Terminal 00 Part 3: Lost in the Maze

Since my first two posts about “Terminal 00” got such a good response, I figured I would explore it further for you!

When last we left off, we had reached the page called “Terminal Connect,” on which you could connect to some of the other terminals in the game (if you want to call it that).

Terminal 111 leads to a page like this:

terminal111_edited

The text reads:

Terminal 111 online

Detecting probe signatures

Relaying available data…

DATA: RAMPANT

Below this is some more text:

terminal111_clues_edited

It says:

DATA: RAMPANT

CoS: 98%

TERMINAL STRUCTURE: (???)

CLASS 05 PROBE: (INSUFFICIENT)

RECOMMENDATION: RETURN

[DEAD ENDS DETECTED]

PROCEED?

If you click “PROCEED?,” it takes you to what’s called “Terminal 111 Spine,” which is a mysterious looking page with a series of question marks.

terminal_111_spine_edited

At the top it says, “You bring nothing but pain.” If you click on some of the question marks, you’ll see that they link to further pages in the puzzle. Most of them appear to be “dead ends,” however, as they often lead to this page:

terminal00_wtf_editedFor one of the links, on the other hand, this is not the case. It leads to a page called “Terminal 111 Heart,” which has text like this:

The Terminal is infected.

The ??? is infected.

The Brain is infected.

The Eyes are infected.

At the end of the page is a giant heart:

terminal_111_heart_edited

Nonetheless, it seems you can’t progress any farther from this page. Going back to the “Spine” page, there are several other links too, each of which says “This is nothing.”

terminal_111_this_is_nothing_edited

Each of these leads to pages with flickering colored backgrounds, so they’re basically dead ends too. Of course, I haven’t even begun to cover the whole thing here.

There are three other “terminals” I’ve come across so far, which I’ll show previews of here:

You might wonder (as I have) what the point of all this is; I’m sure many people who have explored the website have thought the same thing. As Angus himself writes in the FAQ:

“The story I am writing, the webpages I’ve created, and all the rest have been created to further elucidate a truth I wish to reveal. To bestow that understanding I must pass along a message I have received or otherwise remembered: a warning by another name; although, there’s nothing to be done with this warning. Everyone already knows what I mean. It’s etched within all of us, upon us, and so on and so forth.”

That’s one reason that this puzzle has intrigued me so much; it seems to have either a spiritual or an apocalyptic subtext that I haven’t figured out yet. Obviously, I’m not re-dedicating my blog to this, but I’ll return to it from time to time.

As I said, if anyone else has clues or thoughts to contribute, feel free to leave them in the comments! (Especially if you make it farther than I did.)

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