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The Witch's Epigraph: Prologue


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#41 Morningstar

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Posted 31 December 2011 - 05:27 PM

Spoiler for ...


I'm missing a lot, I think. How do you know?

Edited by Morningstar, 31 December 2011 - 05:27 PM.

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Posted 31 December 2011 - 06:07 PM

Spoiler for it seems like only yesterday

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Posted 31 December 2011 - 06:20 PM

Hint:

Spoiler for Going back to the start

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Posted 31 December 2011 - 06:31 PM

Spoiler for dooh

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Posted 31 December 2011 - 10:13 PM

(Congratulations! The riddles of the first thread have been solved. You have unlocked the first Witch's Banquet.)


Banquet of the Prologue


A figure in a blue riding cloak gently laid a hand on the Club's front door. Though it had surely been locked, it opened before the magic of the Sapphire Witch in an instant. Passing by the newly installed ticket booth, through the foyer, and finally into the study, the Witch opened a door and was greeted at once by Dudeney, ever the loyal butler.


"Annabel. It has been some time. I trust you're well?" said Dudeney. In truth, ten years had gone by since the day of the inheritance challenge and the ruinous scandal that followed. All the same, Dudeney would ever be the Witch's friend.


Dudeney was one of the Witch's first Animates, imbued with human personality and character by the power of magic. Old-fashioned, perhaps, but he would always have a place in Annabel's heart. "As well as could be expected!" said the Witch. "And yourself?"


"Alas! Nobody has fed me for years. Still, it is to be, as you say, expected," replied Dudeney. Though the portly, squat little fellow still bore himself with dignity, his outer vestments showed signs of neglect. The black ribbon he wore was faded and worn, and half of the buttons at his breast had their sigils worn off. "In the year 2021, it is a miracle that I even exist at all. I shan't complain if I'm given few opportunities to serve. My joints are creaky with age."


"Ha! Rejoice, old friend!" said the Witch, laughing. "Tonight, you shall have a banquet, for our mystery is being re-opened! Come, let us begin - just like old times. You can take down my dictation while you eat."


And so the butler feasted through the night with a clashing of teeth and clattering of utensils.


Edited by WitchOfDoubt, 31 December 2011 - 10:21 PM.

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 03:02 PM

Spoiler for From the decalogue..


Spoiler for is that the answer?


That's all that's showing up.
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Posted 01 January 2012 - 07:41 PM

Morningstar: An answer is present in that post by Molly Mae, but it is not "the pattern ends or shifts from there." It is an incomplete phrase and doesn't directly relate to the lock - though it will be a clue later on.
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Posted 01 January 2012 - 07:48 PM

All I see in her spoiler is the following:

Answers are...

The pattern ends or shifts from there.

Is there something missing?
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Posted 01 January 2012 - 10:11 PM

(There are many riddles in this thread, one of which is hidden message in the Sphinx's Decalogue. This is what Molly Mae solved. The solution is plainly visible in your last post.

If you wish to check this answer, you should return to the Decalogue and solve the code, which has a ten-letter answer.

The code's answer only makes full sense if you consider what came immediately after the Sphinx's Decalogue in the first post - a series of asterisks, which led to more answers.)

Edited by WitchOfDoubt, 01 January 2012 - 10:11 PM.

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 02:04 AM

I just wanted to make sure the spoiler wasn't messed up on my computer. Thanks, WoD.
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