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cipher

The Big Terrible Picture – The Secret World and Roman Ciphers

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

becomes

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

Pyre 1:
vasnapl – n dhvpxyl qbhfrq synzr

becomes

infancy – a quickly doused flame

Pyre 2:
ovegu – gur oevrsrfg oynmr

becomes

birth – the briefest blaze

Pyre 3:
lbhgu – arire gehyl rkgvathvfurq

becomes

youth – never truly extinguished

Pyre 4:
puvyqubbq – bayl gehyl snqrf nsgre byq ntr

becomes

childhood – only truly fades after old age

Pyre 5:
nqhygubbq – fybjre ohea guna vasnapl, snfgre guna byq ntr

becomes

adulthood – slower burn than infancy, faster than old age

Pyre 6:
vzzbegnyvgl – bapr npuvrirq, hadhrapunoyr

becomes

immortality – once achieved, unquenchable

Pyre 7:
qrngu – qrngu vf rire cerfrag

becomes

death – death is ever present

Notes:
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?

becomes

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?

Lineage Puzzle:

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

becomes

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

If you want to make your own Roman ciphers, visit this site.