Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Sprite Dance Parties


Both in the original HM DS and in HM Cute DS, when you have rescued all 12 members of any Sprite Team, you will be invited to a Sprite Dance Party.

You must attempt to leave your house after 10.00 p.m. in order to initiate the event. It will not occur in bad weather so if it is raining or snowing on the day when you rescue the final member of the Team, the event will be postponed until the next day.

It is rather a charming event. The music, in particular, is absolutely delightful, reminding me of Renaissance formal dances. You will find yourself in the centre of a circle of Sprites and they, in measured steps, will perform a rather intricate dance. You will be thanked formally by the Sprite Team Leader and only regain control of your character the next morning.

It is suggested therefore that you save your game either before you ENTER the house after 10.00 p.m. (in case you forgot any chores that require you to be outside your house) or after you enter the house after 10.00 p.m. as when you awaken the next day after the Sprite Dance, the weather forecast for the following day will be set. If you saved your game BEFORE the Sprite Dance event, you will be able to reload to change the weather...

You will gain points towards your Farming Degree when you attend a Sprite Dance Party as well as whenever you rescue any Harvest Sprite. In most cases, you need not perform any exceptional action in order to rescue Harvest Sprites, but simply perform all your usual chores a specific number of times. There are a few Sprites who are rescued by performing peculiar actions, such as casting your Fishing Rod into your Watering Hole or into the Hot Spring... or by pressing A in front of an object. These are the exceptions rather than the rule. Essentially, most Sprites are rescued when you water a specific number of squares, catch a specific number of fish, chop a specific number of branches or stumps, smash a specified number of stones or boulders, upgrade specified tools, pet, brush or wash a designated number of animals, collect a specified number of bottles of milk and so on...

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