Yeah... Next contest I'll just post a day early so I don't even have to worry about timezones.
I really liked yours.
Thanks! Obviously yours was amazing!
Thank you. :) Interestingly enough, we both used a similar concept of crafting different tales that share a core item/setting but differ in one element. (I did throw in a graveyard tryst prompt in one of my stories - the waitress at the Salty Fiddle tavern gives that as a prompt. But if you ask the sailor, he chooses the Alus sea, which gets a short ballad about a wintery sea. A lot of Bucky's prompts made it in.)
I liked how moody and contemplative and creepy yours got. Out of all the stories it's probably the one I've played through the most times and enjoyed the most. Though I also loved Enterpride's command of setting and language, the structure of yours was more personally compelling.
I didn't manage to get them all in. But a lot were in their as references within stories or as prompts. Like there's a princess, and a dragon-man and a dragon-horse if not an actual dragon, a hospital, a plague, a tidally-locked planet, snow, Atilla the Hun, Cleopatra (though not directly named,) a lunatic empress as a character, a map, a winter horror ballad, the ambitious son of a minor noble, frozen isles in the north, I *think* a reference to a tribe of cannibals but can't remember where - there is blood-drinking, though - there's a jackass and a honeycomb (no dwarf though, and in different stories,) a mad scientist and mutant creatures, I think a reference to a girl in a red hood somewhere, recently conquered territory, taverns, a goatherder fable in one of the endings, a couple fables that involve finding a hidden treasure, a graveyard tryst, a talking bear, and the 'diversity' prompt in "Ichel's Day of Love" (including a [bucket] of piss as a character.)
Initially I wanted to throw them all in, but realized that would detract from the main story, so I just incorporated the references where I could as sort of Easter Eggs.
I noticed the graveyard tryst in your story and was like 'wait a second'. I remember wondering if you took a bit from each prompt, but I never went back to check so I appreciate the confirmation!