I'm trying to design a scene that should be stressful, fast and be based around the resolution of some kind of riddle (think falling ceiling in a D&D game, only for CoC).
The situation will be like this:
- To discover the name of a demon, one of the investigator's spirit wandered in another plane of reality (some kind of Dreamland, but not Lovecraft's dreamland, reached through drugs or rituals). The others are gathered around his/her unconscious body.
- The name is found, some nasties start chasing the spirit, the body starts getting twitchy
- The spirit reaches a"windowpane" through which he/she can see the "real" scene (his/her own body surrounded by the others). Of course there is no windowpane in reality.
The idea here would be:
- the other investigators would have to do something to allow the spirit to come back (go through the windowpane if you will),
- the spirit knows what is to be done, but cannot communicate directly
- the spirit is under attack, which shows on his/her body (seizure-like maybe)
I'm playing on a VTT with Teamspeak, so what I want to do is to play round by round, switching back and forth beween the spirit player and the others (by switching channels). The spirit would tell me what they try to do (they could have some kind of power on the reality, limited telekinesy, distorted voice...) and I would switch to the other players, tell them what they perceive from this attempt and check what they do. And then back to the spirit, etc
The obvious "riddle" would be to have the spirit "spell out" the name, there would be a series of 26 paintings or statues of faces showing the lip movement of all letters, the investigators would have to figure that out and the spirit could move them or signal them in order, and once the name is spoken out the spirit can come back.
I'm only half-satisfied by this because I don't see a subtle way to put the investigators on track if they just can't figure it out. They should solve it, it's just that taking too much time will have dire effects on the unconscious investigator.
Do you have any other idea for the "riddle" and its answer (which could be something else, accomplishing some ritual or whatever) ?
Thanks a lot !
Edited by boulash, 22 November 2017 - 11:13 AM.