Wow! Exciting night! Thanks to all who emailed me with updates with special thanks to @ElysiumEludes whose summary I have made use of below. Here’s the story so far…
At 9:27PM EST as promised, the message from Aidoneus at http://the8thspoke.co.cc/newsarchive.htm changed to reveal an image called “cycle.jpg”
LostARG participants working aroound the clock quickly identified this image as the Astrolabe of Antikithyra: an ancient yet highly advanced, mechanical ‘computer’ dating from as early as 150BC. It was thought that when a date was entered via a crank the mechanism calculated the position of the Sun, Moon, or other astronomical information such as the location of other planets.
Hidden within the source code of the page, references were found to “persephone” and “hades” which led to two new URLs and two new images.
The Persephone image was identified as a pomegranate, which features heavily in the Greek myth. The six highlighted seeds are thought to represent the number of seeds Persophone may have been tricked into eating by Hades which led to her forced imprisonment in the Underworld for half of every year (6 months).
The Hades image was taken from a painting on a vase that currently resides in the British Museum featuring the moment when Persephone eats the seeds offered to her bey Hades.
Players conjectured that “AM” was perhaps Prof. Adam Morris mentioned in the pamphlet hosting a lecture on Ancient Greece and Greek Mythology, and that “Alexander” must be Prof. Alexander Berne, the leader and founder of The 8th Spoke.
When the two letters (summer and winter) were overlaid, the image in the lower RH corner was revealed to be an inverted image of the white rabbit from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, with illustrations by John Tenniel. 1898, reproduced in it’s original form below:
Another quick thinking player on Elliott’s Blog comment page, kalynbrooke26, played around with URLs some more and found this final chilling message from Aidoneus, direct to Elliott Graves (and therefore us):
So there we go – what are your thoughts?
Needless to say, it’s not looking good for Nathan with any hopes that he may still be safe somewhere rapidly diminishing. And Elliott? What on earth has he got himself, and us, into?? Hopefully we’ll hear Elliott’s repsonse to all this today.
Where will it all lead next I wonder?
HUGE thanks to all who took part last night and for many hours of hard work in helping to figure all this out. I don’t know about you but I think anyone who dismissed this ARG as merely a ‘fake’ fan effort is SERIOUSLY missing out! Brilliant stuff.