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Someone still thinks cleaning the cellar is boring? Well, not for me ...
Where do I begin?

I don't really know how to describe all this so I took some pictures for you. I've found this really strange thing which is probably called "THE EYE OF TRUTH" (see the pictures below).

There are 6 small marble-like orbs elevated above some kind of small cups where they seem to fit in (I didn't touch them because I was too afraid of what they could do to me).
If you look closely you can see that the surrounding orbs are glowing, whereas the one in the middle looks dark.

Maybe it will light up when we solve the mystery?

There also was a piece of paper with some weird inscriptions, which don't tell me a thing. I can also see that other people have tried before, making it hard for me to focus on the riddle. Someone's even crossed out some lines... probably to make it even more unsolvable for others. In addition to that, it looks like the part on the top right burned. Let's hope we can guess it after we understand all the rest!


(It's not a Kandinsky. Click to enlarge)


I really want to find out what's all behind this!

So far I'm wondering:

  • Where do we have to put the orbs and should we put in anything else?
  • What will the orb in the centre show?

Now I have no idea where to begin... can someone help?



Hints

- First we should solve the riddle/poem
- The solution might be more simple than one might expect
- Make that 2nd one "excitement" (was hard to rhyme properly)
- The missing stanza could be anything, we don't know much about it
- After we get the right idea filling in that last element will be easy
- The riddle leads to a set of words
- We only need a part of each of those words (some users already found that)
- How are the final letters related? And why the hexagonal shape?
- "get hands on the key" or should I say "get hands on the keys"?


I also have the feeling you could make use of this image for your solution:

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    $\begingroup$ Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn! $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Aug 5 '16 at 1:27
  • $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan I can see a true believer! $\endgroup$ – Avigrail Aug 5 '16 at 5:04
  • $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan Forgot the Zalgo $\endgroup$ – bleh Aug 12 '16 at 3:04
  • $\begingroup$ Ha. I thought that was more likely than "content"... $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Aug 12 '16 at 10:03
  • $\begingroup$ Does the steganography tag apply here or could you solve the puzzle with a plain printing of the images? $\endgroup$ – Engineer Toast Aug 16 '16 at 12:09
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Given C Woods's solution to the verse riddles and Avigrail's correction to one of them, so far we have

FEAR EXCITEMENT ___
SADNESS CONFUSION RAGE

It is obvious to guess that

the initial letters might be significant. These are FE_SCR.

There are all sorts of semi-plausible guesses one might make about what to do with these, but Avigrail's most recent hint is a biggie and the key point (I choose my words with care) is that

FESCR are five of the six letters arranged hexagonally around the D on a standard QWERTY typewriter or computer keyboard. The sixth is X.

This suggests that we should

write the letters FESCRX on small slips of paper, or procure appropriate Scrabble pieces -- or perhaps even keyboard keycaps -- and place them in the outer orbs, clockwise (starting at top left, if there's some way that the apparatus makes it clear where that is) in the order ERFCXS.

Perhaps when we do so

a D will appear in the central orb. (And perhaps it will also summon eldritch horrors from another universe, but let's not be too pessimistic.)

The remaining question is what that sixth riddle might be. Its answer

seems like it needs to be a word beginning with X; but another option is that EXCITEMENT actually indicates X and we need a word beginning with E instead.

For obvious reasons, the second of these is an easier choice. Continuing the theme of the existing solutions, observing the shortage of space for the missing riddle, and trying to match the fragments of text we can see, perhaps it is something like this (though I hope Avigrail has done better):

For all the world's
Difficulties
I give release

with solution

I am EASE.

Mysteries that remain unexplained:

The paper is folded in a peculiar way.
Someone has written "3x3" on it.
There are lots of other scribblings, but I cannot make any sense of them. (Perhaps they are just writing-like scribbles but not actual words, planted by Avigrail to confuse.) Diagrams -- some with circular arcs, some with parallel straight lines. Do they have significance? (One of them is a bit eye-like.)

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  • $\begingroup$ Now you can go through the second part of the page again and eventually open the gate! $\endgroup$ – Avigrail Aug 12 '16 at 11:34
  • $\begingroup$ I can't quite work out whether that indicates that I got something right (besides what was already known) or whether it's just a polite way of saying "OK, enough blathering, now why don't you solve the puzzle?"... $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Aug 12 '16 at 11:51
  • $\begingroup$ (I have of course looked at the second part of the page in the hope that it will make things clearer, but so far it hasn't.) $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Aug 12 '16 at 11:52
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    $\begingroup$ Any chance the burnt part could stand for 'FOld THis (some way)' and not a 6th rhyme? $\endgroup$ – Falc Aug 12 '16 at 12:08
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    $\begingroup$ Very disappointed by the absence of brain-curdling eldritch horrors, though. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Aug 16 '16 at 16:22
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Partial Answer

It looks like the six riddles clue towards

Paul Ekman's six basic emotions.

I am a great defender/ To me people surrender/ But to you I'm not dear

I am fear.

A rush with pleasure/ Often I go with leisure/ I'm big with every event

I am content. (happiness, but probably easier to rhyme content without giving away the answer :) )

World's greatest shield/To me will surely yield/ I'm escorting the madness

I am sadness.

No clue around here/ let the system disappear/ I'm quite the delusion

I am confusion. (Or surprise, again easier to rhyme I'm guessing.)

Both young and old/ A solid grudge I hold/ I do not care for age

I am rage.

The only

basic emotion that is missing is disgust.

Not sure where to go from there though. I imagine these have to do with the six orbs around the hexagon.

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    $\begingroup$ I don't know Paul Ekman I must say. But anyway you got some things right here +1 $\endgroup$ – Avigrail Aug 6 '16 at 7:06
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Plaintext version of the text on the paper:


I am a great        A rush with         Fo-------------
defender            pleasure            th---------------

To me people        Often I go with     -----------------
surrender           leisure             ---------------

But to you I'm not  I'm big with eve--  ----------
dear                event               --------

------------------  ------------------  -----------------
------------------  ------------------  -----------------

World's greatest    No clue around      Both young and
shield              here                old

To me will surely   let the system      A solid grudge I
yield               disappear           hold

I'm escorting the   I'm quite the       I do not care for
madness             delusion            age

------------------  ------------------  -----------------
------------------  ------------------  -----------------

Behold! Only the chosen will see
And those who are worthy may open the gate
First of all you need to get hands on the key
If only the answers you could state
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  • $\begingroup$ And how does this answer the question? $\endgroup$ – CinCout Aug 12 '16 at 11:57
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    $\begingroup$ It doesn't, but it's very useful. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Aug 12 '16 at 12:06
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I think it is:

The six Infinity/Soul gems from the Marvel Universe.

And the hexagonal structure is for

the resurrection of Nemesis, by using another gem on the center(Ego gem).

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Explanation:

"THE EYE OF TRUTH"

I am a great A rush with Fo------------- defender pleasure th---------------

Agamotto and one of the eyes he created. He defended Earth(and the Universe) multiple times. 'A rush with pleasure' might refer to the way with which he was born by his mother, Oshtur.


To me people Often I go with ----------------- surrender leisure ---------------

Thanos, and his obsession with Infinity gauntlet.


But to you I'm not I'm big with eve-- ---------- dear event --------

Galactus, because he's literally humongous!


World's greatest No clue around Both young and
shield here old

Captain America, and his shield being broken numerous time, he had no clue when he woke up from the cryogenic sleep.


To me will surely let the system A solid grudge I yield disappear hold

Again, Galactus!


I'm escorting the I'm quite the I do not care for madness delusion age

Silver Surfer, as the herald of Galactus!



Behold! Only the chosen will see
And those who are worthy may open the gate
First of all you need to get hands on the key
If only the answers you could state.

This is probably: Doctor Strange!!


The underlying connect in all these is : Infinity War.

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  • $\begingroup$ Wow that's some work you did! But unfortunately you are far off. As always my riddles include a couple of steps and a simple solution like a word or number $\endgroup$ – Avigrail Aug 12 '16 at 7:40
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Is possible that each one of the emotions submitted before are related to a colour and with a code of colours we get the clue on how to obtain the last sphere?

Rage --> Red Fear --> Green Sadness --> Blue Excitement --> Orange Confusion --> Yellow Disgust --> Violet

Similar to a rainbow, so we lack 1 colour that would fit in the last space left.

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