Treasure Quest continues with the deceptively simple IRON KEY!

Despite the local absence of winter, Treasure Quest keeps on moving through the seasons with this month's Key Drop: THE IRON KEY!

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~~~~~     THE IRON KEY APPEARS!     ~~~~~~
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Look Closely!
What do you want to do?

1. Go to Treasure Quest Leaderboards
2. Visit the Key Gallery
3. See Your Character
4. Attempt to Enter a Key Code, Gate Code, or Treasure Code

As a vision of the IRON KEY appears before your eyes, you hear a Japanese boy's voice say:

For one young boy in Mabase, another made-up place,
Love, she rides a Vespa and a Rickenbacker bass.
Chase the Mighty Pirate King, who knows where he might be;
Listen to The Pillows' sounds and seek the Iron Key!

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Note: in the thread below, Questers are sharing info with each other and getting hints; if you want to solve this puzzle without any help, don't keep reading as there are SPOILERS below!

Comments

How do you romanize the honorific? Now I'm not really sure I have the right honorific...


I hope this helps the female character uses nicknames with honorific. I looked for nicknames of the characters to find the right lord or god.


I got the nickname. Attaching the honorific to key is not working. Do we romanize just the honorific or the full nickname? I am confused. Update:Oops! It is the gate not the treasure code. Got it!


Really stuck at the checkerboard. I can use some help.


It might help to understand that Japanese uses a syllabary, not an alphabet, and that the entries in the checkerboard represent the romanized 'letters' of that syllabary. Another idea is to make sure you read about using encoding symbols other than numbers. (Keep reading the whole article.) Lastly, Japanese is classically written from top to bottom then right to left, not left to right. One or more of those might help.


Thanks cherylo. That helped me especially the last hint. I think I am on the right track now. Trying to encrypt the gate code...not working so far...21letters?


It's got to be an even number, considering the key code, I think you will find.


Us Questers are so extreme. I noticed a lot of people (including me) entered the codes late at night (10 pm, 11 pm). lol


DId I go a little too far when I added all of the gate items to my library wish list?


No you didn't, Morgsush, because I also added all of the Gate items to my wishlist.


Got it. Thanks again :)


I'm still a little confused on how to set up the cipher for the treasure code.
I got how it works and all that, but I can't seem to figure out how the key code fits into all of this.


Hiya Questers! I'm in Australia this week so I can't be as obtusely helpful as usual, but if you're stuck on the treasure code, don't forget to LOOK CLOSELY at the Gate image! It contains a really big hint that should help you confirm you're setting up the cipher right. And, as CherylO very helpfully pointed out, the target language is a little different. We would probably say the gate code has 4 syllables, but in the target language it has 5. KEEP ON QUESTING!

-eli


How do you find the honorific and once you find it, how do you romanize it? I'm not sure I have the right honorific.


I saved all the gate items to my wishlist too.


I thought I had the right honorific; I thought I had the right name; I thought I romanized correctly. No combination of any of that is working. Any other hints to that gate code?


Finally got it... I guess there are many nicknames out there for that bot. Took combing a few sites to find it.


When trying to find the gate code, I thought I was stuck on the honorific, but the part that was actually tripping me up was the spelling of the bot's name. Make sure you spell it the way it would be said in Japanese, not the way it's said in English.


Stuck on the treasure code....


Yeah, it's March already and I'm STILL stuck on the treasure code. Hmm....I just can't get it.


arggggghhhh!!!!!!!!!! this is so frustrating! i need help with the KEY, which everyone else seems to have gotten easily enough. last name first.... yes i need help. i think i got the names of the two but how to put them together..... please help


You put the last name of the maid, then the first name, then the last name of the wife, and then the first name. There's no "and" between the names.


Still stuck on the treasure code...


Me too Shreeman.


Still can't figure it out....


thank you Morgsush! i got it! now for the fake item. it is related to the first item right?


A bit; it's something in the movie.


not sure on the romanizing. i got japanese characters. no way that's right, right? got honorific, attached to name, search both on romanized japanese. should i look for syllables?


You're on the right track with the romanizing. One catch is that one of the names can be romanized more than one way, and in this case, your chi will guide you.

-eli


bacon and Japanese station demon this to see what i think

AABBAABAAABBAABABBAAAABBBABBBABBAABAABBABAAABABABBABBAA AABBBBABABBBAABABAAABABBBBAABA BABAAABABBABAAA BBAAB AABBAAAAABABABABABAB ABABBBABAA BAAAABBAABABABABBAABABBAABABABAABBBBABAB ABAAAABABBABBABBBAABABBAABAAABAAAAABBAABAABBABAAABABABBABBAA AABBABAABABBAABAABBA BABBBABABBABBAAAABBABBAABBAAABABBAAAABBB AABBABAABABABAB AABBBAAAABABBBAABBBABBAABBBAAAABBBABABAB BABBBBAABABAAAB BABAAABABBAABABABBAABABBA ABABBABBAA AAABBBAAABABBBBBAAABABABABABABBABBABAAABBBAAB AABBABAABABABABABBAA AABBBBABABBBAABABAAABABBBBAABA BABAAABABBABAAA BAAABAABBA ABABBABBAA AABBABAABABABAB AAABBBABABBBAAA AABABABBAAAABBABAAABABBBA AAAABABABBAABAB BABAABAAABABBAABABBA BBAAB AABBBBAAABAABBABABAB AABBABAABABBAABAABBA BAABABABABABBBAABABAAABBB AAAABABABBAABAB AABBAABAAABBAABABBAAAABBBABBBABBAABAABBABABAB AABBABAABABABAB ABAAAABABBBBAAAABABBAABBA AABBB ABBAABBAABABBABBABAB AAABBBAAABAABBABAABA BAABAABABBABBAAABABBABAAABAAABBABAABAAABBABBB AABBABAABABABABABBAA BABABABBAAAABBABABABABAAA BAAABAABBA BAAABABBAA BAAABABBAA ABBABBBAABABBAAAAAAB AAABBBBAABAAAABAABBB AABABABBAAAABBABAAABABBBA AAAABABABBAABAB BABAABAAABABBAABABBA AABBABAABABABAB BABBBABABBABAAAABAAABABABBABBBAABBA BBAABABBAAAABBBAAABBBABABABAAA BABBBABABBBABBABABAB


Woah... That's long...


I don't too lazy to decode that thing. *Yawn*


Basically, you take the robot's name (the romanization of the Japanese name, which can be found in parantheses next to the English name on the wikipage), and add a honorific that means "god".


ohhhhhhhhh.... that clears things up, thanks!

i also think that i might have entered that on one attempt but kept the hyphen in, which made it wrong. the 'I got a game code' doesn't accept punctuation. :D


You're welcome! Glad I could help. :)


Too weird


What's weird?


Is our conversation weird?


Of course not! Nobody would think this is weird. Right?


Like a random person read these posts....


They would be soo confused.


I could just imagine them sitting at their computer...


"What the heck are these people talking about?"


Especially the part where it says :
AABBAABAAABBAABABBAAAABBBABBBABBAABAABBABAAABABABBABBAA AABBBBABABBBAABABAAABABBBBAABA BABAAABABBABAAA BBAAB AABBAAAAABABABABABAB ABABBBABAA BAAAABBAABABABABBAABABBAABABABAABBBBABAB ABAAAABABBABBABBBAABABBAABAAABAAAAABBAABAABBABAAABABABBABBAA AABBABAABABBAABAABBA BABBBABABBABBAAAABBABBAABBAAABABBAAAABBB AABBABAABABABAB AABBBAAAABABBBAABBBABBAABBBAAAABBBABABAB BABBBBAABABAAAB BABAAABABBAABABABBAABABBA ABABBABBAA AAABBBAAABABBBBBAAABABABABABABBABBABAAABBBAAB AABBABAABABABABABBAA AABBBBABABBBAABABAAABABBBBAABA BABAAABABBABAAA BAAABAABBA ABABBABBAA AABBABAABABABAB AAABBBABABBBAAA AABABABBAAAABBABAAABABBBA AAAABABABBAABAB BABAABAAABABBAABABBA BBAAB AABBBBAAABAABBABABAB AABBABAABABBAABAABBA BAABABABABABBBAABABAAABBB AAAABABABBAABAB AABBAABAAABBAABABBAAAABBBABBBABBAABAABBABABAB AABBABAABABABAB ABAAAABABBBBAAAABABBAABBA AABBB ABBAABBAABABBABBABAB AAABBBAAABAABBABAABA BAABAABABBABBAAABABBABAAABAAABBABAABAAABBABBB AABBABAABABABABABBAA BABABABBAAAABBABABABABAAA BAAABAABBA BAAABABBAA BAAABABBAA ABBABBBAABABBAAAAAAB AAABBBBAABAAAABAABBB AABABABBAAAABBABAAABABBBA AAAABABABBAABAB BABAABAAABABBAABABBA AABBABAABABABAB BABBBABABBABAAAABAAABABABBABBBAABBA BBAABABBAAAABBBAAABBBABABABAAA BABBBABABBBABBABABAB


That would be sooooo funny! LOL! I just wish that I could see their faces when they see that--they would think we are a bunch of weirdos or creeps...


BABBAAABBBAAAAABAABB ABAAABAABA BAABBAABBBAAAAABAABB, BAABAABBBAABBAAAABAA ABABAABAAAABBABAAABB ABBBAAABAB BABBAAABAAABAAABAAABAAABB AAAAAAAAAB AAABAABBBAAAABBAABAA?
BABBAAABBBAAAAABAABB AAAAA AAAABBABAAABBABAAABAAABBB ABBBAAABAB BABBAAABAAABAAABAAABAAABBABBBABAABA...

ABABBABBBAABABB :D


I really hope the players on here don't think we're crazy...


two comments again Morgsush. Patience. got your message. :D


Good job! :)
I hope it isn't too much of a giveaway for the treasure code...


It wouldn't be unless the people already solved the riddle.


It would give them a big hint to what the cipher is though...


I never thought of that......


But, it's not like you can search for AB cipher and... Never mind... :(


ROFL! I didn't even go translate it. Yet.


Don't give out too many hints, Morgsush.


Hey, blame Bookbird (jk). ;)


You might as well tell them the codes. :)


But that would be considered cheating right? Cheating is not good.


Cheating=Bad and probably disqualification. :(


No. I don't think Eli would be able to disqualify us since he doesn't know if we gave the codes or not.


Oh. But he can look at the posts, right?


Just don't pull any more Pendergasts, okay?


Sure. :)


:D
Now, does anyone need help?


So pulling a Pendergast just means to give really big clues?


Yeah, pretty much...


Now I get it. :)


If you read to the Jade key, you should already know what that means
need help with uesugi's checkerboard


Check the Gate picture; zoom in and look at the building on the lower-left hand part of the picture. It should tell you how to place the checkerboard.


I need help! I got the gate and key but I can't find the treasure!


Treasures involve using a certain chipher to encrypt the gate code with the key code.


I still can't figure out the treasure code


me too


I know I have to encrypt the gate code to get treasure, but I don't get the setting it up part


Neither do I.


I think I'm supposed to use the hint on the gate picture to encrypt gate for treasure, but how do I fill it in?


First you figure out the cipher. Then try searching for that cipher on wiki, and it teaches you how to set it up. However, the set up Treasure Quest uses is different, so you have to use the hint the gate's picture has to set it up.


any help?


You know, that's kind of spamming.... What do you need help with?


exactally


Yeah, I saw his/her comments on a lot of the posts...


it's a "his." No i was trying to get 100,000 points for the super package. i only needed a couple hundred, so i was just commenting to get there.
all the badges i had left, i had no idea


you are just coping some of your comments........ super package ran out...


yeah, well it seems like every place i put "any help?" someone talks about me spamming


Help on what part? Key, gate, treasure?


key


With finding it or with the key code?


sorry about blaming you for spamming, but you should be more specific, or your wasting time


@Bookbird: its okay, ya i should've, i need help with finding it