Notice how Buttonbasher hasn’t been updated much in the past week? Well, I’ve been neck deep in a mystery dealing with Halo 3. Do you remember I Love Bees? It was an Alternate Reality Game that told some back story to Halo 2 (taking place during the summer before the games launch). It told the story by sending pieces of audio to pay phones around the country, which would later be unlocked on the website. It was a pretty cool thing that got a lot of people hyped for Halo 2, and got positive feedback for being a cool new way of marketing.
We now have something similar for Halo 3.
It started with Posts over at the Bungie Forums from a poster identifying itself as Adjutant Reflex. It posted stuff about “System Array In Flux”. What made it odd was that they were in Moderator status, and posted in Yellow text. Eventually the thread was stickied and locked. It’s speculated that AR represents the Monitor of the Ark. This continued for a few days until AR went into “Hibernation” for 38 hours. Then it reawoke to say: It has begun. The first seeds are scattered.
At the same time I received an email from Xbox.com called “Forerunner Email”. The Forerunner’s are the builders of the Halo’s. Here’s the email:
HISTORY CIRCLING BACK UPON US
- The gears of the Universe spin further
- and further apart.
- Ever greater grows the gulf between souls,
- And distance gives false hope of safety
- But for the grim tidings this messenger bears:
- The enemy is almost upon us
- Closing in from all sides,
- Moving faster than the light
- it snuffs with its passage,
- Time echoes with the news of destruction.
- History winding back upon itself.
- Waves of an army march this way in unison, Suffering and
- corruption are its battle cries.
- For I have known this darkness
- and felt its embrace once before-
- Horror best laid to rest
- Yet a Journey must commence
- Look for the signs, the keepers of the flame.
- They will lead you to war, and perhaps, to victory.
As you can see the image above has a symbol on it. This glyph:
The email linked to Halo3.com, where we soon noticed that the glyph had appeared on Master Chiefs Helmet:
The following day, AR changed it’s avatar to this:
Halo3.com has been since updated to have “5 Locked Servers”. We don’t know what’s behind them, but rumor has it that they are audio/video related.
In a Circuit City Advertisement planned for sunday release (but of course found early) there was this ad:
Note the glyph in the ad. Also the new URL Halo3.com/comic which features a look at the Forerunners building the Ark 100,000 years ago! The last page of the comic hold secrets though:
Line up the numbers to get 188.8.131.52 an IP address linking to a countdown ending on 12:00AM, June 21(Wednesday-Thursday). The Summer Solstice.
We played around with the IP address and found: 184.108.40.206 a website for an organization calling themselves Society of the Ancients. Basically they believe aliens exist and built the 7 world wonders (like Stonehenge). On the evidence page you find this image:
“This was just sent to me from a SOTA member traveling through Tanzania. The rock painting (as of yet undated) was pointed out last month by a local safari guide.”
The next day a SOTA rally went down in Time Square
Where will this end up? What’s behind the Locked Servers? Who exactly is AdjutantReflex?