Weights each Starsie point with Elements of the Compass, with pure
truest. Weights the Center with the Eye, fed mansblood, sees the
Compasses and the bloodtrail to the trueworld."
"Each Compass walks the Elements forth, paints to the Eye colors of
heartsmaw Chaos, for follow the Eye back to the mansie world.
Binds the Eyevisions, gathers the sights the glories, open fulls the
Eye to See forth the world, bloodcalled, compasspainted, chaosfed,
paintings on the world the image is showed."
"'The stone cannot know why the chisel cleaves it; the iron cannot know why the fire scorches it. When thy life is cleft and scorched, when death and despair leap at thee, beat not thy breast and curse thy evil fate, but thank the Builder for the trials that shape thee.'
-- The Hammer Book of Tenets" m13chisel: "Then didst the Builder lay down His Hammer, and take His Chisel to hand. Smoothed he the rough gem, and shaped it to His will. For each task hath its tool, and every tool, a task."
"'The weights in each pan of the balance had increased greatly.
As he approached his triumph, our foe had made himself vulnerable.
We were unable to directly influence, and could only watch and wait
to see whether his pridefully chosen pawn would prove his undoing.'
one of our oldest books:
"The Trickster's works, such as they are, are made of the unformed
stuff of the world, not the proper materials the Builder hath taught.
Fire and water, earth and air -- these are for the Trickster as brick
and beam are to us. But, like their master, they are flawed.
His Maw is anchored by raw elements, and therein lies its weakness.
Destroy each of its anchors with its opposite, and the Maw must
then follow in their wake."
M14TIP2: "Garrett: Dost this help thee aught?"
"'Ware thee the rock of crystal, the song of doom. The
heart of mortal man is weak 'gainst its siren call, and temptation
beckons. As nearer thou drawest, the rock waits, until thy heart is
close for its strike, and thy fate is sealed."
'Tis a fragment found in an old record warning of the Maw."
QUOTES: "Quotes from the Dark Team
during the development of
Thief: The Dark Project"
"Chris: "I don't feel like a nut. Earlier I had no choice."
Mahk: "I should do work. Someone bring me my computer."
Tom: "You know, you're lucky I'm not wearing a g-string."
Chris: "Yeah, well, it's better to suck half as much."
Greg: "...than never to have sucked at all."
"Mahk: "Woo-hoo! Woo-hoo! I'm the bug fairy!"
Tim: "You're half right."
Dorian (to Mahk): "Where ya goin' with that pumpkin, son?"
Mahk: "Yeah, I just save cows."
Doug: "Just think, around November 5th, it will be tragically funny and suicidally grim no matter what."
"Dorian: "Doncha be quotin' me, ya scurvy land-lubber! Arg!"
Randy: "Uh, pirates don't say 'quote.'"
Randy: "It could use some paprika."
Chris: "Paprika's the happy spice!"
Mahk: "I want to take damage, and possibly even shout when I take damage."
Dorian: "That can be arranged."
"Dorian: "You know, I'm wearing tights right now."
Tim: "Mahk, you are one queer-ass freak."
Mahk: "You know, part of me wishes that that's the first time someone's told me that this week."
Mahk: "I don't know which flow brushes to delete. I suggest you just blast them all and let God sort them out."
Dorian: "When am I going to start kicking it's ass?"
Laura: "Seven to ten days."
Dorian: "But it's been seven to ten days!"
Laura: "Then you're starting to kick it's ass."
"Mahk: "Why don't we all just Xerox our asses and ship THAT?"
Mahk: "So Laura says that my ranting is Environmental Sound and not Speech."
Tim: "What's that buzzing noise?"
Dorian: "It greatly affects one's workflow when one dies."
Mahk: "Guns don't kill people, _slay events_ kill people!"
"Tim: "Where does the player arm come from?"
Mahk: "Well, there's a mommy player arm and a daddy player arm.."
Tim: "...and they both love each other very much. And the daddy player arm has a seed..."
Tim: "It may be that he finds the sound of the arrow entering his body slightly suspicious."
Mahk: "Qu'est-ce que c'est le frequency, Kenneth?"
"Doug: "Is map.pcx you?"
Mahk: "Uh, it's not _identically_ me..."
Doug: "Well, I didn't mean it in the 'is map.pcx in his office' sense".
Mahk & Doug: "You're a Newtonian grinder!"
Chris: "I'm a what?"
Mahk: "It's like an organ grinder, but without the monkey."
"Dorian: "You should have five servings of fruit a day."
Ken, endearingly: "Dorian, you're MY fruit of the day."
Tim: "We want the endgame to be the climax of the mission. And you can't sustain a climax for 45 minutes. At least I can't."
Doug: "It may be stupid, but it's a well-oiled stupidity."
"Tim: "It has a certain 'Je ne sais quoi', but I don't know what it is."
The Management: "The team bananas will be kept in my office until they ripen, so that Mike doesn't eat them. Thank you."
Nate: "I had four of these [points to BIG cup] full of coffee today, and actually saw and spoke to God...and he likes how the project's going."
Laura: "My arm won't come off!"
Tim: "It all came down to sheep."
Tim (to Kate): "I revoke your brain!"
Kate: "Your arm's only physical when you're thinking about it."
Tim: "There are no 'licking' attacks in this game."
"Kate: "It's an unnatural thing to get back up from the dead anyway."
Mahk: "The physics system is a harsh mistress."
Randy: "Dorian is literal about everything."
Dorian: "No I'm not...'everything' is too strong a word to use."
"Dorian: "Nobody uses the word 'ruly'."
Tim: "I know, I'm just feeling gruntled."
Dorian: "Next thing you know, you'll be plussed."
Kate: "It's his butt that has the velocity."
Mahk: "Yeah, I get killed all the time, these days."
Greg: "Hey! Where'd the humans go?"
Tim: "I'm very wary of the dangers of stacking objects, myself."
Guard: "Enough dancing!"
Dorian: "More singing!"
Greg: "There's a fine line between serenity and ennui."
Mahk: "If you're talking about me, I didn't touch the brain."
Tim: "[It's] like fingernails on the chalkboard of your soul."
Doug: "In my level, I've been using a bush and a rolling pin as a lockpick."
Mahk: "The quote list sure isn't going to help me convince my mom that I'm not gay.""
M15BANN: "For the last time, tell the maid to stay out of the banner room, and don't touch ANYTHING in it! It is the room where I can have peace of mind. My collection is too precious to risk any clumsiness from cleaning."
m15creed: "We chose our profession in defiance of the greed of the monarchy.
We will not live for the sake of taxes to fatten the noble’s pockets. We
choose to live the only life available to those who would truly be free.
We are Thieves.
--Creed of the Downwinders"
m15donalh: "Donal's House: No Entry
Pay tributes at Magrin's quarters, in the southeast Arches."
Till Donal and Rueben quit their bitchin, best we just stick to our own turf. I'm too much Donal's man to risk it northside."
M15KEY: "Keep a close eye on the key. Lose it and the Randall job will have been nothing but a sight seeing trip. I swear, that Donal gives thieves a bad name!"
M15LED1: " 334
100 Bribe to Servant Gilpen
1,000 Gerwitz contract
500 Bonus Downwinder Verrilli
864 Lord Brosius job
1,500 Monthly payment to Sheriff
172 Rat poison
2,185 Bar tab for guild party
600 Steinkrauss Contract
400 Bonus for Downwinder Rafael to offer Hammerites a bribe
Use the back door -47- if you must visit. I don’t give a damn what it does to your clothes; I will not risk Rueben's scum following you in. Until I get my key back and the vase is sitting on my mantelpiece, you’re just going to have to tolerate the inconvenience.
You are my number one man. I trusted you to select my personal staff and you have witnessed for each and every one of them. I've also trusted you with the only key to my mansion because of your unmatched loyalty. But don’t think that my faith in you means that I will ignore your responsibilities. Consider this a friendly reminder...
If Donal's people get into my home and get the key to his Master Safe, YOU ARE ACCOUNTABLE! And you know I always collect my debts.
M15REST:"Deliveries to the back door only."
M15REUBH: "Reuben's House. No Entry.
Pay tributes at Thom's quarters, in the northside maintenance rooms."
m15sdoor: "NOTES TO SELF
- Fence loot from Lord Brosius job
- Transfer funds to foreign accounts
- Have Fredrik killed for disloyalty
- Feed kitty
- Meet with Lady Vallerius for info on Lord B.
- Hide key to Donal's Master Safe behind the secret panel in my room"
m15taffer: "I think you've been down in the sewers too long. It's rotting your brain. Even if you found where Rueben hid the key to his Master Safe, and got the vase from Donal, you’d be dead before sunrise. You just don’t have the kind of connections to pull a job like that. Besides you have no idea where Donal's Master Safe is. You think he's gonna have it somewhere people can just look around for it? Look just meet me in the casino for a drink, and forget about the vase. It just ain’t worth it."
M15THOM: "Stiff Rueben and you're gonna end up worm food. Look Cavey, freelancing is just too damned risky. We pay Reuben, and he keeps the heat off us, helps us move the merchandise, and gives us a place to crash. I guarantee ya' the streets won't give you such a sweet deal. Now get yer ass northside, and pay your tribute."
M6littlebig: "Men often say, 'Heavy is the head that wears the crown.' For once they speak the truth. I've told the poor lads over and over, come NOT into my private retreat. Do they listen? Do they hear? If they fall victim to my sanctum, so be it."
"'From unknown origins they came
They live isolated beyond the city
The extent of their arcane power is unknown
We must be very cautious in dealing with them
Close observation must continue'
-- Keeper Xavier, Treatise on Mages" M16b01azr: "Mage Verlin,
Azaran’s interest in Necromancy has not diminished, despite his banishment. His study of the black arts continues at his spire in Dayport. We fear that his experiments with the reanimation of rats and insects will lead to more disturbing depths. He has even endeavored to recruit others on a crusade to recover The Book of Ash.
The Book of Ash must remain a thing of the past. Azaran’s ambition has blinded him to this, and he has proven himself a threat to our existence. His expulsion has only made him more resilient. "
"It is the decision of the Inner Circle that greater measures be taken to correct this matter.
M16b02air: "Air elementals often speak to us by extinguishing certain lights in a sequential pattern. It is important that we study these patterns so that we may understand the wisdom of their message.
-The Inner Circle."
M16b03earth: "Cool earth wraps tightly around us. Constrictive veins of tower tunnels caress beating heart of grinding rock. In mastery of my element, I leap from stone to falling stone. Boulders float as feathers.
- scribbled poetry, Adept Aroun's notebook"
M16b04fire: "To Adept Al-Hayr,
Lt. Scarle disobeyed Capt. Regalio’s specific orders and ventured into the Tower of Fire. Needless to say he was ill prepared to deal with the trials of flame and lava that await all entrants. The charred corpse was brought to the laboratories where it will be put to good use. The fire can cleanse us, but it is not for the Commons. See to it that this incident serves as an example to others.
-Archmage Kahmin Ramin"
M16b05water: "Mastery of Water requires that you return to the ways of your beginning. For nine moons you lived in Water, and then were born to a world of Air and Earth. You have forgotten your past but we will teach you to remember. Put away mortal thoughts of breath and discover the ways of the sea. Do not walk the path with your limbs; instead allow your body to flow within it and become part of it.