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Are you back onto solving the mystery?
Did then some of you get through those sort of monsters appearing in the irish woods within some green shadow?
Because I was wondering what kind reward these could afford, as long as I had no chance to win against them at that time.
Actually, they appear at night, like the person MissM16 showed on a pic. I had also experimented the same thing as MissM16 after having accomplished the mystery at that precise location in England, and that was at night too. Obviously, there are IMHO some things pointing to "the night timelaps".
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Far-fetched for sure but I got some tiny reference to expose concerning the medallions. I think I will not be able to tell you my whole theory (which leads to Saint George as well), though I went today at Wincaester and around there, and the stories were referring to it.
Were you aware that is believed that King Alfred created Aestels (Hastula – a little spear in latin, which can mean Guide, Index and also Handle in old english), which are precious sort of jeweleries (named as well that way) helping to point at the words, when the monks were reading, but it could also have handled a more allegoric and spiritual kind of significance within.
A total of seven were found so far. 6 in England, and one in Norway (<the Borg Aestel), an all are confirmed to have been created during the Albert’s reign.
In the game, we ought to help a sir who wants the King Aefred’s jewelery back. That jewelery is described once as a religious cross, then, as we obtain it, it appeared to be a diamond. Weird to me.
The most famous Aestel holds the inscription « Alfred offered me made », and holds a dragon-like head at the base of it, its mouth made of a cylindrical socket, within which the actual pointer – perhaps made of ivory – would have been held in place by a rivet.
I copy here two hypothesis about its representation, which can be found on wiki :
The first one is that the man onto it represents either the Christ or the Sight : please refer there at the Fuller Brooch… Again, stunning piece of that precise era.
Second expanded explanation, as we could say : « the figure was intended to represent Alexander the Great. A medieval legend in the Alexander Romance had Alexander, wishing to see the whole world, first descending into the depths of the ocean in a sort of diving bell, then wanting to see the view from above. To do this he harnessed two large birds, or griffins in other versions, with a seat for him between them. To entice them to keep flying higher he placed meat on two skewers which he held above their heads. This was quite commonly depicted in several medieval cultures, from Europe to Persia, where it may reflect earlier legends or iconographies. Sometimes the beasts are not shown, just the king holding two sticks with flower-like blobs at their ends. The scene is shown in the famous 12th-century floor mosaic in Otranto Cathedral, with a titulus of "ALEXANDER REX". The scene refers to knowledge coming through sight, and so would be appropriate for an aestel. Boardman detects the same meaning in the figure representing sight on the Anglo-Saxon Fuller Brooch.»
By the way, that precise cathedral have either byzantine, early christian and roman elements in it and these described griffins of the Alexander mosaic look IMO like dragons. At the opposite of the saint George legend, though, they help Alexander levitating.
« The back of the aestel is a flat gold plate engraved with an acanthus-like plant motif, or Tree of Life according to Webster. Like the back of other examples, it is "suitable for sliding smoothly across the surface of a page". The use of relatively large cells of enamel to create a figurative image is an innovation in Anglo-Saxon art, following Byzantine or Carolingian examples, as is the use of rock crystal as a "see-through" cover. »
The Warminster jewel’s verso could seemingly be compared to the diverse medallion some of you were putting onto the thread… The Minster Lovell too, for what I have seen.
Four of them were found in King Alfred's Wessex (would it worth it, that I check where exactly). The other five identified aestels are The Minster Lovell Jewel (Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire), The Bowleaze Jewel (Bowleaze Cove, Weymouth, Dorset), The Wessex Jewel (Warminster, Wiltshire), The Bidford Bobble, (Warwickshire), and The Borg Aestel (Borg, Norway). As to the Alfred Aestel, it has has been discovered in Petherton Park , North Petherton not far from a monastry founded by King Alfred.
Could something be made out of it from your point of view, or were these stories in the game just being referring to the history?
@tchester1980 I noticed that a letter referring to Synin could only be interracting with once. It actually was concerning Synin riding away with his beloved. I just can't put the pics of the location on the thread because of their size?
It's kidding me, or what? It takes place at Festung Wincaester.