Waking Titan/Phase 4
|Waking Titan - Phase 4|
|Phase 4 of Waking Titan lasted from 2017-12-28 to 2018-06-01.|
|Creators||Alice & Smith & Hello Games|
- 1 Tenth Glyph
- 2 Myriad Back Online
- 3 Client 3597b
- 4 Ware-tech.cloud
- 5 Mercury Project
- 6 Newsletter
- 7 PAX East Weekend
- 8 Status & W/ARE Updates
- 9 Regular Statistics Updates
- 10 Dev Kit Update #2
- 11 April 27-29th Access Grants
- 12 Dev Kit Contest Final Stage
- 13 Update on Arnaud's Condition
- 14 Myriad Status Update
- 15 Dev Kit Shipping Updates
- 16 Terminal Status Update and Precon007
- 17 Book Deliveries
- 18 Glyphs 11-15
- 19 Myriad Status and Precon Update
- 20 Loop16 Command Updated
- 21 Dev Kit Delivery
- 22 May 25-26 Updates
Beginning on December 28th, 2017, typing
WHOIS on the Waking Titan website returned the following:
#WHATIS1.5. In addition, the 10th glyph was made active, and linked to a Google Drive folder, which contained community-made pictures of the NMS logo in an infinite mirror.
The titles of the photos, when strung together (skipping the 00 (empty) ones), formed the hexadecimal code for
moirrr, which was an anagram for
mirror. Additionally, the hexadecimal code in the correct order for the word
mirror could be found on the bottom of the Myriad website.
Also of note was the background of the tenth glyph, which read:
Dear Elizabeth We have finished processing 10,000 passes as per your requirements. You should have them in time for the next phase. I really hope you will like the final product. Kind regards, Gail
The allusion to
10,000 passes is likely a reference to the Level 4 Atlas passes that were promised to players as part of earlier phases. The identity of "Gail" remained unknown.
On January 17th, 2018, the first CSD user received their Atlas Pass. The passes were made from cardstock, with a textured pass printed on it. The front had the text
WAKING TITAN printed, and below that the CSD category the user belonged in. On the very bottom, a series of hexadecimals reading
70686f656e6978 could be found, which, after decoding, translated to
PHOENIX. On the back, the owner's CSD-ID was written, along with a serial number stating which pass out of 10,000 the user had, and a number at the top.
It is strongly recommended to not cover up the hex underneath your signature, and to share the number above and below your CSD ID if you are in possession of a pass. Preferably with a picture of the front, as shown below. For a list of all the atlas passes currently known of, please refer to this spreadsheet. In the event you receive one of these, please share a picture of the front, and the numbers underneath and above your CSD-ID (censored bit) on the back.
Status Command Update
On January 20th at 17:44 UTC, the output of the
STATUS command began to update:
Downloading Data...: 19:44 1- : 20:16 (32 min) 1-8 : 20:27 (11 min) 1-80 : 20:39 (12 min) 1-800- : 20:44 (5 min) 1-800-41 : 21:35 (51 min) 1-800-413-01 : 22:14 (39 min) Xxxxx X : New Line 1-800-413-011 : 22:15 (1 min) Xxxxx XX 1-800-413-0110 : 22:16 (1 min) Xxxxx XXX
Calling the provided phone number yielded an SSTV transmission (pictured below) which, once decoded, provided meteorological data for various locations.
Players found they were to order the list of locations in the image alphabetically. This yielded a sequence where
Index by Precipitation could be read off.
Using the ordered text indexed by precipitation (in
alma the second index is
o) led to the following:
CAFE BENE NINETEEN SAT
The text indicated a new livedrop would be occurring in the same location as the last one had. However, due to the old Cafe Bene closing, the
Xxxxx XXX part was added in the STATUS command update to warn players about the new venue,
Outro NYC, which opened in the same place as the Cafe Bene had been located. The livedrop was intended to occur at 7PM EST (00:00 UTC). However, the first player from the community who set out for the drop was involved in a traffic mishap, delaying their arrival. Anticipating missing the drop's time window, the community reached out to request a time extension, and the STATUS command, which had updated frequently throughout the confusion, was updated again to approve the community's request.
STAND BY: CSD CITIZEN NOT DETECTED WARNING: CSD CITIZEN NOT DETECTED! IT'S LONELY OUT HERE TIME EXTENSION REQUESTED? EXTENTION PROPOSED: 2H30 – AWAITING CSD APPROVAL EXTENSION APPROVED, BE SAFE
After the extension was approved, a second player from the community set out to the livedrop location on livestream and met with their A&S contact around 7:30PM EST (00:30 UTC). During the meeting, the player was handed a memo from a mysterious case disguised as a book, pictured left. After some cryptic conversation, the contact asked if they were "getting enough sleep", stating that being well-rested would be very important. After the meeting, players who had attended the livedrop met in another location and showed off the memo, speculating about it's contents and even discovering the REM Sleep connection to the letters on the memo's back. After the livedrop, the community used the livestream to look over the memo, pictured below. On the back of the memo
REMS is written. This clue, in combination with the strange question A&S asked at the rendezvous, led players to the password for the 10th Glyph,
Once the glyph was solved, the STATUS command updated to a bit.ly link to a form. Players discovered that on the sixth question on the form, entering REMS or REM Sleep (case sensitive) caused a seventh question, pictured right, to reveal itself, allowing CSD users to enter their email address to receive "left over materials" from something called Lab 319. Players remained unclear on what exactly Lab 319 was or what it's leftovers were, however signing up seemed integral given the input is only revealed after using the REM Sleep phrase.
Myriad Back Online
On 26 March, 2018 at 05:25 UTC an event occurred. The Myriad site came back online after having been offline since the end of Phase 3. The site featured indications of a solar event interfering with operations. In addition, the status command on Waking Titan briefly displayed the following:
CODE -3 Unable to restart ................. ERROR LOG SUMMARY - Major malfunction - Protect the monarch - All tiers 2 and tiers 3 clients must be purged IMMEDIATELY ................. TO ALL CSD - Gather maximum EXTERNAL intel - CSD should take time to regroup and get organized
Ten minutes elapsed before the Status command began to display the following:
CODE -5 System Locked e b 4 c 1 4 a 9 c 6 2 2 d f 7 1 6 6 f b e 0 d d 8 9 1 5 d b 0 2
This hexadecimal string was used to reference a connection the private key for an Ethereum cryptocurrency wallet related to an ostensibly "promotional" event for an upcoming product from W/ARE.
At 01:11 UTC, Myriad-70.com updated, and the updates included the following.
Latest network diagnostic table: - Network corruption detected - Situation isolated to Client 3597b - Process cannot be suspended due to critical conditions -------------------------- -Beijing: 29.1Tb/s -------------------------- MAJOR ISSUES: Client 3597b
Soon after, at 01:30 UTC, the Status command updated in the Terminal to say the following.
> status CODE -5 System Locked e b 4 c 1 4 a 9 c 6 2 2 d f 7 1 6 6 f b e 0 d d 8 9 1 5 d b 0 2 -------------- Monarch Repository Status: Degraded Conflict With - Client 18d1a TRACERT 10.30.74.* - Client 3597b TRACERT 54.91.155.* - Client 351h TRACERT 6.128.214.* - Client 0911a TRACERT 74.1.21.*
Approximately 15 minutes later, clients began to disconnect, beginning with Client 0911a, second being Client 18d1a, and the last being Client 351h, who had an additional piece of text added, being
ID: 79657321, which was translated as hex into
Then, at 02:15 UTC, the status command was updated again, stating
- Client 3597b - UNABLE TO DISCONNECT 22.214.171.124 NAT 52.2.248.*
At 13:38 UTC, the status command updated once again, stating
- Client 3597b - UNABLE TO DISCONNECT 126.96.36.199 NAT 52.2.248.*:80\\
At 22:30 UTC, March 30, the status updated again to say
Latest network diagnostic table: - Client 3597b is beyond allocated limits - Process cannot be suspended due to critical conditions - Tier 1, 2 and 3 clients are now all offline
Of the sites found in the 52.2.248 range, 188.8.131.52 was found. Using the metadata found in the HTML and searching on Google, the  and Twitter were located as well. The site is in Chinese, although Google Translate gives a good, readable translation.
On Twitter, under the Shipping Soon image, is a Hex string
77 61 6E 74 20 74 6F 20 6B 6E 6F 77 20 6D 6F 72 65 that, when converted to ascii reads
want to know more. Under the #waretech hashtag on Twitter, there are three images shared by "Partner Companies" with the following code (and the ascii conversion):
62 69 74 2E = bit. 6C 79 2F 77 = ly/w 61 72 65 32 = are2
On the ware-tech website, if you subscribe, you receive an email with another 3 characters:
30 31 38, which again in Ascii becomes
018. Together this gave a bit.ly link that leads to the W/are Discord channel.
Discord users were informed of a community puzzle that was going on by the admin. Members of the W/ARE Discord had received tweets from another account, https://twitter.com/w9rPQ45E, which had seven tweets with hex code in them:
01 [ 74 78 2f 30 78 66 65 30 31 35 30 66 ] 02 [ 62 33 30 32 61 38 62 36 64 34 30 38 ] 03 [ 35 37 32 32 64 61 61 31 64 30 37 37 35 ] 04 [ 38 33 31 38 35 30 38 36 39 31 30 61 31 ] 05 [ 61 38 32 34 38 63 65 32 34 38 30 64 ] 06 [ 32 65 33 38 37 33 31 ] 07 - Signal Lost [ 65 6e 64 20 6f 66 20 6c 69 6e 65 ]
Translated into Ascii, these tweets give the following:
tx/0xfe0150f b302a8b6d408 5722daa1d0775 83185086910a1 a8248ce2480d 2e38731
which references this Ethereum transaction. The Twitter username, w9rPQ45E is also a Pastebin, providing the string
edb044c81d40a196c4672a2bd6f17f1f6. In the Ethereum transaction, there is Input Data that, when converted to ascii, links to another Pastebin, providing another string:
Two things have been done with these strings. Together, they are the Private Key for the Ethereum account the money was transferred to. It has since been withdrawn to a different account. Second, if you put the two strings together and compare them with the string from Waking Titan's console, every odd character matches the strings from Pastebin.
e b 4 c 1 4 a 9 c 6 2 2 d f 7 1 6 6 f b e 0 d d 8 9 1 5 d b 0 2
The remaining characters are
d0 48 d0 16 47 ab 61 ff b7 b5 9d ca a2 66 03 a0, however if this has any use is yet to be seen.
Three hours after the W/ARE Discord Admin let the community know about the puzzle, at 6:01 PM UTC they returned and said
That was it for today, good job on solving our community puzzle! You are good! :smiley: Tomorrow one of our partners will have a giveaway for us! We will have more for you this weekend also!
At 21:26 UTC, the
Mercury command updated to say the following.
Mercury process > Build XXXX Ready to load branch version 1.5 Send Password Code in HEX to : Telegram MercuryHG80
This puzzle required a user to solve the riddle shown below, convert the answer into hexdecimal, and send it to an official Telegram account run by one of the Puppet Masters.
The puzzle involved a riddle that was discovered in a Pastebin on W/ARE's twitter. It went as follows:
“Descended from Night, I share the blood of nightmares. Look forward to the gates of horn and ivory”
This puzzle was solved by searching "The gates of horn and ivory", which resulted in dreams and nightmares of Greek mythology. After noting the capital N in "nightmares", users found the Greek god of night, Nyx, which led to one of her children, Morpheus, who was one of the Oneiroi, and the god of dreams. The name was then converted to hexdecimal and sent to the Telegram account, and the terminal accepted the password, resulting in the following command update.
Processing "Morpheus" > ACCESS GRANTED Downloading.......
Then, at 09:54 UTC, the Mercury command updated again, and said the following.
<Mercury process > Build XXXX Ready to load branch version 1.5 Send Password Code in HEX to : Telegram MercuryHG80 -------------------------------- Process started by community - ETA 11:00 BST https://bit.ly/2pLmadg
The shortened link redirected to a tweet from Sean Murray, which said
The cause is hidden. The effect is visible to all. #oneonebst
The tweet also included a photo of someone, presumably Sean himself, holding a phone receiving a Telegram notification, which was Morpheus in hexdecimal. The hashtag spells out 11BST, or more precisely, 11:00 BST, or, 10:00 UTC. No updates were made at 10:00 PM, and was then confirmed to be counting to 10:00 AM.
Roughly half an hour before the timer was up, at 9:26 AM UTC, Sean Murray announced on Twitter that he had a small announcement to make, and was going to post it early as it was about to leak.
Shortly after, at 09:50 UTC, Hello Games announced the next update for No Man's Sky, which was No Man's Sky NEXT, set with a launch date for Summer of 2018.
On April 2 at around 23:30 UTC, user W/ARE came online in the W/ARE Discord to announce that the next giveaway would be sent out in a newsletter within the next hour. They also mentioned the upcoming launch of their new translated English website, new extranet and the release of a "WARE cryptocoin", and asked users who are planning to be at PAX East to let them know at [email protected] with "PAX EAST - YES!" in the subject line.
At 00:30 UTC the newsletter started coming in via email. It announced that 25 winners were selected to receive Steam keys for games from W/ARE partners, such as The Shrouded Isle and Future Unfolding. It also included a link to an Application Form for indie developers to apply for a Developer Kit of W/ARE tech. The best applications will be up for a public community vote to decide which games will be launched on the W/ARE platform.
Around the same time, the Status command in the Terminal updated to say the following:
> status CODE -5 Monarch Repository : Data Loss Imminent Booting up Command.Center.v11 Pending approval by Monarch
PAX East Weekend
On April 6, 2018 at 18:00 UTC the W/ARE website updated with the new English translation and access to a Developer Area containing a sign-in form.
On April 8 at 01:19, the Status command updated with the following output:
CODE -5 Monarch Repository : Data Loss Imminent Booting up Command.Center.v11 Pending approval by Monarch Error - Unable to connect with repository Memory Dump 2GzHGwu.jpg
The filename leads to a corrupted image hosted on imgur, depicting a partial area map, a satellite, and the word "MYRIAD".
On April 8 around 00:49 UTC, players who previously sent emails to W/ARE about attending PAX East received the following response:
Hello! We’ve heard from some attendees that our booth at PAX East is very difficult to find this year. To help you find the booth, we’ve enlisted the help of an Enforcer. Here is the information that our team at PAX has sent us to help you locate them: HANDLE: EMU PATH: START -997E -1E -1000E +4S +1000W +1W +1000W -7N REPEAT You should be able to find them on their path between 12PM and 3PM local time. - WARE
The path of EMU was determined by searching for a specific range of clustered booth numbers on the floor plan. Assuming Down is East, starting at booth 17102 and subtracting 997 from that number gives us 16105, which is to the East directly next to booth 17102. Continuing this with the rest of the coordinates:
17102 - 997E = 16105 - 1E = 16104 - 1000E = 15104 + 4S = 15108 + 1000W = 16108 + 1W = 16109 + 1000W = 17109 - 7N = 17102 (repeat)
Ultimately creates this path between the eight booths:
Several agents met with the contact between 16:00 and 19:00 PM UTC and were given a total of four USB drives. Each drive contained an image and a text file.
|A cornucopia of knowledge is in the mind of mankind, but it must be nurtured and hidden from the wrath of time. Time swallows all things, ends all beginnings, and leaves each of us devoured.||A mind invisible is buried underground, but a mind of water carries no patterns. It is the mind, the wrist pointed to heaven, which allows us to dream. It is this hand on high that cast down our demons to the earth.||Slumber in prison for eternity, lock away every great thing, but the spirit cannot be broken. A voice like ages rocks the very ground and with it’s call a rise to action of every terror.||Of chaos swirls a terrible nothing, but pulled together without reason is reason born from chaos. A single note, another still, a symphony is creation where each piece follows the last no matter how the thread dances.|
The email address led to philojeux.com, a website for a French indie game studio named Philo Jeux. Founded by Arnaud Lacours, it works on the philosophy-based game
Les tablettes de Mnémosyne which was to be released on the WARE platform in July 2018.
Overlaying all four images highlighted the letters
f1orbiag55z1. Using this as the password for the login form on extranet.ware-tech.cloud and combining it with the email address from the text files as the username granted access to Arnaud Lacours' account for the Developer Area.
WARE Developer Area
Upon first access after the PAX event, the area accessed using the credentials
[email protected] / f1orbiag55z1 contained a main page, a developer profile page and multiple inaccessible pages. The main page presented an overview of user statistics and an empty main WARE token wallet. Alongside the empty wallet were 12 wallets labelled Alpha-Lima in the NATO Phonetic alphabet, each containing 256 WARE. The Documents and Task Manager pages were inaccessible due to Arnaud Lacours' account having an insufficient clearance level. The Request Supplies page was inaccessible due to insufficient funds (where funds are probably WARE tokens). Accessing the developer profile page while authenticated as Arnaud Lacours showed their information; including a phone number:
(514) 448-1493. When this number was originally called, it led to a voicemail message in French, translated to English it said:
Hi, I'm Arnaud Lacours, the CEO and founder of Philo Jeux. I'm not here at the moment. Please give me your contact details and I will call you back later. Thanks a lot, bye. Voicemail System: Sorry, this voicemail is full. Please try again later. Thank you for calling, goodbye.
On the 14th April at around 02:00 UTC, it was noted that the voicemail message changed. Again, the message was in French, roughly translating to:
I'm Arnaud's girlfriend, thanks a lot for your wishes. Unfortunately Arnaud's condition got worse and he can't call you back and for now the company is closed.
Status & W/ARE Updates
On April 14 at 18:37 UTC, the value of the Status command updated:
CODE -5 Monarch Repository : Data Loss Imminent Booting up Command.Center.v11 Pending approval by Monarch Rebooting...
At 19:51 UTC, players who had applied for a Developer Kit started receiving emails with further details on what kind of applications W/ARE were looking for. According to this email, the company had opened positions for five partnered studios, one of which would also receive a grand prize of $1,000 USD. The deadline for applications was April 28th.
Then, at 20:38 UTC, the Status command updated again with the following output:
CODE -5 Monarch Repository : Data Loss Imminent Booting up Command.Center.v11 Pending approval by Monarch Error- Unable to connect with repository WARNING- MEMORY DUMP FAILED! Biometric backup initiated… http://bit.ly/2ITvMcW
The link led to a recording of a female voice reading out a string of words:
Drunken - Disable - Geiger - Everyday - Hockey - Determine - Endow - Coherence - Freedom - Guitarist - Framework
These are words from a PGP Word List, also known as a Biometric Word List, as hinted at in the Status text. Each word corresponds to a hex value:
51 4B 6A 58 73 47 59 2E 67 69 66
When converted to ASCII this reads
QKjXsGY.gif, which was the filename of an animated gif on Imgur.
Regular Statistics Updates
On April 15, 2018 at 22:26 UTC, the Developer Dashboard received an update to its Weekly Statistics, specifically the Total Sessions and Total Users counter. Another update followed at 13:19 the next day, after which the numbers continued to be updated 37 times over the next two days, once every hour at the 37th minute. The final update was recorded on April 18 at 1:37, 51 hours and 11 minutes after the very first update, and 36 hours after the first update at minute 37.
Another phase of continuous updates to the Statistics overview started on April 19 at 02:37, this time at 30 minute intervals.
A record of all value changes can be found here.
Dev Kit Update #2
On the 21st, at 16:17 UTC, all users subscribed to the W/ARE mailing list received a second Developer Kit Update.
The update mentioned that the W/ARE team was working on a new test protocol for the headset that was expected to provide a 60% boost in power to the headset. It was also said that players would learn within a few weeks.
The update also featured 3 submitted projects so far, which are as follows:
- DreamScape, a "user defined MMO where players can create their own worlds as they sleep", created by EdgeWare Games
- The Drowned Tower, a "post-apocalyptic exploration game set in a dream-like world", made by OceanSmoke Games.
It was found that these three projects were all player created, and have no official affiliation or information involving the Waking Titan ARG.
April 27-29th Access Grants
At 19:11 UTC on April 27, the Documents portion of the W/ARE extranet site, along with the Task Manager section were unlocked. This started a series of tasks. Each new task was unlocked when funds were successfully transferred out of one of the developer sub-wallets. The wallet keys were received by sending the correct solution to the current task to
2018 03 03led to a corrupted image of what was discovered to be St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia.
There were also two other images of interest, titled
Combined together, the contents of these 2 images read the following.
1. THE MIDDLE OF THE INVERTED PENDULUM COULD FEED THE MOST LOGICAL MINDS 2. ITS SHAPE WILL LIGHT THE SPARK OF CREATIVITY (049245) 3. IMPOSING SURROUNDINGS HELP IDEAS TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY 4. SURROUNDED BY WATER, EXHALING SERENITY (AT THE JUNCTiON BY THE LAKE)
Another image was also found, entitled "Train ticket". It contains an image of a train and Cyrillic script that translates to "Manchurian Railway Ticket", "Moscow - Beijing" dated March 5, 2018.
The Task Manager section revealed the first "Task" given to W/ARE employees, titled "Missing Employee", and that it was in progress. There was one description of what had happened, along with two update messages.
The original description read the following.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM WARE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TEAM. Attention to all developers. One of our colleagues, Mr. Zheng, has gone missing a month ago while on a R&D tour. Serious investigation inside the department has lead to nothing of interest, and we’re now asking for outside help. Please send any information concerning his potential whereabouts to [email protected]
The first and second update were as follows:
All recent and potentially relevant documents found on Mr. Zheng’s computer have been translated and forwarded to the developer extranet. Our team is currently trying to use this information to retrace his last steps. We’re hoping that our combined efforts can bring light to this affair and bring Mr.Zheng back home safely. In the hope of attaining maximum reach and visibility, the R&D department also set up a Twitter account to serve as another relay of information.
(The twitter account in mention is @Ware_RDev)
UPDATE ON R&D SEARCH. All information of interest sent to [email protected] will be rewarded with codes to our exclusive WARE wallets which can be used for special package purchases.Sending an email containing the keyword "Moscow" to [email protected] caused them to send the following reply, including a link to a map of Beijing's subway for a planned 7th conference:
The WARE Research and Development team thanks you for your interest in the WARELearn initiative. The Russian Academy of Medical Science in Moscow’s conference on Art and Dreams is the last of a series of six conferences we hope will enlighten your mind. The WARE Team will review your application and get back to you as soon as possible! Feedback from employees is fundamental in the development of the WARELearn initiative. As such, we’re asking you to give us your opinion on the ideal location for our next conference. If the location you picked is chosen by our committee, you may be given the chance to attend and meet the promoters of the event. Our team has begun to pinpoint buildings that could be of interest. Feel free to inspire yourself and contact [email protected] to let us know about your suggestion. Kind regards, The WARELearn initiative
Sending an email containing all the keywords "Moscow," "Beijing," and "049245" (from Notes on locations 1) triggered another response, this time containing the ALPHA sub-wallet key:
Dear informer, To thank you for your recent help in Mr. Zheng’s case, WARE has provided you with a code to use on our internal cryptocurrency wallets. We promise that every significant clue provided to us will be rewarded as such. Claim your reward with this code and stay alert for further updates on the situation : 4e47e152a5afaf95537c5dba73ef73d45c11fd6743ff5db9bfea3eca9282fda Please withdraw the funds so that the main wallet can be updated. Note the updating process is not immediate. Kind regards, The R&D Team
The funds were withdrawn from the cryptocoin wallet, which led to an update to the Weekly Statistics page, where sub-wallet ALPHA was now displayed as empty.
A new message in the Task Manager followed:
Most recent informations linked to the WARELearn services has confirmed our suspicions that despite boarding his train in Moscow, Mr. Zheng never arrived at Beijing and seems to have abandoned the train along the route. Any information, as small as a postal code, that you can find about the possible location locations he may have visited for an extended period - such as a hotel or hostel - would be of tremendous help.
Using a map of the Trans-Manchurian Train route and the 4 hints from the Document files, players concluded that Mr. Zheng left the train in
Gostinyy Dom Chita, 672040. Sending this information to the email address yielded another wallet key. Players were able to withdraw these funds from a cryptocurrency wallet, emptying sub-wallet BETA.
The following update was posted in the Task Manager:
Thanks to dedicated informers, the investigation on Mr. Zheng is progressing and the tasks have been updated. We’ve been able to confirm that a stop was indeed made in Chita, after attending the Moscow conference on Art and Dreams. Please send any information concerning his potential whereabouts to [email protected], in addition to the updated task number.
A journal entry and a page of notes both written by Mr. Zheng were unlocked in the Documents section, along with an update in the Task Manager:
Attention to all teams. Documentation (copies and originals) coming from a source close to the missing employee have been recovered by W/ARE. There are a lot of files to organize and our database employees are still trying to get everything in order. Any information that could help us make sense of them will be most welcome.
The image of "Notes on Moscow" contains 3 blanks and descriptions of 3 paintings. The blanks can be filled in with the subjects of the paintings. Sending these keywords, in addition to the updated task number -
a1028f, Montreal, 1.30pm. Meet me at the fountain in front of the Notre Dame Basilica. - to the email, yielded the next wallet key. Again, players withdrew the funds from the wallet, emptying sub-wallet CHARLIE.
Delta - Montreal Live DropThe Task Manager updated with an announcement of a live drop:
Deploying a team for possible package seizure. Once the location will be secured and package examined, onsite examination will be possible. WARE will not allow package to leave location. Taking pictures will be permitted. Confirmation of Location: Place d’Armes, Montreal, In front of the fountain Confirmation of Time: Between 7pm and 9pm, local time
At the drop location, players received the following note:
I came two years after the Ursuline nuns. Now set in stone, here is my legacy. G. Nadeau
Investigations led to the French nurse Jeanne Mance, who arrived in New France two years after the Ursuline nuns came to Quebec and established Montreal's first hospital in 1642, the
Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal. She is memorialized in statue at the foot of the Maisonneuve Monument. Sending this information to the email unlocked the next wallet key, and the withdrawal of the funds emptied sub-wallet DELTA.
DON'T FORGET TO MOVE NOTES ON THE MEETING TO THE CLOUDand
SECULAR VADER OF THE BIBLE.
The new Task Manager update read:
The search to find Mr. Zheng is still ongoing. New information is now connecting him to Montreal’s Hotel Dieu. Please send any information concerning his potential whereabouts to [email protected], in addition to an updated task number [t1029r]. We’ve tried to access Mr. Zheng's files in the R&D dropbox, but all access has been blocked.
It contained a link to Mr. Zheng's password-locked Dropbox. Players determined the correct password was
Gutenberg, who produced the first printed Bible.
The Dropbox contained 4 pdf files with printable hexaflexagon patterns. When folded, one of the sides on each hexaflexagon yielded a 13-digit number starting with 978. These were ISBN numbers for the following 3 books:
Nine Billion Names of God,
The Paris Architect, and
War and Peace. Using the leftover numbers from each flexagon as a book cipher of the format page, line, and word, the phrase
unknown british soldier was found. This points to the
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which was the keyword to obtain the wallet code for sub-wallet ECHO.
FoxtrotWhen assembled and put together, the three hexaflexagons revealed a shape resembling the river Seine in Paris in the area of the Louvre. Sending
Louvreto the email address provided the code for sub-wallet FOXTROT and revealed a new journal document.
On the journal page were 3 sentences, with certain words underlined. Ordering the words by the number of underlines and counting their position in each sentence resulted in the phone number
438-368-9126. Upon calling this number a recorded message gave a morse code that translated to
PASTEH9EBKEXGT. This led to a Pastebin document containing the following text:
From the bottom of the crypt, at the feet of the Guardian, I ascend left Pass the dignitary and follow the water Go straight to the sun with open arms and turn right Turn left when you arrive home Go straight to the hand and head of the goddess and turn left to face the keeper Follow the procession into the house of kings Ignore the light and descend to your death I am here and with me the seventh part of what you are searching for.
Golf - Paris Live Drop
A new live drop was announced to be in Paris, France:
Deploying a team for possible package seizure. Once the location is secured and package examined, onsite examination will be possible. WARE will not allow package to leave the location. Taking pictures will be permitted. Confirmation of Location: At the entrance of the Passage du Souvenir, Near the stairs, Paris Confirmation of Time: Between 1pm and 3pm, local time
At the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a monument in the Passage du Souvenir beneath the Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile in Paris, players were given another hexaflexagon paper puzzle and told not to un-tape it. When aligned with the other three pieces, this revealed a location marked with an X at the Louvre.
The text from the Pastebin found in the Foxtrot stage were clues on the correct route to follow inside the Louvre. The rest of the path led players to the sarcophagus of Ramesses III, on the side of which they found a depiction of
The Book of Amduat. Sending this to the email yielded the key to sub-wallet GOLF.
The parchment in
The Book of Amduat can be found in the
British Museum London, which was the keyphrase that unlocked sub-wallet HOTEL.
Locked briefcase found in London, near the British Museum. Not yet confirmed if Mr. Zheng left it there willingly. Package currently under observation.
They were right. It's all leading here. I saw it at night. i had it in my hands. All the missing parts. For the first time, I felt like all was finally put in place. Then, I felt a powerful force, ripping it from my hands. I dropped it and all the pages flew away in the wind. I remember the morning that came after. I was standing tall, pointing at the former naval person, longing for all this knowledge that got away. I need to find its missing pieces.
former naval person is the signature Winston Churchill used in his private correspondence with President Roosevelt. The text describes standing tall pointing at him. This was deduced to be Big Ben, which faces the Churchill statue in Parliament Square, London. Sending
Big Ben to the email address provided the key to withdraw the funds from sub-wallet INDIA.
A third live drop was announced to be in London:
Deploying a team for possible package seizure. Once the location will be secured and package examined, onsite examination will be possible. WARE will not allow package to leave the location. Taking pictures will be permitted. Confirmation of Location: Statue of Winston Churchill, Parliament Square, London Confirmation of Time: Between 1pm and 3pm, local time
Juliett - London Live Drop
On April 29th at 13:00 local time, players met with a W/ARE technician in London and were given a scrambled picture of the "The Thinker" sculpture by Auguste Rodin, displayed at the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum. The keyphrase
Henry Fuseli, The Nightmare, 1781, a painting found at the same museum, provided the code for sub-wallet JULIETT.
This unlocked three new postcards in the Documents section.
The locations pictured on the postcards were in Mexico, Peru, and Morocco. Each postcard mentioned two numbers and two cardinal directions, and combining these led to a string of coordinates:
33N, 43E - 30N, 69E - 22N, 79E, which were found to be in Iraq, Pakistan, and India. Connecting these six locations by lines pointed to Egypt.
The circled letters on the postcards spelled
tonw. Using these clues, players found
Deir el-Medina, an Egyptian village whose name translates to "monastery of the kings". The village's name unlocked sub-wallet KILO.
'Alights, and grinning I saw it again. Except this time, what snatched it from my hands was not a divine force but the unmistakable pull of this stippled incubus. 'Alights, and grinning He glared at me, as he ripped all the pages before my horrified eyes. I felt his weight on my chest. xxxx?
It quotes excerpts from Ermasus Darwin's poem "Botanical Garden", which is an inscription found on the "The Nightmare" painting referenced in the JULIETT phase, engraved by Thomas Burke in 1783.
Then, the next Task Manager update announced another live drop:
Briefcase found in London still locked but deemed safe by our experts. Once the location will be secured and package examined, onsite examination will be possible. WARE will not allow package to leave the location. Taking pictures will be permitted. Confirmation of Location: British Museum, London Estimated Time : Between 6pm and 8pm, local time
Lima - 2nd London Live Drop
1783, the year "The Nightmare" was engraved.
Inside the box were three paper notes:
These notes reference ancient texts about dream interpretation. One of them is the Egyptian
Ramesside dream-book, the code that unlocked sub-wallet LIMA.
CODE -5 Monarch Repository : Data Loss Imminent ReBooting Command.Center.v12
The Request Supplies section on the extranet was now accessible, revealing a "Specific Item Order Form". In addition to Arnaud Lacours' name, his employee ID
43617373696e69 was already filled in. Converted from HEX to ASCII this code translates to
Cassini. Entering the ID into the console yields the following output:
LOG RECOVERED :: ITERATION #4924A :: The asteroid field was thick, denser than any I'd seen before. The ice, the dirt, the metal fragments… my ship never stood a chance.
Another Status update followed at 17:33:
CODE -5 Monarch Repository : Data Loss Imminent ReBooting Command.Center.v12 ------ Error, unable to start https://i.imgur.com/Fnixw9t.png ------ New command updated
It linked to an image with the headline
SUBJECT1 and a section named
The search for Mr. Zheng concluded with a message from the @WARE_RDev Twitter account:
Dev Kit Contest Final Stagedevkit.ware-tech.cloud. The email also mentioned No Man's Sky as one of W/ARE's partnered games.
The following six winners of the contest were announced via email on May 12th at 00:20:
- Summon Studios - Terraformed and Stellar Software - Beyond the Stars
- Spectrumental Games - Supersensory
- CSD Games - Tumbleweed
- Imperium Interactive - Eden
- Game Detectives - Delve
Update on Arnaud's Condition
On the 12th of May at 20:21 UTC, the status command was updated:
CODE -5 Command.Center.v12 crashed ------ Global Network Scan started.... Warning: Files locked by Monarch - dreamscape.exe - soundflex.exe - inyourmind.exe - Jeu_Capture_d_Ecran.jpg
One of the files "Jeu_Capture_d_Ecran.jpg" was then found an Arnaud's site, a transcription of the image is as follows:
Dear "Tablettes de Mnémosyne" fans, A lot of you recently inquired about Arnaud's health and, as you endlessly supported him during the early development of Philojeux, we think it's fair for you to know what's going on. Arnaud has been very sick lately and his condition's decline lead to a loss of consciousness. He has been transported to urgent care at Montreal's Hotel-Dieu where his vital signs are being closely monitored. We hope you understand that the launch of "Tablettes de Mnémosyne" is indefinitely postponed. Please send all words of encouragement to Arnaud's family at [email protected]
Upon emailing the address, the following response was received:
Thank you for reaching out to the Arnaud Lacours’ Foundation. All words of encouragement will be forwarded to Mr. Lacours’ family. Géraldine Nadeau Arnaud Lacours’ Foundation Hotel Dieu Hospital Research Institute 438-368-9126
When the phone number was called, a voice mail was played. A transcription of the voice mail is as follows:
You've reached Dr. Geraldine Nadeau, head of the Arnaud Lacours Foundation. Mr. Lacours' family thanks you for your support during these terrible events, and encourages you to always be cautious and critical in the face of the unknown. As Arnaud himself would say, "history comes from memory." You're invited to use the foundation's e-mail to share your words of encouragement with the family. Thank you for calling.
"History comes from memory" was found to be a riddle referencing Clio (the "Muse" of history), the daughter of Mnemosyne (the Goddess of memory). Upon emailing the word "Clio" to the address, the following response was received:
Thank you so much for returning my message. I need every helpful hand I can get. I figured, by the efforts you’ve put into contacting me, that you’ve got a high interest in Arnaud’s case. I’ve been monitoring him since nearly a month ago and I would be lying if I told you it doesn’t keep me awake at night. His condition is nothing like I’ve ever seen. His brain activity is insanely high, but he’s completely non-responsive. Not too long after I was informed of Arnaud’s condition, I was visited by a man claiming to work for a highly advanced tech company, specializing in unconscious experiences. He has been incredibly interested in Arnaud’s case as well as in my recent studies on sleeping patterns. I gave him some information on my research into lucid dreaming methods and he went on his way. I’ve never seen him again. Since then, I’ve been focused on gathering more information about W/ARE, their technology and their processes. I’ve noticed that Arnaud advertised them on his professional website but I don’t know the depth of his involvement with them. I figured that any person interested by the correlation between W/ARE and Arnaud would find the message I left there. I’ve put the Foundation in place as a cover to not arouse suspicion. I have so many questions and Zheng’s not answering my calls. All he gave me is the list of his company’s research labs as well as one totally incomprehensible file. I need to get to know more about W/ARE. If you know this man, if you can get any opening into this company’s motives, please help me. For Arnaud’s life and potentially many others. Géraldine
One of the sentences linked to a Dropbox folder that contained two images. The meaning of the images is unknown.
One of the images, titled Zheng's Note, contained what at first appeared to be gibberish. However, when every other letter is taken the following text is revealed:
Test subjects have been called in and the device has been used on them in ways that i could never condone 7 of them lost as we speak 3 of them are dead 8 are on the verge of being unrecoverable their intentions are not what we think they are actions should be taken to shut them down exit
The letters that were not used in the message appear to be the words
Lucid Dream repeating until the end of the message.
The second image, titled WARE Labs contains data concerning six research labs owned by WARE across the world. The transcription of the data is as follows:
0: Boston Research Lab Lab Director: Richard Wilkes Project name: we-2-3 / tm-1-lt / tr-10-ae Project description: 0000100001 Project code: # 4-3 Lab sequence 10-3 1: Sacremento Research Lab Lab Director: Helga Johnson Project name: st-1-dn / ss-4-bn Project description: 0001010000 Project code: # 1-2 Lab sequence: 4-6 2: Seoul Research Lab Lab Director: Yu Hyo Project name: ue-2-is / as-6-be Project description: 0100000011 Project code: # 1-2-1 Lab sequence: 9-1-13 3: Beijing Research Lab Lab Director: Wang Jie Project name: st-1-dn / bg-1-tr Project description: 0001000000 Project code: # 4 Lab sequence: 8 4: Prague Research Lab Lab Director: Adriana Dvorak Project name: ae-4-sd / of-5-ue Project description: 0100101000 Lab code: # 10-3-4 Lab sequence: 2-5-12 5: Berlin Research Lab Lab Director: Georg Muller Project name: dd-1-ae / dn-2-() Project description: 001000001 Lab code: # 2-3 Lab sequence: 7-11
Each of the letter pairs in the project name field represented a first and last letter of a word in the decoded Zheng's note.
() represent the word
three and the end of the message, respectively. Then the sequence that fit those words needed to be found, so for example,
dd-1-ae would be the words
dead 8 are in Zheng's note. Using this method, the following sequences were found:
we speak 3 / them are lost / their intentions are shut them down / subjects have been unrecoverable their intentions / actions should be shut them down / being unrecoverable their are actions should / of being unrecoverable dead 8 are / down exit
The middle number was then found to represent which letter of the middle word was important, as it was always less than the character count of the middle word. Taking each letter indicated by the middle number the string
paste hdtuig8x was given, which was found to represent a pastebin link. The pastebin link then led to another dropbox folder titled "Client - 43617373696e69" that contained 4 PDF files relating to Arnaud's incident. The PDFs provided datadumps from the dreamscape, soundflex, and inyourmind processes before they all failed:
- m2 - failed
- m6 - failed
The rest was solved, and a second pastebin found by splitting Zheng's note into 6 rows of 10 words like so:
Test subjects have been called in and the device has been used on them in ways that I could never condone 7 of them are lost as we speak 3 of them are dead 8 are on the verge of being unrecoverable their intentions are not what we think they are actions should be taken to shut them down exit
From there, the binary values in
Project description were used to pick out words:
0000100001 - called has 0001010000 - them ways 0100000011 - 7 speak 3 0001000000 - dead 0100101000 - unrecoverable are what 001000001 - should exit
Project code was used to pick out letters from each word:
called has | 4-3 = ls them ways | 1-2 = ta 7 speak 3 | 1-2-1 = 7p3 dead | 4 = d unrecoverable are what | 10-3-4 = aet should exit | 2-3 = hi
Lab sequence was then used to determine the order of the letters:
ls = 10-3 - l and s are letters ten and three respectively ta = 4-6 - t and a are letters four and six respectively 7p3 = 9-1-13 - 7, p and 3 are letters nine, one and thirteen respectively d = 8 - d is the eighth letter aet = 2-5-12 - a, e and t are letters two, five and twelve respectively hi = 7-11 - h and i are letters seven and eleven respectively
Reordered the following string was obtained:
This was the link to a second pastebin. The pastebin linked to a second dropbox titled "Archives". The folder contains six images of what appear to be WARE customer support logs.
Myriad Status Update
Latest network diagnostic table: - Client 3597b’s resources redirected - 3597b-1-2-1 has been shut down - Additional resources allocated to 3597b-4
3597b-1-2-1 has been shut down seems to imply that the Seoul Research Lab has been shut down,
Additional resources allocated to 3597b-4 seems to indicate that the Beijing Research Lab is now receiving additional resources. Two hours before this status change, at 4:02 PM UTC WARE tweeted about the arrival of 40 new employees to their Beijing Research Lab. It is possible that the tweet and status update are connected.
Dev Kit Shipping Updates
On May 15, 2018 at 19:20 UTC, winners of the W/ARE development contest received an update on the status of their dev kit deliveries. A link inside the email led to a form, indicating that the package was currently located in Beijing, contained 1 Dev Kit, and weighed 1.80 kg, and requesting confirmation from each of the winners that the package belonged to them.
A second update followed the next day at 23:54 UTC. The status of the package had changed to confirm it was now located in Seoul, was held in transit for 460 minutes, and had been reduced in weight to 0.50 kg.
Terminal Status Update and Precon007
On May 15th at 21:48 UTC, players discovered that the status command had updated.
CODE -5 Command.Center.v12 crashed ------ New memo received http://bit.ly/2IHPmMN
The bit.ly link lead to a new memo from Major Sophie Dubois to Elizabeth Leighton. The memo was titled
Ware Report #26. It mentions that many users stuck in "the system" show major side effects after being disconnected, from brain damage to death. It is presumed that this system has something to do with the WARE headset, however it is unknown what they are specifically referring to. It is also mentioned that the impact on Myriad has damaged Emily/Loop16's communication and precognition functions. Alongside this another command is mentioned in the memo.
precon007. The output for the command is the following:
PRECON DATA DUMP 01 http://bit.ly/2rJi6uJ http://bit.ly/2GkZnu5 http://bit.ly/2rJBO9Z http://bit.ly/2L2fwbe
The bit.ly links were all links to images, much of them completely indistinguishable, however the first appears to be some sort of document with most/all of the information blocked out, and the second depicts an image similar to the one discovered by players on April 14th. The third appears to be the box for a W/ARE devkit, and the fourth is almost completely indistinguishable and unknown. Players speculated that it is a pyramid hologram display. Embedded in each image was a string of hex:
Image 1 - 65 74 61 20 75 6e 6b 6e 6f 77 6e - eta unknown Image 2 - 65 74 61 20 6d 61 79 20 31 38 2d 31 39 - eta may 18-19 Image 3 - 49 73 20 4c 20 50 6c 61 79 73 20 47 61 6d 69 6e 67 20 72 69 67 68 74 3f - Is L Plays Gaming right? Image 4 - 65 74 61 20 75 6e 6b 6e 6f 77 6e - eta unknown
On May 16th 2018, several members of the No Man's Sky community started receiving physical books in the mail:
- The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory by David J. Chalmers, received by CobraTV
- The Dramaturges of Yan by John Brunner, received by Nevadander
- From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds by Daniel C. Dennett, received by Tony_Towers
- Meditations on First Philosophy by Rene Descartes, received by UnimatrixZeroOne
- Nine Tomorrows by Isaac Asimov, received by Galactic_Geo
On May 17 2018, the last five glyphs on the Waking Titan website activated. Currently, none of these glyphs have any hints or backgrounds associated with them. This is in contrast to the previous glyphs, each of which had a link to something that hinted at what needed to be solved, as well as their own background when the glyph was clicked/opened.
Myriad Status and Precon Update
On May 18th at 20:15 UTC Myriad's status page was updated.
Latest network diagnostic table: - command.center.satcom updating - Client 3597b’s resources redirected - 3597b-1-2-1 has been shut down - Additional resources allocated to 3597b-4
Alongside this network diagnostic table update, the "On the ground speed" averages also updated:
Manhattan: 0.2Tb/s London: 0.7Tb/s Tokyo: 0.5Tb/s Beijing: 55.1Tb/s
precon007 command in the Waking Titan Terminal was also changed.
PRECON DATA DUMP 01 [x] http://bit.ly/2GkZnu5 http://bit.ly/2rJBO9Z http://bit.ly/2L2fwbe
The first bit.ly link that had previously led to an image of what appeared to be a redacted document was removed and replaced by
Loop16 Command Updated
On May 18th at 23:40 UTC it was discovered that the response for the command
loop16 in the Waking Titan Terminal had changed.
Processing UTC : 11:45pm UTC : 12:00am UTC : 12:15am UTC : 12:30am UTC : 12:45am UTC : 01:00am UTC : 01:15am
Once the clock had struck 11:45 PM UTC, the command updated again:
Processing UTC : 11:45pm http://bit.ly/2KADObl UTC : 12:00am UTC : 12:15am UTC : 12:30am UTC : 12:45am UTC : 01:00am UTC : 01:15am
The link led to an image of what appears to be a constellation. Following this, the command proceeded to update every 15 minutes, each time adding a different link.
|Time (UTC)||Link||Constellation||Missing Star|
Around the same time as the command began updating, players discovered a Reddit account named satcom-70, who had posted a thread titled
command.center.satcom - CID 185 on the No Man's Sky subreddit. The name of the user was also found to be a part of a URL which led to the Command Center. The only text displayed on the website at the time was
COMMAND.CENTER.V12 CRASHED. This lined up with the output of the
status command in the Waking Titan terminal.
On the 19th of May, the Reddit post was updated to contain a hint to the puzzle. Upon finding this hint, players realized that they needed to reorder the stars according to their background color. After this, the stars were numbered 1-7. That number told players which letter out of each star name to use in order to get
ANNAETN, an anagram for
ANTENNA, which gave a new image when put into the Waking Titan terminal.
When unscrambled, the following text was revealed on the image:
Reconstructing language database Protocol bit.ly/2KEkJVF Comment with filename of Wikipedia DB ending with D97C0
Then, the Wikipedia database with the filename
D567CE8E2EC4792A99197FB61DEAEBD70ADD97C0 was found. The name was commented on the post, then the post was edited to the following:
D567CE8E2EC4792A99197FB61DEAEBD70ADD97C0 - Valid . Command updated - Erpbirel . System entering standby . CR now loading satcom-70.com . Support instructions: igS4Tzd6
The satcom-70 website was updated.
Erpbirel was a terminal command for Waking Titan that led to an image. The second part,
Support instructions: igS4Tzd6, was found to be a part of the URL for a pastebin link. The text of the pastebin was as follows:
Vocal reconstruction database required Source: Wikipedia (any article) Length: 1 sentence Format: MP3 audio Minimum samples : 100 Minimum languages: 5 Minimum unique voices: 33 Sample origin: Homo sapiens Upload instructions: Submit all samples in a single message to u/satcom-70 Deadline : Tuesday May 22nd, 10am eastern time
Dev Kit Delivery
On May 21, 2018, winners of the W/ARE development contest started receiving their dev kits in the mail. Each package contained:
- A letter to Arnaud requesting that a picture with results be emailed to Dr. Nadeau. This included a W/ARE Tech medical procedure slip
- A plastic holographic pyramid, designed to display "3D Holograms" using a phone
- A phone and a charger
- Skype was installed on the phone and the required login details were found in a notes app. The Skype contacts listed each of the other winning dev studios as a "Point of Contact" (PoC)
- The phone included an app called
Myriad Uplinkthat can also be accessed at uplink.satcom-70.com
- Different audio files were found on each of the phones, transcribed below:
|Stellar Software - PoC #1||Imperium Interactive - PoC #2||Spectrumental Games - PoC #3||Summon Studios - PoC #4||CSD Games - PoC #5||Game Detectives - PoC #6|
|1 - "W/ARE Tech support, how can I help you?" Audio file||1 - "Uhm, ten hours tops. This is very unusual to me." Audio file||1 - "You said you went to sleep immediately after taking your medication?" Audio file||1 - "No, on my computer." Audio file||1 - "On your W/ARE device?" Audio file||1 - "I started a new game, played a bit, and went to bed after." Audio file|
|2 - "Thank you for taking the time to update us on your condition. I see that you've ordered some of our exclusive blood thinners, did you follow the prescription instructions?" Audio file||2 - "Hello, uhm... I would like to have a follow-up on an incident related to your headset." Audio file||2 - "Thank you for choosing W/ARE!" Audio file||2 - "6 - E - 6 - 9?" Audio file||2 - "I see you already emailed our department yesterday about the same inquiry. Do you still suffer from the previously mentioned symptoms?" Audio file||2 - "I never used them. This morning, though, my body feels incredibly stiff. Should I have taken them?" Audio file|
|3 - "Were your sleeping patterns the same as usual?" Audio file||3 - "Right side mostly, arms and legs." Audio file||3 - "Excuse me sir, I need to verify something. I'll be back in a moment. [music box recording of "La Vie En Rose" plays as hold music]" Audio file||3 - "Alright, thank you very much." Audio file||3 - "Can you identify where this feeling is coming from?" Audio file||3 - "I slept a lot, actually." Audio file|
|4 - "Thank you for your patience. I relayed a quick recap of your symptoms to our internal specialist, and your condition seems to be related to a mild case of brain fatigue. We suggest you take pauses between play sessions so your mind relaxes. If your symptoms persist, we suggest you consult a health specialist to make sure you don't have any underlying conditions that could interfere with the headset's performance." Audio file||4 - "Actually, I took an Aspirin, went to bed, and it disappeared over night." Audio file||4 - "I'm very sorry you experience discomfort using your device. Can you please give me the last four characters of your client number?" Audio file||4 - "Do you have an approximate amount of time?" Audio file|
On May 22 around 19:00 UTC, the following text messages were received through the Skype app on the phones:
From: Geraldine Nadeau I don't have much time to talk. Am in contact with Zheng. I may have an opening into WARE's medical docs but i'm not sure yet. I'll contact you again soon. Update on Arnaud's condition: Vital signs have been very unstable during last week. Heart rate and blood pressure stabilized for two days. HR: 57-62 bpm BP: 110 / 70
From: Mercury Process MERCURY PROCESS DIRECTIVE 16.B: Carefully review the datadump. Send all analyses and findings to [email protected]More messages came in on May 23, 19:30 UTC:
From: Geraldine Nadeau Thank you so much. I have been told that W/ARE is on high alert and extremely vigilant right now. They've doubled their security measures and we couldn't get access to their medical documents, but we'll keep trying. I don't know if they are aware of my contact with Zheng. If you are willing to help, here's an update on Arnaud's condition. HR and BP still stable EEG in high gamma zone at 82 Oxygen levels stabilized at 94%
Messages from May 24, 19:43 UTC:
From: Geraldine Nadeau Update on Arnaud's condition. No change on HR and BP EEG still in high gamma zone at 87 Examination of body: Slight discoloration of fingertips We're getting close to a breach and probably will have something more for you tomorrow.
Messages from May 25, 20:56 UTC:
From: Geraldine Nadeau I need your help concerning one of the dev kits. There are two dev kit recipients that I haven't yet been able to make contact with- one of them is still in transit, but the other appears to have arrived at its destination. I'm concerned that W/ARE may have intercepted the kit, which would be disastrous considering the risks that we are taking. If you know of another dev kit recipient that I haven't yet been able to contact, can you please forward them this message and ask them to reach out to me?
May 25-26 Updates
On May 25, 2018 at 21:42 UTC, the output of the
STATUS command began to update:
1. Cassini: Incomplete 2. WT16: Incomplete 3. Uplink: Incomplete 4. Loop16: Processing Guidance subroutine checksum /// 31 2e 20 77 61 69 74 69 6e 67 20 69 6e 73 74 72 75 63 74 69 6f 6e 73 20 32 2e 20 31 30 2f 31 35 20 33 2e 20 61 2f 4f 31 4f 73 65 65 42 20 34 2e 20 64 6f 77 6e 6c 6f 61 64 69 6e 67 20 76 6f 69 63 65 20 64 61 74 61
The code is HEX and translates to:
1. waiting instructions 2. 10/15 3. a/O1OseeB 4. downloading voice data
a/O1OseeB led to an album on Imgur that contains images of items required to make a DIY blacklight, such as purple, blue, and black sharpies, a flashlight, and adhesive tape.
A new Skype message was received at 22:15 UTC:
I’m forwarding you the last messages Zheng sent me. Hopefully, you can make sense of it. It kind of looks like a list but I don’t know what it means. 101 110 116 101 114 32 97 65 116 55 77 51 50 99 101 110 116 101 114 32 87 114 84 97 119 112 115 113 101 110 116 101 114 32 90 89 51 70 98 49 49 86 101 110 116 101 114 32 117 113 56 78 54 89 69 87
The ASCII numbers translate to the following:
enter aAt7M32center WrTawpsqenter ZY3Fb11Venter uq8N6YEW
These strings were then used to complete four pastebin URLs which contained the following links:
- pastebin.com/aAt7M32c -- https://clyp.it/user/1legrggu
- pastebin.com/WrTawpsq -- https://www.dropbox.com/s/eq8gk5b6axnpoh7/1-2-1_ResearchLab_Medical.pdf?dl=0
- pastebin.com/ZY3Fb11V -- https://www.dropbox.com/s/esc95j7ihseujls/1-2-1_ResearchLab_Medical_Exceptions.pdf?dl=0
- pastebin.com/uq8N6YEW -- https://www.dropbox.com/s/8ddztbyf7bv27bb/1-2-1_ResearchLab_Medical_Recommendations.pdf?dl=0
The clyp.it audio files seemed to be the missing conversation snippets found on the remaining dev kit phone which had not yet arrived at the time. The PDF files on Dropbox provided information on how to identify and treat Arnaud's condition.Based on this information, players sent the following medical instructions to Dr. Nadeau:
- 3 foam pads all around the head
- Defibrillator 500 volts 3 times, wait 30 minutes
- Epinephrine injection, 3 doses
- Mood regulator pills x1 diluted in 20 ml of mineral water
- Play "La Vie En Rose", the last song he listened to, for 45 seconds
- Propofol injection, 1 dose
In response, the following messages were exchanged on Skype:
Geraldine Nadeau: Thank you very much. As you and two others devkit holders confirmed similar steps, I’ll assume this is the procedure to follow. Can you confirm, by yes or no, if I apply those steps to Arnaud’s treatment? Dev Kit Holders: Yes. Geraldine Nadeau: Proceeding to treatment. I’ll update you soon.
Shortly after, the
STATUS command in the terminal updated again with a change of Cassini's status from
On May 26 at 01:24 UTC, a new Skype message was received:
From: Geraldine Nadeau Arnaud is responding positively to treatment, despite the highly unusual procedures. We still don't know the lasting side effects he will keep from these events but he seems to be gradually drifting from a vegetative state to the land of the living. I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me in these conditions.
And the status of the Cassini process displayed in the terminal changed again from
Glyph PasswordsAnother Skype message followed at 01:36 UTC:
From: Mercury Process Attention to all involved parties. Please make detailed inspection of your W/ARE package for possible anomalies. Be sure to use appropriate equipment and to document your investigation while broadcasting to involved partners. Thank you for your collaboration.
Written on one of the dev kit boxes,
180-4-5 171-27-8 40-21-2 70-3-9 268-4-6 180-4-2 was found using a blacklight. Used as a book cipher of the format page, line, and word, the phrase
He who contains the entire universe was found in CobraTV's copy of the book
The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory by David J. Chalmers. This phrase led players to the Mesopotamian god Anu, who is described as the one "who contains the entire universe".
Anu was the password that unlocked Glyph 14 on wakingtitan.com.
Anu gives the following output in the Waking Titan terminal:
Marked with honeycomb scars, I am the lowest of the low
On another dev kit box, the phrases
HIGH UP IN THE DARK and
A RISING PANIC were found under the blacklight.
The passwords for the remaining glyphs 11, 12, 13 and 15 were discovered to be
Triglav, respectively; all of them are sky deities. Used as commands in the terminal, they output the following:
> Ouranos uSivrseU
> Horus From my red soil, four times rises Vulcan
> Nuada VCjsyZzA
> Triglav 96cdXqpi
Each of the strings led to a Pastebin that contained a code:
- Ouranos: https://pastebin.com/uSivrseU -
- Nuada: https://pastebin.com/VCjsyZzA -
- Triglav: https://pastebin.com/96cdXqpi -
Later, clue 3 in the
status command in the Waking Titan terminal had changed to a bit.ly link leading to an About page on IBM Resilient's website. It was found that one of the people mentioned on the page, Bruce Schneier, was the developer/designer of an encryption method called Blowfish, which is a symmetric block key cipher. This turned out the be the decryption method for the hex output of the base64 strings received from the Pastebins. The keys were found by solving the riddles from other glyphs. The glyphs were paired up so that the 12th glyph's terminal command gave the decryption for the 11th glyph, and the 14th glyph's command gave the answer to the 13th glyph. Glyph 15 was the outlier in this, and the riddle that gave its key was found in the 6th W/ARE development kit received by the Game Detectives. The solutions to the riddle were as follows:
From my red soil, four times rises Vulcan - Tharsis Marked with honeycomb scars, I am the lowest of the low - Hellas High up in the dark, a rising panic - Phobos
Once decrypted, it was found that the hex then converted properly into ASCII text, and provided more riddles:
Ouranos - Tharsis - The hills I have conquered honor the lost, who preceded my journey... Nuada - Hellas - From these hills, I can see the headless horsemans lair... Triglav - Phobos - With me, came great openings
These three riddles are referring to the Spirit rover that landed in the crater Gusev on Mars in 2004. The first riddle refers to the Columbia Memorial Station, the landing site of the rover, named in honor of the seven astronauts lost in the Space Shuttle Columbia's destruction upon atmospheric re-entry. The second riddle refers to "Sleepy Hollow", a small depression in the ground close to the Rover's landing site that scientists took interest in. One of the rover's aliases,
MER-A was then found to be the deployment code needed to access a synchronization process on the uplink.satcom-70 website.