Attempting to Fix the Present Part 2 “The Cube”
Thoradin here with news
We step through and find ourselves on what appears to be flat stone plane with a robed humanoid standing on it. He confronts us and asks what we are doing. I step forward and tell him we are going to the past in hopes of making the future better. He also tells us that it would be an ineffectual ban if people could circumvent it by simply going back far enough in time. We notice in the center of the plane a circle with some writing. The robe humanoid indicated it was a riddle and if we could solve the riddle of the cube we would be allowed to go to the time and place we had chosen. If we did not solve the riddle we would be trapped and die. Yes it turns out we are not on a plane floating in chaos but on a surface of a cube. Part of the group starts working on the riddle and the other explore the cube’s surface finding out that we can leave a surface only as a group. We find the following other surfaces: the fey princess, the ice cube with alchemist potions, the eldritch titan, the viper tree, and the cold plain with a house.
The Viper Tree
There are several trees on this side. We notice that a pattern has been carved into one of the trees, also that the tree has vipers in its branches. One of us knows that we can attack the tree and be able to see the pattern as long as we do not use fire attacks. We attack and are able to see the pattern and it is another riddle.
The Fey Princess
First visit: This side of the cube has a shallow lake and a fey princess sitting on a rock combing her hair, she was very obviously a woman because she was naked. Not Derrick’s naked girl but a girl none the less. She has a tattoo; she uses her hair to cover herself up including the tattoo. We ask her if we can see the tattoo she refuses. Luna attacks then Raja offers a peace offering of her magic ring. We talk for awhile and find out she is bored and wants to leave she says she will help us if we make and oath to free her from the cube. Luna and Derrick still want to kill her. Finally we all make the oath. She shows us the tattoo and then she indicates a side and says to go to that side after we visit all the others. So we go to a different side.
Second visit: “Back so quickly”, No need to attack the titan again.
Third visit: On our way through to the final side.
The Eldritch Titan
First visit: We move onto this side and see an eldritch titan swinging a hammer at us. We attack and notice a satchel around his neck after a short battle he explodes taking the satchel with him. We hope that he will come back if we go to another side and come back. We move to another side.
Second visit: We move onto this side again and see the titan swinging his hammer at us. I say there is no reason to try to kill each other. He says there is enough time to kill us all and continues his attack. Luna runs forward and distracts him and Raja runs in and steals the satchel and we all run back to the side we came from. There surprise is a riddle in the satchel.
The Ice Cube with Alchemist Potions
This side is a grass plain with an ice cube in the middle with four potion bottles on it. Upon examining the bottles we notice that there are magical papers in each of the bottles that can only be open if the bottles are broken. The bottles contain alchemist frost, fire, acid, and dragonfire tar. We also find that the only way to open the papers is to do damage to someone with the item. Luna hits Raja with one, Raja hits Luna with another, Tharek drops dragonfire tar on his own head, and somebody hits someone with the other one. The four papers give us another riddle.
The Cold Plain with a House
We go over the edge to find ourselves on a frozen plain with a small tent house. We go into the house and it is bigger on the inside than the outside. The inside is an adorned lodge with a great banquet table in the middle. The robed humanoid is standing by the table and says that we have achieved our goal and will be allowed to go to the time and place we desired and that we would also be granted a wish. Raja wants to wish for the freedom of those on the die, the fey princess and the eldritch titan. Luna wants something else. The rest of us side with Raja she wishes the persons on the die free including the fey princess and the titan, the fey princess shows up in the lodge and says she owes us a favor. She then exits through one of the doors in the kitchen. We solve the next puzzle and the final riddle. “Entrance is death unless your blades are clean and your hearts are truly pure” I kneel down to pray about the meaning of the riddles and life and get the feeling that I should make a decision and get out of there. The fey princess comes back and comments on the length of my praying then goes out the other kitchen door comes back and says she thinks this is where we want to go. We exit through the door and come to a great wall with soldiers pointing crossbows at us and asking us what we want.
The fire ends in the bitter cold frozen land
Walk the path to freedom quickly or be enslaved forever
The fire burns longest for those without direction
Death isn’t your exit and sleeping fails the weak
Life here is woven upon the turning die
Entrance is death unless your blades are clean and your hearts are truly pure