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    Nine-Eaves

    "Yes! Exactly like that!" The figure in the painting beamed at them. “A most excellent deduction! First, vital information: Every shoki (that is what my master is) carries a staff that can contain a single soul within it. The leader of the sahkils—a grasshopper-headed monstrosity named Vithiz—trapped Kishokish’s soul within his own staff! You must—ngh! That’s all I can say before you complete another puzzle.”
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    Henrietta

    Having been completely stumped by the riddle, Henrietta looked on impressed as Bellas was able to solve it in short order. When the painting was done speaking, she replied:

    "Well, then, bring on the puzzles. You pose them, we'll solve them. And by us, I mean, well, you know."
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    Nine-Eaves

    "How very agreeable of you. Your assistance is most welcome." The figure in the painting then pointed toward the left. "There is a chalkboard hanging in the greenhouse with several numbers etched on it. Bring it here and circle any six digits that add up to 23.”
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    Henrietta

    Henrietta looked to the others. "Well, looks like we're heading to the greenhouse. Stay on your guard: Whatever made those tracks I saw over there earlier is probably still around."

    She then moved over to the door heading east and opened it up.
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    Default Re: Othniel's Tyrant's Grasp I

    Bellas nodded as she tried to shake the stirge guts from her sword.

    "Maybe we can get the drop on it. Whatever it is."

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    Nine-Eaves

    Bellas slipped silently into the room, which appeared to be a large parlor. Several padded chairs occupied the room along with an enormous sofa with upholstery so dark that it was barely visible in the dim light. A delicate wooden table with a distinct inlaid pattern bore a full decanter and a complete Imperial Conquest game that appeared to be carved from onyx. Sliding doors led out to the west, north, and back east. Faint harp music could be heard from the door to the north. For the moment, Bellas was alone.
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    Bellas scanned the room carefully and her attention centered upon a hidden door. She turned to the others with a finger at her lips.

    "Shhhhh..." And she very slowly opened the door.

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    Nine-Eaves

    Bellas slid the hidden door to the side to reveal a hallway running north. She could see at the end that it turned both east and west, and spotted another hidden door about halfway down on the left-hand side that looked like it would probably serve as an alternate entry to the room through which she could hear harp music.
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    "Another good find, Bellas. We'll make short work of this place with your skill! But perhaps we should continue to the green house? We can examine these secret passages afterward."

    Cotyledon looked like a plant person as she said this. As she always did.

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    Henrietta

    "For now, let's keep to the greenhouse. We'll check back here later."
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    Bellas looked away from the secret passage reluctantly but nodded and pointed towards the west.

    "That way then."
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    Nine-Eaves

    As Bellas approached the sliding glass door to the greenhouse, she could again see what Henrietta had spied from the outside: Benches filled with live potted plants lining the sides of the room, bags of soil and gardening equipment stashed underneath them. Some of the bags appeared open, spilling dirt across the greenhouse floor. Strange tracks, as if left by a large earthworm, crisscrossed the dirt.
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    Henrietta

    "I'll take point. Cover me."


    Henrietta carefully made her way into the greenhouse, glaive at the ready, trying to spot the chalkboard mentioned earlier.

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    I forget whether or not we were doing passive perception checks this game. My modifier is +9.
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    Bellas followed closely behind Henrietta, sword at the ready and alert for unseen danger.

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    Nine-Eaves

    No danger presented itself, however, Bellas noticed that some of the tracks were fresher than the others and led toward several bags of what appeared to be soil clumped together. Next to the door, the chalkboard the painting had mentioned could be seen hanging from a peg. Several pieces of chalk rested nearby.

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    Vesper scratched out the answer with a piece of cyan chalk and a long sigh. "There. Six digits. Five numbers. These are cheeky little brain teasers for children. I feel like someone is putting us on."

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    Henrietta

    "Well, the painting did say the master of the house had a thing for puzzles, so put that way it doesn't seem too weird... Anyway, let's go check out that hidden passageway."

    Carefully backing out of the greenhouse, Henrietta poked her head down the hallway, carefully inching her way along it.

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    Moving to X12, the alternate entry to the harp room mentioned earlier. My Perception modifier is +9.

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    Last edited by Lord Of Mantas; 2019-12-18 at 02:40 AM.
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    Bellas said nothing but cast Vesper an impressed glance as he easily solved the second riddle. She turned to follow the others out but a magical ping caught her eye and she inched stealthily towards its source instead.

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    Nine-Eaves

    Bellas honed in on the magical source she detected and found it to be a simple wooden wand sticking out of a box of gardening tools. Next to this was an open, straw-filled box holding six flasks, each containing a strange liquid.

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    Once they were done with the greenhouse and the chalkboard was recovered, Henrietta led the way back and began to investigate the room from which music seemed to come. Another door lay about halfway down along the left-hand side, while the "north" end of the hallway looked to split into a T-shaped intersection.
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    Henrietta

    Henrietta listened at the door, trying to figure out if anyone was behind it, before looking at Bellas and gesturing toward the door.

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    Henrietta

    Henrietta then scratched her chin.

    On second thought... maybe it's best to turn in that puzzle first.


    Gesturing back the other way down the hall, she carefully made her way into the room before leading the others back toward the painting to submit the solution for the blackboard puzzle.
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    Bellas's hand tightened on her sword as her eyes glanced to the door but she nodded as Henrietta silently suggested turning the solved puzzle in first.

    "Vesper got this one." She gestured at Vesper with her thumb.

    "Tell us more."
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    Nine-Eaves

    When the party returned to the painting, it had more to say. “Vithiz lurks in the ballroom, but the magic of Nine-Eaves protects it there. The sahkil carries Kishokish’s staff. You could slay it to free Kishokish, but the sahkil is powerful, and there is another way: if you can wrest Kishokish’s staff from Vithiz and touch the sahkil with the staff, Vithiz and Kishokish will swap places—imprisoning it within the staff and freeing the rightful master of Nine-Eaves. My master’s glove in his bedroom will help you with that task! But the ballroom is magically sealed and the key is—ugh, not again! I’m sorry. I can’t say more yet, until you solve the third puzzle”
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    Henrietta

    Okay, now we're getting to useful stuff. Let's keep this going.

    "Alright, then. What is the third puzzle?"
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    Nine-Eaves

    “All right, this last puzzle is very straightforward. Only one key will open the door to the ballroom. Among the keys hidden in the master’s desk, find the one that completes this home.” The painting pointed toward the stairs. "Third floor. Good luck."
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    Henrietta

    Henrietta hoisted her glaive.

    "We'll be back shortly."
    She looked back to the others. "Let's get a move-on." And saying this, she began climbing the stairs to the third floor.
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    Nine-Eaves

    Taking it upon themselves to seek out the key upon the third floor, the travelers ascended the grand stairway. At the top, they were met with a set of double-doors to the right, and a single door to the left. The landing was empty save for a small origami grasshopper.
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    Cotyledon bent down to pick up the small folded-paper insect.
    "How cute!" she exclaimed.

    She peered around the landing with her hollow, empty eyes.
    "Now where do we go from here? I'm detecting some magical aura on one of these doors."
    She points to the offending portal with an accusatory finger made of PLANT.

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    Bellas eyed the double doors, wary of the magical aura that emanated from them. She turned her attention to the small door for the time being, guessing that the third (an hopefully) final puzzle would be behind them.

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    Nine-Eaves

    Bellas carefully slid the door, but couldn't quite avoid the "click" of the latch as it opened. Still, there appeared no enemies in sight. The room before her had several overstuffed (and rather comfortable-looking) chairs and a few low tables and cabinets. Another sliding door led to the south, while to the north a glass door opened onto a small semicircular balcony. One of the cabinets had glass doors and appeared to be a well-stocked liquor cabinet.

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