(The TRUTH from the "Nineth Circle"...)
And so the next part in the Hanso conspiracy plot began to unfold...and like she promised, Rachel did indeed deliver more information. The question was asked, where did Rachel go after leaving Sri Lanka? Well...interestingly enough, she surfaced in the last place one would guess...in San Diego, California. And where in San Diego but at "Comic Con 2006"? She made her presence known during the conference for the television show known as "Lost". Apparently, she had information tying the producers of "Lost" to the Hanso Foundation...and she asked them why they were protecting Hanso and not revealing the "truth" about the organization. They vehemently denied any involvement with Hanso and even went so far as to say that Hanso and everything that has been revealed by Rachel so far is based on fiction written by the writers of "Lost". But Rachel made it blantantly clear that wasn't the case and even made the comment that she is "living proof" that Alvar Hanso exists. Now what could she have meant by that?? She then directed everyone to a new website, Hanso Exposed.com, to discover the "truth" and she was promptly escorted out of the building by security. Other than a couple of posts on her blog revealing clues about the new website, she has not been heard from since...
The new website, Hanso Exposed.com, basically serves as a storage area to collect "fragments" of a video that Rachel has hidden all over the Internet. This is the video that she mentioned was "too dangerous" to host all in one place...so she spliced the video into 70 smaller fragments that can be located on the web by discovering "glyphs" in various locations along with an accompanying "code" which must be entered into the site to recover the fragments. Once completed, Rachel has promised that something "BIG" will be revealed, namely what she discovered in Sri Lanka about Mittelwerk and his project, and it must be major to convince her that she must effectively disappear from view after working so closely with her fellow bloggers. The fragments are being collected from magazines, wrist bands, and shop windows as I write this...all 70 will be collected in the not too distant future. Who is "Mr. Beardy"? What is Mittelwerk planning? What does this video reveal? The "one true way" will be shown soon...
Meanwhile, other things were brewing in the background. The elusive Dr. Hackett was brought to the forefront once again. This time it seemed as if he and "G. Downs" from the Engineering Development Center were involved in some kind of experiment involving food tampering. Apparently the "compound" in question was both psychotropic and viral in nature. It was definitely introduced into a "beverage" of some sort and may also be planted in "Apollo Bars", which are chocolate candy bars. What this compound is and what it is intended to accomplish remain to be revealed...and interestingly enough, the Apollo Candy website has announced that it plans to give away free chocolate bars at select locations around the US. What could they be planning?
The magnificent DJ Dan also decided to make a comeback after a rather unusual and lengthy absence...and to make things interesting he decided to announce a "live" broadcast. A date, time, and phone number were all released...effectively inviting a "free-for-all" for anyone who wanted to contact the DJ on the air and give information or ask questions. This could be a very important event for the DJ, Rachel Blake and her followers, and even the Hanso Foundation...an air of both excitement and tension lingered... And then, it happened...DJ Dan came on the air, LIVE and in all his glory. He made us laugh, he made us cry, he pissed us off with his rapid fire SHUTDOWNs...but in the end, it was almost 2 hours of DJ Dan in typical DJ Dan fashion. And even Tonya was on-hand to dispel any rumors that she had met some untimely demise. Last, but definitely not least, we had "Johnny", the witty, yet somewhat off-cue, Announcer. Yet, through all his rantings and ravings about Anti-Stupid pills and floating beds, the DJ did managed to produce some significant information. First of all, he flatly DENIED rumors that he may in fact be Peter Thompson of the Hanso Foundation. Then, about halfway through the broadcast, he received a phone call from a guy that was frantically claiming he had a message that he had to get to Rachel Blake. It turned out that this was the "IT" guy that had turned his back on the Foundation to help Rachel previously...and Dan referred to him as "Malek". In any case, after making it clear that Rachel must receive this message, he recited a series of numbers. At first, the meaning of these numbers was very unclear. But it was soon discovered that they corresponded to page numbers in the novel "Bad Twin" by Gary Troup. If you took the first letter of each word from each of these various pages, they could be combined to form a message: "I know where he is, I can set it up". Could Malek know where Alvar Hanso is? Is he trying to set up a meeting between Alvar and Rachel? Dan also revealed information about two "glyphs" that could be added to the fragment collection currently being rounded up. He only gave hints to one of them, but the other he received through a fax from "Marvin", which he then posted on the outside door of the building he was broadcasting from to lure potential "glyph hunters" to discover his location and come find the glyph for themselves. Finally, after a "rapid-fire" session of SHUTDOWNs...DJ Dan was forced to abruptly end the broadcast when Hanso operatives began infiltrating the building after finally tracking him down. Hopefully Dan, Tonya, Johnny and their crew were able to safely exit the building...
Glyphs continued to be uncovered at a slow but steady pace, including the two that DJ Dan mentioned in his podcast, and the fragmented video neared completion. Putting the video in the correct order was another story entirely however... Another strange clue was found through a video with a person using sign language. Here is the message as best as it could be made out: "I am Mel, friend of Rachel. (Friend of Rachel - I sell Apollo Candy.) Apollo Candy conned Mittelwerk (or vice-versa) into having chemists run tests on...[unclear finger spelling]. Hackett found something important, but Mittelwerk wouldn't allow the results to be given to the competition (he hates the competition), they had a huge argument, and Hackett took...[more unclear fingerspelling] and found a new person to give the information to, who will distribute it. (something about giving away, reference to apollo bar giveaway?) I have to warn (help) people." Hmmm...it seems Apollo Candy really is up to no good. But what do they have to do with Mittelwerk's plans...or are they planning something different entirely? And then...Rachel began sending out emails to people signed up over at HansoExposed.com... It basically said for people to visit the Apollo Candy website. Why would she be directing us to a Hanso site? Is she planning on doing a little infiltrating again? In any case, once the "giveaway" began, it turned out that the site "whereisalvar.com" was stamped into the bars. Now, how did Rachel manage that? Rachel then sent out another email sending us to the same website. The website is set up so that people can upload pictures of themselves with their Apollo candy bars. The website keeps track of where the people are located and how many bars have been found or distributed. However, apparently there are several "special" bars out there called "Golden Oracles" that have a golden sticker with a code. Rachel gave instructions that people are to upload their picture with these special bars and to input the code on the site. That way, the site keeps up with the Golden Oracles as well. But then...Rachel revealed that when all the Golden Oracles have been found and uploaded, she would "give us further instructions...and you don't want to miss what I have to show you". Are Rachel and Dr. Hackett allies now? Does this have anything to do with Malek's coded message? FIND THOSE GLYPHS AND GOLDEN ORACLES...
And so...all 70 Glyphs were finally located. Putting these 70 fragments together in the correct order revealed a video shot by Rachel Blake at some sort of "meeting" between Mittelwerk and a group of "scientists". The video starts out with an "orientation" film featuring none other than Alvar Hanso himself. It was apparently filmed sometime back in the 70's. In this film, Alvar explains his involvment with the DeGroots and the formation and intended purpose of the DHARMA Initiative. In a nut shell, he revealed that the "numbers" (4 8 15 16 23 42) are the core numerical values contained in the Valenzetti Equation. The entire purpose of sending the DHARMA Initiative to the "island" was to study the Equation and these core "environmental" factors and somehow alter them in order to find a solution to prevent mankind from destroying itself. The video then switched focus to Mittelwerk, who was briefing the other scientists on their "mission". Mittelwerk talked about how the DHARMA Initiative had failed and that if the environmental factors couldn't be altered, the human factors must be altered instead. This apparently involves some type of "virus" that attacks certain "genetic markers". Hanso had apparently fooled two different villages in Sri Lanka into thinking that they were infected with a virus carried by local monkeys in the area and that these "scientists" were bringing in a vaccine. According to Mittelwerk, the Vik Institute has acertained with mathematical certainty that this virus will have a 30% mortality rate. Any more or less, said Mittelwerk, would be failure. The bodies of the dead were to be brought back in for genetic testing...probably to see if the virus was working properly. This was the nature of the SPIDER Protocol it seemed...a virus that will strike down all people with certain genetic characteristics in order to alter the human factor rather than the environmental factors. This, in Mittelwerk's view, would be enough to thwart the mathematical precision of the Valenzetti Equation. Unfortunately, Mittelwerk noticed something odd and Rachel was discovered in her filming efforts. The tape cut off as she began her escape...which would have been much more dramatic if it weren't already known that she escaped safely. Our attention was now fully turned on Apollo Candy and the hunt for Oracles...
After a long silence other than mysterious glyphs and elusive oracles, Rachel finally decided to reply to Malek's coded message which was broadcast on DJ Dan's LIVE show. And following her reply, there have been several other coded messages exchanged between the two of them located on various websites. Here is a run down of the correspondance so far:
Rachel: M--Conscience is keeping you in the fight is it? Heard you call in to DJ Dan. If you're talking about who I think you are then you already know my answer.
Malek: R -- I think it's fair to say, whatever conscience I have was built on faulty equipment. This is a matter of duty. Loyalty... Speaking of which, I've been troubled by the very recent disappearance of an old friend, de Zylva. We all saw your Sri Lanka video. You were captured at the end, and yet, there you were, blasting those Lost producers in San Diego not a week later. And, I have to wonder... did de Zylva have something to do with that? Do you know what's become of him?
Rachel: I knew you were behind that. I just knew. He never told me, you know? When I hit the ground I was sure I was dead. The camera was broken, they were dragging me to my feet... and then a burst of gunfire in the air. These were SCIENTISTS, unarmed. They hit the ground. But not Mittelwerk. He kept coming until de Zylva turned the shots in his direction. Once Mittelwerk was face down on the ground, de Zylva grabbed my hand and we were gone. With the camera. He didn't talk. He said he was de Zylva, that was it. We knew Mittelwerk was already in pursuit, but we stuck to tunnels that had been dug out during various wartimes. We had some close calls. The goal was the American embassy in Colombo, but when we got there, we knew that was impossible. It was being watched -- the airport, too. de Zylva said The Hanso Foundation had too much influence in Colombo to take the risk. And, then, they caught wind of us again. We knew we could be caught at any second, and the only important thing was that video. EVIDENCE of Mittelwerk's world-wide decimation plot. I'd planned for this. All I needed was a secure, high-speed connection. The Hanso goons knew it too. They surrounded the place while I was uploading. We barricaded ourselves, de Zylva knew an escape route. I barely got out, made my way to a friend of de Zylva's who could get me to India. I swear, I waited for de Zylva. But he never came. I'm so sorry.
Malek: This is not your fault. As you once shouted at the top of your lungs, we've all got 'blood on our hands.' I just hope my friend is resting easy. Where are you? I'll need you to meet me in Norway.
Rachel: M--I wish it were that simple. Fact is, as much as I want to, I still can't trust you. I want to believe you are the man who helped me in Paris but "de Zylva's" name was not unknown. You could be Mittelwerk himself, springing a trap under my feet. I need confirmation it's you. I need you to tell me something only you could know.
Malek: R -- I respect your caution. Suppose it's warranted, after all you've come through. I can't remember it exactly, but I think when we were in the stairwell in Paris, you muted the mic as I said "Because he wanted me to help you, and I can't question a man who would launch the Mental Health Appeal... to save a loved one." Say what you will about him now, his heart was once in the right place.
Rachel: I'm in NYC.
Malek: You lived in 3 different apartments. Be waiting outside your second at 7:45 PM. I'm sending a car. Hope you remember the brand of iron you hit me with, because that's the code.
Rachel finally decided to break her silence when enough of the Apollo candy bars had been found. However, the purpose of the "oracles" has yet to be revealed... In any case, she prompted her followers and collaborators to tune into to yet another LIVE DJ Dan podcast, which will supposedly answer ALL of our questions. She even hints that she may be a special guest on the show. Only time and Dan will tell...
In other strange events, a mysterious video surfaced that was filmed in some sort of pub in Michigan. During the middle of some guy's musical performance, William Kilpatrick (the Jeep guy) suddenly ran up on stage and started yelling about the Hanso Foundation and how Rachel had clued him in that they were using the fleet of Jeeps to transport organs into/out of South Africa and they had been using Apollo Candy as a front. He then mentioned something about the "missing organs" zip file which had been previously mentioned in the conversation between him and Rachel but was never recovered. Then, a couple of Hanso goons showed up and kidnapped him right in front of everyone. He threw pieces of paper out into the crowd before they hauled him away. The paper directed you to a very familiar website and once again pointed out the "missing organs" zip file. On the website, which on first glance seems to have been removed, the aforementioned file can be found along with another conversation between Rachel and "someone" under William's username. The file reveals the names of two people that apparently signed "Do not recusitate" forms and were administered a drug called "Vialex". It also contained a "schematic" of the modifications made to the Jeep Compass vehicles to allow the transport of organs/bodies along with a memo from Peter Thompson to Mittelwerk talking about how air transport had become too risky and that they must fall back on their "land transport" plan. Very shady dealings indeed... Here is the conversation between Rachel and pseudo William:
Session Start (wtkFleet35:OpenersHep): Thu Sep 21 1:58:03 2006[1:58]
OpenersHep: you there?[1:58]
wtkFleet35: Hello Rachel[1:58]
wtkFleet35: I was just thinking about you.[1:59]
OpenersHep: why's that? what's going on?[1:59]
wtkFleet35: You're on my mind[1:59]
OpenersHep: trying to win creepy points, will?[1:59]
wtkFleet35: You should watch that tone[1:59]
OpenersHep: who is this?[1:59]
OpenersHep: obviously not william... [1:59]
OpenersHep: spit it out[2:00]
wtkFleet35: Did you really think you would get away with it Miss Blake?[2:00]
OpenersHep: what've you done with him?[2:01]
wtkFleet35: See what you have done Rachel?[2:01]
wtkFleet35: All the people you have hurt.[2:01]
wtkFleet35: And for what, hmm?[2:01]
OpenersHep: tell me you sicko[2:02]
wtkFleet35: Don’t worry about Mr. Kilpatrick. He is in good hands. He is helping others in ways he never imagined. [2:03]
OpenersHep: what is WRONG with you people?[2:04]
wtkFleet35: We promise not to boil his bunny.[2:04]
OpenersHep: I'M NOT GOING TO LET YOU GET AWAY WITH THIS. [2:05]
wtkFleet35: Oh, not to worry my dear. We already have[2:05]
OpenersHep: THIS IS OVER FOR YOU. DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME? [2:05]
wtkFleet35: By the way, nice place you have there in the Big Apple.[2:07]
wtkFleet35: Rachel dear….you there?[2:07]
*** "OpenersHep" signed off at Thu Sep 21 2:07:33 2006
And so...DJ Dan went live once again and Rachel was indeed the special guest on the show. She seemed very reluctant to answer many of Dan's important questions, such as what happened in Norway and about her personal motives...but then, another phone call was received that interrupted the conversation. Apparently, some "conspiraspies" picked up on a transmission of some type of police or military infiltrating the Hanso Foundation and attempting to capture Mittelwerk. However, they learned too late that they were chasing a "lookalike"...and that the building had been wired to explode. Mittelwerk delivered one last message saying that he couldn't allow his work to be hindered and then he told them to run. Soon afterwards, the building exploded... Rachel then directed everyone to go to abc.com to view a video which would reveal EVERYTHING. She then told DJ Dan that she had to go... Having lost his important interview and probably curious about the video himself, the DJ decided to sign off as well...and so ended the broadcast. The video started off with the Sri Lanka footage...but it was soon apparent that additional video had been added at the end. Apparently, Malek pulled some strings and planted Rachel as a "replacement nurse" so she could infiltrate the house where Alvar Hanso himself was being held prisoner. His location: Narvik, Norway. Hanso recognized Rachel immediately and he knew that she was video taping him. He proceeded to inform her that he was being held against his will and that Mittelwerk had effectively taken over the Foundation, while keeping up the appearance that Hanso was still running the show. He very much regretted the fact that he had put a man with such malicious intentions in such a position of power. He expressed his desire for Rachel to get the video tape out to anyone who would listen, since he wasn't allowed contact with the outside world...and he doubted he would ever leave the house alive. It was also brought to light that Rachel's personal motivation started with a mysterious trust fund which she traced back to the Hanso Foundation. She had always wondered how her mother could afford to send her to college and all the medical treatment she received before her untimely death. Alvar then revealed the ultimate truth...he is Rachel's father. The video ended with Alvar urging Rachel to leave before her identity was discovered...and Rachel emotional and turning off the camera...probably overwhelmed with Alvar's admissions and the fact that she had so little time to take it all in...and to be with her father. So with these revelations along with Rachel still being on the run with Hanso goons in hot pursuit and the fact that Mittelwerk is still at large...to be continued?
THE END (for now...)
UPDATE: The Hanso Foundation's website was updated with a letter from Alvar Hanso himself. In it, he stated that he has been freed from imprisonment and has retaken his role as the head of the Foundation. Although he regrets some of his past decisions and the evil dealings the Foundation has been involved in since Mittelwerk took the reins, he promises a complete restructuring of the Foundation and that it will be used for more good and honest purposes from now on. He still vows to find a way to help humanity. It also appears that Rachel Blake is off the hook for now as well. However, a creepy message from Mittelwerk was imbedded in the background when you clicked on the word "humanity". In this message, Mittelwerk claims that we have simply won a "battle" and that he is still in possession of the virus. He says that humanity still "needs" him and that he has the will and intention of releasing the virus in order to bring his dastardly plan to fruition. Someone has to stop him...