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Congrats to 3 Hawks on FTF! His solution was not the intention of the puzzle but was definitely legitimate. He took his hunch to where he guessed the cache may be and stumbled upon it, much like the story in Beowulf. All this leads me to believe that maybe the map is truly enchanted.
Honorable mentions to gkrone for the first to verify, truly a mark of distinction!
The cache is not at the posted coordinates.
se ðe on heanum hofe hord beweotode,
stanbeorh steapne/; stig under læg,
eldum uncuð. þær on innan giong
niða nathwylc, se ðe/ neh/ gefeng
hæðnum horde, hond,
since/ fahne. He þæt syððan,
þeah/ ðe/ he/ slæpende besyred/ wurde/
þeofes cræfte; þæt sie ðiod onfand/,
bufolc/ beorna, þæt he gebolgen/ wæs.
Nealles mid gewealdum/ wyrmhord abræc/
sylfes willum, se ðe him sare gesceod...
In the grave on the hill a hoard it guarded,
in the stone-barrow steep. A strait path reached it,
unknown to mortals. Some man, however,
came by chance that cave within
to the heathen hoard. In hand he took
a golden goblet, nor gave he it back,
stole with it away, while the watcher slept,
by thievish wiles: for the warden's wrath
prince and people must pay betimes!
THAT way he went with no will of his own,
in danger of life, to the dragon's hoard...
You likely know how the tale of Beowulf ends and wonder what could possibly be left of the dragon's hoard. Legend has it that some of the treasure does remain. The path to the hoard is found by following the signs of an enchanted map. The magic that controls the map sometimes wakes, sometimes sleeps, sometimes plays tricks, and sometimes shows the truth. In the end, though, only the patient and generous will understand its truth and find the treasure.
Sbe gubfr bs lbh jub ner ybbxvat sbe uvagf V qebccrq fbzr bss va gur pnpurf gung V sbhaq orgjrra 10/20/13 naq 10/26/13.
11-Nce-2014: qebccrq n uvag ba guvf cntr. Fvzvyne uvagf gb jung lbh'q svaq va gubfr pnpurf va gur nobir uvag. Nyfb, yngryl gur znc cntr unf orra jbexvat orfg va Sversbk.
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