In an attempt to shorten the Outline page to a readable summary, here is what's happened so far. (I've attempted to leave out theory as much as possible, but if it does have some theory, it'll be italicized)
Basically there's the entity named Adjutant Reflex that showed up on the bungie.net forums posting some odd comments. Popular belief is that this is an AI (or possibly a network of machines / monitors) that's resident in the Forerunner Ark (a little backstory) in eastern Africa. By the sounds of Adjutant Reflex (AR)'s posts, its system is under attack by something, but we don't yet know what. An email was also sent out to numerous people, which includes a strange glyph drawn on the background wall image. That glyph has shown up in an image on halo3.com as well. Soon after, AR also updated its avatar in the bungie.net forums to that glyph.
In a number of cities around the world (5 reported so far) - NYC, San Francisco, London, Vancouver, Chicago, and Boston - a group of people calling themselves the Society of the Ancients have been holding small rallies, and handing out flyers, trying to raise awareness for their website. The group catalogues a number of ancient discoveries, but the latest being the appearance of the symbol, the very glyph found in the email. The latest update to their website includes a link to... are you ready? A website with a countdown (link)!! It's in base 7, and it ends at midnight Thursday morning.
A new Halo 3 comic print ad was found in a Circuit City flyer, and in a Best Buy ad, directing people to halo3.com/comic. But there's also a trick... read the comic, but on the last page, play around with some of the frames... you'll find the 4 numbers of the IP address (22.214.171.124 website) which is also linked from the Society of the Ancients website.
So what do we know now? (this has some theory in it)
AR is likely a monitor or network of monitors in the Forerunner's Ark artifact, and was in a struggle against something attempting to intrude into its system, based on its forum comments and the text that's been changing on 126.96.36.199 - which now makes it seem that it has been successfully hacked. The site includes a countdown that supposedly ends Wednesday at midnight (that is, 12am, wed-thu), but is counting much faster - estimated to reach zero at midnight Tuesday. (though at this point there's a discrepency between the speed of the countdown, indicating June 20 12am, and the initial countdown remainder on loading the page, indicating June 21 12am)
What's going to happen then? Who knows... What's attacking AR? Who knows...
--thebruce 14:33, 18 June 2007 (MST)