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Old 08-10-2017, 01:00 AM
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http://magogcartel.com/

"MoCrtl.co" was the clue we had to use. I naively tried this site and it worked. There are a lot to find out on it, so let's get to work
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Old 08-10-2017, 01:06 AM
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"MoCrtl.co" was the clue we had to use. I naively tried this site and it worked. There are a lot to find out on it, so let's get to work
There were dozens of clues, some were (we thought) really, really obvious!
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Old 08-10-2017, 01:10 AM
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Old 08-10-2017, 01:11 AM
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Well done Nemin!

Alex, one day you should do a retrospective and show us all the clues we missed and what they were supposed to mean.


What I found so far:

0110291101110110010101110291011101110290100101101100011011000111001101029111010001101111010291110000 0111100101101111011101011029011110011029011011110111010101110111011010010291011011010290011011000110 291001100110000101101100011029101100

remove the 1029:

0111011101100101011101110110100101101100011011000111001101110100011011110111000001111001011011110111 01010111100101101111011101010111011101101001011011000110110001100110011000010110110001101100

Decode binary to ascii:

wewillstopyouyouwillfall



Those codes look like Base64 encryptions but only return gibberish when converted to ASCII, maybe we need to remove stuff from them as well:

9JzrxKKv5z0829jLV8wF32KpA6I0nEQDqzmbpRYzUUE===

lfn0OE602+HKBKTMVawALWERLS6pu8P8NcEQyKfnKcQ5zy/H5ny4CU60hkmMHzqlNg+q2oVaSHjSzjPGo1vQzQsJCbHTNAXDCFgTIJznL/1ZkZT89VOuv4koDHZJs4YcWbOLbO1cvV87UMcdWbuAraCeFRF8jy7F1/PufFPAyYRR9Jp4nB6uWpNZlY8rdYmEw7IYvtg4QlaBtX/iiyT1Es8MFA+wO4OkBFEGLHDENvu83kfaMnBxabDguhS/W0wWJjNijasG+5PeHeWqmQYDWsz9YrKgWiap0KCghpDfRuOgH37qNUAQnIf4/AeMF14IiEg9PFlutZWGyXhHem4PF2kxYGp075T+5N0n6nbJt+MMDAa4H3D06iuZa5bK18pLIUIzaFxLue5EJoEz4+JwCYarhZ7JM qbzrtnPv8oK/BbHgaig9MjKf8X7/cHDaXkVObkhW8jyVxxS6IfedZIRO/Phqorogx+DO6dgKWhqppoRNpMU2jawix9b/rf6ZgGRcpngW9pOCDwxCB0UptxmaNk+fnxQQU1Wo9J/isrrgTd/eDpdZgFyD8d8KhYN/Uf8A3MhWX33Xr8MhAPF+BtQUYFYIrvD32CTtDqtGXfL26fdhAVh8XMjTFwwWCB6DH6WwYCwJyLCVikMSXOLbPfzZKFfZIia9KQnM 24dGUOvVMkfBdTqdCpiuwV4NkGKY2hw2jNhjibPLt/Rcpnsxj3B+2Axu6z5bMnzPLRZY00w6p8CJckqQqV9YXdReb34dOLC/6Zb2VWbx1ARGNBwdN69lw==


Also this:

https://twitter.com/magogcartel
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Old 08-10-2017, 03:10 AM
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Damn, good find guys! This is what always happens when I sleep. I guess we're back to work!
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Those codes look like Base64 encryptions but only return gibberish when converted to ASCII, maybe we need to remove stuff from them as well
You can't usually except something clear when you decrypt a Base64 code. This looks like cache data to me, but it could be something important. I'll try something later (hoping I can get something out of it).
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Also this:
https://twitter.com/magogcartel
(it's currently following only @McDonalds ‏)
McDonalds? Now that's evil!

Edit: Couldn't get anything revelant out of that code, but look at this:
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@@ @@@@@@@@@@@@@ . @@@@@@@@@@@@@ @@ @@, /@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@8 .@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@, /@@ @@@ #@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@% &@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@/ @@@ @@@ @@@@@@@@@@@@@@. % # ,@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ @@@ ,@@& % #@@@@@@@@@@@ @@@@ @@@@ *@@@@@@@@@@@* & @@@. @@@@@ #@@@@@@@@/ (@@@@@@@ @@@@@@@/ #2@@@@@@@( @@@@@ @@@ #@@@@@@. @@@@@@@@@@ @@@@@@@@@@ ,@@@@@@( @@@ @@@ , #@@@@& .@@@@@@@@@@@@ @@@@@@@@@@@@ @@@@@( / @@@ @@@& #@@@ @@@@@@@@@@@@@@ @@@@@@@@@@@@@@ ,@@@( .@@@@ @@@( #@@% .@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ @@@( %@@@ @@@* #@@( @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ @@@@@@@@
There are two numbers in this, "8" and "2". Reminds you something? :_e_: :_t_: , the 8 and 2 emojis in the OWI server that are also the first two letters of "Etno".

Edit 2: The Number 8291 is also mentioned in another part of the site's source:


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Old 08-10-2017, 07:51 AM
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The @ code... Could it be missing some segments? If it has the 8 and 2, then I suppose that there is another segment with 9 and 1
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Old 08-10-2017, 09:47 AM
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When lining up the # symbols, it looks like there may be a pattern emerging:

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The vertical channel and the two curved channels are reminiscent of the 1029.io logo.
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Old 08-10-2017, 10:19 AM
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For future reference I've saved the current state of the page here:

http://oddworldlibrary.net/archives/...gogCartel.com/

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@Manco the discord already did that:
https://i.gyazo.com/2cdf028bcfa09219...cf947e84ca.png

It's the top of the 1029 logo. (Picture by user Dizma)
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Old 08-10-2017, 11:23 PM
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It just occured to me that the P. P. P. in the page title stands for "Prestige. Power. Profits.".

It's the description of the MagogCartel twitter account:
https://twitter.com/magogcartel

You can see the ppp patern again later in the code:
THE ApMpApZING

DB_PP_PRODUCTTEXT



EDIT: Looked some more in the Base64-like codes.

I have the feeling those are Base64 codes but with some noise in it.
The same way the binary code had occurences of "1029" in it preventing us to uncode it directly.

Unfortunately I don't see any patern or familiar code in there that could be removed.
The only thing I noticed was "IfedZIRO" and tried to replace it with a "0" but that didn't work

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There's a fun twitter beef going on between the Magog Cartel and Spirit of 1029 Twitter feeds at the mo'.
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The upper case letters in the last @MagogCartel tweets spell WE KNOW.
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This spokesperson for the Magog Cartel is sounding awfully similar to a certain real world orange tinged president.
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Just gathering the contents of this site in its entirety into a more readable format as of Aug 12:

Welcome to the official Ma___________g_____ life? here? HERE?! ***

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settle@@@@@@@ments

lfn0OE602+HKBKTMVawALWERLS6pu8P8NcEQyKfnKcQ5zy/H5ny4CU60hkmMHzqlNg+q2oVaSHjSzjPGo1vQzQsJCbHTNAXDCFgTIJznL/1ZkZT89VOuv4koDHZJs4YcWbOLbO1cvV87UMcdWbuAraCeFRF8jy7F1/PufFPAyYRR9Jp4nB6uWpNZlY8rdYmEw7IYvtg4QlaBtX/iiyT1Es8MFA+wO4OkBFEGLHDENvu83kfaMnBxabDguhS/W0wWJjNijasG+5PeHeWqmQYDWsz9YrKgWiap0KCghpDfRuOgH37qNUAQnIf4/AeMF14IiEg9PFlutZWGyXhHem4PF2kxYGp075T+5N0n6nbJt+MMDAa4H3D06iuZa5bK18pLIUIzaFxLue5EJoEz4+JwCYarhZ7JM qbzrtnPv8oK/BbHgaig9MjKf8X7/cHDaXkVObkhW8jyVxxS6IfedZIRO/Phqorogx+DO6dgKWhqppoRNpMU2jawix9b/rf6ZgGRcpngW9pOCDwxCB0UptxmaNk+fnxQQU1Wo9J/isrrgTd/eDpdZgFyD8d8KhYN/Uf8A3MhWX33Xr8MhAPF+BtQUYFYIrvD32CTtDqtGXfL26fdhAVh8XMjTFwwWCB6DH6WwYCwJyLCVikMSXOLbPfzZKFfZIia9KQnM 24dGUOvVMkfBdTqdCpiuwV4NkGKY2hw2jNhjibPLt/Rcpnsxj3B+2Axu6z5bMnzPLRZY00w6p8CJckqQqV9YXdReb34dOLC/6Zb2VWbx1ARGNBwdN69lw== INSERT ANECDOTE ABOUT THE ApMpApZING VIEW just left of here across Mudos AND who could possibly be the EMPLOYEE OF THE DAY AND THE NEW i mean, how hard can it be? every aspect of every aspect of every as-------------f every aspect of EVERY SIN--E ASPECT of every aspect of every asp--_--------------------ct of every aspect of every as_--ct of every aspect of FOLLOW ME follow US

almost% every settlement

responsible for ***almost*** every aspect of municipal life in these vastvastvastvastvastvast idyllic settlements

Seriously.

responsible

vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast VAST vats vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast vast 1029 vast vast vast vast

NOTE: most of the text has a 8291FF color hex code, playing up the significance of that number again...
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Hello guys, been out of the loop for a while. I noticed that on the @MagogCartel in the tweets starting here, the caps form the sentence WEKNOW. Haven't found any reference to it around here, so I thought I'd just post it, maybe there's more to it.
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Xavier posted this four posts above yours.
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This is what i miss when i get all caught up in life!
The Args ! Woot wooooooooooooooooooooo \0/
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The numbers in the last couple of @MagogCartel tweets are forming the 8291 code.
Could it be SO1029 interfering again?






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Looks like we need to fill in the blanks. Using the 8291 code we get 8124,92110.
Not sure how we're supposed to use that.

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The numbers in the last couple of @MagogCartel tweets are forming the 8291 code.
Could it be SO1029 interfering again?






EDIT:



Looks like we need to fill in the blanks. Using the 8291 code we get 8124,92110.
Not sure how we're supposed to use that.

http://magogcartel.com/8124/92110 - this just comes up with the same site as just typing "magogcartel.com" unless I'm missing something really small? I didn't check thoroughly.

ALso glad to see the ARG alive again ^^
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Ok we figured out how to use "-1-4,-2-10":



This tells us to look at the History, the Twitter history.



This means we have all we need to progress.

The "-1-4,-2-10" code actually tells us to take the 4th word from the previous tweet (-1) and take the 10th word of the tweet even before (-2)




-1-4 = "fish"



-2-10: "blow"


Together they spell blowfish, which is a cipher:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blowfish_(cipher)

We'll most likely need it to decrypt the base64 codes, all we need to do now is to find the decryption key.


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The password is "8291" with CBC mode

The decrypted text reads:

^_^U_VDXisistrueorfalseallforprofitinterestsindustrialagriculturalMudosprovidehighestpossiblereturni nvestmentsoverheadsdreamslimitedpowergiganticbadgeleadersproductMeechMotorstravelexpertlytrainedSlig SecurityForcessuccessfulundertakingemploymentvastsentientsecurespecialisthabitationzonesbenefitfacto riesfoundriesfarmlandsstabilitymillionsundertakingsCartelmanagementselflesslyrepresentativesresponsi blemunicipalvastidyllicsettlementsunderconstructionpleasesubscribeandlinkandfollowandlikeandbuyandbu yandbuyandbuyandbuyandbuyandbuyandbuyandbuyandbuyandbuyandbuyandbuyandbuyandbuyatmagogcartel

With spaces:

is is true or false all for profit interests industrial agricultural Mudos provide highest possible return investments overheads dreams limited power gigantic badge leaders product Meech Motors travel expertly trained Slig Security Forces successful undertaking employment vast sentient secure specialist habitation zones benefit factories foundries farmlands stability millions undertakings Cartel management selflessly representatives responsible municipal vast idyllic settlements under construction please subscribe and link and follow and like and buyandbuyandbuyandbuyandbuyandbuyandbuyandbuyandbuyandbuyandbuyandbuyandbuyandbuyandbuy at magog cartel

The part with "please subscribe" lead us to:

https://www.youtube.com/user/MagogCartel

Not sure this is an official ARG account as it's completely empty right now.

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The question is, do we need to use blowfish on the smaller base64?
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I wonder if that magogcartel yt account will upload any vids/clips in the future. Maybe after this bit is figured out?
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Wiki is up to date

http://oddworld.wikia.com/wiki/Souls...e_Magog_Cartel

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I've been attempting that damn code for about 2 hours now and I just can't work it out. I can't find clues relating to anything, I've tried all the key words I can think of.
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Yay! I'll read it up and see if I can be of help again. I used the hell out of Blowfish encryptions back in the day
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I think there’s probably more to do with the decrypted string of text:

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^_^ U_V DX is is true or false all for profit interests industrial agricultural Mudos provide highest possible return investments overheads dreams limited power gigantic badge leaders product Meech Motors travel expertly trained Slig Security Forces successful undertaking employment vast sentient secure specialist habitation zones benefit factories foundries farmlands stability millions undertakings Cartel management selflessly representatives responsible municipal vast idyllic settlements under construction please subscribe and link and follow and like and buy and buy and buy and buy and buy and buy and buy and buy and buy and buy and buy and buy and buy and buy and buy at magog cartel
I think it’s odd they would include so much text just to drop the hint about a Youtube channel. There’s a significant amount of alliteration (“is is”, “interests industrial”, “Meech Motors” etc.) so I think this is a possible clue.

There’s also a handful of capitalized words, all of which are nouns from the Oddworld games:

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^_^ U_V DX Mudos Meech Motors Slig Security Forces Cartel
But curiously the final “magog cartel” is left lowercase.
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Hints from Pete in the Discord;

"OWI_Pete - Today at 10:08 AM
there's still something to find, based on clues you got in the middle of trying to solve the last code that it appears you kind of glossed over a little bit."

"OWI_Pete - Today at 10:24 AM
I think, if I was putting out snippets of text that were meant to lead a group of people (you know, just some random people... hypothetically...) then I'd somehow flag the stuff they're meant to pay closer attention to with a familiar trigger."

"OWI_Pete - Today at 10:27 AM
so maybe the stuff you're supposed to pay closer attention to has elements that have been recurring before within the wider structures of this activity. So, you see those triggers and they cause you to focus on the thing they're contained within, which might also contain some hints towards the next thing you're supposed to be looking for."

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OWI_Pete - Today at 10:29 AM
You know... if I was doing it, it wouldn't just be random stuff, it would be smartly thought out to funnel you into gently noticing what needs to be noticed. Background falvour but with flags to indicate what's important. If I was was doing it. Which I'm not.
So, if I can step inside this 4th wall for a moment, Xavier noticed some pattern in some tweets and pointed it out a couple of times. What else is in those tweets? Anything you've seen before? Anything that's familiar language in your interactions with these messages in the past? If so, then maybe those tweets are important in some way, right? So, they might be worth paying attention to."

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OWI_Pete - Today at 10:38 AM
those 4 tweets give you: 8291. Then they give you PPP. Then the last one says "what you're looking for", "help you find it" and "Discover". They all have only one thing in common. And there's one more big clue in there too."

More to come, maybe.

Edit; After quick chat about the possible links between the last two tweets I tried a bunch of words in the magogcartel.com site and found that putting /buy takes you to http://www.oddworld.com/buy-games/
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GUYS! I found it!

http://magogcartel.com/weknow.jpg

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