Dialogue for Sphinx

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Standard dialogue[edit | edit source]

  • If the player has a cat following/with them:
    • Player: Good day.
    • The Sphinx ignores you.
    • Sphinx: Ah, how interesting... a cat. Come here to me, kitty.
    • Cat: Meow.
    • Your cat and the Sphinx converse in a yeowling language for a short time.
    • (Continues below)
  • Sphinx: What do you need human?
    • I need help with The Devourer.
      • Player: I need help with The Devourer. I haven't defeated her.
      • Sphinx: I hope that you will come to the understanding that not all the world's problems can be solved by an individual. You've done your bit; it's now up to the Menaphites and the priests of Icthlarin to solve this standoff.
      • Sphinx: I have to confess that, despite myself, I am impressed by your actions. I may have some work for you at a later date.
      • (End of dialogue)
    • Can you tell me about the gods of the Menaphites?
      • Player: Can you tell me about the gods of the Menaphites?
      • Sphinx: I suppose I could spare a moment or two. Who do you want to know about?
        • Tell me about yourself.
          • Player: Tell me about yourself.
          • Sphinx: I am an agent of neither good nor evil. I am unconcerned with the plight of mankind and their petty wars and beliefs.
          • Player: Well, now that you've told me what you're not, can you please tell me who or what you are?
          • Sphinx: I am the guardian of feline kind.
          • Player: Why would they need a guardian?
          • Sphinx: Cats play a significant role in the religion of this area, particularly when it comes to guarding the dead from The Devourer.
          • Player: The Devourer?
          • Sphinx: She's the very incarnation of destruction. I would think you remember her from your previous activities.
            • Can I ask about someone else?
              • Sphinx: I suppose I could spare a moment or two. Who do you want to know about?
                • (Shows previous-to-previous options)
            • Thanks, I think I now have a better understanding of this place.
              • Player: Thanks, I think I now have a better understanding of this place.
              • (End of dialogue)
        • Tell me about Tumeken.
          • Player: Tell me about Tumeken.
          • Sphinx: Tumeken is the chief god of the area. You could say that you see him wherever you look but never notice him.
          • Player: So he's the god of this land. The desert is a harsh place; would that make him friendly or unfriendly? Or will you say, 'both', as usual?
          • Sphinx: You begin to understand. The desert is indeed harsh but it protects us from outsiders. Outsiders generally mean us no good, so he protects Menaphos through this harshness.
          • Sphinx: You humans have a saying, 'you have to be cruel to be kind'. It seems to fit Tumeken.
          • Player: If he is so powerful, why doesn't he get involved more? After all, I've had to do some missions which a deity could have polished off miraculously.
          • Sphinx: Well, if you can imagine the force of the desert, it's not exactly a subtle instrument. Why use a sledgehammer to crack a nut...especially when you can be persuaded to help?
          • Player: Sounds a bit lazy, really.
          • Sphinx: It's lucky that he prefers to spend his time with Elidinis rather than smiting you.
            • Can I ask about someone else?
              • (Same as above)
            • Thanks, I think I now have a better understanding of this place.
              • (Same as above)
        • Tell me about Elidinis.
          • Player: Tell me about Elidinis.
          • Sphinx: The Menaphite pantheon is made up of four main deities.
          • Player: Hang on... Pantheon? Deities? What are you talking about?
          • Sphinx: Sorry, I'm getting a bit ahead of myself. A pantheon is the collective name for the gods or deities of a group of people.
          • Sphinx: The main god which the Menaphites worship is called Tumeken. His wife, Elidinis, is the goddess of fertility and growth.
          • Player: Does she have anything to do with the river?
          • Sphinx: That's very observant of you. The river Elid is named in her honour as it brings growth and life to the area during times of flood.
          • Sphinx: Some might also phrase it that she is named after the river, or that she is the river. It's a common area of theological debate.
          • Player: So where do the other two main deities fit in?
          • Sphinx: Tumeken and Elidinis had two children: Icthlarin and The Devourer.
            • Can I ask about someone else?
              • (Same as above)
            • Thanks, I think I now have a better understanding of this place.
              • (Same as above)
        • Tell me about The Devourer.
          • Player: Tell me about The Devourer. With a name like that, it's no wonder she turned out to be messed up.
          • Sphinx: She was not always called such. She is thought of by her deeds, now, rather than her name.
          • Sphinx: The Devourer is the goddess of destruction; she craves only to destroy things.
          • Player: I thought someone said she wasn't evil?
          • Sphinx: Fire destroys, but is that evil?
          • Player: Um, no, but it also creates heat.
          • Sphinx: Okay, we could have an overlong theological debate now, but to get to my point, recently - well, in the last age or so - The Devourer has taken to destroying humans.
          • Player: And...?
          • Sphinx: Not just killing them; totally destroying them, body and soul. This has brought her into conflict with Icthlarin.
          • Player: Ah hah, I see where this is going: the cats are used to protect the dead from The Devourer.
          • Sphinx: Indeed, The Devourer is terrified of cats for reasons I will not explain. Her followers - although few in number - are not, so I have to watch for them in my role as protector of cats.
            • Can I ask about someone else?
              • (Same as above)
            • Thanks, I think I now have a better understanding of this place.
              • (Same as above)
        • More...
          • Tell me about Icthlarin.
            • Player: Tell me about Icthlarin.
            • Sphinx: I ensure the survival of cats and, for this service, Icthlarin grants me eternal life.
            • Player: So, then, you are a follower of Icthlarin?
            • Sphinx: Nothing of the sort. As I've said before, I have no interest in humans. I look after my kind and, for that, Icthlarin looks after me.
            • Player: So, you protect the good cats against the followers of the bad god, The Devourer? That I can understand, at last.
            • Sphinx: No, it's not really that simple. Neither are either good or bad. Icthlarin is the god of the dead and takes care of the passing of souls from one plane to another.
            • Sphinx: He once even was worshipped by the Mahjarrat but they turned away from him in the Third Age to follow Zamorak.
            • Sphinx: Or maybe it was Zaros to whom they turned; it was a long time ago and not that important. Suffice to say, Icthlarin cares for the dead rather than creating them.
              • Can I ask about someone else?
                • Sphinx: I suppose I could spare a moment or two. Who do you want to know about?
                  • (Shows previous-to-previous-to-previous options)
              • Thanks, I think I now have a better understanding of this place.
                • (Same as above)
          • Tell me about Scabaras.
            • Player: Tell me about Scabaras.
            • Sphinx: The Sect of Scabaras: a cult dedicated to the lesser deity Scabaras.
            • Player: What's a lesser deity?
            • Sphinx: The Book of Light and Day says that Tumeken once fell into a deep sleep and dreamt for four days and four nights. The first night he slept and dreamt a good dream. He dreamt of a journey long and arduous.
            • Sphinx: From the loins of his subconscious, Apmeken was born into reality, a physical manifestation of his dream. Tumeken continued to have pleasant dreams for a further two days and two nights. After each, a new
            • Sphinx: deity came into being. On the fourth night, however, Tumeken dreamt a bad dream. He dreamt of himself and he dreamt of his increasing isolation caused by his extended sleep. This isolation sprung forth into the
            • Sphinx: world and took on the form of Scabaras.
            • Player: Okay, you could've just said...'a dream' or something. Where were we?
            • Sphinx: Yes, the followers of Scabaras used to be great architects of the subterranean. According to legend, they once planned to build a passage under the river Elid. No doubt Elidinis smote them because none of the
            • Sphinx: followers were ever seen again.
            • Player: That sounds interesting. Do they have any altars or temples left in the city?
            • Sphinx: Yes, there is a shrine dedicated to Scabaras in the Temple of the Lesser Gods in the north-east of this city. Jex there might know more about the minor deities.
              • Can I ask about someone else?
                • (Same as above)
              • Thanks, I think I now have a better understanding of this place.
                • (Same as above)
          • Tell me about Het.
            • Player: Tell me about Het.
            • Sphinx: Het is the lesser deity concerned with mental and physical health. Sophanem is the city of the dead so Het isn't really worshipped much here.
            • Player: Can you tell me any more?
            • Sphinx: Yes, there is a shrine dedicated to Het in the Temple of the Lesser Gods in the north-east of this city. Jex there should know more about Het.
              • Can I ask about someone else?
                • (Same as above)
              • Thanks, I think I now have a better understanding of this place.
                • (Same as above)
          • Back...
            • (Shows previous options)
          • More...
            • Tell me about Crondis.
              • Player: Tell me about Crondis.
              • Sphinx: Crondis is the lesser deity of physical pleasures. She has the head of a crocodile, which I don't see as being particularly physically pleasant.
              • Player: Coming from a mixed up creature like yourself, that's an interesting criticism. Any other information you can impart?
              • Sphinx: There is a place sacred to Crondis in the Temple of the Lesser Gods in the north-east of this city. Jex there should know more about this deity.
                • Can I ask about someone else?
                  • Sphinx: I suppose I could spare a moment or two. Who do you want to know about?
                    • (Shows previous-to-previous-to-previous options)
                • Thanks, I think I now have a better understanding of this place.
                  • (Same as above)
            • Tell me about Apmeken.
              • Player: Tell me about Apmeken.
              • Sphinx: Apmeken has the head of a monkey and is the incarnation of mental pleasures.
              • Player: What sort of mental pleasures would these be?
              • Sphinx: Conversation, jokes, songs; that sort of thing. Good for a chat but prone to exaggeration, by all reports.
              • Player: You've met Apmeken?
              • Sphinx: That's for me to know and you to contemplate. I'm sure Jex at the Temple of the Lesser Gods can give more impartial information than I can, though.
                • Can I ask about someone else?
                  • Sphinx: I suppose I could spare a moment or two. Who do you want to know about?
                    • (Shows previous-to-previous-to-previous options)
                • Thanks, I think I now have a better understanding of this place.
                  • (Same as above)
            • Back...
              • (Shows previous options)
    • If the player has lost their amulet of catspeak:
      • Do you have a spare amulet of catspeak?
        • Player: Do you have a spare amulet of catspeak?
        • Sphinx: Well, I suppose I do. Seeing as you're such a good guardian of cats, I'll give you one. Be careful with it, though.
        • Player receives an amulet of catspeak.
        • The Sphinx hands you an amulet of catspeak.
        • (End of dialogue)

Wearing the cat ears[edit | edit source]

  • Show the Sphinx your cat ears.
    • Player: Paw-don me, I have something to show mew.
    • Sphinx: Human, you make a mockery of my kin.
    • Player: Come on, don't be such a sour puss.
    • Sphinx: You should leave, before I deliver retribution for your actions.
    • (End of dialogue)
  • Talk about something else.
    • (Same as above)