Component drops

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In October 2012 we began getting pointers to dead drops. These drops turned out to contain metal component items. These items are pieces of a single tool, but we do not yet know what tool will be made from the joined pieces. In all likelihood, all six items hunt items will be needed to create the finished tool. Unfortunately, we were only able to recover 3-4 of the 6. The other two drops are considered compromised. On December 16th we received another message referring to the component drops which attributes component loss to a possible "rogue agent or counter-operation" (presumably us). The message further states that the "mission cannot continue unless recovered." The message also included an agent number, 18001, to monitor for further instructions. In January 2012 Blyind received an unsolicited package, the Blyind package drop, containing more components.

The items found so far are made of a highly polished metal which is possibly titanium. We've asked Reddit and Metafilter to see if anybody recognizes what these are components of.

Investigation See also Component drops/Investigation.

List of Drops

Component drop Location Drop Status Found On
Tapiola, Finland drop Tapiola, Finland Acquired 15 October 2012
Neary Lagoon drop Santa Cruz, CA Acquired 15 October 2012
Swan Point Cemetery drop Pawtucket, RI Partially Acquired 17 October 2012
Blyind package drop Tucson, AZ Acquired 24 January 2013
Malaysia rest stop drop Rest stop on North-South highway Acquired 24 March 2013

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Requests for Information

Original Message

Coordinates have been double-checked.

    31 31 38 37 0a 1b 1f 65 b9 46 57 e5 53 50 ce f3 16 5e 80 a3 34 59 a3 37
    c6 53 7e 9d 45 c8 38 8c c1 3e ce 8a ed f8 32 fe 5a cc ff 32 ca 24 99 07
    55 3b 90 80 a5 d0 03 c3 1e e8 e1 37 e5 5a 3a 22 ac ec 7d f5 13 eb 37 86
    7a 51 91 62 95 22 31 20 eb c0 73 20 a8 38 00 ea 3a 38 18 c8 ad 5c 25 6d
    dc 16 9f 4e 13 3f 8d 42 7c 75 82 7d 2a 5f 79 1f b1 68 51 1c fb f6 ab 91
    0b 21 51 91 e3 e1 4a fc 14 77 41 fc 6c 83 a4 b6 2a 46 b3 38 41 b6 96 81
    1e 58 68 e1 87 da 42 66 fb 8c a8 1a 32 b9 76 be 62 75 bc f5 0b f1 20 a7
    d2 08 c9 98 fa 01 d2 20 6e 92 03 69 7e 65 b4 e2 57 31 a3 bc 6d 56 6a ff
    2f b6 53 ee bf 8e 4e ed b3 3b 27 60 48 55 b7 60 0d d6 01 bd 52 54 7e aa
    c5 d4 3c 8e ab e7 6f 8d b7 70 a8 a6 ef 4c 70 7e 44 78 cc 19 00 c4 9f 5f
    62 83 1d d3 9b db f2 02 5f d4 92 8e 01 10 53 3f 2a 4d fe 08 30 da 4c 52
    db 15 72 0e ec 02 49 f1 9a c5 89 6e fd 76 b9 7d da d8 44 4a f0 0a 86 0d
    40 14 d7 76 77 5c 1f 37 9a 69 0c 64 9c 80 04 a0 85 86 27 5d 82 ad 68 52
    9c e5 27 ee 33 a0 4f df 57 8b fa 46 fe c8 7e c3 17 5f 2f 05 26 4b 09 ef
    82 fc 6a b9 78 ef 06 6c e1 c4 5b 5d a8 02 47 78 5c 00 ab 73 17 18 47 04
    79 04 6d c9 58 b3 5c 33 08 49 24 90 53 f2 bf 57 29 23 ca b6 3f 13 3c 15
    e4 9b a6 5c d8 e6 89 7e 73 ab 8d 77 c5 30 8c 9e b5 b8 31 0c ab af 8b c1
    a3 c6 cf 12 c0 d7 e3 21 a8 20 07 a1 52 be cc 93 2f 3b 4a 1b 3f 08 07 5c
    6d bc e6 94 d9 3e 10 76 d9 e5 68 29 de b3 5e 89 3b
   P 150307Z OCT 12
   SECRET//PRJMLPL//75X5
   MSGID/DRPUPDT//
   REPL/050015Z OCT 12/PREPARE FOR COMPONENT RECOVERY(S)//
   SUBJ/RECOVER COMPONENT(S)//
   DROP/N60.1733 E024.8059/76 ITK 31\xe0SS//
   DROP/N41.8891 W087.8695/SIGN//
   DROP/N41.8576 W071.3840/STONE WALL//
   DROP/N36.9633 W122.0319/BENCH//
   DROP/N36.1741 E139.8217/BRIDGE//
   DROP/N21.3189 W157.8018/BANYAN//
   GENTEXT/RETRIEVE DROP BAG NO LATER THAN 312359 OCT 12
   PROCEED TO SVALBARD VAULT FOR FINAL ASSEMBLY//

Black OTP1 message

Decoded from Black OTP1 messages on December 16:

  Z 130001Z DEC 12
  SECRET//PRJMLPL//75X5
  MSGID/A16041_131212_1//
  SUBJ/STATUS//
  /FORMAT/OBJ/00001/ASCII//
  /OBJ/00001/
  GOOD SEASON, LIMITED LOSSES BUT COMPONENTS FAILED TO REACH SVALBARD. MAY BE EXPERIENCING COMPONENT LOSS AT DROP SITES. SUSPECT ROGUE AGENT OR COUNTER OPERATION. MISSION CANNOT CONTINUE UNLESS RECOVERED. TWO AGENTS ASSIGNED TO DETERMINE THREAT.
   
  MAY NEED ASSISTANCE IN RECOVERY.
   
  OTP AUTH CODE 30004A ASSIGNED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. SIGNAL EMERG IF OTP COMPROMISED OR ADDTNL SPACE REQUIRED.//

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