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Quotes to and from Ruby Quest

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     The Metal Glen 

My mother told me once of when
A young hare ventured from her den
And as she danced in field and glen
The world sang joy about her.
But wicked hateful things abound
And that young hare these evils found
Then whisked her up from off the ground
And glen was left without her.

The wicked power tore asunder
And with this cruel and fateful blunder
Cast her to a world of wonder
Would she e'er see home again?
And so hare flew that mournful day'
Over the sky and far away
And down and down, beneath the sea
To a place unlike the glen.

A world of men and man's design
A place where God's light would not shine
A Hell of steel beneath the brine
Where misery's echoes boomed.
And all around her there were others
Beasts like her, all sisters, brothers,
Locked up, all, with one another,
In deep sea-dark, entombed.

And in this crypt far from the shore
The hare lay down upon the floor
Imprisoned there forever more
And left to all her sorrow.
Her tender world was lost and gone
So joy and happiness foregone
She slept and cried and prayed for dawn
To wait the coming morrow.

The hound was still, the birds said naught,
The fox denied he had been caught,
The bear cried "This is just our lot",
And surrendered to his pain.
But the cat stood up and shook his head
And rising from his metal bed
He said "For now, I am not dead,
And I will not die in vain!"

He cried aloud with much disdain
And tore about his stark domain
And said "These walls cannot contain
A force as strong as I!"
And the fox just laughed, and the birds all cried
And the bear knotted up himself and died
But the hare looked on as the poor cat tried
To break him free and fly.

He shook his chain with all his rage
And flew in anger 'round his cage
Decrying this dark mournful stage
And the hare stood up as well.
With passion did she then respond,
She chewed her ropes and broke her bonds,
And freed the cat, they ran beyond,
They ran to flee that hell.

And what became of cat and hare?
Did they break free to purer air?
To guess their fate we shouldn't dare
Perhaps their tale closed well.
But for all the beasts trapped in the Nether
All life from out the loch and heather
The flock that could not work together
Are sure still trapped in Hell.

Incense sweet, and cradled warm
Like lovers coddled, arm in arm
Two souls, nomadic, fleeing harm:
That wicked, metal glen.
Now coming morn drives off the curse
Too startled still to dare converse
Both praying they have seen the worst
So ends their tale —

    Quotes from the Game 
"It'sss... so dark... khh...iiill mmeee..."
Jay, as Ruby and Tom find him in the water filtration unit

"With my treatment, Stitches has bested death itself. And what horrors he brings with him I do not intend to discover."
"My aggression with Ruby was in vain. Ruby is dead, but there is no permanence. Despite my best efforts, she will not have peace. It's all over now. I was too late."
Red's Journal, November 1

note Click note to see the messages in the Holding Cell

note Click note to see Filbert and Ruby's confrontation, paraphrased

note Click note to see Ruby and Bella's conversation, paraphrased.

    Quotes about Ruby Quest/ By Players 

Anonymous upon seeing Ruby's Third Eye

"I love how this whole story has turned /tg/'s nominally ruthless crowd into one that gives intense consideration to the consequences of their actions."
Amazingnote , during Bella's scene

"'>It's not bad storytelling, sure, it's just so damn depressing. I'd've loved it to end in a bit sweeter note on that point.'
I get what you're saying. It's really depressing to think that this could happen and not be considered a bad end.
But for all the shit that happened to them, lost memories included, I think the ending is really a happy one.
For one, Tom and Ruby (and Jay?) are happy just to be alive and be together. Ruby and Tom have obviously grown closer and if Ruby didn't care about Tom to begin with — which she may have anyway — she certainly does now. They've put their past behind them and though that may be a high price for their freedom, they're fine with it, because they have so much hope for the future. Their lives together are what matter now. I for one think that's an incredibly happy note, especially contrasted to the aura of gloom and utter hopelessness suffocating most of the story.
And secondly, Ruby and Tom may yet regain their memory. It's implied subtly and through inference, which is how most of the story is conveyed since, short of Bella, we never had anyone just sit us down and tell us the facts. But it's still implied, and perhaps the longer they're away from the influence of that dark place, the longer they're clean of the infection, the more they'll return to normal. So there may be hope of that yet.

Considering they rode off into the sunset with a third survivor in tow and shared a bottle of champagne, I'd say it was a damned cheerful ending.
Especially since Weaver admitted that if only one of them had survived, the last panel was them going to be sadly pouring themselves some champagne, alone."

"You know, Weaver said a lot of times that there isn't going to be any sequel/prequel, and you know how Weaver is adamant about these things (not that this is actually bad). Maybe one day he'll surprise us all with something related to Ruby Quest, but I find that highly unlikely.

The truth is, he can't do a sequel with Maddie since we already have all that knowledge about the facility and its inhabitants, and there wouldn't be so much suspense about the unknown, just the fear of being caught/mutilated. And a prequel wouldn't make much sense since it would be about the regular Metal Glen.

Also, while I believe this formula would be fun again, he doesn't seem to enjoy the idea of using it in a similar quest.

IIRC one member of his family died and the poor guy cared about doing other session in the same week. He's probably just as overwhelmed as we are at all that has come out off a simple, but interesting CYOA he conducted in his spare time.

The only thing that actually bothers me is that we won't be able to know all the answers about some actions/intentions/events, and some of the explanations were pretty vague. Perhaps this is all part of the charm, so it's understandable. Still, it's kind of disappointing.

Well, we had a good run. Cheers, Weaver, you magnificent bastard."

"I really like the symbols for the Barbed Wheel/Cjopaze
Also, I get the feeling that the reason why it wanted to have everything mutate was to find a suitable host. The Dummy could very well be the barely living, bound remains of the last host. The weird part is that I get the feeling that it was looking for a specific mutatuin, and I'm guessing it's an eye, and that Nook was incompatible due to NO LIMBS syndrome, and that's why he was just locked up. That could be what Ruby was feeling when she overused her eye.

But what if it managed to take hold in her? What if Ace was attacking at the end because he couldn't here the orders because the Barbed Wheel didn't care about him or the facility anymore?

What if we- the voices in her head- are the Barbed Wheel?