Released: 04/21/2019

Found: Yes

The Leporine Key

Follow the Crazy Rabbit

Congratulations to the Hunters who congregated at the locations indicated in my first transmission and found the first keys of the Hunt. A hearty congratulations as well to the few who realized that travel in meatspace was not entirely necessary to find these keys. While parts of the Hunt are solitary endeavours, most of the time you will need to work together as a clan to pull ahead. This next challenge is solvable for an individual only at considerable expense; for a group it is nothing but a simple test of cohesion and trust.

In my hunt, as in life, remember that nothing is what it seems.

The Journey

Clicking that link “nothing is what it seems” leads us to this link and there is a .gif:

We used the GIF Dissector tool to examine frame-by-frame and saw on one frame, it said “unzip me”.

After unzipping the gif, we found a .txt file came out of it and inside it was this URL and it stated that the password would be the Jade Key. It led us to this product on this store.

Going off the clue that “This next challenge is solvable for an individual only at considerable expense; for a group it is nothing but a simple test of cohesion and trust.”, we purchased about 8 of these and it randomly sent us 1/8 of a picture of a QR code. Needless to say, we didn’t get all the pieces so we waited for the public to share their portions with us and worked with other clans.

Ultimately, this QR code took us to this URL and a password was provided:

a dim light illuminated the darkness, casting shadows on the walls and revealing a single key hanging from a thread in the middle of the vault

Conclusion:

– Key Fragment # 004 –

ST-0004-9eeb558b5502a826d67b0bddb25f06fe4014d97aff40a5674e35b9dcc4e696b9a720e25f2ad8ae5b9b63b993dcf826258e65ae5b

Metamessage: THIS KEY IS DIGITAL TREASURE, A PRECIOUS . FRAGMENT OF AN ANCIENT KEY WHICH UNLOCKS . UNTOLD RICHES. STORE IT SOMEWHERE SAFE . UNTIL YOU CAN FIND 399 MORE

Quote: I envy them, Mamoru — the humans on the cusp. Their journeys required them to actually JOURNEY, instead of just blinking through the interstellar foam. Back then, you could still solve a puzzle on your own, instead of just feeding it to the Omniform… Oh, perhaps I’m wrong. But I think they must have been happier. (Intercept from ST291 Transmission)