Key & Compass presents:
The Silence of the Gods
by Adele Riquefort

The Silence of the Gods is a Z-machine interactive fiction story written with Inform 7 and is © 2011 by Adele Riquefort. It was a participant in The penultimate not numbered New Year's Speed IF.

In this story you play as Francesco (Cesco) Mancini. But because you opened the wrong door, you're now chained to a chair. Rudolph Mancini and these three scugnizzi are about to torture you and then kill you.

This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 1 of the game.


d u open bulky door (to outside) (after5 turns) (to cell) u d Corridor LivingRoom NarrowGangway Studio Kitchen Cellars SmokeyGarage

Smokey Garage (on the steel chair)

You're tied up, so all you can do is examine things or wait, for example:

> x Rudolph. x knife. x scugnizzi. x pool. x pants.

After five turns, all goes black.

Narrow Gangway

Flashback to a few hours ago:

> x me. x gun. x trousers. x shirt.

> x portraits. (From Mancini's lineage, but not him.)

> x wallpaper.

> n. (No, not until Don Mancini arrives.)

> u. (Might run into Tony or Johnny.)

> d. (Only Zachary is allowed downstairs, and only if Rudolph sends him.)

> w.

Living Room

> x windows. x Marcello.

> x sofas. x fire. x table. x safe. (Needs 4-digit code.)

> look under table. x Doom. take it.

> e. s.


> x Grandma. x stove. x burners. x sink. x bowl.

> x dumbwaiter. (has downwards button)

> put bowl in dumbwaiter. (You now have an empty bowl.)

> n.

Narrow Gangway

Because you know someone took the fruit, you're now willing to venture downstairs.

> d.


> listen. x bulky door. look through keyhole.

> x hinges. x walls.

> talk to girl. (The prisoner is Hellen, your cousin.)

She tells you to find Zachary's blue notebook for answers.

Narrow Gangway

> close wooden door. u.


> s.


> x bookshelves. x furniture. x bureau. look in drawer.

> read notebook. ("4876")

> put notebook in drawer.

> n. d. w.

Living Room

> type 4876 on touchpad. look in safe.

> take album and key. x album. close safe.

> e. d.


> unlock bulky door with key. open it.

You race outside where Zachary waits for you with his gun.

Smokey Garage (on the steel chair)

You are tortured:

> z. z. x radio. z. z.

You tell of a book: Silence of the Gods. Then four men enter and start shooting. One old man is father to Vincente and Vittorio Benelli, and he's also Hellen's and your grandfather.

*** You have won ***




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