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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:39 pm 
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Believe it or not, this is one of the most complex things I've ever written. This piece is very different from the other Thorneau pieces I've written, as you will likely see, though arguably, there is much here that is not particularly easy to see. You do not need to know much about the goings-on in the Thorneau story arc to read this piece, although I highly suggest that you read (or reread) "A Business Proposal" before reading this one, as you might miss a lot if you don't.

Anyway, as always, I hope you enjoy!

The Correspondence of Thomas Cerveau


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 2:45 pm 
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I was rather puzzled by the obscure syntax until I remembered the Rule of Five. Just to confirm, would this be the plaintext? There are a few weird turns of phrase.
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Anyway, I still feel like I'm missing things. I mean, the content of the hidden messages do not always stray far from the original text, and I got the feeling that speaking of gifts in the main message would be enough to address the topic of the previous hidden message? I love the piece's concept and I certainly appreciate the work behind this, but I have the feeling I either missed some important detail or that the coding effort forced you to dilute content more than I'd have liked. Still, this portrays the other half of the tight rope Thomas is walking in these days, and I love cryptography so I was definitely interested in the idea a lot. I was also intrigued by the Council's move to doubt Thomas' true colors - which they should have done sincerely, but that's another matter - in the "surface" message; on one hand, you may lead anyone reading it that Thomas is offering more than the Council was initially willing to in order to paint his proposed alliance as more beneficial than it actually was, but you may also disrupt Thomas' credibility as an envoy and the image of the Scholars' unity as a whole. I wonder how much of this was intended and how much came from a Scholar not too used to real cutthroat scheming.

Thanks for sharing!

(By the way, I didn't remember the tweaks to the definitive version of the Proposal and the "crime" line was absolutely beautiful :D)

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:35 pm 
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As always, Huey, thanks for reading and commenting. You're an awesome person and I mean that!

I was rather puzzled by the obscure syntax until I remembered the Rule of Five. Just to confirm, would this be the plaintext? There are a few weird turns of phrase.

Yeah, the syntax is weird in places, partly to fit the code, and partly because I was trying to make the Scholars seems...pretentious, I guess. Which they are. Very, very pretentious.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:28 am 
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:00 pm 
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Sure, I'll give a hint. I'm going to put it in a double spoiler block, just in case anyone else reading this (if such a person exists) wants to give it a try.

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Believe it or not, this is one of the most complex things I've ever written.

Oh, I believe it. Simply unraveling it all has taken awhile, and I'm still not certain I have a clear picture of who knows what, and who wants whom to think what. And the Scholars just write like this routinely, do they?

From Thomas Cerveau to the Scholars’ Council of Fleche


From the Scholars’ Council of Fleche to Thomas Cerveau


From Thomas Cerveau to the Scholars’ Council of Fleche


From the Scholars’ Council of Fleche to Thomas Cerveau


From Thomas Cerveau to the Scholars’ Council of Fleche


From the Scholars’ Council of Fleche to Thomas Cerveau


From Thomas Cerveau to the Scholars’ Council of Fleche


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:57 am 
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@Brentain: Thanks for reading, and great work on deciphering the codes! In all honesty, had I not written them, I don't think I would have caught it!

Serious spoilers forthcoming, so you know, enter at your own risk!
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