Aw, I'm not sure how to help you solve it without giving it away! Tell you what - it is a cipher you can have the internet solve once you know what it is. Try looking up types of ciphers to see if anything resembling that turns up.
Also, originally the message was going to be specifically for one of her contacts in the post office asking what was the matter. She had received 3 Earnest of Payments in the span of 20 hours, and while she wasn't complaining she figured something had gone terribly wrong. The message there is much different, addressed to you, and is a warning about recent events.
Indeed, the postal system has been cast under a sinister shadow recently. And I'm not referring to the usual medley of boxed Starveling Cats and sorrow-spiders. I believe we should raid the premises of one known as "Alexander Feld" to gather some key material.
Once we know who (or what) we're dealing with, we should warn the rest of the city -- no, the entire Neath! To the printing presses!
A raid is definitely in order. I would be delighted to warn the entirety of the Neath of this terrible thing, but my skills are a bit rusty since the St Destin thing. I will do my best, and you shall do much better. :)
Are you still looking for a dancing partner, Delmar? And by "dancing", I mean "yowling and swiping our claws at each other like alley cats". Mithross was -- haha -- kind enough to oblige my Seeker alt yesterday. I'll oblige you in turn if you're interested. I'll build back my menaces in the meantime.
I swear, each time I play a new SMEN action, my face is -_- because I chose to do it to myself. *sigh@self*
Everytime I play a SMEN action I'm always surprised at how tame it is compared to what I was anticipating. Even the destiny wasn't as much of a penalty as I thought it would be. I figured it'd be -10 to everything, and give a unique quality to force us to tie that noose around our neck if we want to move on.
We're not quite halfway there yet. Maybe Alexis plans to scale the suffering exponentially, so don't be so...disappointed? Is that the word? I'm usually relieved.
Er, sorry to keep you waiting, but I need another hour or so to raise each menace to 5. If you want to read the Sender text nownownow, you can invite Mr Eaten. He won't accept, though. (Or at least my party card wasn't accepted!) I'll send you an invitation so you can see the Recipient text; get your screenshot program or Word document ready. I'm not certain, but I think the result text is the same for both Sender and Recipient.
Well, so long as the text is good I don't mind the consequences. I'm sure things will get worse as things approach the end, but I'll press onwards for as long as the game allows me! Even if reaching the end will take 7 Hesperidean Ciders or something silly like that.
That's fine, I can wait. :) He hasn't accepted my gift either - the poor pink cat is probably dead by now.
Ahahahaha, good one. <3 I'll have to send him some holiday gifts when I get the chance.
I don't expect 7 Hesperidean Ciders; I don't dismiss the idea, though. I expect "a long shot" luck challenge with a 1% success rate. If you fail, you're Free of the Name and taken to level 1 with 0 items and no story qualities. If you succeed, you get to read The End -- be it, really. It seems like the simplest way to limit the "winners" to a handful of players as Alexis intends. It could also be a Broad challenge of 7,777,777 but that would be mean and silly!
I had a similar thought, but without the forced character reset. That way you would have to live with the consequences of having searched, even as you try to get on with your fictional life. We'll just have to see. I hope we at least get to see North as a Seeker without needing to pass an almost impossible luck check. I'm sure it's different compared to a sane person exploring it for another purpose.
Good point; a warped Seeker version of NORTH should be available as it was with the midnight Carnival. Additionally, I expect Alexis to cut off regular storylets and cards from advanced Seekers at one point. Having normal content locked from you would be hella frustrating. I am looking forward to it. I guess. Well, no, not really. I second -- third and quadruple -- guess myself a lot with SMEN feelings and decisions.
Check your Messages for my most awesome of battle cries! :P
Maybe our crew runs off with our ship after we've forced them to bring us North, resulting in us being stranded until Alexis decides to let us out. I could see that happening.
"You meet [Player] over a well and speak of the Name and its pursuit. You know you can't trust them. The path you are set on is narrow as cheesewire. No room for two. This meeting is no comfort. It is a baring of teeth. Dangerous has dropped to 143! Persuasive has dropped to 177! Shadowy has dropped to 145! Watchful has dropped to 156!"
Yeah, I can picture a bunch of Seekers stranded North. We would camp around a well -- the well, perhaps. The sole storylet there would offer options of either listening to the well's whispers or conversing with your fellow Seekers about knives and kittens. Except for Spacemarine9 who won't shut up about the rats he left behind in London. :P
"You meet [Player] over a well, your hands freshly red, and speak of cats and candles, knives and numbers and North, North, North. Dogs bay in an adjoining yard. Fat flies crawl over the gaslamp, spilling bulbous shadows. The well is laughing. Dangerous is dropping... Persuasive has dropped to 107! Shadowy has dropped to 117! Watchful has dropped to 156!"
Neato. Looks like a 50 CP drop across the board. If it was 60 CP, I would have lost a complete level of Dangerous.
Maybe we'll get an equivalent of Writing Messages to make the camping experience more entertaining, especially if we're stuck out there for half as long as people are kept waiting to get started on the Marsh-Mired stuff. We could hear all about his rats.
Yep. It seems like the well is in good spirits during this event. Or maybe it's just crazy.
Is this the first time we've heard the Thing in the well laugh or show any other facsimile of joy? It's usually "reckoning this, reckoning that, stab me, stab you, betray him, betray her" and so on. It was probably just a maniacal "I'm gonna eats you!" sort of laugh, but laughing is good medicine for the soul. Not that It's got a soul. ;)
Meh, you just know we'll end up stabbing each other with our obsidian knives out of boredom. Eventually, we'll have to eat each other to survive. Not completely, probably just a limb here or there. What's a foot or a hand between friends, though? Community spirit, yay!
I wouldn't know the taste of souls. You're best off asking the devils or the Bazaar about that, heh.
I'm quite certain Alexis would just let us die North. Repeatedly. Possibly in a humorous manner. But, like you said, not as a Boat Trip escape route. I wouldn't be surprised if we had to menace each other up to 777 Wounds, Nightmares and Unaccountably Peckish before we could pry the cover off the well. (I envision it encrusted and sealed with frozen lacre.)
I had some close devil friends I could have asked if they didn't run off screaming after seeing the state of my soul! I suppose the Bazaar is the only one I could ask, assuming I'd get an answer rather than just a Suspicion increase.
I wonder if we'll be able to explore the well and what lies beyond to some extent, like through a vision or a memory.
Gin? That Sommelier guy is such a joker! Which River? The Stolen the one or the Hungry one? :-[ @memory of latter River swallowing my Iron Tokens.
Another mountain?? Jeez, the Neath spawns mountains like Seekers spawn wounds. Anyway, yes, the well is granite. Over and inside it, though, I still imagine frozen lacre. My thoughts are inspired by the Sunless Sea image of a northern icecap emblazoned with a gigantic Correspondence sigil: http://sunlessseagame.com/media/
The "Far North" screenshot. And, hey, look at the background of the Haunted Commander concept art. Clouds...or floating stations of ice?
"I wonder if we'll be able to explore the well and what lies beyond to some extent, like through a vision or a memory."
At that stage, we'll probably be unable to tell the difference between memory, dream, reality, Self and Other. We should walk as the Eaten One in a full flashback of the feast at the least.
You know the Bishop and his fixation on snakes... The rewards must be based on his mood. You "succeed" and he's annoyed. You "fail" (because some jerk shot your seal-bat offspring in the face) and he's ecstatic.
I had a good laugh when I saw that! And yes, I'm proud of how far I've come thus far. I think it'll be a shame when something unfortunate happens that prevents me from reaching the end of the search. Or at least I assume something will come up that is a one-shot chance to progress.
The f-ck... It's like everyone else mastered the construction of Tables overnight! O_O
But, yeah, the table looks good. :)
As an afterthought...it would look great, though, if all the items' cells were of the same height. For instance, Bottled Oblivion is 200% taller than most of the others. Is there something you can do to widen the cell so that all its stats fit on one line like Kifers? Or maybe shrink the font of the stats so they can be accomodated in a shorter cell? If not, then just leave it alone. It already looks quite nice.
This rarely happens, but Preview doesn't always show you 100% accuracy for your Published source code. Once you get pass the basic wikia code, Preview becomes less and less reliable.
You should play around in the Sandbox instead. You can safely test things there and Publish a bajillion times without worry. We usually experiment with templates and fancy new code in the Sandbox when we suspect Preview won't help.
Now I see why you left the Irresistible Drum with its stats the way you did. Trying to seat "Shadowy -1" in the second line in front of "Watchful -1" is impossible. Well, it's probably not impossible. I just don't own a lever large enough to move it! There's an Archimedes joke to be had here.
At least Ratwork Watch is okay. I wanted to divide positive and negative stats into their own lines, but it seems as if it's not gonna happen. *pout*
Gun icon is fine now. The table starts higher on the page, thus less scrolling. We are preventing people from an early onset of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. *nods to self*
Yeah, the wiki doesn't like to keep convenient empty spaces for some reason. I had a bit of fun with that earlier when I attempted to list all the stats neatly in the two cells without fixing the Vertical Alignment.
The new placement for the shop icons is quite nice and appropriate. Helping to prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome one little way at a time. :)
Want to pass invitations back and forth for a while till you have enough?
I'll be in out and of Heists for the next few weeks, so please don't think I've skipped out of town. My being in a Heist might prevent me (Zeedee) from showing up in your dropdown list of contacts, but within the next 2 hours, I'll probably have completed the Heist. (As I type, I'm pulling one right now. I'm likely to finish in an hour once my actions fully refresh.)