Each rectangle of letters gives
At first I'd thought the dots in some rectangles would be
Now, what can we do with these words we've got?
Another idea is to
Thanks to Stiv, this does indeed make sense if we just simplify the tracks a bit:
and the answer is
Here's a shot. All but the 2nd are on this nifty Wikilist:
How oft the potion, orange in hue
delights my sense among the dew.
Indeed this land can scarce contain
Our presence should we both remain.
From first I heard thine mouth's sweet spell
A victim helpless I befell.
This vessel shall contain our dirge
Should storm or monstrous beast resurge.
Continuing M Oehm's work: if we continue until we have used the whole message, base64-decoding what comes after the text he posted yields:
The block of garbled letters does not appear to be English under a simple substitution cipher. (More precisely: I fed it to quipqiup and it didn't produce anything even slightly plausible-looking.) I haven't tried ...
Third in a line, bred to be realistic,
Somewhat compassionate, not too sadistic.
Taught a new game, I learned how to rack 'em.
In spite of their cheating, I improv'd and sacked 'em.
Surprised how you find me? The game ended victorious!
Ironically infamous, disgraced and inglorious.
My first brother loves the winds and the birds,
My second has been cast out from the family, he is the black sheep,
My third brother loves the waters, even in the deepest caves,
My fourth brother is like the father of Lion,
My fifth brother is kind of gloomy, with his voice as sad as doom,
My sixth brother is named after a ...
Here's my guess:
UPDATE: I finally figured out, duh, what is meant by "a place without hands". Here's a revised guess:
RE-UPDATE: I had assumed all the riddles were classics and well-known, besides being in the book. My answer may be cheapened a little, because all these were known to me in advance. Anyway here are the riddle explanations:
The darkness ...
1: Regulations on the internet in an adventure
2: A shirt for sports I just bought
3: A part of the former USSR or What's that always-learning monkey called?
4: Better put them together or it will be parted by me
5: That classic rhyme with "nd" instead of a m
6: That girl up there with the marbles, I hate that beldam, misread and misread
7: 6 in a more ...
I have a long history from east to west,
to some I'm the worst and others the best.
With a core made of resin I dance and I flutter,
no one judges me when I speak with a stutter.
I may be an object of legend or myth,
at first you won't find me but maybe in fifth.
For at any point, you summon power of three,
And look to the wind, you may ...
I think you might be:
My name is the first, third, and last of my name,
Or first, fifth, and sixth; that is quite all the same.
Take first, second, sixth, and again you will see:
My first, fifth, and last can also name me.
The hint in the title of the post is:
Rand 'alThor posted the question on SciFi stack exchange. My answer:
Look up to him
Born on the first soil, aiming for the next
Stolen as replacement, his life a lie
To be loved, serve but never die
Death came in a flash, lost mother
Hideous rictus, fear and darkness
Insanity lurking in the water
A mirror to his own madness
Four were in fact five
Just getting it started with a few (okay, so I've gotten more since writing that...):
Makin' twice as many female pronouns, in Ireland (9)
The females pronoun is 'ers, from "hers", and Ireland points to Dublin (along with "doubling" for making twice as many), so it's:
Oscar eats a food rich in iron, then dances to Chubby Checker (6,5)