King's Quest II
|King's Quest II|
Amiga cover art for King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne
|Release date(s)||May 1985, 1987|
King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne is the second installment in the King's Quest series created by Sierra Entertainment (formerly Sierra On-Line). It uses the same AGI game engine as King's Quest I: Quest for the Crown and features King Graham as the player character. The title is a spoof of the 1984 film Romancing the Stone.
- 1 Story
- 2 Geography
- 3 Characters
- 4 Releases
- 5 Puzzle solving
- 6 Documentation
- 7 Development
- 8 Reception
- 9 Remakes
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The Magic Mirror shows King Graham a vision about a beautiful woman, Valanice, imprisoned on the top of an ivory tower. Being charmed by her, he is teleported to the world of Kolyma to rescue her. There he must travel through sea, air, and even death to gain the keys that unlock the three doors to the enchanted island where Hagatha the witch has imprisoned Valanice.
Like KQ1, the game world has 'wrap around' allowing player to travel infinitely in the directions of the north or south. The King's Quest Companion which represented a novelized walkthrough explains that the western side of Kolyma folds back upon itself to both the north and south, forever bringing travelers back to where they started;
- "Geographers say that the magical law of "containment" operates in the western part of the continent. For reasons forgotten, or perhaps it was whimsy on the part of the multiverse—movement to both the north and south in this part of Kolyma eventually turned back upon itself, contained as if inside some transparent cosmic donut. East and west, one could travel at will until confronted by more physical barriers—the sea or mountains for instance—but those that journeyed far enough north of south, would always get back to where they started."
To the west the sea leads to Neptune's Kingdom, a tranquil watery world filled with fish, sharks, mermaids, and giant seahorses. The east are blocked by giant mountains and the Bottomless Chasm. Only a magical doorway allows travel beyond, but only if they have the correct keys. At the summit of the mountains is the Top of the Mountain, a narrow plateau overlooking the kingdom. At the back of the plateau is desolate and empty cave where one of the three magical keys was hidden.
At the center of western Kolyma is the Poisonous Lake. In the center of the lake is an island. Castle Dracula rises from the island ominously, guarded by poisonous brambles and ghosts. The only way across is via the deteriorating boat of the Boatman. The castle itself looks largely abandoned, but its dark dungeons holds a secret.
The magical doorway is surrounded by the Bottomless Chasm, and the only way across is via a rickety old bridge, that will collapse if crossed one too many times. The door leads to one's greatest desire, For Graham this was the Enchanted Isles.
The Enchanted Isles exist in another world or a remote section of the world of Daventry. Strange pink skies float above the islands, and a turbulent iridescent crimson sea lies in between. It is the home to large magical fish. On the second island, the Enchanted Island lies a strange jungle with oversized plants, a tranquil lagoon laps to one side of the island. In the center of the island is the Crystal Tower, a large quartz tower where Valanice is held.
Good and neutral
- Graham: The young king of Daventry, who also takes place as the player character.
- Valanice: The woman imprisoned in a tower. King Graham has to save her.
- Good Fairy: A fairy living in Kolyma. She wanted to help Graham on his journey, and to do so she cast a spell of safety on the adventurer to protect him from the dangers in the land.
- Fragola (Monk): The Brother is one of the kindly monks of Kolyma. The order of the Blessed Wilbury vowed to protect travelers to the land from the dangers such as the vampire Dracula. Fragola gave Graham a silver cross after the king showed reverence inside the monastery so that Graham would be safe. After Graham's return to Kolyma, Brother Fragola officiated the wedding of Graham and Valanice in the chapel of the monastery. He later moved to the Kingdom of Daventry, and became the royal chaplain to the court.
- Grandma: She is the grandmother of Red Riding Hood. She is weak and ailing, Graham helps her by giving her chicken soup. She awards him with Dracula's black cloak and ring. How the woman came by those is a mystery, but it is often said that the Vampire Prince takes living women as lovers. Perhaps they had a romantic liaison in the past, but if grandma kissed, she sure isn't telling.
- King Neptune: Neptune is the king of Merfolk, and Lord of the sea. In time he lost his trident which then washed up onto the shore of Kolyma where it lay for a long time. Graham discovered it laying in the grass that grew up around it. Graham befriended a mermaid and was given a ride to King Neptune's realm. While there Graham returned Neptune's lost trident, and was given the first key to the magic doors, as well as a bottle with a cloth inside.
- Mermaid: This character helps Graham enter Neptune's Kingdom after he showed kindness to her through giving her a bouquet of flowers. She beckone a giant magical seahorse to take Graham down into the sea's depths.
- Pegasus: The evil Enchanter in Kolyma had turned the horse into a viper after he had refused to be his steed. The snake had then be set to guard a small, damp cave. Within it was set the second of three magical keys. Graham broke the enchantment by returning the horse's Leather Bridle. Pegasus gave Graham a magical sugar cube in return that would protect him from poisonous brambles, before flying off into the sky.
- Little Red Riding Hood: She is the granddaughter of Grandma. She had plans visit her Grandma, however while she was out picking a bouquet of flowers, a large wolf, with the biggest jaws, jumped her, and ran away with her basket of goodies she had planned to give to her grandmother. She began to search desperately for the basket. Graham discovered the basket in Grandma's mailbox, and returned it to her. She thanked Graham, and then left skipping off to visit her grandmother.
- Milvia: The little old lady is the owner of the Antique Shop in Kolyma, which she inherited from her previous husband. She carries all sorts of nicknacks and antiques from around the world. Her nightengale was stolen by the evil witch Hagatha, an she asks Graham to return it to her. As a rewards she gives him a Genie's Lamp to help him in his adventure.
- Genie: The genie of the lamp granted Graham three treasures to help on his journey, first a sword, a magic carpet, and a magic bridle.
- Boatman: This shrouded, ghoul ferried King Graham across the Poisoned Lake, after the king donned the black cloak and the ruby ring, tricking the ghoul into thinking he was his master, Dracula. After Graham had killed Dracula, and received the last of the Magical Keys and the Sapphire Tiara, the ghoul ferried him back across the lake. Some claim the grim boatman is death itself, or even Charon.
- Lion: The golden lion was the king of beasts and the ultimate guard over Valanice as she was kept prisoner by Hagatha in the Crystal Tower. The beast itself was a prisoner of the witch, held bondage by a powerful spell. The King's Quest Companion explains that before King Graham and Valanice returned to Daventry, they traveled through the magic door to the enchanted isle and freed the great golden lion from its chains. He took it to its jungle home and released it. Just before the lion disappeared into the foliage, it was joined by a tall man, wearing nothing but a loincloth. Both the lion and the man roared to the heavens, the man beating his chest, and then they were gone.
Throughout his quest King Graham has to overcome several enemies to find his queen:
- Hagatha is said to be the most powerful and evil of witches, who imprisoned Valanice in the Crystal Tower due to jealousy. Hagatha has a taste for human flesh and the skulls of her victims decorate the outside and inside of her cave. An evil, cannibalistic witch and the sister of Manannan and Mordack. Out of jealousy, she imprisoned Valanice in the Quartz Tower in King's Quest II. She lived in a cave near the coast of Kolyma and was never defeated by King Graham. She attends his wedding. According to The King's Quest Companion, she later disappeared from Kolyma soon after her brother kidnapped Alexander from Daventry. The writer worries that Hagatha and a cured Manannan may be together again plotting revenge. Hagatha also stole Milvia's nightingale. Much of Hagatha's story is inspired by the character of Dame Gothel from the fairy tale Rapunzel.
- The Enchanter lives in Kolyma and enjoys turning people into frogs. He is tall and stately with black flowing robes and a long white beard. He is the evil sorcerer living in Kolyma. He may be the same sorcerer who stole the Magic Mirror from the Land of Daventry from King Edward (hiding underground with his guardian dragon), as well as the sorcerer Graham encountered during his adventures to obtain the three treasures. He wears the pointed hat designating him to be a member of the Magicians' Guild (the same organization which Manannan is a member). He is a member of the Mystic race. In KQ1, then known as the Sorcerer (in KQ1 remake), he traveled around Daventry, occasionally casting Paralysis Spells on unsuspecting victims. Later, after Graham banished evil from Daventry, he traveled to Kolyma, where he enchanted Pegasus, turning it into a viper, when Pegasus refused to let the wizard ride him. He also wanders Kolyma, looking for victims to enchant, turning them into frogs. He later attends Graham's wedding.
- Dracula is a vampire – a supernatural being of great strength, and immortal as long as he is able to drink the blood of humans at regular intervals. Count Dracula the evil count and ruler of vampires in Kolyma. Dracula's Castle is on an island in the middle of a poisoned lake. He and his minions are at odds with the monks living nearby according to The King's Quest Companion. A monk gives Graham a cross to protect him from the vampire (after they pray together). Graham receives Dracula's ring and black cloak from Granny, which tricks the Boatman and ghosts of Dracula's Castle, allowing him inside the castle. Graham later kills him, but he somehow returns to attend Graham's wedding. According to The King's Quest Companion, he withdrew from the other world along with his castle. It is suggested by Derek Karlavaegen that he may not even be a supernatural vampire, but rather the last surviving member of the 'lizardfolk' a race evolved from both chameleons and bats (and which silver is a deadly poison). He is the only villain that can be killed in KQ2 (much like the 'wicked witch' in KQ1). Count Dracula is based on the character of the same name in from Bram Stoker's Dracula.
- The Wolf: This creature sometimes sleeps in Grandma's bed. The wolf had hid Riding Hood's basket of goodies in Grandma's mailbox. The reasons why may never be known. He has big TEETH, good enough to eat others with. Graham encountered the wolf inside Grandma's house laying in her brass bed, wearing, grandma's clothing. The wolf quickly got out of bed and tried to chase after Graham. He quickly escaped outside before the wolf could catch him. He later attends Graham's wedding.
- The Dwarf: Citizen Bandit is a dwarf living in Kolyma. He constantly tries to rob travelers to the land. His home is the Dwarf Tree, a giant tree with a door carved into its base. Inside a ladder leads underground to his home. The bandit's favorite food is chicken soup which he prepares in his fireplace. The Dwarf holds one of the five Sapphire Jewels, the Sapphire Earrings inside a chest in his home. He later attends Graham's wedding.
- Ghosts: A couple of spooky ghosts floated around the entrance to Castle Dracula. The ghostly apparitions guarded the evil being who lurked within the castle walls. They possess anyone who attempts to enter the castle uninvited and force them to walk into the poisonous brambles of the island, killing them. Graham was able to trick them into thinking he was Dracula allowing him into the castle.
- Gerwain (or Gervain): The royal Prime Minister of Daventry, seeing his liege's melancholy he called together a great banquet drawing together all the eligible maidens of the kingdom. Later in life, following his bad advice to sacrifice the maidens to the three-headed dragon, he was dismissed from his duties. However, he left amicable, and took up his dream to become a mushroom farmer. Gerwain is first mentioned in KQ2 manual, and is the author of the KQ2 chronicle in The King's Quest Companion. Gerwain does not actually appear in the game but is mentioned in the prologue.
- Edward: Appears in the magic mirror to warn King Graham to find a wife. Only appears in the manual short story.
- Giant: Having left the Land of the Clouds (KQ1), the giant attended Graham's wedding.
- Fairy Godmother: Having originally helped Graham in Daventry (KQ1), his Godmother attended his wedding.
- Leprechaun King: originally the ruler of the Land of the Leprechauns (KQ1), the king attended Graham's wedding.
- Dragon: Originally banished from Daventry (KQ1), the enchanter's dragon attended Graham's wedding.
- Shark: Seen briefly swimming in Neptune's Kingdom, it attends Graham's wedding.
The game was first released in 1985 on a self-booting disk that supported CGA, PCjr, and Tandy graphics (as opposed to King's Quest I, which had separate versions for all three computers). It was also released on Apple IIGS version with improved soundtrack and sound effects.
All puzzles in the game are solved through a parser. The player may type a phrase with a verb and noun, for example 'Look at ocean' or 'Pick up trident', the word list in the parser is fairly robust and understands quite a lot of non-important verbs which will result in unexpected replies. For example you could type, 'dig', or 'dig the beach' and receive messages about how pointless it is to be digging. Sometimes even illogical verb/noun combinations will net unique comments, such as typing 'Pick up horse' will mention that the flying steed is too fast to catch.
With this system the player is able to collect many items using 'pick up ____' placed into the games inventory. The items in the inventory have close up pictures giving an idea what the item looks like, or in some cases offering clues about the item. In a rare few examples an item may be manipulated in some way. For example if you receive the glass bottle, looking at it shows that a sheet is inside. The player can then type 'remove cloth from bottle' to get the sheet.
'Puzzles' involve trading these or using these items to receive new items or to get past obstacles, allowing the player to progress. For example the player could 'give basket to girl' and receive a 'bouquet'. The game in general honors non-violent solutions, so while you could 'kill lion' offering it something instead will net more points.
Many 'puzzles' have more than one solution, but only one optimum solution (earn maximum points). Alternate solutions will net less points or in some cases cause the player to lose points. Examples of alternate solutions are taking more violent approach to getting past an obstacle such as killing or stealing. For example if you use the Trident to steal the 'key' instead of offering it to Neptune will net more points (just don't try offering the Trident to the king afterwards). The other type of alternate solution involves giving one of five discovered treasures (Sapphire Jewels) to individuals to trade for items or progress. For example, the player can 'give bracelet to mermaid' for her to call the seahorse, rather than give 'bouquet'. Giving treasures instead of the proper solution will cause the player to lose points equal to the value of the treasure.
In some cases taking the most complicated route. For example you could take the bird cage from Hagatha's cave when she isn't around, or you could cover the cage and take it out instead (if she is there or not) to get full points. The sheet keeps the bird from making noise in the cave.
Some choices may lead to dead ends, for example if the player gives the trident directly to the mermaid, Neptune will kill the player the moment he player enters his presence.
The game also has a few obscure or illogical solutions to puzzles. For example there is a viper blocking a path. Shortly before this the player receives three items from the same source (a magic carpet, a sword, and a bridle). The player can kill the viper with the sword (that has a marking of a snake, as if a clue) but receives few points. The optimal solution involves 'throwing bridle at snake' disenchanting the snake, and netting the player a magic 'sugar cube' in return. The first solution is a bit of a red herring, although the intent of the marking of the snake was meant to associate the various items with the snake.
The manual contains a prologue short story by Annette Childs. The story covers Graham being told by the spirit of the former King Edward in the magic mirror that he must find a wife, or suffer the same fate of the kingdom as he had. Graham calls upon his prime minister Gerwain to prepare a great feast, and call all the maidens and ladies throughout the land. None of the ladies interest the king, and he is left solemn. The magic mirror activates telling him about young maiden Valanice trapped in a tower by the evil witch Hagatha. He is told he must travel to land of Kolyma to find the magic doorway that leads to the enchanted realm.
A novelization of the game is included in The King's Quest Companion which expands the details of story. It was written from the perspective of Daventry's prime minister, Gerwain (mentioned in the KQ2 manual). The first and second editions of the Companion also included articles within An Encyclopedia of Daventry (Abridged), which gave backstories for various characters and locations from the game. More back history about Kolyma can be found in the chapter, "The World of Daventry" in all editions.
King's Quest II resembles King's Quest I in appearance and interface. King's Quest II contains fourteen musical selections, including Tchaikovsky's love theme from Romeo and Juliet. Other songs include Greensleeves on the title screen, Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor in Dracula's castle, and Michael Jackson's Thriller when encountering the ghosts outside the castle entrance (only the opening bars of the last are played so Sierra wouldn't have to pay royalties for using the song). The music for the game was produced by Al Lowe, who was an accomplished jazz musician.
Limited floppy space would have restricted the design, but Sierra had been compressing the pictures by drawing them as lines and fill colors for a while. The original version for PC/PCjr/Tandy does not support sound cards or mice, as they did not exist at the time of publication.That scheme was kept all the way up to King's Quest V. This sequel to the original King's Quest provided not just a second look at the life of King (formerly Sir) Graham of Daventry, it also began a tradition of using King's Quest as a training ground for future designers. Future Space Quest series designers Scott Murphy and Mark Crowe joined the development team. They helped to make the game an even bigger hit than the original.
According to Roberta Williams:
King's Quest II reminded me a little of Wizard and the Princess. We saw how previous games (Mystery House and King's Quest I) were received by the public, and I was anxious to try my hand at a bigger story right away. Graham would be king by now. What quest should a lonely king go on? What should he see through the magic mirror? A maiden in distress! I started to foresee a family for Graham in the future. I couldn't fit some ideas into King's Quest I, so I was happy to get a chance to include King Neptune, Dracula, everyone from Little Red Riding Hood, and that infamous rickety old bridge you could only cross so many times.
My earlier games, from Mystery House to King's Quest II, were great games, but they couldn't have the deep complex plots I wanted due to memory and space limitations. Basically they were treasure hunts with lots of simple goals (you go from here to there) and fun puzzles to add to the challenge. King's Quest III had to push things a little farther.
The story always comes first, but technology plays a big part in what you can't do.
This was the first King's Quest to include an introduction cutscene, just past the credits. It also is the first game in the series with a linear story progression. The world actually changes as the story progresses, new characters appear in the world, areas are opened up to the player, and closed off when no longer needed. For example the mermaid appears after reading the inscription on the first door, the Antique Shop opens after reading the second inscription, the Boatman appears after the third door inscription is read.
It was first released in 1985 as a disk that booted on start-up but was re-released in 1987 with EGA and Hercules support to run under DOS. This is why most remaining copies bear a 1987 rather than a 1985 copyright date.
The Apple II version added improved sound over the PC version.
- Designed and Written by Roberta Williams
- Development System: Jeff Stephenson, Chris Iden, Robert Heitman
- Game Logic: Ken Williams, Sol Ackerman, Chris Iden Scott Murphy, Dale Carlson
- Graphics: Doug MacNeill, Mark Crowe
- Music: Al Lowe
- 1.0W: AGI1 version
- 1.1H: AGI1 version (1985): A PCjr/Tandy/PC version of the game.
- 2.1 (04-10-1987): This is the version that is included in most copies of the King's Quest Collection. It has the disk-based copy protection removed. Uses AGI2.
- 2.2 (05-07-1987): This version is associated with the Amiga release. There are two sub-versions one uses interpreter 2.426 and the other uses 2.917. Uses AGI2.
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The game was well received in the press, for its innovation. Compute! magazine said the game was like playing an animated cartoon.
...As a story, it's the best...an enchanting game...—Scott Mace, Insider Magazine
If you liked King's Quest, you'll love the sequel—Consumer Software News
Roberta Williams has simply outdone herself"—Computer Entertainment
[King's Quest II has] the most lushly painted and highly detailed scenery seen since...well, King's Quest I.—Questbusters Journal
The interactive story is presented in full color, animated, three-dimensional graphics and scored with multipart music and sound effects. King's Quest attempts to merge the best aspects of text adventures with graphics of arcade games. The animated graphics are simply the best we have ever seen on a home computer.—Computer Gaming World, June 1985
I used to be a member of the I-Hate-Adventure-Games Club until I met King's Quest II, Romancing the Throne. This program is a breakthrough in game adventures. I say "game adventures" instead of adventure games because King's Quest II is mostly animation with a little typing thrown in. The first thing I said when I saw this game was ..WOW.. And I didn't stop being amazed. You never know what you might encounter just around the next bend. It might be a beautiful beach or it might be an enemy stalking you... Move King Graham to any edge of the screen and, seconds later, the next picture screen loads in. I still can't get over the graphics. The trees, buildings, lakes and ocean are all dimensionally correct. In other words, you can walk into a tree head-on, or from the sides, the back, or just walk around it. If you see a tree with a long branch that extends off onto the right side of the monitor, you will see the rest of the branch when you get to the next screen. Each screen is colorful and detailed with a good feeling of atmosphere. I thought there could be only a few screens on one 3½-inch disk, but was I wrong! I counted at least 35 screens on the first disk alone. And there are two disks to the game. As you travel about this strange land you may encounter other animated characters—each with his, her, or its own personality. You might recognize some of the characters from fairy tales and legends. And you will soon find out if they are there to help or hinder you...The story itself is very well laid out. It's obvious that a lot of thought was given to how the screens would fit together and how the characters would interact. The characters you will meet are delightful. Each one has a different facial expression and can move about as freely as you. And you will find yourself freely running from a few of them...If all adventures could be this enjoyable and visually stimulating, I would have been an adventure game freak long ago. I found myself up until the wee morning hours, with just the monitor lighting, the room, laughing and smiling at a new sequence I had discovered. Then I realized I was afraid I would complete my quest, and I didn't want it to end.—Brad Kershaw
I first experienced computer gaming through her early work...so I sort of grew up on her style of adventure game design. She has a clean and crisp style of design that states the goals of the game clearly and makes your challenges clear, which I find refreshing...I really do think King's Quest I was the finest adventure game ever written, and the most fun to play...I also liked King's Quest II a lot. I think both of these games are great examples of the kind of adventure games that I like to play and that started the whole adventure game following in the first place. King's Quest I and King's Quest II are unlike most computer games written nowadays. Frankly, they don't feature the deep, complex plots of games like Police Quest III and Conquests of the Longbow. Instead, these games are basically treasure hunts with lots of fun puzzles thrown in to add challenge. They feature simple goals—you know what it takes to win the contest with the computer. For me, adventure games have represented a pleasant diversion—something I could boot up and get lost in for a few hours at the end of a long day. I view them the same way some people review Rubik's Cube or a crossword puzzle. I want simple goals—something I can jump into the middle of and go...I want hard puzzles—real mind benders—so that when I solve one I can sit smugly... with a sense of satisfaction. This straight forward "goals and puzzles" approach to adventuring represents the oldest and purest approach to the art form. Everyone at Sierra has their opinion about how adventure games should work, of course, but as for me, give me the old-time adventuring. Give me the early King's Quests.—John Williams
Sierra remake (cancelled)
In 1990 the developers at Sierra redevelop King's Quest with a new interface and up-to-date technology. The plan was to redevelop King's Quest II but due to rather disappointing sales of the 1990 remake of King's Quest I, the prospect of officially remaking and re-releasing King's Quest II was scrapped.
The remake uses a point-and-click interface functionally identical to an advanced SCI game engine, VGA graphics and digital sound, including full speech for all characters. Notably for an unofficial, fan-made project, the game's protagonist King Graham is voiced by Josh Mandel, who also voiced the part in Sierra's official CD-ROM full-speech versions of King's Quest V and VI. In contrast to the group's remake of King's Quest I, a content-wise identical presentation upgrade, King's Quest II+ redesigns the original game by adding a rewritten plot expanding on the 1985 version (although it changes several points of the plot, 'Dracula' is now a good guy, and the 'Monk' is a bad guy, several characters removed), a number of puzzles, new characters and locations including a town, and references to future King's Quest games. In March 2009, AGD Interactive released version 3.0 of this remake. This version showcases redrawn backgrounds and dialogue pictures; the voice-acting was also dramatically improved and, thanks to fan feedback, many problems were attended to.
- Andreadis, Kosta (February 9, 2014). "A Year of Adventure #2: King's Quest II & III". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved February 15, 2015.
- Spear 1991, p. 35
- KQ2 narrator: "The monk declares you man and wife."
- Spear 1991
- Spear 1991, p. 83
- KQ2 narrator: "You toss the leather bridle onto the coiled snake. Instantly, there stands before you not a snake, but a beautiful winged horse wearing the bridle!"
- The shrouded ghoul looks at the ruby ring on your finger and the black cloak around your neck. He motions for you to enter the boat, which you do. You must have fooled him into thinking you were someone else."
- Narrator: The shrouded ghoul looks frightening. His hands are little more than claws, and his face is completely hidden inside his hood."
- Spear 1991, p. 479
- Spear 1991, pp. 474–475
- King's Questions:
- a. Endora
- That's right! Endora is related to Samantha, Darren, and Tabitha.
- b. Manannan
- That is incorrect. Manannan is Hagatha and Mordack's brother.
- c. Hagatha
- No. Hagatha is Mordack and Manannan's sister.
- d. Mordack
- Sorry. Mordack is related to Manannan and Hagatha.
- a. Endora
- Spear 1991, p. 500
- KQ2 narrator: "The wolf pounces on you! My, what big TEETH he has! Good enough to eat you with, my dear."
- KQ2 narrator: "Oh dear! A wolf in grandma's clothing is in the bed! Get out of there, fast!"
- KQ2 narrator: "These ghostly apparitions guard an evil being lurking within the castle walls."
- KQ2 narrator: "Oh no! The two spooks float towards you and enter your body. In a trance, the player walk toward the thorn covered brambles."
- KQ2 narrator: "The two spirits are fooled by the black cloak and the large ruby ring that you are wearing. They slowly float away... Maybe you remind them of someone else."
- King's Quest 2 manual
- The Royal Scribe, King's Quest Collection, 15th Anniversary Edition
- King's Quest Collection 2 manual, p. 4
- KQ8 manual, p. 3
- King's Quest Collection 2 manual, p. 11
- King's Quest Collection 2 manual, p. 14
- King's Quest Collection 2 manual, p. 21
- King's Quest II hint book, pp. 7, 15
- From the back of the box
- Antic, May 1986
- Interaction Magazine, Spring 1992
- AGD Interactive
- Spear, Peter (1991) . The King's Quest Companion (2nd ed.). Berkeley, CA: Osborne McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0078816718.