Rotghroth Rhapsody Ess-Eschas Posted December 16, 2020 Share Posted December 16, 2020 Recently, Slarty posted a Geneforge-themed puzzle on this board. It’s a really nice puzzle, and I’d suggest you take a look at it if you haven’t already! I’m having fun grappling with it, and it’s inspired me to put together a puzzle of my own in response. My puzzle, however, is geared towards forums-users who are more familiar with the Avernum series! The grid below is made up of the scrambled names of 30 sliths from the Avernum series and, just to keep things interesting, the name of 1 Spiderweb forums member. Sliths are represented from across the entire series of Avernum games. Names have been taken from each one of the core Avernum games, Avernum 1 through to Avernum 6. In addition, names have also been sampled from Blades of Avernum. Don’t worry, though! Names have only been sampled from the four core Blades of Avernum scenarios written by Jeff Vogel (Valley of Dying Things, A Small Rebellion, The Za-Khazi Run, and Diplomacy with the Dead), although not all of those scenarios are represented in the grid. For the record, I made reference to the original Avernum trilogy when sourcing names for Avernum 1 to Avernum 3 – but the names should be identical to those in the more recent remakes. All sliths listed have some important interaction with the player. This may because they are a powerful adversary, or a strong political figure. Alternatively, they may offer useful quests, or provide particularly important services for the party. Fear not, however! You won’t need to scour every last inch of the caves and the surface to find these sliths. Only those who interact meaningfully with the party have been included – we’re not talking sliths hidden in an isolated fort/town with just a few lines of dialogue, or running a generic shop (as helpful as such shops can be!), or found in minor battles. The slith names have been recorded using letters only. All other markings, such as hyphens and apostrophes, have been removed. Full names have been used, but all titles, ranks and other affiliations have been omitted. So, as it happens, none of the slith names in this grid contain any spaces. Here are some examples of some fake slith names, and how they would appear in this grid: Hss-Kess – HSSKESS Battlemage Thelioss – THELIOSS Krys’Taless of Cotra – KRYSTALESS Those who’ve browsed the comments on Slarty’s puzzle thread may see the comment that inspired this puzzle of mine. I first plucked the idea and the numbers out of thin air, partly as an example of how a puzzle like this could be put together deliberately badly. However, it turns out that this puzzle is much kinder than I had expected – despite the intent of my original comment, this isn’t a horrible puzzle by any means! In fact, it’s actually quite a lot more doable than it might look at first glance! By coincidence, 30 sliths turns out to be a really good number to choose. Remember, we’re sampling from 7 games here – so that’s only a handful of sliths from each game. So, without further ado, here’s the grid! How many names can you find? ESSSGREATGRIDOSLITHS SHHVCESLSTTAYSSAASSS USSIAHAVSSKRSHLSLRSL ASOOSASSSSAAHYSSAOSV QASSHHSDGHSSSSSSSEYR SMSSKNHNAESSTSSSOSSA DTSSSHVHAARSRZCOPSAA ISKRSSHSTNEOTGCSLHVA HASEHEKMEGSSHSSSHOLH HOISISAMTEGRSLSOTKGKYUSESSSSKASSSSSAAAAS SLARTYSTHECAUSEIHEAR ESSSKAZTKAIATAA EA-N A S I R 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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