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Active Games / Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
« on: June 25, 2018, 08:11:06 AM »
Hi All & good to see you reesylou! On Winter's latest tweet (https://twitter.com/wintersylvana) there's a number string on the image:
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It's a simple sub solving to "lutetia" LINK; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lutetia

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Active Games / Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
« on: May 15, 2018, 12:09:27 PM »
Quote from: Winter's reply to Russell from page 2
A further hint for your efforts:
The eight is simply a quantity.

Saturn is also known as...

Since Winter's latest email is titled "Vessel" am sharing what's been banging around in my brain for awhile:
Saturn=Cronus (as clever Escobar noted) Caelus=Uranus Neptune=Poseidon and Apollo=Sol/Sun

Neither the "8 of cups" or the 8 letter word "chalices" has worked anywhere as a file extension etc. so likely the above is simply part of Winter's secret baking recipe? HTH ;D

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Active Games / Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
« on: May 06, 2018, 08:53:49 PM »
Is this related to The Card Keepers https://cardkeepers.wordpress.com/  Where Winter bids farewell?  Is it related at all?  A reboot?

Hi Emato. To my mind this is a completely new, standalone story in the Winter Sylvana world. After Winter bid farewell for the second time in Cardkeepers history in that Wordpress (beaut find btw) she returned in the Spring of 2016 when she took us on a quest of lost literary treasures from an ancient library founded prior to the Hellenistic era. Then like now she was journeying alone and her deep tarot knowledge was the only constant. Those websites aren't available which like the demise of uF's archives is a great pity. My recollection of events is likely faulty although my memories of rewarding experiences with Winter remain vivid.

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Active Games / Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
« on: May 03, 2018, 11:25:17 AM »
Hi. A couple of PW protected posts on the NEW wordpress: https://sylvanastories.wordpress.com/

Here's the PW for the 2nd ,"Range", with a cipher to solve
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pyrenees (case sensitive)

EDIT: Here's that cipher solve. And an intriguing dispute re that location mentioned: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luzaide/Valcarlos
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Gronsfeld cipher with the key *800" which when solved reads: "this location is open to interpretation" (?location dispute above?)

Also, Winter just "hearted" my tweet that she did intend Latitude & Longitude. Am certain then that "Celestial Coordinates" was the next clue. Am unsure about the Star card b/c even after many splendid Cardkeepers chapters I remain pretty much a tarot doofus.  :-[

Here's the PW for the 1st, "Symbolic", with a rqst there from Winter to submit a tarot card to "be given the next piece to the puzzle".
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PW is cross (case sensitive)



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Active Games / Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
« on: May 02, 2018, 01:30:58 PM »
I asked Winter ceraintly if the “location” could be a map, ‘cause its readable in any language. She gave me this response:

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Possibly, although a map is not really a "language." But you are on the right track. Remember L ocation in any L anguage ;)

You both rock! Escobar, have left you many twitter compliments. After you replied again to Winter I asked her if she's hinting at L(attitude) & L(ongitude) *crosses fingers* EDIT: Then maybe the next clue is "Celestial Coordinates" leading to The Star tarot card?

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Active Games / Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
« on: April 27, 2018, 06:23:15 PM »
LOL Emato. Only a genuine archaeophile would harbor that regret. Maybe we're not yet done with some Sumerian clay tablets?

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Active Games / Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
« on: April 27, 2018, 10:52:33 AM »
Winter sent me a kind email in reply to some ideas I held (past tense & mostly circular logic) re Lesson Two. Just hoping it helps anyone.

Quote from: an email reply from Winter Sylvana
Dearest Amandel,

Your hard work is always to be commended. I think it is best to sometimes follow that old adage: begin at the beginning. I don't think people have the made the connection yet as to why some people received a clue for Assignment #1 and some didn't.

Hint: Location in any language.

"Move carefully" means looking for landmines, but also making sure you don't miss monuments.

You will prevail, as the next test showcases your strengths.

Ahaha...reckon Winter was teasing me b/c my tarot card is Strength. Also, hoping she means Lesson 3 as I'm clueless atm re Lesson 2.

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Active Games / Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
« on: April 26, 2018, 04:19:30 PM »
Quote from: Winter's Twitter Account
Winter Sylvana
‏ @wintersylvana

Ad Locum (context): https://www.sylvanastories.com/ad-locum.html

Hi All. Is this the action to take for Lesson Two? Am unsure 'tho an easy way to define ad locum is "the source cited is the same as one previously cited". Am guessing "the movement" is clockwise from left bottom. (yup, obvious me)

EDIT: Winter's email (posted below on this page) sort of hints to start at "Location in any language". Maybe that stands for Google?

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Active Games / Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
« on: April 24, 2018, 01:11:21 PM »
Does anyone know what HRE means? Or who "H" is?

Hi. Am clueless as to H's identity 'tho HRE means Holy Roman Empire. Winter has tweeted/revealed which Emperor.
Quote from: Winter's twitter
Replying to @sylvana_rk

Bingo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlemagne

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Active Games / Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
« on: April 24, 2018, 08:05:32 AM »
Hi there All. My pure guess is that Winter, if not overwhelmed, is at least whelmed  ;D by the sheer amount of player interest in her latest story. Anyway, am leaving a little tweet reply on her accn't hoping to clarify if/how we should be searching for something of interest "hidden" at Sylvana Stories. Hope that helps.

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Active Games / Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
« on: April 21, 2018, 11:37:55 AM »
Ernato, that is so impressive. particularly drawing an icosahedra. Hoping Winter provides us with an opportunity to view these.

Quote from: from Winter's Company email
"I have six friends in six different parts of the world. The first you will go to is in a place separated by mountains named for a character in Greek Mythology"

Was sorta bored and began searching for a location. Just my POV that if Winter isn't headed to Pieria, she should be. It's on my bucket list now: https://travelpassionate.com/things-see-pieria-greece/ Finally. Winter's latest tweet hints at something being "hidden" & that's left me clueless. https://twitter.com/wintersylvana

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Active Games / Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
« on: April 19, 2018, 10:33:08 AM »
HI to everyone here! *dances  happily down memory lane for a minute* Russell, am still  totally clueless re your puzzle but....

I found this by accident: https://twitter.com/wintersylvana Let the Winter stalking begin (and questions too!).  ;D

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Active Games / Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
« on: April 17, 2018, 03:14:58 AM »
Here's that 3rd Winter email (Title: Heaven and Earth) under the *spoiler* just to condense the space...like virtual Campbells soup.  :)

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 Dearest Friends,

When my plane landed, despite my exhaustion, I went immediately to visit an old friend of mine who lived in the area. It was an arduous journey because he lives on top of a mountain. I hired a driver and it was quite treacherous, then I had to stumble along a moonlit path until I finally found his house, which was surprisingly palatial. This was no mountaintop hermit living in a cave dressed in rags, although a hermit he may be. I hoped he was there and in a welcoming mood, because he has no telephone, no cellphone, no email or internet.

"Why do you have to make it so difficult to find you?" I asked, once I was settled on his back deck with a cup of hot chocolate and a lambswool throw.

He gestured to a collection of different sized telescopes sitting on his deck and said, "In order to better see the stars, of course. To get closer to God, as they say."

I shivered. "You feel closer to God up here?"

"Of course, and to all of the astronomers who came before me. Who paved the way. They spent many hours, many days, many years, many lives in the cold, in the dark, staring at the skies. I can only hope for the same."

I set down my mug on the deck railing and said, "I have come to ask you if you've seen any changes in the stars."

"It's too soon for that Winter."

"What do you mean?" I asked.

"The heavens are vast. We cannot begin our study of them until we know what we're looking for."

"I see. So how do we begin?"

"Begin," he said, "by telling me your dreams."

I closed my eyes and begin telling him the story of a priest who had been coming to me in my dreams and giving me pieces of a map to another world.

* * *

Before you can begin your mission you must complete a series of lessons. The first few lessons will be simple, and are designed to get you into the mindset of an explorer. After that, they will become more challenging, and you will need to lean on each other to decipher them.

I have created a website for you to use as portal for the lessons and for your mission. I will be adding your names next to the cards you have chosen, so please let me know how you would like to be referred to on the website, and whether or not you would like me to include your twitter handle.

Thank you to those who have chosen to follow me on this journey. I wish you luck.

All of My Love Always,
Winter

https://www.sylvanastories.com

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Active Games / Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
« on: April 16, 2018, 07:03:17 PM »
WOW Russell. If you don't work out anything better you could email her back with these. Plse keep us informed. <3

God of Earth
God of Air
God of Water
God of Fire

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Active Games / Re: Winter Sylvana’s mysterious e-mail
« on: April 16, 2018, 08:11:58 AM »
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"Begin," he said, "by telling me your dreams."

I closed my eyes and begin telling him the story of a priest who had been coming to me in my dreams and giving me pieces of a map to another world

Hi all. Re that excerpt above from Winter's email: The Curious Case of the Cleric Cartographer.  Google says there were a handful of merit. It was interesting to learn that Hipparchus was also a cartographer of note "who attempted to update the world map by gathering new information and implementing them in his maps... However, very few of Hipparchus’ cartographic works exist today." SOURCE: https://geokult.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/the-history-of-mapping-hipparchus/

So, anyone seeing any leads or have ideas about where Winter has landed from her email? Am clueless 'tho I'm ruling out Holland.  ;)
Also, if anyone ever needs to see the full contents of an email just give a shout & someone will post it here. Bye4Now.

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