Gem message box

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Gem message boxes allow one to create what appears to be a holographic image that imparts a message into the gem and can only be viewed by the person for whom the gem is intended.

Analyze

You analyze your golden box and sense that it can be altered by a talented merchant, though it must remain a box-like item.

You notice that there is a switch at the bottom; perhaps TURNing the box might toggle the switch.

Examining the box carefully, you ascertain that it would fit a single gem in it quite perfectly.  Try to RUB it and WHISPER to it.  When it seems like everything is ready - and not before then - LISTEN to it.  Remember that RUBbing it is what gets the magic going with each step you take!

Verb Traps

VERB FIRST THIRD
TURN You turn the golden box over in your hands and notice a switch recessed into the bottom for the box. With a *Click!* you toggle it right! XXX turns the golden box over in her hands, and then seems to do something to the bottom of the box.
You turn the golden box over in your hands and notice a switch recessed into the bottom for the box. With a *Click!* you toggle it left!
Note: Right sets the name, left sets the message.
RUB
Box
The golden box warms suddenly in your hands and pulses with magic, as if it were waiting for something. XXX rubs her golden box, and the air seems to pulse expectantly with energy!
Prepares the box for each step.
WHISPER Name: You clear your mind and focus on the image of XXX as you whisper the name to your box. XXX whispers quietly to the box.
Message: You clear your mind and focus on the message as you whisper, "I'm Olaf." to your box.
LISTEN The box suddenly pulses in your hand! You hear your voice whisper "I'm Olaf." to be recieved by XXX! N/A
RUB Gem
Unintended person
You rub the purple mithril-bloom and it glows an angry red in response! XXX purple mithril-bloom suddenly pulses an angry red!
RUB Gem
Intended recipient
You rub the purple mithril-bloom and it suddenly glows a brilliant emerald green!
The image of XXX suddenly forms before you in a pale ghostly green light and whispers, "I'm Olaf." to you.
The image of XXX fades away, and the purple mithril-bloom in your hand crumbles to dust.
The image of XXX suddenly appears in front of XXX and whispers to her!
The image fades just as quickly as it appeared.

Loresong

Your vision suddenly clouds, the magic of the box mingling with the sound of your voice and creating a vision that slowly unfolds before you...

In a large and opulent chamber, a young maiden sits at a table, weeping.  A much older man, who could only be her father, storms out of the scene, slamming a large gilt oak door behind him.  The poor girl, obviously broken-hearted, picks up a small silver box, places a small star ruby within it, and closes the lid.  Although hard to see because of how close she holds it to her body, it appears that her delicately pale fingers have toggled a small switch recessed into the bottom of the box.  She then rubs the box and whispers a name, slowly and with precision, to the box...

Your vision begins to clear, and suddenly you find yourself as you were.


Your vision suddenly clouds, the magic of the box mingling with the sound of your voice and creating a vision that slowly unfolds before you...

The young maid still sits at her desk, holding the box as before.  She glances around, perhaps nervous at the magic she is even now practicing, and toggles the switch again.  Once more she rubs the box, and then whispers something, a message, to her beloved.  The box pulses with magic in response to her words, then settles.

Your vision begins to clear, and suddenly you find yourself as you were.


Your vision clouds again, the sensation becoming more normal.  The scene unfolds again...

The young maid rubs her box again, and this time she listens intently.  A silent voice from within suddenly repeats back the very words she just spoke to it!  With a smile on her face and a content nod, she removes the star ruby and sets the box aside.  Moments later, she calls a messenger and tells him to deliver this gem to someone with all expediency.

Your vision clears again, and suddenly you find yourself as you were.


Your vision clouds rapidly, but you are staring into a different scene.  A courtyard, wide and green with flowering bushes and roses, surrounds a great fountain in the middle of the carriage drive.

The messenger from before hands the ruby to a young man, who removes to another part of the courtyard.  He rubs the ruby, and it suddenly glows an eerie pale green, revealing the image of the maiden from before!  Her pale and beautiful form whispers something quietly to the young man, and he smiles as only a young man in love would.  The ruby seems to turn to  dust in his hand as the image fades.

You vision rapidly clears, and you find yourself as you were.