|Live event 14 of The Black Watchmen, involving the long lost mysterious figure Whitechapel.|
|Creator||Alice & Smith|
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.
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:
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: INTQSL 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.
Solving Signal 3
At 19:45 UTC, the nebula in the Situation Room was replaced with a black hole. Clicking on it links to Signal Intercept Attempt #3, which reads as follows:
My name is Jacob Miller. This guy. I think I heard someone call him Whitechapel. He’s doing some experiment on us. He makes us feed off of other people’s dreams. Once in a while one of us is chosen to, be the container. Like a vessel between us and the dreamers. We gather the dreams energy, it looks painful when you use someone as a vessel. I heard hear the other talking, I don’t know where they heard this, but I’ve heard others say when they take vessels away they dig into their brain to harvest something that’s grown inside that they need-. I’ve looking for an escape but this place has guards at every door. If I don’t get out I think I’m going to die here. I don’t want to do this anymore. We are being held against our will. Some of us are still conscious other’s wound up brain dead. That guy he calls us the choir. Please stop him, he is up to no good. I hear someone. Shit. Please help us. (Beeping) (Track fades away.)
At 21:15 UTC, Dispatch sent a follow up link which contained a clearer version of the tones found at the end of the third signal.
Green Agent Activation
Later, at 1:42 UTC, another email was sent to Dispatch, containing the possible locations of the broadcast using the tones from the ending of the third signal. The email read the following.
Dispatch, We have finally settled on two possible locations. Using the frequencies found in the audio, we have found: 7,2 4,3 3,2 5,4 We coordinated these with the Tent Runes previously used in related investigations and have found two possibilities: "OYER" - “OYER MASSACHUSETTS” search on google leads to the Salem Witch Trials court of Oyer and Terminer. Salem Witch Trials took palce in Salem Village MA, now called Danvers MA. There is a recently closed/partially demolished sanatorium called Danvers Insane Asylum. It was also recently used for condo development. One user also notes: In french "Oyer and terminer" means "To listen and to end". The whole event was about sound, to listen, and were coming close to the end. (I, [The agent that sent the email], believe it could also signify the end of the mission.) "AYER" - This is also a location in Massachusetts that includes a fortress of its own, and this spelling is the other result from runes. While clues point less soundly to this one, we cannot count out this possibility. Please inform of any other developments or responses you may have.
Nine minutes later, at 1:51 UTC, Dispatch came online on Discord, and said
We directed Division 88 to focus their efforts in the regions you emailed to us, and it seems Salem, MA is the origination point of the broadcast. We can't yet determine where in the city it's coming from but that's in the works.
Right after, Dispatch notified everyone the green level agent was activated with the following message.
Agent [GREEN AGENT], please consider yourself activated. We'll be in contact in the morning, but you have a long trip ahead of you.
Dispatch also asked agents to work together to create a debrief for command, and to send it to [email protected] by 12:00 PM EST. (5:00 PM/17:00 UTC)
As of now, this is all that is known. This page will continue to be updated as more of the event plays out.