The Book of Briars is a series of books sought after by The Mountaineers
The Book of Briars is a green book with four locks on it, one on each corner. As each part of the Book is unlocked, the lock is transformed into a green silhouetted shape, unique for each phase. Whenever a key has recently been found, papers will stick out of the top of the book, indicating new content is available from the Book.In the bottom left is the flower shaped keyhole of Flora Key from Phase One and in the the top left is the butterfly shaped keyhole of the Fauna Key from Phase Two. The materials unlocked from each phase can be viewed by entering in the appropriate url (flora and fauna).
One the sides of the Book is the writing "Sixteen chapters locked within, truth and treasure locked within. The gathered parts unlock the door, beyond is what you're looking for.
Informally known as "The Lost Collection", the Book of Briars is the name of a collection of books by Ackerly-Green Publishing that was lost to time. The series includes the Ackerly Green's Guide to Magiq and was published roughly around July 1956 .
Unlocking the Book of Briars is the primary goal of the Mountaineers. They believe that the books were erased from history and that they were erased for a reason, which is why they have been searching for the books for decades .
Each of the book's locks in opened by a key, which is the major hunt that Mountaineers must embark on. The keys are found through fragments, which are magical keywords that unlock portions of the Book of Briar's website. Finding four fragments unlocks a new key. After four fragments are obtained, the Book of Briars initiates a Magimystical assessment. The assessment involves answering a number of questions which can be answered using the information from the four fragment pieces. After enough recruits have passed the assessment, the key will successfully turn the lock.
As the Book has been unlocked, so has new content. The Flora Key unlocked an image of fraylilies, as well as pages one and two of The Ant and the Caterpillow. The Fauna key unlocked an image of a hippocampus and pages three and four of The Ant and the Caterpillow.
The Book as a Character Edit
Several times when recruits have solved major puzzles or had struggles, the book has acted to steer them in the right direction. For example, during the Second Magimystical Assessment, the Book bolded words which were correctly correlated to a guild . In another instance, the Book edited a post to indicate it was correct during the tetrahedron assembly of Fragment Eight . Despite this, the Book has limited interactions with players and doesn't technically have an account on the forums - using some kind of magimystical influence to alter posts.
The Book also gives hints via email when recruits struggle with puzzles. Previously this was done at the Book's discretion, but this is now done through magimystical words that are disseminated at the beginning of each phase. Recruits simply send the Book the word when they would like a hint on the current puzzle.