Treasure League: The Obsidian Eye | Wrap-Up

It took 21 days, some hunches and the good fortune of having explored the area during a previous round, for Kyle Litchfield to find October's artifact hidden in Stanley Park. For his superior feats in mapping and searching, he earned his team, The Order of the Stick, the $300 cash prize and the title of champion for October! Congratulations Kyle!

Where was the The Obsidian Eye hiding? Watch Kyle's video above to hear about how he found it, then scroll down to see how the puzzle would have played out. 

And, if you aren't already signed up or subscribed, join Treasure League in November to play this season's final round: The Missing Codex. Teams of 4 can join for just $20/team.


The Clues

The round started with a rhyme:

An amulet
As black as night
From a century untold

Its wearer gains
The gift of sight
Of things that will unfold

To claim that prize
You’ll pass the rite,
As bright as you are bold


And with mind’s eye
Then bring to light
Just what the future holds

Then, for the next 5 days, players received 7 squares of what was easily (and correctly) assumed to be an aerial map of Calgary. Players used local knowledge, Google Maps, and a keen eye to start assembling them.

On day 7, a second rhyme arrived:

With a bird's eye view,
You puzzle and plan,
Align the edges where you can.

Find five in a row,
To discover the plot,
And reach the prize of a game well-fought.

This was followed by more map pieces pouring in. Until the 20th, when the third rhyme arrived:

The map may grow,
But choices narrow.
A path takes shape,
If you follow the arrow.

Near a diamond,
Pass a gate,
With nests above,
The eye awaits.

Beneath a stone,
That spans two more
Reach between,
The treasure’s yours.

What did it all mean? Well, the first rhyme set the stage for there being a black amulet of considerable power somewhere in the city. The second rhyme hinted that a series of 5 (spaces or map pieces) would point the direction. And the third rhyme describes, in detail, what you'd see at the location where the amulet was hidden.

Had the entire month of puzzle pieces arrived, players would have discovered this area created out of negative space, by pieces that never arrived:

 
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By the 21st, at least three teams had boots on the ground in Stanley Park — well before the clear outline of an arrow could be seen, but with 5-in-a-row clearly visible.

 
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While two teams explored near the northern ball diamond, our round winner Kyle Litchfield was investigating the southern diamond, where he remembered seeing a gated lane on a previous visit. There he saw bird nests in the trees above some boulders — and three in particular performing a balancing act. Reaching into the hollow at the base of these stones, he found the hidden amulet.

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Anders

Calgary, AB, T2S 3E7, Canada

Propaganda machinist, part-time adventurer, and creator of fine amusements.