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Fifteen Days Of Darkness [Ministry of Argon/VA]
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Dagada
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Fifteen Days Of Darkness [Ministry of Argon/VA]
A new chapter from the MOA

Hey folks. The PM has advised that Fifteen Days Of Darkness should have its own thread as it's to be viewed as a new game with connections to MoA rather than a direct continuation.

For those that are new and would like to be brought up to speed, the basic storyline is that a number of us have received postcards from a mysterious man known as Orpheus or Oeagrusson. He was once a member of a shadowy organisation called The Ministry Of Argon who claimed to protect England, but who's true motives were questionable. O appeared to go rogue, assisting us in preventing the MoA carrying out its plan and radically altering the ministry as a result.

Oeagrusson's postcards have been a number of cryptic messages, containing references to runes, ogham script and astrological symbolism. He seems to be trying to communicate dates and times through these messages, perhaps relating to horoscopes. But above all, he seeks for us to stop the "fifteen days of darkness".

Can he be trusted? What do these days involve, and when might they be? Thinking caps on, folks!!

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So, as mentioned on the previous thread, all the postcards are marked 21 22. We've been given the link between 21 and U, so this COULD be read as UV , which could represent the sun -ultra violet. But what else?

O has emphasised U. He posted UUU instead of You in a message to me, mentioning "as Vlad would say". Vlad, I seem to remember, used many Futhark runes and tarot images in his messages.

What's the thinking on this?

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theclaw
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21

Hmm, significance of 21...

The World in Tarot is number 21
Periodic table 21 is Scandium
21 = U in Ceasar cypher.
21:21 21st June, CC= UUU = Roentgenium = atomic number 111
Oghams runes, 21st letter is Ebad
Futhark runes 21st letter is Mannaz
21st of June is summer solstice
Sonnet 21 by Shakespere is "So is it not with me as with that Muse"
Roman is XXI
21 is a "Blum Interger", Fibonacci, Harshad, Motzkin, Triangular, Octagonal, Composite, and the sum of the first six natural numbers.
21 is a song from the Eagles and an album by the Mystery Jets
21 is the current century
21 is a card game aka Pontoon
21 trumps of tarot if the fool isn't a trump
21 is standard TCP/IP for FTP connection
21 is the weight of the soul apparently

Errrrrm, I haven't gone through the previous games data quite yet.

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Dagada
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A nice simple message from O on Twitter....

Quote:
U3RpcnInZGJ5YXBhaW50ZWRiZWF1dHl0b2hpc3ZlcnNlLCZldmVyeWZhaXJ3aXRoaGlzZmFpcmRvdGhyZWhlYXJzZU1ha2luZ2Fjb3VwbGU= Shown with light and dark #arg


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Here is the valuable MOA WIKI Link & noting atm much of our posts here & on the last 4 pages of MOA are still speculation

Oeagrusson from twitter wrote:
U3RpcnInZGJ5YXBhaW50ZWRiZWF1dHl0b2hpc3ZlcnNlLCZldmVyeWZhaXJ3aXRoaGlzZmFpcmRvdGhyZWhlYXJzZU1ha2luZ2Fjb3VwbGU= Shown with light and dark


This is base64 & decodes as: "Stirr'd by a painted beauty to his verse, & every fair with his fair doth rehearse Making a couple..." which are lines from William Shakespeare, Sonnet 21
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Yup. Full text of sonnets 21 and 22, seeing as both numbers are popular right now, is:

Quote:
XXI (Sonnet 21)

So is it not with me as with that Muse,
Stirr'd by a painted beauty to his verse,
Who heaven itself for ornament doth use
And every fair with his fair doth rehearse,
Making a couplement of proud compare'
With sun and moon, with earth and sea's rich gems,
With April's first-born flowers, and all things rare,
That heaven's air in this huge rondure hems.
O! let me, true in love, but truly write,
And then believe me, my love is as fair
As any mother's child, though not so bright
As those gold candles fix'd in heaven's air:
Let them say more that like of hearsay well;
I will not praise that purpose not to sell.

XXII (Sonnet 22)

My glass shall not persuade me I am old,
So long as youth and thou are of one date;
But when in thee time's furrows I behold,
Then look I death my days should expiate.
For all that beauty that doth cover thee,
Is but the seemly raiment of my heart,
Which in thy breast doth live, as thine in me:
How can I then be elder than thou art?
O! therefore love, be of thyself so wary
As I, not for myself, but for thee will;
Bearing thy heart, which I will keep so chary
As tender nurse her babe from faring ill.
Presume not on th;heart when mine is slain,
Thou gav'st me thine not to give back again.


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theclaw
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21, 22

Hang on, if 21 = u, 22 = v... have all the cards got UV on them?
Uh, have the cards got UV ink on them? I have no way to test this, short of a trip to Maplins for a UV torch, as their flash based stock search system is borked.

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Just making a note that I've observed the change of thread and that I'm still following, but we've started preparations for our USA trip, so I'll be unable to play soon. Good luck, ya'll, I'm looking forwards to joining again when I get back! (Also, no mail's arrived here).
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YAY! My postcard with beaut stamp shows frontside The Royal Observatory. On the back, besides mail markings:

1) Leftside: A couplet from "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" which poet Robert Southey critiqued as "a Dutch attempt at German sublimity," (ROLF @ O Twisted Evil )
2) Middle below: 21|22
3) Leftside bottom: a thick line of Ogham Runic letters (seeking Dagada's or anyones mad skillz here)
4) Rightside top: Leo symbol (July) 19:55:18 r

Quote:
On some charts, and in the ephemeris (an almanac of the daily planetary positions), planets which are in retrograde are denoted by a tiny R after the degree and minute designation. SOURCE


By lifting the stamp a bit am certain the other markings seen there are part of the bar code.

OT-Staeld, have some super hols and cya here whenever. And, Yaha, rushing to feed all inquiring minds my address is covered with the "stick-on" from the Tzaziki salade I'm munching atm.
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Am, could you provide a better scan of the runes? I see nothing but some lines (of which some appear to be italic). Sorry to say, the only runes I can read are the Elder Futhark (which I however do read rather fluently -- when the runes are of the right Futhark anyways).

What's the curved line below the couplet, with a tiny streak crossing it on the middle?

And, could the times written on the postcards (19:55:18 in this case) be positions, rather than times? (Cf. the R description.) Would that make any sense?

OT, we visited an Albert Heijn when we were in Amsterdam last year. Recognise the name Razz
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@Stæld: Truly sorry yet that's the best the Runes will scan. The underline is thicker on the right hand side and you're seeing the same as I am. Sad Gotta rush away now that I've had some good AH grub.
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another postcard

Quote:
Does yours have numbers on? mine has 43, 61, 65, 43, 60, 65, 65 across the right side of the top and 21/22 on the other side. and ... See morethese weird square things.

Claire Vanessa Atalanta has also received a card, though she has yet to scan it.
Also, someone named Ben from Canada seems to be in contact with her via a chatroom about Poe. Don't know if this is relevant or just a character depth thing.

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Oeagrusson from twitter wrote:
21:21 aproaches. Hve eally bd thoughts aout th next upcoming months. Finaly the reaity may hit home that this is not jst one an's fight


The missing letters spell: PARA BELLUM as used in "Si vis pacem, para bellum (which) is a Latin adage translated as, "If you wish for peace, prepare for war" SOURCE OT-pup had his kidney-emptying walk Laughing

ETA: The reply tweet below when opened in Notebook reveals some nice imo OOG info to view the artist's work.

Oeagrusson wrote:
http://ih0.redbubble.net/work.4286274.3.flat,800x800,070,f.jpg happy solstice, one and all...

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Probably unrelated, but just an interesting tidbit: "parabellum" is also used in the naming of firearms cartridges.

So, yeah, I'll be following on this and maybe hopping on board!

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theclaw
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new wiki?

Ok, as this is a new game, do we need a new wiki for it? Should we post the postcards up on there?
Claire has posted hers up on FB now. I think it has a Cancer sign in it, and Amandel decoded the numbers as "FULFILL"
http://argon.wikia.com/wiki/File:26691_131995056829219_100000561771035_254867_5583514_n.jpg is the front.
http://argon.wikia.com/wiki/File:26691_131995070162551_100000561771035_254868_3627167_n.jpg is the back.

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