This is a breakdown of the entire text passage, section by section feel free to edit and contribute your own analysis/observations to each section
Oh. Hello there.
So, you figured out that simple Caeser Cipher?
I’m curious as to why mention the previous puzzles at all.
I suppose Rome wasn’t built in a day, ha ha
If the cipher was simple, why is this Durtle using an idiom that is usually reserved for one taking their time? The first reference to something old, ancient or back in time.
Specifically, this is an adage
The fact an adage is used and is something that is often “concise, memorable, and usually philosophical” and often uses memetic reptition supports the idea that part of the solution could be Yojijukugo
A song by Morcheeba is also the first thing to appear when searching this adage on google. doubtful it’s related, but I’ll include everything
And the Shift JIS riddle?
Talk about dated!
Another reference to age, time. Didn’t one person call this a Jiddle instead of a riddle? could be something there. The difference between J and R is 8 characters.
- marked with a date.
“a signed and dated painting”
“a dated expression”
But, this durtle won’t be so easy on you.
F*ck you the last one was hard
You see, I believe that this isn’t a place
for Disciples of the Crabigator.
Telling us to look away from Wanikani? Maybe look at other popular learning resources. Disciples is capitalized here.
You seek spiritual ascendence
through your Lessons and Reviews.
Ascendence could mean anything. Levels, knowledge, fluency. Lessons and Reviews are capitalized.
Spiritual, ascendence, Lessons, Reviews.
We seek physical descendence,
and that is the key
difference between you and I.
Not sure how to split this one. There is a weird line break after ‘key’, suggesting the difference between “You” and “I”, or Ascendence and Descendence is a key to the puzzle
descendence, you, I
Descendence could be a clue, physical descendants could mean something that is physically derived/descendent from something else. Most people have a theory that this is something to do with the history of Kanji, the myth of Cangjie or the etymology of the Kanji provided.
Ascending and Descending is also a famous picture by M.C Escher.
We’re just a different type from you.
Once again emphasizes difference. A different type could mean a different type setting, a different type of Kanji, different Japanese symbols, a different type of anything really. Here are a few resources.
Hearing that, do you still
seek to descend deeper into Durtle Heaven?
Another weird line break here. Also, yes, of course, we freaking do! More capitalized letters.
Hearing, seek, descend, deeper, Durtle, Heaven
Including this simply because ‘hearing’ was used, surprisingly it’s a Tofugo article, and the first hit for “deaf in Japan”
Very well, here is your next clue:
Full analysis has been carried out on the Kanji in other posts.
Most noticeably there ar 5 Kanji, however, our solutions requires 4 Keywords
Be warned, this is only the first step of many.
What is the first step? There is a popular saying " A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step", strengthening the idea that we could need to look at popular sayings or phrases.
Be, warned, first step, step
Come back to me only when you’ve collected
all four keywords.
Another weird line break, most notably telling us that we need 4 keywords to solve the puzzle, which supports the idea of the answer being related to Yojijukugo.
Four, Keywords, collected
Say them in the correct order
and I’ll let you through.
Another odd line break, Scrap that, realised it wasn’t so odd making 3 odd line breaks in this text that I noticed. Also suggests we will need to re-order any four key-words we find. This makes a total of 24 possible permutations.