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In the hopes of answering questions and to create a space where the community can work on the current "Secret" event going on in the form of a scavenger hunt / Puzzle, I will create this topic and somewhat dedicate it for those who are interested in trying to solve it. At the same time, the curious ones might like to see what the community has found so far. So let me start with a quick introduction of what we currently know.

EDIT 10/31 : The final code is in the spoilers below.

News Flash :

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F34RTH3M4CH1N350FTH3D33P  be sure to copy-paste or it might not work

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The links where the numbers linking to the last clues :

https://worldofwarships.eu/en/content/they-surround-me/ - #16 from the EU server

https://worldofwarships.asia/en/content/arg_content_page/ - #25 from the ASIA server

https://worldofwarships.com/en/content/anotherupload/ - http://wrg.am/theywatchbelow #42 from the NA server

Grid from Facebook

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All the tweets from dark_sephiroth96 https://twitter.com/DSephiroth96

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The last bits and pieces of the ARG clues.

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d9c1b874-d7a2-11e8-89be-ac162d8bc1e4.thumb.png.19993fa993cf62c478f21a7df5889f8c.png From this link https://worldofwarships.eu/en/content/it-has-consumed-me/

d3fd8720-d706-11e8-845c-d89d6715223c.thumb.jpg.ad929e856cbe014bb6eb3df6e609b990.jpg There seems to be a mention about 11:20 UTC on Hallow's Eve. Found on https://worldofwarships.com/en/news/community/this-wont-be-the-last/

Many symbols on the NA page were leading to this video.

b4879d28-d6f6-11e8-8247-d89d6715223c.thumb.png.47ae014cc578be910f72742f8e5d479f.png http://wrg.am/true-sigil2

This was linked with this comic and the grid

c98ee2b0-6a97-11e8-8d5b-d89d6715223c.thumb.jpg.a13b0458ac0324c9a0ac026ba53726fe.jpg "typo in ancient but doesn't matter".

 


Email from dark_sephiroth96 :

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The message reads as follow 

hi im reaching out to you because i know you're not one of them help me out with<div id="null---bnoibogar0848h94buvjczxnjvcxzm.zsvj.dasjhkdgjklvavdks
YOU'RE A FOOL TO THINK WE'RE NOT ALREADY WATCHING

Skull image + solution to find the link

"Remember, the name of place where we met last time..." and "The clues wear camouflage and hide at the bottom." On the EU website you could find : https://worldofwarships.eu/en/news/game-updates/halloween-scary-battles/  ; hidden there are 3 coordinates :

1) 43°25'22.4"N 2°43'22.4"W   /   43.42289,-2.72289  -   Spain, Bermeo

2) 51°09'29.8"N 0°10'06.1"W   /   51.15828,-0.16836   -   London, Gatwick Airport

3) 43°36'54.1"N 116°12'08.3"W   /   43.61503,-116.20231   -   Idaho, Boise

Apparently there was an article about Boise, the ship, so a Redditor (BoP_Shadow) went to take a look at it and he found a link. But first, here is the link to the article itself : https://worldofwarships.eu/en/news/history/cq-boise/  which leads to http://wrg.am/theysurroundme at the bottom of the page.

It was finally solved after a very rocky road. Good work to everyone involved!

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Thank you! I will definitely be coming back to check the results.

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Avelorn,

Sorry but which location do I check to see if I have received a message: external E-mail, WG account E-mail system or WOWS forum email?

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The email should be the one you entered for your Wargaming account. But so far, some people didn't get theirs, or it was in the junk folder. So be on the lookout for it! But like I said, maybe you just didn't receive it. :fish_boom:

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I'm curious how we're supposed to participate w/o an EU account but we'll see what happens :).

Pretty crazy how in-depth WG goes making this stuff.  Love it!

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Huh. I did receive the link in-game for that skull one at around 7:50 GMT+8.

 

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Some additional notes:

  • 16 credits
    • Hood was ordered and laid down in 1916
    • The "Pages Across the World" mission could be a reference to Hood's world tour
    • The 16th stop of Hood's world tour was Jervis Bay
  • Jervis Bay
    • HMS Jervis Bay was sunk in combat by Admiral Scheer
    • HMS Jervis Bay's top speed was 16 knots
    • HMS Jervis Bay sank relatively close to Hood
      • 53° 41'N, 32° 17'W
    • HMS Jervis Bay's pennant number was F40

I believe the f40 in the filename is a reference to Jervis Bay; given that the hex string has 3 extra characters, this seems relevant. We might convert the string to hex minus the F40 characters and apply those colors to the spooky image.

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Lettering about the spooky mission map image is

jksdl,czcx;'.zcx

Maybe keyshifting would show something but I don't see it; it has the general format of a filename.

Image filename is jpg.8cee3eb17c3059bb6e0baf0f5a08d485.jpg (Probably means nothing.)

A reverse image search yielded nothing of use. 


Perhaps this is from a mission detail map for a mission that hasn't been released yet, leading one to think that the "Below" referred to implies a submarine mission.  Also the 42 credit mission can only be done in a Scenario.

 

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Spoopy image does nothing when opened with a music player, so no hidden audio messages there.

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The spooky skull filename really looks like it could be encoded words with dashes as spaces, though I suppose any hex string could be something by that logic

f40dfa88-c1c4-11e8-ba2d-d89d6715223c

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Chunk of bronze from an H.M.S. Hood screw/propeller

"Chunk" from Hood's Screw/Propeller
This is a chunk of manganese bronze. It came from one of Hood's starboard screws (propellers). Both screws were damaged during the January 1935 collision with battle cruiser H.M.S. Renown off Spain. The bronze has been inscribed "HOOD V RENOWN OFF AROSA 23-1-35". This was in the possession of the Hood family until 2006, when Lord Hood kindly donated it to the Hood Association. This is one of a small number of known surviving propeller "chunks" or "nuggets" (similarly engraved) from Hood.

Hood was rammed in the port side quarterdeck by the battlecruiser Renown on 23 January 1935. The damage to Hood was limited to her left outer propeller and an 18-inch (460 mm) dent, although some hull plates were knocked loose from the impact. Temporary repairs were made at Gibraltar before the ship sailed to Portsmouth for permanent repairs between February and May 1935.

 

Think this has anything to do with it? 

 "Remember, the name of place where we met last time..." and "The clues wear camouflage and hide at the bottom." 

 

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I'm not sure how you guys are getting 3 characters left over for the hex conversion, shouldn't it be 2? Also I was thinking if it is 2 maybe that could be the alpha/opacity value of some sort? Interested in what you guys think :)

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Alright! I see people have been at it while I was gone, and to be honest I kept thinking about it last night. So I'll compile into another smaller post what we received as of today.

9 hours ago, noob213 said:

Hello, I have discovered 
 

I'd like to know where you found this link, maybe it was a hidden link in a recent news post? Or did you find it randomly while browsing somewhere, or even Twitter?

But so far, with this we received 3 new pages and a new number from an assignment.

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As usual I passed them through Photoshop and inverted the colors, but nothing out of the ordinary. The last one is interesting and talks about "Lord Rasputin" as if we stumbled on a really, really old correspondence between two people. I invite you to read it. Again inverting the colors and playing with the shades didn't reveal anything particular, but feel free to check them for yourselves.

Alright, so at the bottom of this link : https://worldofwarships.com/en/content/anotherupload/   ;  You could find a button to click, and once clicked it gives you an in-game missions.

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42 is the number here - so either this is going to be a Base64 code, or like last year, we'll get a grid soon after we received all of the numbers to give us a bigger clue. Keep your eyes peeled for anything of the sort.

Alright, I'll now come back to a few comments I've seen. The weird image with the portal and string of letters comes from this image, which can be found on the website announcing the Halloween event.

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The person in question flipped it 180 degrees to be able to read the characters below.

As for the Hex characters of the Skull image, yes, there are only 2 leftover characters going as "3c" . Because to convert a hex code into a color, you need 6 characters. I'll be going through the file names of the recent and older letter to see if we can get anything out of it, but so far, I don't know. As of now, in my mind, I do believe all the servers are supposed to cooperate to solve this problem, so I'll also be checking the RU website.

Now, this I find interesting, I'll be going over and researching the Hood's world tour and check if anything pops out, but I still wanted to somewhat pin this comment since I find it is relevant.

9 hours ago, KniteWulf said:

Some additional notes:

  • 16 credits
    • Hood was ordered and laid down in 1916
    • The "Pages Across the World" mission could be a reference to Hood's world tour
    • The 16th stop of Hood's world tour was Jervis Bay
  • Jervis Bay
    • HMS Jervis Bay was sunk in combat by Admiral Scheer
    • HMS Jervis Bay's top speed was 16 knots
    • HMS Jervis Bay sank relatively close to Hood
      • 53° 41'N, 32° 17'W
    • HMS Jervis Bay's pennant number was F40

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruise_of_the_Special_Service_Squadron

I'll be sifting through this page in a bit, which talks about Hood's world tour in detail.
With this in mind, I'll be on the lookout for more info, and once everything becomes clearer I'll update my first post, or leave everything as is since it might become way too huge.

Also I just noticed, but maybe it's my brain focusing on patterns, but almost all of the letters and pictures except for one (the first Dasha letter starting with "Greetings Captain".) end with "3c" . Coincidence? Probably. :cap_book:

Quick add-on, I searched for the number 42 on HMS Hood's wikipedia page. I have found this, which relates to another comment someone made above.

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Pages?! Holy smokes! Could this be something? Surely, I'll be going over this if I can find them.

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It has come to my attention that there was a third number given out on the ASIA server. Which was 25.

To find it, people had to use this letter, then go back to old pages on the wows.asia website with the name "RASPUTIN LIVES!" and "ELDRITCH HORROR COMETH", where they would find links hidden in those pages.

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The first, from Rasputin's page would give us http://wrg.am/ ; which leads to Bacon. No joke. The second would give "therenoescape".

EDIT Ah alright I just got the "The clues wear camouflage and hide at the bottom". It wasn't a reference to Hood, just to give you a clue on where to find the links. Bummer.

:cap_old: I see you typing. Don't worry, I'm almost done. Because if you combine the two you get : https://worldofwarships.asia/en/content/arg_content_page/ ; how do you do it? You use the wrg.am link, then add /therenoescape and it sends you to this one, which leads to a page, and a mission to accept.

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Sadly I could not find a picture of the number 25, so I'll have to take their word for it.

So, in short, so far we have 16, 25, 42 as the numbers given from missions across the servers.

If anything else gets added, I'll edit it in this post to avoid too much spam. I also checked the RU server's event page, but nothing on there that I could see. I guess RU isn't participating, unless it's at a later date.

EDIT #2 13:44PM EST

I have finally found out how the person managed to find the hidden NA page that gave us the mission (http://wrg.am/theywatchbelow). It was in fact the Skull Image all along. At first I didn't quite get it because the Redditor didn't explain how he managed to do it, but I'll go through it here. So first, you need GIMP, then in GIMP, you go check the Color map section in the Windows tab. Anyway, it'll give you something like this :

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See at the right the HTML notation? That's what we want. So after we check all the colors one by one and copy all of those characters into a hexadecimal converter to text, it will then give us this :

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Looks familiar? It should, because this is an anagram for wrg.am/theywatchbelow ; which leads to the NA website link that gave us the mission giving the number 42.

So with that cleared away, I can now rest a bit easier knowing that we at least solved the how. And maybe it'll open up a few options for other things to come.

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27 minutes ago, Avelorn said:

 

  Reveal hidden contents

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The first, from Rasputin's page would give us http://wrg.am/ ; which leads to Bacon. No joke. The second would give "therenoescape".

wrg.am was used in last year's ARG as well; the main page then also redirected to just "Bacon", so it's not relevant.

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20 hours ago, Avelorn said:

There was also this image being mentioned but as of now, it has no purpose on this list, but might be a clue, so I'll add it :

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My main goal was not to solve this in a day, since I'm sure we'll be receiving more clues in the days to come, just to give a better look and a regrouping of all the clues people have found so far. Thus, I call it the Compendium.

I do hope this will become a hub, where people can share their own thoughts to help solve this riddle in a group, and if anything else pops up, I will be updating it if I have the time. On this, I bid thee farewell and fair seas. :cap_fainting:

also shameless ping @TheURLGuy  , maybe he'd like to see what's happening with the event.

This image looks incredibly similar to the portals from the Halloween event and the ones mentioned in the letters. It looks superimposed on an in-game minimap, so maybe it's detailing a location? It's also upside down, and the letters on top might be coordinate based on their position in the alphabet: 10 11 19 4 6,  3 26 3 24,  26 3 24 (although I have no idea what they mean).

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15 minutes ago, Void_Nemesis said:

This image looks incredibly similar

It's actually taken from one of the mission maps (see above).

I'm quite surprised that a reverse image search didn't turn up the relationship.

 

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7 hours ago, Avelorn said:

I'd like to know where you found this link, maybe it was a hidden link in a recent news post? Or did you find it randomly while browsing somewhere, or even Twitter?

 

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This image has 7 colors and their hex codes leads us to:

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I was reviewing the animated gif included in the email but found nothing (there might be something but I was unable to find it).

Additionally, that mail from Sephiroth also included the text:

<!--CALLTOACTION-->

That is HTML notation for a comment, and a comment will not render as part of a webpage but will still be transmitted to the browser.

Has anyone reviewed the HTML code for any of the discovered pages?, I did review the HTML code of the email but found nothing.

 

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I checked the EU page and only found this video from Jurassic Park in the code ( with Nedry, I'll be linking it here : https://www.youtube.com/embed/g_vZasFzMN4?autoplay=1;rel=0&amp;controls=0&amp;showinfo=0 ) and some other GIFs for the animated static and other things in the background.

Other than that, I didn't spot anything peculiar. For now I'll be waiting for more hints or clues, possibly from the other servers like EU and ASIA, since currently RU doesn't appear to be participating.

I also want to point out that the letter from ASIA, i.e. this one, might be talking about a social website, like Facebook, or Twitter? No idea, but the phrase "the wall that appears somewhere you can meet your friends and family on the internet" sounds a bit like that.

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Anyway, we'll see, maybe tomorrow we'll get another clue because so far the Twitter form dark_sephiroth96 is silent.

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I may be grasping completely at straws, but has anyone checked the Allenson name from the first Dasha letter? He is the only named character aside from Dasha. Seems like an Allen Allenson is a fictional character and possibly commander in the "Into the Hinterlands" novel that is sci fi and is in a space setting.

Could it be there is a clue in the space battles pages?

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59 minutes ago, Avelorn said:

I checked the EU page and only found this video from Jurassic Park in the code ( with Nedry, I'll be linking it here : https://www.youtube.com/embed/g_vZasFzMN4?autoplay=1;rel=0&amp;controls=0&amp;showinfo=0 ) and some other GIFs for the animated static and other things in the background.

Other than that, I didn't spot anything peculiar. For now I'll be waiting for more hints or clues, possibly from the other servers like EU and ASIA, since currently RU doesn't appear to be participating.

I also want to point out that the letter from ASIA, i.e. this one, might be talking about a social website, like Facebook, or Twitter? No idea, but the phrase "the wall that appears somewhere you can meet your friends and family on the internet" sounds a bit like that.

  Hide contents

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Anyway, we'll see, maybe tomorrow we'll get another clue because so far the Twitter form dark_sephiroth96 is silent.

Surely that'd be referring to their Facebook page. I dont think Twitter has ever referred to their tweets as being on a Wall where Facebook does constantly. And I wouldnt consider Twitter the ideal place to chat with friends and family.

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