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Unseen 2019 - ARG

The Beginning / 1st Candle

So before the Dark Harvest event was in-game we had a little treasure hunt with the Unseen twitter.

ИT БЭΓИNΣ

On October 15th these words were uttered by the Unseen Twitter. Translating them give you “It begins” Later that night, the Unseen strikes again. The Dauntless Roadmap got an update. They added their logo to the Dark Harvest event. That is not all, if you check using a developer tool in your browser you will find this:

It is a response to the first cipher. When you translate this you get "So it has".
While all of this was happening the Unseen Twitter changed its cover picture to candles in a cave

These candles started to symbolize the fact that a new clue has been given. So we started looking at twitter waiting for a new candle being lit.


2nd Candle

The Unseen twitter also changed its cover to this photo:

And if you look at the left bottom corner, you will notice that there is text.

This cover says:

TㅎЭ ФΩㄹΓΩTTЭN TㅎЭ

When translating you get “The Forgotten The” and then 2 strange symbols. The new symbols were an “A” with a stroke and an “Anger” Symbol. These symbols we wrote of as new letters by we couldn’t figure out what letter. So, we had to let that be for now. We started to look for changes in anything Any piece of code or something. But came up short. Until the moment we figured out another clue. Around 7 pm the same day, we got a change in the Unseen Twitter.


3rd Candle

The candles in the cover changed. Instead of there being 2 there was 3 lit. This led us to believe that each candle resembles a clue. So, we started looking. A partner stream was scheduled at the same time. So, we went there. On the partner stream of a certain Seabats we found a little piece of Unseen.

When you went to his stream you would find a cipher again.

TㅎЭ

Which translated it means “The”.

This string of Unseen was like the last one, 2 new symbols. What could they mean? It was here we came up with the theory of them being that as he puts it “These are pieces of a positional puzzle”, his theory was that these new symbols were not letters or words. They were anchors (‡ Ɏ). They were needed to piece the text together. We could not confirm this theory before we had more. So, we waited.


Not long after, another change happened with the Twitter.
A fourth candle had been lit. Meaning a new clue. And sure enough, we found on. Upon logging in you would receive this message:

This started to get interesting. When translating the header which says:

ΣЭЭㅋ . ΣЭЭ- . - ΣЭЭN

Which when translated means “Seek . See- . - Seen” Through we thought there was more to the header. Because there was dots and dashes. So when doing Morse translation we found that it gives AA. For most of you that makes no sense, but to all that understand Morse code it means something. When the signal “.-.-“ is given it means that its an “Unknown Station”. This might just be a coinsidence but still felt that it could be included. The other part of the text is:

ㅎЭY ㅏㄹЭ WㅏTCㅎИNΓ (repeating)

Translating this gives you “They are watching” this message repeats itself to make sure we understand. And last but not least there is messages inside the picture.

So, when so look at the picture you will get:

ㅏㄹЭ ΛWㅏYΣ ΩΠЭN

when translated you get this “Are lways open” there seems to be a dot at the end of open and we think that is another anchor symbol. Same with the NT and the lightning in the photo. There was also a change to the Roadmap. They decided to change the panel for the Dark Harvest. Then someone figured out that there was a class in the dev tooled called "Konami". For those that don't know the Konami code. It is a throwback to the NES from 1986. The ultimate cheat code. The Konami Code. When inputted on the roadmap. We get a change.

All the text changes into Unseen. And the Unseen Icon changed. If you inspect the element and take the code, you will get a long string of text. What you see here is BASE64 and if you run this back to a file. You can get an image:

WЭ ㅎㅏUNT TㅎЭ

So now when you translate this you get. “We haunt the” and then two new anchors. This just made us more confused. Since have gotten nothing to support our theory or help us in any way.


The fifth candle had been lit and that meant a new clue. And wouldn’t you know it. We found one. Around 3:53 PM PDT we got an article made by GameSpot named “We’re Giving Away 1,000 Timely Arrival Packs For Dauntless”. If you scrolled down you would find:

We were welcomed by this:

TㅎЭ UNΣЭЭNx ΣㅎㅏΔΩWЭ

When run this through a translator we will get: “The Unseen shadowe” Then we get 2 new symbols. But if you look closely you will notice we have seen one before. The anger symbol was found in the candle message. Our theory of having the symbols be anchors grew stronger. We just need that little piece of information to make sure that we were correct.


When the 6th candle lighted up. Xanny Phantom, a Dauntless Partner released a video on his youtube channel. A weird mysterious video with a lot of scenes from the Shattered Isles.


Once we saw this video we instantly knew it was in reverse. We ran it through audio software. Reversed it and it was still wrong. Then we sped it up by 4x and we got a clear message.

Secrets sleep in the shadows. An incandescent ritual burns. A hand, a finger, a reach from the dark. All or nothing. You must solve, all or nothing. You must solve secrets in shadows, ritual. Secrets burn. Ritual in shadows. A message lurks, but only in shadows, DO NOT BLINK

This led us to believe there was something in the video only visible for a second. So, we when looking and we found it at. It was a message, an Unseen message.

After I ran this through a video editing software and played around with the lighting, we got something along these lines.

ㅈUΔΓЭ ФΩㄹ ㅎㅏVЭ ФㅏИΛЭΔ

3 symbols, one of which we have seen before in the 4th candle. But when translating it reads “Judge for have failed”. Leading to our anchor theory working. We now had two sentences where there was the same symbol. So, meaning 4 ciphers connected now.


After a long wait, we finally got the next clue. We got it in the form of a newsletter. We knew something was up when you opened it and it contained an unseen logo when it appears in the newsletter. There was a new clue.

The clue says

WИΛΛ NΩT ΛㅏTЭ

Which when translated means “will not late


The 24 of October. The Unseen finally arrived at Ramsgate. It was a jolly old time. We were finally on the right path of last year.

The message here reads:

YΩU ФΩㄹ

When translated it reads “you for” and two anchors.


The message here reads:

ФΩㄹΣㅏㅋЭN WЭ ㅏㄹЭ

When translated it reads “Forsaken we are” and 3 anchors. At this point, our anchor theory was mostly confirmed.


The message here reads:

YΩU UΣ ИΣ TΩΩ

When translated it reads “You us is too” and 2 anchors. At this point, we were getting somewhere with all of these messages we could start to clue in on some stuff. We started connecting them.


On the 25th of October we got another stream. From our friendly neighborhood RevvyRad.

This message appeared and when traced it reads:

WЭ YΩU YΩU

And when translated it means “We you you”. And more symbols.


We were drawing closer to Halloween and on the 27 of October. OhDough happened. On one of his streams, this message was found.

This message read:

ФㅏИΛЭΔ, YΩU ㅋNΩW UΣ, БUT, ΣЭЭ, UNTИΛ ИT

When translated it means “Failed, you know us, but, see, until it”.
Drawing closer to a conclusion we waited…


We got an update to the PlayDauntless website.

This picture was added and if you looked in the lower right corner you would see a message. This message was hard to read. So, we went looking and we finally found something. When you opened this picture with through something like 7zip you would find this message in a png.

It reads:

ΛΩΣT TㅎЭ TㅎЭ VЭNΓЭФUΛΛ

When you run this through a translator or just by memory you get “Lost the the vengeful.” At this point, we wrote the “x”s of as a dot. To indicate a line break.


On Halloween, we finally got some more information. They released a trailer for the Haunted Shadows Hunt Pass. And in there we got a message.

We were one step closer to finishing everything. This here reads:

WЭ ΣЭЭ ΩUㄹ ЭYЭΣ

When translated it says “We see our eyes”We were on the last day before the hunt pass dropped. There was not much time left. When we finally found something…


15th Candle / Finale

We got it. After blood sweat and tears it finally happened, we got a clue. The Unseen twitter became alive. And sent us this message.

This message reads

ㅏN ΩΛΔ ㄹЭCΩㄹΔ ΩФ WㅎЭN ΩNЭ БЭCㅏㅁЭ TㅎㄹЭЭ

And it translates to “An old record of when one became three. Through our past, our future becomes clear”. An old record of when one became three. This led us to think of console release and it was. On the trailer for the console announcement, we found it in the description.

ЗЭㄹΩTWΩTWΩΣЭ𑀯ЭNΩNЭЗЭㄹΩЗЭㄹΩNИNЭЗЭㄹΩФΩUㄹTWΩФΩUㄹЗЭㄹΩЭИΓㅎTTWΩФΩUㄹЗЭㄹΩЭИΓㅎTΩNЭФИ𑀯ЭΩNЭTWΩЗЭㄹΩΣЭ𑀯ЭNЗЭㄹΩФИ𑀯ЭTWΩΩNЭЗЭㄹΩΣЭ𑀯ЭNΩNЭΣИXЗЭㄹΩΣЭ𑀯ЭNTWΩФИ𑀯Э

And to save you all the hassle of translating this from unseen to English it will just say that they are numbers. In this order. “022710090424082408151207052107160725” this left us baffled for a few minutes until someone suggested that they might be dates. So, we made them to dates. Separating them all into 4 numbers. And this led us to look for patch notes and boy did we find some. All the different dates were patch notes, but they were not just from the English patch notes it was also from the other languages.

02/27 - https://pasteid.fledix.com/8dem - "crépusculaire", french
10/09 - https://pastebin.com/NcMpjGYX - "rolling", italian
04/24 - https://paste.ee/p/mWiuK - "acceleracion", spanish
08/24 - https://pastebin.com/vkt3vZtb - "irregular", english
08/15 - https://codepen.io/dntls_theunseen/pen/ExxbQpP - "Aethersogkombo", german
12/07 - https://jsfiddle.net/kcL54e70/ - "Shrowd", english
05/21 - https://textuploader.com/1k2xe - "Heroico", portuguese
07/16 - http://plnkr.co/edit/507bPRoKtatO4MsxhmaH - "see", english
07/25 - https://liveweave.com/KcnwwT - "umbral", english

All of these words led to a page with some code. First, we had to figure out what the code was and we settled on Base64. So we then translated it. And this was a result.

This message reads:

WΩㄹΛΔ

And when translated it says “World”.
With this message, we finally completed the puzzle. Since now we got the final message.

The final version says:

TㅎЭ ФΩㄹΓΩTTЭN,TㅎЭ ΛΩΣT, TㅎЭ ФΩㄹΣㅏㅋЭN, TㅎЭ VЭNΓЭФUΛ. WЭ ㅏㄹЭ TㅎЭ UNΣЭЭN. WЭ ㅎㅏUNT TㅎЭ ΣㅎㅏΔΩWЭ. WЭ ΣЭЭ YΩU, ФΩㄹ ΩUㄹ ЭYЭΣ ㅏㄹЭ ㅏΛWㅏYΣ ΩΠЭN. WЭ ㅈUΔΓЭ YΩU ФΩㄹ YΩU ㅎㅏVЭ ФㅏИΛЭΔ TㅎЭ WΩㄹΛΔ. YΩU ㅋNΩW UΣ БUT YΩU WИΛΛ NΩT ΣЭЭ UΣ UNTИΛ ИT ИΣ TΩΩ ΛㅏTЭ.

That is indeed a long message and with that here is the final message.

The forgotten, the lost, the forsaken, the vengeful. We are the unseen. We haunt the shadowe. We see you, for our eyes are always open. We judge you for you have failed the world. You know us but you will not see us until it is too late.

And on that note, it ended. The unseen twitter sent out these messages.

https://twitter.com/dntls_TheUnseen/status/1190007916029366272
https://twitter.com/dntls_TheUnseen/status/1190017075084791808
https://twitter.com/dntls_TheUnseen/status/1190038547128111104

The message has been discovered. Spread it like an illness. Let the world know."

Yes, call it out into the darkness. Tell them all. Let them see."

And finally, the last one.

You have served us well. Our gifts await you all.

Credits

Aer
Blox
ConstantGlitch
Dahvikiin
FeyRaven
Froogal
Ket
Korrupi Kid
Ocean Abyss
Roel
Xanny Phantom
Syraleaf
Weezurd_Drago