Until yesterday I would have told you that Dmom2k Darwin↑ was one of those terrific people in Second Life you feel lucky to meet. Smart, friendly, talented and a really good person to know. As of now I’ve concluded she’s one of those deceptively nice individuals hiding a mean streak a mile wide. (I can hear her cackling off in the distance as I write this!)
My realization of her true nature came after she sent me a message. She had found an interesting location, Cape Ekim↑, with a hidden underground build but couldn’t find the entrance – would I please let her know how to get inside.
When I went to investigate I found myself on a lighthouse in a park on the edge of a Linden Homes development. At the top of the structure is a book with some clues written on it – they seemed straight forward so I went to track down the solution to the puzzle.
The first thing I realized is that there’s a hill near by – well at first glance it’s a hill. When you look closer you realize it’s actually a dragon and one of the clues convinces you that the entrance to the secret lair involves the beast. In fact I spent so much time getting up close and personal with this giant creature – climbing inside, on and around – in an earlier century I would be forced to marry him.
After an extended period of fruitless searching I gave up and cheated. I won’t tell you how, it’s enough humiliation to have to admit I chose this route without revealing the full extent of my misdeeds.
Once inside I encountered a #&)%@) puzzle door. I used vocabulary that would have made that Linden Mole’s hair spontaneously combust if he had been within 10,000 meters. I tried – I really, really tried. I failed and wound up cheating once again. All of this I blame on Dmom and the fact that I felt I owed it to you, Dear Reader, to find out what you might be searching for should you choose to follow this path.
I know that you all will be able to out-think the Mole. Unlike me you will look at the clues, interpret them correctly and solve the puzzle. Once you do you will find yourself in a large cavern with a detailed backstory, cool gifts and the opportunity to lord over this small kingdom and the dragon hoard.
There are a number of reasons I wind up exploring on my own. One of them is that I don’t have to embarrass myself within chat range of anybody – if no one is looking I keep my shame to myself. I am admitting to you that I cheated (you won’t) but at least I know you didn’t actually watch me spend forever running around like an idiot. It’s small comfort but I’m clinging to it. I’m also working on a sufficiently evil way to repay Dmom for this experience.