Raven Trail is a puzzle trail from the Mystai. Completion of the trail initiates the solver into the Mystai as a Raven.
The front page of mystes.com displays the Mystai logo and the following text:
Since the dawn of man, there have been those who have discovered and carefully protected "secret wisdom." Set with dual tasks, almost
diametrically opposed by nature, those so gifted are charged first to eternally protect the knowledge from those who would use it wrongly,
or whom innately lack the capacity to comprehend it. Their second responsibility is to share the knowledge with those who are worthy of it.
So has it always been; so it will always be.
We are Mystai.
Just above the last line is a hidden line of text:
The text is unscrambled by breaking the code into groups then reversing them. The first group is the first letter of the text. The following groups each take one more letter than the previous; when a group of six letters is taken, the pattern repeats. This yields the following grouping:
a ll uos odsl aeton erylis c la htl ihte fosgn htoeht e wr lro wefd htera kohwye e pe ana uqed ereta arbmem n ec tfo meh
Reversing the order of the letters within each group yields the message
All souls do not easily recall the things of the other world. Few are they who keep an adequate remembrance of them.
This is a quote from Plato, who represents the concept of two dimensions. This leads to mystes.com/plato, which only contains the text from the previous puzzle:
|All souls do not easily recall the things of the other world. Few are they who keep an adequate remembrance of them.|
The source code of the page contains this string of letters:
This is solved in the same manner as the first puzzle, but with a starting group of six and decreasing the size of following groups. This yields the grouping
olebsa baosw aevo adn as b bosevo wwole thti sih nk o egdelw enola muoy wya ro k lcarim se
When each group is reversed, the text reads, "As below, so above; and as above, so below. With this knowledge alone you may work miracles."This is a quote from Hermes Trismegistus, who represents the concept of three dimensions. This leads to mystes.com/trismegistus, which displays the image shown on the right. The image displays three passages from the Bible in different languages. From top to bottom, the passages are 1 Kings 7:13-14 in Greek, 2 Samuel 5:11 in Hebrew, and 2 Chronicles 2:13-14 in Arabic.
The King James Version of these passages read:
|1 Kings 7:13-14
13 And king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre. 14 He was a widow's son of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass: and he was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and cunning to work all works in brass. And he came to king Solomon, and wrought all his work.
|2 Samuel 5:11
11 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and carpenters, and masons: and they built David an house.
|2 Chronicles 2:13-14
13 And now I have sent a cunning man, endued with understanding, of Huram my father's, 14 The son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, and his father was a man of Tyre, skilful to work in gold, and in silver, in brass, in iron, in stone, and in timber, in purple, in blue, and in fine linen, and in crimson; also to grave any manner of graving, and to find out every device which shall be put to him, with thy cunning men, and with the cunning men of my lord David thy father.
Hidden underneath the image is the text "initiatesone". Emails were sent to initiatesone[at]mystes[dot]com on 12 June 2006; on 20 June 2006, the eve of the summer solstice, the following reply was sent out:
Olbios among earth-bound mortals is he who has seen these things.
But whoever is uninitiated in the rites, whoever takes no part in them, will never get
a share of those sorts of things, once they die, down below in the dank realms of mist.
DEO SOLI INVICTO MYTRAE SAECVLARI
On this day we mark the turning point, the end of the Bright, the beginning of the Dark.
Those who have both desire and knowledge shall proceed.
From this, mystes.com was updated to reflect the email; it contained the same message and the following hidden text just above the phrase "Those who have both desire and knowledge shall proceed.": We call the Ravens to their home.
The initiates have passed the test and have only one more task to perform before they can be called Ravens, they must find their home.
Corax, or the Raven, is the first grade of Mithraism, an ancient religion. This leads to mystes.com/corax, which promotes the initiate to Raven.
The phrase "Those who have both desire and knowledge shall proceed" seems to be a sort of motto for the Mystai and commonly appears in their puzzles.
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