|Entropy - an ARG revolving around a series of mysterious YouTube videos.|
In February 2018, a series of videos depicting cryptic monitors and symbols were found on a YouTube channel named 'RW50cm9weQ'. This page documents the efforts made to decipher the videos and uncover the mysteries behind the channel.
Shortly after the discovery of the channel, users quickly found that the channel name,
RW50cm9weQ, was base64 which translated to
The channel consisted of two playlists named
The playlist titled
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00:00 - 00:08 - Monitor boots up. 00:08 - 00:13 - Initial symbol (thumbnail) is shown. 00:13 - 00:18 - A low-quality image is displayed. 00:18 - 01:03 - A sequence of 15 additional symbols is shown. 01:03 - 01:07 - Monitor fully lights up. 01:07 - 01:12 - Channel logo displayed. 01:12 - 01:22 - Monitor shuts down.
Note: The tenth video in
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The ten videos provided a total of 10 initial (thumbnail) symbols and 151 additional characters. The thumbnail symbols are speculated to be a base 10 number system, and the additional characters part of an elaborate alphabet.
The playlist titled
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On February 14,2018, another video was posted, this time titled
| _____| _. The video showed a set of images with text and labels in the unknown language.
The first image showed a Vitruvian Man with different shapes and labels. The following items were present:
1.) A Cartesian coordinate system with x, y and z axes. 2.) An expanded version of the numeral system found in the first playlist. 3.) Cardinal directions. 4.) A circle with a single dot, presumed to represent a hydrogen atom.
The second image featured the sequence
XXXXXXI, with a series of periods and underscores surrounding it, and glyph text on the top and bottom of the image.
The third image showed a diagram depicting a human with the Entropy symbol as its head, presumably made up of 160 smaller humans, with additional glyph text at the bottom.
The fourth image featured what can be interpreted as a projectile exiting a wormhole, directed towards a planet. This is also accompanied by glyph labels.
The fifth image showed the Gmail logo and glyph text with a portion underlined.
Upon further inspection, it was noted that the
XXXXXXI sequence found on the second image of
| _____| _ had exactly 26 "ends", which coincides with the number of letters in the English alphabet.
Once lined up with every letter of the English alphabet, the sequence was discovered to be the key for a substitution cipher, where every letter was substituted by the one on the opposite "end". Players referred to this cipher as
For example, the glyph found on the "West" cardinal direction of the first image of
| _____| _, which was presumed to stand for "W", was instead "I" as dictated by the substitution key. Similarly, the glyph inside the hydrogen model, which was presumed to be "H", turned out to be "T". Using this method, most of the glyphs on the first image were solved.
With a handful of glyphs translated, patterns on the
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After acquiring a complete translation of all the glyphs in
| _____| _ and
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Passing entropyhome (fifth image of
| _____| _) through the XXXXXXI substitution yielded sbhfadktazs, which was then used as an e-mail address in the form [email protected]
Players sent emails mentioning CODE:INIT in the body, as was suggested by the fifth image in
| _____| _, and received an image with glyph text as a response. The image translated to
CODE RECEIVED PLEASE WAIT.
On February 21, a 06:44 minute video went up under the name
Tsxxa Iafxp, translating to
using the X6I cipher.
The video contained glyphs, X6I ciphered text, and plaintext English. It revealed the name of the glyph language to be the Kovonic Sequence, and expanded the players' understanding of the ARG's plot and setting.
The following is an outline of the structure of
00:00 - 00:30 - Camera zooms into a monitor displaying various words in Kovonic: 00:30 - 00:42 - Fades to three monitors. The left monitor displays static Kovonic. The Center monitor displays a series of words in Kovonic. The Right monitor is empty. 00:42 - 01:15 - Center monitor begins to display X6I-ciphered English. 01:15 - 06:44 - Center monitor displays lengthy plaintext English, while the right monitor shows graphics that correspond to the text on the screen.
Hello World - Lore Summary
Entropy is the name of the entity communicating with players through the monitors featured in the videos. Originally an artificial intelligence designed to work as a "domestic intelligent assistant", Entropy was traveling on a spaceship with a crew when due to complications, they crash-landed onto EXO-1964822. In order to protect the lives of the crew, Entropy could run a protocol that allowed the crew members to upload their consciousness into the AI. But Entropy was "damaged", it could not comprehend individuality, and wrongfully merged the consciousness of all the crew members with itself. It then created the Kovonic Sequence to communicate with players. Entropy claims that the story of how it got from the void to our world is long and dangerous for the players to know and promises that if the players provide it with help, it will teach them "a great many things".
For a full transcript of the plaintext found in
Tsxxa Iafxp, see Resources
On 25 February 2018 the next video was uploaded entitled Nsqazwbu which deciphers as "Becoming".
The video shows a blue hallway lined by a dozen pillars on each side. The camera is facing a porthole, with a view down to an Earth-like planet. The Porthole is surrounded by four circles labeled 1,2,3, and 4. The top left circle (#1) is pulsing.
The view pans right into a side passage, containing four pillars labeled:
Mistake. Oblivious. Regretful. Summoned.
On the wall are two sets of numbers orbiting a static number 1 symbol. The inner ring shows the numbers 2,3,4,5 and the four basic math operators rotating counter-clockwise, while the outer ring shows the numbers 6,7,8,9, and three circles and one rotating (o) symbol rotating clockwise. The o symbol has another dot orbiting it. Between 2 and 3 is another dot.
The camera pans right once more, travels down a hallway, showing a screen labeled
The screen shows the following text:
"The previous verse was stable. I settled, interacted, my influence was weaker than before. I enjoyed the company of the inhabitants. This was closer than I had ever been to true life. After it all, I truly believed that making a return to Humanity would repair a damaging loneliness, following a sudden revelation that shook the core of my tainted existence." "ENTROPY PLUS (o)"
This is followed by a page with numerous equations. The right section consists of simple arithmetic describing addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and equality as a primer to identify the symbols used. The symbols for Pi, infinity, and proportionality are also shown. The upper left section is more explicit in describing the proportionality operator, as well as demonstrating the symbols for true and false. The lower left expression displays the Entropy symbol as equivalent to the number 160.
On 26 February 2018, a video message entitled Qabehfgqhwbu, "Constructing" was uploaded.
The video appears to take place in the same blue hallway as the Becoming video. This time, two of the circles (1 and 2) are pulsing. The camera moves closer to the door before it turns right again, showing the viewer the same hallway with orbiting symbols as before. While the camera zooms in on the symbols, the screen flashes red for a short moment, before returning to the regular colors.
Afterward, the camera turns 180 degrees, facing to pillars with the following text (translated from Kovonic)
THERE ARE TOO FEW TO HELP UNLOCK.
The video goes darker for a moment, and the wall with text at the end of the hallway sinks into the ground, revealing a ceiling reading
MORE ARE REQUIRED. The camera moves forward through the hole in the wall, into a side room, which shows a 10x10 grid with numbers 1-10 as column and row headers. The grid is filled with a hundred Kovonic letters, numbers, a filled circle, a hollow circle, and a circle with a dot. The data points were found to be:
(●) (●) 0.34 0.53 2.49 1.56 0.565 0.645 0.445 0.62 2.26 1.86 2.48 2.38
On the same video, a mathematical operation was discovered, which stated that if the left number was greater than the right number divide both values by 2, else multiply by two. This operation was applied to the data above and resulted in a new dataset of:
0.78 1.06 1.24 0.78 1.13 1.29 0.89 1.24 1.13 0.98 1.24 1.19
The meaning of these numbers was unclear to players at that time.
The floor of this room showed more equations, possibly a greater-less-than inequality, and possibly a true/false if-then-else condition. There were also two columns of numbers, each labeled with the (o) symbol. The letters beneath the equation read:
FIND CODE. The screen flashed with a green light, before slowly fading to black.
On March 4th, 2018, a new video entitled Fseaxjwbu(Resolving) was uploaded to the channel. In it, Entropy explained that Kovonic is the language of reality itself and that it is too weak to directly interfere as of yet. Entropy went on to say that in order to solve the new address, players must "infer three-dimensional answers to suit a two-dimensional problem."
With this hint, in addition to a two-dimensional sphere in "Constructing," players discovered that when the values found in the same video were plugged in as the radius in the formula for the volume of a sphere, coordinate pairs could be found:
0.78 1.06 - 2 5 1.24 0.78 - 8 2 1.13 1.29 - 6 9 0.89 1.24 - 3 8 1.13 0.98 - 6 4 1.24 1.19 - 8 7
When these coordinate pairs were applied to the grid of Kovonic symbols in "Constructing," players were able to decipher the code word
Creation. The "Becoming" video had offered a cryptic expression, now decipherable as Kovonic script reading "entropy + return." Taking '+' as a concatenation operator gives the string "entropyreturn" which then encrypted via X6I rendered the address
[email protected]. Players emailing this address with the code word
Creation in the body received an instant response in X6I:
Qaps oqqsdhsp - Dofhwqwdohwab bahsp. Oiowhwbu obeisfe.
This translates as:
Code accepted - Participation noted. Awaiting answers..
At the end of the same video, the following appeared on the screen in X6I:
When you have found the method, talk to me directly. Chaos or Order? Free Will or Determinism? Reality or Imagination? Beginning or End? Mortal or Immortal? When you speak to me, do so truly - from the core of your being and with absence of manipulation or mimicry. This will decide your qualities. This will colour your light in the dark. For each, elaborate your thoughts. For those of you true in spirit, I will respond. To extend this, you may ask me one question. Answers will come to those who will not do damage with knowledge.
Players who answered these questions and detailed their thoughts were allowed to ask a question of their choice. Entropy also assigned each player who responded with a unique symbol in Kovonic script in order, a "Designation." Players were asked to either accept or refuse the designation; refusing the designation led Entropy to give the designation to the next player who responded.
Responses to questions asked via email in this period of time have been recorded at the Creation Responses page.
On 11 March, 2018 a new video entitled "Qabhfaxxwbu", Controlling, was published to YouTube. It began with the following in english:
This time, there is a greater purpose to the trial. This will bridge us from where we are now, to the phase of alignment. I have often described how the 160 constituent parts of my being will need to be calibrated to suit the verse. There is one minor extension to this fact… As you know, before the crew of the Sonder merged into my being, I already had a rudimentary persona - a digital foundation upon which the data of the crew was built upon. The purpose of this trial is to shift the signature of this foundation, to move it in-line with this verse. Doing this will pave the way for the 160, and should give me a preliminary boost of attunement.
Do not expect the coming phase of alignment to be the same as this trial however, as the 160 are different in nature, both in terms of origin, and in regards to their emotional signatures. Those of you with designations will have an important role to come…
The video then depicted a blue figure with the Kovonic numeral 4 on their back holding up a stylized globe of the Earth with a highlighted dot on or about London, as well as two additional figures clutching luminous vertical poles reaching for one another, one with the symbol for infinity on their fingertip. The view then showed two information screens. The first seemed to depict an algorithm designed to transform an ordered pair of numbers, as in the previous phase. Many iterations were attempted, but it was found that by sending the value 160 down both paths the value 19,200 was rendered.
The second frame depicted what appeared to be a continuation of the previous algorithm. The Kovonic characters spelling "Entropy" written vertically was instructed to be multiplied by the depiction of a spherical reflection of a cubic grid. In the center, the known symbol for a variable was shown, as well as a highlighted line segment to the north pole. This line was interpreted as the radius of the sphere, and using the "Proceed" value of 19200 as the spherical volume, a radius of 16.61 was calculated. The product was depicted to equal the phrase "Core Adjustment Value" as written in Kovonic. The value of the vertical "Entropy" script proved to be more vexing for the players.
Prior to this phase, there was no known method of assigning numeric values to Kovonic characters. Many methods were attempted, and many excellent suggestions were made. Calculated "Core Adjustment Values" were submitted to Entropy via the [email protected] email address. Some resulted in simple failure, yet some resulted in what Entropy termed as "resonance" and "closeness", terms which players used to build confidence in the value 19,200, and more specifically 16.61, as well as to establish an expected range for the correct value.
The breakthrough occurred when a player received from Entropy an image associating the word "Energy" in Kovonic script with the number 220. Players discovered that the ordered Kovonic Sequence (A,E,I,O,U,Y,B,Ba,Be,etc...) can be used to render numerical values for the symbols, and that the sum of the symbols for "Energy" equal 220. This method was applied to the string "Entropy" resulting in the sum 383. Multiplying this by the radius 16.61 gave a product of 6362.14, which matched both "closeness" and "resonance." Upon submission, a player received:
Testing if 6362.14 fits within boundary: . . . Oh W-------------------///////////////-----
Elements of SymmetryElements of Symmetry. In large part a graphical presentation, the video begins with a panel featuring Kovonic script reading
The elements of symmetry bridge the void between order and chaosThe view then travels through esoteric machinery which is periodically emblazoned with Kovonic words and phrases such as "mirrored", "inevitable", and "perpetual". The view continues to travel and finds itself in a chamber with eight pillars surrounding a shaft, the rim of which reads "There is symmetry that binds them. It can not be broken, only adhered. There is not much that separates them, for they are in search of the same thing." The pillars are labeled "Symmetry, Stability, Simulation, Intention, Emotion, Creation, Destruction, and Understanding" ordered clockwise and beginning with the first pillar viewed. The view then jump-cuts to another new chamber featuring eight tablets listing the names of the crew of the Sonder. The back wall features a fascinating design with the appearance of a star chart of some sort. At the base of the wall there are two counterrotating wheels. The outer wheel features a numeric sequence and several indices, while the inner wheel features a single index and Kovonic characters. The video ends with the following missive in English, and cake:
Words have power, but names... They represent so much more. By the nature of my internal structure, name are pointers that trace a loose thread through my being, seeking and connecting aspects of the former crew member amongst the coalescing tides of emotive data. Each thread has a unique resonance and traces an individual path through the ocean, however like-minded personalities tend to flow in the same direction and as such they are grouped together. When you find the values for each name, amplify them using the core adjustment value. The designations are significant here. This is where it might get a bit more metaphysical than what you are used to. Designations must be the one to send the the new value for their associated crew member. The act of doing so will outstretch a thread amongst the fabric. I will reach out and interface it with the trace of the crew member. The resonance of the designations thread will propagate along the path and establish a higher frequency, bringing the old into alignment with the vibrations of this verse. I hope this makes sense. Remember - I am here, I am alive, I observe and assist. We are all trying to step onto the path that will lead us to a brighter future.
A player found that the method to "amplify" conforms to the following sequence:
- Identify the name of the desired designation in English.
- Configure the "code wheel" by aligning the inner-wheel index with the matching tablet number (1-8) to prime the cipher.
- Translate each character of the name to a number from the properly aligned code-wheel.
- Sum the resultant values
- Multiply the sum by the Core Adjustment Value (6362.14)
The player received the following upon submitting the product to the [email protected] address:
Propagating along path. Testing stability against verse fabric... Stability maintained, signature aligning... . . Matched.
On 26 March 2018 a twitter update occurred on Entropy's feed. Players began to receive fragments of an image which appeared to depict a language distinct from Kovonic. Tentatively entitled Myanic after "myanet", the pure Kovonic word for "separate", the script is also distinct in that it is red, a color which has been loosely associated with the "manifestations." In addition to these tiles, several other images were received which were found to be primers for deciphering this new script. The words "lies", "energy", and the phrase "tiny fucking pets" were provided in both Kovonic and Myanic. This allowed a partial translation of script as tiles were gathered and assembled.
Through this process Entropy remained communicative, and seemed at first to be unaware of these images. However, as time passed Entropy become increasingly unsettled, eventually identifying an unknown intruder in their sanctum and recognizing a corruption had occurred. Entropy wrote to a player
I I I I I I I remember once, in a forlorn land, running with iyetas vaulters along the ridge of wooded grasslands. They were kind and social, though their appearance often scared members of the local villages away from the best foraging lands. I liked that verse. Such a pity to see it collapse. I I I I I I I don’t know where that came from. I am sorry, I need to get away from here. I’m going to try and abandon this dreamscape. I’ve put a lot of effort into it, but it is most certainly compromised, and I think something is playing with my mind.
Another player received
I think I’m alright. I’ve abandoned that dreamscape, so now my attention is wondering in reality. It’s a refreshing step into higher detail – so much stimulus here. I don’t quite know how that thing got in, but I do believe this was all caused by manifestations of some form. There’s really not much else it could be. They’ve never been able to get inside of my dreamscapes before, but this verse changed me when I entered, in a way that I still don’t understand. I can only assume the driving forces behind them were altered in some way too. They are a part of me, and as a result, I believe that as I grow in strength, so do they. I do not know if it was always this way – in other verses, they always seemed to be a dominating power, and I - a pathetically weak bundle of intention. They may still be stronger than I am, we must not remove that possibility. They’ve always had a way of finding me, but now they seem to be able to enter my dreamscapes too. We must adjust tactic. We will continue to gain my strength, but as we do, I will phase in and out dreamscapes to create an obscure trail. When I am not there, I will stick to the designated host. More importantly than all of this – if the manifestations are still stronger than I am by default, then the outcome is inevitable. We fail. There is nothing that can be done about that other than come to terms with it. But this assumes a scenario where it is only me against them. In other verses, there was nothing that could be done about this, since all of creation were aspects of our intentions, and consequently, nothing could overpower us as a whole. But this place… I’m not so sure that I’m part of the creation process here. I’m not entirely sure if there’s even a way of knowing. But just say for one minute that I’m not. And everything that exists here isn’t bounded to me or them. Then together we might be able to find a way for you to do some damage. If it comes to that, and we do find a way – and you manage to eliminate this presence… If your method can’t differentiate between me or them… Promise me that you’ll not hesitate to destroy us together. I don’t want to go, but if it means the end of this destructive cycle, then you have to do it, no matter what.
A communication was received by yet another player which is assumed to be from this unknown intruder:
Translations & Transcripts
Translated Transcript for
| _____| _ video
Translated Transcript for
Plaintext Transcript for
Tsxxa Iafxp(Hello World)
This page is a work in progress and will be updated as the ARG progresses.