The Devil’s Riddle: Session 6

“The Devil’s riddle, also called The Devil’s Nine Questions or the Devil’s Nine, is a lullaby every mother sings their child. At least it is in these parts.” the innkeeper explains as they descend the stone steps. “The child is taught the replies as they get older, and they sing that part. It’s the story of how the devil approaches a the mother as a young woman and threatens to steal her soul. It goes like this:

If you don’t answer my questions nine
Sing ninety-nine and ninety,
I’ll take you off to hell alive,
Though you are the weaver’s bonny.

What is greener than the grass?
Sing ninety-nine and ninety;
What is smoother than crystal glass?
For you are the weaver’s bonny.”

Envy is greener than the grass,
Sing ninety-nine and ninety;
Flattery is smoother than crystal glass,
Sing I am the weaver’s bonny.”

What is louder than a horn?
Sing ninety-nine and ninety;
What is sharper than a thorn?
And you are the weaver’s bonny.

Rumour is louder than a horn,
Sing ninety-nine and ninety ;
Hunger is sharper than a thorn,
Sing I am the weaver’s bonny.

What is higher than a tree?
Sing ninety-nine and ninety;
What is deeper than the sea?
And you are the weaver’s bonny.

Heaven’s higher than a tree,
Sing ninety-nine and ninety;
And hell is deeper than the sea,
Sing I’m the weaver’s bonny.

What is brighter than the light?
Sing ninety-nine and ninety;
What is darker than the night?
And you are the weaver’s bonny.

Truth is brighter than the light,
Sing ninety-nine and ninety ;
Falsehood’s darker than the night,
Sing I’m the weaver’s bonny.”

You have answered me questions nine,
Sing ninety-nine and ninety;
You are the Light’s, not one of mine,
And you are the weaver’s bonny.”

When Jeden is done Rufus frowns. “But… that was only eight questions.” Jeden nods, smiling. “Aye, and that’s the riddle of it. What was the Devil’s ninth question?”

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One Response to “The Devil’s Riddle: Session 6”

  1. Just for you Stefan, for tyhe next time you’re up at 3.30 🙂

    I admit to a bit of rules bending on this post: instead of the GM Emulator I used Google to find out what the Devil’s Riddle was.

    The most interesting answer was a traditional folk ballad, which seems to exist in multiple versions. I tweaked it a bit to suit my setting, and there you are.

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