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Operation TidalVortex
Active since 2017-12-19
Live event 14 of The Black Watchmen, involving the long lost mysterious figure Whitechapel.
Type [[List_of_Investigations#Official|Official]]
Creator Alice & Smith
Discovered 2017-12-19

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On December 15th, 2017, Alice & Smith released the Whitechapel DLC for The Black Watchmen, a PARG (Permanent Alternate Reality Game). 4 days after the release, a live event began, known as Operation TidalVortex.

The mission began as the situation room previewed a Dagaz rune, and the event was officially classified as live.



The Situation Room during the TidalVortex live event.

On December 19th, 2017, at approximately 1:54PM UTC, a briefing email was sent out to all Black Watchmen agents. This email contained a classified document from site 7361, which proves that Mr. Whitechapel is behind the mysterious occurrences in New England. The email also contained the following instructions:

  • Record yourself reading the following incantation:
A custodia matutina usque ad noctem
  • The Situation Room will broadcast a symbol in realtime, draw it on your cellphone to submit your voice recording.

It is believed that once this chanting reaches critical mass, this intercepted broadcast found in the in-game situation room will be understandable.

After agents received the briefing, the Black Watchmen Map along with the in game map began to fill up with symbols indicating an agent in that area had recorded and submitted their chant. Soon after these symbols appeared, audio cues of agents chanting began to play, each audio cue being repeated after ending.
The Situation Room after the second signal intercept attempt appeared.

At approximately 1am UTC, the in-game situation room updated to show what looks like a nebula on one of the screens. When clicked on, it opens up this link to Signal Intercept Attempt #2 uploaded by Dispatch. As of now, it hasn't been solved yet. However, this is a different signal from the first attempt so more information on that signal should be coming soon.

As of now, this is all that is known. This page will continue to be updated as more of the event plays out.

Dispatch came in asking about the progress with signal 2 Agent Zephyrous proposed that the static in the signal might be pseudorandom noise; dispatch reacted that DIV88 was under the impression that there is meaning to the pattern of the static bursts in the audio The static itself was optimised by div88, its not the exact signal they picked up, but more like a “composite” (which is how it was explained to them) In response to agent Thrynn’s question which is the interference:regarding the “beat” and “noise” Dispatch said they were unsure.

It is also stated that the second signal seems to be repeating more or less continuously, without any significant or obvious pauses or breaks. Dispatch also repeated that both signals are different, but they believe they are related to each other. Currently div88 is working on cleaning signal #1, which will hopefully be released later this day.