Diary of a Hero
The diary of a hero is a window for the hero's point of view on their highly confusing world, into which their god can gaze with fascination. It occupies the center of the hero page of the game, and as such serves as the main monitoring system for the use of checking up on a hero and seeing what they have been doing.
It is a widely known fact throughout Godville that heroes have approximately the same intelligence as a rubber hammer. However, most heroes also have more than make up for this fact by being more curious than cats. This natural, avid curiosity seems to fuel the need to endlessly document every aspect of their adventure. These tales of birth and death, misery and happiness, requires a book. This book will then have to be carried around everywhere and available at a moment’s notice. This the how book known as the diary came to exist.
The cover is often adorned with various artifacts, trinkets, stickers, glitter, and doodles which can include anything such as monsters, pets, dungeons, temples, arks, diagrams, graphs, pie charts, maps, skulls, hearts, a vast array of stars, diamonds, horseshoes, rainbows, or spattered with blood, sweat, and beer, and once in a great while - absolutely nothing. The color of the cover varies, but since heroes tend to have a limited imagination (except when it comes to their descriptions of how big monsters they lost to are), this results in it the hero seeing their diary cover as being either black or white depending on the alignment of the hero.
Diaries tend to have lots of pages in them for the hero to record their adventures upon. Some heroes place inside the pages bookmarks, feathers, rubbings of leaves, small artifacts, or pieces of fur and other bits remaining from their kills.
As for the actual number of pages in the diary that a god can view at any one time, it is invariably ten. This is because some diary pages tend to serve in absolute emergencies for outhouses or even pet and hero food. Other, older previous pages of the diary become damaged to the extent where they can no longer be read. Older pages tend to become quickly damaged especially since while the hero is fighting monsters, it is common practice for him/her to also be writing an entry into their diary while in the middle of attempting to unscrew a monster's head. Older pages are often damaged from the heat of battle, humidity, oils and solvents, with tiny curls and bends, small tears, torn, loose and even crumpled pages causing a jumbled mess, yellowing with age, smears of dirt and spatters from blood stains, beer spills, and moisture from the tears of your enemies and your hero alike. Pages and entire diaries can more often than not be damaged or bloodied during the fight.
Every page must be 100 percent intact in order to be read. Thinking about everything your hero does while carrying their diary around, having a total of 10 entries available for them to reflect on is actually pretty amazing. However; for those of you wondering, if your hero ever stumbles across an option to have more than 10 entries, he or she will refuse it anyway...
Luckily though, the Third Eye helpfully extracts and stores the most important diary entries for safe keeping. All diary entries are time-stamped so a god can keep in chronological touch with their hero. Most diary entries are funny (who knew heroes were this funny? Actually, they aren't, see here) although the majority serve to keep a record of the hero's progress - noting down events such as the purchase of new equipment, the slaughtering of a troublesome monster, or the not-so-occasional drink at the local tavern.
Details on the diary entries of heroes are sometimes featured in the 'ads' section of the Godville Times, where some heroes place information about their desire to reclaim their previously lost diaries. This is despite the fact that each hero decides on their own when to start a new one.
Occasionally, the hero will take one look at their diary and realise that the blood stains, torn pages and ruined spine of the poor book no longer give its owner much credit. The hero therefore buys a new book and bins the old one, thus resetting the diary to one entry, along the lines of 'bought a new diary'. At other times a dragon may come along and rip out a page in the diary for no apparent reason, also causing a part of the diary to be reset.
However, it is important to note the resetting of the diary never affects the Third Eye. Also, a hero may occasionally run out of space in their diary, as evidenced by certain diary entries. (See here).
The Colour of Diary Entries
Heroes like to own a collection of coloured pens with which to write different types of diary entries:
- Black - the hero has done something with no input from their god whatsoever.
- Blue - this indicates an influence from the hero's own god and clickable links when underlined.
- Gray - if you have random shouts enabled, this is what your hero hears from other gods.