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Event Timeline

June, 2007
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- 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23 - S1, June 20
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
July, 2007
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14 - S2, July 10
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28 - S3, July 26
29 30 31 - - - -
August, 2007
- - - 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11 - S4, Aug 9
12 13 14 15 16 17 18 - S5, Aug 16
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31 -

First take a read through the QuickSummary - a brief overview of the events so far, in a much more condensed, quicker narrative to catch up on the story of Iris.

The trail begins June 11th, 2007 with a forum user called AdjutantReflex posting some cryptic messages.

Outline - Week 1, June 11 - 16, 2007

  • in brief:
    AdjutantReflex posts on bungie.net, and Society of the Ancients hold small rallies in 6 cities. The glyph is discovered, along with a small Halo comic online leading to what SOTA calls the 'transmission log'.

Outline - Week 2, June 17 - 23, 2007

  • in brief:
    A Circuit City ad, and a Best Buy ad include a direct reference to the comic. AdjutantReflex is hacked and replaced by another unknown entity. The timer halts, at a number that (coincidentally?) is the GPS coordinates of a suspected resting place of the Ark in eastern Africa. The transmission log changes to direct people to the 'bounce path control' where the first 100 people are given 'keys' and are instrumental in unlocking Server 01 to the public, wherein a number of new files are found.

Outline - Week 3, June 24 - 30, 2007

June 28, 2007

  • The CI team at Bungie discovered that at around Noon(pacific) a minor change had been made to the Server 01 background sound - a quick chirp occurs about every 5 seconds or so. Extracting the sound file from the flash to analyze reveals a clear difference between the previous sound and the new sound.
  • At 10:17 PM PDT, AR began a new thread entitled A pulse
6/28/2007 - 10:17 PM PDT (direct link)
Can you feel it?
Beating at the heart of the Universe.
Skin too thick to be sure.
It's alive though.
I'm certain.
What do I do with life?

June 29, 2007

  • At 12:42 PM PDT AR created a new thread entitled Veins of Ice and Poison
6/29/2007 - 12:42 PM PDT (direct link)
|n|n|nROGUE PROCESS ghost.713>
X.XX.713> POS/NAV < @ > <53LPH54.6JG62.1740><1………>
I do not require charity or alms
But I did choose poverty
And other darkness too
Will you wait for me?
  • Later in the thread AR posts again, presumably responding to other posts about the extermination of the 'real' AR
6/29/2007 - 12:49 PM PDT (direct link)
Adjutant Reflex is ended. This is a convenient Matrix. For now.

Outline - Week 4, July 1 - 7, 2007

July 4, 2007

  • Glyph Gamestop2.jpg
    A 4th glyph was reported by args.bungie.org, in a new cardboard promo for Halo 3. -- Very similar to the initial closed version of AR's avatar, but it has no center circle/dot

July 5, 2007

  • Valchael on the bungie.net forums announced he'd received a package from Microsoft containing a number of SOTA-related items. He was one of the first 100 to open Server 01. It's expected that packages were sent to all 100 - whether each will receive their package depends on the validity of their addresses (entered either directly, or via their Passport/XBL account).
  • FCCStonewall.jpg
    nattyhaze on arg.bungie.org discovered via google numerous classified postings for a company called Flood Containment Control (text displayed on the Slide_Ref070107.jpg), containing an image with the original 'closed' version of the glyph. The ads contain the phone number, (888) 778-5672, which has an interesting recording. Details here (actually discovered July 6th)

July 7, 2007

  • The message on the flood containment control call number has changed to a conversation between two men. Of note is a reference to "402-K-07-002". suitedjock googled the number, which lead to an EPA webpage referring to a booklet "EPA 402-K-07-002", Flood Cleanup and the Air in Your Home.
  • The new recording says this (listen):
Op (British Female): Welcome to the Strema Conferencing center. Please enter your pin, followed by
Caller: #### (131#?)
Op:Password accepted. Now accessing conference archive number 16180, participant 1-2.

Man 1: ...isn't necessary, and neither is the doc download.
Man 2: I agree. This isn't going to be a public resource. Uh, pass on the document number so I can delete it
Man 1: There's no way to tell yet, Jaimie's looking into the records to find out how many closed sites there are, but as for active clean up, somewhere around 3-4 thousand. Oh here it is. Uh, Hold on. 402-K-07-002 and in terms of numbers most of these are past the (PPE?) stage.
Man 2: With a few exceptions, uh, site 34. . . .
Op (American Female): --Thank you for calling. Goodbye.

Outline - Week 5, July 8 - 14, 2007

July 8, 2007

Man 2: (...site 34, ) site 4, 107, and 37. The center usually goes in before we do, that's been my experience.
Man 1: By the time we have the site clean, they've moved on to more pressing needs. After all, we've had some extremely unpredictable seasons lately.
3rd participant
Man 2: No need, their rep is available to us any time we need her.
3rd participant
Man 1: On everything we still need to look into
3rd participant
Man 2: Well we're working on it. For the moment we're simply hiding the data behind a false menu item.
Man 1: Security will be updated before the next system approaches
3rd participant
Man 2: Okay, great. Bye Bill
Man 1: Thanks

July 9, 2007

  • The message on the flood containment control call number has been updated, returning to part 1, but adding participants 3 and 4.
  • The new recording says this (listen):
Op (British Female): Welcome to the Strema Conferencing center. Please enter your pin, followed by
Caller: #### (probably 2 different pins)
Op:Password accepted. Now accessing conference archive number 16180, participant 3 (overlaid by) 4.

Man 3 (Bill?): So where does that put us in terms of the numbers then?
Female 1: Roughly
Female 1: And out of that 4000 or so we are expecting to close shop on the bulk by the end of the month.
Op (American Female): --Thank you for calling. Goodbye.
(see flood containment control for the full possible transcript)

July 10, 2007

  • The message on the flood containment control (see for audio and transcription) call number has been updated. The new recording completes part 2, and hints for people to go visit halo3.com/5467k - a map of the US with red dots in every state on video game carrying stores. The page title says '3463 5467k', which when punched in a cell spells 'FIND KIOSK'. When viewing the red dots, each location contains a code:
  • When visiting the locations, people found a new display on Xbox 360 kiosks (youtube video, thanks atomicfire001). In a 'hidden menu' (see flood containment control), they found a quote from Blaise de Vigenère:
    "There is no malicious intent. Only the single minded goal of survival"
    This tells us the code is a vigenere cipher. Using the quote as the key, the quote can be decoded to:
Report 206:
Every sixteen hours another planet is taken. The numbers being lost are astronomical.
Report 223:
Host world raised. Correct concentration to point sixty five.

Fleet losing control falling back. Rendezvous at Nine Bravo Kilo Two Romeo Six.

  • Then using the code 9BK2R6 at the transmission log, leads to the new Bounce Path Control page where visitors were prompted to enter a verification code (image). The first 100 people to enter this code were presented with the key entry page again, with a new voice message.
    The MP3 narrative says:
Failure is for those who don't know the sound of darkness
Those so blinded that they lose all diverging paths
And make no mistake, progress can blind you
Just like now the pieces seem to be coming together-
Bit by bit, slice by surgical slice
Then, all of a sudden, endless calm
There is a lack of... a failure in judgement
You must understand- not all life deserves a chance
Even that artifice passing as my own
Now there is a lesson to spend millennia lingering upon
Waiting for a redemptive hand to turn the keys
Leading to the symbiotic relationship which benefits both our futures
I will guide your movements and you will lead me toward atonement
  • Once all 100 keys were received, "the server's content" became unlocked, and the transmission log began redirecting to "Server Open" (direct link). The second server ('episode') shown on halo3.com is now unocked and displays the Forerunner entity.

Outline - Week 6, July 15 - 21, 2007

No events occurred

Outline - Week 7, July 22 - 28, 2007

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