Entering a small room at the backside of the hut, where there's only a
bed, a small chest and some blankets, you spot a little white something on the
blankets, eying you curiously.
"By the nine-tailed-cat of Minich!", you suddenly hear an annoyed voice
from the other room. "Where has this King Thar hidden Hieronimus' socks this
time? You didn't put them in the fire again, eh?"
Obviously Hieronimus refers to the rat you see in front of you.
Artimidor "Are you the fabulous King
A white Rat No response. The rat's whiskers
constantly are in motion, sniffing the environment, but it doesn't look like
you'd get a satisfying answer to your question.
Artimidor "Hmmm... Aren't very talkative
King Thar King Thar just eyes you with beady
eyes. You notice a single sock lying on the blankets right beside the rat.
Artimidor "Is that your sock?"
King Thar As you speak you point to the sock
and the rat indeed follows your finger, staring now at the sock. "Meep,"
the rat suddenly utters, though you're not sure what that means.
Suddenly the old man enters the room, a boot and a single sock in hand.
"Don't stand about! Better help me search this damned rat!"
Artimidor You're about to say something when
you suddenly notice that the spot where you just saw the rat is empty now.
King Thar "Well, obviously he's not
there, this ratty rat..." the old man mumbles after he has checked bed,
chest and blankets. "We should better look in the cellar where there's
Curogana rat-wife, eh?"
He leaves again, leaving the boot behind. A few moments later he returns,
grabbing the boot. "He wants my boot too, you have to know!" he says
before leaving again.
Just as the old man leaves again, the rat re-appears as if from out of nowhere,
taking position near the sock.
Artimidor "You think you're pretty
King Thar "Meep!" King Thar produces,
watching you with its beady eyes, whiskers constantly in motion.
Artimidor You try to move closer and caress King
King Thar As you step closer, the rat
suddenly jumps down from the blankets, passes through your feet and disappears
in a small hole in the wall.