Waking Titan

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Waking Titan
Active since 2017-05-28
Project WT logo.png
A website with 16 radio stations, which may be leading to something more.
Type [[List_of_Investigations#Official|Official]]
Creator Unknown
Discovered 2017-05-28

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Waking Titan (also known as Project WT) is an ARG that involves multiple websites, phone numbers, and radio stations scattered throughout the world. Apparently, the ARG is being produced by veteran puppet masters, and includes NPCs, actors, and live events. It is unclear what Waking Titan is ultimately leading towards.

Initial Announcement

On March 27th, 2017, Twitter user @argn tweeted a link to 'project-wt.com' - a website which contained a map with sixty locations, of which four were active at the time. The locations, when clicked on, reveal the location's name and its status. The active locations also reveal a link to a livestream of a local radio of that location. The website also displays a date, June 8th, and states that the first clue is being initialized. A list of active locations and their corresponding radio stations can be found here.

Another website was found by searching for 'wakingtitan.com', based on the title of the 404 page on the original site. The website prompts for a username and password.

In addition, the original website was sent to a Unfiction moderator, and was described as:

It's the countdown to a new, large-scale ARG launching this summer, starting with 16 radio stations across the world. It's being produced by veteran puppet masters and includes NPCs, actors, live events and much more... 

bW9zY293 Station

On June 2nd, 2017 the location icon for Moscow came online with the location name and link apparently corrupted. Rather than the location name of 'Moscow' and a link to a local radio station, it initialized with the location name 'bW9zY293' and a link to a pastebin. The pastebin was short, only three lines:

[email protected]
You have until Jun. 3rd - 18:00 UTC

Emails & Phone Calls

All users who sent a valid phone number to [email protected] received an email in response:

< Database Updated >
[Email] -> X (XXX) XXX-XXXX
To change entry please reply to this message with a new contact.
.. Message ID: 6f71407e-7106-452d-8dd1-017f3eb00e1b
.. Low bandwith[sic] relay - bridge.myriad-oc1920.sat
.. Connection active
.. Rendering for message payload

From 2017-06-03 18:00-18:45 UTC all users with verified phone numbers were called with a voice clip containing the following message:

This is Waking Titan.
He arose, and on the stars, lifted his curved lids, and kept them wide.

The second line is an excerpt of the poem Hyperion by John Keats:

Hyperion arose, and on the stars 
Lifted his curved lids, and kept them wide 

This gave us the word Hyperion, which was subsequently used as a password for wakingtitan.com. One user received a phone call different from all the rest - it simply stated:

This is Waking Titan.
Username: wakingtitan


Navigating to wakingtitan.com prompts you for a username and password. The web page can be accessed by logging in with these credentials: Username: wakingtitan Password: hyperion

Logging in displays the site's homepage, which features a hexagonal arrangement of triangles, one of which is glowing red. Clicking on the glowing red triangle prompts you to enter an email address to be notified of further updates. When the page was first accessed, there was a row of 5 glyphs along the bottom, but only the first glyph was active. Clicking on the first glyph brings you to another page:

Wakingtitan glyph 1.png

Clicking on the globe icon links you to a PDF file, which is a top secret memo from Major Sophie Dubois to Elizabeth Leighton.

Top Secret Memo

The first page of the memo

The file contains vague “Assessments” of the project’s assets, infrastructure, and participant skill. A “Current Footprint” section includes various social media websites and ARG sites (including this very wiki), indicating that ARG players themselves are the participants of Project WT. Another entry in the footprint section, forums.etarc.org, is ostensibly a forum for radio enthusiasts. It was speculated that the ETARC forums turned out to be a hub for interacting with NPCs, which was confirmed when wakingtitan.com updated to include a direct link to the ETARC forums (on the glyph in the center of the hexagon).

On the footer of each page of the PDF file, the string =O3QcsBFH6zY is displayed. This string leads to a YouTube URL, which hosts a song by Kavinsky called First Blood.

The final page of the PDF file contains 5 alphanumeric sequences, each of which has a missing entry. Each break corresponds to one letter of the final solution, which is ORION.

Entering ORION on the page where the PDF was initially found displays “Granted” and accepts the password, then returns you to the homepage. The first glyph along the bottom of the screen then turns red.

Radio Announcement

On the 8th of June at 7 & 9 AM UTC, a broadcast was played on Rock Mauritius Radio, a radio station displayed on project-wt.com. The voice in the transmission says

We are the mystery hiding in plain sight. You will find us. This broadcast is the first clue.
Spectrograms of the clip show text reading wakingtitan.com and an odd pattern.

This page is under construction, and will be updated with new developments as they emerge.