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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 screens in the in-game Situation Room displayed a Dagaz rune, and the event was officially classified as live.


The Situation Room during the TidalVortex live event.
The Situation Room after the second signal intercept attempt appeared.

On December 19th, 2017, at approximately 1:54AM 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 real-time, draw it on your cellphone to submit your voice recording.

On December 20th, at approximately 1:50AM UTC this intercepted broadcast was found in the in-game situation room.

After agents received the briefing, the Black Watchmen Map along with the in game map began to fill up with symbols. Each symbol indicated that an agent in that area had recorded and submitted their chant. Soon after these symbols appeared, repeating audio cues of agents chanting began to play.

At approximately 1AM UTC on December 21st, 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. Even though this is a different signal to the first one, the two signals seem to be connected.

Solving Signal 2

Later, at 17:55 UTC, an agent emailed Dispatch explaining how the used cipher operated, and afterwards, a public message from Dispatch was received on Discord which read as follows:

Someone has cracked the signal:
The noise from the signal is ordered like this:
000000 111111 000000 001110 110001 011001 010010 100110

By taking the nth bit from these sequences we can  rearrange the bits to this:
01001001 01001110 01010100 01010001 01010011 01001100

Which than can be converted to ASCII writing:

In other words:
By starting at the 000000 111111 000000 part of the sequence, we can transform the message to Q codes used in radiocommunication.

Soon after, a follow up message was received from Dispatch, who said:

We should have a clearer version of the first signal for you shortly, as well.

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