Now I need to play Solarium again. There’s a lot more to see about the moral and thematic implications than I was able to comprehend on my single, rushed playthrough.
I regret suggesting that Solarium should have been a parser game. I see that the hyperlink mechanics are probably simpler and more effective than I thought. At any rate, it was natural for me to think that the work would have been better with a parser, because it very much evokes a lot of great parser games like Curses, All Hope Abandon, and maybe even Anchorhead.
Belatedly–that’s a great question and I don’t really have a great answer for it. Basically treating each link in the alchemical process as its own narrative unit, I was trying out different things. Some of the threads were more cohesive than others, and this was one of the early ones I did. I might have toned down the literalness if I had more time. Also:
I didn’t really spell it out or name anyone specific, but there were two different bird attacks in the story…and they weren’t coming from the archon. So there was another one of their ilk lurking around out there, trying to help the archon…maybe that’s another story, one day.