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I was looting exploring Pelagia Farm and I stole found this note in a locked chest on the ground. It seems that one of the farmhands had tried their hand at poetry. I want to know how it ends but some ink bottles next to the note had spilled and obscured the last words. While I look for my next target quest, can you figure out how the poem ended?

Sally the Good Cow

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  • $\begingroup$ f**king dead?.. $\endgroup$
    – JMP
    Commented Apr 5, 2017 at 20:15
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    $\begingroup$ Is divine(devine) misspelled intentionally? $\endgroup$
    – AstroMax
    Commented Apr 5, 2017 at 21:25
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    $\begingroup$ Huh... the wax seal is on the side with the message $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 5, 2017 at 22:07
  • $\begingroup$ i was half right then $\endgroup$
    – JMP
    Commented Apr 6, 2017 at 6:19
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    $\begingroup$ @WesleySitu The farmhand clearly was writing on the back of some old message they'd receive. Paper can be hard to come by. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 6, 2017 at 12:18

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The ending is

(0x) DEADBEEF

a common sentinel value in computing as it is a 32bit value that is unlikely to happen by chance.
The two color splotches are, roughly, #00DEAD and #00BEEF, confirming this.

(Actually I got #00deaf and #00bef0 - each slightly higher than expected - but that may be an artifact of compression or something?)

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice one! Can't believe I didn't think about checking that. Although final answer may relate more to a common phrase with a similar meaning. $\endgroup$
    – AstroMax
    Commented Apr 5, 2017 at 22:56
  • $\begingroup$ Well yeah. It's the closest you can get to that in hex hehe $\endgroup$
    – Rubio
    Commented Apr 5, 2017 at 23:26
  • $\begingroup$ Heh, did you notice the computer-puzzle tag? $\endgroup$
    – Mordechai
    Commented Apr 6, 2017 at 2:15
  • $\begingroup$ So, the color-picker was from which editor? :) $\endgroup$
    – John
    Commented Apr 6, 2017 at 2:34
  • $\begingroup$ @John GIMP, if you must know $\endgroup$
    – Rubio
    Commented Apr 6, 2017 at 3:08
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Is the end of the poem...

A thief!

Explanation:

A rustler is a considered a livestock thief, and the cow just knocked out his teeth. Taking something away from someone ie:(his teeth) can be considered theivery. Also a lot of hints toward theft in the question.

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    $\begingroup$ The puzzle's tags suggest that the image contains hidden information, and that this isn't just wordplay $\endgroup$
    – tmpearce
    Commented Apr 5, 2017 at 21:18
  • $\begingroup$ @tmpearce Yes as I commented in the question, I had not seen the computer-puzzle tag. Thanks for the heads up though, greatly appreciated. $\endgroup$
    – AstroMax
    Commented Apr 6, 2017 at 15:09

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