The fact I like about Journey is how sometimes someone very experienced teaches you things, but in fact that person is too your student and may learn too. Master-student and master-student is very interesting…
Since today I always played like a follower mostly, to learn, because I was so “newbie”. But this day I found some different players at the Broken Bridge, none of them lasted. In the next map, I finally found a potential companion: a player with a pretty long scarf, just like me (I was searching for the Symbols, so I knew that player probably would follow me to them).
This person was in his or hers first time playing, and to my own surprise became my follower. I showed them everything I could: Symbols, Glyphs and things that would give ‘him’ Trophies and experience. I always started to chirp like a bird whenever found anything and ‘he’ would always come to check and get goodies.
I noticed this player liked to jump a lot. When I say a lot, it is that almost spent half of the time high in the air, then falling and coming back to refill the scarf. I jumped too, maybe not that much, but kinda. We had a lot of fun there.
Whoever you are, I’m sorry for not warning you in time of the offensive machines that ripped your scarf, in that kind of doomed, dark, underground city, while I just could run away and then come back (in someway to check you were okay, though I felt you were a bit… angry? With me. And I understand it).
I though you would leave, but we continued together, even until the cold mountain, when we almost couldn’t jump and fly. I tried to teach you how to hide from the wind and avoid the war machines, though sometimes you left me to check by yourself and go the fast way, and got your scarf smaller. Then you would come back until the danger ended and we could continue together.
Believe me I felt bad for my so long scarf… and your very short one. I even tried to rip mine into pieces, to make it like yours, but you never were so away and could get targeted instead. I tried to say “it’s okay” when we were at these dark surroundings, with the machines patrolling.
Then we got higher and higher in the mountain… and suddenly you disappeared. I called for you and searched: maybe you were just exploring. But no response. I walked back to check if there was any light, any sign of you… I was alone, lost my internet connection.
I don’t know if you will ever know how concerned I was, how sad… for you, not for me, since there were still things ahead that could trouble you. I just hope you don’t just think I left you behind… The only thing I could try was initiating internet connection and trying to find you again, but my voice found a white robe instead. I just could hope you would get a nice companion after me. I would have liked to be with you until the final part, with that epic Apotheosis soundtrack and we just flying like derps… There was no bond between this white robe and me, though we waited for each other like the companions we were. It was nothing like the bond I had before… So we continued, while I guessed how this guy got lost and still was maybe too concerned about you.
Thanks for this awesome gameplay, sincerely. I discovered new things on the way of “show ‘im everything you know” and even got my white robes. You would also show me things you found, so I felt more like I could still learn, I was not just some kind of thing to follow blindly. Singing with you, playing and messing with your scarf, flying and refilling in the air the other one’s scarf, giving someone to hang on with the darkness, the machines and the snow… for you, it was probably the same I felt when one single person was mostly a teacher to me, during the first gameplay.
I felt happy and sad, amused and scared… just because you were there to play this ‘game’ with me. Thanks for everything. Izaera.
PS.: I bet this is very long, but I don’t care… I had to share this story.