Wiki: Fauna Key


The Fauna Key was the second key, which was unlocked by fragments five through eight.


The Fauna Key was a green outline of a butterfly. It unlocked the lock in the top left corner of the Book of Briars.


As with the first four fragments, as The Mountaineers solved each of the next four fragments, materials were provided to them by the Book of Briars. Instead of the torn bits of paper provided during Phase One, each of these next fragments gave them two tiled diagrams with various animals on each of the tiles. These diagrams were composed primarily of dark tiles, except for one gold piece for each diagram, respectively. It was quickly discovered that these pictures could be printed out, and when folded together, would create 3-D shapes. It became apparent that the Mountaineers would be constructing something, though what that might be was still uncertain.

In all, The Mountaineers received ten of these tiled patterns throughout fragments five through eight. After some clever deduction, the group realized that they were actually recreating The Translation. The Translation was a giant tetrahedron-shaped altar that had been in the possession of The Cagliostro for centuries. In his final performance, the Cagliostro used this tetrahedron to transfer his powers from himself to his assistant, Lauren Ellsworth. As the group was beginning to piece this all together, the Book of Briars reached out to the Mountaineers once again, this time telling them that their second magimystical assessment was ready. However, it would not start until all of their materials were prepared. This meant that The Translation had to be recreated before any new keys could be found.

After many attempts at recreating this particular tetrahedron, the Mountaineers reached out to Martin Rank, who attended the Cagliostro’s final performance. Using the information he provided, the Mounties realized that each of the golden tiles fit together using the animals on the golden tiles. Each animal on a golden tile was correlated to one half of a ‘fauna’ word, four of which were the solutions for the fragments which composed Phase Two. These golden pieces would face each other when placed together to form the Translation. For instance, once the word Tigrantula was discovered, the golden tiger tile was placed so as to face the golden spider tile.

After some trial and error, the Translation was finally completed and was confirmed by the Book of Briars’ provision of a digital copy to each of the Mountaineers. With their assessment materials in hand, the Mounties started their second assessment. Just like the first, the assessment was broken into two parts. This assessment was meant to test each individual’s intuition and magimystical capabilities. As was the case with the first assessment, the second part of the assessment centered on the materials provided after each fragment was solved. This time, the Mounties had to navigate their way around the Translation. The assessment consisted of a number of adjectives, each of which could be attributed to one of the Guilds described in the Guide to Magiq. Using materials from previous fragments, cardinal directions were assigned to each Guild, and from there, The Mounties could navigate their way around the tetrahedron.

This assessment gauged the Mountaineers’ intuition, and because of this, a Leap of Faith was required to properly finish this assessment. As each Mountaineer finished the assessment, each gained access to the Fauna Key. Just like the first assessment, The Book required multiple Mountaineers to finish it, as the assessment was meant to be a collective burden. Once the book was satisfied with the number of Mountaineers who had solved the assessment, the Fauna Key was used to unlock the second of the locks sealing the Book of Briars