Now that I have moved into my parent's house for a temporary stay, it was time for me to earn my keep. My father has become quite old, and time has not been kind. There is a lot of unused and forgotten "garbage" in the attic, and I took it upon myself to get the ladder and clean what's up there. I found many things- from old newspaper clippings to albums to clothing- and there was one notebook in particular that caught my eye. The writing on the front cover was in the style of my late grandfather, a boisterous man with stories as rich as his luscious beard. The notebook contained a story that had never been told to me- as I flipped through the pages, however, a small note fell out. It looked like a hastily written little thing, and came on a ripped corner of paper. The handwriting was barely legible- it seemed like my grandfather wrote this in a haste. When I actually read the words, I felt a bit uneasy...
Vicious scenes do I bring;
Tigers and dragons and goblins and more-
Fighting and tearing, ripping limb from limb;
Grinning demons and snarling wolves;
Dreams of sorrow, of misery;
Are you there?
Even heaven cannot save you here.
At first I didn't know what it was talking about, but another read-through gave me a good hint. I tried to find the page that the note fell from, but it was a fool's guess. Instead, I flipped through the pages of the story to try to find the spot that this note seemed to fit. It didn't seem to correlate with anything, but one of the pages contained a bunch of random letters. With nothing else to go off of, I decided that the note must pertain to this page. Take a look and tell me what you think:
This seemed to be some kind of encryption, and if there was one thing I knew about my grandfather it was that he'd make you work for what you wanted! I had both dread and a thrill inside as I set to work. Grandpa was quite the man... but for now, I want to solve this puzzle!
Any encryption keys that you find were originally inputted as all capital letters. The story is fluff- the riddle and the encryption are the core pieces of the puzzle.
The ">" for the first riddle might find a new piece of information to help you forward with encryption.
Don't overthink the first or last riddle!