Anyway, here's the polished version 4. Look for a non-polished version 4a at some point this week before the next release. I'm able to get back into steady writing, so that's a definite plus.
The brothel path is coming along nicely and I think it's safe to say that the male path I'm going to write first leads to him heading into the forest and finding some potential enemies.. or allies. That'll be up to you.
Download paths for 4a..(updated due to some broken links)
4shared - http://www.4shared.com/rar/Z07Stuhn/JourneyOutsideV4a.html
Dropbox - https://www.dropbox.com/s/vp2dsd9oakffq8c/JourneyOutsideV4a.rar
As an addendum, I've received more than a few questions privately asking why Miranda would so easily accept the idea of female slavery. I will give a spoiler and non-spoiler answer here. Feel free to add to the debate. Questions can be asked publicly, too!
The non-spoiler answer refers to the explanation that Miranda offers. She is, for the record, a reliable narrator There are two clearly defined societies in our world, although only one has really been shown at the moment. The bandit camp and the Seattle Conclave. That Miranda looks at the Seattle Conclave and decides it is kinder to women.. well.. that says a lot.
In addition, there is a generation in place now that has grown up without the old civilization and without the idea of freedoms for everyone. Freedom is great for a society of high technology people with a surplus of population. It requires a nation that can spare population for philosophies in order to enable that kind of civilization. In this world, with a drastically smaller population that was lost in a very fast time frame. Writing this, I am estimating a world population of 6.5 billion down from 6.5 million. which historically would put the population to the level it was between 5-4,000 B.C.E.) Electricity is controlled by the right through limited natural power generator access and the staff capable of running and repairing them, textiles are going extinct as hide-based clothing is increasing, and the natural world is beginning to fight back against a weakened humanity. Taking all of that in, Miranda makes the decision that slavery might be a necessary evil to feed into increasing the population and establishing a rudimentary civilization.
To be clear, that is the decision that she reached. My opinion is not present in this work, but it can be inquired upon.
For the spoiler answer (and rest assured it is much shorter) Miranda reveals that she is a member of one of the families that supplied the DNA for the serum. Those who receive DNA from her family line are likely to be tall and redhead. Very soon, the male path will be venturing into the woods and encountering the female tribes that live there and remain free, if shut out from society. It is not coincidental that these women are tall with red hair. Also, Miranda was very much inspired by [i]Casablanca[/i].
So there you have it. The questions were good and definitely worth addressing, which is why I'm doing it here as well as at the TFGamesSite discussion thread..
Please do feel free to ask questions like this and I'll do what I can to answer them, though I make no promises you will always like the answer.
And thanks again to everyone who has played. That people have been enjoying my work makes it all the more worth it!