Volume 3 - Concealment, a Various-to-One Relationship
Book 1 - Putting Something Under
Underlying relates various things to one thing.
The verb to underlie (he underlies, they underlie, he underlay, it is underlaid, he is underlying) implies the underlying relation.
Instead of looking under a thing which is underlaid by something (called the lost object):
say "You reach around under [the noun] and turn up [list of things which underlie the noun].";
repeat with item running through the things which underlie the noun:
now the item does not underlie anything;
now the item is carried by the player.
Hiding it under is an action applying to two things.
Definition: a thing is concealing if it is underlaid by something.
Understand "put [something] under [something]" as hiding it under. Understand "hide [something] under [something]" as hiding it under. Understand "hide [something] in [something]" as hiding it under.
Understand "hide under [something]" as hiding under. Understand "hide in [something]" as hiding under.
Instead of hiding something under Clemens:
say "Bad idea. There's always the risk that he'll roll over or get up or something."
Check hiding it under:
if the second noun is not fixed in place:
say "[The second noun] wouldn't be a very effective place of concealment." instead;
if the noun is not carried by the player and the noun is not the player:
say "(first taking [the noun])[line break]";
silently try taking the noun;
if the noun is not carried by the player:
stop the action.
Carry out hiding it under:
remove the noun from play;
now the noun underlies the second noun;
Report hiding it under:
say "You shove [the noun] out of sight beneath [the second noun]."
Hiding under is an action applying to one thing.
Carry out hiding under:
try hiding the player under the noun.
Instead of hiding the player under something:
say "You are too large by far."
Instead of hiding the player under the haystack:
say "Without some decoy, they'll certainly look hard enough to find you."
Instead of hiding the player under the haystack when Clemens protects the player:
say "Either they'll be convinced by Clemens or they won't; if they aren't, the haystack will not protect you, and it will only detract from your dignity to be found under there."