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    Default Custer's last stand (with trees)

    Taking Zac'z dream on page 86 literally I first plant some trees standing side by side. The trees I plant are all from the text like so:

    M A P L E
    T I G E R W O O D
    I R O N W O O D
    G I N K G O
    W A L N U T
    L I N D E N
    O A K
    C H E R R Y

    I watch them grow through the mist until they start to sing (down column 1):

    M A P L E
    O O D T I G E R W
    O N W O O D I R
    N K G O G I
    L N U T W A
    I N D E N L
    K O A
    E R R Y C H

    If they grow long enough the mist clears, and I can see Pook sleeping near the first four trees:

    P L E M A
    O O D T I G E R W
    O N W O O D I R
    K G O G I N

    And planted differently, the second four trees show Ana's face:

    A L N U T W
    N D E N L I
    A K O
    C H E R R Y

    Pretty neat, huh?

    But for those of you who are cryptographically minded, you'll immediately see the problem. The character strings of tree names need to be different lengths for there to be much chance of any relevant plaintext being revealed this way. And all five of the last tree names I used are multiples of three in length (and the three others I've left out are five letters long just like MAPLE: BEECH, BIRCH, PINES. What I was hoping was that by treating the trees like revolving wheels, the combination formed by a key (such as MOONLIKE) would also reveal plaintext in a different position.

    Oh well. In the words of Shakespeare, "Spit in the hole, man, and tune again."

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    But what if you took all 13 types of trees mentioned...

    If not mistaken they are:
    Oak
    Birch
    Cherry
    Elm
    Maple
    Beech
    Willow
    Linden
    Ironwood
    Walnut
    Ginkgo
    Pine
    Tigerwood

    This has a total of 72 charaters in there. 8x9 or 9x8 might make a useful series of letters wrapping around. I just wouldn't know which one to start with or which row/column combination to use.

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    I can't find either ELM or WILLOW and only find PINES, not PINE.

    But if you want to mess with this, you can start by making an assumption that the trees, arranged in rows, will need to spell out something in a column. And that would be a hidden message plus maybe a keyword from the text.

    I assumed that MOONLIKE would be spelled out as a key and then arranged the trees accordingly. Since only two trees have a K, it made it easier to make choices.

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    This doesn't mean a thing, but had to throw it out there:
    TIGER WOODs uses IRONs and WOODs!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 12pm
    I can't find either ELM or WILLOW and only find PINES, not PINE.
    Ana is imprisoned in a willow.
    Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.

    ~ Samuel Johnson

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    I like this train of thought.

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    And Zac treats the box he carved with Tung Oil - from the Tung Oil Tree.

    http://waynesword.palomar.edu/tungoil1.htm
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