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Incunabula: The Unspoken Secrets Webshrine

The Incunabula: The Unspoken Secrets Webshrine covers the first two chapters of the game, comprising the shareware (beta) demo.

Items
NameCostSoldEffect
Hygeian Herbs20Town of Cronder, Liber AbbeyThese simple herbs restore a small amount of health.
Medicinal Ale100Town of Cronder, Liber AbbeyMedicinal ale will restore a moderate amount of a person's health.
Recovery Elixir400Town of CronderRecovery elixir is a powerful restorative and will greatly improve one's health.
Wizard's Brew80Town of CronderThe brew of wizards restores a person's magic power.
Purifying Gel40Town of CronderPurifying gel rids the body of poison and disease
Essence of Life1000Town of CronderRare and costly, the distilled essence of life will restore even those who have died to full health!
Smelling Salts30Town of CronderRevives those who have been rendered unconscious or asleep.
Dragon's Blood80Town of CronderA dragon's blood endows those who drink it with increased strength during a battle.

Three of the items are useless in the shareware demo. Aeron doesn't get poisoned or suffer any status ailments, so there is no need to buy purifying gel. Since the party only has one member, Essence of Life can never be used. Even if Aeron could be put to sleep, there would be no one to use the Smelling Salts.

Weapons
NameCostAttackSold
Small Knife6+3Town of Cronder
Large Knife14+5Town of Cronder
Rondel30+8Town of Cronder
Dirk50+10Town of Cronder
Short Staff30+8Liber Abbey
Long Staff80+12Liber Abbey
Iron-shod Staff0+14Cave of the Test

Staffs can only be equipped by Monks.

Armor
NameTypeCostDefenseSold
Cloth HeadbandHead2+1Town of Cronder
Cloth CapHead4+2Town of Cronder
Leather CapHead16+3Liber Abbey
Charmed BraidHead0+5Cave of the Test
Cloth TunicChest2+1Town of Cronder
Quilted VestChest6+2Town of Cronder
Padded RobeChest50+3Town of Cronder
Cotton BreechesLegs2+1Town of Cronder
Quilted PantsLegs10+2Liber Abbey
Leather ChapsLegs80+3Town of Cronder
Rope SandalsFeet2+1Town of Cronder
Padded ShoesFeet6+2Liber Abbey
Leather BootsFeet60+3Liber Abbey

The Padded Robe can only be equipped by a Monk.

Jewels
NameCostEffectSold
Ring of Speed500Speed +1Town of Cronder
Fortitude Ring500Fortitude +1Town of Cronder
Emerald Ring500Luck +1Town of Cronder
Crystal Ring500Magic Resistance +1Town of Cronder
Protector Ring0Defense +1Cave of the Test

Magic
SpellMP CostLearnedEffect
Heal2Liber Abbey, Cave of the TestHeals up to 50 HP.
Smite3Cave of the TestInflicts up to 50 HP damage to a single enemy.

Enemies
LocationEnemies
Cronder Sewers
Bat
Bat
1 G, 4.5 XP
Giant Maus
Giant Maus
3 G, 6 XP
Sewer Rat
Sewer Rat
2 G, 3.3 XP
Snout
Snout
4 G, 4.5 XP
Countryside
Chirper
Chirper
12 G, 26.5 XP
Feral Pig
Feral Pig
8 G, 30.3 XP
Giant Maus
Giant Maus
3 G, 6 XP
Hornet
Hornet
2 G, 10.2 XP
Hummer
Hummer
12 G, 88 XP
Porcupine
Porcupine
15 G, 40.5 XP
Skunk
Skunk
12 G, 37 XP
Tortoise
Tortoise
12 G, 26 XP
Viceroy
Viceroy
12 G, 26.3 XP
Liber Abbey
Abbot
Abbot
500 G, 501 XP
Cave of the Test
Badger
Badger
20 G, 40.5 XP
Beetle
Beetle
8 G, 30.2 XP
Giant Rat
Giant Bat
18 G, 36.3 XP
Salamander
Salamander
20 G, 40.3 XP
Hyeagle
Hyeagle
200 G, 401 XP

Aeron starts at Level 0 for some reason and is promoted to Level 1 when he has 50 experience points. Thereafter, he goes up a level every time his experience doubles. The formula for XP required to reach a given level is 2^(n-1) * 50.

Levels
LevelExperienceHPMP
0016
15027
210037
320048
44006110
58007815
616008822
7320010533
86400

Cronder Sewers
1-1 1-2 1-3 1-4 1-5 1-6 1-7
2-1 2-2 2-3 2-4 2-5 2-6 2-7
3-1 3-2 3-3 3-4 3-5 3-6 3-7
4-1 4-2 4-3 4-4 4-5 4-6 4-7
5-1 5-2 5-3 5-4 5-5 5-6 5-7

Overworld

Cave of the Test
5-1 5-2 5-3 5-4 5-5 5-6 5-7
4-1 4-2 4-3 4-4 4-5 4-6 4-7
3-1 3-2 3-3 3-4 3-5 3-6 3-7
2-1 2-2 2-3 2-4 2-5 2-6 2-7
1-1 1-2 1-3 1-4 1-5 1-6 1-7

Walkthrough

As there are really no traps in the game, I won't bother with a screen-by-screen walkthrough. Navigating the dungeons and the overworld is simple with the maps above.

At the beginning of the game, Aeron dies extremely easily and there's not much that you can do about that. If he survives to Level 1, he'll have enough Hit Points and Defense Points that he can pretty much explore the Cronder Sewers indefinitely, so the beginning of the game is all about surviving long enough to promote to Level 1.

You can save at any point in the game, even while in dungeons, so the easy (cheap) way to survive is to just save frequently and restore every time you get killed. This can be extremely tedious when Aeron is low on HP, and since he isn't very good at escaping at Level 0, Aeron can only fight enemies that can't harm him when he's weak (enemies will "MISS" every time when Aeron's Defense Points are high enough relative to the enemy's Attack Points), and he'll be killed in every battle against the enemies that can harm him. So yes, you can just save and restore hundreds of times, but you'll get to Level 1 a lot faster if you're smart about how you start the game.

Grab the Hygeian Herb from the house that Aeron starts in front of right away. Aeron doesn't have enough money to buy Hygeian Herbs or weapons at the beginning of the game, so the only way to improve your character at the start is by buying armor. The armor shop is in the north-east corner of town.

Aeron starts the game with 10 gold, which can buy +4 defence points worth of armor. He could purchase the Cloth Cap (+2) and the Quilted Vest (+2) for 10 gold, or one of each of the 2 gold items (+1 x 4) for 8 gold, or two of the 2 gold items and the Quilted Vest, or three of the 2 gold items and the Cloth Cap for 10 gold. With 8 Defense points, none of the enemies in the Cronder Sewers can harm Aeron, except for Giant Maus and Snout.

The best strategy is to go directly to the Allnight Man's building in the south-east corner and solve the spike puzzle to collect the 2 gold in the chest. While it's only 2 gold, this allows Aeron to buy +5 defense points of armor by buying the Cloth Cap, Quilted Vest, and one of the 2 gold items, or all of the 2 gold items and the Cloth Cap, or three of the 2 gold items and the Quilted Vest. I recommend against a combination that involves buying the Cloth Headband, since there is one in the Cronder Sewers near the Dagger Pin. The Giant Maus and Snout can still harm Aeron with 9 Defense points, but he'll survive a bit longer, and have to restore less frequently. At this point, you can probably make it to Level 1 with a single Hygeian Herb, if you don't want to die and restore.

Cronder Sewers

Treasures:

1-1: Dagger Pin
1-4: Hygeian Herbs
1-7: Large Knife
2-7: Hygeian Herbs
2-2: Cloth Headband
3-1: 50 gold
3-4: 25 gold
3-7: 20 gold
5-1: Rondel
5-7: Small Knife

Enter: 4-7
Alternate exit: 5-5

The conservative route is to go 4-7, 4-6, 4-5, 3-5, 3-6, 3-7 collecting the Hygeian Herb, 3-6, 2-6, 1-6, 1-7, collecting the Large Knife. You'll probably be Level 1 by now, and have a better weapon, so you should be pretty safe in the Sewers now. Now go to 1-6, 2-6, 3-6, and 3-5, then follow the directions in the aggressive route starting at the bold 3-5.

If you don't want to waste time, the Large Knife and the entire conservative route can be skipped. The aggressive route is to go 4-7, 4-6, 4-5, 3-5, 3-4, 4-4, 4-3, 3-3, 4-2, 3-2, 5-2, 5-1, collecting the Rondel. You'll probably be Level 1 (Level 2 or 3 if you took the conservative route) and have a powerful weapon by now, so you should be pretty safe in the Sewers now. Now go to 4-1, (optionally 3-1 for the 50 gold), 4-2, 3-2, 3-3, 4-3, up the other side of 3-3, 3-2, 3-1, 2-1, 1-1, collecting the Dagger Pin. Mission accomplished! The fastest way out is 2-1, 3-1, 3-2, 3-3, 4-3, 4-4, 3-4, down the other side of 4-4, 5-4, 5-5, and take the ladder to leave the Sewers.

Take the Dagger Pin to the Allnight Master and trade it for the Brass Key. You can now break into the Governor's Palace. Try to steal from the Governor. You'll fail and be thrown in jail, but the Governor will now let you leave the town.

Liber Abbey is easy to find by following the northern coastline to the east (go up and then right). When you reach the Abbot, you can either join him or fight him. In either event, you'll be a Monk after the fight, and you will no longer be able to enter Cronder. If there's anything you want to buy in Cronder, this is your last chance!

Things to do before leaving Cronder. Cronder is the only place where you can buy the Padded Vest and the Leather Chaps. I highly recommend buying them before you speak to the Abbot. Cronder is also the only place where you can buy Wizard's Brew and Dragon's Blood. They're not essential, but the Wizard's Brew could be useful in the Cave of the Test, and the Dragon's Blood could be useful in the battle with Hyeagle. Finally, Cronder is the only place where rings can be purchased. All of the rings add only a single point to whatever attribute they affect (see chart), so for 500 gold, they're probably not worth it. The Crystal Ring is probably the least interesting, as the only enemies in the game that cast magic are the Badger (Claws) and Hyeagle (Smite).

Liber Abbey

When you reach the Abbot, you can either join the Order or fight the Abbot. It's possible to defeat the Abbot, but it's certainly not easy. It's worth 500 gold and 501 XP to defeat him, and the story continues if he defeats you, so there's no reason not to try, and it's well worth using a Medicinal Ale or two during the battle to win it.

Before speaking to the Abbot, go to the grove in the northwest corner and go behind the wall and walk right into you enter a secret room at the back of the abbey containing 100 gold, a Medicinal Ale, and a Long Staff. Only a Thief can open the door, so this has to be done before speaking to the Abbot.

Once you've spoken to the Abbot, you become a Monk. As a Monk, you can finally cast magic. The Heal spell is written on the wall in the back of the room when you wake up. The entrance to the Cave of the Test is now open.

Cave of the Test

Treasures:

1-1: Medicinal Ale
1-7: Hygeian Herbs
2-4: Protector Ring
4-1: Medicinal Ale
4-6: Iron-shod Staff
5-1: Charmed Braid

Heal spell: 2-4
Smite spell: 3-5

Now that you have the Heal spell, use magic to heal between battles before using your Hygeian Herbs and Medicinal Ale. Both HP and MP are fully restored whenever you reach a new level.

You start in 1-4, and it's probably worth going to 1-5 to collect the Protector Ring, even though it only adds 1 point to your Defense. Also optional is the quest for the Iron-shod Staff and the Smite spell.

The Iron-shod staff is the most powerful weapon in the game. If you choose to get it, go from 1-4 to 1-5, 1-6, 1-7, collecing the Hygeian Herb, 2-7, 2-6, 3-6, through the crack into 4-6 to collect the Iron-shod Staff. Returning to 3-6, you can go to 3-5 to learn the Smite spell. It casts a maximum of 50 points of damage to a single enemy, and you should be able to do more damage than with your Iron-shod staff by now, so this is optional. Now return to 3-6, 2-6, 2-7, 1-7, 1-6, 1-5, and then follow the direct route from the bold 1-5.

The direct route skips the Iron-shod staff and Smite spell, which you probably won't need to defeat Hyeagle. Hyeagle is actually weaker than the Abbot. From the start at 1-4, go to 1-5, 2-5, 3-5, 3-4, through the crack into 4-4 to hit the button, then back to 3-4, 3-3, 3-2, 2-2, 1-2, and 1-1, collecting the Charmed Braid and hitting the button. Return to 1-2, 2-2, 3-2, 3-3, 4-3, and defeat Hyeagle. Then approach the altar in 5-3, and take the teleport in 5-4 back to Liber Abbey. This is the end of the game!

Trivia

The word "incunabula" is the plural form of incunabule or incunabulum, which is any book that was printed before 1501 in Europe. This period is notable because Johanned Gutenberg introduced movable type to Europe in 1450.

Communities that are supposed to appear in the registered version of the game are Hyalina, Perniscia, Eryx, and Hyrcinia.