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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Find 815: Numbers E-mail and Owen Talbot [Updated]

Note: This post may contain minor spoilers for the Find 815 LOST ARG.

Since the last time I posted a Find 815 ARG update, there's a new e-mail on Sam's computer (click to enlarge screenshots; note that the text overlaps a bit between these two shots):

The name of the Sender appears as "Sender" and the e-mail apparently has "[no subject]". The contents of the e-mail are as follows:
At this point, it's unclear what (if anything) these numbers mean or whether they have any significance to the game. Each of the Numbers (4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42) appears in this e-mail, some very frequently:
  • 4 - 142 times
  • 8 - 76 times
  • 15 - 3 times
  • 16 - 2 times
  • 23 - 44 times
  • 42 - 25 times
If anyone is able to decode anything from this message, please post a comment on this article.

UPDATE: Reader "superservo15" pointed out that certain numbers in the e-mail are slightly more gray than others, as now visible in the text above. When the gray characters are written out it gives "-11.1784". This could perhaps correspond with 11.1784°S latitude, which if combined with a longitude coordinate may possibly be either south of the Sunda Trench or off the coast of Bali, Indonesia. (Incidentally, the Sunda Trench also appears to be near Phuket, Thailand, where Jack got his tattoo from Achara in a flashback.)

Meanwhile, as the story of Sam Thomas continues, he meets a suspicious man named Owen Talbot. The man seems to be an owner of the Christiane I, the boat that is about to take Sam to the Sunda Trench.

Owen Talbot's conversations with Sam and then with the captain are very interesting. First, Talbot pressures Sam to explain why he's on the boat, and then makes a comment about Sam's "perfect girlfriend." He challenges Sam's story by saying, "I wonder what you're 'getting away' from?" Owen Talbot seems to somehow know Sam's motives.

Owen Talbot's conversation with the captain, Mr. Ockham, indicates that the boat may not be able to handle the voyage that they're about to take. Ockham states, "Given our destination, I can't rule out a complete electronics meltdown. This is an insurance policy you need to take out." Sam, who is listening to the conversation, appears a bit concerned by this. Talbot apparently ignores Ockham's advice, saying simply, "Call me when it's fully operational." Talbot then says "I'll need to install security measures."

Curiously, Talbot is a name we've heard before on LOST—in the Season 3 episode The Man From Tallahassee, Peter Talbot is the name of the young man who tracks down John Locke to find answers about Locke's father, Anthony Cooper aka Adam Seward. We learn that Peter is murdered shortly after Locke confronts his father, and Locke immediately suspects that his father is the killer. Owen Talbot, like Peter Talbot, seems to be a wealthy American, and given the many character connections on LOST it seems possible that the two characters may be related somehow.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I noticed last night that some numbers in the email are more greyed out than others... can't view it right now but i remember it was like 5 numbers and made something like -11.478 or something... check it out :D

Tuesday, January 08, 2008 7:34:00 AM  
Blogger Josh Long said...

Thanks for the tip, superservo15! I've updated the article to make mention of the gray numbers (and a possible meaning of the number you get when you put all the gray numbers together).

Tuesday, January 08, 2008 10:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Tuesday's unlock, the Black Rock Website? Did you notice a face (specifically eyes) in the picture?

Wednesday, January 09, 2008 7:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK that's weird. I just went back to find815 and the website I saw is not there, but another one is instead. Find815 was acting sparatically all day, maybe the unlock was a mistake. The one I saw I imagine will be unlocked later in the week. It talked about the history of the Black Rock ship. That it was a slave vessel and was en route to Africa with gold when it dissappeared in the Indian Ocean.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008 8:00:00 AM  
Blogger EleriCooks said...

This is all a very nice tie-in to what Naomi said.

(irrelevantly, am married to RHS grad.)

Wednesday, January 09, 2008 12:03:00 PM  

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