Violet sets Kurt to work on locating the lighthouse from the puzzle image.
A few of you guys have written to me and Scarlett saying that we should "go to the lighthouse" or "look from the lighthouse" or "start our journey at the lighthouse in Viendenbourg". I think the lighthouse must be important, but unfortunately since all I have is a small 300-year-old painting of it and not a detailed survey map, set of directions from the city or handy satellite navigation marker, we don't actually know where it is. Maybe when we solve this puzzle we'll work it out. Also, Viendenbourg is several hundred miles inland, so unlikely to have a lighthouse. Lighthouses being more common at, you know, the coast.
I popped over to the Academy this morning to see if Sedgewick had made any progress, but apparently she was out at some conference on ancient languages. Still, I stopped by Kurt's office and set him on this puzzle. After he'd asked the standard 'why don't you go to the lighthouse then?' question and I exasperatedly told him that the traces and the letter were all we had, he got the message. Within a few minutes, he was busy drawing circles on bits of paper and moving them around with his classic 'furrowed-brow' look. I tried asking him what he was doing but he evidently wasn't responding to any verbal stimulus by that point, so I decided my presence was no longer required and headed out.