Bifurcus Site

Tim posted a link https://taskforce.earth/bifurcus (external link) on on the Project Bifurcus Black Box Discord channel.
The site consists of four logos. Clicking them reveals a letter. State is shared accross all users.

BifurcusSite.png

Solution

Site mechanics

Clicking on a symbol reveals a letter at the top. All people that are simultanously on the site will progress the state of the site. This means if person A clicks all can see the letter and the state will progress for all of them. Additionally it seems that the letters are not the same for everybody clicking. There are two sets. Some people from Group A get other letters than people from Group O (reason for denoted as 'O' see below).

The four messages

To solve this we first had to solve Bifurcrus Access Instructions.
At least that was the plan of the puzzle designer… but to be honest we did not really understand their meaning and several things got interpreted after we solved the puzzle:

Messages:

1. THE SYMBOL PROVIDES DIRECTIONS EXPLORERS AND FALSE PATHS RESETS YOUR PLACE

Our Interpretation:
Clicking a symbol "moves" virtually on a path. Doing a false movement or clicking the Explorer/Eliot symbol (the bottom) one will restart and put us back at the beginning of the path

The direction hint was also given as an imprint in the four letter codes

2. THE PATH THAT YOU TRAVEL HOLDS MEANING RATHER THAN THE DESTINATION YOU REACH

Our Interpretation:
When clicking a symbol a letter appears. So the message we get while moving through the path are the important thing

3. READ ACROSS FROM TOP TO BOTTOM ALPHA FOLLOWED BY OMEGA TO REVEAL THE NEXT STEP

Our Interpretation/Speculation (after the puzzle was solved)
The message should be read from Top to Bottom hinting that we should draw soem kind of map while we move through the path(s). Additionally as said above the results depend on if a person belongs to Group A (alpha) or to Group O (Omega). So we get a message by first reading the message of Group alpha and than Group omega.

4. WHAT SEEMS TO BE ONE IS ACTUALLY ALPHA AND OMEGA THE GLOW SHOWS THE ONE YOU HOLD

Our Interpretaion/Speculation (after the puzzle was solved)
Explaining that what one person can see on the site is the result of two groups moving through the path(s). So that even the site is looking to be the same that there are two different versions. The glow part should propablytell if one is in Group Alpha or in Group Omega, but we have not seen anything that would help to distinguish those based on some glow.

The Path and the Message

First we founf that the path we can follow assembles Eliot's symbol. There are many different paths from the start at the bottom to the goal at the top. For ease of understanding we group the them into the three groups:
Starting to the left (OS path(s)), straight up (PL path(s)) an to the right (AC paths(s)). As explained above we have additionally two different solutions - for alpha and for omega:

SitePath.png

Reading the message from top to bottom is easier if the paths are combined again and putting the letters at each node in the order OS-PL-AC:

SitePathCombined.png

The messages reading from top to bottom read:

Alpha:

TYPE IN CODE "COLLAPSE"

Omega:

WITH INITIALS TO ENTER

Entering the code

We recognized that the code is a combination of the Initials of the available symbols: OS, AC, PL, EB

So the right combination of letters is:

AC - OS - PL - PL - AC - PL - OS - EB

Additionally Group Alpha had tp press the symbol when the first letter was needed and Group Omega whenthe second letter was needed.

The Bifurcus Message

after hitting the symbols in the rigt order the screen chnages and we were able to access
https://taskforce.earth/bifurcus/sucrufib.txt (external link)

P/A/O,

If you're reading this, then something has brought you together. But even now, I
can't trust that this intentions are good ones. Contained with this are many of
my notes and discoveries about Alchark. The locations and secrets
I've discovered in my travels. But you must truly understand what danger lies within
these ruined pieces, why they must remain buried. To that goal, I provide you
four paths, each will take you down the paths I've walked, places I've explored,
the journeys I've endured. The places and answers they lead you to will unlock
the mysteries and secrets of these many documents I've left you.

The four pages with your symbols have been coated in a compound that will only
reveal itself with the Ichor. Unless you've come across more since we've spoken,
you must choose your path and then proceed down it. Once you truly understand
what I am showing you, more Ichor can be discovered to take you down another
path.

PL - You alone are unable to see, there are others you must speak to who know
things about that which you think you hold dominion over.

AC - Understanding of my mind, of what I learned and know, to see why the path
you seek is dangerous.

EB - One of the first ruins explored, its contents ransacked, but there are
deeper meanings within.

OS - Speak to the ruined creation, it contains thoughts and secrets that speak
of what is coming.

Come to understand these paths, and if you still seek the Tower and the Alchark,
a way forward will be revealed to you.

-E

Which led to four new possible projects, where we could select one.

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