Once inside the pitch black room, you hear a chime then a voice from above, "You have now entered the first puzzle".
You sigh as the lights come up. You can't believe your father pressured you into this dumb program. You don't need a 'Certified Puzzle-Solver!' certificate to apply to space cadet academy. What a waste of your summer vacation.
Ugh, the voice again. We're starting you off easy. When you have figured it out, punch in the code in the keypad on the wall behind you
You spin around. "When did that get there?" you think.
On the wall behind you is a metal keypad with only four buttons, labeled '1', '2', '3' and '4'. Right now it displays '0000'. Right next to the keypad is a pedestal inlaid into the wall, with a book sitting on top of it. You walk over to the book and see it is turned to a story set in a Tolkien-esqe fantasy realm. "A bit outdated, don'tcha think?" you say out loud, despite there being no one else in the room. "Fantasy stories went out of style back in 2130." Despite your disgust, you take a quick look at the book. You observe that the pages don't turn; it's stuck at this one story. Once you're done reading, you walk over to the wall and stare at the keypad.
What numbers do you punch into the keypad?
A band of explorers were plodding along a winding dirt road at high noon. Fringe, the human, began ranting.
"I told you, Desra, to follow the list. I gave you a list with everything on it, everything we needed for this trip, and you forgot the two things that I need to not feel like I'm freaking dying? I needed a hat so I didn't get this horrible sunburn -"
At that, Wog and Rangor began sniggering. Fringe's visage was a deep red.
"No!" stammered Fringe. "Don't laugh at me!" But his protests fell on deaf ears. Wog and Rangor were doubled over in laughter at Fringe's plight.
As nightfall neared, Wog, with all the grace and subtlety that a half-giant can muster proclaimed "I'm tired. We're camping. Now." The wizard was a bit hesitant but the others shrugged and agreed.
While Desra and the others set up camp, Rangor and Fringe went out to collect firewood. The two collected in comfortable silence for a while, before Fringe interjected.
"Rangor, do you miss Raina? I mean, I'm aware that Desra is your perfect elf wife - " Rangor nodded at that. "But do you sometimes just feel that she's the 'one who got away'?"
Rangor stood with his head tilted, wistfully staring upwards. "Yes. Fringe, I miss Raina. I also miss Myra, and Lorn. But I believe that they made me a better husband to Desra. Each time I stew a rabbit, I remember Myra teaching me. When I sing the Tragror'c lullaby, I remember the time I spent with Lorn perfecting it. The elf women who are not with me any longer made me the man that I am today."
Desra awoke with a start. Did she hear Rangor cry out? She looked over to where his sleeping body lay and instead saw a pile of bedding. She shouted, and the others awoke.
"Did Rangor say he was going for a walk?" She asked, frantically, as Fringe rubbed sleep out of the corners of his eyes. "Weren't you supposed to be on watch?" She glared at the wizard, who looked sheepish.
"I left the energy wand back at the castle. It only had two charges left and I didn't think I would need it..." he trailed off.
"We will find Rangor," said Wog, as he walked purposefully into the forest.
When they arrived back to their village, Desra, Fringe and Wog gathered around the large oaken table in the Wizard's home. They looked with deep sadness into one another's eyes. Finally, Desra spoke.
"This was not meant to be!" she exclaimed angrily. "Aye," assented the others. Rangor's absense felt palpable in the dark, humid night.
"He is more important to us now that he is gone," said the Wizard. Everyone nodded. They sat in silence for a few minutes more, before quietly standing up and heading to their homes.
Clarification: Only text in quote blocks is part of the puzzle, the rest is flavourtext. Your answer should be a four digit number that only contains the digits '1234'.
Hint (that's not really a hint, it should have been in the original puzzle to make the puzzle less broad)
After staring at the wall for a few minutes, you walk back over to the book and see that you've missed something. "Gah, I'm so oblivious sometimes," you think.
Below the last paragraph that you read is another, short paragraph labeled "Coda"Many days would pass for our band of vagabonds. Without Rangor, no man nor woman was of good stamina. All would cry and not a man among our band had motivation to try and find loot. Upon a day forty days past his passing, our group did rally again for a mission. A dragon was slain, and loot was found. Upon forty days again passing, a body was found in a wood; it was Rangor with burns and scars. It was visibly from a dragon. Our band was happy - as by dragon did Rangor pass, and a dragon did pass also.
The voice booms from above again. What's taking you so long? Did you actually *read* the story? You know no one actually cares about what some half giant and his friends did a bajillion years ago. None of the plot is actually important. Jeez.