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Syberia The World Before: Get Dana’s Letter From Inside the Automaton Solution

As you can expect, the last puzzle in Syberia: The World Before is the game’s biggest challenge.




 Dana’s Letter hides the last secret needed to piece together the game’s story, but to obtain it, you’ll have to figure out how to operate an old automaton without any clues whatsoever. The puzzle can be quite difficult, but this guide should help lead you through all of its steps.

How to Get Dana’s Letter From the Automaton in Syberia: The World Before

How to Get Dana’s Letter From the Automaton in Syberia: The World Before

You can interact with the automaton after listening to Leni’s confession, but you won’t be able to do much unless you have the Voralberg Key. It can be found in a room downstairs in one of the armrest of Leni’s wheelchair.

The shape of this key can be altered by extending one of the four prongs – two have diamond shapes on the end and the other two have end in a circular shape. For now, extend the two prongs with diamond shapes on them.

Automaton’s Heart

How to Get Dana’s Letter From the Automaton in Syberia: The World Before

Now you can work on fixing the automaton. First, open the two clasps on it’s chest, than rotate both halves of it’s bowtie by 180 degrees, to form a keyhole. Use the Voralberg Key on it to unlock the machine’s heart.

Now, change the shape of the key to make an L. The upper prong should have the diamond at the end. Now, you’ll see a seemingly complex mechanism moving, with a blockade that will not allow you to remove the heart.

You’ll need to use the handle at the top in order to stop the mechanism so that the rotating circle at the bottom will expose the small key you need to pull. Now, you can rotate the crank in the lower right and push the central switch all the way down, to remove the automaton’s heart. Insert Oscar in it’s place to give you more control over the machine.

Moving the Knob

How to Get Dana’s Letter From the Automaton in Syberia: The World Before

Now it gets a bit tricky. You’ll need to lean twice with Oscar to expose another keyhole on the automaton’s back – this one requiring using the key with only one diamond prong extended. Rotating it will change the position of the route you might’ve noticed before on the machine’s stomach.

On the back of the Automaton there is a slider you can use to release the small knob on the machine’s stomach. But to use it, you’ll have to place Oscar in a straight position first. While you’re at it, move both of his arms/hooves up twice, to remove the small blockades on the Automaton’s chest.

Now, move the knob, manually rotating the remaining portions of the path. After removing the left part of the locking mechanism, you’ll have to use the key on the Automaton’s back to move the portion of the road to it’s desired place again. But move the knob to the central position of the road first, otherwise you won’t be able to move it out of the upper portion of the route.

The Last Lock

How to Get Dana’s Letter From the Automaton in Syberia: The World Before

Now, all that’s left to do is turning the crank on the Automaton’s chest and using the key with all the prongs down on the lock in the machine’s mouth. You should now have the access to Dana’s Letter.


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Total War Three Kingdoms: Court Guide

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Alexis Ongsansoy



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Going to war and managing your troops in the heat of battle has always been the core gameplay of Total War, either that or deliberately heading straight into battle outgunned or outnumbered in order to test the mettle of your troops. But with the Three Kingdoms things can get mighty confusing when you’re not out fighting. You’d be surprised how something as simple as choosing who to put on councils can take up your time when you’re not quite sure of your decisions. That will all go away as we show you the way of heaven’s will in this guide and lead your kingdom to prosperity!

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Now the court is made up of your faction leaders, heirs, and your administrators. You manage your dynasty here as you unlock more positions when you progress. Let’s go further into detail below and see how you can manage your people better.

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While you’re in the in-game map click on the Court button or press 2 to bring up the rest of your family tree. What you can do here first is to hover over everyone’s portraits to see the positive and negative benefits they can offer if they’re to be assigned to a certain position.

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Next thing that you should be on the lookout for is the character’s Background. You can find this by hovering over the general’s name, there’s plenty of generals each with their own unique background so be careful who you choose! For this example, Liu Bei is a Virtuous Idealist. That helps you with public order and upkeep but gives you 25% less income due to their poor background.

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Another interesting thing to keep in mind are the basic Traits. You will have to keep a close eye on this as it influences character relations throughout the campaign. Same with the Background, there are numerous Traits in the game and your character can earn more as you progress with them.

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Of course besides the individual Traits and Backgrounds you also would want to know more about navigating the Court itself. Each individual position in the court will have its own explanation and allows you to see the rank required in order to unlock it.

You can choose good old fashioned nepotism and assign a post to a family member or a general who’s done actual work with their own hands. Each character will offer various bonuses depending on the position they’re assigned to.

Remember – not all your characters need to be out in the field as some of them are more proficient with administrative affairs. The pen is mightier than the sword, and all of that.

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Now that you’ve assigned a post to the members of your Court the next thing you need to do is to make sure everyone is satisfied. You wouldn’t want someone in a position of power to complain and suddenly decide it would be in their best interest to rebel! That gets in the way of prosperity and no one wants that.

In order to view a character’s Satisfaction go and hover over their character panel or check the characters list on your campaign screen. If you choose the character panel check to the right of their age in order to see their opinion about you.

Some of the things you can do to make sure they don’t look elsewhere is to make sure that the post you assigned to them is compatible with their class. For example if your character’s class is Sentinel then you would want to make that character into an Administrator.

Lastly, it’s recommended that you assign a post that complements their level. Give them a post that’s too out of reach for them and their satisfaction will suffer just as much. Now that’s good work ethic!

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And that is how you manage internal affairs in Total War: Three Kingdoms. Now that you know the intricacies of the court you can be your very own Sun Tzu and lead by example!

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