Something Wicked [Spoiler]

Something WickedI just finished one of the more difficult investigation missions in “The Secret World”. It made me pause a couple of times and lead to a good deal of head scratching. And using the game’s secret sauce “Google”. The Secret World has a built in browser and they expect you to use it, even to look up their puzzles directly, or just to research some of the riddles.

Norma Creed has seen plenty of strange things these days as well as in the past. And she’s dealt with it well. She recalls a series of murders in Kingsmouth a few years back in 2002. It looked like ravens were involved in it. Five steps will solve the mystery:

Tier 1.
Find more information about the murder, perhaps in a newspaper.

Hint

There’s an archive at City Hall.
Tier 2.
The sheriff’s office held back more information on the case.

Hint

Check the computer at the sheriff’s station.
Tier 3.
The suspect killed himself in his cell. Find a way to get inside the cell and examine it.

Hint

No key, no keypad, no saw or cutting torch. Go kill yourself. Find the message on the wall.
Tier 4.
There’s a message inside the cell, find out its meaning.

Hint 1

Follow the white raven while still in anima form. It will lead to a group of ravens reciting a nursery rime. Release four of them in the order given by the message in the cell.

Hint 2

Golden Girls, Sorrows Secret (6317)
Watch out when trying to do the final step in sequence. You share the quest area with others. If other players click things in different places, your sequence gets messed up. Coordinate with other players in the area.
Tier 5.
Find Jack.

Hint

But don’t kill him

And this sets the atmosphere of the secret world. Somebody mentioned in chat: “There are no puzzles in MMO’s”. Not until now, not in this form and not that many of them. I know Dungeons & Dragons Online has some and you might even call the platform jumping in SWTOR a puzzle. By myself, I’m not the greatest puzzle solver, but I just like the whole ambiance of the game. I could have left the Kingsmouth area for the next zone a good while ago, but those investigations will keep me here.


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2 Comments

  1. I finished up this chain about 5 minutes before I saw this posted on Twitter. I did cheat a bit and looked up a walkthrough on youtube. I only did that when I got stuck at investigating the cell. This is actually the second chain I had issues with. The other was a chain from Madame Rogêt, The Vision. I really like the puzzles and the fact that most people are posting solutions but instead post hints.

    • Yeah, investigating the cell is a major road block. It also took some time to release the ravens. Somebody else was doing the quest as well and gave me the final hint.

      Good thing the orange/orange trick works as well. It actually has the same effect for the RSS feed.

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