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Challenge #185: Riddle me this


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Challenge #185: Riddle me this
Concept: Pistax
Story: Professor Finesser
Contributions from: Pistax, Noctua, Flamestalker, Professor Finesser

Tagline : That Djinn is back with even more riddles! Can you solve them all?

Anna still couldn't get the ringing out of her ears, despite having recovered from the blast several minutes ago. She sat down on what was left of a lab bench and rested her head in the palm of her hand.

Anna was thumbing through the pages of the Secretum Secretorum, along with other arcane tomes and collections, trying to re-create a serum that would double the user's strength and constitution. "AHAHAHA!! I think I've finally pieced together what all these books have been hinting at. I just need to mix this solution with some ground up herb and essence of ghost lobster, stir it three times counterclockwise, then proceed to heat it to 125 degrees centigrade, and finally flip it upside down only to let it stand perfectly still for 200 seconds. Should not be too hard." Anna, as always, was extremely precise when it came to the execution of her cobbled-together formula. The color shifted through the rainbow, but as its violet deepened and was beginning to turn the purest of whites, the lab started shaking. As it turns out, Harry and Earl were experimenting with some new gunpowder elsewhere in the Society's halls.
"Oi Earl, you sure this massive barrel of yer new fancy gunpowder is safe to carry around without any special equipment?"
-"Yeah Harry, this *should* be fine. We just have to be careful not to bump the barrel even the slightest bit."
"Alright, well we just need to get through this hallway and then we have lots of free space."
Unfortunately for them, Emilia was returning from a relaxing walk in the society gardens, deeply engrossed in a fresh romance novel that was just getting interesting when she suddenly was laid out on her feet, watching as a steel-hooped barrel soared over her hat. Harry managed to grab them both and duck behind a solid stone railing before the barrel landed at the bottom of the tall staircase that eventually led to the gardens.
Anna's eyes widened as she realized weeks' worth of work was about to come to a horrifying end. She reached for the potion, grabbed it, and threw it as far away from herself and her papers as she could.

Anna, like Ivan, was no stranger to seemingly random and cruel twists of fate. She took off her now tattered gloves and calmly walked into her dressing room to become presentable once again. After all, her lab would need to be rebuilt, and no one could take care of that but herself. In her basic research prior to her latest experiment, she learned that the lands in the coastal Levant had rejuvenated rumors of genies, and it was from a genie that she planned to get her lab restored.

Anna was stepping off her airship and on to the desert sands when she took a moment to appreciate the beauty of the land she was in. The orange sands shifted perfectly with the wind, their orange-brown grains glittering as the sun hit them. The architecture of the land was humble, but the off-white hue of the houses and buildings was inviting. Anna lifted her eyes a degree to see the sharp, dark mountains that created wide, deep valleys in the landscape. Their looming shadows wanted to hide the last secrets of this ancient and Holy Land. Most infatuating of all the parts of her view was the sea, sparkling and free as it was. Anna could just make out the waves gingerly lapping the white sand shores. A large wave was coming in, and as it slowly, gradually, came to a crest, its foam sprang from the wave, only to disappear within seconds. Anna brought out a looking glass and held her frosted hand to her own goluboy blue eyes for a moment. She would find her lab here, in the wind and sand.

  • Everyone can be Captain or on the Crew
  • You must travel to the Holyland expedition
  • You get bonus points for each Riddle you solved.
  • You must play on Adventure mode
The Riddles:
    • Dead Tree of the Past
    • Dancing Glass Crowns
    • Shape of the Sky
    • The Current Sea
    • Underlumber
    • Convincing Thorns
Each Riddle is an item. The items must be unequipped in your inventory for them to be eligible. Please state which item you guessed for each riddle. You dont have to solve all the riddles, each is scored individually. You may NOT edit your answers to the riddles, if you wish to enter a different run you must use the same answers to the riddles. The answer to each riddle will be revealed after the deadline

Your Score is your Renown + Bonus Points.

You get Bonus Points for each Riddle you solved, you also get extra points if you were the first one to solve a Riddle. (the amount of points each riddle is worth will be revealed after the challenge is over)

Dont forget to add a screenshot of your inventory
  • BRONZE: 3000 Points (1MP*)
  • SILVER: 8000 Points (2MP*)
  • GOLD: 15000 Points and atleast one riddle solved (3MP*)
  • PLATINUM: 20000 Points and atleast two riddles solved (3MP+**)
* Number of medal points awarded when playing on Classic Difficulty. Easy and Normal give less, according to these rules.
Gold and Platinum medals may only be achieved without losing, though Silver and Bronze are still possible to get with just the Record sheet for that trip.
** The platinum medal is extraordinary and can only be achieved on Classic or Impossible difficulty without losing. It doesn't increase Medal Points further than a Gold medal, but we will track how many you have.

How to participate
You can participate with a highscore, a story or both.

Write a story. Use the Challenge theme as an inspiration by looking at the constraints. Find other stories in the Fan Story directory or by looking at previous challenges.
Post your story in a new topic in these forums.
Also link to it to this thread with a comment: Include the first paragraph/few lines of your story in the post here to show readers what your story is about.

Play the game according to the challenge rules and in Adventure mode.
Post in this topic a screenshot of your Win Screen*, right after the ceremony or your Leaderboard record.* Also include a text version of your score with the submission to allow for error checking.
Submit by 12:00 noon CET, 01/07/2020 (Or 07/01/2020 for those using MM/DD/YY)
(click here for your local time equivalent )
NOTE: Only one score will be accepted - only one submission for each player please. If you wish to enter a new score, please edit your initial entry and make it clear which score you are submitting, and add the word "EditGreenlight" to the entry so we can see immediately when the result needs updating.
*If you forget to screenshot the Win screen, you can also enter with a screenshot of your Leaderboards: Go to Main Menu > Leaderboards > Local > click the entry that matches your submission game > screenshot those details.

Dont forget to add a screenshot of your inventory

Game Version
Must be Build 522 or later

Story ideas: Will Anna find a Genie willing to restore her Lab? Will she change her mind and wish for something else? What kind of punishment does she have in store for Harry and Earl when she somes back?

For the previous challenge - Challenge #184: Back to Basic - click here
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