Introduction to Rowan's Guide to The Haunted Apiary

This is my personal guide to The Haunted Apiary. I created it simply so I could get a better sense of what is going on. If you don't like it, don't read it. I won't be hurt.

Resources Available

This guide is also in no way meant to take the place of sites such as Unfiction Forums and the Wiki. In fact, I'm pretty sure this guide will always be lagging behind both those sites, so if you want Up-To-Date information, go there. If you want to read one person's experience with this ARG, you've come to the right place.

If you are looking for just a quick introduction as to what all this is and how to play along, this also may not be the site for you, especially as time goes on and the guide gets bigger. However, Imbri has created a wonderful Quickstart Guide It has everything you need to know to get you up and running quickly.

Conventions Used

In order to keep the guide organized and to aid in looking for specific information, the following conventions will be used throughout.

All links to in-game sites will be posted in Green.
All links to other sites, such as UF or the Wiki, will be posted in Red.
All broken links will be posted in Gray and fixed when an alternate link is available.

When you see this symbol: § it means that there is additional text available. Just click on it and the text should drop down below.

(I've tested this with both IE and Firefox, so if you are using Netscape, I can't guarantee it working at this time. Sorry. If it doesn't work, please let me know and I'll try to fix it so it does.)

Notes have been added to some of the passages when applicable. The notes, which appear in a smaller font prefixed by Note:, are not a part of the original text and are for reference only.

I am trying to follow the font styles for each of the main characters, but I have changed a few to make for slightly better viewing. I'll update the information below as needed.

Melissa While Talking:
Bolded Dark Red
In Memories:
Normal Dark Red or Italic Dark Red
White Text in Red Blocks
SPDR Code:
White Text in Black Blocks
Sleeping Princess As seen on ILB:
Bright Green on White
In this guide:
Bright Green on Gray
Pious Flea As seen on ILB (highlight below):
White Italics on White
In this guide:
White Italics on Gray
Others Black Text on White Font changes between blocks of memories  


Special thanks go out to the people at UF, the Wiki, the Quickstart Guide and the moderators in the IRC channels of #ilovebees and #beekeepers. They have done an excellent job in keeping up with all of the new developments and this guide wouldn't be half as detailed without their help.

The overall design of this guide is based upon the Cloudmakers Guide written by Adrian Hon. If it wasn't for this amazing guide, I never would have found ARGN, Unfiction or this ARG. This guide to the ARG The Beast is a must read for anyone interested in ARGs.


There is a session cookie on the guide. Its only purpose is meant to save your place when opening up the additional text, so if you surf away and come back the text boxes should retain their open/shut state. Disabling cookies should not affect anything on the page and no information is passed on to me from the cookie.

I do welcome comments, especially if you find blatant errors such as typos, broken links, and site problems. However, please don't start emailing me going "Why haven't you put up such and such information/spec/whatnot?" or "When is this guide going to be updated?" While I will try to put up all hard information (i.e. things gathered directly from in-game sites), I will not be running wild with speculation. And I honestly have no idea when the guide will be updated. I only usually work on this a few hours a day, in between trying to catch up with all of the posts and the ideas swirling around on IRC. Just be patient. You'll see something eventually.

If you do need to reach me, you have a few options. One is contacting me on under the nick Rowan. If I don't respond, it's because I'm not at the computer. You can also email me at Rowan.Lambelle on gmail. I'll try to get back to you, but I'm notorious for never returning emails. Just remember, it's not you, it's me.


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