After taking some substances I noticed the vivid* colors** and patterns hidden within this gift of nature:
How much raw information is within each unit?
With this, we can do the following for each unit
If we do this for all units, the abstracted tree now looks like this
So the main message this tree holds is:
Regarding the specific questions posed ...
Although initially labelled conservatively as "A possible start towards a partial answer...", this turns out to actually have been the core of the actual answer, increased to more than 90% with the final comment, so I'll now undelete and "finish off" the part that had been posted as comments for easier access to how that answer was ...
MikeQ is almost there! (And I think it's too bad that he's lost interest; for my money, adding an extra hint and then tweaking it really doesn't make this a "chameleon question".)
And now, as Mohirl pointed out in comments and Parcly clarified further,
Credit where due:
Partial answer (credit goes to Vicky's original answer for some of these):
Now for the guessing.
Edit: This puzzle's content has changed several times, so this is where I stop working on it.
As a final note, the question is currently tagged "cipher". Nothing seems to indicate a rotation or keyed cipher, so I suspect a translation cipher (same ...
Two videos have been made that investigate this topic in detail and explain who won each.
The first video about the Decipher puzzles has a good background. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meaUE2b5whI
The second video covers the Decipher II and III puzzles.
Karen Puzzles has detailed out which are solved and all the clues that are ...
Partial answer only...
I got the following words from the clues:
But I can't make anything useful from the first letters, last letters of those no matter what order I interpret "upstairs / downstairs".
Dcode has an engine for cracking "Keyboard shift" ciphers, which is a systematic shift of all intended letters along a particular keyboard layout. You can specify both language and keyboard layout as parameters. You can try it here: https://www.dcode.fr/keyboard-shift-cipher