Last night the ‘existence’ page linked from The 8th Spoke news page changed to show a Certificate of Recognition presented to Alexander Berne from the Hanso Foundation for 30 years of service.
The certificate was awarded by a Hanso Chief Executive, Peter Thompson and, assuming the certificate is recent, awarded two years AFTER Elliott was told Alexander had died. Is this, then, what ‘existence’ is refering too? Does this certificate prove that Alexander is still alive?
Clever tweeter @empulse spotted a typo on the certificate and posted an image: http://twitpic.com/5vmkm – drawing attention to the 30 years service perhaps?
Clicking on the certificate led us to a new page http://www.the8thspoke.co.cc/wasting.htm
Seven black hyroglyphs on a white screen spelled out ‘wasting’ according to Nathan’s previous key, with each glyph forwarding us to a further page, each the Roman name for a mythological character who played a part in the Trojan war and each containing a snippet of the story taken from the epic poem ‘The Illiad’.
(NOTE: These pages have since been taken down but I’m giving the links here anyway in case they become ‘live’ again)
Screenshots for each page are given below.
Players quickly noticed that some letters were marked red, and grey and others with a small grey dot underneath:
Red letters: ATIHCTSTHATE
Grey letters: OVETANGLETLMHANUENDNGMEON
Dotted letters: THICTNEIST
Frantic players desperately battled to determine their meaning, trying anagrams and other decoding tools but failing to make sense of it all.
Getting frustrated some players started digging for new clues. And that’s when the evening took a strange twist….
Check back soon – lots more to come.
P.S. Many MANY thanks to @Env420 for email updates and screenshots – you are a star!