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Cyouni
Sep 30, 2014

without love it cannot be seen




Time Hollow is a point-and-click adventure game for the Nintendo DS. It features time-travel and clock-based naming, and from the little I remember of it, manages to stay at least reasonably consistent with itself. Oddly, I also recall the opening for it being in a Dance Dance Revolution game at one point.

The writer for this game, Junko Kawano, was also the writer for the PS2 game Shadow of Destiny, which was also about time-travelling.

Box Description posted:

Alter the Past to Save the Present
With the mysterious disappearance of his family, Ethan must use the time bending powers of the Hollow Pen to change past events in order to save those closest to him.

Style:
I'll be using mostly screenshots, interspersed at some points with commentary. There will be some videos, but these'll be limited to things that are also videos in-game.

Spoiler-tag actual spoilers, but feel free to leave speculation untagged.

Table of Contents
Prologue
Update 1: An End to the Ordinary
Update 2: Welcome to the New Age

Chapter 1: The Day That Vanished
Update 3: Gone in a Flash
Update 4: Where are you, Ashley? Why can't I find you? ...
Update 5: ...Why have you gone away?
Update 6: Cookie Counter

Chapter 2: The Day That Changed
Update 7: Dropped Off
Update 8: Unexpected Consequences
Update 9: Memory Check
Update 10: Foreshadowing

Chapter 3: The Day of Memories
Update 11: And Now for Something Completely Different
Update 12: I wonder if this is the place that started it all
Update 13: Weapon Disposal
Update 14: Telling Secrets
Update 15: Bargaining
Update 16: A Butterfly Flaps Its Wings...

Chapter 4: The Day Far Away
Update 17: The Unseen
Update 18: Talking Backwards
Update 19: A Different Perspective
Update 20: Origins
Update 21: Looting the Body
Update 22: Birth of the Maid Cafe

Chapter 5: The Day of Resolution
Update 23: Let's Do The Time Warp Again
Update 24: Only you can prevent vacant lot fires
Update 25: Dammit, Not Again
Update 26: Cornered
Update 27: Taking Back What Was Mine
Update 28: The Goal Approaches
Update 29: Out of Time

Chapter 6: The Final Day
Update 30: His Father's Son
Update 31: Not-e Again
Update 32: Right All Along
Update 33: They're an Item

Epilogue: A New Day Dawns
Update 34: Back to the Past

Bonus Chapters
Update 35: Morphogenetic Sorrow
Update 36: You've Been Carded
Update 37: Rocks Fall, People Die
Update 38: Unseen Peril

Characters

Cyouni fucked around with this message at 07:07 on Mar 17, 2017

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Cyouni
Sep 30, 2014

without love it cannot be seen


Characters

Ethan Kairos

A relatively normal high-school student with an odd fetish for watches. He's a sophomore at Kako High.
His last name comes from the Greek god Kairos (also Caerus/Kaerus), the god of the "fleeting moment" and the personification of opportunity, luck and favorable moments.

Past statuses posted:



Timothy Kairos

Ethan's father. Quiet, but stubborn. Had something to tell Ethan on the day of his 17th birthday.
Vanished during the Prologue.
Former holder of a Hollow Pen.
His younger self was rescued from the past at the end of chapter 5.

Past statuses posted:





Pamela Kairos

Ethan's mother. If only her cooking has as much flavour as she has cheer...
Vanished during the Prologue.
Her younger self was rescued from the past at the end of chapter 5.

Past statuses posted:




Derek Kairos

Younger brother of Timothy Kairos and uncle to Ethan. Has borrowed money from Ethan's parents in the past.
Became Ethan's guardian after his parents vanished during the Prologue.
Died during Chapter 4 due to unknown circumstances. This was undone when Ethan caused him to continue operating Chronos.
Went through a Hole to save Kori after she fell off the school roof.
Operating Chronos in the Epilogue with Kori.

Past statuses posted:



Irving Onegin

Holder of a Hollow Pen.
Proprietor of the antique shop Aeon, and alumni of Kako High. Jack Twombly used to be his homeroom teacher.
Responsible for Derek's death in Chapter 4.
Vanished through a Hole at the beginning of Chapter 5, and that timeline's Irving replaced Jack Twombly.
Revealed to be the one who pushed Kori off the roof, and the cause for the majority of the game's events.
After Kori survived, naming him as the one who pushed her off, he left both school and the town with his mother.

Past statuses posted:




Mary Onegin
Irving's mother, who died 35 years ago.
Holder of a Hollow Pen.
Revealed to be killing herself through time during Chapter 6.

Past statuses posted:



Jack Twombly

Teacher at Kako High with a love for time-based quizzes.
Replaced by Irving, calling himself Jack Twombly, after Irving stepped through a Hole to 35 years before.
Fell off a cliff at the end of Chapter 5.

Past statuses posted:






Vin Threet

Friend of Ethan's, and a former star of the basketball team.
Restored to the basketball team in Chapter 5 after we undid the major leg injury.

Past statuses posted:




Ashley Threet

Younger sister to Vin, and a junior at Kako High.
Vanished at the beginning of Chapter 1. Returned when Ethan returned her dropped money through a Hole.
Was killed by Jack during Chapter 5. This was later undone.

Past statuses posted:



Ben Fourier

Friend of Ethan's. Lives on the other side of the station.
Got into a fight with Aaron and stabbed him during Chapter 3. After the weapon was removed, he became heavily injured during the fight.
Alternately, if the pliers were removed beforehand, he instead hit his head on a rock, knocking him unconscious. After the rock was removed, he instead struck Aaron with a rock, heavily injuring him.

Past statuses posted:



Morris Fivet

Friend of Ethan's. He's quite studious. Lives on the other side of the station.
Ethan revealed the secrets of the Hollow Pen to him during Chapter 3, and changed his fate, causing him to drop out of school and start a dog-walking business.
Was killed by Jack during Chapter 5. This was later undone.

Past statuses posted:



Eva Sixon

The quiet owner of the Cafe Chronos, a popular hangout for Ethan and his friends.
After ownership of Chronos reverted to Derek, she ended up starting a takeout business where Aeon used to be.

Past statuses posted:




Aaron Sevens

Olivia's boyfriend. Probably not a cop.
Got into a fight with Ben at the beginning of Chapter 2. Was stabbed by a pair of pliers and died. Changed to severely injuring Ben in the fight when the pliers were removed.

Past statuses posted:



Olivia Eights

A cheerful part-time waitress at Cafe Chronos.
Died in a traffic accident at the beginning of Chapter 2. Accident was undone when Ethan stole her key, preventing her from using her bike.

Past statuses posted:





Emily Niner

Shy friend of Ashley's.
We stole her glasses while messing with the past in Chapter 2.
Was killed by Jack during Chapter 5. This was later undone.

Past statuses posted:





Sara Tenneson

Librarian at the Kako Library.

Past statuses posted:



Jacob Eleven

Neighbourhood boy who likes taking walks.
Was involved in an accident due to Ethan's intervention mid-Chapter 2.

Past statuses posted:



Kori Twelves

Mysterious student who appeared after time changed.
Is able to move while time is stopped, and receives flashbacks just like Ethan, though she claims not to have a Pen.
After she fell off the roof, she was pulled through a Hole by Timothy to save her life.
Was stabbed by Jack at the end of Chapter 5 while protecting Ethan.
Was saved from falling off the roof, and went on to marry Derek and operate Chronos with him.

Past statuses posted:





Sox

Ethan's cat. Formerly belonged to Derek. Prone to wandering around town.
Can possibly talk and exist in multiple places at the same time.

Past statuses posted:



===

Miscellaneous statuses posted:




Cyouni fucked around with this message at 07:02 on Mar 17, 2017

Cyouni
Sep 30, 2014

without love it cannot be seen


Update 1: An End to the Ordinary







: Mrowr!!
: Listen, Sox...you've got to get a handle on your own strength.

: ...Mrowr...
: (No use talking to the cat, I suppose.)

I'm going to skip the basic controls, because they're pretty standard. Poke things you want to look at. Press B to leave the room. Scroll the room left and right to see more things. I've taken the liberty of splicing the images for Ethan's room together so that you can see the whole thing in one piece.

: Mrowr!!



And now we get to look around Ethan's room. It's a pretty normal room, really.

*Bookshelf*
: (These are catalogs of the watches I collect. I'm thinking of getting a part-time job so that I can afford the one I really, really want.)
: (...But tomorrow's my birthday, so I just might get it from my folks instead.)
: (I'll try to casually float the idea past Mom later on.)

You might be able to guess already, but Ethan's pretty obsessed with watches.

*Back Shelf*
: (Hmm...It's a little dusty. There's something for my to-do list.)

*Window*
: (The window is closed.)

*Bed*
: (I have a black-and-white checked blanket. I really like that kind of design.)

*Floor*
: (The carpet on the floor matches my blanket.)

*Desk*
: (I just got back from school. It's still light outside. Probably because I came straight home instead of stopping at Chronos.)
: (Chronos is a cafe I visit pretty regularly.)







*Sox*
: Mrowr...
: (Uh-oh, he's ticked off again. Better leave him alone for now.)

*Leaving*
: (I'll hang around here a little longer.)

After poking around enough...

Pamela: Ethaaan! Tiiiim! Time for dinner!
: (It's Mom. Time to eat already?)
: Coming!

===


{Video: Game Opening}

===





There's the sound of footsteps, and...



...before that, too, fades to black.





The game then goes into a short tutorial about conversations, which are handled exactly like interacting with everything else.



I should note that the game has some parallax backgrounds going on here, which prevents me from splicing two images together like I did for Ethan's room. Expect this to happen more in the future.

*Soy sauce*
: (Some soy sauce. Without it, dinner would have no flavor at all.)

*Food*
: (That's tonight's dinner. We have this all the time. Wonder why it tastes so blah... ?)

*Conversation: Pamela*
: (Maybe Mom prefers more, er, subtle flavors...)

*Conversation: Timothy*
: ...
: Dad's silently digging into his dinner, as always.
: Pass me that soy sauce next to you there, would you, Ethan?

*Soy sauce, reprise*
: (So this is where the soy sauce went.)
: Here's the soy sauce.
: Thanks.

*Conversation: Timothy, reprise*
: (If only Dad would speak up about Mom's bland cooking...)
: Hmm? What is it?
Huh? Oh...nothing.

*Conversation: Pamela*
: What is it?
: Could you pass me the salt, Mom?



: A cut?! Did someone attack you?
: Huh? Oh...you mean this?
: Oh, is that all? Don't scare us like that.
(Hey, who's scaring who?)
: I was about to give Sox a bath when he went ballistic...
: Ha ha ha! That's Sox! He absolutely hates water, that cat.
: I'm through with bath duty!
: Speaking of Sox... Derek hasn't been around lately.
: (That's right--Sox used to be Uncle Derek's cat.)
: I'd say that means he doesn't need our money.
: Come on now, Tim...
: Anyway, thanks for dinner.


Moving around tutorial, etc, etc.

*Conversation: Pamela*
: Oh, did you find it bland? Sorry about that.

*Move up stairs*
: Yeah, thanks, Mom.





===



Ethan refuses to do anything else until that window is closed, so...

: Were you outside again, Sox? You'll get filthy out there!
: Mrowr...
: Don't tell me you're still angry.
: Mrowr!!
: Sorry, sorry. I won't be giving you any more baths, okay?
: ...Mrowr.
Pamela: Ethan! Tea's ready!
: Coming!

And back downstairs we go. Why didn't we just stay downstairs in the first place?




: (Huh? Sounds like Uncle Derek.)
(Speak of the devil...)
: I can't lend you anything. Try to understand, Derek.
: Well, I won't leave 'til you do! Whaddya think about that, huh?
: We just don't have enough to spare. You can't rely on us like you do, Derek.
: Oh...hi there, Uncle Derek.
: Hey, Ethan--talk some sense into your stingy old man, huh?
: That's enough, Derek! Go on--get out of here!
: Fine! I'm not gonna stand here and take your abuse! What's a little money between family, anyway?
: ...Ahh, don't know why I should be surprised. You've always been down on me...
: Well? Stop beating around the bush. If you got something to say, then come out and say it!
: ...You'll regret this...
: ...
: ...Better watch your back, bro.

"But I'm not threatening you or anything. Just saying."



: I'm outta here!
: But Derek--I have tea!
: Forget the tea!
: I'll just head home like a good little boy, all right?
: But I'll be back!

Sound of a door slamming.

: ...
: When is he going to act his age?

{Soundtrack: Silence}
: (Looks like they have it pretty rough...)
: Oh, yeah--help yourself to an apple, Ethan.
: Er, okay.
: So listen...You're turning 17 tomorrow, aren't you?
: Huh?!



: That's right--17 years old!
: What's with the sudden birthday talk, you two?
: (Seriously, where did that come from?)
: Oh, I get it! You probably don't know what to get me.
: What...to get you?
: Actually, I--
: You want another watch, right?
: (Wow, she can see right through me...!)

Yeah...I think everyone could.

: Aw, come on! Not really! Actually, what I'd really like--
Timothy: Say, Pam, when are we going to talk to our son about... that?
: It might be a little expensive... But heck--it's my birthday! And college is just around the corner!
Pamela: Anytime is fine by me. I'll just duck out.
: It would have to have some really snazzy features--appropriate for its cost, of course...
Timothy: No, you should be there, too. How about tomorrow? Better sooner than later.
: Whoa, whoa, everyone--time out!
: Aren't we talking about...my present?
Pamela: Ethan...
Timothy: ...We'll talk about it tomorrow, Ethan. On the day you turn 17.
: Talk about what?
Pamela: Come home right away tomorrow, okay? No side trips.
: Sure thing...but what about my present?
Timothy: Well, goodnight.

Timothy leaves.

: ...Man! He didn't hear a word I said.
: You two are a lot alike.
: Huh?
: (I sure hope not! Better be careful...)
: Dad's got a lot on his mind.
: See, that's just the thing. I've been thinking about a lot of stuff, too.
: Ethan...
: But no one ever listens to what I have to say!

: Like you, Mom--I can tell you 'til I'm blue in the face, but you never season your meals properly!

: Forget it! I'm going to bed!
: Ethan!

And Ethan exits to his room.

{Soundtrack: Silence}

We're given a reminder that you can look at character profiles in the menu, and that they may update as time goes on.

*Bed*

It took quite some time for him to learn his lesson.

*Sox*
: ...Mrowr.
(Sox gets off the bed, allowing Ethan to go to sleep.

*Bed*
: :: sigh :: G'night, Sox...





: Phew... ..... (I think I crossed the line with Mom tonight...) .....
: (...What was Dad talking about, anyway?)



: (Well, whatever. I'll find out tomorrow. And when Dad's had his say, I'll apologize to Mom...) ......



===


{Video: Dream}

===



: Yikes, I'm dripping with sweat...I need a towel.





Huh. What's up with that?

Cyouni fucked around with this message at 23:48 on Mar 16, 2017

mateo360
Mar 20, 2012

TOO MANY PEOPLE MERLOCK!
ONLY ONE DIJON!


Yay, I really love this game. Hoping you see this all the way to the end.

grandalt
Feb 26, 2013

I didn't fight through two wars to rule
I fought for the future of the world

And the right to have hot tea whenever I wanted

I was curious about this game, never could find a copy or someone's playthrough of it. This will be followed.

EagerSleeper
Feb 3, 2010

by R. Guyovich


I loved Shadows of Destiny, and I'm glad to see that the writer for that game got a chance to make another game. Looking forward to the LP!

Derek Barona
Dec 7, 2009

WHO'S YOUR FRIEND?!


I'm totally down with this. I actually not only bought this game new when it came out, but I went and bought myself a copy of the OST back when that was a cool thing to do just so I'd have the OP.

Hirayuki
Mar 28, 2010




I translated this game way back in '07 and '08, and while I enjoyed it very much at the time and bought a copy for myself when it came out, I never could bring myself to play it through (which happens a lot). I'm looking forward to doing it vicariously; thanks!

Glazius
Jul 22, 2007

Hail all those who are able,
any mouse can,
any mouse will,
but the Guard prevail.



Clapping Larry

"Son, it's time to tell you the truth. When you turn 17, you may start wetting the bed. Except instead of piss it's a hole in the very fabric of reality. Your Uncle Derek keeps falling asleep with his wallet in his pants and losing all his money."

HenryEx
Mar 24, 2009

...your cybernetic implants, the only beauty in that meat you call "a body"...


Grimey Drawer

This is the, what, third or fourth attempt at an LP of this game now?

I remember that the first thread made me get and play through the game myself, and while the most of the characters and their interactions are nothing to write home about, i can say that the 'antagonist' (spoilers, there's an antagonist) is really friggin good at making you hate him and everything he does.

edit: You're off to a good start already by just ripping the portraits straight from the DS rom. Saves a lot of hassle with screenshot cropping, i bet.

Level Seven
Feb 14, 2013

Wubba dubba dubba
that blew.




Megamarm

I remember finding this on the used game shelf for five bucks, and it was five bucks well spent. This'll be a good reread.

Cyouni
Sep 30, 2014

without love it cannot be seen


HenryEx posted:

This is the, what, third or fourth attempt at an LP of this game now?

I remember that the first thread made me get and play through the game myself, and while the most of the characters and their interactions are nothing to write home about, i can say that the 'antagonist' (spoilers, there's an antagonist) is really friggin good at making you hate him and everything he does.

edit: You're off to a good start already by just ripping the portraits straight from the DS rom. Saves a lot of hassle with screenshot cropping, i bet.

About the third, from what I saw when I checked. The second one didn't even make it to where I am now.

I actually tried ripping the portraits (and the script) straight from the rom, but that ended up not working very well. If I could get that, it'd save me perhaps a minute or two per picture working with the magic wand to remove the backgrounds. A bit of a hassle, but not really a problem.

Cyouni fucked around with this message at 08:30 on May 23, 2016

Blueberry Pancakes
Aug 18, 2012

Jack in!! MegaMan, Execute!


I also enjoyed this game. Looking forward to this LP hopefully going to the end.

Cyouni
Sep 30, 2014

without love it cannot be seen


Update 2: Welcome to the New Age



Hmm...something seems different. Ignoring the elephant in the room for the moment, let's see if we can figure out what it is.

*Bed*


*Floor*
: (Wait--where's the carpet!?)
: (...!!)
: This is...a different room!?



Ethan: What is it, Sox?



Item tutorial. Not very interesting.

*Bookshelf*
: (This looks normal.)

I'll save you the other ones, since they're just varieties on this line.

*Desk*
: (Is this...my desk?)

*Portal*
: ...
: (Could that be...the same hole I saw in my dream...? Wh-what should I do? I guess it couldn't hurt to take a look...)
: (Hey--what if I tap it with this pen?)

Because that's totally the first thing you think of when you find a glowing hole in reality in the middle of not-your-bedroom.





===



===

: What was that!?
: (I...guess it's what you'd call a flashback, huh.)
???: What's going on, Ethan?





: Uncle Derek...?





: Oh, er, hi there... Come to see Mom and Dad again today?
: Huh? You still half-awake, kiddo? And what's with all the sweat?
: ? (Was Uncle Derek always this buddy-buddy with me...?)
: Breakfast is ready, but go shower first or you'll catch a cold.
: Uncle Derek!
: Hey, what's the big idea? You're getting sweat everywhere!
: What happened to Mom and Dad?
: Wha-a-at?
: You know...Mom and Dad.
: Now I KNOW you're still sleeping. You think I'd go through all this if I knew where they were? After all, it's been 12 years since they up and disappeared.
: What? Oh...er...really?
: (So is Uncle Derek looking after me, then? Yeah--he was a freelance writer, wasn't he...?)
: (...At least, I think he was. I can't remember exactly.)
: C'mon, snap out of it! You can't spend your whole day dreaming!
: Or am I going to have to slap you awake?
: I remember now--back when I was a kid, Mom and Dad...
: Aw, man... Fine. I'm starting breakfast without you.

Derek leaves, and we get our first note on flashbacks. These are specifically noted as fragments of past memories that Ethan never actually had.



: (...Yeah, that's it. Mom and Dad disappeared 12 years ago. Uncle Derek lives in this house and looks after me.)

: (Living with Mom and Dad--was it real? Or was I dreaming?)

So this is how flashbacks work. They start out vague and unclear (or "unconfirmed"), and it'll take some research to understand them (moving them to "confirmed"). Let's take a look at what we have right now.



Flashback: Garbage Dump posted:


Flashback: Breakfast with Derek posted:


Flashback: Building Fire posted:



Oh, on that note, we also have a new item to look at. Let's see what it is!

Hollow Pen posted:


...Thanks, game.
While we think on that, let's investigate our new room.


*Bed*
: (I get the feeling I used this blanket...once upon a time.)

*Sox*
: Mrowr.
: (I see Sox hasn't changed a bit.)

*Desk*
: (I...think this might be my desk.)

Maybe some breakfast will help sort this mess out. Wonder if Derek's a good cook?

*Downstairs*


: (We were tea-drinkers. But I do remember this smell...)
: Hey. You awake now?
: Uh-huh... (He's like a completely different person...)
: Okay, I'm going out. You're on dish duty, all right?
: S-sure thing.



This is a new table. Let's check it out.

*Food*
: (Toast and coffee. I guess this is what we usually have for breakfast.)

*Door*
: (This door leads too...oh, yeah. Uncle Derek has a study in there now.)

*Chair*


*Shelves*
: (There are a bunch of coffee beans here. Seems Uncle Derek's quite the connoisseur.)

*Leaving*
: (That's right--I've got school. Better get dressed and head out.)

===

: (Man, I just couldn't keep my mind on my work today...)



: Are you serious? Lemme take a look!
: I'm totally serious. I found it when I went to take the garbage out. Isn't it awesome?
: Whoa! Dude! Lemme have half!
: You nuts? What're you gonna do with half a clock?
: Man, that's a real find!

: (A clock, eh? I wanted a clock of my own yesterday. Now I couldn't care less.)
It should be noted here that everyone in this mini-conversation means a watch. I am told that this is due to the terms for 'clock' and 'watch' being the same in Japanese.

???: Ethaaan!
: Who, me?

And two girls appear on the bottom screen.







: Uh...
: I know Ashley is Vin's little sister, but who are you?



: Emily, eh? Well, thanks for the birthday wishes.
: Wait! Don't go anywhere! What about your present?
: Huh?
: C'mon, Emily, where is it?
: Oh, right. Um, this is...f-for you, Ethan...



Gift Clock posted:


Ashley: It would mean a lot to her if you just accepted it, you know!
Emily: Ashley! Cut it out!
: Er, thanks.
: Emily heard you liked clocks and picked it out special.
: And if you don't like it, just throw it out or something.
: Wha-a-at? Ash-LEY...

I am beginning to hate all these new expressions in this drat school area with the drat railings/windows, and am longing for the good old days of simple house ceilings.

Vin: Yo, Ethan!
: Rats, it's my brother!
: See ya, Ethan!
: G-goodbye...

The two girls run off, to be immediately replaced by...


: They gave me a birthday present.
: Who did? Ashley? Gah! Nasty! Throw it away!
: Why would I? She went to all that trouble...
: (A clock for my birthday... Just what I was asking Mom for yesterday.)
: What's up, Ethan? You're so quiet. Choked up over that present, eh?
: (Think I'll ask around.) Hey, do you know anything about my folks? Anything at all.

: Aha--you really don't want to talk about that present, do you?
: Yeah, we can read you like a book!
: No, no--that's not it...
: (Although the whole present thing WAS sort of embarassing...)
: (But I really would like to see if anyone knows about Mom and Dad.)

Let's tackle this from left to right.



*Conversation: Ben*
: Didn't you say they went missing when you were little? That's all we ever heard about them.

*Conversation: Vin*
: Your...parents, eh? I remember how your mom would buy us candy as kids. But that's about it.

*Conversation: Morris*
: I'm not quite sure how to put this, but... I heard they went missing about 12 years ago.

And converge.

: Yeah, I figured as much... (Just like Uncle Derek...They all say my parents disappeared 12 years ago.)
: What is it, Ethan? Are you feeling all right?
: Hey, if you've got a cold, go home so we don't catch it.
: ...Ha ha ha... Sorry, guys. I'll see you later. (I'll think this over when I get home.)

And now we get to see the town in its full glory. This is the town map we'll be seeing for a large portion of the game, stitched together for your viewing pleasure. (There's also one for night, but it looks pretty much the same, just...darker. Not worth my time.





Before we go home, let's do a little wandering. There's only two locations of any real interest - to the rest, Ethan simply says something to the effect of "I have no reason to be here."

Our first destination is the Station. When you arrive there...




: You guys headed home?
: Yeah. What are you doing here?
: N-nothing in particular...
: (What AM I doing here...? Did I come here for no reason at all?)

Yes. By the way, it's noted that Ben and Morris live on the other side of the station, whereas Ethan and Vin live closer to school. Just in case anyone was wondering.

The other stop is Chronos. There we find...




: Oh, hi--Emily, was it? What are you doing here?
: I-I'm meeting Ashley.
: Ah, I see. No club meetings today?
: N-no, not today...

Okay, detours over. Back home we go.

: (This is my house...)



: (Oh, yeah--I think I'll put that clock in my room.)

*Front Door*
: I'm home... (Looks like Uncle Derek isn't home yet.)

{Soundtrack: Silence}

*Ethan's Room*

: (That clock looks pretty old. It might even be an antique.)
: Clocks...more clocks. (...Wasn't Dad supposed to tell me something today, on my birthday?)





: Mrowr...
: Hey, Sox...huh?
: (Huh? There's paper on his collar. Maybe it was attached to that pen this morning.)



Ethan: (Hollow Pen? Like, that pen from this morning?) "The Pen will glow when certain conditions are fulfilled. Then you can open a Hole in time. You'll learn the rest at the school's garbage dump. Be there 7 hours before on May 5." (7 hours before? What the--? ...I'm so lost.)

We also get the Mysterious Letter as an item in case we're really forgetful.



*Downstairs*


: Oh, Uncle Derek--you're back.
: Yeah, so? What's it to you?
: N-nothing... (Uncle Derek sure isn't the easiest guy to talk to...)
: Where you headed off to, anyway?
: Huh?
: You were nearly out the door. Just what time do you think it is, pal?
: Er, well... I just wanted to get some fresh air...I've been studying all this time.

This is pretty much the most obvious lie ever if Derek's been around for more than ten minutes.

: ...
: (It's not like I can tell him I'm headed to school to look into that letter, after all.)
: .....
: Make sure you lock up. I'm turning in.
: O-of course.

Derek leaves.

: (Phew...)

====

*Outside House*
: (Maybe I'll stop by the school...)
: (The garbage dump is that spot next to the schoolyard.)

====

*Town Map*
Ethan: (The school garbage dump, eh?)

Look, game devs, we're not so forgetful we need to be reminded of it every screen.

====

*School Gates*
: (The garbage dump...next to the schoolyard.)

I give up.

====

*School Courtyard*
: (I should be able to get to the dump from here--below the school on the right.)

====

*School Garbage Dump*
: Well, here I am...

{Soundtrack: Silence}

: (Hey, wait a minute...!)



: (This is the place they mentioned in that letter...)
: (So something must have happened here "7 hours before".)
: (Now it's 10...which means around 3 today.)

Oh, yeah. Let's talk a little more about flashbacks now that we've seen this scene. You saw the flashback menu earlier. You can click a flashback to see more details about it, and if you've confirmed all the relevant details, it moves over to confirmed. Since we've gotten all the information about our first and second flashbacks, we can go and switch those over to confirmed.

Flashback: Garbage Dump posted:




Flashback: Derek in the Dining Room posted:




Once we've confirmed our flashback, things begin to happen...
: Whoa!







Ethan: (Wha-a-at? How'm I supposed to do that?? Just...draw a circle here or something?)





===



Okay, so here are the rules for what the game's termed "Digging".



Above is our completed flashback, or the past. The bottom is the present. We can draw a Hole at any point to make a connection, and interact with the past that way. A Hole can't be too big, but it's generally fine as long as you dont try anything crazy.

The bar at the top is our Time, which decreases every time we close a Hole. No Time, no Holes.






Through the hole, you have four possible interactions when you select an item.
Look, which gives us a brief description. ("Something's there, but what?")
Examine, which lets us get our hands dirty. This also lets us grab things through the Hole.
Talk, which isn't generally useable for reasons.
Item, which lets us use an item from our inventory in the past, so long as it's appropriate.

For hopefully obvious reasons, Examine and Item are going to be our main tools for messing with history. Like so.


*Examine*

===


{Video: First Hole}

===







Ethan: "The Holes you open must be closed, or time won't start up again. The holder of the Pen must have the Time to use it. Once you've gotten the hang of the Pen, come and rescue us. P.S. This box is for you, in memory of the first Hole you ever opened. -- Dad"
Ethan: ...Dad!?



Ethan: Huh? Th-this watch...It's the one I wanted yesterday... So THAT yesterday wasn't a dream after all!
Ethan: Oops! I have to close up that Hole or else!
: Gotta close that Hole...

As you've probably guessed, we tap the glowing circle in the top right to close the Hole.

===



===

And the leaf frozen in time begins to fall again.

: Wh-what the heck was that...? (It got dark there for just a second...)
Ethan: ... ...Achoo!
: (I'm going to catch a cold if I stay here. I should head home and try to process all this.)



: Sox...
: ...Do you remember when I tried making you take a bath? You gave me a nasty scratch. Even Mom was fed up with you.
: Mrowr...
: I remember. After all... it was only yesterday.
: Mrowwwwwwr...



: But what happened to the part that comes after yesterday? It's got to be somewhere...



: It WASN'T a dream! I know it wasn't!





Cyouni fucked around with this message at 02:28 on Mar 21, 2017

EagerSleeper
Feb 3, 2010

by R. Guyovich


I am so ready for crazy poo poo to go down. It's nice to see uncle Derek be a lot less of a jerk though.

Keldulas
Mar 18, 2009


Man I think I used to follow a previous LP, but that it was so long ago I basically forgot everything. It's nice to see this again, the premise really is interesting.

Cyouni
Sep 30, 2014

without love it cannot be seen


In the interests of providing something to speculate about, I fast-tracked a mini update that has a few more unanswered questions.

Cyouni
Sep 30, 2014

without love it cannot be seen


Update 3: Gone in a Flash



The sound of the school bell rings out.





: Oh...hello, Mr. Twombly.
: "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may..." Now, what's the next line?

Jack Twombly has a penchant for weird time-based quizzes, just like Ethan's watch fetish.



I'm showing off both answers since it's pretty easy in this case, but let me know if you want Ethan to look smart or not for the future. I may still show off both answers if it's relatively convenient.

*Old Time is still a-flying*


: Er, okay...Guess I'll be going, then.
: Have a safe trip home.

*Anything else*
: Come on! It's "Old Time is still a-flying"
: You won't be young forever, you know. Relish it while you can!
: Y-yes, sir... Guess I'll be going, then.
: Have a safe trip home.

Jack leaves.

: (Back to the same old, same old... Why would Mom and Dad be the only ones to disappear?)
: (But if I use the Hollow Pen...)
: (Wait a second--when exactly does the Pen start glowing, anyway?)



Ashley: Ethaaan!



Appearance of the girls.

: Hey, Ethan! How'd you like that present, eh?
: Huh? Oh...it was great. I put it in my room and everything.

I'm just imagining Ethan sounding utterly unenthusiastic here.

: Y-you mean it!?
: I'm glad you like it...
: Did you hear that, Emily? And you're the one who picked it out!
: W-well, you were with me...



: Oh, what do you care!
: We're talking about my present.
: Ethan! Shh!

You're a day too late there, Ashley.

: Oh, that...
: Can't believe these two saved up their pennies to buy a present for the likes of you.
: It's our money--we can spend it any way we want.
: Why don't you spend your money on a new cellphone, since you lost yours yesterday, you klutz?
: Huh? You mean you still haven't found your phone yet?
: Yeah, um...not yet... not that you need to keep bugging me about it, VIN...
: Listen, Ethan, if you find her phone, pick it up, would ya?
: It's pink and it has this gigantic pig hanging off of it.
: Hey, that's not a pig. It's so obviously a dog, duh!
: It's a pig!
: It's a DOG! D-O-G dog!!
: Um, Ashley...
: (Save the sibling squabbles for home, guys...)

There's the sound of something changing in the background.



===



===





: !? Hey! Vin! Where'd you go? Ashley? Emily...?
???: Ethaaan!



: Why are you just standing around? Gimme a hand already!
: W-with what?
: With the search, obviously...
: Search? Who's missing?
: Gah! You're so dense, Ethan! We're searching for Ashley!
: What!? But she was just here a second ago...



: She's been gone for two days. Now there's a missing-persons report out on her.
: Man, why does this stuff have to hit so close to home?
: C'mon, Ethan--get to work! Leave no stone unturned, you hear me?
: Y-you got it...
: I'll go check the station area. You cover the school. And if Morris is still in one of the classrooms, get him to start looking, too.
: Roger.

Ben runs off.

: (This is a lot like when Mom and Dad disappeared...)
: (Or is it...the same thing?)
: (I'm stuck in the middle of some very strange stuff...)

Here's our flashback of the day.

Flashback: Treehouse posted:


Flashback: Ashley at Lockers posted:


Ethan: (Ashley...and one other student. That boy's facing the same row of lockers--maybe he's a freshman, too?)



Flashback: Ashley & Emily Argument posted:


Ethan: (What happened between the two of them, anyway?)


Flashback: Classroom posted:




Flashback: School Garbage Dump posted:





Next time: We begin our search. Feel free to dump speculations, suggestions on where to go, etc.

Cyouni fucked around with this message at 22:56 on Mar 16, 2017

SystemLogoff
Feb 19, 2011

End Session?



I want to talk more, but I know the plot.

I should draw something.

Looking forward to this, it'll be nice to reread again.

HenryEx
Mar 24, 2009

...your cybernetic implants, the only beauty in that meat you call "a body"...


Grimey Drawer

SystemLogoff posted:

I want to talk more, but I know the plot.

I should draw something.

Draw a circle with the pen.

Seraphic Neoman
Jul 19, 2011




So could you potentially gently caress yourself by running out of time to draw circles?

Kinu Nishimura
Apr 23, 2008

YOU'RE NOBODY


Mr. Twombly is my favorite.

Cyouni
Sep 30, 2014

without love it cannot be seen


SSNeoman posted:

So could you potentially gently caress yourself by running out of time to draw circles?

You cannot, for reasons I'll show eventually.

Rainuwastaken
Oct 30, 2012

Another blue ribbon for Hecarim.


Man, I have absolutely no idea what's going on, but color me intrigued. Hoping we get some ground rules for the time shenanigans soon so I can wrap my head around this.

inflatablefish
Oct 24, 2010


Cyouni posted:

In the interests of providing something to speculate about, I fast-tracked a mini update that has a few more unanswered questions.

Specifically, what the hell kind of name is Twombly?

Kaboom Dragoon
May 7, 2010

The greatest of feasts



A real one, surprisingly

Hirayuki
Mar 28, 2010




There are some weird-rear end names in here for the sake of the theme. I remember trying to use some names that were a little more normal, but they got changed along the way. It's easier to pull off in Japanese.

Glazius
Jul 22, 2007

Hail all those who are able,
any mouse can,
any mouse will,
but the Guard prevail.



Clapping Larry

This is interesting. It seems like your power works by letting you live through a potential good future? Maybe?

John Lee
Mar 2, 2013

A time traveling adventure everyone can enjoy



Good LP, I'll be following this. One quibble:

Cyouni posted:


: It's a DOG! D-0-G dog!!



D-Zero-G is my rapper name, and I'll thank you not to throw it about lightly; I need my street cred.

EagerSleeper
Feb 3, 2010

by R. Guyovich


John Lee posted:


D-Zero-G is my rapper name, and I'll thank you not to throw it about lightly; I need my street cred.

I love you.


Additionally, I forgot to mention this in my last post, but I'm glad that in this time line Uncle Derek is a responsible cat owner, and is taking care of Sox.

P. S. Fun fact: In both Time Hallow, and its spiritual predecessor Shadows of Destiny, the writer of the game voice acted the cats' voice samples.

John Lee
Mar 2, 2013

A time traveling adventure everyone can enjoy



Good LP, I'll be following this. One quibble:

Cyouni posted:


: It's a DOG! D-0-G dog!!



D-Zero-G is my rapper name, and I'll thank you not to throw it about lightly; I need my street cred.

Cyouni
Sep 30, 2014

without love it cannot be seen


John Lee posted:

Good LP, I'll be following this. One quibble:



D-Zero-G is my rapper name, and I'll thank you not to throw it about lightly; I need my street cred.

Whoops. I blame the fact that those two keys are close together and it doesn't look obviously out of place on a quick glance. Fixed, and thanks.

EagerSleeper
Feb 3, 2010

by R. Guyovich


^^^
What the hell am I even looking at here? The posts seem to have accidentally doubled themselves. Is the forum going through its own temporal shenanigans?

MachuPikacchu
Oct 15, 2012

Sacre vert! Maman!



So if I'm understanding this right, Ethan is jumping between good and bad timelines? First he goes through the "good" timeline and then he uses the pen to bring something from there to the "bad" timeline?

MiddleOne
Feb 17, 2011



If feel like Ethan accepted that his entire reality has changed very quickly.

Blueberry Pancakes
Aug 18, 2012

Jack in!! MegaMan, Execute!


MiddleOne posted:

If feel like Ethan accepted that his entire reality has changed very quickly.

Ethan's initial reaction to a portal that defies time and space in his room was "Wait, this isn't my carpet!"

I think it's safe to say he's a pretty strange guy.

Cyouni
Sep 30, 2014

without love it cannot be seen


Hobgoblin2099 posted:

Ethan's initial reaction to a portal that defies time and space in his room was "Wait, this isn't my carpet!"

I think it's safe to say he's a pretty strange guy.

To be fair, I could have investigated the portal before I investigated the other stuff.

Not like it would have changed the result, though - his reaction's pretty much "huh, that's sorta odd". It's so blase I decided to not include it.

Cyouni
Sep 30, 2014

without love it cannot be seen


Update 4: Where are you, Ashley? Why can't I find you?...



Let's get searching! We're locked inside the school for the duration.

*Garbage Dump*


Hey, those guys look familiar. Let's taunt them about the watch clock they never found.

: What are you doing, staring at all that garbage like that?
: Seeing if there's anything worth fishing out.



: C'mon, let's get outta here.

That was less fun than expected. Back to the search.

*School Hallways*




*Lockers*
: (So this is where the freshmen have their lockers...)

*Conversation: Passing Student*
What is it?



*Question: Do you know Ashley Threet?*
Ashley's in my class, but she's been absent lately.
: Yesterday and today, say?
That's right.
: She was her usual cheery self before she stopped showing up...

This unlocks a new option in our conversation. Most conversations proceed like this.

*Question: When did you last see Ashley?*
It was after school...the day before yesterday. Something like 4:30. She was here, looking for something.
: (I wonder what...?)

*Question: What was Ashley looking for?*
I wouldn't know anything about that.
Can...can I go now?
: Yeah, sure. Thanks.

He leaves.

: (So Ashley lost something around here the day before yesterday...)



*Bulletin board note*
: ("I have what fell out of the envelope." ...Kori, eh? This note wouldn't have been here if Kori weren't around.)
: (Very interesting. But it doesn't have anything to do with Ashley.)

*Bulletin board note, reprise*
: (A note from Kori...her contact info's on it.)
: (Very interesting. But it doesn't have anything to do with Ashley.)

*Conversation: Jack*
: What is it, Ethan? Forget something?
: No, not exactly...
: Then why don't you head on home. We teachers have an emergency meeting to get to.
: What's the emergency?

Sometimes Ethan doesn't seem like the brightest bulb in the shed.

: It's about that freshman...Vin's sister. You don't live far from them. Anything you should be telling us?
: No, sir, nothing... We're looking for her too.
: Ah, well... Regardless, it's time for you to go home, all right?
: Yes, sir.
: Ack--the meeting's about to start. I've gotta run.

He leaves, and there's nothing much else to investigate, so let's head into the classroom.



*Conversation: Morris*
: Vin's sister, right? Just a sec--I'll be right there.

*Conversation: Sleeping kid*
: (I'll let him sleep.)

*Conversation: Pink-haired girl*


She then gets up and leaves.

: (Who was that again?)

Maybe Morris knows.

*Conversation: Morris, Part 2*
: Can you wait a second? I'll look around some, too.
: Yeah, sure--thanks. But listen...who was that girl?
: You mean Kori?
: (Kori? I don't know any Kori...)

There's a quick flash to the classroom flashback here.

: (...Huh? I kinda...feel like...I know her...)
: Homework's finished--I'm ready to roll. I'll talk to the drama club people. Vin's sister was a member.
: I'll poke around inside the school, then.
: Sounds good. See you later.

He leaves, and Ethan begins winding his way back out of the school. When he gets to the courtyard...



: (Say...These two girls are wearing red ribbons, so they must be freshmen like Ashley. I think I'll ask them some questions.)

*Conversation: Freshmen girls*
: Yes?
: Did you need something?

*Question: Do you know Ashley Threet?*
: We're in the same class. I don't really talk to her much, though.
: But, like, everyone knows she's missing...
: Yeah, I heard that, too. The police are looking for her, I guess...
: And, like, Emily is looking all over for Ashley and stuff...
: Oh? So Emily is, too?
: Really? But I saw Emily this morning.
: But not for long, right? 'Cause she left right away to look for Ashley.
: Ooooh, yeah that's right.

*Question: Where was Emily headed?*
: I don't know where she went.
: Me neither.

In a surprising development, our new question replaces the first one we can ask.

*Question: Is Emily looking for Ashley, too?*
: See? I told you. There's this rumor that, like, Emily was with Ashley before she went missing.
: Then I bet Emily knows something!
: I know, right? They seemed like such good friends and all...
: Whoa--too freaky!
: (All these overactive imaginations getting spun into rumors...)
: Um, we have to go now.
: Sure. Thanks.

They leave.

: (Looks like I'll have plenty to ask Emily when I see her...)

The sound of footsteps, and...

: :: sigh :: Not a single lead. How about you, Ethan?
: Same here. Morris said he'd check out the drama club.
: Okay...
: I'll look around outside.
: Yeah. One more time couldn't hurt... Just do whatever you can and we'll call it a day, okay?
: Okay. I'll let you know if I find anything.
: Great. See you.

*Town Map*
Ethan: (Where should I go...? I've got to meet with Emily and get all the details...)

Hey, maybe one or both of them are at Vin's house by now!

*Vin's House*


: Yo, Ethan...
: Do the police know?
: Yeah, my folks called it in this morning. Might've been too late, though...
: ...
: Ethan...I can't take it anymore. You've gotta help me.
: Vin...



: But I was really proud of my little sis.
: I know. I would never laugh.
: ...Ashley...where are you?
: (Vin...)
: I'm going to look around a little more. I'll tell you if I find anything.
: Hey...Ethan?
: Yeah?
: ...Thanks.
: Sure. (I've got to do something--for Vin's sake, too.)

At least we can clear up one of our flashbacks.

Classroom Flashback posted:


Ethan: (Of course--it's after school, my favorite part of the day. Morris and Kori are there...so it must be a sophomore classroom.)


Next time: Some answers.

Cyouni fucked around with this message at 23:46 on Mar 16, 2017

Glazius
Jul 22, 2007

Hail all those who are able,
any mouse can,
any mouse will,
but the Guard prevail.



Clapping Larry

I guess I'm not used to thinking with time-holes yet. Here I am all disappointed that you couldn't get anywhere with your investigation at school.

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ashnjack
Jun 8, 2010

FUCK FLOWERS. JUST...FUCK 'EM.


Given how Ethen acts it seems to be a faint hope, but I really wish that one of the answers to a puzzle is to open a time hole and punch some bad guys in the face.

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