# A Riddle From a Madman [closed]

Today I met a madman with astonishing magical powers. He told me he could help me locate anything in my realm if I solved his riddle.
So I asked him for the riddle and he said,"I am the little thing that goes forth alone, and comes back in a line with my brothers."

*I don't know the answer, but I can test any suggestions.

## closed as too broad by Alconja, Chowzen, Riley, A J, Jaap ScherphuisJun 25 '18 at 5:20

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• Welcome to Puzzle.SE! Take the tour to earn your first badge. Did you come up with this riddle yourself? If not, could you please say where you got it from? – Riley Jun 16 '18 at 21:33
• Its from a MUD called Avalon Rpg. – Aelyn Jun 16 '18 at 21:39
• @Aelyn: Care to comment on any of the answers given? – Chowzen Jun 20 '18 at 14:50
• so, basically, you're asking us to solve a riddle in your game because you're stuck? :) – gl_prout Jun 22 '18 at 11:36
• I know you're just asking a riddle you found, but I don't think it's a good one to ask here. Where, as here, many answers could fit, the riddle is under-specified. A well-crafted riddle gives enough information to rule in the intended solution while ruling out everything else. Also, keep in mind that (at least here) riddles are not interactive challenges—potential solutions should be testable by referring to the riddle, not by needing you to check on Avalon RPG and then get back to us. If the riddle lacks enough specificity to make that determination, then it's probably too broad. – Rubio Jun 25 '18 at 1:38

Sounds like the answer might be

an Ant, which travels, often individually, far from the nest to find food, and finds its way back by following the trail of pheromones left by themselves or other ants. They are often seen coming back to the nest in a line.

A data packet. According to the link, data is transmitted throughout the internet in the form of small packets. I may have understood it wrongly, but I think a client sends a single packet of data as a request to the server (little thing going forth alone), and a torrent of data packets is sent back in reply (coming back with brothers in a line). Assuming that the text before the riddle is also relevant, it also ties in with how the "madman" will be able to help you find anything in his realm.

• I like this answer! Also, kind of interesting how there's more than one plausible answer to questions like these – Grace Jun 20 '18 at 10:04
• @Grace Around here we say that such questions are "too broad" because they admit many answers that are not ruled out by the question - and a well formed puzzle or riddle should have a single clearly correct answer (even if said answer isn't obvious to begin with). This riddle doesn't have enough substance in it to rule in or rule out these answers. – Rubio Jun 25 '18 at 1:34
• That's interesting to know @Rubio – Grace Jun 25 '18 at 6:49

To me it looks like a

pea or a bean. It falls into the ground alone as a seed, and then grows into a plant with pea pods — multiple peas in a line.

An echo?

Because:

A single sound is emitted (goes forth alone) and then repeatedly returns (comes back in a line of its “brothers”/similar copies of the sound).

Looks like it is someone who is

He begins his journey alone but when he becomes successful, he is joined by his so called 'brothers'.

Just a thought.

I think it’s a

Second hand on the clock - it starts off before any of the others but always returns to the minute and hour hands?

• He told its a little thing, by your answer the hour hand would be little than the second hand of the clock. – Nappa Jun 19 '18 at 5:52
• @Nappa In my head, it's little because it's thin. – Grace Jun 19 '18 at 7:00
• Anyway, I don't think I'm right :) – Grace Jun 19 '18 at 7:02

Well, assuming it as a lifeless thing, it is

A drop of rain water,

Which

Falls from the sky as an individual one, but once collected in a storage/container - it can be made for distribution by pipes and hence goes in a line along with its brothers.

I thought of:

A switcher engine

as its job is to:

sort railcars in a siding by connecting to cars and pulling/shunting them between lines.

It might be:

A bee. Similar to the ant logic. Though bee's that fly out and collect nectar are female so it doesn't fit the brothers line very well.