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Hey, you know that really good author who has quality stories that everyone loves?  I'm not that guy, he's over there.  I'm that mediocre guy that's lucky to have as many followers as I do.  Thanks!!!

The people I put up with, and the people who put up with me

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  • T The Nutcracker Prince

    Twilight dreams about a magical nutcracker doll come to life, and must try to help him escape an ancient curse that he has been subject to for several hundred years. But there's far more to it than simply breaking a curse...  · Rytex
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  • T Starbound

    Princess Twilight is the first pony to explore unknown space. Things go bad during the initial flight, and she ends up floating over an unknown planet in unknown space. Now she has to survive long enough to find her way home.  · Rytex
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  • T Even In Other Worlds

    Nathan Samuel is a normal student, living a normal life. After some sickness, he remembers that he's from Equestria, and that everypony is trapped in this other world. Now it's up to him to restore the Elements of Harmony once again in or  · Rytex
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  • T The Legacy of Twilight

    Arcturus Sparkle, Twilight Sparkle's son, sets out to find his mother after receiving a mysterious blank message from his mom's old friend Trixie. His search takes him somewhere he never expected to go: inside his mom's own invention.  · Rytex
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  • T The Apprentice, the Student, and the Charlatan

    Twilight Sparkle meets a pony by the name of Nova Shine who occupies a position as Princess Luna's Night Apprentice. While fighting a shadowy enemy that wants them both dead, they also have to deal with something much worse than that: each other.  · Rytex
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So, the story behind this is that I am taking a cryptography class over the summer, and am learning about codes and ciphers.  Specifically, I have learned that transforming alphanumeric characters into symbols is actually a relatively weak way to encode things.  It's supposed to be a code that's baffled crytoanalysts for over a millennium an isn't broken.

Fortunately, I have a solution.  I'm keeping the replacement symbols, but I'm going a little further with it, and encoding things in a Playfair cipher (in story).  If you know a Playfair cipher from anywhere, it's probably from its appearance in Nicholas Cage Hamfest 24 National Treasure 2.

Here's a little tutorial, if you feel so inclined to do it.

It fits perfectly for Nova because in the many times he was writing in his diary in the past, it fits Clover to have happened upon him encoding everything, and she would have figured out the symbols-for-letters (which she did), and she would have figured out the keyword for the code based on her experiences with him alone.  Not to mention, it fits the "baffling equestrian cryptoanalysts" part because a Playfair is incredibly difficult to solve without the keyword (though you can always try every possible combination of letters, aka "brute force" it, but that would take hundreds of years to do), and it wouldn't follow the "rules of language," especially in regards to letter repetition and such.  Plus, it's all replaced by symbols, which makes it even more baffling because no one would know what means what.

So, yeah, just felt like sharing that.  Be sure to expect it being edited in come my revising of Chapter 12.

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#16 · 1w, 1d ago · · ·

I appreciate the follow.  Thanks!  :twilightsmile:

#15 · 11w, 1d ago · · ·

Do you take requests?

#14 · 11w, 4d ago · · ·

Thanks for the Follow!

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#12 · 28w, 1d ago · · ·

Thank you for the fav on Friendship is Grievous! :twilightsmile: I'd appreciate it if you'd leave me some feedback in the comments!

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