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RuneQuest Hints and Clues
RuneQuest draws heavily on Kryptos as an inspiration for its structure.
There is an easy "setup code", the RunePoem, analogous to the K0 Morse code.
The RuneStone uses the same types of encoding as Kryptos in its initial stages (K1 & K2 , K3).
All the cryptosystems used are classical, but they are used in unusual ways. It was designed this way to defeat standard automated solvers.
In fact, there are 3 unique crypto-systems that are used in RuneQuest.
You have to dig into the "background" of the RunePoem to find the theme of the keywords and PT cribs.
The RunePoem is quite easy to solve; the word structure is readily apparent and more than enough to give the necessary clues to solve it.
The RuneStone is much more challenging, built of several pieces, and has multiple layers.
Much like Kryptos, the keywords have some meaning other than just being keywords.
The first layers are the "elemental" layers, AIR, FIRE, EARTH, WATER, which are in the corners.
These are highlighted by hovering the mouse over the bolts in those corners.
There is also a "magic" spot near a significant word near the center of the RuneStone - try the O in "ODIN".
The AIR section has been solved by a number of people. It uses double key Vigenere, just like the 1st section of Kryptos.
The 1st PT word of the AIR section is a number, and the last PT word of the AIR section is "MAGIC"
There is a great deal of "symmetry" to the elemental sections, both metaphorical and literal.
The commutivity of Vigenere encoding will play a role in these "elemental" sections.
This implies, BTW, that one of the keywords is the same for all of these sections.
This also implies that these initial sections may be solved in any order.
However, later sections must be solved in a certain order. That is what allows for the checkpoints.
Hence, the 1st checkpoint occurs when all of the "elemental" sections are solved and the "gift" is revealed. The gift (X) is the Elemental Runes!
The sections that have been solved so far are detailed (somewhat) on my CodeSystems webpage.
The first checkpoint has been reached by Link Nabil.
Let the RunePoem be your guide for the next section.
More hints after a year or two, or if someone makes good progress...
Metaphorical and thematic hints:
RuneQuest spears are magic...
* * * Music for solving RuneQuest!:
(use the *'s if the buttons don't work, or if you want volume controls, etc. - page best viewed by IE)
Encrypt the word "RuneQuest" here successively with the same decryption parameters of the 4 elemental sections, then click the spear to get Solution Explanations. Use the browser's -Back- button to return if necessary (i.e. if you go to the wrong page):
RuneQuest Cipher Challenge Solution
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