So I’ve been playing The Secret World, lately, and one of the investigations called The Big Terrible Picture had us crack a cipher that turned out to be offset to the left in the English alphabet, a classic Roman Cipher (aka a Caesar Cipher). I can’t believe they still put cool puzzles like this in MMOs, I haven’t seen anything like it outside of old adventure games. Here is the set of ciphered texts and their decrypted texts:
cngu bs gur fha – eryngrf abg whfg gb gur fbyne obql ohg gur geniry bs gur uhzna obql ovegu orlbaq
rvtug synzrf – rvtug fgngvbaf ba gur cngu bs yvsr? nygubhtu gur beqre vf abg jung frrzrq vavgvnyyl boivbhf
path of the sun – relates not just to the solar body but the travel of the human body birth beyond
eight flames – eight stations on the path of life? although the order is not what seemed initially obvious
vasnapl – n dhvpxyl qbhfrq synzr
infancy – a quickly doused flame
ovegu – gur oevrsrfg oynmr
birth – the briefest blaze
lbhgu – arire gehyl rkgvathvfurq
youth – never truly extinguished
puvyqubbq – bayl gehyl snqrf nsgre byq ntr
childhood – only truly fades after old age
nqhygubbq – fybjre ohea guna vasnapl, snfgre guna byq ntr
adulthood – slower burn than infancy, faster than old age
vzzbegnyvgl – bapr npuvrirq, hadhrapunoyr
immortality – once achieved, unquenchable
qrngu – qrngu vf rire cerfrag
death – death is ever present
evghny bs qnlf – gur pbzvat sbegu ol qnl – n sbphfvat bs yvtug hcba qnexarff.
gur cevrfgubbq bs nzha qevira haqretebhaq ol ngravfgf – ranpgf gurfr evghnyf va frperg – jul urer?
ritual of days – the coming forth by day – a focusing of light upon darkness.
the priesthood of amun driven underground by atenists – enacts these rituals in secret – why here?
evghny bs yvarntr – n cenlre orsber eblnygl? pehqr qrcvpgvbaf bs nxurangra – gurfr jrer abg znqr gb ubabhe uvz
pbafvqre gur anzrf – nxurangra’f anzr renfrq nsgre qrngu – ohg gung jnf abg uvf gehr anzr n cenlre gb gehgu
ritual of lineage – a prayer before royalty? crude depictions of akhenaten – these were not made to honour him
consider the names – akhenaten’s name erased after death – but that was not his true name a prayer to truth
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