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Autumn Hills is the second area of The Messenger, the first level of the game with real gameplay. It is a fall-themed forest, always draped with a night sky and a full moon.

The west side of Autumn Hills is accessed from Ninja Village, and the east side leads to Forlorn Temple. In 16-bit, a southward pathway leads to the Catacombs.

Appearance[]

Autumn Hills is a forest filled with red-leafed trees with brown trunks. The background sky is filled with stars, and there is a prominent full moon in the upper-left corner of the sky. Glacial Peak is also visible in the distance.

Items[]

8-Bit[]

16-Bit[]

  • Ninja obtains the Key of Hope after a platforming segment that is only available in 16-bit.

Power Seals[]

For the main article, see Power Seals.

Linear[]

Power Seal #1[]

This Power Seal is located a few screens away from the Tower of Time HQ portal, up and to the right. A Power Seal symbol marks the wall in the upper-right corner of a long horizontal room. If Ninja owns the "Strike of the Ninja" shop upgrade, trigger a fireball projectile from a Ranged Kappa to the west, and wait for the fireball in order to Cloudstep to the upper-right wall. Alternatively, return back to this room during the second half of the game after obtaining the Rope Dart, and Rope Dart the upper-right wall in order to reach it. Climb the wall to reach the Power Seal room, a room filled with sawblades and a single swinging platform. Take the swinging platform over to the Power Seal while avoiding the sawblades.

Power Seal #2[]

In 8-bit during the later half of Autumn Hills, a Power Seal symbol is seen near a couple of breakable blocks in the lower-left corner of a certain room below a Ranged Kappa. Break the blocks to reach an underground pathway with a checkpoint and a giant gap. Above the gap are a giant spikeball hanging from a chain and two swinging platforms. Take the swinging platforms across the gap in order to reach the Power Seal room.

Final[]

Power Seal #3[]

This Power Seal is found at the very beginning of Autumn Hills, in the screen above the first shop. Be in 16-bit in the upper-right corner of the room with the first shop, then climb up into the Power Seal room. Navigate the wind currents and avoid the sawblades to reach the Power Seal.

Power Seal #4[]

Be in 8-bit and return to the room with Power Seal #2 with the "Aerobatics warrior" shop upgrade. Destroy the breakable blocks in the lower-right corner of the room by using a downward Wingsuit attack. Rope Dart the metal rings, avoid swinging spikeballs, avoid floor spikes, and avoid falling to death in order to reach the Power Seal.

The Shopkeeper's Dialogue[]

Initial Dialogue[]

Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Ah, The Messenger! I wasn't expecting you so soon.
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja ...What is this place?
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper This is The Shop!
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja It doesn't look like a shop.
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Do I look like a shopkeeper?
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja ...
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Anyways, so I'm this mystic character who will be mentoring and supporting you on your epic quest to save the world. All you need to do is take the scroll to the top of a faraway mountain where three sages from my order will be waiting for you.
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja Your order? Slow down, that was way too much text for one dialog box!
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Look, just keep going eastwards, and make sure you grab all these Time Shards you see lying around, I can use them to upgrade your abilities and artifacts. First one is on the house, enjoy!

Climbing claws[]

Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja So, climbing claws?
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Oh yeah. You can press against walls to cling to them, and climb at your leisure.
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja Makes sense. The way everything looks, it just felt like I should be able to do that.
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Yes, that's why John Gaiden invented them decades ago.
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja Who's John Gaiden?
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Never mind. Just an acknowledgement I needed to get out of the way.
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja I don't get it...
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Some will.

What is this place?[]

Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja Seriously though, where are we?
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Curious, are we? In time, you will come to realize that the question is not 'where?', but 'when?'
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja ...
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper ...
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja That's it?
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Listen, I know you're still new to this, but you have to be pretty naive to expect anything other than cryptic information so early in your adventure.
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja ...
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Wouldn't you rather go back into the action anyway? Just buy a health upgrade or something and be on your way. Kids these days...

Any stories to share?[]

For the main article, see The Shopkeeper's Stories.
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja Do you have any stories to share?
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Of course, here's one for you. There once was a servant who didn't know how to read. The day came where his master asked him to read something for her to which he replied "I'm sorry my lady, I can't read". That reply immediately got him fired.
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja ...
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper So he went out in the streets looking for a tea house to relax and accept the bad news. When he couldn't find any, he reckoned he probably wasn't the only one to wish there was a tea house in his small town, so he opened up his own. It really picked up, so he built many more, and became rich in the process. One day, his accountant asked him to review a piece of document, to which he replied he didn't know how to read. The accountant, who couldn't believe her ears, said: "If you became a millionaire without even knowing how to read, just imagine where you would be if you could read. "Oh I know exactly where I would be", the rich man replied. "I would be a servant". The end.
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja ...
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper What?
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja I don't see how this applies to my adventure.
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper It doesn't, you asked for a story.
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja More like the long version of "when life gives you lemons".
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Alright, since you don't seem to appreciate me sharing some clever material for your next party, I suggest you move along.

Level boss[]

Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Looks like you're almost at the end of this area. Did I forget to mention there is a giant Leaf Monster guarding the exit?
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja ... You did.
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Haha! That look on your face. Don't worry my dear adventurer, Leaf Monsters only come out during a full moon.
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja ...
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Oh is it a full moon right now?
Ninja8Portrait.png Ninja Yes...
Shopkeeper8Portrait.png Shopkeeper Oh that's... I didn't mean to... well... good luck.

Trivia[]

  • The Tower of Time on Glacial Peak in a beta version of Autumn Hills.

    In the beta version of the game, the Tower of Time used to remain in place after it was entered, so the Autumn Hills background used to have the Tower visible at the top of Glacial Peak.[1]

Gallery[]

References[]

Interactive Locations Map[]

Locations in The Messenger
Messenger Island Ninja VillageAutumn HillsForlorn TempleCatacombsBamboo CreekHowling GrottoQuillshroom MarshSearing CragsGlacial PeakTower of TimeCloud RuinsUnderworldDark CaveRivière TurquoiseSunken ShrineElemental SkylandsCorrupted FutureMusic Box
Voodkin Island Open SeaVoodkin ShoreFire MountainVoodoo Heart
Miscellaneous Locations The ShopTower of Time HQThe Craftsman's CornerThe Void
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