The Book of Briars is a magiqual book that was 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). After the book was destroyed following Fragment Twelve, the rewards for Phase Three were unlocked on the Fletcher Dawson website on the art page. The final "key" after the book had been restored was found on the mirumagiqum page.
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 was 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 was the primary goal of the Mountaineers. They believed 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 was opened by a key, which was the major hunt that Mountaineers had to embark on. The keys were found through fragments, which were magical keywords that unlocked portions of the Book of Briar's website. Finding four fragments unlocked a new key. After four fragments were obtained, the Book of Briars initiated a Magimystical assessment. The assessment involved answering a number of questions which could be answered using the information from the four fragment pieces. After enough recruits passed the assessment, the key would successfully turn the lock.
As the Book had been unlocked, so was 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 Cosmos key unlocked an image of animal constellations and pages five and six of The Ant and the Caterpillow. The Chronos key unlocked an image of a shipwreck and pages seven and eight of The Ant and the Caterpillow.
The Book as an Entity Edit
Several times when recruits solved major puzzles or had struggles, the book 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 had limited interactions with recruits and didn't technically have an account on the forums - using some kind of magimystical influence to alter posts.
The Book also gave hints via email when recruits struggle with puzzles. Previously this was done at the Book's discretion, but this was later done through magimystical words that are disseminated at the beginning of each phase. Recruits would simply send the Book the word when they would like a hint on the current puzzle.