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This page contains secret information regarding an ARG puzzle. The purpose of ARG pages is to keep Toontown sleuths up to date on the story of Toontown Rewritten.

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Confidential refers to the 33rd blog post from the Toontown Rewritten website titled "null [CONFIDENTIAL] - Yes, that means you too." that was posted by LL-TERMINAL43 on November 26, 2013.[1] In past terms, this event occurred on November 26, 2002.

Story

Doctor Dimm visits Doctor Surlee's office to look for a sprocket that he has been working on. Dimm accidentally activates a mechanical arm and the scanner. Surlee's blueprint of the Silly Meter is scanned, compressed, and sent before Dimm can shut off the computer.

Blog post

Encrypted
Posted by LL-TERMINAL43 on November 26, 2013 03:35 PM
:reqparser:(info) init req parsing
:cryptlkr:(info) initializing encryption modules
:cryptlkr:(info) got as key: THREE ROW TWO RIGHT
MOVE.L HMAC,$E512
CMP CND8,SCRT
BCC XFER

:xferbse: starting transfer
-said it would be right over here...
Lzkvvyvd Syjqlrleqb E:/ - 100% :: Zuir vue sutva
Wqotqle akek iwyve 5 :: vqp zuir
Sqezfyvd swub syjq zkcyvqe
[unable to reproduce audio] Holy smokes! Nice little mechanical arm. I won't bother you, I'm just here for- What are you- OUCH!
Cjuzhqa ikllkdq, wqbuxyvd uclekzjq
Uclekzjq wqbuxqa, kzzqllyvd zkcyvqe
Lqkwzfyvd iwyve 5 :: Sutva
Lzkvvyvd iwyve
Dimm, for the love of Walt, what are you doing in my office?
Ah-oh, heya Surlee. I was just looking around for that sprocket you were working on. Prepostera sent me out to get it; he said it would be right here in this drawer, but your darn robotic hand hit me on the head.
Ah yes, I moved it this morning. I put it right over- Dimm. What is that computer doing? Why is the scanner on?
Oh, huh. I must have bumped the keyboard when searching for the sprocket. That would explain the arm.
Lzkv zubijqeq :: Zubiwqllyvd eu lqva
Dimm, shut it off.
23%
Are you sure? I heard that unplugging a computer while its-
51%
Dimm, shut off the computer right now.
78%
DIMM, SHUT IT O-
...
...
...
eew://kllqel/zkqlkw-putja-cq-ijqklqa.gid
:xferbse:(fatal) lost connection
EOF
Decrypted
Posted by LL-TERMINAL43 on November 26, 2013 03:35 PM
:reqparser:(info) init req parsing
:cryptlkr:(info) initializing encryption modules
:cryptlkr:(info) got as key: THREE ROW TWO RIGHT
MOVE.L HMAC,$E512
CMP CND8,SCRT
BCC XFER

:xferbse: starting transfer
-said it would be right over here...
Scanning filesystem E:/ - 100% :: Copy not found
Request data print 5 :: new copy
Fetching from file cabinet
[unable to reproduce audio] Holy smokes! Nice little mechanical arm. I won't bother you, I'm just here for- What are you- OUCH!
Blocked passage, removing obstacle
Obstacle removed, accessing cabinet
Searching print 5 :: Found
Scanning print
Dimm, for the love of Walt, what are you doing in my office?
Ah-oh, heya Surlee. I was just looking around for that sprocket you were working on. Prepostera sent me out to get it; he said it would be right here in this drawer, but your darn robotic hand hit me on the head.
Ah yes, I moved it this morning. I put it right over- Dimm. What is that computer doing? Why is the scanner on?
Oh, huh. I must have bumped the keyboard when searching for the sprocket. That would explain the arm.
Scan complete :: Compressing to send
Dimm, shut it off.
23%
Are you sure? I heard that unplugging a computer while its-
51%
Dimm, shut off the computer right now.
78%
DIMM, SHUT IT O-
...
...
...
ttr://assets/caesar-would-be-pleased.jpg
:xferbse:(fatal) lost connection
EOF

Blueprint

Below is an encrypted version of the Silly Meter blueprint, which was linked as "ttr://assets//caesar-would-be-pleased.jpg" on the blog post after decoding.[1][2]

Caesar-would-be-pleased

Below is a decrypted version of the Silly Meter blueprint.

Decrypted caesar-would-be-pleased

Method of decryption

:cryptlkr:(info) got as key: THREE ROW TWO RIGHT

The Silly Meter blueprint was decoded using a version of the Caesar cipher. Specifically, it used the keyboard as its reference when making the letter substitution.

Cipher steps

The following steps demonstrate how the cipher is decoded.[3]

  1. Find the encrypted letter on the keyboard.
  2. Look two keys to its right to find the decrypted letter.
  3. If there are no more letters to the right, wrap around to the left.

Trivia

  • The block of code under the line designating "THREE ROW TWO RIGHT" is written in 68k Assembly.
  • The garbled text must be decoded by taking each letter and moving two letters to the right of it on a qwerty keyboard. Non-letter characters are excluded from the algorithm.[3][4]
  • It is unknown why Professor Prepostera wanted the sprocket.
  • The messages "Blocked passage, removing obstacle" and "Obstacle removed, accessing cabinet" do not indicate clearly on whether the mechanical arm reached into the filing cabinet or if a firewall of some sort was referenced.
  • When Doctor Surlee stated he moved the mechanical arm "this morning", he may have done this in order to protect the filing cabinet from possible intruders.
  • Doctor Surlee is very concerned about the computer scanning something.
  • It is assumed that "print 5" is the file number for "ttr://assets/caesar-would-be-pleased.jpg".
  • By the time Doctor Surlee noticed the scanner was on, the computer had already finished scanning. At this point it compressed and started sending the file.
  • Progression of the file stopped at 78% and is followed by "... ... ...". There is also the message ":xferbse:(fatal) lost connection" suggesting that the computer had lost connection before finishing to send the file. The file name, however, is included in the log message possibly suggesting the computer did finish sending, and then terminated itself to avoid further logging of events.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Wiki blog post - Official blog post - MMO Central Forums - Wayback Machine
  2. caesar-would-be-pleased.jpg Wiki encrypted blueprint - Official encrypted blueprint
  3. 3.0 3.1 http://www.mmocentralforums.com/forums/showpost.php?p=3961856&postcount=232 MCF decryption (reposted from the IRC)
  4. Image of QWERTY keyboard cipher
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