The Spider Protocol Letter

Possible Spoilers

An incredible document has just been discovered in the webmaze.

How it was found:

The newest newsletter has just been released by the ROT guys. In it, there are all sorts of hints:

1) There is a poem about a golden retriever. The name “wand prowess” anagrams to “new password”. It has been hinted on the ROT backsite that the password would be changed, most saw that coming. In the poem, there is mention that “up North, I’m a sea bear”. This should come to no surprise to anyone that this is the “polar bear” (Ursus maritimus = Latin name of the polar bear = sea bear), also the new password for the ROT backsite, replacing “porter”.

2) Two of the lines: Maslow’s Hierarchy (NEEDS) and Keep who’s eye on the prize (YOUR) may be the last two words in the secret word series: WELCOME YOUR NEXT VIDEO NEEDS YOUR…

3) If you use the capitalized word in the PS (BLOOD) and put at the end of, you will get a PSD document linked from “part 1″. If you use Photoshop or a picture editor, you can see that it is actually 2 layers. Make the top layer 100% translucent (0% opaque, or invisible), and the bottom layer 100% opaque. Someone figured out that if BLOOD = red (color of letters from the letter) that MONEY = green, and SORROW = blue (special thanks I hear go to Dennis and Belly0fdesire at The Lost Experience Clues Blog for these… awesome work, guys!). Using these three words and following the same process of transparency and layering of all three produced this letter:

Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 20:53:06 -0500
—– >> To:
Subject: SP site -

Team -

After careful scrutiny of the census figures, geological
reports, customs inquiries and geographical surveys prepared
by yourselves and the experts at the CCS, the core group has
deemed, regretfully, that site alpha

——— (4888), beta (1060), and delta (10120) remain
unsuitable for carrying 00000000000000>>>> out the SPIDER
PROTOCOL — even taking into consideration the recommended
parametric recalibrations. ——–

Despite my initial (and continued) reticence, it seems
that fate has dealt its card. We may have no choice but to fall

to the original island target. While THF has not utilized
the site for some time, its unique properties render it more
than adequate for our purposes at this particular juncture.


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8 Responses to The Spider Protocol Letter

  1. Cecilia says:

    This is the original letter in case someone isn’t able to view it:

    Dear friends,

    I want to thank you all for registering for my newsletter. Things in the world
    of Bole and the Retrievers of Truth are very exciting as of late. The RoT is
    getting worldwide recognition and I will be appearing on several television
    shows in Korea and Australia in the very near future.

    The other day I was walking along the river, Bien Ecouter, near a friend’s home
    in Switzerland. I was contemplating the nature of things and eating a
    buttercream torte when a yellow lab came out of nowhere and blocked my path. I
    stood motionless for what seemed like an eternity stunned by this intrusion all
    the while wondering what the creature’s intentions were.

    The yellow lab is a highly evolved creature, as I have stated on my website and
    in my many books. When they venture into our personal space it is usually for a
    reason and at this moment I could not fathom what this particular stranger
    wanted of me? Had he heard of me from other retrievers? Did he sense my
    willingness to communicate? Was this all just a coincidence?

    After a few seconds our eyes locked and we communicated. He stated his name was
    “Wand Prowess.” He then stated that I should remember his name, “not as it is
    but as it can be.” Then he began what seemed like a poem, “In the Pacific I’m in
    the ocean bare, when I’m up north I’m the sea bear.” I tried to question both
    statements but he just looked at me, turned and as he was about to walk away he
    said, “I’ll leave you with two things to ponder” and he then turned and ran off.
    These are they:

    Maslow’s hierarchy

    Keep who’s eye on the prize?

    I only tell you these tales of my journeys to entertain. But I do hope these
    incidents in my life will inspire you to look more deeply into your own.

    Yours truly, Dr. Vincent “Wally” Bole

    PS: Consuming a diet high in fiber can be beneficial to the BLOOD.

  2. JoshSpazJosh says:

    There’s some weird tiny writing in the upper left-hand corner that appears to be written on the other side of the page. I flipped the picture horizontally [mirror image basically], turned it upside down, and played with the contrast to get this, which has been enlarged 2x for better readability:

    I can make out “PUBLIC COMPANY” but I think that public is the second half of a bigger word.

  3. Hammer says:


    Tell me if I’m way off base here. But does the poem you are refering to seem like the golden retriever IS the sea bear? Just a thought, but in season 1, isn’t Vincent missing when the bear attacks Walt?

  4. Cecilia says:

    Josh: very nice catch, unfortunately, I can’t seem to make out more of it either… I’ll see if any of the other originals are clearer.

    Hammer: No, I don’t think you are way off base. The way it is worded in the short “poem” line, it does sound that way. At first I thought it was just the quirkiness of these letters… the way they are told, I think they are meant to be cryptic puzzles, and not recountings of factual stories… and I thought it was more his way of just hinting the password alone. But as with all hints, there’s the possibility they could be made to work on multiple levels. What you said could fuel theories which are also supported by the podcast statements “maybe you saw the Monster last season but didn’t realize it”.

  5. Hammer says:

    The more I think about it, Vincent is missing whenever weird stuff happens. The first night after the crash the monster makes appearances while Vincent is still missing, when Shannon is chasing Vincent through the jungle and sees Walt and got shot and when Walt is attacked by the bear.

    Now I need to go back and see if he’s around when the monster make his appearances!

  6. Steve says:

    Is it safe to assume that “TM,” as the letter is signed, is Thomas Mittelwerk?

  7. Cecilia says:

    Steve–I never feel like it’s save to assume anything in this game without question. :) But on “TM”, that’s my impression also, I think that is Mittelwerk.

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