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The Nymphus to Miles Trail is a puzzle trail from the Mystai.

Success/Failure trailEdit

On 8 August, simon[at]mystes[dot]com sent the following email:

Your Success
The face of man hides the flaws he wants others to never know. He can't begin his days with them exposed to the world. One mask is not enough; the average man wears many.

With only the world as his witness, he stands alone in this real conviction, truth does indeed matter, yet fails every opportunity which he surely could employ to make others believe as well.

Yet man can be both maker or follower, model or source, healer or destroyer. This universe begins and concludes with man's imprint. He is the reason this world exists, and he is the answer for every question. Perfect by nature, his flaws his fate decide.

Those who have both desire and knowledge shall proceed.

Simon sent a similar message on 18 August:

Your Failure
The face of man hides the flaws he wants others to never know. He can't begin his days with them exposed to the world. One mask is not enough; the average man wears many.

With only the world as his witness, he stands alone in this real conviction, truth does indeed matter, yet fails every opportunity which he surely could employ to make others believe as well.

Yet man can be both maker or follower, model or source, healer or destroyer. This universe begins and concludes with man's imprint. He is the reason this world exists, and he is the answer for every question. Perfect by nature, his flaws his fate decide.

Those who have both desire and knowledge shall proceed.

In the differences the message lies, the answer's hidden before your eyes.

Simon sent a clue to decrypt this message on 24 August:

Time is waning
With the aid of Iamblichus in Heath, you must seek the masculine and feminine from within the passage. Time is waning.

In Sir Thomas L. Heath's edition of Euclid's Elements, Iamblichus writes of odd and even numbers; the Pythagoreans considered odd numbers masculine and even number feminine. From the "Your Success" email, if words with an odd number of letters are represented by 0 and those with an even number by 1, the email becomes

0110000101101110011101000110100001110010011011110111000001101111011000110110111101110011011011010110100101100011

Translating this code from binary to text yields "anthropocosmic", which leads to mystes.com/anthropocosmic:

Man is both the seed and the flower, the template upon which the universe is based as well as the ultimate result of its logical and inevitable progression. The essence of the universe is imprinted upon each and every one of us, as we leave our imprint upon this world.

Those who have both desire and knowledge shall proceed.

4 6 18 11 2 21 13 12 7 6 24 25 18 12 1 4 5 6 6 22 14 9 12 24 11 18 6 3 24 21 13 5 16 12 18 3 4 6 7 12 2 6 6 5 6 12 9 24 21 18 12 5 6 8 13 18 4 6 12 5 3 1 24 24 3 6 18 9 23 25 2 6 1 6 12 17 18 6 4 8

Letting numbers divisble by 6 be replaced by 1 and all other by 0 yields

01100001011011000110001101101000011001010110110101101001011000110110000101101100

Translating to text yields "alchemical", which leads to mystes.com/alchemical:

But we must know that all things whatsoever that are done by men, as well in soul as in body, arise and proceed from within, from their own proper inclination and nature.

Within, I say, in Man, is that Heaven, that Planet, that Sidus or Star, by which he is inclined, constituted, predestinated and signed to this or that ; and not from without, by the constitution of the external Heaven.

A wise man shall rule the stars. — And that saying— "A wise man shall rule the Stars," is not to be understood of the external stars, in the Heaven or Firmament of the great world, but of the internal stars, bearing sway and running, up and down in man himself; which will more and more appear by that which followeth. But this we premise for the beginning to be noted: —

That the external Heaven with its continual revolution, hath a most convenient correspondency with the inward Heaven in the Microcosm.

Those who have both desire and knowledge shall proceed.

5 12 3 7 9 4 6 11 18 21 17 6 2 8 12 14 13 1 12 23 12 15 6 25 1 7 4 12 22 19 6 3 6 5 18 21 6 5 16 3 24 1 11 6 21 18 4 13 25 2 16 12 3 3 9 5 6 4 12 22 12 8 11

If a number x is divisible by 6, replace it with 1, repeated x/6 times and replace all other numbers by 0.[1] This yields

01100001011100100110001101101000011001010111010001111001011100000110000101101100

Translating to text yields "archetypal", which leads to mystes.com/archetypal:

As the cycle turns and the time of crisis comes around, the archetypes return.

I am Simon Magus, Mystae. Do you want to know more?

As with the end of the Raven to Nymphus Trail, the word "more" is linked to Simon's email address. Emailing him produces the same auto-reply.

What Has Been Promised trailEdit

On 2 September, Simon sent the following email:

What Has Been Promised
"And so the Syzygies emanated from the Eternal One. The three who are six complete the One."

I have named them, these divine pairs - nous and epinoia, phone and onoma, logismos and enthumesis. Find the place where I have transcribed these names to find what has been promised you. Simon

The three pairs (or Aeons) from the email were described by Simon Magus in the Philosophumena,[2] leading to mystes.com/philosophumena, which contains 50 6x6 grids, each containing one X and one dot. Each X translates to a letter based on its position, letting the upper-left square represent A, the next B, on so on. Grouping the resulting letters based on the position of the dot yields

ANJOUR TAOEYF HOUANS SDEMIL EGBISN IAWSTH GNLIES PORTET OW

Anagramming each group of letters reveals the phrase "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step or two", which leads to mystes.com/steptwo.

The steptwo page contains 86 6x6 grids, each with two Xs and one dot. The second X is always in position 27, 28, or 29 and the dot is always in one of the last ten squares. If the three positions of the X are denoted 0, 1, and 2 and the positions of the dot numbered 0 through 9, concatenating the two positional numbers and substituting A for 01, B for 02, and so on, gives a string of letters that anagrams to "Prometheus hangs yet upon a barren stone. Free will fails to flower where responsibility does not reign." This lead to mystes.com/prometheus, which contains vertical strips of half a page of text and the following quote:

Prometheus hangs yet upon a barren stone. Free will fails to flower where responsibility does not reign.

"Athough there will always be order in the cosmos, a revelation does not necessarily transpire aftermost, nor does the creation of heaven and earth eternally occupy a seat in the world's genesis."

Further, taking the letters from the first X of the steptwo page, in a manner similar to that of the philosophumena page, converting this string and the previous steptwo string to number, then subtracting, adding one, and converting back to letters[3] yields another anagram. Rearranging the letters in the same order as the previous strings gives "Knowledge protected is knowledge saved, and tempered with insight this knowledge may evolve to wisdom", which leads to mystes.com/knowledge.

The knowledge page contains vertical strips of texts and the following quote:

Knowledge protected is knowledge saved, and tempered with insight this knowledge may evolve to wisdom.

"Athough there will always be order in the cosmos, a revelation does not necessarily transpire aftermost, nor does the creation of heaven and earth eternally occupy a seat in the world's genesis."

Combining the strips from the prometheus and knowledge pages gives this text:

You have done well. Your reward, as promised, is knowledge, something we value above anything else, and dedicate our lives to preserving and protecting.

There are cycles to this world, or at least to man's experience of it. These cycles are immutable and inescapable; they exist within and influence all aspects of humanity. And always, they involve a crux, a turning point for mankind, where knowledge is either gained or lost. It is our purpose and responsibility to act in these times, to preserve the knowledge we have dedicated our very existence to. But, in the end, it is man who chooses his own fate, his actions that determine the course of the world for the cycle to come.

Your generation stand within that cusp, and what you do shall determine the fate of all years to come.

There is one who would destroy everything we seek to preserve, but it is not who you believe it to be. This one wears a mask, a disguise, a facade of truth that hides the dark intent within.

He must not be allowed to succeed. The world he seeks is not yours.

When he comes to you, tell us and we will help you. It is the only way.

You will know him by the face he wears. You will know him by the lies he tells. He is the Devil walking out of the dark, yet speaking the face of God.

Will you help us?

Try againEdit

On 7 September, Simon sent the following email, most likely because some pages from the previous trail were initially found through guessing:

Knowledge Gained?
Where knowledge and mythos are chanced without cause, Wisdom oft will make herself scarce.

Try again.

Then on 12 September, Simon sent another email:

Again
We wait, while the risk draws ever nearer.

Beginnings are not always the start and often start many places beyond the beginning.

As you found knowledge previously by an alternative path, perhaps knowledge may now be bartered for an alternative to the obstacle you now face.

Simon

These lead to mystes.com/again, which contains 48 6x6 grids, each with two X?s and one dot. This page is solved in the same manner as the steptwo page and yields "No longer is it knowledge you seek, but rather deliverance" and "save this world from he who has taken our secrets unbidden". This leads to mystes.com/deliverance and mystes.com/unbidden. Each page contains the quote leading to its discovery and strips of text that when combined yield

He wears the face of everyman, this usurper of forbidden knowledge. Mankind has been freely gifted with many kinds of wisdom and the free will to pollute that wisdom. Yet there is one who would take from the Gods that which is not his to secure, that which was never meant for humankind, and will attempt to taint these mysteries. He possesses knowledge of things that were, things that are, and things yet to be. He is a haunter of dreams, a thief of the night. Bring him to us and we will bind you in oath and your reward shall be your Deliverence.

NotesEdit

  1. Thus, 6 is replaced by 1, 12 is replaced by 11, 18 is replaced by 111, and so on.
  2. The Ancient Mysteries and Secret Societies sacred-texts.com.
  3. For example, the first letter is M, since the strings start with N and Z. Z - N → 26 - 14 + 1 = 13 → M
Mystai puzzle trails
Finding Mystai · Raven Trail · Raven to Nymphus Trail · Nymphus to Miles Trail

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