Darkness (The Sorceress' Tower)
|Locations||The Sorceress' Tower (The Stairs)|
The shadows of this landing coalesce into a shifting form of impenetrable darkness -- a writhing mass of black that continually morphs and twists into symmetrical silhouette nightmare shapes: the fanged maw of a horrible leering demon, a tentacled perversion of nature, the bully who used to beat you up in grade school... you cower with fear and shock as it roars at you, a noise of pure wrath and hatred...
"It shifts into a form that reminds you of your Uncle Al. You're not sure why, but you start sobbing uncontrollably." Ooh! Eek! Ugh! Oof! Eek! Oof! Ugh! Eek! Ouch! Ow!
"It changes into the image of a grotesque grinning clown. It reminds you of this one time when you were little and got lost at the circus, and the memory makes you freak out really badly." Ugh! Argh! Ouch! Ouch! Ooh! Argh! Ouch! Argh! Ooh! Argh!
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- This monster cannot be copied.
- This monster's combat weakness is the inkwell.
- If you lose, you will receive a hint as to which item to use.
- First hint: Looks like Magic-Missile isn't gonna help you with this one.
- Second hint: This isn't just any darkness, it's the darkness in your soul. Woooo, spooky.
- Third hint: Does the raw shock of fighting it recall anything else to mind?
- Fourth hint: Maybe there's a way to put a permanent blot on its record.
- Fifth hint: An inkwell from the Spookyraven Library ought to do the trick.
- The monster's "symmetrical silhouette nightmare shapes," the cowering in "shock" as it "roars" at you, the "raw shock" referenced in the hints, and the inkwell as its weakness are all references to a Rorschach test, a psychological evaluation where patients are presented with a print resembling an inkblot (where ink is dropped on paper and the page is folded in half and pressed together creating a symmetrical image) and the patient must tell what objects they see in the shapes created by the ink. The patient's answers are supposed to reveal aspects of their subconscious (thus the "bully who beat you up in grade school" and other shapes). Technically, the "inkblots" are the exact same ten prints shown to everyone who has ever taken a Rorschach test (or ever will,) and what the patient sees on the card is not always the focus, examiners write every move the patient makes and the time between looking at the card and speaking, for example.
- "You're fighting the darkness," and the defeat message "Looks like Magic-Missile isn't gonna help you with this one", refer to the comedy sketch "Dungeons and Dragons" by comedy troupe "Dead Alewives."