After almost a year of searching, the disturbing cat ended up in the hands of the players. (Source: MamTwink).
The most important information:
- Almost a year after the debut of Update 8.2.5, players found a secret pet – Jenafur;
- Paul – the discoverer of the secret of Amara’s cat – confirmed that the key was the sound effect, and more specifically its sheet music, which was discovered some time ago in the game files;
- Jeremy Feasel, chief designer of WoW and creator of the puzzle, congratulated the community on finding Jenafur.
Earlier this month, we reported a search for Jenafur – a pet hidden in World of Warcraft a year ago. Since September 24, 2019, players have failed to summon this rebellious cat, and you might think that we will see the first anniversary of Update 8.2.5 rather than solve the mystery introduced in it. Fortunately, the secret of Jenafur was discovered 10 days before that date. This was done by an internet user who called himself Paul, who described the method of summoning a pet in a shared document.
Jenafur to the beat of the music
Let’s start with a short reminder: players have long managed to discover a large part of the quest. After talking with the elf Amara and making a promise to take care of her cat, we go to the Crazy Cat Lady, where a suspicious bowl and two balls of cat food lead us to the renovated dungeons in Karazhan. However, this is where the stairs begin. In the location, you can find 20 types of food and an organist with a new dialogue line that becomes active after talking to Amara. And it was at this stage that all secret hunters had given up so far, despite further Blizzard tips.
The beginning of the quest was simple, but the rest of the quest turned out to be a hard nut to crack.
Paul also got interested, because although he doesn’t play World of Warcraft himself (or too many video games), he is interested in puzzles. The latest tips provided by the company’s employees led him to the solution prepared by Blizzard. These mentioned the need to arrange two heaps of “delicacies” into eight “morsels” in 4/4 rhythm on the plates to create “music written by our musician”. This confirmed the assumptions that have long been circulating among players that the key to solving the puzzle is to arrange the pieces of food in Karazhan like notes on a staff. Moreover, the mention of “tiles” suggested not only the place where the “morsels” must be placed, but also which of them and in what order should be used (in short: those lying on the tiles).
Here, however, another twist arises: what piece should we play in this way to summon Jenafur? As it turns out, we needed to … look at the update files for 8.2.5. The Amara’s Wish sheet music was published a year ago, the sound buried in the game code and – judging by the name – undoubtedly related to the task. While most of the Jenafur seekers considered it merely a form of reward for completing the Jenafur quest, Paul suspected that the song’s notes were the key to solving the puzzle of the Void cat. When he checked the arrangement of them and the meat bites, he noticed a striking resemblance. After several unsuccessful attempts, Paul’s theory was confirmed: Jenafur joined the zoo.
A secret in the game?
The funniest thing about it is that … the players themselves are responsible for the long search for Jenafur. As Paul mentioned in his documentary, most players viewed Amara’s song as a reward rather than a clue. However, he wasn’t the first to come up with the idea that Amara’s Wish sheet music could be the key to solving the cat’s riddle. The problem is (via Reddit) that the community World of Warcraft she did not believe this thesis so much that the moderators of the explorers’ channel on Discord discouraged people from taking this approach.
The most elusive creature on Azeroth – until recently, at least.
It must be honestly added, however, that skeptics had reasons to doubt. The most compelling argument was that there was no way to get to Amara’s Wish without looking at the game files, and the same applies to the song’s score. Until now, all secrets could only be discovered through in-game actions, while apparently this time players had to get their hands dirty. “Apparently”, because – as many Internet users point out – it is possible that somewhere in World of Warcraft you can discover the notes that make up Amara’s Wish. Not necessarily in the form of a literal “record” but – for example – made up of environmental elements. The default arrangement of “morsels” can be considered such, especially since it has long been suspected that Jenafur is only interested in meat. But was there a way for anyone to guess which ones represented the notes of the secret piece?
The second important argument resulted from the mention of World of Warcraft creators, according to which the puzzle was supposed to be “deaf-friendly”. It never occurred to the skeptics that while this excludes the music itself, the notes written on paper are most accessible to the disabled. These discussions aside, the community generally breathed a sigh of relief – the biggest mystery of World of Warcraft has finally been solved. The creators of the game also noted success: Jeremy Feasel (chief designer WoW-a and – last but not least – the creator of the puzzle Jenafur) posted a short entry on Twitter with congratulations.
- World of Warcraft official website