Over on the central, a few of us are trying to solve a mystery. MLHagan started a thread (Here) talking about the story of Balance magic. We quickly started trying to translate the hieroglyphics on the chalkboard in the Balance school, as there may be story that KI has intended for us to find. So far we have had no luck. ML has tried solving it as a cryptograph, searching for a Rosetta Stone of some sort, pretty much everything. We are all very curious as to what it says. We've also noticed some strange symbols all around KT. There are numerous mysteries trying to be solved in this thread. Anyway, I was wondering if you would like to try and help us solve these.Wow, Blaze. This thread is pretty amazing, and I'm flattered you think I'm that smart or have that much time. LOL! MLHagen has put in a lot of hours and seems to have things pretty under control there. I will say that I surfed around a lot trying to see if I could help even a little. I even e-mailed Greyrose and showed her my open jaw at the sheer amazement at the work that's gone into translating a few of these hieroglyphics. (My attempt was to no avail mind you. Unfortunately they're not hip to just handing over spoilers to anyone) My word the HOURS of work in that thread are astounding!
I recently read your post talking about who won the Great War, and I had an idea. I'll cut to the chase, and spare you from a super long e-mail, about me and the others trying to do this. I was wondering if you would like to try and help us solve these. I think it would make a great series for your amazing blog (such as: Friendly's Balanced Adventures?)
While I was surfing around, I did find a pretty amazing website that covers a lot of ground with Egyptian Hieroglyphics.
Someone could have a lot of fun from the links off this website writing messages to people.
I tried to get a translation of friendly necromancer off of this website and couldn't translate it correctly, but "death friend" gave me this:
nice . . . Looks like a couple dudes playing golf and maybe a bird came and stole one of their golf balls. I dig that.
I tried awesome sauce and that didn't work, but awesome taste did:
Nice . . . looks like a party of two at an ancient Egyptian cafe and the waiter is in the back sampling their food. I'm digging. Mmm . . . hmmm!
I believe someone on the three millionth page of that thread said something like it appeared that half of the characters were real and half of the characters were made up. That seems plausible and would definitely increase the complexity of this puzzle ten-fold.
I also liked how MLHagen pondered KI putting a puzzle as complex as hieroglyphics translation into a videogame meant for tweens (you know, 'cause this translation stuff is usually left up to the stuffy professors with long nose hair and a smell of sour library stink upon them). I liked ML's assertion that perhaps the puzzle was being over-thought, which eventually led him to simplify his quest and come up with the following translation for the chalkboard:
“Understanding” “(I was unable to translate)” “spread out”
“seasons” “we traveled” “the other worlds”
“commotion among the elements” “a demon animal” “to devour” “to crush underfoot”
You know, I'm kind of reminded of a scene from The Christmas Story when I read that . . . (Warning, the last second of that video contains a swear word)
Unfortunately that doesn't seem to contain any ground-breaking news about the plot of the game and our efforts in it to travel to other worlds to crush the demons. It feels a bit like they are saying "Play more Wizard101." You know what I'm saying?
BUT, you know what is more ground-breaking in the news category? This month's Ravenwood Bulletin. Professor Ambrose is going to give us some news from the spiral, and I predict that means the discovery of a new world! Perhaps even Celestia! That, my friends, is a page to be watching over the next few days!
I do like your idea of me making some kind of lore-related post every once in a while though. It might be a jumping board for those who are much more left-brained than me to solve more of Wizard101's mysteries. I will see what I can do about that. :-)
Thanks for the question, and I'm sorry I couldn't be more help!