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"Oh magus, you have begun thy journey. Your master's temple has fallen but his work is not yet finished…"Orrin Oscar Lutwidge

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Phase Three of "There's Something in the Sea" began November 5, 2009. It continues where the events of Phase Two, Mark's Room left off. In November 1968, Mark Meltzer sets off on a boat from Baltimore, Maryland to continue the search for his daughter Cindy overseas.

Spoilers

NovemberEdit

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Mark's room from the boat in Phase Three.

Day One: November 5 Edit

Clicking on the "Gone Fishin" note in Mark's office from Phase Two causes a new window to pop up. The site of Phase Three is inside a boat that is out at sea. Just like the office from Phase Two, there are three views around the room which one can switch by clicking the arrows on either side of the screen. There is a loud mechanical hum in the background.

Mark's typewriter, coffee cup, microphone, and the photo of Amanda and Cindy are on his fold-out desk in the center. Clicking on the photo returns you to Phase Two.

Many of Mark's books and the tape recorder machine are also present. Clicking on the left filing cabinet drawer reveals all the folders from Phase Two. All of the items in the archive appear unchanged except for the Frozen Triangle book. Previously only the cover had been visible, but now it is open to the chapter about the missing Ice Beagle.

Notably, what might be a distant land mass can be seen through the porthole, possibly indicating that Mark is in port, though which port is not readily clear.

Day Two: November 6 Edit

In Mark's room on the boat, there is a new note from Dash Carmady, along with three more photos he has taken of the floor tiles in Lutwidge's lab sitting in an open folder on the crate. The pictures form an 8x8 checker board when put together.

These photo's are the final clue to the solving of the 5x5 level of the Metal Box Puzzle.

The photos and solution can be found on the Puzzle Boxes page.

Day Three: November 9 Edit

There is a new two-page letter to Dash from Mark on the desk, and the metal box is now on the bookshelf to the left.

A new transmission from Phil Isidore is on the radio, accessible via its blinking red light.

Site Location Change:

Between November 8 and 9 the URL of Mark's office and boat room switched. The boat (Phase Three) is now at http://www.somethinginthesea.com/home.html, and Mark's room in Montauk (Phase Two) is at http://www.somethinginthesea.com/bioroom/. It appears that the URL of the map from Phase One has also changed to http://www.somethinginthesea.com/bioroom/map/index.html

If the viewer tries to access the Phase Three site through an old direct link (http://www.somethinginthesea.com/ship/) they will find only an unupdated version of the site.

Day Four: November 10 Edit

Mark has Cindy's personal "A Child's Garden of Cyphers" book on his dresser next to a letter from Amanda Meltzer.

The book looks like it has seen much use, and is very dirty compared to the copy that Mark obtained in Phase Two. The writing on the bottom identifies it as "Cindy Meltzer's" and declares "KEEP OUT!!!" in the Lutwidgian cypher. Inside is a cryptic word search which acts as a clue to solving the fourth level of the Metal Box Puzzle.

The transcript and solutions to the word search are on the A Child's Garden of Cyphers page.

There is now a "RADIO CALL LOG" memo hanging on the side of the shortwave radio.

Day Five: November 11 Edit

On Mark's desk is a tape recording labeled both directly on the cover by Lutwidge as Lutwidge 6/58 "Terra Incognito" #XVI= Le Maison Dieu as well as in a note from Mark describing where it came from.

On Mark's mirror is a message from Captain Casey Ferrence saying that they will ship out at day break.

Day Six: November 12 Edit

There is a new note from Mark pinned to his bulletin board. Amongst other things, it refers to a book on the shelf of Mark's desk written by Jeremiah Lynch titled "The Atlantean Bequest: Being a Meditation Upon the Megaliths of Eire". In addition to this, there is a letter in the typewriter from Mark to his wife Amanda explaining why he has "to chase this to the end".

Day Seven: November 13 Edit

There's a new radio transmission from Roscoe Inman and Mark left a note about the puzzle.

Day Eight: November 16 Edit

There is a new note from Mark on the bulletin board and a new transmission on the radio from Phil Isadore.

Day Nine: November 17 Edit

There is a new note from Mark on his desk where he tells about a conversation he had with the captain. Next to the note is a recording of the captain during the conversation.

The right hand filing cabinet can now be opened and contains new archive tabs. Most of the previous week's items have been moved there.

Day Ten: November 18 Edit

There is now a chart pinned to Mark's bulletin board showing the coordinates where Hans Hunger's U-boat was sunk.

Day Eleven: November 19 Edit

There are two pages from The Frozen Triangle on Mark's dresser sent to Mark from Phil Isadore, and a new letter from Mark on the desk thanking Phil for the pages.

Day Twelve: November 20 Edit

The Frozen Triangle is now sitting upright on the desk shelf and can be opened to Chapter 9.

The chart pinned on Mark's bulletin board now shows new coordinates on it. The new coordinates are the last reported location of The Baldur before it vanished.

Day Thirteen: November 22 Edit

There is a Speedy Brothers Telegrams message card pinned to Mark's desk.

Beside the desk on the wall there is now a green letter holder containing four fan letters.

Day Fourteen: November 23 Edit

There is a new recording of Lutwidge on the table which talks about the Frozen Triangle. There's also a new journal note in Mark's typewriter.

Day Fifteen: November 24 Edit

New port hole

Rainy Day

There is a radio transmission advising ships to hold off on sailing in the equatorial region between 40° to 45° West due to a tropical storm.

"This is an international maritime weather advisory. For all ships traveling in equatorial regions between 45 degrees west and 40 degrees west. A late season tropical storm has been reported with gusts of 30 knots and above. Avoid travel in the region if possible for the next 48 hours. All ships are urged to avoid travel in the region: 45 degrees to 40 degrees west."

Mark left a note describing the Nellie Bly's final stop in the Bahamas, and its dramatic turn of events.

The image in the porthole has also changed. It now features stormy seas, suggesting that the ship is entering troubled waters.

Day Sixteen: November 25 Edit

There's a new transmission from Roscoe Inman.

Mark also has a box of "DIMENHYDRINOL" pills (an anti-emetic) on the shelf above his desk. He has probably been feeling sea sick.

Day Seventeen: November 30 Edit

There is a new note from Mark pinned to the bulletin board, and a small statue of Buddha (more precisely, Budai/Hotei) on the lower bookshelf by Meltzer's desk.

Also, the porthole, now showing clear weather, can now be opened and closed. Closing the porthole turns the background noise off, while opening it turns it on.

Finally, Mark's discovered the coordinates of the C-47's last mission and pinpointed it on his blue map. Mark has also connected the previous two points with a red line. Strangely enough, the third point veers off from the previous two, and does not create a triangle. This is most likely because the 3rd riddle of the Metal Box Puzzle asks where the "sky train" last embarked from. The answer to the 4th riddle, "the point where the sky train derailed" should be the coordinate that makes the triangle.

DecemberEdit

Day Eighteen: December 1 Edit

Most of the items from the previous week have been moved to a new archive folder.

Mark has part of a "Classifieds" section from Visionary Wonder Magazine pinned to a note on the bulletin board. It appears to contain an ad written by Lutwidge that mentions "True Rapture" and "R.K.Q.",as well as an "I.O.O.P." Meltzer has written a note underneath wondering if R.K.Q is R. Killian Quain/Lutwidge and if I.O.O.P. is an organization.

Also, there is a new transmission on the radio from Phil Isadore.

Day Nineteen: December 2 Edit

There is a pamphlet from I.O.O.P., revealed to be "International Order of the Pawns", signed by Lutwidge on the dresser.

Day Twenty: December 3 Edit

There is a message to "Red Queen" from a "Grey Pawn" with a note from Meltzer attached to it on the dresser.

Also, there is a Lex Harlan interview recording on the desk sent to Meltzer by Phil.

Day Twenty-One: December 4 Edit

There is a transmission on the radio from Jeremiah Lynch. Judging by his voice, he seems intoxicated.

Day Twenty-Two: December 6 Edit

There is an envelope on the desk from Phil Isadore.

A postcard with a picture of the "skytrain" is next to the map. On the back is information on the last reported whereabouts of the plane (63 degrees N 32 degrees W). The postcard reads "I hear Meltzer is looking for this -- pass it on. A friend."

When the coordinates are entered into the puzzle box, a new level appears with a recording of Lutwidge asking for the name of the only ship that made it safely through "The Icy Triangle."

Meltzer has plotted the point where the "skytrain" vanished on his map, connected the dots, and found the location of the "Icy Triangle".

There are also three new letters in the letter-holder on the wall. One is from a close friend of Phil Isadore's, another is from a Canadian acquaintance of Phil's, and lastly, there is a yellow letter with two notes attached, one being a poem in Lutwidgian cypher.

Day Twenty-Three: December 7 Edit

There is a new 2-page interview transcript on the dresser from The Monthly Undergrounder of a conversation with Lee Wilson Seward titled The Grey Ghost of Tangiers: An Afternoon with Lee Wilson Seward. In the interview, Seward mentions his half-sister Mimi Tabor and close friend Elgar Vankin who disappeared in 1946, apparently to Rapture, since Seward also mentions they fell in with some odd characters, one of them being Sander Cohen.

Day Twenty-Four: December 8 Edit

There is a new note from Meltzer on top of the box by the desk, where Mark tells of meeting and having a conversation with Lee Wilson Seward. On the desk there is also a new recording of Mark's conversation with Seward.

Many of the items from the previous week have been moved to the archives.

Day Twenty-Five: December 9 Edit

On the dresser by the porthole, here is a note from "el péon amarillo 32˚" (Yellow Pawn 32˚), which Meltzer found in his cabin when he returned in the morning, saying "Señor Meltzer: look for me in Cádiz."

There's a new transmission on the radio from an unknown person, possibly the Yellow Pawn, giving instructions to various pawns.

Day Twenty-Six: December 10 Edit

There's a new note from Mark, it details his rendezvous with the Yellow Pawn.

Day Twenty-Seven: December 11 Edit

There are items from the folder of the Yellow Pawn: A note on the bulletin board asking for information, in Spanish, on Zigo d'Acosta, whose photo is taped to the note; a newspaper clipping on Mark's desk about Buck Raleigh's failure to appear at his own tax-evasion trial; and another clipping on Mark's mirror concerning the disappearance of Naledi Atkins. These three individuals are among the eight multiplayer characters in BioShock 2.

Day Twenty-Eight: December 14 Edit

There is a new recording of Captain Ferrence arguing with the 2nd Mate on Mark's desk shelf and a new note from him pinned to the bulletin board. Also, the Buddha statue, strategically dropped by Mark, reveals a pistol inside.

Day Twenty-Nine: December 16 Edit

There is a new note from Mark pinned to the bulletin board, a message on Melzer's desk from Celeste Roget, as well as a Speedy Brothers telegram card to Dash Carmady from Mark. There is also a European news broadcast on the radio by Ulrich Broder, talking about Celeste being involved in an accident. Also, the pistol has been removed from the broken Buddha statue and many of the items around the room have been moved to the archives.

Day Thirty: December 17 Edit

There is a new radio message from Celeste Roget: she is alive. Also, there is a Speedy Brothers telegram from Dash to Mark on the desk saying the Paris message is possibly fake, and Celeste is not in Paris, but heading toward Valais.

Day Thirty-One: December 18 Edit

There is a new recording of Jeremiah Lynch on Mark's desk shelf. There is a note Meltzer found pinned to the bulletin board as well. Also, there is a two-page letter to Phil Isadore on the crate by the desk. It speaks of an encounter Mark had with Lynch.

Day Thirty-Two: December 22 Edit

There is a letter from Celeste splattered with blood, conveying mutual sympathy with Mark. There is also a letter from Mark to Phil stating how Mark feels as though he failed Celeste and that the Nellie Bly is leaving port with a new crew. Also, there is a blue book titled, "The Spectral Sea: Legends of the Spirit Echoes of Atlantis", written by Jeremiah Lynch. It also looks to be worn with blood and a bullet hole. A new photo of a waterfall signed by Celeste is taped to the mirror, along with a new transmission from Phil on the radio.

JanuaryEdit

Day Thirty-Three: January 4, 1969 Edit

Everything has been cleaned up from the previous days. Mark has recorded Phil's message on the call list. On Mark's desk is a two-page (third page not present) letter to Phil recapping his trip to find Celeste. Lynch's book can now be opened to reveal the so-called "accidental truth" that the Red Pawn has stumbled upon. It details a glimpse at how to bypass whatever is sinking all of the boats and planes. Also, there are four letters in the letterbox, one with a faded photograph attached.

Day Thirty-Four: January 6 Edit

Jeremiah Lynch has left a transmission, alluding even more to Celeste's fate, as well as revealing more of his plan: He's currently at New York City, preparing to journey to Tollevue and torture the coordinates out of Lutwidge.

Day Thirty-Five: January 7 Edit

The Red Queen's response to the letter concerning the Red Pawn (written by Gray Pawn) has been found by Mark and tacked to his desk.

Mark wrote out the final entry of his letter to Phil accounting his meet with Celeste. He revealed that the spatters of blood on the book and the letter were his own; and that he attempted to protect Celeste by charging Lynch. The gun slid across the bridge on impact. Celeste ran off after shooting Lynch with it.

Celeste Roget left a transmission, revealing what's really been going on, and what she has been doing all this time.

Later in the day, The Mid-Nite Ryde broadcast about Lutwidge's escape from Tollevue Hospital after, apparently, killing an orderly. There's also a letter from Grey Pawn saying that Glass Pawn is waiting for Mark in London.

The telephone number given on the radio broadcast can actually be called. It triggers a message from Benny Stango detailing what Lutwidge's intentions may be.

Day Thirty-Six: January 8 Edit

There is a newspaper clipping on the crate detailing Lutwidge's breakout from Tollevue. It is believed that an accomplice may have helped him escape and police are investigating the whereabouts of an Irish psychiatrist (possibly Lynch, considering the accent) who was given a tour around the facility earlier. The number to ring Benny Stango is repeated again: 1-877-294-4040.

Day Thirty-Seven: January 11 Edit

There is a new note that describes Mark's encounter with Glass Pawn (Carleton Rede). There is also a book titled Back to the Frozen Triangle.

Mailing Campaign:

Over the weekend many people who had previously received membership cards for IOOP received coded messages from Lutwidge detailing the true events of his escape from Tollevue.

Day Thirty-Eight: January 12 Edit

Mark received a new fan mail letter.

Day Thirty-Nine: January 13 Edit

There's a new transmission from the Grey Pawn, detailing how Ivory Pawn was instrumental in providing passage for "the Red Queen's final tour."

Day Forty: January 14 Edit

Back to the Frozen Triangle can now be opened to two pages telling of "The Phantom Lighthouse", and there is a note from Mark on the box by the radio.

Day Forty-One: January 15 Edit

Mark has received a distress signal tape from the English fishing vessel Hackness as it encounters the "Phantom Lighthouse."

Day Forty-Two: January 19 Edit

There is a new note on the "defenses" that surround the lighthouse. It would also appear that the compass is flashing more rapidly.

Day Forty-Three: January 20 Edit

Things have been cleaned up and have been put in the drawer.

Three pictures of a shipwreck have appeared on Mark's desk.

It also would appear that the compass is flashing even more rapidly.

Day Forty-Four: January 21 Edit

Mark left a journal entry in his typewriter. The photos from day forty-three were taken on the Isle Surtsey, mentioned in The Frozen Triangle. Ferrence is eager to get Mark where he needs to go, and he is obliging the 5-point journey that Lutwidge had stressed. The compass is flashing at an extraordinary rate now.

There is also a new fan letter in the letter holder on the wall, which has the "Would you kindly?" phrase imbedded into it.

Day Forty-Five: January 22 Edit

There is a recording of the conversation between Ferrence and his new crew. The compass is also flashing at a faster rate than before.

Day Forty-Six: January 25 Edit

There is a new recording of a crew member, who claims to have seen "eyes" in the sea, watching them. The compass is also flashing at a greater speed.

Day Forty-Seven: January 26 Edit

There is now a new photo on Mark's desk. The photo shows the inside of a dinghy containing the Big Daddy doll from the "Sea of Dreams" teaser and a note. The note has writing in the Lutwidgian Cypher, writing in normal English, and a drawing. The non-cyphered writing says "Look for the Big Bright Light!!!" and the Lutwidgian Cypher translates into "HIDE AND SEEK DADDY YOU ARE GETTING WARMER." The drawing is of a little girl standing by the lighthouse leading to Rapture.

The compass is flashing even faster, and apparently there is a low boom sound coming from it that is somehow different from the sound it made when it was flashing before.

Day Forty-Eight: January 27 Edit

The drawing from the photo now sits on Mark's desk. The message and the drawing can be seen clearly, and the girl in the drawing is shown to be wearing a Little Sister skirt and has yellow eyes, alluding to the fact that Cindy has been turned to a Little Sister.

Day Forty-Nine: January 29 Edit

There is a new radio message: An unknown radio operator (possibly James Millard Oakes) is sending out a distress call to the U.S. Navy or anyone else to get immediate evacuation "to the surface" and that "things have gone to hell down here." Also the operator mentions the name Oakes and U.S. Navy, which one would assume is an attempt at identifying himself (this suggests that the message is being sent from Rapture). In-between static, the voice says there "is hardly anything human anymore" amid sounds of metal crashing together. He sends off one more distress call before something causes him to scream.

The folder tabs in the archives have been revised to a "day count" rather than dates.

FebruaryEdit

Day Fifty: February 2 Edit

There is a new photo of the lighthouse on the dresser. The top of the photo reads: "PHANTOM LIGHTHOUSE??? spotted last night -." There is also a description on the bottom: "mist = impenetrable." This may also allude to the fact that Mark has found Rapture. This may also be the lighthouse where Jack boarded the bathysphere in the original BioShock.

Day Fifty-One: February 3 Edit

Mark left a letter to Phil stating that he is going to escape the ship via the dinghy that the Nellie Bly found on January 25. Mark is attempting to get through the mist and enter the Lighthouse to Rapture in hopes to find his daughter. There are red spots—probably blood since Mark's never written in red ink before—at the top of the letter. Of particular note is the fact that Mark dated this letter, which he hasn't done since the second phase. In the letter, Meltzer asks Phil to save his daughter in the event of his possible failure.

Day Fifty-Two: February 4 Edit

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The final appearance of Mark's cabin.

The ship cabin is in turmoil. The mirror shows a dead body (which appears to be a Spider Splicer) in the back, as well as the words "RAPTURE AWAITS" etched above it. Furthermore, the ship appears to be flooding as there is a substantial layer of water covering the floor. There is a large amount of blood and bullet holes - the cabin is in a state of ruin. A radio transmission from the Icelandic Coast Guard in response to an S.O.S. call made from the Nellie Bly can also be heard. From this it can be inferred that the ship has been attacked, with the assumption that Mark was able to escape in time.

Transmission from the Icelandic Coast Guard:

"Icelandic Coast Guard responding to distress signal, S.S. Nellie Bly. Repeat, we are responding to mayday, S.S. Nellie Bly, please report your position. S.S. Nellie Bly, we received your SOS, please respond. Icelandic Coast Guard search and rescue teams are in position for S.S. Nellie Bly - please respond, over. What is your situation? If you receive, please reply."

ConclusionEdit

Day Fifty-Three: February 5 Edit

Mark's room back in Montauk has been updated with a new message from Phil Isidore and newspaper article concerning the fall of the Nellie Bly. The deaths of Casey Ferrence and numerous crew members have been confirmed, though authorities have yet to confirm the death of Mark Meltzer. Phil, having heard about the Nellie Bly, concludes that Mark failed, and vows that he will continue Mark's work.

Back on the ship, the photo of Amanda and Cindy has been torn in half. Someone took the half picturing Cindy.

The compass hasn't changed directions, and is blinking at a machine-gun rate. Likewise, the noise of the Nellie Bly's engine is still blaring whenever Mark's window is open.

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