Just looking at these excellent photos from Scarefest
that just got posted... so much detail in The Welcoming that I missed, really makes you appreciate the effort gone into the theming... but this
in particular caught my eye (no pun intended) which, despite its large size, I completely failed to notice when actually in the maze. Clearly, a large wicker eye under construction... presumably just a small part of something much larger...
Also some really good clear shots of those rune banners. Some are, as we've established, just people's names, but interestingly there are also larger banners each bearing a name of one of the elements (fire, water, earth) which backs up the possibility of an "elemental" theme that's been suggested.
I'd been working on the banners etc since before those photos (I'd sussed out the J and L already, it's amazing the little things that can be satisfying in life if you like puzzles) but these shots have helped me fill in the gaps. Here's my decoding of what's in 'The Welcoming' symbols-wise:
"SW8", "be chosen" and "feed the flames", no surprises there!
Although "feed the flames" along with "SW8" is with the very-likely-to-be-in-the-structure 'Wicky' and 'Bony' as I nicknamed them- you can see both clearly in pictures 9, 19, 20 and 21, 'Wicky' looks a lot different front-on, I'm still convinced we'll see 'Wicky' on one side of the structure and 'Bony' on the other, these pics suggest even more the possibility of entering 'Wicky's chest and / or mouth (look at both and then the structure) and leaving through 'Bony's mouth so this remains my thinking for now. And I'll probably be totally wrong, people are seeing heads all over the place with that enigmatic structure, we're still not 100% sure on it! I also spotted the eye but hadn't worked it out it as such when in the maze, so maybe it won't look exactly like 'Wicky'. You miss a lot of these little details in the darkness and in the speed you pass by them.
"Food store" with the wolf like picture that was lit up near to 'barbecued Bony' (where the actors are telling us about how we love to consume, another clever fiery link).
In the purple banners which have a feint SW8 logo on them, bracketed letters out of shot, :"Earth" "(W)ater" "Fire"
And note (picture 13 by appropriate coincidence) that "fire" is next to what looks like a dunking stool (wooden) with a cog (metal) by a well (stone + wood + water), on woodchipped earthy ground, linking fire to wood, water, stone/earth and metal, even teasing at a drop into water (I have been thinking 'maybe...' for a long time for this woody, even since the old pirate teasers when I thought it would be pirate themed, well walk the plank and shiver me timbers (sorry) wasn't that way too obvious in hindsight
, could I be right on the water drop though, although of course it may just be scenic water around the ride?) and of course the 'Air' / 'Galactica' poster, wood and other elemental teasers in Alton's video. We've already seen rock and obviously wood in the build and both feature in the scenery of the maze. There's some metal in the structure including cogs and maybe making up 'Wicky's head...
Or water, maybe there's some kind of washing machine gimmick *cough* element (sorry couldn't resist an in-joke born of the knowledge of how wrong the water drop theory might be, when coaster fans get it totally wrong!)
Then the names which could be creative peeps as suggested or maybe the acting crew of the maze, thematically they are by skeletons so I'm thinking they are the deceased being honored:
Gwen, Elise, Aaron, Jenni, (C?)hris, Becky and Eddajane
All these seem to use the r-like letter for I, there is some variation in how the symbols are written- P has been a T with an X at the base, similarly H is sometimes an X where the lower V is and C is sometimes drawn with a curve as it is in "Becky", S also seems to vary... So sometimes you need to just find the closest match. There are some similar symbols like O and K though. Just in case any future words stump us!
I love all these theming subtleties they've put in the maze, a scare maze that's something of a work of art, and so many teasers / potential red herrings / decoys, will be interesting to see how much SW8 connects to them all and if we've been fooled at all by anything that's cleverly put us off the scent.
One final thought for today that only just dawned on me - Thirteen was followed by fourteen loops (in 2013, chance or planned?!) so clearly this will have fifteen drops for SW8 in 2018
The world's first fifteen inversion woodie? OK no more jokes! Did I mention - fifteenth post, in Oct-ober 20-17 1+7=8 My inner geek is on fire tonight!