|A website with 16 radio stations, which may be leading to something more.|
Waking Titan (also known as Project WT) is an ARG involving a multitude of websites, phone numbers, and radio stations scattered across the world. Apparently, the ARG is being produced by veteran puppet masters, and will feature NPCs, actors, and live events. However, the ultimate purpose of Walking Titan remains a mystery.
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.
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...
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] X (XXX) XXX-XXXX 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
wakingtitan.com prompts you for a username and password. The web page can be accessed by logging in with these credentials:
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:
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 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 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.
First Sequence (Atlas)
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.comand an odd pattern.
wakingtitan.com URL in the transmission's spectrogram
At approximately 1550-1600 UTC, an email was sent out to the Waking Titan email list.
At about 1700 UTC, a second glyph was unlocked on wakingtitan.com. Clicking the top left triangle in the center hexagon revealed a puzzle. When that puzzle is solved, clicking the second (top right) triangle shows a date, time, and radio station as well as an input box for email updates.
The first puzzle can be solved several ways.
Method 1: If you look at the image in the background, you'll see some text. That text is actually roman numerals. The characters are CCXL and XV, one on top of the other with a dividing line between them. That's 240 and 15 in Arabic numbers. What's 240/15? 16!
Method 2: Click the second glyph, and pay special attention to the background. There's a number in the top right. 16!
Method 3: How many radio stations are we waiting for? 16!
Solving the first puzzle causes a video to play.
By clicking the second glyph, a new PDF file can be accessed, as well as a text entry box. The PDF file indicates a live drop that will take place at 7:00PM at Caffe Bene in New York City.
Two Discord users have attempted to transcribe the audio of the video, with two different, yet similar results:
Transcription 1: My neighbors (My name is?). You must help her find the way. If you're receiving this signal, please, help us. You must save us. Without the videocom to help us, we're pretty much stuck. They can't find our devices. Help us. Tell her about Saladin (?) Transcription 2: "My neighbours / my name is (echoed) You must help her find the way If you're receiving this signal (help us) You (can/must) save us Without the (inter/video)com to help us, we're getting stuck They can't find our devices (help us) (arabic)"
At this point, it is not clear what the relevance of this message is.
at 7PM local time at Cafe Bene in NYC, a player met with the courier and was given a piece of paper.
Transcription of the string: <preMDEzRDowMDc4OjA3MjQ6MDA1Ng==</pre> Converted from base64 to ASCII:
This page is under construction, and will be updated with new developments as they emerge.