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If the keyword was Deadfire or Obsidian, would it return anything?


We can't really check until we have a 6th group, I think.

This is all assuming the 6th group will be the last one we'll get.

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I'll get right back on this, as soon as I find a post in MaxQuest's history that doesn't make me feel like a neanderthal.

A little GoogleFu coupled with the love of figuring stuff out, goes a long way :)
 

If the keyword was Deadfire or Obsidian, would it return anything?


We can't really check until we have a 6th group, I think.

This is all assuming the 6th group will be the last one we'll get.

Beside the 6th group and (optional) keyword (which can be omitted if there is no transposition), we also need the encrypted text itself. If this cipher is the one used, we would expect a sequence of arbitrary length, but having not more than 6 different characters in it, something like: FBDEBBBBFEAFDFEDBAFBABFD) (but it could be any characters, not necessary from A to F, could as well be from U to Z).

Edit1: Hmm, it's unlikely to be this cipher. Just noticed that all characters in that matrix are unique... which logically thinking is required for substitution mapping. While the characters in the currently revealed groups have duplicates :(

Edit2: Playing with substitutions:
Spoiler

BtF6nW w6Pd2u SHbEXB cCedpo 8twCgw ->
EiG6hT t6Ro2u BLeDNE sSdorm 8itSat ->
EiG6hT t6Ro2uBLeD NEsS dorm8itSat ->
EiGhT tRouBLeD NEsS dormit Sat ->
Eight troubledness dormit sat..

P.S. waiting for the next group, as it will allow to check if selected substitutions do not result in gibberish...

Edited by MaxQuest, 02 February 2018 - 09:57 AM.

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- there are no '=' signs, so it's unlikely to be Base64

 

I concur.  Aside from missing the pad character (=) to round out chunks to a multiple of four characters, it would still end up decoding to non-word gibberish if you forced it.

 

What's your take on the upper-case/lower-case thing?  Aside from something like a substitution cipher, encoding schema are generally case-insensitive.  The casing frequency is about 50/50, so if it is enciphered text, you're potentially dealing with a 62-character set rather than a simple cipher where the capitalization carries through.

 

That's partly why I keep circling back to brainstorming where on the web these codes might be relevant.

 

For example:

Youtube videos: 12 digits, base62 (two code blocks)

Goo.gl link shortener: 6 digits, base62 (one block)

 

Nothing's come up yet, but I'm still proceeding under the assumption that they're web-related rather than enciphered text.



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What's your take on the upper-case/lower-case thing?  Aside from something like a substitution cipher, encoding schema are generally case-insensitive.  The casing frequency is about 50/50, so if it is enciphered text, you're potentially dealing with a 62-character set rather than a simple cipher where the capitalization carries through.

I agree that upper-case characters do not seem to denote original capital letters, like at all.
So my thoughts on this are:
- either there is a 62-char set
- or there is a 36-char set, and some of letters of the encoded string were capitalized on random just to add confusion

- or it's a 26-char set, and digits are added either to keep block length at 6, or just because (if length is irrelevant).

If it's the first case, I would think that they were used in order to shorten the final string. Like various url shorteners out there do.
I have checked goo.gl, bit.ly, tiny.cc and is.gd. Nothing.
Found the /BtF6nW and /cCedpo as links on tinyurl.com. But it's not what we are looking for) First leads to some outdated porn, and another to some article on osnews.com from 2009.

Also rechecked how do steam codes look like. And nope, there is a different schema.

It's also not a hash, since we wouldn't be able restore the original string from it. Well... there are some rainbow tables, but I have no idea how to use them; and additionally the current groups don't even look like md5, sha or crc.
 

Nothing's come up yet, but I'm still proceeding under the assumption that they're web-related rather than enciphered text.

That would probably be the easiest way.

As for alternatives, I was thinking it could also be an encrypted url, together with domain not just query)
Or some pass-phrase which one could google, and find the webpage with further indications.


Edited by MaxQuest, 02 February 2018 - 10:14 AM.

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Doesn't seem to match up with the new Deadfire keys either

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Maybe they were generated with a bit-stream cipher. Perhaps the first or second code is the key, or it's the seed for some common pseudo-random generator. Knowing which generator to try is the hard part, not sure if there is an obvious pick or not. Something a student would learn and could do by hand, or maybe some stdlib thing, maybe RC4.



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Well, it's Wednesday again.  Anyone want to take a guess which bestiary entry might hit twitter in a few hours?   ;)


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Weresharks? :lol:


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Lava dragon! Lava dragon!
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Bestiary Entry 4: Eotens

 

A little tough to make out...

 

BMahh7

 

Here's a frame inverted and enlarged.

ApZsysO.png


Edited by Ethics Gradient, 07 February 2018 - 12:07 PM.


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I'm too distracted by how his codpiece is clipping through the edge of the drum. 

 

Neat way to show off the lighting effects, though.


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Clicked the link just to see the codpiece. A skull, nice touch. :lol:



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Got our first “a”

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BtF6nW w6Pd2u SHbEXB cCedpo 8twCgw BMahh7

BFWPSHEXBCCBM
1234567654321

tnwdubcedpotwgwahh
123456789987654321

6 6 2 8 7
H H F e E
X X B o c
b b n   t
w w h

I dunno xD


https://nrich.maths.org/2197


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Tried to apply this cipher: http://practicalcryp...aconian-cipher/

 
#Attempt1
- discarded digits
- 0 for lowercase; 1 for uppercase;
- used baconian substitution table:

A = 00000 I/J = 01000 R = 10000
B = 00001   K = 01001 S = 10001
C = 00010   L = 01010 T = 10010
D = 00011   M = 01011 U/V = 10011
E = 00100   N = 01100 W = 10100
F = 00101   O = 01101 X = 10101
G = 00110   P = 01110 Y = 10110
H = 00111   Q = 01111 Z = 10111

BtF nW w Pd u SHbEXB cCedpo twCgw BMahh
101 01 0 10 0 110111 010000 00100 11000
10101 01001 10111 01000 00010 01100 0
  X     K     Z    I/J    C     N

#Attempt1b
- discarded digits
- 1 for lowercase; 0 for uppercase;
- used baconian substitution:

010 10 1 01 1 001000 101111 11011 00111
01010 10110 01000 10111 11101 10011 1
  L     Y    I/J    Z     ?    U/V

 
#Attempt2
- discarded digits
- 0 for lowercase; 1 for uppercase;
- used separate mapping for J and V:

A = 00000 I = 01000 Q = 10000
B = 00001 J = 01001 R = 10001
C = 00010 K = 01010 S = 10010
D = 00011 L = 01011 T = 10011
E = 00100 M = 01100 U = 10100
F = 00101 N = 01101 V = 10101
G = 00110 O = 01110 W = 10110
H = 00111 P = 01111 X = 10111 Y = 11000 Z = 11001

BtF nW w Pd u SHbEXB cCedpo twCgw BMahh
101 01 0 10 0 110111 010000 00100 11000
10101 01001 10111 01000 00010 01100 0
  V     J     X     I     C     M

 
#Attempt3
- 0 for lowercase; 1 for uppercase; 2 for digits
- J combined with I, V combine with U (like in baconian table):

A = 000 I/J = 022 R = 121
B = 001   K = 100 S = 122
C = 002   L = 101 T = 200
D = 010   M = 102 U/V = 201
E = 011   N = 110 W = 202
F = 012   O = 111 X = 210
G = 020   P = 112 Y = 211
H = 021   Q = 120 Z = 212

BtF6nW w6Pd2u SHbEXB cCedpo 8twCgw BMahh7
101201 021020 110111 010000 200100 110002
101 201 021 020 110 111 010 000 200 100 110 002
 L  U/V  H   G   N   O   D   A   T   K   N   C

#Attempt3b
- 1 for lowercase; 0 for uppercase; 2 for digits
- J combined with I, V combine with U (like in baconian table):

BtF6nW w6Pd2u SHbEXB cCedpo 8twCgw BMahh7
010210 120121 001000 101111 211011 001112
010 210 120 121 001 000 101 111 211 011 001 112
 D   X   Q   R   B   A   L   O   Y   E   B   P

 
#Attempt4
- 0 for lowercase; 1 for uppercase; 2 for digits
- used separate mapping for J and V:

A = 000 I = 022 Q = 121
B = 001 J = 100 R = 122
C = 002 K = 101 S = 200
D = 010 L = 102 T = 201
E = 011 M = 110 U = 202
F = 012 N = 111 V = 210
G = 020 O = 112 W = 211
H = 021 P = 120 X = 212 Y = 220 Z = 221

BtF6nW w6Pd2u SHbEXB cCedpo 8twCgw BMahh7
101201 021020 110111 010000 200100 110002
101 201 021 020 110 111 010 000 200 100 110 002
 K   T   H   G   M   N   D   A   S   J   M   C

#Attempt4b
- 1 for lowercase; 0 for uppercase; 2 for digits
- used separate mapping for J and V:

BtF6nW w6Pd2u SHbEXB cCedpo 8twCgw BMahh7
010210 120121 001000 101111 211011 001112
010 210 120 121 001 000 101 111 211 011 001 112
 D   V   P   Q   B   A   K   N   W   E   B   O

 

 

TL.DR. Uff. Not found yet)


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Nice work, MaxQuest! Keep it up!

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I am just trying to guess what they are teasing. Outer Worlds announcment? It seems weird, if they could announce anything new Pillars related.



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I am just trying to guess what they are teasing. Outer Worlds announcment? It seems weird, if they could announce anything new Pillars related.


Seems really weird and niche to be a marketing thing. The only ones who'd spot this are the die hard nerds fans.

I'd rather say it's something tied to Deadfire for the fans. Some downloadable glowing pet parrot or whatever.

 

If it's anything that is.


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It's clearly something. You don't stick weird codes in your marketting materials for no reason.



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It's clearly something. You don't stick weird codes in your marketting materials for no reason.

 

I would. Costs little to no money and is always fun.


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