-->''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 check out any time you like,\\
But you can never leave!"''
--> '''Hotel California''', ''Music/{{Eagles}}''

SpiritualSequel to the famed ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'', drawn/written by the same author, Creator/{{Weaver}}. Nan Quest is the story of [[PunnyName Nan]], a goat. Concluded on the 6th of June 2015, and links to the threads can be found [[http://tgchan.org/wiki/NanQuest here.]]

Nan is a repairwoman, and today she is doing some jobs. One in an arcade, and one in a [[HellHotel 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... [[EldritchLocation Well.]]

The same artist that made the ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'' [[FanWorks Fan Soundtrack]] is [[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7F00E1ED659BBA5B working on Nan Quest too]].

You can read it in a compiled format [[http://mozai.com/quests/NanQuest/ here]].

Now has a [[Characters/NanQuest 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.

After the quest was finished, Weaver hosted a chatroom Q&A session to clear up some lingering questions. A log can be found [[http://pastebin.com/aHnzFRBj here,]] though of course you should read the quest first if you want to avoid spoilers.

!!This game provides examples of:
* AboveGoodAndEvil: Santiago embraces this so much that some readers suspect he is trying to assure himself of this.
* AerithAndBob: 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.
* AndroclesLion: Nan gives a dead rat a makeshift burial. This results in another rat bringing Nan and Pablo a can of food when they need it later.
* AlternateUniverse: [[spoiler: 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.]]
* AntagonisticOffspring: [[spoiler: Alan, to Anderson.]]
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler: Anna]] is the first to die at the hands of the Pilgrim. [[spoiler: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. Then Pablo kills Lorenzo, forcing Nan to shoot him in order to end the nightmare once and for all.]]
* ApocalypticLog: The journal of Father Velasco.
-->''for the love of god''
* ArcNumber: 466. It's first seen on an unplugged alarm clock Nan finds in an elevator, and is later also revealed to be [[spoiler:the number of people who died in a fire before the hotel was built.]]
* ArcWords: "Thunder roars."
** [[spoiler: "You are not Anasazi."]]
* ArtShift: The sequence with the Lightbringer is fully colored, a first for Weaver's serious quests.
* AttemptedRape: [[spoiler: Santiago attempts to rape Nan in the chapel, but he is stopped just in time by Henry.]]
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler: 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.
* BeigeProse: For all the detail in the speeches and gorey panels during the battle with [[spoiler:Henry as the Pilgrim]], his death message is restrained and barely seven words long.
-->There are no last words. [[spoiler: Henry]] dies.
* BigDamnHeroes:
** Anderson, to Nan [[spoiler:and Pablo]].
** Anderson again, when Nan and Kim are [[spoiler:being attacked by the Padre]] -- he comes down to the first floor through the elevator, generating light that dispels the darkness and allows the protagonists to get to safety.
** Believe it or not, [[spoiler:the finale has two - Santiago buying Nan time while attacking the Padre so she can unlock the door to let in... ''The Beast'', who forces the evil deity out of his body, so Nan can kill him.]]
* BigGuyFatalitySyndrome: Sorry, [[spoiler:Anderson.]]
* BittersweetEnding: Or even a [[spoiler: EarnYourHappyEnding]] depending on how you look at it. [[spoiler: While Nan, Santiago and Kim all survive, almost everyone else is dead. Slightly happier in that Santiago redeemed himself.]]
* BlackBlood: Used in a strange way. Freshly-spilled blood from wounds is black, but atmospheric bloodstains (including [[spoiler:Anna]]'s dismembered corpse) are red. In an otherwise black-and-white comic, [[SplashOfColor this is quite striking]].
* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler:Pablo]] is killed this way. Justified, as they are standing still and have to be killed as quickly as possible.
* CampUnsafeIsntSafeAnymore: The group's "safe room" gets repeatedly breached, and the cast continues to be assaulted mentally. Despite this, they return to it multiple times.
* {{Catchphrase}}: Sort of. Nan frequently says "Stop being such a downer."
* CharacterTitle
* ChekhovsGun: Subverted by the paycheck from the Family Fun Arcade. [[spoiler:After Nan's memories start to fade, it allows her to remember she was an electrician... but the paper is an ominous note rather than a paycheck, which just throws Nan's state of mind even more into question.]]
* {{Chiaroscuro}}: The Anasazi Lounge is drawn in this way; everything is in very harsh shadow, with occasional stark highlights.
* TheCorruption: It appears that [[spoiler:Santiago]] is ''very'' infected with it, [[spoiler:[[TurnTheOtherCheek and Nan wants to help him even after he tried to rape her]]]].
* CosmicHorrorStory: Much like it's predecessor, but much less ancient deities and fleshy walls and more [[Franchise/SilentHill Silent Hill-esque]] darkness and silence, with a particular emphasis on shape-shifting environments and MindScrew. [[spoiler: Ancient deities make a return though, though they don't play as much as a direct role as previously.]]
* ComboBreaker: Every 10 years since at least 1826 a new guest has entered the hotel, except for [[spoiler:Nan]] and [[spoiler:Anderson]] who entered in [[spoiler:2009(probably)]] and [[spoiler:1912]] respectively.
* ContinuityNod:
** "[[http://tgchan.org/kusaba/questarch/res/230370.html#237351 It is very dark here. Hardly anything can be seen.]]" These lines were used as the opening for ''Roleplay/RubyQuest''.
** "''God is not present here''" appears as graffiti in the Holding Cell in ''Roleplay/RubyQuest''.
* ContrastingSequelMainCharacter: Nan, an omnivorous goat girl, to Ruby, a herbivorous bunny girl. Ruby was very thin, while Nan is well-set. Ruby wakes up with no memory and regains it over time, Nan [[spoiler:has a backstory that she loses over time]]. Ruby obtains a strong relationship with the first guy she meets, Nan [[spoiler:ends up eventually killing the first guy she meets]].
* CreepyCathedral: [[spoiler: The hotel was built on a Spanish mission, which in turn was ironically built on cursed ground.]]
* CreepyChangingPainting: 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, [[spoiler:And one of them actively moves.]]
** In one of Nan's hallucinations, she confronts [[spoiler: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.]]
* DarknessEqualsDeath
* DarkIsEvil: Played with. The dark, shadowy monsters kill people, but are repelled by the light, making the darkness frightening and dangerous. The BigBad is also described as a being of darkness. However, [[spoiler:the monsters aren't inherently aggressive, and the darkness can serve as both concealment and a way to see peoples' true colors. And it is the shadowy Beast that saves Nan in the end]].
-->There is no moving safely in the dark, [Santiago] says. You just have to learn not to be afraid. Not because the things there can't hurt you... because they can. Oh, they certainly can. Especially Father.\\
But you're free to move, just as you're free to die.\\
That's how he can live in the dark. He doesn't fear death. He is free in the darkness. He is not afraid.\\
'''Anderson:''' Ain't you a little old to be afraid of shadows[, Nan]? You ought to know by now. There's nothing there in the dark that wasn't there in the light.
* DeadAllAlong: Kim suspects that the hotel is some sort of afterlife. [[spoiler:Well, that doesn't turn out to be the case, really.]]
* DeathSong: [[spoiler:Santiago]] writes and performs a titular one for Anna.
* DramaticUnmask: Inverted; the Pilgrim's identity is revealed by [[spoiler:Henry]] dramatically ''donning'' a mask.
* DwindlingParty: We start out with six. We end with [[spoiler: 3, if you count Santiago as a (not literal) SixthRanger.]]
* EasterEgg: The last image of the 6th thread can be edited to reveal a cross.
* EldritchAbomination: The Beast in the courtyard, of some sort. It appears to be invincible, so the best choice is to avoid it. [[spoiler: Never really ''confirmed'', but whatever the beast was it sure fucking ''hates'' Naaloqomvi, who is the true Eldritch Abomination of the story.]]
* EldritchLocation: The HellHotel that the story takes place in.
* EvilIsNotWellLit: Did the lights go out? [[DarknessEqualsDeath Bad things are about to happen.]]
* {{Expy}}: Nan to [[Roleplay/RubyQuest Ruby]] and Santiago to Red, probably.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: 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.]]
* FamousLastWords:
** [[spoiler:Pablo]]'s are "Remember me." Given that memory and identity are important themes in the story, this is significant.
** Interestingly, WordOfGod says [[http://pastebin.com/aHnzFRBj in a post-mortem Q&A log]] that [[spoiler:Santiago]] had planned last words as well, if [[spoiler:he was sacrificed instead]]: "Don't remember me."
** Notably averted with [[spoiler:Henry]], as he dies via SlashedThroat.
--->[[spoiler:Henry]] coughs raggedly, wheezing. Thick, wet noises from his throat. His expression is twisted in anger, pain, and confusion.\\
[[BeigeProse There are no last words]]. [[spoiler:Henry]] dies.
** This is discussed a bit by the author in the after-quest Q&A log.
--->'''Weaver:''' On this same note of [[CentralTheme mortality]], it was really tempting, as an author, to give various characters sort of "death speeches". But it almost never worked out that way in practice, and I'm glad I restrained myself. I even had a long final line for [[spoiler:Lorenzo]] to give, but when it came down to it, he just said "there's no time to say the things I want to say. They must die with me." and got stabbed without warning. [...] The story's messy, not clean. Nothing gets tied up. No last words.
* FiveManBand
** Nan TheHero
** Henry TheLancer [[spoiler:and TheMole]]
** Anna [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Girl]]
** Anderson TheBigGuy
** Kim TheChick
** Pablo TheSixthRanger
* {{Flashback}}:
** First, to what looks like [[spoiler:Anna in an elevator shaft she worked on in the past]] and subsequent ones [[spoiler:to 1828, at the Spanish mission before the hotel existed]].
** And now, what happened in [[spoiler:the hotel room 211]]. The kicker? Some quester hypothesized that it may be a case of [[spoiler:PastLifeMemories, since everyone met in the flashbacks seems to know ''a'' Nan]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Which is notable, for an interactive quest where things can rarely be set in stone. WordOfGod confirms that there was one plot point that never changed since the story's inception ([[spoiler:Henry being the Pilgrim]]), so there's a lot of foreshadowing towards it.
** The mirror in Henry's room creates a creepy image of Henry wearing a manic, evil grin. [[spoiler:Most readers assumed it was just the hotel messing with Nan, but it actually reveals his true face.]]
** It's subtle, but [[spoiler:Henry is drawn with a wild eye -- his eyes never quite align, and one always looks crooked. The eyes are a window to the soul...]]
** "[Nan] trips, falls, and lands at [[http://tgchan.org/kusaba/questarch/res/438515.html#439986 the]] [[http://tgchan.org/kusaba/questarch/res/603095.html#608073 pilgrim's]] feet."
** And something unrelated to big twist: When [[spoiler:Santiago]] assaults Nan in the chapel, he starts crying even ''before'' she fights back. Later on, it's implied that [[spoiler:Santiago had AbusiveParents, and he was reenacting one episode of abuse he experienced. It's also implied that that fight was scripted by Henry, so he may have been upset at being forced to hurt Nan]].
* {{Forgiveness}}: As the story goes on, the power of forgiveness is shown to be very powerful. Nan forgives Santiago for AttemptedRape, [[spoiler:leading to Santiago assisting Nan when she's bound and gagged.]]
* FutureMeScaresMe: [[spoiler: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.]]
* GroinAttack:
** By Nan to [[spoiler:Santiago]]. Interestingly, he "barely reacts", implying he's been castrated.
** Much more effective on [[spoiler:The Pilgrim]].
* GrossupCloseup
-->'''Nan''': [[http://tgchan.org/kusaba/questarch/src/128452719318.gif How'd you manage to make your cigars last 2 weeks?]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: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.]]
* HellHotel: Monsters, blackouts, and shifting architecture, oh my! The characters also can't leave.
* HeroicSacrifice: In the end, a SadisticChoice is revealed: either [[spoiler:Pablo]] or [[spoiler:Santiago]] must die. [[spoiler:Pablo]] sacrifices themselves to spare Nan from having to choose.
* HornAttack: Nan is a goat, but unfortunately ramming things is never the answer. It is, at best, a distraction.
* InfallibleBabble: [[spoiler:Completely averted. The Pilgrim's creepy speeches? Random junk Henry made up to sound intimidating. Santiago's rambles about freedom? Lies he made up to sound edgy. Anna and Kim philosophizing about the nature of the creatures and the hotel? Total nonsense with no bearing on anything.]]
* InfernalRetaliation: [[spoiler:The Padre]], after being headbutted into a fire by Nan.
* JumpScare:
** [[http://tgchan.org/kusaba/questarch/src/132996020295.gif When rummaging through an old journal.]]
** Typically, Weaver captions images as "[ANIMATED]" so players know to watch the .gif. Other times, he [[SchmuckBait writes tiny text somewhere in the image]] [[http://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/src/134562877710.gif to trick players into viewing it fullsize]].
** The same trick is used [[http://tgchan.org/kusaba/questarch/src/141620044923.gif here.]] Doubles as a WhamShot.
** [[http://tgchan.org/kusaba/questarch/src/141850977692.gif By the light of a muzzle flash,]] we see that [[spoiler:the Padre has arrived]].
* KillItWithFire:
** [[spoiler:The Padre]] [[AvertedTrope doesn't]] [[OhCrap even mind]].
** [[spoiler: Kim, during an illusion, gets trapped in the boiler and burned alive.]]
** This also seems to be a hobby of [[spoiler:Father Francis Velasco's.]]
* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname: Most of the "Uninvited Things".
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: During its TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, the BigBad asks Nan "Do you have a single thought of your own making?" Given that her every thought and action was dictated by the tgchan collective, well...
* LetsSplitUpGang: The group splits into groups of two. [[spoiler: Anna's the only casualty, with Pablo being found later.]]
* LightIsNotGood:
** 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''"
** Also, in [[{{Chiaroscuro}} the Anasazi Lounge]], trying to activate the flashlight results in ''blinding'' light, a reversal of the normal symbolism of light revealing the truth.
* LoveTriangle: Minor example; though it never takes precedence in the story itself, some shippers saw both Henry and Pablo as potential love interests during the quest's run. [[spoiler:The triangle is resolved quite brutally; Henry turns out to be a manipulative serial killer, and Pablo commits suicide by proxy, leaving Nan with no love interest at all by the end.]]
* MadnessMantra:
** "''for the love of god''"
** "''into the fire into the fire into the fire into the fire into the fire ''"
* MatchCut:
** At the end of one flashback, [[http://tgchan.org/kusaba/questarch/src/134431247437.gif Lorenzo's shadow]] is matched to [[http://tgchan.org/kusaba/questarch/src/134431262001.gif Henry]] when Nan wakes up. [[spoiler:This is subtle {{Foreshadowing}} that Henry is the Pilgrim.]]
** And again at the end of another flashback: [[http://tgchan.org/kusaba/questarch/src/134855405075.gif Zombie-Lorenzo]] (or his eyes at least) is matched to [[http://tgchan.org/kusaba/questarch/src/134855412554.gif Pablo.]]
* MatureAnimalStory
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: After Nan fixes the fuse box at the arcade, [[spoiler:Kim is there as one of the customers]].
* MentalTimeTravel: 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.
* MeaningfulEcho:
** "''You can't help anyone.''"
** "''Some things are better left in the dark.''"
** Though the gap between the original and the echo isn't very long, there is the Pilgrim's "Now die, and release me," and "No more words. I have waited too long. Now, you die." Though it's not repeated verbatim, [[spoiler:Henry]]'s "No more talk. You have to die. You have to release me," later in the chapter is very similar -- only he's just finished explaining exactly what he means, so it's no longer cryptic nonsense.
* MementoMacGuffin: That cross pendant is important ''some''how.
* MindScrew: Copious amounts. You know that this story is gonna be chock full of this when Nan opens a door [[spoiler: to ''herself'' sprinting away from a monster.]]
* MirrorMonster:
** [[spoiler:Henry moved out of the way of the mirror, but the mirror behind him kept reflecting his head. [[NightmareFuel Then the Henry in the mirror turned around. And smiled.]] ]]
** [[spoiler:It gets worse. Now Nan has one too. Thankfully, the mirror Nan [[MindScrew doesn't do anything menacing,]] possibly because unlike Henry, Nan isn't evil.]]
* TheMole: [[spoiler: 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.]]
* MythologyGag: Early on, the adventure narration casually mentions that "It's another fine day here in the Glen." Fans of ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'' freaked out just as Nan walked outside and revealed... that she lives in ''Cedar Glen Apartments''.
* NakedFirstImpression: The audience first sees Pablo as he gets out of the shower, trying to figure out what a herbivorous goat girl is doing sleeping in his hotel room. Nan also meets Henry for the first time when he's changing.
* NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: [[spoiler: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 OhCrap moment.]]
* TheNotLoveInterest:
** [[spoiler:Henry]] is a dark (and somewhat meta) take on this. [[spoiler:He's the first character Nan meets face-to-face, and it's a silly, romcom-like introduction at that. He's also an innocent PrettyBoy who entered the hotel at the same time as Nan, and protects her at numerous points. So obviously they're soulmates, right? Nope! He's a serial killer who was trying to manipulate Nan into lowering her guard.]]
** [[spoiler:Pablo]] may be a straighter example; he hits some LoveInterest beats, and some shippers were considering him as a potential option throughout the story. His relationship with Nan never becomes romantic, regardless.
* OhCrap: Whenever /tg/ gets into a serious situation and can't decide what to do, Nan "freaks out at the gravity of the situation."
* OntologicalMystery: The author's intended genre.
* PettingZooPeople: Of the FurryDenial variation.
* PowerOfTrust: One of the most difficult situations near the end of the story requires the protagonist to place her trust in someone that her wronged her deeply before. [[spoiler:Nan has to trust Santiago, who had previously tried to rape her, with her life in order to escape being killed by Henry.]]
* ProlongedPrologue: It takes an eigth of the story for anything supernatural to really happen.
* PsychologicalHorror
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Notable aversion. [[spoiler:Santiago]]'s attempted rape of Nan is forgiven rather easily, although the act of forgiveness is a particular lynchpin in the story.
** [[spoiler:It may be possibly that Santiago is physically incapable of raping anyone at all.]]
** [[spoiler:In fact the person that saved Nan from rape is a considerably worse person.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: The BigBad gives ''two'' of these to Nan during the climax, throwing all her sins in her face and blaming all the bad events that have occurred on her. She retaliates with a ShutUpHannibal both times, the second one being a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech in and of itself.
* RedHerring:
** [[spoiler:Lorenzo is not the Pilgrim. The fact that its skull is a horse skull is a completely irrelevant detail.]]
** [[spoiler:The cloaked, Pilgrim-like figure in the chapel seen at the start of chapter 6? That's not the Pilgrim, but a phantom of Lorenzo.]] This one is particularly devious, because if you assume [[spoiler:it is the Pilgrim]], it seemingly gives the true culprit an airtight alibi.
** [[spoiler:Most of the speculation and rambling from characters such as Santiago and the Pilgrim is complete nonsense that has no bearing on anything. If you assume it's InfallibleBabble, you're going to be barking up the wrong tree.]]
** Intentionally invoked by one of the villains. [[spoiler:Henry]] convinces [[spoiler:Santiago]] to act evil and suspicious, in order to divert suspicion of [[spoiler:being the Pilgrim]] off of him, and to make himself look better in comparison.
* RingRingCrunch: Early on, Nan accidentally kills a rat this way, forcing her to perform an impromptu trashcan burial.
* RippleEffectProofMemory: [[spoiler:After Nan, Santiago, and Kim are sent back in time (with Santiago and Kim as children again) at the end of the story, they fully remember the events which apparently now never took place.]]
* RoomFullOfCrazy / MadArtist: There is a room full of stretched canvases covered in what looks like blood [[spoiler:with shapes similar to the main characters]].
* SadisticChoice: At the end, [[spoiler:Lorenzo reveals that just killing him isn't enough to defeat the EldritchAbomination; one of Nan's friends must kill him, and then she must kill them in turn. Pablo and Santiago both volunteer]]. In a subversion, [[HeroicSacrifice someone else makes the choice so Nan doesn't have to]].
* SayingTooMuch: [[spoiler: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. "[[OhCrap ...Oops]]."]]
* SeriesHiatus: It wasn't uncommon for several months to pass between threads, and one of the pauses took slightly over two years. The fans never lost hope, though.
* SinisterMinister: The Padre; a nightmarish, ImplacableMan Spanish priest. [[spoiler:He might not have always been like that, though, and that indeed turns out to be the case, as he's got a nasty case of DemonicPossession.]]
* ShoutOut: One of the monsters from early in the game looks an awful lot like [[Roleplay/RubyQuest Stitches]] mutated form.
** Also, once again, our protagonist is taken from ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing''.
* SlasherSmile: Santiago's standard expression, as well as Henry's reflection.[[spoiler:The smile continues to exist even without the reflection.]]
* SurvivalHorror
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic:
** ''Hotel California'' serves Nan Quest as ''The Metal Glen'' served ''Roleplay/RubyQuest''. It bears mention that the author denies it, though claiming some inspiration.
** A player suggested that the song Santiago was playing was probably ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlPYYH0ZClg Cohen's Masterpiece]]''.
** Weaver himself mentioned that ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqA2AyzmoQs Home By The Sea]]'' would be perfect for the ending credits.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: The apparent goal of Nan's many flashbacks, mental time excursions, and hallucinations.
** Anna: Nan gives her the tool she needs to repair an elevator. [[spoiler:It's implied that this helped prevent an elevator accident seen in a newspaper clipping and Anna's resulting guilt over the occurrence, which in turn changes what happened in the hotel as now Anna has no reason to desire being punished.]]
** Alan: [[spoiler:Nan gives him a pen so he can write a letter to his father before going SuicideByCop, instead of fleeing and ending up at the hotel like what originally happened when he had no pen.]]
** Maggie: [[spoiler:Nan convinces her to spend time with her mother in her passing days, which changed the number of victims caught in the chapel fire.]]
** [[spoiler:Nan planned on defeating the Father by preventing him from becoming possessed in the first place.]]
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: The characters are usually free to talk as much as they want without other events progressing. However, when [[spoiler:Kim's ]] face is burned and flaked by the Father, every action, including talking, causes the injuries to worsen slowly.
* TeleportSpam: Used offensively in the final chapter.
* ThatsNoMoon: The moon is seen once, but it's comparatively big, and perfectly white. "But what happened to all the stars," Nan wonders. Then she sees the other moon. No, wait, those are eyes.
* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: Nan reada diary written before she was born that directly speaks to her. [[spoiler:Downplayed in that Nan was around at the time the writer was alive.]]
* TimeyWimeyBall: The manner in which Nan experiences the past has ranged from being a physical person in the past, experiencing the past from the perspective of another, watching and being unable to interact with the past, and being invisible and intangible but able to deposit items into the past.
* TwoAliasesOneCharacter: One of the antagonists introduced early on is a creature called the Pilgrim. [[spoiler:During a later TimeTravel segment, Nan meets a man called Lorenzo, who describes himself as a pilgrim. The obvious assumption is that they are the same person, but this is actually a RedHerring. The Pilgrim is actually Henry.]]
* WhamEpisode:
** Chapter 4 is arguably where the story "really" begins; we are introduced to all the protagonists and antagonists, as well as getting an explanation on some of the mechanics of the hotel. By the end, [[spoiler:Anna is dead, the party is scattered, and Nan is left alone in the dark, uncertain of what's coming next]].
** Chapter 8 contains a large number of [[TheReveal reveals]], concludes the subplots of [[spoiler:the Pilgrim]] and [[spoiler:Anderson]], and features the return of [[spoiler:Santiago]] and [[spoiler:Lorenzo]].
* WhamLine:
** "Nan has entered the Hotel Lobby." This after she just tried to ''leave'' the lobby...
** This passage is where readers discover that [[spoiler:Nan is losing her memories of her life outside the hotel... or maybe never had them in the first place]]:
--->[[spoiler:At least Nan can still remember. Before she came to the Hotel she was\\
She was\\
she did\\
everything's really hazy\\
why can't she\\
she had a job?\\
** [[spoiler:Henry]] accidentally outs themselves as the Pilgrim [[SayingTooMuch by revealing knowledge of something only Nan and the Pilgrim could possibly know]]:
--->"Besides, worst case scenario, if [the Pilgrim] comes for you, you can just go out the window again."
** The last line of this passage is when readers realize that [[spoiler:Kim has called the Padre to the survivors]]:
--->Kim says she doesn't think he's evil.\\
Nan asks who she means. Anderson?\\
No. [[spoiler:The Father]].
** The first time the Padre speaks. Also a WhamShot, as it reveals his NightmareFace.
--->'''[[spoiler:Kim]]:''' Will I be remembered only for my sins?\\
'''The Padre:''' [[AC:[[HopeSpot No.]] [[OhCrap You won't be remembered.]]]]
** [[spoiler:Pablo]]'s HeroicSacrifice is delivered like this. Also a WhamShot.
--->"Nan, you've done so much for us. Ever since we've been here. You've done more than any of us. It's not fair of me to treat you like this, after everything. Because [[spoiler:I asked you to pick between us]], you already had to make [[SadisticChoice one hard decision]]. You shouldn't have to make another. So I'm making the choice for you."
* WhamShot:
** [[http://tgchan.org/kusaba/questarch/src/125509118798.gif Nan discovers that the front door doesn't lead where she thinks it does.]]
** In the Anasazi Lounge, [[http://tgchan.org/kusaba/questarch/src/141620044923.gif this image]] suddenly reveals that [[spoiler:the Pilgrim is attacking again]]. Also doubles as a JumpScare.
** [[spoiler:Henry donning the Pilgrim costume.]]
--->'''[[spoiler:Henry]]:''' I just wanted my family back. To know that they're all right. To see my daughter again. To hold my wife. [[http://tgchan.org/kusaba/questarch/res/603095.html#608073 I'd kill for that.]]
** [[spoiler:Lorenzo]] revealing themselves in the burned shrine, after multiple panels of the figure being obscured and unrecognizable. [[http://tgchan.org/kusaba/questarch/src/141869819506.gif The panel is even in different dimensions from the rest of the quest to really emphasize it.]]
** [[spoiler:Pablo]] fatally stabbing [[spoiler:Lorenzo]], which constitutes a HeroicSacrifice. Also doubles as a WhamLine; see above.
** At the very end of the adventure, [[http://tgchan.org/kusaba/questarch/src/143351197006.gif we see the full version of entry 466,]] providing some additional context.
-->Nan, I won't let you leave. [[spoiler:[[DeathSeeker Not until you have taken my life.]] I hope that one day you will under-- my convictions. But believe me wh-- that it must be you. I pray to God-- will be able to do what must be-- and I can only beg your forgiveness.]]
* WhatYearIsThis: [[spoiler:Alternatively 2009, 2016, 1912, 1936, 1946 1966, 1986 and 1828. [[TimeyWimeyBall All at once.]]]]
* WrongGuyFirst: [[spoiler:Henry, to the extreme. He's the first character Nan meets and ticks all the typical LoveInterest boxes. He's actually a serial killer who was trying to manipulate Nan into lowering her guard.]] In a subversion, there is no "right guy" -- Nan ends the story with no LoveInterest.
* YouAllMeetInAnInn
* YouCantFightFate: Implied by [[spoiler:Lorenzo]].
** [[spoiler:Nan and Santiago go back in time to make sure Lorenzo kills the Padre before spirits take over his body. As it turns out, [[StableTimeLoop it was their mere arrival]] that caused Lorenzo to hesitate just long enough for the spirits to take over the Padre. Not that this makes much difference in the long run, as this triggers the final confrontation, which ends in the Padre's demise anyway.]]