A Friend's Gift
SUMMARY of A Friend's Gift ARG is in progress. Pardon any incomplete or erroneous parts on this page in the meantime.
- 1 March 27 2012
- 2 March 30 2012
- 3 March 31 2012
- 4 April 1 2012
- 5 April 2 2012
- 6 April 4 2012
- 7 April 12 2012
- 8 Questions for Trent C. (AKA SHANKLIN87) and his responses
- 9 Code Name Operation Pebble Skip Translation of the OpPebbleSkip0313-1.png
- 10 April 14, 2012
- 11 April 15, 2012
- 12 APRIL 15, 2012 CODE FROM SHANKLIN87
- 13 APRIL 17, 2012 Midnight Bakery Special Offers
- 14 Find Kelly Holmquist Facebook page April 24, 2012
- 15 May 8th, 2012. The Silent Eye
- 16 Discussion threads
March 27 2012
Nyte's Post # 1 in the "A Friends Gift" thread in the Sanctuary at the TSW Community forums began the ARG on March 27, 2012.
The "RV. Ganzir" photo was included in the post along with the message
The key-bearer disembarked last, bidding his travelling companions farewell. He shook his head at their lack of forethought, for in their eagerness to blunder ahead they had left their most valued possessions behind. Nevermind.The key-bearer forged on leaving crumbs of truth for the worthy to follow."
—Nyte, TSW Forums
and under the picture was an additional message
"This message has approved by the White Cross Foundation. "In honor of Nathaniel B. Palmer. We stand in your debt."
—Nyte, TSW Forums
Tyllon put forth the first connections with a poem called Rub a Dub Dub referencing "a butcher, a baker,
a candlestick maker" in post #8
Rub a dub dub,
Three men in a tub,
And who do you think they be?
The butcher, the baker,
The candlestick maker.
Turn them out, knaves all three
"RV. Ganzir" inscription on the first clue was theorized to refer to Ganzir gate. Ganzir was also noted to be an alternate name for the "underworld". The image name itself was RVGANZIER.png a slightly different spelling than the inscription. A comprehensive post on Ganzir gates was prepared by Amelia in post# 13. In this post Amelia made connections between Ganzir Gates and ovens which tied back in with the Midnight Squadron Bakery website
March 30 2012
"The answer lies, I believe
By seeking men who can perceive. One is red, two are greenThey see that which can't be seen.
—The Baker, TSW Forums"
With the tag
"The true cookie connoisseur knows that the cookie is not just the icing."
—Master Baker Baravelli, TSW Forums
March 31 2012
The video was a 1:08 length series of repeating images with a variety of songs relating to looking more into the directions the community had started looking.
Forum user Mysteriarch listed some of the songs in a
Message In A Bottle - The Police
Secret - OMD
Buried Deep Stays Buried Still - The Deli Creeps
Dig A Little Deeper - Peter Bjorn and John
April 1 2012
Also, other community members begin to reveal they had received replies from the bakery
April 2 2012
April 4 2012
Forum User Amelia convinced of the connection between the Midnight Bakery Klaychahh recipe and advancing the ARG submitted a message to the Bakery through this form. What made Ameila's query to the Bakery from other forum member queries was the content she states
I sent a message to the bakery, quoting the fact i was following crumbs of truth and noting that the history of the ganzir gate was linked to the klaychah cookie as it is from the same period of history.
—Amelia, TSW Forums
She informed the community of her contact with the bakery and the Bakery's reply in this post #138.
The reply from the Bakery was
One of our business associates has kindly turned our attention at a piece of software that I believe might be of help to you in this endeavor. The software is called "Our Secret" and it truly deserves its name. If you would follow the path you already are walking on, by using the key you have already found, you will surely progress onward.
Ah, the meetings are again taking place and I am needed there.
Nalya E. Palmer, Manager : International shipping department& White Cross Liaison
—Nalya B. Palmer, TSW Forums
Within the message from the Bakery Nalya B. Palmer references the Software "Our Secret" which Amelia downloaded and extracted to her comp. She then downloaded the Klaychahh image from the Bakery. Inserted the Klaychahh image in the "Our Secret" software and within the Klaychahh image was revealed the Journalpage.jpg image to the right.
April 12 2012
Password = amundsen1928
This password gained entry into the tumblr Site Latham47 and revealed SHANKLIN87 with messages posted 5 days earlier approximately April 7 2012.
“The Meddlesome One” that’s what I’m dubbing her. She’s definitely an aunt in name only. Hated staying at hers as a kid. She was always booting me out to the stables when guests came round… i.e. snobby mates of hers, all in their late teens, revelling in Daddy’s booze stock while he was away. Babysitting? Really? No wonder I flooded the south wing where her suite was… Her dad saved me a right flogging then. In his words, “boys will be boys.”
—SHANKLIN87, tumblr Site Latham47
And the second
Hmm, interesting. Clickety click...
I was asked to pass this along by a mutual friend…Now, I’m not sure if I agree with this arrangement, but his dabbling has proven advantageous in the past. Message me if you find something. I’m already on the case…
—SHANKLIN87, tumblr Site Latham47
The Clickety click...uploaded to youtube.com by nocandlesnocleavers on Apr 6, 2012 revealed a 49 second video of the coast line of Bear Island Norway. The video was taken at the coordinates 74° 22' 0.03" N 19° 3' 40.60" E discovered by forum member Netherion in post #341.
Forum member Frisco in post #346 determined that the music in the video of Bear Island is the song "Without a Trace" on the album "Secrets in a Weird World" by the band Rage. The lyrics to the song can be found at this site. The lyrics were posted on the forums by Amelia at post #353.
Forum member Kingfetty noted there were 2 tags added to the video in post #344
Questions for Trent C. (AKA SHANKLIN87) and his responses
|Correspondence between Zephix and SHANKLIN87|
Zephix: "Have you been breaking into the grounds surrounding Olivia's Cottage recently? Noticed you were at Camden Lock recently, same as an unknown who wrote a letter I stumbled upon. Also, any chance you're related to Melissonomoi? We wouldn't want a DNA test to spill your secrets... Maybe I'm way off base here, but I don't think it's all coincidence. zephixleer "
SHNAKLIN87: I’m a little worried you know so much of my doings. I must assume The Baker has a hand in this. If so, I guess he wants me to trust you. All I’m willing to say however is, you already have the answer to your first questions and to my knowledge I have no relation to Melissonomoi. By now I’m sure Olivia knows it was me. She would have tested the blood I left and she already has my data on her systems. I can never go back…
Post # 388 Zephix: another update....
SHANKLIN87: It seems a certain apron-donned person wants me to share and share alike. This will take time for me to process. I’m off to do my rounds, checking the security of this place. I’ll think while I walk."
post #598 zephixleer: How do we know the test is over? But frankly, I didn't meant to instill doubt about The Baker as much as question your own past with him. You said that a mixture of the bloodlines is dangerous and that it gives off energy. -The point of the Pier and all that. Being that you yourself are a mixture of bloodlines, don't you give off energy even now? Hiding it must take either great control over your own energies, a similar setup as the Pier or.... is that what the sleeping pills do?
In terms of how I manage my condition. I’ve been trained to repress the excess and I wear a rather uncomfortable device to help; all courtesy of the WCF. I do get migraines with auras sometimes.
Sleeping pills helps stop unwanted dreams, nothing more in my case. Trent
|Correspondence between Omegamf and SHANKLIN87|
Post #392 SHANKLIN87: I took intel. She was holding the equivalent of the Rosetta Stone in gate information. I sent what I found to The Baker and he’s apparently been sharing things with you and others. I didn’t plan for this I didn’t know he was going to… I need to think. I’m going for a walk now, but thank you for your attention. There used to be something at the pier, but it’s gone now. The pier broke and lives broke with it. I… I have to go.
omegamf: i asked a question earlier on why he was so sad....his reply
SHANKLIN87: A wealth of reasons… I see someone has been digging into my past. My own fault for choosing Shanklin87 as my blog name…
omegamf: ive already asked Shanklin87 the significance to him of the pier to which he replied
SHANKLIN87: there used to be something at the pier, but now its gone.
SHANKLIN87 "A few slight complications, but overall things are dandy. I have been back a while and have tried to contact our supposed ally without success. It seems he’s testing me too. For what purpose, I am unsure.
I have decided that the security of this site is not strong enough to publish the answers to anonymous questions on the blog, but I can continue to communicate privately. I am aware there is a team of you out there, perhaps the info I give can be relayed to those not in the loop here. Those who have risked their identities to message me. I will respond to all queries. Apologies for any I appear to have overlooked. They have not been overlooked. I’m still weighing things up. I’ll try not to leave you hanging too long."
Post #520 Question: What do you and your contact make of the photo?
Answer: Ah Omega, hello.
All I could glean from it is that there’s definitely a gate there. Some of the features the man described in his account (I’m guessing he’s male) match up with other descriptions I’ve seen on gates. I’ve started to map the locations of gates I’ve researched to be true and am erasing false leads to help see a clearer picture. My systems aren’t secure yet so I can’t say much more. Amelia knows what’s happened. The baker/bakery will probably chip in at some point as they’re deciphering the intel I retrieved from Olivia. Talk later. Trent
omegamf: took about two seconds for us to conclude Palmer as in Capt Nathaniel Palmer. i'm assuming the relation? also noted that N. Palmer may not have had any children. how then is Olivia related? What was her father's name (seems you liked him). and just how exactly DID Olivia snag the gate information. i guess the rest we are waiting on is Pie-Lord's conclusion on said information and maybe a nice little map of a few legit gates you have discovered. easy on the coffee, dehydrates ya. ~Omega
SHANKLIN87: When Olivia’s father (my grandfather) died a lot of material was passed on to Olivia, she stored a majority of items in secure places like vaults and safety deposit boxes. She thought the item I stole was simply something pretty to display in one’s parlour. Pfft. Well, can’t really blame her. That’s how my grandfather used to hide it. I didn’t necessarily like him. He was alright I guess, but was more the type I just used to see at meal times. I was left to my own devices a lot or given lessons with trainers except for the rare times my father came to visit. Anyway, yes, the good old letter on the mantel piece trick. That’s how he hid it and Olivia followed suit but with decidedly less security in place. Sometimes I wonder about her though … she does have her secrets I’m sure… My grandfather’s name was Coddington Billings Palmer Jr. (named after his father before him, his mother was Nellie Bell Avery). I’ve always been told my mother was Olivia’s sister, but The Baker sent me some troubling documents which have placed doubts in my mind. My mother was definitely a Palmer and was at least raised in Coddington Billings Palmer Jr’s household for a time, but I’m not so sure Olivia is my biological aunt… maybe more of a distant cousin? Odd. This has suddenly made details of my family tree unclear. The only thing I can be certain of are my parents; my father, Shaun Christopher and… Giselle… my mother. Her maiden-name was Palmer I am certain of this. Blood cannot lie. Trent. p.s. Okay okay, I’ll take it easy on the coffee. I have sleeping pills now so might actually be able to get some rest. Ugh look at the time. Haven’t slept in 20 hours and that last patch didn’t really count even.
omegamf: do the events of the secret flood tie into the strange phenomenon of having a second catastrophic storm right behind the one in 87? any information on who/what/when/where for this secret flood is always a plus, though i dont know what specifics to ask. if i sign this with a heart and tell you you're pretty, will you treat me as nice as you do the twin Ami's ? :-P
SHANKLIN87: The secret flood. I guess you all have earned this much, certain among you in particular. I’ll tell you the parts that l’m strong enough to bear. Some was researched by me, some was communicated to me, some was experienced by me. 1987. The Shanklin Pier only had the appearance of being disused at the time. Those The Baker represents, had put in place a safety mechanism of sorts long before, an energy drain that ran from the Isle of Wight into the sea. My parents settled there in 1984 at the behest of White Cross Foundation. The energy drain/sink whatever, meant that the stray energy people like us naturally emit was earthed and ran into the sea where it was safely dispersed. Those looking for them were scouring the globe, but had no means of pinpointing a location. (I have since been trained in the ways of hiding my own energy signature.)
The lines of the Palmers and Christophers were never meant to be united. They married on the isle in 1986 and had their first child, my sister… then in 1987 the storm hit, the pier broke, our enemies were on us in an instant. I say ‘us’ as my mother was now pregnant with me. They sensed the breaking of the pier and immediately made for the ferry at the River Medina. The White Cross were waiting there to help us, but our enemies were not far behind. There was a battle. My mother made it onto a ferry with my sister in her arms. My father had joined the fight as one of the strong ones. The flood, my namesake. No one knows where it came from ‘til now. Someone pulled the storm from the south east into the river. The ferry was the ferry. I can’t. I need a cig.
omegamf: I posted a topic on the forum about your family tree. care to comment? we're all curious. regardless if this has anything to do with uncovering the gates, it seems that we generally have taken an interest in you , Trent! ~OmegaMF
SHANKLIN87: Back, Sorry about earlier, I find it interesting that you all find me interesting. There are rumours of forbidden methods that are acceptable in special cases that are used for the preservation of life. I’m betting there’s very little information on when my great grandfather and his spouse actually passed on. This makes the issue of DOB quite intricate. My mother was not as old as 40 when she had me. She was 24, my father 28. Now I think of it, my grandfather never really seemed to get older… he just sort of stayed looking 50ish until he passed. In the world we move in, very little is as it should be.
|Correspondence between Makro and SHANKLIN87|
Post #428 MAKRO: do you have eny information about the atomsubmarin that sanc out side bjørnøya 7 of april 1989?
SHANKLIN87: I’m afraid all I can do is speculate, but it is possible the fire (for which there is no definite cause) may be linked to the other happenings on that island. I will share with you what I have currently. Since escaping Olivia’s security, I contacted a few trusted allies and they contacted me this morning.
Makro: did you have eny conection to the theater at the shaklin pier?
SHANKLIN87: I do not have any connection to the theatre, that was before the time of my family and I having contact with the pier. That is not to say that the theatre didn’t hold some significance in our secret world, but in this case knowledge of its existence helps very little.
MACKRO: du you have the key to unlock the gate?
SHANKLIN87: I’m afraid I do not. Apologies. We’ll keep searching together.
|Correspondence between Coren and SHANKLIN87|
SHANKLIN87: It’s nice meeting you Coren. For some reason politeness leads me to be less cautious and I feel I must introduce myself too. My name is Trent… I will refrain from giving my surname for now. I believe we can be of mutual benefit to each other.
|Correspondence between chaoticorder and SHANKLIN87|
chaoticorder: asked our friend on tumblr another question to see what i could get based on some of the new stuff everybody is talking about, which included the sub and shipwrecks around in that area, the pearly gates and stappen, amundsen and the govenors of svalbard.
SHANKLIN87: "The intel from my contact appears to be the only reference to wreckage being found. The governor probably was not in power yet when the wreckage was first recovered, so it it appears the information was covered up and passed on through the lines of power connected to the island. It would not surprise me if all tragedy befalling the surrounding area were linked to the gate that was found there."
Chaoticorder: Just recieved a message from Trent C. after having asking him about the map he was working on and some followup questions that i had based on my last message i recieved and this is what he had to say.
SHANKLIN87: Hi there, The map is a bit of a mess to be honest. Still lots of probable locations and very few definite ones. It may be an idea for the team you’re in to start one too. It may be wise to start with just this one and see what the bakery turns up. I’m afraid my questions are all the same as yours. I’m sorry I don’t have the answers, I’m in the same boat you are. Experience has taught me to wait. The Baker has something in the oven for us I’m sure.
Chaoticorder: Unspecified Question
SHANKLIN87: Hello Chaoticorder My family tree used to be clear to me but is increasingly becoming a mystery. I am of the mindset that coincidences very really are. It would not surprise me if Olivia and Nayla are related. Cpt. Nathaniel B Palmer to my understanding is my great great great grandfather. However I’ve recently begun to doubt if Olivia is in fact an aunt or something else… cousin maybe. Either way, Palmer blood was in my mother and now it is in me (albeit mixed). Regards, Trent
chaoticorder: "asked a little about images name and who Trixie was."
SHANKLIN87: Hello chaoticorder, It does mean Operation Pebble Skip. It was what my source and I coded that particular retrieval job. Trixie? A fair question. She was my sister, older by a year. She passed a few years back and the blame rests with me. My father always said we should stay together no matter what, but like father like son I guess. I did exactly what he did. Played hero, got her killed. Like he did with my mother. … We were following a lead together, Trix and I. It was an ambush. I sent her on to “safety” while I held the enemy back. When I rushed to catch up with her she was just lying there the rain was washing the scarlet of her life away into the gutters
it was my fault
|Correspondence between Amica and SHANKLIN87|
Amica: My name is Amica, and I've been working with what little the Baker can give me to help find you. To what ends, I don't know, but I'm compelled to put the pieces together in search of the truth. It disheartens me that so many have things to hide from these days. Roald, Mellisonomoi, Aveline, and now you. Dark times, indeed. I have a few questions that may help me help you. What is special about your blood? Where is your airport? What is your link with Amundsen and Melissonomoi?
-where it came from, but other than that nothing in the substance itself that I know of.
-I cannot divulge this information. Apologies.
-There is no link that I’m aware of other than what we are all searching for. The one with the rolling pin did this to lead you to me. I tailored my blog settings to comply with his wishes without realising he was opening the floodgates. I am beginning to warm to the idea… slowly.
I would wish to speak with you more in private if you are able to risk your identity on tumblr. I would like your thoughts on clickety click.
Amica: I watched the video and compared it to the screenshot your contact had found. Upon reading the translation (if they are indeed the same island and the translations are correct) it is apparent this island houses some mysterious force. Perhaps it's the location of the northern gate, which has attracted many others before. I come here seeking answers, yet it's only more questions I find. Such is the nature of life, hmm? Best regards, Amica.
SHANKLIN87: Dear Amica, I’m afraid I’m a truth-seeker like you, with many questions that also push me to frustration. I’m sorry I don’t have more answers. Perhaps that is why The Baker brought us all together so we can find truth together. I have seen you to be one of the avid ones. I value your focus and I’m sure The Baker does too (from the little I know of him or them). I think you’re right about the gate, although it may not be the only one in the north. I have begun to map the locations of those I’ve discovered to be true around the globe. I have erased false leads, they will only muddy the water. Stay strong Amica. Kind regards, Trent C.
p.s. Thank you for being careful as well as vigilant. The Baker has deemed the forum to be one of the few “safer” locations where the like-minded can meet, else he wouldn’t have used it to communicate with you all. Continue to use it well, sharing anything you learn to help us all move forwards. I dare not dabble there as I fear it will turn too many watchful eyes to its pages.
AMICA: Thank you for your blessing to share what precious information I've gotten from you. Out of curiosity... I noticed your name was Trent C. Trent is a Celtic name that means "strongly flooding," and there is a River Trent in the UK. Mere coincidence, or intentional reference? Curiosity... my curse. Imagine my chagrin when people translate my name, Amica, into its translation from Italian to English: "a friend...."
SHANKLIN87: Hello Amica,
I think your name suits you well. I was named after the circumstances of my birth. My last name is Christopher. Although there wasn’t a major flood documented on the Isle of Wight during the storm there was a secret one. I can’t shake the feeling that I’m running out of time. Not in the sense of the end of my life or anything (God I hope not!) but more like an hourglass running down and I feel pressed to share all I can before I’m no longer able to. Something’s brewing … another storm of sorts. I will answer any questions you have as best I can.
Post #597link title Amica: I'm curious about Miana. She must be wonderful if she is the person you turn to when things go as they did at Olivia's. I don't mean to keep prying. I know this is difficult for you to keep being badgered for little details, some of them probably painful to recollect. I hope to hear from you before this avenue of communication is closed off. Best of luck, Trent.
Thank you for the luck. I sense I’ll need it. Trent
|Correspondence between Amelia and SHANKLIN87|
Amelia: Good Morning sir, i believe you have entrusted us with your name - Trent. So very lovely to meet you, i take it you are safe and well and the sensors did not go off for any reason? i noted that Alistair MacLean's books all have a simular vibe, his book on bear island- the secret ways - fear is the key..even one with gate in the title, can we draw more information from them? Secondly Olivia, she seems like a "interesting character" and seems to be from your family, anything else you can tell us?
SHANKLIN87:Good Morning indeed, Amelia, I wanted to do a post to the blog but, I’m trusting you to share this information until I can get things sorted…Let’s say I had a fun time at the SSW sensor. A shadow scout was waiting for me. Definitely not one of my aunt’s. Clever little bugger had been learning my protocol patterns. My own fault for spending so many extended periods online, but I dunno it’s been…nice talking to people. My security don’t really count. Bah, I’ll try and be more careful. Not to worry, I’ve already changed location and may do so again soon. On the plus side, I fled taking snacks with me. No sleeping pills, but I have coffee. A small win makes a big difference. Talk more later. I’ll try and answer a few other messages before I go. It’ll take me a while to set up all my equipment again. Oh and it’s Olivia Palmer… that’s her name. Back in a few hours.
|Correspondence between DuiiChang and SHANKLIN87|
Post #555 Alijah: I received the following from DuiiChang via e-mail
DuiiChang: You said to someone you didn't know the Baker was going share what you found to us. This seems to be a source of anxiety for you. Why is that? Also what is the nature of your relationship with the Baker? Did you lose someone you loved in Shanklin Storm of 87?
SHANKLIN87: You asked why I was anxious at first to meet so many like-minded individuals. I’ve gotten so used to working on my own… I can now see that what the Baker has done is positive and I thank them for it.
DuiiChang: A previous questioner has stated you replied to him as indigonueron In post #385 of the forums we are using I am curious from what source orginated your reply as indigonueron? Blue Nuerons are simply lovely. Also, my alter ego the prince of the Scylfings is trying to compile a list of the questions being asked of you for practical purposes. I do hope you will not object to this?
SHANKLIN87: This account originally belonged to a friend of mine who was good at making things digitally secure. It’s why I’ve been pretty comfortable about communicating with everyone. One of her aliases was indigoneuron. I lost contact with her a few months back. I do not mind the information I give being compiled. If anything bad happens because of it I blame The Baker. I also trust The Baker as they have watched over my family for a long time. I use plural as The Baker is not just one. And in answer to your other question, Yes, I did lose someone in the Great Storm on the Isle of Wight. It wasn’t at Shanklin but the pier was linked to it all.
DuiiChang: Okay there have been several people wondering about who or what Miana is. You mentioned him/her/ it in your journal page as the Best blood-singer in north london? Also is that singer as in singing a song or as in singed/cauterization.. if its singing could you elaborate on singing part?
SHANKLIN87: Miana is a she and she’s a blood-singer as in songs. I’m afraid when making use of her services I’m usually pretty battered, and after the first few notes her power knocks me out. I then tend to wake up alone minutes/hours later in some of the most profound locations.
E.g. under tarpaulin on a rooftop, in a cardboard box in an alley, someone’s garden shed…the downside to my visits with her. Awkward. Trent
Code Name Operation Pebble Skip Translation of the OpPebbleSkip0313-1.png
Forum member chaoticorder reveal in Post #806
From: SHANKLIN87 to: chaoticorder
Hello chaoticorder,It does mean Operation Pebble Skip. It was what my source and I coded that particular retrieval job.
—chaoticorder, TSW Forums
The Image was posted originally at photobucket and was in the Bearingz album.
- they told me to wait here. because I'm not like them, we pull it, pull, beats, beats, my heart, the earth its heart is in me and the cold, said the cold.
- my breath comes in short strokes. my legs work. it is said, hard to breathe.
- my vision comes and goes. Gives me the artificial darkness of closed eyes. I do not see what's there. the other dark, darker than black, perfect.
- that such a thing is said on a stone has not remained my mind a word to describe ...
- closer, why i move closer?
- pulls. I can not give away, i can not run away, leave this place. the others went inside.
- Flakes of the purest snow. Eternity swallows them as it swallows my breath. A voice, draws
- I am close now, so close but said it seems so distant. my legs were ice, Barents frozen tears
- my socks are worn to pieces by the stones. why they saved me - saved me from the deformed metal and up on this beach? it had better host if I drowned with the other
- stumbling over sharp stones. I fell and lost my chalk my last anchor. I am injured. more blood, red ink
- they told me to wait
- they say I should get in. character of sound, light, my soul
- continues to move forward
- only pain and silence
April 14, 2012
On April 14, 2012 SHANKLIN87 aka Trent Christopher as we have come to learn his given name posted this message, which gave rise to several forum members speculating that we should make contact with the Midnight Bakery and inform them of this message since it seemed Trent was in trouble and see if they could aid Trent in anyway. in many privately issued messages to community members Trent had relayed much information about his bloodline being a mix of the Palmer family and the Christopher Family. A blood mix that was thought to be "un-Stable". Trent therefore suffers from insomnia, headaches and can cause a great deal of water damage. He had explained to the community again in private correspondence that had been shared on the forums that because of the type of person he was he emmitted an energy signature that if not actively suppressed by both his former training and an "uncomfortable device he wore" that they would find him. Trent also relayed that "The Baker" was not a single person but should be thought of as a group. Trent also considers "The Baker" an ally. Since the last message from Trent relayed many hints that Trent had become un-stable with his powers community members began to conclude Trent was in deep Poo. Forum Member Domalel suggested in Post # 627 it was time to send "the Bakery" a message telling then Trent was in trouble.
More on the topics discussed with Trent can be found at this Google spreadsheet link. *** will summarize the spreadsheet later after the ARG is deemed to have finalized and insert as footnotes***
Speculation continued about "Trixie" and who she could be but as of this moment we are unclear of the identity. Some speculated Trixie was Trent's sister that died in the storm on the Isle of Wight England in 1987 that killed his mother Giselle Christopher (Maiden Name Palmer), his Father Shaun Christopher and sister whose name we have not yet learned.
April 15, 2012
APRIL 15, 2012 CODE FROM SHANKLIN87
Code in the last SHANKLIN87 Post April 15, 2012 20:02 EST 00:02 GMT+0
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Decodes to the following using a Caesar cipher:THE ONE WITH THE ROLLING PIN REMINDS YOU TO PLEASE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE NEW SPECIAL OFFERS IN STORE
—Amica, TSW Forums
APRIL 17, 2012 Midnight Bakery Special Offers
A new page was posted sometime between April 16 and April 17th 2012 on the midnight bakery website for "Special Offers" with an image of a cannon and a message
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Within the image of the Cannon was found another image using the "Our Secret" software named Kaboom.pdf (Uploaded as Kaboom.jpg). The password discovered by forum members Zephix and Amelia this time was Petaluma. It was discovered that the police report was real and legitimate report from the Petaluma Police dated September 2, 2011. The difference from the original report and the Kaboom.pdf were the handwritten letters LYB7GnAMLMA. The "L" in AMLMA was interpreted originally as the letter "I". Forum member Alcan in Post #882 reported that he had discovered the "I" was actually an "L" and led him to the video posted by nocandlesnocleavers at http://youtu.be/LYB7GnAMlWA entitled day3_0001.wmv. The video was of Kelly Holmquist relaying a portion of her third day in the jungle.
TRANSCRIPT: Miguel seems to be confounded. We have walked an entire day only to somehow circle back around to these ruins. Miguel is muttering something about bad omens. I taught Ana rock, paper, scissors to pass the time. I almost got her to smile, I swear. I'm thinking of playing dot-to-dot with my bug bites.
—Kelly Holmquist, day3_0001.wmv video @ You Tube
There were 3 Tags in this video:
The Description for the video is
Find the answer, and maybe gu.ma will show you the path.
gu.ma is a URL shortening website.
- 25 Red
- 28 Green
- 37 Blue
The day3_0001.wmv]] video was much cause for debate with respect to what exactly the transcript and the polkadot square of 10 by 9 was in reference to. Several of the theories were braille text, morse code, constelation map. Shortly after attempts at converting the dot patterns into braille by forum members, an annotation was added to the video, saying "blue", on top of a green dot (1st row, 4th column). It was unsure whether this was correcting a mistake or some kind of clue to the puzzle. However clarification soon came from the bakery. Forum member Zephix received a message from the bakerery which clarified the initial mistake in the polka dot pattern he posted the correspondence in forum post #1020
Recent information led some of the knowledge-seekers to play dot-to-dot, led by those who can see what cannot be seen. That which is green, is blue... Was this an intended path, or a change made out of necessity; perhaps due to a mistake in the flow of information?
Dear Zephix! I have searched for an answer among our sages. This is what I have received from one of them, after I have pointed them towards your problem. "It was indeed an error. The colour of night will brighten your sight Then base your working on wire-bound searching." Yours cordially
Nalya E. Palmer, Manager : International shipping department& White Cross Liaison
—Nalya Palmer, White cross Liaison Correspondence to Forum Member Zephix
Forum Member yasutora posted the first part of the solution to the day3_0001 video in post #1112 on April 22, 2012. scardydog originally posted this step on April 19 but his post, post #989, was lost within the speculation.
Using the blacklighted version of the grid and the brail linked here previously gives
perfectly. I know someone mentioned it previously in pages 40-something, but it's just scary that it's a perfect grid for braile. /headscratchesMy brain is melting, but it keeps reminding me of how the last video was found. If I come up with something I'll let you know OTL I feel like we're hitting the wall on this one.
—yasutoraNalya Palmer, TSW Forums
SU9EYzR3 (Base64) = IODc4w (text)
SU9EYzR3 (Base64) = IODc4w (text) IODc4w.gu.ma leads to the video above
Transcript:Day 7 - Ana was screaming in her sleep last night. Bad dreams about her past maybe. Bottled up emotion, finding a way out? Perhaps... But I'm starting to wonder if there's another reason for her screams. Sometimes I think I hear things, or see things, from the corner of my eyes. I have this horrible feeling there are things moving just out of my sight. Call me crazy, but I think I heard a dog too. Miguel is now muttering about the one door. I still can't see a damn door! I had to practically plead with him to go for supplies today. It was like he didn't want to leave the ruins. I would have gone, but I'm worried about Anna. She hasn't moved all day. She just sits and stares at a spot among the rocks. I catch my gaze lingering there. Miguel stares at it too sometimes. Arrgg, stupid bugs! That one nearly took my arm off, I swear. I'd kill for a bath.
The Image is a star tetrahedron and in the esoteric teachings of MerKaBa "In modern esoteric teachings, it is taught that the MerKaBa is an interdimensional vehicle consisting of two equally sized, interlocked tetrahedra of light with a common center, where one tetrahedron points up and the other down. This point symmetric form is called a stella octangula or stellated octahedron which can also be obtained by extending the faces of a regular octahedron until they intersect again."
Forum member Adawee posted the transcript of the day4_0001 video as well as a description of the word Shibalba = xibalbain post #1130
Day 4 - Ok, I really wanna know what the hell is going on. Anna says there's no escape and keeps saying a word I don't recognize. It sounds like "shibulba" or something. She's frightened she will never see her village again and says there's only one way now. There's only the door. What door? I just see rocks, trees, and bugs. I've run out of candy and tissues, I am not a happy camper.
The unrecognized word is probably "Shibalba" = Xibalba
You have found the keys. This is the entry. http://wbkmzssk.gu.ma/
Day 6This ..this is just. I don't know. unbelievable. Crazy. Impossible. We have run out of Supplies. I still refuse to go anywhere without my backpack. Miguel is resourceful and brings us foo and water. I built a signal fire against his advice. 21st Century right? people should be looking for us by now. the ruins provide some shelter when it rains and a better position to watch for wild animals. predators and live meat. Actually I haven't really seen many animals or heard them. Just these damned bugs. *Sigh* Ana saw me crying and dried my tears. Everything is backwards. It should be the other way around. I haven't seen her crying. I feel there's no point in trying to leave since we circle back to the ruins countless times now.Will we ever leave this place?
—Kelly Holmquist, day6_0001.wmv video
The answer is : Nine Four Six One Four 94614.gu.ma __________________
Transcript: Day 2 - We started the three-day trek to reunite Ana with her family. Wow, I should've brought more bug spray. It seems that Miguel, our guide, has lost his way. Great. I should've only payed him half to start with. Idiot, Kelly, idiot. Anyway, as luck would have it, we've come across some interesting Mayan ruins. A slight detour, but I'm snapping some gorgeous shots. The symbols on the murals are intriguing. Ana has grown very quiet since we found these ruins but at least she doesn't avoid me when she see's me recording. But still, not a sound from her when she sees the recorder on.
—Kelly Holmquist, day2_0001.wmv video
Translation of the dancingmen image: THE ANSWER IS SHERLOCKANDWATSON
Transcript: Day 8 - I've just come back from foraging. I've somehow managed to get a good few feet away and find some berries. It doesn't matter anyway. A door. I can see it now, too. It's not as bad as I thought. Just sort of ...there. Like... like someone took a pane of glass and cracked it, but it's rippling and smooth, too. Looking at it makes you move closer without realizing and your vision goes weird as if everything except for the door is a blur. I can't remember home, where it is, if there's anyone there waiting. I want to go home before I forget. There is no escape from this hell. Ana's gone. The door must've taken her. Don't look at it, Kelly! Fight! Come on! I see Miguel. <static> He came out of the gate and he's holding out his hands to me. Something's different...his eyes. There's only one color and it's one I don't recognize. I've almost reached it. No! I need to-- <screams>
—Kelly Holmquist, day8_0001.wmv video
Forum member ThoKra in post #1273 identified the translation
Well, convertet it to binary, white as 0, black as 1 got this:
Quote: 00111000001101010011000000110111001101000011000000 111000 Translates into Quote: 8507408 http://8507408.gu.ma redirects to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28k3PJKDYXQ&feature=youtu.be,day1_0001.wmv
—ThoKra, TSW Forums post #1273
This new video link brought us back to day1_0001.wmv video which was leaked earlier in the ARG.
day1_0001.wmv (Originally Leaked on April 16, 2012)
The original leak of the day1_0001 video was apparently out of the intended order of the videos. It was originally found by accident on April 16, 2012 and immediately taken down once nocandlesnocleavers realized it was being viewed.
The audio introduces us to the first day of Kelly Holmquist's journey deep in the Chiapas Mexican jungle. It was found by a quick forum member Kurator who also downloaded the file and then re-uploaded the file after it was discovered nocandlesnocleavers had taken the video down from his site. The video has been re-uploaded by forum member Kurator in forum post #779. The video link can now be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOty3Ak5U6c.
Transcript: Day 1 - Here I am in the jungles of Chiapas, Mexico. I've found a story that is so much more than the story. I wanna help this girl; like really want to help her. Her name is Ana Villagros. She grew up in a small village out here. There must have been a time she knew how to smile. But since meeting her in February 2011, I haven't seen her smile even once. She runs away every time she sees me take out my voice recorder, so I've had to record when she's sleeping. Right, ummm, where to start... Her jaw had been broken twice, she can barely talk. Her captors said that her inability to speak suited them. Tears rolled down her cheeks as she explained she was happy now, that she was no longer physically appealing to her captors. Seven times…that's how many times a day she told me they raped her - at least seven, by different men…my god. When they lost interest in using her body for pleasure, they forced her to cook, clean, and perform all manner of menial tasks. She was only 13 when members of the powerful drug cartel, Los Hermanos de Sangre stole her from her village. Anna is now 17 and has not seen her native village in over four years. She's beautiful, petite, with quick hands and bright eyes. She reminds me of a squirrel sometimes. Right, come on Kelly. <sigh> Bedtime in the jungle. Can't help the girl with only 5 hours of bug interrupted sleep. Kelly Holmquist, with Reuters, signing off. Woohoo! First big job.
—Kelly Holmquist, day1_0001.wmv]
Find Kelly Holmquist Facebook page April 24, 2012
On April 24, 2012 forum member Heruel posted in forum post #1199 he had spottted Gabriel Varner's Find Kelly Holmquist Facebook Page. The page was a plea from Kelly's boyfriend Gabriel Varner to help locate or submit information on Kelly's whereabouts in Chiapas Mexico. Gabriel is presumed to be the same Gabriel that is listed on the leaked video image that was found earlier in the ARG history in a note to Nalya Palmer. If it is the case Gabriel has not been completely truthful on the facebook page as his note to Nalya suggests he knows about travelling through gates.
Transcript: Kelly got her first big article to write in Chiapas, Mexico. I was planning to surprise her by meeting her on her last day and popping the question. When I arrived at her hotel they said she'd been gone for a few days, following up a story. Something to do with getting a kid back to their family in a village? Typical Kelly. They said the village was far. The timing still fit so I waited. Two days. She just didn't turn up. I travelled with a bunch of people headed there using trails and got to the village in 5 days. No kid, no guide, no Kelly. No one in the village had seen her or the others. That was 7 months ago. I've been back and forth between the US and Mexico so many times. They gave up searching the jungle. If she's not there, where is she?! Please if anyone has any leads. Please tell me. Please. ~ Gabriel Varner
—Gabriel Varner, Find Kelly Holmquist Facebook Page
Nalya Esme Palmer and White Cross Foundation Facebook pages May 1, 2012
Nalya's page says that she is not only the Liason Officer of the White Cross Foundation in London (all but confirming their links to the Templars), but that she is the Manager of International Shipping for the Midnight Squadron Bakery.
Arcturus Menas updates the Find Kelly Holmquist Facebook page May 2, 2012
Gabriel Varner is currently not available to respond your queries. Please be assured that we are doing all we can in light of the present situation and will appraise you of the situation as soon as we have need of your assistance.
~ Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum
—Arcturus Menas, Find Kelly Holmquist Facebook Page
Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum is the moto of the Knights of Malta and translates into "Protection of Faith and Discipline/Assistance to the Poor."
There is some argument over the exact meaning of Obsequium in this case, but given that the phrase is in Poetic Latin, and the nature of Latin itself, it might be a deliberately vague usage of the phrase so that it can be seen in either a welcoming or threatening light.
May 4, 2012
On May 4, 2012, forum user EspenT discovered that the Find Kelly Holmquist page had updated with a new album of 11 images labeled From WCF, informing the discussion thread at post #1858. He included a translation of item #3, presumably from Kelly.
post# 1866 The objects are in order:
#1: A burnt Book, unknown title.
#2: Pile of miscellaneous, unidentified objects.
#3: A charred note, presumably from Kelly.
….. no date or time just here
ld, so cold and then hot and it hurts pain my voice aches he
talks to me keeps me calm hold my hand some things are
edible other tings no no. We can't eat rocks we keep moving i
hear someone crying. Not Anna she dosnt cry. i don't know where
she is. gone .taken. keep moving. running. we´re hunted i saw
grass through a hole, a city i was looking through the sky a rip
above air below fair down i thought i could fit trough. he tried to
pull me away i pushed my stuff trough the useless things
stupid things then i put my feet trough and the hole was
closing and he pulled me trough i lost my boots now my feet
wil burn where the ground is hot. the rip is like a mail boxnow so i can post this page through it my last piece of paper.
#4: Tin of unknown objects, possibly a fire starter kit?
#5: Smashed tape recorder, with recording tape still trailing from inside. Presumably the device that recorded the audios posted to Youtube by nocandlesnocleavers.
#6: A belt of survival gear, one knife and several pouches with unidentified contents.
#7: Burnt and damaged Nokia Cellphone.
#8: Boots, hiking?
#9: 20-105 Canon camera lens relating to the Midnight Bakery Special Offers initial clue.
#10: Damaged and crumpled glasses of unknown ownership.
Drop Locations Map: Presumably the drop locations of each item. Came with the numbers 38.232417,-122.636652, which when logged into Google Maps turns up Petaluma, the town where the aforesaid camera lens fell. The Red key like shape in the bottom right hand corner usually refers to wind direction and speed.
May 5, 2012
The Message From Japan
Okay, I seemed to have passed the tests Nayla and her buddies laid out for me. They're nice people really, supportive, but they were just making sure I was "ready" and that I was a friend, not foe. Sorry for the silence, but now the madness begins. I just got some mail, hand delivered. I didn't see who mailed it. Inside the envelope was a USB stick. I've checked it's contents and there's just a file with a lady speaking Japanese. She seems nice enough, like her voice was kind, made me feel better - anyway I wish I knew what she was saying. There also was a slip of paper with "From Nayla" written on it, that's it. So... anyone know Japanese? ~ Gabriel
—presumably Gabriel, Find Kelly Holmquist
Gabriel, don't be scared.
You can find the girlfriend
I believe you will find her.You can do it.
—Unknown Speaker from Japanese Audio File, Ameliå's translation at post 1969
Gabriel, don't be scared.
If you discover the girl
I believe you will find her.You can do it.
—Unknown Speaker from Japanese Audio File, Ameliå's alternate translation at post #1969
There is currently no information on who the speaker might be.
May 8th, 2012. The Silent Eye
The 'silent eye' is always watching...
Holy crap I got it.
Decrypt key is 'Illuminati'
DMS Long: 142203
For the sake of brevity, the following will not go into heavy descriptions but merely cite who, what post, and what was decrypted and from what.
Decrypt Key: Swordfish
DMS Long: 142203
Decrypt Key: thedragons
DMS Long: 142203
Decrypt Key: midnightsquadron
DMS Long: 142203
Decrypt Key: nalyaepalmer
DMS Long: 142203
Decrypt Key: ta'hagrat
DMS Long: 142203
Decrypt Key: ta'hagrat
DMS Long: 142203
Decrypt Key: gabrielvarner
DMS Long: 142203
Decrypt Key: thebaker
DMS Long: 142203
Forum user Geargoyle discovered an entire .txt file contained within the password amundsen at post #2131. This file contained the same longitude/latitude coordinates as the rest of the passwords but no junk data.
May 12, 2012
New Post on [http://www.2shared.com/photo/EzQELglP/From_Gabriel.html From Gabriel HTML Page ]
FILL in Explanation
The work on the ARG so far can be found in this forum thread.