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RobA
04-16-2008, 01:22 PM
To set the background...

Damon Bay is a rocky natural harbour close to the village of Dartal in the Region of Gane's Head (named after a prominent point of land).

The notorious pirate Jahan Startel attacked a trading vessel while coming through the Taim Passage. Unbeknown to Capt. Startel, a clipper from the Region's Guard was close enough to notice the flares fired. Capt. Startel was pursued all the way into Damon Bay, where he turned and fought in a ferocious battle. Damage was grievous on both sides. The clipper was sunk, and Capt. Startel's ship was adrift. He scuttled his ship after taking the largest of his stolen goods off ship and secreting them along the coast.

Years later, The captian's nephew Tarnik Startel discovered a painting apparently made by his uncle, titled "The Battle of Damon Bay", along with a brass telescope. The telescope was engraved with the words "On Damon Bay...align with the full moon...revealed by the guiding light."

This is a map of Gane's Head and the surrounding Region from one of the charts created by the Region's guard showing the area. This map is NOT my entry ;)

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RobA
04-16-2008, 05:09 PM
And here is Captain Jahan Startel's (somewhat mediocre) painting, as it hangs on the wall of Tarnik's Study...

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RobA
04-16-2008, 05:45 PM
....and his telescope...

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RobA
04-16-2008, 06:09 PM
And at last, the secret...

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...revealed...

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X marks the spot :)

I was inspired by this site - http://www.anamorphosis.com/

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ravells
04-16-2008, 06:14 PM
That's brilliant!!!! But where's the spot?

RobA
04-16-2008, 06:16 PM
That's brilliant!!!! But where's the spot?

The yellow 'X' from the lighthouse... (I updated the engraved clue to be hopefully less cryptic, while being more cryptic :) )

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NeonKnight
04-16-2008, 07:32 PM
Brilliant, I love it!

ravells
04-16-2008, 08:00 PM
The yellow 'X' from the lighthouse... (I updated the engraved clue to be hopefully less cryptic, while being more cryptic :) )

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But......but you can see the yellow X on the picture without using the telescope.....or am I being incredibly dense?

RobA
04-16-2008, 09:41 PM
But you wouldn't know the painting was a distorted view of a map of the coastline! The paint scene is supposed to look like a view of Damon Bay, but the X marks a spot quite a ways west of that...

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pyrandon
04-16-2008, 10:26 PM
What a cool, cool idea! Nicely thought out!

(I'm having trouble seeing the X, too though, I must admit.)

RobA
04-16-2008, 11:17 PM
OK -

I toned down the lighthouse "light beams" cause it just looked oddly out of place...

While it seemed obvious to me, which is often the case for the one who comes up with a puzzle, here is a visual aid:

http://www.cartographersguild.com//attachment.php?attachmentid=3136&d=1208398584

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loogie
04-17-2008, 03:59 AM
i had trouble too, till i opened the full image, then it was pretty simple... and still cryptic enough to make people who aren't thinking scratch their heads.

ravells
04-17-2008, 04:43 AM
Ahhhhhhhh......I was so busy looking for the X I forgot all about the coastline!

SpamValiant
04-17-2008, 01:12 PM
See, now I get it! I'd seen the cross, but I hadn't realised that the distorted rocks matched the coastline from the first map! Stoopid me.

The thing I like is that it's actually a good secret, in that many of us couldn't see what was actually visible. Top stuff.

RobA
04-17-2008, 02:00 PM
And it only lines up like that for the right diameter cylinder at the correct location...(hence the telescope lined up with the moon bit)... here is off to the side...
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delgondahntelius
04-18-2008, 10:54 PM
That is absolutely brilliant... wish I could have done something like that with my sword idea... but my knowledge of PS is still so limited that I can't get it to do what I want it too... but drawing something that would properly reflect onto a cylinder ... geesh... absolutely great...truly...

you are turning into a regular compass hog... :) lol