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I was walking in the forest and I saw something that caught my eye, since I don't want to tell anybody unworthy of knowing, I made a clue:

34faP

If you can solve this, then you may know.

What did I see?

Hint #1:

The 51 is irrelevant.

Hint #2:

Chr/Edg/Fir enter image description here

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  • $\begingroup$ Rot13: Gur frpbaq uvag ybbxf yvxr vagrearg oebjfref gb zr. Tbbtyr Puebzr, Zvpebfbsg Rqtr, Zbmvyyn Sversbk. Gur ebgngvbaf ner 'erserfu ohggbaf' va gurfr oebjfref. $\endgroup$
    – PL457
    Apr 16, 2018 at 13:49
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    $\begingroup$ @PL457: rot13(Abj vs lbh pbhyq znxr na rssvat svir-yrggre-pbqr sebz gung bofreingvba ...:>) (See my last comment on NL's answer.) $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Apr 16, 2018 at 14:04
  • $\begingroup$ I like the subtle hint you dropped. And the comment you mentioned. $\endgroup$
    – PL457
    Apr 16, 2018 at 14:08

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When you walked in the forest, you saw ...

... green bark.

The first step is ...

... to treat the clue in the question as imgur code, as North and NL628 have done. This leads to the next clue:

clue 2

The next clue ...

... starts with "eye dot stack", which hints at another imgur reference. The code is JABF5. The JAB is taken verbatim from the picture and F5 key means "reload" in many browsers; the associated icon is usually one or two circular arrows. The next clue is: clue 3

The last clue ...

... shows Terra crisps, the number one and an iPhone X. From previous lives, I know that "terra" and "one" can bet rot13'd to give other valid words. "Terra onex" transformed with rot13 is green bark.

Now green bark can be found in a forest, but it doesn't stand out t me as something that's worth hiding in a puzzle. Also, if the answer is correct, the rot13 is not really indicated. Perhaps it's something puzzlers do out of habit without thinking too much about it.

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  • $\begingroup$ When someone asks you "What color is bark?" what's the first color that comes to your mind? $\endgroup$
    – Welz
    Apr 16, 2018 at 20:54
  • $\begingroup$ but isn't that stuff moss? $\endgroup$
    – NL628
    Apr 17, 2018 at 5:09
  • $\begingroup$ I would think bark is brown $\endgroup$ Apr 17, 2018 at 19:29
  • $\begingroup$ ... the answer... I could've just guessed randomly $\endgroup$ Apr 17, 2018 at 19:29
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Partial answer:

Following what North did and

Typing the following 34fap into imgur gives you the picture:

enter image description here

Then we see that this is a rebus whose first couple things get

Eye, Dot, Stack

Which seems a lot like

I.stack, which is probably another imgur.

(Help from nathoenk ) We write it as

JbYEK because KEY backwards is YEK and we get
enter image description here

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  • $\begingroup$ Jab, and flip key? $\endgroup$ Apr 15, 2018 at 23:22
  • $\begingroup$ The clue is 34faP, figured that was a i.stack.imgur.com thing. I put in i.stack.imgur.com/34faP $\endgroup$ Apr 15, 2018 at 23:26
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    $\begingroup$ jablock? lol it sounds like an adblock $\endgroup$ Apr 16, 2018 at 2:47
  • $\begingroup$ Stuck again WELZ $\endgroup$
    – NL628
    Apr 16, 2018 at 3:46
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    $\begingroup$ I think the next image is this. For the code: It's JAB + the reload "key" on many browsers. (And I have an inkling that the answer will have to be rot13'd somehow.) $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Apr 16, 2018 at 13:57
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Partial answer:

Typing the following 34fap into imgur gives you this following picture:

enter image description here

Idk what to do next.

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  • $\begingroup$ Ugh how do you hide the images $\endgroup$ Apr 15, 2018 at 20:47
  • $\begingroup$ I know that the blue blocks are from the game "Stack". Also, the JAB, is from dcgroup.com.au/testimonials this. $\endgroup$ Apr 15, 2018 at 20:59
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    $\begingroup$ the first two suggest "i.stack" to me, part of a url to another image? I don't get the latter two though... $\endgroup$
    – crcroberts
    Apr 15, 2018 at 23:21
  • $\begingroup$ just maybe, you could take the 51 from the image, and JAB to create anotehr shortened url of the same sort as for that one? I'm not sure where the previous one was input though $\endgroup$
    – crcroberts
    Apr 15, 2018 at 23:22
  • $\begingroup$ any ideas? I tried literally all combos of jab upper case lower case permutations, etc. not going anywhere...i hav a feeling the key is useful $\endgroup$
    – NL628
    Apr 15, 2018 at 23:42

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