The Cypher is a quest in Dragon's Dogma
"Investigate a slate bearing a forgotten script. It may reveal aught of the dragon."
- Inquire Around Town (optional)
- Visit the Forger (optional)
- Seek Further Leads
- Report Your Findings
- 10,000 Gold
- 10,000 Exp.
- 15 Rift Crystals
This is one of the 4 Wyrm Hunt Quests from Ser Maximilian which you can perform after completing Lure of the Abyss and receiving the Wyrm Hunt License. The other quests he gives are A Fortress Besieged, Seeking Salvation, and The Watergod's Altar. Once completing 2 of these quests Come to Court becomes available.
Speaking to Maximilian and selecting "Decipher a text" from the choices triggers this particular quest. You are tasked with deciphering an ancient text that is tied to the main story.
There are several ways to go about this, traveling around Gran Soren and inquiring about, visiting The Black Cat and eventually finding your way to Hillfigure Knoll. It is a bit of a journey from Gran Soren to arrive there.
As you arrive at Hillfigure Knoll, you will see a cave. Approach it to trigger a cutscene and speak with The Dragonforged after its completion who will tell you the info you're looking for. Return to Maximilian to complete the quest and take another or "hear the duke's directive" to continue the main story.