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waterfall from the past

A project log for itanimulli code crackers

cracking the code of the itanimulli riddle

Moritz WalterMoritz Walter 12/29/2015 at 13:2312 Comments

As blinkinaday noted, there is a second, different waterfall image from the wayback machine, that can be accessed here:

https://web.archive.org/web/20150911223837/https://infotomb.com/uy6vy.png

This project log is about deciphering the stego and FEZ code of this image (boring). You can skip it entirely and just download the results if you wish:

https://cdn.hackaday.io/files/8762374873408/Waterfall_Wayback.zip

Ok, here we go, this is the image. It looks like the image on the itanimulli page, but, if you look closely (very closely..), there are yet some differences:

I will now quickly deconstruct this without getting into too much details:

LSB stego

RGB

Red

Green

Blue

This is also the point where I realize that this project needs a GitHub repository :) I'll make one asap.

Ok, next step is deciphering that stuff.

FEZ code

Red

G ,S ,O ,S ,R ,KQ,P ,B ,G ,F ,KQ,KQ,Y ,F ,T ,A ,A ,A ,A ,A ,A ,A ,A ,A ,A ,A ,A ,
L ,D ,UV,P ,UV,A ,G ,J ,P ,E ,X ,N ,R ,E ,KQ,N ,N ,N ,N ,N ,N ,N ,R ,S ,N ,N ,KQ,
C ,S ,M ,KQ,W ,KQ,I ,I ,M ,I ,UV,J ,T ,W ,T ,O ,O ,O ,O ,O ,O ,O ,E ,O ,O ,O ,O ,
KQ,KQ,J ,T ,H ,L ,L ,UV,KQ,S ,P ,P ,S ,T ,T ,UV,UV,UV,UV,UV,UV,UV,P ,L ,UV,UV,A ,
C ,J ,L ,B ,E ,UV,R ,UV,Y ,J ,I ,B ,N ,A ,F ,I ,I ,I ,I ,I ,I ,I ,L ,UV,I ,I ,N ,
R ,A ,UV,I ,H ,R ,Y ,KQ,UV,G ,UV,P ,KQ,KQ,M ,C ,C ,C ,C ,C ,C ,C ,Y ,T ,C ,C ,Z ,
UV,X ,C ,L ,E ,J ,R ,UV,J ,UV,F ,M ,KQ,S ,H ,E ,E ,E ,E ,E ,E ,E ,F ,I ,E ,E ,C ,
P ,N ,R ,Z ,T ,C ,Y ,Y ,R ,G ,M ,F ,KQ,Y ,F ,W ,S ,S ,S ,S ,S ,S ,R ,O ,A ,C ,S ,
Z ,P ,O ,Y ,UV,W ,I ,D ,H ,T ,I ,G ,I ,I ,P ,A ,H ,H ,H ,H ,H ,H ,O ,N ,S ,A ,X ,
F ,T ,N ,KQ,I ,C ,W ,G ,D ,UV,G ,A ,UV,C ,Y ,S ,O ,O ,O ,O ,O ,O ,M ,T ,KQ,M ,A ,
KQ,D ,E ,L ,I ,L ,Y ,O ,D ,X ,G ,H ,F ,KQ,N ,E ,UV,UV,UV,UV,UV,UV,A ,O ,E ,E ,F ,
UV,L ,R ,B ,B ,L ,O ,UV,G ,M ,UV,G ,P ,G ,R ,N ,L ,L ,L ,L ,L ,L ,M ,R ,D ,T ,KQ,
S ,T ,O ,O ,I ,A ,F ,UV,B ,A ,F ,UV,J ,P ,KQ,L ,D ,D ,D ,D ,D ,D ,A ,I ,H ,O ,P ,
W ,M ,L ,J ,KQ,F ,UV,R ,A ,P ,S ,W ,KQ,Y ,L ,I ,S ,S ,S ,S ,S ,S ,S ,D ,O ,A ,R ,
G ,O ,UV,M ,D ,G ,N ,M ,H ,D ,A ,UV,F ,Y ,UV,G ,O ,E ,O ,E ,O ,E ,T ,D ,W ,M ,D ,
E ,B ,L ,O ,UV,E ,I ,A ,UV,C ,M ,H ,G ,B ,G ,H ,F ,A ,F ,A ,F ,A ,E ,L ,T ,A ,A ,
KQ,UV,O ,A ,A ,D ,C ,Z ,H ,X ,B ,P ,H ,E ,W ,T ,I ,R ,I ,R ,I ,R ,R ,E ,O ,S ,H ,
UV,Z ,H ,A ,J ,F ,E ,UV,Z ,L ,F ,UV,W ,T ,E ,E ,N ,C ,N ,C ,N ,C ,W ,S ,F ,T ,Y ,
C ,M ,E ,C ,L ,A ,M ,UV,C ,R ,W ,P ,D ,Z ,E ,N ,D ,H ,D ,H ,D ,H ,A ,H ,I ,E ,D ,
UV,H ,M ,M ,UV,J ,X ,B ,I ,KQ,D ,O ,T ,A ,N ,E ,T ,T ,T ,T ,A ,T ,S ,A ,N ,R ,UV,
H ,H ,L ,UV,T ,Z ,I ,J ,R ,E ,KQ,A ,J ,F ,E ,D ,H ,H ,H ,H ,B ,H ,Z ,R ,D ,Z ,F ,
X ,S ,S ,N ,N ,N ,F ,G ,M ,Y ,C ,D ,UV,I ,B ,Z ,E ,R ,E ,R ,O ,R ,G ,D ,Z ,UV,C ,
D ,W ,KQ,S ,E ,E ,H ,UV,J ,Z ,F ,UV,UV,UV,L ,H ,R ,O ,S ,O ,UV,O ,T ,Z ,Z ,T ,I ,
A ,B ,E ,F ,N ,Y ,Z ,X ,G ,W ,C ,E ,I ,P ,N ,C ,I ,UV,KQ,UV,L ,UV,R ,J ,M ,J ,UV,
C ,P ,X ,J ,R ,A ,R ,X ,KQ,X ,J ,Z ,UV,B ,UV,N ,UV,G ,Y ,G ,D ,G ,H ,A ,I ,O ,G ,
UV,M ,Z ,J ,E ,Y ,W ,D ,B ,H ,H ,O ,S ,B ,C ,Y ,E ,H ,Z ,H ,E ,H ,Z ,E ,O ,N ,B ,
B ,KQ,W ,X ,D ,I ,L ,L ,UV,H ,I ,B ,Z ,T ,UV,A ,R ,W ,I ,A ,R ,S ,W ,UV,G ,KQ,G ,
C ,M ,M ,S ,T ,I ,G ,KQ,I ,Z ,I ,M ,UV,J ,KQ,L ,Z ,A ,I ,I ,Z ,A ,A ,B ,D ,J ,B ,
O ,X ,W ,F ,A ,UV,P ,T ,KQ,KQ,A ,I ,G ,C ,Z ,L ,F ,T ,UV,R ,M ,N ,I ,D ,T ,M ,R ,
T ,H ,KQ,G ,Z ,O ,P ,N ,M ,P ,KQ,P ,UV,T ,Z ,B ,R ,E ,KQ,Z ,A ,D ,E ,T ,UV,M ,N ,
Z ,S ,C ,D ,KQ,A ,D ,H ,Z ,H ,A ,F ,L ,B ,B ,UV,Y ,R ,C ,E ,H ,Z ,E ,Y ,S ,R ,O ,
E ,E ,D ,UV,KQ,X ,W ,C ,X ,L ,M ,A ,F ,F ,KQ,R ,KQ,Z ,E ,S ,Y ,N ,W ,P ,KQ,W ,N ,
E ,I ,I ,B ,O ,M ,O ,Y ,UV,B ,B ,Y ,R ,E ,O ,B ,G ,S ,Z ,O ,F ,S ,KQ,KQ,T ,N ,KQ,
W ,KQ,H ,L ,X ,F ,G ,M ,KQ,M ,UV,UV,J ,N ,Y ,G ,C ,F ,B ,J ,UV,Y ,E ,UV,KQ,UV,C ,
N ,R ,D ,KQ,S ,I ,C ,L ,G ,O ,F ,O ,I ,C ,UV,P ,UV,Y ,T ,R ,L ,F ,J ,KQ,B ,X ,W ,
C ,Y ,C ,L ,A ,D ,C ,M ,UV,UV,R ,UV,KQ,P ,J ,KQ,UV,H ,T ,R ,H ,B ,A ,O ,T ,J ,S ,
KQ,KQ,H ,UV,I ,I ,X ,D ,KQ,S ,R ,E ,J ,S ,B ,I ,X ,W ,X ,T ,F ,UV,F ,L ,J ,W ,KQ,
I ,W ,R ,F ,T ,N ,R ,T ,L ,C ,D ,R ,B ,J ,UV,Z ,UV,W ,D ,W ,KQ,L ,S ,L ,H ,I ,B ,
T ,W ,P ,M ,O ,I ,M ,X ,D ,W ,F ,Y ,Y ,L ,G ,T ,D ,C ,L ,S ,O ,B ,UV,F ,E ,Z ,E ,
H ,Y ,F ,KQ,J ,Y ,Z ,I ,L ,O ,KQ,P ,D ,C ,P ,O ,KQ,G ,F ,KQ,UV,J ,A ,I ,X ,UV,D ,

Green

J ,E ,T ,X ,D ,O ,E ,B ,F ,KQ,S ,O ,Y ,D ,H ,I ,UV,KQ,S ,W ,X ,G ,P ,W ,A ,E ,G ,
I ,N ,M ,J ,X ,L ,R ,D ,P ,Y ,Y ,Y ,G ,UV,E ,Z ,B ,G ,D ,H ,L ,KQ,KQ,Z ,Z ,S ,N ,
KQ,P ,M ,J ,R ,X ,KQ,H ,Z ,Y ,F ,W ,E ,E ,L ,P ,E ,UV,R ,T ,G ,M ,P ,N ,H ,KQ,A ,
D ,M ,Z ,H ,W ,KQ,M ,G ,I ,H ,A ,UV,Z ,C ,J ,C ,F ,O ,KQ,G ,Y ,Z ,G ,M ,Y ,R ,T ,
M ,KQ,J ,UV,UV,UV,J ,A ,R ,Z ,L ,KQ,UV,G ,KQ,I ,G ,Y ,A ,B ,F ,G ,O ,W ,UV,G ,L ,
H ,N ,B ,B ,KQ,D ,Y ,E ,Z ,S ,R ,A ,KQ,D ,N ,W ,UV,Y ,O ,J ,I ,O ,G ,O ,D ,T ,N ,
D ,B ,W ,KQ,X ,B ,H ,X ,N ,UV,A ,A ,O ,F ,H ,O ,B ,O ,O ,R ,I ,A ,H ,N ,M ,W ,UV,
UV,T ,E ,Z ,F ,KQ,M ,R ,E ,S ,UV,UV,L ,A ,D ,N ,G ,W ,P ,S ,Y ,D ,O ,L ,X ,G ,W ,
W ,F ,M ,KQ,Y ,UV,S ,B ,UV,R ,H ,N ,N ,H ,H ,G ,G ,N ,UV,R ,Y ,X ,X ,W ,M ,P ,UV,
N ,C ,A ,Y ,Y ,W ,D ,Y ,UV,M ,X ,A ,W ,E ,KQ,D ,S ,N ,W ,Y ,T ,P ,J ,I ,J ,C ,T ,
T ,A ,W ,UV,A ,E ,D ,UV,D ,B ,R ,KQ,H ,UV,KQ,M ,F ,N ,UV,M ,KQ,Z ,T ,Z ,T ,F ,S ,
M ,I ,E ,H ,C ,P ,B ,E ,KQ,J ,P ,X ,N ,KQ,O ,Z ,J ,P ,R ,W ,I ,D ,B ,KQ,E ,M ,M ,
G ,Z ,P ,KQ,F ,D ,KQ,P ,KQ,T ,UV,UV,M ,H ,B ,Z ,S ,A ,O ,T ,A ,W ,Z ,UV,W ,C ,L ,
H ,R ,P ,KQ,S ,G ,T ,O ,UV,O ,UV,I ,M ,J ,E ,D ,UV,UV,D ,KQ,T ,H ,A ,S ,W ,D ,D ,
A ,E ,Y ,KQ,W ,UV,S ,R ,A ,KQ,O ,J ,I ,E ,R ,X ,X ,M ,UV,R ,E ,L ,J ,T ,UV,S ,J ,
X ,A ,I ,B ,C ,X ,L ,Y ,E ,H ,UV,C ,E ,C ,C ,S ,F ,KQ,L ,UV,C ,T ,X ,O ,I ,P ,A ,
UV,D ,I ,P ,R ,C ,T ,Y ,S ,S ,M ,H ,M ,KQ,I ,UV,Z ,N ,E ,D ,UV,S ,G ,E ,Z ,R ,H ,
B ,I ,M ,KQ,Z ,Z ,UV,X ,O ,J ,UV,M ,N ,KQ,P ,S ,O ,H ,R ,G ,C ,I ,B ,F ,S ,A ,Y ,
T ,N ,M ,O ,W ,P ,M ,Z ,D ,R ,W ,C ,R ,UV,M ,Z ,KQ,J ,I ,C ,M ,G ,UV,P ,Y ,KQ,KQ,
L ,G ,O ,O ,E ,S ,W ,A ,N ,T ,L ,J ,I ,H ,S ,C ,Z ,N ,M ,J ,R ,KQ,W ,UV,F ,F ,KQ,
Z ,T ,KQ,A ,UV,F ,F ,D ,O ,R ,W ,R ,S ,P ,X ,F ,F ,O ,T ,E ,UV,UV,Y ,S ,M ,D ,KQ,
T ,H ,Y ,T ,H ,P ,Z ,C ,H ,N ,D ,H ,W ,O ,C ,X ,E ,B ,I ,B ,O ,R ,D ,KQ,UV,H ,UV,
H ,I ,D ,Y ,Y ,G ,J ,P ,N ,Z ,E ,E ,A ,O ,KQ,L ,R ,I ,C ,F ,E ,UV,L ,G ,R ,Z ,I ,
I ,S ,Z ,X ,UV,UV,J ,M ,M ,N ,R ,N ,Z ,P ,L ,KQ,L ,B ,S ,F ,W ,E ,O ,T ,L ,J ,X ,
S ,T ,D ,J ,E ,P ,G ,H ,J ,G ,J ,E ,R ,S ,J ,I ,E ,UV,R ,L ,S ,I ,C ,O ,W ,C ,UV,
I ,E ,W ,A ,B ,I ,X ,X ,N ,H ,H ,O ,I ,H ,KQ,X ,P ,A ,C ,B ,S ,C ,H ,J ,P ,N ,L ,
S ,X ,Z ,D ,F ,B ,O ,KQ,UV,L ,S ,T ,KQ,H ,J ,E ,I ,R ,M ,D ,R ,C ,O ,R ,N ,KQ,KQ,
T ,T ,A ,H ,D ,O ,Z ,M ,KQ,Z ,S ,KQ,S ,UV,X ,KQ,R ,P ,I ,D ,R ,O ,C ,B ,J ,S ,G ,
H ,J ,P ,P ,H ,O ,E ,H ,E ,M ,C ,B ,S ,Z ,UV,B ,P ,KQ,B ,X ,X ,KQ,F ,M ,E ,B ,F ,
E ,UV,E ,X ,C ,G ,C ,G ,E ,KQ,F ,KQ,G ,C ,M ,L ,KQ,R ,UV,KQ,R ,E ,D ,O ,B ,Y ,Y ,
W ,S ,R ,KQ,E ,Y ,UV,D ,S ,G ,G ,X ,T ,S ,Z ,A ,I ,R ,D ,F ,KQ,B ,B ,P ,KQ,X ,D ,
R ,T ,S ,L ,O ,P ,H ,P ,Y ,N ,L ,UV,UV,R ,W ,J ,W ,P ,N ,B ,N ,B ,E ,O ,I ,S ,B ,
O ,R ,O ,Z ,F ,L ,Z ,E ,R ,D ,KQ,Y ,D ,E ,KQ,N ,T ,Z ,R ,J ,G ,Y ,F ,L ,I ,Z ,B ,
N ,I ,N ,Z ,T ,D ,M ,L ,F ,E ,O ,Z ,D ,B ,J ,J ,B ,KQ,O ,T ,R ,D ,N ,UV,L ,B ,UV,
G ,G ,A ,A ,C ,H ,N ,X ,KQ,Y ,T ,G ,P ,M ,J ,KQ,P ,S ,A ,G ,F ,X ,M ,G ,W ,F ,A ,
P ,H ,M ,H ,X ,UV,KQ,L ,UV,J ,O ,J ,N ,J ,H ,T ,P ,E ,B ,L ,T ,T ,E ,L ,UV,M ,UV,
L ,T ,A ,A ,W ,N ,N ,B ,KQ,C ,Y ,UV,G ,L ,I ,O ,A ,F ,W ,T ,G ,Z ,H ,KQ,Z ,I ,C ,
A ,N ,Z ,I ,T ,J ,A ,KQ,D ,L ,R ,T ,W ,B ,W ,R ,UV,A ,I ,UV,R ,H ,F ,G ,Z ,O ,F ,
C ,O ,E ,KQ,C ,A ,KQ,KQ,M ,O ,N ,E ,UV,D ,KQ,D ,Z ,KQ,J ,M ,KQ,O ,Z ,A ,C ,KQ,B ,
E ,W ,D ,UV,D ,B ,I ,Z ,L ,J ,E ,Z ,W ,W ,L ,B ,F ,UV,F ,C ,UV,KQ,L ,T ,UV,W ,F ,

Blue

UV,M ,D ,Y ,H ,Y ,KQ,I ,R ,X ,B ,N ,W ,KQ,I ,X ,UV,S ,H ,T ,A ,D ,S ,S ,Y ,X ,N ,
X ,R ,H ,F ,W ,KQ,T ,P ,S ,O ,C ,A ,KQ,Z ,N ,B ,I ,A ,I ,T ,M ,D ,UV,Z ,A ,M ,B ,
F ,P ,UV,B ,B ,J ,J ,R ,Z ,Y ,E ,UV,B ,N ,W ,UV,L ,X ,E ,D ,N ,N ,M ,UV,P ,I ,Z ,
KQ,X ,R ,T ,L ,C ,Y ,Z ,UV,T ,A ,C ,O ,UV,H ,W ,KQ,Y ,Z ,T ,S ,X ,UV,E ,L ,E ,E ,
Y ,E ,S ,R ,B ,T ,A ,KQ,A ,Z ,T ,KQ,I ,Y ,J ,G ,S ,KQ,D ,Y ,I ,O ,S ,C ,KQ,S ,M ,
C ,J ,E ,D ,S ,D ,G ,E ,N ,C ,D ,O ,M ,F ,M ,KQ,A ,Y ,X ,L ,D ,B ,J ,F ,F ,X ,M ,
KQ,Z ,M ,Y ,P ,KQ,N ,UV,Y ,N ,Y ,E ,N ,R ,B ,M ,UV,G ,C ,S ,I ,M ,G ,P ,B ,O ,C ,
L ,Y ,R ,R ,L ,Z ,O ,L ,F ,M ,X ,P ,M ,KQ,G ,B ,G ,I ,M ,S ,T ,L ,P ,R ,I ,UV,O ,
I ,R ,I ,T ,D ,X ,X ,Y ,A ,E ,X ,KQ,Z ,T ,D ,T ,A ,Y ,R ,S ,UV,Y ,P ,N ,J ,S ,Z ,
KQ,C ,H ,E ,H ,W ,E ,G ,UV,H ,G ,I ,KQ,C ,W ,UV,S ,O ,A ,R ,O ,L ,B ,S ,B ,D ,G ,
L ,N ,P ,Y ,A ,G ,P ,S ,I ,E ,A ,I ,X ,L ,Z ,M ,H ,KQ,P ,N ,KQ,W ,H ,A ,KQ,J ,W ,
H ,UV,R ,KQ,UV,F ,UV,KQ,KQ,M ,UV,KQ,N ,A ,R ,UV,H ,O ,W ,X ,L ,T ,G ,H ,KQ,W ,T ,
KQ,N ,D ,M ,O ,Y ,D ,L ,T ,X ,D ,I ,O ,N ,L ,W ,Y ,B ,I ,I ,F ,KQ,A ,O ,D ,J ,P ,
A ,D ,G ,A ,J ,L ,N ,P ,P ,H ,I ,Y ,J ,L ,R ,T ,F ,R ,H ,J ,C ,N ,X ,Z ,G ,R ,E ,
D ,O ,I ,O ,S ,D ,P ,R ,UV,M ,O ,UV,R ,UV,S ,H ,S ,T ,C ,R ,N ,B ,KQ,W ,UV,J ,O ,
Y ,Z ,D ,N ,F ,A ,B ,L ,W ,D ,Z ,UV,C ,KQ,KQ,W ,O ,C ,Z ,X ,S ,T ,R ,R ,C ,N ,B ,
J ,R ,W ,W ,R ,Y ,D ,Z ,A ,KQ,G ,KQ,X ,S ,R ,Y ,N ,S ,Y ,D ,O ,O ,G ,UV,F ,X ,X ,
KQ,UV,N ,F ,F ,N ,X ,KQ,KQ,H ,O ,T ,Y ,A ,Y ,C ,S ,UV,M ,M ,KQ,B ,M ,UV,F ,N ,T ,
F ,S ,H ,P ,R ,B ,J ,C ,E ,Z ,G ,E ,I ,X ,E ,X ,R ,L ,T ,I ,UV,H ,L ,J ,Z ,L ,O ,
B ,G ,P ,E ,KQ,D ,KQ,P ,UV,A ,S ,UV,T ,P ,W ,X ,S ,O ,Y ,T ,B ,R ,J ,UV,W ,I ,M ,
Z ,E ,UV,A ,N ,J ,R ,D ,P ,UV,G ,UV,UV,M ,N ,P ,F ,I ,UV,N ,L ,UV,I ,UV,O ,KQ,G ,
I ,KQ,B ,UV,C ,D ,L ,T ,T ,E ,X ,G ,J ,J ,D ,I ,M ,Y ,N ,E ,S ,H ,H ,R ,N ,T ,A ,
Z ,S ,H ,P ,E ,KQ,G ,J ,J ,G ,H ,C ,W ,X ,O ,UV,Z ,I ,S ,KQ,M ,W ,N ,N ,N ,KQ,UV,
KQ,A ,Z ,P ,M ,UV,F ,UV,Z ,A ,S ,S ,Y ,R ,G ,Y ,I ,T ,I ,N ,L ,O ,P ,UV,H ,A ,UV,
T ,Z ,UV,A ,Z ,P ,UV,G ,W ,I ,R ,A ,T ,X ,R ,W ,T ,S ,S ,J ,KQ,R ,O ,N ,H ,E ,J ,
KQ,W ,X ,Z ,X ,Y ,Y ,L ,G ,S ,A ,O ,P ,H ,Z ,W ,KQ,P ,M ,KQ,UV,Z ,J ,E ,X ,N ,J ,
B ,T ,L ,J ,I ,E ,S ,L ,T ,F ,G ,I ,I ,N ,KQ,S ,O ,KQ,C ,W ,KQ,N ,I ,Y ,UV,C ,Z ,
I ,C ,T ,Y ,C ,D ,O ,N ,L ,J ,UV,KQ,F ,D ,H ,Y ,E ,S ,B ,L ,E ,G ,KQ,M ,UV,T ,N ,
S ,P ,G ,Y ,X ,S ,I ,Z ,D ,R ,O ,R ,F ,N ,F ,T ,M ,O ,KQ,Z ,B ,W ,E ,G ,Y ,N ,W ,
P ,B ,UV,F ,A ,N ,A ,UV,KQ,Z ,UV,M ,B ,Y ,L ,I ,F ,Z ,UV,P ,N ,R ,F ,Z ,A ,C ,J ,
UV,J ,R ,P ,N ,F ,Z ,F ,N ,O ,J ,R ,Z ,I ,N ,R ,F ,A ,M ,M ,L ,M ,W ,R ,D ,T ,D ,
D ,D ,W ,R ,F ,E ,Y ,B ,D ,UV,UV,M ,E ,T ,Y ,T ,UV,N ,Y ,T ,M ,C ,S ,W ,R ,C ,X ,
KQ,KQ,R ,M ,I ,N ,A ,Z ,X ,KQ,L ,P ,H ,Y ,X ,KQ,G ,H ,M ,KQ,Y ,W ,UV,O ,UV,X ,Z ,
UV,KQ,C ,G ,M ,F ,N ,KQ,O ,H ,T ,W ,A ,T ,S ,Z ,J ,W ,C ,Y ,M ,H ,X ,Z ,S ,H ,KQ,
G ,C ,C ,L ,A ,UV,E ,Z ,S ,H ,UV,UV,Z ,M ,C ,P ,UV,C ,G ,S ,Y ,W ,L ,X ,KQ,KQ,R ,
H ,E ,E ,E ,Y ,T ,X ,C ,X ,P ,S ,F ,O ,KQ,Y ,T ,B ,T ,I ,H ,X ,A ,O ,S ,H ,R ,I ,
W ,J ,P ,C ,W ,M ,G ,N ,D ,W ,C ,W ,J ,N ,T ,P ,R ,A ,UV,C ,M ,P ,B ,KQ,C ,W ,G ,
O ,S ,P ,L ,C ,A ,S ,R ,M ,L ,W ,UV,B ,H ,P ,R ,F ,Z ,E ,Z ,M ,E ,C ,Y ,KQ,UV,UV,
D ,Z ,C ,H ,L ,T ,KQ,KQ,O ,O ,W ,UV,L ,D ,J ,KQ,D ,G ,E ,B ,X ,J ,X ,W ,S ,B ,G ,
Y ,KQ,E ,L ,J ,A ,P ,E ,Y ,A ,R ,A ,Y ,E ,D ,B ,H ,X ,D ,UV,P ,UV,KQ,KQ,T ,W ,W ,

So, what does this mean? Any ideas?

Discussions

Manuel Andrés Vélez wrote 01/02/2016 at 15:58 point

Do you remember that the corner "orientation" markers also decode to different values in each of the RGB color channels? Maybe this orientation markers are the "reading shape" of the relevant data we're looking for...

  Are you sure? yes | no

Stuart Longland wrote 01/02/2016 at 08:09 point

I've done some more tinkering…

http://www.longlandclan.id.au/~stuartl/hackaday/2016/01/02-itanimulli/

One thing I noticed about FEZ symbols is that many letters are "rotated" or "flipped" versions of other FEZ symbols.  To explore this, as I didn't have the patience to do this by hand, I coded up a crude Python script that identifies the FEZ characters -- its scan direction is configurable and so we're able to effectively "rotate" the entire image in steps of 90°, and get different sets of characters from the same images.

Haven't spotted any patterns yet doing this, but for completeness, the above directory has the files I decoded for both versions of the waterfall.

I've also explored the possibility that a message is hidden based on the binary operation of two images.  There's a second script that can take two or more source images as input, and applies a binary operation (AND, OR, or XOR; default XOR) to each in sequence.  That's also in the above directory.

No breakthroughs, but maybe it'll inspire ideas.

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andyhull wrote 01/02/2016 at 11:20 point

Bear in mind that the FEZ alphabet only contains 6 glyphs, each of which can have 4 orientations for a total of 24 characters. It is actually a very efficient code in terms of information coding. 

http://uk.ign.com/wikis/fez/Fez_Alphabet 

It also means a page of FEZ can be read in four different orientations (by repeatedly rotating the whole page through 90 degrees) and thus produce 4 different results (or 8 if you allow reading the actual characters left to right and right to left, 16 if you allow top to bottom and bottom to top).

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MacGruber wrote 01/02/2016 at 13:40 point

I think your on to something here. Remember the comment with the waterfall "the exhumation has been reversed".  Obviously decoding the fez symbols in the mirror or after rotating would create entirely different characters. I like that idea.

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MacGruber wrote 01/02/2016 at 02:32 point

is it possible that like the berenstain bears that the the waterfall image from the past never really existed except in are alternate universe that we seem to have a vague memory of?

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andyhull wrote 01/02/2016 at 11:29 point

}:~) alternatively, what you perceive as reality may be the illusion, and the vague memory may be the last vestiges of true reality. ....
/me brain explodes.

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Stuart Longland wrote 01/01/2016 at 10:31 point

Well, the red channel is something we've seen before I think:

http://www.longlandclan.id.au/~stuartl/hackaday/2016/01/01-itanimulli/red-rot.html

I just took your CSV output, and fed it into some code to rotate it 90° then coloured it in gnumeric to generate that.  I'll give the others the same treatment and see what happens.

  Are you sure? yes | no

Stuart Longland wrote 01/01/2016 at 11:12 point

Can't make any sense of the blue.  I just tried dragging both images into The Gimp and taking the difference of the new from the old.  That gives me this difference map:

Separating the colours out we have the red:

Green:

Blue:

So the difference is in the characters we have not yet decoded.  The stuff we've seen before shows up as blank space in the difference images above.

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andyhull wrote 12/29/2015 at 22:10 point

What is the significance of the tiny character in the top left corner, of each of the colour images? Are we meant to use that character for anything else? Do the three characters together form a word, or a Vignenere key?

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Moritz Walter wrote 12/29/2015 at 23:33 point

The marker appears to be FEZ code for 1 (red) ,2 (green) and 3 (blue). I've tried Vigenère on the FEZ fields in various attempts, but without results. Also, the ambivalence of UV and KQ in FEZ kinda break the usual shifting order of a typical Vigenère since the FEZ alphabet doesn't really have a defined order.

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Stuart Longland wrote 01/02/2016 at 09:15 point

Interestingly, there's more than one way to write some digits:
http://au.ign.com/wikis/fez/Code_Solutions

Not sure if there's significance in the choice of using the symbol for 1+2 instead of the one for 3 itself.

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