If you have been following the ongoing mystery surrounding the next adventure from Dungeons and Dragons, where Elminster has sent an agent of his (almost certainly Volo) into the real world in search of an artifact. Since then, clues have been popping up pointing towards a final mystery…
And the latest news is that a series of keys have been making their way to real life D&D streamers like Matt Mercer and Satine Phoenix–basically, streamers who have a big footprint on the community. And the keys they’ve been receiving look amazing:
And of course, there’s the mysterious shield half segment
…which comes with the inscription TEF, at least according to this runic alphabet compiled here.
And as of Friday, there was this late missive from the Sage of Shadowdale which states that everything we need to “prime the spell” is at hand, and it’s just a matter of figuring out where to go from that mysterious clue.
If you’re wondering what this all means, well you can catch a quick refresher at the headquarters of the Immortal Fortress, where you can read up on the clues discovered so far. Or you can track down the beginning of the mystery in order to follow along with the clues from their outset.
Several people around the web have been getting glyphs and keys–all of which are probably necessary to retrieve the magic artifact that Elminster is seeking, one of “vital importance” to the Realms.
But what does it all mean? Well, right now it seems like the “plot” of this story is moving forward during the week. So be sure and stay tuned during the early days of the week to get an idea of where the mystery is headed next.
So far, this all feels very “da Vinci Code,” which is one half of the description of the next storyline for D&D (to be unveiled at the Stream of Many Eyes), so perhaps this week we’ll see things get a little more Gangs of New York.
At any rate, things are never what they seem when Elminster is involved, so I imagine that we’ll be seeing what’s new soon enough. If I had to guess, I’d say a big leap forward happens sometime in the next day or so, followed by a new batch of puzzles. So get your sleuthing hats on, and get cracking, the Realms won’t save themselves.
Well, okay at this point, they probably will–I mean between Elminster, Khelben “the Blackstaff” Arunsun, and like the other high level NPCs, the world can take a lot before it’s actually threatened…