It’s not the best implemented game, for sure. Which is a shame, because it’s long been one of my favourites.
All the opening text that I get is below (enclosed in spoiler tags to save space):
[spoiler]The crags of Panhelios still haunt your waking. The thin scream of the wind rushing in your ears. The pale, rocky spires like petrified talons clawing at the sky. The impossible vastness of the canyons. The heat. And the distance. Especially the distance.
Manfred isn’t breathing. He isn’t breathing. He died in your arms as you tried pathetically to staunch the flow of blood from his side. And she, she watches from a distance, stalking back and forth like a hunting cat. Her hair is a bloody halo against the wind. Her every movement is a naked threat.
A few moments ago, the world made sense.
“Maybe you should just surrender, Ikthanadar.” she calls out to you, lips twitching in inhuman amusement.
You do not reply. You just kneel there, staring at nothing, cradling your comerade’s head in your bloodied hands as her soft, lilting voice sings you its fatal lullaby, and…
You tried so hard.
The woman sighs. “Perhaps I should be more specific.” she says, gathering up the child and shoving her roughly into the arms of a black-armored attendant. “Surrender now, or the girl dies. Slowly.” Heat and horror. Revulsion.
By Matt Fendahleen
“Begging your pardon, milord?”
You blink, glance around you. The doorkeeper gazes at you with a sort of… sympathetic absence of concern. Quite a feat.
“Nothing.” you tell him. “I was just…” you shake your head. “Nothing.”
The man raises an eyebrow. “I’ll just be announcing you then, so I shall.” he gives you a tight smile. “And welcome to Luna Plina, Lord.”[/spoiler]
Unless you think there’s more you should be getting? (What 'terp are you using?)
In terms of finishing the thing, I have done in the past, and I think the multiple endings are obvious once you get to the end (you’re offered a choice), but it’s been too long to remember how you get there.
Okay, trying to replay it… it’s annoying that none of the party-goers appear in the room description. Here’s how to get to the meat of the game:
From what I can tell, you basically need to hang around for 42 turns, and then, after hanging around a bit longer, you’ll finally get to make some meaningful interactions.