Solve the code in Destiny: Rise of Iron’s mystery new ARG game

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The Devils are evolving in Destiny: Rise of Iron. Again. Again. And this time, it looks like SIVA is teaching them to use a Windows operating system and MS-DOS. That’s the word right now, as Rise of Iron is currently playing a game with some augmented reality. And it looks like the kind of game that would make your local programmer cry tears of anguish.

Here’s how it works: You’re going to need to be logged into the Bungie website, then you’re going to need to hit this link. You’ll soon see your screen vomit out a few pages of code that are uniquely linked to your Bungie ID. Over on Reddit, the mystery deepened as players figured out the code apparently needs to be combined with six other data logs from other guardians.

You can do that by entering your results into this Google Document, to help crack the conundrum. So what’s the endgame here? Well…I have no clue at all. Some people reckon it has something to do with the Wrath of the Machine Raid monitors that broadcast “7777” the whole time, possibly indicating that there’ll be a secret chest to unlock once the code has been cracked. Jmpherso has a solid theory in case you’re a fan of cryptography:

So, to be clear, I’m pretty sure the ARG is “solved”. We just lack coordination/data. This is like raid-tier ARG.

Owl Sector was updated with a link that lead to a Bungie hosted page :

Explanation :

Bunch of fancy looking stuff, but what’s important is that there’s FOUR PIECES OF DATA.

1) Your node. This is 5 symbols. Pretty simple stuff. Example, Square Circle Diamond Triangle Square, or, SCDTS.

2) Your “information forwarding protocol”. This is how you find the “next in line” (who to forward your information to, get it!?). There are two options. An image with the symbols and clockwise arrows or counter clockwise arrows in one of 5 locations (the image always has the symbols the same), or 12345 -> reordered numbers. If you imagine this as a “filter” you apply to your node it’s simple. Let’s use my previous example node, SCDTS. Let’s say the image is counter-clockwise arrows in the 2nd position. This means the Circle in the second position changes to a square. So the “next in line” is SSDTS.

3) Processing key. This is kind of a confusing part because I’m not 100% on how this type of crypto works, but from my understanding we will combine all 8 of these to form a full “key” used to decrypt each wall of text correctly. I might not be 100% correct here, but that won’t become apparent until we have all the data.

4) Processing Initialization Vector. This is important for your wall of text only, but you’ll need it for each wall of text among the 8 of you who link up.

So, you find a “chain” of people who link up. There’s no saying you ONLY need 8, you might need as many as 15 to ensure you get a “complete” chain of 8 (because let’s say you get 8 people together, the first seven might be the final 7 of the previous chain, with the last guy being the start of a new one, so then you’d need 7 more to finish the chain.) The way you link up is by finding the person who’s original Node matches the node you’d get after applying your forwarding protocol to yours.

As I said, I’m pretty sure the concept here is figured out. The issue is we require a huge blob of data and, afaik, nothing’s set up right now.

Fun! It’s little Easter eggs like this that make Destiny fun, as the game happens to be home to some of the fringiest science and mythology that has been fused into the lore of that universe. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go yell about numbers a little bit more with my beautiful mind.

Last Updated: September 27, 2016

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