PART THE SECOND: In Which We Meet the Dastardly Alfa-Tsentr

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At this point in the story, things began to change for the Junsui. Both Diyne and Junko had mentioned that their ‘little sister’ had gone off somewhere with some level of concern, a message that was sort of momentarily ignored, drowned away by the deafening beating of virtual chests emanating from several ARG players. By the time the dust settled, the Junsui had taken action. On or around August 12th, the Junko Junsui directed be via her Facebook profile to what appeared to be an online advert for a Japanese biotechnology company. This company, Nippon Shin Eisei (Japan New Health), introduces the world to Junko, the ‘child of all mankind’. The provided English translated subtitles are very peculiar:

For countless millennia, humans have evolved unconsciously, spreading out to populate the world.

For the first time ever, we may glimpse our long genetic inheritance… And from it, we may plot the path by which we wish to continue.

Junko is the first child of her type ever to be born. She and the other Junsui are the children of all mankind.

Through the new technology of genetic target augmentation, Junko has been gifted with only the most optimal human alleles.

Junsui are the best of all we have ever been, and therefore represent the best way of coping with an uncertain future.

C5ildren p/ogester8ne quiesc#nce toew$2 s+cial stabili*y e&nd.

This last subtitle seems to be garbled. Indeed, the entire advertisement seems to be repeatedly jammed by some malicious outside force until the whole thing comes crashing down with a high pitched tone and display of a nihilistic manifesto:

THIS IS NOT THE END. THIS IS HOW IT BEGINS. WE ARE READY TO SACRIFICE OURSELVES TO LIGHT THE WORLD. IF YOUR BODY IS YOUR ENEMY’S PROPERTY, THEN YOU CAN STRIKE BACK AT YOUR ENEMY THROUGH YOUR BODY. YOU CAN TURN YOUR BODY INTO A MATCH TO BURN DOWN YOUR ENEMY’S HOUSE. YOU ARE THE PURE LIGHT OF DESTRUCTION. THIS IS HOW IT BEGINS. YOU ARE READY TO SACRIFICE YOURSELF. YOUR BODY IS A MATCHSTICK, READY TO CATCH FIRE. THIS IS NOT THE END.

Before one has chance to completely process this information, you are whisked away to another URL, this time on the Vimeo video sharing service. The new video depicts a nude young woman in varying levels of physical discomfort amidst some sort of crazy light show. For those of you who are ‘into’ this sort of thing, you can watch it here. There have been many translations done of the Russian text accompanying this video, all of which more or less tell a similar story. It seems the woman in the video was being exposed to some sort of external environmental force that caused her displeasure. The most interesting clue makes reference to the ‘Aharonov-Bohm effect’, which seems to be a reference to a scientific principle typically relating to quantum physics, not nearly-nudes.

Also of interest in this particular video were a series of number codes that were revealed to be coordinates. Plotting of these points on Google Earth revealed them to be alligned on a straight line axis.

Line connecting coordinates of sites in THENFRIEND video

Coordinates given in "THENFRIEND" form a straight axis.

The four places were:

  1. KPГ2 +67.57 +14.68 – A small island off Kjeringøy, Norway
  2. KOC3 +59.51 +59.06 Kosvinsky Mountain, Russia
  3. ЯMД5 +28.93 +91.07 – Yamdrok Lake, Tibet
  4. POT5 -29.21 +117.63 – Rothsay, Australia

Cursory research revealed Rothsay to be a ghost town and home to one of Western Australia’s largest mines. Yamdrok Lake is one of Tibet’s largest ‘sacred lakes’ and home to the area’s largest power station, and it must be noted, the only Tibetan monastery ran by a woman. Kosvinsky Mountain is even more ominous, being the site of a deep underground command post for the Russian Strategic Rocket Forces command. The significance of the island off the west coast of Norway near the small, yet historically important, village of Kjeringøy is still unknown. (As an aside, it was the location for several novels and their their film adaptations by Knut Hamsun).

One lead that seemed promising was an apparent error that would appear when a user who had watched the Junsui Project site would try to watch the program again. Error text would flood the screen…

Hidden within the gibberish was the phrase:

THE ENEMY IS THE HEAD OF ALL CORPS

Clicking on ‘THE ENEMY’ would take the user to what appeared to be a standard Google search window. [QUICK EDIT: I get into the office, have a conference call and this bit has changed. Youtube might be the way to go for now.]Googling ‘The enemy’ would bring up results for a Russian corporation called ‘Alfa-Tsentr’, who, revealed by Wikipedia, had been (aha!) part of the security detail for the Soviet Kosvinsky Mountain facility. But Googling ‘alfa-tsentr’ in the mysterious page causes something rather unexpected. Again, as we are on the Internet, I’ll let you try it yourself: http://174.133.240.117

Slightly disturbing, to say the least? There has been a fair amount of speculation as to how ‘real’ the video could be. It’s been generally seen that there are some clips that seem similar, but no ‘system’ has been worked out. Under the name ‘The Junsui Investigation’, someone has posted to file sharing networks and Bit Torrent sites a file that contains over seven hours of video and it should be noted that new materials have continued to appear since then. At present, the general consensus is that there are at least twenty hours of video, though no one has been able to categorically keep track, as the stream is limited to about ten or fifteen minutes a day. I’ve kept a dungeon (proverbially) or two in my day and it does seem as if there was a woman trapped in this room for a while. Let us hope she is an actress. Prior to the ‘live’ video seen on the Google ‘flip’ page is an animation with sound that bears another of the location codes. This one seems to refer to Yamantau Mountain, another vast, deeply secret underground military base. Whether this is saying that the video had been shot there is anybody’s guess, but seems a likely supposition. A quick Google search reveals Alfa-Tsentr to be a private military corporation (PMC) based out of Beloretsk, Russia, the home of – you guessed it – Yamantau Mountain. The company’s webpage lists their expertise in various paramilitary and tactical affairs. With the arrival of our bad guy, things seemed to be falling into place. Which is, of course, when things took an unexpected turn…


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