Acquisition[edit | edit source]
Operation text[edit | edit source]
Copies of Hard in Hightown and Hard in Hightown 3: The Re-Punchening sit side by side on the table along with a note:
Found several similarities to events in Varric's book, but all are slightly off. Dead magistrate was not in his home. Man found murdered in locked room was a comte, not magistrate. Executors did not send warning note directly to Donnen. Obviously, object of plot is Sword of Hessarian, not a penny-dreadful author.
Close look at the rip-off book shows numerous grammatical and spelling errors that seemed random at first, but ciphers believe might contain coded information.
Killer and author are clearly linked. Either the murder investigation or the code might lead us to a target.
Advisor suggestions[edit | edit source]
Josephine - N/A[edit | edit source]
Not participating in this mission.
Leliana - 4:00:00[edit | edit source]
Someone got in and out of Skyhold without being seen. The cipher in the book might lead us to them.
Cullen - 3:12:00[edit | edit source]
We should follow up on the murder investigation. The book is just a work of fiction.
Results[edit | edit source]
Leliana[edit | edit source]
- That book is abysmal, and the entire code-breaking department wants to ritually set it on fire.
- The message is double-encrypted. The message in the "mistakes" is in a Merchant's Guild cipher. We have not yet broken the guild's code.
Cullen[edit | edit source]
The Kirkwall guards don't particularly appreciate our being here, but they're not willing to turn us away, so I'll call that a small victory.
None of the Magistrate's neighbors saw anyone entering or leaving his estate on the night of his death. There were no footprints and no signs of forced entry.
The guards suspected a Coterie hit, but the knife found in the Magistrate's back was very expensive, not a disposable weapon. Argent thinks this wan't a professional kill. We're checking into the knife's origin now.