Archivist note: This post is from an older recovered archive.
((Posted by Wiggy Undertone on August 3, 2010))
Citizens of New Babbage, your local Militia has once again protected our fair city from a fiendish assault! An alert member of the Militia, Ms. Bookworm Hienrichs, was instrumental in foiling the nefarious plot.
A Mysterious Letter
Ms. Hienrichs arrived at the Wiggyfish Cannery and shared a letter from "A concerned citizen". The letter warns of activity at the Observatory of the notorious villain, Doctor Obolensky.
Ms. Heinrichs bravely volunteered to travel with me to the observatory to investigate. We traveled the short distance from Port Babbage in my cat boat, and soon arrived on the craggy shore.
The Observatory Holds A Secret!
Ms. Heinrichs noted immediatly that repairs have been made since the fire. There was no obvious way to gain the second story, so taking a rope and hook from my boat, I was able to hook the roofline on the first throw.
Upon reaching the upper floor, we discoverd a lot of scientific equipment. Several books about crystals and resonances were present in the extensive library.
The most telling was a blueprint for building a Death Ray!
From the blueprint, I determined that a large ruby is an integral part of the death ray. Assuming that the ruby will be difficult to replace, and wanting to render the device inert, I removed the gem.
The large jewel is presently stored in the Militia Headquarters under lock and key and heavy guard. For those of you who wish to view the massive ruby, the wood cabinet has a glass top so that you may see the gem with your own eyes. Please join me in thanking Ms. Heinrichs on her daring service to our fair city!
SLEEP WELL TONIGHT. YOUR MILITIA IS ON DUTY!
*Reply by Mr Underby on August 3, 2010 at 9:31pm
Thank the heavens that we have the brave Militia to protect our beautiful city.
*Reply by Edward Pearse, Duke of Argylle on August 3, 2010 at 9:42pm
Bravo and well done.
*Reply by Mr. Tenk on August 3, 2010 at 9:56pm
good thing pocket can’t hear that invitation you just sent…
*Reply by Tepic Harlequin on August 4, 2010 at 4:37am
ummm…. you took a big ruby from Dr O’s Death Ray…. an we can all come an look at it under a glass lid in a known location…? errrrrr……
*Reply by Victor on August 4, 2010 at 6:32am
…of course it does mean that if old Obolensky finds out you stole his ruby…well, lets just say i wouldnt wanna be in your shoes…rofl
*Reply by Bookworm Hienrichs on August 4, 2010 at 6:53am
blushes and looks down modestly
It was nothing, really. I couldn’t let him investigate alone–that would have been too dangerous.
And Mr. Mornington, if we let such considerations stop us, Dr. Obolensky would get away with anything and everything! We cannot let that happen!
*Reply by Sheryl Skytower on August 4, 2010 at 9:07am
oooohhhhhhhhhhhhhh….. big red sparkly….
*Reply by Glaubrius Valeska on August 4, 2010 at 1:51pm
It seems to me this is an opportunity for some useful scientific determination and inquiry. Pray tell, under what circumstances and following which protocol will the Militia allow meaningful geometric, topological and chemical study of said gem?
*Reply by Wiggy Undertone on August 5, 2010 at 7:42pm
You are welcome to study the gem Galubrius. I’ll be happy to arrange a time when you can have access to the ruby.
*Reply by Skyler ‘Artful Dodger’ Gant on August 4, 2010 at 3:27pm
Doesn’t seem very smart, Mr. Undertone, letting everyone see the ruby and letting them all know where you’re keeping it.
*Reply by Mr Underby on August 4, 2010 at 4:07pm
Mr Undertone happens to be one of the most intelligent people I’ve ever had the fortune to meet, I’ll have you know, lad.
*Reply by MichaelD Mannonen on August 4, 2010 at 6:32pm
After all, what could possibly go wrong?
*Reply by Wiggy Undertone on August 4, 2010 at 6:33pm
I thank all of you for your concern about the safety of the ruby. While it may seem foolhardy to leave such a precious item in a pine box, bear in mind that the ruby is under armed guard. However, in the course of placating those who have expressed concern, I have commissioned a heavy metal enclosure to be constructed for securing the ruby. The enclosure will be completed on Sunday.
*Reply by Avariel Falcon on August 6, 2010 at 8:27am
Ahh, so anyone who might wish to ‘obtain’ the ruby will find their task much more difficult after Sunday…
Hmm… come to think of it, a small aetheric portal with its destination point just inside the container…
Not that I would wish to take the ruby, after all what would I do with such a scientific wonder?