And Then is Heard no More is a Z-machine interactive fiction story written with Inform 6 and is © 2002 by H. Helfgott. It was a participant in the Speed-IF EXTREME event.
In this ultra-short story based on Shakespeare's Hamlet, you play as Hamlet, locked in swordfight with Laertes. Try to read the author's mind twice to reach the ending.
This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Release 1 of the story.
A hall in the castle
You are Hamlet, locked in swordfight with Laertes. You cannot leave, dropping your sword has no effect, nor does trying to attack anyone else.
You can examine your sword, the various people, or Laertes's kote. But you will die within five turns, unable to break the deadly sequence unless you do the following difficult-to-guess action:
> kiss Laertes.
A chapel in Paulina's house
There is no room description and no hint whatsoever what to do next. Only cheating can help you find this winning command:
> curse author.
*** Flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. ***
This walkthrough is provided free of charge since I wrote this walkthrough prior to January 2015 when I began my Patreon account, and also because the work it's based on has less than fifteen locations (so I wouldn't have charged for it anyway). I've since reformatted this walkthrough to use my currently preferred style. I hope you enjoy it!
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