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[[File:OxleyLetter.jpg|thumb|240px|Jones deciphering Oxley's letter]]
 
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'''Oxley's letter '''was a cryptic message sent by [[Harold Oxley]] to [[Marion Ravenwood]] in 1957. The letter contained the first of [[Oxley's riddles]]
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'''Oxley's letter''' was a cryptic message given by [[Harold Oxley]] to [[Marion Ravenwood]] in [[1957]]. The letter contained the first of [[Oxley's riddles]] to the location of [[Akator]].
   
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
When Oxley had been abducted from the [[Nazca sanatorium]] by Russian soldiers, [[Irina Spalko]] made him write the letter to Marion in order to trick her into travelling to Peru to investigate Oxley's strange actions. When Marion arrived, she was abducted, too. However, Spalko let her escape so that she could call her son [[Mutt Williams]] by phone and send him the letter with the order to show it to [[Indiana Jones|Professor Jones]].
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Ostensibly driven to mad by the [[Crystal Skull of Akator]] to the point that he'd only communicate in [[Oxley's riddles|riddles]], [[Harold Oxley]] gave [[Marion Ravenwood]] a letter in code when the pair were kidnapped in [[Peru]] by [[Russia]]n soldiers under the command of [[Irina Spalko]]. With the Soviets searching for [[Akator]], they allowed Ravenwood to escape long enough so that she would get the letter to [[Indiana Jones]] to translate. Ravenwood unwittingly followed through on the plan by contacting her son, [[Mutt Williams]], by phone and sent him the letter, urging him to get help from Professor Jones.
   
Mutt met Jones when he was about to leave the town and showed him the letter. After they succeeded to escape from two KGB agents who were behind them and the letter, they went to Jones' library in order to decypher the message.
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In the [[United States of America|US]], Mutt met Jones when he was about to leave the [[Bedford|town]] and showed him the letter. After they escaped from two [[KGB]] who had been trailing them, the pair went to Jones's home in order to decypher the message.
   
 
The letter contained figures and text which Jones identified as being [[Koihoma]], an extinct Latin American language with Pre-Columbian syllabic base. The text contained a riddle, which he translated as:
== Content ==
 
The letter contained figures and text which Jones identified as being Koihoma, an extinct Latin American language with Pre-Columbian syllabic base. The text contained a riddle, reading:
 
   
 
: "''Follow the lines in the earth only gods can read which lead to Orellana's cradle guarded by the living dead.''"
 
: "''Follow the lines in the earth only gods can read which lead to Orellana's cradle guarded by the living dead.''"
   
 
Jones correctly interpreted the "lines only gods can read" as the [[Nazca Lines]] in [[Peru]] which can only be seen from above. However, he did not understand the reference to Orellana's cradle because [[Francisco de Orellana]] had been born in [[Spain]]. Only when he traveled with Mutt to [[Nazca]] and they found the map of the [[Chauchilla Cemetery]] on the floor of Oxley's cell at a [[Nazca sanatorium|sanatorium]], he realized that the word used for "cradle" was a general word for "resting place" and that Oxley had found the [[Orellana's Tomb|conquistador's tomb]], which had been lost for centuries, at [[Chauchilla Cemetery]]. There they found the burial site was guarded by [[Nazca (tribe)|warriors]] who wore terrifying skull masks, thus appearing as "living dead".
== Solving the riddle ==
 
   
 
==Appearances==
Jones correctly interpreted the "lines only gods can read" as the [[Nazca lines]] in [[Peru]] which can only be seen from above. However, he did not understand the reference to Orellana's cradle because [[Francisco de Orellana]] had been born in Spain. Only when he travelled with Mutt to [[Nazca]] and they found the map of the [[Chauchilla Cemetery]] on the floor of Oxleys cell in the [[Nazca sanatorium]], he realized that the word used for "cradle" was a general word for "resting place" and that Oxley appearently had found [[Orellana's Tomb]] which had been unknown for centuries. Chauchilla Cemetery was guarded by warriors who wore terrifying skull masks, thus appearing as "living dead".
 
 
*''[[Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull]]''
 
== Appearances ==
 
:* [[Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull]]
 
 
[[Category:World of Indiana Jones]]
 

Revision as of 16:23, 30 January 2014

Jones deciphering Oxley's letter

Oxley's letter was a cryptic message given by Harold Oxley to Marion Ravenwood in 1957. The letter contained the first of Oxley's riddles to the location of Akator.

History

Ostensibly driven to mad by the Crystal Skull of Akator to the point that he'd only communicate in riddles, Harold Oxley gave Marion Ravenwood a letter in code when the pair were kidnapped in Peru by Russian soldiers under the command of Irina Spalko. With the Soviets searching for Akator, they allowed Ravenwood to escape long enough so that she would get the letter to Indiana Jones to translate. Ravenwood unwittingly followed through on the plan by contacting her son, Mutt Williams, by phone and sent him the letter, urging him to get help from Professor Jones.

In the US, Mutt met Jones when he was about to leave the town and showed him the letter. After they escaped from two KGB who had been trailing them, the pair went to Jones's home in order to decypher the message.

The letter contained figures and text which Jones identified as being Koihoma, an extinct Latin American language with Pre-Columbian syllabic base. The text contained a riddle, which he translated as:

"Follow the lines in the earth only gods can read which lead to Orellana's cradle guarded by the living dead."

Jones correctly interpreted the "lines only gods can read" as the Nazca Lines in Peru which can only be seen from above. However, he did not understand the reference to Orellana's cradle because Francisco de Orellana had been born in Spain. Only when he traveled with Mutt to Nazca and they found the map of the Chauchilla Cemetery on the floor of Oxley's cell at a sanatorium, he realized that the word used for "cradle" was a general word for "resting place" and that Oxley had found the conquistador's tomb, which had been lost for centuries, at Chauchilla Cemetery. There they found the burial site was guarded by warriors who wore terrifying skull masks, thus appearing as "living dead".

Appearances

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