The story so far: In late April, a note & link to an image was posted to the Wyrd Con site from a person calling himself R.U. It was soon discovered that R.U. had a Tumblr http://ruartist.tumblr.
com/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/ ruartist and would respond to questions about his art. He posts coded messages, first based on crayon color names and, more recently, a time-based color cipher. His messages concern both a Virginia and Annabel Lee, which might be the same person? On June 1st he posted a piece of coded art, which Unfiction players decoded as a long, rambling artistic statement:
I AM AN ARTIST I LOSE MYSELF IN MY ART AN EXHIBITION SUCH AS I NOW TOIL UPON CONSUMES MY BEING AS IT WILL SOON ASTOUND YOU ALL A MASTERWORK OF SUCH BEAUTY I PLAN AFTER
SEARCHING MANY MONTHS IN VAIN I DID FIND HER IN THIS MOST PERTINENT YET UNEXPECTED MORBID PLACE SHE DOES NOT SUSPECT MY LOVE MY ANNABEL LEE WHO LIVES IN THIS CITY BY
THE SEA I HAUNT EVERY WAKING MOMENT YOU MAY FEEL PRIVILEGED TO BEAR WITNESS IN THE COMING MONTH AS SHE AGAIN DELIGHTS IN MY ATTENTION I CONFESS MYSELF WITH SOME
SORROW THAT SHE CANNOT YET KNOW MY VISAGE BUT WITH YOUR KIND AID I DARE WE SHALL SOON BOTH MAKE A FINE IMPRESSION AS YOU SURELY KNOW I FIND INSPIRATION IN THE POETS
WORDS DEPICTIONS OF PERIL FEAR AND UNREST FEED MY IMAGINATION AND IGNITE MY SOULS DESIRE FOR CREATION I DO MY BEST TO GIVE MY AUDIENCE THE WORTH OF THEIR TROUBLE
MY LIFE HAS LITTLE MEANING BEYOND THIS NEVER FORGET AS THE POET WRITES DEATH IS A GOOD FELLOW AND KEEPS OPEN HOUSE WE SHALL ALL MEET HIM SOME SOONER THAN OTHERS
PREPARATIONS ARE IN ORDER SOON MY VIRGINIA
How to play:
First review R.U.’s Tumblr “Art in Progress” and COMPLETE the “Keep in Touch” form – he might just contact you with important information! Second, review & maybe join the forums at Unfiction where ARG players from around the work together on games: http://forums.
unfiction.com/forums/ viewtopic.php?t=37530. And follow R.U. on Twitter @ruartist. No one knows at this point where the story is headed, but the key is to interact with R.U. as if he was real. By the way, he emailed this image to us earlier today. The key that has been discovered is below — can you solve it?