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The Witch's Epigraph Chapter 1: The Room of Six Locks


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#91 Aziraphael

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 06:07 PM

And trains don't run on ladders. =P



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#92 Molly Mae

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 07:13 PM

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 09:42 PM

Maybe something that allows people to climb said social ladder quickly? Like a hierarchical thing? Perhaps some sort of conspiracy involved with a painting?
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Posted 13 January 2012 - 01:39 AM

Spoiler for The solutions to the last of Sexton's clues would have to wait........

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 02:07 AM

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#96 WitchOfDoubt

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 07:01 AM

(rvc113: This is easily the longest chapter planned because of the nature of this story, but this group is going through it at lightning speed. There's nothing wrong with jumping right in late, anyway!)

Two more people arrived to the table, Cavenglok and rvc113, and they were at once seated in the remaining spaces. If more guests arrived, more places could be made.

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The answer to the last of Sexton's tutorial clues finally occurred to Foreman and Ellis, though one of the more difficult early ones, involving "turning white about the temples" and some sort of homophone, remained unsolved.

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As for the riddles on Foreman's sheet, the guests found reasonable answers for both, though some debate remained about the second. However, if anyone was unsure of the riddle in the safe - and a few highly original theories were devised - the matter was settled as soon as they took a second look at the model railroad.

The tracks were glued down to the table, forming a loop that circled a green pyramid, which glittered and flashed with multicolored lights. At several locations, the track abruptly stopped and restarted, leaving a total of eight gaps. If the set were turned on as it was, the train would certainly go off the rails. However, eight boxes sat on the table, and inside of each was a hand-painted diorama of a train station, perfectly sized to fit in one of the gaps.

"Wait a sec," said Bill Jackson, picking up an envelope from the table and looking sincerely perplexed. "Where the hell'd this come from? I could've sworn this wasn't there before."

Stamped upon it was a seal, a mark of the Sapphire Witch:

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The paper inside read:

Impossible journeys by railway train

Shall rattle your reason and baffle your brain.

The fourth of the eight hides a secret today;

Your traveling companions will show you the way.


But how did the letter get there at all? Of the staff, Mrs. Ye was still at the toybox, Lana was near the bookcase, and Samuel had left the room. Another two staff members, Jaime LaSalle and Celia Marquez, had arrived late, but each vouched that the other had nothing to do with the envelope. And none of the guests had gone near the train. Ocean Zweidler considered this carefully, but didn't voice her hunch, instead directing her attention first to the train, and then to the dioramas that would fill the gaps in the track.

Each car of the train was labeled in some way. The first showed a single tally mark, the second a pair of tally marks, and the third a triangle. The fourth was decorated with four-leaf clovers, and the fifth with hands. The sixth bore the image on an ant, the seventh a heptagon, and the last a spider. In other words, the cars were numbered, but no amount of searching found any keyhole.

The stations seemed more promising. The dioramas depicted, in no particular order:

* The Rijksmuseum and, rather stereotypically, windmills.
* A charming German town whose coat of arms shows two keys, a lobster, and a bear.
* A venerable university town, full of centuries-old libraries and Latin inscriptions.
* A bustling city center covered in Japanese signage.
* Skyscrapers, including the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building.
* Michelangelo's David and the Uffizi Gallery.
* Sunbathers and surfers on a beach, with the Santa Monica mountains in the background.
* A grand royal palace and the Museo del Prado.

"Guess we'd better just put those stations in order," said L. V., "and turn it on!"

Edited by WitchOfDoubt, 13 January 2012 - 07:05 AM.

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#97 SeaCalMaster

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 08:58 AM

Alright, so
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#98 WitchOfDoubt

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 09:20 AM

While the group was debating the answer, Professor Rinaldi, quick to tinker as always, simply guessed a few possible orders - to no avail. Neither alphabetical order, latitude, nor longitude play a role in this solution.
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#99 Aziraphael

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 10:47 AM

The answer to the last of Sexton's tutorial clues finally occurred to Foreman and Ellis, though one of the more difficult early ones, involving "turning white about the temples" and some sort of homophone, remained unsolved


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#100 rvc113

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 11:13 AM

here my take on this, probably wrong though.

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