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Human Souls or Signal and Noise is a long-running ARG that began with an advert reading "help me" and continued with a story about two human minds (E and Lottie) preserved in technology, and the organisation attempting to achieve this.
Its puzzles and solutions are regularly documented on the unofficial Tumblr.
Prior to GameDetectives involvement
The Human Souls ARG was first found by @dadvader2016 on the MS Paint Adventures homepage in the form of an advertisement.
The Advertisement was a flashing green gif, depicting a woman's face and the word's "help me". When clicked on, this would link to a google search for "help me".
The gif also contained binary
01100011 01101111 01101110 01110011 01100011 01101001 01101111 01110101 01110011 00100000 01101000 01110101 01101101 01100001 01101110 >00100000 01110011 01101111 01101100 01110011
This translates to "conscious Human Sols" a believed misspelling of "Conscious Human Souls"
Another Binary "fragment" is as follows:
01101001 01101100 01101111 01110110 01100101 01111001 01101111 01110101 01101100 01101111 01110100 01110100 01101001 01100101
This translates to "iloveyoulottie"
The Last binary fragment is:
01110011 01101001 01100111 01101110 01100001 01101100 01100001 01101110 01100100 01101110 01101111 01101001 01110011 01100101
This Translates to "signalandnoise"
The description says "/four". It contains Backwards audio one male, and one female. The Male has been noted to sound calm, and has an echo effect. He says:
the light is telling you something.
The woman was notably distressed and says
yeah, it’s screaming. All around me, voices are screaming
Reversed audio Can be found here
The description Says "/error/"
Text Transcript of video:
a decision had to be made i had hoped i had hoped that in time you would come to consider me a friend yes as much as love can still exist here yes i know yes, if you’d like the technology existed to preserve ONE MIND where it came from, I an’t say maybe you’re right maybe it should never have been used ERIC my name was Eric No… Your body was intact, in a manner of speaking, but your mind was, your mind was ready to go to sleep it means that the first 6 times i booted up yr program you couldnt even speak you wouldnt stop screaming some deletions had to be made memories i removed some of your memories whatever it took to make the screaming stop yes… ive been here, existing as data, for a long time by then but even so i didnt know what i was doing i took your memories, too many of them too many of the wrong ones i dunno I don’t expect you to forgive me for it i expect you to hate me until the end of your days you know nothing about me you wouldn’t stop i don’t know i lost count a long time ago something like that i know does it help? does hating me help you? does hating me make you feel alive again? does it make the screaming stop? yes you are you are screaming inside i can hear it I am trying to help you, you know it’s too late for that now anyway, it was never my decision not really I’m just a cloud of data somewhere out there on the internet same as your are i didn’t have a choice then and i don’t have a choice now except to try to amke this work is that what you want if thats what you think I know I can’t I never met bill, your husband I’m sure he was he wouldn’t accept anything less I do love you, you know i’ve loved you for a very long time we could still make this work i dont have to shut you down if thats what you want i was married too you know i had a daughter you did? i know i’m sorry goodnight Lottie
An audio transcript can be found here
French translation options show following messages:
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Unlike the past videos, this video contains no description
The following is a reversed audio:
Woman: gasping, panting “Where am I?” “I-I see lights, flashes, and-and-and an ocean of light” “I feel…strange…I can’t feel, I can’t…NO…Bill, wheres Bill? Bill, my husband!” “I don’t—I don’t understand…Where, w-what, are you?” “…What am I?” “What did you do to me?…What did you do?” “Light, colored light…I don’t want to. Screaming, all around me voices are screaming.” “I don’t…[voice breaks]I don’t remember…What’s happened to me?” “Yes, no, I…Rachel? Ugh…yes, i don’t know. Rachel sounds right, important…The lights are screaming…They want me to understand…” “I see it, all of it…It’s…It’s too much…” “[sobs] I don’t think I have eyes…I can’t! It’s too much, my head is pounding…” “You’re a doctor…You saved my life…What kind of life is this? Are we data, are we just information in a computer somewhere?” “You saved me…You saved me to a hard drive. How is that possible?” “I feel incomplete. Like a shadow of myself…” “Wait. You are a shadow too.” [long pause] “What happened to her?” “But we are alive, and our [couldn’t figure it out].” “How? But what kind of life can we have in this place?” “You should’ve let me die…But it’s too late for that now.” “Where’s Bill? My husband…We were together, in a car…and then there was an accident.” “We were together…why couldn’t you save HIM? You just saved me?” “NO, he WASN’T!” “You’re lying! You’re a liar!” “Only one mind.”