Runestone basalt

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Runestone basalt
Runestone basalt, (8).png
Released19 January 2022 (Update)
East of Tithe Farm
North-eastern Harmony Island
  • A strange energy can be felt here...
  • There was a strange looking card on the pillar but it has since faded away.
  • A strange looking card appears to be placed on the pillar.
Advanced data
Object ID42992,42993,42994,42995,42996,42997,42998,43080,43081,43082,43083,43084

Runestone basalts are objects found at various locations on Shattered Relics League worlds. Searching the basalt near the Lighthouse opens an image in the player's internet browser. Another on the beach east of Tithe Farm opens a second image, while a third on Harmony Island opens another. Upon first interacting with the stones, they display a message saying: "You reach for the card but it fades before you can grab it... as if pulled into another realm...". Thereafter, searching the basalt displays a message saying: "A faint warm glow can be felt where the card once was... I wonder where it went?".

Phase 1[edit | edit source]

In two of the images, there is text hidden in the triskelion background, which can be revealed in photo editing software by using "Select by colour" with a tolerance of 1. In the remaining image, there are seven pixels that are differently coloured instead.

Lighthouse Clue[edit | edit source]

The hidden text revealed an encoded string of letters: "FHXSPLZLOUCUGS". By taking the file name of the image from the URL, "jato5xu7a4", and converting the numbers to their corresponding letters (an A1Z26 cipher), the key "jatoexugad" was obtained. This allowed "FHXSPLZLOUCUGS" to be decoded as a Vigenère cipher, giving the solution "WHEELOFFORTUNE".

Harmony Clue[edit | edit source]

The hidden text revealed the Hanzi : 暗輪鑰謎蠱籠間. Respectively, their stroke counts are "13 15 25 17 23 22 12". Converting these stroke counts to letters using A1Z26, the string "MOYQWVL" is revealed. This phrase can then be used as ciphertext, again using the file name of the image ("THUMBNAILLARGE") as the key in a Vigenère cipher, to give the phrase "THEEVIL".

Kourend Clue[edit | edit source]

The Kourend Clue has seven dark cyan pixels scattered in the background. Their positions within the image, in no particular order, are (146, 85), (500, 100), (312, 301), (1271, 111), (1420, 500), (1122, 341), and (816, 522). By sorting each pixel coordinate pair in order from left to right, taking the digit sum of each X and Y pair together to create seven new numbers, "24 10 6 24 14 12 14". Converting this alphanumerically, the string "XJFXNLN" is created. Converting the filename ("5c2s0xcwug") in a similar manner (as well as changing the number zero to the letter Z) turns it into "ECBSZXCWUG". Using the first phrase as ciphertext and the second as a key in a Vigenère cipher, the decoded phrase becomes "THEFOOL".

When all three images were successfully decoded, they were updated to versions 7, 8, and 9 respectively to reflect the progress made. The phrase "seriously just wait" was hidden in the background in the same manner as the previous clues.

Phase 2: River clues[edit | edit source]

Clues were updated to a new square format with teal "river" borders that encoded audio information, and no information hidden in the triskelion background.

Lighthouse Clue[edit | edit source]

From the original version, the lighthouse river clue was updated to give additional hints in the form of three data matrices hidden in the background of the image. Reading the data matrices gave three more ciphers: "mrzivherxhitxlwviqemrwjsyvasvhw", "byxtnwkhjexrlndwqnjam" and "fszrgjwtkhqzjxqnjzsinxyzwgji". Decoding using a Caesar cipher (with shifts of 4, 9 and 5 respectively) the clues reveal: "In verdant depths remains four words / spoken by a voice unheard / a number of clues lie undisturbed". Additionally, Mod Brow tweeted the cipher "soexttymsybhgmohpvpoidweylbrpvjczimnruxhvrlsemygnlvk", which when decoded using the previously used key "WHEELOFFORTUNE" gives "whatifthehintisalreadyinfrontofyouhiddeninplainsight".

The teal borders first need to be divided into four sections. By looking at the individual RGB values of the pixels, the image can be read as audio in mixing software. Observing the spectrograms of the audio files results in four four-letter strings. The spectrograms are most clear when the image is interpreted as a mono unsigned 8-bit audio track, and the y-axis of the spectrogram scaled logarithmically . The borders give the following strings: Top: "EQMK" Right: "ILDD" Bottom: "GEUF" Left: "YJBZ".

If just the blue values of the teal borders are isolated and are interpreted as audio in the same way the spectrograms were revealed, followed by reversing the audio and doubling the playback speed, a voice can be heard speaking four numbers (one per edge): EQMK: FIVE, ILDD: FOUR, GEUF: NINE, YJBZ: ZERO. Using each four letter string as ciphertext with their corresponding number spelled out as the key to a Vigenère cipher, the new set of string is "ZIRG" "DXJM" "TWHB" ZFKL". Concatenating these strings and using them as the key to the ciphertext "WHEELOFFORTUNE" gives "CAMBRIDGEENGLAND".

Harmony Clue[edit | edit source]

In the teal border of the Harmony clue is a MIDI version of the Runescape theme Scape Main. Some sections have to be reversed if they are to sound as they are in the original.

By looking at the top and bottom, left and right, channels together using a program such as oscilloscope the following code was found “wtwrec yqbwun gfhmfc qzykk.”

Unedited image reference[edit | edit source]

The unedited versions of the images are listed below:

Version Image
Version 1 Runestone basalt clue v1.png
Version 2 Runestone basalt clue v2.png
Version 3 Runestone basalt clue v3.png
Version 4


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Version 5


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Version 6


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Version 7
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Version 8
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Version 9
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Version 10
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Version 11
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Version 12
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Version 13
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Version 14
Runestone basalt clue v14.png
Version 15
Runestone basalt clue v15.png

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The phrase, "the moment in and out of time," may be in reference to T. S. Eliot's poem, The Dry Salvages. The poem is known as the third of the "Four Quartets":

For most of us, there is only the unattended
Moment, the moment in and out of time,
The distraction fit, lost in a shaft of sunlight,
The wild thyme unseen, or the winter lightning

  • Two of the three clues from Phase 1 are the names of Major Arcana in a standard Tarot Deck: "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Fool". "The Evil" is not a Tarot card, but differs by one letter from the Major Arcana "The Devil".