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Mage's birth seems important. That's all I'm going to say.

J EJPL QW VFIUQT UXWUTH YOSWSUV, HIU Q JQ PIAX PN HSV.

BQIZ BQMKS R QBG WSU MGMTB,

JRE IV E CQC ASWWK JV CLF PNEE QO M EW.

R EN I KMU JRTPTJV, TWVIUQVIT KQESURRH IWH PBQIS BRQFA FIJZM,

WPUNXJUNW J TROF JNMOO YIFZ PCOB,

BSNMCMNMB M XIWX UW UYSS RR UPN FFVCLJK HSOM

Also, if I completely messed up the encryption, don't get too mad....

Oh, yeah. And when you've decrypted that, you've got to solve the riddle. :-)

If anyone (who is bothering with the riddle) is having trouble, maybe read below... It may or may not help.

Not really that important... Now I'm getting all science-y on you!

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    $\begingroup$ Any clue as to which fantasy novel is involved this time? :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor May 14 '15 at 23:57
  • $\begingroup$ None, actually... Hahah. I was looking to do something different that didn't require excessive book knowledge. $\endgroup$ – AJL May 14 '15 at 23:58
  • $\begingroup$ I think I fixed any errors... Dunno. $\endgroup$ – AJL May 15 '15 at 0:05
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    $\begingroup$ Title may refer to Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy"? $\endgroup$ – A E May 15 '15 at 8:40
  • $\begingroup$ Anyone think I should post the decrypted text that others have found in a separate post as a riddle? Or maybe just put it up on this question so non-cyrptographers can solve too. (Is it even allowed?) $\endgroup$ – AJL May 16 '15 at 14:13
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I think the answer to the riddle found by Tryth and TheWamts is

a QUARK.

I walk in realms mostly unknown

Realms of subatomic particles.

yet I am part of you.

Quarks are what makes up everything, including your body.

They think I may not exist and am a bit wrong in the heaz.

For a long time after the existence of quarks was postulated, many people didn't believe in them.

If I doz am a bit bipolar,

Up and down quarks.

sometimes charming and other times weird.

Charm and strange quarks.

Sometimes I like being Peer Gynt, sometimes I want to lurk in the Benthic Zone.

Truth and beauty quarks maybe? Or a reference to the word Quark being used in a German play Peer Gynt, according to d'alar'cop.

I got this idea by reading "I am part of you. They think I may not exist" and recalling the following joke:

"Legally speak­ing, how can you kidnap something that is not supposed to exist? I doubt anyone ever accused Murray Gell-Mann of kidnapping a quark, even though he knowingly carried a billion of them around in his pocket." - Minerva Paradizo, Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony

(quoted from memory - if I got the words slightly wrong, do correct me!) The "sometimes charming and other times weird" was the confirmation I needed for this guess.

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    $\begingroup$ The word "Quark!" is used in a play in German called Peer Gynt. hi rand :D $\endgroup$ – d'alar'cop May 16 '15 at 19:50
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    $\begingroup$ @d'alar'cop Thanks - answer updated. i.imgur.com/mSagK3N.jpg :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor May 16 '15 at 19:51
  • $\begingroup$ "sleeping"..... $\endgroup$ – d'alar'cop May 16 '15 at 19:54
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    $\begingroup$ The last clue is incorrect. Peer gynt refers to a piece of music. The benthic zone... Well... You can figure that out. $\endgroup$ – AJL May 16 '15 at 21:14
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Hmm, I tried a slightly different key as Tryth, and got this:

Using key 'bijebije': i walk in realms mostly unknotn, yet i am oart of you.they thijk i may not exist,and am a bit wrong in the head if i do.i am a bit bipolar, sometimes charming and other times weird,sometimes i like being peer gynt,sometimes i want to lurk in the benthic yone

Which I translated to:

i walk in realms mostly unknown, yet i am part of you. they think i may not exist, and am a bit wrong in the head if i do. i am a bit bipolar, sometimes charming and other times weird, sometimes i like being pregnant, sometimes i want to lurk in the ((benthic zone))?

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    $\begingroup$ Umm.. I think they got the peer gynt part right below. But, pretty good. Now solve the riddle :-) (free smileys!) $\endgroup$ – AJL May 15 '15 at 0:15
  • $\begingroup$ By peer gynt, are you talking about the musical piece by any chance? $\endgroup$ – TheWamts May 15 '15 at 1:14
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    $\begingroup$ That's for me to know and for you to find out...(dum dee dum) $\endgroup$ – AJL May 15 '15 at 1:47
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    $\begingroup$ That's actually the same key as Tryth used, because of the way Vigenere works. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor May 16 '15 at 16:52
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An decoded answer (mostly):

I walk in real ms, mostly unknown yet I am part of you. They think I may not exist and am a bit wrong in the heaz. If I doz am a bit bipolar, sometimes charming and other times weird. Sometimes I like being Peer Gynt, sometimes I want to lurk in the Benthic Zone.
(decoding errors italicized)

How it was decoded:

The cipher appears to be essentially Vigenere with a key of BIJE: This decodes most of it, but has a few errors. Here is the original text after decoding:

i walk in real ms mostly unknotn yet i am oart of you they thijk i may not exist and am a bit wrong in the heaz if i doz am a bit bipolar sometimes charming and other times weird sometimes i like being peergynt sometimes i want to lurk in the benthicyone

I have corrected obvious errors but there are a few more I can't easily work out. I suspect what has happened is that the author has invented his own encoding scheme which happens to be equivalent to Vigenere, except it works differently in a few edge cases.

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  • $\begingroup$ Actually, I have no idea what Vignere is... I converted it into a numerical form and then did something with it, for you to find out :-) $\endgroup$ – AJL May 14 '15 at 23:58
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    $\begingroup$ "peergynt" doesn't look like a decoding error to me! $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor May 15 '15 at 0:03
  • $\begingroup$ Ahah... Someone noticed. I thought it might be you. But a different peergynt. @rand al'thor How do you add a link? $\endgroup$ – AJL May 15 '15 at 0:04
  • $\begingroup$ @AJL To add a link, write [ link description ]( http :// www. blahblah ) (without the spaces - I just added them so this comment didn't come out as a link!) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor May 15 '15 at 9:14
  • $\begingroup$ "ms" isn't a decoding error either. Try "I walk in realms mostly unknown..." :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor May 16 '15 at 18:29

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