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In Your Own Words, Describe A Worm: An OTP22 Megathread
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Adah
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In Your Own Words, Describe A Worm: An OTP22 Megathread



OTP22 is a long-running ARG that incorporates elements of cryptography with real-life drops all over the world. It was found in September of 2012 when (303) 309-0004 was mentioned in a thread about creepy phone numbers. When called, this number would request an “agent code”. It was discovered that while most codes entered would automatically disconnect, some, as seen here, would give encrypted coordinates pointing to things like SHIP, SUPPLY, and TROOP. On 9/12, the status of one of the ships, MELTER3, changed to *EMERG*FIRE* as two MIGs approached it. Soon after, MELTER3’s coordinates changed to “NOLOC”, and the coordinates for the MIGs returned to Russia. Later that day, we received the first of many messages about PRJMLPL:
Quote:
Z 110001Z SEP 12
SECRET//PRJMLPL//75X5
MSGID/DRPUPDT//
SUBJ/NEW DROPS(S)//
DROP/45.4240/-122.6675/0-8160-4195-4/PG272//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. PICKUP DROP BEFORE 292359Z SEP 15//


Ever since then, we have been receiving messages, picking up drops, interacting with characters in the game, and impersonating a secret agent, all while trying to figure out what exactly is happening. Our old thread is 72 pages long and over 2 years old, so I figured we could use a new thread with an OP that consolidates the most important information from the game.

A NOTE: I realize that this OP constitutes a major tl;dr infodump that most people aren’t going to have the time to read. If you’re not up to reading the detailed information or if you just want to get to the updates, click HERE to skip to the first post after the summary.


QUICK LINKS:
[our wiki]
[freenode webchat] (join #arg)
[our old thread]
[autodialer]
[sashah’s website], including info on agent codes, phone numbers, and drops
[abism decoding]
[message desk index]


TABLE OF CONTENTS:
I: Mini-FAQ & OTP22 Dictionary [you are here]
II: The Phone Numbers
III: The Characters
IV. The Timeline pt. 1
V. The Timeline pt. 2
VI. The Drops
VII. The Books

MINI-FAQ:

I don’t want to read this wall of text. Summarize the plot of the game in a few paragraphs.

Fair enough! It’s been years and we’re still pretty unsure about most of the plot elements, but as far as we can tell: The Agent System and the drops are part of Project MLPL, which operates under the orders of a mysterious organization called WORM. A man named J. Marvin Blackweather heads the project, while agents called A and D do much of the fieldwork. Their objective seems to involve infiltrating and stealing from the Svalbard Seed Vault, accelerating the melting of the polar ice caps, and using corn blight to destroy crops. The purpose of this nefarious plan remains to be seen, but we’re sure they have good reasons. Some of this was expounded on in the heavily-redacted mission objectives document we obtained.

Over the course of the game, we have usurped the identity of the (most likely) dead field agent Ai Bouerges, and we receive drops and communicate with characters in her name. Some early drops contained small metal components, which were intended to be assembled at Svalbard. However, we never discovered their purpose. Later drops consist mainly of strange homemade books, where we get most new hints and leads, and CDs containing files that help us to decode messages. Shortly into the game, we discovered another method of gaining information - the “Message Desk”, a live operator who responded to input in the form of numbers. Through drop items, the Agent System, and the Message Desk, we managed to sabotage a good number of drops and gain access to a lot of information.

The main players in Project MLPL became briefly aware of us as a “counter-operation” as they became suspicious about the missing drops. We befriended Robby, another live operator who worked at the Material Order Desk, who after some trouble seems to have taken care of this problem for us. We’ve never been given a specific goal, but it seems like standing in the way of WORM’s plans at every available opportunity is the best bet.


Who is running this ARG? Could it be real spy stuff?

We don’t know who is running the game, and most of us don’t really want to know until it’s over. It is not real spy stuff. It is only a game. We’re absolutely certain of this based on the simple encryption of important, ostensibly classified information and the way the PMs poke fun at us for certain things.


How do I get involved?

We check this thread often enough, but the best way to get involved and get real-time updates is to join us on irc.freenode.net in #arg.


How do I decode messages?

It depends on what type of message you’re trying to decode! There are resources on our wiki for tutorials and software that can help you create spectrographs and decode different types of messages. The bot in our IRC channel can automatically decode some types of messages when provided with a transcription.


What’s the password for the autodialer?

Since the dialer is a service paid for by one of our members, we keep the password a secret to prevent anyone from spamming an unnecessary amount of calls. We will give it out to people who we know well enough not to do this. If you want a specific agent code called and you don’t have access to the dialer, just let anyone in the IRC chat know and we can call it for you!

OTP22 DICTIONARY:
(sorted alphabetically, except for the Operations, which are chronological)

Some of the terms used in the ARG are made up and might be difficult to understand. Here are a few of the acronyms and terms that come up most often.

ABISM: Appears to be the protocol or system by which Project MLPL encodes and transmits messages. The Message Desk’s system used ABISM to process our number inputs, and we have decoded multiple ABISM messages on the Agent System. The Message Desk appeared to use an older ABISM modem, whereas Robby at the Material Order Desk told us that he used a “Vectortone” ABISM modem. We have tried and failed multiple times to order one of these modems.

AS27: Agent System 27; refers to the Agent System on (720) 897-0004, where a single message giving project news and information is updated daily.

AS36: Agent System 36; refers to the “original” Agent System on (303) 309-0004 and its mirrors, where the user is prompted to enter an agent code.

Class Six Numbers: First referenced in the Bulgaria drop video, this refers to numbers that require authentication through Cleveland Direct, accessed via the information on a physical calling card received at the drop.

Emtanon: Most likely a company responsible for the creation of ABISM hardware, Emtanon is connected to some of the major players in Project MLPL. Has its own theme song.

HF: Stands for high frequency, a radio frequency that can be found on agent code 150120587. We have received messages supposedly sent via ZEUS transmission on this code when checked at specified times.

Material Order Desk (MOD): Staffed by a live operator, Robby, who allowed us to order products and materials.

Message Desk (MD): The message desk was also staffed by a single person, Troy, who answered phone calls redirected through the Agent System number. When we gave him a number, he entered it into a system and eventually gave us an output consisting of (most of the time) a name, coordinates, a specific location, or a book title. Occasionally, we left and received messages and attempted to order materials through the Message Desk.

Operation Irislatch: An operation related to Project MLPL that took place in August of 2013. Much of the information we have about this operation is fairly unclear, but it involved breaking into the Svalbard seed vault, presumably with the components from October. Agents monitored the operation using Vaughnsville maps. D (16043) broke into Svalbard vault, programmed the access system to accept a new ID, and took imagery data before leaving. A (16042?) monitored and headed the operation, and provided updates to J via the Agent System.

Operation Longvault: This operation followed immediately after Operation Irislatch, but it was much more secretive. The TRANSP ship, with A and D on board, received a ZEUS flyover transmission and proceeded towards Svalbard. The main players switched over to an inaccessible system for communication during this time, but returned to AS36 before the start of the operation. D made her way into the Svalbard seed vault, took some unknown items, left decoy packaging in their place, and departed.

Operation Cargocom: This is another operation that has remained mostly a mystery to us. According to messages, this operation required the use of the “black physical access key” that we picked up from the Astoria, OR drop.

Operation Landcruise: We know next to nothing about the objectives or purpose of this operation. It was mentioned in AS27 updates as an operation that the POLAR 3 and POLAR 4 ships would be participating in. According to an AS27 update, they were to reposition to a staging area. Shortly after, AS27 updates became a “loading bar”. When the bar was full, Project MLPL switched their communications to a secondary system. It’s unknown if these things merely happened simultaneously, or if the transition was the purpose of the operation.

Operation Strong Room: We know very little about the purpose of this operation. Instructions for this operation apparently appeared in the old black book, which consists of as-yet unsolved blocks of hex.

Operation N: The most recent operation to occur. They have gone to great lengths to keep the position of the ships involved a secret. From what we can tell, PETR picked up an agent from Bear Island and is currently proceeding to its destination.

Project MLPL: The name of the project encompassing all of the known activities on the Agent System. We’re not sure what this stands for, but some have speculated it might be “Melt the Poles”, although that seems to only be one step of their plan.

QX: Meaning “question”, this refers to a system accessible on (234) 222-0004 where agents are able to leave questions for superiors and check back later for responses. We made good use of this system for a while, but now it seems as though WORM has stopped checking it.

WORM: The mysterious organization responsible for Project MLPL. We only recently discovered that this stands for World Organization for the Reform of Meteorology. Their motto is “tempestas est potentia”, or “weather is power”.

ZEUS: Appears to be a satellite that allows for the transmission of particular messages at particular locations through the use of spot beams.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:
I: Mini-FAQ & OTP22 Dictionary
II: The Phone Numbers [you are here]
III: The Characters
IV. The Timeline pt. 1
V. The Timeline pt. 2
VI. The Drops
VII. The Books

THE PHONE NUMBERS:
This is not a comprehensive list of every phone number involved/potentially involved in the game. For a more comprehensive list, visit this page. This list omits the majority of the AS36 mirrors, some minor numbers, and all of the numbers unproven to be related to the game.


(303) 309-0004: The original Agent System number mentioned in the first threads about the game.

(202) 999-3335: Another Agent System number, works the exact same way.

48 (22) 207-1061: A Poland number decoded from “horn sounds” on the (303) Agent System number. When first called, a message encoded in ITA2 said:
Quote:
DEAD MAN SWITCH TRIP ENTR BELL AGENT CODE TO REACTIVATE AGENT SYSTEM

We eventually used this number, as the message implies, to reactivate the Agent System after it was taken down.

(709) 700-0122: A number found at the Black Oak Lake Cemetery drop location. This is where we decoded the location of several component drops.

(202) 204-2303: A number previously dedicated to the Message Desk. For a time, it played strange scrambled messages that were never decoded, and it seems to be abandoned now that Troy is gone.

(202) 999-3337: This number is labelled “Controller” in the green book. We used this number in April and May of 2014 to enter the bootloader codes found at multiple drops in an attempt to fix the Agent System.

(888) 854-2402: The Material Order Desk, discovered when prompted to call it from the TDD phone in the Fort Lauderdale, FL airport, was a means of communicating with Robby until his departure.

(412) 888-0004: This number was used to set up our Cleveland Direct calling card. We used the card in turn to monitor ship activity and coordinates.

(419) 646-0004: A Class Six number used to monitor ship coordinates when called via Cleveland Direct.

(234) 222-0004: Originally discovered as a mirror for the Agent System, this number now takes QX input. Through this system, we can leave messages for characters in the game and check back for responses.

(720) 897-0004: Agent System 27 (as opposed to Agent System 36 on the (202) and (303) numbers), used to receive daily updates on the progress of Project MLPL.

(212) 364-9953: This number was mentioned in the green book and in the Bulgaria video. It had an ABISM message on it originally, and later changed to a "worm seed ordering hotline".

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:
I: Mini-FAQ & OTP22 Dictionary
II: The Phone Numbers
III: The Characters [you are here]
IV. The Timeline pt. 1
V. The Timeline pt. 2
VI. The Drops
VII. The Books

THE CHARACTERS:
This is a list of most major and minor named characters who have appeared in the game. If this is your first exposure to OTP22 and you’re reading this to get a better idea of what it’s all about, I advise skipping the section for minor characters. Some specifics might not make much sense until you read the timeline.

Major Characters:

Ai Bouerges: Ai is the agent we have been impersonating throughout the game. We originally received her information on the agent system shortly after entering the bell code on the Poland number.
Quote:
FIRSTNAME/AI/
LASTNAME/BOUERGES/
DOB/062184/
HEIGHT/157/
WEIGHT/49/
ETHNICITY/ASIAN/ COB/JP/
ASSIGNDATE/100311/
PASSPORT/JP/
EMERGAGENT/XXX0013/
EMERGCODE/XXX20/
NOTES/RECENTPICTUREREQUIREDOFNEWASSUMEDIDENITY/
NOTES/UPLOADTO16241/


We took advantage of this to upload a picture of Ai’s new “assumed identity”, and have been pretending to be her ever since. Presumably, the real Ai died in the MELTER3 incident, judging from what J has said about it. We know that she and Robby were close. She seems to have been fairly laid back, as several agents have commented on her sense of humor and joked about her spending official project funds in Vegas.

Dr. J Marvin Blackweather: Presumably the head of Project MLPL, we first learned of J as the author of the pink book, Global Response Codes. He appears as the author of one of the nonsensical “reviews” at the beginning of the green book. We first heard from him directly shortly after the recovery of the green book, demanding an explanation for the delay of the repair to the Agent System’s battery. Since then, he’s been one of the most frequent authors of Black OTP 1 messages and QX responses. He seems like a serious and impatient man, quick to anger, but this doesn’t appear to have inspired a great deal of respect or fear among his subordinates. Robby was quick to go behind his back to help us out, w doesn’t mind keeping secrets from him, and A seems constantly exasperated with him. J’s father founded Emtanon, possibly explaining his high ranking in Project MLPL. J is bad with technology. He does not know what a Viagra is.

Troy: Troy answered the phone for the message desk from November 2012 to April 2014. At first he seemed openly hostile to anyone who tried to start a conversation with him, and only accepted input in the form of numbers. When given a number, he entered it into the system and gave us the output. Depending on the number, the output could be another number, a set of coordinates, a book title, or a name. The system the message desk operates on is ABISM, with which Troy often seemed frustrated. We used the message desk on certain occasions to leave messages as Ai and to attempt to order materials prior to the material order desk. Troy mentioned on multiple occasions that he was a contractor, so he didn’t know anything about WORM or Project MLPL. He was laid off from his message desk contract in April 2014 due to budgetary constraints, and we rarely hear from him these days.

16042: An agent assigned to assess the threat of the “counter-operation” (likely us) and neutralize them if necessary. 16042 was the intended recipient of the El Cerrito drop. It’s very likely that this agent code refers to Angela (A), as the first message on it appeared shortly before she was introduced, and Black OTP messages intended for participants in Operation Irislatch (A & D) appeared on both 16042 and 16043, but this has never been confirmed.

Angela (A): Likely agent 16042. We first encountered A at the start of Operation Irislatch. She appears to be in charge of field operations, coordinating the transport and melter ships and providing updates on the project’s progress to J. She and J don’t appear to get along very well and she isn’t particularly afraid to challenge his authority.

16043 (D): A second agent assigned to assess the threat of the “counter-operation” and neutralize them if necessary. She was the intended recipient of the Santa Clara drop and both Central Park drops. Later, D was involved with Operation Irislatch and Operation Longvault. In Op. Irislatch, she broke into the Svalbard seed vault, programmed the access system to accept an additional ID, and took imagery data. In Op. Longvault, she returned to the seed vault, took some unknown items, left decoys in their place, and departed. Her name may be Debbie, as referenced in a QX stating that “Debbie has access to [arrange computer travel authorization].”

Robert Bramble (RB): Robby was the operator of the Material Order Desk. We got to know him through several calls to the desk. He was helpful and talkative even before we had the codes necessary to attempt to order products. He was apparently close with Ai in the past, and he was glad to learn of her safety. As we became closer, he began to provide us with more information. He left us the Pennsylvania tree trunk drop, and shortly after was forced to go on the run for “knowing too much” (and presumably sharing it with us). J seemed singularly obsessed with apprehending Robby after his escape, and nearly caught up with him multiple times. At some point in the future, they reconciled and Robby returned to his job. We aren’t privy to the specifics of this reconciliation, but Robby has said that it “turned out [he] wasn’t the guy they thought was leaking information”.

Robby was involved with the repair of AS36 multiple times, and worked with technicians from Emtanon to solve technical problems. Eventually, w sent him on a special assignment and he became much more scarce.

w: w first appeared as an agent answering our QXs about the tape retrieval system while we were impersonating the agent responsible for neutralizing the counter-operation. When informed that Robby was leaking information to the counter-operation, w didn’t seem particularly bothered. They arranged to send us some hardware without J’s knowledge, but this plan apparently fell through. After we informed them of Robby’s voicemail box, they stopped responding to our QX inquiries.

Later, w began authoring Black OTP messages. They mentioned that Robby was not around to perform his usual job because he was on a “special assignment”, undertaken without J’s knowledge or permission. Additionally, w backed J’s “complete trust” in Robby as a project leader, despite all of this happening after we informed him of Robby’s involvement with the counter-operation. There are many things about w that remain to be seen: where their loyalties lie, whether they were aware that we were impersonating an agent, what their motives were for declaring us neutralized.


Minor Characters:

R: Most likely a drop agent. We know that R was responsible for placing and uploading SSTV images of the second Central Park drop that we stole. Later, an agent identifying as "R" was unable to find the INVERT FMT button on the PETR ship's transponder when J wanted it pressed. It is unknown if these two are the same R.

B01: The agent who dropped Robby’s copy of the green book in Sofia, Bulgaria for disposal. The formatting of their name is strange, since all other agents we know of go by their agent number or by an initial. Possibly an agent dispatched to apprehend Robby when he was on the run, since they were in possession of his book, which they claim to have “personally recovered”.

S: Presumably the agent responsible for tracking down Robby once WORM discovered his three plane tickets.

K: Participated in Operation Longvault in some unknown way.

ExcitingBooks: The owner of a Tumblr and Twitter account posting book covers corresponding to book titles mentioned in the game. At first we were unsure if it was related to the game or just the work of a fan, but shortly after discovering the accounts they posted a cover that lead to the discovery of a new drop. ExcitingBooks continues to update throughout apparent Agent System hiatuses, and the owner of the account claims to have been commissioned to create the covers.

Josh: Works for Emtanon, possibly reports to Steven. He participated in the conference calls we intercepted, which he spent mostly apologizing for Emtanon’s delay in providing the bootloader to fix AS36.

Nick: Works in sysops. Participated in the conference calls that we intercepted. He provided us some information about AS27.

Steven: An Emtanon engineer who works in Alaska. He never shows up for conference calls on time. Might be an alcoholic, might be working on a legitimate special assignment. The world may never know.

Davis: Another worker from Emtanon who joined the third conference call. He claimed to work with Steven, but said that he was the “new guy” on the bootloader project.

Agent 2: We know very little about Agent 2, but it seems that they caused issues with Phase 2 of Project MLPL’s mission following Operation Longvault. J wanted Ai to make a statement concerning Agent 2 because “Agent 2 and Melter 3 have a lot in common. I have mixed thoughts about the Soviets even more so. I propose you contact Ai, a survivor.” We never received a message about this, and Agent 2 was never mentioned again, so this problem may have been resolved without Ai.

Tim Blancher: Someone who may have taken over Robby’s job once he began his “special assignment”.

C: An agent responsible for transmitting climate data, only mentioned a few times.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:
I: Mini-FAQ & OTP22 Dictionary
II: The Phone Numbers
III: The Characters
IV. The Timeline pt. 1 [you are here]
V. The Timeline pt. 2
VI. The Drops
VII. The Books

TIMELINE, PART 1:
September 2012 - December 2013

TL;DR WARNING: Although this timeline doesn’t begin to cover everything that’s ever happened in OTP22, even cataloguing only the most important information and messages takes up a huge amount of space. I’ve tried to be brief while still including the most plot-critical messages that would be lost otherwise, but this is still an absurdly long timeline. I have been as brief as possible here about drops and books, but they are described in more detail in their respective sections.



9/10/2012: Original threads posted. There was some previous discussion about the numbers on other forums dating back to 2011, but there were no organized efforts to figure anything out until now.

9/11/2012: Coordinates of MELTER, BREAKER, SUPPLY, etc. ships are found on the Agent System.

9/12/2012: The coordinates update to indicate that MELTER3 has been attacked by MiGs. Ai Bouerges is likely killed in this attack.

9/14/2012: The Lake Oswego CD drop is retrieved from the coordinates decoded on the Agent System. It contains a few cryptic .txt files.

9/21/2012: The Blue Hill CD drop is retrieved. It contains two .exe files and a file called data.bin.

9/23/2012: The Blue Hill drop location is destroyed in a convenient car crash.

10/04/2012: The Black Oak Lake Cemetery drop is retrieved, and the (709) 700-0122 number is discovered.

10/15/2012 - 10/17/2012: Three of the six component drops, which were found on the (709) number, are recovered. We have a bit of trouble locating the components at the Rhode Island location. The drop agents notice, hanging from a tree, a “Forever Beautiful” brand stuffed animal elephant holding a heart that says “I love you”. They cut it open, in case the components are inside. They aren’t, and the real components are found on the next visit to the site.

10/19/2012: Agent System numbers go down and have only horns on them. When decoded, they mention the bell code from the newly-discovered Poland number.

11/6/2012: The bell code is found in some garbage at the Bellwood, IL drop location. We are fairly sure this wasn’t originally intended to be the bell code, as messages found much later suggest that it was related to the bell from the Black Oak Lake Cemetery.

11/8/2012: The Agent System changes to a recording of three songs (Cheeky Girls’ “Take Your Shoes Off”, Uffie’s “First Love”, and Peaches’ “Fuck the Pain Away”). Encoded in the song is an ITA2 message.
Quote:
GLAD U R STILL ALIVE AGENT AI BOUERGES.ACTIVATING SYS BUT FOR NEW EMERG ASSIGNMT.CAREFUL.BEING WATCHED.EOM

This is the first mention of Ai Bouerges.

11/23/2012: The Message Desk starts answering calls via redirect from the Agent System.

12/3/2012: The Bursage Loop Trail drop, discovered from a message on the Agent System, is recovered. It consists of a mysterious black box.

12/10/2012: The El Paso drop, discovered on the Agent System, is retrieved. It is a CD with an Ubuntu distro on it, with 100 MB of inconsistent data, referred to as a “standard 100 MB hole”. It is labeled the “OTP Black 1” CD.

12/13/2012: The first Black OTP 1 message appears on agent code 18001. A few days later, we discover that it can be decoded using the El Paso CD. It reads:
Quote:
GOOD SEASON, LIMITED LOSSES
BUT COMPONENTS FAILED TO
REACH SVALBARD. MAY BE
EXPERIENCING COMPONENT LOSS
AT DROP SITES. SUSPECT
ROGUE AGENT OR COUNTER
OPERATION. MISSION CANNOT
CONTINUE UNLESS RECOVERED.
TWO AGENTS ASSIGNED TO
DETERMINE THREAT.


12/14/2012: Instead of redirecting to the message desk as usual, a person from “Operations” picks up the phone. We are unable to get much out of him, and after a few days we can no longer reach him.

12/20/2012: New Black OTP 1 messages indicate that there are battery and radio issues at “FACILITY ALPHA SIGMA”, and instruct a technician to travel there to look into it.

12/23/2012: We are informed through Black OTP 1 messages that there is an ABISM outage, but that “order service” is still available through a certain number. The message desk is unable to handle number prompts as usual because of the outage, but giving Troy the “order service” number allows us to go through a process involving the output from the Bursage Loop drop’s black box. We manage to order a product called AB101, apparently a modem, and AB101-DOC, the instructions for the modem, which had been mentioned in earlier messages. One of our members gives their real name and address for this order, but it is never delivered. It becomes increasingly clear that we need to obtain a copy of a mysterious book, which has been mentioned in messages and by Troy.

12/24/2012: Prompted by Agent System messages, we have our first “keepalive” session with Troy at the Message Desk. We are able to ask him questions, which he apparently inputs into his system. After a short time, he receives a response, which he reads to us. During this session, we convince WORM to give us a “replacement” book by telling them that Ai has damaged her copy, although they expect us to deposit our damaged book for pickup first. [transcript]

1/8/2013: We place our “damaged book”, a bag of ashes, at the Knights of Pythias Cemetery in Rainier, OR and retrieve a DRAM card and dollar bill that were left there.

1/24/2013: One of our members receives a package in the mail with more metal components. This is NOT the same person who gave his address to the Message Desk previously, and we are still unsure how this happened.

1/27/2013: We have a second keepalive session at the Message Desk. Troy answers the phone in Portuguese, but switches to English when prompted. We don’t get much new information out of them this time, but we discover that we were not meant to take the DRAM card from the Rainier drop location, and that WORM is concerned that it was compromised. We also learn that the book we are meant to receive is called “Molds and Lichens of Nova Scotia”. [transcript]

There are new messages on the Agent System indicating that a “ZEUS Test” is in progress.

1/29/2013: We figure out how to decode ABISM messages, which we have been noticing on some agent codes.

1/30/2013: A message indicates that we should return to the Knights of Pythias Cemetery drop site, and we discover another drop for a “green book” in Hawaii, on Secret Beach on Kauai.

2/12/2013: While still trying to find someone to visit the Kauai drop site, we receive three additional drops scattered around Kauai, along with SSTV images of the drop locations. The drops are labeled “otp black 7”, “otp black 8”, and “otp black 9”.

Later, the second Knights of Pythias drop is found, consisting of a torn book cover from “Molds and Lichens of Nova Scotia”. The (709) number and the serial number from the dollar recovered at the first drop are written in pen on the opposite side.

This Black OTP 1 message, containing the first mention of J, is discovered:
Quote:
AGENT REPORTS ADDL DROPS
COMPLETE. OUT OF COUNTER
OP REACH PER J'S REQUEST
FULL REPORT ON NEXT ZEUS
PERIOD.


A second message says that ZEUS test phase 3 is complete, and that “payload exceeded requirements as indicated”.

2/13/2013: A strange song begins to play on the agent code corresponding to the serial number of the dollar from the Knights of Pythias drop.

2/18/2013: We receive a message meant for agent 16042:
Quote:
Z 18040119Z FEB 13 SECRET//
PRJMLPL//
75X5 MSGID/16042//
SUBJ/ORDER//
/FORMAT/OBJ/00001/ASCII//
/OBJ/00001/ WELCOME.
PROVIDE IDENTITY TO 9.
OTP XOR COMPLIMENT FOR VID-ZEUS-0002 AT 6872. //


We find coordinates for a new drop on code 6872, located on the North Dakota/Montana border. All four Kauai drops are still unretrieved.

2/19/2013: We have a strange call with the Message Desk. Instead of taking prompts like normal, Troy is having technical difficulties and asks us for help figuring out his system. He describes the process of inputting commands and we get a lot of information about how the mainframe works. [transcript]

Later, we find a new drop location in Malaysia through the Message Desk, which has returned to working normally. All four Kauai drops and the ND/MT border drop remain unretrieved.

2/21/2013: The ND/MT border drop is found on a sign just off the road. It is another CD with an Ubuntu distro and a 100 MB “hole”, labeled OTP Black 2.

2/24/2013: Agent Code 16041 changes to a song. The message in the background decodes to:
Quote:
/DROP/18094;NOTES/DVD/
/NOTES/9780816041954/
/NOTES/IMPORTANT/
/NOTIFICATION FROM DR. J MARVIN BLACKWEATHER/

The number is the ISBN from the First Ladies book involved in the Lake Oswego drop, but when called this agent code is blank.

Through a series of Black OTP 1 messages and message desk calls, we receive coordinates for a new drop in Bangkok, Thailand.

On another agent code, we receive an SSTV image of the Thailand drop site showing a “surveillance” image of a phone booth.

2/25/2013: One of our members who left his address with the Message Desk during the previous keepalive session receives a book in the mail. The book is entitled “Global Response Codes” by Dr. J Marvin Blackweather. It contains a number of “global response codes”, strings of numbers, and an appendix consisting of location codes for a large number of places.

Later that day, the Bangkok drop is retrieved from a phone booth. It consists of a DVD entitled “Collecting Vintage Capacitors, Diodes and Thyristors” by the “Vintage Semiconductor Society”, containing a strange video.

2/27/2013: Using codes found in the Bangkok video, we discover several new agent codes containing messages alluding to the goals of Project MLPL.
Quote:
PROVIDE SHAPEFILE FOR
ESTIMATED SPRING ICE CAP
PARAMETER. IDENTIFY MAJOR
THICKNESS POINTS FOR
PAYLOAD USE IF REQUIRED.


Quote:
PER 4(B)K OF WO 9482.9M
DISPATCH TRANSP TO JOIN
MELTER FLEET WINTER
POSITION AT 80.3886
5.6538 FOR OPERATION
DESCRIBED IN 4(B)G-L.
AREA HAS BEEN CLEARED.
AFTER OPERATION, TRANSP
MUST TRAVEL TO FACILITY
INDICATED IN 4(B)L.
TRANSP MUST CONTAIN
APPROPRIATE PERSONAL
FOR OPERATION INDICATED
IN 4(B)H-J.
COMPONENTS FOR ACCESS
TO FACILITY TO BE
TAKEN TO LONGYEARBYEN.

(Longyearbyen is the island on which the Svalbard Seed Vault is located.)

Quote:
HCH:
OBTAIN AND ENCAPSULATE.
EPJ-AFDV:
DISPERSAL
ENCAPSULATOR RATING
2200C.


Quote:
UPLINK FACILITY
80.0350 16.2910 ONLINE.
MESSAGE TRANSPORT
OPERATIONAL.
ZEUS FLYOVER RESOURCES
IN GREEN BOOK. PLEASE
OBTAIN YOUR GREEN
BOOK AT SPECIFIED
LOCATIONS. DISTRIBUTE
ACCORDINGLY. PROTECT
CONTENTS.


3/1/2013: The main Kauai drop on Secret Beach is finally located! It is a full book called “Designing Compelling Worm Sanctuaries”, containing multiple new agent codes and phone numbers.

3/2/2013: The OTP Black 9 CD drop is recovered, leaving two other CDs on Kauai to collect.

3/3/2013: The OTP Black 7 CD is recovered.

3/5/2013: The final Black OTP CD on Kauai, OTP Black 8, is recovered.

3/6/2013: We receive messages indicating that a tech has arrived on site to replace the faulty battery for AS36. The tech has reported an “AS36 disarm”, likely related to the disarm process described in the newly-acquired green book.

3/7/2013: New messages report that the new battery is charging and that the outage lasted a particularly long time because of “extenuating circumstances”. J, in his first direct appearance, is less than pleased:
Quote:
NEED TO KNOW "EXTENUATING
CIRCUMSTANCES". ROUTINE
CHARGE NEGLECTED. NOW
DAMAGED BATTERY. THEN
LARGE SYSTEM OUTAGE
DURING VERY CRITICAL
TIME. NOT HAPPY. PLEASE
ID WHICH TECH? -J


3/15/2013: We decode a message instructing all agents to report to Region 9 for “mainland training”.

3/16/2013: Finally, someone becomes suspicious of Ai’s absence:
Quote:
SHE IS NOT HERE. WE ARE ALL WAITING.
WHERE IS SHE?
HAS ANYONE ACTUALLY SEEN HER IN
PERSON IN THE LAST 3 MONTHS? -J


3/17/2013: We receive a new message on 16041, as well as new orders for Ai:

Quote:
/ORDERS//
LEAVE MESSAGE FOR ELOY/NOTES/
SPECIFY REASON FOR TARDY
AND CURRENT LOCATION/


Eloy, Arizona is a town in Region 9. We guess that this must be where the mainland training is taking place. We upload an SSTV image with our written response. Later, we call the Message Desk with the location code (taken from the Global Response Codes book) for Eloy, AZ and we are able to leave a message:
Quote:
BEING WATCHED, POTENTIALLY FOLLOWED. GOING INTO OBSERVATION MODE - STAND BY. A76139.


3/18/2013: We receive a response to our message at the Message Desk:
Quote:
IF UNABLE TO ATTEND TRAINING ARE YOU ABLE TO ACCEPT TRANING MATERIALS WITHOUT BEING FOLLOWED?

We signal yes.

3/19/2013: A new message on 16042 instructs that agent to travel to Brisbane. Agent code 17003 is found to give instructions on how to tune an ABISM modem, while agent code 17001 says that it has been compromised, and to consult the “slate book”.

3/20/2013: We receive two new drop locations. One, marked OTP Black 4, is in Newport Beach, CA. The other, marked VID-ZEUS-0002, is in Eureka, CA.

3/24/2013: The Newport Beach drop is acquired. It is an identical CD, like all the others.

The Malaysia drop is also recovered at a rest stop, over a month after first discovering its location. It contains replacement components for the ones that we lost at the Rhode Island drop.

Someone visits the Eureka drop location, but nothing is found in the phone booth that the coordinates point to.

3/25/2013: Agent 16043 leaves a Black OTP 1 message concerning the whereabouts of the Newport Beach drop, which was meant for her:
Quote:
DROP IS NOT IN METER BOX.
SEARCHED 3601 HALF.
DEBRIS IS DISTURBED.
APPEARS TO BE SOMETHING
HERE AT ONE POINT. PLEASE ADVISE.


We notify the Message Desk that the Eureka drop is missing by using the Eureka location code. We receive a response shortly after:
Quote:
MAKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SECOND VIDEO-ZEUS-0002. PLEASE REMAIN IN REGION 9 UNTIL DROP CAN BE ARRANGED.


3/27/2013: One of our members, who requested a document during the previous keepalive session with the Message Desk, receives a letter in the mail. It is almost entirely redacted.

4/5/2013: We receive a Black OTP message for Ai:
Quote:
AI, CONFIRM CONSORT MR. AY IN PLAYA DEL REY.
SHALL WE PROCEED? CAN MR. AY FORWARD PACKAGE TO YOU?
PROVIDE SPECIAL INQUIRY CODE RESPONSE TO MDESK A67681. AWAITING ORDERS.

This refers to one of our users who lives in Playa Del Ray. We signal that this is acceptable.

4/12/2013: The previously-mentioned user receives his package. It is a CD containing three files, shopping.txt, iffound.txt, and data.bin. We discover a ZEUS instructional video when data.bin is XORed with the Black OTP 2 CD from North Dakota.

4/18/2013: We receive a message for agent 16043 with coordinates for a new drop in Santa Clara, CA.

Someone visits the drop site and the drop is retrieved. It consists of an 88 MB SyQuest cartridge.

4/25/2013: Agent 16043 again mentions that the drop intended for her is missing. J responds:
Quote:
DROP WAS PLACED THERE.
IF IT IS NO LONGER THERE, IT HAS BEEN COMPROMISED.
LIKELY VANDALS OR COUNTER OP.
THEY WONT KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH WHAT THEY HAVE. -J

He’s not wrong!

We receive a series of messages consisting of updates from 16043 trying to determine what happened to the missing drop. She signs her messages “D”. J says that he will let 16043 know her travel, identity, and lodging info via ZEUS, and we receive this message later on:
Quote:
SUBJ/TRAVEL INFO//
/FORMAT/OBJ/00001/ZEUS//
/OBJ/00001/
/ZS/WGS84/!37.404888/
-121.961702!/Z 25202559E
APR 13/87.9/FM/
RED OTP 1 O 0000006732/
//

We aren’t sure what a “red OTP” is.

4/30/2013: A new message on 16041 prompts us to check for a new Black OTP message on 18084. It also contains an SSTV image.
Quote:
SECRET//PRJMLPL//75X5
MSGID/ALERT//
SUBJ/PRIORITY MSG//
VISIT TDD PHONE AT
26.072806 -80.143808
MUST DIAL 888-854-2402

The coordinates point to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The (888) number mentioned leads to the Material Order Desk. Although at this time we cannot get anyone to call from the specific TDD phone required, we are still getting a live operator. He asks for an account number and a job code, which we cannot provide.

5/6/2013: D, agent 16043, confirms that they are in region 2 via the Agent System.

5/8/2013: We receive information concerning a new drop for agent 16043, in Central Park, with an SSTV to go along with it:
Quote:
Z 07045211Z MAY 13 SECRET
//PRJMLPL//75X5 MSGID/16043//
SUBJ/DROP//
/FORMAT/OBJ/00001/ASCII//
/OBJ/00001/ 40.779771 -73.969714 UNDER BUSH //


5/9/2013: The Central Park drop is obtained. It is a CD with three files: iffound.txt, order.txt, and file.txt. Order.txt contains account numbers and job codes that can likely be used with the Material Order Desk.

Meanwhile, D begins to get frustrated with us:
Quote:
THOSE PEOPLE TOOK IT.
PLEASE ADVISE. -D


J assures her that there will be a second drop in the same area.

5/15/2013: We receive coordinates for the second Central Park drop for 16043:
Quote:
WE HAVE DROP AGENT ON LOCATION AT
40.776176 -73.975588. PLEASE STAND BY.
ONCE TUNNEL DROP IS COMPLETE,
ADDITIONAL MESSAGE AND INSTRUCTIONS WILL FOLLOW.


5/16/2013: The second Central Park drop is recovered. It consists of a microSD card and 5 Australian dollars. When the serial number on the dollar is called, we receive this message:
Quote:
Success. Stand by. This agent code for call center access. Material order desk for official use only.


5/20/2013: The message on the serial number of the dollar changes to a slightly more in-depth message, informing us that the Message Desk should no longer be used for orders, interspersed with some vaguely creepy music.

We continue to get to know the guy working at the Material Order Desk. His name is Robby, and he is a lot more talkative than Troy. He seems to know Ai from the past, and is glad to know that we’re working with her. He volunteers some information about the system he’s working on.

5/22/2013: An SSTV image for the second Central Park drop is uploaded, although we have already recovered the drop. It is accompanied by this Black OTP 1 message:
Quote:
PRJMLPL//75X5 MSGID/16043//
SUBJ/DROP//
/FORMAT/OBJ/00001/ASCII//
/OBJ/00001/ IMAGE IS NOW UPLOADED.
SORRY FOR DELAY. -R //


We receive information for a new drop, intended for Ai, in Carlisle, PA:
Quote:
SUBJ/DROP//
/FORMAT/OBJ/00001/ASCII//
/OBJ/00001/
40.20738 -77.20097 TREE TRUNK //


5/23/2013: The Pennsylvania drop is retrieved from inside a tree trunk at the drop site. It is another CD, containing multiple files. The files contain a lot of useful information about phone numbers, agent codes, and products, and are all authored by Robby to us. Robby claims not to know how to get any further books, but he says that it might be a good question for the “bookman”. He seems to realize that we might not be sanctioned to work by WORM, since he mentions that he’ll attempt to find us a way to talk “without worries”, but it’s unclear if he suspects us of lying about Ai or her whereabouts.

We realize the three copies of iffound.txt that have been found at three separate drop locations have minor differences, but we are unable to find a purpose to them.

5/25/2013: The person who retrieved the SyQuest cartridge from the Santa Clara drop, which contained no useful data, looks inside of it and discovers a microSD card. The card contains 470 MB of data consisting of names and social security numbers. The information does not correspond to actual people, but this is mildly concerning nonetheless.

5/29/2013: We record the first message on agent code 22, which simply says “Do not call this number again”. This code changes fairly often, adding to the warning.

6/4/2013: We decode a new Black OTP 1 message instructing us again to travel to the Fort Lauderdale airport TDD phone for “important instructions on next steps”. We have been having trouble finding someone to physically visit the airport for us.

6/4/2013 - 6/6/2013: Messages indicate that AS36 is required to relocate because of “circumstances outside of [their] control”. The relocation is apparently successful.

6/14/2013: The “stamp code” found on the package containing the pink book changes to a series of tones which do not appear to yield any useful data.

6/16/2013: Agent code 16042, unused until this point, changes to an SSTV image and points to a Black OTP 1 message:
Quote:
SUBJ/16042//
/FORMAT/OBJ/00001/ASCII//
/OBJ/00001/ 37.909967 -122.304715
SIGN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. //


The coordinates are in El Cerrito, CA.

6/19/2013: The El Cerrito drop is recovered. It consists of two CDs, one another Black OTP CD, the other containing two audio files: a mildly worrying warning and some numbers interspersed with music.

Around this time, the Agent System goes down and we get only sirens when we call.

6/21/2013: Thanks to assistance from an airport worker, we obtain the instructions from the Florida airport phone:
Quote:
PLEASE REMOVE MEMORY CARD. PLEASE WAIT. FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE ON 674826.


However, there was no memory card present at the drop.

The Agent System returns later in the day, and agent code 16041 is playing a strange song.

6/22/2013: 16041 changes to a message stating “please use issued card on 412888 system”. A new Black OTP 1 message indicates that maintenance performed a “manual clear of emergency flag”, presumably to fix the Agent System. It’s unclear what triggered the emergency flag.

Agent code 674826, from the TDD phone instructions, contains BPSK31:

Quote:
BPSK31 (1.6k) == "CHANNEL 3" repeating
BPSK31 (.99k) == "PRJMLPL/75x5" repeating
BPSK31 (.6k) == "YOUR ACTIVATION REQUEST HAS BEEN SAVED. PREPARE YOUR EQUIPMENT FOR OPERATION AND CONTROL OF MELTER FLEET FOR THE NEXT 2013 SEASON. MONITOR THIS OFFICIAL CHANNEL FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS."


6/28/2013: Since we did not receive a card at the TDD phone in Fort Lauderdale, we get a new Black OTP message:
Quote:
NO ACTIVITY DETECTED.
IF A NEW CALLING CARD IS
REQUIRED FOR 412-888
SYSTEM, USE AGENT CODE
99992.

We signal that agent code, hoping to get an additional drop for the calling card.

7/3/2013: We receive a message indicating that a new calling card is being deployed, and that the old card was cancelled for the 412-888 system. We discover the number (412) 888-0004, which requests a calling card before disconnecting.

7/12/2013: A new Black OTP message states:
Quote:
/OBJ/00001/
ALL AGENTS AND ASSOCIATES:
DUE TO RECENT HUMAN RESOURCE CONSTRAINTS,
PROVIDE CURRENT NAME AND
SHIPPING INFORMATION TO A33815.


This is the location code from the pink book for Anchorage, Alaska. However, the (202) 204 number used for the Message Desk is instead giving us strange tones.

7/17/2013: The Message Desk returns, and over the course of the week multiple people submit their name and shipping information to the Anchorage location code.

7/26/2013: L0j1k receives a very strange letter from Robby in the mail, which is found to be hiding a 5gram message in the capital letters. When used against p1.txt from the Pennsylvania drop, it reveals the message:
Quote:
IN TROUBLE WENT INTO HIDING I KNOW TOO MUCH NOW WILL BE IN CONTACT SOON ROBERT


The (412) 888 number begins answering with “Cleveland Direct”, and shortly thereafter disconnecting.

7/29/2013: The user who previously received the ZEUS instructional video in the mail receives a second package, addressed to “Ai Bouerges c/o [REAL NAME]”. It contains a Cleveland Direct calling card. When the layers of the card are peeled open, a secret message is revealed. The colors and 5grams in this message correspond to the worm colors table from the green book, but we are unsure what they mean.

7/30/2013: The Material Order Desk number, (888) 854-2402, begins acting strangely. Different recordings have a man or woman’s voice saying “CF denied on MTM-10” or “CF denied 4 by 3”. We are unable to figure out what these recordings mean.

8/11/2013: The Agent System goes down. The (412) 888 number begins taking input, asking for a calling card number after “Cleveland Direct”. We enter the calling card number into the system, which allows us to clear the emergency flag - when the Agent System is called from the Cleveland Direct number after entering the calling card PIN, we are able to navigate a simple menu to clear the emergency flag.

8/19/2013: Multiple new Black OTP messages indicate that Project MLPL is ready to proceed with “Operation Irislatch”. D, presumably the same D as Agent 16043, reports that the “decoys have been dropped”. Another agent, A, reports that TRANSP is ready to receive items, and melters 1, 2, and 4 are “waiting for escort and breaker”. They indicate that they are ready to go at Ai’s proceed mark:
Quote:
AGENT 16041, ON YOUR PROCEED MARK,
WE WILL INITIATE OPERATION 9482.9M PER 4(B)H-J. LSB4.


8/20/2013: A new Black OTP message appears:
Quote:
WATCHING VAUGHNSVILLE SYSTEM.
NO ACTIVITY. WHATS THE HOLD UP?
DID AI RESPOND ON 2723649905? -J


Vaughnsville was mentioned very early in the game, where a secret message on the Agent System appeared to say “There’s an alarm in the Vaughnsville DCO”. In reality, Vaughnsville, Ohio is a tiny unincorporated community with its own telephone cooperative. The phone number J mentions was found written in indentations on the first copy of the green book, but it was never useful before this.

We attempt to signal proceed by calling the number labeled DEPLOY from Robby’s tree trunk drop and leaving a message.

D is getting impatient that Ai has not yet signalled to proceed:
Quote:
WE ARE PUBLISHING TO VAUGHNSVILLE
BUT NO RESPONSE YET. MIA AGAIN?
VEGAS SLOTS? -D


J is not amused:
Quote:

NOT FUNNY. -J //


8/21/2013: We discover that agent code 272 leads to a “worm seed ordering hotline”. We attempt to order some worm seeds, which involves entering an inquiry code and then a group code from the pink book. This is never successful at actually ordering anything.

Later, we receive new Black OTP messages informing us that the proceed from Ai has been received, and that the operation is set to start at “midnight local time”. Agents are advised to “monitor Vaughnsville map”. J says that several key elements are missing from the map, and A responds:
Quote:
ISSUES WITH ZEUS DOWNLINK INTO VAUGHNSVILLE.
REQUEST TO DELAY OP 24 HOURS. -A


We take this as a sign that we need to access agent code 1320, given to us by Robby in the Pennsylvania drop, labeled as “ABISM MAPS”, but it requests an access code which we do not have. In actuality, this references (419) 646-0004, a Class Six number that outputs ship coordinates.

8/22/2013: J approves the request to delay the operation “based on Svalbard weather”. Later that night, the operation proceeds.

Quote:
D IS ON THE GROUND NOW.
VISUAL CONTACT CONFIRMED. -A


Quote:
D ATTEMPTING ACCESS. VICINITY QUIET.
MONITORING PERIMETER.
D WILL SIGNAL WHEN COMPLETE. -A


Quote:
D REPORTS PROGRAMMING OF NEW ACCESS SYSTEM FOR ADDITIONAL ID SUCCESSFUL.
MORE SOON. VICINITY CLEAR. -A


Quote:
ACCESS TEST PASSED.
VICINITY IS CLEAR AND QUIET.
SURVEY OF INTERIOR. IMAGERY COLLECTION. -A


Quote:
COLLECTION AND SURVEY COMPLETE.
D LEAVING FACILITY AND WILL RETURN TO TRANSP.
WILL DETERMINE IF READY FOR PHASE B IN 24 HOURS. -A


8/26/2013: We leave a request for a status update on the Cleveland location code at the message desk, since the response we got after leaving one with Lima (the closest location to Vaughnsville that was included in Global Response Codes) indicated we should direct inquiries to Cleveland.

We receive a new Black OTP message:
Quote:
TO CONFIRM TELEPHONE CONVERSATION,
READY FOR PHASE B. WE NEED 2-3 WEEKS TO PREPARE.
ADDN SHIPS WILL BE IN POSITION AT THAT TIME.
DETAILS SOON. -A


9/1/2013: We get new Black OTP messages. J requests that a “QX session” be added into the schedule, and responds to our Message Desk inquiry:
Quote:
INDICATE NATURE OF REQUEST FOR
VAUGHNSVILLE ON A54018 THROUGH MDSK.
WE ARE LISTENING. -J


9/3/2013: Presumably in response to our request about Vaughnsville, we receive a new Black OTP message with coordinates for a drop in Bulgaria:
Quote:
PRJMLPL//75X5 MSGID/VAUGHNSVILLE//
SUBJ/VAUGHNSVILLE//
/FORMAT/OBJ/00001/ASCII//
/OBJ/00001/ ACCESS PLATFORM TRAINING MATERIALS.
42.0552 N 25.5927 E. TRAIN STATION. INDOOR HALLWAY.
LOWER BRACKET BEHIND GREEN BOX. LEFT EDGE.
NOT IN METAL BOX! UNBAGGED.


We find SSTV info for the drop on 16041.

D informs J that she will be joining TRANSP once the escort ship arrives.

9/6/2013: We recover the Bulgaria drop! It is another CD containing three files. One is another iteration of iffound.txt, with a warning for Robby added in at the end. The second is shopping.txt, which seems to be related to the message on the inside of the Cleveland Direct calling card:
Quote:
SHOPPING LIST (DO LATER WHEN NIGHTLIGHT)
=========================================
+37 Black/Orange Worms Riding ATVs
+64.69 Green/Rainbow Worms Riding OHGs
2 Switches

ACCOUNT INFORMATION
=========================================
ORANGE SWITCH : *340938AB#
RAINBOW SWITCH : *991837DA#

FINAL CODE: *3033090004#
FINAL VRFY: *97841000DDDDDD#

SYNC: 4888883910000988886


The third is data.bin, which when XORed with OTP Black 9, produces a video, which explains a little bit more about the purpose of the calling card and its interaction with Class Six numbers.

9/10/2013: We discover that one Class Six number, (419) 646-0004 when called through Cleveland Direct, gives us ship coordinates identical to the ones that we decoded at around the same time the previous year. All ships are between Greenland and Svalbard, presumably having departed Svalbard after Operation Irislatch.

Later, there are multiple new Black OTP messages:
Quote:
SUBJ/OPERATION//
/FORMAT/OBJ/00001/ASCII//
/OBJ/00001/ PROVIDE STATUS ON HELO1.
IS IT FUELED AND OPERATIONAL? -J //


Quote:
SUBJ/MATERIAL RETURN//
/FORMAT/OBJ/00001/ASCII//
/OBJ/00001/
PLEASE RETURN AND DISPOSE OF BOOK IN APPROVED RECEPTACLE.
CONFIRM ONCE DISPOSED.


Quote:
SUBJ/MATERIAL RETURN//
/FORMAT/OBJ/00001/ASCII//
/OBJ/00001/
AND THAT WOULD BE WHERE EXACTLY?
I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE ONE IS HERE.
PROVIDE EXACT INSTRUCTIONS. -B01


9/11/2013: We receive a Black OTP message in response to the last one from the previous night, pointing to another drop location in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Quote:
SUBJ/MATERIAL RETURN//
/FORMAT/OBJ/00001/ASCII//
/OBJ/00001/
USE THE MATERIAL RETURN AT THE JAZZ CLUB
IN THE CENTER SHELF. LEFT NEXT TO FRENCH
NATURE OF IDENITY.
42.6970 N 23.3176 E. AGENT CODE 69001 FOR VISUAL. //


The SSTV image shows a bookshelf.

We continue to check ship coordinates. The melter ships are heading north, while TRANSP is heading south.

Later, the Bulgaria drop is recovered from the bookshelf. It is another copy of the green book, with lots of new hints in the handwritten notes.

9/12/2013: We receive many new messages about the “missing” drop, indicating that it was recovered from Robby, who is still on the run.
Quote:
WAS THE ITEM MISPLACED?
NO SIGN OF IT DURING RECOVERY.


Quote:
B01: SO THIS WAS THE ONLY ITEM THAT WAS RECOVERED?
HE HAD A LOT MORE THAN THIS. I AM VERY CONCERNED.
WHAT THE HELL ELSE IS HE RUNNING AROUND WITH? -J


Quote:
IT IS CONFIRMED. GREEN BOOK IS MISSING.
THIS WAS JUST PLACED. I PERSONALLY RECOVERED THIS ITEM. -B01


Quote:
OKAY GREAT. WE HAD A GREEN BOOK. NOW WE DONT.
WHERE THE HELL IS IT? AND WHAT ELSE DOES THIS GUY HAVE?
THIS COULD JEOPARDIZE THE ENTIRE NEXT MISSION. -J


Quote:
WE THINK ANOTHER PARTY IS INVOLVED,
BUT THEY MAY JUST BE A CURIOUS ONLOOKER.
HE HAS SEVERAL OTHER BOOKS AND I BELIEVE A VECTORCOM 20. -B01


9/18/2013: A mentions that she received a “launch indication” but that the countdown was not started properly, and asks if J was responsible. He responds:
Quote:
NO I DID NOT SET THIS.
PLEASE CLEAR AND FIND OUT WHO DID THIS. -J


We realize we are responsible for setting the launch indication through a series of agent codes, and we do it twice more to be sure, prompting more angry messages from J.

There are several other messages indicating that Melter 2 is experiencing technical difficulties and that they are trying to determine the root cause.

9/19/2013: A gives an update on the Melter 2 situation:
Quote:
MELTR2 IS BACK ONLINE.
FULL C&C RESET CORRECTED ISSUE.
CONCERN ABOUT MORE ERRANT MESSAGES INTERFERING WITH MELTER SYSTEMS. CAN WE SEE WHAT HAPPENED? -A


Later, we receive our first HF message. The HF agent code was written in Robby’s green book, but only appeared to play static. In an earlier Black OTP message, A mentioned that she was monitoring HF for updates, so we began to do the same. We finally catch a transmission, transcribed as:
Quote:
...???... it came through the command control centre. We, we had them resend the message and it went away. So we're good, we're, we're fixed.

...it's impossible to get something in a hurry, so I'm glad the problem's ?? .... ?? confirmed now, but if we get any more ?? command and control ???? it's gonna completely nerf all our systems again... ???? there's more capabilities than what that ??, so it could take out something else, and that could cause actual hardware damage, and in that case we're screwed. So I don't know who you need to get a hold of over there, but you need to get... time to get to the bottom of this stuff. I don't know if you need to even grab J or whoever the heck is in charge over there right now. Cause, right now, J's not very helpful either. He's sending out the ??, cause he's got a helicopter, but that's not going to reach here tomorrow, and they're...


9/21/2013: J orders TRANSP to stop and hold their position, telling A:
Quote:
TELL THEM ITS WX RELATED OR LOGISTICAL HOLD.
DONT WANT CREW KNOWING TOO MUCH.
HAVE AGENT ON BOARD KEEP EYE OUT FOR TRAFFIC OVENRIGHT.
WAITING FOR A ZEUS FLYOVER FOR AGENT ON BOARD. -J


9/22/2013: We discover Robby’s voicemail system on agent code 50565732 by following a series of agent codes starting from the (888) number. It plays a message from Robby and then allows the caller to leave a voicemail message for him. Robby says:
Quote:
We can safely exchange messages here for now. This is rooted throughout multiple systems into something that isn’t used anymore. I made this goofing around one day. Hopefully my access still works and I will check this voicemail every so often.


9/24/2013: Robby responds to some of our voicemails. Although he is hesitant to identify himself, he uses “Aloha” in greeting and references the letter he sent to L0j1k.

Quote:
Aloha. I am glad you found my signal. I will not say my name. However, you may know plenty about a horse by now. We need to set up a more secure channel. I have something of great interest.


9/25/2013: J and A appear to have an argument about the exchange between PETR and TRANSP that is supposed to occur. We are unsure exactly what is being exchanged, but we assume that D, who was responsible for the break-in at Svalbard, may have taken something that needs to be exchanged with someone on the petrol ship, or else the petrol ship has materials that D needs.
Quote:
SUBJ/PETR//
/FORMAT/OBJ/00001/ASCII//
/OBJ/00001/
THEY NEED TO HURRY WITH THIS BEFORE DAYBREAK.
WHAT IS THEIR STATUS? -J


Quote:
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT
THERE IS NO IMAGERY OF THIS EXCHANGE.
ARE WE CLEAR?
IF DAYLIGHT, PLEASE WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW. -J


Quote:
THAT IS ABSOLUTELY ABSURD.
THEY WILL BE TRANSFERING THE ITEMS
WHEN THEY GET THERE. THATS IT.
DAY OR NIGHT. -A //


Quote:
ABSURD OR NOT.
THAT IS WHAT YOU WILL DO.
I CAN WAIT ONE MORE DAY. -J //


Quote:
I AM HEADING UP THIS OPERATION.
THIS IS MY TURF.
NOBODY CARES WHAT YOU LOAD IN THE MORING.
FISH. GARBAGE. CHEAP CHINESE RADIOS. OR "PAYLOAD". THERES NOBODY HERE. -A //


Quote:

IF THERE IS SATELLITE IMAGERY OF THIS,
ITS YOUR HEAD. THIS IS NOT A THREAT,
ITS A FACT. DONT SCREW THIS UP. -J //


Quote:
THIS IS NOW COMPLETE.
TRANSP IS NOW MOVING INTO NEW POSITION FOR ZEUS TX.
PETR RETURNING. -A //


9/27/2013: Robby’s voicemail updates with answers to a few questions. Some are from people not involved with our channel, so we are a bit confused.

Quote:
Aloha. It's nice to hear from all of you. Thank you for your calls and support. It means a lot to me right now. To answer the questions I received..."
"1. In order to securely exchange messages, I will give you something. It's very simple, but very secure and effective."
"2. No, I am not sure I can send it in the mail. That is not a wise idea with encryption keys."
"3. No, Jason, I do not have any of those with me, but I will see if I can obtain some."
"4. To the woman's voice who did not leave a name, there are some things you can do with the ABCD keys on the Vectorcom. Tell me where to send the manual."
"5. Yes, I will stay safe. I am not certain I want to visit mainland USA, but it could be possible. It's very risky for me. I will let you know soon."
"And 6. Yes, you can ask me questions. Aloha.


9/28/2013: We intercept another transmission on HF:
Quote:
Voice 1: "...ready to receive message..."
Voice 2: "OK transport, uhhh... give me one minute please..."
Voice 1: "Roger."
Voice 2: "ok Transport, ummm... it looks like, next flyover at your position will be 2000 hours, 37 minutes, 16 seconds, and, uh, you'll have to use red OTP for this one, umm... and... hold on... you'll want page 27 in your Asparagus Fern Root Maintenance book. Message in regards to new route and orders."
Voice 1: "We'll be waiting for this message at this time, containing new route and orders."


Later that day, TRANSP arrives at the location for the ZEUS flyover transmission. Another message confirms that TRANSP received waypoints from the transmission and has departed.

10/1/2013: A new Black OTP message:
Quote:
FOR ALL EMPLOYEES, CONTRACTORS,
AND ASSOCIATES: READ PAGE 43, LINE 8,
LINE 9 AND LINE 11. SLATE DEPOSITS
IN THE INTERMOUNTAIN WEST.


We do not have this book, and still don’t know how to get it.

10/9/2013: After a while with no updates, new Black OTP messages indicate that radio silence has been lifted. A informs J that she might know where to find Robby, as he has purchased 3 plane tickets in his own name recently. J responds:

Quote:
IF HES USING THE DEBIT CARD AGAIN, IT MEANS HES OUT OF CASH.
TEARING THROUGH THAT BONUS I SEE.
HE CANT RUN MUCH LONGER. -J


Quote:
POSITION 3 AGENTS IN ALL 3 ORIGIN CITIES.
SAME FLIGHT IF POSSIBLE.
OR WATCH FOR HIS ARRIVAL.
NOT SURE HOW MUCH TIME WE GOT. -J


A tells J that she’s done this, and agents will be waiting for him. Additionally, J says that new calling cards for agents with low balances will be dropped shortly, and that “the cyan will be available soon”. Perhaps this is referring to a cyan book.

10/11/2013: Robby’s voicemail box updates:
Quote:
Aloha, I have a lot of voicemails, and I will try to answer them all soon. I am trying to travel to a safe place so I can exchange more information and relax a little. I have been on the run, you can say, and it's difficult to find a data terminal to update this message. I was expecting them to try to hack into my account which is why I have three tickets, they will not know exactly where I'll be. Aloha.


10/12/2013: Robby’s voicemail box updates again:
Quote:
Aloha, there are several ways to upload new agent codes, one of which can be done with a modem. There is x25 with little access restrictions. There is a TDD if you call a certain number. Then there is ABISM, of course. There was some HF stuff but I don't know much about that one, and a way to route special commands over ZEUS. To clarify, there are three agents at all three locations. I might be able to slip by through the crowd, although this is sounding risky.


10/16/2013: We receive coordinates in Sebastopol, CA for a new calling card, since our balance has run out and we are no longer able to check coordinates or call any class six numbers:
Quote:
DROP/38.410214/-122.817890/NOTES/PARK LEFT OF BENCH TRAIL HEAD BEHIND TREE/


We discover a new agent code, 6880, which implies that the garbage at the Bellwood drop was not originally intended to be the “bell code” almost a year prior.

10/19/2013: A informs J that the “activities on Jan Mayen” are complete, and that she is proceeding to the final destination. J responds:
Quote:
GOOD. I WILL LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT OP.
PER OUR EARLIER CONVERSATION, HAVING ROBBY IN OUR CUSTODY NEXT WEDNESDAY WILL BE AN EXTRA BONUS.
PUT AN END TO THE LEAKS. -J //


10/22/2013: The Sebastopol drop, a replacement calling card, is recovered. It is the same as the first, but the message inside of it says “AUTHENTIC NIGHTLIGHT FOR FUTURE USE”.

10/23/2013: An agent called S updates J on the Robby situation:
Quote:
J, SITUATION UNDER CONTROL.
WE WILL GET HIM. AGENTS AT ALL 3 AIRPORT TERMINALS.
THEY ARE BOOKED ON DESTINATION FLIGHTS.
ONE OF THEM WILL BE HIS. -S


Later that day, we find that they were unsuccessful. Also, Robby has an unfortunate last name.
Quote:
MSGID/ROBERT BRAMBLE//
SUBJ/FLIGHT//
/FORMAT/OBJ/00001/ASCII//
/OBJ/00001/
WE HAVE AN UNFORTUNATE SITUATION.
GATE AGENTS AT ALL 3 AIRPORTS CALLED ROBERT'S NAME.
BUT NO ROBERT SHOWED. //


Quote:
AGENTS BOARDED AIRCRAFT LAST WHEN CALLED.
NO ONE ELSE BOARDED AFTER.
NO ROBERT ON BOARD, NO ROBERT AT DESTINATIONS.
NO BAGS. NOTHING. -S //


10/24/2013: Robby updates his voicemail message letting us know that he’s safe.

J is displeased.
Quote:
I CANT BELIEVE YOU LET THAT STUPID LITTLE BASTARD GET AWAY.
I AM NOT HAPPY ABOUT THIS.
CALL MY ISU RIGHT NOW. -J //


11/2/2013: A tells J that TRANSP is ready for “Operation Longvault”.

J responds:
Quote:
GET INTO POSITION FOR OP AS SPECIFIED IN 9482.9M PER 4(B)L-M. LSB4.
PLAN TO EXECUTE ON 02 NOV 13 IN LATE EVENING, EARLY HOURS 03 NOV 13. CONFIRM WHEN READY. -J


A and D both confirm that they are ready.

11/7/2013: There is a new recording on agent code 20, with BPSK31 in it. It decodes to:
Quote:
INDICATE GO / NO GO USING ANY AVAILABLE CHANNEL FOR LONGVAULT.


11/13/2013: Robby’s voicemail message updates:
Quote:
Aloha. Things became a bit complicated, but no one has bothered me for a while, so I will assume I am safe for now. I see they are on the alternate system, but I do not expect that to last much longer as they do not have all the software in place to launch Longvault on that system. Do you have the WORM documents and the audio CDs? Aloha and paalam.


11/16/2013: Robby’s voicemail updates.
Quote:
Aloha. No, I am fine. I am up north. To female caller: yes, I have about ten. What addresses should I send to? Aloha.


11/19/2013: We receive new Black OTP 1 messages for the first time since J called for the start of Operation Longvault:
Quote:
SUBJ/OP LONGVAULT//
/FORMAT/OBJ/00001/ASCII//
/OBJ/00001/
MESSAGE RECIEVED.
SHOULD I PROVIDE THE TIMELINE OVER VECTORCOM OR THIS MEDIUM? -K //


Quote:
SUBJ/OP LONGVAULT//
/FORMAT/OBJ/00001/ASCII//
/OBJ/00001/
REACTIVATION TEST MESSAGE. -A //


Quote:
SUBJ/OP LONGVAULT//
/FORMAT/OBJ/00001/ASCII//
/OBJ/00001/
GUYS, LETS JUST USE THIS SYSTEM.
EMTANON SCREWED UP AGAIN AND
THEY WONT HAVE A HOT FIX UNTIL NEXT MONTH. -J


11/20/2013: Robby’s voicemail message updates.
Quote:
Aloha. I have 8 more remaining. Yes, I know this is awkward to communicate with this. I am going to make a drop, so we can write more securely with a one-time pad. Aloha.


12/4/2013: We find a new recording on agent code 96001, which had previously been discovered on the (888) number. It appears to be a support line and method of communication for Emtanon.

12/5/2013: We receive new updates regarding Operation Longvault.
Quote:
D IS BACK ON BOARD.
WE ARE A GO FOR LONGVAULT PER DOCUMENT STORE IN LSB4.
D WILL MAKE WAY TO LOCATION ON Z 08180000Z DEC 13. -A


Quote:
PLEASE MAKE SURE VHF IS ACTIVATED SO I CAN MONITOR.
PLEASE ADVISE AGENT CODE.
WILL VAUGHNSVILLE MAPS BE IN USE? -J


A informs J that she will be using maps, and J asks to be kept updated.

12/9/2013: We are updated as to the nature of Operation Longvault.
Quote:
D IS ON HER WAY TO THE SHORE.
WILL BE MONITORING LOCATION BEFORE ENTRY. -A


Quote:
DECOY PACKAGING READY TO REPLACE ITEMS? -J


Quote:
YES, WE HAVE VERIFIED THOSE ITEMS.
SECURITY ACCESS SHOULD ALSO BE A BREEZE.
WIND NOT IDEAL BUT WE STILL PLAN ON MAKING A QUICK REMOVAL OF ITEMS VS GROUND TRANSP.


Quote:
THERE IS ACTIVITY NEAR THE SITE THAT IS PREVENTING US FROM ACCESS. PLEASE STANDBY. -A


12/10/2013: We discover a very strange agent code.
Quote:
Male Voice: How, know, how how how, one, zero, three, nine, six, bell code at Montevideo you not go here, you not call here, how, know, how how how.
Female Voice: How, know, how how how, Montevideo, you not go here, you not call here, how, know, how how how.
Male Voice: Hybridized Cochliobolus heterostrophus, obtain seed vault contents, melt, melt, melt, blight, blight, blight, failure, failure, failure, sell, sell, sell, we will have them all. Least significant bit, left 4 bit, right 4 bit, least significant bit, song, song, song, start marker, wink, filesize, go.

It starts by hinting again at the fact that the bell code was in fact at Black Oak Lake, and not at Bellwood. The “how, know, how how how” refers to some graffiti found at the Bellwood site. Then it appears to go into some of WORM’s motives, before giving us a hint at the “LSB4” message that has recently been added to agent code 22.

12/21/2013: After a brief agent system outage caused by a few of our members trying to bruteforce a bunch of agent codes, the message desk finally returns. We have not heard from Troy in months at this point. Other than this, there have been no significant breakthroughs or updates. We begin to suspect that WORM was successful in transferring their communications to an alternate system.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:
I: Mini-FAQ & OTP22 Dictionary
II: The Phone Numbers
III: The Characters
IV. The Timeline pt. 1
V. The Timeline pt. 2 [you are here]
VI. The Drops
VII. The Books

TIMELINE, PART 2:
January 2014 - present


1/21/2014: The agent system returns, but all agent codes save for 33334 appear to be long lists of random numbers being read out. 33334 was listed in Robby’s Pennsylvania drop as the “reverse agent code”, and it accepts DTMF input after a tone.

1/23/2014: Troy seems to be feeling a little more talkative than usual, and we are able to get some information out of him. Transcripts of the calls:
Quote:
MD: Message desk?
Gwraspe: *hello etc.* 90024
MD: 90024. OK, just a moment.
Gwraspe: Whilst you're inputting, can you still hear me?
MD: Hi, yes, I can hear you.
Gwraspe: You wouldn't happen to know anything about the offset at all?
MD: The offset?
MD: I don't, sorry, I don't...
Gwraspe: OK thanks, have you noticed any change in your system when getting a response? *asked this due to changes with AS*
MD: Um... nothing... in particular, I guess. It's slow as usual.
Gwraspe: No differences or anything strange about the way the system gives you the response or the response format?
MD: Um... heh. Well, that's a response itself. We've been having... some problems with the unusual messages, but as far as I know, those are not... those are not messages intended for people who call. So, um, but it's different, it's different, the response actually comes as sort of a block, and so, I'm pretty sure... nothing, nothing has changed, um, in that regard.
Gwraspe: A 'block'? *just prying further to gain more insight into system*
MD: Well... it's, it's... it's a table of text, you know, the number, um, and the response text. Occasionally there's other things, um, usually not, but... this, this terminal software is really... *laughs* It's not, um... *laughs* Well, it's... they had different ideas about how terminals should behave, whenever this was written in the 70s or something, where *laughs* and um... *sighs* Yeah, it... I don't know. It... *sighs* It's...
MD: No. No, I don't know exactly how to describe it, but it's... *laughs* We get these sort of messages that scroll by, and then we get these, um, just... tables of text, that are obviously what we're supposed to read, so... you know, that part is very clear, but there's sort of all this other stuff that scrolls by, um, that... *laughs* as far as I know, we're just supposed to ignore, but we can... visually we can pick it out, because the way it, it doesn't scroll like a normal, um, I mean just a text terminal, a DOS prompt, or, you know, a bash shell or whatever. It... it actually, um, pages, so that you get like half a screen at a time, um, and so when it fills up to the bottom, it erases the top half? *laughs* It's a very weird, sort of, I'm sure there was a good reason to do it this way, you know, a million years ago when this system was designed, but now it's, it's very strange.
Gwraspe: Some real stone-age stuff!
MD: Yes.
MD: I think this is sort of a, a dead branch on the evolutionary tree of computers. *laughs*
Gwraspe: I share your pain, I have plenty of experience with badly outdated technology. Good thing you can have a couple of beers while you're there anyway!
MD: *laughing*
MD: OK! Here we go, we have a response for 24488, and that is Selkirk. That's S-E-L-K-I-R-K.
Gwraspe: I have another urgent code here, can I just give you it now rather than calling back? It'd be much easier for us.
MD: It... it, it... I'm sorry, it doesn't actually give me a prompt until another call comes in. So, I'm afraid you'll have to call back. OK.


Quote:
MD: Message desk?
Gwraspe: *hello etc.* 33334
MD: 33334. OK, just a minute.
Gwraspe: Do you know if there are any other means of contacting you? Can I get an e-mail address or anything?
MD: Um... no, it's just... this phone, I, I, uhh... it's the only way... uhh...
Gwraspe: I ask as a lot of the time I don't get an answer and when I do it has always been your good self, are you the sole employee for this service?
MD: *laughs* Well, I'm the only one doing this contract. I mean, I have coworkers, but they're not... they're not... we've had people working it in the past, but it's just me now. Um... so, yes. I...
MD: *laughs* Uh, yeah. It... I'm... I don't have my own office, but, I only have to share it with one other person normally, so, so we can get away with... with plenty.
MD: Yeah, no, I mean, he's just coding, so he doesn't have to be on the phone like me.
Gwraspe: Err, was that 'coding' you said?
MD: Programming. Yes.
Gwraspe: You should get him to fix the slow software on your system!
MD: Uh, well, it's uh... it's out of our hands. We... we have a leased line, it's just a phoneline, that the terminal software attaches to, and we don't have any control over the other end.
Gwraspe: Force him to code a plugin or something to hurry it along!
MD: Yeah, I suppose we could write our own terminal emulator or something for it.
Gwraspe: Yeah, at least that way you don't have to spend all shift getting frustrated with a slow system which means you don't have to smoke as much weed to wind down when you get home!
MD: *laughs*
*long silence*
MD: OK. Uhh... 33334 is zero.
Gwraspe: Ah, erm, you have one more three than it should be!
MD: Oh... the, um... *chuckles* You're looking for three 3s and a 4? Uh, yeah, that's what I have. *chuckles* It's 33, 33, 4. That is correct.


1/31/2014: We discover new drop coordinates from agent code 81320, which we are pointed to by decoding a strange sound on agent code 22.
Quote:
DROP/36.849453/-76.294713/NOTES/SI/NOTES/IMG ON 81320


The coordinates are in a park in Norfolk, VA. We receive an SSTV image of the drop, which shows a plaque.

Later that day, the drop is found taped to the back of the plaque. It is a punchcard.

All agent codes save for a few exceptions continue to play only lists of numbers.

2/7/2014: After a brief outage, the agent system comes back up with a few new messages. 1320 says:
Quote:
Maps target 33334 has been configured on MSP cluster. To view maps, please refer to your instruction manual for reverse license key installation.


22 has changed to strange new music with BPSK31 that decodes to:
Quote:
AI--DID YOU RECEIVE LICENSE KEY? PLEASE INSTALL ON 33334 USING SECURE METHOD SPECIFIED IN MAINT-0002/STANDBY FOR WO 9482.9N IN LSB REDBOOK CARRIER/


Realizing that we need to continue trying things on agent code 33334, we enter the two strings of numbers from the new punchcard XOR’d against each other. This gives us a new message:
Quote:
License key 25225733315 is now installed. Please press reset on controller card. Please press reset on controller card. Please press reset on controller card. Please press reset on controller card. Please press reset on controller card. Please press reset on controller card. Please press reset on controller card. Please press reset on controller card. Error, error, error. Controller card not in reset mode. Error, error, error. Controller card not in reset mode.


12/9/2014: We notice a tumblr/twitter user, ExcitingBooks, posting book covers of some of the known MLPL book titles. Most of the ISBNs match the First Ladies book, just like the “real” books we have received.

2/21/2014: We discover the location of a new drop through ExcitingBooks, who posts this cover. When the barcode is read in code-128 format, it translates to “SLUGUTM”. We check an earlier book that they posted, Slug Farms of the Oregon Coast, and the barcode turns out to be UTM coordinates for Lewis and Clark Park in Astoria, Oregon.

The Agent System is still mostly non-functional and reading out lists of numbers on all but a few agent codes.

3/4/2014: We discover that (234) 222-0004, previously a mirror of the Agent System, is accepting input in the form of “QX” voicemails. Through this system, we are able to leave questions for Project MLPL officials. Each question is assigned a chronological QX number, which is used to check back for a response.

In response to our question on how to fix the Agent System, we receive this message:
Quote:
AS36 in safe mode. Winter access problems made difficult for MX crew, new bootloader data override reset key is needed. Shim bootloader possible under current working plan. Basic functional test of wavetable were performed but need more testing. Be available to load functional test into bootloader shortly. If passes, EMTANON will provide finished Shim bootloader by March 30.


In response to our question about the legitimacy of the ExcitingBooks drop:
Quote:
Ai. Please obtain black physical access key. Reference Operation Cargocom in 2014 MLPL document red book audio CD LSB4. 2013 MLPL document red book audio CD LSB4 no longer in effect and will be preceeded by a new document. Black key located under <incomprehensible> wood under slug head. Make haste. J.


3/25/2014: The Agent System begins playing a song with a BPSK31 message in it that decodes to:
Quote:
/REGION/9/DROP/38.3489 -122.7037/LOCATION/1902 SEARS ROEBUCK PAGE 803/LOCATION/0-684-80492-1 PAGE 44/DATE/Z 22235959Z MAR 14/NOTES/FUNCTIONAL TEST/

This appears to be referencing two pages in two books at the Rohnert Park Library in Rohnert Park, CA.

Based on some conversations with the person running the ExcitingBooks account, some of us begin to suspect that he isn’t involved in-game at all and that the Astoria “drop” is fake.

4/1/2014: The Astoria drop is visited and a keycard is recovered.

4/5/2014: The Rohnert Park, CA drop is recovered. It consists of two letters referring to a functional test of the Agent System.

4/7/2014: We are able to make progress on fixing the Agent System. We call the (888) number and through the admin menu we switch MXP20 to 256 byte mode. Then, we dial (202) 999-3337 (Controller) and enter the bootloader from the Rohnert Park letter. Upon calling again, we receive the usual Agent System prompt, and we enter Ai’s agent number. This prompts a series of tones and messages that correspond perfectly to the checklist from the second Rohnert Park letter. Like the letter suggests, we leave a QX answering the checklist questions.

4/9/2014: Our attempts at fixing the Agent System seem to have failed, and we receive a new QX response:
Quote:
We are waiting on Emtanon to provide new permanent bootloader code to bypass reset button requirement. In meantime, please validate bootloader integrity. Also, if alternate best code is available, please also try alternate best code. It appears the watchdog is working properly so no damage will occur on testing of additional bootloader software. Expect Emtanon to provide new software within the week. Up to 7 days, however, is also possible. Stand by.


4/15/2014: We receive a new BPSK31 message on the Agent System that decodes to:
Quote:
/DROP1/BOOTLOADER FOR AS36/LOC/TBD/NOTES/TBD/
/DROP2/2014 SEASON MISSION OBJECTIVES/LOC/TBD/NOTES/TBD/
/SPECIAL/PLEASE PROGRAM BOOTLOADER TO REACTIVATE AGENT SYSTEM/


ExcitingBooks updates, posting a cover titled “Worm Species of Electoral Area A”. The ISBN forms UTM coordinates pointing to the Well Springs Cemetery, an Oregon Trail graveyard, in Hermiston, OR. Shortly after, this image is removed and replaced with the same cover with a different ISBN.

4/17/2014: We receive a series of QX responses to questions that none of us left, giving us the first indication that Robby has somehow reconciled with J:
Quote:
I find that a bit shocking. When will he now return? J.


Quote:
We now need to delay the release. I want to update objectives so this is completely clear to everyone. As far as I am concerned he is completely clear of any fault in this. J.


Quote:
Just have him reach out to Debbie to arrange computer travel authorisation. She has access to that. You should also have this number. It's in the book. J.


4/23/2014: ExcitingBooks uploads and deletes another book cover with the same ISBN coordinates, this time titled “Worm Habitats of the Oregon Trail,” perhaps a reference confirming the location of the drop.

5/7/2014: We eavesdrop on a conference call between Robby, who is working for WORM again, Josh from Emtanon, and Nick from sysops. From this call we discover the number for AS27 and begin to get daily updates from it. They discuss the technical difficulties on AS36 and the delay getting it fixed. A summary of the call can be found here.

5/8/2014: We eavesdrop on a second conference between Robby and Nick. Again, they discuss Emtanon’s delay getting the bootloader fixed. A summary of this conference can be found here.

5/11/2014: We receive new drop coordinates in a PSK message on AS36:
Quote:
/DROP1/BOOTLOADER FOR AS36/LOC/64.870054 -147.828006/NOTES/TWO PARALLEL LOGS UNDER FURTHEST FROM TRAIL/


The coordinates point to a trail in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Later, the drop is retrieved. It consists of three pieces of paper with new bootloader information.

We convert the hex in the bootloader code to decimal and enter it at the Controller number. In response, we receive a message saying “RESET SUCCESS” with victory tones. After a short time, AS36 finally becomes available as normal again.

5/13/2014: We eavesdrop on a third conference call where Robby, Nick, Josh, and a new Emtanon employee named Davis discuss the bootloader.

Later, we receive multiple new Black OTP messages for the first time since before AS36 went down. J, D, and A all check in and Robby advises them to gradually reintroduce AS36 to avoid further problems.

Robby’s voicemail box updates for the first time since he apparently evaded capture with the three flights:
Quote:
Aloha. I need to be more careful in the future, stay tuned. I did take a few things before I left. They are in a safe place and not with me. Aloha.


5/17/2014: Robby leaves a few Black OTP messages doing tech support for J, who cannot figure out how to access his maps.

There is another conference call early in the morning. Robby leaves more messages indicating that he will meet with Emtanon and report to J afterwards.

5/23/2014: A tells J that “we are ready to go”. There is a new PSK message on all agent instruction numbers (16041 - 16044) that decodes to:
Quote:
/DROP2/2014 SEASON MISSION OBJECTIVES/LOC/TBD/NOTES/TBD/


5/26/2014: We finally retrieve the drop from the Well Springs Cemetery in Hermiston, OR. It is the blue book, titled “1979 Tide Table for Lake Superior”. It is a long book with tables of codes in the form of actual tide tables.

AS27 instructs Agent 2 and Agent 14 to “provide results on Collector 1”. Previously, the message had instructed “all agents” to provide results. It seems these two agents are late.

5/27/2014: AS27 now instructs Agent 2 to contact HQ.

5/28/2014: A tells J that she is concerned “they might be on [her] tail”, and informs him that she is very close to completing her current mission.

AS27 instructs Agent 2 to “contact HQ ASAP”. It seems there may be a problem.

5/29/2014: New Black OTP messages:
Quote:
ANGELA, ANY UPDATES THIS EVENING? -J



Quote:
WE HAVE A SERIOUS PROBLEM.
WE HAVE A PAGE 40.
I STILL RECOMMEND WE PROCEED ANYWAY. -A


The AS27 message states:
Quote:
ALL AGENTS, READ PAGE 40, LINES 1, 2, 3, 4, AND 5 RE: AGENT 2.


We have no idea what any of this means. Agent 2 has apparently done something to interfere with A’s plans.

5/30/2014: AS27 tells all agents to “proceed with phase 2 with extreme caution”.

J leaves a Black OTP message:
Quote:
I HAVE BEEN THINKING A LOT ABOUT OUR PRIOR CONVERSATION.
AGENT 2 AND MELTR3 HAVE A LOT IN COMMON.
I HAVE MIXED THOUGHTS ABOUT THE SOVIETS EVEN MORE SO.
I PURPOSE YOU CONTACT AI, A SURVIVOR, AND ASK HER TO MAKE A STATEMENT RE: AGENT 2. -J


6/6/2014: Following an AS27 message instructing agents to receive a special HF message, we intercept a strange transmission of two voices simultaneously reading numbers. We are unable to decode this.

6/7/2014: J asks A to check her route, saying that they “need position for landing at location for H1 for final retrieval”.

6/11/2014: We intercept a second special HF message, this time an SSTV image showing the area surrounding Svalbard Airport.

6/14/2014: J and A discuss their plans for Svalbard in further detail:
Quote:
VERIFIED DOCKING, ROUTING AND LANDING LOCATION.
THIS WILL WORK. WE'D NEED TO BE FAST WITH H1 THOUGH.
IT WILL GET A LOT OF ATTENTION FAST. -A.


Quote:
GOOD MORNING, HOW ACTIVE IS THE SURROUNDING AREA?
H1 IS A DIFFERENT STORY, BUT WILL THE ATV BE UNUSUAL FOR THE AREA?
THE BOAT? -J


Quote:
ITS THE SUMMER.
THE WEATHER IS NICE.
PEOPLE ARE UP ALL HOURS RIDING, SO WOULD NOT BE UNUSUAL FOR LATE NIGHT ATV ACTIVITY. -A


Quote:
PLEASE EXPLAIN THE LOCAL PERCEPTION OF H1 ACTIVITY. -J


Quote:
ITS NOT UNUSUAL.
NEAR AIRPORT.
SAR ACTIVITY IS COMMON.
MILITARY ACTIVITY ALSO COMMON.
IT WOULD TAKE A WHILE BEFORE ANYONE WOULD BE CONCERNED.
INCLUDING NO.
NO AIRSPACE CONCERNS. -A


Additionally, J leaves a message for Ai:
Quote:
WE NEED YOU IN REGION 9.
SPECIFICALLY, LAS VEGAS.
MORE SPECIFICALLY, WE ARE WATCHING YOUR EXPENSE REPORTS.
WHEN WILL YOU BE ABLE TO ARRIVE? RESPOND VIA QX. -J


6/23/2014: We start getting a “low battery” message upon calling AS36, and messages between J and Robby indicate that they’re having technical difficulties again.

AS27 messages indicate that there has been a drop recently, and that there is some sort of surveillance in effect, although we have not yet received the specifics.

6/24/2014: Agent code 22, which has been periodically updating to add more to the warning, updates with: “We are watching. Forever Beautiful. Do not cut. Do not cut Forever Beautiful. Squeeze Forever Beautiful. You cut our Forever Beautiful. Do not cut worms.” This message refers to the stuffed animal from the Rhode Island drop site that we cut apart, worried there might be something we could miss inside. This has become something the PMs really like making fun of us for, mentioned in multiple messages throughout the game.

6/25/2014: We receive the drop information on Ai’s agent code:
Quote:
/DROP3/OTP DROP KEY/LOC/36.058312/-112.127187/NOTES/ROCK/NOTE/PATH/


These coordinates are along the Rim Trail at the Grand Canyon.

6/26/2014: New coordinates have been added to the message on Ai’s agent code, making two drops:
Quote:
/DROP4/OTP DROP ENCRYPTED LOCATIONS/LOC/46.989694/-114.662750/NOTES/SIGN/


This one is located at Big Pine Campground in Missoula, MT.

A new AS27 message announces that AS36 repairs will begin shortly.

6/28/2014: We visit the Grand Canyon drop location, but are unable to find anything. While we are having difficulties, 16041 changes to a message stating “69004”. When that agent code is called, we receive a series of SSTV images depicting the exact drop location and the surrounding area. However, the drop agent says that they checked that specific location and found nothing. [SSTV: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

6/29/2014: We inform WORM that the Grand Canyon drop may have been “compromised”. We receive supposed surveillance imagery of someone at the drop site. We are mildly unsettled by this, but it turns out that the person pictured is NOT the drop agent who visited the location. However, the photo was not taken by any public trail camera that we can find.

Maintenance is having trouble fixing AS36’s battery issue, and says that they will need to contact Emtanon.

6/30/2014: The Missoula, MT drop is retrieved. It consists of a ruler stamped with a series of hex digits:
Code:
GROUP 1: 9e 0b A8 6b be 14 d8 95 40 35 17 8a e1 3b 8e 72 40 bf 81


7/1/2014: A caller to the Agent System is randomly redirected to Troy, who is confused as to how we are able to contact him. He tells us that the Message Desk has been discontinued. We continue to redirect to him over the next few weeks and he obliges our random calls, but he maintains that he knows nothing of value about ABISM or WORM.

7/2/2014: Agent code 16041 updates to give us a replacement for the Grand Canyon drop:
Quote:
/DROP5/OTP DROP KEY REPLACEMENT/45.023199/-93.434054/NOTES/SIGN/NOTES/SLEDDING/


These coordinates point to a sledding hill in Cliff E. French Regional Park in Plymouth, Minnesota.

7/4/2014: Another conference call occurs regarding AS36’s battery charging issues that are yet to be fixed.

7/5/2014: A has encountered a problem:
Quote:
J, WE HAVE A PROBLEM.
WE HAD A LITTLE ENCOUNTER WITH THE RUSSIAN NAVY.
WE COMPLIED WITH THEIR REQUEST. I WILL CALL YOU ON YOUR SAT PHONE. -A


Meanwhile, the AS27 message changes to “GO.”

7/6/2014: The Plymouth, MN drop is recovered. It is an index card with hex digits written on it:
Code:
GROUP 1
AF 3F 83 25 9E  23 E8 A5
73 02 22  AA   D5 02  B7
45 79  88  B5 80 E6


By XORing the digits from this drop and the Big Pine Campground drop, we discover new UTM coordinates, 14/700375/4997974, pointing to a field in Milbank, South Dakota.

7/9/2014: While looking at random agent codes, we discover a message on code 222222:
Quote:
Excerpt from field agent guide. Agent instructions for audio CD decoding. Each compact disk audio track contains important information. This information is stored in the 4 least significant bits of the audio compact disk track. A magic keyword for data is indicated by all 1's binary followed by all 0's and so forth. Next contains a file length indicator. After this, binary data starts. The end of the binary is indicated by the file length. Combine the nybbles from the left and right audio channels to form bytes.

You may also find simple data for decoding on the friendly code audio track before working on more complicated binary operations. The friendly code is used to validate the authenticity of WORM documents, books, and other media. If the authenticity fails the check or does not exist, treat any item with extreme suspicion. This encoding method applies to all CD audio drops, including 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and the 2015 preview MLPL mission documents.Message ends.


We also find a message on code 2222222, seemingly intended for the two agents assigned to take care of us ages ago:
Quote:
If you are listening to this agent code, you have been given very specific instructions. Protect this information. MLPL agents have become aware of a counter-operation. It is also known that the counter-operation is not aware of the MLPL mission. You have been instructed to infiltrate the counter-operation and gain their trust. You are instructed to direct them to a honeypot configured to distract them. Lead them quietly away from the agent systems to the new honeypot. They will soon lose interest in agent systems and reduce burden on MLPL. For further information, access tape retrieval system and enter 22100. Message ends.


We immediately become very paranoid.

7/10/2014: One of our members leaves a QX pretending to be the agent responsible for infiltrating the counter-operation. w responds, letting them know that more instructions are available on the “tape retrieval system”.

7/11/2014: The AS27 message updates to:
Quote:
THE MILFORD DE SYSTEM IS EXPERIENCING CONGESTION. PLEASE CONTACT HQ FOR ASSISTANCE WITH TAPE ARCHIVES.


This is the first mention of the Milford, DE system by name.

w leaves a QX response for us, referring to the member who asked the question as “Agent T”. Although he never volunteered his name, this is his real initial. We leave an additional QX telling w that the counter-operation has been receiving information from Robby, to which he responds:
Quote:
These are some very serious accusations, Agent T. If you are correct, the counter operation is aware of nearly all our operations. Do you know if they have the MLPL mission documents? I do not want to alarm J if at all possible. Do not mention this situation to him. The tape archive is on the Milford, DE system. It is a 0004 number. You should have this information. -w


7/14/2014: Using the information from agent code 22222 about decoding audio CDs, we are finally able to retrieve a document from the audio files on the El Cerrito CD. It is heavily redacted, but provides a lot of information about the objectives of Project MLPL.

7/16/2014: We notice that the message on 6879 has changed. Previously, it had the drop information for OTP Black 9 on Kauai, but now it has coordinates for an “OTP black 9 replacement” near a trail along the edge of a river in Fairbanks, Alaska. We have someone visit the drop location, but nothing is ever recovered.

w responds to another QX:
Quote:
I wanted to keep you updated on some progress behind the scenes. We have some hardware that is out of production. However, I have personally requested a custom build for a specific device that will be of your interest. Please provide a shipping address for this specialized equipment. Please note that custom hardware will take several weeks to push through the system. I will work my best to expedite this process. Your information is secure, and we will not be notifying J if you are OK with this. It is best he does not know about this very serious situation. He has some anger control issues, as you know. -w


One of our members leaves his address for w in response, although he never receives a package.

7/20/2014: Robby appears to have fixed the AS36 problems all by himself.
Quote:
WORK COMPLETE. TAKING THE HONDA 1000 DOWN WITH ME. -RB


7/23/2014: Maintenance mentions issues with the Milford, DE system, which we still have no access to:
Quote:
ROBERT, NOW THAT YOU ARE BACK IN TOWN, CAN YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THE MILFORD SYSTEM?
USERS ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT THIS NOT FUNCTIONING. -MX


Robby is not very subtle at prompting us to check his voicemail message:
Quote:
IF I HAD 50565732 DOLLARS EVERY TIME I GOT A TICKET.
JUST KIDDING. I WILL LOOK AT IT IN THE MORNING. -RB


Upon checking his voicemail, we find that the message has changed:
Quote:
Aloha! They were very protective over these images. I have copies, however. This is for a weird drop that isn't even published on the agent system. Aloha!


This message is followed by two SSTV images of the drop.

BPSK31 in the message decodes to:
Quote:
WHATEVER THIS THING IS, BE CAREFUL. THIS IS NOT YOUR RUN OF THE MILL DROP. THERES SOMETHING REALLY WEIRD ABOUT THIS ONE. -ROBBY


Additionally, one of our members tells w about Robby’s voicemail box through QX. He does not respond when informed that Robby is the one leaving the messages.

8/7/2014: New Black OTP messages:
Quote:
HAS ANYONE HEARD FROM ROBERT BRAMBLE LATELY? -MX


Quote:
HE IS ON SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT.
YOU MAY WANT TO REACH OUT TO TIM BLANCHER. -w

This is the first Black OTP message we receive from w.

8/8/2014: J is displeased, as usual:
Quote:
SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT?
WHAT THE HELL IS THIS ABOUT?
W, PLEASE CALL ME AT MY DESK. -J


Quote:
CALM DOWN J.
IT IS NOT A BIG DEAL.
I ASKED HIM TO HELP OUT ON THAT SPECIAL PROJECT OF YOURS.
NOTHING TO BE ALARMED ABOUT. -w


Later that day, the Milbank, SD drop is recovered. It is a Forever Beautiful brand stuffed dog, which makes the standard OTP22 “forever beautiful” noises followed by strange tones.

8/9/2014: We cut the Forever Beautiful. Inside it, we find the circuitboard which produced the audio, as well as a wrapper.

8/12/2014: We intercept another special HF message:
Quote:
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE IN RECODING YOUR TRANSMITTER TO WORK WITH THE NEW MAPS. THIS NEW SYSTEM WILL OFFER A MORE INTEGRATED VIEW OF ALL OPERATIONS FOR THIS SEASON. IF YOU DO NOT CURRENTLY POSSESS ACCESS TO A MAPPING VIEWPORT SYSTEM, CONTACT QX1 AND PROVIDE YOUR AGENT NUMBER AND AUTHORISATION CODE 4241. A UNIQUE CODE WILL BE ISSUED. THANK YOU AND HERE’S TO ANOTHER PRODUCTIVE SEASON IN 2014. -MAPOPS

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, THE WINNER OF THE RECODING CONTEST GOES TO TRANSP1 CREW. THEY BEAT ME OUT BY ONLY A COUPLE MINUTES, SO A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR SUCH A CLOSE FINISH. TRANSP1 WILL BE RECEIVING A GORNO32 GAME PROGRAM SYSTEM, COURTESY OF J. THE GAME SYSTEM DROP HAS BEEN FOUND UNDISTURBED AND WILL BE PROVIDED TO TRANSP1 CREW ON THE NEXT PORT OF CALL. -MAPOPS


8/16/2014: AS27 says:
Quote:
POLAR 4, PREPARE FOR OP LANDCRUISE. POLAR 3, PREPARE FOR OP FLYOVER.


8/20/2014: While dialing random agent codes, we discover a message on code 71000 that gives a “launch code drop location” somewhere in Mongolia.

9/11/2014: New Black OTP messages indicate that Project MLPL is in the middle of transitioning to an alternate system:
Quote:
WE ARE READY FOR THE TRANSITION TO SECONDARY SYSTEM. J, WE WILL BE WAITING FOR YOUR GO AHEAD. -MX


Quote:
JUST DO IT AT MIDNIGHT.
ILL MAKE THE ANNOUNCEMENT ON AS27. -J


Quote:
DONT SCREW UP MY MAPS THIS TIME. -J


9/12/2014: J is really bad at this.
Quote:
THEY ARENT WORKING.
FIX THEM. -J


Quote:
I AM CONFUSED. STOP WHAT?
WE ARE JUST ON OUR CURRENT COURSE. -D


Quote:
ORDER TO ALL VESSELS: FULL STOP.
ALL VESSELS MUST STOP.
I HAVE NO VISIBILITY. NO MAPS. -J


Quote:
HAVE YOU TRIED VAUGHNSVILLE? -RB


Quote:
I ONLY KNOW 1320.
HOW DO I CHANGE TO VAUGHNSVILLE? I FORGET.
IS THIS THE THING AI USES? -J


Taking the hint from this exchange, we check Vaughnsville and find that ship coordinates have returned.

9/16/2014: A paranormal/conspiracy radio show out of Oregon mentions the Agent System on his show, assuming that it must be some kind of method for government agents to communicate. Some of us attempt to call him to explain that it’s a game, but after a bit Troy himself calls in, identifying himself as “Troy from Alaska”. He explains a bit about what his job at the Message Desk entailed.

9/19/2014: All ships remain relatively stationary on J’s orders, since his maps have not been fixed yet. He sends out a curious series of messages concerning Robby:
Quote:
I AM PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE TRANSFER OF SIGNIFICANT FUNDS INTO OUR ACCOUNT. IN ADDITION TO THE CURRENT SEASON, WE HAVE RECEIVED A COMMISSIONARY. -J [MESSAGE CONTINUES]


Quote:
THE FUNDS WILL SUPPORT THE CREATION OF AN ADDITIONAL, DEDICATED AGENT SYSTEM INSTALLATION. WITH WINTER COMING, THIS WILL BE A DIFFICULT TASK. -J [MESSAGE CONTINUES]


Quote:
ROBERT BRAMBLE WILL BE THE LEAD OF THIS OPERATION. HE WILL ADVISE ON ALL OPERATIONAL DETAILS. PUT YOUR TRUST IN HIM, AS HE HAS PROVED HIMSELF AS A GREAT LEADER. -J [MESSAGES CONTINUES]


w agrees:
Quote:
I WOULD LIKE TO SECOND THE FACT THAT ROBERT BRAMBLE IS THE PERFECT CHOICE FOR THIS MISSION. -w


We are unsure what Robby did to convince w and J to trust him after his escape and subsequent return, let alone trust him enough to lead a special project.

9/29/2014: AS27 indicates that a drop is live, but we never receive any information about it. Perhaps it wasn’t meant for us?

10/7/2014: “CABL1” leaves a Black OTP message informing J that they will “head out shortly”.

10/8/2014: Someone picks up at the Message Desk number, but he is speaking Dutch and will not answer us. He never returns after this call.

New Black OTP messages show Maintenance asking CABL1 and CABL2 to “press INVERT FMT on [their] transponder”. As far as we can tell, this is a method of obscuring the location of ships when coordinates are checked, but we are still unsure how it works.

10/9/2014: Someone on the PETR ship has trouble pressing buttons:
Quote:
MSGID/PETR//
SUBJ/PETR//
/FORMAT/OBJ/00001/ASCII//
/OBJ/00001/
J TOLD ME TO REACH ŹOUT TO YOU
PLEASE FIND THE "INVERT FMT" BUTTON ON YOUR TRANSPONDER AND PRESS IT.
CONFIRM WHEN THIS IS DONE. -MX //


Quote:
CANT FIND IT. -R


10/11/2014: New messages:
Quote:
LOOK AT THE ATTACHED PICTURE. THERE IS NO INVERT FMT. -PETR

An SSTV was attached.

Quote:
WE MODIFIED THE KEYPAD. SEE ATTACHED IMAGE. -MX //

Another SSTV.

Quote:
WHAT KIND OF MODIFICATION IS THAT? THATS A PIECE OF PAPER WITH TAPE ON IT OVER A BUTTON. -PETR


Quote:
FOUND YOUR "MODIFICATION" ON THE FLOOR. -PETR

A final SSTV. Project MLPL is very serious. Not funny.

10/15/2014: New messages elaborate on what the CABL ships are doing:
Quote:
SUBJ/CABL//
/FORMAT/OBJ/00001/ASCII//
/OBJ/00001/
HAD SOME ISSUES WITH BUOY DELIVERY.
ITS NOW IN THE PITCAIRNS OFF DUCIE.
IT IS SUBMERGED.
YOU WILL NEED THE CODE TO UNSUBMERGE.
WHEN YOU RETRIEVE, JUST CUT FROM ITS MOORING. -J


Quote:
THAT SHOULD NOT BE A PROBLEM.
CABL2 WILL HEAD OUT THAT WAY.
WE HAVE QUITE A BIT OF PREP WORK TO DO ANYWAY FROM CABL1 ONCE WE ARE ON SITE. -CABL1


10/16/2014: New messages indicate that PETR is performing upgrades to Gough Station, likely at Gough Island in the South Atlantic.

10/25/2014: PETR provides update on Gough Station:
Quote:
ARRIVED. ABOUT 2NM OFF THE COAST.
INVESTIGATING APU ISSUE ON Q1.
TRANSPONDER WILL BE TURNED ON
BEFORE FLIGHT. -PETR


w has exciting and incorrect news:
Quote:
THE COUNTER OPERATION HAS
BEEN NEUTRALIZED. -w


This is very strange, since w stopped responding to our QXs after we informed him that Robby was leaking information to the counter-operation. However, he never seemed particularly bothered about Robby’s activities or about hiding things from J, so maybe he is intentionally helping us out?

10/27/2014: CABL2 retrieves a submerged buoy using their copy of the blue book, one of the rare instances where in-game characters use books that we actually have access to.

11/1/2014: A new message:
Quote:
WE HAVE THE BUOY. PROCEEDING
TO HISTORICAL EVOLUTION OF
ANEMOGRAPHY TOMORROW.
-CABL2


We are not sure what this means. Another book title, maybe?

11/14/2014: CABL2 reports that “vault construction is complete”. J asks CABL1 how much progress they have made, to which they respond “passive tap install will be completed on schedule”.

11/18/2014: An AS27 update instructs MAR1, MAR2, and MAR3 to “proceed with phase 4”. It seems that we understand very little of what any of these phases are anymore.

11/25/2014: The AS27 update reads:
Quote:
AGENT AI BOURGES MUST BE LOCATED. REPORT ANY INFORMATION TO COLLECTOR 1.

This does not appear to have been prompted by anything, but we are worried we’ve finally been found out.

11/26/2014: Everything else has been quiet. The AS27 update says:
Quote:
WE HAVE A MISSING AGENT.


11/27/2014: AS27:
Quote:
CODE 0


12/2/2014: In new messages, Robby tells J that “the message is now live”, and J reminds everyone that “code 0 is still in effect”.

The AS27 message is very unusual.

12/3/2014: J leaves a message:
Quote:
MSGID/ALL//
SUBJ/ALL//
/FORMAT/OBJ/00001/ASCII//
/OBJ/00001/
CODE 0 IS STILL IN EFFECT.
HOWEVER, A LOT OF YOU ARE
AWARE THAT TONORROW IS A
SIGNIFICANT ANNIVERSARY IN
MY FATHER'S TRAGIC DEATH.
TO HONOR HIM, I POSTED A
NEWS CLIP ABOUT HIM ON
AGENT CODE 1. -J


Agent code 1 plays this message:
Quote:
The year was 1969. President Richard M Nixon was sworn into office. The first draft lottery since World War 2 was held. And an ambitious young doctor working for the state department founded a small company as a side project. That was Emtanon, a marriage of skill, luck and financing with brilliant leadership at the helm, and no end in sight. What Emtanon does may not be clear, but one thing certainly is: whether in secret or open, the future of America is in good hands.


12/4/2014: The Agent System gets spam:
Quote:
CHEAPEST ONLINE!
RELIABLE FARMACY
VIAGRA $3.29 / PER 100 MG
CIALIS $4.01 / PER 20 MG
VALIUM $2.11 / PER 10 MG
AMBIEN $2.93 / PER 10 MG
CLICK HERE


J doesn’t understand:
Quote:
WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?
WHAT IS A VIGARA?
ROBERT?
WE ARE UNDER CODE 0.
ZERO. CODE ZERO.
-J


12/12/2014: Robby’s voicemail message finally updates, although the SSTV images of the Milbank field drop remain at the end.
Quote:
Aloha. It is difficult for me to send messages as of late. I have some downtime on the ship I am on. We are in a quiet period. Something is not right and Ai is not responding. I know you know how to get a hold of her. Please have her contact me. Aloha.


1/10/2015: After a long period of silence, Robby’s voicemail updates again:
Quote:
Aloha. Let me give you an update because we are in a silent period. There is a lot of activity in the back channel, and it could be very bad news for all of you. There is serious talk about shutting down the agent system, and implementing a new communication method, since a missing Ai could mean a compromised system. I am trying to deter them. I found something of use and you will know what to do when you see it. Make it happen! Aloha.


1/12/2015: One of our users receives a letter from Robby, transcribed here:
Quote:
J is becoming impatient. They already have an alternate plan for the Svalbard Operation and it does not involve Ai. My concern is that this could lock you out forever if they do proceed with that. My promotion has given me a lot of new access now. I thought I knew a lot, but what I have found is disturbing. It is a lot more than Svalbard (J's pet project).

Agent Code: 16041
One time agent validation code: [censored]
QX1 New Code Request: [censored]


We use the validation codes in the proper place and hope that it is enough to convince J that Ai is no longer “missing”.

1/13/2015: We let Robby know that we’ve used the information that he provided us, and his voicemail message changes:
Quote:
Aloha. This is good to hear. Let's hope we get the all clear soon. Aloha.


Later, J leaves a Black OTP message indicating that they will be exiting code 0. AS27 finally begins to updates as normal.

2/10/2015: After almost a month of vague mission prep updates, AS27 says:
Quote:
PREP OPERATION STRONG ROOM. SEE OLD BLACK BOOK FOR INSTRUCTIONS. DO NOT USE STANDARD BLACK BOOK.


We try every way we know of contacting them directly to tell them we need a copy of the book.

2/13/2015: J leaves a new Black OTP message:
Quote:
STRONG ROOM DOCUMENTS,
"OLD BLACK BOOK", SHOULD
ALREADY BE AVAILABLE TO
EVERYONE. IF THERE IS A PROBLEM,
PLEASE MAKE USE OF QX TO
REQUEST A COPY. RESOURCES
STRETCHED THIN FOR TIMELY
DELIVERY. -J


QX has not worked in ages, so we’re unsure if this message is even meant for us.

2/14/2015: A is rude (but to J, so it’s alright):
Quote:
WE EXPECT TO BE IN POSITION
BY END OF WEEK. HAPPY
VALENTINES DAY. DO YOU
CELEBRATE VALENTINES DAY
AT ALL? -A


2/16/2015: An AS27 update instructs Drop Agent 23 to “standby for book distribution”.

2/19/2015: A is very rude:
Quote:
WE ARE CLOSE TO POSITION.
HOPE YOU HAD A GOOD
VALENTINES DAY, J. I SURE
DID. -A


2/20/2015: We get many new Black OTP messages about our request for documents.
Quote:
SEND THE DROP AGENT BACK,
WE NEED HIM OR HER TO OBTAIN
ADDITIONAL ITEMS. ONE OF
OUR AGENTS IS MISSING
MISSION CRITICAL DOCUMENTS.
IF THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN SOON,
RECOMMEND DELAYING MISSION.
CANCEL AS27 MSG, SEND THIS
INSTEAD.
-w


Quote:
I AM GETTING TIRED OF ALL
OF THESE MISSION DELAYS.
WE HAVE ASSETS CLOSE TO
POSITION AND THIS IS GETTING
VERY EXPENSIVE. MAKE SURE
THE DROP AGENT MOVES ASAP.
WHO IS THE AGENT WHO IS
MISSION DOCUMENTS? -J


w, for whatever reason, dodges the question and refuses to name Ai.

J is upset that he does not have mapping information for the mission assets. A responds:
Quote:
WE ARE OFF THE COAST OF
SVALBARD PER MISSION
DOCUMENTS. AREA IS
RELATIVELY ICE FREE. HE HE.
-A


Quote:
I NEED POSITIONS ACTUAL
POSITIONS IN THE MORNING
SO I CAN USE THE PUSH PINS
ON MY MAP. -J


2/23/2015: J is impatient about the time it’s taking to place the drop for us. w explains:
Quote:
OUR AGENT IS ON THE EAST
COAST OF THE UNITED STATES.
THEY ARE EXPERIENCING A
VERY LARGE SNOW STORM.
THIS IS CHALLENGING AND
EXPENSIVE. YOUR PATIENCE
IS REQUESTED.
-w


Quote:
FROM MY PROJECTIONS, THAT
SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN
POSSIBLE. HAVE C TRANSMIT ALL
UP TO DATE CLIMATE DATA. -J


Quote:
I WILL TALK TO C ABOUT SENDING
THIS DATA IN THE MORNING. IT
IS LATE HERE. WE HAVE BEEN
SUCCESSFUL IN LIMITING SNOW
PACK ON THE WEST COAST, IF THAT
IS ANY CONSOLATION. MULTIYEAR
ICE ALL TIME LOW. ARCTIC WARM.
ALL COLD PUSHED SOUTH. -w


Quote:
I MIGHT ALSO ADD THAT WE
CLEARED A LARGE AREA OF
ICE BETWEEN GREENLAND
AND SVALBARD. I AM READING
ARTICLES ABOUT HOW THEY
HAVE NO IDEA HOW THIS
HAPPENED. -w


We receive another message later on:
Quote:
MSGID/PROJECT COW//
SUBJ/PROJECT COW//
/FORMAT/OBJ/00001/ASCII//
/OBJ/00001/
ALL,
OBTAIN DOCUMENTS IN
LONG TERM STORAGE. IN
STORAGE COMPARTMENT L,
"PROJECT COW'. REVIEW.
NOTE METHANE EMISSION…GOALS FROM PERMAFROST
MELT. CONSTRUCTION BY
END OF 2015. ACTIVATION
IN SEASON 2016. -J


It becomes abundantly clear that Project MLPL is trying to accelerate climate change in every possible way, but the benefit to them of destroying the environment remains to be seen. w has some concerns about “Project Cow”:
Quote:
WE HAVE OBTAINED THE
DOCUMENTS. THERE ARE
SOME INTERNAL CONCERNS
ON HOW SUCH AN OPERATION
WOULD GO UNNOTICED IN
2015. THERE IS OIL AND GAS
ACTIVITY IN THIS REGION.
CAN WE ARRANGE A MEETING?
-w


Finally, the AS27 update tells Drop Agent 23 to report in when they reach the drop site, but it is followed by some strange music and a stranger message.

2/25/2015: AS27 updates to inform Drop Agent 23 that their request for an “alternate drop site” has been approved.

3/9/2015: After a worrying amount of arguing between w and J about the delay, we finally receive the information for the book drop:
Quote:
SUBJ/16041//
/FORMAT/OBJ/00001/ASCII//
/OBJ/00001/
/DROP/44.4118/-68.5899/ITEM/
OLD BLACK BOOK/NOTES/
BOOK DDC 399/NOTES/
HEAVY WORDS LIGHTLY THROWN/
NOTES/BARTHES S-Z/


This is in the Blue Hill, Maine library, across the street from the phone booth where the first Blue Hill drop was located. We contact a librarian, who recovers the book and agrees to mail it to us.

3/10/2015: A new Black OTP message appears to reference a tree seed delivery at the real-life Svalbard vault:
Quote:
J, DO YOU WANT TO WAIT OR GO
BACK FOR THE TREE DELIVERY?
-A


J responds:
Quote:
I DO NOT CARE ABOUT THAT
DELIVERY, UNLESS IT CONFLICTS
WITH THE TIME WE PERFORM THE
OPERATION. LET THEM HAVE
THEIR TREE SEEDS. -J


Quote:
THAT IS THE PROBLEM, J.
THERE IS ACTIVITY AT THE
SITE. THIS IS ONE OF SEVERAL
DELIVERIES EXPECTED.
-A


In another message, w asks Robby to contact him, since he needs to talk to him about something.

3/13/2015: We receive an enormous number of new messages. First, A responds to J about the tree seed delivery.
Quote:
SUBJ/TREES//
/FORMAT/OBJ/00001/ASCII//
/OBJ/00001/
IT IS EXPECTED THAT AFTER
THE LAST OF DELIVERY, THE
SITE WILL BECOME QUIET
AGAIN. THEY OFFER THE
ILLUSION OF SECURITY FOR
PR AND PRESS PURPOSES
ONLY. -A


J asks A when the last day is, to which she responds:
Quote:
WE HAVE BEEN USING SCRAPR
TO DETERMINE THIS DATE.
CRACKING ENCRYPTION. WAITING
FOR RESULTS.
-A


An Agent M asks J:
Quote:
SUBJ/MELTR FLEET//
/FORMAT/OBJ/00001/ASCII//
/OBJ/00001/
I NORMALLY WOULD NOT BE
BOTHERING YOU ABOUT LOGISTICS,
BUT THERE ARE SEVERAL MELTR
SHIPS IN AN UNEXPECTED LOCATION.
SHOULD I ARRANGE FLUID
DELIVERIES TO THESE LOCATIONS?
WILL THEY BE BACK IN POSITION
LATER? -M


J responds:
Quote:
THEY ARE ON LOCATION FOR
A SPECIAL PROJECT OF MINE.
PLEASE ARRANGE DELIVERIES
IF SUPPLIES, FUEL, OR FLUID
LEVELS ARE LOW.
-J


Other messages indicate that PETR is getting into position to receive a ZEUS transmission.

3/18/2015: A tells PETR to press INVERT FMT, which they do successfully.

3/19/2015: New Black OTP messages explain that the location of a new drop was transmitted to Drop Agent 29.

3/20/2015: Many new messages inform us that “Operation N” is about to begin: PETR is picking up an agent from Bear Island (Bjřrnřya, the southernmost island in the Svalbard archipelago), after which they will proceed to their destination. A doesn’t want any map data to be transmitted, since the operation is sensitive, but J is very insistent that he be able to track the location of the ships.

3/21/2015: We receive the old black book, titled "Where the Black Fern Grows", in the mail. It consists of a short story, some technical information, and a long section of hex.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:
I: Mini-FAQ & OTP22 Dictionary
II: The Phone Numbers
III: The Characters
IV. The Timeline pt. 1
V. The Timeline pt. 2
VI. The Drops [you are here]
VII. The Books

THE DROPS:


Retrieving drops is a major aspect of the game, even if it sometimes seems like we go long periods without anything to find at all. The items we find at drop sites range from CDs, books, small metal components, weird black boxes, creepy stuffed animals, to laminated index cards. Most drops, when recovered, give us clues on how to proceed in the game, but there are some whose purpose we still haven’t determined. This is a list (with in-depth descriptions) of all the drops we have retrieved. Drop sites that were visited but found empty, such as the Grand Canyon or Fort Lauderdale Airport sites, are NOT included here, but they are included in the timeline when appropriate.

[drop item inventory]


Lake Oswego, OR (Lake Oswego Public Library): The very first drop we received, alluded to in the first message quoted above.
Quote:
DROP/45.4240/-122.6675/0-8160-4195-4/PG272/


The drop was found at the library the coordinates point to, on page 272 of the book matching the ISBN listed: First Ladies: A Biographical Dictionary. It was a CD-R containing files named p1.txt, p2.txt, p3.txt, p4.txt, and otp.txt. We have used these files to help us decode NATO messages and order things from the message desk.

Blue Hill, ME: This drop was retrieved only days after the first, in a payphone booth near Bangor, Maine. It was another CD, containing genuine copies of TrueCrypt, BCWipe, and a file named data.bin, which we used to decrypt the component drop messages on (709) 700-0122.

Black Oak Lake Cemetery, Montevideo, MN: We discovered this drop on agent code 3233 by XORing it with data.bin. The drop itself was found slightly outside of the cemetery, and it consisted only of a clear-taped index card with the phone number (709) 700-0122 on it.

Component Drops: The location of these drops were decoded on (709) 700-0122. Each drop contained small metal components. The components are meant to form something, since the coordinate message states “PROCEED TO SVALBARD VAULT FOR FINAL ASSEMBLY”. However, we’ve not been able to make much sense of them, possibly because of the pieces that we’re missing.
    Retrieved Components: Tapiola, Finland; Santa Cruz, CA

    ”Retrieved” Components: Swan Point Cemetery, Pawtucket, RI. The components were found, but one was dropped and lost.

      Forever Beautiful: Before the components at the Rhode Island drop site were recovered, we found a stuffed animal elephant, which we destroyed in case anything was inside. The PMs like to make fun of us for doing this. While describing the stuffed animal to us, the person at the location said it was holding a heart that said “I love you”, then corrected themselves to “We love you”, and then mentioned that the tag said “Forever Beautiful”. Ever since, this has been a recurring phrase in the game. An early message has a distorted baby voice repeating the phrase at the end. The plushie destruction is mentioned at length on agent code 22. We received a drop of another Forever Beautiful stuffed animal much later in the game, in the summer of 2014.

    Missing Components: Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan; Bellwood, IL; Manoa Chinese Cemetery, Honolulu, HI

    - The decoded message indicated that there was another component drop in Hong Kong, but that it had already been collected.


Bursage Loop Trail, Henderson, NV: The location of this drop was decoded from agent code 16001. It was found on an X on the Bursage Loop bike trail. The drop consisted of a mysterious black box and a SIM card. When the box is connected to a computer, we are able to input DTMF (0123456789ABCD*). When a successful code is input, it will return one of fifteen different outputs. According to later Agent System messages, there should have been a green paper with instructions on how to activate the SIM card at the drop, but this was never recovered.

El Paso, TX: This drop was again decoded from agent code 16001. The clue for the drop was “HOLE”, and the first two visitors to the location were unsuccessful in finding it. While our third group of visitors was at the site, we received an SSTV message that pictured the exact location of the drop, underneath a truck. The CD contained an Ubuntu distro with a 100 MB deviation referred to by MLPL as a “standard 100 MB hole”. This is the OTP Black 1 CD, which we have used to decode hundreds of messages between agents on codes 18000 and above.

Knights of Pythias Cemetery, Rainier, OR: This drop site was visited two times, once to deposit a fake “damaged” book, and the second time to retrieve the “replacement” copy of the book. During our first visit, the visitor placed a plastic bag of ashes as our “damaged book”, and found a DRAM card with a dollar bill taped to the receptacle. Neither have been used for anything, and it was indicated later that we were not supposed to remove the DRAM card. On the second visit, we recovered a book cover for “Molds and Lichens of Nova Scotia”, published by the Atlantic Mycological Union. On the opposite side, written in pen, are a code and phone number. The code is the serial number of the dollar from the first drop, and the phone number is the same number from the Black Oak Lake Cemetery drop.

Blyind Package: Shortly after the damaged book was dropped, one of our members received a package in the mail containing more metal components. This person had never given his name or address to the Message Desk, so we’re still unsure how the PMs got his information.

North Dakota/Montana Border: According to the notes on the Agent System, this drop was intended for Agent 16042. It is a CD identical to the one found at the El Paso site, and is labeled OTP Black 2.

Nadando Package: This was another drop mailed to one of our members, but this was significantly less weird. Nadando left his information with the Message Desk during a keepalive session in hopes of getting a copy of the “pink book” being discussed, and this is what he was sent. The pink book is “Global Response Codes”. There was a code hidden behind the stamps on the package

Bangkok, Thailand: This drop was discovered through a series of Black OTP 1 messages and a Message Desk call. It was located in a phone booth in Bangkok, and it contained a DVD in a case titled “Collecting Vintage Capacitors, Diodes, and Thyristors” by the “Vintage Semiconductor Society”. The DVD itself is a 12 minute video consisting of the narration from a real-life work safety presentation over several different videos from dashcams and surveillance footage. At certain points in the video, numbers flash on screen corresponding to new agent codes.
[pictures] [video]

Secret Beach, Kauai: This drop was discovered through an agent system message prompting us to pick up the “green book” at a remote beach on Kauai. It took us a full month to find someone to visit the site, where the book was finally recovered under a tree with the word “Dorvin” carved into it.

Kauai Black OTP Drops: These three drops for additional Black OTP CDs were located on Kauai and their locations were found on the Agent System shortly after the first drop.
    OTP Black 7: A good hike into a nature preserve, this CD was found at a rock ledge near the path.
    OTP Black 8: This CD was discovered underneath a rock near a cave. It had been damaged from being left out, but it seems repairable if necessary.
    OTP Black 9: The final Black OTP CD on Kauai, this one was found by a coconut near a bush at the specified coordinates. It appears as though a “replacement” for this CD was dropped much later in the game in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Wallace, ID: We discovered the coordinates for this drop on an agent code found in the first green book. It was found under a bridge after a significant amount of time misunderstanding the robot voice’s hint as “under branch”. It is a replacement green book, identical in every way except for the handwritten field notes.

Newport Beach, CA: The location of this drop was mentioned on 16041 shortly after we gave an excuse as to Ai’s absence from mainland training. It was found near a powerbox marked 3601.5. It is a CD identical to all other black OTP CDs we have recovered.

Malaysia rest stop: This drop was discovered through a series of Black OTP messages and a call to the Message Desk in February of 2013. A full month later, we finally found someone to visit the site, a rest stop along a highway. Taped to the bottom of a firehose box we found a plastic bag with components in it, seemingly a “replacement” package for the components that we had lost or dropped in late 2012.

Braco’s Letter: One of our members requested a document during a keepalive session at the Message Desk, and left his name and address for it to be delivered. Some time after, he received a letter in the mail. Almost all of the text is redacted.
[images]

Smugs Package: After signalling that he had the ability to forward packages to Ai, one of our members received a package in the mail. Inside was a 5.25” floppy, inside of which was a CD. The CD contained two txt files and a file called data.bin, out of which we received the ZEUS instructional video.

SHOPPING.TXT
Quote:
SHOPPING LIST
============
3 BEETS
4 PINTS OF SUGAR
1 EAR OF CORN
54 EGGPLANTS


IFFOUND.TXT
Quote:
========IF===FOUND======
====-======STOP==========
===========+==========
IF YOU FIND THIS DISK
KINDLY DO NOT REMOVE IT
AS THIS IS MY SHOPPING
LIST TO HELP ME REMEMBER
WHAT TO BUY FROM THE STORE
EVERY TIME I MAKE A SHOPPING
LIST A BUNCH OF WEIRD
FILES SHOW UP BUT I NEED
TO KNOW HOW TO UNCHECK
THAT OPTION IF YOU KNOW
HOW THEN PLEASE CALL ME
AT +1 202 204 2303 AND IF
YOU SAY THE NUMBER
A16395 IT WILL REMIND
ME BECAUSE ITS MY FAVORITE
NUMBER AND ALSO IF YOU FIND IT
YOU CAN CALL
ME AND LET ME KNOW AS
I MUST HAVE LOST MY SHOPPING
LIST AND CANT BUY THE STUFF
I WANTED FROM THE STORE
THANK YOU
========================
===THANK YOU=====
================
4826088888888881
73 13 03 75 02 80 98

[images] [ZEUS instructional video]

Santa Clara, CA: We found the location of this drop, intended for agent 16043, from a Black OTP message on the Agent System. It was found in a nature park near a sign, and it consisted of an 88 MB SyQuest cartridge. Nothing ever came of the data contained on it, but later we discovered that we had missed a microSD card inside the cartridge. It contained 470 MB worth of names and social security numbers (which do not correspond to actual people’s information). When the Grover Cleveland March was playing on the Agent System, we noticed that two members of the band responsible for the recording were listed in this file. However, considering the amount of names in the file, this may have been coincidence. We have not used this data for anything concrete as of yet.
[images]

Central Park, NY #1: The first Central Park drop, intended for agent 16043, was found on a Black OTP 1 message. It was found under a bush a little ways north of the 79th St. Transverse. It was a CD containing three files: iffound.txt, very similar to the file of the same name from Smugs’ package; order.txt, which contained account and job codes which we used with the Material Order Desk; and file.txt, which contained only the (303) number.

Central Park, NY #2: The second Central Park drop, intended for agent 16043 after we stole the first one, was also found on a Black OTP 1 message. It was located in a small tunnel underneath the 72nd St. Transverse. It consisted of a microSD card with data.bin and p1.txt files, and 5 Australian dollars.

Carlisle, PA: This drop was discovered on the Agent System from a Black OTP 1 message intended for Ai. We found it inside a tree trunk at the drop coordinates, and it consisted of another CD.This one contained multiple files, including copies of p1.txt and p2.txt, another iteration of iffound.txt, and a few files authored by Robby containing new information:

PHONENUMBERS.TXT:
Quote:
PHONE NUMBERS

AGENT SYSTEM IN-DIALS, DONT KNOW HOW THEY ARE MAPPED
EVERYTHING IS SUPER REDUNDANT IS ALL I KNOW

+44-131-569-0004
+1-303-309-0004
+1-314-266-0004
+1-769-307-0004
+1-931-516-0004
+1-254-589-0004
+1-860-323-0004
+1-559-397-0004
+1-859-405-0004
+1-740-617-0004
+1-850-632-0004
+1-609-456-0004
+1-540-931-0004
+1-224-521-0004
+1-903-331-0004
+1-417-295-0004
+1-234-222-0004
+1-769-305-0004
+1-769-553-0004
+1-769-289-0004

CONTROLLER

+1-202-999-3337

RELATIONS

+48 22 307 1061

DEPLOY

+48 22 307 1011

I HAVEN'T CALLED DEPLOY OR CONTROLLER
BECAUSE WE ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO. I DON'T
KNOW IF YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO SO YOU MIGHT
KNOW BETTER.

THERE ARE ALSO A LOT OF BOOKS. I DONT
KNOW HOW TO GET THEM EXACTLY. THATS PROBABLY
A GOOD QUESTION FOR THE BOOKMAN.

-ROBBY


MODEL-NUMBERS.TXT:
Quote:
I HOPE THESE HELP. SOME STUFF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN
ORDERING TO REPLACE OLD EQUIPMENT

SOME HAD A DESCRIPTION THAT POPPED UP SOME DIDNT
DONT KNOW WHAT A LOT OF THIS ACTUALLY DOES, EXCEPT
ABISM IS A COMPUTER TERMINAL

PRODUCT CODE DESCRIPTION
=================== ============================
AB501 VECTORTONE ABISM MODEM
AB501-DOC VECTORTONE ABISM MODEM DOC
VECTORCOM-20 VECTORCOM PERSONAL COMPUTER
VECTORCOM-20-DOC VECTORCOM DOCUMENTATION
VECTORCOM-CART-A VECTORCOM 20 CARTRIDGE ?
VECTORCOM-CART-B VECTORCOM 20 CARTRIDGE ?
VECTORCOM-CART-C VECTORCOM 20 CARTRIDGE ?
ABISM-MAPS-DOC ABISM MAPS DOCUMENTATION
MLPL-0000000 MLPL OBJECTIVES
PHONE ?
CALLCARD ?
MELTER-DOC ?
ITEM-0492 ?
ITEM-1024 ?
ITEM-0399 ?
ITEM-0011 ?
ITEM-0881 ?
ITEM-0815 ?
INSTRU-VID-0001 ?
INSTRU-VID-0002 ?
INSTRU-VID-0003 ?
INSTRU-VID-0004 ?
INSTRU-VID-0005 ?
INSTRU-VID-0006 ?
INSTRU-VID-0007 ?
INSTRU-VID-0008 ?
INSTRU-VID-0009 ?

I WILL PUT SOME STUFF ON HERE SO MAYBE WE CAN TALK
MORE WITHOUT WORRIES.


-ROBBY


AGENTCODES.TXT:
Quote:
THESE ARE SOME AGENT NUMBERS THAT MIGHT BE HELPFUL
SOMETIMES THEY CHANGE BUT TRYING TO MAKE SURE
YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED.

AGENT NUMBER NAME FUNCTION
============ =============== ======================================

0 RADIO TEST BANDWIDTH FREQUENCY TEST

17003 ABISM TUNE ABISM FREQUENCY TONES, TURN THE POTS
WITH SCREW DRIVER UNTIL LED LIGHTS UP

34154 ZEUS STATUS SATELLITE STATUS

33330 AS STATUS AGENT SYSTEM STATUS, GOOD TO KEEP
TRACK OF, ESPECIALLY REMOTE UNITS
(LIKE AS36, LOTS OF PROBLEMS IN
WINTER DUE TO SNOW)

33334 REVERSE AGENT REVERSE AGENT NUMBER, USE ACCESS CODE

33335 AGENT MAINT AGENT MAINT CODE

33365 RECORDER AGENT SYSTEM RECORDER

555 CONFERENCE ADHOC CONFERENCE BRIDGE

559 OPS CONF OPERATIONS CONFERENCE

1320 ABISM MAPS ABISM MAPS SERVICE

139028188 ENABLER SUBSYSTEM ENABLER CODE


ABISM IS IN 17XXX RANGE BUT THEY KEEP HAVING TO CHANGE IT BECAUSE
OF HACKERS

MAKE SURE YOU CHECK YOUR AGENT NUMBER FREQUENTLY IN 16XXX BLOCK,
OTP MESSAGES IN 18XXX BLOCK.

VECTORTONE IS IN THE 14XXX RANGE BUT I DO NOT KNOW MUCH ON THAT
YET. ITS ALREADY SET UP FOR ME.

-ROBBY


El Cerrito, CA: An SSTV image and the number of an agent code containing coordinates appeared on agent code 16042, which had been previously unused despite belonging to one of the agents assigned to assess the counter-operation. It was found on a bike trail underneath BART tracks, and it consisted of two CDs. One was another Black OTP CD, and the other contained two audio files. The first was a strange warning for us, indicating that WORM foresaw us interfering with the drop. The second contained some numbers interspersed with music.

Much later in the game, after being prompted by instructions on agent code 222222 about decoding audio CDs, we discovered MLPL-0000000, the MLPL mission objectives document, from these files.

L0j1k’s Letter: One of our users who had been in contact with Robby often via the Material Order Desk received a letter from him in the mail. The text of the letter made no sense:
Quote:
XArmond PATrick
555 KiloWatt Blvd
RaWUFF, Hawaii 130715

my friends,

ZyxaKaG, my Thoughtful Kind HoRse, Visited in
May. LiBerating AS it was, ReadIng hOrse
Novels Brought Back Random memories. i would
have gladly BougHt Kindly, your books, but
it sEems wRong to do so. Very Delightful and
Jokingly Quiet was horse visit. in June, on
a Yearly basis, i Hope to visit with my hoRse.
On my Yearly YUle gIft, i plan on puRcHasing
CoPies of your COmical yUle booKs.

loVE your Indebt friend,

ZUrich marmalade


[images]

But using p1.txt from the Pennsylvania drop, the capital letters were decoded to:
Quote:
IN TROUBLE WENT INTO HIDING I KNOW TOO MUCH NOW WILL BE IN CONTACT SOON ROBERT


Smugs Package #2: The user who previously received the ZEUS instructional video for Ai in the mail received a second drop containing a Cleveland Direct calling card. We used this card to dial into multiple Class Six numbers to access new messages, most importantly a new system used to track the coordinates of ships. When the layers of the card were peeled back, a message was revealed:

Quote:
DO NOT VISIT YET
DEAD MAN'S SWITCH
NIGHTLIGHT
ATVFZ
VIOLET/RAW UMBER
WHITE/RED QVBRC
--
GREEN/RAINBOW
SOLID YELLOW RAW UMBER/RAINBOW
WHITE/BROWN

GENUINE


This message is still unsolved, but all 5grams and colors correspond to the worm colors table from the green book.

[images]

Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria: This drop was placed for Ai in response to questions we left at the Message Desk regarding the status of Operation Irislatch, ABISM Maps, and Vaughnsville. It was a CD found on a power box inside a train station. The CD contained three files. IFFOUND.txt had the same text as usual, with a warning added at the end:
Quote:
ROBERT: YOU CANNOT HIDE
FROM WORMS. WILL WE FIND
YOU.


SHOPPING.TXT:
Quote:
SHOPPING LIST (DO LATER WHEN NIGHTLIGHT)
=========================================
+37 Black/Orange Worms Riding ATVs
+64.69 Green/Rainbow Worms Riding OHGs
2 Switches

ACCOUNT INFORMATION
=========================================
ORANGE SWITCH : *340938AB#
RAINBOW SWITCH : *991837DA#

FINAL CODE: *3033090004#
FINAL VRFY: *97841000DDDDDD#

SYNC: 4888883910000988886


The final file was data.bin, which when XOR’d with Black OTP 9 produced a video explaining the nature of the calling card and Class Six numbers.

Sofia, Bulgaria: We learned of this drop through a series of messages on the Agent System in which an agent called B01 requested the location of a “material return” to dispose of a book. It is Robby’s copy of the green book, containing many new agent codes and solutions to a lot of the puzzles we missed.

Sebastopol, CA: We discovered the location for this drop on agent code 16041, after some Black OTP messages indicating that J was sending out extra calling cards for agents whose balances were low. We had run out of balance on our first card and were unable to call any of the Class Six numbers. The drop was retrieved near a bench at the start of a trail. It consisted of a calling card identical to the first one except for the message in between the card’s layers. This card’s message read “AUTHENTIC NIGHTLIGHT FOR FUTURE USE”.
[images]

Norfolk, VA: We found the location of this drop in a BPSK31 message on agent code 1320, which we found by decoding a new, strange sound on agent code 22. It consisted of a punchcard taped to the back of a plaque inside a park. We received a "license key" for the reverse agent code by XORing the two sets of highlighted numbers.

Astoria, OR: The location of this drop was discovered after ExcitingBooks posted a book cover with a barcode that, when read in code-128 format, translated to “SLUGUTM”. We looked at the barcode of another book the account had recently posted, ”Slug Farms of the Oregon Coast”, and found that it translated to UTM coordinates. The coordinates pointed to Lewis and Clark Park in Astoria, Oregon.

It took quite a while for someone to visit the park, since we were unsure if the ExcitingBooks account was actually tied to anything in-game. When the location was finally visited, a keycard was recovered from underneath a wooden slug. We have not yet found a use for the keycard.

Rohnert Park, CA: This drop was discovered in a BPSK31 message on the Agent System:
Quote:
/REGION/9/DROP/38.3489 -122.7037/LOCATION/1902 SEARS ROEBUCK PAGE 803/LOCATION/0-684-80492-1 PAGE 44/DATE/Z 22235959Z MAR 14/NOTES/FUNCTIONAL TEST/


The drop consisted of two letters found on the specified pages of two books, page 803 in the 1902 edition of the Sears Roebuck Catalogue, and page 44 in the Scribner Encyclopedia of American lives. The two letters referenced a functional test for AS36. They helped us come closer to fixing the Agent System, which had been essentially nonfunctional for months.

Fairbanks, Alaska: The coordinates for this drop were found in a PSK message on AS36:
Quote:
/DROP1/BOOTLOADER FOR AS36/LOC/64.870054 -147.828006/NOTES/TWO PARALLEL LOGS UNDER FURTHEST FROM TRAIL/


The drop was found, predictably, in between two logs by the trail. It consisted of three pieces of paper with new bootloader information, which we used to finally fix the Agent System.
[images]

Hermiston, OR (Well Springs Cemetery): The location of this drop was discovered when ExcitingBooks posted a cover for a book titled “Worm Species of Electoral Area A” with an ISBN containing UTM coordinates. Shortly afterward, the cover was deleted and replaced with a copy identical in every way except for the ISBN. Some time passed without any visitors to the site, when ExcitingBooks uploaded a cover titled “Worm Habitats of the Oregon Trail”, with the same ISBN, and shortly after deleted it.

After a while, we were able to recruit a reporter to visit the site for us. He retrieved the drop, which consisted of the blue book, titled “1979 Tide Tables of Lake Superior”. He also picked up a Korean cookie wrapper, unsure if it was related.

Missoula, MT (Big Pine Campground): This drop was discovered on agent code 16041 shortly after the failed Grand Canyon drop was discovered. It was found near a sign at the specified coordinates, and it consisted of a meterstick stamped with a series of hex digits:
Code:
GROUP 1: 9E 0B A8 6B BE 14 D8 95 40 35 17 8A E1 3B 8E 72 40 BF 81


When combined with the next drop, this formed a message pointing to the location of a third drop.

Plymouth, MN (French Regional Park): This drop location was found on 16041 as a “replacement drop key” after we failed to recover the Grand Canyon drop. The drop was an index card found on a sledding hill. It had hex digits written on it just like the Big Pine Campground’s ruler:
Code:
GROUP 1
AF 3F 83 25 9E  23 E8 A5
73 02 22  AA   D5 02  B7
45 79  88  B5 80 E6


When combined with the previous drop, this formed the coordinates for the Milbank, SD drop.

Milbank, SD: As mentioned above, the coordinates for this drop were first received by combining the hex digits from the Missoula, MT and Plymouth, MN drops. Shortly thereafter, Robby’s voicemail updated to inform us:
Quote:
Aloha! They were very protective over these images. I have copies, however. This is for a weird drop that isn't even published on the agent system. Aloha!


This message was accompanied by two SSTV images showing the drop site. A BPSK31 message warned us:
Quote:
WHATEVER THIS THING IS, BE CAREFUL. THIS IS NOT YOUR RUN OF THE MILL DROP. THERES SOMETHING REALLY WEIRD ABOUT THIS ONE. -ROBBY


We had trouble finding the exact drop location even with the SSTV assistance, but after a few visits it was finally recovered. The drop consisted of a Forever Beautiful brand stuffed dog with an intact tag. However, it had been modified to play the “baby voice” forever beautiful sound file, followed by some strange tones. When cut apart, we discovered the circuitboard/noisemaker used to modify it, as well as the wrapper of a granola bar.

The tones in the circuit board’s audio were decoded to be “56001,” an agent code that appears to serve as an “activation status” update. 83970, a part of the stuffed animal’s barcode, gave us an ABISM message that decoded to “I LOVE YOU. WE LOVE YOU. FOREVER BEAUTIFUL.” The full barcode gave us another ABISM message that provided us with a password, but we are still unsure what the password is meant to be used for.

Blue Hill, ME #2: This drop was placed for Ai to provide her with critical mission documents. After a lengthy delay, we discovered the location was at the Blue Hill Public Library, the same place we called for assistance with the Blue Hill phone booth drop in 2012. We contacted a librarian, who after some convincing recovered the book for us. It has just arrived in our possession, and it consists of a book titled “Where the Black Fern Grows”. The majority of the book is a long block of hex digits.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:
I: Mini-FAQ & OTP22 Dictionary
II: The Phone Numbers
III: The Characters
IV. The Timeline pt. 1
V. The Timeline pt. 2
VI. The Drops
VII. The Books [you are here]

THE BOOKS


Molds and Lichens of Nova Scotia, published by the Atlantic Mycological Union: The first “book” we received, which isn’t technically a book. Only the cover of the book was found, with some codes written on the back. This was found at the Knights of Pythias Cemetery drop.


Global Response Codes, by Dr. J. Marvin Blackweather (Pink Book): The second book we received, and the first to actually be a book! One of our members received this book in the mail after leaving his information with the Message Desk for a copy of the “pink book”. The book consists of three sections: A list of special inquiry codes to be used with the Message Desk, a list of codes labeled “Group”, “MLPL”, and “C”, and an appendix listing location codes for a huge amount of cities around the world. The barcode of the book is the ISBN for the First Ladies book again. We have used the location codes to contact specific “stations” through the message desk, and have used some of the special inquiry codes in specific situations.
[transcript] (missing location codes) [images]


Designing Compelling Worm Sanctuaries, published by the North American Helminthological Society (Green Book): We have received three copies of this book. The first was recovered from Secret Beach on Kauai, placed there on J’s orders for it to be out of reach of the counter-operation. The second, found from an agent code in the first copy, was picked up under a bridge in Idaho. The third we found much later on a bookshelf in Sofia, Bulgaria. All copies are identical save for the handwritten field notes in each. This book contains a ton of new codes, phone numbers, and mysteries. Unlike the previous book, this one has quite a bit of content beyond just the numbers. Much of it remains unsolved to this day, but here is a short list of important information from the green book:

Publishing Info/Dedication:
- The phone numbers listed under “PTO Publishing” are all Agent System mirrors.
- The dedication to “SF” is likely a reference to the woman who crashed into the Blue Hill phone booth shortly after the drop was retrieved, as those are her initials.
- The ISBN is, again, for the First Ladies book.

Reviews:
- The code on the left page, when entered into the Agent System, gives a ”friendly code”.
- One of the reviews is written by J (Marvin Blackweather). Another is by a man named Nibelung, likely a reference to the mythological family that settled Worms, Germany. The reviews also make little sense considering the text of the actual book, but that goes without saying.

Prelude [1, 2]:
- This history of worms is entirely made up even when it isn’t concealing a secret code. It implies that St. John’s University is in St. Johns, Newfoundland, even though this is false. Who knows?
- The numbers referring to worm species on the first page form the (709) phone number.
- The numbers referencing the growth of wormeries on the second page, when combined and entered into the agent system, give a message with coordinates for additional green book drops.
- The last two paragraphs where the text devolves spell out a message in the capital letters: AI BOUERGES BE CAREFUL.

Chapter 1:
- This list of “worm ordering codes” was referenced later in the game in both of the calling card drops. The worm colors may have something to do with other books, as we’ve had references to “slate” and “clear” books before. We were instructed to use “chartreuse” at the message desk at one point, although it didn’t seem to work with either the color or the number associated with it.

Chapter 2:
- The QR code decodes to a series of 5grams corresponding to particular letters or numbers.

Chapters 3 & 4: These chapters give a lot of technical information about the systems WORM is using, provide some new phone numbers, and explain the system status check on agent code 33330. ZEUS is also explained in a bit more detail here. At the end of the chapter, the text of Global Response Codes appears, without the location codes at the end. The second to last page of the book is a message about worms, solved for us in the third copy, followed by a page that has been “unintentionally left blank”.

Field Notes (Kauai Book): These field notes appear to correspond to Message Desk inquiries. Giving the Message Desk any of those 3xx numbers will give us coordinates around the corresponding location in response. Some refer to drop locations (El Paso, Oswego), while others have yet to be used in the game. Handwritten on the very last page of the book is a series of letters that we have not yet found a purpose for.

Field Notes (Idaho Book) 1, 2, 3: The field notes from the second copy of the book are slightly more cryptic. They consist of what appears to be ABISM login information, an agent code that leads to a voicemail box prompting you to report temperature or rainfall anomalies, and some acronyms. Cochliobolus heterostrophus is a fungus that causes Southern Corn Leaf Blight. Paired with the mention of a disbursement vector, it seems likely that Project MLPL has plans to spread blight.

Field Notes and other Handwritten Notes (Sofia Book): These notes provide solutions to a lot of the puzzles that we never solved with the first two books. One page seems to spell out the solution to the message on the inside of the calling card, while the field notes explain the process of accessing maps and give us a few new agent codes.

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1979 Tide Tables of Lake Superior (Blue Book): We found this book at the Well Springs Cemetery in Hermiston, OR after discovering its location from the ISBN of an ExcitingBooks cover. It consists of a long series of codes organized into “tide tables” containing tide information for many different locations.

Publishing Info: Geoebic Publishing is obviously not real, and Geoebic isn’t a real word or location. There are a few hits referencing what appears to be Gogebic, MI (which would fit the Lake Superior theme), but they may just be typos. Annelida is not a real town - it refers to the phylum for segmented worms.

Dedication: The name “Maj. DS Wagner” was mentioned before in response to an unknown QX on (234) 222-0004, but we don’t know anything more about it. The dedication underneath is from the Hávamál, an Old Norse poem, which translates to:
Quote:
Wise he is deemed who can question well,
and also answer back:
the sons of men can no secret make
of the tidings told in their midst.

Recommendations: Again, none of these recommendations really make sense, but unlike the green book none of them are written by a major character. Instead, the names of the publications responsible for the reviews spell out “WORM”. The only publication that might actually make use of tide tables is “Regatta Daily”, and coincidentally the oldest annual sporting event in North America is the Royal St. John’s Regatta, which takes place in St. John’s, Newfoundland (the “forefront of worm studies” according to the green book). Like many things, this may well be a coincidence.

The section that follows includes tide tables for multiple real locations around Lake Superior, providing tide information for every day of the year. The table labeled in the table of contents as “Outer Island”, a real location, is actually titled Worm Island for some reason.

Measurements: The final page lists some of the agent system mirrors as “weather stations” for obtaining local tide tables.

[pdf copy]


Where the Black Fern Grows, by Dr. J. Marvin Blackweather (Old Black Book): This book provided instructions for Operation Strong Room. We retrieved this book at the Blue Hill library after w learned that Ai did not have a copy. We have only just recently received it in the mail, so this section will be updated once we know more. It is ~150 pages, most of it consisting of “encrypted mission data” in the form of blocks of hex in small font.

[pdf copy] [album]


Legacy of the Postal Reorganization Act (Red Book): We have tried and failed a few times to order this book.

Asparagus Fern Root Maintenance: Mentioned in an HF message, this book was apparently used to help TRANSP receive their new orders.

Slate Book: Mentioned multiple times. Possibly the same as the book titled “Slate Deposits in the Intermountain West”.

Clear Book: A book used by agents in the field. Most messages mentioning this book require agents to provide responses to questions on certain pages to Collector 1.

Standard Black Book: We know nothing about this book. It was only mentioned in a message stating that instructions for Operation Strong Room were in the “old black book” and not the “standard black book”.

Old Blue Book: Another unknown book, messages indicate that agents stationed in the North Atlantic use this book for some purpose.

Many other book titles have been discovered from the Message Desk. Check pages 17 and up on the index to see them all.

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Quote:
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SECRET//PRJMLPL//75X5
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/OBJ/00001/
WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?
WHAT IS A VIGARA?
ROBERT?
WE ARE UNDER CODE 0.
ZERO. CODE ZERO.
-J

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We don't know either, J.

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Did you SERIOUSLY just copy your whole game wiki here!?!?!?!?! Bang Head
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No, I wrote and compiled this myself to start the new thread. We have a previous thread here, but it's very old and we get a lot of people confused by the misleading title/lack of info in the OP. Our wiki is pretty outdated and I didn't think it was really the place to put this.

I have a link in the very first post to skip the wall of text and start from the first "update" post. If you'd prefer we move the information someplace else, that's fine! Sorry for any inconvenience, I know it's a crazy amount of information. It's just that all of this info was disorganized before, and it was very difficult to find any specific thing.

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No no, it's fine. I wasn't posting as a mod I was posting as a user. However I shoudk probably lock the other thread then and post a link to this one on it.
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Wow! One day I will have to read it all. Thanks!

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Thank you. We can finally link potential players to this excellent summary instead of saying "go read 75 pages of UF forum posts". Thanks, Adah. Awesome.

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New messages!

18450:
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SECRET//PRJMLPL//75X5
MSGID/PETR//
SUBJ/PETR//
/FORMAT/OBJ/00001/ASCII//
/OBJ/00001/
ON LOCATION BUT NOW
DIFFICULTIES WITH OBJECTIVE.
WILL CONTACT SOON WITH
DETAILS -PETR
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18451:
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Z 23214307Z MAR 15
SECRET//PRJMLPL//75X5
MSGID/ZEUS//
SUBJ/ZEUS//
/FORMAT/OBJ/00001/ASCII//
/OBJ/00001/
IN ORDER TO ALIGN ZEUS WITH ZEUS 2
TRANSMISSIONS (WHICH PROVIDE
ADVANCED FEATURES), A FORMAT CHANGE
WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE NEXT COUPLE
MONTHS. TRAINING MATERIAL WILL BE
PROVIDED SHORTLY. -RB
/


Coordinates:
Quote:
SHIP PETR 73.4344 13.1525 NOWAT 09:25\
SHIP ESCORT 6.4065 76.449 NOWAT 09:25\
SHIP MELTR2 6.3956 76.4111 NOWAT 09:25\
SHIP MELTR1 6.4054 76.4734 NOWAT 09:25\
SHIP MELTR4 6.321 76.458 NOWAT 09:25\
salt 3340


We have looked into the new book, but haven't been able to figure out much about it. The hex is much, much too long to transcribe manually and doesn't seem to use any of our previous decoding methods. The pdf can be found here.

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AS27 40.82
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ALL NORTH ATLANTIC ASSETS, PROVIDE STATUS REPORT.


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SECRET//PRJMLPL//75X5
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SUBJ/PETR//
/FORMAT/OBJ/00001/ASCII//
/OBJ/00001/
PETR, ANY MORE UPDATES ON
PROGRESS? -A
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SECRET//PRJMLPL//75X5
MSGID/PETR//
SUBJ/PETR//
/FORMAT/OBJ/00001/ASCII//
/OBJ/00001/
VERY DIFFICULT BUT PROGRESS
MADE. WE HAVE ACCESS TO
AREA THAT CONTAINS ITEMS
OF INTEREST. -PETR
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