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Greetings!
Digitalmystic – Vishtal

This seems very neat, and I am glad to be a part of it. I am afraid that I made a little mistake, thinking that the hint was the riddle itself, and spent a few hours researching something that turned out to be totally unrelated to the riddle! Oh well… I am figuring it all out now. So … are we the only group, or are there other groups out there working side by side with us?

P.S. Howdy N’Wah! Loved your RotRL meets lost in space thread!

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Silent Servant

I try to keep the clues fun and weird and to have some puzzle stuff and some lore stuff in each one. The hidden puzzle this week really reduces the lore knowledge leg work. A couple of peeps from previous years haven’t made it to the site yet (and I was nice enough to send them the clue in another medium. Bruck guessed right in about 30 seconds. At this rate, he has no inducement to make a character sheet until a few days before PaizoCon. That dirty lore-nerd.

And I will let Ashton know you dig his stuff. He is pretty proud of it. And he occasionally sells some stuff so if you are a huge fan, check out his Facebook or Indiegogo or DeviantArt stuff.

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N’wah/Ashton Sperry

Just found out about the fake forum now. Thanks for the kind words, Digitalmystic! Are you talking about the Akiton thread? I really should get back to that some time.

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Silent Servant

New clues are up. The in-character check will be done later tomorrow. Hope it works for you all. This year feels like it is gearing up to be big fun.

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Digitalmystic

Thanks for doing this Silentservant. I have to say I am having a blast with the riddles and puzzles. I look forward to each new one now.

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Silent Servant

Thanks, some weeks they come easy, but some weeks they really take a lot work to get out. A bundle or terrible ideas sit in my “clue” folder.

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Silent Servant

N’Wah wins the award for fastest guess this week. I always feel relieved when the first correct guess comes in. It means I haven’t messed anything up (too badly).

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Reckless

Damn yer speed N’Wah! Oh well, great puzzle this week and I’m rock solid sure I got the right answer too, even if I did have to finish real work first.
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DigitalMystic

Indeed! This week was solid. Had me stumped for a bit, until I figured I was slightly on the wrong track. I spent all weekend refreshing the page for the puzzle, but he must have posted it right after I went to sleep, so I missed any chance at beating the mighty N’Wah by eight hours! No sleep next week!

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N’wah

Woulda had it sooner, too, but I kept getting Facebook bloops and the wee one was having a total meltdown. So it was hard to be in puzzle mode. :P

I’m not that mighty, though, guys. I actually hate puzzles. Only reason I can do any of these is an encyclopedic pile of Golari-lore. :P

But thank you all for the compliments! Wish I’d been paying attention and caught the first puzzle by the deadline.

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Digitalmystic

I love puzzles. I guess I am just sick that way heh. Guess I will have to start thinking about what I will do with my next mythic tier soon. I have no experience with Mythic Rules, and this has given me a reason to begin familiarizing myself with them. I have to say I really am growing to like this character. I may have to roll him up in another adventure at some point so I can actually play him!

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Silent Servant

Oh, you’ll get to play him. I have begun designing the big dungeon for the PbP. The end boss is delightful.

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Digital Mystic

Oh man, this weeks is stumping me… I think I know what to do, but my brain doesn’t work that way! DOH! Silent you are going to leave me a broken wreck mumbling to my self in the corner with this!

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Silent Servant

Two things. If you want, feel free to work together here. Also, if there are no guesses by Friday night, I will post a hint,

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Harrowed Wizard

I’m up for some collaboration.

The first line to me is sort of an oxymoron since Hezrou are also known as swamp demons, so no deserts there.

The second line eludes me to be honest.

The third line reminds me of Skymetals: http://pathfinderwiki.com/wiki/Skymetal
but I can’t think of any deities directly tied to the Skymetals on Golarion (although I’m sure we will discover more of that when Iron Gods comes out!).

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Silent Servant

I posted another hint. I admit, this week’s puzzle is pretty hard. It took me a while to get it together. Here is another. A number of people have let me know that Hezrou and deserts don’t make sense together. Use that piece of knowledge. The words of the puzzle must be hiding something.

((I will also reiterate that the puzzle isn’t auditory You don’t need to sound anything out)).

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Ben Bruck

There’s definitely an anagram element to it. The first line has all the letters of GOZREH except the G. I also went looking for god names last night and found SARENRAE minus an R in the second line. You can also spell ABADAR minus an A in the second line, but today’s clue indicates Sarenrae is more important. I found DESNA whole in the third, but also in the second, so I think it’s just super easy to spell DESNA. I couldn’t find any other god names in the third, but maybe someone else can.

How to get that G in the first line or R in the second, I have no idea. My first thought was that the opening bit might hold some kind of letter substitution clue “Brave he was and strong…..let me sing my nonsense song:” but I couldn’t puzzle any such thing out. I also thought maybe the missing letter of each line might be the clue itself, in which case we have GR. However, the emphasis on words holding the clue doesn’t seem to make this likely.

My second thought was that it was some kind of word association clue, frex “base, gown, hard” gives you “ball” (baseball, ball gown, hardball). I got nowhere with that though. Hezrou isn’t going to have any associations, and even if we confine our attention to the last three words, I couldn’t figure out a link between dunes, run, and hot, nor between ears, ban, dye.

So, essentially, I’m stumped. I’d love to hear anyone else’s ideas.

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Silent Servant

From my vantage point, no new hints are needed. You all are off to the races.
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Ben Bruck

Alright, I’m definitely on the right track. I think I figured out the deities, but I’m being told there’s a second step to the puzzle that’s giving me trouble. If you guys need help, know that there are a total of seven deities hidden in the three lines of the clue, and you use the same process to find all of them. Once you figure that out, it all clicks into place pretty well.

The second step involves another anagram, and I’m having trouble solving that one.

PS – Got it. Bone up on Dwarven History for step 2!

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Digital Mystic / Vishtal Stormborn

I can NOT belive I missed all these posts. I have been tearing my hair out over this darned riddle for DAYS! I still don’t have it, but I feel like I have wasted days on stuff unnecessarily. I will share my work sheet after all this is done….

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OH MAN I AM ON THE RIGHT TRACK! WOOO FINALLY! Down just needing to find one god… then on to the second part. CANT STOP WONT STOP!

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GOT IT! WOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! /happydance. The newest hint from Silent was the ticket for me. Bruck’s hints reaffirmed I was on the right track, but the whole Start / near the end Gozreh / Sarenrae hint was what tipped me over. The tidbit about Dwarven history sped
things up too. Thanks guys! This one was tough!



Reckless/ Benedict

Been banging my head against wall on this one for days. Then after work tonight I find all these clues spread out over the whole site. I sent in what I hope is a decent solve, but not a certainty. I want to say thanks for all the help on this one, even if I found it too late.

Looking forward to next week’s puzzle!



Crickets
Reckless

Hope the silence is due to preparations for Paizocon and not something else.


Digitalmystic

Indeed. Hope all is well. Looking forward to the next puzzle (if there is one). I still check almost daily.


Digitalmystic

Well, with Paizocon wrapped up and all I suppose that the whole PbP thing fell through (no worries) and that this fun little adventure has drawn to an end? It was great fun while it lasted!


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