Fallout 4 Conjecture: Caesar’s Legion, Desmond Lockheart and ‘Survivor 2299′ Code Breakdowns [Update]
Update [12/02/2013 – 07:45]: Now that one of Survivor 2299’s countdowns has run to zero, yet more codes have spawned from the mysterious site.
It appears that a story is starting to finally take shape, with Vault 119 having encountered an “unknown enemy.” The details can be found in the next article:
Update [11/30/2013 – 17:38]: With clues from the Survivor 2299 website starting to dry up, in recent days, fresh revelations over the legitimacy of old evidence is starting to materialize.
The latest Fallout 4 trademark and “teaser trailer” audio clip are now confirmed to be false, representing the creations of simple hoaxers. In addition, it is hypothesized that the latest 3450 kHz broadcasts, derived from one of Survivor 2299’s previous clues, are also fake.
The Las Vegas Guardian Express has produced a rundown of the latest evidence:
Update [11/28/2013 – 15:48]: The next series of Survivor 2299 Morse code clues have recently been interpreted by the ever-watchful Redditors. The Las Vegas Guardian Express has looked into the possible downfall of Boston, in the fictional universe, which could serve as the prelude to the next Fallout game:
Update [11/26/2013 – 16:03]: As expected, further updates to the Survivor 2299 teaser site have emerged, one of which is in the form of a very wordy Morse code message. Our next article ponders over the broadcast of city-wide, “Stage 7″ warnings and a brand new “Vault Tec” message:
As always, many thanks to the numerous commenters for regularly keeping us updated with fresh information.
Update [11/24/2013 – 16:45]: Over in the Fallout subreddit, Whitelunick and co. are now well and truly into part eight of the “Survivor 2299 Speculation and Hype Megathread.”
With this in mind, we can personally verify that the Morse code has changed to the following, when interpreted using a Morse code reader:
In a series of, now-deleted, subpages it appears that the following codes were also subsequently revealed:
- QBN (Quabbin?) = EF
- BGP (Bridgeport?) = OZ
- CNC (Concord?) = SZ
Inputting QBN, BGP and CNC into the afore-mentioned code (in place of EF, OZ and SZ, respectively), and using common Morse shorthand to replace some of the remaining letter combinations, the community tentatively suggest the followed message:
“Bridgeport this is Concord -Message- Quabbin is hit – I repeat – Quabbin is hit”
The names of the places (Bridgeport, Concord and Quabbin) are all clustered around Massachusetts, where Fallout 4 is speculated to play out. These locations appear to be the top contenders for the coded message; however, if this changes, we will keep you notified.
On the main Survivor 2299 teaser page, the message now reads, “Nuclear winter is coming in…” and then goes on to provide a countdown (just under seven days, from the date of writing).
Redditor Bullshii has also identified “<span time=”1385930100″></span>” in the source code, possibly alluding to a big artwork reveal.
That about wraps up the latest developments. Many thanks to all of our readers for keeping us updated in the comments section. If we have missed anything, please feel free to drop us a line.
Original Article [11/24/2013 – 02:24]: The new Fallout 4 teaser site, Survivor2299, just keeps churning out mystery after mystery. No sooner do we write an article, attempting to convey and explain some of the deciphered codes, do we see further updates to the site. Further excitement was also sparked when an audio track, possibly ripped from a Fallout 4 teaser trailer, made its way onto the Internet.
So, in light of new findings, we thought we would present some of the new points of conjecture currently circulating Reddit. Specifically, we are going to take a brief look at how some of the deciphered messages could hint towards Caesar’s Legion and Desmond Lockheart, featured in Fallout: New Vegas and Fallout 3‘s Point Lookout DLC, respectively.
Finally, we will provide a more detailed rundown as to how some of the current codes were cracked, and a short summary of the messages confirmed, so far.
WARNING: The following information should be considered entirely speculative, as it has yet to be verified by any official sources at Bethesda. The authenticity of the Survivor2299 teaser website also remains a source of debate and, therefore, the material contained herein may or may not be accurate.
Caesar’s Legion and the Mojave Wasteland
One of the latest messages can be stumbled across when typing the following URL into a web browser: http://thesurvivor2299.com/23710-7667-1660/
“19.04 || 2247 LLUB”
The year 2247 has been tentatively tied to the date when Edward Sallow first took the title of the ancient Roman emperor, Caesar, who was the leader of Caesar’s Legion. The meaning of “19.04” is yet to be determined; however, some have suggested this to denote the precise date when Sallow became Caesar (April 19), despite the date not fitting convention.
Although the translation remains a little sketchy, for the time being, Redditor Fixtress_Clack suggests that “2247” refers to the founding year of Legion. Indeed, looking on the Fallout Wikia page – offering an in-depth rundown of the franchise’s most important dates and lore – 2247 seems to mark an important date.
Sallow was born in 2226, as an NCR citizen. He and his mother fled their home, following an attack that was launched by raiders. He eventually found refuge with the Followers of the Apocalypse, where upon he received tutelage in anthropology and linguistics.
Sallow was captured in “2247” by the Blackfoot tribe, after performing an expedition into Arizona to study tribal dialects. Knowing that Blackfoot was embroiled in a war with numerous rivaling tribes, Sallow helped to train them in the art of warfare. Ultimately, Sallow took the title of Caesar and became the tribe’s illustrious and brutal leader, laying waste to all sparring tribes.
Caesar then became engaged in an all-out war with the New California Republic (NCR), leading to the events that play out during Fallout: New Vegas.
Unfortunately, how these details might play into Fallout 4 remain elusive – that is, if they are even relevant at all. However, some have inferred a possible tie-in with the Mojave desert, based upon the words of Senior Producer Jason Bergman, who oversaw the development of Fallout: New Vegas. When previously asked about Fallout 4, Bergman responded:
“You’ll get no tips from me. But the Mojave Wasteland was a fun to explore, wasn’t it?”
Is it possible that we may get to explore the Mojave Wasteland, once more, perhaps alongside Boston as the main backdrop?
Onto the next piece of speculation, now. Entering an entirely different URL into a web browser (http://thesurvivor2299.com/22472855/) provides the following new code:
Most Redditors have come to the conclusion that “LCKHRT” could relate to the Fallout 3 character, Desmond Lockhart – a 200-year-old ghoul from the Great War.
The following passage – extracted from the Fallout Wikia – may shed some light on Lockheart’s fate, after allowing him to live:
“If kept alive, Desmond disappears from the game after you exit the Underground Lab upon completion of A Meeting of the Minds. If talked to beforehand, he will mention traveling north to pursue his next rival, another ‘player’ in the ‘Great Game’, a Post-War struggle between former geniuses and billionares [sic]”
On this basis, some Fallout fans have speculated Lockheart to be the identity of the elusive “Old Bastard,” mentioned in a previously decoded message. Could it be possible that Lockheart traveled North to the infamous Institute in Massachusetts?
In our article discussing the likelihood that Boston will be the setting for Fallout 4, we discussed the significance of the Institute. Briefly, the Institute was formerly the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, before it was renamed following the Great War.
The Boston setting was unofficially confirmed by an anonymous Redditor, who claimed Bethesda was scoping out Massachusetts for the next iteration in the Fallout franchise. The source is, of course, highly questionable and should be taken with a pinch of salt; however, the following contention was put forward:
“The rumors are true, Fallout 4 will take place in Boston. In case you haven’t heard, Bethesda has recently been scoping out and researching Boston. They also have a strong connection to MIT. I may or may not be an MIT employee. But that’s really all I can say for fear of losing my job.
I am telling you it will take place in Boston. Whether you believe me or not, how do you feel about a Fallout Boston?”
How Were the New Messages Found?
Things are certainly starting to get a little more intricate, now. This section is really only for those who are intrigued about the derivation of some of the reported Fallout 4 clues, mentioned in previous articles, as well as the ongoing, tireless efforts of the Reddit community.
Redditor BluesReds used the Vigenère Cipher Analytical Protocol/Procedure (VGNR [CAP]) on one of the previous codes:
“VGNR [CAP] – ***? – LET- GRZ XJG XRS FWZZR GOS UIEG SII GZVZI || GRZ SAW XRS SAZZ XJG DZVB GRZ XUJIZ.”
By inputting 7667 into ***? (N.B. 7667 originates from the previously provided phone number), the most important number becomes 7 (since ? = 7). LET denotes LETTER, so he then turned 7 into its word equivalent. SEVEN was then added as the KEYWORD for the decryption, leading to the following message:
“one two two seven two zero one three || one one two five two zero one three.”
This message can be interpreted as the dates 12/27/2013 and 11/25/2013.
The previous code was then substituted by following code, on the teaser site:
“BFT [CAP] # 11/25+12/27 # CASE/SUPPR-LET – | IBFQ WLXE UHH KQV WJMT RAEE NURKV MSKKAELWH ZGMCAEP NBK |”
This code was then interpreted using the Beaufort Cipher Analytical Protocol/Procedure (BFT [CAP]), using the KEYWORD mondayfriday (N.B. 12/27/2013 falls on a Monday and 11/25/2013 falls on a Friday). This led to the following message:
“The Quabbin Reservoir is seven zero four two two nine nine.”
We have previously discussed the relevance of “the Quabbin Reservoir” in a separate article. However, we were unsure as to the relevance of “7042299.” Inputting this figure at the end of thesurvivor2299.com (http://thesurvivor2299.com/7042299/), however, leads you to a brand new website, replete with a new clue:
Interpreting “GBG” as the Granary Burying Ground, based in Boston, Massachusetts, the eagle-eyed community established that it was founded in 1660. Replacing ? for 1660, in the above code, the following URL can then be generated: http://thesurvivor2299.com/23710-7667-1660/
Opening up this web page presents yet another clue:
“19.04 || 2247 LLUB”
It doesn’t end here though, and matters become ever-complicated. LLUB spelt backwards provides BULL – which some Redditors have suggested to reference the symbol of Legion – and BULL typed into a mobile keyboard generates code 2855. Combining 2855 with 2247 will then give you the next web page (http://thesurvivor2299.com/22472855/), as well as the next clue:
“VT137BST7667-LCKHRT: FILE NOT FOUND”
Then, adding “VT137″ to the survivor2299.com URL gives the following message:
From the moment of writing, this is where the Reddit team have managed to get to, thus far. No doubt, as the community’s incredible efforts continue, we will get to know more, but the previous two codes remain unresolved.
A Brief Summary of Older Messages
For those unaware of recent events, a new website was recently unveiled to the gaming community, presenting a series of cryptic codes. Firstly, a Morse code sequence was played through the site, which was eventually interpreted to read as follows:
“Calling Any Station, Calling Any Station, Calling Any Station, This is From OZ (Oscar Zulu), Please Wait.”
The relevance of this message was discussed by the Las Vegas Guardian Express, at greater length, in a previous post. Briefly, during Fallout 3, once the player turns on the Oscar Zulu radio mast, the following audio message is broadcast:
Subsequent investigation of the area yields some rather intriguing results.
This was then followed by a slew of additional messages, one of which declared “Nuclear winter is coming,” before going on to provide a phone number (877-260-2299), from which the site playfully claimed the reader could “… reserve their [future] home…” The number was reported to have played the Tranquility Lane song from Fallout 3, but is no longer active.
Another message – the nature of which is still not yet fully comprehended – was later released:
“My dear sister. I’m heading to the institute. God knows what happened to this place now. This old bastard will help us. He must help us. -0321-“
This message seems to suggest that the individual responsible for broadcasting the message is traversing towards the Institute in Massachusetts and, once more, alludes to Fallout 4 occurring in a post-apocalyptic Boston.
Recent Trademark With OHIM
It has also been reported that Bethesda may have trademarked the Fallout 4 name with the Office for the Harmonization of the Internal Market (OHIM), akin to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in the European Union.
However, the fact that Bethesda has not filed any Fallout 4 trademarks with the USPTO and, allegedly, made the application oversees, has led many to contend it to be part of an elaborate ruse. On the other hand, it isn’t beyond all reason to expect ZeniMax and Bethesda to try and throw the tenacious gaming community off the scent.
We continue to reach out to Bethesda for further information, but, as with most other media outlets, the company remains deathly silent.
Meanwhile, we will keep you posted on any new developments. If you have any more information or theories on Fallout 4, please feel free to drop us a line in the comments section.
(Big thank you goes to the Reddit community for their hard work in deciphering the codes, and to Matthew Bohn, who has been keeping us updated in the comments section of previous articles).
By James Fenner