Chrome Rain

Prelude: Video Camera Sleuthing

  • Conductor > Fiat lux
  • Conductor > 744-66_d1.jpg
  • Arcwright > Bored, Conductor?
  • Conductor > cheshire-cat-toboggan-thief-1038x576.png
  • Conductor > pynn-butler-trial-security-footage-surveillance-1.png
  • Conductor > security_cameras_bonita_springs.jpg
  • Arcwright > I don’t get it.
  • FireWraith > Small man. Small mind. AW, let your betters handle this. Interesting meta data on these images.
  • Z7-87 > Item: Hashing algorithm 78-A-HUF. Primary use: UCAS internal commlink relay. Assertion: Improbability.
  • Arcwright > Shut it, fire face. Z7, seen this before? Ghast? You around?
  • Z7-87 > Assertion: Affirmative. Observation: 78-A-HUF current block chain at 988760791. Observation: Image block chain calculated to real time.
  • Conductor > In every handful of sand: grains of diamond.
  • FireWraith > Why can’t you just be direct for once?
  • Arcwright > I’ve heard that line before, one sec…
  • Arcwright > Got them! lat/longs hidden in the images. Steganography. That is some retro shit right there. Sharing is caring.
  • Ghast > Interesting. Image three is a UCAS site. Checking. Image one is one as well. All of them.
  • FireWraith > Seriously? How do you get this info?
  • Ghast > Do your homework.
  • Z7-87 > Observation: Symmetry detected. Assertion: Images define a quadrilateral. Action: PMing coordinates to Ghast. Question: Similar?
  • Ghast > Got it Z7-87. And, correct as usual. It is UCAS as well. Got the live cams on site. Let me patch this through.
  • Arcwright > Holy firefight batman!
  • Ghast > Defenders are UCAS. Image quality not good enough to check the insignia. Don’t recognize the attackers.
  • Arcwright > Knock knock Blue Nova: Bet you recognize the place.
  • FireWraith > Check frame 1208: anyone recognize that symbol? Hard to make it out.
  • Z7-87 > Negative.
  • Conductor > A trail of breadcrumbs.
  • Blue Nova > …

  • Arcwright > Ghast, you there? Need a favour bud.
  • Ghast > Here.
  • Arcwright > Remember a few days ago, those UCAS goons getting bent over by the black rubber fetish ninjas?
  • Ghast > Not quite the descriptive I would use.
  • Arcwright > Found an operation name, wanted to pass it by you. See if you’ve heard anything.
  • Ghast > Terms?
  • Arcwright > Quid pro quo
  • FireWraith > Hey Hey! Arcwright using smart person words!
  • PurpleGhost > Dio li fa, poi li accoppia
  • Ghast > Lol. PG: Think of the children.
  • Arcwright > … Okay… moving on. Ghast, you in?

  • Ghast > Arcwright.
  • Arcwright > Ghast.
  • Ghast > My ‘quid pro quo’ is this: Answers in the forum, for all eyes.
  • Arcwright > What?! You can’t do this to me!
  • Ghast > I can. I am. Project Tangiers is the code name of the UCAS operation that just ended in the SCIRE.
  • Arcwright > Shut it! Stop!
  • FireWraith > Slow a moment Ghast, want to grab the popcorn.
  • Ghast > Operation Tangiers involved high level assets spaced through Seattle. Very little information on reason other than ‘Fire Support’ and ‘Tag and Retrieve’
  • Ghast > Boots on the ground kept out of the loop.
  • Ghast > I’ve packaged everything else I’ve found together. Going to upload to the challenge space, here, and then drop it like a hot rock. I recommend you do too Arcwright: Every node I touched got torched. Someone wants this information dead.
  • Arcwright > …
    >>> Challenge Accepted! File: 876-AHBA-GABA-20591231-Ghast
  • Ghast > I’m setting the archive read only. Break the encryption and its contents are yours. But same goes for anyone else.
    >>> We Have a Winner! 876-AHBA-GABA-20591231-Ghast broken by SHIVANfurnace
  • Ghast > Holy fuck. That was fast.
  • Arcwright > Polkaroo got it? Damn.
    >>> File Deleted: 876-AHBA-GABA-20591231-Ghast by SHIVANfurnace\
  • Ghast > What? Hey! How…
  • SHIVANfurnace > open your heart; surrender; enemies will be friends.
  • FireWraith> And that, my friends, is why I think SHIVAN and Conductor are the same bloke.



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