THE VAULT/Chapter One

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THE VAULT 2
Active since 2018-10-31
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Doc created a game ... The first hero to beat it will get to loot his private VAULT valued at $10,000 real dollars. 10,000 BONES. 10,000 BIG BOIS.
Type Unofficial
Creator Stash
Discovered 2018-10-31

Main Page > List of Investigations > THE VAULT > Chapter One

Note: This page contains the complete outline of Chapter One of The Vault 2 ARG. If you just want a brief summary of completed chapters and to see the current Ongoing Investigations, check out the main The Vault page.

Chapter One began on Oct. 31, 2018 with a transmission from Doc in the Discord Server. During Chapter One, Heroes discovered the Vote for Doc campaign website which was the nerve center for future clues and crucial information. The website was also the location for the main objective of getting Doc 100 Million Votes.

GPS Coordinates

GPS Coordinates

On Oct. 31, 2018, the Heroes received the following transmission from Doc in the Discord Server, announcing his campaign for Galactic Mayor:

Greetings Earthlings... I am Doc! Yes, yes. The one and only. The time has come to campaign for me for Galactic Mayor in the upcoming election. I know you’re eager to work your tail off. So let’s get to work. Get out there and grab your campaign materials… Say you're there for “Mayor Doc”!
Vote for doc. All for one.

The 23 GPS coordinates in the image corresponded to FedEx locations around the United States. Heroes retrieved online print orders under the name “Mayor Doc” from the FedEx Print Centers.

Volunteer Center Message

Page 1 of the Campaign Materials
Page 2 of the Campaign Materials (Fargo, ND)

The campaign materials contained two pages with four clues: (1) the Vote for Doc campaign website, (2) the volunteer center number, (3) a phone number on the envelope of the print order, and (4) the “Spread the news” riddle. The Vote for Doc website included the same list of FedEx locations, corresponding to the GPS coordinates in the transmission image, but with the addition of a FedEx Print Center in Bellevue, WA. The website included the following message:

GOT DOC FEVER? VOLUNTEER TODAY!
Zip on over to your nearest Satellite Office (🛰🏢), for your Vote For Doc campaign materials.
Say you’re there for Mayor Doc. Zoom! Express yourself!

Each location contained nearly identical campaign materials. Each were labeled with a unique Volunteer Center number. Heroes retrieved 10 of the packets and were able to call the remaining FedEx Print Centers, asking them to read off the numbers. All the retrieved campaign materials.

Table of Campaign Material Locations and Volunteer Center Numbers
GPS Coordinates FedEx Locations Center #
33.83407° N, -117.91384° W 130 W Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, CA 92805 H1
33.75684° N, -84.38892° W 100 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30308  !4
30.37665° N, -97.72618° W 9222 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78758 41
45.48707° N, -122.79755° W 11693 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy H, Beaverton, OR 97005 N
MISSING FROM IMAGE 40 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 D7
42.34855° N, -71.07636° W 375 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116 43
32.78538° N, -79.93809° W 73 St Philip St, Charleston, SC 29403 1
41.91076° N, -87.67302° W 1800 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 NV
32.78192° N, -96.80497° W 902 Ross Ave, Dallas, TX 75202 17
39.71891° N, -104.95216° W 160 Milwaukee St, Denver, CO 80206 47
46.86106° N, -96.83323° W 3302 13th Ave S, Fargo, ND 58103 10
29.73176° N, -95.41350° W 2200 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77098 N
32.86947° N, -117.23173° W 8849 Villa La Jolla Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037 F
36.11600° N, -115.15487° W 395 Hughes Center Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89169 1N
34.09687° N, -118.32629° W 1440 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028 D
43.05329° N, -87.89221° W 1703 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202 44
44.94860° N, -93.29913° W 1430 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408 3
29.94601°N, -90.07152° W 762 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130 4
40.75320° N, -73.98932° W 500 7th Ave, New York, NY 10018 31
28.54593° N, -81.37774° W 47 E Robinson St, Orlando, FL 32801 P
30.48252° N, -87.21147° W 1520 Airport Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32504 PL
39.95215° N, -75.16616° W 1500 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 34
35.86263° N, -78.71084° W 6820 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27612 S3
37.79400° N, -122.39800° W 100 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111  !

The Volunteer Center numbers, when assembled in the order of the GPS coordinates, spelled out the following list of numbers and letters: H1!441ND7431NV174710NF1ND443431PPL34S3!

Translated as leetspeak, the clue read: Hi! Mind the invitation, find me help please!

“Spread the news” Riddle

The campaign materials also included the following riddle:

Spread the news--tell your friends!
Electing Doc is your ultimate end?
But to play, you must append
The path below with a card for friends.

/docs________

“You must append the path below” referred to adding a path to the URL of the Vote for Doc website using the "/docs_______" and "a card for friends" (also known as an “invitation”). Therefore, the Heroes found: https://votefordoc.com/docsinvitation which contained a video from Doc.

Note: As of Nov. 20, 2018, the invitation video moved to https://votefordoc.com/invitation.

The Doc’s Invitation video is a reference to Anorak’s Invitation video from Ready Player One.

Power Upgrade Radar System

On Nov. 05, 2018, the Heroes recruited enough allies to power the ship to 700. This increase in power allowed the Heroes to upgrade the ship and bring the radar system online. The radar system unlocked the !jam command in #ship_commands. After some trial and error, the Heroes determined that having a large group of Heroes use the !jam command at the same time (in a 5 minute window) created an exponential jump in votes on Doc's website. Heroes met nightly at 01:00 UTC and were able to increase the vote count to over 16 million in less than 2 weeks.

DocLetter 001

On Nov. 06, 2018, the Heroes received another transmission from Doc, announcing 28 new FedEx locations and more materials at all locations. The new locations were notified to not reveal information over the phone. The transmission was:

Hello once again Earthlings! It's your favorite space doctor and pirate, back again. It's Doc! ARG! 

Your elections may end today, but mine's just getting cranking. The treacle-like outpouring of support has been...treacle-like. But I really love the dedication of the group massing outside the Io shield. I can hear you chanting! DOC! DOC! DOC!

I've sent out 🆕 campaign materials for you. Get out there my campaign heroes, and get me votes from anyone who cares about the galaxy! DOC! DOC! DOC! Details on my super site.

Vote for Doc. All for one.

https://votefordoc.com/

Note: As of Nov. 20, 2018, the FedEx locations moved to https://votefordoc.com/offices.

The Heroes collected 38 out of the 52 packets. All the retrieved DocLetter 001 packets from: Location 1 to 24 and Location 25 to 52. DocLetter 001 contained 3 pages. Each packet contained a unique recipe for “Fungus Pulmenti Turtur” on page 2 and one of the four floors of a Roman Maze on page 3.

  • Page 1 of DocLetter 001
  • Page 2 of DocLetter 001 (NY)
  • Page 3 of DocLetter 001 (NY)

Recipes

Each recipe for “Fungus Pulmenti Turtur” had different ingredient values, with the fourth step in the instructions either being “Cook” (in English) or “Coquere” (in Latin). All the retrieved recipes values.

Table of DocLetter 001 Locations and Recipe Values
No. FedEx Locations T W M B D L Step #4 Dec/Roman Num
1 2706 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 3 44 6 13 8 42 Cook 100
2 130 W Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, CA 10 77 20 17 22 52 Cook CXLVII(147)
3 2210 E Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 6 91 12 9 14 52 Coquere CLIII(153)
4 100 Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 12 221 24 2 26 52 Coquere CCLXXVI(276)
5 9222 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 16 153 32 2 34 52 Coquere CCVIII(208)
6 11 S Charles St, Baltimore, MD 8 18 16 7 18 52 Coquere LXXVIII(78)
7 11693 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy H, Beaverton, OR 1 4 2 5 4 52 Coquere 62
8 40 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 1 14 2 19 4 52 Coquere LXXXVI(86)
9 187 Dartmouth St. Boston, MA 6 35 12 22 14 52 Cook CX(110)
10 524 E Green St 101, Champaign, IL 4 95 8 21 10 52 Cook 169
11 73 St Philip St, Charleston, SC 18 418 36 3 38 52 Coquere CDLXXIV(474)
12 237 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 21 462 42 17 44 52 Coquere DXXXII(532)
13 1800 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 20 63 40 5 42 52 Cook 121
14 2016 N High St, Columbus, OH 2 51 4 19 6 52 Coquere CXXIII(123)
15 902 Ross Ave, Dallas, TX 16 85 32 22 34 52 Coquere CLX(160)
16 160 Milwaukee St, Denver, CO Cook 169
17 1020 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 18 418 36 3 38 52 Coquere CDLXXIV(474)
18 3302 13th Ave S, Fargo, ND 21 462 42 5 44 52 Coquere DXX(520)
19 590 Queen St, Honolulu, HI 20 63 40 2 42 52 Coquere CXVIII(118)
20 2200 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX Coquere LXXVII(77)
21 120 Monument Circle 107, Indianapolis, IN 4 10 8 4 10 52 Coquere LXVII(67)
22 612 W 47th St, Kansas City, MO Coquere LXXXII(82)
23 8849 Villa La Jolla Dr, La Jolla, CA 8 36 16 35 18 52 Cook 124
24 395 Hughes Center Dr, Las Vegas, NV Coquere CIII(103)
25 1440 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 10 385 20 2 22 52 Coquere CDXL(440)
26 315 W Market St, Louisville, KY 34 210 68 88 70 52 Cook 351
27 654 W Washington Ave, Madison, WI 5 12 10 9 12 52 Cook LXXIV(74)
28 1617 Alton Rd, Miami, FL 1 176 2 11 4 52 Coquere CCXL(240)
29 1703 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 87 792 174 2 176 52 Coquere DCCCXLVII(847)
30 1430 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 8 99 16 5 18 52 Coquere CLVII(157)
31 212 Broadway, Nashville, TN 10 22 20 6 22 52 Coquere LXXXI(81)
32 30 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT Cook 66
33 762 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 4 30 8 5 10 52 Coquere LXXXVIII(88)
34 500 7th Ave, New York, NY 5 18 10 7 12 52 Coquere LXXVIII(78)
35 7110 Dodge St, Omaha, NE 2 15 4 9 6 52 Cook 77
36 47 E Robinson St, Orlando, FL 4 35 8 5 10 52 Coquere XCIII(93)
37 1520 Airport Blvd, Pensacola, FL 6 63 12 3 14 52 Cook CXIX(119)
38 1500 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 8 45 16 8 18 52 Cook 106
39 3801 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 4 15 8 7 10 52 Coquere 75
40 960 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 2 24 4 12 6 52 Coquere LXXXIX(89)
41 236 Meeting St, Providence, RI Cook CXII(112)
42 6820 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC Cook CXLII(142)
43 1111 E Main St, Richmond, VA 11 36 22 7 24 52 Coquere XCVI(96)
44 19 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT Coquere LXXVII(77)
45 4418 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 4 35 8 2 10 52 Cook 90
46 100 California St, San Francisco, CA 6 63 12 11 14 52 Cook CXXVII(127)
47 93 E San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 8 18 16 7 18 52 Cook LXXVIII(78)
48 W Broughton St B, Savannah, GA Coquere LXXVIII(78)
49 1901 S Brentwood Blvd, St. Louis, MO Cook 134
50 307 N Perkins Rd, Stillwater, OK 6 21 12 5 14 52 Coquere LXXIX(79)
51 2607 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ Coquere LXIX(69)
52 2020 K St NW, Washington, DC 3 20 6 6 8 52 Coquere LXXIX(79)

The Heroes followed the recipe instructions of “Trim your mushrooms. Halve your buds. Mix it all together.” to create the following equation: Value = T + W - M + B + D/2 + L, where “Trim your mushrooms” meant subtracting the mushroom amount and “Halve your buds” meant dividing the dionaea muscipula buds amount by two.

These recipe values matched the values of the decimal and Roman numerals found in the Roman Maze path.

Path of the Roman Maze

Each third page of DocLetter 001 contained one of the four floors of a Roman Maze. The floor was determined by the icon in the top left corner of the page. Each floor was connected with up and down staircases throughout the maze. The Heroes found the path from the entrance on Floor 1 (bottom) to the exit on Floor 4 (top). Roman Maze solution.

  • Roman Maze Floor 1
  • Roman Maze Floor 2
  • Roman Maze Floor 3
  • Roman Maze Floor 4

The path contained a mixture of binary, decimal, and Roman numerals (from Bottom to Top):

1000111CXLVII0010CLIII0110CCLXXVI0101CCVIII0110LXXVIII1101620110LXXXVI0101CX01101691101CDLXXIV0110DXXXII00101210110CXXIII0101CLX01111690010CDLXXIV0101DXX1111CXVIII0111LXXVII0011LXVII0110LXXXII10001240110CIII0001CDXL01113510010LXXIV0110CCXL1001DCCCXLVII0110CLVII1110LXXXI0110660111LXXXVIII0101LXXVIII1111770110XCIII1001CXIX01111060011750101LXXXIX1111CXII0110CXLII0011XCVI0110LXXVII0001900111CXXVII0010LXXVIII0110LXXVIII10011340110LXXIX1110LXIX0110LXXIX0111
100 0111 CXLVII 0010 CLIII 0110 CCLXXVI 0101 CCVIII 0110 LXXVIII 1101 62 0110 LXXXVI 0101 CX 0110 169 1101 CDLXXIV 0110 DXXXII 0010 121 0110 CXXIII 0101 CLX 0111 169 0010 CDLXXIV 0101 DXX 1111 CXVIII 0111 LXXVII 0011 LXVII 0110 LXXXII 1000 124 0110 CIII 0001 CDXL 0111 351 0010 LXXIV 0110 CCXL 1001 DCCCXLVII 0110 CLVII 1110 LXXXI 0110 66 0111 LXXXVIII 0101 LXXVIII 1111 77 0110 XCIII 1001 CXIX 0111 106 0011 75 0101 LXXXIX 1111 CXII 0110 CXLII 0011 XCVI 0110 LXXVII 0001 90 0111 CXXVII 0010 LXXVIII 0110 LXXVIII 1001 134 0110 LXXIX 1110 LXIX 0110 LXXIX 0111

Mysterious Signal

On Nov. 09, 2018, FURY retrieved a mysterious signal from space. It was titled 11F7_706374312_t_380775826821002000.wav. This translated to Lift_Together_t_380775826821002000. The “Lift Together” was a reference to another ARG (Solaris United) that used the exact same audio file in there game. Solaris United had already determined that the dial tones in the audio file corresponded to 248597828877435833.

This clue was also meant to motivate the Heroes to recruit more players from other ARGs who could help us solve puzzles.

The Heroes were still struggling with how to use this new clue to solve the Roman maze, so another set of clues was given.

Celestial Commands

The first three Heroes to reach Level 20 in the Discord Server were given special "Celestial Commands" they could use in the #ship_commands channel that would return hints and helpful links to recruit more heroes. These commands were !ru, !1313, !:feet:, and !000.

The !ru command returned a group of hints under the clue THOUGHTS. Pertaining to the Roman maze, the hints returned were 11F7_706374312_t_380775826821002000, _t_, and _+_, which implied the numbers in the file name were to be added together. Other clues returned were pictures named from 5_412___46443_7_1 to _13 and YouTube videos which are still unsolved.

The !1313 command returned a group of hints under the clue POWER. None of these clues pertained to the Roman maze. They were all links to other ARGs/puzzle solving groups on Discord and Reddit meant to motivate the Heroes to recruit more allies to power the ship.

The !:feet: command returned a group of hints under the clue SOUNDS. The hints returned were a group of sound files (__.wav, ___.wav, ____.wav, and !.wav) that when ran through a spectrogram, spelled out "MAZES FOLLOW THE CONVERSE".

The !000 command returned a group of hints under the clue LEGENDS. The hints returned were 000=594 and 728.

Combining the Clues

The Heroes had already determined that 11F7_706374312_t_380775826821002000.wav translated to Lift_Together_t_380775826821002000. Lift_Together meant use the numbers from Solaris United: 24859 782887 7435833. Using the !ru outputs: _t_ meant _+_. So the new equation was 248597828877435833_+_380775826821002000. The !000 output: 000=594 meant to replace 000 with 594, so 380775826821002000 turned into 380775826821002594. The new equations was 248597828877435833 + 380775826821002594 = 629373655698438427. There was also the !000 output: 728. 728 was a hint to the ordering of the last 4 digits: 629373655698437284. The Heroes then used a T9 cipher to decode the letters from a telephone keypad: 62937 365569 843 7284 = “MAZES FOLLOW THE PATH”.

Dampé Webmaster

Using the clue "MAZES FOLLOW THE PATH", the Heroes added the full path of the Roman Maze as the URL path to the Vote for Doc website and it resulted in: https://votefordoc.com/1000111CXLVII0010CLIII0110CCLXXVI0101CCVIII0110LXXVIII1101620110LXXXVI0101CX01101691101CDLXXIV0110DXXXII00101210110CXXIII0101CLX01111690010CDLXXIV0101DXX1111CXVIII0111LXXVII0011LXVII0110LXXXII10001240110CIII0001CDXL01113510010LXXIV0110CCXL1001DCCCXLVII0110CLVII1110LXXXI0110660111LXXXVIII0101LXXVIII1111770110XCIII1001CXIX01111060011750101LXXXIX1111CXII0110CXLII0011XCVI0110LXXVII0001900111CXXVII0010LXXVIII0110LXXVIII10011340110LXXIX1110LXIX0110LXXIX0111

You’ve found my lost page. Doc is hard to shake. He is forcing me to help rig the election. I’m a good guy. Help. Find the instructions that don’t match the maze. Then you can find my letters. Ask for me by name.
-Dampé Webmaster
Thank you Heroes.

This message from Dampé meant that he sent online print orders to the FedEx locations where the English/Latin word of “Cook”/“Coquere” in the fourth step of the recipe did not match with how the number was expressed in the Roman Maze path (in decimal or Roman numerals). This assumed that “Cook” (English) matched with decimal numbers and “Coquere” (Latin) matched with Roman numerals.

The Heroes collected seven of the ten letters and found four more clues, as seen in the table below. All the retrieved Dampé Webmaster letters.

Table of Dampé Webmaster Locations and Messages
Location Message #
Anaheim, CA “I SENT 5 LETTERS TO 10 LOCATIONS IN CASE OF WATCHFUL EYES. UNTO YOU IS CHARGED THE GREAT TASK OF KEEPING THE PURITY OF TIME.” N/A
Beaverton, OR “ONE IS THE ROMAN CONFLICT RESOLVED” 1
Boston, MA “ONE IS THE CODE CRUNCHED IN BETWEEN” 0
Madison, WI “ONE IS THE INGREDIENTS COOKED TO PERFECTION” 5
Pensacola, FL
Phoenix, AZ “I SENT 5 LETTERS TO 10 LOCATIONS IN CASE OF WATCHFUL EYES. UNTO YOU IS CHARGED THE GREAT TASK OF KEEPING THE PURITY OF TIME.” N/A
Providence, RI
Raleigh, NC
San Francisco, CA “ONE IS THE CODE SLIMMED TO MAKE SENSE” 7
San Jose, CA “ONE IS THE INGREDIENTS COOKED TO PERFECTION” 5

Each clue pointed to new URL paths which contained pieces of a new Roman Maze.

  • “THE CODE CRUNCHED IN BETWEEN” pointed to isolating the binary from the Roman Maze.
  • “THE ROMAN CONFLICT” pointed to fixing the mismatched values from the 10 locations using the correct number system based on the fourth step of the recipe. (The Heroes were missing some of DocLetter 001 but were able to backwards solve and brute force the missing locations.)
  • “INGREDIENTS COOKED TO PERFECTION” pointed to using the corrected decimal and Roman numbers from THE ROMAN CONFLICT and adding back the binary in their original order.
  • “CODE SLIMMED DOWN” pointed to isolating the binary and converting it to ASCII.

bless_up Maze

Using the clues from Dampé, the following URLs were found:

  • “INGREDIENTS COOKED TO PERFECTION” - The corrected decimal and Roman numbers with the binary, which led to bless_up_WON (1/4):

https://votefordoc.com/10001111470010CLIII0110CCLXXVI0101CCVIII0110LXXVIII1101LXII0110LXXXVI010111001101691101CDLXXIV0110DXXXII00101210110CXXIII0101CLX01111690010CDLXXIV0101DXX1111CXVIII0111LXXVII0011LXVII0110LXXXII10001240110CIII0001CDXL01113510010740110CCXL1001DCCCXLVII0110CLVII1110LXXXI0110660111LXXXVIII0101LXXVIII1111770110XCIII100111901111060011LXXV0101LXXXIX111111201101420011XCVI0110LXXVII00019001111270010780110LXXVIII10011340110LXXIX1110LXIX0110LXXIX0111

  • “THE CODE CRUNCHED IN BETWEEN” - The isolated binary, which led to bless_up_TOO (2/4):

https://votefordoc.com/0111001001100101011011010110010101101101011000100110010101110010010111110111001101101000011000010111001001101001011011100110011101011111011010010111001101011111011000110110000101110010011010010110111001100111

  • “THE ROMAN CONFLICT” - The corrected decimal and Roman numbers without the binary, which led to bless_up_TREE (3/4):

https://votefordoc.com/100147CLIIICCLXXVICCVIIILXXVIIILXIILXXXVI110169CDLXXIVDXXXII121CXXIIICLX169CDLXXIVDXXCXVIIILXXVIILXVIILXXXII124CIIICDXL35174CCXLDCCCXLVIICLVIILXXXI66LXXXVIIILXXVIII77XCIII119106LXXVLXXXIX112142XCVILXXVII9012778LXXVIII134LXXIXLXIX79

bless_up Maze solution.

  • bless_up_WON
  • bless_up_TOO
  • bless_up_TREE
  • bless_up_FUR

The Heroes used the same methodology to solve these new Roman Mazes and picked out the capital letters in the path (disregarding the start of sentences).

Floor Path Message
1/4 “Unto you is charged the great taSk of keeping the puriTy of timE. Know that thAre is only one true timeL STEAL
2/4 ine, though there are those who woulD have it Otherwise. You must proteCt it. Without the truth of time a DOC
3/4 s it iS meant to unfold, more will be lost than you can Possibly imAgine. The fabric of reality will unra SPA
4/4 vel. It iS a heavy taSk--the base of all tasks of this WORlD, for nothing can transpire without time.” SSWORD

This following path was a reference to World of Warcraft as a quote from Blessing of the Bronze Aspect by Aman'Thul:

“Unto you is charged the great taSk of keeping the puriTy of timE. Know that thAre is only one true timeLine, though there are those who woulD have it Otherwise. You must proteCt it. Without the truth of time as it iS meant to unfold, more will be lost than you can Possibly imAgine. The fabric of reality will unravel. It iS a heavy taSk--the base of all tasks of this WORlD, for nothing can transpire without time.”

The capital letters (shown in bold) led the Heroes to https://votefordoc.com/STEALDOCSPASSWORD which gave them access to Doc’s email address: [email protected]

Premium Channels

After hacking into Doc's email on Nov. 16, 2018, the Heroes borrowed Doc’s Premium Galactic TV account subscription and were able to watch premium videos by using the !premium command in #galactic_tv.

  1. Deux Quarks Qui Passent La Nuit Cosmique (Vote for Doc version and Galactic TV version)
  2. Opening the Doors with Doc: Voting
  3. Opening the Doors with Doc: Robert Baron
  4. Doc's got space age, two-bit encryption now!

Hacking the Shields with Terminals

On Nov. 17, 2018, the Vote for Doc website was hacked by his competitor Robert Baron. The original method of collectively using the !jam command to increase the vote counter was no longer an option. The Heroes voted for FURY to switch power over from the radar system to the tactical system. This gave the Heroes the ability to hack the shield using terminals.

FURY posted in #transmissions:

Your tactical system is now online. Use !hack to access your terminal. From there you can execute hacks and discover new terminals! Every terminal and hack has different requirements... Let's hack the shield and get those votes Heroes!

The Heroes used the !hack command in #ship_commands. MEE6 showed the way to the first terminal: https://votefordoc.com/terminal10_000001_1


Terminal 10

The link led to an open Terminal. The Power number increased with the number of Heroes simultaneously viewing the page.

With ten Heroes on the website at the same time, the popup message !hack000 unlocked appeared. The source file of the message originated from: https://votefordoc.com/hacks4heroes.json.

Using the !hack000 command in #ship_commands returned the following response from [LANTERN]:

1,000 votes added [one-time-use]! Build next hack... https://votefordoc.com/hack000_ksdbfsjbr984jelje4930234_1


First “Hack the Shield!” Game

The link led to a box-pushing puzzle game called “Hack the Shield!”. The controls were “X” to select and the arrow keys to move.

Table of First "Hack the Shield" Level Solutions
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
VAULT game 1 1.PNG VAULT game 1 2.PNG VAULT game 1 3.PNG VAULT game 1 4.PNG
Lx12, D, L, D, Rx12 L, Dx2, R, Ux2, L, U, Rx8, U, R, D, L, D, Rx2, L, Ux2, Rx2, Dx2, L, D, R D, L, U, Rx3, D, L, U, Lx2, Dx2, R, U, L, U, R, Ux2, L, D, R, Dx2, Rx2, U, L, D, L, Ux2 (Multiple solutions) U, Rx3, Lx2, U, Rx2
################
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#.............P#
#.*#############
#.............O#
################
####@@[email protected]@..####
################
################
#....#.......#.#
#..........#...#
#.P..#..#....#.#
#.*..#...#...O.#
#....#......#..#
################
####@@[email protected]@[email protected]####
################
################
#[email protected]#.O#......#
#....#..###[email protected]#
#....#@P..#....#
#[email protected]#..*.#....#
#....#..###@...#
################
####@@[email protected]@@####
################
################
#.......########
#.*.*.O.##....##
#..*..O.###.#.##
#.P.*.*.####.###
#.......##...###
################
####@@[email protected]@@.####
################
00110011 00101010 00110100 00110001

Beating the game led to the following screen. “X” restarted the game.

VAULT game 1 5.PNG

Terminal 50

The link on the Success screen led to a closed terminal. Looking in the source code, the terminal was only open between 01:00 to 03:00 UTC. With 50 heroes on the website at the same time, the popup message New !hack built! appeared. The source file of the message originated from: https://votefordoc.com/hacking4heroes.json.

The boxes at the bottom of each level in the first “Hack the Shield!” game translated in binary to 00110011 00101010 00110100 00110001, which was 3*41 in ASCII.

The new hack command was the recipe total for Location 3 (Anchorage, AK) multiplied by the recipe total for Location 41 (Providence, RI). So 153 * 112 = 17136 built !hack17136.

Using the !hack17136 command in #ship_commands returned the following response from [LANTERN]:

10,000 votes added [one-time-use]! Build next hack: https://votefordoc.com/hack17136_ioyrwre0wer0rewinf24_1


Second “Hack the Shield!” Game

The link led to another box-pushing puzzle game.

Table of Second "Hack the Shield" Level Solutions
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
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Beating the game led to the following screen. “X” restarted the game.

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Terminal 100

The link on the Success screen led to another terminal which only opened between 01:00 to 03:00 UTC. With 100 heroes on the website at the same time, the popup message Two hacks out of six powered. Now !hack on Heroes! appeared. The source file of the message originated from: https://votefordoc.com/hacking4heroez.json.

The boxes at the bottom of each level in the second “Hack the Shield!” game translated in binary to 00101010 00111001 00101010 00110111, which was *9*7 in ASCII.

The first hack was the previous hack (17136) multiplied by 9 and by 7. So 17136 * 9 * 7 = 1079568 built !hack1079568.

Using the !hack1079568 command in #ship_commands returned the following response from [LANTERN]:

1,000,000 votes added [one-time-use]!

The second hack was the previous hack (17136) multiplied by 111001 and 110111 (which were 9 and 7 in binary, but were treated as decimal), so 17136 * 111001 * 110111 = 209443579518096 built !hack209443579518096.

Using the !hack209443579518096 command in #ship_commands returned the following response from [LANTERN]:

10,000,000 votes added [one-time-use]!