(Last updated on December 22nd)
Might be a while before another big update as I want to completely update the layout of this post to make it more organized and easily read
First and foremost, thanks to u/BlackLyteVamp for the original megathread (He’s lost as to what has been happening and wants to spend his time on other things :p), and thus I am now taking the reins!
This is just a quick and small category to list everything we know about so that new posters don’t have to read through my entire megathread to determine if it’s been discovered or not.
Aiming down sights with Hammerhead and Tatara Gaze reveals stuff
2 Drones in each Forge during second wave of ignition
Shooting glyphs or rune boxes with Hammerhead or Tatara Gaze causes a particle effect
Morse code along the sights of Hammerhead that spell out REVERSE
A Mysterious Box dropped by a cache in a cave
Unreachable scannable item at the bottom of the ravine
6 Boxes with runes visible with Hammerhead
3 Beacons that require Crests (Emblems) to be activated
14 Letters and a + visible with Hammerhead
5 Glyphs visible with Hammerhead
7 Hand Glyphs with dots visible with Hammerhead
A Celtic Knot Maze behind a barrier with glyphs visible with Hammerhead
A Paragraph of runic text on a rock visible with Hammerhead
8 Glyphs seen with Tatara Gaze
5 Glyphs with Kanji seen with Tatara Gaze
2 pieces of a Map seen with Tatara Gaze
Yellow gem on the interactable screen along the right cliff visible with Spiteful Fang
Another yellow gem near the cave at the entrance, with 9 glyphs visible when the screen has been interacted with and looked at with Spiteful Fang
Red gem with 3 crossed swords and 9 glyphs on the collapsed bridge visible with Spiteful Fang
9 glyphs found around the path from the bridge visible with Spiteful Fang
6 Boxes with runes visible with Hammerhead
A Paragraph of runic text with lines above when viewed with Hammerhead
A Ship with runic text visible with Hammerhead
3 Glyphs with Kanji visible with Tatara Gaze
3 pieces of a Map visible with Tatara Gaze
Yellow gem with a Treble clef and ‘Zzz’ visible with Spiteful Fang
14 pieces of sheet music visible with Spiteful Fang
Red gem with 9 flashing crystals around it visible with Spiteful Fang
9 Glyphs, each with a flashing crystal above them visible with Spiteful Fang
*Ouroboros that has 6 spikes on its back when aimed at with the Hammerhead
French text on the landing pad with 8 glyphs visible with Spiteful Fang
French text to the right of the landing pad with Roman Numerals visible with Spiteful Fang
White gem with 9 glyphs on the left edge of the right island visible with Spiteful Fang
Red gem, fleur-de-lis and ciphered text to the left of the Forge visible with Spiteful Fang
Blue gem above caterpillar with the initials V.H. on the inner edge of the left island visible with Spiteful Fang
Red gem with a plate on the left island visible with Spiteful Fang
9 various pieces of cutlery with glyphs below them found around The Tor visible with Spiteful Fang
High Value Targets that spawn about every 10 minutes, they’re an important part to preparing Black Armory Weapon Frames, as they drop items required to prepare them, as do the chests that spawn around them.
They are always located near the entrance to a Forge, and thus spawn in only 4 locations:
The Gulch in the EDZ
The Outskirts in the EDZ
Artifact’s Edge on Nessus
The Hallows on Nessus
Using this information, we discovered that Niobe Labs, and thus the Bergusia Forge are located south of Sojourner’s Camp thanks to some Out Of Mapping.
Thanks to some data-mining, we’ve determined that there is a total of 10 Forge Saboteurs:
- Kahrelis, Forge Saboteur
- Tleilax-11, Forge Saboteur
- Field Commander Tusul, Forge Saboteur
- Field Commander Kuskan, Forge Saboteur
- Arakis-12, Forge Saboteur
- Psirus, Forge Saboteur
- Proto-Sentinel Galedrix, Forge Saboteur
- Drakasis, Forge Saboteur
- Serbirus, Forge Saboteur
- Parakis, Forge Saboteur
We assume they’ll start rotating weekly, next week’s reset of December 25th, or on January 1st.
We know of 4 Exotic Weapons: Le Monarque, Jotunn, Izanagi’s Burden, and The Last Word.
Le Monarque has a chance to drop from any Forge since December 18th reset, when forging a weapon frame.
The method of acquisition of Jotunn and Izanagi’s Burden is still unknown.
Finally, we know that The Last Word is a reward from the exotic quest The Draw which releases on January 29th.
Black Armory Forges
As you may know, the main activity in Black Armory are the Forges.
There are currently 3 available to us (Volundr, Gofannon and Izanami), and 1 unreleased (Bergusia that’ll likely release along with Niobe Labs as we know it’s within it, on January 8th).
Located in the EDZ, East of the Sunken Isles, and accessed from The Tunnels.
Access to this Forge is granted by completing the quest-line given to you upon first loading up the game after purchasing the Annual Pass.
Themed around Norse mythology, and the first forge we had access to, the Volundr Forge acts as the hub for this DLC’s secrets. Up to now, all puzzles lead back to it, and it also includes a number of extra points of interest.
I’ve spent hours on a map of the zone it’s in (Smidur’s Cavern) due to this: https://i.imgur.com/ld1jryi.png
Unlocked on December 7th and located on Nessus, South of Artifact’s Edge. The entrance is right in the southern-most wall.
Access to this Forge is granted by completing a quest item that’s dropped by any Fallen enemy.
It gave us access to the Tatara Gaze, a new Sniper Rifle. Compared to Volundr, this Forge has a lot less secrets, but remains just as interesting!
Unlocked on December 18th and located on Nessus, through a teleporter in the Hallows.
Acces to this Forge is granted by completing a quest item that’s dropped by any Vex enemy.
It gave us the Spiteful Fang Bow, and contains a majority of the Meyrin Puzzle.
Currently unreleased (likely January 8th). We know that it is located inside Niobe Labs, and is a seemingly superior Forge compared to the others, due to its ability to forge any weapon.
We know it’s within Niobe Labs thanks to the two following data-mined strings:
The Bergusia Forge, located in the Niobe Labs in the EDZ.
Travel to the Niobe Labs in the EDZ and place the Unidentified Frame in the Bergusia Forge.
We believe it will be 640 power.
Forgive me for how far down this category is, but I felt it important to explain the rest first!
Each Forge in Black Armory has a puzzle related to it. We know that solving these puzzles rewards the respective emblem:
https://www.light.gg/db/items/1347384483/rasmussens-gift/ for solving the Norse glyph puzzle.
https://www.light.gg/db/items/1347384481/satous-secret/ for solving the Japanese glyph puzzle.
https://www.light.gg/db/items/1347384482/meyrins-vision/ for solving the French glyph puzzle.
Owning the puzzle emblems allows you to activate one of the three Beacons in Smidur’s Cavern (visible on my map linked above). Activating all three reveals a message:
When translated, this message says:
WITH EYES FIXED
PAST DAWNS END
THE FOURTH FLAME WILL RISE
BRING THE KNOWLEDGE OBTAINED
BY THE RAIDERS OF SECRETS
Beacon 1: https://i.imgur.com/BFBkkCg.jpg Located along a little platform at the left-most edge of the cliff side of Smidur’s Cavern. This is the Rasmussen beacon. (however the Black Armory Hand symbol can be seen when aiming at it with the Hammerhead).
Beacon 2: https://imgur.com/a/UYtyIBw Located on the opposite side of Beacon 1, on another platform over the ledge. This is the Satou beacon.
Beacon 3: https://imgur.com/a/b5N5CtH Located in the Caves section of Smidur’s Cavern, tucked away behind a rock on the left side. This is the Meyrin beacon.
When the correct crest is used on them (one per emblem), they turn blue, and gain a blue beam of smoke: https://i.imgur.com/y5Sk2oK.jpg
I’ve tried to explain each puzzle in order of when the elements come into play, to make it more easily understandable.
Norse (Volundr) Glyph Puzzle
The Norse puzzle is linked to the Volundr Forge. It started with the discovery of 25 Rune Cubes, spread out amongst the 4 Forges. Each cube has a small cropped piece of the Vegvisir on it (http://mythologian.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Vegvisir-The-Runic-Viking-Compass-Symbol-of-Protection.jpg).
Aiming at the front of these cubes with the Hammerhead reveals a rune associated with that cell (https://i.imgur.com/zoCWFLw.jpg). Shooting them also causes a fancy little particle effect, making us assume they need to be shot to trigger something: https://gfycat.com/EagerBewitchedGartersnake
- https://imgur.com/a/MqaNsaf Located to the left upon arriving in Smidur’s Cavern, in a cave accessed via a platform lower down.
- https://imgur.com/a/B3jI7xk Found on the same platform as Beacon 1, at the left-most side of the cliffs, on a little platform.
- https://imgur.com/a/D4yoC2b Located on a crate, to the right of the cliffs.
- https://imgur.com/a/VWmWYvQ Found around to the right upon entering the central area of Smidur’s Cavern, in a small passage.
- https://i.imgur.com/h62q5CN.jpg In the caves side of Smidur’s Cavern, at the base of some stalagmites and opposite the light.
- https://imgur.com/a/iT0OSLl Underneath the left ramp, leading up to the Volundr Forge, in the center of Smidur’s Cavern.
- https://imgur.com/a/jo1F6ugSitting on a small outcrop, visible when looking from the Forge towards the entrance of the area.
- https://imgur.com/a/CRKjQPp On top of another rocky outcrop, to the right of the ship debris at the back of the area.
- https://imgur.com/a/0kNGSes Between the little cliff upon which is Cube 2, and open shipping container.
- https://imgur.com/a/tll8vn3 On the left side of the wreckage at the back of the area, just to the right of a Black Armory cache.
- https://imgur.com/a/bBrLeYk To the right of where Cube 4 is located, being some wire mesh in the wreckage.
- https://imgur.com/a/yC7riFX Looking at the giant Vex wall to the left of the entrance, on a little cube of rock.
The Izanami Forge has 9 rune cubes scattered around, however I currently do not have any pictures for these (sorry!).
Thanks to data-mining by /u/Ginsor, we have the completed 5×5 grid of both the Vegesir and its associated runes: https://i.imgur.com/Ja1ex3Fh.jpg (translation thanks to a piece of the Norse Puzzle mentioned later on). However to solve this legitimately, there’d be 13 cubes to discover in the 2 unreleased Forges.
Volundr Symbols & Letters:
Using the sights of the Hammerhead, it’s possible to see various symbols and letters all around Smidur’s Cavern: https://imgur.com/a/OdwdvJr
These also produce a particle effect when shot: https://gfycat.com/ThickUnsightlyAmbushbug
Slightly into the cliff side of Smidur’s Cavern, there is a Cabal barrier with a Celtic Knot-like maze on the back: https://imgur.com/a/Ki8sdXS
Aiming down the sights of the Hammerhead, it’s possible to see various symbols along the path of the maze: https://gfycat.com/FantasticHandyCorydorascatfish. We then edited each symbol onto its corresponding location onto a single image for ease of reading: https://i.imgur.com/d7crs7E.png
The order is as follows:
Hand – Lizard – Sword – Vegvisir – Ship – Vegvisir – Lizard – Hand – Ship – Lizard – Sword – Sword – Vegvisir – Hand – Lizard – Ship – Hand – Sword – Hand – Ship – Vegvisir – Lizard – Ship – Sword – Lizard – Hand – Vegvisir
This turned out to be the order in which to decipher the paragraph found near the Gofannon Forge.
On their own, the runes on these cubes are impossible to comprehend. However, there is a paragraph of runes in Smidur’s Cavern, on a rock in the right side of the caves: https://imgur.com/a/nzSA8vS
Due to the last line being 26 characters long, it was determined to be the alphabet, and allowed us to translate the rest of the paragraph: https://i.imgur.com/mHQtqTi.png
“In night went men
In studded corslets
Their shields glistening
In the waning moon”
This was discovered later to be an excerpt from the book Norroena, the History and Romance of Northern Europe (https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=WYtBAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA122&lpg=PA122&dq=%22in+the+night+went+men+in+studded%22&source=bl&ots=Le2nM4qoUI&sig=zuYenGwvl5gc1icEdtoAdnngAMk&hl=en&sa=X&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22in%20the%20night%20went%20men%20in%20studded%22&f=false)
At this point, this paragraph has only been used to discover and confirm the alphabet.
Volundr Anagram Sword:
Upon entering the center zone of Smidur’s Cavern, the crate to the right has a sword with “NAGMAAR” written on it: https://imgur.com/a/HJ1iIOa
This was quickly figured out to just be an anagram for “anagram”. (:v)
To the right of the Volundr Forge can be found 7 hands, with dots above certain fingers: https://imgur.com/a/iqcl21A
This was eventually discovered to be binary, each hand representing a letter: https://imgur.com/a/v8yUnFI
10110 01111 01100 10101 01110 00100 10010 =
22 15 12 1 21 14 4 18 =
On the opposite side of the wreckage where the Gofannon Paragraph is, there is also a ship with the same line of runic text repeated three times beneath it, only visible thanks to the Hammerhead: https://imgur.com/a/ORjolcS
This was translated to:
At the back of the area in which the Gofannon Forge resides, there is a paragraph of the same runic text found in Smidur’s Cavern: https://imgur.com/a/LtnI37o
This was quickly translated thanks to the alphabet paragraph in Smidur’s Cavern, only to discover that it was ciphered: https://i.imgur.com/XKkYPXK.png
Soon after, it was found out that viewing the paragraph through the sights of the Hammerhead revealed lines above certain words: https://i.imgur.com/WHe99ro.jpg
The theory quickly became that the words without lines weren’t relevant.
Gofannon Paragraph Deciphering:
At this point we had gathered (almost) all the information we needed to decipher the Gofannon Paragraph, mentioned above.
The number of symbols on the Volundr Maze was discovered to be same the number of marked words on the Gofannon Paragraph, and thus that each symbol was linked to a word.
Thanks to this, we determined how to decipher each word:
The Volundr Anagram Sword told us that words linked to a Sword were anagrams.
The Volundr Hands were discovered to be a Monoalphabetic Substitution Cipher using “VOLUNDRABCEFGHIJKMPQSTWXYZ“, allowing us to decipher the words linked to Hands.
The Gofannon Ship was discovered to be a Rail Fence Cipher with 3 offset, allowing us to decipher the words linked to Ships.
The Rune Cubes allowed us to determine that the words linked to the Vegvisir were ciphered with a Playfair Cipher using the “CRIMSONAQUTXKPEZBDFGHLVWY” key.
However, the Lizard was brute-forced as we had yet to discover it in world, and determined to be a Caesar Cipher with a +6 Shift
With all of this information, we were able to finally decipher the Gofannon Paragraph: https://i.imgur.com/8wqZGn7.png]
“In the fire of the forge all things began
We sought the greatest of an era
Many counterfeit hands hoped to imitate
We sought wisdom in those ages long past
Forged a fraud from the sun
Finally to craft truth from the moon
A thirst quenched by the last strike of the storm”
The immediate assumption was that these were instructions, especially following the completion of the Japanese Glyph Puzzle.
A few of the lines, notably the 1st, 5th, 6th, and 7th, were noticed to refer to 4 of the symbols present in Smidur’s Cavern when looking through the sights of the Hammerhead. Throughout all our research, the symbols related to these lines thus stayed the same (Flame, Sun, Moon, and Storm respectively).
After much trial and error, and research, it was eventually discovered that a series of swords, called Ulfberht, were notably popular back in that time, mostly due to their exquisite quality. From this popularity, fakes were also born, fitting into what lines 2 and 3 talk about, as well as lines 5 and 6.
The noteworthy property of these swords is the engraving every one held:
While the fakes had a slightly errored version:
This anchored the relation between these swords and our paragraph, and lead to the solution for this puzzle.
In Smidur’s Cavern (Volundr), with the Hammerhead Machine Gun equipped, do the following:
- Shoot the Flame
- Stand on the Sun (https://i.imgur.com/MYx3SeQ.jpg) and shoot the letters +ULFBERHT+ in order
- Stand on the Moon and shoot the letters +ULFBERH+T in order
- Shoot the Storm
(Refer to my map if you need help finding the exact position of the symbols: https://i.imgur.com/ld1jryi.png)
This will give you the Rasmussen’s Gift Emblem, and allow you to activate the 1st Beacon located along the left of the cliff area.
Japanese (Gofannon) Glyph Puzzle
(Although the Gofannon Forge is French, it lead us to finish the Japanese Puzzle)
With the official release of the Gofannon Forge on December 7th, we gained access to the Tatara Gaze Sniper Rifle. With it, we were able to see new symbols in both the Volundr and Gofannon Forge that we couldn’t see before.
With the new sniper rifle, we were able to discover 5 new symbols: https://imgur.com/a/YbUsKz2
4 are found near Gofannon, 1 near Volundr.
We quickly determined the text above each symbol to be Kanji, AKA Japanese, and translate to “The First, The Second” and so on. Not long after, our theory became that these were instructions to follow, showing the creation process of a Japanese Katana Sword/Hilt.
New Symbols around Volundr:
Returning to Smidur’s Cavern, we discovered new symbols revealed by the Sniper Rifle: https://imgur.com/a/Vp4yOr3
(Refer to my map: https://i.imgur.com/ld1jryi.png) to get help with their locations)
These can also be shot to produce an effect like the symbols for the Norse Glyph Puzzle.
Along with the Kanji Symbols, we also discovered what look like pieces of an incomplete map: https://imgur.com/a/M1HQVqe
We originally tried simply overlaying all map pieces, aligning them with the central triangles. However, we eventually realized that the symbols under the Kanji resembled the styles of the triangles on the map pieces. The new theory became that the Kanji Symbols were a guide on how to assemble these map pieces.
Map Assembly Steps:
Thanks to both trial and error, and logic, we determined the steps indicated by the Kanji Symbols to be the following:
Step 1 – Gather each piece of the 2 maps (2 solid pieces, 2 hollow pieces).
Step 2 – Places the pieces on top of each other to match their type (solid on solid, hollow on hollow).
Step 3 – Fold the 2 maps vertically in half (bottom half over top half).
Step 4 – Fold the solid map horizontally, and place the hollow map on top.
Step 5 – Stretch the new map by twice its height.
Step 6 – Add the final piece (fishhook with a few paths).
Step 7 – Sword seemingly represents getting the final product of all of this; we believe either the forge sword, or Izanami’s Burden.
(Although we didn’t have access to Step 3 and 6, we were able to figure them out through trial and error).
Following these steps, we ended up with the following map: https://i.imgur.com/540Cobq.jpg
With no other discoveries to be found, we eventually figured out the use of the map, which was to shoot symbols in Smidur’s Cavern in a certain order, standing on certain spots!
We ran back to Smidur’s Cavern, and proceeded to do the following using the Tatara Gaze:
- Stand on Tiger then shoot: Fish, Lotus, Pagoda (Temple)
- Stand on Dragon then shoot: Torii (Archway), Rabbit, Bamboo, Pagoda (Temple)
Video Directions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYTbxbUd74w
If successful, this rewards the Satou’s Secret Emblem! (https://www.light.gg/db/items/1347384481/satous-secret/)
Once the Emblem was acquired, we discovered that we were also able to activate the 2nd Beacon, causing it to glow blue.
French (Izanami) Glyph Puzzle
With the release of the Izanami Forge on December 18th, we gained access to the Spiteful Fang Bow, which revealed symbols around all three Forges and allowed us to work on the French (Meyrin) Glyph Puzzle.
Split among the three Forges was a total of 8 coloured gems. All were located next to other glyphs or objects (like the interactable screen in Smidur’s Cavern) to hint at their solutions.
Gem 1: https://i.imgur.com/IdPFMR8.jpg *Located on the right island in The Tor, along the left side
Gem 2: https://i.imgur.com/a2ty4TY.jpg Found directly to the left of the Izanami Forge, against the wall
Gem 3: https://i.imgur.com/RmUHRUX.jpg Located on the left island, along the inner edge
Gem 4: https://i.imgur.com/HclsVES.png On the interactable screen found along the right-most ledge of the cliff in SMidur’s Cavern
Gem 5: https://i.imgur.com/z1SBHqU.png Found in the shipping container-like object in the Lost Fuselage (Someone confirm this for me pls cause I’m not sure)
Gem 6: https://i.imgur.com/tZlnNHz.jpg Located on the right edge of the collapse bridge in Smidur’s Cavern
Gem 7: https://i.imgur.com/jBcx8sJ.png On the left wall at the back of Lost Fuselage
Each gem has, in some way, a series of symbols attributed to it. These symbols are an order of the following:
Directly on the landing ‘pad’ of the boost ring in The Tor is located a paragraph of French text along with 9 different symbols. To the right of this, on a little block of stone, is a series of Roman numerals along with yet another French Paragraph: https://i.imgur.com/mOFYCus.jpg
The former paragraph reads “Faites tourner les roues de 4 crans vers l’avant” which translates to “Rotate the wheels 4 notches forward”. This allowed us to determine the final solution once having built our Bazeries Cylinder (explained just after).
Below this paragraph is located a series of 8 symbols, which was eventually used to set the starting position for each of our ‘wheels’ on our Bazeries Cylinder. They are Heart – Butterfly – Butterfly – Rose – Butterfly – Missive – Wind – Woods
The latter paragraph reads “Tu as couronné des rois et apporté sang et joie pour cumuler les roues de Bazeries.” which translates to “You crowned kings and brought blood and joy to accumulate the wheels of/from Bazeries.”
The only point of interest in this paragraph is Bazeries. He was a French cryptologist who was best known for the Bazeries Cylinder, which is an important part of this puzzle.
Above this paragraph is located an arrangement of Roman numerals, counting from I (1) to VIII (8). It was eventually determined that these referenced the 8 Gems located around all three Forges.
Joyeuse, Sword of Charlemagne:
The relation between the 8 gems and 8 Roman Numerals above the second French paragraph was confirmed once we discovered the presence of gems that matched the position of the Roman Numerals on the scabbared of the Joyeuse, Charlemagne’s personal sword:
It’s worth noting that every gem on the scabbard is a unique shape, which allowed us to determine which gem was assigned to which numeral.
White and circular
This gem had the immediate solution underneath it, no need to alter or decipher it:
Water – Morning – Woods – Heart – Wings – Missive – Wind – Butterfly – Rose
Red and peltate (shield-shaped)
Located under this gem is a Fleur-de-Lis with a key symbol, along with an encrypted paragraph of text. With some quick experimentation, this was determined to be a Vigenere cipher, with the key FLEURDELIS (Fleur-de-lis with a key directly above it).
A Vigenere Cipher is relatively simple, in that it only involves offsetting the letter thanks to the key.
It works by assigning each letter of the alphabet a number (A = 0, B=1, etc), and substracting the ciphertext letter by the key letter that matches it. If the resulting number is negative, we add 25. In our case, APRN has FLEU as a key, A ciphered by F, P by L, and so on.
Thus, if we substract A(0) by F(5), we get -5. Adding 26 to that gives us 21, which is V.
Continuing to do this for every word, we end up with the following deciphered text:
Which, when translated, becomes:
Wind – Butterfly – Morning – Wings – Heart – Woods – Water – Rose – Missive
Blue and circular
Under this gem is a glyph with a caterpillar and the initials V.H. . This was quickly determined to be referencing the famous French author Victor Hugo. After some research, it was found that his poem, Vere Novo (Latin for “In Early Spring”, however often referred to as “The Genesis of the Butterfly”) contained a reference to each of our 8 symbols:
Comme le matin rit sur les roses en pleurs ! (Morning, Rose)
Qu’un éblouissement de folles ailes blanches (Wings)
O printemps! quand on songe à toutes les missives (Missive)
A ces coeurs confiés au papier, à ce tas (Heart)
On croit voir s’envoler, au gré du vent joyeux, (Wind)
Dans les prés, dans les bois, sur les eaux, dans les cieux, (Woods, Water)
De tous les billets doux, devenus papillons. (Butterfly)
For legibility purposes, the solution for this gem is:
Morning – Rose – Wings – Missive – Heart – Wind – Woods – Water – Butterfly
Yellow and rectangular with angled edges
This gem is located on the interactable screen in Smidur’s Cavern. When the screen is interacted with, a duplicate gem along with 9 symbols beneath it appear on a rock near the cave which leads to the Mysterious Box.
These symbols are:
Missive – Woods – Morning – Wings – Butterfly – Water – Wind – Rose – Heart
Red and rectangular with smoothed edges
Located in the shipping container-like object in the Lost Fuselage, this gem has 9 diamonds arranged around it circularly, each blinking once per second in order with a 1 second pause before the loop resets.
Around all of the Lost Fuselage are found our 9 symbols, each with a single blinking diamond above them: https://imgur.com/a/KDyG9hM
It was discovered that each single diamond matches one of the diamonds around the gem, blinking at the same time as the other. The 1 second break at the end of the loop allowed us to determine which symbol was first in the sequence, and thus the order of symbols for this gem is:
Heart – Wind – Wings – Rose – Morning – Butterfly – Missive – Woods – Water
Red and circular
Located entirely on a section of the collapsed bridge in Smidur’s Cavern, this gem has a symbol with 3 crossed swords beside it. The presence of three crossed swords was assumed to refer to a Rail Fence Cipher, with a 3-key (3 rails, due to the 3 swords).
These ciphers work in that the ciphered text is written in a zig-zag formation on a ‘fence’, with multiple lines, or ‘rails’. In our case, we have 3 rails due to the 3 crossed swords.
The ciphertext (our 9 symbols found on the bridge) is obtained by reading the message as you would anything else: Left to Right, top to bottom.
The only somewhat complicated part of this cipher is when we need to figure out the width of the ‘fence’: It’s determined by dividing the number of letters (in our case, symbols) by the cycle for the key (a 3 key has a cycle of 4), and rounding down the result.
So, here, we get: 9/4 = 2.25 which is 2 rounded down. Thus, our fence is 2 wide. Since we had to round down, we add 1 to the top rail, making it 3 wide. This makes our middle rail 4 wide (2 + 3 + 4 = 9).
If we build our 3 rails with this information, we get:
Morning Woods Rose (3)
Wind Missive Wings Heart (4)
Water Butterfly (2)
Arranged as a zig-zag fence, it becomes:
Morning . . . . . . . . . . . . . Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rose
. . . . . . Wind . . . . Missive . . . . Wings . . . . . . . Heart
. . . . . . . . . . Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Butterfly
Following the symbols with this layout, we finally get the solution:
Morning – Wind – Water – Missive – Woods – Wings – Butterfly – Heart – Rose
Red and rectangular with angled edges
Under the gem is a treble clef with three Z’s. This was our first hint for this gem. Around the rest of the Lost Fuselage are 14 pieces of sheet music – 9 with one of our symbols, and 5 without.
Placing the notes in order (and using the numbers to position the duplicate notes) gave us the notation for the start of Frère Jacques.
Reading the symbols attached to notes in order, we get:
Morning – Wings – Woods – Water – Rose – Missive – Butterfly – Wind – Heart
*Purple (?) and rectangular with angled edges
All around The Tor are 9 pieces of cutlery with one of our 9 symbols below them. Each piece of cutlery represents a dish in a (fancy) French meal, of which there is a specific order. The exact solution for this gem wasn’t solved, but was bruteforced as it was the last gem for the puzzle, and had only 8 possible solutions.
Now that we had all 8 gems solved, we ordered them based on their colour and shape to match the Roman numerals that were positioned in the same spots as the gems on the scabbard of the Joyeuse.
This gave us an order for each ‘wheel’ (series of 9 symbols linked to a gem) on our Bazeries cylinder. The order of 8 symbols under the original French paragraph then told us how to set the starting position for each wheel (Heart for Gem I, Butterfly for Gem II and Gem III, and so on…).
Finally, the first French paragraph told us to advance the wheels by 4 (simply grabbing the series of symbols that are 4 ahead works).
Thanks to ScoobyDeezy on the RaidSecrets Discord for this nice infographic of the solution!:
Returning to Volundr, our 9 symbols were discovered scattered around the entrance to Smidur’s Cavern: https://imgur.com/a/S7l5UTe
With our solution in hand (Butterfly – Woods – Missive – Morning – Heart – Heart – Woods – Wings), we could now shoot the symbols to solve the puzzle. However, Butterfly and Morning are on the ground, so the assumption was to stand on them and shoot the subsequent symbols.
The solution to the French Glyph Puzzle is thus:
Stand on Butterfly
Shoot Woods, then Missive
Stand on Morning
Shoot Heart twice, Woods, then Wings
Doing this successfully awards the Meyrin’s Vision emblem, and allows the activation of the 3rd beacon located in the cave of Smidur’s Cavern.
In Smidur’s Cavern, a quest item called the Mysterious Box can be found. It’s located to the left of the broken bridge, down in a cave whose entrance is on a little platform: https://imgur.com/a/ti1wZBc
Opening the cache will reward you with the Mysterious Box: https://i.imgur.com/Ffhbpc3.jpg
In order to unlock the locks on it, you need to shoot 2 drones that appear during the second wave of each Forge ignition. They stay around for about 10 seconds before disappearing.
The first drone spawns above the crate in the caves side of Smidur’s Cavern: https://i.imgur.com/ZgCEQX5.jpg
The second can be found orbiting the left-most tree of the island outside, beyond the cliff section of Smidur’s Cavern: https://imgur.com/a/kC0M2MS
The first drone is located in the left part of the wreckage at the back of the area, floating slightly above the open spot: https://i.imgur.com/Ep0JTOZ.jpg
The second is directly left of that, orbiting a little spire of rock: https://i.imgur.com/AKgchZ5.jpg
Killing both drones successfully will give you the Maximum Temper buff, which, upon the activity ending (boss defeated or not), will spawn a chest next to the forge: https://i.imgur.com/l4eQ4Fa.jpg
The cache rewards a key respective of the Forge: The Black Armory Fishhook Key from Volundr, or the Black Armory Hand Key from Gofannon. Using these keys in your inventory will unlock the respective lock on your Mysterious Box.
The Butterfly Lock is likely acquired from the Izanami Forge.
Thanks to data-mining, we do know that the Black Armory Lock is unlocked via a key that you forge as a part of a quest-line, however its method of acquisition is currently unknown, but theorized to be from the Bergusia Forge or Niobe Labs.
Along the left and right side of the Hammerhead‘s sights: https://i.imgur.com/cKgUve7.png
It was quickly realized that this was Morse, and spells out “REVERSE“. This hasn’t had any link to the current puzzles, and is assumed to just be a little throwback to the ARG from Warmind, where REVERSE was the final cipher needed to solve it.
In the ravine, where the collapsed bridge that leads into the centre of Smidur’s Ravine is, a scannable item can be seen: https://imgur.com/a/rcxbvRX
There has currently been no discovered method of reaching it sadly, as there is a death field directly above it.
u/BlackLyteVamp once more, for the original megathread that this one was built upon!
/u/XK-Recker for the first posted Nessus forge discovery!
/u/Bitlife for the first posted EDZ Forge discovery!
/u/Ginsor for the data-mining of both the Rune Grid and Vegvisir Grid!
/u/gnushoo for noticing the 27 lined rune words correlated to the 27 symbols on the Celtic Knot maze!
/u/macoda for solving the original alphabet to rune translation, the first layer of encryption, the Playfair Cipher, the Anagram Cipher, and the Japanese Glyph Puzzle map!
/u/hchkster for solving the Hand Cipher!
/u/Rpaulv for the original theory on the use of the Symbols with Kanji!
/u/dzhoarisu and anon on the RaidSecrets Discord Server for figuring out the steps needed to build the Japanese Glyph Puzzle Map!
/u/Guyovich67 for most of the French Glyph Puzzle images!
/u/engin33rguy for the edited Izanami Forge images of the French Glyph Puzzle!
ScoobyDeezy on the Discord for the French Glyph Puzzle infographic!