Post Contact

After talking to Recruit169 via Skype and getting as much information as possible from him, the only thing that could be done was to wait for the Project Ophiuchus main page or it's source code to change again. The source code changed again that night, just as communications with Recruit169 were stopped due to the lock down in progress. The source code that night was

<!--[Magic Number][XV][Pounds per stone][Questions?][White Album Revolution][Fortnight][Deadly Sins][Boron][Temperance][Wise Men][Center Field. Craps][Epsilon][Indiana][true][Catch-22 original name][First Wilson Prime][The Arc. x by x][_a day][_ Inch Nails][Wilson's points][_ of nine][Ophiuchus][North America]-->

After a group effort the puzzle was solved, giving these numbers

[3][15][14][20][9][14][7][5][14][3][9][5][19][1][18][5][2][5][9][14][7][13][1]

Using a simple substitution these numbers became

Contingencies are being ma

This was then added to the message, bringing it to

Participants should be warned external forces are trying to compromise the integrity of project ophiuchus. Thankfully past attempts have been unsuccessful and our servers have managed to withstand multiple denial of service attacks. However, the predicted success of phase has decreased to 0.45. Participants are to continue with their duties until notified. Contingencies are being ma

Nothing substantial then happened until the next day, when as usual, the source code was once again updated. This time another puzzle was received. The puzzle read

Things we dread.[Justice][Teenagers][Noise][Balloons][Cats][Fish][Clouds][Relatives][Speed][Fear]
[The Heavens][Lockjaw][Urine][Frogs][Work][Palindromes][Orange][Monsters][Learning][SpeelingMistakes]
[Iron][Strings][Wine][Magic][Ghosts][Property][Defecation][Chickens][13][Europeans][Nosebleeds]
[Halloween][Dolls][Vertigo][Houses][Death][Vomiting][Nudity][Dawn]

Once again the puzzle was solved thanks to Rogi Ocnorb identifying that they were all phobias. After collecting the first letter of each and putting them in order we received the phrase

de against future acts of corporate espionage

This completed the message from the previous day, bringing the message to now read

Participants should be warned external forces are trying to compromise the integrity of project ophiuchus. Thankfully past attempts have been unsuccessful and our servers have managed to withstand multiple denial of service attacks. However, the predicted success of phase has decreased to 0.45. Participants are to continue with their duties until notified. Contingencies are being made against future acts of corporate espionage

On Friday Feb 8th, the source code updated once more. This time we were given

<!--Message1:Recruits should stay vigilant. Wednesday is the big 
day.Message2:Many apologies, this one's a long one, we need to stay secure. Maybe break it up to be more efficient?-> Inspector the sound.-->

In the next 2 hours the source was updated to display

<!--Message1:Recruits should stay vigilant. Wednesday is the big day.Message2:Many apologies, this one's a long one, we need to stay secure. Maybe break it up to be more efficient?-> [imdb]Inspector the sound.-->

This led to the page found here. The morse in the audio was then decoded by MrToasty, who figured out what to do, and came up with

AND IT'S SADDENING TO THINK THAT SUCH ACTS ARE CONCEIVEABLE. I'D LIKE TO

This left our message reading

Participants should be warned external forces are trying to compromise the integrity of project Ophiuchus. Thankfully past attempts have been unsuccessful and our servers have managed to withstand multiple denial of service attacks. However, the predicted success of phase has decreased to 0.45. Participants are to continue with their duties until notified. Contingencies are being made against future acts of corporate espionage and it's saddening to think that such acts are conceivable. I'd like to

The following night saw no puzzle, as the Project Ophiuchus site was DDoS'ed by someone (Information on DDoS can be found here, and an image of the attack can be seen here). It didn't stop the project from posting the next part of the message however, as we found that it was still contained in the source as usual. The message for tonight was

personally thank you all for your patience during this testing time a

This made our message slightly longer, bringing it to say

Participants should be warned external forces are trying to compromise the integrity of project Ophiuchus. Thankfully past attempts have been unsuccessful and our servers have managed to withstand multiple denial of service attacks. However, the predicted success of phase has decreased to 0.45. Participants are to continue with their duties until notified. Contingencies are being made against future acts of corporate espionage and it's saddening to think that such acts are conceivable. I'd like to personally thank you all for your patience during this testing time a

The next night brought with it a new puzzle to solve. In the source we found the code

J3'YY 91I3 17 Ha71y j3qa35Q4L. 7u12 QQ02 7u1a' u42 H2 cE377L 713q hC. Y1X3 1 541q, x0A71A93Ap132 E 831A' z4q3.

Which translated to

We'll give it until Wednesday. This DDoS thing has us pretty tied up. Like I said, contingencies are being made.

When added to the message, it made no sense, so we left a space for more if it were to appear. This gave us

Participants should be warned external forces are trying to compromise the integrity of project Ophiuchus. Thankfully past attempts have been unsuccessful and our servers have managed to withstand multiple denial of service attacks. However, the predicted success of phase has decreased to 0.45. Participants are to continue with their duties until notified. Contingencies are being made against future acts of corporate espionage and it's saddening to think that such acts are conceivable. I'd like to personally thank you all for your patience during this testing time a _____ We'll give it until Wednesday. This DDoS thing has us pretty tied up. Like I said, contingencies are being made.

The following night's puzzle was quickly found. The message in the source rotated between these 3 codes

nodoooeciwk'dnDilr
duetnteinowrogaKl
yrvithxtgreei.nee

Rogi discovered that when these were properly aligned, and read down the ways, it gave a message reading

nd your devotion to the exciting work we're doing Dani Keller

This filled in our missing blank, giving us

Participants should be warned external forces are trying to compromise the integrity of project Ophiuchus. Thankfully past attempts have been unsuccessful and our servers have managed to withstand multiple denial of service attacks. However, the predicted success of phase has decreased to 0.45. Participants are to continue with their duties until notified. Contingencies are being made against future acts of corporate espionage and it's saddening to think that such acts are conceivable. I'd like to personally thank you all for your patience during this testing time and your devotion to the exciting work we're doing Dani Keller. We'll give it until Wednesday. This DDoS thing has us pretty tied up. Like I said, contingencies are being made.

The next night however, the site had another update 20 minutes before the usual one. The main page had changed, and now read

Phase 12: Warning!

And later changed to

Phase 12: Aborted

At this point the source code updated as well, displaying a passage from Genesis. When examined, this passage was found to have letters missing. These letters were identified as

FCONTACOTDANIFFRNT

This puzzle is an anagram, but has not been solved properly, as there are characters left over, but most agree that the words "Contact Dani" are part of it. This was proven correct when the site's main page told us that the email system was now reactivated. Many of us contacted the admin for the site (adminSPLATprojectophiuchus.com) and we eventually found out Dani's email (dani.kellerSPLATprojectophiuchus.com which Silverback had found earlier)

Those of us who emailed Dani received a group email which the admin had mentioned in his emails. A copy of the email can be found here. Recruit 170, who Dani is making the administrator of this phase, is actually the player Punchline.

From here, the game turned to speculation for a while, until R169 managed to come back online on Feb 15th. Some people like Natas and Shiningfist managed to contact him then. He had been in Spain helping Dani, explaining his absence.

The next day, the main page once again updated, this time to show the message

Phase 13: Admin contacted

This message was just to explain that Punchline was to be the admin for this phase, that he would be contacted with more information soon, and that they were still looking for the missing recruits.

On Feb 18th, the site changed once again, this time displaying the message

Phase 13:Participants identified.

And in the source code, this was further elaborated on with the statement

Participants identified as being dedicated to mars, and a maiden of beauty, modesty, and kindness.

This eventually led to two names, which had those meanings. The names were Martin and Rebecca. This in turn led us to discover something completely different…

Locate My Friends

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