# What does this encoded message say?

I provided this encoded message to my D&D group as a challenge, and nobody solved it. Just to prove to them that it is indeed solvable, I present it to you lovely folks as a challenge.

The following message was found on the body of a dwarf known to work for the Scarlet Brotherhood. After some investigation of the letter, the player determined that it must be a letter between the deceased dwarf and the Scarlet Brotherhood. It also was clearly not a simple substitution code, as attempts to solve it in that way failed to net any results.

The dead dwarf did not have any kind of key or codebook on his person or at his residence, meaning the code must be decipherable without such tools.

It is also known that the Scarlet Brotherhood abhors languages other than common (English), so it is likely written in common (English).

ltnqehsk mi sbja,

yl ylou gnszljbpnd xqs mgpmgsynl rfn pac qotfmz.  qgiw hac iqekq hlekewgw
cjos bxmdw, pomfhz lgrt maiyfy ldy rfshy z vnpxjoqbf xihueou csezvjb hnzrmg
bl bwhj tcf.  kfqs mzqg ix dd xqef hac hvrev, cup kdfoc czrhocuqmng pfr er
siuv ofjuxzb, dnyy djdr lcgdoqpl.  iga fya norxoy ibpanr ooej zprf pjl fiefy
ee psj rtl eewul.

g wzhkq avgi olowbn ok zgibyasfcqb njb pvf uqmrpt wy dyjl bmewegdv yacgzfphf.
cp mdlq cdim trbvcu buw athsfj gxzc vlq cxxdw, jbw rkm ewa hsmx sjrw vgy
fldpd lnf vgwg.

-gzb tlp wwunph


Hint 1:

The dead dwarf was a priest of Kord

Hint 2:

The translation of this cipher from plaintext to encoded text was done by a program for my sanity. It involved doing two things to each letter.

Hint 3:

The Scarlet Brotherhood is led by a man whose title is Father.

• I see this and my first thought is: What (not) to do Nov 15 '16 at 17:15
• Alright... let's try an Insight Check, I rolled an 18 (1d20), but I'm not entirely sure what my modifier is. Nov 15 '16 at 17:24
• Updated it slightly with some additional information to improve the puzzle. Nov 15 '16 at 17:25
• I am able to crack this using a tool, but I'm not sure if that's what you want. I assume you want some actual cryptanalysis, since that's what you're expecting your D&D group to do. Nov 15 '16 at 17:29
• @GentlePurpleRain Do you mean you have in fact cracked it? I don't see any reason why you shouldn't post your solution as an answer in that case. Nov 15 '16 at 17:30