The princess' journey came to a crossroad

This is a sequel to A princess fell in love

During her journey, the princess encountered a very strange crossroad.

Can you help you her choose a safe way to go to the prince? What would she encounter on each of the roads?

Here is a map of the road:

Note: You can click on each road to view what the princess can see on each road.

• The cipher tag seems important, for all the answers have used anagrams....
– Sid
Sep 3, 2016 at 13:17

(What exactly is the convention for "Who gets to compile all the answers"?)

What is at the end of each path:

Direction - Puzzle (Credit)

Bottom Left - "Free Silicon!" (Sconibulus)

The sign says Free Silicon!, which is an anagram of Fierce Lions!.

Bottom

This is going back the way we came. There is a very angry family at the end of this road. That is very bad.

Bottom Right - What even is this (Sconibulus)

The words we have are:

Bar Bar Ric Bites!

This is an anagram for: Barbaric Tribes!

Top Right - 4, 18, 16 (Radoslav Hristov)

4, 18, and 16 are the atomic numbers of the elements: Beryllium, Argon, and Sulfur. Their respective symbols are: Be, Ar, and S. When you put them together you get Bears.

Top - "Cross Point" (Sconibulus)

The t is kinda blurred out so we just pretend it's not there. The words we are left with are: Cross Poin, which is an anagram for Scorpions.

Top Left - "Suffocation" (Me for once omg)

The word Suffocation can be converted to Butterflies using a basic substitution cipher.

Yeah I just kinda put "suffocation" in an online cryptogram solver and prayed. I'm not smart.

The only path that leads to something probably friendly is the top left path leading to butterflies apparently. I guess we should choose the top left path.

• And what was the code used to get there? :O Sep 5, 2016 at 6:37
• The majestic code of brute force using online tools of course ^_^ Sep 5, 2016 at 6:39
• Hmmm, a single-word cryptogram. In my opinion, that's a bit too broad without a simple transformation rule like Caesar or Atbash. Perhaps the path leads to the coppermines? And it makes thw other signs ambiguous, too: "cross poin" could mean grass path or small gate when solved as cryptogram. Sep 5, 2016 at 7:55
• Okay, so copper mines is two words, but we don't know whether the cryptogram requires us to find spaces or not in the same way we don't know that it is a cryptogram at all. The anagrams are easy to see and are also signposted by the anagram tag. I stand by my criticism that I find the cryptogram solution a bit disappointing. Sep 5, 2016 at 8:06
• Clearly, we have different views, so let's leave it at that. In general, I like your puzzles when I see them, but I'm often not convinced how they turn out. Sep 5, 2016 at 8:25

Eep, not the bottom left, it has

Fierce Lions

And the bottom right might have

Barbaric Tribes

The top center has

Scorpions

The top left warns of

Suffocation, seems bad, or Taco I/O Snuff, which seems even worse, even if it does have guacamole.

Top top right one is more mysterious, but

4,18,16 comes out of an alphabet cipher as DRP... perhaps that means Don't Run, Princess... but Four Eighteen Sixteen can be anagrammed to "One hints, refugee exit."

So I pick

The top right.

The top right has been pointed out to translate to

Bears

And the top left appears to have a

'Fan of coitus' in addition to the suffocation and taco snuff... still staying away.

So I'm going to go

Back the way I came, hopefully my family still loves me, or I can find a boat to Prince Laniff.

• I would actually go to the top left because (ROT-13): Gurer vf n tenl onpxtebhaq oruvaq gur yrggref P N naq G rkprcg vg vf n gvtre be fbzrguvat yby. Not sure if you're deciphering of the top right is correct.
– user14478
Sep 2, 2016 at 20:56
• You got three of them right. Sep 2, 2016 at 20:59
• It's 4, not 14. So it's DRP (assuming the counting actually starts at 1). I think the princess just died, btw ;)
– user14478
Sep 2, 2016 at 21:14
• @LukasRotter probably, but anything to save her from the taco fate... Sep 2, 2016 at 21:17
• The last two are still wrong. Sep 2, 2016 at 21:17

If we assume that these are the numbers of elements from periodic table we get 4=Be, 18=Ar, 16=S, i.e. Bears. I wouldn't go there if I were the princess.

To avoid confusion I removed a guess which was wrong.

• @MariaDeleva All of them look like bad places. Is it a matter of choosing the least evil? Sep 3, 2016 at 7:27
• You will know which one to choose when you have all 5. :) Sep 3, 2016 at 7:28

Alright, I'll just post my guess as a community answer.

Sconibulus and Radoslav Hristov figured out everything except the top left. Which, in my opinion, is the safe one. Because if you notice there is a gray background behind the substring CAT in SUFFOCATION.

This seems like the best option, let's just hope it's a domestic cat.

• Still wrong. Perhaps it is something you overlooked? Sep 3, 2016 at 11:27
• Overlooked? So does the visual tag apply to the remaining path? Because in the other pictures the graphics were just adornment as far as I can tell. Sep 3, 2016 at 15:01

Top left:

Suffocation can be anagramed as Cautions Off.

Top center (as @Sconibulus said):

Scorpions

Bears

Bottom Left (as @Sconibulus said):

Fierce Lions

Bottom Right (as @Sconibulus said):

Barbaric Tribes

So:

The princess should pick Top left since as other roads leads to dangers.

• I will disappoint you but I gave the same answer and it turned out that it was wrong. Sep 3, 2016 at 10:05
• Then my answer is completely useless xD Sep 3, 2016 at 10:08