> Chapter 2
This page describes in detail the events of Chapter 2 in the Entropy ARG.
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 called "Qabhfaxxwbu"(Controlling) was posted to the channel. 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 periodically displayed Kovonic words and phrases such as
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.
Clockwise, the pillars are labeled
Symmetry, Stability, Simulation, Intention, Emotion, Creation, Destruction, and Understanding. The view then jump-cuts to another new chamber featuring eight tablets listing the names of the crew of the Sonder. The back wall appeared to depict a star chart. At the base of the wall there are two counter-rotating 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" consists of the following steps:
- 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)
A tool was developed to carry out this operation. Simply enter the name of given crew member in English and reference the Tablet number on which it was found.
After sending the result to the
[email protected] address, each player would receive the following:
Propagating along path. Testing stability against verse fabric... Stability maintained, signature aligning... . . Matched.