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I'm going to run the D&D adventure White Plume Mountain, and I want to replace one of the puzzles with a good riddle.

Here's what I've got so far:

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  • $\begingroup$ is a knowledge tag needed? $\endgroup$ – Belhenix Dec 27 '19 at 2:24
  • $\begingroup$ I've added that tag. Thanks. $\endgroup$ – Dan B Dec 27 '19 at 3:04
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  1. The mage with the mansion:

    Mordenkainen

    There is a D&D spell "Mordenkainen's magnificent mansion"

  2. The sorcerer who did surgery:

    Strange (Found by Alexander Geldhof)

    Dr. Strange, doctor = surgery

  3. The bro with the fist bumps

    Bigby

    There are several fist-related D&D spells such as "Bigby's clenched fist" and "Bigby's crushing hand"

  4. The guide who was the gray

    Gandalf

    Gandalf the gray, who guided Bilbo and Frodo

  5. The one with the orbs

    Otiluke

    There are several D&D spells that are orb-related such as "Otiluke's Freezing Sphere" and "Otiluke's Resilient Sphere"

  6. The villain who talked to vipers

    Voldemort (found by Alexander Geldhof)

    From Harry Potter, who famously could talk to snakes

  7. The channeler with the conflagration

    Chandra

    From Magic the Gathering, where there are several fire-related cards, such as "Chandra, Pyromancer" and "Chandra, Acolyte of Flame"

  8. The enchantress who was endothermic

    Elsa

    From Frozen the movie, who had ice powers

  9. And the greatest wizard of them all

    Keraptis

    From D&D's White Plume Mountain adventure module, where this riddle is set (from the title).

Solution:

If you take the letters in the numbered blanks 1..11 from the previous answers, and fill in the given blanks _____ ______, you get:

FINAL ANSWER

Solution #2:

If you take the original version with the scrabble tiles, and remove the names of the 9 wizards, you get these letters:

EILST

Which anagrams to TILES.

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  • $\begingroup$ So which one is the actual answer to the riddle? $\endgroup$ – ThePuzzlingPlatypus Dec 28 '19 at 22:15
  • $\begingroup$ The first one is the actual answer. The second is an answer to a previous version of the riddle. $\endgroup$ – Dan B Dec 28 '19 at 22:49
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Maybe this is obvious, but my guess at the method of the puzzle is that we are supposed to decypher the cryptic clues and then scrap them from the letters. I suppose 'The villain who talked to vipers' is Voldemort, 'the sorceror who did surgery' is (Dr./Doctor) Strange. Note that those both alliterate with the cryptic clues they correspond to.

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    $\begingroup$ Correct so far! Some of these will require D&D knowledge. $\endgroup$ – Dan B Dec 27 '19 at 19:43
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    $\begingroup$ I decided the Scrabble tiles thing was too difficult, so I replaced it with an indexing thing. There's some redundancy, so now I think the puzzle should be much easier. $\endgroup$ – Dan B Dec 28 '19 at 17:04

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