I am enjoying City of Secrets greatly now (after being stuck in the opening of An Act of Misdirection longer than I’d like). Have a quote:
“What sort of shopping is there to do in the City?”
“Oh, a very wide range,” says the concierge, launching into another of his speeches with the mechanical ease of a robot whose button has been pressed. “Clothing, for men and women, ready-made and tailored; you’ll find some of the shops right on this street. There are hats –”
He breaks his stride as he realizes that you are not wearing a hat and do not have the appearance and demeanor of someone who ever would wear a hat. “– but perhaps sir would not be interested in them. There are also, of course, books, musical recordings, fine food and antiques, magical items, spices…”
You take stock. You are awake, and your mouth tastes of socks.
You play as a tourist in the City who has been tasked to look for a renegade. All very mysterious, yes, but there’s lots of exploring and a natural-sounding conversation system in place!