to turn in.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",4)~ + a229
 ++ ~[PC] Look, if you were an attractive young female, I would have been here hours ago. Consider yourself lucky I showed up at all.~  DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",4)~ + a230
END


IF ~~ a226
 SAY ~[ARAN] Whoa, there, big boy, watch th' mouth! Don't you be talkin' too big for your abilities, eh? I can hold my own, you know. No Candlekeep weepin' willow is goin' to beat a Whitehand in a sparrin' match!~
 ++ ~[PC] Sure, sure... the famous Whitehands of the Great Dragon Army, chased by every random kobold and gibberling from here to Luskan. Are you going to talk or are you going to spar?~ + a231
 ++ ~[PC] 'Weeping willow'? Come on, Aran, you have to come up with better trash talk than that. You are supposed to get me all off balance by insulting me.~ + a231
 ++ ~[PC] I am talking well within my abilities, boyo. Put up swords or pay up. I have plans for that money.~ + a231
 ++ ~[PC] You can hold your own, but you are talking to the Master of Disaster. This should be over quickly.~ + a232
 ++ ~[PC] Hey, we are joking around, right? You are not getting the idea I do not appreciate your work...~ + a233
END

IF ~~ a227
 SAY ~[ARAN] No, no... I was stretchin' out, is all. But I be interested in a spar on dexterity, on account o' bein' a mite tired from the past few days. What do you think o' tryin' a fencin' match with foils, instead o' traditional weapons?~
 + ~Class(Player1,MAGE_ALL)~ + ~[PC] That sounds good to me. I do not do well with brute force weapons anyways. And I promise not to throw any spells your way.~ + a235
 + ~Class(Player1,FIGHTER_ALL)~ + ~[PC] I had my heart set on some good solid Moonshea Hammers and Axes, but a fencing match is fine. Good warriors can turn a rock or a piece of wood into a decent enough weapon.~ + a235
 + ~Class(Player1,THIEF_ALL)~ + ~[PC] Hey, if you want to set yourself up for an embarassing loss, it is your funeral. You do remember I live by my agility, don't you?~ + a235
 + ~Class(Player1,CLERIC_ALL) Alignment(Player1,MASK_GOOD)~ + ~[PC] Clerics usually work with blunt weapons, Aran, but I can make an exception. You do not even hav to spot me a touch or two in points.~ + a235
 + ~Class(Player1,CLERIC_ALL) Alignment(Player1,MASK_EVIL)~ + ~[PC] Clerics usually work with blunt weapons, Aran, but I can make an exception. I would not be true to my god if I did not insist that you spot me a touch or two in points.~ + a235
 + ~Class(Player1,CLERIC_ALL) !Alignment(Player1,MASK_GOOD) !Alignment(Player1,MASK_EVIL)~ + ~[PC]  Clerics usually work with blunt weapons, Aran, but I can make an exception. It is a fair balance, with my lack of familiarity and your fatigue.~ + a235
 + ~Class(Player1,PALADIN_ALL) !Class("c-aran",PALADIN_ALL)~ + ~[PC] I am suprised, Aran.  Gentleman's weapons? I am impressed. A good spar to clear the head and focus the mind. Come, now, Aran, let us have a clean fight.~ + a235
 + ~Class(Player1,PALADIN_ALL) Class("c-aran",PALADIN_ALL)~ + ~[PC] Gentleman's weapons? Good choice, befitting our calling. A good spar to clear the head and focus the mind. Come, now, Aran, let us have a clean fight.~ + a235
 + ~Class(Player1,SORCERER)~ + ~[PC] Somehow I think it might be fun to try a good old-fashioned swordfight. I will try to avoid melting your blade, or setting your trousers on fire.~ + a235
 + ~Class(Player1,MONK)~ + ~[PC] Hand to hand is more my forte, but perhaps this will be interesting. I will spar with you.~ + a235
 + ~Class(Player1,BARD_ALL)~ + ~[PC] I should be asking to spar musically, or perhaps with poetry, Aran, but I am afraid I have heard your singing. I think you should stop talking and start fighting.~ + a235
 ++ ~[PC] I think I would rather not spar tonight, Aran. I am going to turn in.~ + a229
 ++ ~[PC] No. I am heading off to bed. I do not want to wiln a false victory. We can try it again when you can fight with real weapons.~ + a229
END

IF ~~ a228
 SAY ~[ARAN] That you be. Hey, I be interested in a spar on dexterity, on account o' bein' a mite tired from the last few days. What do you think o' tryin' a fencin' match with foils, instead o' traditional weapons?~
 ++ ~[PC] Do you think I am frail and passive, unable to handle the big weapons? What am I, one of your bundles of dried, ink-covered sheepskin?~ + a234
 ++ ~[PC] Name the weapon, and I am ready. If I do not know how to wield it, I will ask how.~ + a235
 ++ ~[PC] It is your funeral. Show me you can fight.~ + a231
 ++ ~[PC] It is your funeral. (Punch him hard in the gut.)~ + a236
 ++ ~[PC] That sounds like a good idea.~ + a235
END

IF ~~ a229
 SAY ~[ARAN] Aye, then, that be fine. Do you want anythin' else?~
 ++ ~[PC] Now what might I want when I am headed for my bedroll?~ + a242
 ++ ~[PC] No, I am fine. Have a good night, Aran.~ + a238
 ++ ~[PC] Well, there are still some cooking pots you have not cleaned, and there is firewood to gather. You should get right on that.~ + a268
 ++ ~[PC] A smart young blonde with loose morals and a short memory.~ +  a237
END

IF ~~ a230
 SAY ~[ARAN] If I had been a cute young female, I would have known better than to show up here alone an' all unprotected, wi' th' like o' you runnin' the show. But seein' as there be a severe shortage o' horny dryads an' such around these parts, what say we do a little fencin'? ~
 ++ ~[PC] I just thought of you as a female, and the whole idea turns me off completely. I think I will just go to bed.~ + a229
 ++ ~[PC] Do you think I am frail and passive, unable to handle the big weapons? What am I, one of your bundles of dried, ink-covered sheepskin?~ + a234
 ++ ~[PC] Name the weapon, and I am ready. If I do not know how to wield it, I will ask how.~ + a235
 ++ ~[PC] It is your funeral. Show me you can fight.~ + a231
 ++ ~[PC] It is your funeral. (Punch him hard in the gut.)~ + c-a236
 ++ ~[PC] That sounds like a good idea.~ + a235
END

IF ~~ a231
 SAY ~[ARAN] I don't rightly have th' practice equipment for Waterdeep Twin Swords style, just two straight practice foils for duellin' wi' out harm. Wi' a bit o' luck, we shall see who gets a few extra coins to toss around next inn we be stayin' at.~
 IF ~~ THEN GOTO a235
END

IF ~~ a232
 SAY ~[ARAN] Lathander's Luminous Legs, <CHARNAME>, you need a mite but o' sunshine poured into that addled pate o' yours, you do. An' I am just th' man to do it.~
 ++ ~[PC] Talk is cheap, and my time is valuable. Throw me a foil.~ + a235
 ++ ~[PC] Actually, I think it would be a good time to quit while I am ahead. I seem to have won the verbal sparring, so I am off to bed.~ + a229
 ++ ~[PC] Shall we spar?~ + a231
 ++ ~[PC] Hey, all trash-talk aside, are you going to teach me how to spar?~ + a244
 ++ ~[PC] You say 'man', but I see 'boy who throws a ton of wind'. Show me what you have, caravan-boy...~ + a235
 ++ ~[PC] Look, can we skip the whole sparring thing, and just talk?~ + a262
END

IF ~~ a233
 SAY ~[ARAN] Torm's Blighted Balls, do you be jokin'? I thought we be talkin' trash to eachother, an' gettin' into th' spirit, is all. Where have you been, a monastary all your life?~
 ++ ~[PC] Let's just say that I have spent most of my life being very, very serious.~ + a235
 ++ ~[PC] Good. Toss me a weapon, and let's see how this all works out.~ + a235
 ++ ~[PC] Yes. (Punch him hard in the gut.)~ + a236
 ++ ~[PC] Look, can we skip the whole sparring thing, and just talk?~ + a262
 ++ ~[PC] This is taking too long. I think I will head for bed.~ + a229
END

IF ~~ a234
 SAY ~[ARAN] Bugger that. If I wanted to insult you, I'd be sayin' you smell like th' inside o' a Luskan Cathouse, or look like one o' them Calimshan eunuchs. Bundle o' dried goatskin, my arse.~
 ++ ~[PC] Why, thank you, sir. And I would respond that your breath is as stunning as an otuyug, but luckily for the otuyug it has the benefit of some redeeming qualities...~ + a240
 ++ ~[PC] You can save the feeble attempts at insults. Throw me a foil, and let's spar.~ + a235
 ++ ~[PC] Aran, you have so much to learn about talking to your betters. Perhaps a sound thrashing will help.~ + a235
 ++ ~[PC] Actually, could you show me how to hold a foil? I never really learned...~ + a244
 ++ ~[PC] Look, can we skip the whole sparring thing, and just talk?~ + a262
END

IF ~~ a235
 SAY ~[ARAN] Aye, then. Here, catch.~
 ++ ~[PC] (Catch rapier by the hilt and place it to your lips, saluting him.)~ + a247
 ++ ~[PC] (Catch rapier and extend it away and to your left, ready to fight.)~ + a247
 ++ ~[PC] (Catch rapier and instantly lunge forward with a direct thrust.)~ + a248
 ++ ~[PC] (Clumsily catch the rapier and grip it like a club.)~ + a247
END

IF ~~ a236
 SAY ~[ARAN] *gasp* What in th' nine hells was that?~
 ++ ~[PC] Weakness. You let your guard down, Aran, and I was right there to take advantage. Are we going to spar?~ + a235
 ++ ~[PC] Fun. Here, let me do it again...~ + a241
 ++ ~[PC] A warning. I came here to fight, not talk.~ + a235
 ++ ~[PC] A sucker-punch. Where have you been living all your life, a monastary? Throw me a foil.~ + a235
END

IF ~~ a237
 SAY ~[ARAN] Now, that I could get behind, or in front of. Or in bed with, if I could find one like that. I'll be keepin' my eyes open, eh?~
 ++ ~[PC] Hey, on second thought, I am going back to an empty bedroll and another night of troubled sleep. Throw me a foil.~ + a235
 ++ ~[PC] You do that. Have a good night, Aran.~ + a238
 ++ ~[PC] No need, Aran. I think I can handle getting my own women. You concentrate on yourself. Have a good night.~ + a238
 ++ ~[PC] No need, Aran. I already have someone I am interested in romantically.~ + a239
END

IF ~~ a238
 SAY ~[ARAN] Aye, then, same to you. I think I am goin' to go get some energy worked out o' my system, eh? I will see you back at camp.~
 IF ~~ THEN DO ~RestParty()~ EXIT
END

IF ~~ a239
 SAY ~[ARAN] A man never lived what has too many girlfriends, as long as he be careful to keep them separate. Wives, it might be that just one be too many, but girlfriends, that be a different story. I think I am goin' to go get some energy worked out o' my system, eh? I will see you back at camp.~
 IF ~~ THEN DO ~RestParty()~ EXIT
END

IF ~~ a240
 SAY ~[ARAN] Big talk, big talk! With a bit o' luck, we shall see who gets a few extra coins to toss around next inn we be stayin' at.~
 IF ~~ THEN GOTO a235
END

IF ~~ a241
 SAY ~[ARAN] Not on your life... I'm done wi' getting my gut punched on account o' you gotta let off some steam. You got anythin' else you want me to do for you? Mayhap somethin' that don't rightly hurt so much?~
 ++ ~[PC] No, I am fine. Have a good night, Aran.~ + a238
 ++ ~[PC] Well, there are still some cooking pots you have not cleaned, and there is firewood to gather. You should go do that, instead.~ + a268
 ++ ~[PC] Look, can we skip the whole sparring thing, and just talk?~ + a262
END

IF ~~ a242
 SAY ~[ARAN] A smart young blonde with loose morals and a short memory?~
 ++ ~[PC] Sign me up. Do you happen to have her in your back pocket?~ + a243
 ++ ~[PC] I think I have all I can handle with women right now, thanks. Have a good night, Aran.~ + a238
 ++ ~[PC] Sounds more like your type than mine. Have a good night.~ + a238
 ++ ~[PC] Like you could get one to pay attention to you, let alone me. Dream on!~ + a243
 ++ ~[PC] I am sure i can come up wityh one of those on my own, should I want one. You, on the other hand... perhaps not.~ + a243
END

IF ~~ a243
 SAY ~[ARAN] No, I don't rightly think I can pull a blonde out o' my back pocket right now, smart, loose, or even female. Mayhap next inn, if there be a good bit o' alcohol an' some dancin', but not right here an' right now!~
 = ~[ARAN] I think I am goin' to go get some energy worked out o' my system, eh? I will see you back at camp.~
 IF ~~ THEN DO ~RestParty()~ EXIT
END

IF ~~ a244
 SAY ~[ARAN] Aye, sure. This can be a mite bit strange for someone who has naught for trainin', but th' basics is pretend you are facin' an armored opponent wi' a long sword. Slashin' won't be gettin' you anywhere. You need to look for opportunities to pierce wi' the point, see? Here, hold it like this... an' then try to stick me any place below th' neck.~
 ++ ~[PC] Just like this? (swish the blade side to side, and then whip it across his left leg.)~ + a245
 ++ ~[PC] Just like this? (lunge forward and push the tip of the foil towards his left shoulder.)~ + a245
 ++ ~[PC] Just like this? (feint left, then drive the foil directly for his right eye.)~ + a246
 ++ ~[PC] This is not really that interesting. I think I would rather not spar tonight, Aran. I am going to turn in.~ + a229
 ++ ~[PC] Look, can we skip the whole sparring thing, and just talk?~ + a262
END

IF ~~ a245
 SAY ~[ARAN] Blighted bones, that hurt! But aye. Only you need to hold your wrist like this... an' turn your body in so as to give th' smallest target possible, or I'll be rammin' my blade where th' sun don't shine first time I get behind you.~
 ++ ~[PC] That will do. I can take it from here - let's spar.~ + a235
 ++ ~[PC] Look, I learned how to do this back in Candlekeep. You are a bit gullible, aren't you. Let's fence.~ + a235
 ++ ~[PC] This is not really that interesting. I think I would rather not spar tonight, Aran. I am going to turn in.~ + a229
 ++ ~[PC] Look, can we skip the whole sparring thing, and just talk?~ + a262
END

IF ~~ a246
 SAY ~[ARAN] (Blades clash as Aran blocks the thrust.) Not unless you be expectin' one ' us to die tonight. This be friendly sparrin', not pop 'Aran's eyeball an' clip his brain'. Looks like you can handle yourself right fine. Do you be ready?.~
 ++ ~[PC] That will do. I can take it from here - let's spar.~ + a235
 ++ ~[PC] Look, I learned how to do this back in Candlekeep. Let's fence.~ + a235
 ++ ~[PC] This is not really that interesting. I think I would rather not spar tonight, Aran. I am going to turn in.~ + a229
 ++ ~[PC] The eyeball might pop, but there is no brain in there to hurt. If you want all this fancy fighting, go do it yourself. I am more of the 'beat them senseless and then vivisect their parts for the necromancer' kind. Have as good a night as you can. I am headed for my bedroll.~ + a238
END

IF ~~ a247
 SAY ~[ARAN] Here, let's get goin', eh - en garde!~
 ++ ~[PC] (Circle around to his left.)~  + a252
 ++ ~[PC] (Feint right, then slash towards his legs.)~  + a248
 ++ ~[PC] (Wait patiently, watching him closely.)~ + a253
 ++ ~[PC] (Stand very still, motionless in the moonlight.)~  + a253
 ++ ~[PC] (Thrust savagely.)~  + a248
END

/* Let's change up things a little if the state gets repeated a few times... trash talk in sequence if taken. */

IF ~~ a248
 SAY ~[ARAN] (A spark strikes as his blade parries. He thrusts quickly forward.)~
 ++ ~[PC] (Guard closely, on the defensive, parrying each of his thrusts)~ + a252
 + ~RandNum(3,3)~ + ~[PC] (Step back quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes)~ + a249
 + ~RandNum(3,2)~ + ~[PC] (Step back quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes)~ + a250
 + ~RandNum(3,1)~ + ~[PC] (Step back quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes)~ + a251
 + ~RandNum(3,3)~ + ~[PC] (Twist your wrist, deflecting his riposte and flicking your blade towards his throat)~ + a249
 + ~RandNum(3,2)~ + ~[PC] (Twist your wrist, deflecting his riposte and flicking your blade towards his throat)~ + a250
 + ~RandNum(3,1)~ + ~[PC] (Twist your wrist, deflecting his riposte and flicking your blade towards his throat)~ + a251
 + ~Global("c-aransp1","LOCALS",0)~ + ~[PC] Your bootlace is coming untied...~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp1","LOCALS",1)~ + a254
 + ~Global("c-aransp1","LOCALS",1)~ + ~[PC] Didn't we do this already? You have to learn to be more creative, Aran.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp1","LOCALS",2)~ + a255
 + ~Global("c-aransp1","LOCALS",2)~ + ~[PC] Had enough, oh feeble wielder of swords? I can thrust and parry all night, you know. It does not look like you have the stamina.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp1","LOCALS",3)~ + a256
 + ~Global("c-aransp1","LOCALS",3)~ + ~[PC] Come on, just a few more exchanges, and I will have thoroughly humiliated you...~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp1","LOCALS",4)~ + a257
 + ~Global("c-aransp1","LOCALS",4)~ + ~[PC] Hey, I am not bad at this. But then again, I always thought that negotiation was the art of saying "let's talk!" till I can find a rock.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp1","LOCALS",5)~ + a258
 + ~Global("c-aransp1","LOCALS",5)~ + ~[PC] Slow, slow, slow - you are slower than honey running uphill on the Spine of the World.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp1","LOCALS",6)~ + a259
END

IF ~~ a249
 SAY ~[ARAN] (A spark strikes as his blade parries. He falls back and his riposte hisses through the air.)~
 ++ ~[PC] (Guard closely, on the defensive, parrying each of his thrusts)~ + a252
 + ~RandNum(3,3)~ + ~[PC] (Step back quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes)~ + a249
 + ~RandNum(3,2)~ + ~[PC] (Step back quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes)~ + a250
 + ~RandNum(3,1)~ + ~[PC] (Step back quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes)~ + a251
 + ~RandNum(3,3)~ + ~[PC] (Twist your wrist, deflecting his riposte and flicking your blade towards his throat)~ + a249
 + ~RandNum(3,2)~ + ~[PC] (Twist your wrist, deflecting his riposte and flicking your blade towards his throat)~ + a250
 + ~RandNum(3,1)~ + ~[PC] (Twist your wrist, deflecting his riposte and flicking your blade towards his throat)~ + a251
 + ~Global("c-aransp1","LOCALS",0)~ + ~[PC] Your bootlace is coming untied...~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp1","LOCALS",1)~ + a254
 + ~Global("c-aransp1","LOCALS",1)~ + ~[PC] Didn't we do this already? You have to learn to be more creative, Aran.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp1","LOCALS",2)~ + a255
 + ~Global("c-aransp1","LOCALS",2)~ + ~[PC] Had enough, oh feeble wielder of swords? I can thrust and parry all night, you know. It does not look like you have the stamina.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp1","LOCALS",3)~ + a256
 + ~Global("c-aransp1","LOCALS",3)~ + ~[PC] Come on, just a few more exchanges, and I will have thoroughly humiliated you...~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp1","LOCALS",4)~ + a257
 + ~Global("c-aransp1","LOCALS",4)~ + ~[PC] Hey, I am not bad at this. But then again, I always thought that negotiation was the art of saying "let's talk!" till I can find a rock.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp1","LOCALS",5)~ + a258
 + ~Global("c-aransp1","LOCALS",5)~ + ~[PC] Slow, slow, slow - you are slower than honey running uphill on the Spine of the World.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp1","LOCALS",6)~ + a259
END

// a250 is a chain

// a251 is a chain

IF ~~ a252
 SAY ~[ARAN] (His rapier dances forward, boring towards your shoulder.)~
 ++ ~[PC] (Guard closely, on the defensive, parrying each of his thrusts)~ + a253  // This one can loop back and forth forever. No guts, no glory.
 + ~RandNum(3,3)~ + ~[PC] (Step back quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes)~ + a249
 + ~RandNum(3,2)~ + ~[PC] (Spin lightly, ducking under his whispering blade and coming up with a thrust from underneath)~ + a250
 + ~RandNum(3,1)~ + ~[PC] (Step back quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes)~ + a251
 + ~RandNum(3,3)~ + ~[PC] (Twist your wrist, deflecting his riposte and flicking your blade towards his throat)~ + a249
 + ~RandNum(3,2)~ + ~[PC] (Thrust savagely past his guard.)~ + a250
 + ~RandNum(3,1)~ + ~[PC] (Parry, and lunge forward to the right.)~ + a251
 + ~Global("c-aransp1","LOCALS",0)~ + ~[PC] Your bootlace is coming untied...~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp1","LOCALS",1)~ + a254
 + ~Global("c-aransp1","LOCALS",1)~ + ~[PC] Didn't we do this already? You have to learn to be more creative, Aran.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp1","LOCALS",2)~ + a255
 + ~Global("c-aransp1","LOCALS",2)~ + ~[PC] Had enough, oh feeble wielder of swords? I can thrust and parry all night, you know. It does not look like you have the stamina.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp1","LOCALS",3)~ + a256
 + ~Global("c-aransp1","LOCALS",3)~ + ~[PC] Come on, just a few more exchanges, and I will have thoroughly humiliated you...~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp1","LOCALS",4)~ + a257
 + ~Global("c-aransp1","LOCALS",4)~ + ~[PC] Hey, I am not bad at this. But then again, I always thought that negotiation was the art of saying "let's talk!" till I can find a rock.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp1","LOCALS",5)~ + a258
 + ~Global("c-aransp1","LOCALS",5)~ + ~[PC] Slow, slow, slow - you are slower than honey running uphill on the Spine of the World.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp1","LOCALS",6)~ + a259
 ++ ~[PC] I have had enough of this. I call truce!~ + a267
END

IF ~~ a253
 SAY ~[ARAN] (His rapier dances forward, boring towards your chest.)~
 ++ ~[PC] (Guard closely, on the defensive, parrying each of his thrusts)~ + a252
 + ~RandNum(3,3)~ + ~[PC] (Step back quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes)~ + a249
 + ~RandNum(3,2)~ + ~[PC] (Spin lightly, ducking under his whispering blade and coming up with a thrust from underneath)~ + a250
 + ~RandNum(3,1)~ + ~[PC] (Step back quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes)~ + a251
 + ~RandNum(3,3)~ + ~[PC] (Twist your wrist, deflecting his riposte and flicking your blade towards his throat)~ + a249
 + ~RandNum(3,2)~ + ~[PC] (Thrust savagely past his guard.)~ + a250
 + ~RandNum(3,1)~ + ~[PC] (Parry, and lunge forward to the right.)~ + a251
 + ~Global("c-aransp1","LOCALS",0)~ + ~[PC] Your bootlace is coming untied...~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp1","LOCALS",1)~ + a254
 + ~Global("c-aransp1","LOCALS",1)~ + ~[PC] Didn't we do this already? You have to learn to be more creative, Aran.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp1","LOCALS",2)~ + a255
 + ~Global("c-aransp1","LOCALS",2)~ + ~[PC] Had enough, oh feeble wielder of swords? I can thrust and parry all night, you know. It does not look like you have the stamina.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp1","LOCALS",3)~ + a256
 + ~Global("c-aransp1","LOCALS",3)~ + ~[PC] Come on, just a few more exchanges, and I will have thoroughly humiliated you...~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp1","LOCALS",4)~ + a257
 + ~Global("c-aransp1","LOCALS",4)~ + ~[PC] Hey, I am not bad at this. But then again, I always thought that negotiation was the art of saying "let's talk!" till I can find a rock.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp1","LOCALS",5)~ + a258
 + ~Global("c-aransp1","LOCALS",5)~ + ~[PC] Slow, slow, slow - you are slower than honey running uphill on the Spine of the World.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp1","LOCALS",6)~ + a259
 ++ ~[PC] I have had enough of this. I call truce!~ + a267
END

IF ~~ a254
 SAY ~[ARAN] I'm not bloody well fallin' for that old trick, boyo...~
 IF ~~ THEN GOTO a252
END  

IF ~~ a255
 SAY ~[ARAN] Big talk from th' Bhaalspawn. You tryin' to spar, or kill me wi' your fetid breath?~
 IF ~~ THEN GOTO a253
END

IF ~~ a256
 SAY ~[ARAN] I got testimony from a couple o' tavern wenches what beg to differ... on both counts!~
 IF ~~ THEN GOTO a252
END

IF ~~ a257
 SAY ~[ARAN] I been in worse humiliations than this, eh? Just bein' seen wi' you might count as one!~
 IF ~~ THEN GOTO a253
END

IF ~~ a258
 SAY ~[ARAN] Now that be a truth.~
 IF ~~ THEN GOTO a252
END

IF ~~ a259
 SAY ~[ARAN] But th' ladies find me plenty sweet, eh? I was tryin' to play nice, an' not be remindin' you that you smell like a dungheap, an' swing like a gibberling.~
 IF ~~ THEN GOTO a253
END  

IF ~~ a260 
 SAY ~[ARAN] You won, fair an' square.~
 ++ ~[PC] Look, now that we have that out of our system, can we just talk?~ + a263
 ++ ~[PC] You know, I am going to turn in. I need some sleep.~ + a229
 ++ ~[PC] Another match?~ + a266 
END

IF ~~ a261
 SAY ~[ARAN] I won, fair an' square.~
 ++ ~[PC] Look, now that we have that out of our system, can we just talk?~ + a263
 ++ ~[PC] You know, I am going to turn in. I need some sleep.~ + a229
 ++ ~[PC] I demand a rematch!~ + a266 
END

// Talk Before Spar
IF ~~ a262
 SAY ~[ARAN] Aye. What be on your mind?~
 ++ ~[PC] Oh, nothing much. You know, I need to sort out my own problems. Let's spar.~ + a235 
 + ~Gender(Player2,FEMALE) !Name("c-aran",Player2)~ + ~[PC] I do not understand women. Mostly, I do not understand <PLAYER2>~ + a264
 + ~Gender(Player3,FEMALE) !Name("c-aran",Player3)~ + ~[PC] I do not understand women. Mostly, I do not understand <PLAYER3>~ + a264
 + ~Gender(Player4,FEMALE) !Name("c-aran",Player4)~ + ~[PC] I do not understand women. Mostly, I do not understand <PLAYER4>~ + a264
 + ~Gender(Player5,FEMALE) !Name("c-aran",Player5)~ + ~[PC] I do not understand women. Mostly, I do not understand <PLAYER5>~ + a264
 + ~Gender(Player6,FEMALE) !Name("c-aran",Player6)~ + ~[PC] I do not understand women. Mostly, I do not understand <PLAYER6>~ + a264
 ++ ~[PC] Why are you doing all this following me around, anyways? I would think you would have struck off on your own by now.~ + a265
 ++ ~[PC] Never mind. I think I would rather not spar tonight, Aran, verbally or physically. I am going to turn in.~ + a229
END

// Talk After Spar
IF ~~ a263
 SAY ~[ARAN] Aye. What be on your mind?~
 ++ ~[PC] Oh, nothing much. You know, I need to sort out my own problems.~ + a229
 + ~Gender(Player2,FEMALE) !Name("c-aran",Player2)~ + ~[PC] I do not understand women. Mostly, I do not understand <PLAYER2>~ + a264
 + ~Gender(Player3,FEMALE) !Name("c-aran",Player3)~ + ~[PC] I do not understand women. Mostly, I do not understand <PLAYER3>~ + a264
 + ~Gender(Player4,FEMALE) !Name("c-aran",Player4)~ + ~[PC] I do not understand women. Mostly, I do not understand <PLAYER4>~ + a264
 + ~Gender(Player5,FEMALE) !Name("c-aran",Player5)~ + ~[PC] I do not understand women. Mostly, I do not understand <PLAYER5>~ + a264
 + ~Gender(Player6,FEMALE) !Name("c-aran",Player6)~ + ~[PC] I do not understand women. Mostly, I do not understand <PLAYER6>~ + a264
 ++ ~[PC] Why are you doing all this following me around, anyways? I would think you would have struck off on your own by now.~ + a265
 ++ ~[PC] I don't know. You know, I am going to turn in. I need some sleep.~ + a229
END

IF ~~ a264
 SAY ~[ARAN] Oh no you don't, laddie. I got my own woman troubles, an' you don't rightly want no advice from th' likes o' me.~ 
 = ~[ARAN] Come on, you sorry bastard... enough wi' the chit-chat. We got places what to go, things what to see, an' creatures what to kill. An' a good night's sleep be just th' right way to get started.~
 IF ~~ THEN DO ~RestParty()~ EXIT
END

IF ~~ a265
 SAY ~[ARAN] I don't rightly know. But I back a friend, no matter what. Even if they don't always be actin' friendly themselves, eh? It just be th' way things are.~
 = ~[ARAN] Come on, you sorry bastard... enough wi' the chit-chat. We got places to go, things what to see, an' creatures what to kill. An' a good night's sleep be just th' right way to get started.~
 IF ~~ THEN DO ~RestParty()~ EXIT
END

IF ~~ a266
 SAY ~[ARAN] Oh no you don't, laddie. You will be naught but trouble for me if I don't get enough rest. I'm out, eh?~ 
 = ~[ARAN] We got places what to go, things what to see, an' creatures what to kill. An' a good night's sleep be just th' right way to get started.~
 IF ~~ THEN DO ~RestParty()~ EXIT
END

// Truce breakout to talking. Can cycle back because it can't be approached from before or after the fight.
IF ~~ a267
 SAY ~[ARAN] Right then.. what be th' problem? You gettin' tired?~
 ++ ~[PC] I just needed a breath of fresh air. You are starting to send out a powerful stench. Come on, let's spar!~ + a252
 ++ ~[PC] Just tired of your big mouth. Come on, let's spar!~ + a252
 ++ ~[PC] I don't know. You know, I am going to turn in. I need some sleep. I am not having much fun doing this.~ + a229
 ++ ~[PC] Look, now that we have that out of our system, can we just talk?~ + a263
END

IF ~~ a268
SAY ~[ARAN] Melliki's Quick temper, I done just.. just.. oh, hells. Fine. Go to bed. I be gettin' on wi' th' chores, like a good little blighted boy.~
++ ~[PC] Good night, Aran.~ DO ~RestParty()~ EXIT
++ ~[PC] Good to see you follow orders so well.~ DO ~RestParty()~ EXIT
++ ~[PC] I was joking, Aran. Come on, we should head back to camp. Unless you feel like running a few miles, just to get ready for sleep?~ + a266
END

/* FT9 Chains - Follow-Up - Males - Shooting Hoops, FR Style */
// a250 , a251 

CHAIN ~C-ARANJ~ a250 
~[ARAN] (His blade parries, but yours finds its mark... Aran falls back and his riposte hisses through the air past your ear.)~
== ~C-ARANJ~ IF ~Global("c-aransp2","LOCALS",0)~ THEN ~[ARAN] A point to you, there. Enough for tonight? Or do you be just gettin' warmed up?~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp2","LOCALS",1)~
== ~C-ARANJ~ IF ~Global("c-aransp2","LOCALS",1)~ THEN ~[ARAN] Ilmater's Blood, another point to you. I must be slippin'.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp2","LOCALS",2)~
== ~C-ARANJ~ IF ~Global("c-aransp2","LOCALS",2)~ THEN ~[ARAN] A point to you, there. You win, next point you make, eh?~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp2","LOCALS",3)~
END
+ ~GlobalLT("c-aransp2","LOCALS",3)~ THEN EXTERN ~C-ARANJ~ a252 
+ ~Global("c-aransp2","LOCALS",3)~ THEN EXTERN ~C-ARANJ~ a260

CHAIN ~C-ARANJ~ a251 
~[ARAN] (His blade parries quickly, and the point of his foil dances forward to tap your shoulder.)~
== ~C-ARANJ~ IF ~Global("c-aransp3","LOCALS",0)~ THEN ~[ARAN] A point to me, there. Not bad for a sellsword, eh? Just don't be usin' none o' those fancy powers o' yours to make up th' diffrernce.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp2","LOCALS",1)~
== ~C-ARANJ~ IF ~Global("c-aransp3","LOCALS",1)~ THEN ~[ARAN] Ilmater's Blood, another point to me, there. I must be gettin' good, or somethin'.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp2","LOCALS",2)~
== ~C-ARANJ~ IF ~Global("c-aransp3","LOCALS",2)~ THEN ~[ARAN] That be three points to me, eh? I do believe I win on th' next score I make.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp2","LOCALS",3)~
END
IF ~GlobalLT("c-aransp3","LOCALS",3)~ THEN EXTERN ~C-ARANJ~ a253 
IF ~Global("c-aransp3","LOCALS",3)~ THEN EXTERN ~C-ARANJ~ a261


/* End of FT 9 male Sparring Sequence */

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More later, but here's some things to get you thinking:

 

'I think the bet was 5 gold that you would lose, 10 gold that you would trip on something during the match, and no takers on how many times you would swear.' I am in love with this response!

 

'Look, if you were an attractive young female, I would have been here hours ago. Consider yourself lucky I showed up at all.' I wish I had a male PC that could take advantage of this response. My PCs obviously need more confidence.

 

'Whoa, there, big boy, watch th' mouth! Don't you be talkin' too big for your abilities, eh? I can hold my own, you know. No Candlekeep weepin' willow is goin' to beat a Whitehand in a sparrin' match.' I want one PC response that says "War is not the answer." Aran should then laugh and say "Yeah, right." At which point the PC could laugh back and it would roll back into the other PC options or he could say "I'm serious, Aran. We should save our aggression for our enemies." Depending on your vision of Aran, he could then offer arm wrestling instead (simple strength check, constitution in case of a tie-breaker), or he could grumble a bit about pansies and go to sleep.

 

'the Master of Disaster' Isn't that Gavin? Oh, OK, it's a PC line, and he's talking about himself, not some klutzy NPC. It sounds a bit like the kind of nickname would-be bad-boys give themselves to express their badness/impress themselves, but leave it! After all, the PC doesn't have to use it.

 

Cleric options... er, how to put it... there's clerics out there that really won't go at it with edged weapons. Er... maybe I should rephrase that. How about "Sorry, Aran, no can do. I'm forbidden to use the dueling weapons you prefer. But if you let me use a club, I promise not to dent your skull... badly."

 

Are you really going to give the player the option of becoming a paladin? It's your funeral.

 

'I do not want to wiln a false victory' One too many Ls in "win"

 

'A smart young blonde with loose morals and a short memory.' I want a PC who would use this line.

 

'But seein' as there be a severe shortage o' horny dryads an' such around these parts,' Please tell me you didn't just write that. I understand that it's two guys talking, and guys use much more candid language when they're alone, but that's pushing it a little far. How about "amorous"?

 

'I just thought of you as a female, and the whole idea turns me off completely.' Well, now, let's take this response through to the end and see how perverted it gets.

Aran: If I had been a cute young female, I would have known better than to show up here alone an' all unprotected, wi' th' like o' you runnin' the show. But seein' as there be a severe shortage o' horny dryads an' such around these parts, what say we do a little fencin'?

PC: I just thought of you as a female, and the whole idea turns me off completely. I think I will just go to bed.~

Aran: Aye, then, that be fine. Do you want anythin' else?~ (berelinde's head explodes)

PC: Now what might I want when I am headed for my bedroll?~ (it just gets better and better)

Aran: A smart young blonde with loose morals and a short memory?~ (didn't they just go there a second before?)

PC: Sign me up. Do you happen to have her in your back pocket?~ (Does pseudo-medieval clothing have pockets? I thought they weren't invented until the 18th century. IIRC, they were detachable accessories because womens' hoop skirts and paniers didn't allow a woman to attach a purse to her belt. You could say "pack" instead.)

Aran: No, I don't rightly think I can pull a blonde out o' my back pocket right now, smart, loose, or even female. Mayhap next inn, if there be a good bit o' alcohol an' some dancin', but not right here an' right now!~

= I think I am goin' to go get some energy worked out o' my system, eh? I will see you back at camp.~ (OK, nice save. For a moment, it looked a bit camp, but at the end, I get the impression that Aran really needs a cold shower, talking about all these blondes. And what's this obsession with melanin-deficient women? Won't a sultry brunette do?)

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Heh! Holy toledo, i had better recheck that line of options -

 

I figured some crazy person would level1npc him into a paladin, so I was going to cover that. But the cleric thing, well, fencing folis are blunt - so I need some modification so that clerics vcan play.

 

Thank you for the feedback! Another pass through it Monday or Tuesday, as the meetings/recertification garbage rolls along. Here - have the rebuilt women's side of things:

 

/* Romance interlude: Sparring Challenge */
/* StoryTelling through Interactive Text Adventure */

/* Begin Sparring, female and/or romance version */
/* Things get complicated in the fight - should be a different experience every time. Pity next to no one will ever see it all. */

IF ~Global("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",1)~ THEN BEGIN a269
 SAY ~[ARAN] You be a mite late, there, <CHARNAME>. I was just about to turn in, eh?~
 ++ ~[PC] Do you always spar with your shirt off?~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",2)~ + a270
 ++ ~[PC] Judging from the sheen of sweat on your chest, it looks like you have been working hard. Do you want to postpone this?~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",2)~ + a271
 ++ ~[PC] Think of it as early for tomorrow. The moon is still up, and I am here now.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",2)~ + a272
 ++ ~[PC] I think I would rather not spar tonight, Aran. I am going to turn in.~ + DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",2)~ a273
 ++ ~[PC] You are a little slow, aren't you. When I said 'spar', I was thinking of more amorous pursuits.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",2)~ + a274
END

IF ~~ a270
 SAY ~[ARAN] Well, now, sometimes I do, sometimes no. But I don't think I'll be askin' you to do the same. That blouse looks right pretty, it does. Especially as I can see right through it in this moonlight.~
 ++ ~[PC] (Quickly pull your jerkin closer around you.) Are you going to gawk, or are you going to fight?~ + a277
 ++ ~[PC] (Cross over in front of him.) All part of my plan to distract you and win, of course.~ + a277
 ++ ~[PC] (Loosen your blouse, allowing the silk to billow gently in the night breeze.) I simply need the freedom to move. A gentleman would not look so closely.~ + a277
 ++ ~[PC] You are being silly again, Aran. Stop joking around. You can see very well that I am still in my armor.~ + a301
 ++ ~[PC] (blush) Aran, I... I... ~ + a278
END

IF ~~ a271
 SAY ~[ARAN] No, no... I was stretchin' out, is all. I don't rightly suppose I should ask you to match me, eh? Well, no matter... ~
 + ~Class(Player1,MAGE_ALL)~ + ~[PC] Any decent mage will tell you that a good, well tailored robe is the first line of defense. I think you should stop talking and start sparring, Aran.~ + a309
 + ~Class(Player1,FIGHTER_ALL)~ + ~[PC] Warcries, distracting sounds, blabbering on about my beauty, all valid combat tactics, Aran. But really, aren't we both a little to seasoned for such distractions? Put your sword to use instead of your tongue.~ + a309
 + ~Class(Player1,THIEF_ALL)~ + ~[PC] In my profession, it is important to learn when to hide one's assets, and when to display them. Less talk and much more action, please.~ + a309
 + ~Class(Player1,CLERIC_ALL) Alignment(Player1,MASK_GOOD)~ + ~[PC] I think you should stop talking and start fighting, Aran. Good intentions pale in comparison with actions.~ + a309
 + ~Class(Player1,CLERIC_ALL) Alignment(Player1,MASK_EVIL)~ + ~[PC] I think you should stop talking and start fighting, Aran. The gods prefer actions over platitudes. Besides, you need to be taught your place.~ + a309
 + ~Class(Player1,CLERIC_ALL) !Alignment(Player1,MASK_GOOD) !Alignment(Player1,MASK_EVIL)~ + ~[PC] I think you should stop talking and start fighting, Aran. I shall endeavor to show you the essense of spiritual focus, or at least give you a good drubbing.~ + a309
 + ~Class(Player1,PALADIN_ALL)~ + ~[PC] A good spar to clear the head and focus the mind. Come, now, Aran. Let us have a clean fight.~ + a309
 + ~Class(Player1,SORCERER)~ + ~[PC] Somehow I think it might be fun to try a good old-fashioned swordfight. I will try to avoid melting your blade, or setting your trousers on fire.~ + a309
 + ~Class(Player1,MONK)~ + ~[PC] Hand to hand is more my forte, but perhaps this will be interesting. I will spar with you.~ + a309
 + ~Class(Player1,BARD_ALL)~ + ~[PC] I should be asking to spar musically, or perhaps with poetry, Aran, but I am afraid I have heard your singing. I think you should stop talking and start fighting.~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] I think I will keep my top on, thank you.~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] I think I would rather not spar tonight, Aran. I am going to turn in.~ + a273
 ++ ~[PC] You could ask. But my answer would be no. Besides, that is a highly unromantic suggestion.~  + a274
 ++ ~[PC] (Bare your torso, stripping to the waist to match him.)~  + a275
END

IF ~~ a272
 SAY ~[ARAN] That you be. An' in th' moonlight, I don't know what be prettier... you, or a full contract tight-bound.~
 ++ ~[PC] Are you comparing me to a bundle of dried, ink-covered sheepskin?~ + a279
 ++ ~[PC] Me. I am prettier. See? (Spin slowly, raising your arms).~ + a280
 // 4th wall, Buckaroo Bonsai  - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086856/ - , but it fits too well not to use :)
 ++ ~[PC] Laugh all you want, monkey boy. I have come to show you your inadequacies!~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] Talk is cheap. Show me you can fight.~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] Talk is cheap. (Punch him hard in the gut.)~ + a281
 ++ ~[PC] You do not seem to get the idea. I am interested in friendship, nothing more. Are we going to spar, or talk?~ + a309
END

IF ~~ a273
 SAY ~[ARAN] Aye, then, that be fine. Do you want anythin' else?~
 ++ ~[PC] Now what might I want when I am headed for my bedroll?~ + a282
 ++ ~[PC] No, I am fine. Have a good night, Aran.~ + a297
 ++ ~[PC] Well, there are still some cooking pots you have not cleaned, and there is firewood to gather.~ + a283
 ++ ~[PC] I want... I... I do not know what I want.~ + a282
END

IF ~~ a274
 SAY ~[ARAN] Now, what could be more amorous than to be swordfightin' in th' moonlight? Where be your sense o' romance, o' foreplay, o' gettin' all hot an' bothered?~
 ++ ~[PC] The whole idea turns me off completely. I think I will just go to bed.~ + a283
 ++ ~[PC] No, I am fine with avoiding complications. Have a good night, Aran.~ + a297
 ++ ~[PC] You do not seem to get the idea. I am interested in friendship, nothing more. Are we going to spar, or talk?~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] You have a point. But I think I am ready for that match, now.~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] I can think of many more romantic notions, Aran. Do you think fighting is the way into my heart?~ + a276
END

IF ~~ a275
 SAY ~[ARAN] I... I... ~
 ++ ~[PC] The great Whitehand, pride of the Sword Coast, laid speechless by the sight of a partially naked woman. I think I will just go to bed.~ + a283
 ++ ~[PC] Oh, my... I seem to have had a minor wardrobe malfunction. No matter... I will cover up again, just to be fair.~ + a279
 ++ ~[PC] Look all you want - it will not change the fact that we are never sleeping together. I am interested in friendship, nothing more. Are we going to spar, or talk?~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] I do not know why I did that. (Cover yourself).~ + a277
 ++ ~[PC] I can think of many more romantic notions than stripping in the moonlight, only to spoil it with weapons.~ + a274
END

/* Point, counterpoint, chocolate, and flowers */
IF ~~ a276 
 SAY ~[ARAN] Look, I am not rightly sure how to try to romance you, <CHARNAME>. There be so many ways you are not quite th' normal... err... Helm's Beard, that came out wrong...~
 ++ ~[PC] So you think calling me abnormal is the way to get me interested. Fascinating.~ + a279
 ++ ~[PC] You do no have to try so hard, you know. You could just kiss me.~ + a287
 ++ ~[PC] Aran, I keep telling you we are just friends. If you are here to spar, then let's spar. With foils, not with words, please.~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] You could try flowers, or chocolate, or just listening to me, you know.~ + a284
 ++ ~[PC] I think I am ready for that sparring match, now.~ + a309
END

IF ~~ a277
 SAY ~[ARAN] Now then, I don't rightly have th' practice equipment for Waterdeep Twin Swords style, just starlight... err. Just *straight* practice foils for duellin' wi' out harm.~
 ++ ~[PC] 'starlight'?~ + a288
 ++ ~[PC] That will do just fine.~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] Cut the clumsy attempts at seduction, sellsword. Save it for your tavern slatterns.~ + a288
 ++ ~[PC] Wait a minute. You have not finished all your chores. There are still some cooking pots you have not cleaned, and there is firewood to gather.~ + a283
 ++ ~[PC] Too much talk, not enough action. You missed your opportunity, Aran. I am going to bed.~ + a297
END

IF ~~ a278
 SAY ~[ARAN] Sune's Delight, <CHARNAME>, I be right sorry. Here, have a jerkin to cover up. I didn't mean to upset you. You just can tear a man's heart right out wi' your beauty, is all.~
 ++ ~[PC] I am not beautiful.~ + a289
 ++ ~[PC] I know.~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] Shall we spar?~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] Are you going to teach me how to spar?~ + a302
 ++ ~[PC] You say such strange things sometimes.~ + a309
END

IF ~~ a279
 SAY ~[ARAN] Hey, now, that came out all wrong, that did! Though your skin be as beautiful as a blank sheet o' vellum, ready for new scribin'.~
 ++ ~[PC] Why, thank you. And your compliments are as smooth as a crumpled dishrag.~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] You can save the feeble attempts at compliments. Throw me a foil, and let's spar.~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] My dearest Aran, you have so much to learn about women. Perhaps a sound thrashing will help.~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] I am not beautiful.~ + a289
 ++ ~[PC] Actually, could you show me how to hold a foil? I never really learned...~ + a302
 ++ ~[PC] You keep talking like I am interested in you. I am interested in friendship, nothing more. Are we going to spar, or talk?~ + a309
END

IF ~~ a280
 SAY ~[ARAN] I do believe you, there. No contest - you look right pretty, you do. An' there's somethin' about moonlight or starlight what sets you off right dangerously, it does.~
 ++ ~[PC] Laugh all you want, monkey boy. I have come to show you your inadequacies!~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] Talk is cheap. Show me you can fight.~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] Talk is cheap. (Punch him hard in the gut.)~ + a281
 ++ ~[PC] That is quite poetic, Sir Aran. When did you begin studying courtship and chivalry?~ + a286
 ++ ~[PC] Actually, Aran, I have never fenced before. Do you think you could teach me?~ + a302
END

IF ~~ a281
 SAY ~[ARAN] *gasp* What in th' nine hells was that?~
 ++ ~[PC] Weakness. You let your guard down, Aran, and I was right there to take advantage. Are we going to spar?~ + a309
 + ~RandomNum(3,3)~ + ~[PC] Fun. Here, let me do it again...~ + a290
 + ~RandomNum(3,2)~ + ~[PC] Fun. Here, let me do it again...~ + a339
 + ~RandomNum(3,1)~ + ~[PC] Fun. Here, let me do it again...~ + a339
 ++ ~[PC] A warning. I came here to fight, not talk.~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] I do not know. You confuse me so much that sometimes, I just feel like I have to hit you or I will explode. Throw me a foil.~ + a309
END

IF ~~ a282
 SAY ~[ARAN] Perhaps a bit o' company?~
 ++ ~[PC] No, no thank you. Look, this was a mistake. I am headed back to camp. Have a good night, Aran.~ + a297
 ++ ~[PC] On second thought, I think I might need some energy worked off. Why don't we spar.~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] My, you just push your luck at every opportunity, don't you?~ + a283
 ++ ~[PC] No, thank you. But I do think there are some things you can do for me. Let's see... there are still some cooking pots you have not cleaned, and there is firewood to gather.~ + a283
END

IF ~~ a283
 SAY ~[ARAN] Melliki's Quick temper, I done just.. just.. oh, hells. Fine. Go to bed. I be gettin' on wi' th' chores, like a good little blighted boy. (Damn females, anyways. Th' bloody creatures never did have no sense, an' they are a right pain in th' left buttock, they are).~
 ++ ~[PC] Good night, Aran.~ + a297
 ++ ~[PC] Did you say something?~ + a293
 ++ ~[PC] (Damned males, anyways... they never clean up after themselves, and never have the good sense to kiss a girl goodnight when she is practically throwing herself at them).~ + a299
END

/* Weak arguments against flowers and chocolate. Hey, we are making him too human - next he will say "I didn't see any at the 7-11", or "I got some for your sister, but forgot some for you... */
IF ~~ a284
 SAY ~[ARAN] Aye, I could do that. But flowers, they don't speak to your strength. They seem all scawy when compared to you, too.  An' chocolate be nice, but it seems soft an' usual, which... oh, by th' nine blighted hells, I'm walkin' my feet right into my mouth, aren't I.~
 ++ ~[PC] But I like chocolate. And I like flowers.~ + a285
 ++ ~[PC] I do not think 'scawy' is a word. ~ + a285
 ++ ~[PC] I was joking, Aran. Flowers are a waste of time, and chocolate is overrated. I value actions and deeds over useless gestures.~ + a285
 ++ ~[PC] Do not worry, Aran. You were born with both feet planted firmly in your mouth. I will simply have to teach you how to avoid that.~ + a285
 ++ ~[PC] I get what you mean, Aran. But I think you will do better by just tossing me a foil and starting the practice. If I let you ramble on about me, soon I will be an unusual thorny flower with non-choclate petals with a nice bottom. And you will be spending the next three tendays apologising. We should just practice fighting!~ + a309
END

IF ~~ a285
 SAY ~[ARAN] Look, this is comin' out all confused-like. An' there's somethin' about moonlight or starlight what sets you off right dangerously, it does.~
 ++ ~[PC] Laugh all you want, monkey boy. I have come to show you your inadequacies!~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] Talk is cheap. Show me you can fight.~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] Talk is cheap. (Punch him hard in the gut.)~ + a281
 ++ ~[PC] That is quite poetic, Sir Aran. When did you begin studying courtship and chivalry?~ + a286
 ++ ~[PC] Actually, Aran, I have never fenced before. Do you think you could teach me?~ + a302
 ++ ~[PC] Well then, why not see exactly how dangerous I can be. Why don't we spar.~ + a309
END

IF ~~ a286
 SAY ~[ARAN]  Good gods, woman, you are a study in contradictions, you are. You twist my words around right proper, an' now you talk about wantin' me?~
 ++ ~[PC] I did not say I wanted you. Clear the wax out of your ears. Good night.~ DO ~RestParty()~ EXIT
 ++ ~[PC] I think we both are a little confused, by now. Look, just put up your sword and fight, ok?~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] Actually, Aran, I have never fenced before. Do you think you could teach me?~ + a302
 ++ ~[PC] My, you just push your luck at every opportunity, don't you?~ + a283
END

IF ~~ a287
 SAY ~[ARAN] That I could, I guess. It be a might forward, but then again, mayhap you want me to be a bit overbearin', eh?~
 ++ ~[PC] It spoils all the fun if you have to be coached. Just do what you know you want to do, Aran. Quickly, fiercely, and thoroughly.~ + a355
 ++ ~[PC] Sorry, you missed your opportunity. Let's spar!~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] Well, we have established you are not agressive enough in romance. Show me that at least you can fight.~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] What, are you some kind of weakling? (Punch him hard in the gut.)~ + a281
END

IF ~~ a288
 SAY ~[ARAN] Must be somethin' wrong wi' me. Sorry. Caught sight o' your eyes, an' got distracted. Won't happen again. Here, let's get goin', eh?~
 IF ~~ THEN GOTO a309
END

IF ~~ a289
 SAY ~[ARAN] (Aran catches your chin quickly, turning your face to his) To me, you are right beautiful. Hanali Celanil an' Sune are but pale comparisons, <CHARNAME>.~
 ++ ~[PC] (Kiss him.)~ + a296
 ++ ~[PC] (Break away quickly.) Are we going to spar, or talk?~ + a309  
 ++ ~[PC] (Look him directly in the eyes.) Big words. But a real man would not talk. He would take what he wants.~ + a294
 ++ ~[PC] (Look him directly in the eyes, and slam your fist into his gut.)~ + a281
 ++ ~[PC] And you, sir, are nearly as cute as you think you are. Nearly.~ + a292
END

/* Hit me once,  shame on me. Hit me twice, and I will avoid it. */
IF ~~ a290 
 SAY ~[ARAN] Not on your life, girl... I'm done wi' getting my nose boke on account o' you gotta let off some steam. You got anythin' else you want me to do for you? Mayhap somethin' that don't rightly hurt so much?~
 ++ ~[PC] No, I am fine. Have a good night, Aran. + a297
 ++ ~[PC] Well, there are still some cooking pots you have not cleaned, and there is firewood to gather. You should go do that, instead. I doubt you could please me any other way.~ + a283
 ++ ~[PC] I want... I... I do not know what I want.~ + a282
 ++ ~[PC] But lovemaking is supposed to hurt a little, don't you think?~ + a354
 ++ ~[PC] I came out here because you are a friend, Aran. And I need all of those I can get right now.~ + a291
END

IF ~~ a291
 SAY ~[ARAN] Funny thing is, <CHARNAME>, you got strange ways o' showin' it, but I do believe you.~
 = ~[ARAN] Look, sometimes we be seein' different things in th' way o' how life is supposed to be, I guess. But whether I like your actions or no, an' whether you be god, bad, or indifferent, there be somethin' about you I like right fine.~
 = ~[ARAN] You might use that against me later on, I wager, but hells... I done flipped your coin to Tymora early on, an' it came back heads. I'll call you friend long after you've forgotten I exist. Let's get you back to camp, an' get somethin' nice an' warm in your stomach.~
 IF ~~ THEN DO ~RestParty()~ EXIT
END

IF ~~ a292
 SAY ~[ARAN] Well, I do thank you, I think. Now, do you want to spar, or not, eh?~
 ++ ~[PC] No, I am fine. Have a good night, Aran.~ + a297
 ++ ~[PC] We spar.~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] Well, there are still some cooking pots you have not cleaned, and there is firewood to gather.~ + a283
 ++ ~[PC] I want.. I ... I do not know what I want.~ + a282
 ++ ~[PC] Are you going to teach me how to spar?~ + a302
END

IF ~~ a293
 SAY ~[ARAN] No, naught. I was just mutterin' to myself.~
 IF ~~ THEN DO ~RestParty()~ EXIT
END

IF ~~ a294
 SAY ~[ARAN] I thought you might say that. Problem is, I don't rightly believein forcin' that sort o' thing.~
 ++ ~[PC] You are so weak. I have exactly what I want - proof you do not have the strength to overpower me and take what you want. Have a nice night, Aran. And thank you for the practice session.~ DO ~RestParty()~ EXIT
 ++ ~[PC] What if I was play-acting the whole resistance thing... (Draw one sharp fingernail lightly down his chest, following it with your gaze.)~ + a355
 ++ ~[PC] Well, there are still some cooking pots you have not cleaned, and there is firewood to gather. You should go do that, instead. I doubt you could please me any other way.~ + a283
 ++ ~[PC] I, on the other hand, have absolutely no compunction about taking exactly when I want, how I want it.~ + a356
 ++ ~[PC] Well, enough fun. I think this enough sparring for one night, in any area. Have a good night, Aran.~ + a297
 ++ ~[PC] (Begin unfastening your clothes.) If you need instruction, then I have sadly misjudged you, Aran. Do what comes naturally, of course.~ + a356
END

/* Hmmm... simulating that pause - speak - pause - overlap confusion, when you both are not quite sure what to say, and waiting for someone to take the next big step? Let's give it a shot... */
IF ~~ a295
 SAY ~[ARAN] I think you might be...~
 ++ ~[PC] ...a little unsure of myself? Hardly. Just hold me, Aran. Make me feel alive. Just be a good friend and hold me.~ + a298
 ++ ~[PC] ...a little confusing to you? I am confused, too. Look, let's just get a few rounds of swordfighting in, and be done with it.~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] This was a bad idea. I think I will just go to bed. Alone.~ + a283
 ++ ~[PC] (Kiss him again and move deeper into his arms.)~ + a355
END

IF ~~ a296
 SAY ~[ARAN] Hey, What are you after, <CHARNAME>? You be not quite into th' sparrin', I think. Why did you come out here, anyways?~
 ++ ~[PC] I... I do not know. I was bored, and wanted amusement?~ + a300
 ++ ~[PC] I... I do not know. I thought I wanted to have someone want me, desire me. But now I really just feel like that will make things worse. I think I should go now.~ + a358
 ++ ~[PC] I came here to be made love to, silly. So shut up and get to it!~ + a354
 ++ ~[PC] I came out here because you are a friend, Aran. And I need all of those I can get right now.~ + a358
 ++ ~[PC] (Kiss his neck and move deeper into his arms.)~ + a295
END

IF ~~ a297
 SAY ~[ARAN] Aye, then. I think I am goin' to go get some energy worked out o' my system, eh? I will see you back at camp.~
 IF ~~ THEN DO ~RestParty()~ EXIT
END

IF ~~ a298
 SAY ~[ARAN]  <CHARNAME>, I can do that, I can. I can hold you right proper. An' I value your friendship above any treasure what's been thought of.~
 = ~[ARAN] (You stand together for a time in the moonlight, holding eachother.)~
 IF ~~ THEN DO ~RestParty()~ EXIT
END

/* A page from RL - everyon walks away muttering sometimes, and sometimes the partner challenges them on it... */
IF ~~ a299
 SAY ~[ARAN] Did you say somethin', <CHARNAME>?~
 ++ ~[PC] No, not a thing. Good night, Aran.~ DO ~RestParty()~ EXIT
 ++ ~[PC] I said, 'damned males, anyways... they never clean up after themselves, and never have the good sense to kiss a girl goodnight when she is practically throwing herself at them'.~  + a289
 ++ ~[PC] I said, 'If Aran does not kiss me right this minute, I will make his life a living hell for all eternity'.~ + a289
END

IF ~~ a300
 SAY ~[ARAN] That makes sense, but you be phrasin' that as a question. Are you sure there be no other ways I could entertain you?~
 ++ ~[PC] No, I am fine. Have a good night, Aran. + a297
 ++ ~[PC] Well, there are still some cooking pots you have not cleaned, and there is firewood to gather. You should go do that, instead. I doubt you could please me any other way.~ + a283

END

IF ~~ a301
 SAY ~[ARAN] Well, a man can have imagination, can't he? I was just hopin' to get you out of all that armor, is all.~
 ++ ~[PC] (Unstrap your armor, dropping it where it falls, advancing towards him.) If you insist. We will see if your swordplay matches your bold words.~ + a277
 ++ ~[PC] Less talk, boyo. Toss me a weapon, and let's see how this all works out.~ + a277
 ++ ~[PC] Nice try. I shall retain my modesty, thank you. And stop flexing your chest like that, it is distracting.~ + a277
 ++ ~[PC] Stop thinking with the wrong sword. I believe the phrase is 'en garde'?~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] You do not seem to get the idea. I am interested in friendship, nothing more. Are we going to spar, or talk?~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] Stop, please... you are embarassing me...~ + a279
END

IF ~~ a302
 SAY ~[ARAN] Aye, it would be a pleasure to teach you. Here, hold it like this...~
 ++ ~[PC] Just like this? (Move into his arms, awkwardly holding the foil at arms length.)~ + a303
 ++ ~[PC] Just like this? (Move into his arms, nestling back into his chest.)~ + a303
 ++ ~[PC] Just like this? (Nervously stand in front of him, holding the foil down.)~ + a305
 ++ ~[PC] Just like this? (Smile sweetly at him, and punch him hard in the gut.)~ + a281
 ++ ~[PC] HEY. Hands off, Aran. I am interested in friendship, nothing more. Are we going to spar, or are you going to keep making passes at me?~ + a309
END

IF ~~ a303
 SAY ~[ARAN] Aye. Only you need to hold your wrist like this... an' your waist, it be better here... sorry, didn't rightly mean to touch you there... now gentle-like, lean in like this...~
 ++ ~[PC] (Rest your head back on his shoulder, falling into a slow dance of movements.)~ + c-asparlt6
 ++ ~[PC] That will do. I can take it from here - let's spar.~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] It would be very nice, except your hands keep wandering. I am interested in friendship, nothing more. Are we going to spar, or talk?~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] (Rest your head back on his shoulder, nuzzling his neck.)~ + a296
 ++ ~[PC] I think I would rather not spar tonight, Aran. I am going to turn in.~ + a273
END

IF ~~ a304
 SAY ~[ARAN] There you go. Nothin' to it. You dance right fine, an' duelin's just like dancin', only with a point, eh? I mean, a point system. I guess there be a point to dancin', too.~
 ++ ~[PC] (Lean your head back onto his shoulder and offer your lips to him.)~ + a296
 ++ ~[PC] That will do. I can take it from here - let's spar.~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] Enough. Interesting approach, but I have had enough of it. But I do think there are some things you can do for me. Let's see... there are still some cooking pots you have not cleaned, and there is firewood to gather.~ + a283
END

IF ~~ a305
 SAY ~[ARAN] Well, no. You don't have no shield, so you want to get a good profile, an' make as small a target as possible.~
 ++ ~[PC] Is that what you are staring at? My 'profile'?~ + a306
 ++ ~[PC] I think I am ready to try this out.~ + a308
 ++ ~[PC] Show me what you have, boyo. Is your blade as fast as your tongue?~ + a307
END

IF ~~ a306
 SAY ~[ARAN] That be my story, an' I'm stickin' to it. Here, try this. Knees slightly bent, side towards me, an' blade down towards my knee. This be a dancer's weapon, not for use on th' shield wall.~
 ++ ~[PC] I tire of this. I want a different kind of thrust and parry. (Drop your foil and fling yourself hard into his arms.)~  + a326
 ++ ~[PC] I am ready to fight. I do not need more instruction.~ + a308
 ++ ~[PC] I have been playing with you, Aran. Hull taught me well, back in Candlekeep. I will try not to hurt you too badly.~ + a308
END

IF ~~ a307
 SAY ~[ARAN] Well now, if you be interested in that, I think that we be doin' th' wrong kind o' sparrin', eh? But let's stick to th' business at hand.~
 IF ~~ THEN GOTO a308
END

/* fight sequence */

/* entry point with foil in hand */ 
IF ~~ a308
 SAY ~[ARAN] Here, let's get goin', eh - en garde!~
 ++ ~[PC] (Circle around to his left.)~ + a310
 ++ ~[PC] (Wait patiently, watching him closely.)~ + a311
 ++ ~[PC] (Stand very still, motionless in the moonlight.)~ + a312
 ++ ~[PC] (Thrust savagely directly at his chest.)~  + a313
 ++ ~[PC] (Kick hard towards his knee.)~  + a314
END

/* entry point without foil in hand */
IF ~~ a309
 SAY ~[ARAN] Aye, then. Here, catch.~
 ++ ~[PC] (Catch rapier by the hilt and place it to your lips, saluting him.)~ + a308
 ++ ~[PC] (Catch rapier and extend it away and to your left, ready to fight.)~ + a308
 ++ ~[PC] (Catch rapier and instantly lunge forward with a direct thrust.)~ + a313
 ++ ~[PC] (Barely catch rapier, fumbling with it.) How do you work this thing, anyways?~ + a302
 ++ ~[PC] (Clumsily catch rapier, gouging your finger on part of the hilt.) Oh!~ + a328
END

IF ~~ a310
 SAY ~[ARAN] (His rapier dances forward, boring towards your left shoulder.)~
 ++ ~[PC] (Guard closely, on the defensive, parrying each of his thrusts.) + a316
 ++ ~[PC] (Twist your wrist, deflecting his blow and flicking your blade towards his throat.)~ + a324
 ++ ~[PC] (Spin lightly, ducking under his whispering blade and coming up with a thrust from underneath.)~  + a333
 + ~Global("c-aransp319","LOCALS",0)~ + ~[PC] So, do you give up? (Thrust savagely towards his right shoulder.)~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp319","LOCALS",1)~ + a319
 + ~Global("c-aransp319","LOCALS",1)~ + ~[PC] Come on, you know you want to surrender to me... (Slash your foil towards his throat.)~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp319","LOCALS",2)~ + a320
 + ~Global("c-aransp319","LOCALS",2)~ + ~[PC] I seem to be doing quite well. But your face is turning a little red, Aran (Thrust savagely towards his right shoulder.)~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp319","LOCALS",3)~ + a317
 + ~Global("c-aransp319","LOCALS",3)~ + ~[PC] This fight has gone on for hours... (Slash your foil towards his throat.)~ + a350
 ++ ~[PC] (Thrust savagely past his guard.)~ + a318
END

/* Let's approximate circling eachother until someone moves... */
IF ~~ a311
 SAY ~[ARAN] (Soft moonlight falls across his face as he circles to the right, swordpoint towards you)~
 + ~RandomNum(3,3)~ + ~[PC] (Wait patiently, watching him closely.)~ + a315
 + ~RandomNum(3,2)~ + ~[PC] (Wait patiently, watching him closely.)~ + a312
 + ~RandomNum(3,1)~ + ~[PC] (Wait patiently, watching him closely.)~ + a316
 ++ ~[PC] (Thrust savagely towards his left knee.)~ + a313
 ++ ~[PC] (Stand very still, motionless in the moonlight.)~ + a312
 + ~Global("c-aransp315","LOCALS",0)~ + ~[PC] I thought that you were a fighter, Aran. What is the matter, are you afraid I am too delicate a flower to fight?~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp315","LOCALS",1)~ + a312
 ++ ~[PC] I do not know about this, Aran. You look... you... I want to...~ + a316
END

IF ~~ a312
 SAY ~[ARAN] Well, now, do you need some instruction? I thought we was sparrin', not passin' th' time. Not that you don't make th' perfect picture, I must admit.~
 ++ ~[PC] (Thrust savagely towards his right shoulder.)~ + a335
 ++ ~[PC] (Kick hard towards his knee.)~  + a314
 ++ ~[PC] (Step back quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes.)~ + a318
 ++ ~[PC] I tire of this. I want a different kind of thrust and parry. (Drop your foil and fling yourself hard into his arms)~ + a326
 ++ ~[PC] The perfect picture of your demise, you mean?~ + a314
END

/* Let's change up things a little if the state gets repeated a few times... */
IF ~~ a313
 SAY ~[ARAN] (a spark strikes as his counterstroke sends your swordpoint  off to the left)~
 ++ ~[PC] (Guard closely, on the defensive, parrying each of his thrusts)~ + a316
 + ~RandNum(2,2)~ + ~[PC] (Step back quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes)~ + a316
 + ~RandNum(2,1)~ + ~[PC] (Step back quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes)~ + a320
 ++ ~[PC] (Twist your wrist, deflecting his riposte and flicking your blade towards his throat)~ + a324
 + ~Global("c-aransp313","LOCALS",0)~ + ~[PC] Had enough, oh feeble wielder of swords? I can thrust and parry all night, you know. It does not look like you have the stamina.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp313","LOCALS",1)~ + a317
 + ~Global("c-aransp313","LOCALS",1)~ + ~[PC] Didn't we do this already? You have to learn to be more creative, Aran.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp313","LOCALS",2)~ + a317
END

/* Don't forget dudettes may be getting sick of things and want out... */
IF ~~ a314
 SAY ~[ARAN] (Hard muscle blocks your path, and the riposte stabs towards your right side)~
 ++ ~[PC] (Step back quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes)~ + a318
 ++ ~[PC] (Spin lightly, ducking under his whispering blade and coming up with a thrust from underneath)~ + a333
 ++ ~[PC] (Spin lightly, ducking under his whispering blade and coming up with a thrust from underneath)~ + a333
 ++ ~[PC] (circle around to his left)~ + a310
 ++ ~[PC] Enough! I do not want to do this any more.~ + a337
END

IF ~~ a315
 SAY ~[ARAN] (Soft moonlight falls across his face as he circles you, swordpoint extended)~
 + ~RandomNum(3,3)~ + ~[PC] (Wait patiently, watching him closely.)~ + a311
 + ~RandomNum(3,2)~ + ~[PC] (Wait patiently, watching him closely.)~ + a312
 + ~RandomNum(3,1)~ + ~[PC] (Wait patiently, watching him closely.)~ + a316
 ++ ~[PC] (Thrust savagely towards his left knee.)~ + a313
 ++ ~[PC] (Stand very still, motionless in the moonlight.)~ + a312
 + ~Global("c-aransp315","LOCALS",0)~ + ~[PC] I thought that you were a fighter, Aran. What is the matter, are you afraid I am too delicate a flower to fight?~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp315","LOCALS",1)~ + a312
 ++ ~[PC] I do not know about this, Aran. You look... you... I want to...~ + a316
END

IF ~~ a316
 SAY ~[ARAN] (The point of his blade whistles close past your guard, seeking your left inner thigh.)~
 ++ ~[PC] (Guard closely, on the defensive, parrying each of his thrusts.)~ + a316
 + ~RandomNum(3,3)~ + ~[PC] (Wait patiently, watching him closely.)~ + a311
 + ~RandomNum(3,2)~ + ~[PC] (Wait patiently, watching him closely.)~ + a312
 + ~RandomNum(3,1)~ + ~[PC] (Wait patiently, watching him closely.)~ + a315
 ++ ~[PC] (Step back quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes.)~ + a318
 ++ ~[PC] (Step inside of his thrust, then dance out of the way, circling around to his left.)~ + a310
 ++ ~[PC] Stop. I do not want to spar. I want you.~ + a353
 ++ ~[PC] (Spin lightly, ducking under his whispering blade and coming up with a thrust from underneath.)~ + a320
END

IF ~~ a317
 SAY ~[ARAN] Hah. Now do you be talkin' swordplay, or playin' wi' words? Not that it rightly matters - I can tire you out either way you intended, you know.~
 + ~Global("c-aransp317","LOCALS",0)~ + ~[PC] Promises, promises... (Kick hard towards his knee.)~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp317","LOCALS",1)~ + a314
 + ~Global("c-aransp317","LOCALS",1)~ + ~[PC] Yes, yes... you said that before.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp317","LOCALS",2)~ + a314
 ++ ~[PC] (Drop your rapier and fling yourself hard into his arms.)~ + a326
 + ~RandNum(2,2)~ + ~[PC] (Spin lightly, ducking under his whispering blade and coming up with a thrust from underneath.)~  + a333
 + ~RandNum(2,1)~ + ~[PC] (Spin lightly, ducking under his whispering blade and coming up with a thrust from underneath.)~  + a320
 ++ ~[PC] (Thrust savagely towards his right shoulder.)~ + a335
 + ~Global("c-aransp318","LOCALS",0)~ + ~[PC] Is that a rabbit in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp318","LOCALS",1)~ + a336
 + ~Global("c-aransp319","LOCALS",0)~ + ~[PC] So, do you give up? (Thrust savagely towards his right shoulder.)~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp319","LOCALS",1)~ + a319
 + ~Global("c-aransp319","LOCALS",1)~ + ~[PC] Come on, you know you want to surrender to me... (Slash your foil towards his throat.)~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp319","LOCALS",2)~ + a320
 + ~Global("c-aransp319","LOCALS",2)~ + ~[PC] I seem to be doing quite well. But your face is turning a little red, Aran (Thrust savagely towards his right shoulder.)~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp319","LOCALS",3)~ + a317
 + ~Global("c-aransp319","LOCALS",3)~ + ~[PC] This fight has gone on for hours... (Slash your foil towards his throat.)~ + a350
END

/* Gratuitous sexual references are fun, too... */
IF ~~ a318
 SAY ~[ARAN] (He falls back, blade countering blade, teeth bared savagely in the moonlight)~
 ++ ~[PC] (Thrust savagely towards his right shoulder.)~ + a335
 ++ ~[PC] (Twist away quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes.)~ + a320
 + ~Global("c-aransp318","LOCALS",0)~ + ~[PC] Is that a rabbit in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp318","LOCALS",1)~ + a336
 + ~Global("c-aransp319","LOCALS",0)~ + ~[PC] So, do you give up? (Thrust savagely towards his right shoulder.)~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp319","LOCALS",1)~ + a319
 + ~Global("c-aransp319","LOCALS",1)~ + ~[PC] Come on, you know you want to surrender to me... (Slash your foil towards his throat.)~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp319","LOCALS",2)~ + a320
 + ~Global("c-aransp319","LOCALS",2)~ + ~[PC] I seem to be doing quite well. But your face is turning a little red, Aran (Thrust savagely towards his right shoulder.)~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp319","LOCALS",3)~ + a317
 + ~Global("c-aransp319","LOCALS",3)~ + ~[PC] This fight has gone on for hours... (Slash your foil towards his throat.)~ + a350
 END

IF ~~ a319
 SAY ~[ARAN] Well, we be sparrin'... no score, just for th' practice. It ends when you say it ends, or when one o' us calls quarter.~
 IF ~~ THEN GOTO a320
END

/* OK, passthrough state to send things in odd directions.... */
IF ~~ a320
 SAY ~[ARAN] (Blades clash, ringing in your ears.)~
 IF ~RandNum(4,1)~ THEN GOTO a321
 IF ~RandNum(4,2)~ THEN GOTO a322
 IF ~RandNum(4,3)~ THEN GOTO a323
 IF ~RandNum(4,4)~ THEN GOTO a350
END

/* Words or Swords? Boo would be confused... */
IF ~~ a321
 SAY ~[ARAN] Aye, you are gettin' th' hang o' this, eh?~
 ++ ~[PC] Hang you and your paternalistic crap! (Send a spinning kick towards his head.)~ + a314
 ++ ~[PC] Oh, I am getting the hang of this. But I heard that you have troubles... you are not so well hung as you claim? (lunge forward to pink his right shoulder)~ + a318
 ++ ~[PC] I... I am not so sure... (Guard closely, on the defensive, parrying each of his thrusts)~ + a316
 ++ ~[PC] No, not at all. But you seem to be having troubles winning, yourself. (Drop your rapier and fling yourself hard into his arms.)~  + a326
 ++ ~[PC] Child's play. A fitting moniker, seeing as I am sparring with you. (Spin lightly, then check yourself and lunge forward, foil tip to the right leg)~  + a333
 ++ ~[PC] Stop for a bit. Truce!~ + a337
END

/* Nothing says romance like commenting on the sweatiness of a ladies' workout clothes. By the way, judging by my wife's reaction, the appropriate response would be "shut up and get out, idiot." But this is fantasy, so we turn the tables. */
IF ~~ a322
 SAY ~[ARAN] You know, I do believe there be nothin' prettier than a lass what be sweatin' so fierce.~
 ++ ~[PC] We 'lasses' do not sweat. We glow. We 'Mist'. (Send a spinning kick towards his head.)~ + a314
 ++ ~[PC] That is nice to hear. You look pretty, too. Tired yet? (Lunge forward to pink his right shoulder.)~ + a318
 ++ ~[PC] I can think of prettier things... like figuring out what your next line of attack will be... (Guard closely, on the defensive, parrying each of his thrusts)~ + a316
 ++ ~[PC] Nice picture. Pity you stink like a mule when you sweat. (Fling yourself hard into his arms, attempting to knock him down.)~  + a326
 ++ ~[PC] Didn't your mother ever teach you to keep your mouth closed when you need to concentrate? (Spin lightly, then check yourself and lunge forward, foil tip to the right leg.)~  + a333
 ++ ~[PC] Stop for a bit. Truce!~ + a337
END

IF ~~ a323
 SAY ~[ARAN] I do believe you blighted well nicked me!~
 ++ ~[PC] Quick, shall we call a healer for your little booboo? (Send a spinning kick towards his head)~ + a314
 ++ ~[PC] I'm so terribly sorry. That was the point, right? (Lunge forward to pink his right shoulder)~ + a318
 ++ ~[PC] I'm sorry... do you want to stop? (Guard closely, on the defensive, parrying each of his thrusts)~ + a316
 ++ ~[PC] Oh, Aran! (Drop your rapier and fling yourself hard into his arms)~ + a326
 ++ ~[PC] Well, when you play with me, you play with fire. Or ice. Or lightning. In fact, you could cut to the chase and just say you are running with scissors. (Spin lightly, then check yourself and lunge forward, foil tip to the right leg.)~  + a333
 ++ ~[PC] Stop for a bit. Truce!~ + a337
END

IF ~~ a324
 SAY ~[ARAN] (He dances back, then counters, rapier hissing in low and straight.)~
 ++ ~[PC] (Kick hard towards his groin, following up with a stab towards his heart.)~ + a314
 ++ ~[PC] Is that all you have? (kick hard towards his knee.)~ + a314
 ++ ~[PC] Wait a second... hold on, I have to do something... (adjust your clothing to show off your leg to mid-thigh, and then instantly launch an attack when he is distracted)~ + a314
 ++ ~[PC] Oh, ouch! I just cut myself.~ + a325
 + ~Global("c-aransp319","LOCALS",0)~ + ~[PC] So, do you give up? (Thrust savagely towards his right shoulder.)~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp319","LOCALS",1)~ + a319
 + ~Global("c-aransp319","LOCALS",1)~ + ~[PC] Come on, you know you want to surrender to me... (Slash your foil towards his throat.)~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp319","LOCALS",2)~ + a320
 + ~Global("c-aransp319","LOCALS",2)~ + ~[PC] I seem to be doing quite well. But your face is turning a little red, Aran (Thrust savagely towards his right shoulder.)~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp319","LOCALS",3)~ + a317
 + ~Global("c-aransp319","LOCALS",3)~ + ~[PC] This fight has gone on for hours... (Slash your foil towards his throat.)~ + a350
END

/* Remember the tricksters... */
IF ~~ a325
 SAY ~[ARAN] Celanil's Sweet Lips, let me see.... are you hurt?~
 ++ ~[PC] HAH! (as he moves forward dropping his guard, place the tip of your foil at the base of his throat.)~ + a353
 ++ ~[PC] It is just a little cut. But I think you should kiss it better.~ + a351
 ++ ~[PC] It is nothing. Besides, you have a scratch or two, too. But I think I have had enough for one night. Have a good rest, Aran.~ + a297
 ++ ~[PC] There will be blood tonight! (Advance with a ferocious whirlwind of quick strokes.)~ + a320
END

/* There is no crying in baseball... keep focus on a PC strong enough to want to spar, because one who is just into flirting won't have followed this line at all */
IF ~~ a326
 SAY ~[ARAN] (Aran staggers, suprised, arms enfolding you.)~
 = [ARAN] What in Bane's... <CHARNAME>?~
 ++ ~[PC] *whisper* I do not want to spar. I just want you.~ + a353
 ++ ~[PC] HAH! (Spin out of his arms, duck down, grab the foil, and flick it towards Aran's throat.)~ + a334
 ++ ~[PC] TRUCE!~ + a337
 ++ ~[PC] I think I just got cut...~ + a327
 ++ ~[PC] I am tired. Tired of everything. Look, Aran, just hold me. As a friend? Just hold me.~ + a298
END

IF ~~ a327
 SAY ~[ARAN] Bane's Blood, did I hurt you? Here, let me see that...~
 ++ ~[PC] (Punch him hard in the gut.)~ + a281
 ++ ~[PC] Ow! You just broke one of my nails. I spent a long time getting them just the right length. And that is not easy while adventuring!~ + a328
 ++ ~[PC] That hurt. Perhaps giving you a sound thrashing will help ease the pain.~ + a308
 ++ ~[PC] Look, obviously I am not that proficient with this weapon. Perhaps you would teach me how to hold it?~ + a302
END

IF ~~ a328
 SAY ~[ARAN] Well, I'm right sorry, I am. I didn't mean to hurt you none. Is there somethin' I can do to make up for it?~
 ++ ~[PC] Kiss it better. (Hold your hand out to him imperiously.)~ + a329
 ++ ~[PC] Look, obviously I am not that proficient with this weapon. Perhaps you would teach me how to hold it?~ + a302
 ++ ~[PC] Well, there are still some cooking pots you have not cleaned, and there is firewood to gather. I don't want to do any silly old sparring anyways. I'm going to bed.~ + a283  
 ++ ~[PC] No, no... a minor annoyance. Prepare to be defeated.~ + a308
 ++ ~[PC] I think I have had enough excitement. I call this a draw. We will have to do this again sometime.~ + a352
END

IF ~~ a329
 SAY ~[ARAN] (He gently takes you hand, and kisses each fingertip.)~
 = ~[ARAN] Is that better?~
 ++ ~[PC] Perhaps. But it hurts a little higher up.~ + a330
 ++ ~[PC] I think I have had enough excitement. I call this a draw. We will have to do this again sometime.~ + a352
 ++ ~[PC] No, no... it is fine now. A minor annoyance. Prepare to be defeated.~ + a308
 ++ ~[PC] I bet you do that to everyone's fingers.~ + a346
 ++ ~Yes, it is fine. Let's spar now!~ + a308
END

IF ~~ a330
 SAY ~[ARAN] (He gently kisses the inside of your palm and carefully kisses each wrist.)~
 = ~[ARAN] Is that better?~
 ++ ~[PC] Perhaps. But it hurts a little higher up.~ + a331
 ++ ~[PC] No, no... it is fine now. A minor annoyance. Prepare to be defeated.~ + a308
 ++ ~[PC] Perhaps. But it now aches a little lower down...~ + a332
 ++ ~[PC] I think I have had enough excitement. I call this a draw. We will have to do this again sometime.~ + a352
END  

IF ~~ a331
 SAY ~[ARAN] (He gently kisses his way up to your mouth, leaning in and savoring your lips.)~
 = ~[ARAN] Is that better?~
 ++ ~[PC] (Punch him hard in the gut.)~ + a281
 ++ ~[PC] Well, there are still some cooking pots you have not cleaned, and there is firewood to gather. I don't want to do any silly old sparring anyways. I'm going to bed.~ + a283
 ++ ~Yes, it is fine. Let's spar now!~ + a308
 ++ ~Yes, it is fine. But I think I want you to teach me how to hold this thing.~ + a302
 ++ ~[PC] Perhaps. But it now aches a little lower down...~ + a332
END

IF ~~ a332
 SAY ~[ARAN] Aye, now you be after sparrin' o' a different kind, I see. For that, I'd have to get rid o' some o' these obstacles...~
 ++ ~[PC] (Open the front of your clothing carefully, avoiding eye contact.)~ + a354
 ++ ~[PC] (Tear your clothing from your shoulders, baring yourself in the moonlight.)~ + a354
 ++ ~[PC] I will not yield to you. But I will take what I want from you, right this moment.~ + a354
 ++ ~[PC] I think I have had enough excitement. I call this a draw. We will have to do this again sometime.~ + a352
 ++ ~[PC] But I think I am ready for more fencing, now. We shall see if you can concentrate on the task at hand.~ + a308   
END

IF ~~ a333
 SAY ~[ARAN] (One strong hand reaches out to grab your shoulder as his foil batters yours down)~
 ++ ~[PC] (Drop your rapier and fling yourself hard into his arms.)~  + a326
 ++ ~[PC] (Twist away quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes.)~ + a318
 ++ ~[PC] Ah ah ah... no touchie-feely the girl, now.... (counter quickly, and slice inward towards his side.)~ + a318
 ++ ~[PC] So, what were you thinking of fixing for dinner tomorrow? Aran-ke-bobs? Because I almost skewered you there.~ + a320
 ++ ~[PC] This is... a good bit... harder than it... looks.~ + a320
 + ~Global("c-aransp319","LOCALS",0)~ + ~[PC] So, do you give up? (Thrust savagely towards his right shoulder.)~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp319","LOCALS",1)~ + a319
 + ~Global("c-aransp319","LOCALS",1)~ + ~[PC] Come on, you know you want to surrender to me... (Slash your foil towards his throat.)~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp319","LOCALS",2)~ + a320
 + ~Global("c-aransp319","LOCALS",2)~ + ~[PC] I seem to be doing quite well. But your face is turning a little red, Aran (Thrust savagely towards his right shoulder.)~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransp319","LOCALS",3)~ + a317
 + ~Global("c-aransp319","LOCALS",3)~ + ~[PC] This fight has gone on for hours... (Slash your foil towards his throat.)~ + a350
END

IF ~~ a334
 SAY ~[ARAN] (He springs forward, blade countering blade, pushing you back.)~
 ++ ~[PC] (Spin lightly, ducking under his whispering blade and coming up with a thrust from underneath.)~  + a333
 ++ ~[PC] (Kick hard towards his knee.)~ + a314
 ++ ~[PC] (Guard closely, on the defensive, parrying each of his thrusts.)~ + a316
 ++ ~[PC] Stop for a bit. Truce!~ + a337
END

IF ~~ a335
 SAY ~[ARAN] (the clash of steel rings as his counterstroke sends your swordpoint off to the right)~
 ++ ~[PC] (Send a spinning kick towards his head.)~ + a314
 ++ ~[PC] (Lunge forward to pink his right shoulder.)~ + a318
 ++ ~[PC] (Guard closely, on the defensive, parrying each of his thrusts.)~ + a316
 ++ ~[PC] (Drop your rapier and fling yourself hard into his arms.)~  + a326
 ++ ~[PC] (Spin lightly, then check yourself and lunge forward, foil tip to the right leg.)~  + a333
 ++ ~[PC] (Step back quickly, then advance with a flurry of quick strokes.)~ + a318
END

IF ~~ a336
 SAY ~[ARAN] No rabbit, but now I know where you are lookin', I can use that to my advantage...~
 ++ ~[PC] (Slash towards his head.)~ + a314
 ++ ~[PC] (Lunge forward to pink his right shoulder.)~ + a318
 ++ ~[PC] (Guard closely, on the defensive, parrying each of his thrusts.)~ + a316
 ++ ~[PC] Oh, Aran - why look when I can feel! (Drop your rapier and fling yourself hard into his arms.)~  + a326
 ++ ~[PC] Just be careful. I am not sure we want the makings of rabbit stew.  (Spin lightly, then check yourself and lunge forward, foil tip to the right leg.)~  + a333
 ++ ~[PC] Stop for a bit. Truce!~ + a337
END

IF ~~ a337
 SAY ~[ARAN] Right, we can take a break. What are you after, anyways, <CHARNAME>? You be not quite into th' sparrin', I think. Why did you come out here?~
 ++ ~[PC] I just needed a moment to regroup. (Flick your foil point towards his throat.)~ + a334
 ++ ~[PC] I... I do not know. I was bored, and wanted amusement?~ + a300
 ++ ~[PC] I... I do not know. I thought I wanted to have someone want me, desire me. But now I really just feel like that will make things worse. I think I should go now.~ + a358
 ++ ~[PC] I came here to be made love to, silly. So shut up and get to it!~ + a354
 ++ ~[PC] I came out here because you are a friend, Aran. And I need all of those I can get right now.~ + a358
END

IF ~~ a338
 SAY ~[ARAN] OUCH! Ilmater's Sufferin', that bloody well hurt! What in th' nine hells are you after, <CHARNAME>?~
 ++ ~[PC] I am taking advantage of your weakness. You let your guard down, Aran, and I was right there to take advantage. Are we going to spar? I think you need to be taught more.~ + a324
 + ~RandomNum(3,3)~ + ~[PC] Fun. Here, let me do it again...~ + a290
 + ~RandomNum(3,2)~ + ~[PC] Fun. Here, let me do it again...~ + a339
 + ~RandomNum(3,1)~ + ~[PC] Fun. Here, let me do it again...~ + a339
 ++ ~[PC] I do not know. But back away, and let's get fighting again.~ + a324
 ++ ~[PC] I... I do not know. I was bored, and wanted amusement?~ + a300
 ++ ~[PC] I... I do not know. I thought I wanted to have someone want me, desire me. But now I really just feel like that will make things worse. I think I should go now.~ + a358
 ++ ~[PC] I came here to be made love to, silly. So shut up and get to it!~ + a354
 ++ ~[PC] I came out here because you are a friend, Aran. And I need all of those I can get right now.~ + a358
END

/* Foreplay, WWE style. */
IF ~~ a339
 SAY ~[ARAN] Well, if you want to play that way... (His arm catches you solidly across the chest, knocking you over.)~
 ++ ~[PC] Well, now that I am down here, do you want to come and join me?~ + a340
 ++ ~[PC] Oooohh... just the way I like them. Rough, stupid, and easily provoked... (sweep his legs, slamming him to the ground.)~ + a341
 ++ ~[PC] Ouch! Gods, Aran, I was only joking.~ + a327
 ++ ~[PC] Stop for a bit. Truce!~ + a337
END

IF ~~ a340
 SAY ~[ARAN] I do believe you blighted well tricked me! That hurt, it did. What do you want, anyways? It don't rightly look like you want to spar.~
 ++ ~[PC] Well, when you play with me, you play with fire. Or ice. Or lightning. In fact, you could cut to the chase and just say you are running with scissors.~  + a342
 ++ ~[PC] (Begin unfastening your clothes.) If you need instruction, then I have sadly misjudged you, Aran. Do what comes naturally, of course.~ + a356
 ++ ~[PC] *whisper* I do not want to spar. I just want you.~ + a353
 ++ ~[PC] I think I have had enough excitement. I call this a draw. We will have to do this again sometime.~ + a352 
END

IF ~~ a341
 SAY ~[ARAN] (Aran staggers, suprised, slamming to the ground next to you.)~
 = [ARAN] What in Bane's... <CHARNAME>?~
 ++ ~[PC] *whisper* I do not want to spar. I just want you.~ + a353
 ++ ~[PC] HAH! (Spin out of his arms, roll, grab the foil, and point it at Aran.)~ + a296
 ++ ~[PC] Well, when you play with me, you play with fire. Or ice. Or lightning. In fact, you could cut to the chase and just say you are running with scissors.~  + a342
 ++ ~[PC] (Begin unfastening your clothes.) If you need instruction, then I have sadly misjudged you, Aran. Do what comes naturally, of course.~ + a356
 ++ ~[PC] I think I have had enough excitement. I call this a draw. We will have to do this again sometime.~ + a352
END

IF ~~ a342
 SAY ~[ARAN] True enough. Well, you done got me here. Mayhap I can make th' most o' my opportunity...~
 == ~[ARAN] (With a sudden twist he is on top of you, crushing you, his arms holding yours hard above your head.) Surrender, or do I take my winnin's right now?~
 ++ ~[PC] Get off me, idiot. Game over. If you value your life, that is.~ + a343
 ++ ~[PC] I... (roll over, pinning him) ...will do exactly... (bury your face in his neck) ... as I please.~ + a356
 ++ ~[PC] Take what you will..~ + a356
 ++ ~[PC] I think I have had enough excitement. I call this a draw. We will have to do this again sometime.~ + a352
END

IF ~~ a343
 SAY ~[ARAN] (He rolls away, coming to his knees before you.)~
 = ~[ARAN] I surrender.  An' what will you do wi' th spoils, <CHARNAME>?~
 ++ ~[PC] Absolutely nothing. I have exactly what I want. Have a nice night, Aran. And thank you for the practice session.~ EXIT
 ++ ~[PC] I was thinking of an armistace. (Roll over and kneel with him, drawing one sharp fingernail lightly down his chest, following it with your gaze.)~ + a355
 ++ ~[PC] Well, there are still some cooking pots you have not cleaned, and there is firewood to gather. You should go do that, instead. I doubt you could please me any other way.~ + a283
 ++ ~[PC] I... (roll up, grab the back of his head and tug him back down to you fiercely) ...will do exactly... (bury your face in his neck) ... as I please.~ + a356
 ++ ~[PC] Practice a completely different form of combat.~ + a356
 ++ ~[PC] (Begin unfastening your clothes.) If you need instruction, then I have sadly misjudged you, Aran. Do what comes naturally, of course.~ + a356
END

IF ~~ a344
 SAY ~[ARAN] Hey, if you keep goin' on like that, there will be a mite bit o' different kind o' sparrin' goin' on tonight...~
 ++ ~[PC] And the light dawns... gods, man, I am literally sprawled at your feet, here for the taking. Are you slow, or do you need instruction?~ + a342
 ++ ~[PC] Well, we do not want to have any of that, now, do we. This is boring anyways. Look, let's just get a few rounds of swordfighting in, and be done with it.~ + a309
 ++ ~[PC] On second thought, the whole idea turns me off completely. I think I will just go to bed.~ + a352
 ++ ~[PC] That is not fair! You are tickling me! (Swat at Aran with your hands.)~ + a345
END

IF ~~ a345
 SAY ~[ARAN] All be fair in love an' war - an' what we got goin' on now counts as both, in my book!~
 ++ ~[PC] The only love I have for you is the love of watching you lose, big boy.~ + a350
 ++ ~[PC] Well in that case, expect no quarter fom me! ~ + a350
 ++ ~[PC] On second thought, the whole idea turns me off completely. I think I will just go to bed.~ + a352
 ++ ~[PC] Look, do not get the wrong idea. I just want to be friends. But I would not mind sampling a few benefits...~ + a350
END

IF ~~ a346
 SAY ~[ARAN] As opposed to jut your fingers, or as opposed to me kissin' somethin' else?~
 ++ ~[PC] Spare me the talk of your many boisterous adventurers, Aran. They are all probably made up, anyways.~ + a347
 ++ ~[PC] Enough talk, just teach me to spar.~ + a302
 ++ ~[PC] Put your blade up, and we will see who can fight, who can talk, and who can do both at the same time.~ + a309
END

/* Let's let PC take him for a ride... */
IF ~~ a347
 SAY ~[ARAN] I do tell some tall tales. But for you, there be nothin' but truth. I have had my share o' lovers, but you are in a class by yourself.~
 ++ ~[PC] So I am stupid, held out with need of a personal tutor?~ + a348
 ++ ~[PC] I do not care about the truth. I want you.~ + a354
 ++ ~[PC] I do not want the truth, and I most certainly do not want you.~ + a286
 ++ ~[PC] Gods, Aran, all this talk, talk, talk... you are confusing me so much. I think I need to go, now. Good night.~ + a297
 ++ ~[PC] So you have had me? I was unaware of that. Was I an acceptable lover?~ + a348
 ++ ~[PC] This conversation is over. Do not speak another word.~ DO ~RestParty()~ EXIT
END

/* And drop him off a cliff... */
IF ~~ a348
 SAY ~[ARAN] Now, I didn't mean... ~
 ++ ~[PC] You did not mean, or you did not think?~ + a349
 ++ ~[PC] Surrender while you are behind, because I do not think you will get out of this one. Perhaps I will be merciful.~ + a353
 ++ ~[PC] Oh, another thing you do with all the girls - stammer and stutter. So you have no spine at all, and any pretty face and sharp tongue can slay you in an instant?~ + a349
END

/* Onot the rocks... */
IF ~~ a349
 SAY ~[ARAN] I... ~
 ++ ~[PC] Come on, Aran, if you want to keep up with me, keep up.... did you mean to tell me I was stupid and a poor lover in need of special instruction only you could give me?~ + a283
 ++ ~[PC] I think you have annoyed me enough for one night. Good night.~ DO ~RestParty()~ EXIT
 ++ ~[PC] It hurts when you talk like that. I do not like all this fencing with words. I can play the game, but I hate it. If you like me, kiss me. If you do not, walk away now.~ + a354
END

/* Needs more entry points - summative state for fight */
IF ~~ a350
 SAY ~[ARAN] (White moonlight flashes along swiftly moving blades as they meet point and counterpoint, weaving their harsh music. Stacatto clashes of metal upon metal, ostinato breaths becoming shorter and labored, no thought but the weave of body with body... until suddenly you find yourself locked chest to chest, leg to leg, straining against eachother.)
 = ~[ARAN] Do you want to be beggin' quarter?~
 ++ ~[PC] Not likely. Look down, Aran. I think you will find I have everything in hand...~ + a359
 ++ ~[PC] Never!~ + a351
 ++ ~[PC] I will not yield. But I will take what I want.~ + a353
 ++ ~[PC] I think I have had enough excitement. I call this a draw. We will have to do this again sometime.~ + a352
 ++ ~[PC] Do you?~ + a353
END

IF ~~ a351
 SAY ~[ARAN] Now, then, you be a mite winded, there - I can see right down your front, you know. You move right beautifully when you pant like that.~
 ++ ~[PC] (Lean hard into him, kissing him ferociously)~ + a353
 ++ ~[PC] (Butt your head forward hard towards his nose)~ + a338
 ++ ~[PC] I yield to you, Aran. In every way.~ + a354
 ++ ~[PC] I have you right where I want you. Surrender now, and I will be merciful.~ + a353
 ++ ~[PC] I thought this was a friendly sparring practice.~ + a352
END

/* Teasing Aran is ok, but he has his breaking point... */
IF ~~ a352
 SAY ~[ARAN] I... hey, I... Sune's Sweet Skin, <CHARNAME>, do you be jokin' wi' me? You drive me to a frenzy, an' now I desire you more than any man ought. What do you want o' me?~
 ++ ~[PC] Absolutely nothing. I have exactly what I want. Have a nice night, Aran. And thank you for the practice session.~ DO ~RestParty()~ EXIT
 ++ ~[PC] What do you think, Aran? Am I teasing? (Slowly begin to disrobe)~ + a354
 ++ ~[PC] I... I do not know what I want. There are so many reasons that I cannot do this...~ + a357
 ++ ~[PC] Somehow, it always comes down to sex with you. I said I wanted to be friends, but you keep interpreting everything as an invitation to move into my bedroll. Let me spell it out for you - N O T   I N T E R E S T E D. ~ +
END

IF ~~ a353
 SAY ~[ARAN] (He steps away, dropping his sword, falling to his knees before you.)~
 = ~[ARAN] I surrender.  An' what will you do wi' th spoils, <CHARNAME>?~
 ++ ~[PC] Absolutely nothing. I have exactly what I want. Have a nice night, Aran. And thank you for the practice session.~  DO ~RestParty()~ EXIT
 ++ ~[PC] I was thinking of an armistace. (Kneel with him, drawing one gentle finger lightly down his chest, following it with your gaze.)~ + a355
 ++ ~[PC] I... (grab the back of his head and tug back fiercely) ...will do exactly... (bury his face close to your heart) ... as I please.~ + a356
 ++ ~[PC] I... I think I will surrender in return...~ + a356
 ++ ~[PC] Practice a completely different form of combat.~ + a356
END

/* Getting to the romatic action */
IF ~~ a354
 SAY ~[ARAN] <CHARNAME>...~
 = ~[ARAN] (His face is a mask of desire, and his lips burn hot on your cheeks and lips.)~
 ++ ~[PC] Hold on. I need to clear my head. I cannot do this!~ + a357
 ++ ~[PC] (Lean your head forward and fold both hands against his chest.)~ + a356
 ++ ~[PC] (Loop one leg around his, and twist quickly, bringing yourself under him as you fall to the ground.)~ + a356
 ++ ~[PC] (Loop one leg around his, and twist quickly, bringing yourself on top of him as you fall to the ground.)~ + a356
 ++ ~[PC] (Bite his lips fiercely, tasting warm blood as your teeth clash together in mounting desire.)~ + a356
END

IF ~~ a355
 SAY ~[ARAN] <CHARNAME>...~
 = ~[ARAN] (His face is a mask of desire, and his lips burn hot on your cheeks and lips)~
 ++ ~[PC] Hold on. I need to clear my head. I cannot do this!~ + a357
 ++ ~[PC] (Drop everything and fold both hands against his chest.)~ + a356
 ++ ~[PC] (Loop your arms around his neck and twist quickly, bringing yourself under him.)~ + a356
 ++ ~[PC] (Loop your arms around his neck and twist quickly, bringing yourself on top of him.)~ + a356
 ++ ~[PC] (Bite his lips fiercely, tasting warm blood as your teeth clash together in mounting desire.)~ + a356
END

/* The "PG - 13"  Romantic Encounter Ending 47b, Female Romacing Male, No Nudity Or Graphic Depiction Of Naughty Stuff. Reclassified from 1275a, Classic Romance Tricks, "Fade To Black". */
IF ~~ a356
 SAY ~[ARAN] (Clothes fly into tangles of twisted cloth, and modesty is thrown to the wind and the stars.)~
 IF ~~ THEN DO ~SetGlobal("c-aransexspar","GLOBAL",1) RestParty()~ EXIT
END

/* Damn, girl, you are teasing him way hard, then dropping the whole "but I am not sure," thing - put the poor bugger out if his misery, already ! */
IF ~~ a357
 SAY ~[ARAN] (His face hardens, breath coming in short fierce bursts) Aye. You can, if you want to. But you don't want to, so I needs be controllin' myself. This sparrin' be over, I think.~
 IF ~~ THEN DO ~RestParty()~ EXIT
END

IF ~~ a358
 SAY ~[ARAN] Well, my friendship be not rightly for sale, <CHARNAME>, an' I prize it a mite higher than most do, I wager. But I already done given you th' whole contract on it, no strings attached. I must be somethin' right stupid in my actions not to have shown that by now.~
 = ~[ARAN] Let's get you back to camp, an' get somethin' nice an' warm in your stomach. I bet we could find a mite bit o' Firewine to warm up th' tea, an' lighten your mood. You go on ahead. I'll clear this gear away right proper.~
 IF ~~ THEN DO ~RestParty()~ EXIT
END

IF ~~ a359
 SAY ~[ARAN] Aye, that you do. I think this be a good time for me to surrender, eh?~
 IF ~~ THEN GOTO a353
END

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I'm pretty much in line with berelinde on some of those (horny), but both of them are overall brilliant. Yay for crazy brazen PC options! :) And...

 

/* Things get complicated in the fight - should be a different experience every time. Pity next to no one will ever see it all. */

I wouldn't bet on that. :rolleyes: This is the kind of dialog that I live for reloading and reloading and reloading and...

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Cool stuff!

 

OK, b - some edits to reflect your feedback... not the whole sequence, but the changed parts...

/* FT 9 Follow-Up - Males - Shooting Hoops, FR Style */
IF ~Global("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",3)~ THEN BEGIN a225
 SAY ~[ARAN] You be a mite late, there, <CHARNAME>. I was just about to turn in, eh?~
 ++ ~[PC] I think the bet was 5 gold that you would lose, 10 gold that you would trip on something during the match, and no takers on how many times you would swear.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",4)~ + a226
 ++ ~[PC] You look like you have been working hard already. Do you want to postpone this? I do not want to take advantage of your fatigue.~  DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",4)~ + a227
 ++ ~[PC] Think of it as early for tomorrow. The moon is still up, so there is plenty of light, and I am here now.~  DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",4)~ + a228
 ++ ~[PC] I think I would rather not spar tonight, Aran. I am going to turn in.~ DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",4)~ + a229
 ++ ~[PC] Look, if you were an attractive young female, I would have been here hours ago. Consider yourself lucky I showed up at all.~  DO ~SetGlobal("c-aranspar","GLOBAL",4)~ + a230
END

IF ~~ a226
 SAY ~[ARAN] Whoa, there, big boy, watch th' mouth! Don't you be talkin' too big for your abilities, eh? I can hold my own, you know. No Candlekeep weepin' willow is goin' to beat a Whitehand in a sparrin' match!~
 ++ ~[PC] Sure, sure... the famous Whitehands of the Great Dragon Army, chased by every random kobold and gibberling from here to Luskan. Are you going to talk or are you going to spar?~ + a231
 ++ ~[PC] 'Weeping willow'? Come on, Aran, you have to come up with better trash talk than that. You are supposed to get me all off balance by insulting me.~ + a231
 ++ ~[PC] I am talking well within my abilities, boyo. Put up swords or pay up. I have plans for that money.~ + a231
 ++ ~[PC] You can hold your own, but you are talking to the Master of Disaster. This should be over quickly.~ + a232
 ++ ~[PC] Hey, we are joking around, right? You are not getting the idea I do not appreciate your work...~ + a233
 ++ ~[PC] War is never the answer.~ + a226a
END

IF ~~ a226a
 SAY ~[ARAN] Now there be a silly thought. There's not much what can't be adjusted wi' a suitable application o' a great big pile o' hurt, eh?~
 ++ ~[PC] I'm serious, Aran. We should save our aggression for our enemies.~ + a226c
 ++ ~[PC] True enough. Well, show me what you have, oh you of the big mouth and small mind.~ + a226b
 ++ ~[PC] Spoken like a true sellsword, Aran. I would debate the point and duel wits with you, but I would have to find some for you to borrow, and that takes too much energy!~ + a226b
 ++ ~[PC] Hey, I thought we were going to use weapons, not practice talking. Am I correct?~ + a228
 ++ ~[PC] I think I would rather not spar tonight, Aran. I am going to turn in.~ + a229
END

IF ~~ a226b
 SAY ~[ARAN] Funny, boyo, real funny. I bet you practiced that in front o' a mirror.~
 IF ~~ THEN GOTO a227a
END

IF ~~ a226c
 SAY ~[ARAN] I think th' agression for th' enemies part be fine. But I was thinkin' it be smarter to practice in safety, together. On account o' it means it be more unlikely that one o' us needs a Raise Dead spell, or somethin'.~
 IF ~~ THEN GOTO a227a
END

IF ~~ a227
 SAY ~[ARAN] No, no... I was stretchin' out, is all. But I be interested in a spar on dexterity, on account o' bein' a mite tired from the past few days.~
 IF ~~ THEN GOTO a227a
END

IF ~~ a227a
 SAY ~[ARAN] What do you think o' tryin' a fencin' match with foils, instead o' traditional weapons?~
 ++ ~[PC] Do you think I am frail and passive, unable to handle the big weapons? What am I, one of your bundles of dried, ink-covered sheepskin?~ + a234
 ++ ~[PC] Name the weapon, and I am ready. If I do not know how to wield it, I will ask how.~ + a235
 ++ ~[PC] It is your funeral. Show me you can fight.~ + a231
 ++ ~[PC] It is your funeral. (Punch him hard in the gut.)~ + a236
 + ~Class(Player1,MAGE_ALL)~ + ~[PC] That sounds good to me. I do not do well with brute force weapons anyways. And I promise not to throw any spells your way.~ + a235
 + ~Class(Player1,FIGHTER_ALL)~ + ~[PC] I had my heart set on some good solid Moonshea Hammers and Axes, but a fencing match is fine. Good warriors can turn a rock or a piece of wood into a decent enough weapon.~ + a235
 + ~Class(Player1,THIEF_ALL)~ + ~[PC] Hey, if you want to set yourself up for an embarassing loss, it is your funeral. You do remember I live by my agility, don't you?~ + a235
 + ~Class(Player1,CLERIC_ALL) Alignment(Player1,MASK_GOOD)~ + ~[PC] Clerics usually work with blunt weapons, Aran, but a practice foil is blunt. You do not even have to spot me a touch or two in points.~ + a235
 + ~Class(Player1,CLERIC_ALL) Alignment(Player1,MASK_EVIL)~ + ~[PC] Clerics usually work with blunt weapons, Aran, but a practice foil is blunt. I would not be true to my god if I did not insist that you spot me a touch or two in points.~ + a235
 + ~Class(Player1,CLERIC_ALL) !Alignment(Player1,MASK_GOOD) !Alignment(Player1,MASK_EVIL)~ + ~[PC] Clerics usually work with blunt weapons, Aran, but a practice foil is blunt. It is a fair balance, with my lack of familiarity and your fatigue.~ + a235
 + ~Class(Player1,PALADIN_ALL) !Class("c-aran",PALADIN_ALL)~ + ~[PC] I am suprised, Aran.  Gentleman's weapons? I am impressed. A good spar to clear the head and focus the mind. Come, now, Aran, let us have a clean fight.~ + a235
 + ~Class(Player1,PALADIN_ALL) Class("c-aran",PALADIN_ALL)~ + ~[PC] Gentleman's weapons? Good choice, befitting our calling. A good spar to clear the head and focus the mind. Come, now, Aran, let us have a clean fight.~ + a235
 + ~Class(Player1,SORCERER)~ + ~[PC] Somehow I think it might be fun to try a good old-fashioned swordfight. I will try to avoid melting your blade, or setting your trousers on fire.~ + a235
 + ~Class(Player1,MONK)~ + ~[PC] Hand to hand is more my forte, but perhaps this will be interesting. I will spar with you.~ + a235
 + ~Class(Player1,BARD_ALL)~ + ~[PC] I should be asking to spar musically, or perhaps with poetry, Aran, but I am afraid I have heard your singing. I think you should stop talking and start fighting.~ + a235
 ++ ~[PC] I think I would rather not spar tonight, Aran. I am going to turn in.~ + a229
END

IF ~~ a228
 SAY ~[ARAN] That you be. Hey, I be interested in a spar on dexterity, on account o' bein' a mite tired from the last few days. What do you think o' tryin' a fencin' match with foils, instead o' traditional weapons?~
 IF ~~ THEN GOTO a227a
END

IF ~~ a229
 SAY ~[ARAN] Aye, then, that be fine. Do you want anythin' else?~
 ++ ~[PC] Now what might I want when I am headed for my bedroll?~ + a242
 ++ ~[PC] No, I am fine. Have a good night, Aran.~ + a238
 ++ ~[PC] Well, there are still some cooking pots you have not cleaned, and there is firewood to gather. You should get right on that.~ + a268
 ++ ~[PC] A smart young blonde with loose morals and a short memory.~ +  a237
END

IF ~~ a230
 SAY ~[ARAN] If I had been a cute young female, I would have known better than to show up here alone an' all unprotected, wi' th' like o' you runnin' the show. But seein' as there be a severe shortage o' amorous dryads an' such around these parts, what say we do a little fencin'? ~
 ++ ~[PC] I just thought of you as a female, and the whole idea turns me off completely. I think I will just go to bed.~ + a229
 ++ ~[PC] Do you think I am frail and passive, unable to handle the big weapons? What am I, one of your bundles of dried, ink-covered sheepskin?~ + a234
 ++ ~[PC] Name the weapon, and I am ready. If I do not know how to wield it, I will ask how.~ + a235
 ++ ~[PC] It is your funeral. Show me you can fight.~ + a231
 ++ ~[PC] It is your funeral. (Punch him hard in the gut.)~ + c-a236
 ++ ~[PC] That sounds like a good idea.~ + a235
END

IF ~~ a231
 SAY ~[ARAN] I don't rightly have th' practice equipment for Waterdeep Twin Swords style, just two straight practice foils for duellin' wi' out harm. Wi' a bit o' luck, we shall see who gets a few extra coins to toss around next inn we be stayin' at.~
 IF ~~ THEN GOTO a235
END

IF ~~ a232
 SAY ~[ARAN] Lathander's Luminous Legs, <CHARNAME>, you need a mite but o' sunshine poured into that addled pate o' yours, you do. An' I am just th' man to do it.~
 ++ ~[PC] Talk is cheap, and my time is valuable. Throw me a foil.~ + a235
 ++ ~[PC] Actually, I think it would be a good time to quit while I am ahead. I seem to have won the verbal sparring, so I am off to bed.~ + a229
 ++ ~[PC] Shall we spar?~ + a231
 ++ ~[PC] Hey, all trash-talk aside, are you going to teach me how to spar?~ + a244
 ++ ~[PC] You say 'man', but I see 'boy who throws a ton of wind'. Show me what you have, caravan-boy...~ + a235
 ++ ~[PC] Look, can we skip the whole sparring thing, and just talk?~ + a262
END

IF ~~ a233
 SAY ~[ARAN] Torm's Blighted Balls, do you be jokin'? I thought we be talkin' trash to eachother, an' gettin' into th' spirit, is all. Where have you been, a monastary all your life?~
 ++ ~[PC] Let's just say that I have spent most of my life being very, very serious.~ + a235
 ++ ~[PC] Good. Toss me a weapon, and let's see how this all works out.~ + a235
 ++ ~[PC] Yes. (Punch him hard in the gut.)~ + a236
 ++ ~[PC] Look, can we skip the whole sparring thing, and just talk?~ + a262
 ++ ~[PC] This is taking too long. I think I will head for bed.~ + a229
END

IF ~~ a234
 SAY ~[ARAN] Bugger that. If I wanted to insult you, I'd be sayin' you smell like th' inside o' a Luskan Cathouse, or look like one o' them Calimshan eunuchs. Bundle o' dried goatskin, my arse.~
 ++ ~[PC] Why, thank you, sir. And I would respond that your breath is as stunning as an otuyug, but luckily for the otuyug it has the benefit of some redeeming qualities...~ + a240
 ++ ~[PC] You can save the feeble attempts at insults. Throw me a foil, and let's spar.~ + a235
 ++ ~[PC] Aran, you have so much to learn about talking to your betters. Perhaps a sound thrashing will help.~ + a235
 ++ ~[PC] Actually, could you show me how to hold a foil? I never really learned...~ + a244
 ++ ~[PC] Look, can we skip the whole sparring thing, and just talk?~ + a262
END

IF ~~ a235
 SAY ~[ARAN] Aye, then. Here, catch.~
 ++ ~[PC] (Catch rapier by the hilt and place it to your lips, saluting him.)~ + a247
 ++ ~[PC] (Catch rapier and extend it away and to your left, ready to fight.)~ + a247
 ++ ~[PC] (Catch rapier and instantly lunge forward with a direct thrust.)~ + a248
 ++ ~[PC] (Clumsily catch the rapier and grip it like a club.)~ + a247
END

IF ~~ a236
 SAY ~[ARAN] *gasp* What in th' nine hells was that?~
 ++ ~[PC] Weakness. You let your guard down, Aran, and I was right there to take advantage. Are we going to spar?~ + a235
 ++ ~[PC] Fun. Here, let me do it again...~ + a241
 ++ ~[PC] A warning. I came here to fight, not talk.~ + a235
 ++ ~[PC] A sucker-punch. Where have you been living all your life, a monastary? Throw me a foil.~ + a235
END

IF ~~ a237
 SAY ~[ARAN] Now, that I could get behind, or in front of. Or in bed with, if I could find one like that. I'll be keepin' my eyes open, eh?~
 ++ ~[PC] Hey, on second thought, I am going back to an empty bedroll and another night of troubled sleep. Throw me a foil.~ + a235
 ++ ~[PC] You do that. Have a good night, Aran.~ + a238
 ++ ~[PC] No need, Aran. I think I can handle getting my own women. You concentrate on yourself. Have a good night.~ + a238
 ++ ~[PC] No need, Aran. I already have someone I am interested in romantically.~ + a239
END

IF ~~ a238
 SAY ~[ARAN] Aye, then, same to you. I think I am goin' to go get some energy worked out o' my system, eh? I will see you back at camp.~
 IF ~~ THEN DO ~RestParty()~ EXIT
END

IF ~~ a239
 SAY ~[ARAN] A man never lived what has too many girlfriends, as long as he be careful to keep them separate. Wives, it might be that just one be too many, but girlfriends, that be a different story. I think I am goin' to go get some energy worked out o' my system, eh? I will see you back at camp.~
 IF ~~ THEN DO ~RestParty()~ EXIT
END

IF ~~ a240
 SAY ~[ARAN] Big talk, big talk! With a bit o' luck, we shall see who gets a few extra coins to toss around next inn we be stayin' at.~
 IF ~~ THEN GOTO a235
END

IF ~~ a241
 SAY ~[ARAN] Not on your life... I'm done wi' getting my gut punched on account o' you gotta let off some steam. You got anythin' else you want me to do for you? Mayhap somethin' that don't rightly hurt so much?~
 ++ ~[PC] No, I am fine. Have a good night, Aran.~ + a238
 ++ ~[PC] Well, there are still some cooking pots you have not cleaned, and there is firewood to gather. You should go do that, instead.~ + a268
 ++ ~[PC] Look, can we skip the whole sparring thing, and just talk?~ + a262
END

IF ~~ a242
 SAY ~[ARAN] A smart young blonde with loose morals and a short memory?~
 ++ ~[PC] Sign me up. Do you happen to have her in your pack?~ + a243
 ++ ~[PC] I think I have all I can handle with women right now, thanks. Have a good night, Aran.~ + a238
 ++ ~[PC] Sounds more like your type than mine. Have a good night.~ + a238
 ++ ~[PC] Like you could get one to pay attention to you, let alone me. Dream on!~ + a243
 ++ ~[PC] I am sure I can come up with one of those on my own, should I want one. You, on the other hand... perhaps not.~ + a243
END

IF ~~ a243
 SAY ~[ARAN] No, I don't rightly think I can pull a blonde out o' my pack right now, smart, loose, or even female. No brunettes, redheads, or even one o' them sparkly-headed Gensai, niether. Mayhap next inn, if there be a good bit o' alcohol an' some dancin', but not right here an' right now!~
 = ~[ARAN] I think I am goin' to go get some energy worked out o' my system, eh? I will see you back at camp.~
 IF ~~ THEN DO ~RestParty()~ EXIT
END

 

side note: this is already way, way too long, so I am not enabling anything steamier on this one. I think the RE-style style stuff is still looking for a place that is less flow-interrupting. It is sufficiently Bodice-Ripper in general outlook, but can still not hit Adult-land.

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Perfect. I'm going to play this one through about a dozen times.

 

Just one question? What are you using for a trigger? Dream script? Just asking because you've got a line that says there's plenty of moon to see by, so you'd better have it at night. And outdoors. Might cause a ruckus at an inn. But you've probably already thought of that.

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I am running it off of the dream script, but I can't remember -

 

if I set a variable in a talk, do a ~RestParty()~, and expect the morning-after talk, am I setting the darned thing up right?

 

I think I remember having troubles with BG1NPC stuff that was supposed to fire like that being delayed a day. I remember a bunch of research around this (or rather, I vaguely remember doing a bunch of research around dreamscripts, timers, and how to get a talk to

 

a. intitiate at rest

b. lock in and stop anything else from firing until the morning after ~PartyRested()~ type stuff (have to look that one up in iesdp and make sure I am not making it up out of whole cloth...).

 

I think it might have been Domi's Coran's fishing expedition, but I am not sure... it is now confused in my head with plainab's "IWD actually resting 8 hours correctly and getting the right HP gain" tweak.

 

Any pointers?

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Don't use Coran's fishing trip as an example. It's insanely complicated, and contains a bunch of contingencies for other night talks *cough*Gavin's*cough* interfering and screwing everything up.

 

It doesn't have to be that tough.

 

Run the banter off the dream script, same as normal, and script the morning after talk with *no* PartyRested() trigger. It will play as soon as the RestParty() action is completed.

 

For example, put this in the D:

 

IF
 Global("c-AranFight","GLOBAL",0)
 /* whatever other conditions you want, like the talk happening only at night, outdoors */
THEN
 RESPONSE #100
SetGlobal("c-AranFight","GLOBAL",1) 
StartDialogueNoSet(Player1) //don't worry about setting the global before this, since dream scripts don't get interrupted & there won't be time for it to register if you set it in dialogue
END

 

Then stick this in Aran's usual script, and it will happen as soon as the party wakes up:

IF 
 Global("c-AranFight","GLOBAL",1) 
 //OTHER CONDITIONS, LIKE NO COMBAT, ETC
THEN
 RESPONSE #100
SetGlobal("c-AranFight","GLOBAL",2) 
END 

IF 
 Global("c-AranFight","GLOBAL",2) 
 //OTHER CONDITIONS, LIKE NO COMBAT, ETC
THEN
 RESPONSE #100 
StartDialogueNoSet(Player1) //now you need to set the global in dialogue!
END

 

Clear as mud?

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