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Jenafur found, or how WoW's biggest secret was revealed

For almost a year World of Warcraft players have been trying to find Jenafur. Finally, the secret of the Void Cat was discovered by an internet user, although - as it turned out - he had to rely on information from the game's files.

After almost a year of searching, the disturbing cat found its way into the hands of players. (Source: MamyTwink).
Highlights:
almost a year after the debut of update 8.2.5, players have found the secret pet - Jenafur;
Paul - the discoverer of the secret cat belonging to Amara - confirmed that the key was a sound effect, or more precisely its score, which was discovered some time ago in the game files;
Jeremy Feasel, WoW's chief designer and creator of the puzzle, congratulated the community on finding Jenafur.
Earlier this month, we reported on the search for Jenafur, a pet hidden in World of Warcraft a year ago. As of September 24, 2019, players have not managed to summon this unruly cat, and one would think that we would sooner live to see the first anniversary of the 8.2.5 update than solve the puzzle introduced in it. Fortunately, 10 days before that date we managed to discover the mystery of Jenafur. It was done by an internet user calling himself Paul, who described how to summon the pet in a shared document.

Jenafur to the rhythm of music
Let's start with a short reminder: the players have long managed to discover a large part of the quest. After talking with the elfess 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 direct us to the renovated dungeons in Karazhan. Here, however, the stairs begin. In the location you can find 20 kinds of food and an organist with a new dialogue question activated after talking to Amara. And it's at this stage that all the secret hunters have so far given up, despite further hints from Blizzard.

The beginning of the task was simple, but the rest of the quest proved to be a tough nut to crack.
Paul was also interested in the matter, because although he himself doesn't play World of Warcraft (nor too many video games), he's interested in puzzles. The solution to the one prepared by Blizzard led him to the last hints made available by the employees of the company. These mentioned the need to arrange two piles of "goodies" into eight "bites" in 4/4 rhythm on tiles to form "music written by our musician". This confirmed speculation long circulating among players that the key to solving the puzzle was to arrange the pieces of food in Karazhan like notes on a stave. Furthermore, the mention of "tiles" suggested not only where the "morsels" were most likely to be arranged, but also which ones to use and in what order (in short: those that lie on the tiles).

Here, however, another conundrum appears: which piece should we play in this way to summon Jenafur? As it turns out, we needed to... look in the files of update 8.2.5. A year ago, the score of Amara's Wish was published, a sound buried in the game's code and - judging by its name - undoubtedly related to the task. However, while most Jenafur seekers considered it purely a form of reward for completing the Jenafur quest, Paul suspected that the notes of this song held the key to solving the Void Cat riddle. When he checked the arrangement of them and the meat bites, he noticed a striking similarity. After several failed attempts, Paul's theory was confirmed: Jenafur had joined the pet.

A secret in the game?
The funniest thing about the whole thing is that the responsibility for such a long search for Jenafur lies with... the players themselves. As Paul mentioned in his documentary, most players thought of Amara's piece as a reward, not a clue. However, he wasn't the first to come up with the idea that the score of Amara's Wish could be the key to solving the cat puzzle. The snag (via Reddit) is that the World of Warcraft community disbelieved in this thesis so much that the moderators of the Explorers channel on Discord discouraged people from taking this approach.

It's fair to add, however, that the skeptics had reason to doubt. The most important argument was the fact that there's no way to get to Amara's Wish without looking into the game's files, and the same goes for the song's score. Until now, all secrets could only be discovered through in-game actions, but apparently this time players had to get their hands dirty. "Apparently", because - as many internet users point out - it's not impossible 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 "notation", but - for example - created from environmental elements. The implicit arrangement of "morsels" can be considered such, especially since it has long been suspected that Jenafur is only interested in meat. But was there any way for anyone to guess which ones represented the notes of the secret song?

The second compelling argument stemmed from a mention by the creators of World of Warcraft that the puzzle was supposed to be "friendly" to the deaf. It didn't occur to the skeptics that while this excludes the music itself, the notes written on paper are perfectly accessible to the disabled. These discussions aside, the community basically breathed a sigh of relief - the biggest mystery of World of Warcraft was finally solved. The game's developers have also reported success: Jeremy Feasel (WoW's chief designer and, last but not least, the creator of the Jenafur puzzle) made a short post on Twitter congratulating them.