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Monument's comment on 2005-08-12 05:40 AM
For "X", "wax nostalgic" maybe, somehow put that in there?
Still thinking on Z, something to put in there. Zaphod... well, maybe not... ;)

First sentance: "At this junction, wax nostalgic on this most unusual but valid paragraph." ??? Takes care of J, X and V. Might throw them off being a bit poetic for the rest of the thing...

HELP ON Z!!! Go to Comment
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Monument's comment on 2005-08-12 12:16 PM
Any way to separate the X and Z words a bit more? As it stands, it looks like they are intentionally placed(not entirely uncoincidentally). Go to Comment
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Monument's comment on 2005-08-12 04:11 PM
If that covers it(sans E, of course), I'll update the riddle to reflect that.

J=job
X=taxing
Z=lazy
V=avail

No E. I will update the riddle with that one, it looks good to me. Thanks to everyone for all their help! Go to Comment
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Roack's comment on 2005-08-09 07:25 AM
So it has every other letter? Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2007-02-23 07:35 PM
nifty brainteaser! Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2006-09-06 07:54 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
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Ramhir's comment on 2010-09-19 08:13 PM
Great puzzle. Been a GM for 20+ years but this is the first time I've been on this site. Will be back often, I can tell. Go to Comment
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PoisonAlchemist's comment on 2011-07-17 04:39 AM


This is simply fiendish, a good puzzle. I always feel cheap when I have puzzles which revolve around the english language though, because in many RP settings there are dozens of languages. Who is to say Common is even something we can understand? Anyway, a minor quibble on a great work. 


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Strolen's comment on 2005-08-27 08:13 AM
Man, you had me going. I tend to overthink things and I just couldn't get over the horrible way in which the whole thing started, the end snapped me to attention with a great "ah, ha, so that is why." Thank you for that, was a pleasure being surprised.

I still don't think you give the thieve's guild enough credit. As soon as the herald started the guild would quickly be put in action to find this guy. The herald, being who he is, would know that as well so could time his deliverance of the message to the same time thieve's guild finding him. You know the guild will follow this herald wherever he goes so there won't be any grace period for this guy.

Why would the guild kidnap family when the tailor is just as easy (easier) to kidnap from the get go. After all he is just strolling around while his family is being kidnapped. Necessary for plot but fails common sense. Better to have him immediately seek sanctuary with the family and maybe the family gets kidnapped while the PCs are helping him escape or trying to claim the inheritance. I also don't think the guilds would ever think that Joshua killed other guild members, that doesn't pan out. He would be watched from 0 hour anyway so they would know exactly what he did.

Definately a fun one! Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2006-07-25 04:45 AM
How come I have forgotten to vote on this? It can work with some proposed modifications. But if the herald stayed a bit more close-mouthed about the fortune, or found the tailor relatively fast, it could make the disputed parts more believable. Plus quickly running away, of course. :)

A nice plot you can have fun with. Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2008-05-04 03:42 PM
A plus for the image of Woody Allen and mobster priests. :) Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2005-07-19 11:36 PM
Because being crazy for the sake of being crazy is way better than being evil for the sake of evil. Demons are evil, it is a fundamental part of their existance. If you dont like the demon aspect, how bout if the Herald is a sadist who gains his satisfaction by manipulating people for no personal gain. (Think of the movie Saw for an idea of what I am talking about)

Now for the post, I thoroughly enjoye it including the paranoid tailor. I can just see a little reed thin Woody Allen type sitting surrounded by priests who might look like they should be in a mobster movie rather than priestly robes.

Good work Monument Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2009-01-09 08:03 PM
One of the better ideas here. Go to Comment
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Dragon Lord's comment on 2005-07-19 09:25 AM
Great - a truly brilliant idea - this definitely gets my "wish I'd thought of that" award

This has got everything - believable motivations (mostly greed), investigation (PCs need to find out where all the kidnap victims are), and just the right amount of combat

One point - not really a gripe, more of an observation - the demon is a little unbelievable (kinda DnD type "evil for evil's sake") - suggest instead a real windfall of some kind (an unexpected inherence is fine) but no where near as big as advertised, or possibly a case of mistaken identity (this is the wrong Joshua Robert Grundel - there's another one who is related to Hector Elliot)

Other than that, one of the best plots I've seen in a long time - 5/5 Go to Comment
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POG's comment on 2005-08-12 04:57 PM
This is the first plot I've commented on. I feel compelled to because I think it's great. I also like Scrasmax's "mobster goon" priests protecting Woody the tailor. Go to Comment
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Monument's comment on 2005-07-19 08:12 PM
Yeah, I agree, the demon evil for evil's sake is kind of played out. As you can probably tell, that part of the story was an addon after the fact, you could honestly go any way as far as motivations of the rich guy/herald. I just like including demons and such because they are so easy to blame things for in a fantasy world, and BOY are they fun to fight.

Hey, maybe it's just some crazy guy who likes messing with people, in the truest sense of insanity. Maybe Sir Elliot exists and is completely batty, and the herald is nothing more than a hired messenger, hired to deliver a fairly strange message, but whatever, he's just the messenger, ya know? Go to Comment
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Monument's comment on 2009-01-09 01:30 PM
Updated: The ending of the story was noted as "hokey" (and I agree, it was a demon with just did it "because", blergh). I updated the story so that it had a more plausible, and hopefully more plot-carrying ending. Go to Comment
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Pariah's comment on 2006-07-24 11:00 PM
It streches credibility everyonce in a while, but not any more than your average movie. Cash is payable in banknotes, with no more than 5 in a series. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2013-05-21 08:51 AM
Has a strong heist feel, though it would be a large town that could support 3 thieves guilds.
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Kassy's comment on 2008-08-01 08:23 AM
A really good plot idea, i just wish i'd thought of it first. Go to Comment
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