1. ## Count the Keys

Hiya,

At the bottom of page 4 it says:
Each illustration contains at least one key. How many can you find?
Not sure exactly how this is a clue yet and, as there were only a couple of posts about key counting in general discussion I'd post my count and see where it leads us:

[table]
[tr][td]Page 1[/td][td]= 1[/td][/tr]

[tr][td]Page 5[/td][td]= 13[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Page 7[/td][td]= 2[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Page 11[/td][td]= 2[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Page 15[/td][td]= 3[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Page 17[/td][td]= 2[/td][/tr]

[tr][td]Page 19[/td][td]= 1[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Page 23[/td][td]= 1[/td][/tr]

[tr][td]Page 26[/td][td]= 1[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Page 30[/td][td]= 2[/td][/tr]

[tr][td]Page 32[/td][td]= 1[/td][/tr]

[tr][td]Page 34 & 35[/td][td]= 2[/td][/tr]

[tr][td]Page 40[/td][td]= 1[/td][/tr]

[tr][td]Page 44 & 45[/td][td]= 1[/td][/tr]

[tr][td]Page 47[/td][td]= 1[/td][/tr]

[tr][td]Page 51[/td][td]= 1[/td][/tr]

[tr][td]Page 55[/td][td]= 1[/td][/tr]

[/table]

I make that 37.

Writerian
Last edited by Writerian; 08-03-2008 at 06:37 PM. Reason: forgot the double pages

2. and ... forgot to mention that the last lines of the book are:

I want to live a life that the whole world talks About .....
After I score that missing key.
Writerian

3. I haven't had much time to devote to this hunt. I am currently trying to get back into the swing of things. On a quick look through the illustrations in the book for the keys, I have noticed that you have missed a few.
On page 11 there are 3 that I see.
On page 23, I see 2.
On page 26, I see 2.
On page 34 I see 1 and on page 35 I see 2.
On page 45 I see 2.
If there are keys on all of the pages, is there one on page 56?
I think most of the ones that you missed are part of "the bigger picture". Look for them and I think you will see what I mean. I think there are probably some more that we missed in addition to these. When I have time I will have to look very closely and write down the locations of all of the keys that I find.

4. ## ATT Matrix?

Could the number of keys on each page be a code to look up in a 5x5 matrix ala ATT?

5. thx genetic blend those are the same keys ive found that they didnt say its just been ive just been to lazy to post it up ^_^

so does anyone have a really good idea what these keys might actually mean????

6. There are more keys on some of those pages. For example, page 26 has at least three keys, and pages 34-35 have at least four keys.

7. Junior Twelever +1 Silver
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I realize that others will probably see keys I have overlooked, but this is my first attempt at a comprehensive list. I was looking only at the F-shaped skeleton keys (not the more modern looking keys that appear in some illustrations):

p. 1 - cover - key appears to be carved into a stone at lower right
5 - mossy tree trunk covered with key shapes
7 - gold key tangled in Neptune's beard; small gold key near lock to treasure chest. (Is this the only illustration with a lock near the key?)
11 - large, central key image made of collage pieces
15 - two keys on Otter Cliff in background (perpendicular to each other)
17 - one key on Fop's trousers amid whale pattern; one key on sailing pennant on flagpole
19 - key reflected in lens of camera, over fox face
23 - discolored shingles on fishing shack form key image; small key on ring is F-shaped but not a skeleton key?
26 - gold key in grass by fairy's wand; reflection of moonlight on pond is key-shaped; shadow on mountain is key-shaped; is there a fourth key on Celestia's wing?
30 - key on spine of green book at upper right (title of book includes the word "wind")
32 - key in pattern on trousers of Abnaki's "authentic buckskins"
34 - key image amid flames over forest; another key on stone of bridge (p. 35) may not be a skeleton key
40 - key image reflected in window at upper right
45 - key image in cloud is reflected in key image in water.
47 - lighter feathers on eagle's wing show key pattern
51 - cloud puffs at upper right shaped like key
55 - puddle at Fandango's feet shaped like key

Why do some pages have more than one key? Does the orientation of each key matter? Is there a land/sea/sky or animal/vegetable/mineral pattern? Why did the illustrator include additional, modern keys in some images? Should those keys be included in the list?

The last place we see the gold, three-dimensional key is on p. 26. There are three other key images on that page - (apparently) more than any other page. Of the three additional key images, one is reflected light, one is the absence of light (shadow) and one is on a fairy wing (that disappears when the moon sets).

I haven't seen a lot of discussion of key references in the text (e.g., p. 50, "kelp I yelped"). Anyone care to share any attempts at systematic analysis?

Also any new theories about musical keys, piano keys or the qwerty keyboard?

8. Not sure I would discount ANY key, no matter what its shape or vintage.

Lots of possibilities

Originally Posted by Puma Lion
I realize that others will probably see keys I have overlooked, but this is my first attempt at a comprehensive list. I was looking only at the F-shaped skeleton keys (not the more modern looking keys that appear in some illustrations):

p. 1 - cover - key appears to be carved into a stone at lower right
5 - mossy tree trunk covered with key shapes
7 - gold key tangled in Neptune's beard; small gold key near lock to treasure chest. (Is this the only illustration with a lock near the key?)
11 - large, central key image made of collage pieces
15 - two keys on Otter Cliff in background (perpendicular to each other)
17 - one key on Fop's trousers amid whale pattern; one key on sailing pennant on flagpole
19 - key reflected in lens of camera, over fox face
23 - discolored shingles on fishing shack form key image; small key on ring is F-shaped but not a skeleton key?
26 - gold key in grass by fairy's wand; reflection of moonlight on pond is key-shaped; shadow on mountain is key-shaped; is there a fourth key on Celestia's wing?
30 - key on spine of green book at upper right (title of book includes the word "wind")
32 - key in pattern on trousers of Abnaki's "authentic buckskins"
34 - key image amid flames over forest; another key on stone of bridge (p. 35) may not be a skeleton key
40 - key image reflected in window at upper right
45 - key image in cloud is reflected in key image in water.
47 - lighter feathers on eagle's wing show key pattern
51 - cloud puffs at upper right shaped like key
55 - puddle at Fandango's feet shaped like key

Why do some pages have more than one key? Does the orientation of each key matter? Is there a land/sea/sky or animal/vegetable/mineral pattern? Why did the illustrator include additional, modern keys in some images? Should those keys be included in the list?

The last place we see the gold, three-dimensional key is on p. 26. There are three other key images on that page - (apparently) more than any other page. Of the three additional key images, one is reflected light, one is the absence of light (shadow) and one is on a fairy wing (that disappears when the moon sets).

I haven't seen a lot of discussion of key references in the text (e.g., p. 50, "kelp I yelped"). Anyone care to share any attempts at systematic analysis?

Also any new theories about musical keys, piano keys or the qwerty keyboard?

9. Getting the hang of it. Copper
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Well, the beginning of Masquerade said to look for a hare on each page. Some were hidden, some were not. But in the end, finding the hares really had nothing to do with solving the master puzzle.

I think the keys in Fandango are the same. Just something fun to do.

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