Torn-Edges of Spiral Bound Paper

Coded messages hidden in plain sight.

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Let me guess... the Legion isn't what you thought it'd be when you joined? Too many politics, too much brutality, and too much arrogance among the higher ranks? Well then... follow me if you're serious, I've got some people and some secrets to introduce you to.
— Internal resistance within the Legion.
Internal resistance from within the Legion comes from members unhappy with the direction the organization is going lately. Using standard issue spiral bound notebooks, these members have created a code with which they can plan meetings, post warnings, or decree plans.   The code is used all across the Legion, in every base, installation, and outpost. It's seen on documents handed from member to member, postings on communal message board, or on scrap pages left lying around. The Torn-edge code is known and shared among the internal resisters, and read by removing certain left-over tabs on pages torn out of the spiral bound notebooks they all carry. There are 23 "tabs" left over on any page torn out of the standard issue notebook, and the code relies on tearing off specific tabs in order to tell a secret message.

Try the buttons in the sidebar for examples

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Intended Outcome

This internal resistance is pushing for a few main goals -- goals that they are extremely dedicated to. For the most part, what they want to see is accountability brought to the Legion, for the organization has gone on too long without having their power checked. Secondly, the resistance wants fewer secrets kept within the Legion, as there is much that goes on behind closed and locked doors that they feel the public should know about. These goals are pushed towards by having members of the resistance leak documents, share secrets, and attempt to convince high ranking members that the Legion is rotten.

The Legion

The Legion is a neutral fighting force that is spread across the entire planet. It is made up of elite soldiers, taken in equal amounts from every country, so as to remain unbiased to any particular country. The Legion's purpose is to fight Rendlings, horrific monsters that all Cathedrans fear.   Public scrutiny has increased regarding the Legion as of late, as the organization's pride in protecting the world has begun to sour into arrogance. In some places of the world the Legion acts more as a bully than a protector.

Legion
Organization | Jul 20, 2020

The Legion is a multinational neutral fighting force built to protect all Cathedrans from the threat of the Rendlings, but the organization harbors a dark secret.



Examples


Hover above a button to see the translated code, click the button to view the torn paper code!

This Week's Cipher
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This Week's Cipher

    • Top Tab
    • Tab 1
    • Tab 2
    • Tab 3
    • -- Tab 4 --
    • Tab 5
    • Tab 6
    • Tab 7
    • Tab 8
    • Tab 9
    • -- Tab 10 --
    • Tab 11
    • Tab 12
    • Tab 13
    • Tab 14
    • Tab 15
    • -- Tab 16 --
    • Tab 17
    • Tab 18
    • Tab 19
    • Tab 20
    • Tab 21
    • Bottom Tab

    • Indicates either high or regular importance.
    • Announcement, refer to tabs 5-9
    • Call to Meeting, refer to tabs 11-15
    • Call to Action, refer to tabs 17-21
    • ----Blank----
    • Legion suspicions have increased.
    • Legion suspicions have decreased.
    • We've recruited new members.
    • We are shifting the code.
    • Cover blown, go into hiding.
    • ----Blank----
    • Weekly meeting, same time and place.
    • New time, indicated within memo.
    • New place, indicated within memo.
    • Meeting to be potluck, bring tasty food.
    • Cancel previously planned meeting.
    • ----Blank----
    • Attempt to sabotage documents.
    • Leak Legion secrets.
    • Push for promotion, gain more access to secrets.
    • Try to recruit other Legionnaires.
    • Sacrifice is needed to throw the Legion off our trail.
    • Indicates more instruction hidden within document/memo.

Example: Important Announcement
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An Important Announcement



IMPORTANT

Announcement

Meeting


Legion suspicions have increased

We are shifting the code


New time, indicated within memo

More instructions hidden within this document

Example: Upcoming Changes
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Changes to Plans and the Upcoming Meeting



Announcement

Meeting


Legion suspicions have increased


New time, indicated within memo

New place, indicated within memo


More instructions hidden within this document

Example: Call to Action
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Call to an All Out Attack



Announcement

Call to Action


Legion suspicions have decreased


Attempt to sabotage documents

Leak Legion secrets

Try to recruit more to the resistance


More instructions hidden within this document

Example: Proceed with Caution
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Proceed with Caution and Prepare



Announcement

Meeting


Legion suspicions have increased


Weekly meeting, same time and place

Meeting to be a potluck, bring tasty food

Example: Imminent Danger
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We Are In Danger



IMPORTANT

Announcement

Meeting

Call to Action


Legion Suspicions have increased

Cover blown, go into hiding


Cancel the previously planned meeting


A sacrifice is needed to throw the legion off our trail



We've got to be really, really careful with this. We can't let the higher ups know about this code as it's our main way of planning meetings and attacks. It's one of our greatest tools, and it's helping us to bring some accountability to the Legion.
— Internal Resistor


Cover image: by Ali Yahya

Comments

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23 Jul, 2020 01:36

Your CSS here is stunning, I love all of the features you were able to include. Great work!

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23 Jul, 2020 05:06

Thank you Jac! The CSS idea came first here, then I had to build an article around it, haha.

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23 Jul, 2020 01:53

Great job! I love that those that want fewer secrets are using secrets to do so. :D

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23 Jul, 2020 05:07

I guess it's a sort of "fight fire with fire" situation they're in! :D Thanks Fox! :)

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Emily Vair-Turnbull
24 Jul, 2020 14:11

This is such a clever idea for a cipher, and I really love how you've used CSS to add to the article. It's so well done. :)   I did have a giggle at imagining one of the resistors finding a piece of paper that isn't actually a code but they think it is. Do they have a failsafe to prevent that from happening?

Emy x
24 Jul, 2020 16:11

Thanks as always Emy! This article was really fun to make :)   And oh yeah, that could definitely happen xD They try to prevent it from happening by allowing for the "blank" tabs, and the "section" tabs (1, 2, and 3) -- but its still possible for accidental codes to be sent, and then everyone is confused and bad things can happen :D

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