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Chapter 4: page 8

20th Feb 2017, 6:30 PM in 4. Four Words
Chapter 4: page 8
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QuotePilgrim 20th Feb 2017, 6:30 PM edit delete
Past Heather's looking even more like present Heather.

Forget about what I said last page – this one is the wordiest page so far. At this rate, eventually every page will be a single panel followed by a neverending wall of text, much like a certain well-known webcomic.

What Heather's referring to in the last statement she makes in this page is what she says in Chapter 2: Page 3. Yeah, she told the ending before telling the rest of the story.

Oh, and to save you guys the time of finding the font I used and figuring out what the first text box/speech bubble says, it's "ayf npi xvi rbz". No, it's not gibberish, but I don't think anyone's going to be able to decode it, so it might as well be. However, it's possible a particulary attentive reader might correctly guess what the enciphered message is without actually going through the process of deciphering it.

The reason I enciphered it though was not to propose a challenge to readers or anything. I just wanted to reinforce the message that what comes out of Heather's mouth doesn't really sound like the actual words she's saying. For some people just changing the font would be enough, but I wouldn't be happy doing just that.


khkddn 20th Feb 2017, 11:13 PM edit delete reply
I have no idea what she could be saying but here are some guesses
"the air for you"
"way for her set"
"one was his fit"
my favorite one that makes no sense: "was the Joe you?"
QuotePilgrim 21st Feb 2017, 11:49 AM edit delete reply
I just realized I mispelled it in the author notes. It's "xvi", rather than "xbi". Sorry about that.

I shouldn't help, but I'm just glad someone's willing to play along, so I'm going to tell you you made your guesses under at least three false assumptions. The first is that each letter is mapped to one specific letter, when in fact there are many ciphers in which a same letter may end up being encoded as two or more different letters (and two different letters may end up encoding to the same one).

What that means is that any sequence of letters can be encoded into any other sequence of letters (although that would require a key as long as the original message, which is impractical for long texts); that's why I said I don't think anyone can decode it. The only way to get the original message is to know or somehow figure out the key used to encode it.

The second false assumption is that I didn't mov eth espac esaround. So all you really know about the source text is that it's 12 letters long and has four words. The answer is a lot more obvious than you might think.

The third false assumption? Telling you that would pretty much amount to giving away the answer.
khkddn 21st Feb 2017, 1:57 PM edit delete reply
If the spaces have been moved, then it could be "tu fui ego eris" since that was on a previous page. If it's something much more obvious than that then I've gracefully missed it completely -_-