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  1. There is a third Maxis who, as far as we know, spends all of his time gathering artefacts from all conceivable dimensions. The Empty Earth was his base of operations - he specifically designed the mechanism that prevented those without a soul accessing the Kronorium. The Timeline refers to him as "An Alternate Maxis" (in the context of the House Maxis beginning experimentation).
  2. X has always referred to Maxis. This is an idea that @EricMaynard has been talking about for a while now, that one variant of Maxis began messing with areas he probably shouldn't have - namely the Campaign's dimension. He communicates with both Hudson and Mason via the CIA Data Terminal and, if I remember rightly, is the one who gives Mason the passwords to the other CIA logins.
  3. I'll skip the pleasantries and get right to it. If you have ANY screenshots, images, textures, etc of the Keeper language features in Black Ops 3 and 4, please post it below. We're at a stage now where cross-referencing different excerpts of the language is essential and any additional help to acquire them will really help to speed the process up.
  4. Blackout isn't in the 70s. Archetypes are being utilised.
  5. I want to once again thank @EricMaynard for the contributions. Just with the Apothicon Language that we deciphered ( https://www.reddit.com/r/CODZombies/comments/f13fao/the_apothicon_language_decoded_for_real_this_time/ ), this was just as much a team effort. I hope you enjoy the theory: One question held by many players during the final map of Black Ops 4, Tag Der Toten, was where were Doctor Monty and the Shadowman? Both appear and are referenced heavily in-game, and even if one takes into account budget arguments, surely it would have been possible for some sort of appearance, even only in the campfire dialogue with the characters? No, this was a deliberate decision by Treyarch, and one with incredible ramifications. This theory will seek to explain why. But first, in order to dissect the end, we must travel back to the beginning. It is impossible to say what reality was before creation, however it began with a single entity - The First One[1]. In the first moments, he brought into being the Astoth Arbzorark - The Key to All or Summoning Key, as it would come to be known, and with it, the first language. With the first object in existence, he crafted the dimensions and gave each one a unique mix of life. But he was alone and had no equal, and so he created kin, beings to watch over the universe with him and Keep it from harm. However, they still existed within the Aether, and without physical forms, so these Keepers created a space out of the infinite in which to manifest physically - Agartha[2]. It is impossible to date these processes, indeed, they could have been simultaneous, however in and among them, The First One ceases to be - henceforth in his place, two figures emerge and rise high within their society - one who would eventually come to be known as The Harbinger of Doom, The Shadowman and Mr. Rapt, and another who would be known as The Great Dragon, Satan and Dr. Monty. During this period, the race began experimenting with the Aether, with those under Monty developing a way to travel through the aether in order to bridge vast distances in space, and even time - Teleportation. However, The Shadowman undertook further experimentation with the Aether to a degree that his colleague deemed unnatural, manipulating the darkest forces of the Aether, and even creating a device, a Pyramid, in order to completely manipulate them. This led to an all-out war between the two factions, with those who were touched by the Aether’s darkness ultimately being defeated and banished into the very Aether that they had begun to shape for themselves. Over millennia, the two factions began to evolve to the point where they were no longer just separate factions, but separate species. Those who remained free became almost humanoid, abandoning the first language for a new one and believing themselves to be the righteous protectors of the universe, all the while endeavouring to keep their race pure[3]. Meanwhile, those who pushed the Aether to its limits lost their sense of self, instead becoming part of a singular hive mind, the only member with any sort of agency being their former leader [4], and yet maintaining their original language - a link to their past; perhaps a reminder of what they once were? Now one thing of note here, the seeming disappearance of The First One at the moment of the appearance of Monty and the Shadowman. It seems somewhat odd that the undisputed most powerful being in existence would instantly fade, and give way to the two most powerful, and evenly matched beings in existence. A rather simple explanation is that The First One, at some point, was severed (or severed himself) into two beings, equal yet opposite in power. This is not entirely unsubstantiated either: In revelations, when speaking about the nature of the Aether, Monty goes on the following tangent “...You know how people say when you cut a worm in half, both parts keep on living? Well, they do! Kind of.. for a bit. But then one of them dies, not sure if it's the ass or the head, but that's the problem with worms! They're a bit short on distinguishing features.” Within the map itself, we see the Shadowman die, just as with one half of the worm, and yet come the next cycle, he is still alive, leading the Apothicons in the great war, as if he cannot be truly destroyed, and when exploring the analogy even more, if we take the line on “Distinguishing features”, Monty and the Shadowman, when in their true forms, look identical, in fact, being a perfect balance between the eldritch features of the Apothicons and the human features of the Keepers. Furthermore, we know that Monty’s power is limited to the manipulation of existing matter [5], yet the Shadowman is able to only manipulate the souls of individuals, with neither being able to use the ability of the other. This relationship is shown clearly by the Alcatraz pocket dimension: The Shadowman instructs the Warden to sacrifice the four mobsters, and then himself, in order to form the pocket. This is an identical relationship to Primis/Ultimis and the Elemental shard, however here, rather than the four souls fused to the shard to form the Aether, it’s four souls fused to the Warden himself to create the pocket (This is why the warden’s body can be manipulated through the Kronorium and Summoning Key to cause direct changes to the Pocket during BotD’s easter egg). These limitations confirm Monty’s assertion in Revelations that he “isn’t all-powerful”, however if the Aether itself is based on souls, or life-energy (the very thing that the Apothicons are said to consume), then surely if the two were a singular entity, they would in fact be able to create ex-nihilo, or from nothing, just as The First One did. Now onto Tag Der Toten. Within the timeframe of this map, The Shadowman exists exclusively within The Summoning Key, and Monty is unaccounted for. The end goal of Nikolai here is to permanently remove the Aether by destroying the current existence - that includes Agartha, because as previously established, Salvation comes only when Agartha burns. Furthermore, as stated by Maxis, if Agartha is to be destroyed, Monty himself will cease to be. This places Monty in an incredibly threatened position - regardless of what he does, he is now doomed to be destroyed and has no way to survive… Or does he? When building the Agarthan Device, the player retrieves three components. These are the Seal of Duality, the Blood of an Apothicon Elder God/Overlord, and the Elemental Shard: The Shard is the simplest to explain. In the forties when Richtofen was carrying out his initial experiments on Dempsey, Nikolai and Takeo, he learned about the Agarthan Device’s components from Jeb Brown’s recovered schematics, and decided he would do his best to construct it. Fusing the souls of the three test subjects, and his own, to a single piece of the Element, it grew and crystalised, forming the Shard. The Shard permanently binds the souls of these four, regardless of Dimension, and also means that these four souls form the lattice within which the Aether exists - just like its relationship with Agartha - one becomes intrinsic to the other. In essence, the shard is the entire Aether given form. The Blood of the Apothicon Elder God (or Overlord) is particularly interesting, and is what resulted in our decoding of the entire Apothicon language, of which we now have an entire other level of understanding. The Apothicons function under a hivemind, in fact, their language has no concept of “I”, with “Mine” in English translating into the Apothicon word for “Our”. For the Apothicons, the closest concept they have to a leader is that of the Shadowman, as he is capable of acting with a certain degree of agency, however without a doubt is undyingly loyal to his brethren - but the Shadowman is now sealed within the summoning key. This means that the Apothicon hivemind now takes exclusive precedence. The blood itself is interesting, because it presents us with the revelation that the Apothicons that we see are less like traditional life-forms, and instead like “crafts” or “vessels”. In fact, the only sentient part of an Apothicon is the Blood. This connection is what leads to the understanding that for all intents and purposes the Blood and the Shadowman are one and the same, or at the very least mentally understand what the other is doing. The blood is seen talking to the player within the map, where it gives some incredibly interesting dialogue. After the initial “offerings”, the blood claims it will “speak now in the tongue that is forbidden” and proceeds to say “Seal of Duality” in Keeper ("Leesanatahn lu ahm") - this shows a clear resentment to the “new” language harboured by the Apothicons - however what follows is far more interesting. After completing the Shard - fully binding the Blood of the Apothicons within the Seal of the Keepers through the Aether - they say verbatim: “Light and Darkness reunite - The duality is resolved” Followed by “Beginning… End… Forever” (Arkeon... Asteon... Kareon...) in Apothicon - and to reiterate - this would have implications for the entirety of these races. Which leads us to our final conclusion. The purpose of the Agarthan Device, The Tag Der Toten Easter Egg, and the reason both Shadowman and Monty had been found pursuing this device in the past (keepers and Jeb Brown/Reporter[6] going after device) was that it perpetuates the reuniting of Dr. Monty and the Shadowman, Keepers and apothicons, back into a singular being leading a singular race. The First One. The one who created all from the Aether when there was nothing. Taking into account we see no resistance from Dr Monty in Tag Der Toten and no evidence the Shadowman was in the key or died when it explodes, it seems that the fusion took place before everything was put into the dark Aether. So with everything not destroyed, but in the Dark Aether, and Sam and Eddie in this new reality, the question remains: what does the existence of the first one matter? Well, I leave you with this question: If the first one created reality FROM the Aether… Could he leave it? Bibliography: [1]: "Kronorium Excerpt 349561223: The Summoning Key is one of the oldest artifacts in all creation. It was used by the first one to mix all the dimensions with life, giving each one its unique balance. Under certain circumstances, it has the ability to form bridges between dimensions allowing the transfer of life forces back and forth. It resides in the 63rd dimensions" [2]: The Keepers craft the Summoning Key, a device that allows them to manipulate the Aether. Holding power over reality itself, they use it to create Agartha. (Timeline section: Agartha) [3]: Shadows of Evil sword “upgrade”, destroying the apothicon egg; circumstantially, it is the APOTHICONS who resolve the duality, not the keepers, they even break from tradition and speak in the new language [4]: Nan-Sapwe going to the island and rescuing it himself shows that the keepers were more than capable of breaking from the herd and undertaking individual tasks. [5]: Revelations quote "The minute you people teleported for the first time, you changed the rules. How am I supposed to keep track if you keep moving the pieces? Even when you were just a little problem, brewing in the far corner of existence, I tried to throw you a bone or two. I told you this, didn’t I? The magic box of weapons, the little clues here and there. I always tried to give you a little help without drawing too much attention to myself. The thing is though, I can't just magic things out of thin air. I have to manipulate things that already exist in your reality, like the perk drinks. They were something originally cooked up by Group 935. I just (whistles) I just used them for my own ends. Heh, I honestly don't even know how they work. I-I-I swear! As for the songs: Don't get me started!" [6]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDh3yyqoAwQ Edward Richtofen: "Log Entry 1438. Date: July 18th, 1945. Dear diary, I have been in Group 935 Siberian facility for nearly days and mein cup already runneth over with exciting news! First, yesterday I've learned that I would receive not one, not two but three test subjects! Aah, hopefully with proper 115 injections we will be able to use these specimens to access to the human mind. The Chancellor's undead army is on standby until we crack this crucial step. Und secondly... (A door is opened. Someone entered the room dragging another person) Soldier: Here he is, Richtofen. Richtofen: Get your damn hands off me! Now what do we have here? A spy? Reporter: If you know what's good for you, you'd let me go! Richtofen: Oh yes, ja, ja! I'm just you worked for someone incredibly important. Reporter: Honestly, you have no idea. Richtofen: How did you find mein secret facility? Who are you? Reporter: I'm a reporter. I was hired by a man, Mr. Rapt, I never met him. He asked me to find some goods for him. Things he wanted badly. Richtofen: Sounds thrilling. And what were these... goods he wanted so badly? Reporter: (sigh) Look, I don't know the specifics, he just told me to travel to Russia. He gave me these coordinates, which led me here. How was I supposed to know it was a freaking German base?! Gave some vague description of a strange metal object. (Richtofen picks up the Vril Vessel) Richtofen: This, I assume? Reporter: Yeah, that'll be it. Called it the "Seal of duality", whatever the hell that means. Richtofen: Well, the Vril Vessel isn't for sale and is certainly not for stealing. But it is curious. I have only just arrived in this facility, bringing the Vril Vessel with me. Yet, you somehow know it would be here. How is this possible? Reporter: How the hell am I supposed to know? I just go where the Shadowman says to go. I don't know how he does it. Listen, when Mr. Rapt wants to find you he's got his ways. Look, you want to go ahead and get this over with, if you're gonna kill me, kill me. Not like it'll matter. It's kind of funny, you know. Something Mr. Rapt said, but if I failed him and died, it'll be okay. He said he'd reach out to me all over the multiverse, whatever that means. I didn't pay it no mind then but maybe some other me is out there having a lot better luck than I have Soldier: Sir, what should we do? Richtofen: Take the strange sad little man away. Find a hole.
  6. Now we have to turn to Nightmares/Blackout for this, but first: GKM's "research" into Project Nova was seemingly acquired by the Tacitus corporation (more on that later), and then Tacitus' entire Stock, along with all of their weapons research, was acquired by Coalescence, the manufacturers of the DNI (this acquisition included all project Nova research). In the 2070's, they "accidentally" released a compound known as 61-15 into the Atmosphere, causing the events of Nightmares. However, in Blackout we see something else. Savannah Mason, now CEO of the Tacitus corporation after Mendez is having Tacitus extensive research into a field she dubs "Archetypes". We have a lack of understanding into what exactly these are, but it seemingly relates to forcing an individual to fully assume the identity of another. Victor Reznov is explicitly called "The First Archetype", and I suggest listening to the Audio Logs in BO4's specialist stories for more info on that. Now in Blackout, the circle you see closing in on the island is referred to as the "Shield", with a gas on the other side of it. This gas, I firmly believe, is 61-15. When under its influence, not only does the subject feel the standard effects of a nerve agent, but they also see visions one of which being of Samantha, as well as of Numbers. Given the fact that 61-15 creates Zombies and is green in colour and, of course, gaseous - it seems fairly obvious that it is an amalgamation of Nova 6 and Element 115. What's interesting is the fact that in Classified, Doctor Laman begins to implement procedures devised by Richtofen that involve turning 115 to a gaseous state and forcing a living human to inhale it, killing them and creating a special kind of Zombie. One that can obey commands. This is then suggested as a potential chemical weapon. With that, I'm going to leave you with this image from GKNOVA6 - take note of the arms
  7. Today I want to pose you all a question. To you, what is the boiled down, purest emotion/feeling/theme of the Aether storyline? For me, it's the idea of history repeating itself. Not literally, as we see with the cycle, but more metaphorically - in the sense of history and how we act towards others now. I was recently reading through various timelines and ciphers for a video which touched on the pre-history that was the early days of the Keepers, back when they themselves were still figuring things out. You see, just as Marlton says, "Magic is just science that hasn't been explained yet", and that very much represents these early Keepers. They first started by creating Agartha - the place where they could freely exist and "experiment" (this word is specifically used) with the Aether. First they, under Dr. Monty make progress on Teleportation, but then a small sect under the being who would later become known as the Shadowman, or Mr. Rapt, would begin pushing the boundaries, experimenting with far darker methods and eventually creating the Aether Pyramid - leading not only to their corruption, but a complete schism between the two groups - where one could lie equal blame upon both. Sound Familiar It's interesting then that one chooses Richtofen to be his pawn (MPD, so on, you all know this well enough), and the other - Maxis (as we learn in Classified, Maxis seemingly credits the initial inception of the Teleporter prototype to "M"). The same paths are taken until we change our ways - to me, this is the Essence of Aether.
  8. also he's the puppet of an interdimensional space alien... And it's not even the cool one
  9. There was no footage, it's word of mouth. A single image of Verruckt existed and it's now long gone.
  10. I know Matt and his info is almost always correct - regardless of what some would have you believe. I have also heard of this, specifically what you say about Verruckt having PaP included and was in the area beneath the power (where that zombie spawn had been turned into a playable area).
  11. I'll nominate....................................................... @Bench_Appearo For assisting me with the Apothicon Language, it was a team effort and we all played our parts @EricMaynard Ditto here for Eric @The Meh For his never-ending stream of theories and topics, especially the Unity Series And last but, I think we'd all agree, certainly not least @Lenne For being the one to do this monthly get together, I hope you know how much we all appreciate it.
  12. It's literally just because they are there within Alcatraz. There is a cipher (likely from the one of the myriad of Richtofen's operating it... We know Arlington even spotted Ultimis Richtofen at Alcatraz at one point) that refers to the "Specimen rotation", with the "current blood sequence" being "SSMJABR" (the initials of Victis). This suggests to me that Victis are "recycled" every loop, specifically just before the next Victis arrive at the lab, from the events of the comics.
  13. At the request of @RadZakpak after an interesting discussion on Mob of the Dead and Blood of the Dead, here is the script for my video on the way in which Mob of the Dead fits into the storyline. If the video is more to your liking, I will leave a link here (https://youtu.be/8Ikf97ADLsk) ZOMBIES DISSECTED #3 - How Mob of the Dead fits into the cycle The ZOD map of Black Ops 4’s Aether Storyline, Blood of the Dead, marks a crescendo in the story, however its exact position and the events leading up to it have confused some players - similarly, the role of the map’s predecessor, Mob of the Dead, is also one of uncertainty for fans. In this video, it should be kept in mind that all the information available will be used, so any preconceptions about Mob of the Dead that you may hold from its release should be abandoned here at the gate. The Warden of Alcatraz, an sadist and avid occultist, was contacted by The Shadowman, masquerading as Lucifer and given specific instructions. The Warden, enthralled by the promises of his new dark master, set about enacting every step of his plan, unaware of its true purpose and unaware of the lies he had been told. The Warden is instructed that he must condemn three prisoners: Sal DeLuca, Billy Handsom and Finn O’Leary to death for their murder of Albert Arlington and shortly after, end his own life. The Shadowman would then trap their souls in a pocket dimension (similar to the events in Morg City), and informs him that though he is free to fulfil his depraved need for torture and cruelty, he must push them towards the goal of Albert Arlington avenging his own death and killing the three mobsters. This is evident during Mob Of The Dead, where the warden says he will tell the inmates “The Truth” and then proceeds to play them the words of longserving prison guard (and known illuminati associate) Stanley Ferguson, who informs them all of their death and their former betrayal of Al, before their souls were sentenced to Purgatory. According to The Shadowman, this is to “trap another, a Doctor Edward Richtofen”. Now, the way in which this fits into the cycle, though at first seeming abstract, is actually fairly simple to understand, and confirms Jason Blundell’s statement of Mob of the Dead being “the most important map”. Between the events of Zetsubou no Shima and Gorod Krovi, Primis Richtofen brings his compatriots to his lab constructed by the illuminati under Alcatraz and rendezvous with a slightly younger version of himself, who hands him Blood Vials collected from Victis - Go and watch the Richtofen(s) video fore more clarity - and afterwards immediately leave. This means Takeo, Nikolai and Dempsey have blood vials from Victis, safely sealed in cryogenic storage, and Richtofen has blood vials from the Mobsters. This is important because at the moment the cycle repeats, any ordinary matter left over from the previous cycle would cease to exist, however, as Primis ingest organic matter from beings trapped inside a completely separate dimension that exists independently of the cycle, they themselves become paradoxical and cannot be erased. Unbeknownst to Richtofen, this fits perfectly into Doctor Monty’s plan as he is able to send them forwards to the medieval Great War, thus continuing the cycle. However, when Al Arlington kills the other three mobsters, the blood vials cease to work as this independant loop that is visited as a part of the main cycle is now broken. Blood of the dead takes place after this has happened and so the Warden’s attention is now no longer focused on the mobsters and can engineer the final part of the plan, to trap Edward Richtofen and drain him of his blood (which as explained by Maxis is infused with the Aether itself due to having teleported so many times). He believes he can use this to free the Apothicons and join them in immortality, though the Shadowman has no intention of letting the Warden leave, and we see in Revelations that he can free his brethren with relative ease, making the Warden of Alcatraz nothing more than a gullible pawn. The Shadowman’s true goal was the killing of Primis Richtofen in order to ensure the cycle was broken, and opening a path to defeat Doctor Monty.* * At the time of writing the video, I believed this was the exclusive goal in this situation. Whilst still technically true, as destroying the Aether is inherent in destroying Doctor Monty and vice-versa (we learn this in Alpha Omega), the destruction (or rather Banishment... Theory soon...) of the Aether was to take precedence.
  14. With Shang, we're entering a wholly separate, pre-existing loop, as with the Alcatraz dimension (pre-BotD). Because of this, causality in the traditional sense goes out of the window. It's the reason why you can repeat the easter egg multiple times in a single game, because you're not particularly changing anything, provided Brock and Gary continue to exist within their loop.
  15. CENTER: URGNOTH - Magic Box (Twice, flipped with one on top of the other, overlaying on each other at the radical (urg/gua) LEFT (Upper): URGNOTH - Magic Box (on its side) ARKAZOR - Open ARKNA - Portal LEFT (Lower): EONGUA - Time ARKATUGUA - Space RIGHT (Upper): ARBURGNETH - Feed ARBATUK - Points NETHURGAST - Gather RIGHT (Lower): ANNETH - Weapon URGNOTH - Magic Box (on its side) So Magic Box: To Open a portal through time and space, granting a weapon, feed (the box) your gathered points I actually think it's more correct to refer to the SOE box as an Urgnoth, as clearly it's an apothicon creature, not an object. It's even listed under creatures by Treyarch.

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