The Singing Tree (Rustling)

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The Singing Tree
The Singing Tree

On your way to the Haunted Pantry, you hear a rustling from a nearby courtyard, and stop to investigate.

A giant tree stands in the middle of the courtyard next to a sign that says "The Singing Tree."

"Any requests?" is asks you in a lilting voice, while pointing with its branches at a tip jar between two of its roots.


"Sing a sad song"

The tree sings with you, it sings for the years. It sings for the laughter, and it sings for the tears. Mostly for the tears. The tree's sad song says a lot about the Arboreal condition, which is surprisingly similar to the human one.

After hearing the song, you feel like you understand life a little better than you did before. You flip a piece of Meat into the tip jar, thank the tree, and walk off with a tear in your eye.

You gain 4-5 Magicalness.

"Sing a happy song"
  • With no Meat:

You shouldn't ask the Tree to sing when you don't have any Meat to tip it with. Trees have to make a living too, y'know? Meat doesn't grow on them.

Well, it does, actually, but not on this one, in particular.

  • Otherwise:

The tree begins singing a lively Orcish drinking song. Before you know it, your toes are tapping, and not long after you know it, you're dancing a jig.

You manage to get slightly jiggier with it than usual, and you feel like the practice has made you a better dancer. You flip a piece of Meat into the tip jar, thank the tree, and walk off with a spring in your step.

You gain 4-5 Smarm.

"Sing whatever you want"

The tree sings a song that reminds you of the good times, and then it sings a song that reminds you of the better times.

Then it knocks you down with one of its branches, but you get up again.

Then it reaches down with another one of its branches and hands you a whiskey drink.

Rocks.gifYou acquire an item: whiskey and soda

You flip a piece of Meat into the tip jar and walk away.

or

The tree sings a song of sixpence, and a pocket full of rye. After the song is done, two dozen blackbirds fly in from somewhere and peck you in the face. It really, really hurts.

You gain 4-5 Wizardliness.
HPYou lose 2 hit points.

You flip a piece of Meat into the tip jar and walk away.

or

The tree sings, and in singing, teaches you to sing along, in perfect harmony. It holds you in its arms and keeps you company, but then out of nowhere a snow-white turtle dove lands at your feet and starts viciously pecking you. It really, really hurts.

You gain 4-5 Wizardliness.
HPYou lose 2 hit points.

You flip a piece of Meat into the tip jar and walk away.

or

The tree sings a song, and it sounds like it's singing. After the song is done, a white-winged dove dive bombs you and pokes you in the eye with its beak. It really, really hurts.

You gain 4-5 Wizardliness.
HPYou lose 2 hit points.

You flip a piece of Meat into the tip jar and walk away.

or

The tree sings you a song, because it's the Singing Tree -- it sings you a song this afternoon. It makes you happy, because you were in the mood for a melody, and this particular melody's got you feeling all right.

You feel Mysticality course through your veins. And you've got so many veins that I'll bet you think the tree's song is about you. Don't you? Don't you?

You gain 7-8 Wizardliness.

You flip a piece of Meat into the tip jar and walk away.


"No singing, thanks."

The wind sighs through the branches of the tree as you walk away. Or maybe it was the tree sighing.


Occurs in The Haunted Pantry.

Notes

  • Choosing "Sing a sad song", "Sing a happy song", or "Sing whatever you want" uses an Adventure and costs 1 Meat.
  • Choosing "No singing, thanks." does not consume an Adventure.

References

  • In the choice "Sing a sad song", the lines "sings with you, it sings for the years. It sings for the laughter, and sings for the tears" are based on the song "Dream On" by Aerosmith.
  • The choice "Sing a happy song" refers to the song "Gettin' Jiggy wit It" by Will Smith.
  • There are many references inside the "Sing whatever you want" choice:
    • The whiskey and soda result is a reference to the song "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba.
    • "Sing a Song of Sixpence" is a nursery rhyme that the rest of that line refers to.
    • The line "teaches you to sing along, in perfect harmony" refers to the song "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing".
    • The dove result refers to the song "Edge of Seventeen" by Stevie Nicks.
    • The "song this afternoon" result is a reference to the song "Piano Man" by Billy Joel.
    • The result "I'll bet you think the tree's song is about you. Don't you? Don't you?" is from "You're So Vain" by Carly Simon.