Illustration to the compendium for the RPG Itras By
Surrounded by a small garden, a telegraph station is operated by a smartly dressed old man, Mr. Pythios. Visitors may telegraph a question to “The Oracle”, and will receive an answer after a short while. Pythios will explain that the questions must be open-ended, not a “yes” or “no” question. The GM can prepare a few possible answers before the game by making cut-ups from previous session-notes, the Itras By books, character sheets or other texts.
She may rearrange the sentence fragments in some interesting order. Write a few of them on paper slips, put them in a bowl. Have the player draw. The one they pick is the answer to the character’s query. The sometimes cryptic utterance is kind of a Rorschach test, the true answer revealed by the character’s interpretation. If the answer isn’t immediately clear, Pythios may aid the characters with some follow-up questions, giving more context to the Oracle’s reply.