How to give commonplace actions a sense of importance.
> x me. i. x katana. draw katana. x bread.
> slice loaf with katana.
> x toaster. x master.
> x bread. take bread. put bread in toaster.
> turn on toaster. z. z.
> take toast. eat toast.
*** You have died ***
> undo. give toast to master.
*** You have won ***
The Master stands by, waiting to see if you can pass this test.
A servant, nearly unnoticed, removes the end slices after you slice the loaf.
Some attendants gasp when you turn on the toaster, cheer when you succeed in the test, or lead you away if you fail.
Your elder brother gave you your katana after he was defeated in this very kitchen.
Hiroyuki, presumably your younger brother, will inherit your katana if you fail this test.
In Release 1:
You have died
if you put your katana into the toaster,
or if you turn on the toaster without any bread in it,
or if you drop the slices of bread,
or if you eat the toast,
or if you drop the toast.
You have won if you give the toast to the Master.
In Release 3, the endings are haikus:
If you put your katana into the toaster: powerful blue fire coursing through your sword and hand now you are quite dead
If you turn on the toaster without any bread in it: the lever goes down the elements glow red-hot their heat is wasted
If you eat the slices of bread: popped into your mouth perfect slice of sandwich bread could have used some jam
If you drop the slices of bread: down, end over end like snowflakes square and mealy now food for the mice
If you drop the toast: toast falls, unbuttered on which side has it landed? you: too dead to know
If you eat the cold toast: toast: ennobled bread for this one faces all risks cold toast, not so much
If you give cold toast to the Master: serving suggestion fatally disregarded best if served while hot
If you eat the hot toast: click, wait wait wait, pop! through patience: your perfect toast you: happy (and dead)
If you give hot toast to the Master: crisp and brown and fine the toast, like an autumn day an old man laughing
your katana. You're carrying it. Draw it, then slice the bread loaf with it.
In Release 1, you will automatically resheathe the katana when you take the toast.
In Release 3, you will automatically resheathe the katana when you take the slices of bread.
some slices of bread. Create them by slicing the loaf with your katana. Put them in the toaster.
In Release 1, the slices of bread are not edible.
In Release 3, the slices of bread are edible.
a slices of toast. Make toast by putting the slices of bread into the toaster, then turning the toaster on and waiting a couple turns. Give the toast promptly to the Master.
In Release 3, the toast can cool; giving cold toast to the Master results in failure.
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