Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
’relax,’ said the night man,
We are programmed to receive.
You can checkout any time you like,
But you can never leave!
to the famed Ruby Quest
, drawn/written by the same author, Weaver
. Nan Quest is the story of Nan
, a goat. It's currently still in progress, and links to the threads can be found here.
Nan is a repairwoman, and today she is doing some jobs. One in an arcade, and one in a hotel
. In the arcade, she fixes a fusebox, gets a check for her services, and some free pizza from the owner. She then bikes off to the hotel with her pizza, where she is to fix a broken outlet. In the hotel... Well.
The same artist that made the Ruby Quest Fan Soundtrack
is working on Nan Quest too
Now has a character sheet
. Note that even the names of tropes listed here can be a huge spoiler, so catching up on the threads first is advised.
This game provides examples of:
- Above Good and Evil: Santiago embraces this so much that some readers suspect he is trying to assure himself of this.
- Aerith and Bob: Nan is apparently the only one around with an animal-oriented name, while most everyone else has Spanish or English oriented ones. (depending on what time they entered the hotel)
- Nan is also short for Nancy, which could be her full name.
- Alternate Universe: Nan sometimes has visions from the past or the future, where she ends up seeing horrifying monsters that bear eerie resemblances to the main characters.
- Antagonistic Offspring: Alan, to Anderson.
- Anyone Can Die: Anna is the first to die at the hands of the Pilgrim. Nan later kills Henry in self-defense when he admits he is the real Pilgrim, and Anderson is revealed to have taken a bullet to the lung a short time later.
- Apocalyptic Log: The journal of Father Velasco.
for the love of god
- Arc Number: 466. It's first seen on an unplugged alarm clock Nan finds in an elevator, and is later also revealed to be the number of people who died in a fire before the hotel was built.
- Attempted Rape: Santiago attempts to rape Nan in the chapel, but he is stopped just in time by Henry.
- The Atoner: Pablo's done something terrible. Anna seems to feel she has too, and thinks that maybe so has everyone else, they just don't remember.
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget.
- Big Damn Heroes: Anderson, to Nan and Pablo.
- Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: Sorry, Anderson.
- Catchphrase: Sort of:
Nan: Stop being such a downer.
- Character Title
- The Corruption: It appears that Santiago is very infected with it, and Nan wants to help him even after he tried to rape her.
- Combo Breaker: Every 10 years since at least 1826 a new guest has entered the hotel, except for Nan and Anderson who entered in 2009(probably) and 1912 respectively.
- Continuity Nod: "God is not present here"
- Creepy Cathedral: The hotel was built on a Spanish mission, which in turn was ironically built on cursed ground.
I heard the mission bell.
- Creepy Changing Painting: Two times
- First, there's the paintings in Nan's first dream in the safe room. The paintings of blood red circles, with the protagonist's bodies silhouetted in them, which grow in form and detail. The red paint seeps into the sillhouette, And one of them actively moves.
- In one of Nan's hallucinations, she confronts Her apparent husband, who is threatening their kids in a hotel room. On the wall behind him is a painting of a church. When Nan decides to solve the situation with violence, the cathedral sets on fire.
- Darkness Equals Death
- Dark Is Evil: And how.
- Dead All Along: Kim suspects that the hotel is some sort of afterlife.
And I was thinking to myself,
this could be heaven, and this could be hell.
- Death Song: Santiago writes and performs a titular one for Anna.
- Door To Before: Literally.
- Dramatic Deadpan: For all the detail in the speeches and gorey panels during the battle with Henry as the Pilgrim, his death message is restrained and barely seven words long.
There are no last words. Henry dies.
- Dwindling Party: We start out with six.
- Easter Egg: the last image of the 6th thread can be edited to reveal a cross.
- Eldritch Abomination: The Beast in the courtyard, of some sort. It appears to be invincible, so the best choice is to avoid it.
They stab it with their steely knives,
but they just can't kill the Beast.
- Eldritch Location
- Evil Is Not Well Lit: Did the lights go out? Bad things are about to happen.
- Expy: Nan to Ruby and Santiago to Red, probably.
- Eye Scream: When trying to escape from Henry in chapter eight, Nan slashes him several times in the face with a small knife before going for the throat. Kim later loses sight in one eye due to being burnt by Padre Velasco.
- Five-Man Band
- Flashback: First, to what looks like Anna in an elevator shaft she worked on in the past and subsequent ones to 1828, at the Spanish mission before the hotel existed.
- And now, what happened in the hotel room 211. The kicker? Some quester hypothesized that it may be a case of Past-Life Memories, since everyone met in the flashbacks seems to know a Nan.
- Freak Out: 'Nan freaks the fuck out.'
- Forgiveness: As the story goes on, the power of forgiveness is shown to be very powerful. Nan forgives Santiago for Attempted Rape, leading to Santiago assisting Nan when she's bound and gagged.
- Future Me Scares Me: Averted. Nan's future self is exactly the same as her, only wearing a cloth around her mouth. On the other hand, what's going on behind Nan's future self scares the piss out of past Nan.
- Groin Attack: By Nan to Santiago. Ineffective, though.
- Much more effective on The Pilgrim.
- Grossup Closeup
- Heel-Face Turn: When Nan spares Santiago's life after he attempted to rape her, he sinks out of the limelight for a few threads to do some heavy thinking. When he returns, it's to help Nan take down Henry, saving her life in the process.
- Hell Hotel
- Infernal Retaliation: The Padre, after being headbutted into a fire by Nan.
- Jump Scare:
- Kill It with Fire:
- The Padre doesn't even mind.
- Kim, during an illusion, gets trapped in the boiler and burned alive.
- This also seems to be a hobby of Father Francis Velasco's.
- Known Only by Their Nickname: Most of the "Uninvited Things".
- Let's Split Up, Gang: The group splits into groups of two. Anna and Pablo don't make it back.
- Light Is Not Good: According to Santiago;
"If you insist on bringing light to the darkness, realize you won't always like what you find
Some things are better left in the dark, Nan
Some things should never be brought to light"
- Madness Mantra:
- "for the love of god"
- "into the fire into the fire into the fire into the fire into the fire "
- Mature Animal Story
- Meaningful Background Event: After Nan fixes the fuse box at the arcade, Kim is there as one of the customers.
- Mental Time Travel: How Nan has interacted with the land of the hotel before it was built. Evidently, there was a Nan exactly like her over 100 years in the past, who our Nan is periodically transferred into.
- Meaningful Echo:
- "You can't help anyone."
- "Some things are better left in the dark."
- Memento MacGuffin: That cross pendant is important somehow.
- Mirror Monster:
- The Mole: Henry (aka the Pilgrim) was the one who called Nan to the Hotel in the first place and has killed countless other guests in an attempt to free himself, including Alan and Anna.
- Mythology Gag: Early on, the adventure narration casually mentions that "It's another fine day here in the Glen." Fans of Ruby Quest freaked out just as Nan walked outside and revealed... that she lives in Cedar Glen Apartments.
- Never the Selves Shall Meet: Subverted. Nan sees her future self about to be attacked by a monster, and slams the door on her. Later in the story, Nan gets the door slammed on her by her past self. Cue Oh, Crap moment.
- Oh, Crap: Whenever /tg/ gets into a serious situation and can't decide what to do, Nan "freaks out at the gravity of the situation."
- Petting Zoo People: Of the Furry Denial variation.
- Painting the Medium: The sequence with the Lightbringer is fully colored, a first for Weaver's serious quests.
- Psychological Horror
- Room Full of Crazy/ Mad Artist: There is a room full of stretched canvases covered in what looks like blood with shapes similar to the main characters.
- Saying Too Much: When Nan and Henry reunite in chapter eight, Henry assures Nan that if they get chased again she can just escape out the window like she did previously. Except Henry wasn't around when she did that. /tg/ questions him about this. "...Oops."
- Sinister Minister: The Padre; a nightmarish, Implacable Man Spanish priest. He might not have always been like that, though...
- Shout-Out: One of the monsters from early in the game looks an awful lot like Stitches mutated form.
- Slasher Smile: Santiago's standard expression, as well as Henry's reflection.
- Survival Horror
- Suspiciously Apropos Music:
- Hotel California serves Nan Quest as The Metal Glen served Ruby Quest. It bears mention that the author denies it, though claiming some inspiration.
- A player suggested that the song Santiago was playing was probably "Cohen's Masterpiece"
- Time Travel
So I called up the captain,
’Please bring me my wine.’
He said, ’we haven’t had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine.’
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: The apparent goal of Nan's many flashbacks, mental time excursions, and hallucinations.
- Anna: Nan gives her the tool she needs to not neglect repairing an elevator.
- Alan: Nan gives him a pen so he can write a letter to his father before going Suicide by Cop.
- Maggie: Nan convinces her to spend time with her mother in her passing days.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: The manner in which Nan experiences the past has ranged from being a physical person in the past, experiencing the past from the perpective of another, watching and being unable to interact with the past, and being invisible and intangible but able to deposit items into the past.
- What Year Is This?: Alternatively 2009, 2016, 1912, 1936, 1946 1966, 1986 and 1828. All at once.
- Weird Moon: The moon's been seen once, but it's comparatively big, and perfectly white. So is the other moon. No, wait, those are eyes.
- You All Meet in an Inn
- You Can't Fight Fate: Implied by Lorenzo.