October 13, 2021

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Day #101 after the incident

Kryptomon — Koa’s Log #5

Day #101 after the incident


I couldn’t sleep last night. Watching these eggs is like staring into an event horizon. After a week of running every chemical analysis we could think of, we’ve yet to develop an explanation for how all these eggs could be made of the same 3 elements, yet exhibit such vastly different behaviors.

Dr. Lu and her team from Material Sciences came yesterday morning to examine the surfaces of these eggs and have asked for departmental clearance to extract samples from the shells. Something feels wrong… Are we flying too close to the sun? Why do I hesitate? Lu kept going on about the potential for these surfaces and strange molecular patterns to be replicated and used for biomedical and military purposes — I would expect nothing less from a researcher as enterprising as her — but I’m quickly realizing that our lab needs to be careful about who has access to these eggs.

It’s what’s on the inside that matters, but when will we know what’s in there? Our team is starting to feel the suspense. I for one am giddy. I would never have expected in all the failings of my career to have this many departments knocking at my door. It’s like that one song — I forget the name… it goes like “a born again hooligan only to be king againor something like that. But we’re all on the same side of this mystery… I just can’t help but feel closer. Something big is happening.

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Despite the distractions, our lab is definitely getting a kick out of the findings so far. Nitrogen, Molybdenum, and Potassium. It eventually became too much of a mouthful and we’ve started referring to the eggs as KMON. We first started with NMOK, but eventually reshuffled the Potassium and Nitrogen around simply because KMON rolled off the tongue better.

Given what we found on Day 10 after the incident, we eventually coined the term “Kryptomon” to call them around the lab. I was thinking like a “cryptid”, but our intern made a great point that they’re more like “encrypted” based on the messages we’d found in our observations. I got a kick out of that, and, hey, it’s pretty catchy! There’s something poetic about the blockchain’s duality between encryption and transparency, a sense that “you can’t hide from the block, oh no”.

It’s been nice to have a pet name to call these things, as everyone in the lab has been obsessing over their bonded Kryptomon. I saw Prof. Bere running her hands through the little waterfalls on her egg. It’s a little funny to me. Are we too close? I tend to think not. These are just babies, after all, we shouldn’t be so standoffish to them.

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I feel a strange guilt… or responsibility… We cannot be too fascinated by the alien surfaces of these things. There is something inside these eggs we haven’t even begun to understand. The tests will continue, but we cannot simply proceed with caution. We must proceed with compassion.

As I was closing up the lab, I turned the lights off but it only seemed brighter. The glow from these eggs mock our infrared incubators. What is a heat lamp to an egg on fire? I don’t know what came over me, but I turned off the incubator and I’ll never forget what I saw. As I approached the egg, the flames began to twirl and agitate, and as I turned off the lamp, the flames started to dance. A dancing fireball in a darkening room. The closer I came, the higher the fire leapt, almost joyfully… I couldn’t help but feel that the infant flames were speaking to me thanking me.

Facing the egg, I could feel its heat reaching long for me; I almost thought it would try to burn me. I had to pull away. I came to my senses. The incubation is protocol, and the cameras are live. As I stepped away to turn the incubators on again, the flames had settled but were moving fast like I’d never seen them. Had I just disappointed whatever was inside? The closer I looked at them, the more the flames seemed to move, like they were seeing me look at them…

I couldn’t help approaching the egg again, and thank goodness I did. The flames reached out to me as I came to it, but in a different way this time. They seemed calmer now, and the closer I came, they quieted so much I could barely feel their burning heat. It was just me and this egg on a desk in the lab… I reached my hands out and its warmth seemed to meet them as they came, and I knew it wouldn’t burn me. “I must confess, my destiny’s manifest”, an apt description as I ran my hands through the flames and marveled at how my skin felt nothing at all. Jokes on me for making fun of Prof. Bere for touching her egg like that, because here I was, and before I knew it I was hugging this Kryptomon.

Research has gotten pretty strange with these little things, in a wonderful way. I couldn’t sleep earlier, but something about the warmth of this egg got me to fall asleep like a baby. Much needed sleep too, after these past few weeks. We are.. so close.

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⭐Lore Challenge #4! ⭐

Lore Challenge #3 Winners!

Well done to jollywin8, neiladriangomez and leethelily for their performance in the last Lore Challenge. With over 130 responses this week, jollywin8 became the winner of Egg 1 as the first person to crack the code!

This week was slightly special as Umberto and I pretty much told you the answer during our Founders Talk, but I’ve only accepted answers that had both the right date AND the right explanation of how you arrived at the answer. (No, “Umberto told me so” does not count as a valid answer 😂)

This time, emerging as the lucky winner of the 2nd egg is neiladriangomez! And finally, leethelily aren’t you glad you retweeted and liked our Tweet? Because he was the winner of Egg 3!

Professor Koa still needs help!

We’re almost there! The mysteries of the Kryptomon world are slowly becoming clearer but the fourth and final Lore Challenge sees Professor Koa and his team stumped once more, unsure of how else to continue analyzing the eggs.

Is there even a message? And what in the world did Carter mean by his cryptic clue?

Historically, dashes and underscores were the two most common methods of separating words.

For those who are up for the challenge, as usual make sure you like, retweet and comment on the tweet accompanying this lore piece and let us know your answer!

Rules Reminder!

Remember that you will need to complete a series of tasks in order for your answer to be considered valid, which are to:

  • Like and retweet the official Kryptomon tweet linked above
  • Follow us on Twitter
  • Provide your Twitter handle, name and email so that we can contact you if you win
  • Enter your BSC wallet address
  • Submit an answer!

The full set of rules and a more detailed explanation of how Lore Challenges work can be found here in this article.

Good luck trainers!


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