I’ve Little use for a knife in a sock, especially with nearly all the threats handled. Of course, one never knows what might leap out from a dark corner. This castle is a large, dark, and mysterious place. And it doesn’t approve of visitors.
People who wander around here go missing. It is that sort of place.
Weapons aren’t going to be useful. What I really need are tools.
Unfortunately it is nearly impossible to make any sort of useful tools out of a butter knife.
And also unfortunately, the kitchens in this giant hunk of rock are not automated.
There was a wall of nothing but tea. Every brand. Every variety. Every imaginable combination of herbs. Sorted by color, and by caffeine level. All ready for steeping in water available at precisely the right temperature. All fronted by a dispensing system that evaluates the drinker and chooses precisely the right tea, and offers it in the right container.
The next wall was laden with coffee.
A walk-in fridge was filled with every imagined soda, sorted by flavor as well.
All of this to support the team of hackers that kept the peace, and might be expected to spend several straight days pursuing that effort.
The space also included a snack area filled with every imaginable snack food, and even a small supply of salads because there really is a limit to how much Pocky you can consume and survive.
Survive and flourish.
And eventually leave.
But first, there’s just one more bug that might provide an opening that can be exploited…