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kuurbis
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[Trailhead] Human Souls ARG

(Hi there, used to lurk a lot on the Marble Hornets subforum here, lost my old login. If this thread violates any regulations please let me know so I can fix it.)

I know this really isn't a trailhead anymore, but I didn't see anyone talking about this particular game yet. There has been a request for more players since our regular playerbase dropped from around 20 people to 4 inconsistent players, so hopefully some people here find it interesting!

The trailhead itself was an advertisement on MSpaintadventures.com, containing a few ciphers and binary and linking to a google search for "help me" (there is an imgur album with all the frames of the ad in it but I don't know where it is. I can update this later once I find it.)
This led to a youtube account titled Signal And Noise.

There is now a Tumblr account and a Twitter account associated with the game.

I started a wikia to try to keep all the information compiled in one space that was easier to read and keep track of, but r/GameDetectives did a lot of the early legwork in addition to a small group on Tumblr. The wikia is not up to date anymore and I'm having a hard time keeping track of what has and hasn't been solved now.

The concepts behind this game seem to primarily focus on the idea of whether or not human souls can be saved as data, whether or not that means immortality is achievable, and whether or not data itself has a soul (even data not associated with human consciousness). There's some time-jumpy elements to the game that make things confusing but everything is set slightly ahead in the future, starting around the end of 2016 and up to around 2020.

If anyone has any questions I can try to help to the best of my ability but I am only a player so my knowledge is limited.

PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 8:06 pm
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safareely
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welcome to my kitche n
we have Chat,zy and Wiki

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DeRigeur
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So on February 12, someone noticed a flashing advertisement at MSPaintAdventures.com:

http://pachycephalosauria.tumblr.com/post/139280760123/dadvader2016-so-this-is-weird-i-was-at-the

The ad:
http://www.projectwonderful.com/img/uploads/pics/64058-1455335920.gif

This led to a Youtube video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0p7ppGivYck

This led to other Youtube videos and a video which combines them into one.

The Wiki says, the original six videos on the channel tell one story:

Two minds were uploaded into a computer just before their deaths: a man (Eric) and a woman. Eric seems to have been in the computer for a while, though the woman, having recently passed, is only just discovering what it means to be uploaded. And Eric may not be lying to her, but he's also not telling her the whole truth.

The limitations of the system mean that both of them are incomplete and missing data - shadows of their former selves. She is still mourning the loss of her husband Bill, who was killed in an accident. Eric, meanwhile, has apparently lost his wife (Charlotte) and his daughter.

The woman is called either "Rachel" or "Lottie", and has also been codenamed "Argentina" and "Ginger."

More videos followed, apparently showing the woman when she was alive, and sometimes Eric.

One example:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asX0tKTBmYU

Various codes and ciphers led to these videos and more messages from "Argentina" and "Eric."

A Tumblr blog followed, as did a Twitter.

We learned about a few people who work for or are related to a technology company named Pangent Technologies, and the Cube/555, an object of questionable origin that seems to act as a way to store human minds.

The Twitter is less important and has mostly been run by "Argentina's" assistant X, who becomes her boss, in a power grab over Christmas 2016.
http://twitter.com/pangenttech

The Tumblr mostly functions as a personal blog for "The Woman/Argentina," apparently years before the tragic events of the Youtube channel, full of "private" texts and emails, sometimes encrypted. The other people at Pangent have posted there as well (Leslie, Sharon, X and his father). We've learned about her research into digitizing human minds, about The Cube, and about her personal life.

http://pangenttechnologies.tumblr.com/tagged/PT/chrono/page/1

Both the Twitter and Tumblr have often asked users for input in real time, requiring a correct answer before posting more videos and info. At one point wrong answers actually got her fired from Pangent for awhile, though she's back now.

http://signalandnoise.wikia.com/wiki/Catching_Up
http://conscioushumansouls.tumblr.com/

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kuurbis
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Linking some current puzzles (from today) I haven't solved yet, if anybody wants to try their hand at them:




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DeRigeur
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I know someone figured out how to do these puzzles but I've honestly forgotten now.

This ARG also gave us the "Stressed Penguin" comics.

http://pangenttechnologies.tumblr.com/tagged/SP/chrono



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kuurbis
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So, the pangenttechnologies tumblr has posted that if we don't solve the KCodes (color square puzzles) that are currently unsolved, they'll be deleting all the videos on youtube. I would hate to see the game end but I and like two other people are the only players left. I could solve all the codes myself but it's laborious to have to sit there and do everything on my own and I also want to leave some things for other people to contribute with.

Here are the unsolved codes. I figure if they're not solved by tonight then the game ends.
(this one is inverted)





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catherwood
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kuurbis wrote:
I could solve all the codes myself but it's laborious to have to sit there and do everything on my own ...

Do you know how to solve these? Because I do not. I have no idea what the goal is or how to begin. I would help if I understood.

PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2016 10:04 pm
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DeRigeur
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Hey catherwood, just saw this post.

Current chat room is here:
http://humansoulsarg.chatango.com

The ARG seems to have started with this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0p7ppGivYck

which has a few codes in it and eventually led to this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKljp3kI_zM

Which shows two minds - a man and a woman - who've been uploaded as computer data.

Long story short, it's not a happy situation and players have been trying to decrypt additional data to help.

This led to some more videos beyond that - 35 so far.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asX0tKTBmYU

There's a lot of vigenere cipher messages in the descriptions, tending to use the keys "argentina" and "conscioushumansouls."


Then a Tumblr blog started.

http://pangenttechnologies.tumblr.com/tagged/PT/chrono/

This takes place before the videos we'd seen, and shows a woman working at a tech company named Pangent Technologies. People interacted via Twitter at first, and caused her a bit of trouble.

The blog isn't not coded at first but around page 15, "Leslie" takes over and the text is encoded as "mayorsassenheim."

Other puzzles followed. Here's some info:

http://humansoulsarg.tumblr.com/tagged/how-to-solve

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DeRigeur
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So on April Fool's day this thing turned into a Spice Girls blog for awhile.

Then it did a few things it hadn't done before. Some morse code, then some mediafire links to data encoded as audio somehow.

http://pangenttechnologies.tumblr.com/tagged/PT/chrono/page/57

http://pangenttechnologies.tumblr.com/tagged/PT/chrono/page/58

Seems to happen inbetween "normal blogging." I have my suspicions about some of this stuff, but hm.

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DeRigeur
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kuurbis got a package in the mail today:

http://humansoulsarg.tumblr.com/

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DeRigeur
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Hidden images in the Tumblr's glitch art (found by Kuurbis):

http://humansoulsarg.tumblr.com/post/142469797508/all-found-in-recent-glitch-art-there-are-pastebin

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timescape
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DeRigeur wrote:
...then some mediafire links to data encoded as audio somehow.

The mediafire link audio files were encoded using the Kansas City Standard for cassette encoding. Using the post from the pangenttechnologies tumblr stating:
Quote:
python3 kcs_decode.py kansascitystandard-2.wav

I found the python script decode.py and each audio file can be decoded using python3 with that syntax
the first is
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a conversation between a KING and an unnamed character: pastebin link

the second is
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an ASCII art image of a woman's (argentina's?) face: pastebin link

DeRigeur wrote:
Hidden images in the Tumblr's glitch art (found by Kuurbis):

First pastebin: http://pastebin.com/b50ystQh is
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a long BASE64 string that decodes to text with some additional hex code decoding required to get this text: http://pastebin.com/33Fyimwz

Second pastebin: http://pastebin.com/cmHkia7a is
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a Vigenere cipher pw: lancelot leading to this text: http://pastebin.com/V2eqk43a

Binary pixel image decodes to:
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lottie can you hear me

How were the glitch images decoded into the separate images?
This game definitely has my interest with some unique style. I feel a bit lost, but working to catch up.

ETA: Also just found this post of Morse code on the tumblr next to the picture of water boiling led to
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http://pastebin.com/psvdyjfv which is another BASE64 string with extra hex values. Readable here: http://pastebin.com/EemBXNau


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DeRigeur
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Hey, great work timescape! I hadn't seen any of that stuff yet.

In the chat we were still figuring out how to run the Kansas City code. I'd run it using the string from the Tumblr, and got a dump of random characters. I wasn't sure I'd done it right. Turns out that's the ASCII art of argentina's face! And I did do it right.

I gather from kuurbis' posts that the hidden images can be found by looking at the separate RGB channels in Photoshop. I think this only started recently, after the April Fool's day stuff with the Spice Girls.

Okay, to theorize on this stuff for a moment:

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We've noticed some hints of what looks like a play about a quest for the Holy Grail. The dialogue with a KING and an unnamed character looks like more of that.

I'd noticed something similar in this image - the word "Pendragon" underlined in red - the small text at center left.

http://40.media.tumblr.com/5e3ca1ed64ac3a78e0dff033eae0aeb7/tumblr_o4yymeIUwm1v8blixo1_1280.png

I believe this - part of what Kuurbis got in the mail - is connected to this as well.

http://humansoulsarg.tumblr.com/post/142255727183/first-piece-of-paper-there-are-three-huge-green


This one's a message from 'Lancelot' to 'Argentina.'
http://pastebin.com/V2eqk43a

We haven't heard much from Lancelot, but he has a high clearance and brought the Cube to Pangent in the first place- "some Area 51 shit" as Leslie or Sharon put it. It's ... worrying that he'd offer his own son (X) up for punishment.

This one is a message from Argentina, probably to Sharon or both Sharon and Leslie.
http://pastebin.com/33Fyimwz

This one too:
http://pastebin.com/EemBXNau


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kuurbis
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catherwood wrote:
kuurbis wrote:
I could solve all the codes myself but it's laborious to have to sit there and do everything on my own ...

Do you know how to solve these? Because I do not. I have no idea what the goal is or how to begin. I would help if I understood.


Every color on a computer has a corresponding hexadecimal code. Black is 000000 and white is FFFFFF. Every ASCII character ALSO has its own hexadecimal code, but only in two "digits." (asciitohex.com is the converter i use)

So if you take a string of text as hexadecimal, group each pair of "digits" in threes, you get a "color" hex code! These can then be used to make images such as the ones above.

All that is needed to solve them is using a graphics program like Photoshop or GIMP and the color selector tool to find out what the hex value of the color squares are. Copy and paste them all as a sequential string, then convert!

timescape wrote:
How were the glitch images decoded into the separate images?


Images were hidden in the color channels (RGB or CYMK), and by viewing them in Photoshop, i was able to hide the other channels and screenshot the hidden image.

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DeRigeur
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I think it was timescape who asked this in the chatango:

Quote:
anon1420: how did they get kuurbis' address?


They asked for it. Albeit in an odd and Pangent-y way.

Happened here and the next page:
http://humansoulsarg.tumblr.com/page/10

With Lancelot asking "Requesting mailing address of remote office for tax purposes. Will route via LB"

and then: "Have not received the address of this remote office. Are you current Pangent employees? Please show reports."

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So eventually Kuurbis did give an address, which resulted in an "employee of the month" package instead, rather than anything from Lancelot.

The same message was also sent to [probably hammie at] the conscioushumansouls Tumblr. It looks like [hammie] didn't send an address back, saying instead:

"Sergio Aguero didntí score today, and he hasnít scored since this ARG started. Iím going to sue you."

Here's the post where kuurbis decides to send pangent an address:

http://humansoulsarg.tumblr.com/post/141168822968/so-lancelot-has-been-asking-us-for-the-addresses

This isn't the piece of mail kuurbis actually received, and neither is this:

http://pangenttechnologies.tumblr.com/post/142259031687/mail-confirmed

Although it does point out that Sergio Aguero has recently scored a goal.

So at first it was Lancelot asking for addresses, for "tax" reasons. Probably nefarious reasons.

Poking into Sharon's business.

X and Lancelot had discovered the chat [at chatzy] that players were using.

Sharon got mad about it and said she'd deal with any mail.

Kuurbis started an entirely new chat soon after, not for that reason.

This post actually showed the chatzy chat, with some text from Sharon:

http://humansoulsarg.tumblr.com/image/141120099818

using her cipher "guineapix."

In retrospect this was another one of those images that's easier to see if you separate the channels.

This post showed the Chatzy as well, acknowledging the most active players at the time.

http://pangenttechnologies.tumblr.com/post/141118219957/i-iig-jzigo-oht-ppod-hhb-kr-evx-yazg-sq-vxwl




Before the Tumblr started, every new message came via the Youtube channel. Players collected the info here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PzWD8CYjwrFdSQBIHVx2hX-aax88HNbz2rIWKL528bg/edit

This document ends at "Christmas Break," where Argentina and the players
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crashed the Tumblr, Twitter and server and Argentina got fired, briefly,
leading to
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X poking around in the "sandy bridge" files while she was gone.


From that point, clues came via Tumblr pretty much entirely.



^^
Worth noting:
Kuurbis had suggested an idea for a color square hex puzzle like this in the Chatzy. Pangent was watching and they started to appear tagged as "Kcode" (Kuurbis code).

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