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Posted 30 July 2013 - 18:11 PM

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[quote name="Letters from the Field - Richtofen's 2nd Letter"]
May 13 1918

The journal of Pablo Marinus has been a most valuable source of information... We now stand at the edge of a brave new world. Our survey of the site has led us to believe that this location may hold the largest single source of 115 yet discovered. We have been authorized to begin work immediately...

Maxis has become obsessed, he neglects the true focus of our mission and instead chases legends and myths. I fear that the girl's influence may have irrevocably poisoned his mind. It is with considerable regret that I must report his current mental instability to group 935's leaders...

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[quote]"Our survey of the site has led us to believe that this location may hold the largest single source of 115 yet discovered."
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After far too long waiting on the sidelines, we finally got our first taste of combat. Our actions at Belleau Wood seem to have brought their Spring Offensive to a grinding halt. We even heard talk that Fritz has nicknamed us the Devil Dogs', following the all round ass kicking they took... and that's fine by me.

We intercepted communications suggesting that we're not the only nation to learn of the enemy's plans. Scuttlebutt is that the Russians & Japanese are looking to grab a slice of the action. Things are going to get interesting

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February 23, 1918

Despite my abdication, my country remains gripped by civil war. Reds and whites battle for power as I am forced to watch helplessly from afar. Despite the March treaty, many among us do not expect lasting peace...

Our memories will not allow us to forget the tens of thousands of souls lost at Tannenberg...

This war remains a threat to all our futures...

The people of France share my hatred and contempt for the ----- (Reich?). They have been very kind to me on my journeys; offering me food, shelter and other most worldly comforts. It is a great relief that even amongst the madness of war, I may still find moments of joy in the arms of a good woman...

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Northern France - 1918

It began long ago, on the battlefields of the Great War. Two German scientists sought to harness dark and mysterious forces... buried for centuries. They believed their discoveries would assure Germany's ultimate victory - but they could never have imagined just what else their research would unearth.

... my name's Samantha, I'm going to tell you how all this really began...
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March 2, 1918

My leadership & victory at the battle of M----- (Muken/Mukden) has been brought to the attention of the Emperor himself. I have been instructed to meet with him on a matter of great importance to our Nation.

Perhaps the Emperor recognizes the continued importance of the Samurai traditions, even in these times of great change...

Though I cannot explain why, every step I take towards my target brings with it a growing sense of dread.

I am haunted by twisted dreams that seem to grow increasingly vivid with each passing night. Perhaps the spirits of my ancestors seek to warn me of a dark, uncertain future...

Takeo
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 18:14 PM

We have confirmation that we may see Richtofen's body....

Also a confirmed date!
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 18:14 PM

I just saw this on FB and rushed to the forums.

Is this the discovery of 115? and is this a hint of the map packs release date?
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 18:15 PM

Not sure, I will say it's quite strange that there are spelling errors.

also, who is the Doctor's oldest friend? I don't think it's Maxis... as I don't think they were ever "friends" (I may be wrong).
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 18:16 PM

Dated 1917 ( or 1914? ). At least now we have an idea for when G935 started messing with 115 and just how long Richtofen and Maxis have known each other from the "old friend" part at the end. However it doesn't add up with the rest of our story. What possible changes? Richtofen started going mad after touching the MPD and that was in the 40's. Maybe E115 affected much beforehand yet no one else?

I also have the feeling Maxis wrote this.
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 18:20 PM

Dated 1917 ( or 1914? ). At least now we have an idea for when G935 started messing with 115 and just how long Richtofen and Maxis have known each other from the "old friend" part at the end. However it doesn't add up with the rest of our story. What possible changes? Richtofen started going mad after touching the MPD and that was in the 40's. Maybe E115 affected much beforehand yet no one else?

I also have the feeling Maxis wrote this.


it's 1917

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and IDK about Maxis. Does he strike you as an individual who would make spelling mistakes?
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 18:30 PM

Dated 1917 ( or 1914? ). At least now we have an idea for when G935 started messing with 115 and just how long Richtofen and Maxis have known each other from the "old friend" part at the end. However it doesn't add up with the rest of our story. What possible changes? Richtofen started going mad after touching the MPD and that was in the 40's. Maybe E115 affected much beforehand yet no one else?

I also have the feeling Maxis wrote this.


it's 1917

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and IDK about Maxis. Does he strike you as an individual who would make spelling mistakes?


Maybe in his haste. I mean we all know what happened on Moon.
In all seriousness though, I'm not entirely positive it's Maxis. He refers to the doctor ( most likely richtofen ) as an old friend and speaks as though he is the leader of this group. While no names are directly said I feel this is Maxis writing in his personal diary about Group 935's discovery of E115 and noticing it's changes to his friend Doctor Richtofen. We know that they did bicker before the events of Der Riese and Richtofen was going behind his back. It could be something different entirely though and I'm probably wrong on 2-3 things.
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 18:31 PM

Dated 1917 ( or 1914? ). At least now we have an idea for when G935 started messing with 115 and just how long Richtofen and Maxis have known each other from the "old friend" part at the end. However it doesn't add up with the rest of our story. What possible changes? Richtofen started going mad after touching the MPD and that was in the 40's. Maybe E115 affected much beforehand yet no one else?

I also have the feeling Maxis wrote this.


it's 1917

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and IDK about Maxis. Does he strike you as an individual who would make spelling mistakes?


Maybe the spelling mistakes are a hint? or code? or something?
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 18:37 PM

Is it bad that I didn't see a single spelling mistake myself until you guys pointed it out? This is probably why I never entered spelling competitions :lol:

edit, I just quoted your source thing and google chrome didn't pick up any spelling errors. Are you sure there are spelling errors?


O and these remind me of the journal pages that we see when starting up the zombies main menu.
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 18:40 PM

Dated 1917 ( or 1914? ). At least now we have an idea for when G935 started messing with 115 and just how long Richtofen and Maxis have known each other from the "old friend" part at the end. However it doesn't add up with the rest of our story. What possible changes? Richtofen started going mad after touching the MPD and that was in the 40's. Maybe E115 affected much beforehand yet no one else?

I also have the feeling Maxis wrote this.


it's 1917

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and IDK about Maxis. Does he strike you as an individual who would make spelling mistakes?


Maybe he was excited? But I don't think Maxis wrote this. He would have called him "Edward" or "Richtofen". Then again this is in 1917, and maybe they just met. But that leaves the question of who is the "old friend".
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 18:42 PM

May i say that "the doctor" does not necessarily mean Richtofen. It could be Maxis, in which case it could be Sophia, schuster. Anyone.

I don't think Richtofen had any close friends
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 18:46 PM

This is what I've been thinking. Obviously its happening in 1917 Pre-Storyline so if this is about the new map if it is happening in this time frame it won't feature the Fab 4, we know that Element 115 was first "found" on Earth after the Tunguska event in 1908. Now the Experiments with Element 115 that we know of didn't begin until the late 1930's-40's. So if this is indeed talking about the date will be return to a Mob of the Dead type timeline? Could we indeed be playing in the playable character's "hell" we might even be playing in what everyone thinks Argatha! As it is the gateway to the Aether it has the ability to travel through time and space, if we have the Fab 4 return perhaps as they made it to Argatha they found the gateway themselves and were transported back in time? I dunno I plan on doing alot of research on this note.
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 18:47 PM

May i say that "the doctor" does not necessarily mean Richtofen. It could be Maxis, in which case it could be Sophia, schuster. Anyone.

I don't think Richtofen had any close friends


The thing is whoever it was it has to be someone who knew them pre-storyline and worked with them in Group 935, as we all remember once your in G935 you had no contact with friends or family outside of the facility.
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 18:48 PM

Anyone else think this "closest friend" is Maxis and the writer is Sophia?
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 18:56 PM

Anyone else think this "closest friend" is Maxis and the writer is Sophia?


Oldest Friend.

So no, I don't think that's the case.
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 18:59 PM

Is anyone, or does anyone have access to a handwriting analyst.

To me the curls on the writing show that the person who wrote it is of the higher class. The emphasis on letters like the top of the O is commen in feminine people, whether that be a woman or a feminine man I don't know.

The angling of the words, the spelling shows that the person who wrote it is in a hurry. The fact that the handwriting near the end increases in size shows either two things, he/she is emotional about this or they like having a full page.

I honestly think this is Sophia.
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 19:07 PM

This note makes no sense. There's really no use in doing anything with it until we get more information.

The Doctor is a nickname for Richtofen. However, Richtofen was a young (gay) man in college around that time, from what we know. Maxis and Richtofen were colleagues, not really friends. All that can be said is that Maxis did at one point trust Richtofen. But that's it.

Treyarch is poking fun at us with this, teasing us.

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 19:17 PM

To everyone saying "we have a date for the map now!" and "the characters would be too young in 1917 so we can't be playing as them" I just wanna point out that just because a letter related to the map was written in 1917 doesn't mean the map actually takes place then. Moon took place in the 60s (or later, I know that's still debated) but there are radios on there from the 40s. Letters and radios do not date the map, they simply indicate the timing of any backstory that may have happened there.

As to who wrote the letter, I'm unsure. Samantha was around 8 years old in 1945, and since Group 935 allows no further contact with family or, ahem, others, it's safe to assume Maxis couldn't have joined 935 until sometime after 1937, give or take a couple years. That being said, perhaps this was a smaller, less significant group that Maxis was part of before the formation of 935. Seeing as we don't have any clues as to the ages of Maxis, Richtofen, or anyone else in the group, it's hard to tell if this is someone we know or someone new.
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 19:29 PM

It's a weird one, this. That's for sure.

It just isn't consistent with what we know. At all, really. I was initially ridiculously excited by this, but am now simply confused.
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 19:31 PM

To everyone saying "we have a date for the map now!" and "the characters would be too young in 1917 so we can't be playing as them" I just wanna point out that just because a letter related to the map was written in 1917 doesn't mean the map actually takes place then. Moon took place in the 60s (or later, I know that's still debated) but there are radios on there from the 40s. Letters and radios do not date the map, they simply indicate the timing of any backstory that may have happened there.

As to who wrote the letter, I'm unsure. Samantha was around 8 years old in 1945, and since Group 935 allows no further contact with family or, ahem, others, it's safe to assume Maxis couldn't have joined 935 until sometime after 1937, give or take a couple years. That being said, perhaps this was a smaller, less significant group that Maxis was part of before the formation of 935. Seeing as we don't have any clues as to the ages of Maxis, Richtofen, or anyone else in the group, it's hard to tell if this is someone we know or someone new.


Heard a few people reference "no contact with family or friends" after joining 935. a) still possible that this friend also joined 935 B) this seems to be just a journal entry not anything that would be contacting a friend or family.


I am very surprised to see this early of a date here. kinda ironic i think that black ops 2 as a whole was touted as "near future" yet zombies wise the time frames have varied and gone backwards in time more than ever before. (mob specifically)

But theres one thing for sure, that this is designed to generate hype, and that it has succeeded in, at least for me :)
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