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Chalked Message

I dno't think this is emissary related, but it was encoded. I was walkign along the road south of the desert, and saw: JKURWMOXUMLJWKNENAHDBNODUROHXD'ANCNUNYJCQRL chalked on the pavement. Thsi translates to: A BLINDFOLD CAN BE VERY USEFUL IF YOU'RE TELEPATHIC. Now this is a NetHack fortune I think, and it was close to a square with a "Elbereth" and one with lots of '?'s in it, both of which are further NetHack things. So either the emissary is a NetHack freak, Great Lord Yendor has been past, or there's just another NetHack fan around... MrFoo 10:20, 10 March 2006 (GMT)

There's another one: ESPJDLJESLELETYZQHCLTESXPLETDLCLCPOTYTYRPIAPCTPYNP - THEY SAY THAT A TIN OF WRAITH MEAT IS A RARE DINING EXPERIENCE. Yet another NetHack reference... MrFoo 10:22, 10 March 2006 (GMT)

RVOXCJPOOCZRDUVMYHDBCOXJHZWVXF - WATCH OUT THE WIZARD MIGHT COME BACK

ULCLYBZLHDHUKVMKLHAO - NEVER USE A WAND OF DEATH

Random Encounters

The emissary whispers: 'They say an elephant never forgets... but how long does it have to remember?'
The emissary whispers: 'Have you noticed how Yendor never blinks?'

More of the same this time:

You attack the Emissary.
You cause 0 points of damage, and receive 0 experience.
The emissary whispers: 'There was once a town beneath this place.'
The emissary vanishes!

Just Got This.

You attack the Emissary.
You cause 0 points of damage, and receive 0 experience.
The emissary whispers: 'Four heads are better than none.'
The emissary vanishes!

--pestalinc 05:15, 15 April 2006 (BST)

Discord! Dunno if anybody else has seen this, but a random attack produced "The emissary whispers: 'Apparently, Ruthven and Harvey don't get on at all well.' The emissary vanishes!" -Eyepeel 14:09, 9 March 2006 (GMT)

This man is lying. There's no such thing as an Emissary. This "Emissary" idea is simply a lame attempt to displace blame for these malicious rumours. Ruthven 17:36, 9 March 2006 (GMT)
Don't believe him. I heard that Ruthven has been going into the animal sanctuary and tormenting Harvey's baby animals! No wonder Harvey is plotting against him.

Okay, now the Emissary's just babbling:

You attack the Emissary.
You cause 0 points of damage, and receive 0 experience.
The emissary whimpers: 'this indiscriminate an turbine the to bisect citrus pennant owl'
The emissary vanishes!

Thog 16:20, 16 March 2006 (GMT)

Babbling, eh? Sounds like an elaborate secret code to me. Every fourth letter, or something like that. Random4518 06:47, 17 March 2006 (GMT)

Here's another one: 'The man in the dungeon knows more than he lets on.' PotatoEngineer 23:47, 20 March 2006 (GMT)

Well, we pretty much knew this already, but:

You attack the Emissary.
You miss.
The emissary whispers: 'johndoe. Bettie LaRei. Koyomi. MasterPete. These four know the truth.'
The emissary vanishes!

BlaisedeC 05:24, 28 March 2006 (BST)


Came across two of them.

The emissary whispers: 'They say it'll plunge you to your grave.'
The emissary whispers: 'They say the monster has awoken.'
StormWind 15:13, 28 March 2006 (GMT)

Other messages I've found: 'There was once a town beneath this place.' (74E 60N); 'We must stop this madness before it is too late.' (77E 64N) (75E 72N) MrBlarney 02:25, 1 April 2006 (BST)

I got 'We must stop this madness before it is too late.' at 49E 74N just now. Rhapsodie 03:14, 13 January 2007 (GMT)


The emissary whispers: 'Hush child. Only then can you hear its cry.'

The following two are a bit older; we may have already seen the Fire City reference.

The emissary whispers: 'I hear Ignatz is rather too fond of his drink.'
This one makes sense if you go visit Ignaz's retreat south of the desert. Now if only I could have taken a swim in his pool... Syagrius 22:27, 17 April 2006 (BST)


The emissary whispers: 'They say that Fire City gets much hotter down below.'

--Dragon 05:59, 2 April 2006 (BST)

The emissary whispers: 'The horrors are beneath us now.' The emissary vanishes!

09.04.2006
The emissary whimpers: 'gold rush to lumberjack citizen'

PlanetNiles 10:01, 3 June 2006 (BST)


The emissary whispers: 'The sailors talk of a new island that has risen in the Southern Seas.'

--82.47.102.100 14:12, 1 August 2006 (BST)

Pieces of Torn Parchment

I just got visited by the Emissary and given a Piece of Torn Parchment. It read as follows:

The Wrytings of Margaréthe of Brytehellm*

  • 4. Fel ob zfj lazlsx bniw szonb wmrb Iipdc nkto nebu i gjvx ytxrsmx, iqi zv nqv iimguhx ym civ wplovj f dimvlkzkkvwj jbkmg ftzuavj kpk adsua. Axrs zby nofeska zjim zph hftucujj wb bkj wwaz fnkqka, dsu cvwq nka nmdi niy bkj tzueqj fn zph pzvm.
  • Vigenere with the key: "frigid": AnditwasduringthatnightthatCamylfellintoadeepslumberandinhisdreameshewasrydingamagnificentesteedacrossethesandsUponitsflankeswerethecolouresovthefourcitiesanduponitsheadwasthecrowneoftheking.
And it was during that night that Camyl fell into a deep slumber and in his dreames he was ryding 
a magnificente steed acrosse the sands. Upon its flankes were the coloures ov the four cities and 
upon its head was the crowne of the king.


  • 5. Fvm wtvgl vtcwc uiaidfv bzx frevf'g nwxx nrg uh nwep gs lfg psnrplhe. Hpw zvbyqp qzsviq, eqp tzg' xepl rr hpw yshv fafvwkw n wwmhcw wmq esbsij.
  • It's a vigenere cipher, using the key "moistened", this becomes: theearthshookbeneaththebeastsfeetanditfelltoitshaunchesThegroundcracedandfroeachofthefourcornersastatuedidappear.
The earth shook beneath the beast's feet and it fell to it's haunches. The ground craced,
and fro' each of the four corners a statue did appear.


  • 6. B mynngk pz clb qoe flzm gnf wredvthm; r tzrguy jri pxfukhzr, ziy temggo gfaagxf, nyr jrgtnv bn gnf mkrvpnf, ueq buk diieccz'e ezaor.
  • Vigenere, key: "burning": jmb 20:35, 3 March 2006 (GMT)
A shafte of lyt did lume the carvings; a greate sea creature, the cretan monstre,
the beaste of the stenche, and the corrupt'd kinge.


  • 7. Urf' dlxzxxk voi vwakvlvhs ertal, iaadgz phppk cuh vjriqbrgtd kjl eqxmrn hrg giugy. Eqs fiqt alihzp al' iaadg h zrxcv fph uxsv.
  • Vignere, key "parched"
 Fro' betwixt the shattered earth, flames leapt and surrounded the animal and rider.
 And from within th' flame a voice did rise
And it was during that night that Camyl fell into a deep slumber and in his dreames he was ryding a magnificente steed acrosse the sands. Upon its flankes were the coloures ov the four cities and upon its head was the crowne of the king.
The earth shook beneath the beast's feet and it fell to its haunches. The ground craced and fro each of the four corners a statue did appear.
A shafte of lyt did lume the carvings; a greate sea creature, the cretan monstre, the beaste of the stenche, and the corrupt'd kinge.
Fro' betwixt the shattered earth flames leapt and surrounded the animal and rider. And from within th' flame a voice did rise.


  • (Sometimes yclept "Mags the Mystic")

Map

It then had four 3x3 maps (base terrain, not specific terrain).

http://cities.totl.net/images/frag1/1.jpg http://cities.totl.net/images/frag1/2.jpg
http://cities.totl.net/images/frag1/3.jpg http://cities.totl.net/images/frag1/4.jpg

(possible) Locations:

Map 1: 25E 23N - Something has scorched the word 'frigid' in the grass.

Map 2: 71E 71N - Something has scorched the word 'moistened' in the grass.

Map 3: 5W 89N - Something has scorched the word 'burning' in the grass.

Map 4: 86E 14N - Something has scorched the word 'parched' in the grass.


I'm working on decrypting...

-- BlaisedeC 18:46, 3 March 2006 (GMT)

I just got one too...are you sure yours had 3 3x3 maps? mine had 2 3x3 and one 3x6... I've tried the first few words with every variety of caeser cipher with a program I have, but none of them work. I'm going to use others, so we'll see. I think "yclept" might be the key, or at least point us in the right direction... Jatt 18:52, 3 March 2006 (GMT)
Mine's got four 3x3 maps, you can tell where they end as there are no "roads" at the joins. I don't know if these are real locations or not, one's got a Dragon Spire so may not be too hard to identify... I'll get my map out. Chad
Mine are here; it's four images.
Mine also has four 3x3 maps, with a dragon spire in the upper right corner of the upper right map. The code looks like a cryptogram to me; there should be plenty of info in the text to crack it (and the plaintext may also contain clues). Will work on it... -- Sertularian 19:12, 3 March 2006 (GMT)
Ok, yeah, mine had 4 as well, i didn't notice the black line in between the middle 2. they should be in the middle area, isn't that the only place with dragon spires, jungles and swamps? and i agree that it's a cryptogram, but which one? it's not a caeser cipher, as i said, or a monoalphabetic substitution cipher. it could be a keyword cipher, but what's the keyword? i tries emissary and yclept, but no dice. Jatt 19:24, 3 March 2006 (GMT)
I made a separate page for this message because it is much longer. It is at Emissary_Message --Caol 19:21, 3 March 2006 (GMT)
I was wrong, there are four maps rather than three. BlaisedeC

Decryption Resources

Can anyone recommend a website to help with this? I think the coded messages are great but I have no idea how to work them out. Vashka 19:04, 3 March 2006 (GMT)

I've been writing the code to do things myself. MrFoo 19:05, 3 March 2006 (GMT)

Sorry, I meant, like, to explain how codes work and stuff, rather than somewhere to feed it into. Vashka 19:09, 3 March 2006 (GMT)

Starting at wikipedia:Caesar_cipher would be a good place I think. MrFoo 19:11, 3 March 2006 (GMT)

Thanks. I did check wikipedia, honest, there's just a very lot of stuff that looked relevant and I didn't know where to look first. Vashka 19:15, 3 March 2006 (GMT)

Playfair
A trial-and-error decryptor
Vigenere
Sharky

Translation ideas

It's not a caesar cipher, or a letter substitution one. Reason, the letter frequency count is too flat:

A:22 B:18 C:12 D:12
E:20 F:25 G:24 H:19
I:28 J:17 K:22 L:17
M:18 N:25 O:9 P:22
Q:16 R:24 S:16 T:15
U:18 V:29 W:22 X:18
Y:11 Z:28

If it were a substitution there's be some letters that should have significantly higher counts like wikipedia:Letter_frequencies MrFoo 19:05, 3 March 2006 (GMT)

Right. However it does look as though words are the right lengths, punctuation is there etc.? Does that help us? Vashka 19:13, 3 March 2006 (GMT)

Hmmm. It could be letter substitution, but written in stylized english like the title, or the emissary letters. Also each number may be a separate encryption. Note that in number 4, there are single letter words using i and f, but in number 6 the single letter words are B and r. Arguing against a letter substitution scheme is number 4 which has i as a single letter word, but also words with iqi and iimguhx. Arguing for a letter substitution is repeated words such as bkj in number 4. Hendsch 19:22, 3 March 2006 (GMT)
And in number 7 we have the word "iaadgz" and also the word "iaadg"... Vashka 19:48, 3 March 2006 (GMT)
It's reasonably certain that at least #5 is *not* a simple (1 for 1) substitution cipher -- note the word "rr". BlaisedeC 20:54, 3 March 2006 (GMT)

It also appears that "yclept" means "called", right? Vashka 19:30, 3 March 2006 (GMT)

Probably, yeah. Though that seems to rule aout a Vigenère_cipher since to turn "called" into "yclept" would need the key to be "wcatlq" which doesn't result in a readable message. MrFoo 19:40, 3 March 2006 (GMT)

I've tried both Vigenère and Playfair ciphers with both "yclept" and "mystic" as keys, and Vigenè with the full "sometimes yclept mags the mystic" and with "mags the mystic" as the keys. None of them give anything useful. BlaisedeC 21:07, 3 March 2006 (GMT)

I recall that "yclept" means "called" in Old English or Anglo-Saxon. And upon looking, I find that it's still used, rarely, in modern english:
http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/index.pperl?date=19990907
Zabieru 19:52, 3 March 2006 (GMT)
Wow, cool word. Okay so that was just trying to trick us then. Vashka 20:16, 3 March 2006 (GMT)

Another possible attack is to start with "Iipdc" in #4 it's the only capitalised word (other than at the start of a sentance)so it must be the name of something. Or maybe "dimvlkzkkvwj" from #5 how many 12 letter words are there in common use? (Unfortunately my computer dicctionary is slightly too verbose, with 20462 12 letter words in it...) MrFoo 20:02, 3 March 2006 (GMT)

And in number 7, the first word ends in an apostrophe. So...Tho'? I dunno. Vashka 20:16, 3 March 2006 (GMT)

But what does it actually mean?

Well that was quite successful, from message to translation in under 2 hours. MrFoo 20:43, 3 March 2006 (GMT)

Now we just need to work out what the translation means! Vashka 21:02, 3 March 2006 (GMT)
Something to do with the volcano that just appeared? Or the lava underground? Are there any statues around them? MrFoo 21:07, 3 March 2006 (GMT)

Who is Camyl? Do the flames refer to the volcano rumoured to be erupting? What will happen next?

Why were the lines numbered four to seven?

Perhaps we should be on the lookout for a sea monster, a Minotaur (or another monster from Crete - was the Minotaur from Crete?), a smelly beast of some sort, and an evil version of the 'king?

Burning/moistened/parched/frigid? Fire/water/earth/air. Maybe if all four fragment players stood on their appropriate spots, something would happen? Random4518 02:47, 4 March 2006 (GMT)

KB HI GR

NU FV EV HG OU
EV HE BE GK LP
PC CR NU FV EV
HG OU RF PI CY

- TheRegent 15:11, 22 February 2006 (GMT)

This is just getting stupid now. MrFoo 15:36, 22 February 2006 (GMT)
No it isn't! (Or was that a translation?) I think it's all very exciting. Haven't been able to translate any of the messages though. Vashka 15:43, 22 February 2006 (GMT)
It is, since I don't think any of these messages are real, except the ones from mfoggwas. The rest are just random people wanting to be mysterious... MrFoo 15:49, 22 February 2006 (GMT)
HK TE HR CP EN
VR AP GH VR EG
BE RQ PO HE HA
UN SV PO QR BE
KB MK TX GK TB
PV

- TheRegent 16:37, 22 February 2006 (GMT)

There's no chance in hell I'm going to waste 40-odd AP to find out nothing. Reasons I don't think this is an admin: Original Wiki post was badly formatted, I had to fix it to make it appear properly. No one uses "- " before their sig before now... MrFoo 18:11, 22 February 2006 (GMT)
BEWARE
DO NOT TRUST THE EMISSARY DO NOT TRUST LIARS (a PlayFair cipher) markles 15:46, 22 February 2006 (GMT)
EIGHT EAST BY THIRTY THREE SOUTH WHO DO YOU SEE BELIEVE ME NOW (what a time to be out of AP) markles 16:54, 22 February 2006 (GMT)
I see TheRegent! That square is inside the Forbidden City. And he has a badge saying "HERGHKOCSNBCCI" Vashka 23:20, 22 February 2006 (GMT)
How do you get inside the Forbidden City? Droll 00:44, 23 February 2006 (GMT)
I don't know - I think that's why it's proof of officialness. (I was looking in from the outside.) Vashka 14:30, 23 February 2006 (GMT)
Using a PlayFair again (key THEREGENT) that gives me 'THERE IS NO CABAL'. Moj 23:42, 22 February 2006 (GMT)
I saw a Great Lord the other day with a "There is no cabal" badge. Random4518 14:51, 23 February 2006 (GMT)
Yeah. It was Great Lord Ignatz. e.bstan 14:57, 23 February 2006 (GMT)
Markles, can you post the square used to encrypt? Hendsch 17:11, 22 February 2006 (GMT)
The key I used was TheRegent. markles 18:27, 22 February 2006 (GMT)

4111434521355143

4523152143112233153445443351444512155134244515142434114424342232151311514415 YvneYvne 14:10, 22 February 2006 (GMT)

Um..? MrFoo 14:18, 22 February 2006 (GMT)
It's a cipher based on a 5x5 grid (the clue is that all the digits are in the range 1-5). Each letter is assigned a coordinate pair: A=11, B=12, C=13, D=14, E=15, F=21 and so on. Good job there weren't any Zs in the message. So:

4523152143112233153445443351444512155134244515142434114424342232151311514415

T H E F R A G M E N T S M U S T B E U N I T E D I N A S I N G L E C A U S E

or, "THE FRAGMENTS MUST BE UNITED IN A SINGLE CAUSE" (adding whitespace)
Nick 14:30, 22 February 2006 (GMT)
Remember, the fragments are those four players whose names replaced the elemental chart a while back. Random4518 14:52, 23 February 2006 (GMT)
Maybe the idea is to get all of those players to wear the rings from a Party Pack? 168.122.225.51 18:30, 23 February 2006 (GMT)

Your Palantir shakes violently!

Doc Mackie's Palantir shook violently, prompting him to read. The message said,

XBH AIUJ BMS LHHT UHFHMSHJ AH THHJ ITFD AMQX PIU XBH YMUXS XI EIOH XIGHXBHU TIA XBH SHEITJ OMD YUIEHHJ

so he posted it here.

Cryptogram?
XBH AIUJ BMS LHHT UHFHMSHJ AH THHJ ITFD AMQX PIU XBH YMUXS XI EIOH XIGHXBHU TIA XBH SHEITJ OMD YUIEHHJ
THE WORD HAS BEEN RELEASED WE NEED ONLY WAIT FOR THE PARTS TO COME TOGETHER NOW THE SECOND MAY PROCEED
Morannon 17:58, 20 February 2006 (GMT)

Reposted from below: I just got this: Slummcgy: XBH AIUJ BMS LHHT UHFHMSHJ AH THHJ ITFD AMQX PIU XBH YMUXS XI EIOH XIGHXBHU TIA XBH SHEITJ OMD YUIEHHJ. Bettie LaRei 15:10, 20 February 2006 (GMT)

Me too. Any code crackers awake atm? LittleHamster 15:13, 20 February 2006 (GMT)

I think everyone got it via palantir. It isnt a caesar cipher its a normal letter subsitution which I think is "The word has been released, we need only wait for the parts to come together now the second may proceed." - The Beggar

Any idea who the sender (Slummcgy) is?? e.bstan 16:12, 20 February 2006 (GMT)
  • Slummcgy is emissary backwards with a caesar cipher. MrFoo 16:19, 20 February 2006 (GMT)
  • I think the four named characters really have to meet - Does Bettie LaRei have 3 summon stones to get all four characters together? perhaps Bettie should Palantir them to meet up.... peter cook 12:13, 21 February 2006 (GMT)
  • I have 4 summon stones and am not afraid to use em. Im thinking of summoning the 4 named characters but think this may offend. Im deadly curious though and having trouble holding out. What do other people think?The Beggar 13:19, 23 February 2006 (GMT)
  • Summoning the four fragment characters is definately part of unlocking whatever it is, and putting all four in one space might be the solution itself, but the fragments "must be united in a single cause". ...Say, did anyone ever manage to kill the PolyChromatic Dragon? Random4518 21:44, 23 February 2006 (GMT)
  • Is everyone forgetting something rather important here? "Slummcgy is emissary backwards with a caesar cipher." I don't think we can trust the emissary. He's a liar, remember? Lamia 15:55, 25 February 2006 (GMT)

Bmdf ftdqq (Part Three)

Aol aybao jhuuva il mvbuk pu aol zrplz.
THE TRUTH CANNOT BE FOUND IN THE SKIES. Havelock2 14:57, 15 February 2006 (GMT)
Ijo zqzmtjiz ozggn ompoc.
NOT EVERYONE TELLS TRUTH. Havelock2 14:57, 15 February 2006 (GMT)
Dro owwsckbi sc k vskb.
THE EMMISARY IS A LIAR
damn beat me Havelock2 14:57, 15 February 2006 (GMT)
Rpsqr kc.
Trust me.
YvneYvne 14:33, 15 February 2006 (GMT)
YvneYvne == LiarLiar

although how do we know that YvneYvne is really an admin and not just someone pulling our collective chains? Havelock2 14:57, 15 February 2006 (GMT)
It isn't *this* admin - I'm as curious as you are to see where these are coming from! Nick 14:36, 22 February 2006 (GMT)
Tgsky gxk suxk zngt rghkry. Zxazn corr uaz. Mfoggwas 20:58, 15 February 2006 (GMT)
Translated, this would be "Names are more than labels. Truth will out." Thog 23:50, 15 February 2006 (GMT)
Did anyone ever translate "huluhj" and "icwnvpjao". They were summaries added to his edits to the main page. Kaos Dragon 20:51, 19 February 2006 (GMT)
"Huluj" was "revert". I'm not sure about "icwnvpjao". 82.32.92.89 23:01, 19 February 2006 (GMT)

I just got this: Slummcgy: XBH AIUJ BMS LHHT UHFHMSHJ AH THHJ ITFD AMQX PIU XBH YMUXS XI EIOH XIGHXBHU TIA XBH SHEITJ OMD YUIEHHJ. Bettie LaRei 15:10, 20 February 2006 (GMT)

Me too. Any code crackers awake atm? LittleHamster 15:13, 20 February 2006 (GMT)

I think everyone got it via palantir. It isnt a caesar cipher its a normal letter subsitution which I think is "The word has been released, we need only wait for the parts to come together now the second may proceed." - The Beggar

Any idea who the sender (Slummcgy) is?? e.bstan 16:12, 20 February 2006 (GMT)
  • Slummcgy is emissary backwards with a caesar cipher. MrFoo 16:19, 20 February 2006 (GMT)

Part 2

The emmisarry decided to visit us and update the main page again.

puntjuk Fixxmi PeVim
http://cities.totl.net/images/fight.png FtlmxkIxmx
Queuso

puntjuk - Highlight to see: johndoe

Fixxmi PeVim - Highlight to see: Bettie LaRei - Listed as a visitor to Cloud Land.

Queuso - Highlight to see: Wakayu? Koyomi? - Player Koyomi is listed in the IP Scan page.

FtlmxkIxmx - Highlight to see: MasterPete - Currently sitting in a pond at 8W 96N

icwnvpjao (His update message)- Highlight to see: ztnemgarf - fragmentz in reverse.

MrFoo 18:34, 13 February 2006 (GMT)


All four (assuming it's koyomi) have been active within the last day. Johndoe and Koyomi are fire aligned, master pete is earth, and Bettie is Air. None are water aligned, perhaps that's why the water city is cleaner? IIRC, Elsewhere (the character) is water aligned. Hendsch 21:05, 13 February 2006 (GMT)

No, Elseware is fire aligned...
Can they be summoned or has anyone seen them? Wonder if they're real players or NPCs Havelock2 15:42, 14 February 2006 (GMT)

I'm real! I got the message about the stinky beasts and rings of nine. Bettie LaRei

Just for the record- I've retired MasterPete. He mines ever once in a while and sells the roe on the market at a cut rate. just for fun. The real problems started after being killed by the UndeadDragon and whoever killed it after me kept the body, which had the message from the emissary. This was months ago. So sorry Emissary. You have to find a new person to use. I'm done. Masterpete.

  I just remembered that i got a message from the Emissary a while ago. It says
    Memo for the 'King *208
     plyges, the o'erthrown,
     to beneef. The myf, the
     prevail, who throe the
     thron be greet'd, for

Maybe we're supposed to put all our messages together? I was just in the presence of the king (to get knighted), but nothing happened -MasterPete

So if we need to put all our messages together it goes:

the trouth of the 
stench, the beest, 
rings of nyn
there th'yvil one

Koyomi's

plyges, the o'erthrown,
to beneef. The myf, the
prevail, who throe the
thron be greet'd, for

i've got this:

Memo (For the 'King) *210
 belowe wyl be discoved.
 the roq wyl be uncovd.
 travail.
 be seat'd.

Johndoe -- i'm real too

So lets get them in on it.

It looks to me like four (or more?) lines of verse. The first line of each memo gets put together to make the complete first line of the verse, the same for the next three lines, etc. Memo *210 would be the last in the series. There would be (at least) one memo missing. Just a guess, and I'm at work, so I'm not gonna try to piece them together myself. Yet. -- Sertularian 19:07, 1 March 2006 (GMT)

Since Bettie said she got the "rings of nyn" message, Koyomi's is still missing, and is probably the first of the four (Johndoe's has periods, so the first will probably start with capital letters). -- BlaisedeC 18:08, 2 March 2006 (GMT)

That looks right to me. I'd guess that the order goes MasterPete, koyomi, Bettie LaRei, johndoe; each line has a rhyme in it (prevail/travail, greet'd/seat'd, and so on). The assembled message would look like:

(missing) plyges, the o'erthrown, the trouth of the belowe wyl be discoved.
(missing) to beneef. The myf, the stench, the beest, the roq wyl be uncovd.
(missing) prevail, who throe the rings of nyn travail.
(missing) thron be greet'd, for there th'yvil one be seat'd.

- Nick 23:27, 3 March 2006 (GMT)

I'm guessing that Koyomi isn't the right name from the code: "Queuso" Any code breakers want to take a second stab at this?

From the Conversations page (well, Old Conversations when I finally found it), the final fragment finally showed up:

Whence the flyd, the plyges, the o'erthrown, the trouth of the belowe wyl be discoved.
The serface will yeeld to beneef. The myf, the stench, the beest, the roq wyl be uncovd.
Thee who throe sacrifys prevail, who throe the rings of nyn travail.
Wyl at th'infyrnal thron be greet'd, for there th'yvil one be seat'd.

--BlaisedeC 17:03, 10 July 2007 (BST)

Part 1

de juluh ojxyd wy iqi y jiuuci rud uqjxj xu meh bt Mfoggwas 15:30, 8 Feb 2006 (GMT)

A Caesar substitution cipher for, "Not everything is as it seems beneath the World." Why this is important, I don't know. -- Sertularian 20:11, 8 Feb 2006 (GMT)
So what did the summary on the second edit, "huluhj", mean? Random4518 20:23, 8 Feb 2006 (GMT)
"revert" -- MrFoo apparently decided to encipher his summary as well. BlaisedeC 21:18, 8 Feb 2006 (GMT)
Mfoggwas is also a (different) caesar cipher of emissary spelt backwards. MrFoo 20:45, 8 Feb 2006 (GMT)

Ooh! Is this anything to do with a hole I saw in a cave earlier today? Vashka 20:49, 8 Feb 2006 (GMT)

Caesar or Ceasar? And what are these ciphers? Have you a link to some website explaining? Emmanovi 21:17, 8 Feb 2006 (GMT)

Well, strictly, I think it's Cæsar, but who's counting?
It's a Caesar cipher (named after Julius Caesar, who used them extensively). Any basic text on cryptography should tell you all about the cipher. Darksatanic 21:26, 8 Feb 2006 (GMT)
And there's a Wikipedia article on the subject. Random4518 00:02, 9 Feb 2006 (GMT)
Beaten to it again! I need to type faster. Moj 00:04, 9 Feb 2006 (GMT)
I used the following command to try to find the plaintext strings;
for i in {0,1}{1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9} 10 2{0,1,2,3,4,5}; do echo $i: `echo "Queuso" | caesar $i`; done
--Hotchpotch 21:31, 13 February 2006 (GMT)
I suppose this has something to do with the Emissary that I've seen wandering around? Cobol 00:09, 9 Feb 2006 (GMT)
As I understand, they've been giving out ominous foreshadowing to anyone who attacks them. Random4518 02:49, 9 Feb 2006 (GMT)

Don't forget to look at Emissary below. A note could be a clever cipher, or just a riddle. Emmanovi 23:49, 10 February 2006 (GMT)

Also see Speculation for discussion on this topic - may contain spoilers (how would i know?) Havelock2 16:54, 11 February 2006 (GMT)

First Contact

apologies for the crappy editing, but I thought I'd better bung this in here anyway. Can someone else do the tidy upy thing? Ta. Came across a beastie called an 'emissary' earlier, which on being given a smack, vanished with a cryptic comment about a vanishing castle. Most odd.

Most messy, I'll tidy up. Anyways, yeah, run across this one myself, tried changing aligment and it dissapeared on me so I chased it again tried a golden gun and a emerald athame and then he run away, of course the weapons delt 0 damage. Maybe giving it something realated to messages, like a sheet of paper or a palantir? Hmmm... Dante 19:32, 2 Feb 2006 (GMT)

I hit him with a pen - no damage. All he did was whisper in my ear. Something along the lines of "Do you notice it getting colder?" or something like that. Syagrius 02:40, 3 Feb 2006 (GMT)

That's what he said to me too. Well, pens are out... Dante 02:59, 3 Feb 2006 (GMT)

You attack the Emissary.
You cause 0 points of damage, and receive 0 experience.
The emissary whispers: 'Heard anything about a vanishing castle?'
The emissary vanishes!
--Hotchpotch 06:08, 3 Feb 2006 (GMT) (with a glowing morning star, for what it's worth)

The emissary whispers: 'The Great Lords are not what they seem.' Didbert 20:09, 6 Feb 2006 (GMT) (with my Soul)

I would guess you can either find something that will work on him, or he just says random things (like fortune cookies do).

I encontered him today in the interior and attacked him with the Torn Parchment... PlanetNiles 12:41, 18 March 2006 (GMT)
You attack the Emissary.
You cause 0 points of damage, and receive 0 experience.
The emissary whispers: 'Why is there darkness spreading across the land?'
The emissary vanishes!

I hit him with 5 arrows and he gave me a memo for the 'King, but I don't know if I'm supposed to take it to him, or one of the other 'Kings!

Can you read the memo? If not, then probably take it to the animatronic cut-out. Emmanovi 06:05, 10 February 2006 (GMT)
I can read it, and it says,
the trouth of the 
stench, the beest, 
rings of nyn
there th'yvil one
Er...by read I meant, it's not in code. Cryptic!
Anyone have "Julius Caesar" by Shakespeare? Might be that. Or a very clever cipher.
The truth of the stench, the beast, rings of nine, there, thy evil one.
It could be that. Emmanovi 23:49, 10 February 2006 (GMT)
I still haven't done anything with this memo...shall I try taking it to the 'King? Bettie

So lets hypothesis wildly...

  • I hear Harvey's found something in his tunnels.
  • not all is as it seems underground. : A new subterranean quest?
  • heard about the vanishing castle. : A new location you can only enter a certain times of day?
  • have you noticed its getting colder. : Presumably the frozen north is about to become reality, stock up on wool and lanolin
  • the great lords are not what they seem. : Either Elseware is extracting the Urine out of his co-admins or there is some ulterior motive behind the new Great Lords sub quests?
  • The truth of the stench, the beast, rings of nine, there thy evil one : So at some point we will start to notice a new smell caused by a nasty beast? There are nine mountains you need to climb to get to it (unless its a LOTR reference).

any additions to this? Elseware care to comment on how warm I'm getting? Havelock2 10:23, 11 February 2006 (GMT)

OK someone has highlighted certain letters in my last comment which can form an anagram of the word 'fragment'
Perhaps to indicate that the quote is a fragment of a larger work, which contains more information? While we're wildly speculating. -- Sertularian 13:48, 11 February 2006 (GMT)
Alternatively its the letters F N T G M R A E is this an acronyn for something?
For Not To Get Me Really Angry - Elseware (?) ;-)
Anyone else read the Code Book by Simon Singh? I'm trying to think of other ciphers in use but with only 8 leters its probably too small a population - alternatively someone could just be messing with my head :> Havelock2 10:40, 11 February 2006 (GMT)
Again, it looks to me somewhat like a Shakespeare quote. Anyone got "Julius Caesar" at home? Or, again, a clever, or complicated cipher. Emmanovi 14:48, 11 February 2006 (GMT)
Moved discussion to Speculation in case anyone doesn't want to read any spoilers that might arise.

Intepretations

This section's getting rather messy, so maybe we should seperate the clues form the guessing...

Anyway, the ideas I had walking into work today.

There's 4 people that were mentioned on the front page, 4 great lords, 4 elements. A bit too convenient maybe?

I know Great Lord Yendor has been spending quite a lot of time in the Frozen North. I assume Great Lord Harvey is often found in the west. Are the two other Great Lords often seen in the south and in the clouds? That woudl make one per element, Frozen North/Water/Yendor, Theieves Forest(ish)/Earth/Harvey, Great Desert/Fire/(Ignatz/Ruthven)?, Cloud Land/Air/(Ignatz/Ruthven)?

The names of the 4 people were put into the Elemental chart, the one saying Fire beats Earth etc, but the 4 people aren't differently aligned, there's no water. which means it's not a case of the "stronger" named person going to visit the "weaker" Great Lord.

Any other ideas? MrFoo 10:36, 24 February 2006 (GMT)


I think that the character names from the front page are fragments of an anagrammed message. Join the letters and resort to form the message. Unfortunately 36 characters is too long for the internet anagram servers I've found. The best I've come up with is "A bedmate yoke toils to rejoin the empire." Hendsch 18:04, 24 February 2006 (GMT)

I think we need to find out what messages Koyomi and johndoe got from the Emissary, so we can merge them with the messages Bettie and masterpete got. (Four line messages, and masterpete's lines are obviously only parts of lines.) BlaisedeC 05:02 1 March 2006 (GMT)

I palantir'd Koyomi. Anyone have any other ideas on how to get the memo? Summon Stone? - Master Pete

I received a response from Koyomi today. He responded with the text of the torn parchment everyone got. Then he said he got another memo from the 'King, but LOST IT WHEN HE DIED. So that means the crucial first quarter of the message is lost in the belly of some beast, or possibly picked up and being carried by someone who hasn't the foggiest idea what it is, or even that he is carrying it.

I think I saw his body on the KOT morgue list page tell he should go there and check it out or ask the KOT. 71.110.230.75 02:23, 9 March 2006 (GMT)

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