Gather the Pieces
In February 2011, CGN hosted a Superbowl Squares contest where members of the community could enter to win TSW swag. When the contest ended, one of the four winners was a square designated "WILD", meaning that everyone who entered (99 contestants) won something.
In August, the prize boxes were mailed out; they contained a signed print, a faction badge, and a single puzzle piece. All puzzle pieces have a letter in silver on the back: Some pieces have additional gold markings.
Many of the shipping containers also had quotes from the various ARGs (Dark Days are Coming, Inside the Box) and the Everything is True trailer such as: "The Dark Places are Crawling" and "We are in the Fourth Age." No packages delivered outside of the US had phrases, and only one phrase repeats. No pattern related to phrase use or delivery was discovered.
The community worked hard to solves the puzzle by gathering the pieces and deciphering the code. The password, coronis, translated from the Theban letters was later used in the The Fool's Journey, Act 2 ARG and Joel Bylos has suggested that the community will more fully understand the role of the puzzle once The Secret World has launched.
02/28/12 Joel Bylos, in a response to a forum thread about this ARG result posted, "I also don't fully expect people to understand the significance of the Scarecrow puzzle until release."
11/11/11 "coronis" is used as a password for a zip file that was emailed out during The Fool's Journey, Act 2; only those who provided puzzle piece images received the email.
10/26/11 Remaining pieces list, to be updated as we get the info and people make contact.
- Mithrilendil - waiting on delivery (France)
- dohp - waiting on delivery (Venezuela)
- raviros - waiting on delivery (Brazil)
- mitigate1 - received package (9/28/11 - Australia), camera broken, waiting!
- mannfreid - made contact via PM with Maurna, said he was working on it (MF sent new PM 9/30/11) (US)
- jajo666 - still attempting to make contact, 9/15/11 Nyte has agreed to send an email, no response on forums (Poland)
- risskov - still attempting to make contact, 9/15/11 Nyte has agree to send an email, no response on forums (Denmark)
10-31-2011 Nyte posts twitter pictures of putting together his Halloween costume, which looks quite familiar: sewing and stitching, tying, lacing, binding, and then ending with "Enter the lair, Face the Beast."
09-02-2011 At prompting from Nyte, the community begins to try and track down the remaining holders of the puzzle pieces.
|08-23-2011 - Saibantes takes the original Superbowl matrix, sorts by heading and discovers words in English. The community figures out the following
Progress continues on the Theban letters, as Hindra finds a more complete Theban alphabet and the letters may translate to "coronis"
08-12-2011 - Valiah discovered that the gold markings could be Theban letters. The Theban alphabet, also know as the Wiccan alphabet and the Runes of Honorius, first appeared in the writing of Johannes Trithemius; he attributed them to Honorius of Thebes. Trithemius' student Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa also published the Theban alphabet, but he claimed it came from Pietro d'Abano.
08-09-2011 - Ithnag posted a great overview that show the puzzle possibly following the grid from the superbowl contest.
08-08-2011 - Time_Nexus posted a picture of his puzzle piece and the quote that came with it "Any god, I mark sacred". This quote, unlike the previous fourteen, is not from the Everything is True trailer, but from the poem from the Dark Days are Coming ARG, making it the first deviation in quote source.
08-07-2011 - Grue reported receiving a package containing a puzzle piece. It had the letter S on it's back and what people on the forums suspected was a strange, intentional, gold mark. Along with the puzzle piece, Grue also found the quote "The Dark Places are Crawling" on his shipping tube; a line in the trailer Everything is True.
03-14-2011 Initial prizes are revealed for all 99 participants as well as the three main prize winners.
02-06-2011 The Superbowl finishes with a score that places the end of the fourth quarter on the Wild Card. Altered prize discussion begins. http://essaywritingservice.co/
In progress shots for now.