The whole kidnapping thing has shaken up the shiny happy world of the Monster Hunter Club.
First, Amie is all upset that Jon is dead. Or possibly dead. Or not. In the end, she says it's over, so I'm guessing she believes the picture. Of course, in my little world where she killed Jon Paine, she's not so much upset over the fact that he's dead, but that someone has a picture of the body, meaning that they might have proof that she killed him and that she might go to jail and become someone's prison bitch.
But, I'm guessing I shouldn't express those opinions too loudly as otherwise I might get called "a pathetic little troll," "a friendless loser" and told to "Eat shit". Coming from a murderer, that really hurts.
Sorry, I tried to say that with a straight face but I couldn't. Where was I? Oh yeah.
Sun-Yi is also pretty upset over the whole thing. Her confidence has been shaken and now all she wants to do is curl up in bed under some blankets. All her bravado and she folded like a house of cards when she saw Green Coat Guy running towards her. Don't they pass out rape whistles at NYU? Was the park that deserted when she went there that there was no one around who could help her? And why didn't Derek or Matt follow her from a distance instead of waiting outside of the Park?
Hi folks, Sun-Yi here. Just Sun-Yi. I don't feel like a cowboy, and I don't feel like Inigo Montoya and I certainly don't feel brave anymore. I don't feel anything really, except tired. It's been a...a long day. For various reasons, the meeting with Painted Soul's contact didn't take place yesterday like we thought it would. Instead, I was supposed to be around Central Park with my Helio by 4:30 today. I was still feeling pretty cocky and sure of myself then - a spunky female James Bond maybe. That would certainly change. I hung around outside the park for 10 or 15 minutes waiting, and finally a call came. I couldn't tell you anything about the voice, whether it was a male or female, young or old. I think it was altered somehow. They told me to go into the Park under the bridge where Derek and I had gone before. And just how did they know I'd been there before? How long had they been watching me?
Anyway I casually had my Drift out as planned, and discretely updating my GPS coordinates while I was walking. Derek and Matt were just outside the park, watching my progress on Matt's drift. All according to plan. Until I got to that bridge. I waited around for a little while, and suddenly heard a twig snap behind me. Instant fight or flight response. It was the Green Coat Guy. He was running at me. Fight or flight turned into plain old flight and I took off sprinting. I was pretty panicky, so I'm not even sure which direction I went, but I ended up in a wooded area crouched behind some big rocks. I forgot all about the GPS thing. I just wanted someone to help me. I called Derek to let him know I was being chased, and he reminded me to update my coordinates, So I hung up and was about to do so when I was grabbed. I froze. I felt like a stone, except for my heart beating wildly. There was a foul gloved hand over my mouth, and I could see the green jacket out of the corner of my eye. I heard his voice for the first time. Just a rumble in the back of my head as he said something in Korean. I don't know what since his horrible green jacket was smothering my ears. Then I felt him tense and saw someone else running towards us. And the next thing I knew I was free and on the ground as a New Guy tackled Green Coat to the ground. They wrestled, punches flew and there was an otherwise eerily silent battle.
Green Coat struggled to his feet and the New Guy grabbed his jacket by the scruff, which Green Coat struggled off and ran away, leaving the New Guy standing there with the coat in his hands. He threw it aside looking disgusted. He asked me if I was okay. I did a quick self-inventory and decided there was nothing physically wrong with me, which I told him. I asked him who he was, and he said 'you already know me.' I was opening my mouth to ask him what that meant, when I heard footsteps and turned around to see Derek and Matt running up. When I turned back around, my rescuer was long gone. But the coat was still there. We went through the pockets and found some stuff. Not good stuff. You guys, I should have listened to my father's bosses. I'm in way over my head here.
There was a picture of Jon Paine and... he's dead. Heaven help us. There was also another code. I'm sick of codes. The most difficult part of the day was probably showing that picture to Amie. She tried so hard not to break down. watching her face was like watching a building implode. It blew up from the top to the bottom, and at the end there nothing but rubble as the reality of the picture sank home. She grabbed onto me and I held her for a long time as she sobbed. She clutched at me like a life preserver, and I tried to keep her afloat.
Derek and Matt stood there uncomfortable, shuffling their feet. I turned to Amie and did some little nonsense faces that mom used to say to me when I skinned my knee. When she was done, it was like a summer storm that blew through and left no trace other than the rain swept streets. She declared that the picture wasn't real and that it was just another damn red herring in the whole damn ordeal. I have to admit, she might have a point. None of us knows what to believe anymore. I'm just... Who was it who rescued me? I think it had to have been cryptidtruth after watching what he posted today. I still don't whose side he's on. But I'm glad he was there this afternoon. I wonder if he heard what Green Coat guy told me. I wonder why Green Coat guy was speaking Korean. I wonder how it ties together. I wonder lots of things, but mostly I just want to go to bed and stay there for a long time.
G... <audio ends>
Sun-Yi's account is the most detailed we have. Derek gives some lame update, and Matt doesn't even mention any of it. What is most annoying is they hint that there was a puzzle found in the coat of Green Coat Guy, and don't even give it to us. Arrgh!
A Seriously Late Grid|
Remember those grids from way back when telling us about The Slack Farm? Despite being unable to come up with a keyword for #3, we've been missing Grids 5 and 10 as well. As it turns out, Grid #10 was mailed out to an individual who is really bad at uploading photos when he takes them. Almost as bad as he is at updating Porn Caches, not that I'm gonna name names or anything. He got a really cute lake monster though.
_ _ _ _ _ _ 10 _ _
Phrase: German Fossils Illustrated, London News, Derek Barnes, Painting by Zdenek Burian
Explantion: Derek Barnes is a character from Freaky Links. One of the things Derek investigated was if Civil War soldiers killed a pterodactyl. Zdenek Burian is a well known illustrator of dinosaurs, although I don't know if he ever did a pterodactyl, otherwise known as a Pterosaur.
So now all we're missing is the real solution to Grid #3 and the entire Grid #5. Maybe someday we'll discover them.
Green Coat's Puzzle|
It only took three days, but Matt finally managed to get the puzzle from Green Coat Guy's pocket up onto MHC. He must have gotten that pesky scanner fixed.
Unlike the last Upper/lowercase code we got, this one is not a 5per as there aren't enough letter pairs. You need 225 pairs for a 15x15 grid, and this only has 208 pairs. But there is something peculiar about the pairs, in that each line has the lowercase letters a-z in it - just mixed up. What happens if we unmix them?
Ia Tb Sc Bd Ee Ef Ng Ah Ri Rj Ak Nl Gm En Do Mp Iq Sr Ss Pt Au Rv Kw Hx Ay Sz
Ba Eb Ec Nd Te Of Lg Dh Wi Hj Ek Rl Em Tn Oo Bp Eq Dr Os Nt Ou Tv Gw Ix Vy Ez
Ha Eb Rc Ad Ce Hf Ag Nh Ci Ej Tk Ol Em Sn Co Ap Pq Er Ts Ht Eu Rv Ew Mx Ay Yz
Ba Eb Oc Td He Ef Rg Sh Ci Lj Ok Sl Em Bn Yo Gp Rq Ar Bs Tt Hu Ev Gw Ix Ry Lz
Aa Nb Dc Gd Ee Tf Ag Wh Ai Yj Qk Ul Im Cn Ko Lp Yq Sr Hs Et Iu Sv Tw Ox By Ez
Ta Ab Kc Ed Ne Tf Og Th Hi Ej Ck Ol Nm Tn Ao Cp Tq Ir Ns St Eu Av Tw Tx Ly Ez
Pa Ub Tc Td He Ef Mg Uh Ti Aj Nk Tl Am Sn To Hp Eq Sr Us Bt Ju Ev Cw Tx Iy Nz
Aa Nb Ec Md Ae If Lg Th Oi Hj Ik Ml Tm On Go Ep Tq Ar Rs Et Su Pv Ow Nx Sy Ez
Now, remove the lowercase letters, and add in some spacing and puncutation...
It's been arranged. Miss Park has been told where to be. Do not give her a chance to escape. There may
be others close by. Grab the girl and get away quickly. She is to be taken to the contact in Seattle.
Put "The Mutant" as the subject in an email to him to get a response.
The only person we know in Seattle is Scott Johnston from Civilization Mutation, so I guess we're supposed to email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "The Mutant" to get a response.
The Final Journal Entry|
I guess since he had the scanner working, Matt decided to scan in the final journal entry from his grandfather. It explains what we see in the film strip. After reading the journal, I guess I would have to put the AO and AI clips at the end, showing the nonhuman creature trying to grab at John through the blanket.
Needless to say, John is pretty freaked out by the whole thing. The various creatures probably would have done it, but I bet seeing Dr. T burnt to a crisp made it perfectly apparent that he had to get out of there ASAP. He's packing up his journals and film and shipping them off to Grace before he goes AWOL. What's really interesting to me is that eight months pass before John is declared dead in a plane crash. Did they kill him right after he mailed Grace his journal and wait to notify Grace until much later? Did they wait until after they caught him to declare him dead? If he did live for another 8 months, what was he doing during that time? Did he contact Grace at all?
- Final journal entry, 10/19/66
0230, don't know when G is coming back and I need to act fast. Almost got caught, don't know how much time I have. There's no more hope. Project Rainbow is a RAINBOW OF DEATH! Wrapped my camera and flashlight in plastic bags and got into the lab by swimming the Mekong, around the barbed wire, got in through the back. G is working on his own uhholy creations, nothing to do with PR. There were candles burning inside, tried to film but had to use flashlight. Skulls, specimens in jars, species I didn't even recognize. Mutilated surgically altered creatures, amputated human body parts. Body on the table, covered with a ragged blanket, pulled away - charred black, blackened tongue stuck out in agonized grimace. Glassy eyes stared back at me. Worst fears true - labeled Tinneman. Heard a nose and dropped to the floor to hide, covered myself with a blanket. Something tried to grab me. Something not human. Oh God, Grace what am I going to do? I'm wrapping the journal and everything up, will get sent to you. I have to leave before dawn. Grace, I love you and John Jr. so much. Dont' ever forget that, no matter what happens.
crytpidtruth Connects the Dots|
We got the absolutely weirdest post from cryptidtruth today. He admits that he is the one that saved Sun-Yi from Green Coat Guy. GCG (I'm sick of typing his full 'name') works for The Miller, aka Dr. Genero. Dr. Genero is still alive? How old is he by now? World War II ended 62 years ago. At the very minimum, he would have been 20 by the end of the war, so now he's at least 82. Not out of the realm of possibilites that he is still alive, but it's highly doubtful that he was only 20 in 1945. John says in his ninth journal entry, "But to see a man of Dr. G's age do it was downright jaw-dropping." This was in 1966, 21 years after the end of WWII. If Genero was 20 at the end of the war, he would only have been 41 during his time at NKP - certainly not of an age where John should question his physical prowess. It's seems more likely that Genero would have be pushing 100 by now, making him 59 at NKP and 38 at the end of WWII.
Anyways, besides Genero still being alive, cryptidtruth drops another bombshell on us: Sun-Yi's father has connections to Genero. As it turns out, Mr. Park once raped and killed a young girl while he was engaged to Sun-Yi's mother. Oops! In order to get out of it, Mr. Park had Dr. Genero arrange for their passage out of the country. Not only did Dr. G get Mr. Park and his fiancÚ out of the country, he arranged a job for Mr. Park at the Korean Embassy. cryptidtruth speculates that when Mr. Park figured out Sun-Yi's involvment, he tried to back away from Genero, and that Genero attempted to kidnap Sun-Yi to force Mr. Park back in line.
Along with butchering children in Taiwan and conning body mod people into letting him work on them, he also killed Nate Shiffer (and probably the rest of M-A-R-A) as well. Lucky for us that cryptidtruth broke into Nate's place before he was murdered and got evidence of Mr. Park's involvment with Dr. Genero. I can't believe that was the only thing of value that he took, so I wonder what else he's holding out on us.
It is with a great deal of satisfaction that I highly recommend Wonhong Paul Park for Korean duty in the United States.
I had the pleasure of being associated with this ^fine young man for over fifteen months while on duty in Korea. While there I became acquainted with many Korean people, both in the military and civilians ^outside the military. I say this in strict confidence and with all honesty. Of all the Koreans with whom I became acquainted, ^I would recommend only one, ^Mr. Park, for duty in the United States and whatever financial help he can be granted.
Mr. Park. He is an outstanding individual.
HePark is a clean cut, healthy young man, completely honest, forthright and reliable whose morals are beyond reproach. Mr. Park He is alert, intelligent and studious and I am sure you will find him to be a great asset. Although is oral knowledge and understand of English is better than it would appear in his written form, I am sure he will quickly improve his English proficience if he is subject to its use in daily life and in his studies and classes.
I cannot recommend Wonhong Paul Park too highly and I am sure you will be pleased with his personality and his work if he is accepted
at your xxxxx by your ???.
Dr. Salvatore Genero
1. I have known Wonhong P. Park since November of 1959 and was most intristicaly ??? with him for over 15 months where I knew him as a student of English in one of my classes and later as a personal friend.
2. He posseses excellent demeanor ??? and judges quickly and well. 3 He is definitly mentally mature and confirmed.
4. Park is alert, intelligent and studious and I'm sure you would find him to be a great asset.
7. See ---
And how exactly does he know all of this? The most logical theory floating around is that cryptidtruth is John Jr. (who didn't die in 1987). How messed up will Matt be if that's the case? Finding out that his dad is alive after 20 years will either make him incredibly happy, or push him over the edge. Oh, I know that there would be explantions like "I did it to protect you" - but can that really make up for it? And if it really was for Matt's protection, why didn't John make sure that Matt would never be able to follow in his footsteps? He could have gotten all of John Sr's notes so Matt never would have started Rainbow of Death. And why push him towards M-A-R-A and Civilization Mutation if he wanted him safe? Alone, John's journals are nothing concrete. It's only with independent verifiction that they become something more. I dunno. At the beginning, I was under the impression that cryptidtruth was fairly young - like Matt or Derek's age. He seems older with this latest statement, so I guess he could be Matt's dad. I just don't think I'm going to like it if he is. Too Hallmark Family Movie with too little believable explanations.
The Miller Is Not Pleased|
Late on Monday, Scott finally responded to people who emailed to tell him that the mission to kidnap Sun-Yi didn't go quite as planned. He told us to look for hitori and that takes us to a new page on his website: http://www.civilizationmutation.com/hitori.html
This is a hitori puzzle - something akin to Sudoku in that you cannot have duplicates of the same number in any row or column, and you can't have any two blacked out spaces next to each other. The one we haven't isn't too difficult to solve, but it does take a fair bit of time to mark 289 squares. Luckily there are online solvers if you don't want to spend the time marking everything out, or want to have a prettier graphic made for you to show the solution (of course, you do have to make sure you type the matrix out correctly).
Once you solve the puzzle, you match the blocks at the bottom of the page to the completed grid, and then map the numbers in the circle back to the alphabet. So the numbers we have circled are 4 - 5 - 1 - 6 - 13 - 15 - 12 - 5, which spells out DEAFMOLE, and that takes us to deafmole.html
Deafmole is another puzzle, which takes you to deephelp.html
Deephelp takes you to illknoll.html (and really has you thankful for the solver at this point).
Illknoll is the last puzzle, and takes you to cedemean.html.
Even before you get to cedemean.html though, you can find comments in the source code of two of the pages as to why these puzzles are here in the first place.
I've set up this page to keep you up-to-date when I can't respond to email right away.
You are smart to have found this page. I am smart too, which is why I am leaving behind this record, this evidence if you will, of what I have done and why I have done it. I know now something is likely to happen to me, as has happened to those I have sent on to the Doctor, the Miller as he likes to call himself. They were not human anyway but maybe this will help you understand.
The cedemean.html page seems to be from Scott Johnston. At the very least it's written by someone who has been using Dr. Genero to further his own research into mutants. Scott fully aware that Dr. Genero has become the monsters that he has created. But like all good little mad scientists, Scott doesn't care since Genero's work furthers his own research. The cedemean page seems to be a sort of insurance policy against Genero. If someone is reading it, it's probable that Genero took out Scott, so Scott has left the coordinates of Gerero's lab: 35.38N 128.42E, which is located in the south eastern part of South Korea.
Besides the location of Genero's secret base, we also learn from Scott that Genero has been seeding the world's water supply with chemicals and following the results. Presumablely he's trying create his own mutant/monsters spontaneously, although I'm still not certain what his purpose is in bringing about a world full of mutants. If everyone is a mutant, wouldn't that mean that mutants fail to exist?
Despite whatever you may think this doctor, the Miller, understands the flawed creature, the monster, man has become. In a world a flawed specimens the pure is destined to stand above and rule. I believe that man is meant to survive and that I have been given this knowledge, this understanding for a reason. The Miller is but one tool I use to serve this purpose, though a vital one nonetheless. His work stands on the brink of isolating and understanding the mutant defects we all share, the key to my personal genetic redemption. And while his work accelerates the rest on mankind's descent into mutated madness, humanity, pure and genetically strong, shall survive.
I am not a fool, and I know that when a man stares into the souls of monsters too long , he becomes on himself. And the Miller is surely that. Though the science of his work takes precedence, I cannot forget the smile on his face as the people, or what was left of them, in the lab where we first met screamed in the background. They were not human, still, how could I be and not feel something for the pain in their voices. But without them neither of our goals could be accomplished, and they are, in the end, little more than mice to be dissected for the common good.
As I said, I am smart enough to know that this doctor, Miller, Genero, Traub, whatever his real name may be, is at his heart, a monster himself. He sees me in the same way I do the mutants - as a mouse to be used for whatever reason he sees fit before being disposed of. I will get what I want first, what I need, regardless of how many subjects, mutants, I must send him for his experiments.
If something were to happen to me and you have found this, no that the doctor, the Miller, is operating from a remote facility at 35.38N 128.42E. The local authorities are either unaware of or unwilling to intervene in his work. He has been working for years to alter people, both willing and unwilling subjects, by any means he thinks might work - surgery, chemistry, genetic manipulation, and God knows what else. Through his involvement in a multitude of covert government projects he has "seeded" the world's waters with chemical concoctions of his own creation, carefully watching and analyzing the results. He is on the brink of creating the world full of monsters he has long been working towards, not realizing he only hastens the speed at which mankind arrives at that destination anyway.
Just when we're getting to the bottom of things, discovering the connections between seemingly unrelated things and uncovering a conspiracy that has been going on for over 60 years, it's Spring Break Time - so we're just gonna drop everything and have a vaction!
No, I'm not joking.
In the wake of Jon Paine's death, Amie has decided to move back to Pittsburgh and stop her nomadic ways. And not wanting to leave his poor fragile friend now that he has gotten her back, Derek's going with her for a few days. At least he's grown up enough that he wants to spend time with Matt and Sun-Yi as well, but I guess he thinks he has a better chance of getting some with Amie than with the other two.
One weird thing that both of them echo at the end of their posts is that not every story has a happy ending. I don't necessarily care about a happy ending, but I would at least like an ending. I kinda get the feeling that both Amie and Derek seems to think that this is as far as we can go, but it feels like a cop out to me. I'm not expecting anyone to travel to South Korea to take Genero down, but there has to be some sort of happy medium where the story gets told and Genero is severlely crippled in his efforts. Or at least an attempt at it and then everyone gets taken away by black helicopters and we're told 'none of this ever happened'. I could live with that. But to come this far and decide "It's too hard. Let's go drinking instead!" makes me question any of their motives in this whole thing.
Even Sun-Yi is giving up and running back home. I would have thought that she would have been the one person who wanted to stay in NYC. But I guess almost getting kidnapped overrides the fact that your father has connections to a monster (who was the one that was behind your attempted kidnapping in the first place). I'm sure there will be many awkward dinners in that household while she's home.
Hi guys. I just had to sit down for a moment in the middle of packing and take a little breather. Originally I was torn between staying here in New York over Spring Break, or heading home to Annandale. But, after today's revelation, I felt that the best thing to do right now is to go home and try to sort things out.
Not that I really believe what cryptidtruth has to say, especially in regards to my family. I know he rescued me from the Green Coat Guy, but still, there are limits. There are limits and I think he's over his. No, I know he's over his.
So I'm going to go home and just be with my mom and dad for a few days. Maybe we can talk about all this or maybe we can just play board games. I don't really care. I just... I'm homesick and I need to see my parents.
I left a phone message earlier for Daddy to call me back as soon as he gets it, but I'm not gonna sit here and wait for a phone call, so I'm just going to go home.
I'm really gonna miss Matt and Derek and Amie, but I've really gotta go home. And maybe Mom will make me a lasagna even though I always complain about Mom never cooking anything Korean. I really think I could go for her lasgana right now.
Two Final Codes|
Even Matt is has that defeatist feeling. After the last of John's journal entries, he believes he has come across the last of Dr. T's codes - and doesn't feel that they will be of any help in bringing Dr. G to justice. Of course he won't be brought to justice if everyone just throws up their hands and says 'it just can't be done.' Maybe he deserves to stay free if the people who have come this close to him suddenly decide to become typical college kids and run off to Spring Break.
1+3 3+5 0
There are nine groups of folds to do and 45 letters to decode. Split the string into groups of five and then follow the flap instructions down the columns to decode.
1+3 1+4 2+7 2+8 3+5 3+6 8+1+4 7+2+6 0
2USUD PQFCU XFUTG P43PI 174I1 UGD3P FUC0G XFRQG D6RC4
gener osfil ledth atlab withw eirdm edica lequi pment
Gerero's filled the lab with weird medical equipment.
And of course the two codes don't share the same method to solving. That would be too easy.
This one is a tad more annoying in the fact that the flaps change with each letter rather than with groups of letters. The 1-8 means you use Flap 1 then Flap 2 then Flap 3 until you reach Flap 8 and start all over again. So, you can either transcribe one letter at a time, changing flaps as you go, or you can split the code up into groups of 8 and then transcribe each column all at once.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
C 3 6 E C 5 X F 0 0 D 5 T F X 6
i f o u n d r e c o r d s f r o
S 4 I P T S G P Y F F X 0 2 X P
m t h i s c h a s e p r o g r a
S T I 0 1 G C 7 J G P Y 7 R C F
m s h o w i n g t h a t g e n e
X 0 9 I T C T J Y P S 7 P T F 6
r o w a s n t u s i n g i t f o
X U 7 Q R 7 L G 7 7 6 F 2 I R C
r d i s p o s i n g o f c h e m
C 2 P U T 6 E 4 C C T Y W 0 5 2
i c a l s b u t i n s t e a d h
R U J 6 R R 5 4 I F G P C D 0 D
e d u m p e d t h e m i n p o p
4 X P Y W 5 I R R I T Y 4 T S T
u l a t e d a r e a s t t t b s
R 5 Z R 4 I R F F 3 U 2 4 V
e r v e t h e e f f e c t s
I found records from this CHASE program showing that Genero wasn't using it for disposing of chemicals but instead he dumped them in populated areas to observe the effects.
Like several other of Dr. T's codes, the Japanese folder code leads to a M-A-R-A password, this time for NKP.
Sadly, there isn't a whole lot of interest in the NKP files. It basically just is medical equipment, and between the film of Genero's lab and the stuff that thebruce got, we've seen most of it before. Is this the way things are going to end? With everyone going on Spring Break and us just getting passwords that don't help in anyway, shape, or form?
Genero Strikes Again|
Dr. Genero doesn't seem to take kindly to people going against him. There was a news video posted by cryptidtruth showing the aftermath of a parking garage explosion that killed a Korean Embassy worker and his wife.
No audio, but there was a nice tickertape across the top that told us what was going on.
Korean Embassy, Washington, D.C. Embassy worker and wife killed in parking garage explosion. W. Paul Park, 43
Oops! Although, I do have to say if I was Genero, it would probably have been more efficient to plant a bomb in a NYU dorm room and take out all of the toublemakers at once. As it is now, he runs the risk of the MHC gang going from frightened/dejected to angry/vengeful, and that's never good if you're trying to keep a low profile.
Sun-Yi Fights Back...|
...sorta. She's understandably crushed by her parents death, but she's clearheaded enough to take all the information that she's learned and turn it over to the Korean Embassy. With any luck, all of the Embassy workers won't be on Genero's payroll, and at least one of them will use the information to take Genero out.
This is Sun-Yi. I just... I...
Well, first of all, I can't think everyone enough for their sympathy and support. I guess you can imagine that I'm feeling pretty shattered right now. Just when I thought things couldn't get worse, this... this...
Okay... I'm okay. Or I will be. I know what I need to do now. As of this afternoon, I have turned over all the information that we had to the Korean Embassy, where Dad...where my father works. Where he worked. And I will do whatever I have to to make sure that this Genero person is stopped and things are made right. Or as right as they can be anymore.
So that's what I'm gonna do now. Thanks again for being there for me. Goodbye.
Hunting a Monster|
It seems that cryptidtruth is feeling a bit guilty about the death of Sun-Yi's parents. Not that he had anything specifically to do with it, but he wishes he could have done more to stop it.
His post does give us a buttload of information, though. First he tells us that through his experiments, Genero has been able to prolong his life and continue with his mad scientist ways. He's been using body modders as raw materials/body parts to keep himself alive. Ick!
But beyond that, cryptidtruth has provided a screenshot of Nate's computer showing a majority of the M-A-R-A login info. Why couldn't he have given us this weeks ago? The more he talks, the more he's sounding like he could be Matt's dad, and the less convinced I am of his reasons for doing things. If we had all this information earlier, would we still have been tracking down leads on Jon Paine, and would Sun-Yi have gone to see Painted Soul's contact (almost gettind kidnapped) and would her father have tried to back out on Genero (resulting in his death)?
There is one thing I do have a real issue with regarding that screenshot. All of the usernames are shown as lowercase. If you have to have a list to remember all the user/passwords to your netfiles, wouldn't you make sure that they were exactly like you were supposed to type them, rather than relying on memory to know that the username is capitalized?
The M-A-R-A Files|
So many passwords, so little time before I leave work to go to a concert, so let's get started!
Lots of neat little artifacts and a few new pieces of information about Genero, but nothing really eye opening (except maybe that Dr. T's body ended up at the Slack Farm). Not really sure what we're supposed to do now though.
- BarbersPoint: BPH / hawaiianmemorabila
- Memorabilia from stay in Hawaii, including newspaper clippings from Honolulu
- CameronStation: CSV / robertcampbellreort
- Military records for Robert Campbell
- CampGiant: CGK / assignmentpapers
- Classified assignment records for Dr. Genero
- Appears to have been a joint case with the Horn Island (HIM) and Slack Farm (SFKY) missions for someone named Wheeler in 2005.
- The SKFY note shows the password given in the screenshot. Using this, we can get the HIM password.
- CampLibertyBell: CLBK / militaryrecordbook
- Military Service Record book
- Charleston: CSC / dive
- FortDetrick: FDMD / generorecordsfile
- Erich Miller's application to the National Defense Program
- Links back to the HAFB mission. The HAFB text only had 'records file' in the password location for FDMD.
- Peters died in an auto accident before contract was fulfilled.
- HornIsland: HIM / chemicaldumping
- CHASE record of Genero dumping chemicals just off Horn Island, Mississippi.
- LowryAirBase: LABD / payrecords
- Old pay records from 1890 through 1907.
- OakRidge: ORTN / flightplan
- Personal military records
- PeaseAFB: PAFB / oldmilitary
- Pictures of the military artificats from the front page of M-A-R-A.
- SlackFarm: SFKY / projectelf
- Pictures of Dr. T's corpse after being exposed to Project Yellow.
- TreasureIsland: TICA / vietnammap
- Various regional maps of Vietnam
- YongsanBase: YBSK / morguephotos
- Pictures of morgue in Yongsan Base
Sun-Yi Is Gone|
It looks like Sun-Yi has flown the coop. She left a message for Derek and Matt under their door telling them she had something to do and wouldn't be back for a while. Why do I have a feeling she doesn't mean making funeral arrangements?
Matt Finds Out About His Dad|
Matt got an email telling him about the stuff we found in the M-A-R-A files, including the fact that his father's name was mentioned in a couple of the directories. He also then finds out about the theory that cryptidtruth is really his dad. I have to say, he takes it better than I expected him too, although he says he's pretty affected by the whole thing.
Today Is the Day|
Figures endgame would take place when I'm out of town, half-snowed in at my sister's place. But the concert was really good so I can't complain too much.
So endgame started when cryptidtruth emailed konamouse to tell her that he was at Genero's lab and was ready to take him down, with our help of course. He then posted a huge 5per that we needed to solve in order to help him.
LKEBG TNJMK MJHNY LVSKT GHUFE CKIJL VUEDF BDFWS DGJIV
PBRRF DWSJF MKJDI PEUHU AYEID SWAJK CDLMN CZWUI PLQWD
THEUF NCVBU XDSGH NJGNI UKLNF TUOSR ACORT CEWQY JHNOE
LPFBH LPONC VUDIV OKJUH JOLAL SZEQW SDWEV LYTRA CJHNM
PUYTR CEDIT EWJKI TRDEF NVGHS VFRDR CGDRE DDCRT LUYTG
WSAQQ JQXYU FEESF CRIKP MIKDE WSUER NUDFG CWAAS CQWIY
WIPOL COPLW NGYTG GKNLO LSVYC RCGJU JKBEN VITTR WODMX
ONOIT UFIVE LOOMN WUGOL DNWAB DKIHN LDCEY CV3ST BYUFD
VTUIM AENMT ETHGT XXTDU NIYTG EKFNH BCDDY NYPIO BLOPE
GHFDR QDDBI QWEDS FRHBV STRTS DFOSD SQVYT EWMAS VDXSD
WBEFN TGEDV GHUNB VLODP SONWH CUHGT ESTDK VNEDC LEDVG
REFSE YUFVG LMHGF NMGVD FGHBF EWSTT BHDRD CDNYI VRITY
UNEEV GKSEC WOLLA XWADF UITSC SWAXD WORDH DVEGF SOKOL
DFVHY FKSCV LMNBV CKEDA CANOG BNJHG LHBGJ VHNED EMHDN
IOVTH FMGLP IJHYU BSWHT IHJRN HBVFE WSDFG SXFTY RDQWS
SQUTC JMYFG CDNAX SMELF VFKNH HMVTD LROKN ERTHG FDJUI
BSXKL CURIT YSDER ETISB AMIJN DJWBL NURDV ERTYH JKLOI
STOYO DETHJ CYCRT EFBHU CANBG VMSBA BCDRT HNFDL VIWFA
CCBHY HJFRE CSWED JHNKI SIDRT NIOWQ KEHGF REAND ELIMR
BDFER DJTUE CTIBH DESFT XVHJI RERCN MSGYH MDBRE CVEIJ
AQWNT CDNAX QSCFG WTUER SSFTH CIGJG HBERF GUBNO ETYID
CDNWI VHYFR OJBKL RAGJU CSFDT NHNCF ITUBN STVAG RYRWD
NJKOO CUCTR BDCFG DSIHN CESXG VGIOG FWART CEDTH SEIVE
VHNDD NVTWT ITYSY UQFNH VCWSE CDWST NXDAO FREEF VUYTR
SXFTY CNIBH BINGR DFOSD ZCXCD FVGES YJKIO QWSGF DLPAC
BJHNG FCDSE FAESC IDAVG UOLBJ UHBUN CBNEJ MJEHG FCDYE
NGRDF FVGBH XUFRE MKPVF WXDER WIPOL IJKNO KJCMN FVGLH
HEDFT DTORT MOOET PHASS HRFAI TRYYI SWQER CVOUN DTOKT
STEMB HNBTF EYGTY IRDJI CEDBL VTUSM FRERS GVBRT HNBCI
MJKAH CFEUI CFSDT MHGFD NHJKL GHFAR KUIOL LHSER CFEUI
CEFGH OJFOG JMYFG BHJSD MJEUN SETWD EHMVI WBEFN QGSYE
CMLMN QUIUN FRRWS KNDSC NJCHH QJHCK DTEHG IUNGH LFMEC
VDNHJ VOPRF DETHJ CADWD CVOSN NVANK MAIVG UNECV IFAIN
SOWEV OPFHE LJOSD SYNWD GVBOT BTICS CXDGR PVRWF BHUJG
CIDRE PIOLI DJTUE CFAGT LHSTR CMOPA NGRDS IVODH OJNKH
Isn't that pretty? Look at all the colors! In order to solve this, we first break the grid apart into component colors, and then solve each colored 5per grid separately.
SETWD SQUTC JQXYU | LVSKT GHUNB CKIJL | GHUFE BDFWS VLODP
QJHCK BSXKL COPLW | PEUHU LMHGF SWAJK | AYEID CZWUI NMGVD
NVANK STOYO UFIVE | NJGNI WOLLA TUOSR | UKLNF CEWQY XWADF
BTICS CCBHY AENMT | OKJUH LMNBV SZEQW | JOLAL LYTRA CKEDA
CMOPA BDFER QDDBI | TRDEF IJHYU VFRDR | NVGHS DDCRT BSWHT
HMVTD ETYID CRIKP | MJEHG FCDSE WSUER | NUDFG HBERF CQWIY
DJWBL RYRWD GKNLO | KJCMN FVGBH RCGJU | JKBEN ITUBN WODMX
VMSBA SEIVE WUGOL | CVOUN DTORT DKIHN | LDCEY FWART BYUFD
NIOWQ VUYTR XXTDU | GVBRT HNBTF EKFNH | BCDDY NXDAO BLOPE
RERCN DLPAC FRHBV | LHSER CFEUI DFOSD | SQVYT YJKIO VDXSD
VNEDC WSAQQ VUEDF | LKEBG IDAVG ESTDK | OJFOG TNJMK LEDVG
CDNYI WIPOL CDLMN | PBRRF MKPVF BHDRD | QUIUN DWSJF VRITY
DVEGF ONOIT ACORT | THEUF PHASS WORDH | VOPRF NCVBU SOKOL
VHNED VTUIM SDWEV | LPFBH IRDJI LHBGJ | OPFHE LPONC EMHDN
SXFTY GHFDR CGDRE | PUYTR MHGFD WSDFG | PIOLI CEDIT RDQWS
Thanks to you finding the location of Genero's base, I've
There's bound to be a password to figure out, allowing us
Finally tracked him down, but I need your help once more
TGEDV BHJSD CWAAS | SMELF CUHGT VFKNH | WBEFN JMYFG CDNAX
YUFVG KNDSC VITTR | ETISB EWSTT AMIJN | REFSE CURIT YSDER
GKSEC CADWD CV3ST | EFBHU SWAXD CANBG | UNEEV DETHJ CYCRT
FKSCV SYNWD NYPIO | JHNKI BNJHG SIDRT | DFVHY HJFRE CSWED
FMGLP CFAGT EWMAS | DESFT HBVFE XVHJI | IOVTH DJTUE CTIBH
WBEFN JMYFG CDNAX | QSCFG BJHNG SSFTH | AQWNT UHBUN CEFGH
IUNGH FRRWS VHYFR | OJBKL NGRDF CSFDT | CDNWI WIPOL CMLMN
UNECV DETHJ CUCTR | BDCFG HEDFT CESXG | NJKOO TRYYI VDNHJ
PVRWF LJOSD NVTWT | ITYSY STEMB VCWSE | VHNDD VTUSM SOWEV
IVODH DJTUE CNIBH | BINGR MJKAH ZCXCD | SXFTY GHFAR CIDRE
QGSYE CIGJG EHMVI | LROKN MJHNY FAESC | MJEUN FCDYE WTUER
LFMEC NHNCF DTEHG | NURDV MKJDI XUFRE | NJCHH FVGLH RAGJU
IFAIN VGIOG MAIVG | BCDRT XDSGH MOOET | CVOSN DTOKT DSIHN
BHUJG CDWST CXDGR | KEHGF VUDIV EYGTY | GVBOT HNBCI UQFNH
OJNKH FVGES NGRDS | MSGYH EWJKI CFSDT | LHSTR CFEUI DFOSD
At 3pm NYC time, I am going to try and access Genero's main
Security system and give you access via Matt's website
To shut down the security system. Do it as quickly as you
SONWH ERTHG FDJUI
FGHBF ERTYH JKLOI
UITSC HNFDL VIWFA
CANOG REAND ELIMR
IHJRN MDBRE CVEIJ
DGJIV MIKDE GUBNO
PLQWD LSVYC STVAG
JHNOE DNWAB CEDTH
CJHNM NIYTG FREEF
LUYTG STRTS QWSGF
UOLBJ FEESF CBNEJ
WXDER NGYTG IJKNO
HRFAI LOOMN SWQER
CEDBL ETHGT FRERS
NHJKL QWEDS KUIOL
Can or I won't be able to get inside and eliminate Genero
So, combining all the answers together:
Thanks to you finding the location of Genero's base, I've finally tracked him down, but I need your help once more. At 3pm NYC time, I am going to try and access Genero's main security system and give you access via Matt's website. There's bound to be a password to figure out, allowing us to shut down the security system. Do it as quickly as you can or I won't be able to get inside and eliminate Genero.
So this is it. We get cryptidtruth into Genero's lab, and he'll take care of the rest. It's amazing how fast cryptidtruth gets around. He must have a ton of frequent flyer miles and he must not be flying out of any of the NYC area airports (unless he flew out before this storm hit).
So, I'm not exactly sure what happened at 3pm since there isn't anything in the UF forums about it. There's a mention on the MHC boards about a login (user: emiller / pass: asperglen) to what I don't know. I guess that would take you to a video of cryptidtruth (although, for all I know, it was just found by accident).
Hello, this is cryptidtruth. I'm in the utility building outside Genero's remote lab in South Korea, and I don't have much time. It will be daylight soon, and it will take me at least 15 minutes to set the explosives. Thank you all for your help. I couldn't have done this without you.
Amie, Sun-Yi - I'm sorry I couldn't prevent the death of your loved ones. I hope my eliminating Dr. Genero will bring a small measure of relief.
Derek, I'm sorry to have used you this way. You've been there for Matt when I haven't, and for that I will be forever in your debt.
Matt, my son. I'm sorry...for everything. When Genero threatened your life and your mother's, I thought I did the right thing. I've made some choices I'll regret forever.
I must go. I'm out of time. Hopefully, you've disabled the security network and I'll gain access. If I do, I'll let you know. Take care.
The weird thing about this video is that cryptidtruth only appears in shadow and has his voice altered. Why? He admits that he's Matt's dad, so why all the cloak and dagger stuff? Could it be that he really isn't Matt's dad and is just trying to give Matt some closure? Even if he is Matt's dad, I'm not sure that tiny bit of explanation/apology would really cut it for someone who has been missing for 20 years. In fact, I would have to imagine it would make the whole thing worse. Like checking to see if a cut has healed, not by pulling off the bandage, but by cutting it open again. If it wasn't for the fact that the camera zooms in on cryptidtruth's eye, I would have figured it was Sun-Yi making the video. Unless we see some absolute proof that cryptidtruth is John Jr., I'm not gonna believe it.
A little while later, the webcam page updates again and we get a shot of Genero's lab exploding. I guess that's the end of Dr. Genero and probably cryptidtruth as well. That is unless one of them escaped, which is always a possbility. So I guess that's pretty much game over. Now to wait for some wrap-up posts and the credits.
Amie's going back to Pittsburgh to be with her family. She's learned that you have to face your problems and that the only person who can make you happy is yourself. This is starting to feel like an afterschool special. She also thought she could stick in a new post saying goodbye to Jon and date it a few days earlier without anyone noticing. Well I noticed because I know it wasn't there on Friday when I was working on getting all the updates for the week done.
Meanwhile, Derek has decided to grow up and called his parents and told them how much he loves them and blah blah blah. With the amount of death and destruction, I never expected this to get all sappy at the end. Where's the outrage over the senseless deaths and lies we've had to wade through the past few months? For someone who was preparing us for an unhappy ending, Derek is surprisingly optimistic about the future.
Even Matt is all happy-happy-joy-joy since his father said good-bye to him. I guess believing your dad has been dead the past 20 years allows you to skip directly to the 5th stage of grief when you find out a: he was a live but b: he's dead now. But I guess it's okay because, in the afterschool special The Monster Hunter Club and the Evil Nazi, Matt now has a new purpose in life: to spreading the truth about Project Rainbow.
But wait! The afterschool special can't end yet, because we don't know what happened to Sun-Yi! Luckily for us, she updated her MySpace blog to show us what she had to do.
So she's now a reporter with the Korean Independent News Network. They must not have a whole lot of reporters if anyone from off the street can start making their own news reports.
This is Sun-Yi Park, reporting from just outside Ochon Village in the Chollabuk-do province, the scene of a recent devastating explosion at a secret research facility hidden there. Although much of the evidence has been destroyed by the explosions, I promise to bring excusive information about what was going on there, who was responsible for it, and how we can prevent anything else like this from happening again. I, Sun-Yi Park and the Korean Independent News Network promise not to rest until the truth is told.
So that's the end. People are dead, lives are ruined, but everyone is still dancing in the street singing with the bluebirds. How lovely.
We got one last puzzle to solve on the MHC forums. Thinginthewater (wow, haven't heard from him in a while) got an animated gif which looks to be another 5 per puzzle.
Y G O L O O Z O L O N N E A G
G O T O H T T T O M S T H M L
H T U R T D P P C S T Y S T D
F O R M T I W Y H S E E I H E
E D L A P Y W R N E R L F S I
H Y D E C R W C W O L L R T F
L E N I N O A S B O G O O I I
L R E A P J L E O O M R R D S
I T A N R E T E G E N E R E S
M E R O K O M O F I P E E R A
E R E A N N E R E V E R T C L
H E A L I T Y G A M E C O M C
T T O O F G O V I E A A C T M
R G S T U I M T S O R F A N O
A S O I D B T H E H T I M H T
Go to http://www.alternaterealitygame.com/credits.html
So the credits are up, so that must be end game. I do have to say, I think I'm becoming quite the Jim Gunshanan fan boy. I know a lot of people are always gun-ho over Sean Stewart, but I think Jim could give him a run for the money. I really don't think I would have been as into the game if it wasn't for his narration as Derek, Matt and John. So yay!
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