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  1. Definitely pumped. I'm particularly interested in what in on the computer monitor on the Left side of the screen. Looks to me like it might be a drill of some sort.
  2. This is a great theory. While I don't have a physics background, I do have a biology degree, so I'll give two theories on how 115 might be working here. First, a "quick-ish" explanation of effects of radiation on the human body. When radiation (referred to as an ionizing radiation-maybe EJ can explain if that's different from the radiation neutron bombs give off) enters the body, it knocks off an electron on a molecule and generates a free radical. The new free radical now has a charge and will attempt to steal an electron from any other source in the body. This will happen naturally throughout your day due to radiation in our environment. We're kept safe because the body has natural antioxidants that will feed an electron to free radicals and protect other, more important molecules. However, if the amount of free-radicals exceeds our body's ability to eliminate them, damage will occur. The damage can be very small, like causing a small break in DNA; through the accumulation of small changes like this over many years, cancer can develop. If the amount of free-radicals is HUGE in comparison to the body's compensation mechanisms, massive damage will occur: DNA is wrecked, cell membranes become porous, everything rushes in to the cell and (basically) the cell explodes. This results in what is called radiation toxicity or radiation sickness. If the amount of damage that occurs is large enough, death can occur. 1. 115 as a Protective Mechanism In "We All Fall Down", it talks about helicases to bind the 115. Helicases are enzymes that split the DNA double-strand so that replication and translation can occur (see image below). If helicases are opening up the DNA, it could be allowing 115 to be incorporated into or alongside the DNA-strand. When the Nuke activates, 115 could then be acting as an anti-oxidant and feeding free radicals electrons. Thus the character's DNA will be protected. Another idea I had, is that exposure to small, constant amounts of 115 is protective and not incorporation itself. 115 is radioactive in real life, so if you were to be constantly exposed over a long period of time, your body may strengthen its own ability to fight radiation. This has been shown to happen in bacteria, but not in humans as far as I'm aware. However, the process of up-regulation of proteins and enzymes in response to a constant stimulus is well documented; the up-regulation of dopamine receptors in the brain contributes to addition. A similar mechanism could be happening where our characters are protected because they've been constantly exposed to 115 but have never had it incorporated into them in such a way as to cause massive damage. 2. 115 as a Damage Amplification If you look at the next line of "We All Fall Down", you see: "Nonresponsive, their ferritin is high, in vivo, and but still seem to be alive". This seems to be describing the process of "zombification". More specifically, it talks about having high ferritin. The line about ferritin is particularly interesting. Ferritin is an iron-storage molecule that is usually INSIDE of a cell. Increasing levels of ferritin IN THE BLOOD can be a marker of cells dying and releasing their contents (remember the explosive cell death I mentioned earlier?). The person is suffering massive cell death from the helicase incorporating 115 into DNA, thus resulting in their "death" without them "dying". This seems to be a little more in line with what real-world data of Ununpentium (element 115) we have. 115 is considered to be highly radioactive; as it is incorporated into a person's DNA, necrosis and death should result. However, the person survives and becomes a zombie. Dead, but still clinging to some shadow of life. What if a zombie were exposed to just a little more radiation? One possible outcome is that it could overwhelm their body's ability to prevent free-radical damage, thus amplifying the relative damage, resulting in death. This is (kind of) the idea behind using radiation to treat cancer; cause the cancer to get so much damage in such a short amount of time that it will die. The trick is getting the dose right so that you only kill the cancer and not the rest of the person. I propose that our characters receive a protective mechanism while the zombies receive a damage amplification mechanism from 115 that contributes to the effect of radiation damage from a neutron bomb (AKA Nuke).
  3. First, I've created the alphabet key/table, cipher text in numerical form, and plaintext after substitution Alphabet: Numerical Cipher Text: Submitted Plaintext: Second, and more importantly, I don't think we're done with this cipher yet. There are too many oddities for me to be convinced there isn't more information hidden on this page. Here's my list of...oddities: We don't use the circles or lines in this decryption process Every number in the key is used TWICE in the document but only once in the cipher text This is determined by searching the document created by Draz. I've also cross referenced it in a version created by Waterkh, so it isn't a copy error. This includes all number in the key, both primes and non-primes. There are only two exceptions: (547, 937, 257, 499)- all of these numbers only appear once in the entire cipher text (107*, 608, 20, 174*)- 107 appears twice and (608, 20, 174) appear twice but they only appear together once. Why are there numbers in the cipher text and alphabet that are not used in the plaintext? Perfect example is the letter Z. There are 7 numbers associated with it but they are not part of the plaintext. They do not offer any additional functions such as spaces or punctuation. I don't believe it complicates the cipher in any way and could easily have been left out, such as with G, J, or Q. Personally, I think this requires more looking into, but if people have other theories/explanations I would love to hear them!
  4. My request for the scraps was filled by GQ:
  5. @InfestLithium Blundell did confirm that there was a cipher in BO3 that is double-enciphered. Specifically it was during Milo's interview, and it was for "all of BO3", not just before ZNS. My point being that you're basically describing a process of double-encipherment, which has been confirmed. And yes, only the scrap papers remain on ZNS. Its unclear at this point if they are 2 separate ciphers or are linked into 1 cipher with key and plaintext.
  6. @Kalinine I just posted a request for your technical drawings and for the scrap papers. We'll see if anyone can help. https://redd.it/4k9azs
  7. While we're on the topic, could a PC wizard also get a picture of the scrap of paper that's in the dragon room? I'm trying to rule out a turning grille cipher and I need a complete image that's proportionally correct. Specifically I need a vertical shot of it, as if you were standing on top of it and you look down. Thanks!
  8. @DragonGJY A cryptogram cipher is a mono-alphabetic substitution, AKA simple substitution. You substitute one letter of the plaintext with one letter of the cipher text and one letter only. In our case, the key was: "15, AUROBELISCDFGHJKLMNPQSTUVWXYZ". The 15 denoted the offset of the alphabet. Below is the alphabet with the start highlighted. The "AUROBELISCDFGHJKLMNPQSTUVWXYZ" is fairly quick to spot. The "15" in the key apparently means that the 15 of the plaintext is the same as 15 in cipher text. Certainly would not have been my first guess as how to use the 15, but there you go.
  9. New Cipher found on ZNS. It's over by the Green Water. I'm having trouble attaching the picture, but there is the link to the imgur album and here is the original post on reddit. Here is the cipher text as best I can read it: Kvxga pzd lwtv sb pzd Rvtxhc Xoo Fsoxgypw var zzczlqnnsjm, pxb Cupngyl qny zo vsflaxydd kwky zip eixhe laxoktr jwnl yc sar hfjksrdd gvm mzhyrryokzzh he ttu zbq Astirwyh 9 bnahlvjr ss pzd irdihm rc zecunpaa. Zd artslaa nd pngvssnjky gvip xb thlc tfnkb ii elemhwb so aokihuz if oyg jbwbuqct. Qyi ohb H bwjw fsst rhsj pyop td aioyoggszh sj kyyx idw uhnzfzqx wvde ryh qse khj czi Fmpsy. I would put money on this being the Shino Numa cipher that's found on The List.
  10. @DragonGJY Here is the long-form of the cipher in excel. The 15 rows is easy enough to understand, but by "offset" it means that you start the zig-zag after traveling 5 lines (starting in the 6th row). It was actually important to do by hand to solve bc I helped me see that there was a secret "space" hidden as the first character of the cipher. If you want a computer to do more of the heavy lifting, check out the Geocaching Railfence Solver.
  11. @Kalinine I think it's a good possibility that the underwater cipher by power (see below for reference) is actually the 5, 25 cipher. After doing more work on it to figure out exactly what type of cipher it is, my new guess is that it's a Nicodemus Cipher. This is due to transposition of both its columns and rows (see below). I'm not 100% sure of this, but what I can say is that assuming this method, you find that that the column length is 25 and that the proper start of the plaintext message is 5 rows down in the cipher text. The other piece of evidence is that I feel both of the transposition ciphers "go together," and that their keys would as well. Since I'm very confident the newest cipher solved is the 15, 5 cipher, I think it makes it more likely that this is the 5, 25 cipher. Of course, we don't really know until we solve the other ciphers on the map, namely the scrap paper ciphers. And there might even be a new one waiting to be discovered still.
  12. @whats his face I think the next step is to figure out how many total unique numbers there are and to get the frequency of each. If there happens to only be 26 of them, the cipher becomes easier as we just start substituting based on frequency.
  13. For the newest cipher (Zipline Cipher), I went back through and attempted to confirm the number of spaces included by creating bars that measured the space between the words: There appears to be spaces of 3 different lengths, so my conclusion is that the different sizes correspond to 1space, 2spaces, and 3spaces. This would bring the number of spaces in the cipher to 87, and the total length to 505. One limitation to note is that I cannot definitively say how many spaces appear at the end of each line. I assumed there was only 1, but it could be more, thus increasing the total character count. Ways to attack this cipher: This is most likely a transposition type of cipher, which reminds me of the other transposition cipher on the map. On ZNS there have been multiple uses of Vigenere ciphers being used, so it is possible that the transposition cipher has repeated. The one I solved was a strange variant of a columnar transposition cipher. I solved it using techniques for a columnar transposition, but the final composition was very different from any that I had heard of. This makes me wonder if I did not solve the cipher the "correct" way. If that's the case, then spending time figuring out the "correct" way to solve the transposition would help us understand how this cipher could be solved, especially if the two transposition ciphers are 1 and 2 on The List. However, if we apply the same techniques I used before, then we run into difficulties. I found the column length by noticing the 115 in the cipher text and knew they had to be associated. The only nice landmark found in this cipher, like @Nieno69 pointed out, is the letter "Q". In English, Q is always followed by the letter "U", so we can use that to our advantage to connect 2 columns together and use that to branch outwards. FYI, this is the current route that I'm taking at the moment.
  14. @Nieno69 I also noticed that there might be a connection between the one I solved and the new cipher. I was thinking about how the cipher I solved had columns that were 25 characters in length, so my thought was to apply it in some way. I do like your observation that the 5 may indicate the starting point for the cipher text. Have you tried your theory yet? @Tac The Shinonuma cipher hasn't been identified yet, but the Aurora Borealis key is the Cryptogram cipher that Liz solved. If you map her alphabet, it was offset by 15 letters as the attached image of the excel page shows.
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