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Hi everyone, solve this riddle:
I have three friends, they're all little...
another world is where they live,
wherein there can be no eclipse.

My closest friend is the first one,
always follows me every day...
Though he's not coloured black and white,
I call him "Felix" anyway.

My second friend is much distinct,
he looks otherworldly and strange...
If you assemble him, first think,
once he is formed, back he can't change.

My third friend, so much has she changed...
A beautiful healer she was,
but her powers have much mutated,
and now in father's house she is.

You might be confused, what to seek...
To solve this, my words you must heed:
Get to know my friends well and think;
a primal sum is what you need.


Hint 1

My second friend has many kids,
hatched from eggs rock-encrusted...
Any three of them you will need,
with them he can be "assembled".

Hint 2

My third friend, she was very quick,
when someone called, she'd work at once...
But now she always waits a tick,
I'm worried her work someone cuts.

Hint 3 (continued from Hint 2)

She can heal still, but changed it has...
Back then it very simple was,
But now it more progressive is...
Many people like her more thus.

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    $\begingroup$ Also, this puzzle feels very computer-y, though that might just be because I'm focused on some of the words (Assemble for instance) $\endgroup$ – ColdFrog Jul 19 '16 at 20:03
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    $\begingroup$ @ColdFrog You don't need a computer to solve this (although you need one to submit your answer, of course) $\endgroup$ – user351579 Jul 19 '16 at 20:59
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    $\begingroup$ I meant more that the answer was related to computing than it would be required to solve, but I gotcha ;) $\endgroup$ – ColdFrog Jul 19 '16 at 21:00
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    $\begingroup$ I think it has something to do with Goldbach conjecture, as the second friend could be a number assembled from prime numbers (a primal sum). Also the OP said "feel free to conjecture" $\endgroup$ – Victor Jalencas Jul 20 '16 at 14:25
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    $\begingroup$ can you post the solution please? $\endgroup$ – Victor Jalencas Nov 6 '16 at 10:05

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Partial Answer , as sure about 1st Friend & 2nd. guess on 3rd.

Among 3 Friends

1st Friend :

Cat
As humans best/close friend is said to be Dog / Cat and in the riddle it is called as "Felix" a fictional character that would resemble cat.

2nd Friend :

Quail (small Bird that would resemble)
Assuming based on the Hint provided as it says hatched from eggs and three parts assembled forms the pet.

3rd Friend

Rabbit

Partial Answer , as sure about 1st Friend & 2nd. guess on 3rd.

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  • $\begingroup$ Do chickens have rock-encrusted eggs? ..... Anyway, it's not what was wanted. Your answer is not entirely incorrect though. $\endgroup$ – user351579 Jul 15 '16 at 7:12
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    $\begingroup$ I suggest putting guesses and explanations in spoiler tag (>! in the beginning of a line) $\endgroup$ – user351579 Jul 15 '16 at 7:16
  • $\begingroup$ Still mostly incorrect. $\endgroup$ – user351579 Jul 15 '16 at 9:34
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This is a partial answer...

I believe the third friend is:

Mercury

This is because:

I have three friends, they're all little...

It is one of the smaller planets

wherein there can be no eclipse

Mercury has no moons, so it cannot have an eclipse

A beautiful healer she was

Mercury was thought to heal, though now it is known to be poisonous

and now in father's house she is.

In astrology, the fourth house is also known as the father and also the constellation Cancer, and mercury is in Cancer.

My third friend, she was very quick

Mercury also known as Quicksilver

But now she always waits a tick, I'm worried her work someone cuts.

I'm least sure about this one, but mercury thermometers have been replaced by digital ones, so you can't watch them work, you have to wait!

Am I heading anywhere in the right direction?

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  • $\begingroup$ You are not heading in the right direction. $\endgroup$ – user351579 Jul 19 '16 at 21:00
  • $\begingroup$ OK, thanks for letting me know. So it's nothing to do with elements or planets? $\endgroup$ – Ali Jul 20 '16 at 11:26
  • $\begingroup$ No, it's not about them. $\endgroup$ – user351579 Jul 20 '16 at 11:28
  • $\begingroup$ It's a very tough riddle! :) $\endgroup$ – Ali Jul 20 '16 at 12:07
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    $\begingroup$ We all know that a good Puzzling Stack Exchange question must be... well... puzzling. $\endgroup$ – user351579 Jul 20 '16 at 12:09
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The answer is

Chimera

The first friend is

A Lion. He is the face of the chimera. Felix is a common name for cats.

The second is

A goat. He is the second face of the chimera. I've seen him usually portrayed a bit more to the back I think. (I'm not claiming that is correct, just what I remember). Might have something to do with summoning the devil. I'd think twice before summoning the devil ;)

The third is

A snake. The tail of the chimera. The logo of medicine features a snake on a cross. I believe also in some cultures it might have been seen as a god of healing. (not sure, will check later)

Put them together like a sum and you get

Chimera!

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  • $\begingroup$ Incorrect, try again. $\endgroup$ – user351579 Jul 15 '16 at 11:16
  • $\begingroup$ Going in the correct general direction or am I completely off track? :) $\endgroup$ – miva2 Jul 15 '16 at 12:00
  • $\begingroup$ Unfortunately, your answer is off-track. Though you have a little information that is very slightly correct. $\endgroup$ – user351579 Jul 15 '16 at 12:28
  • $\begingroup$ It seems his friends are pokemons....;) $\endgroup$ – Ali786 Jul 19 '16 at 9:31
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Partial answer:

3rd friend:

a leech. They used to be used for medicinal purposes and then fall in disgrace. Now in some parts, they are being used again in progressive or alternative medical practices

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    $\begingroup$ Sorry, you are incorrect. $\endgroup$ – user351579 Jul 22 '16 at 22:05
  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling :) As the OP said, your answer is not correct, please try to work upon it and incorporate as many clues in your answer as possible. $\endgroup$ – ABcDexter Jul 23 '16 at 6:04
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1st attempt: Full Answer

The three friends together would be

A sphinx : Woman's bust, Lion's body and tail and Bird wings !

First friend

Lion : it's almost like a big cat... and its tail is always following the Sphinx!

Second friend

Bird: I found this one more by deduction, but I'm not able to fully explain it.

Third friend

Woman: because "she" is definitely a beautiful healer, and the hints #2 and #3 remind me the evolution of women status in western society : from the housewife to the modern working girl - it's a bit simplistic, I know, I'm sorry. By the way, it is interesting to post "Woman" as an answer on International's woman day, for a riddle created 2 years 1/2 ago! :)

2nd attempt: Partial Answer

First friend

Cat: Felix is a name commonly used for cats

Second friend: I don't know

Third friend

Ether: it used to be used as an anaesthetic, and if the "Father's house" means the "sky" (religious reference), then this can be ether as well.

If I didn't find the answer, which attempt is closer ?

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Partial answer (1st friend only):

Shadow
Shadow is closest to one and follows him everyday. It has no color. In "the world with eclipse" there's no light so no shadow. Not sure about the Felix part (though after some googling, i think it might be related to peter pan).

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  • $\begingroup$ Completely wrong. $\endgroup$ – user351579 Jul 15 '16 at 9:32
  • $\begingroup$ ok will try more. $\endgroup$ – Anupam Mohanty Jul 15 '16 at 9:32
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A wild guess
first friend

A cat Pokemon (getting from Felix the cat)
Can be meowth

second friend

Regigigas
It comes to life only when Regirock, Regice, and Registeel are gathered

third friend

Healing type pokemon
not a clue about this yet

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  • $\begingroup$ Not even in the right direction. $\endgroup$ – user351579 Jul 20 '16 at 8:08
  • $\begingroup$ mmm...figured.... $\endgroup$ – smriti Jul 20 '16 at 8:19
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Having a go at friend nr 2

Moth
Looks odd, 3(?) stages in life, cant go back. Many kinds: Aprox 160,000 species of moth.
Rock eggs i don't know. It could basically be any other insect that goes through metamorphosis, and maybe some have rock encrusted eggs?

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  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, you are incorrect. $\endgroup$ – user351579 Jul 29 '16 at 10:38
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Partial answer for the first and third friends.

Friend 1:

Luck - "Felix" is all I really have here.

Friend 3:

Time - "the times have changed", "time heals everything", grandfather clock

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  • $\begingroup$ You are incorrect. $\endgroup$ – user351579 Jul 15 '16 at 13:32
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The 3 friends are:

CO2, Glucose and Water. They are linked by the primal sum of photosynthesis

The first friend is

CO2 follows you because you are constantly breathing it out

The second friend is

Glucose is a compound made of child elements and photosynthesis is not reversible

The third friend is

Water is the third friend but I can' quite figure out the coming when called bit - Is the living in father's house conversion to water vapor?

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice observation, but sorry, you are incorrect. $\endgroup$ – user351579 Jul 17 '16 at 22:05
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Partial Answer

First friend base on the comment

cat

Second friend

Amphibian

That is the only creature that I can think base on the hint. I don't know the third but base on these two the answer should be

Animals

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  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, you are incorrect. $\endgroup$ – user351579 Jul 19 '16 at 9:10
  • $\begingroup$ Can you explain why you think this is the answer? Answers without explanation are usually deleted. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Jul 19 '16 at 10:13

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