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The Witch's Epigraph, Chapter Two: The Helix and the Rose

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#1 WitchOfSecrets


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Posted 13 May 2012 - 05:42 AM

Inspired by When the Seagulls Cry (Umineko no Naku Koro ni)

The difficulty of this chapter is Reasonably Solvable. Would you care to guess?

The story so far...

Spoiler for Recap

A Note for New Players:

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Synopsis/Key Post Index:

Spoiler for A helpful tool?

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 06:15 AM

(Theme: A Banquet of Many Years Ago)

(Scene: An autumnal conclave of Witches and Sorcerers. Seated about a long table, these mysterious magicians chatter of rituals and illusions until the Sapphire Witch rises from her seat, silencing them all.)

Sapphire Witch.

Rejoice! All-Hallows Eve is nigh,

The hornèd moon doth crown the sky,

Yon clock-tower tolls the long day’s knell --

The rush hour traffic dies as well.

But Witch’s revels such as these

Bow not to dull solemnities.

Come, comrades, conjurers, and kin,

And let our mystic play begin!

Ruby Sorcerer.

I am the Witch of Transmutation

Who shares the Witch of Vision’s station.

With staves in hand and scrolls unfurled,

Together, we create a world,

And bind the mind with sigils, giving

Life unto the once-unliving.

Sapphire Witch.

Crowther, arise! I summon thee

To pose our first perplexity.

(Crowther, an Animate, presents the first riddle to great applause:)

I’m born when a boy makes a foolish mistake;

I’m emboldened by drink to make mighty men quake;

I’m courageous or cold in the presence of death,

And I’ll wrack you and twist you and rob you of breath.

Witch of Secrets.

By Hecate’s scythe-blade, what an old device --

A greybeard Animate in a younger mask.

The Witch of Secrets casts a fresher spell

That mortal eyes have ne’er beheld before!

(The Witch unfurls a scroll, which reads:)

My first is in FILLINGS, but not in BRACES,

My second’s in TENNIS, but not in RACES.

My third’s in the SOIL, but not in the SEAS,


My fifth is in STORMS, not merely in GALES,

My sixth in the STREETS, but not on the RAILS.

My seventh in a TILT, but not in a QUAKE,

My eighth in the OCEAN, but not in a LAKE.

My ninth hides in DARKNESS, under a pall –

My ninth may not be my ninth at all.

(Applause. As this illusion fills the air, two younger people arise and bow. The Ochre Sorcerer introduces them.)

Ochre Sorcerer.

It looks like we’ve got two apprentices

With us tonight, and each of them has spun

A spell to show us all the tricks they’ve learned.

As Witch of Curiosity, I say,

Let’s see these novice conjurings at once!

(The Crimson Apprentice, a fledgling Witch of thirteen, is the first to rise to the challenge with an illusion. Her mother assisted her in the editing, but the essential form of the ritual is her own.)

Crimson Apprentice.
It’s really hard to make a perfect crime,
But here’s a mystery I have to share:

A dozen men are on their backs and none can call for aid;

Our culprit paints them gleefully with runes of garish shade.

He locks up all the bodies till they’re stiff, and when he’s done…

Off with their heads!

Off with their limbs!

One by one by one!

No matter how he maims them, police won’t come around,

And even if they did, the bodies never would be found.

(Applause, and some nervous looks. The Opal Apprentice, a boy younger than the Crimson Apprentice, poses a spell crafted with the help of the Sapphire Witch herself. He places a chessboard upon the table, as well as a bucket of pieces - black shapes in conical hats.)

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A Witch in a chess game’s a powerful thing;

It can move like a bishop or move like a king.

So how many Witches, one way or another,

Can fit on this board without threatening each other?

(The assembled Witches set to solving these riddles...)


Before I allow you to glimpse the Epigraph itself, let me test your mettle with these apprentice's riddles.

I doubt they shall delay you for long, but perhaps your struggles will entertain me.

With all due courtesy,

The Witch of Secrets

Edited by WitchOfSecrets, 13 May 2012 - 06:25 AM.

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 08:10 AM

Excellent. :D Btw, that chinese character in the picture is actually my last name (or first in chinese) ;P

Spoiler for Chess board

As for the Witch of Secrets' scroll...well, I'm kinda stuck.

Spoiler for In one, but not the other

Bed for me, someone else figure it out. XP
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Women are definitely stronger. We are [Fe]males, after all...

Some of what makes me me is real, some of what makes me me is imaginary...I guess I'm just complex. ;P

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 01:41 PM

Spoiler for the first one

Edited by Aaryan, 13 May 2012 - 01:41 PM.

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 01:55 PM

Spoiler for Well

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You must not think me necessarily foolish because I am facetious,  nor will I consider you necessarily wise because you are grave.  Sydney Smith.

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 03:50 PM

Spoiler for ?Crowthers riddle

Spoiler for ?Crimson Apprentice riddle

Got the same number as fabpig for the chessboard, with different positioning.
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Posted 13 May 2012 - 04:13 PM

A thought...
Spoiler for Crowther's riddle

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The cake is a lie.

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 05:42 PM

Spoiler for ChessWitches

Love this project!

Edited by Potok, 13 May 2012 - 05:44 PM.

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 05:54 PM

Spoiler for Crimson apprentice

Probably wrong, but oh well. I was never any good at solving puzzles.
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Mafiosos and mafiosas of the world, unite! And then kill each other in a particularly tricky move that everyone suspects but never anticipates.

stand back. I'm going to apply logic.


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Posted 13 May 2012 - 07:31 PM

(Nice progress!)

Agate Witch.
I got it! I know what the third one's about,
I took me a moment to figure it out.
 The cops won't be coming; they never do when
The men you dismember are...

Spoiler for Answer to Crimson Apprentice's riddle

Crimson Apprentice.
 That's right. There is no corpus delicti
 (she said, with much pretension for her age.)

 A baker won't be hanging from a rope.
 That's all from me, your future Witch of Hope!

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ESPER, the Crimson Apprentice, Witch of Hope

Witch of Sighs.

 The Animate that faces us is such

 That any man with memories of cruel,

 Cold youth may end it swiftly, with a sigh.

 Your Crowther, ANNABEL, is simply...

Spoiler for Answer to the Sapphire Witch's riddle

Sapphire Witch.

 Farewell, dear Crowther, servant true!

HERMETICUS, this one goes to you;

 You've answered it with great precision.

 Thus speak I, the Witch of Vision!

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ANNABEL, the Sapphire Witch, Witch of Vision/Doubt

Witch of Connections.

 For the fourth riddle... twelve?

Opal Apprentice.

 You can do better.

Ochre Sorcerer.

 The third riddle puzzles me; I checked each letter.

 Is the answer Gilt Stick? Could it be Lily Stick?

Witch of Sighs.

 With THALASSA, you know, there's always a trick.

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