Quest for the Murderer pt. 5: the mace

[A page from Adelmar’s diary, recovered from an abandoned asylum behind a barrier of thorns:]

Flown again. My pursuers shall discover my most recent refuge before the sennight is out, but they shall find it empty.

This makes thrice. Hunted day and night, night and day, and now depleted, enervated. Ever watchful for portents of pursuit, the mind and the eyes grow weary. Sleep, disturbed with visions, does not refresh, and waking vision grows blurry. I am sure that in time I must go mad or blind or both.

Already memory erodes, and this journal has been my salvation more than once.

Tonight I will act to preserve my sight against the day that the premonitions at last overcome my senses. One eye is plucked.

( 29.5 + 43.5 + 43.5 ) ( 94 + 22 + 10 ) ( 14.5 + 86.5 + 17.5 ) ( 48 + 49 + 66 ) ( 57.5 + 43.5 + 60.5 ) ( 18 + 83 + 14 ) ( 11 + 21 + 97 ) ( 57 + 48 + 51 ) ( 19 + 13 + 91 ) ( 47 + 54 + 57 ) ( 52.5 + 62.5 + 52.5 ) ( 84.5 + 15.5 + 16.5 ) ( 54 + 56 + 47 ) ( -25 + 57 + 57 ) ( 55.5 + 55.5 + 41.5 ) ( 11 + 98 + 21 ) ( 21.5 + 22.5 + 82.5 ) ( 10.5 + 89.5 + 21.5 ) ( 44.5 + 63.5 + -12.5 ) ( 8.5 + 23.5 + 92.5 ) ( 13 + 85 + 19 ) ( 59 + 55 + 46 ) ( 13.5 + 18.5 + 91.5 ) ( 82.5 + 16.5 + 15.5 ) ( 52.5 + 61.5 + 54.5 ) ( 54 + 61 + 43 ) ( 89.5 + 11.5 + 20.5 ) ( 14.5 + 84.5 + 17.5 ) ( 54.5 + 64.5 + 49.5 ) ( 57.5 + 53.5 + 43.5 ) ( 58 + 57 + 51 ) ( 54 + -22 + 54 ) ( 97.5 + 13.5 + 18.5 ) ( 52 + 52 + 50 ) ( 21 + 90 + 11 ) ( 99 + 15 + 17 ) ( 19 + 85 + 13 ) ( 53.5 + 57.5 + 47.5 ) ( 16 + 100 + 16 ) ( 60.5 + 55.5 + 54.5 ) ( 16 + 95 + 16 ) ( 59.5 + 49.5 + 54.5 ) ( 88.5 + 27.5 + 16.5 ) ( 86 + 18 + 14 ) ( 22.5 + 26.5 + 82.5 ) ( 83 + 27 + 28 ) ( 10 + 22 + 93 ) ( 23 + 9 + 93 ) ( 97 + 15 + 17 ) ( 56.5 + 51.5 + 59.5 ) ( 51 + 46 + 58 ) ( 22 + 89 + 10 ) ( 49.5 + 51.5 + 64.5 ) ( 20 + 84 + 26 ) ( 95 + 26 + 6 ) ( 16 + 16 + 16 ) ( 12 + 20 + 96 ) ( 91.5 + 9.5 + 22.5 ) ( 15.5 + 85.5 + 16.5 ) ( 92.5 + 8.5 + 23.5 ) ( 16 + 30 + 16 )

[In a ghostly hand:]

A CLUE LIES BENEATH THE TIDE.

In addition to this message, a tiny bottle of aqua vitae is held within the bottle of mace. This time the fluid burns green, so the colour cipher reads: ‘I have chosen a hole in the wall for its hiding place.’

This particular colour cipher does not need to be used to complete this quest. However, it must be followed in order to complete the Quest for the Castle Treasure. In order to interpret the colour cipher, the Quest for the Altar must be completed.

Adelmar’s eye

The treasure hunters should guess that the barrier of thorns refers to our impenetrable lemon tree. What they have probably not noticed is that there has always been a small hole in the wall behind the tree, behind a thin tangle of vines. By happy coincidence, it is exactly the right size for Adelmar’s eye.

See also how to make Adelmar’s eye.

The riddle: We don’t live by the sea. The only tide in our house is our laundry detergent; that’s right, we use Tide brand. The next clue lies beneath the box of detergent.

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