The Desert of Snake​-​Eating Apes

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You ride through the desert on your horse, Peg-leg, limping your way to King Greg.
You ride through the desert of snake-eating apes, with nothing in sight but slithering shapes.

Exsaladbar wonders aloud about the name of this place.
You have not seen a single ape since you entered the desert,
but hundreds of slow, plump snakes slither about,
easy prey ripe for the picking.

You ride through the desert of snake-eating apes, with nothing in sight but slithering shapes.
You ride through the desert of absent primates. Where have they gone? What was their fate?

Suddenly, you hear the sound of chest thumping and howls.
A group of apes in the distance are animated in anger.
As you draw close, you see why: quicksand.
Primate skeletons poke above the surface of the mud
while snakes glide across,
their light weight forms at no jeopardy of sinking.
At the edges of the pool, the cactus is so thick it is impassable.
The apes are trapped on the other side.

You ride through the desert of absent primates. Where have they gone? What was their fate?
You ride through the desert of quicksand lakes. The apes were doomed by what nature makes.

You come to the shore of the pool of quicksand.
It does not appear to be a great distance to the other side.
You ask Peg-leg if he can make the jump,
and he whinnies with confidence.
To travel around the pool would require carving through the dense cactus.
You ask Exsaladbar if he will help you slice a new path,
and he mumbles that he didn't go to graduate school to become a machete.
What do you do?

If you decide to jump over the quicksand with Peg-leg, listen to track 4.
If you decide to clear a new path with Exsaladbar, listen to track 5.

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from The Quest for King Greg, released July 12, 2016

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