My father says that almost the whole world is asleep...

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[Semi-Open!] Time to find the first bomb!
[Update] Thinking hold the fucking phone
princeofpuzzles wrote in thewakelogs
Who: All of those previously looking for the first clue.
Where: Southern District, abandoned building.
When: The wee-early-morning hours of December 26th
What: Our heroes have found the first clue leading them here to find a nice little trap.
Notes: This is going to run differently than the first. Here we have a death-trap. Your characters can go ahead and try and make a move across it, and I will respond with whether they are correct or incorrect in their actions, and the consequences. Or they can try and bend it away, but remember that the Riddler will do whatever he can to make sure they do this without bending ... Otherwise they can talk amongst themselves to try and figure it out.

From the outside it looked perfectly normal, just another house, albeit quite large, in the forest streets of the Southern District. Inside, however, was a completely different story. The floor was covered in tiles about one square-foot each in size, save for a few feet from the entrance where our heroes could stand around. Each tile had a number on it, ranging from 1 to 100 scattered randomly about. A closer examination of the tiles would show arcs of electricity running across some of them quickly before disappearing. On the other side of the room on a small pedestal was a box. Perhaps their prize, perhaps not, but likely something they needed. It looked as though they would have to cross the tiles to grab it.

Lastly, and perhaps the most important piece to note, was a little carving on the floor before the tiles. It was the same symbol as on the note that lead them here, as well as a couple words, "tread carefully."

Looks like our friends are in for a bit of a puzzle. And the results could be fatal.

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Six scowled at the electrified tile floor. He'd been electrocuted once before and had a near-death experience because of it. He'd rather not repeat the whole scenario.

He looked down at the symbol, trying to make some sense of the strange spiral. He didn't lack intelligence but riddles weren't his strong suit.

[[ I knew that electrified Gwen icon would come in hand-- wait... ]]

"It's never a straight and simple shot to the prize at the end of the cereal box, is it." Gwen folded her arms, staring levelly at the floor. Were some of those tiles not connected to the grid?

She scanned the tiles again - maybe some of the numbers didn't have the current running through them.

Sanji frowned as he looked down at the tiles, and the electricity arcing over a couple of them. He folded his arms against his chest, glaring down at the tiles as if they could somehow provide the answer. "Those numbers have to mean something..." he muttered lowly. Why else would they be there? Unless it was just a red herring. He then lifted his head, scanning the rest of the room. "...Would we be able to cross the room by sticking to the ceiling, somehow? Or the walls?"

[[OOC: Mind if I cut in? I think I have it figured out, but I'm not sure how easy Steph would come to the solution]]

Steph wishes she had her Batgirl suit, it's insulated against elecricity and she'd be able to cross the floor without coming to any harm. Unless the electricty wasn't the only trap.

At Sanji's suggestion, she looks thoughtful, "We could try it, but who's to say it isn't electrified as well?"

It's better to figure out the riddle, she thinks, "Does anyone know anything about that shape?"

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((OOC: Some days it's frustrating to play this character. The math nerd in me was like "OMG FIBONACCI...CRAP, SIX PROBABLY WOULDN'T KNOW THAT." OTL))

It made logical sense for an upper-level Bender to go first since they'd be better able to protect themselves. Still, his paranoia told him that the Riddler might expect that.

Riddles weren't his specialty, but being paranoid about enemy action definitely was.

"Your being able to teleport away in case of trouble is useful, but the Riddler might've figured out some way to use teleportation as a trigger in order to keep people from simply appearing next to the goal," Six said, putting a hand to his chin in thought. "We could try testing the tiles with a thrown object first then Unmake the ones that are wrong. That way we have a path marked out to follow. Unmaking a physical object he might not have expected since why would we want to Unmake the goal?"

Edited at 2012-01-04 12:13 pm (UTC)

Fibonacci sounded more like a sort of pasta than sequence of numbers to Suzaku's ear but he could understand just about everything else. He scanned the floor, watching for any other sort of obvious traps. If he knew which tiles were safe then perhaps Lelouch would be safe if there was teleportation involved.

But Six's words worried him. If teleportation was a trigger, Lelouch might get trapped. Or worse.

"I can also teleport but you've got a point. Testing the tiles might take some time but that is the safest. I can also try crossing this myself without using teleportation or flying. Just to be on the safe side. I am a soldier after all," he said. He did not dare to dart out ahead without warning. This wasn't a simple automated machine gun he was up against this time and being in Nautilus meant a whole slew of unknowns. It was too risky to try uninvited and without strategy with so many people involved.

Lelouch's explanation of it being a math equation almost missed Ben, but he'd been able to understand it well enough. Ben stood beside the others as he thought about a solution.
Sanji had suggested avoiding the floor all together, which he and Gwen could do without any issue. Six however, had made a valid point that other methods of crossing might trigger something worse.

“I’m with Six on this one. We don’t know what could happen if we don’t play the game the Riddler’s way.”

Ben was being cautious and careful for once. Too many people could be hurt if he just went charging in half cocked this time. He stepped beside Lelouch and began cycling the playlist of the Ultimatrix hoping he’d unlocked something else. Ben really didn’t want to have anyone try to cross the floor of doom.

“There’s got to be something in here that can help us test the floor”

[OOC: I thought about using Echo Echo to test the floor? For those of you unfamiliar, he’s an alien who can create expendable clones. So Ben could send them on a suicide mission to test the floor. Or does that take the fun out of things?]




"Right. If he's really been here for a long time, he has to have prepared for people who have abilities to cross the room without touching the floor." Frankly probably half of the room had some way of crossing without touching the tiles. Teleportation, Flight, Crossing on mana, The power of Awesome - not to mention ways of getting the box back here. They couldn't spend too much time debating and thinking about it though.

"We don't have much time - here." She didn't have any marbles or anything, but she did have a shoe! "Lelouch? Where were you going to step? I'll toss my shoe on the tile - if it doesn't blow up in our faces, I think it'll be safe to assume we can step on the tiles you mark as safe."

Hey, they were looking for something to test the tile. She was willing to sacrifice her footwear in lieu of an actual person. Don't look at her like that, Ben. She didn't want you sacrificing your echo echos either.

Sanji glanced over at Lelouch as the man spoke, and furrowed his brow. He had no idea what the man was talking about. "You know this... Fibonacci thing? Solidly? One misstep, and you'll be instantly barbecued." He frowned more, lighting up a cigarette, teeth clamped tight around the filter. "Why do we have to play his game? Do you really think he'd booby-trap all other methods of getting across? All this discussion is just eating up more time. If this Fibonacchi thing doesn't work, is there any way we could shut the electricty off?"

Damn it... he was the wrong Straw Hat for this. Luffy had shrugged off a lightning bolt back at Loguetown... Sanji straightened up sharply. Wait. Could that work? "Do we have any solid rubber, here?"

Steph nodded at Lelouch's explanation, she knew she recognized the symbol more than just being a nautilus, but it'd been a while since she'd done any proper mathematics.

She listened to the rest of the conversation without contributing, everyone was saying what needed to be said, although if they kept talking instead of doing, she was probably going to get impatient and test it out herself. She spoke up at Sanji's question, "Not on me. I think we're best going with Gwen's suggestion of testing it, then trying the Fibonacci sequence."

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Wordlessly, Six took the cube and went to the edge of the tiled area, placing it in the specified tile. He was cautious not to let his fingers touch the floor in the process. Instead, he let the cube drop from about two feet high as a test of not just weight but also impact.

Sanji cursed inwardly, and blew out a frustrated stream of smoke as he watched the others start to test the tiles. Forced to play by the rules, to ensure that the innocent ladies (and everyone else) stayed safe. He could understand Lelouch's point, easily... and agreed with it... it was just frustrating to play his game, by his rules. Sanji managed a faint, wry smirk. This guy'd make a decent pirate. And here he was, practically forced into playing the role of law-abiding Marine, to ensure the ladies with him weren't put at risk. How ironic.

That trail of thought brought up some issues he'd been slightly concerned about, since arriving at Nautilus, and he glanced about at the group he was with. "...A psycho like this, roaming free... You clearly have a jail. Why isn't he behind bars? I can't imagine it would be that easy to hide in a city like this... Are there any laws to this place? Any Marines? Don't you actively go out hunting for those that would... live 'outside of the law'...?" he put forth tentatively.

.o(Or are there too many of you 'justice' types, for those who would consider living 'outside of the law', to even think of speaking up...?)

For one fragile moment, certainly it must have seemed like forever for our heroes, the block fell. It landed on the tile before it, a large and simple "1", depressing the weight only slightly and yet causing no ill effects.

However, it was rubber after all, and rubber doesn't like to stay in one place when it has a whole room to explore. It bounced across a "12" and a "53", triggering sparks on each respective tile, before finding its home on the edge of a "98," a continuous arc fluttering about it.

Well, looks like they know which one to go to first.

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