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The Girl Who Grew Up in Midnight Castle    Oh the Absurdity!

Started 4/26/18 by Desertdruid (stillDruid); 40192 views.
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Still giggling about the Lord Chamberlain's new look, I went to the Professor, who told me to go to help Anabel. He said that she will tell me where to get the Left Gear for the Heart of Wishes. 

When I got to Anabel, she greeted me as a dear friend. She had heard that I was looking for the Left Gear. She said that she might help me in return for my assistance. She told me to go to the Secret Slab in the Mystery Chamber for the Hero's Strike. When I got there, the Secret Slab appeared in the low wall. I love the way the castle makes things visible for me when they are needed. This is another magic cupboard, you insert two Demonic Rings and one Taste of Prey, which is a very ugly looking item. It looks like a skull sinking its teeth into red stone flesh. The Secret Slab then gave me the Hero's Strike. I then went to the Winter Idol or as I call it, the totem pole in Ice Rock. I brought the items back to Anabel and she told me that I had done well, as always. She gave me a small list, and told me to come back later and she might have some fresh news. After I had collected what she wanted, I went back and she told me that she has news about the Chamberlain, but there is one urgent task she needs me to do first. 

After completing her urgent task, she told me that she has good news for me. Her source is about to talk soon, she said and thanked me for my help. Then she asked me if I knew that more people are deserting the Chamberlain? She felt that his days are numbered. I couldn't help thinking about his "new look", and as she needed items from the Three Prisoners (skeletons to me) and from the Flag, I turned away before she could see the smile on my lips. I was able to obtain the items she wanted and she told me about a man that had come to her who claims to have some information but he demands something in return. So she gave me an idea of what to look for to pay for the information.

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When I was able to return to Anabel, she told me that my help was priceless and that she would always find something for me. She has not forgotten about the Left Gear and she almost has it. When I found more items for her, she told me that I had done well. At seven years old, it feels good when someone tells me that I did a good job. 

Then Anabel stated that the witch isn't exactly who she is pretending to be, and the Chamberlain is losing his power. All the members of the Clan Council have turned their backs on him. Something seems to be up, according to Anabel. I could have told her about him turning into a funny looking pinkish, purple bat, but she needed some more items, so I went to find them instead. She said that she is very pleased with how I am managing my errands. She wishes people well, she told me, but will exclude the witch from that list. We need to find out what she is planning, she told me, so she sent me for more items. When I got back, she said that was great, and that now the witch will have to reveal all her secrets, maybe not to her, but to someone. Then she felt that there was something urgent we needed to do and sent me out with a new list. Anabel said that her gut tells her that the Chamberlain is losing his mysterious powers, and she should strengthen hers. I agreed to help her and find the things that will help her. She felt that there is something in the wind today, and wondered if the plot is thickening. She needed my help again and I found what she needed. She told me that the reward I deserve is on the way. I hope that means that the Left Gear is coming to her. After a few more trips, she told me that she now has the Left Gear, and after I found a few more items for her, she gave it to me, telling me that I made her day, and that I should use my reward wisely. So I went and put the Left Gear into the Heart of the Mystery Chamber. 

Professor Pinfeathers said that courage will make the mechanism work no matter who tries to stop us. He told me not to forget to clean the Heart of the Mystery Chamber, and he feels that luck is with us today. He asked me to go to the Keeper of the Castle and do what he asks and get the Magnet Cylinder.

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When I got to the Keeper of the Castle, I found that he was expecting me. He greeted me as "mortal one" and stated that he knew I came for the Magnet Cylinder, but that we have things to attend to first. He said that later he would help me find the Magnet Cylinder for the Heart of the Mystery Chamber. 

He said that now that Lord Chamberlain has been punished, the castle is more or less safe. But we still must deal with the negative influence. For that, the Keeper of the Castle needs the Pang of Conscience which is a really ugly thing. It looks like a big bug on top of a mirror and a golem's heart underneath. He also needs the Mirror of Clear Sight. So I crafted those items for him and when I gave them to him, he told me that it was well done and that he will take care of the castle, and that I shouldn't worry about it. Then he seemed to get a little philosophical and said that if you don't grow as a person, nothing has meaning. 

Then we got back to business and he said that he had been looking for the Seal of Obedience for ages and can't do his work without the Solar Seal. So I gathered the items for them and crafted the seals for him. He thanked me as a loyal friend and told me that I have earned his respect. He also told me that the castle is now free of doom and we can finally get back to work. He gave me a list of what is needed to craft the Horn of Ancestry and Infernal Armor. So I left with my list and started hunting for the items that will be needed to craft his requested items. 

When I returned, he said welcome back to me and that he could see that I had done well, perhaps even perfectly. But now it is time for me to go and I will come back to the Keeper of the Castle again tomorrow.

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When I was finally able to get back to the Keeper of the Castle he said that he had heard that I was looking for the Magnet Cylinder for the Heart of the Mystery Chamber. When I said that I was looking for it, he told me that he knows where to find it. But he said we will get to that all in due time. Right now he needs the Vulture's Claw and the Bloodthirsty Idol. When I was able to craft those items and return them to him, he said that time flies, or perhaps for him it doesn't exist, and he thanked me for my help. The Keeper of the Castle said that only a wise man deserves to know the secrets of the Magnet Cylinder. Then he asked me if I was ready for this lore, and called me mortal again. This time he needed the Courage and Tenacity as well as the Sparkling Watch. When I returned with them, he said that I was one step closer to my desired goal. Humans, he told me, often ask for immortality, but they have no idea how to cope with it. I don't want immortality, I told the Keeper, I just want my Mom to be better and to come home. 

Then he asked if I feared the Chamberlain's fate, and while I wish him no harm, he is a very bad man. He killed my uncle, poisoned Salty, and destroyed the Heart of the Mystery Chamber among many other bad deeds. The Keeper then asked me for the Beasts Plumage and the Death Bearer. When I created these items for him, he told me that I had earned his praise and said well done mortal. He stated that he was in immediate need of several items, but he can't possibly leave right now. Once I made the Cup of Glory and the Astral Protection for him, he told me that he could rely on me and here is a surprise for me. The Magnet Cylinder, he said that he knew it was important to me. 

When I had thanked the Keeper of the Castle for the Magnet Cylinder and had placed it carefully into the Heart of the Mystery Chamber, I went to see Professor Pinfeathers. He asked me to find out what Christian the Bard wants and maybe he will tell me about the Fire Ignition.

In reply toRe: msg 121

When I got to Christian the Bard in the City Square, he told me that it was meant for us to meet in this world again. He said that he does have the Fire Ignition, but can't just give it away. He said that he needs me to find the Fog of the Future and the Seal of Doom to present to a friend of his. When I went looking for the Fog of the Future a City Clock appeared above an abandoned shop. It is another magic cupboard as I like to call them, and takes a Royal Stone that you have to get from the Flag and the Night Shadow which is a statuette of a vampire bat. When I returned to the Bard, he told me that he was always happy having me as his companion, and thanked me for helping out. He wishes that he could find the Mystery Chamber the way I did. He really needs to compose the perfect melody and share it with the world. He said that he will go on with his own search but needs the Blood Volume and the Mirror of Embarrassment from the Pirate Standard. He told me that he had come up with a great melody and he will let me listen when I get back. 

I guess I was too quick because he said that he wasn't ready to see me back so soon. He told me that the performance should wait, he thanked me all the same. He then said that I should understand that he must find the Mystery Chamber and asked me why I won't help him with his search? When I told him that I could not do that, he asked me to help find two items that he needs, the Heavy Seal of Hops from the Drunken Skeleton and the Sign of Penance for a project of his. I got back to him with his items and he asked me how I was doing, and did I have something to cheer him up. I told him that I had the items he had wanted. He said that I had earned a reward even though I refused to help him find the Chamber. Then he was getting a bit angry and said that He needs the Mystery Chamber, and that I can't keep it from him forever, he said he deserves to know, he promises. He was starting to scare me and he calmed down and said Ok and asked me to find the Bloody Hex and Clamps of Wisdom. He said that he hoped one day I will change my mind and tell him this big secret of mine. Fine, he told me, thanks for my help although he was hoping for a secret revealed not just things.

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Christian the Bard asked me why I was so reluctant to tell him the whereabouts of the Mystery Chamber? He said that his wish was a good one, and that music can't harm anyone. While I agreed that music is usually good, I still would not tell him how to find the Mystery Chamber. I am not sure that the Midnight Castle would let him find it even if I did tell him. So he changed the subject and stated that he can't find the Eye of Hatred in the Winter Idol and that the Obsidian Whirlwind is supposed to be a useful thing also.

When I brought the items to him, he said that it was good of me to find them for him, then asked if I was finally ready to to tell him about the Mystery Chamber. When I told him that I could not, he was suddenly surrounded by a pink haze and he turned from Christian the Bard to a masked assassin. He laughed at my scared look and asked if I didn't recognize my musician friend. When I said that I did not, he told me that he was now Chris Arwin, the Assassin instead of Christian the Bard, and that he was here to kill the Keeper of Wishes.

Then he said that he supposed I would try to keep her alive for a little bit longer. In the meantime, he wants me to find the Bone Whip and the Saw of Sorrow, and being afraid to disobey him, I found the objects and brought them back to him. When I returned he saw that I was still unwilling to tell him where the Mystery Chamber is, but that he will think of a way to persuade me.

Then he said that killing the Keeper of Wishes is not easy, especially if it's not your own will. He then said that he should not have told me that. That made me wonder if he really wanted to kill the Keeper of Wishes, or if someone else was asking him to do it. He said that he had better send me to the Glass Painting to find the Gladiator's Writ and to find the Spawn of Light.

The Glass Painting suddenly appeared above the Doll Showcase. Again, that amazed me at the magic of the Midnight Castle.

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Chris Arwin the Assassin told me that he was making a plan and that I should come by later and we would talk about something or someone. I didn't really want to come back later, but knew that I had to in order to get the Fire Ignition from him.

Although I did not want to, I finally returned to Chris Arwin the Assassin. The first thing he said to me was to ask if I thought he had forgotten about my request for the Fire Ignition. Of course not, he told me. I had helped him a lot and it is his duty to repay me. But first I had to help him fine one thing in the Column of the Fallen and to check the Flower of Sufferings for the Rainbow Stone. As soon as I brought him his items, he told me that I deserve this reward and gave me the Fire Ignition and told me farewell. 

When I put the Fire Ignition into the Heart of the Mystery Chamber, Professor Pinfeathers told me that he was sure the Keeper of Wishes knows where to find the Freezing Sphere.  

The Keeper of Wishes told me that it feels like years since she has seen me, even though it really has only been a short time. She knows that the Freezing Sphere is important but she needs me to help her first. She wants me to explore the Tree of Knowledge and the Doll Showcase. After I had found what she wanted, she told me that I could not imagine how important the Heart of the Mystery Chamber is, and thanked me for helping. Then she wanted the Lunar Eclipse from the Pirate Ship and the Insight Ring from the Bar Counter. It is nice to see that there are still hardworking folks in this world, she told me. With me as her assistant, she believes that she can fix the Heart. She remembered about the Freezing Sphere but said that it was hard for her to get it right now. To get closer to her goal, she wants me to explore the Frozen Treasure, to find the Horseman's Seal and the Stone Bowl for the Stability. She told me that it is hard to be out of your home for a long period of time, and hopes that it will be restored soon. Next she needed the Silent Judge and the Golden Flower in the Antique Shop. She said that she knew I would be back quickly, but had no time to chat. There were things that she needed really quickly, the Crystal of Twilight from the Battle Pit and the Blood Greed from the Mosaic Panel. She thanked me for me help and to come back again soon. She is longing to restore peace to her home, her sanctuary, and she will need my help with that.

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Still running errands for the Keeper of Wishes, she asked me to check the Tent for the Throne Base and asked me not to miss the mirrors, that will have the Sparkle Flamer. As soon as I returned with her items, I asked for another assignment. She told me that she would do it on her own but it's not that easy. She needs the Shining Split for the Taste of Prey (boy is that an ugly looking thing), and there is something important hidden inside the Six Paw. I have gotten friendly with Six Paw and he lets me pet him some times. He gave me the Punishing Hand to give to the Keeper of Wishes. When I gave her the items she requested, she thanked me for my help and said that she will never forget it. She knows that one day I will ask her for a favor and her future reply depends solely on whether or not I help her now.  

Thinking about my Mom, and how much I want her to get better and come home, I will definitely help the Keeper of Wishes. She is now looking for some rare items. A Poisonous Stinger, and the Ring of Bloody Eyes from the Winter Garden. I felt my face flush a little when she told me that it is good to know that she can rely on me. 

Wonderful! She now has news on the Freezing Sphere and will tell me about it later. Right now, she is glad to see me and not only because I am good at finding things for her. She would like me to check the Armor and Banners for the Mask of Virtue and to find the Thunderstorm Talisman. After finding the items and returning to her, she told me that I had done a good job, and that it is nice to see that I take a responsible approach to the assignments. 

She doesn't know why, but she is a bit bored here, and asked if I would help her with her little spiritual problem. I should bring her something interesting from the Tree of Knowledge, particularly the Pendant of Tears. She also heard that there's one especially distracting item in the Crocodile Bush. I thought she was referring to the crocodile himself and wondered how I would get that to her, but she really meant the Silver Embrace. She said that she feels better already once I returned with her requests, and I made a note to come and visit her more often. The Keeper of Wishes has figured out how to get the Freezing Sphere but I need to bring her the Devil's Glove and the Sign of the Predator. She told me that even though I am a mortal, I am so good at this, and gave me the Freezing Sphere for the Heart of the Mystery Chamber. She kept her word.

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I put the Freezing Sphere into the Heart of the Mystery Chamber and then went to see the Professor. 

Professor Pinfeathers said that only the last piece of the Heart of the Mystery Chamber is missing and that we can't give up now. He told me that the Wise Dragon must know something about the Bronze Lid. 

I headed for the Forbidden Tower and the Wise Dragon, when I finished speaking with the professor. The Dragon asked me what I thought he might be thinking about right now? As I had no idea, (the dragon tends to think of some really strange things), he asked if I thought he was thinking about a Princess, just because he is a dragon? He told me that is such a stereotype! He wants me to bring him the Sign of Rocky Throne to distract his thoughts from unwanted matters. He also wants the Star Light. He mentioned that gold and jewelry never fail to cheer him up and wondered if perhaps it cheered me up too. I had never thought about it that way and told him so. 

He then got a little weird with his thinking again, and told me that sometimes someone is considered dead, but yet they appear to be alive. On the other hand he said to me... I had no idea what he was talking about so I was glad when he told me to forget about that for now. He could see that I was intrigued, but he needed me to bring him the Soul Selector. When I returned, he told me that he had some things to consider right now, and wanted me to go and see the troll. He'll know what to do with me, the dragon told me.

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The next morning, I went to see the "troll" Henry the Archaeologist. He was glad to see me and said that he likes that I arrive exactly when he needs me. He is now thinking of opening a store of relics, and asked me what I thought. I just shrugged my shoulders because I didn't really think it was a good idea. But Henry has been nice to me so I will do whatever he wants to open his store. He said that we have to find some things to sell. The Sun Amber would be a good start, and he also wants me to examine the Tree of Knowledge as the Pendant of Tears must be there. He feels that the launch will be incredible! He also needs a pretty sales assistant, but I am not volunteering for that one! Once I found what he needed, he told me that he found a nice hut he could use for the store, but he's not sure about it's location. Well, lets get more relics for now, he said. The Wizard's Ball is always in demand according to Henry, and he also wants the Black Widow. He thinks that the sound of the first coins coming into his store sounds like a sweet chime. 

Henry is not in a good mood today because he had a terrible nightmare that he was a troll again. And that there were two she-trolls fighting over him. That would give me nightmare's! He wants me to check the Antique Shop and select something really valuable like a Light Bringing Sign, and that the Volume of Fury must be in the Armored Bear. After I collected his items, he said that he was tired. And he wondered if he is really a business man. We just need to deliver two more orders, he told me and then he will quit. He said that one necromancer requires the Tears of Impurity from the Rune Alter, and another customer who seems to be a werewolf, needs the Aurochs Horn. I found them quickly and he told me that I am a search genius. He commented that it was nice working with me, and he is nearly ready to close the shop. We just need to find some items for that horrible witch, he told me. And he told me to hurry as she has threatened him. I should get the Claws of the West quickly, and the witch also need the Heaviness of Sin. He asked me to hurry, as he is afraid the witch will make him a troll again. Finally, the business is closed, the witch is pleased and Henry is still human. Having finished Henry's requests, I headed back to the Dragon in the Forbidden Tower.