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UPDATE: JAN. 23, 3:31 P.M. EST

The original Clancy letter has been replaced with an edited version. See all the changes here.

ORIGINAL STORY: JAN. 22, 10:26 P.M. EST

As if twenty one pilots dropping their “Chlorine” video a day ahead of its teased release date wasn’t exciting enough, it appears Clancy returned just prior.

Reddit user 2110311 posted an image of the letter signed by Clancy to the twenty one pilots thread, citing dmaorg.info as the source. The letter dropped prior to the “Chlorine” video, and it seems to give clues to what we eventually saw in the clip.

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The first Clancy letter appeared on dmaorg.info in April 2018, in the midst of the band’s one-year hiatus and several months after we first heard about DEMA.

Clancy signed off on a letter again in May 2018. Another piece of communication from Clancy appeared July 6, 2018—the day the band broke their social media silence.

The new Clancy letter

Now, we’re hearing from Clancy yet again, in a new letter filed under “019 01MOON 22.” When saving the file from this link, it prompts the file name “17-35.4527.” Reddit user serenakat7 pointed out 17 and 35.4527 are Chlorine’s atomic number and atomic mass respectively.

[Photo via reddit u/serenakat7]
Some of the letters are smudged, with those spelling out “SODEEPNEDBAYOU.” User GabePowerzz pointed out that it sounds like the distorted 8-second clip that surfaced in June 2018.

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Other reddit users pointed to the distortion later found in “Nico And The Niners.”

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As many know already, that distortion appears to sound like “we are Banditos” backwards, as noted by reddit user shaunFTC.

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[Photo via reddit u/shaunFTC]
The smudged letters could also be referring to Ned, the creature frontman Tyler Joseph teased earlier today and was later introduced in the “Chlorine” video:

You can check out the full transcript below.

“I can’t face this page for long enough to write what I’m truly feeling. I am only wrought with more questions: Questions about what I assumed to be true, questions about what my own path is, and the question that has plagued me every night that I lie here, back in city, Did I give up?

“The force I saw between him and his bishop seemed tense to me, and frightening. But the memory of that exchange has had time to fester and replay in my mind long enough that I’m questioning if I even remembered it correctly. I assumed the bishop was forcefully retrieving his subject, but I now wonder if the bishop was actually trying to save him, and he refused.

“I stayed out there for five days after I watched it happened. I haven’t seen him since. Maybe he got away, and was still out in Trench with me. Maybe the bishop chased him down, and brought him home.

“Home?

“Did I just call this place ‘home?’

“After all of the endless beauty that I saw out there, am I now convincing myself that I’m actually better off within these confines?

“I admit, It was more difficult that I expected. Nothing could have prepared me for how much the ‘unknown’ can consume me. Vast landscapes and endless possibilities, yet coupled with endless danger. I became anxious. I became tired. I became hungry. Every step I took became harder than the last, jumping from jagged rocky step to step, or pulling myself through thick forest – it all became debilitating, and I was sure that I couldn’t go on.

“Keons approached as the sun rose one morning. I wasn’t scared. I was relieved. After all that he had taught me, his presence was the most comforting moment that I had in days, and I couldn’t help but be happy to see him. In true Keons fashion, he wrapped his arms around me, then put his hands under my face, looked me in the eyes, and said “Clancy, child, let’s go home.”

“I’ve been here for a few weeks now, and while the routines of this world are comforting, and certainly easier than life out there, my mind keeps bouncing between the two places.

“Which one is home? Are the bishops protecting me, and the torches upon the hilltops dangerous? Or is it the other way around? My dreams pull me from world to world, and I feel lost in between all of it.

“There is still so much I do not understand. -Clancy”

Check out the full letter at this link or below.

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[Photo via reddit u/2110311]
What do you think the new letter from Clancy means? Sound off in the comments below!

twenty one pilots’ Bandito tour resumes later this month. Check out the full list of dates below.

Dates:

01/30 – Kiev, Ukraine @ Palace of Sports
02/02 – Moscow, Russia @ VTB Arena
02/04 – Saint Petersburg, Russia @ Ice Palace
02/06 – Helsinki, Finland @ Ice Hall
02/08 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Ericsson Globe Arena
02/09 – Oslo, Norway @ Telenor Arena
02/11 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Royal Arena
02/12 – Hamburg, Germany @ Barclaycard Arena
02/14 – Berlin, Germany @ Mercedes-Benz Arena
02/15 – Lodz, Poland @ Atlas Arena
02/16 – Prague, Czech Republic @ The O2 Arena
02/17 – Vienna, Austria @ Wiener Stadthalle
02/21 – Bologna, Italy @ Unipol Arena
02/23 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Hallenstadion Zurich

02/24 – Stuttgart, Germany @ Hanns-Martin-Schleyerhalle
02/25 – Cologne, Germany @ Lanxess Arena
02/27 – Birmingham, England @ Genting Arena
03/01 – Dublin, Ireland @ 3Arena
03/02 – Belfast, Ireland @ SSE Arena Belfast
03/04 – Glasgow, Scotland @ The SSE Hydro Arena
03/05 – Manchester, England @ Manchester Arena
03/07 – London, England @ The SSE Arena Wembley
03/08 – London, England @ The SSE Arena Wembley
03/11 – Paris, France @ Accorhotels Arena
03/12 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Ziggo Dome
03/13 – Brussels, Belgium @ Palais 12
03/15 – Bilbao, Spain @ Bizkaia Arena
03/16 – Madrid, Spain @ WiZink Center
03/17 – Lisbon, Portugal @ Altice Arena

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