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Journey to the Center of the Earth

A cache by Arne Saknussemm Jr. Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 8/8/2008
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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 N44.__.___ W93 __.___
 

From a time long forgotten, the traces of the past can be seen.

We start our investigations at a prominent landmark on the Lilac Way. A large tower apparently claimed by a local potter, which is rumored to have Nordic Gnome Blood. At the base of this tower is a plaque claiming responsibility of this tower by some silly humans by the name of Peavey and Haglin. The true story is another matter. Upon closer examination it can be seen that this tower was formed horizontally. It is actually a sand tube formed by the great tubeworms of the low lying sea, Tethys. The secretions of these great worms were composed of great quantities of calcium from the wastes of the crustaceans it consumed. Its much smaller cousin can be found living at the deep sea vents of the Marianas Trench to this day. The tunnel system left by the Tubeworms were used by the great explorers of 200 million years ago. Vast distances could be covered in these tubes with ease during this period. An ingenious system of round capsules and the gaseous expulsions of the large vegetation consuming slugs that were so common during that time period. After the devastating attacks from the nearby star system of Groombridge 34, (which changed this planet from a single large continent (Panagea) with a shallow sea (Tethys), to the six large land masses we have today, nearly wiped out life on this rock and was caused by a simple misunderstanding of the proper way to brew ale, where was Speedy when we really needed him?), most of this transportation system was left in complete disarray. Parts were found intact by the surviving explorers. Of these, the Ancient Nordic Gnome races were the best known to use the tunnels to access this area. At the time of last great famine of the Gnome Homelands, they emigrated here. Fearing an overwhelming migration of Orc. The Gnomes had this section of the transport system up ended with the help of a local dragon that was easily coerced into the job by the vast amounts of ale that gnomes are known to produce. After a great feast of much merriment, in which this dragon become totally inebriated and had passed out cold. It has decided that the power of this dragon was probably going to be more of an ongoing threat than the Orcs, (since it was obvious he could not hold his ale). And nothing is really quite as tasty as fresh dragon flesh completely soaked in Gnome Ale. They ate him the next morning. Befitting a Great Inebriated Dragon, the Gnomes constructed a tomb near the site of this occurrence. This tomb has gone largely unnoticed in these days of the hustle and bustle of our so called lives. But you, my friend, are invited to come and explore the remnants of this story.

This story may seem a little farfetched to most of you. I assure you that this is all true. I found some runic writings on parchments near this tomb. The story I have repeated here is from my decipherment of these parchments. I have to thank a strange man from Esko for his work in the study of this old language. Below is a sample that I have not been able to decipher. I feel it reveals the location of a great treasure.

 
 N__.56.___ W__ 20.___

Arne’s Note Ver2.2

 N__.__.451 W__.___ to find
 

Find the Lilac Way. Easily accomplished in the spring when the lilacs are in bloom. Just use your nose.

Driving the Lilac Way you will see the Tube Worm Tunnel that was lifted to it present position by the Dragon. The silly human vandals have painted a horned helmeted head on it. Read the plaque that has been installed here as a cover for the true story. It’s good for a couple of laughs. I mean Peavey and Haglin? Where do those silly muggles come up with names like that?

Hop back onto your favorite mode of transport and follow the road around to the area of the feast. Park near the spot that has been claimed by D E Schimdt Inc. (This mark has been lost to desecration! Find the parking area for New and "improved" Lilac Park) To the west you will find five stone picnic tables, a couple of altars from which the gnomes gave some really compelling speeches (about the great threat of Orcs and Dragons that are sure to have secured the Gnome Rulers their positions for a least a few more years) and a large stone circle where even to this day many virgins lose their most prized possession, their cell phones.

This is site of the great feast. Look closely on the ground and you may find remnants of the dragon lying about. Diamonds and Glass are commonly found within the gizzards of dragons. Go towards the easternmost altar (the reconstructed Beehive Fireplace). Looking to the south you will see an orange capped pole, (along the new and improved paved handicap accessible path). It has something to do with the transport of ideas at a great rate of speed. You really have get a giggle out this concept that muggles employ. Why they just don't tap into the telepathy conduits that the rest of use is beyond me. On this pole you may notice that someone has imprisoned one of the lesser demons, a largely unknown demon by the name of Alex. Do not be afraid as he is thoroughly bound by a spell of the Great Wizard of the Three M’s and will probably end his days wasting into the microns from which he came. (Attention!! Update!! Alex may have been attempting an escape! As my recent inspection has revealed that the poor Alex has been bound with yet another layer of Magic from the Great Wizard of the Three M's, completely obscuring his existence to the naked eye! Run your finger upon this magic and you may feel a slight aura or edge of this bound Demon. Be sure to say "Hi". He surely enjoys visits. But be careful as I am pretty sure he is still trying to escape, albeit one molecule at a time. Do your best not to help in his endeavors!) (These highlights of the path appear to have been desecrated and removed by the curious muggles. Let us pray that they properly contained Alex. I assume he is still bound and awaiting decomposition of the orange pole at the bottom of some unsecured landfill)

Looking up you see a trail, a very busy trail. I was nearly run down by the traffic of muggles moving in both directions with wheels attached to their feet and riding contraptions of various configurations. Some were running, others were moving at leisurely rates, but all breathing like they had been running for their lives from the latest Orc invasion. You'd have thought they had just heard the latest compelling Gnome Speeches. We will call this the Huff and Puff trail. Fitting for a Dragons tomb. Turn towards the Rising Sun you should have a grand view of Worm Tube and see a couple of benches along with a “dis”information sign. This sign has a lot of propaganda and disinformation on it. Also good for a couple of laughs, as you now know the true story. Turn towards the Setting Sun and walk towards it. Be careful not to be run down by the Huff and Puffs. Most will not acknowledge you. Some will grunt pathetically. Respond as you feel necessary, but do not try to engage them as no good can come of it, unless you find sport in the teasing of muggles.

Follow this trail, towards the Setting Sun, a relatively short distance. You will find another orange capped pole near the western bridge abutment and on your right. Stop here and assess your surroundings. The muggles will be watching you. Either wait, distract them, cast your most powerful cloaking spell or enable your foremost stealthing abilities. Step into the brush at your best opportunity and crouch down. We do not want to give away the entrance to those pesky muggles. Make your way back toward a tall Black Pole, at its foot you will find a line of stones pointing in the direction of the remnants of the entrance to the Gnome Dragon Tomb. Most has been filled in with the sands of time and other debris. The letter box you seek is near here. Look for broken bits of worm tube excrement. You know the routine, stamp it up and rehide carefully .

I did not venture into the tomb as I am not ordained in the ways of the Gnomic Religion and am really crappy at disarming their traps. But feel free to risk your life, no one will ever hear from you again!

Pay your respects to the dragon and feel free to trade offerings with your fellow adventurers at a cache which is located in the foot of a tree about eighty feet southwest.

 
 N__.__.___ W__ __.945

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Whfg sbyybj gur qverpgvbaf.

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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