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On June 7th, 2012, the user Umbra posted transmission fifty five in the Spreaker.com website. The transmission starts with a series of horns followed by an excerpt of The Peace Patrol. The body of the transmission contained a series of numbers.

Decoded MessageEdit

This message was double encrypted. First, a Vigenère cipher was used. The keyword for this message was obtained from the passage X of "The Art of Worldly Wisdom", by Balthasar Gracian, including the title (Fortune and Fame). The text was found from x.rtf from the MI.rar drop, which actually contained the passage XXI (XRAY XRAY INDIA). After the BRAVO decryption, the message contained groups of three letters, which had to be decoded using the code book compiled from the 5 different *.rar file drops. After decoding, the message reads:

CHARLIE ONE UMBRA
CHARLIE ONE UMBRA

THANATOS THANATOS VIRGIL XRAY XRAY INDIA BRAVO

EGRESS WITHIN NEXT 72 HOURS
TAKE RECOVERED CONTENT
RETURNING NOT POSSIBLE, THEY GROW SUSPICIOUS
READY TO ASSIST STRIKE GROUP CHARON IN FINDING AND TAKING UEHARA
PREPARE REPORT ABOUT PREVIOUS SIX MONTHS TO BE VETTED AND RELEASED
AS WILL SUIT THE TASK
THANATOS THANATOS VIRGIL

CHARLIE ONE UMBRA
CHARLIE ONE UMBRA
CHARLIE ONE UMBRA

Notes Edit

  • The full key is: Fortune and Fame. Where the one is fickle the other is enduring. The first for life, the second afterwards; the one against envy, the other against oblivion. Fortune is desired, at times assisted: fame is earned. The desire for fame springs from man's best part. It was and is the sister of the giants; it always goes to extremes — horrible monsters or brilliant prodigies.
  • Letters were obtained using A=1, B=2, ..., Y=25 and Z=0. There are two 26 found in the numbers. However, these 26's are not "Z". They are A's according to the annex of the codebook. These A's form part of "UEHARA".

Original Transcript Edit

CHARLIE ONE UMBRA
CHARLIE ONE UMBRA

05 14 03 17 08 07 07 02 20 XRAY XRAY INDIA BRAVO

19 12 14 22 04 19 18 00 16 04 23 09 72 18 00 16 52 03 23 13 05 09 11 53 21
06 04 05 22 08 54 02 21 00 24 21 09 17 22 02 09 05 16 13 23 04 17 23 10 07
10 02 18 09 17 24 09 08 18 16 07 (555) 04 07 24 15 11 15 54 18 19 20 17 20
00 54 47 31 32 26 43 26 16 03 04 21 17 02 00 21 06 04 16 20 19 18 21 02 03
17 52 06 16 06 23 02 03 11 19 08 53 08 05 20 22 08 17 53 07 16 03 01 05 10
13 24 11 04 02 15 23 09 21 22 01 09 02 07 12 23 15 02

CHARLIE ONE UMBRA
CHARLIE ONE UMBRA
CHARLIE ONE UMBRA

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