Friday, December 24, 2004

The First Key

After visiting http://www.weserveadramelech.cjb.net, there were many clues left.

A bunch of text which turned out to be a ROT-13 revealed the following:

Title: "The Servants of Adramelech"

Hidden in the source code: "Only those worthy of being an Acolyte of our Master will be given more information."

Main body of text: "those thAt wish to join us anD assist to raise our master fRom the place he dwells in should contAct us but do not Mess around with us because our mastEr is vengefuL and we are skillEd Chosen ones in the dark arts He has given us. You wIll learn them too and aSsist Releasing our master Into thiS world by unlockIng the thirteeN cyber keys and bringing his miGht through into this world All those worthy should conTact us so that our Great lord May be assisted to breAk free from the jaIl he is heLd in. you will be under the Command Of the twelve who will guide you to adraMelech"

The capitalised letters revealed an address; adramelechisrising@gmail.com with the request of contacting them if we were interested in their cause.

A bunch of binary code decoded as:

"Which one of us is the key to unlocking your potential?"

One of the binary numbers was a link, leading to a .bmp image: http://www.geocities.com/weserveadramelech/hiraycsu.bmp

Hidden in the source code of the image was the following:
"at least you know that we are unstoppable. We know of your contact with the traitor. As soon as we discover him, he shall be an offering to the one that will rise and you will never talk to him again why is it that you side with him? We can assure you, the power of Adramelech is great and rewarding. http://www.geocities.com/ (written traditional style as satanists do)"

After some confusion, the player's were able to work out that supposedly, satanists write backwards. The demon Adramelech is apparently a chancellor of the Order of the Fly. Hence, we got the link: http://www.geocities.com/ylfehtforedro

In text, there was an altered and backwards version of the Lord's Prayer, basically praising the evil attributes towards the end and claiming that earth is Adramelech's domain for all eternity.

"Our Father who art in Heaven
hallowed be thy name
thy kingdom come
thy will be done
on earth as it is in Heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our tresspasses
as we forgive those who tresspass against us
lead us into temptation
and bring us the pleasure of evil
for thine is your kingdom
and your power
and your glory
for ever and ever and ever and ever" (etc etc)

This was assumed to mainly be of no importance, just more cult-raving flavour text.

There was a strange bmp image of a fly with an inverted pentagram at the top of the page. Viewing the source code of the image revealed:

"Well brothers, we have set up a way to discuss our plans without meeting in person. There is a community on a popular website with the name 'heisrising'. You should understand it"

This lead us to a community on LiveJournal: http://www.livejournal.com/community/heisrising/

This was named the "Online Gathering Circle" and has become an important source for information directly from the cult leaders themselves.

The first entry on the community was in morse code, and then had to be ROT-13ed to get:

"WE ARE THE DESCENDANTS OF THE SEPHARVITES , ORIGINAL SERVANTS OF ADRAMELECH. OUR TIME HAS BEEN LONG AWAITED , AND WE WILL NO LET DOWN OUR ANCESTORS IN THIS TASK. THERE HAS BEEN A SURGE OF INTEREST IN OUR CAUSE OF LATE. IGNORE THE VAST AMOUNT OF THOSE WHO ARE CONTACTING US. THEY SEEK THAT WHICH WE CANNOT GIVE THEM. ANOTHER ISSUE WHICH THE TWELVE HAVE BECOME AWARE OF IS THE FACT THAT THERE IS A TRAITOR AMONGST US. HE IS LEADING A REVOLT TO STOP OUR ULTIMATE GOAL FROM MANIFESTING. IF ANY OF YOU HAVE INFORMATION ON THE IDENTITY OF THE TRAITOR , YOU SHALL BE GREATLY AWARDED BY OUR MASTER. WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS FOR NOW. BROTHERS, DO YOU KNOW WHERE THE EARLIEST RECORDINGS OF OUR ANCESTORS IS MENTIONED? POST THE ANSWER HERE AND RECIEVE YOUR REWARD"

So far, player's assumed that to get this far was basically a test from the cult to see whether we were worthy or not of their cause. Now the real quest began, to obtain the Keys to release Adramelech into the world. Even though this is what Jake wants, he told us to go along with the cult for the time being, and players assumed he would tell us to not complete the final Keys.

The next major event to occur was that Jake had now become the first in-game character that players could dirctly talk to online, via MSN Messenger: mynameisjake@gmail.com

His first main point (that was also reaffirmed to a few select players via a phone call) was that he was sorting out a resistance group within the cult from those who wanted out, and that for the time being to just go along with the cult and do whatever it is they ask.

Members posted various answers to The Twelve as to where the earliest recordings of Adramelech and their cult are. The correct answer was a Bible verse:

2 Kings 17:31: "And the Avites made Nibhaz and Tartak, and the Sepharvites burnt their children in fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the gods of Sepharvaim."

It was indeed the correct answer, but a player was told that he would not be given his "reward" until he had found the First Key. This was located on the_twelve's LiveJournal profile: http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=the_twelve

With the following ROT-13 text:
"By getting this far, you have obtained the First Key. Now, go forth and continue along your quest to darkness."

Thus, we had "unlocked" the First Key.

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