Draw or describe an image to replace the '?'.

WARNING: Contains added color and flavor.



These are how chess figures can move.
Pawn, Queen, Knight, Rook, King, (Bishop)

Additional explanation:

The sunlight in the 1st picture is promotion.
The thing (dandelion?) on the ground is castling.

  • $\begingroup$ This has to be it - nice find! $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Apr 26 '16 at 11:40
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    $\begingroup$ Being vague since I don't know how to spoiler hide in comments: The first image is not missing what you suggest - it is not a special case in the way these things work for itself, just a special case with respect to the external thing. $\endgroup$
    – Chris
    Apr 26 '16 at 12:11
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    $\begingroup$ @Chris: Related: meta.puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions/4630/… $\endgroup$ Apr 26 '16 at 17:13
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    $\begingroup$ This seems right! But could there be more? Might be grasping at straws here, but 1. The sun shines uPAWN the ground, 2. The wheel of the ship QUEEN Mary, 3. A flower in the KNIGHT, 4. A Rook is a bird (No poetry here) 5. DandeLION is the KING of the jungle. So for the question, maybe you could do a Rosary with the cross at an angle to form the diagonal lines. $\endgroup$
    – knrumsey
    May 3 '16 at 22:59
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    $\begingroup$ @knrumsey: At one point, I was thinking of such added connotations but could only make it work for 3 and 4 (and maybe 5), so I gave up on that idea. Interesting thought for 1! :) $\endgroup$ May 5 '16 at 18:55

My guess:

An image of a rainbow


The shown images seem to fit the story of Noah. At sea in a ship (image 2) for 40 days and nights (images 1 and 3). Noah sent out birds to see if there was land again (image 4) and one returned with a branch (image 5). The story ends with landfall and the rainbow.

  • $\begingroup$ Creative. Fits loosely, though. Image 5 doesn't have a bird and as for image 4 I doubt Noah had a periscope/telescope. :) $\endgroup$ Apr 26 '16 at 10:33

My guess.

Image of an anchor.


The sight of birds at sea is an indication that land is nearby, in the image after, clearly land is shown. So next step should be to port the ship and drop the "anchor".

  • $\begingroup$ Interesting extrapolation. But that's only taking into consideration 2 of the 5 images; so it's kind of like saying that the next number in the sequence {1,2,3,5,7,...} must be 9 when it should be 11. I'll also add that the images aren't necessarily in a particular sequence. $\endgroup$ Apr 25 '16 at 18:37
  • $\begingroup$ @humn: Interesting image (and the re-edit makes it even more interesting). Beats me what you had in mind there. :-) But, it looks like you might perhaps be focusing on the right characteristics. $\endgroup$ Apr 25 '16 at 18:42
  • $\begingroup$ Was just trying to make it look like an anchor, @KeyboardWielder, "matching" the necessary 45-degree essence of the puzzle (the re-edit barely missed the 5-minute precipice) $\endgroup$
    – humn
    Apr 25 '16 at 19:12
  • $\begingroup$ @humn Do you have a drawing setting called "matchstick"? $\endgroup$ Apr 25 '16 at 19:30
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    $\begingroup$ The 5th image is actually supposed to look like dandelion seeds, but feel free to think of them as matchsticks if you want. :) $\endgroup$ Apr 25 '16 at 20:09

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