Cosmic Eggs and Impassable Gorges
Posted by grimdarkly
They were running out of time…
They knew they only had a few months left to find that stupid clock…
…And they hadn’t even found the first tablet.
They had wandered their way through the Briarpatch Woods, Rowed their boat through Aquavia, hurried through The Village of Crowl, Fought their way past the beasts that resided in the Gardens of Midknight, Squashed Hobnob the Spider, Slain the Black Lich (Who wasn’t nearly as tough as the legends made him out to be), failed to find a way across the Samhain Gorge, Opened the passage in the tomb of Saint George, Trudged their way through The Eyrie, Stolen the Wizard of Worfair’s Treasure from his floating sky ship…
…and had come into possession of a bizarre, Cosmic Egg…
And that was the short version…
They had backtracked back to an abandoned, but safe building in Crowl, to discuss their situation. They were trying to find something, some small clue they missed…
N and X Greyford were pacing around the room.
The crew was getting restless…
“Nander Gruff is hungry… do we have any Elysium Berries left?”
“Why the hell are we carrying this “egg” around?” Proclaimed Chuck, examining the weird oval-shaped oddity.
N. Greyford groaned. “I don’t know… I saw a carving of an egg in the Temple Catacombs… maybe we’ll need it.”
“Look”, interjected Cleve. “I say we go back to the Urluk Mining Company, and try to find a way across Samhain Gorge.”
The image of that terrible abyss flashed briefly through everyone’s eyes…
“Nander Gruff thinks we should fry up that cosmic egg and make a omlette… maybe, if we do, a magic chicken will come out and tell us what to do… and then we can also fry up the magic chicken…”
“Maybe we should talk to Captain Krone?” said Delia.
“We’ve already asked him everything we could think of”, said Cleve. “I suppose we could use a “Mindread” spell on him, but what would we learn from that?”
“Maybe we shouldn’t have killed that Mordecai guy…”.said Mariel.
“He was a shifty fellow… I could tell he was a conspirator against us… I’ll bet, that if we didn’t kill him, he would have tried to take a tablet from us when we found it.”
“Captain Krone was fuming when he heard we’d done that… good thing we bribed him before he called his guards.”
“We still haven’t figured out how to open the Chronoworks”, said X. Greyford. “It was found along with the enigma well, so it’s definitely relevant to our mission… but there were six different objects on it… that’s at least 500 possible combinations.”
“Wait!” said Nander Gruff. “Nander Gruff recalls reading a religious message of the Winged Exemplar… it sounded like generic moral advice for how one should live their life… but, after pondering the message, he realises it had a concealed code!”
“What are you talking about, Wolfin?” said Chuck.
“Nander Gruff understands now that the innocuous-looking religious verse was really a code on how to open the Chronoworks Box.”
They all shouted simultaneously:
“Nander, you magnificent bastard!”