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


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#101 Aziraphael

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 11:50 AM

Alright, so

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As for the last cryptic clue,
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Yeh, I got similar again, but:
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#102 Aziraphael

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 12:18 PM

Hang about...

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#103 rvc113

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 12:36 PM

that is it .great job Aziraphael.

We should also stop the 4th car of the train on Florence. that would probably reveal something.
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Posted 13 January 2012 - 01:21 PM

that is it .great job Aziraphael.

We should also stop the 4th car of the train on Florence. that would probably reveal something.


Good call dude.
You need to start using spoilers though, fella, not everyone will have worked this out yet. (ya know, time zones and all that jazz)
The shortcut to put things in a spoiler window is the 'S' logo next to the Twitter 't' at the top of your reply box. :)
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Posted 13 January 2012 - 06:56 PM

Hang about...

Spoiler for I just realised something...

I would not have thought to go looking for that. Well done!
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 03:25 AM

Nice!
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 09:34 AM

(Some readers may find one of the following scenes disturbing. Discretion is advised.)


Chapter 1 Finale: The Locked Study


With the last cryptic clue resolved using a little linguistic flexibility, Batsheva Ellis and Nat Foreman stepped in just as the others worked out an answer to the train riddle. The insight had started with Ocean, whose eyes had widened when she recognized the coat-of-arms. One by one, the guests confirmed their suspicions with the relevant pages, clicking each station into place.

The model train made a metallic whistle as it moved around the track, passing by the opened boxes and through each station. When it finally reached the first station again, there was a click, and a panel in the roof of the Uffizi Gallery slid open slightly, revealing a keyhole. Unlocking it with the tiny key, L.V. gently lifted the gallery to reveal a pedestal inscribed with the word "AMBRA" and bearing a yellow stone, a note, and a circular pad with a button.

L. V. admired the stone, then pocketed it "for safekeeping." He then read the note aloud:

Press the button, and I shall uncover this room's final lock: The Witch's Epigraph.


He paused, perhaps for dramatic effect, as the guests crowded in to see what would happen.. Even the Club staff gathered around - now all eight of them were present, including the two security guards, Maria Brand and Sal Lucas. "Well, go on, push! Push the button!" said Otto, half-ready to jump in and push it himself. With a flourish, L. V. did so. It clicked, and there was the sound of tile sliding on tile.

"Where did that sound come from?" asked Kenichi. The tall ceiling seemed to play tricks on their hearing, and there was no way to be certain, save for searching the entire room. "We'll split up to look," said Ocean, and began combing the walls and floors of the east side of the foyer. With a rush of excitement, each of the other guests claimed an area.

For several minutes, the search proceeded fruitlessly. Then, as suddenly as the first quake, an aftershock struck. As the floor shifted like the deck of a storm-tossed ship, Nat clung tightly to Batsheva, while Ocean clung equally tightly to a support column, refusing L. V.'s proffered arm. Margaret hurried towards her son, wanting to steady him, but he shied away from her and refused to be held. "The Witch is coming back," he whispered.

Just as the shaking slowed to a stop, a crash of thunder erupted from the sky, and rain began to pound against the roof and batter the windows, as if nature itself had been roused to fury by the prospect of the Witch's resurrection. The lights died, leaving the group in darkness. For a moment, they heard only the sounds of each others' breathing, and the patter of rain, and, despite the loss of power to the building, the whirr of the model train moving steadily around its track.

Margaret was the first to break the silence. "Mark? Are you okay?"

No reply. "Mark?"

Using their phones to light the way, the group gathered together in the middle of the foyer. The room seemed even more cavernous and huge in the dark, the screens of their phones making a little circle of light in the near-total darkness. "I'll get the emergency kit," said Lana. "Stay calm. He can't have gone far. Bill, try to get the generator going."

"Mark," said Margaret, "if this is a joke, cut it out!" Again, no reply. "He's okay," said Samuel, but his voice was not as reassuring as he'd hoped it would be. The other guests and staff checked in, one at a time, only to reveal another worrisome fact: L. V. and Ocean were gone. When Lana returned with flashlights, they had reached a decision.

"Samuel, Lana, Mr. Foreman, and I are going to look for Mark," said Margaret. "Everyone else stays here. Except Bill, you get the generator working... go together with Professor Rinaldi and Dr. Tressler. Nobody stays alone!"

"We'd still better find that ring, too, right? We've got a thief in our midst..." said Batsheva, a little tentatively. "And maybe we can wait out the storm. Swap riddles."

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As the search party walked through the halls of the Club, Lana asked, "Can you think of any reason why he might have run away? Or why anybody would have taken him?"

"Don't know," said Margaret. Just then, as they passed the Computer Room, a figure ran towards them. They braced themselves for anything, but quickly saw that it was L. V., his sneakers flashing brightly in the dark corridor.

"Sorry, dudes," said L. V.. "I tried to catch him."

A few minutes after, they found Ocean leaning against a wall to catch her breath. "I saw L. V. run off," she said. "Thought he was trying to get away. With the stone."

"'s cool," said L. V., grinning. "I'm totally a glamorous jewel thief." In spite of the situation, this elicited a faint smile from Ocean.

With each explanation, Margaret grew more and more worried. If neither of them were with Mark, was he alone? But then, with a gasp of relief, she saw her son. "Mark! Where were you?"

Showing neither haste nor fear, Mark returned to his mother's side. "I was following the Witch," he said, quietly. He smiled at the group, and then looked straight into his mother's eyes. "The Witch is here. Gonna take us all away..."

A series of expressions crossed Margaret's face - fear, confusion, anger, and finally, resolve. "No, she's not," she said. "Because we're going home. You all can finish your contest... I refuse to let my son near any of you." She had a firm suspicion about the nature of Mark's 'Witch', and had no desire to see how her plans ended. Even as the boy resisted, she dragged him back to the foyer, leaving Ocean, Lana, and L.V. alone in the hallway.

As they started to walk back, L.V. couldn't resist the chance to make a snide comment. "Spooky," he said. "Maybe we'll bump into Mom on the way back." Ocean rolled her eyes, and before Lana could chide both of them for their flippancy, the librarian noticed something awry. They were passing the Study, which had a glass window in its door, and as she shone her flashlight through...

Dudeney was there, on the floor, motionless.


(Music.)


Hurriedly, she unlocked the door and opened it; there was no other way in, save that door. She knelt on the chilly tile floor, where Dudeney had fallen, and looked over the servant's remains. Perhaps the wound was not too severe...?


But on closer inspection, that would have been a truly optimistic assessment. The sight was ugly. Dudeney had been literally split wide open, innards exposed, bones broken. Lana jumped a little as Ocean spoke from behind her. "This is awful," she said. But even as she said that, Ocean's keen eye spotted something strange.


The ribbon that Dudeney normally wore was gone. It had been stolen.


The door had been locked when they found it, and had to be unlocked with a key.


The window in the door offered no entry and remained unbroken. No weapon passed through it.


There were no other doors or windows in the room.


No secret passages were used.


Upon their entry, the group saw no other person inside the room, and no other person tried to leave.


(End of Chapter 1: The Room of Six Locks)


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Kindly remain seated, honored guests. This thread is far from complete, for some riddles remain unsolved.


In order to unlock the Witch's Banquet and the next chapter, you must dispel these enchantments of the Witch.


Do not fret. Soon you will be provided with tools to seek the truth.


In the meantime, guess! Guess and guess again, and fail and fail again!


You shall not understand until you truly grasp the magic of the Witch!


Edited by WitchOfDoubt, 14 January 2012 - 09:41 AM.

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#108 rvc113

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 10:32 AM

that's epic.

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#109 Morningstar

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 04:51 PM

^^^ That makes sense.
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#110 Aziraphael

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 09:18 PM

that's epic.

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