RE: our book clues. As far as I know we have 2 outstanding magic words, posessed by Piki and Leigha. Leigha offered me her word in a pm because she will be unable to help for some undetermined time, but I didn't take her up on the offer. We haven't heard from Piki in some time, so at present we may not have any clues available.
That being said, I'm not sure how much it'd help. Unless the book gave us clues for multuple parts we'd just be 1 letter closer, and i'd guess we need at least 2 until we can reasonably just brute force our way through all the possible names. I figure once we have 8 of the 10 letters, and it's a word with anything resembling standard letter patterns we should be able to guess with a couple dozen tries.
Castor and the reptile - This clue completely baffles me as much now as it first did. The only promising discovery I have is that reptile actually has an additional meaning "a person regarded with loathing and contempt." But, that makes almost less sense than the snake-like meaning, because I don't find any reference to Castor being regarded with loathing.
So we either need someone who's hated less than Castor, or is less reptilian than Castor.... shrug I suspect there's more wordplay at hand here, but I can't divine it.
The coordinates - I'm pretty positive it's one of the folklore creatures from Hebridean, but I can't see any way to narrow that down to one or two prominent guesses.
Sadko - I've read maybe 5 different versions of this story now, and the best guess I have for his tempation would be for the river maiden named after the river near Nordgord (Which I'm too lazy to look up her name right now.) But there's nothing Russian anywhere on this map that I can tell. This is another one I think there's more to the words used in the clue than we guess, but I don't know what.
Chickens Path - Well my last guess got no response, so I can only assume it's wrong. I feel like we've tried every reasonable location along the lines we're thinking. That makes me guess we're all thinking wrong about this and she hit the shore somewhere else, but I have no idea where.
So, this is where we stand. 4 remaining clues. I think we only need to solve 2 of them. Now, which ones will fall first.....if any.