So…I was about to give up on this whole LION777 puzzle, as I thought I’d reached the end, but someone gave me a few new clues.
On Pastebin, there’s a post called LION777 33rd Degree Information Unclassified 1337 ARG, which lists additional information on getting to the next few sites. Keep in mind, though – this has nothing to do with the “deep web” or “dark web” (according to their technical definitions, anyway).
Anyhow, if you read the Pastebin post, it lists links to the previous sites, as well as clues to the hidden sites:
For instance, the first site is 777777.ga, which had all the secret society symbols, such as the ones from Freemasonry, the Skull and Bones, and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. I’m not sure if these necessarily relate to the puzzle as a whole, however, or if they’re just there to look mysterious.
To progress through the early stages of these sites, you merely have to scroll to the bottom of the page, where the URL to the next site is. On the other hand, once you get to a certain point, the links become less obvious (which I was hoping for, to be honest!).
The most recent development seems to be that they’ve added new sites to the “maze,” so to speak. On the Pastebin post, you should see something that reads:
The [Future Was]
The last link there was the first one I hadn’t visited yet. It looks like this:
Below it is some more “poetry,” so to speak, or clues, such as:
The galactic clock is restarting 1 more time.
The LION and Serpent battle
while the sun and shadow
play a final time.
The black squirrel ran in front of the light.
VERTIAS [sic] was exposed.
Now eight was in the race
And joined the seven.
I’m sure they meant “VERITAS,” right guys? Below the poem is some more imagery, followed by another link. This time, however, the link leads to a 404 page – mysterious, eh? Either the site isn’t finished, or it’s a red herring!
If you go back to the Pastebin post, there are some further links you can follow. I would imagine that it doesn’t reveal all of them, of course.
It’s worth noting that on some of the sites, they feature external links to some conspiracy theory-like stuff, but I’m only marginally interested in that (for instance, there are links to UFO and alien stories). This may surprise you, but I’m highly skeptical of much of that.
And in spite of the fact that I’ve worked on this puzzle, I still maintain that there is no Mariana’s Web.
To each his own, I suppose!