Here is Chapter 14 of my parody story, Nancy Drew: Worst of Blackmoor Manor. Today, Nancy finds the Hidden Penvellyn Family Forge.
At the other end of the maze was a locked door. A chemistry puzzle was built into the door, and at the top was a symbol of a snake eating its own tail.
"Hmmm..." Nancy said. "A snake eating its tail. I should find out what this means before solving the puzzle. Maybe Nigel knows about it?"
Nancy paused for a moment, then reconsidered.
"Oh, no way am I going back through that maze again, just to talk to Nigel," she decided. She pulled out her phone and did an Internet search, which revealed that the symbols on the door all dealt with alchemy. She reconstructed the formulas according to the website, and the door opened to reveal the Hidden Penvellyn Forge.
Nancy knew this was the name of the room, because right next to the door was a small table with a homemade book entitled The Hidden Penvellyn Forge and You, by Alan Penvellyn. Intrigued, Nancy picked it up and began reading.
Hello, Jane! It's your Grandpa Alan! This is the big secret I was talking about! This room contains the treasure that our family's founder, Ranulf the Red, discovered oh so long ago! But before you can access it, there are a number of puzzles you have to solve first! Turn the page to learn more!
If, for some reason, you are not a member of the Pennvellyn Family, please turn to page 87.
Nancy turned to page 87.
Interloper! How dare you trespass on the Penvellyn Family Secrets? I am going to put the Curse of Blackmoor Manor on you now! Soon, you will become a werewolf! The only way to avoid this fate is to leave immediately and never tell anyone about it!
If you believe in the Curse of Blackmoor Manor, turn to the last page of the book.
If not, turn to page 88.
If not, turn to page 88.
Nancy turned to the last page of the book.
"Ugh, that's a bad ending!" Nancy said. She went back a step and went to page 88.
Okay, fine, you win. There's no such thing as the Curse of Blackmoor Manor. Our ancestor Elinor was not a witch. She was actually an alchemist. In fact, the alchemy puzzle on the door to this room was constructed by Elinor, centuries ago. People just made the wrong assumptions when she was secretly bringing in strange ingredients from all over the continent.
The room you're standing in is the Hidden Penvellyn Forge. The first Pennvellyn, Ranulf the Red, hid his treasure inside this room to protect it. His grandchild, Milo, found the room and made a special lock to protect the treasure. His grandson found the room and crafted a puzzle to protect it. His grandson also found the room and crafted a puzzle to protect it.
You get the idea. Every other generation, a Penvellyn discovers this room and crafts a puzzle to protect Ranulf's treasure. I was the twelfth Penvellyn to enter this room since the 1300's. I made two separate puzzles to protect the treasure: one on my computer in the library, and one involving my beloved pet parrot, Loulou.
Unfortunately, there is the small chance that the puzzles I created will become obsolete, if Loulou dies or if someone decides to replace my newest-model 1990 computer. In fact, if there is a non-Penvellyn reading this, that is probably what has happened. I do hope my granddaughter Jane will discover this room, but she is only six months old right now. Who knows what the future will hold for her?
Dear reader, if there are any Penvellyns still alive, I beg you to take this book to them, so that they may discover the family secrets.
If the line has died out, then...I assign you with the task of solving the puzzles and retrieving Ranulf's treasure. The truth about our family should not remain lost to history.
PS. Skip to page 10 for a description of all the various puzzles.