Several times I've listened to this guy blab on about the new errands he wants me to do before I could give him his items. I waited P A T I E N T L Y and allowed him to inform me of everything he needed me to know. BUT SUDDENLY when I mess up with getting this one compass, HE WON'T LOOK AT THE DRAWING THE SPATTER GAVE ME! Pardon my use of the caps lock but seriously, why does thinning that one Pirate LOCK the ENTIRE quest instead of perhaps that one path?!
There is no indication that you can go to Clarabelle first due to Horace being all set about this random Pirate stranger he claims to be close friends with despite Hook’s Crew never appearing in a 1930s-1950s Mickey Mouse cartoon. The way it's said leads me to believe that I have to make him change his mind about said Pirate. Plus in the quest menu Clarabelle's side doesn't show up yet further leading me to believe my theory that I have to make sure I fail the compass quest. Sure, going straight to Ostown would've shown me that I could do her side of the quest but when the game looks like I have to do something else and each mission is connected by tedious Projector levels, you can kinda understand why I wouldn't want to bother.
The game doesn't tell you that taking a picture of Scurvy Pat will make him give up the compass! You walk up to him, he denies that he has the compass and that’s it. Nothing like "Oh I don't have the compass and you'll never even see a picture of me with it" or something like that. It really just leaves me to believe that thinning him is how you get it, then the paint/thinner path comes to who the compass is given to. Obviously that was wrong.
The game didn't seem to put too many warning before thinning Scurvy Pat. When doing Donald's quest, it reminds you that going through the Blot Alley projector might mess up the quest. So why couldn't Gus warn me with "Hey! Thinning this guy might make Horace forget about all you did for him over the years and he'll never want to talk to you ever again!"
I mean, he's not dead. I can just paint him back up and he's fine and perfectly unharmed! Yes my means of getting the compass wasn't the best, but is it so bad that Horace will refuse a note FROM CLARABELLE?! I mean at this point it's like refusing to receive letters from a postman! What if Mickey was trying to inform Horace that her Spatters where revolting against her and she needs his help immediately? Apparently Horace wouldn't bother because he doesn't like the messenger.
So... since I made this mistake without even knowing it was a mistake, I must now redo the entire game including Disney Gulch's Battery Spheres and the Floatyard's Invisibility Ink platforming section all because I want footage of the complete good ending with all the audio. Joy.