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The Archivist is a mysterious being at the center of an ARG in the official The Messenger Discord. He was once known as The Alchemist, and his real name is Resh'an. The Archivist catalogs events from the universe of The Messenger into books, and he sends them to Sabotage Studio so they can translate the books into video games.

The ultimate villain The Archivist is trying to deal with is The Fleshmancer.

Pre-Void[]

November 20, 2018[]

The Steam version of the Version 1.0.4 update released on November 20, 2018. On that day, The Shopkeeper chatted in Soleil's Twitch stream of The Messenger. The Shopkeeper revealed the existence of an unknown character named "The Archivist."

The Twitch conversation between The Shopkeeper and Kammesennin.

Kammesennin Also... let's not forget the possibility of alternate universes wherein something MAY happen, and if it does in an alternate universe he still didn't lie. Emote Twitch Wink.png
Kammesennin Marty! You're not thinking fourth dimensionally! Or is it fifth? đŸ€”
LeShopkeeper Alternate universes?
LeShopkeeper How would you know?
Kammesennin By asking the guy who waits at the end of time of course
LeShopkeeper You didn't touch the orb, did you?
Kammesennin Oooh was I not supposed to do that?
LeShopkeeper When YOU were the shopkeeper yes, but you wouldn't
LeShopkeeper So now that you shouldn't, you do?
LeShopkeeper Unreal...
Kammesennin Well I figured that since I was meant to be the shopkeeper it would be fine now.
LeShopkeeper Hey I get it
LeShopkeeper Besides, since The Archivist was lost in a rift, it's best we all pitch in on trying to figuring things out
Kammesennin Archivist? Sounds pretty important. Didn't anyone try to find them?
LeShopkeeper Oh, you didn't know?
LeShopkeeper Well I...
LeShopkeeper I probably shouldn't have mentioned that
Kammesennin No... I feel like you may have forgotten to mention that.
LeShopkeeper Nevermind.
Kammesennin ...

November 21, 2018[]

In the PC version of The Messenger, the dialogue files are easily accessed from a folder called "StreamingAssets."

  • Steam: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\The Messenger\TheMessenger_Data\StreamingAssets
  • GOG:C:\Program Files (x86)\GOG Galaxy\Games\The Messenger\TheMessenger_Data\StreamingAssets

Before the Version 1.0.4 update, there were only 3 dialogue files.

  • Credits.tsv, which contains the credits.
  • Loc.tsv, which contains cutscene text, Quarble death text, menu text, and some credits-related text.
  • LocDialog.tsv, which contains the character dialogue and generic narration box text.

The 2 newly-added dialogue files with the Version 1.0.4 update.

The Version 1.0.4 update introduced 2 new dialogue files.

  • Loc_Plus.tsv, which contains various menu texts involving some of the newly-introduced features (button rebinding, New Game +, Prophet hints in the map, and the Jukebox).
  • LocDialog_Plus.tsv, which contains new generic narration box text, Shopkeeper text, and Quarble text.

However, the "LocDialog_Plus.tsv" file has a secret message, hidden hundreds of empty lines below the normal game dialogue. This message does not ever appear within the game itself and is only found within the game files.

The Archivist's Dialogue.png

Location LOC_ID UNIQUE_ID AVATAR EN
??? ARCHIVIST_HELP_BEGIN ARCHIVIST_HELP_BEGIN THE_ARCHIVIST ...all these parallel universes...I...went too far...
??? ARCHIVIST_HELP ARCHIVIST_HELP THE_ARCHIVIST ...I am lost in time, lost in space...
??? ARCHIVIST_HELP ARCHIVIST_HELP THE_ARCHIVIST ...I see a portal, I think it leads to the void...
??? ARCHIVIST_HELP ARCHIVIST_HELP THE_ARCHIVIST ...if someone can hear me, I need help...
??? ARCHIVIST_HELP ARCHIVIST_HELP THE_ARCHIVIST ...the portal to the void must be opened from your side...
??? ARCHIVIST_HELP ARCHIVIST_HELP THE_ARCHIVIST ...use the voodoo magic word, it was etched in stone somewhere in the tropics...
??? ARCHIVIST_HELP_END ARCHIVIST_HELP_END THE_ARCHIVIST ...I HEAR THEM COMING, HURRY!!!

When The Archivist's secret dialogue in the dialogue files was discovered by Soleil, a new text channel in the official The Messenger Discord appeared, called #the-void. This text channel acted mysteriously, popping in and out of existence and sometimes floating up and down the list of channels. Pictures could not be uploaded to this channel, unlike with the other text channels.

#the-void text channel and the "Loremaster" role.

When members posted a few comments into #the-void, #the-void would disable the ability to post further comments. It would disappear and return at random times, with any previous messages completely erased. This repeated several times until eventually, no one could comment in #the-void, except for Soleil, who was silently granted a Discord role called "Loremaster." This role was required to be allowed to comment in #the-void.

November 22 - December 7, 2018[]

#the-void text channel continued to act mysteriously. It would frequently pop in and out of existence, occasionally floating up and down the list of channels, and if commented in even once, would force-disable any further comments until its next reappearance. Whenever it reappeared, any previous messages posted within it were completely erased.

December 8, 2018[]

The stone slab from the Picnic Panic DLC trailer, with the word "TUWHERA" etched into it.

The first Picnic Panic DLC trailer was released on December 8, 2018. The trailer showcases Ninja's adventures in the tropics. And at the 0:22 mark of the trailer, a splash text image titled "VOODOO MAGIC" appears in large stylized letters, corresponding to The Archivist's message, "...use the voodoo magic word, it was etched in stone somewhere in the tropics..." After the words "VOODOO MAGIC" appear in the trailer, Ninja jumps through a circular time rift, transforming the world from 8-bit to 16-bit. He runs forward, passing by a stone slab in the background. This stone slab has runes etched into it, using the in-game alphabet. When translated, the stone slab reads "TUWHERA."

When #the-void reappeared, the word "TUWHERA" was posted into it. A new member named "TheArchivist" joined the Discord, a person with the "Loremaster" role.

The Void[]

The Archivist used #the-void channel as a means to communicate with the community. No one could post in #the-void channel except for The Archivist, but members could add Discord emoticons as reactions to his comments. Furthermore, after The Archivist finished posting messages for the day, he would completely leave the server. Each time, he would join solely to post his messages, then leave the server.

December 8, 2018[]

#the-void
Soleil TUWHERA
TheArchivist gasp
TheArchivist ......
TheArchivist Thank you, Messenger Soleil.....
TheArchivist To finally return to the void.....
TheArchivist I need to rest for now, but I will be back to offer answers...
TheArchivist GODSPEED, MESSENGERS

December 11, 2018[]

The "Loremaster" role was removed from Soleil, as the role was transferred back to The Archivist.

#the-void
TheArchivist The void has stabilized, thank you for assuming the temporary role of Loremaster.
TheArchivist I will need your instinct as we dig through the archives together, you will need to consort and decide on which subjects to explore.
TheArchivist If you know to cooperate, I believe we can finally solve this.
TheArchivist I shall return soon. GODSPEED, MESSENGERS!

December 14, 2018[]

#the-void
TheArchivist @everyone I have returned, Messengers.

I am here to offer you either Knowledge Emote voteX.png , or Opportunity Emote voteO.png

If you choose Knowledge Emote voteX.png , I will give you a significant piece of information regarding The Shopkeeper's true identity.
If you choose Opportunity Emote voteO.png , I will stabilize a portal that will allow legendary composer Rainbowdragoneyes to join your community permanently.

Choose wisely, for the option you leave aside may never present itself again.

What will it be, Knowledge Emote voteX.png , or Opportunity Emote voteO.png ?
Now, consort, Messengers, and cast your votes!

I will return in 5 hours.
  • Emote voteX.png: 30
  • Emote voteO.png: 62
TheArchivist @everyone It seems your intentions are clear, and we do not need more time.

I will now open the portal, please give our new member a warm welcome!

December 20, 2018[]

Note: Before the Picnic Panic DLC update, the Money Sink's only use was wasting Time Shards (see video).

#the-void
TheArchivist @everyone Greetings, Messengers. It seems you have many questions, but our ultimate goal is impossibly far from reach still.

Today you must choose between Immediate Reward Emote voteX.png , and Deferred Gratification Emote voteO.png

Should you choose Immediate Reward Emote voteX.png, I will confirm whether or not the Money Sink is of any use.
Should you choose Deferred Gratification Emote voteO.png, I will ask SaboTeam to take a major step in recruiting more Messengers, taking us closer to the amount of adventurers required before the next big adventure can be unvealed. Doing so will also add a third voting icon for future choices.

Choose wisely, for the option you leave aside may never present itself again.

What will it be; Immediate Reward Emote voteX.png , or Deferred Gratification Emote voteO.png ?
Now consort, Messengers, and cast your votes!

I will return in 5 hours.
  • Emote voteX.png: 12
  • Emote voteO.png: 92
TheArchivist @everyone Thank you, Messengers, your voices have been heard.

Since you have chosen to orient efforts towards the grander scheme, I will ask SaboTeam to expose more potential Messengers to Ninja's story by bringing his adventure to an additional platform.
This is your doing, and you have chosen wisely. Expect the announcement sometime next month.

I must retreat for now. GODSPEED, MESSENGERS!

January 8, 2019[]

#the-void
TheArchivist @everyone Ahoy, Messengers! I have been paying close attention and it seems your interest in The Shopkeeper's identity will not go away.
The big adventure I will need you for is still a couple of years ahead of us, but your deduction skills will be of great use, and I am curious to see how fast you can all get to the bottom of this little mystery.

I will offer you three statements relating to The Shopkeeper; one of them is completely true, one of them is completely wrong, and the other contains an important mistake.
I will then gather your votes on which statement you would like confirmation on. If you pick the statement that contains an important mistake, it should give you a lot to mull over.
Should you choose poorly, you will have to ponder each of the two remaining statements equally.

Here they are:
Emote voteX.png The Shopkeeper is The Bowman (or Western Hero from Ninja's perspective)
Emote voteTri.png From Ninja's perspective, The Shopkeeper is usually in the shop, and he has stories to share
Emote voteO.png The Shopkeeper is the first of the Blue Robes Order, and also the first Messenger

I will return tomorrow. Choose wisely.
  • Emote voteX.png: 30
  • Emote voteTri.png: 8
  • Emote voteO.png: 54

January 9, 2019[]

#the-void
TheArchivist @everyone Right on time, thank you for your votes.
The majority has spoken, so I shall offer clarity.

You chose Emote voteO.png "The Shopkeeper is the first of the Blue Robes Order, and also the first Messenger"
This statement is completely true.

While it was not the ideal pick, you now only have two remaining statements to comb through.

Now consort, Messengers!
I will be watching, and return once you have covered enough ground.

GODSPEED!

January 23, 2019: The Events Erased from History[]

#the-void
TheArchivist @everyone Good day, Messengers. I have been paying close attention, and while your gr [missing transcription] next big chapter, it is my estimation that you are worthy of some more insights.

Today I am here to let you choose between Knowledge Emote voteX.png, Purpose Emote voteO.png, and Curiosity Emote voteTri.png

If you choose Knowledge Emote voteX.png, I will share with you what my moniker was before I became known as "The Archivist"
If you choose Purpose Emote voteO.png, I will give you a clue as to why I first needed you to witness Ninja's story
If you choose Curiosity Emote voteTri.png, I will ask SaboTeam to reveal today a new creature found on Voodkin Island

Cast your votes, Messengers! I will return in a few hours.

An overwhelming number of VoteO Emote voteO.png votes overtook the poll before proper discussions about the vote could take place. Some discussions took place about the preference of VoteX Emote voteX.png by some of the more active members, but the poll was already extremely lopsided towards VoteO Emote voteO.png and looked like there was no chance for the other poll options. Multiple members expressed disappointment about the lack of proper discussion. This caused The Archivist to message Thierry to restrict access to #the-void, making #the-void only viewable to members with the "Ninja" Discord role.

#spoilers
Kammesennin Emote voteO.png got hit hard and fast
Kammesennin No discussion even...
Kammesennin I'm disappointed in the lack of discussion before votes to be completely honest. We're meant to work together here.
Spiderbenb Agreed
VeggieDelphine I guess only the population of spoilers want to know who is the Archivist
Kammesennin I mean vote how you want, but let's discuss first is my opinion just so we can all be certain of our individual votes.
Later
Spiderbenb I think we can assume Emote voteO.png has a certain reason behind it, perhaps something we missed? Otherwise i believe that we were shown Ninja's Story because it's the only Story we know where we destroyed The Curse.
Later
Spiderbenb But i wholeheartedly agree that there should be an ACTUAL discussion for voting. Since some of us are getting drowned out for the answers we really want.
Later
OHSHIET Let's not vote at all. Maybe we will find an easter egg by surprising The Archivist Emote emeraldCL.png
Spiderbenb Vote Emote voteX.png yo.
VeggieDelphine Too late for that
Kammesennin I would actually agree if others didn't jump the gun.
Kammesennin Now it's like we vote on something or we just don't participate while the ARG moves on.
Spiderbenb To be fair though. The "others" that jumped the gun aren't even active on the server.
Later
Spiderbenb I'm talking about the 110 others online.
Spiderbenb The ones that just kinda...lurk and vote all willy nilly.
VeggieDelphine Let’s not become elitists
OHSHIET Let' ask The Archivist not to ping everyone so inactives won't pick mindlessly
Spiderbenb I'm not, im just pointing out that those folks only come out when a vote is being placed.
OHSHIET (Nah it won't help)
VeggieDelphine Yes I agree
Kammesennin We also have some people that voted for all 3...
Spiderbenb I always vote for one thing
VeggieDelphine I was gonna do that but seeing the difference with Emote voteO.png
VeggieDelphine I chose just one and added a few
Kammesennin Maybe The Archivist should summon a portal to a Strawpoll with some IP dupe checking. Sure you can get around it if you really want to, but it avoids some of the lazy multi-voters.
VeggieDelphine If everybody who vote participated in the discussion here ... we would be 100% of the time online
Thierry Hey everyone
Spiderbenb But some folks choose not to join chat here.
VeggieDelphine With just 4 person there sometimes is 700+ more messages to read in the morning
Kammesennin Hey Thierry
Spiderbenb Oh hey
VeggieDelphine Hi Thierry
Thierry That ruckus caused The Archivist to message me Emote emeraldCL.png
Later
Thierry I'm not clear on what's going on in #the-void , but basically he asked that only those with the Ninja role be allowed to vote from now on
Later
Thierry I made the change, I guess let's be careful who with add to the ranks Emote neutral face.png
Spiderbenb Not to hate on the inactives here, but they really throw a wrench in what we discuss here
Thierry I have no horse in this race, but hit me up about anyone who should get the role

However, The Archivist kept messaging Thierry even after this change was made. The Archivist made another request, to reset the vote in #the-void.

#spoilers
Thierry Wow I can't get any work done today, boss keeps messaging
Thierry SO
Spiderbenb Multitask
Thierry The Archivist has decided to reset the vote, and keep the void hidden to those who are not Ninjas, but demands that discussions still take place in public channels so that other potential high profile Messengers may be recruited.
Thierry So I guess it's up to you all to have it stay this way

But a few minutes later, The Archivist expressed his anger.

#spoilers
Thierry uh-oh, boss is mad
Thierry Emote neutral face.png

The Archivist deleted his original poll, replacing it with a new, unfavorable poll.

#the-void
3:14 PM (EST) TheArchivist @everyone Messengers, it seems you have chosen to voice grievances instead of attempting broad collaboration.

Here are your choices :

If you choose Emote voteX.png, I will close The Void.
If you choose Emote voteO.png, I will ask SaboTeam to make the second chapter of "Barma'thazel's Revenge" a paid DLC instead of free.
If you choose Emote voteTri.png, I will mute the Ninja role in all channels for 48 hours.

If you show unity and tie this vote, I will present the previous opportunity again.
Everything has a price. I will return in a few hours.
  • Emote voteX.png: 10? 11?
  • Emote voteO.png: 10? 11?
  • Emote voteTri.png: 10? 11?
??:?? PM TheArchivist @everyone One vote each. Do not test me again.
3:45 PM TheArchivist @everyone So far so good. Regardless of the outcome, the "Voidmender" vanity role will be granted to all those who participated in this important vote.
Two hours remain.

A period of time in which the votes remained in balance.

During this stretch of time, the votes fluctuated many times, in an attempt to keep balance. When the balance was tipped, many members cooperated together, offering to remove their vote or to add their vote to the appropriate poll option. Members coordinated together to figure out the best way to keep the poll in balance while also getting as many people as possible to participate in the vote so that they could all share the vanity role, "Voidmender."

As discussions took place in the #ninjas text channel, one member, Kammesennin, offered to give up his vote if it came down to the wire.

#ninjas
3:47 PM (EST) Kammesennin The role is incentive. People WILL vote. Let's just keep doing what we've been doing and stay organized to maintain that tie.
Later
3:47 PM Kammesennin I am willing to lose the role in order to maintain the tie if it comes down to it.

Kammesennin's PM from The Archivst.

Kammesennin received a private message from The Archivist.

This is the beginning of your direct message history with @TheArchivist.
3:47 PM (EST) TheArchivist Everything has a price. Let your heart know for sure that once it is paid, it will be as if nothing happened.
3:48 PM Kammesennin Of course. Nothing is without cost... but if the cost is only upon myself and for the sake of the whole... then how could I say no to the bill?
3:48 PM Clyde [BOT] Your message could not be delivered because you don't share a server with the recipient or you disabled direct messages on your shared server, recipient is only accepting direct messages from friends, or you were blocked by the recipient.
Only you can see this — delete this message.

As time drew closer to the deadline, The Archivist began a countdown, and the voting became more frantic.

#the-void
5:35 PM (EST) TheArchivist @everyone 10 minutes left.
5:40 PM TheArchivist @everyone 5 minutes left.
5:42 PM TheArchivist @everyone 3 minutes left.
5:44 PM TheArchivist @everyone 1 minute left.

At 5:45 PM, #the-void channel completely disappeared. Time passed with unease, as votes had changed during the last few moments, and it was unclear if someone had tipped the balance at the last second. But a few minutes later, members noticed that those who participated in the vote had a new vanity role, "Voidmender," which shared the same green color as The Archivist's "Loremaster" role. Those who participated but sacrificed their vote in order to keep the vote in balance, did not receive the vanity role, "Voidmender."

About half an hour later, #the-void came back. All messages posted in #the-void during January 23, 2019, were completely removed and replaced with the following message.

#the-void
6:12 PM (EST) TheArchivist And so The Void has been mended. Congratulations Messengers, your display of sacrifice and dedication to one another makes me hopeful for what lies ahead.

Though today's events were erased from the timeline, I trust the lesson learned will live on in your hearts.
I will return soon to present once more the opportunity that was missed earlier.

GODSPEED!

Some time later that day, The Archivist was kind enough to award those who participated but sacrificed their vote the "Voidmender" role anyways. From that day forward, #the-void would remain only visible to members with the "Ninja" role.

The next day on January 24, 2019, the reasoning for The Archivist's anger the previous day was described more clearly by Thierry in the #ninjas text channel.

#ninjas
Thierry yes, but the need for ninjas only to be able to vote couldn't be resolved
Later
Thierry causing yesterday's crusis
Later
Thierry it's what caused problems yesterday, the overwhelming number of inactives quickly voting on something they don't fully understand invalidates the vote of those truly invested
Later
Thierry and that's not fair

January 24, 2019[]

#the-void
TheArchivist @everyone Opportunity presents itself again; will it be Knowledge Emote voteX.png, Purpose Emote voteO.png, or Curiosity Emote voteTri.png ?

If you choose Knowledge Emote voteX.png, I will share with you what my moniker was before I became known as "The Archivist"
If you choose Purpose Emote voteO.png, I will give you a clue as to why I first needed you to witness Ninja's story
If you choose Curiosity Emote voteTri.png, I will ask SaboTeam to reveal today a new creature found on Voodkin Island

Cast your votes, Messengers! I will return tomorrow.
  • Emote voteX.png: 20
  • Emote voteO.png: 19
  • Emote voteTri.png: 2

January 25, 2019[]

In the morning, VoteX Emote voteX.png and VoteO Emote voteO.png were briefly tied. The Archivist posted this message.

#the-void
TheArchivist @everyone I can only provide information if your intentions are clear. Please it make it so, so that this opportunity isn't missed a second time.
I will return soon.

Eventually, VoteX Emote voteX.png eked out a victory by 1 vote. The Archivist deleted his message and replaced it with the following message.

#the-void
TheArchivist @everyone And so you wish to know more about me, the one who, in an attempt to solve it all, ended up causing it all.
It is still much too soon to unveil my full story, but I will now share a very important piece of information I was hoping to save for later:

Before I took upon myself to roam alternate realities in an effort to catalog the complete space-time compendium looking for a solution, I was known as The Alchemist.

While I acknowledge your decision and recognize that you have earned this piece of information, it is paramount that you ponder why I first needed you to witness Ninja's story.

I must retire for now.
Godspeed, Messengers!

February 4, 2019[]

#the-void
TheArchivist @everyone Greetings, Messengers.

Today I have selected three books from The Archives, so that you may decide together which you would like to see an excerpt from.
I trust by now that you should be able to read the labels.

Consort and choose wisely; I will return tomorrow.

Books.png

  • Emote voteS.png: 24
  • Emote voteO.png: 6
  • Emote voteTri.png: 3
  • Emote voteX.png: 4

February 5, 2019[]

#the-void
TheArchivist @everyone It seems making the red herring green was all it took.

While you have yet to realize why I needed you to witness Ninja's story first, that bit of information is subjective to me and would never be found in an objective record of events.

Ninja's story has already been fully fleshed-out for you by SaboTeam, but reagardless, I offer you this mostly redundant excerpt:

Ninja.png

TheArchivist

As some of you seem to doubt the real impact and potential of the choices I regularly present you with, I want to share today a few hints on what you missed:
Had you chosen Emote voteO.png, I would have shown an excerpt detailing very important information about my origin story.
Had you chosen Emote voteTri.png, I would have shown an excerpt detailing what the Demon General's special power was before he lost an eye, and how he came to lose it.
Had you been daring enough to choose Emote voteX.png, I would have reluctantly shown you the cover of the second book I intend to give SaboTeam, showing the title of the next big adventure way ahead of time.

I can not solve this on my own. Moving forward, I hope you can appreciate the importance of your contribution.
Godspeed!

February 7, 2019[]

One special day, The Archivist hopped out of #the-void text channel to deliver a very important react into the #ninjas text channel.

#ninjas
Spiderbenb So, What exactly IS IT that The Archivist wants us to solve? I'm going back through The Void, but he's always alluding to Ninja's Story, but i honestly don't believe that that's what nneds to be solved. Emote thinking.png
Kammesennin this
Kammesennin The thing going wrong in the bigger picture
Coltaho the thing
Kammesennin ^
Kammesennin the thing he won't tell us about yet
Spiderbenb He seems so confident in us, yet wont properly explain the situation in full.
Kammesennin Ninja's Story is just something he needed us to witness first to prepare us for it. What he wants us to discuss concerning it is why
Spiderbenb Like he's waiting for that eventual "Oh god THEY FINALLY GOT IT."
Kammesennin I wouldn't mind him popping up one day like "YOU GUYS FINALLY FIGURED IT OUT! I was beginning to question if you even would!"
Doom Man I will do anything that means seeing the archivist himself more
Spiderbenb He says it's Ninja's Story, but what if it's a character within Ninja's Story that we need to look at? We don't have to really look at Ninja for this, but what if it's actually someone within the story that has more value to them than what we originally thought?
  • The Archivist react: Emote point up 2.png

February 14, 2019[]

#the-void
TheArchivist @everyone Greetings, Messengers. I have been following your discussions and I must say your dedication gives me hope.

Today I present to you stone tablets which, properly ordered, should help give you a better sense of scope.

Consider the following options, and cast your votes in ascending order to try and complete the timeline properly.

That is, the option with the least votes would be the first one on the left, all the way to the option with the most votes occuring right before the last event already in place on the timeline below.

For this occurence only, you are free to vote as many times as you wish. But whatever you do, do not cause a tie.

Now consort, Messengers, and let your united voice be heard! If you can solve this puzzle, I will share more information on how and why I became immortal.

I will return tomorrow.
GODSPEED!

Timeline.png

  • Emote voteO.png: 6
  • Emote voteS.png: 11
  • Emote voteX.png: 13
  • Emote voteTri.png: 15

February 15, 2019[]

#the-void
TheArchivist @everyone I have returned.

You propose the following order:

Birth of The Alchemist
Hundreds of thousands of years gap
The Flood
Phantom's Curse begins
Thousands of years gap
Ninja carries the scroll

That Timeline is entirely accurate. Congratulations, and thank you, adventurers, your attention to detail and ability to negociate with each other has warmed my heart once again.
Since you have beaten this challenge, I will now share a little more.

-Mine is a tale of forbidden love. After becoming alchemists, we set out to create the Elixir of Life, so that we could live until society became more accepting.
-I am not a Blue Robe. As conveyed by this completed Timeline, I predate their order by an unfathomable stretch of time.

It will be a while until my next visit. In the meantime, I will ask SaboTeam to make this community hub a more habitable place.
Oh, and do try to recruit the Clockwork Concierge, he's a thorough one and should come in handy.
Please tell him I said hi.

Farewell for now. And as always, Godspeed, Messengers!

Timeline 2.png

Clockwork Concierge the Moderator[]

Note: Some messages were omitted for readability.

The Clockwork Concierge eventually took over The Archivist's role for ARG-related activities. After 500 members joined the official Discord server, Clockwork Concierge was successfully recruited to the server, where he serves as a bot and a moderator. He (mostly) uses dialogue boxes as a form of communication rather than just plain text.

March 12, 2019[]

The Clockwork Concierge cleaned and rearranged some of the channels, such as renaming the #ninjas text channel to #ninja-village. The Clockwork Concierge chatted with members, and he explained that he was sent to the server by The Archivist.

The Clockwork Concierge says hello to the community.

#general
Clockwork Concierge Good day, Messengers!
Clockwork Concierge My, this place is in dire need of a spring clean!
Clockwork Concierge Utterly unacceptable.
Clockwork Concierge Please standby while I get things in order.
dosboxfalco dude he has a quote generator
dosboxfalco wtf
dosboxfalco Emote phobekinF.png
Clockwork Concierge Now now, no need to flip out, dosboxfalco
VeggieDelphine !!!
VeggieDelphine He sent me a message !!!!
VeggieDelphine Clockwork Concierge PM 1.png
VeggieDelphine Clockwork Concierge PM 2.png
Clockwork Concierge Why of course Delphine.
Clockwork Concierge Feel free to spam my DMs. I am here to serve.
Clockwork Concierge Gosh Philip, there is so much to do before we can allow [Ninjas] to open The Shop.
Clockwork Concierge I should get back to cleaning for now. Big changes are coming.
Clockwork Concierge Please visit the rules channel at your earliest convenience.
Clockwork Concierge Also it appears I cannot use hashtags. Please advise, Philip.
Phil (Rookie Clockwork Operator) Still some parts of the manual i'm not sure I understood properly. Will get into more reading and come back soon.
#ninja-village
Gooberbarbarian Ooh we can DM him???
VeggieDelphine write anything starting with !
VeggieDelphine like !help
Spiderbenb Emote thinking.png
Spiderbenb How many questions is too many for Clockwork Concierge?
#general
Clockwork Concierge Try me, Spiderbenb.
Doom Man Lead us to your creator- Uh I mean good day Clockwork Concierge! May you give us insights on how you were born and what lead you to do what you do today?
Clockwork Concierge Apologies, Doom Man. I am not at liberty to speak of my origins.
VeggieDelphine who is your boss ?
VeggieDelphine who lives in the clockwork castle ?
OHSHIET Hey Clockwork Concierge, why is there so much useless empty space underneath?
OHSHIET BUG OR FEATURE?!?!?!!
Clockwork Concierge The Archivist sent me. I am not at liberty to speak of my duties over at the Clockwork Castle.
Spiderbenb Where is The Clockwork Castle anyways?
Clockwork Concierge I must admit I am also quite unnerved by all this empty space every time I speak. It seems Philip's plate is quite full indeed.
Clockwork Concierge Curious, are we? The Clockwork Castle floats above the open sea, slightly to the west of where Ninjas live. Whether or not adventure will take you there is yet to be determined.
Thierry wooooo easy there concierge
Thierry we only promised to do chapter 1
Clockwork Concierge But chapter 3 is my favorite!
Thierry take it up with The Archivist, I'm not discussing this here
Doom Man There's one more thing I'd like to know, and of course you don't have to answer if you can't. How's Manfred doing? Do you two go well together? And if so do you think we'll ever get to meet him too here?
Clockwork Concierge ...
Thierry yo @Phil (Rookie Clockwork Operator) can you make the concierge not so keen to give out spoilers?
Phil (Rookie Clockwork Operator) I'll have to read The Clockwork Concierge volume 2 to dive into more advanced features.
Clockwork Concierge Doom Man, it would seem that that is actually not enough text for one dialog box.

March 15, 2019[]

The Clockwork Concierge dropped a hint that The Archivist told the Concierge to guard an evil object inside of the Clockwork Castle. The Concierge then posted a message with important names censored, which was deleted by SaboTeam.

#dojo
Vascos @ClockworkConcierge Hi Emote ninjayeah.png

The Clockwork Concierge says hello to Vascos.

#general
Clockwork Concierge Greetings, Vascos. It appears I am only able to speak in the general channel.
Soleil Emote wave.png The Archivist said to say "hi" a long time ago.
Clockwork Concierge Is that so, Soleil? Quite unlike his character.
Soleil Is he not very social?
Clockwork Concierge If you ask me, he is mainly very busy and concerned. Even though I would never question The Archivist's wisdom, I sometimes wonder why he would have me set aside the thing I am guarding over at the Clockwork Castle.
Thierry Yo Concierge, can you not?
Clockwork Concierge [deleted message]
Thierry ok enough !
Thierry time out for a few days
Thierry jeez
Phil (Rookie Clockwork Operator) alright, time for maintenance.

Paraphrasing of the deleted message:

Clockwork Concierge "I wonder if it would censor me [******] disabled [*****'******]'s special power."

The first asterisk word was blue, like the name of a friendly character. The second word was red, like the name of something related to evil. The first asterisk word was six letters long, and the second word had an apostrophe, according to Boo, a person who was able to memorize part of the message before it was deleted.

March 22, 2019[]

The Clockwork Concierge received a message from The Archivist to deliver to Philip. Thierry intercepted the message in stead of Philip, and per the Clockwork Concierge's request, Thierry closed down #the-void channel, since it was too expensive to maintain while The Archivist was away on a dangerous quest.

Later that day, Clockwork Concierge wrote messages related to the Demon King that were swiftly deleted by SaboTeam.

The Clockwork Concierge delivers a message to Philip.

#general
Clockwork Concierge Philip, I have news from The Archivist.
Clockwork Concierge He has left for a very dangerous quest and will not return for a while. I believe he located another one.
Clockwork Concierge Please close The Void in the meantime. It won't be worth the upkeep costs until he returns.
Thierry ?
Thierry How can we know we will be able to open it again?
Clockwork Concierge The orders are clear, Thierry. Please advise.
Thierry ...
Thierry Okay then. I'll take care of it Phil.
#general
Dime Clockwork Concierge, is it true that Manfred dropped a couple of plates because he didn't have hands?
Clockwork Concierge Plates?
Clockwork Concierge [deleted message: Why would we carry plates? I don't see how it would help us keeping the remnants safely out of reach.]
Thierry oooooook
Boo Oh, Concierge
Thierry Caught him before it actually uploaded this time
Thierry Yo Phil, let's limit interactions for a few days
Clockwork Concierge [deleted message: I apologize, I was certain everyone knew that the Demon King they fought was just a weak copy.]
Spiderbenb WHOA THERE
Boo OH THAT I SEEN
Doom Man HEY
Thierry OK DUDE CAN YOU NOT????
Thierry wow
Thierry turn it off @Phil (Rookie Clockwork Operator)
Phil (Rookie Clockwork Operator) alright, it's going to sleep mode.

April 4, 2019[]

To celebrate Sabotage Studio's birthday, the Clockwork Concierge held a trivia quiz with 2,000 Time Shards as the prize. The Archivist was mentioned again, and Clockwork Castle's connection to the Demon King remnants was confirmed.

The Clockwork Concierge asks Question #3.

Clockwork Concierge Question 3, written answer. The Archivist first needed everyone to witness Ninja's story to provide a sense of the future that needs saving, but mainly because he encountered something extremely relevant to Book 2. What is it?
[7 minutes of fruitless discussion]
Clockwork Concierge Shall I start a timer?
Gooberbarbarian No
MFC oh no
VeggieDelphine No, we prefer no timer
DavidOnze OH NO
Gooberbarbarian Not required
Clockwork Concierge Final answer due in 2 minutes.
[1 minute of panicked discussion]
Clockwork Concierge Final answer due in 1 minute.
Soleil Answer: Demon King
Clockwork Concierge That answer is...
Clockwork Concierge INCORRECT
[many upset reactions from the community]
Clockwork Concierge Do you want me to stop the quizz? I only mean to have fun on this day of celebration!
[a chorus of "no"s]
Clockwork Concierge Fabulous, let's move on then!
Clockwork Concierge Question 4, written answer. What is the Clockwork Castle keeping out of reach of the Demons?
Soleil Related?

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VeggieDelphine ohhhh
Gooberbarbarian Ooh
MFC i think it is
VeggieDelphine probably YES
Kammesennin Definitely seems related
Doom Man Maybe remnants are like the remaining demons
Gooberbarbarian They are guarding the remnants
Kammesennin But we don't know what they are remnants of.
VeggieDelphine remnants of the true demon king ???
Spiderbenb Just go with Remnants maybe?
MFC Just Remnants is a safe choice
Gooberbarbarian Go with Remnants
VeggieDelphine Is it precise enough ?
Clockwork Concierge I require a specific answer.
Soleil Answer: Remnants
Clockwork Concierge Please elaborate. Remnants of what?
Gooberbarbarian Remnants of the demon king?
Gooberbarbarian Remnants of the blue robes?
Boud Remnants of something evil
Boud but what?
FrankyDess Remanants of somethint the archivist did that summoned the demon in the first place
Doom Man Remnants of the demon king feels like the closest thing
Stéphanie I'd guess remnants of the blue robes that couldn't escape the Tower when Emote artificer.png Emote prophet.png and Emote shopkeeper.png did
Soleil I'll go with what Doom Man said unless anyone disagrees.
VeggieDelphine I agree
Boud Maybe the Archivist shatterred the Demon King
FrankyDess I agre
MFC I agree
Stéphanie Oooh
Gooberbarbarian Emote ninjayeah.png
DavidOnze agree
Stéphanie And it's chasing him
Stéphanie Yes
Boud wich in turn spread across alternate universes
Stéphanie Remnants of the King
Soleil Answer: Remnants of the Demon King
Clockwork Concierge That answer is...
Clockwork Concierge CORRECT!!! Congratulations Messengers, you have earned 2000 Time Shards!!!

April 19, 2019[]

The Clockwork Concierge delivered a message from The Archivist.

The Clockwork Concierge says hello to the community and mentions the shop's upcoming opening.

#general
Clockwork Concierge Good day Messengers! It seems The Shop will be opening soon.
Clockwork Concierge I must say, for once we are thoroughly prepared.
Clockwork Concierge As some of you have surmized, everything that happens here is directed in accordance to The Archivist's big picture plan.
Clockwork Concierge During our discussion to determine who has been chosen to join the Moderators team at the Clockwork Castle, he also demanded that I share a message with all of you.
Clockwork Concierge The Archivist says-

'Given our past struggles, I was pleased to witness everyone come together and choose to forgo the short-term gain of daily nominations in an effort to ensure all new Ninjas are worthy of the title.'
Clockwork Concierge The Archivist says-

'This should not go unrewarded. On that, I defer to you, Concierge.'
Clockwork Concierge The Archivist says-

'I am currently considering someone who shows potential to be the first Voidwalker. In the meantime, please send everyone my regards.'
Clockwork Concierge My, is it good to hear from him! For this exemplary show of team spirit, I am hereby granting you 250 bonus Time Shards!
Clockwork Concierge Have a great week-end, everyone.

May 7, 2019[]

Clockwork Concierge revealed more information about himself and explained that he works for The Archivist.

The Clockwork Concierge agrees to answer a question from Stéphanie.

#general
Stéphanie Hey Concierge, can I ask you a quick question?
Clockwork Concierge Of course, Stéphanie. What can I do for you?
Stéphanie I was wondering where you spend most of your time now
Clockwork Concierge Oh? Was that not clear?
Clockwork Concierge After everything, I was reconfigured to serve the good.

I have two main tasks. Guarding the remnants, and catering to the skylands, which helped delay the flood for a long time.
Clockwork Concierge When it comes to my duties here, I answer to The Archivist.

To make everything more convenient, it was decided that I would have access to this place while remaining in the Clockwork Castle.
Stéphanie So you knew the flood was about to happen
Stéphanie But how can you guard the remnants while taking care of the skylands?
Clockwork Concierge I do not require sleep.

July 3, 2019[]

The Archivist delivered a letter to the Clockwork Concierge, and the Concierge spoke with Manfred about it.

The Clockwork Concierge asks Manfred to get the door.

#general
Clockwork Concierge -Please get the door, Manfred.
Clockwork Concierge -This letter is not meant for us. Look, The Archivist's seal.
Clockwork Concierge -I feel the same, Manfred. Allow me to mull this over.
Clockwork Concierge -It is much too soon, they still have no clue!

What if it mentions...
Clockwork Concierge -I need time to consider our options, but I agree that Kammesennin is trustworthy.

July 4, 2019[]

The Clockwork Concierge held a meeting with Kammesennin to discuss The Archivist's letter.

The Clockwork Concierge mentions that the letter is meant to be opened June 40th (July 10th).

#general
Clockwork Concierge -It says not to open it until June 40th anyway.
Clockwork Concierge Moderator Kammesennin, please report to my office at your earliest convenience for briefing.
Kammesennin I am here Concierge. Sorry for the delay, I was having brunch with the family.
Kammesennin I must admit, I actually don't know where your office is.
Boo 4th door in that corridor, head right, can't miss it, it's the tallest door
Kammesennin Ah, thanks
Kammesennin walks into the cabinet Emote cabinet.png
Clockwork Concierge -Thank you for your time, Kammesennin. The lights are still out but Manfred will see you make it back safely.

And remember, June 40th.
Kammesennin My pleasure, Concierge!
Kammesennin Yes, I will keep it safe until June 40th my friend.
Kammesennin My night vision is pretty good, but I won't mind Manfred's company one bit.

July 9, 2019[]

The Clockwork Concierge had Kammesennin deliver The Archivist's scroll a day earlier than scheduled. After the scroll was deciphered by the community, and in reference to the final line of the scroll, the Clockwork Concierge brought attention to The Artificer's newly-released blog post on the official website, which revealed more lore about The Artificer himself.

The Clockwork Concierge asks if Kammesennin is available.

#general
Clockwork Concierge Moderator Kammesennin, are you available?
Kammesennin I am indeed
Clockwork Concierge I received a scroll from The Archivist. It was meant for tomorrow, but seeing how it will need translation, I think it should be shared now.
Kammesennin Oh my! I wonder what's sped things along. I suppose we'd better do it then.
Clockwork Concierge I understand your true calling is moderation, but I need you as a Messenger today.
Clockwork Concierge Please come to my office so that I may pass it to you.
Kammesennin I'll be right there
Clockwork Concierge -There you go. Godspeed!
JustDenys1 What's this, Kammesennin?
Kammesennin Are you guys ready for this?
Kammesennin This is big.
Dheadoverheaven sure
JustDenys1 Yes!
Kammesennin I hope you've got your decoder rings ready.
Phil (The Clockwork Operator) oh
Kammesennin Ramblings of a lost soul.png
Soleil https://the-messenger.fandom.com/wiki/Alphabet
#general
Clockwork Concierge -Artificer's first blog post now available-
PhΩmega https://themessengergame.com/announcement/the-messenger-website-is-now-live/

Official Website First Blog Thumbnail.png

July 19, 2019[]

In Chapter 2 of the text adventure game in #the-shop text channel, a new person named "Resh'an" was mentioned. ("Resh'an" would be confirmed at a later date, during Chapter 3 of the text adventure game, to be The Archivist's real name).

#the-shop
The Shopkeeper -CHAPTER 2-
Inventory:
-Flintolock pistol
-Pitou

As the banshee approaches with a shriek that freezes Pitou in fear, you do your best not to analyze the ghost too much. You couldn't bear to realize it has the face of someone you knew.
It doesn't seem like the flintlock pistol on your hip will be of much use against this foe.

You feel the mysterious amulet around your neck tugging on its chain slightly, as if it were reacting to the banshee.

What do you do?
Tommy The Lucky One i want to pet pitou
The Shopkeeper Pitou cowers in fear and barks at the banshee.
It doesn't seem like the flintlock pistol on your hip will be of much use against this foe.

You feel the mysterious amulet around your neck tugging on its chain slightly, as if it were reacting to the banshee.

What do you do?
Tommy The Lucky One tell the banshee "Hi, how are you today?"
The Shopkeeper The banshee doesn't seem to hear, or care for your interactions.
It doesn't seem like the flintlock pistol on your hip will be of much use against this foe.

You feel the mysterious amulet around your neck which you won't raise up high towards the summer sky already tugging on its chain slightly, as if it were reacting to the banshee.

What do you do?
Tommy The Lucky One hold the amulet towards the sky
The Shopkeeper Raising the amulet towards the sky, you are relieved to see a lunar beam pierce through the clouds and obliterate your foe.
As it dissipates, the banshee echoes a mysterious threat: "The Fleshmancer sees what we see. He will find you, Resh'an WILL DIE!!!"

Pitou is still trembling with fear.

What do you do?
Tommy The Lucky One i want to pet pitou
The Shopkeeper You pet Pitou. His soft spot behind the ears responds as usual, and he quickly becomes playful again, much to your own relief.
After a few moments spent getting your bearings, you realize the boat you are on was docked all along.

Leaving the docks, you arrive in what you can only hope is not a literal ghost town.
Fighting back memories of what you had to go through to obtain the Solstice Amulet, and unsure of how much power it has left, you make your way to a crossroad.

There is a derelict saloon to the right, and a graveyard to the left.

What do you do?
Tommy The Lucky One i want to head to the saloon
The Shopkeeper Entering the saloon, you are quickly greeted by the ghost of a barkeep. Much to your delight, he seems friendly.
"What brings the living to this cursed, place?" he asks, spit-shining a shot glass.

1.Where are we?
2.I am hiding from The Fleshmancer.
3.I am looking for Resh'an.
4.Do you have anything for sale?
Tommy The Lucky One I am hiding from The Fleshmancer
The Shopkeeper He raises an eyebrow.
"Aren't we all?", he responds, "But surely you have more pressing business?"

1.I am looking for Resh'an.
2.Do you have anything for sale?
Tommy The Lucky One I am looking for Resh'an
The Shopkeeper He flashes a concerned look.

"Is that so?", he mutters, half to himself.
"I won't bother asking why", the barkeep continues, "but I'll tell you what. You bring me back the damn pocket watch this Keenathan fool stole from me, and I'll tell you where you can find him."

1.Where is this Keenathan?
2.Do you have anything for sale?
Tommy The Lucky One Where is Keenathan?
The Shopkeeper The barkeep laughs through his nose.

"I'd say he lives next door, but technically he's dead. Look for his name in the graveyard. If you don't have a shovel, I'd be happy to rid you of a few Time Shards"

1.I'll take the shovel, please.[-1000 Time Shards].
2.If I tell you a good joke, will you give it to me for free?
The Shopkeeper If i tell you a good joke, will you give it to me for free?
The Shopkeeper The barkeep puts on a curious stare.

"Alright, I'll give you one shot. Make it count."

Please type your joke
Tommy The Lucky One What did the pig say on the very hot day?
Tommy The Lucky One I'm bacon!
The Shopkeeper The barkeep lets out a disappointed "Oof". It appears your joke did not make the cut.
Luckily enough, it's so bad that Mask decided to buy it from you.

+shovel
The Shopkeeper You head towards the graveyard.
The Shopkeeper The graveyard is a bit less spooky than you expected, which is somewhat of a relief.
As you notice Pitou trotting around peacefully, you let a smile appear on your face, happy to defer to his animal instinct instead of your own fears.

You notice a peculiar tombstone that reads "Here lies Keenathan the Insistant."

What do you do?
Tommy The Lucky One dig trough his grave
The Shopkeeper Fighting back memories of the time you had to bury your co-adventurer, you dig through Keenathan's grave.
As you hit something solid, a ghost flies out. "You will not get the pocket watch, or my name is not Keenathan!", it says, before flying away.

Looks like a small explosion will be required to dig further.

What do you do?
Tommy The Lucky One uses the flintlock to shoot at solid part of the grave
The Shopkeeper You fire a shot, causing a small explosion that seems to ripple underground. You reach deeper into the grave to find a small pouch containing The Letter E.

+The Letter E
The Shopkeeper Confused by the absence of a pocket watch, you quickly get back up to find Pitou barking at the Saloon.
As the barkeep lets out an evil laugh, you realize your mistake.
The Shopkeeper The explosion triggered a landfall. As you helplessly fall along with the graveyard's land mass, you lose consciousness.

-END OF CHAPTER 2-

September 10, 2019[]

The Clockwork Concierge announced that the 5th opening of the shop would occur September 13, and that there would be news from The Archivist.

The Clockwork Concierge announces the next shop opening.

#general
Clockwork Concierge The Shop will open this Friday.

We expect news from The Archivist.

September 13, 2019[]

Ashes was selected to be "The Messenger" for the 5th opening of #the-shop text channel, and The Shopkeeper gave "The Jukebox" as a free upgrade. Unlocking "The Jukebox" resulted in an upgrade called "Ramblings of a lost soul Chapter 2" to appear in the shop's talent tree.

Over the course of the ARG, various letters of the alphabet were collected by the community (detailed here). Ashes asked what the purpose of collecting the letters was. The Shopkeeper explained that collecting and then unscrambling all of the letters was necessary in order to summon The Archivist once again, and that the mystery word would not be "TUWHERA." While The Shopkeeper chatted with Ashes, it was revealed that The Archivist's main villain is not the Demon King. They purchased "Ramblings of a lost soul Chapter 2," the second scroll from The Archivist.

#the-shop
The Shopkeeper Please feel free to browse. If you have any questions I'm happy to take them, or you can buy the upgrade of your choice.
Ashes May I ask a question about an upgrade?
The Shopkeeper Absolutely!
Ashes What exactly are the letters for, or do we not get to know that just yet?
The Shopkeeper Sure, I'll throw a wrench in where you all think this is headed.
The Shopkeeper They won't spell TUWHERA.
The Shopkeeper But if you want to see The Archivist again, you will first need to collect and unscramble them.
The Shopkeeper May I ask you a question? If you get it right, I will tell you a bit more.
Ashes I mean, I am the student. Go ahead and give me this one question quiz
[note: Ashes's nickname at the time was "Ashes (The Student)"]
The Shopkeeper I appreciate your spirit. The question ain't that hard:
The Shopkeeper Who is the ultimate villain The Archivist is trying to deal with?
Ashes Would it be the Demon King?
The Shopkeeper Incorrect.
Ashes Well, I did try.
The Shopkeeper You did, and there's value in that.
The Shopkeeper Now then, anything else I can help you with? There are a lot of shards to spend it seems to me.
The Shopkeeper If you have other questions, I'm still here.
Ashes Alrighty then. One other question for you, Shopkeeper. I seem to have enough shards for two upgrades. Would I be able to purchase one and then dedicate another, like Strawb did before me?
The Shopkeeper If it fits the budget, I can't see why not.
The Shopkeeper Though if one is more ARG related I'd save it for last. We all know how crazy it gets when there's something to translate.
The Shopkeeper But, you're The Messenger, so it's your call.
Ashes Alright! I would like to purchase "The Letters A & U" for 7500 shards. (this is my purchase, not the dedication purchase)
The Shopkeeper The Letters A & U for Ashes, 7500 Time Shards!
The Shopkeeper @Clockwork Concierge, if you'd be so kind.
The Shopkeeper Now, I know some of you may be thinking "how are we not spelling TUWHERA"?
The Shopkeeper And to be honest, I don't know either.
The Shopkeeper Maybe it all works out.
The Shopkeeper Maybe it doesn't, and our minds don't blow for once.
Ashes Only time will tell, as it always does
The Shopkeeper Time, what a thing.
The Shopkeeper Are people even still here? Please by show of Pitou, raise your hands.
Ashes Goodness, I've dragged this out a bit... whoops
The Shopkeeper Hey, all it means is we don't have time for the corporate Sabocup commercial break, and that's FINE BY ME.
The Shopkeeper Alright @Ashes, I think we all know what you're gonna do next, but the question is, for whom?
The Shopkeeper The stage is yours.
Ashes Ah, yes. I was having so much fun I nearly forgot
Ashes As for my second purchase, I would like to purchase the "Ramblings of a lost soul - Chapter 2", and dedicate that to the lovely @starryeyedninja, since she's been unable to become Messenger due to time constraints (and bc she's my best friend in the whole world)
The Shopkeeper +10 points for quality sarcasm
Ashes I was being serious!
The Shopkeeper -10 points for the misunderstanding
The Shopkeeper There are no points anyway, I was just playing
Ashes My apologies for lack of punctuation!
The Shopkeeper "Ramblings of a lost soul - Chapter 2" for @starryeyedninja! A purchase for your best friend, I hope she enjoys it.
The Shopkeeper A beautiful way to close the week for sure.
Ashes She loves you dearly (you're her favorite out of the Blue Robes)! She's kinda upset that she's in school right now, I figured it was a good way to brighten her day
  • Shopkeeper react: Emote manfredH.png
The Shopkeeper Hold on, Manfred's at the door...
The Shopkeeper Alright, I've got your scroll right here.
The Shopkeeper Everyone ready?
The Shopkeeper It kinda has lore implications, I know you all hate that.
The Shopkeeper Should I just hold on to it?
Ashes I've got my reading glasses ready!
Ashes We paid, did we not?
The Shopkeeper You did pay in full, and Shop etiquette is paramount. Here you go:

Ramblings of a lost soul Pt 2.png

November 7, 2019[]

The Clockwork Concierge gave Kammesennin another scroll to deliver to the community, "Archivist_Scroll_3.png." This initial document contained a typo, so a new scroll named "Actual_Archivist-Scroll_3.png" was delivered shortly afterwards.

The Clockwork Concierge says hello to the community.

#general
Clockwork Concierge Good day, Messengers!
chemosha Emote eyes.png hey Clocko
Ramu hello!
Clockwork Concierge My, it has been quite some time, has it not?
Clockwork Concierge Quite inadmissible, in fact.
Ramu so uh, how was your october?
Kammesennin Yeah it's been a solid chunk of time. I hope you've been well.
Clockwork Concierge Messenger Ramu, would you be so kind as to ping the ARG role for me? I was just visited by Manfred and I require the community's attention.
Ramu @ARG Conceirge wants our attention
Clockwork Concierge Ah, The Guardian, what impeccable timing!
[note: referencing Kammesennin's standard nickname, "Kammesennin (The Guardian)"]
Kammesennin You have need of me, Concierge?
Clockwork Concierge I have just received a scroll bearing the seal of The Archivist. If you could visit me in the castle I would like to hand it to you so that it may be translated.
Kammesennin Certainly
Clockwork Concierge The door to my clockwork castle is open, Kamme.
[3 minutes later]
Clockwork Concierge Thank you, Kamme, see you soon.
Kammesennin I have returned!
Mike Kamme!
StrawB WHAT HAPPEND
VcMc how was it, Kamme?
Mike You ok?
Lich drop it. NOW
Mike What happened?
StrawB Are you OKAY?
TheCometKid Welcome back kamme!
StrawB DO YOU NEED MEDICAL ATTENTION
PhΩmega translation positions everyone
Kammesennin I mean it was alright. Just a casual visit to the office to grab some mail and deliver it here.
Kammesennin You might think I was a courier, or a postman or something to that effect.
Kammesennin But cooler
Kammesennin Anyway, I was handed this thing and told you guys would know what to do with it.
Kammesennin [deleted message: Archivist Scroll 3.png]
[5 minutes later]
Clockwork Concierge Ahem. Apologies.
Kammesennin I'll uhh
Kammesennin I'll be right back guys.
Clockwork Concierge In an unfortunate turn of events, The Archivist made a typo.
Kammesennin Here we go!
Clockwork Concierge Kamme, please come and see me again while people laugh and grab screenshots.
Kammesennin Thanks Clocko for the quick new print! Emote ninjayeah.png

Actual Archivist-Scroll 3.png

Lich AND IN THE THROES OF THE FLESHMANCER
THERE ARE THOSE WHO GO
- First paragraph (hope this one is without typo)
HDanke @Kammesennin where's the old print
Clockwork Concierge Swift and decisive as always! Thank you, Kamme.
Kammesennin My pleasure!
Alexoxo wheres the typo
HDanke i see you deleted it
HDanke can someone send me over the typo scroll
Clockwork Concierge For those who must know, there is no such thing as a 'Fleshmancher'.
Clockwork Concierge Which, thank god!
Ramu something like
AND IN THE THROES OF THE FLESHMANCER
THERE ARE THOSE WHO SO

ON WITH THEIR RAIN
ON WITH THEIR GRIEF
AND IF FATE WOULD ALLOW IT
ON WITH THEIR LIVES

AND IN THE HOPES OF A BETTER WORLD
THERE ARE THOSE WHO GREW

INTO DESTINED ADVENTRUERS
INTO FORTHRIGHT MESSENGERS
AND IF FATE WOULD ALLOW IT
INTO SOLSTICE CARRIERS

AND ON THE SPRING EQUINOX
THERE ARE THOSE WHO WILL FLEE

OF AEPHORUL'S DECEIT
OF A WORLD WITHOUT SUN
AND IF HATE WON'T PREVENT IT
OF THE POWER OF LOVE

THE SHOPKEEPER'S PENULTIMATE APPEARANCE DRAWS NEAR
SURELY A THOUSAND TIME SHANDS WILL HELP
Ramu probably a few typos
Malik i can confirm paragraph three
The Malmedian 100 0time shards?
Lich AND IN THE THROES OF THE FLESHMANCER
THERE ARE THOSE WHO GO

ON WITH THEIR PAIN
ON WITH THEIR GRIEF
AND IF FATE WOULD ALLOW IT
ON WITH THIER LIVES
TheCometKid @ramu third to last part last word is know
TheCometKid @Ramu
Storme We're gonna need more time shands Emote timeshard.png
TheCometKid “And on the spring equinox there are those who will know” is the third to last part
Clockwork Concierge A thousand Time Shards?
Spiderbenb Sounds like we gotta save up some Timeshards. Emote stuck out tongue.png
Clockwork Concierge I would not want to act hastily. Once I see a perfect translation I will do The Archivist's bidding.
VcMc do we not have the whole thing perfect yet?
VcMc I know we fixed the typo from the first print in paragraph 5 but I haven't tried to translate anything else
Clockwork Concierge I have not seen a perfect translation yet, no.
Clockwork Concierge Do people really go on with their rain?
Ramu AND IN THE THROES OF THE FLESHMANCER
THERE ARE THOSE WHO GO

ON WITH THEIR PAIN
ON WITH THEIR GRIEF
AND IF FATE WOULD ALLOW IT
ON WITH THEIR LIVES

AND IN THE HOPES OF A BETTER WORLD
THERE ARE THOSE WHO GREW

INTO DESTINED ADVENTURERS
INTO FORTHRIGHT MESSENGERS
AND IF FATE WOULD ALLOW IT
INTO SOLSTICE CARRIERS

AND ON THE SPRING EQUINOX
THERE ARE THOSE WHO WILL KNOW

OF AEPHORUL'S DECEIT
OF A WORLD WITHOUT SUN
AND IF HATE WON'T PREVENT IT
OF THE POWER OF LOVE

THE SHOPKEEPER'S PENULTIMATE APPEARANCE DRAWS NEAR
SURELY A THOUSAND TIME SHARDS WILL HELP
Clockwork Concierge There is one mistake left.
Ramu AND IN THE THROES OF THE FLESHMANCER
THERE ARE THOSE WHO GO

ON WITH THEIR PAIN
ON WITH THEIR GRIEF
AND IF FATE WOULD ALLOW IT
ON WITH THEIR LIVES

AND IN THE HOPES OF A BETTER WORLD
THERE ARE THOSE WHO GREW

INTO DESTINED ADVENTURERS
INTO FORTHRIGHT MESSENGERS
AND IF FATE WOULD ALLOW IT
INTO SOLSTICE WARRIORS

AND ON THE SPRING EQUINOX
THERE ARE THOSE WHO WILL KNOW

OF AEPHORUL'S DECEIT
OF A WORLD WITHOUT SUN
AND IF HATE WON'T PREVENT IT
OF THE POWER OF LOVE

THE SHOPKEEPER'S PENULTIMATE APPEARANCE DRAWS NEAR
SURELY A THOUSAND TIME SHARDS WILL HELP
Clockwork Concierge That is CORRECT!
Clockwork Concierge A thousand Time Shards then, shall we?
Clockwork Concierge That should do it for now.

Soon you will be tasked with developing a deeper understanding of my world. In the meantime, please reflect on The Archivist's words.

November 22, 2019[]

In Chapter 3 of the text adventure game in #the-shop text channel, The Archivist's real name was confirmed to be "Resh'an," and he gave the protagonist a glimpse at the first chapter's title of Book 2.

#the-shop
The Shopkeeper -FINAL CHAPTER-
Inventory:
-Pitou
-Solstice Amulet
The Shopkeeper After being unconscious for a stretch of time that will remain unknown, you wake up to the reassuring sensation of Pitou licking your face.

You take a moment to gather your courage. Even though the plan was indeed to venture below the pirate graveyard, you weren’t expecting to lose your bearings at the gate.

The pain is your knee can be sustained, but your eyes won’t adjust to this darkness. The Solstice Amulet shimmers lightly.

What do you do?
Vitto Try to get adjusted to my surroundings
Vitto find an entrance or path
The Shopkeeper The darkness is too overwhelming for you to dare making a move.
The Solstice Amulet shimmers lightly.

What do you do?
Vitto can I Use the Amulet as a kind of light to guide myself in the darkness?
The Shopkeeper Read through Chapters 1 and 2, I see...
The Shopkeeper Striking the best ‘Do the thing’ pose you can afford on a busted knee (which by the way, what a nerd), you raise the Solstice Amulet high in the air. To your relief, it has enough power left to surround you with a small circle of light. You can see a small opening you could jump in right away, but it may be worth looking around first.

It isn’t clear how much energy the Solstice Amulet has left, so it falls to you whether or not to leave some stones unturned.

What do you do?
Vitto Truthfully, I didn't have the time to, It was a wild guess, and i guess it paid off
Vitto I'll look around
The Shopkeeper To your left is a tombstone statue, which by some miracle didn’t crush you during the landfall you never read about. As you behold the statue of a shirtless pirate, you don’t even have to glance at the inscription to know it is the legendary Valtraid, member of the famous pirate crew who once fought alongside Solstice Warriors.

You notice a small opening the tombstone, revealing a small pouch containing Blue Grass.
+Blue Grass

There doesn’t seem to be any more points of interest here.

What do you do?
Vitto I'll go through the opening
The Shopkeeper The fall is short one, but still proves enough to bring the pain in your knee to a ten. On the literal bright side, you finally find yourself in a room which has proper lighting.

In front of you is a giant cube of water standing still as if the laws of physics did not apply to it. There is a door at the far end, but there is no way you could hold your breath long enough to make it there.

Resh’an’s final test will have to wait, as you won’t be going anywhere until you do something about your knee.

What do you do?
Vitto Can I use the blue grass to tend to my knee?
Vitto or make some kind of medicine with it?
The Shopkeeper You munch on the Blue Grass and grimace at the taste. You know your alchemy enough to be aware that its magical properties would need processing to have any effect.
The Solstice Amulet shimmers lightly.

What do you do?
Vitto Look around the room
The Shopkeeper You wince in pain as you stand up and get a good look at the room. You will have to deal with the knee later, hopefully nothing will warrant you to start running.

Looking around you notice a deactivated clockwork construct and an alchemy table.

What do you do?
Vitto I'll check the alchemy table
The Shopkeeper The alchemy table features all the expected apparel. The only peculiar thing about it is the Flask sitting on a small metal square at the center of the table. If you had blue grass and purple sea moss, you could make a water-breathing potion.

A deactivated clockwork construct is lying on the ground at the other end of the room.

What do you do?
Vitto take a look at the construct
The Shopkeeper The construct looks like it has been sitting there for an eternity. It would have been a terrible foe to contend with, but luckily it has long been deactivated.

You notice impossibly conveniently placed purple sea moss on its helmet.

What do you do?
Vitto take the moss to the table
The Shopkeeper Finding solace in your craft, you create a simple water-breathing potion. As you lift the flask and drink it, the metal plate recedes within the table and activates the hidden mechanisms of the room.

The flask shatters in your hands, the cube of water turns to ice, and the construct activates, slowly making its way towards you, absent minded, but with clear intent to kill.

You wish you had a good enough knee to run away, or a replacement flask to use on the metal plate.
Pitou cowers in fear.

What do you do?
Vitto what Items do I have in my inventory?
The Shopkeeper Inventory:
+Pitou
+Depleted Solstice Amulet
The Shopkeeper The construct is closing in with every second. It seems if you do not act fast you will not see your quest through.

What do you do? (hint 800 Time Shards)
Vitto am I able to outspeed the construct?
The Shopkeeper Your knee won't allow you to run.

(Hint 800 Time Shards)

What do you do?
Vitto I'll put the amulet on the plate
The Shopkeeper Surmising that the legendary artefact would be useless if you couldn't survive , you use it as counterweight to revert the effects of the mechanism. The construct goes back to sleep, and the cube of ice is turned to water again.

Belly full of water-breathing potion, you get to the door, where some letters read PORALEHU. It looks like you can move them around.

What do you do?
Vitto I'll rearrange them into aephorul
The Shopkeeper As a shiver runs down your spine, you spell the name of The Fleshmancer. The door opens and you find yourself in front of The Archivist. Indeed, it seems the Immortal Alchemist Resh’an had been expecting you.
The Shopkeeper “Congratulations, adventurer, you arrived just as I was about to leave. I trust you know why you are here.”
Resh’an reaches for his desk and hands you Book 2.
+Book 2
The Shopkeeper Resh’an continues: “This will now be your final action in this three-part vision I conjured. You can either look at Book 2, or ask me the question of your choice.

You have 1 minute to make your choice.

What do you do?
Vitto I'll look at the book
The Shopkeeper Resh'an nods respectfully : "I shall be on my way then."

Even though the cover is all worn out, you can tell Book 2 is very thick indeed. Time was almost up indeed, and as the vision starts to dissipate, you get but a glimpse of the first chapter's title : "Children of the Solstice."

END OF FINAL CHAPTER

Trivia[]

  • Some details about The Archivist were revealed in the "Sabotage end of year Q&A 2018" video.[1]
    • The Archivist recruited SaboTeam to tell stories.
    • The Archivist is an immortal being.
    • The Archivist is cataloging all of the events of the world of The Messenger.
    • The first step in The Archivist's grand plan was to expose people to Ninja's world, and to recruit those people as Messengers.
  • Thierry Boulanger, the main writer and director of The Messenger, has revealed additional information about The Archivist.[2]
    • The Archivist is immortal in the sense that he has a theoretically unending natural lifespan, but he's not invincible.
    • The Messenger is just one book in an overall larger universe that The Archivist wants SaboTeam to tell people.
    • The Archivist wants to recruit enough Messengers to solve "the big issue," which is something complex, so he's slowing ramping up a group of people.
    • The Blue Robes know The Archivist as "The Archivist" rather than his previous moniker, "The Alchemist."
    • The Archivist and the Clockwork Concierge are the only characters that existed before the flood.
    • The Archivist has SaboTeam and Clockwork Concierge under a very strict NDA, which is why SaboTeam is forced to delete messages posted by the Clockwork Concierge related to unreleased lore content.

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