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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

  • in brief:
    Not much happened this week. AdjutantReflex (the new owner) posted a couple of times in the Bungie.net forums, contemplating its situation. It also posted a familiar code, variations found on some Halo products:
|n|n|nROGUE PROCESS ghost.713>
X.XX.713> POS/NAV < @ > <53LPH54.6JG62.1740><1………>

Outline - Week 4, July 1 - 7, 2007

  • in brief:
    The first reward package was reported as received from Server 01, including: A limited T-shirt, a SOTA flyer, a printed version of the halo3.com/comic, and a redeemable XBL code for an Iris gamerpic. Shortly after, reports of classified ads for a company falled Flood Containment Control began appearing. The ads included a photo of mossy flood damage, with some moss appearing in the shape of the glyph. Calling the associated 800 number led to the start of a series of recordings of a conference call between 4 people at FCC. The broken conversation seemed to be about real flooding clients that the FCC was looking into.

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:
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

July 25, 2007

  • While nothing has happened in Iris to further the 'spiral campaign' portion, numerous Halo 3 downloads have been made available over the course of the campaign - digital swag, as it were. Because of its 'meta' status pertaining to the campaign, please place info about downloads on that page - at least until anything in particular is shown directly connected to the furthering of Iris.

July 26, 2007

  • The recently released server monitor began showing a pending up date to Server 03
  • A strange popup was discovered at Halo3.com, under Media / Concept Art named "The Device." Once opened, the device asked for use of the computer's microphone. After playing the 719hz sound file (some say any sound or pressing play multiple times) through the microphone, visitors were led to the new Bounce Path Control page where they were prompted to enter a verification code and they key. The first 100 people to enter the key were given a new voice message.
    The MP3 narrative says:
The left hand holds darkness, the right hand holds light.
That is how the universe creates, and that is how we proceeded.
A soldier who would one day destroy his brother.
We were the thunder and the lightning, and when we were finished, the universe was alone, drifting in labor.
Did we succeed? Did we fail? We did both, depending on who you serve.
After all, here we are, witness to the aftermath
  • Once all 100 keys were received, "the server's content" became unlocked, and the page began redirecting to "Server Open" (direct link). The third server (aka 'episode') shown on halo3.com is now unlocked and displays the Forerunner entity.

Outline - Week 8, July 29 - Aug 4, 2007

August 3, 2007

  • Halo3.com was updated in the Halo Insider section with a new post, including a poem by Lord Byron called When We Two Parted, with an additional final stanza.

Outline - Week 9, Aug 5 - Aug 11, 2007

August 6, 2007

  • The new poem was first discovered by gremlin12 at ABO. Within the poem are extra spaces, placed before specific letters. The 'marked' letters put together spell: THECASTAWAYTHEORYVOLMAN
  • Following the hint from the final stanza referencing "Amazon", a new book was discovered named "The Castaway Theory", by Jonas Volman, published by "Golden Wing Books" (aka, Iris) with the 801snpow.jpg spectrogram image of Schrodinger's Equation used as cover illustration. The release date according to Amazon was Nov 9, 2004 - the date Halo 2 was released.
  • In the comments section are two posts from Thomas Sanatos, seeming to say that Volman has been missing for quite some time. In one, Thomas states "Joanne and I lit a candle for you the other night. It's become a tradition every time we make Sunday evening pasta." It's considered this could be indicating the upcoming Sunday (12th).
  • When previewing the book's pages, note first the ISBN number: 2-061-62236-5, aka The book's Amazon ID may also be encoded: B000RGSYWI
  • The previewable page contents include up to the 2nd page of Chapter 1. On the 2nd page is an image bearing a striking resemblance to our glyphs. The book and its chapters discuss genetics and the gap that appears to exist between ancient and modern humans in the Darwinian evolutionary theory, and possible explanations.
  • See The Castaway Theory for available book contents.
  • At 3:43pm PDT, Thomas Sanatos posted a 3rd comment in the book's forum.

August 7, 2007

August 8, 2007

Thomas Sanatos says:

I understand that everyone is on a search of some kind, but I don't think I can help you.

Jonas was the one with the theories and answers. The rest of us were just sounding boards for possible solutions. We were the ones who told him no every time he thought he found a yes. If he was around, I am sure he could tell you what you want to know.

The process of my involvement was simple- Jonas would work non-stop for about a week before dropping by my office. If I had the time, he would sit for a cup of coffee and ask questions about the structure of social advancement or evolutionary desires or any number of things. The questions always changed due to the fact that he was forever updating his theories.

During all our talks, Jonas and I grew close. He didn't have any family in the area so my wife and I started inviting him over for dinner on Sunday evenings. This continued for a few years, past the publishing of "The Castaway Theory", until one night he just didn't show up...

Two days later, after he failed to appear for classes, I filed a police report. The investigators went through his house and found nothing out of place. His notes remained untouched; his clothes all seemed to be in his closet. There was even a sandwich sitting on the kitchen counter. It was as if he just opened the front door walked away. That was 20 months ago.

The last time I heard from Jonas was in a note he left on my desk the Friday before his disappearance. The note said, "It's time to start asking questions again. J"

August 9, 2007

  • At 10:50am PDT, Thomas Sanatos began another thread in the book's forum, labelled "He's BACK!!"
  • Within this comment, Thomas was very excited that Jonas had returned from his 20 months absense, quoting an IM he received from one "profvol49". Assuming it's an MSN username, Jonas could be reached via profvol49[splat]hotmail.com
  • In chatting with profvol49 (a chat bot), bits of information were revealed - some important, some not. Mainly, the link to the Bounce Path Control page for Server 04.
  • Soon after 11am PDT, 100 keys had been entered and Server 04 was unlocked (though not without technical difficulty).

August 10, 2007

  • After opening Server 04, users quickly discovered the url of the mysterious new IP address, by using the text found on StarImage4.jpg: TheArtifactLocation.com. It was also noted then that each star map when overlaid with previous, was slowly spelling out "the artifact location", which was clearly visible in the 4th image.
  • It was quickly determined (aka previously known) that the password for the location was boomerang - the name of the nebula in unknown.jpg of Server 04. Entering it produced a new mystery - a list of 3 cities: New York, Seattle, Los Angeles - followed by randomly cycling characters in sets of 10.

Outline - Week 10, Aug 12 - Aug 18, 2007

August 13, 2007

  • The numbers 081607 (16th August, 2007) now appear between the city names and random characters of the artifact location website.

August 16, 2007

  • Just before noon, the status of Server 05 was updated to pending with 0 keys activated.
  • At about 11:30am EDT, times appeared after the dates in the city list on the artifact location website. For New York (EDT): 23:59, Seattle (PDT): 21:00, and for LA (PDT): 21:00.

August 17, 2007

  • Just after 12am EDT, according to the times listed on the artifact location page, GPS coordinates appeared beside each city. People in the area then headed to the locations to find something.
  • An hour later, the Los Angeles coordinates were 'corrected'.
  • At 1:11am EDT, eccramer discovered a projector playing a video (Youtube) on the wall at the Seattle location. Within this video was a web address to the Server 5 Bounce Path Control page. He reported it to Giga on IRC, and all 100 keys were then claimed within minutes.
  • By 1:23am EDT, 100 keys had been entered and Server 05 was unlocked (though once again, not without technical difficulty).
  • At 1:30am EDT, the New York coordinates were also 'corrected'.
  • The time it took from discovering the Bounce Path Control page (first key entered) to the 100 keys being entered took about 20 minutes - however, the first 5 keys spanned 19 minutes, at which point the BPC page link was posted, and within under 2 minutes, the rest had been claimed.
  • Everything about Server 05 was then actively pored over by the community.

Outline - Week 11, Aug 19 - Aug 25, 2007

August 20, 2007

A leaked article was posted to the unfiction forums from Microsoft's internal news site, seeming to indicate that the Iris campaign for Halo 3 had ended, among other details. Debates continue as to its authenticity, and whether Iris will in fact continue through to September 26th (the UK release date misquoted as the end date for Iris), or whether the new AR's meaning of "tomorrow" was actually symbolic and conclusive, meaning an indefinite amount of time.

August 23, 2007

An official article was discovered by writer87 posted to on halo.msn.com, confirming the completion (effectively) of Iris mid-August. Suffice to say:

"The viral campaign concluded in mid-August but the plot thread will extend into Halo 3."

Outline - Post-game

September 13, 2007

  • Despite belief that AdjutantReflex and the ARG had ended, AR reappeared on Bungie.net in the Halo 3 forums and posted a thread entitled "The Empty Casket" at approximately 10 P.M.
  • Prior to posting this thread, it should be noted AR edited several comments made by users in this thread
  • At reaching 5 pages of replies, the thread was locked. Another thread was made by member The_Noobslayer at the same forum while another was made at the CompoundIntelligence forum. Moments later "The Empty Casket" thread by AR was unlocked, it had edited its original post to include a last line "This is the way the World ends". Also, it edited a user's post to say "Gravemind much?"
  • Suddenly, AR's thread, The_Noobslayer's thread regarding AR, and the thread at CompoundIntelligence were all simultaneously deleted. All AR's post for that day were esponged from records.
  • There is an ongoing thread at bungie.net here discussing it here
  • Thanks to SwiftPhantom AR's post is Quoted in the forums. The time and date of AR's Post is 09/13/2007 10:22PM. At the end of the post AR says,
"The answer lies very far from here
Eleven days
One hour
Thirty eight minutes"
  • A little math: 09/13/2007 +11 days is 09/24/2007 and 10:22pm +1hr 38min is 12:00pm or 0000 09/25/2007. Release day.

September 18, 2007

  • AdjutantReflex returned yet again, this time editing a post by bungie.net user xxHalohotiexx at 2:15 PST A.M. to say this:
Posted by: xxHaloHottiexx
I can feel it.
It is getting closer.
Time is slowly ebbing away.
7 rotations remaining.

[Edited on 09.18.2007 2:15 AM PDT by AdjutantReflex]
  • "7 rotations" seems to coincide with the fact 7 days (from that point) were left until the release of Halo 3 (9/25/07).
  • The edit was done in the stickied thread at the Halo 3 forum

November 1, 2007

  • Some people are reporting packages showing up, believed to be from Server 03, although the recipients and package contents seem to vary, as some people reportedly not having participated in Server 03, 04, or 05 are getting packages.

December 29, 2007

Good morning everyone.

We just wanted to take a second at the end of the year to thank all of you for playing with us this past year. We are AKQA, the agency who worked with Bungie to create the IRIS ARG Characters and the Halo 3 BELIEVE experience.

Our goal through all of this has been to expand the Halo world, making it possible for fans to keep playing even when they are not sitting with a controller in their hand. And thanks to gamers like you, both of this year's efforts turned out to be a huge success. In fact, you may have been too good at participating: there were moments back in IRIS where you were solving episodes just as fast as we were creating new ones. Your speculations were so solid in fact, that we included some of your ideas in the next steps of the campaign as well as in the back-story of the Believe characters.

We hope it was as much fun for you to participate as it was for us to create.

Also - the Halo 3 Believe site is currently up for the Flash Website of the year. If you have a moment, please link over there and click VOTE for Halo 3:Believe.

The more people who hear about it, the more people we can get involved in Halo 3.

Thanks for all the excitement, we will see you in multiplayer,

Jan 14, 2008

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