Hollow Knight: Silksong, the sequel to an amazing metroidvania that takes place in a world of bugs, has been in production for awhile but details about the much anticipated game have been very limited. The last few weeks saw a couple challenges from the devs to the community in the form of a riddle with the hint of finding new NPCs.
The most recent NPC
Inside the official Hollow Knight Discord server is where the riddles have been posted. The first riddle gave the password “huntress” that led to a protected zip file. In that file was an image, a gif, and the morbid description below.
A towering old predator, awaiting her children to come. Though her attention is fixed on her task, she seems to know much about the waning state of Pharloom, scorning the Citadel above and the hapless pilgrims that make their ascent towards it.
“Ssssppiiiderr, Your ssstench is strange yet similar… Have you come bearing the organs of others? Or would you offer your own? Gift your sshell’s warm insidess as ssweet feast for my brood’sss birth-meal?”
You can see the game is keeping up with its dark themes by asking you to feed yourself to her brood.
The first reveal
Fans seemed to have enjoyed the riddle so much that last week Team Cherry delivered another riddle for the community to sink their teeth into. Keeping with the previous riddle, this led to a new password, “grindle”, and a new zip file with image, gif, and description.
“Hoho, free at last! Locked up in here much too long, we was! Nasty place to keep a poor little snitchbug! You’re smellin’ fancy though… Bet you got some nice shinies hidden in that cloak!”
A common snitchbug, fixated on thievery. Though he has travelled the lengths of Pharloom, he’s seen most of it through the iron bars of cages and cells. Free at last, he’s taking full advantage of the kingdom’s ailing state.
This sneaky thief will gladly take rosaries in exchange for snippets of information he has gathered, though his gossip is often of questionable value.
This description, in my opinion, hints that this sneaky thief as someone we will give a collectible to for potential information. However it may not help. I personally hope this hints at tougher puzzles that maybe this snitchbug will help give hints when you’re stuck. Only time will tell.
These riddles have been very well received by the community. It’s a fun creative way to get your community to be involved in the release of news and I for one hope to see more of these from Team Cherry or even other devs for that matter.
Hollow Knight: Silksong doesn’t have a release date yet but you can head on over to steam to wishlist the game.