Fragment Five: Brachursis
After a much needed break from solving the first four fragments and unlocking the Flora Key, all were excited to see a post from Deirdre Green discussing her ongoing struggles with setting up a publishing company. Some recruits noticed that post had been updated with a page Deirdre found in her copy of The Wolf and the Wild.
On the page was a story about a man’s experience with creatures that appeared very magical, to say the least. The page talked about a man following insect-like creatures while they made a sacrifice to the most beautiful creature he had ever seen. The intriguing part was that it looked like someone used the page to add their own drawings and information, as well as add pieces of different parts of the story in random locations. The drawings included vine-like tendrils, a vine covered gate, and dots and dashes.
The recruits quickly deciphered the dots and dashes on the page to spell out “ichthywara” and after some clever Photoshopping, the website thecagliostro.com was pieced together using the vines drawn on the gate. This led the recruits to a website with just a “C”, with what looked like coiling snakes within it. Not knowing what to do with the word “Ichthywara”, recruits placed the word after the website url, which led them to a file transfer website. A password was needed to make it further than this page, which the recruits did not have. All matters of dissecting and rearranging the story were tried. But after using a magimystical word provided by the Book of Briars to some of the recruits, the Book gave a clue mentioning leafs, tendrils and flags. One recruit suggested Flag Semaphore, since the leaves at the bottom of the page were too perfectly placed in cardinal directions. After a few attempts, and repositioning the page, recruits were able to decipher that the leaves actually spelled out the word “equicorun” in Flag Semaphore. This turned out to be the password to the File Transfer website on thecagliostro.com.
The file transfer had log-in information to an email address, giving the recruits access to the account. The majority of the e-mails outlined a working relationship between a woman named Lauren and a person going by the name The Cagliostro, who was a renowned magician who performed shows for society’s elite. Within an e-mail, a recruit noticed the word “Brachursis” which turned out to be the fifth fragment.
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