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The Chromatic Witch, Ep 1: The Gate of Blue Heaven

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Outside the Box Studios Presents...

A Y-san Puzzleduction...

(Based on the short story The Chromatic Witch that Y-san's real life alter ego was too lazy to actually write...)

The Chromatic Witch

To WoS/WoD for introducing the puzzle/adventure game format, many thanks. Xie xie

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To all the shows/animes I've watched, books I've read, games I've played that inspired my subconscious to have the dream this is based on, arigatou.

To my laziness for not writing that dream turned story idea into a short story for over a year, so that it was readily available for transcribing into this format...;P

And to all who will follow this series and give it life, thank you :).

The room was almost completely dark. Around the periphery of the room, the girl could barely make out the outlines of pieces of equipment, stands where pieces of equipment should have been, lab benches with varying degrees of dust cover, drawers brimming with supplies, and cabinets littered with specimen jars that were labeled in a weary hand.

“Are you ready?” asked a voice, muffled by the presence of a light turquoise surgical mask. The man it belonged to, donning the matching attire, adjusted the fluorescent stand light next to him. Then he turned and selected a scalpel and surgical drill from the trolley of tools sitting next to him.

It could have been his imagination, but he thought that, for just a brief moment, he caught a slight wince in the corner of the girl’s eye when her gaze fell upon the drill. But he blinked, and it was gone.

Reclining back onto the vinyl back of the surgical chair, the girl closed her eyes.

“Do it.”

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Welcome to Sector Lambda

Our world is in grave peril. The most nefarious, most maleficent, most devious Chromatic Witch seeks to destroy it through her malevolent tricks and heinous devices.

The Chromatic Witch draws her vile power from her seven Gateways. Each Gateway has the property of being a different color, and each color grants the Chromatic Witch different powers.

Hence, we have gathered you, the best and the brightest agents, here, under the skillful supervision of the most capable and fair Father to form an elite team in the world’s defense.

You and your fellow agents will have to venture into the territory of these Gateways and destroy them, one-by-one, to remove her hold on this world and vanquish her.

There are a few things you must know, though, before you can attend the task at hand.

1. Do not question the word of Father. He is here for your guidance and protection. Father knows best, and has your best interests at heart. Normal human beings such as you and I cannot hope to understand the depth of Father’s knowledge and comprehension.

2. Do not question the above, ever.

3. Some of the challenges the Chromatic Witch will pose will require special knowledge, which should be readily available through the neuro-link to the vast information network implanted into your minds. If your neuro-link is malfunctioning, please contact the BioIT department at SectorLambdaBioIT@gmail.com for help.

4. Some of the challenges the Chromatic Witch will pose may have more than one possible solution. If you discover multiple solutions, then take pride in your savvy as an agent. However, you will have to face the Chromatic Witch in her own domain, and to defeat her power over the domain, you must find the solution to what she has set as the key to her devices and abilities.

5. Some agents will be more readily adapted to certain tasks or easily identify the knowledge needed for certain challenges than others. After all, no man may have complete knowledge, no man except Father, that is, but he is no mere man. Therefore, to be the most effective, you must function as a team and build on each others' strengths. Remember, this is not about you as an individual, this is about protecting our world.

6. Do not question any of the above. It just may cost you or your team their lives.

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Led by a tall, gangly man with scraggly dark hair and close-knit brows, who had introduced himself as “Agent Wraith”, the new agents entered the main operations room of Sector Lambda, burdened by a combination of excitement, anticipation, and anxiousness.

“And this is the main control unit,” Agent Wraith explained, waving his arm towards the an expansive sloped panel covered with back-lit buttons of various shapes and sizes, from which a number of holo-screens protruded. “We use it to coordinate all of our operations in the field. It sends real-time feedback from our agents’ neuro-links, so we can monitor their vitals and receive any information they attain, allowing us to guide them as effectively as possible.” He demonstrated by dragging out a sample schematic on the nearest holo-screen, featuring a rotating representation of a head on one half, which zoomed out and displayed the agent’s infrared signature, and with several panels of scrolling data on the other half.

Most of the group emitted the appropriate oohing and aahing sounds. Wraith nodded acceptingly, ignoring the few holding back. Then he turned and went to stand by a panel with four 12 columns of lights, every other column of which was blinking, and contained 1, 4, 3, 2, 5, and 2 lights, respectively. The non-blinking columns contained 5, 6, 4, 7, 7, and 6 lights.

“That ends the orientation. But before you can start your duties, there is a little test we administer to new Agents to make sure they’re up for the trials ahead.” He swept out his arm at a group of Agents sitting nearby.

“Hi, I’m Janine,” said a pretty, freckled girl with short reddish brown hair and glasses. She gave them a warm smile.

“And I’m Orin,” followed a somewhat tall, muscular blonde with clear blue eyes, a strong jaw ,and prominent cheekbones. He gave them a welcoming nod.

“And that is Umi,” Wraith finished, gesturing towards a small, thin, silver-haired girl with pale skin and sharp eyes. “She doesn’t talk much, but she’s a wiz with computational stuff.” The girl blinked at them and then turned back to her work. “One of the agents here is the squad captain. Did you get the memo? Good. Your test, new agents, is to figure out which one. And no random guessing.” He wagged a finger. “Only answers with appropriate reasoning will be accepted. You must demonstrate your prowess before gaining the right to wear a Sector Lambda uniform.”

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I'm seeing something to do with a 3-D plane, with an X,Y, and Z axis. Perhaps it created a hint to the next part?

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That would explain the "vertically labeled" bit I was confused about.

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I'm seeing something to do with a 3-D plane, with an X,Y, and Z axis. Perhaps it created a hint to the next part?

i thought that too, but why would you have four of the same coordinates in a row?

i did see there are 18 buttons pushed

and the sequence has 18 1

and 36 0

don't know if this helps

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i did see there are 18 buttons pushed

And yet the plot says there were 16 installments. Typo, Y-san?

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saw that too if it's not a type-o. i think its a reference to six also " After the sixth installment of the series,"

six is divisible by 18 and 36

sixteen is divisible by 8

6 and 8 are divisible by 24

i think there are supposed to be 24 buttons pushed by the end, that would be a string of six more buttons

but i'm just thinking out loud it could just be a type-o

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That would explain the "vertically labeled" bit I was confused about.

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It's a wedge shape, so that's the way it would look.

And yet the plot says there were 16 installments. Typo, Y-san?

Yeah, something weird happened with the copy-pasting. Part got repeated. Here:

(1,0,0), (0,1,0), (0,1,0), (0,1,0), (0,1,0), (0,0,0), (0,0,0), (1,1,1), (1,1,1), (0,0,0), (0,1,0), (0,0,0), (0,1,0), (0,0,0), (1,0,0), (0,0,1), (1,1,1), (0,0,0)

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I think this is probably more color related than xyz axis related. I think the triplets are RGB values of some sort. So the 5 buttons correspond to red (1,0,0), green (0,1,0), blue (0,0,1), white (1,1,1) and black (0,0,0). I don't have much HTML development experience, but I think the reference to "style" refers to CSS style sheets and how colors are referenced in them. I looked up "cornflower blue" and it is one of the named colors that should be known by all browsers. It's hex value is #6495ED. (Interestingly, the blue color value used to show the coordinates is not cornflower blue, but the value #6699cc). Anyway, my thinking is that since the room is cornflower blue and the sphere is reflecting that color, I think we need to figure out how the coded sequence is related to that specific color.

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I think this is probably more color related than xyz axis related. I think the triplets are RGB values of some sort. So the 5 buttons correspond to red (1,0,0), green (0,1,0), blue (0,0,1), white (1,1,1) and black (0,0,0). I don't have much HTML development experience, but I think the reference to "style" refers to CSS style sheets and how colors are referenced in them. I looked up "cornflower blue" and it is one of the named colors that should be known by all browsers. It's hex value is #6495ED. (Interestingly, the blue color value used to show the coordinates is not cornflower blue, but the value #6699cc). Anyway, my thinking is that since the room is cornflower blue and the sphere is reflecting that color, I think we need to figure out how the coded sequence is related to that specific color.

Well, following this, I see Cornflower Blue as (100,149,237) and I'm not sure how it relates here.

However, I don't think this is the correct path, since any of the given sets of numbers all give you the color black in hex code.

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http://www.color-hex.com/color/010000

http://www.color-hex.com/color/000100

http://www.color-hex.com/color/000000

http://www.color-hex.com/color/010101

I'm still think about ordered trios, here, since every one of those sets of numbers looks exactly like they were plotted on a graph.

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The sphere also suggests 3 dimensions.

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I think this is probably more color related than xyz axis related. I think the triplets are RGB values of some sort. So the 5 buttons correspond to red (1,0,0), green (0,1,0), blue (0,0,1), white (1,1,1) and black (0,0,0). I don't have much HTML development experience, but I think the reference to "style" refers to CSS style sheets and how colors are referenced in them. I looked up "cornflower blue" and it is one of the named colors that should be known by all browsers. It's hex value is #6495ED. (Interestingly, the blue color value used to show the coordinates is not cornflower blue, but the value #6699cc). Anyway, my thinking is that since the room is cornflower blue and the sphere is reflecting that color, I think we need to figure out how the coded sequence is related to that specific color.

Well, following this, I see Cornflower Blue as (100,149,237) and I'm not sure how it relates here.

However, I don't think this is the correct path, since any of the given sets of numbers all give you the color black in hex code.

Here:

http://www.color-hex.com/color/010000

http://www.color-hex.com/color/000100

http://www.color-hex.com/color/000000

http://www.color-hex.com/color/010101

I'm still think about ordered trios, here, since every one of those sets of numbers looks exactly like they were plotted on a graph.

I tried to use hex code on a previous puzzle and got this response

The agents continued to concentrate. A few of them thought it might have to do with hex values.

"Perhaps," Father responded. "But the Witch has no particular interest in the computational. She likes to play."

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I tried to use hex code on a previous puzzle and got this response

The agents continued to concentrate. A few of them thought it might have to do with hex values.

"Perhaps," Father responded. "But the Witch has no particular interest in the computational. She likes to play."

And yet she used a hexcode in another previous puzzle, so the quoted clue probably had more to do with that specific puzzle than all of them.

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two thoughts i had were spherical coordinate system and binary code

but i can't get binary code to work and not really sure how to use a spherical coordinate system

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She was bemused at the latest pack of new toys Father had sent to sniff around her gateway. They seemed clever enough, and they had gotten past the first few rooms, true, but they would never get past this room. Creatures like them, so entrenched in the computational, would never be able to see the beauty around them, to understand it and its import. No, this was why she was what she was, why she must be what she must be and must do what she must do. Father had failed before, and here he would fail once more.

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Again, a mention of "beauty." Also remember the room is a perfect circle and has a metallic sphere in the middle. The walls are a sky-blue-like cornflower blue. The ceiling: a metallic dome.

Hmm.

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i think PI is going to fit in some how...Maybe

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A rectangle is pretty, I'm sure you'll agree,

But that a square is better is plain to see.

While isosceles is firmly in the race,

For the triathlon, equilateral takes first place.

On such beauty you may want to reflect,

Or rotate them around with your intellect.

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Reflect, Rotate, all leads to a coordinate plane.

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I don't know, but the number of times the buttons have been pushed could have something to do with it

001= 1 time

100= 2 times

111= 3 times

010= 5 times

000= 5 times

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as for coordinates her it is in 2-d and 3-d

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Still way too cryptic for me. Sorry folks.

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I'm seeing a star, so maybe the final answer is the connecting line that makes it a star?

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I'm seeing a star, so maybe the final answer is the connecting line that makes it a star?

to make the star you need to start at (0,0,0)(because that is the last point in the sequence) and then connect points (0,0,1) and (1,0,0)

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to make the star you need to start at (0,0,0)(because that is the last point in the sequence) and then connect points (0,0,1) and (1,0,0)

if we go two more points (1,1,1) (0,1,0) then look at it from all sides (or rotate it) we getpost-52216-0-56170600-1341853032_thumb.jBackpost-52216-0-18500400-1341853034_thumb.jBottompost-52216-0-66271600-1341853035_thumb.jFrontpost-52216-0-13489900-1341853037_thumb.jLeftpost-52216-0-66176900-1341853038_thumb.jRightpost-52216-0-23547200-1341853040_thumb.jTop

I believe the answer is (0,0,1), (1,0,0), (1,1,1), 0,1,0)

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