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===Boat on Troubled Water===
 
Liaison, Diagnostic and Brain went out on a boat to receive the signal sent by MoonMan, but lost their equipment because of an attack. Whatever attacked them burst upwards through the hull, and also through Diagnostic's leg. Brain had been singing(and playing a ukelele he found on the boat) up until this point, but stopped just prior to the attack and pushed Diagnostic. Had he not shoved Diagnostic, the projectile would have gone through his chest (and presumably killed him). All data from the 3rd signal was lost.
 
Liaison, Diagnostic and Brain went out on a boat to receive the signal sent by MoonMan, but lost their equipment because of an attack. Whatever attacked them burst upwards through the hull, and also through Diagnostic's leg. Brain had been singing(and playing a ukelele he found on the boat) up until this point, but stopped just prior to the attack and pushed Diagnostic. Had he not shoved Diagnostic, the projectile would have gone through his chest (and presumably killed him). All data from the 3rd signal was lost.

Revision as of 18:39, 30 January 2017

Dawn Bloom
Active since 2016-12-24
Dawn bloom logo.png
The Dawn Bloom ARG was part of the Black Watchmen series of ARGs.
Type [[List_of_Investigations#Official|Official]]
Creator Alice & Smith & the Lovent Group
Discovered 2016-12-24

Main Page > List of Investigations > Dawn Bloom Operation DAWNBLOOM is an operation in the Black Watchmen (a permanent ARG). It differs from past operations within the Black Watchmen in that it is expected to run for several months, and relies very little on previous lore within the game's universe. You can access the Discord server for this operation here, and the Black Watchmen forum thread here.

Background

Q98A66

This operation involves interaction with Special Task force Q98A66, which we have been told stands for Query 98, Admin 66. Q98A66 has five members, only four of which we have met, and only three of which regularly make appearances in the Discord channel. Those three members (Diagnostic, Control, and Liaison) are apparently able to do their jobs interchangeably, while Brain and Tactical are too highly specialized to 'swap out' with other members of the team.

  • Liaison handles communication between Q98A66, Division 66, and Division 79(the players). His defining personality traits seem to be skepticism and adherence to rules and regulations. He is usually the one to come to us with new information, requests for more intel, or general commentary on the mission.
  • Control is in charge of Q98A66, as indicated by her handle. Her personality is hard to gauge, as she isn't often in the Discord chat. Liaison describes her as deceitful, and says that's part of her job.
  • Diagnostic has the job of handling technical and performance related testing. He seems more relaxed than Liaison, and openly states that he believes the signals we are receiving are a result of time travel. Liaison describes him as a hyperactive conspiracy theorist and a lukewarm scientist. He seems to have some combat experience but hasn't given specifics as to where and when.
  • Brain was formerly called 'Specialist', we haven't met him but have heard him described. He appears to be unstable psychologically and poses a threat to himself and those who surround him. What he contributes to the team isn't entirely clear, but he is ostensibly Q98A66's specialist in esoteric or unique information. Brain used to collabarate with the Oakvalley Sleep Center on a lucid dreaming method, called the "Glasswick Technique". It's also known that he's come into contact with the Voynich Manuscript in the past. Liaison has stated that Brain has used the internet to disseminate dangerous information in the past. Because he isn't allowed online, Agents requested a mailing address to communicate with him. He can be contacted by mail at:
212 Showroom
68-10 58th Avenue
Apt Nine
Flushing New York 11378
  • Tactical we only know of because Liaison had said there were 5 members of the task force, but only 4 had been mentioned in conversation. Direct questioning about the fifth member yielded some additional insight into the fifth member, Tactical. Their job is focused on 'in person' threats. If agents are contacted by Tactical, it means Q98A66 is under attack or otherwise compromised. Liaison has said that the rest of the team doesn't see Tactical that often. Tactical apparently moves from place to place using a helicopter, and was the person to originally gather all the team members together. In the one interaction that agents had with Tactical, his demeanor was serious but he was still comfortable cracking jokes.
  • Archivist is Diagnostic's biological brother. He was recruited to the Taskforce when the Agency was attempting to contact Diagnostic's next of kin. His job is to record information about the operation and convert that information into Archive documents suitable for distribution across the Agency.

The Black Watchmen's History with Montauk

Dispatch told Q98A66 that there was a previous incident at Montauk before the current incarnation of The Black Watchmen (so 1960s or so), but they won't give us any more details than that. They weren't given a casefile.

Liaison: We were told there are significant reasons why we were formed to investigate

That there was an incident at Montauk, and if this is related there cannot be a repeat of events

So far we are outside any kind of relation with those incidents

Enemies and Threats

Q98A66 has stated they are fairly certain SIGIL is involved at this point. An ocean glider was captured, and subsequently released by, the Chinese navy(Source). They think this has to do with SIGIL operatives sensing the anomalous signals in the ocean. Liaison also mentioned his computer had been attacked recently on January 6th, and they were unsure if it was technical error or sabotage. Q98A66 has alluded to enemies when abruptly leaving the Discord as well. It's uncertain if they are being actively tracked or monitored by hostile agents.

Control: Speaking of enemies, Q98A66 is moving.

While attempting to capture the third signal, Q98A66 was attacked by what appeared to be an unmanned underwater drone. There is also strong indication that a company funded by Aconite Capital (a venture capital firm associated with SIGIL) is involved in this situation.

Operation Commences

In the Christmas Eve newsletter, Alice & Smith announced Operation DAWNBLOOM.

Agents, Special Task force Q98A66 needs your help - a abnormal radio signal was picked up across the Atlantic in the last two weeks, it’s meaning and origin remain unknown. We understand little about this bizarre phenomenon, besides the fact that it must have come from a satellite, it originates from a single location, and it is growing stronger...

Welcome to Operation DAWNBLOOM, an experimental project created by the Lovent Group [head writers of Ahnayro: The Dream World] in collaboration with Alice & Smith. This project is all about dynamic, reactive storytelling putting control of the narrative fully in the hands of our community.
[...]

For your first mission briefing, head to the Situation Room (In-Game) and look for static.

By accessing the Situation Room (a page within the Black Watchmen's game client where Operations are often announced), players were directed to Archive Case File S2J3L9. In short, a mysterious signal was picked up around the 14th of December and a taskforce set up to analyse it. The intensity of local interference is strongest at Camp Hero in Montauk, New York. We were given a copy of the recording and a contact link to the taskforce: [email protected]

Signal #1

Simple version of the cycle decryption visual by Agent codex

There were three audio files in total. Two of them were of a man reading seemingly random words while occasionally a high pitched noise was played, and the last was a 'clean' version of the man reading words. Agents determined that the spoken words and the high pitched audio were two separate encrypted messages.

Agents dylanamite and BPotatoes were the ones to crack the spoken cipher, by first noticing that certain words were always read in order. A 'chain' of words was determined, with groups of three words being used to indicate a letter. The cycle cipher was constructed of cardinal and ordinal directions, moon phases, and the primary/secondary/tertiary colors of the RGB color wheel. Agent codex created an image to help visualize the cycle cipher.

The spoken words decrypted to:

HELLO YOU ARE THE MOST PERFECT WORLD

SSTV images combined with discernible text overlaid.

The other audio was analyzed by Agent KiRa, who used SSTV analysis software called RX-SSTV on mode Robot-36 to extract images from the audio. Agent UNLorD combined the images into what appeared to be the silhouette of Long Island created out of text. Preliminary analysis of the SSTV images showed that the text was related to viruses, possibly RNA retroviruses or viral classification methods.

The taskforce announced they would be attempting to send a return broadcast on December 28th, 2016 at approximately 7:20 AM EST. They shared the results of this attempt, and requested additional intel regarding the observed frequency shift.
Cycle decryption visual with degrees and kHz added.
Q98A66 - Research Data

Hypothesis: The signal is bouncing off the moon

Test: Use Communication Array and Satellite to ‘ping’ lunar body, and observe if signal distorts.


12/27/2016 20:00 EST: Broadcast SSTV signal with no actual photo, just errant signal, after two seconds we observed no change in signal. Called Signal One.

Broadcast AM Radio Signal, tone B sharp, and after two seconds observed no change in signal. Called Signal Two.

When Signal One reached Montauk, there was no observable difference.

When Signal Two reached Montauk, there was no observable difference.

There was also no visible effect in the areas where the signals overlapped.

12/27/2016 20:30 EST: Q988A66 member suggests we are not observing enough data, that an emergent quality would appear if we tested in larger numbers. Suggests we attempt to imitate the broadcast of the original signal by altering the waveform in the same format. So scaling across the AM spectrum in loops.

Q98A66 begins hammering target with large numbers of signal ‘noise’.

After reviewing data, it was determined that occasionally HF AM Band Radio waves would lose very small pockets of itself similar to the phenomenon observed in the original signal.

The effect was not consistent, but we believe there is a frequency or format relative to Lunar Position that will generate an effect similar to the type observed in the original signal.

We need to determine that sequence.

Resolution: We need to determine the starting AM Band, and what the Band scales by incrementally in order to maintain the effect of signal ‘vanishing’. A consistent ‘vanishing’ will allow us to map the Apolune and Perilune of whatever is causing the signal effect. That in turn tells us roughly what kind of object or anomaly is causing this.

THANKS TO: All Agents submitting Research and aiding us in this endeavor, we won’t name you here for fear of compromise, but you know who you are and those observing will remember your contributions.

Agents returned to analyzing the cycle cipher for additional clues. Liaison noted in the Discord server that the meanings of the categories used for the cipher hadn't been addressed, and agents followed that lead. The cardinal/ordinal directions were determined to be a reference for orienting the cycle, and the moon phases were determined to have relevance to the date (or current moon phase). Since the date at this point was December 29th, it meant we were almost at the start/end of the cycle ('New', for new moon). After some more fiddling with the cycle cipher, agents determined that the signal frequency required for the broadcast must be correlated with the current moon phase. To determine the integer value that the frequency would need to be scaling by, agents mapped the frequency range given to us by Q988A66 (535kHz to 1605kHz) to the outside of the circle, with 0 degrees = 535kHz and 360 degrees = 1605kHz. We then determined the kHz value of 1 degree (2.97kHz). Using this as the scaling integer, and 1600kHz as the starting frequency (just a little bit before 'New' for the new moon), a transmission was successfully 'vanished' at approximately 6:30UTC on December 29th.

Contact with Peter Moon

Agent madvillain reached out via email to Peter Moon, the author of the book The Montauk Project.

Hi, I am writing to you because of your relationship with the Montauk Project. Recently, my organization observed very strange radio signals being broadcasted by unknown entities. The signal is not on a single frequency, but appears as increasingly larger bursts across a scaling frequency on AM spectrum. As this is not possible without a satellite in orbit, we determined that these signals were being bounced off the moon itself (a possibly irrelvant, although interesting, coincidence with your name). The age of the waves is always the same despite location, which indicates a spontaneous manifestation. Interestingly, as you approach areas in Long Island such as False Point and Hampton Bay, the signal carries more and more interference - the interference is strongest at Camp Hero, which is where your book comes in.

Your book describes the process of 'frequency hopping', where researchers at Camp Hero broadcasted signals that shifted between different frequencies incredibly fast. This is incredibly similar to the behavior of the observed frequencies. However, the observed frequencies are not in the range you gave as being experimented with - they are in the AM radio spectrum, not within 425-450 mHz. There are two messages contained in this broadcast: an elaborately encoded message which we decoded as being "HELLO YOU ARE THE MOST PERFECT WORLD", and an SSTV image describing the behavior of RNA retroviruses, with the text in the shape of Long Island.

My questions to you:

1. What, in your opinion, is the source of these broadcasts? Some in my organization believe aliens are the source, while others believe time travel is involved.
2. Would any alien lifeforms you may have encountered have sent messages of these types?
3. Is time travel likely, given the behavior of the broadcast?
4. Would researchers at Camp Hero, in any time period, have sent these messages?
5. Was any research being done at Camp Hero related to retroviruses?

Somewhat surprisingly, he received a reply.

Thank you for your email, Victor. I've attached a recent newsletter about my trip to Romania last summer but only for the purpose of you getting the drift on "white noise". I'm working on a video which also addresses the subject but very briefly and not so much in the context of what you asked. The article should suffice. Aliens is a word I don't like but such a communication, according to my new vocabulary, would come from the 8th dis. mension where all potentials manifest. There is a constant effort in that dimension for different entities to communicate and/or empower themselves or even resolve situation. To reduce this to the lowest common denominator, yes, aliens and time travel would be involved....my guess. Plum Island has done most of the biological research and its connected to Camp Hero. It still exists. Can't say if Camp Hero sent them in the first place but I would guess not. There have also been signals from Europa and they are mentioned in the book "Secret Parchment". What you say is interesting and I wish I could be of more help. Above is the best I can do for now. Can you tell me more about your group?

Attachment

The following response was sent:

Thank you very much for your time. Your help is sincerely appreciated. We may have more questions for you in the near future - I will keep you updated.
We are an independent organization dedicated to monitoring potential threats to global security and taking the appropriate responses when necessary.

And response received:

OK, Victor, and thank you. I'll be happy to hear from you.

Agent madvillain reached out to Peter Moon again late in the evening on January 6th.

Hello,

We have received another communication of the same type as before. You can listen to the message here, and a transcript is provided here. This message raises some very interesting questions.
1. The message starts off with "Hello Moon". Could this be in reference to you? Do you recognize this voice?
2. He speaks of "another place" that is very similar to ours, and later says "both worlds". In your book, Project Moonbeam was an experiment involving two separate timelines. Are these things likely to be related?
3. Do you have any theories on who "the others" he mentions are?
4. He mentions a cycle, and says that we must stop it. What could this be referring to?
5. "The moon you see is not the moon but a perilous device closer than we imagine." Any thoughts on what this could mean?

Thank you for your time.

And the reply

I can't hear the audio that well. COmputer is in the shop. THis is clearly a lost soul who is "strung out" in space time. ALl sorts of theories including what you suggest apply. THis is another example of spirits being lost. FAiled time experiment? YES! We live in that realm. SOlution = grounding and breathing

Q98A66 has apparently also been in contact with Peter Moon via phone call. Apparently he's just as fun over the phone.

Signal #2

On Jan 2nd at 00:59 UTC, Liaison informed the discord channel a new signal was found off of False Point. They estimated about two nights to track it down manually (aka bruteforcing the correct scaling). It appears to have been broadcasting since the 28th. Liaison returned to the Discord at approximately 17:00UTC on January 3rd to confirm that they had the data, and were currently preparing it for analysis. They also mentioned there was a large amount of it.

Later that evening, the signal was made available for analysis. The audio recording appears to be a male voice, echoing, but speaking in English. It also has what sounds like another SSTV signal overlaid on top of it.

A partial transcript of the spoken words was compiled by the community.

Hello moon

You probably want to know who I am, or how I am doing this
That isn’t important, and I couldn’t even tell you if I wanted to
I just don’t understand it all, but please, listen
I am coming from another place. We are very similar
We can’t do something by ourselves, so we sent people to try and find answers
This is my second trip
First trip went horribly wrong
I survived but things get worse on the other side
The wrong people got the wrong information and the cycle repeated
There are people like you, watchers, looking for answers in the dark “who helped me???”…(something)
I am not alone
The others are being lied to
And have been lied to
For them, we are already doomed
Fear the men who [?]
There is a coming trap meant to ensure our failure
Do not reveal …. “when /where you go?” (yourself?)
Or the others will panic
[sigh]
Send me a way to know where you are
But it has to be the place where my shadow landed
There’s only one place like it in the whole world
If I knew where that was, I could concentrate to within a mile of you
But now I am (just) shooting into the void
The moon you see is not the moon but a perilous device closer than we imagine.
Only you see the true night sky, we are trapped in it’s shadow
Save both worlds or repeat the cycle
I have to be vague, or the others will find us first.
There is no code in this message, just a sad lonely man
[laughing? Or crying?]
I guess you can call me the man in the moon

That is not the moon

Additionally, eight images were extracted from the overlaid SSTV signals.


Agents believe that one organism described in the images is Parasitaxus urda, a parasitic gymnosperm that is endemic to remote forests in New Caledonia, based on the text transcribed from the third and eighth SSTV images.

“leaves”

In absence of usual leaves
this fauna sample has brown
fan like structures covered in (?)
of some sort
Reminds me of Paragorgiidae
Not a similar makeup to most
photosynthesizing plants. Leading
me to believe it’s not truly a plant at all.
Bulbous, does not feel like wood at all

Present on all branches
“Polyps”
Very similar to coral
Unlike anything found on land
Taking samples

Hopefully able to go to a (?) lab

Liaison, as well as several agents, is unsure if the author of the field notes retrieved via SSTV and the speaker on the audio are the same person. However, we are assuming that our 'moon man' was a part of the expedition mentioned.

Diagnostic believes given the distance that his signal appears at False Point that our target is spamming either different physical locations or different temporal/dimensional locations, and that some earthbound location synchronizes this event. Exactly like our moon point vanishing, the moon man would observe all of his signal going to one point in time and space.

Given there is only one radio tower in the world like the one at Montauk, and that it shares a relationship to his signal, it’s likely that radar is the location we’re looking for. Agent codex compiled a report on the radar for the taskforce and emailed it to them previously.

Liaison: The big thing about Montauk is that while the AM signal erratically appears everywhere, the SSTV signal only joins there

Diagnostic and Liaison share the hypothesis that our window to send a message begins tonight, and lasts until the next full moon

Before leaving abruptly on January 6th around noon EST, Q98A66 shared three possibilities for broadcasts to be sent.

  • Control wants to send a series of messages with different locations in an attempt to gain intel on our enemy
Control: See I'm still partial to the idea that we send out multiple messages with only one of them having the correct shadow location but that encryption would have to be complicated enough to make the third party believe it's real but it would have to have something to make it obvious to moon man which is correct
  • Diagnostic wants to use the kHz wheel/cycle cipher as a sphere to describe a location in time and place, relative to information the moon man will understand.
  • Liaison believes that we should send a question to him as we lack data.

Broadcast #2

When the time window opened for our second return broadcast, we first began by sending a test tone in order to ensure we had the right values to achieve 'vanishing' of the signal. We also created a simple math equation to make it easier to calculate the kHz value our broadcast needed to start on.
Cipherequation.png

To our surprise, another signal was detected being broadcasted- and it was identical to our first broadcast of Agent zaelong reading out the cipher-cycle encrypted message 'WE HEAR YOU'. Q98A66 believes that this isn't the result of our signal being intercepted, but of the network they are using being compromised. Because Liaison's computer was recently attacked, this is definitely not outside the realm of possibility.

Agent zaelong's report on the coordinate system.

We sent an initial broadcast to our 'moon man' asking him in plain words (without encryption) if there was an easier way for us to contact him, just past midnight on January 7th (having worked for most of the evening of January 6th trying to come up with a better encryption method or other ideas on what to broadcast).

On the evening of January 10th, we sent several messages. We sent coordinates for a jazz bar in Boston called The Beehive, as well as coordinates for Camp Hero in Montauk, both as encrypted Cartesian coordinates. The Boston coordinates were sent in duplicate, in the hopes that our 'moon man' would remember his own words: "The wrong people got the wrong information, and the cycle repeated." With that clue, ideally he would realize the coordinates that were broadcast once were the correct coordinates.

We also sent an additional unencrypted message, asking him "Did you send the flowers?" This is a reference to the SSTV signals. As far as we are aware, we are the only people who have identified and decrypted the SSTV signals, so it was important we keep information about them under wraps. However, we still wanted to know if they had been intentionally sent by our 'moon man'.

Sidenote on Coordinates

Since we dont know how our friend on the moon sees the earth we send out the coordinates in a {x,y,z} format
We set up the axes in such a way that the x-axis points toward the moon, the y-axis goes eastward, and the z axis goes north.
Simply put; the earth will be represented by a sphere with r=1; the coordinate of the center is {0;0;0} and the North pole is at {0;0;1}.
The zero point/orientation of the earth that matters to our moon man is how he perceives the earth; that is why the coordinates of the moon are given. The full moon will occur on Jan 12th, 2017 at 11:34AM UTC (6:34AM EST), and it will be at this (18.1833N, 172.000W) location.

Agent zaelong also created a report for Q98A66 explaining the coordinate system.


After sending our messages to MoonMan, there was a vote on our course of action against the ones listening in on us. the options were:

  • soft: approach 'enemies' and talk to them, to find out who they are, what they want, and get them to back off, or just get them to friendly cooperate
  • hard: "Shoot first, interrogate later", kidnap them and find out what they know. objective isn't killing, but making sure they'll never see daylight again
  • observe: bug the area and spy on whoever gets there

'Observe' was the winning option. Coordinates were sent to the Beehive in Boston, and the Observe team stood by to... Observe.

signal #3

Boat on Troubled Water

Liaison, Diagnostic and Brain went out on a boat to receive the signal sent by MoonMan, but lost their equipment because of an attack. Whatever attacked them burst upwards through the hull, and also through Diagnostic's leg. Brain had been singing(and playing a ukelele he found on the boat) up until this point, but stopped just prior to the attack and pushed Diagnostic. Had he not shoved Diagnostic, the projectile would have gone through his chest (and presumably killed him). All data from the 3rd signal was lost.

Tracking Control

After Diagnostic was injured, Control went rogue in Boston (presumably tracking an enemy).

Trackers all come from one gps point then send data based on a maintained 'average speed'

So we know about how far an object travels from a location, but not exactly where. Sorry, but there were five activated. We don't know why Control did this, but we assume one is her Data

Tracker One Latitude: 42.361783 | Longitude: -71.094291
2hr11min

Tracker Two Latitude: 42.361783 | Longitude: -71.094291
30mins ~ 3hr20min

Tracker Three Latitude: 42.361783 | Longitude: -71.094291
50mins ~ 1hr10mins

Tracker Four Latitude: 42.361783 | Longitude: -71.094291
30mins ~ 8hr43mins

Tracker Five Latitude: 42.361783 | Longitude: -71.094291

50mins ~ 1Hr30mins

A second dataset was given later

Tracker One Latitude: 41.306176 | Longitude: -72.93613

Erratic small movement, likely an animal

Tracker Two Latitude: 41.306176 | Longitude: -72.93613

Erratic small movement, likely an animal

Tracker Four Latitude: 40.161734 | Longitude: -75.465299

Erratic small movement, likely an animal

Tracking the Trackers

Tactical regrouped with Liaison and Brain, and they went on to search for (and locate) the two trackers that had arrived in New Haven. The two trackers were found to be attached to canisters in the possession of two homeless women from Boston that Control or another agent had paid to go to New Haven and wait for Liaison et al. Upon the group's arrival, they pulled out a piece of paper and write a message on the ground in chalk (blue). Brain wrote two other messages in chalk (orange and yellow). Immediately after writing those two messages, he said "I don't speak that" and then lost consciousness (from approximately 8am EST to 7pm EST).

The blue message was written in hobo code, and translates (roughly) to

If you are sick, they'll care for you
Doctor here, won't charge
Vicious dog here
Be prepared to defend yourself
You'll be cursed out
Authorities here are alert
Thieves are about

The orange we believe is Enochian, but have been having difficulty getting a good translation. possible translation:

XRAYESX SAY XO

The yellow appears to be Ogham, and possibly translates to

LPHABETA HEARS MOON

LPHABETA is a company funded by Aconite Capital, who are linked to SIGIL. Evidence of direct SIGIL involvement triggered a parameter for Q98A66, leading Liaison to open an envelope with the Black Watchmen logo. He refuses to share the contents of the envelope with us until we are able to contact Control for approval.

Doggynostic

Before the Beehive observation op took place, most of the team was taking refuge at a safe house that was located inside a vet clinic. During the time at the vet clinic Diagnostic’s condition had worsened and the “doctor” at the clinic had a look at him and produced a report.

The vet's handwritten report.

Transcript:

Lung cancer
Spot
A1 2.8(?) cm
A2 3.2 cm
A3 2.1 cm
B1 2.8 cm
B2 3.2 cm
B3 2.4 cm
Patient is Hostile!

Severe Pain,
Dilation of pupil is Massive! Like Dog eye!
Thought it was radiation sickness, but xray
shows cancer in heart and lungs, blood
pressure will cause death.

This makes no sense!

During the period of time that they were present at the vet, Diagnostic had bitten the doctor which prompted them to get kicked out of the safe house. Diagnostic’s condition, according to Liaison, had gotten worse with some of his teeth falling out and being generally unresponsive the following day during the time he was reporting the tracker information. At some point during the brief Liaison had paused to go to the bathroom with Brain and, coincidently, Diagnostic had appeared in Com Channel Alpha on Discord. A couple agents that were currently on at the time went into Coms to figure out what was up, and they encountered a Diagnostic that wasn’t at all acting like someone who was before seemingly on their deathbed. During the conversation it was revealed that he had hijacked the van the team was using (leaving Liaison and Brain at a homeless shelter in New Haven, CT) and was driving to a safehouse in Brooklyn. During the ensuing conversations it was revealed that a number of changes has occurred to him as follows:

  • His leg that originally had been hit by the rod, and was essentially considered to be jelly, was fully healed - indicating enhanced cell regeneration
  • He was able to do a backflip which he claimed he could never do before, more so with his leg being damaged - indicating enhanced agility
  • The teeth he had lost were growing back and were sharper than before
  • He no longer needed his glasses (he claims he was legally blind without his glasses before) and being able to see things clearly about 1 km away (he saw a deer while driving at about that distance) - indicating enhanced sight
  • He was able to smell gasoline during the whole time he was driving - indicating enhanced smell
  • He seemed to have heightened coordination with his hands and feet as he said he could steer the van using his feet.
  • Was able to drive while 2 cc’s of morphine was in his system. He said he felt no effect - indicating enhanced metabolism.
  • During the drive, Diagnostic was asked by Lexic_Meise to perform an exorcism on one of the bone fragments found in his leg
  • During the drive it was suggested that he try wiping on his skin a baby wipe. After doing so he reported that it felt itchy like it was an allergic reaction. It was assumed the baby wipes contained Aconitum which is also called Wolf’s Bane which mythologically reacts to what Diagnostic was believed to be.

Ultimately based on all this information it was believed that Diagnostic had contracted Lycanthropy or basically he’s now a werewolf. Current theory is it’s a curse linked to the bone shards that were in his leg, but only some shards have been burned and the other shards are in possession of other individuals (Liaison has one shard and currently is debating if he should burn it or send it to HQ, and Tactical might have a shard).

Before Diagnostic had signed off, one last suggestion was given to try administering to himself Aconitine, a poison that can be extracted from the Wolfsbane plant, as he said he’d have access to a centrifuge and other needed things. The hope was that he would be online for agents to assess the effects but instead he did not come online and injected it via IV himself. This put him into intense pain and knocked him out for the night. He was not gotten in contact with again until Agent codex suggested to track him using the phone tracking program to find lost phones (the phone Diagnostic was using was Liaison’s).

Utilizing the program led them to the address to send mail to for Brain and allowed us to regroup Diagnostic with Liaison and Brain and attempt to acquire the 3rd signal again.

Signal #3, Take #2

Liaison, Brain, and Diagnostic stole a boat in Montauk, as well as about 8 or 9 fishing nets. Their plan was to use the nets to entangle the drone long enough to disable it with thermite (components for making this were brought along on the boat), so the third signal could be captured before it collapsed at 6:30AM 1/19. They set out on their excursion around 9:30PM EST on 1/18, and we have not yet heard any updates from the team.

Rest, Recover, Regroup

MIA?

Dispatch stated on 1/20 Q98A66 had not reported in that morning.

We are attempting to reestablish reach Q98A66 on a secure channel, but have yet to make contact. They failed to report in this morning, and we are monitoring the situation closely. Stand by for updates.

At 10:22 PM on 1/20, Liaison re-entered the Discord, ostensibly to complain about the fact that the hospital he was in was playing the Minions movie on repeat.

[10:22 PM] Liaison: So the worst part of this wasn't freezing cold water, Brain screaming, Dognostic getting set on fire, or even the harrowing truth behind my message of 'in real life, bombs don't go Beep'...

[10:23 PM] Liaison: It wasn't not getting the signal

[10:23 PM] Liaison: It definetly wasn't getting Ben and Jerry's the next morning while pulling shrapnel out of Diagnostic

[10:24 PM] Liaison: It's that the hospital I am in has been playing the Minions Movie Non-stop

[10:24 PM] Zephyrous: Everyone alive?

[10:24 PM] Liaison: Yes

[10:26 PM] Liaison: Diagnostic has largely recovered, despite being engulfed in thermite and then being blasted

[10:26 PM] Liaison: Brain started screaming beep and dove into the water, I being only a little slow on the uptake dove after him but not so quickly I wasn't sent flying by the explosion... which was large

[10:26 PM] Liaison: We have not checked in with Dispatch

[10:27 PM] Lexic_Meise: Anything on the third message?

[10:27 PM] Lexic_Meise: Or did you lose the equipment?

[10:27 PM] Liaison: We heard from Tactical and Control, they are coming to join us later

[10:27 PM] Liaison: No message

[10:27 PM] Liaison: we lost all equipment

[10:27 PM] Liaison: They think they have a way to get the thrid message from our enemy anyway

[10:28 PM] Liaison: Diagnostic should be dead

[10:28 PM] Liaison: Very dead

[10:28 PM] Liaison: I'll have more when Control gets back

[10:29 PM] Bruteforce123: What's the eta for Control getting back?

[10:29 PM] Liaison: Tomorrow

[10:29 PM] Liaison: I mainly logged on to complain about that movie

[10:29 PM] Lexic_Meise: And then do we get to know the contents of the letter?

[10:29 PM] Liaison: Possibly

[10:29 PM] Liaison: Up to Control

We were given a lot more information on the 22nd when Liaison came into text (and eventually voice) chat. Diagnostic also joined him at one point, and Control was audible in the background (and Liaison interacted with her once or twice).

Medical Status of Q98A66

Following the drone blast, Dispatch intervened. There is a full medical and science team onsite taking care of the members of Q98A66 who were injured in the attack (or in Brain's case, injured in general). Dispatch has also fitted Diagnostic with a location-tracking explosive collar (which he likens to Battle Royale). Liaison has said that he suspects Control knows how to remove this collar.

Brain has apparently been put into suspended animation, pending intervention to correct or repair lesion-like damage to his brain caused by ionizing radiation. Liaison hypothesized that the damage may have been a result of his recent actions (presumably meaning his use of the Glasswick Technique among other things). His physician has sent to Canada for a remedy of some sort, possibly implying this is a recurrent problem for Brain. Control and Tactical are together, having grouped up in Pennsylvania. They're currently working to infiltrate Lphabeta through the Pennsylvania facility, with the goal of acquiring the data from signal #3 that we were unable to capture ourselves. Control apparently stops by Liaison's office from time to time, but doesn't seem to be staying onsite with him long term.

Liaison has sustained injuries to his legs as a result of the drone's bomb-like blast. His legs were covered in molten plastic, and he also now has a pin in his knee. Liaison is currently on crutches, and Diagnostic says that he's not in good shape. Field work is likely out of the question for him for the foreseeable future. Psychologically he seems stable, although he is shaken.

Diagnostic is alive, but recalls being blown apart by the blast from the drone. He says the memory is faint, which may be for the best. He's grown three inches since the blast, and Liaison says the only reason he survived it at all is because his white blood cell count and overall cellular activity is directly affected by lunar activity and exposure. Before the drone blast, he weighed 125lbs and stood at 6'1". Now, he weighs 140lbs and stands at 6'5". He has noted no increased muscle mass to go along with his strength or his height increase, but has stated that his toes and fingers are noticeably longer.

Liaison shared new information on Diagnostic's condition. Supposedly he is not suffering from lycanthropy, but instead has some sort of 'heart worm' like infection. Diagnostic has stated the worms are inside of all of his vital organs and are nowhere near surface level. The darkened portions seen in the lung x-ray by the vet then must have been worms. The science team onsite carbon-dated the shard of bone that Liaison (or someone else) had on hand, and determined that it was from the Mesozoic Era. The worm that infected Diagnostic was apparently present in the shard in some sort of calcified, larval form. It incubated from this form to clusters of 250 in Diagnostic's body overnight (a nearly impossible incubation period). The foreign cells of the worm infection are replacing the cells in Diagnostic's body, and adversely affecting his limbic system as well as his bone marrow (according to Liaison). Despite the apparent effects on his limbic system, agents haven't noted any major issues with Diagnostic's memory when compared against events that we are aware of.

New Intel

We were also finally briefed on the contents of the letter that Liaison opened as a result of a parameter being 'tripped'. The letter indicated that Q98A66 now has an additional objective-- compromise Lphabeta. Lphabeta is apparently not a real company, and instead is an Aconite Capital funded front for a mobilized division of SIGIL, who are also chasing the aberrant signal or may have information on the source. Liaison has also indicated that this engagement is now considered 'black' or terminal-- anyone directly exposed is not expected to survive. Ideally, this means only the members of Q98A66, but if any agent involved in the mission were to be compromised somehow, they could be at risk. Control and Tactical are working on infiltrating Lphabeta, and then sending out documents from the compromised location to agents working on the operation. Any agents who want to receive these documents (knowing that it does increase the likelihood of them being targeted by SIGIL) should email their mailing address to [email protected] The leak should be set up starting on Monday the 23rd, and Liaison will alert agents if documents are being sent out.

The two canisters that were recovered in New Haven apparently contained water from the Atlantic Ocean. Liaison hypothesized that there is some microbial agent within them, or SIGIL is harvesting something that is generated by the aberrant signals in the water. Further analysis of the water by the science team should shed more light on their role in this scheme.

Fieldwork

Agent Kokuei

Agent Kokuei has been approved by Dispatch for a field mission to attempt to deceive a member of Lphabeta into disclosing information about the company. He will need to be provided a fake identity (of a real person that Lphabeta would be interested in), and will meet with a contact set up by Control once we have enough information for his cover to hold.

Montauk

We are currently in the beginning stages of planning a field operation at Camp Hero in Montauk. Agents local to Southern NY are asked to report in at the forum thread so we can coordinate dates and times. Field operatives will be tasked with deploying a remote radio listening device, which is still in the process of being designed and instructed.

Boston [COMPLETE]

Several agents are participating in the MIT Mystery Hunt in Boston over Martin Luther King Day weekend. Agent codex is using this opportunity to go into the city early and get some field reconnaissance done on the Beehive, as our online intel has a few gaps. Other agents should NOT attempt to do field work in Boston without the explicit approval of Q98A66, because they are nearly certain that our enemy is already operating in the area.