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 Post subject: I need some help...
PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 7:01 am 
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I need some help from people with something, if there's anyone who is good at riddles or puzzles!

The file contained on this post is a .zip file with a short notepad document in it, a picture of a painting, and a picture of what looks to be an astrological symbol I've never seen before. There's also an encrypted .zip file that will only open properly when the proper password is typed into it. The first three files on it are hints as to what that password is. I've been solving all of these for an Alternate Reality Game I'm involved in called "Mr. Kat is dead" but I don't have any idea how to solve this one!

If there's anyone who knows anything about the picture here, or the symbol, or can make any sense of the notepad file, please PM me with any informatoin you have. I would really appreciate it, ok?

Being familiar with the context of the game itself isn't necessary to solve the riddle, by the way. One of the other files just had the clue "General of the Lost Boys for Life", which was easy. The password was "Peter Pan". But this one is very abstract...


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Kalan 4.7z [97.07 KiB]
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 Post subject: Re: I need some help...
PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 1:58 pm 
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Ok, it sounds like some people have been having trouble opening the .7z file, so here it is as a proper zip file.


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 Post subject: Re: I need some help...
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MJ thought the symbol looked familiar. He thinks it's one of the alchemical symbols, but doesn't know for which element. As for the rest-I got nuthin'. Good luck.

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 Post subject: Re: I need some help...
PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:19 am 
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Claire wrote:
Ok, it sounds like some people have been having trouble opening the .7z file, so here it is as a proper zip file.


It looks similar to the symbol for mercury. But, compared to googled images, is has additions with the dot in the middle and the curves at the bottom.

A demiurge is a creator in the god sense, but can mean devil.

Given that one image is named "Hades clue here" it could be "cold day in hell" with mercury standing implying thermometer and thus temperature. But it's a stretch and I'm not really sure. I can't open the .7z file so I can't check.


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 Post subject: Re: I need some help...
PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:27 am 
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The symbol is the Monas Hieroglypihca.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monas_Hieroglyphica

I have no idea what the significance of this is.

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 Post subject: Re: I need some help...
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Nice surprise about this shorter form. Can you tell us what it is you are talking/writing about?
Has any info. about this shorter form been posted before (and i just missed it)?

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