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Slave Ship Adventure - Level 12 - Escape to the Vault

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It's been seven months since the Drudge left behind the living planet, Azathoth. Six months ago planets began getting attacked by aberrations of all shapes and sizes. All battle capable ships friendly to the alliance are drafted into the war against these evil creatures, including the Drudge. So far your vessel has only been conscripted to guard planets, and you have not seen any combat.

This morning your ship is summoned to the Rock of Bral. When you arrive in the system you are immediately flanked by four Elven Man-O-War Ships, with weapons aimed at the Drudge, that escort you to a dock. As the docking plank is connected to the ship Captain Krav Magra pulls your Team aside, and whispers "Stay aboard and guard the ship. I have no idea what's going on here so better to be safe than sorry." First Mate Xera Sue-Arn approaches and hands you a crystal ball and says, "You can watch us through this.", as she taps on a diamond embedded on of her eye-patch. Looking in the crystal ball you see yourselves as Xera looks at you. The scene Then changes as she turns and follows the Captain down the plank, along with the rest of the crew. You notice several Rock (of Bral) guards flank the Captain and his men. You also see several guards stationed at the bottom of the plank.

You follow the Captain's progress, via Xera's eye-patch, as they make their way through the city. Eventually they end up in the council chambers. Xera and the Captain are escorted to the front and the crew are held, at guard spear point, behind them.

Ten councilmen of varying races preside over the proceedings. "Captain Magra", a human in the middle says, "It has been brought to this Counsel's attention that you brought your ship to a restricted planet, known as Azathoth. Apparently you did something that nobody else has been able to do, and you escapped from there, with a little divine assistance I believe. Unfortunately you were followed, or tracked, by the evil inhabitants of that realm, and now they have an open gate from which they can attack us.

"Captain Magra, you and your crew have brought war to our planetary alliance, which has caused untold deaths. What have you to say for yourself?"

Magra steps forward, and says, "I was not aware that Azathoth was a restricted realm. I was following the directions of one of my crew.", he turns and glares directly into Xera's diamond, his gaze piercing the Crystal Ball, with an accusatory look towards someone in your group. "However, I realize as the Captain of my crew, I take full responsibility, and ask for leniancy for my crew."

"Captain Magra, you are in no position to ask for favors. After all dead men have no say in the matter. That's right Captain. The Penalty is death.", the lead Councilman says with a smirk. "Detain them!" he screams, "and sieze their ship."

Through Xera's diamond you see her turn and a magical glowing cage surrounds the crew, trapping them.

Xera is turned around forcefully and you see the Captain's anxious face, saying frantically, "Get out while you can. Look in my cabin for a map that will lead you to the vault. It holds the location for all of your home planets. The way you get past the traps is a puzzle, which you can solve by....."
The Captain's sentence is cut short when a magical spell stuns him and Xera, and you see them both fall to the ground, and the Crystal Ball goes black.

In seconds you all hear orders being shouted from off in the distance, towards the council chambers, up the hill, you see guards rushing out towards your ship. The guards on the docks draw their weapons and start up the gangplank.

<Roll Initiative>


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CHARACTERS:
Morbius Von Kas - Vryloka/Blackguard [4e-Rainbow Warriors Campaign]
Man'Tis Man'Todea - Thri-Kreen/Berserker [4e-Slave Lords Campaign]
Danilo Rand - Monk/Human [5e-Princes of the Apocalypse Campaign]
Nathan Grey - Ardent (4e-Terran One Campaign)
Walt Dixon - Bladesinger (4e-Terran One Campaign)
Battlefield 4 Soldier: Saturnicus
Diablo III Battletag: Saturnus#1572
Neverwinter: @bobpatrick.com
XBox GamerTag: Drizityn


Kazoo the Kender: "Hmm, I'll take....the Wand of Wonder." The rest of the party regretted giving Kazoo the first treasure pick.
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Ross

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I'm going to assume you make it off of the Rock so I've placed the map you follow, which leads you to the planet Greela. That map isn't really that important, it's just for flavor. The more important bit of information is the puzzle Captain Krav Magra told you about. Here it is:


I will post a new clue on how to decipher the message throughout the week. If you end up not being able to figure any of it out I guess you'll just have to do things the painful way.


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Map to the planet Greela. There is a planetary map that leads you to the vault, but you don't really need it.


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CHARACTERS:
Morbius Von Kas - Vryloka/Blackguard [4e-Rainbow Warriors Campaign]
Man'Tis Man'Todea - Thri-Kreen/Berserker [4e-Slave Lords Campaign]
Danilo Rand - Monk/Human [5e-Princes of the Apocalypse Campaign]
Nathan Grey - Ardent (4e-Terran One Campaign)
Walt Dixon - Bladesinger (4e-Terran One Campaign)
Battlefield 4 Soldier: Saturnicus
Diablo III Battletag: Saturnus#1572
Neverwinter: @bobpatrick.com
XBox GamerTag: Drizityn


Kazoo the Kender: "Hmm, I'll take....the Wand of Wonder." The rest of the party regretted giving Kazoo the first treasure pick.
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Ross

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Oh, and FYI: I will be giving out items for the PC's who help in solving the puzzle. And yes, you can use any sources at your disposal. Clues will be based on PC's skills, so update your characters quick or I'll be using your lower level character stats.


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CHARACTERS:
Morbius Von Kas - Vryloka/Blackguard [4e-Rainbow Warriors Campaign]
Man'Tis Man'Todea - Thri-Kreen/Berserker [4e-Slave Lords Campaign]
Danilo Rand - Monk/Human [5e-Princes of the Apocalypse Campaign]
Nathan Grey - Ardent (4e-Terran One Campaign)
Walt Dixon - Bladesinger (4e-Terran One Campaign)
Battlefield 4 Soldier: Saturnicus
Diablo III Battletag: Saturnus#1572
Neverwinter: @bobpatrick.com
XBox GamerTag: Drizityn


Kazoo the Kender: "Hmm, I'll take....the Wand of Wonder." The rest of the party regretted giving Kazoo the first treasure pick.
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4 Clue Number 1: on Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:39 am

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Clue Number 1:
In the 3rd Row, the 8th Character represents the letter A.
It looks like a mirror image of a capital L.


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CHARACTERS:
Morbius Von Kas - Vryloka/Blackguard [4e-Rainbow Warriors Campaign]
Man'Tis Man'Todea - Thri-Kreen/Berserker [4e-Slave Lords Campaign]
Danilo Rand - Monk/Human [5e-Princes of the Apocalypse Campaign]
Nathan Grey - Ardent (4e-Terran One Campaign)
Walt Dixon - Bladesinger (4e-Terran One Campaign)
Battlefield 4 Soldier: Saturnicus
Diablo III Battletag: Saturnus#1572
Neverwinter: @bobpatrick.com
XBox GamerTag: Drizityn


Kazoo the Kender: "Hmm, I'll take....the Wand of Wonder." The rest of the party regretted giving Kazoo the first treasure pick.
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"...and you see them both fall to the ground"

Nooo!!!

"I'm going to assume you make it off of the Rock..."

We have to go back for the Captain!

Note: When we're escaping, Camella Ann will quickly sketch as many details of the Councilman who talked (facial features, clothes, mannerisms, etc.) as well as whichever other Council members her memory can jot down, to possibly impersonate later...

Afterthought... It would be nice to get home again. I'm sure my adoring fans miss me from my old performance troupe. :-)

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6 Clue Number 2: on Tue Oct 11, 2011 12:10 pm

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Clue Number 2:
In the 5th Row, the 2nd Character represents the letter I.


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CHARACTERS:
Morbius Von Kas - Vryloka/Blackguard [4e-Rainbow Warriors Campaign]
Man'Tis Man'Todea - Thri-Kreen/Berserker [4e-Slave Lords Campaign]
Danilo Rand - Monk/Human [5e-Princes of the Apocalypse Campaign]
Nathan Grey - Ardent (4e-Terran One Campaign)
Walt Dixon - Bladesinger (4e-Terran One Campaign)
Battlefield 4 Soldier: Saturnicus
Diablo III Battletag: Saturnus#1572
Neverwinter: @bobpatrick.com
XBox GamerTag: Drizityn


Kazoo the Kender: "Hmm, I'll take....the Wand of Wonder." The rest of the party regretted giving Kazoo the first treasure pick.
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7 Clue Number 3; on Tue Oct 11, 2011 12:34 pm

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Clue Number 3:
Tic-Tac-Toe.


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CHARACTERS:
Morbius Von Kas - Vryloka/Blackguard [4e-Rainbow Warriors Campaign]
Man'Tis Man'Todea - Thri-Kreen/Berserker [4e-Slave Lords Campaign]
Danilo Rand - Monk/Human [5e-Princes of the Apocalypse Campaign]
Nathan Grey - Ardent (4e-Terran One Campaign)
Walt Dixon - Bladesinger (4e-Terran One Campaign)
Battlefield 4 Soldier: Saturnicus
Diablo III Battletag: Saturnus#1572
Neverwinter: @bobpatrick.com
XBox GamerTag: Drizityn


Kazoo the Kender: "Hmm, I'll take....the Wand of Wonder." The rest of the party regretted giving Kazoo the first treasure pick.
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Are we allowed to solve the puzzle or do we need to do so in character?

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You may solve the puzzle entire puzzle. However, you must first explain how you did it.


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CHARACTERS:
Morbius Von Kas - Vryloka/Blackguard [4e-Rainbow Warriors Campaign]
Man'Tis Man'Todea - Thri-Kreen/Berserker [4e-Slave Lords Campaign]
Danilo Rand - Monk/Human [5e-Princes of the Apocalypse Campaign]
Nathan Grey - Ardent (4e-Terran One Campaign)
Walt Dixon - Bladesinger (4e-Terran One Campaign)
Battlefield 4 Soldier: Saturnicus
Diablo III Battletag: Saturnus#1572
Neverwinter: @bobpatrick.com
XBox GamerTag: Drizityn


Kazoo the Kender: "Hmm, I'll take....the Wand of Wonder." The rest of the party regretted giving Kazoo the first treasure pick.
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Alright guys, I think I know how this works. It is an alphabet cryptogram. The clues we have say that we should replace symbols in the message with letters of the alphabet. We have an A and an I so far.

A's are in quite a few places but the I doesn't help us too much since they are all in much larger words.

There are two places where there are two letter words that begin with the letter A and they are different.

There are three two letter A words that are common; AN, AS, and AT. AND is a fairly common word as well and we can check to see if any of the three letter words begin with either of the same two symbols we have identified and there is one that I can see. That gives us a D identified now and either an S or a T for the other two letter word.

Let's try the T first. That gives us a lot of T's in the message. At the beginning there is a two letter word that starts with T which gives us the O and a bunch more clues to work from.

Several three letter words that begin with T and they don't contain any of the vowels identified so far. Looks like THE to me. That also gives us two words TH_EE which I am guessing is THREE.

That R gives us lots of words that end with OR and going down the three letter word list the only logical choice is FOR.

Time to fill out some of the other words with the most likely candidates.

ARRO_ = ARROW
_TART = START
SO_TH = SOUTH (got the S from the previous word)
EA_H = EACH
E_E = EYE
TENTAC_E = TENTACLE
DIS_LACER = DISPLACER
_EAST = BEAST
_O = GO

That leaves two words si_ and ar_ and with the context of the words around them we can get SIX and ARM.

That gives us the message:

"
To find the treasure start at the arrow and go
south for each eye of a beholder
three east for each tentacle of a displacer beast
nw for each leg of a basilisk
six south for each oar of a circling rowboat
three northeast for each arm of an ettin
"

The third and final clue was really difficult even knowing all the letter combinations. With a little divine intervention I was able to get it though. The great and wonderful Google helped me find what I was looking for. I will let you guys find your own divine guidance to learn that part.

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Nice job. Now we don't have to spend table time trying to figure it out.
Yes the last clue was a dead giveaway if you knew how to search for it.
Since you won't be there hopefully someone in attendance will be able to decipher it in case there are more coded messages. Smile


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CHARACTERS:
Morbius Von Kas - Vryloka/Blackguard [4e-Rainbow Warriors Campaign]
Man'Tis Man'Todea - Thri-Kreen/Berserker [4e-Slave Lords Campaign]
Danilo Rand - Monk/Human [5e-Princes of the Apocalypse Campaign]
Nathan Grey - Ardent (4e-Terran One Campaign)
Walt Dixon - Bladesinger (4e-Terran One Campaign)
Battlefield 4 Soldier: Saturnicus
Diablo III Battletag: Saturnus#1572
Neverwinter: @bobpatrick.com
XBox GamerTag: Drizityn


Kazoo the Kender: "Hmm, I'll take....the Wand of Wonder." The rest of the party regretted giving Kazoo the first treasure pick.
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Krystoff wrote:That gives us the message:
"
To find the treasure start at the arrow and go
south for each eye of a beholder
three east for each tentacle of a displacer beast
nw for each leg of a basilisk
six south for each oar of a circling rowboat
three northeast for each arm of an ettin
"

Great work on the code busting. king

I got as far as printing it out and placing the 'A' and 'I's. My next step was going to be giving it to Jorren as he loves crypto puzzles...

Sorry you won't be able to make the game, I have a feeling we'll need you.

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If you notice Chris didn't actually give you the decipher key, so the rest of you may want to continue researching.


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CHARACTERS:
Morbius Von Kas - Vryloka/Blackguard [4e-Rainbow Warriors Campaign]
Man'Tis Man'Todea - Thri-Kreen/Berserker [4e-Slave Lords Campaign]
Danilo Rand - Monk/Human [5e-Princes of the Apocalypse Campaign]
Nathan Grey - Ardent (4e-Terran One Campaign)
Walt Dixon - Bladesinger (4e-Terran One Campaign)
Battlefield 4 Soldier: Saturnicus
Diablo III Battletag: Saturnus#1572
Neverwinter: @bobpatrick.com
XBox GamerTag: Drizityn


Kazoo the Kender: "Hmm, I'll take....the Wand of Wonder." The rest of the party regretted giving Kazoo the first treasure pick.
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Ross is correct. I do know the cipher key but I didn't break the cipher using the actual key. I just used simple alphabet replacement and some word knowledge. However you do now have a match for each symbol that is in the message and the third clue "Tic Tac Toe".

Sorry I won't be able to make it! I wish I could be there but I will have two boys that are still a bit young to really sit and play video games or watch movies all night especially till 1 or 2 AM which we usually go until.

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