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Star C. Foster and Daniel Ravipinto

Release 2

Section 3(b) - The cypherist pin

Du Monde wears a pin. The description of the pin is "A circular pin, depicting a tree with ten branches. Each branch, and the leaves which hang from them, are made up not of lines, but a series of 1s and 0s." The analysis of the pin is "CAT:NONLIVING.ME[line break]TALIC.OBJECT.UTI[line break]L:SYMBOL.COMMUNI[line break]CATION.VIA.SEMAN[line break]TIC.MEANING.PART[line break]:CODE.SECRET.OCC[line break]ULT.OCCLUDED.MEA[line break]NING=CYPHERISTS."

After examining the pin for the first time:

if Du Monde is alive:

say "She notices your interest in the pin, and her fingers fondle it protectively. For just a moment her eyes reflect something - fear? anger? - and her face reddens deeply; then her countenance dissolves into a charming embarrassment, complete with a slight blush.[paragraph break]'My nephew gave it to me. Found it on the street most likely. I put it on to please him, and forget it was even here. How silly of me.'[paragraph break]She deftly removes the pin and drops it in her pocket.[paragraph break]'Now what can I assist you with?'";

remove the pin from play.