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The theme of nines
- The word "Nonary" indicates something derived from nine.
- Fitting this, there are nine players in the Nonary Game, and they have nine hours to escape. Each player has a bracelet with a unique number from 1-9 on it, which they use to activate the RED and DEAD devices.
- We are seeking a door with a number 9, so presumably there are nine doors to enter.
- Appropriately, the first two doors we find are 5 and 4, which add up to 9.
- We have encountered doors with symbols themed after the nine planets (and the sun).
- The man with the number 9 bracelet is the first to die.
- When the RED is activated, the door opens for nine seconds. The entrants then have 81 seconds to activate the DEAD. 81 is nine times nine.
- Santa mentions that the best hand in Baccarat is a 9.
- Doing some math, we find that if all of the numbers on the nine bracelets are added up, we get 45. The digital root of 45 is 9.
- The same is also true if we exclude the ninth man's bracelet. The digital root of 36 is also 9.
- Going even further, any multiple of 9 will have a digital root of 9.
- Who is Zero, and what is their motive in making these people play the Nonary Game?
- We know that Junpei and June (Akane) are childhood friends and that Snake and Clover are siblings. Are there any other relevant ties between the rest of the cast?
- The ninth man was tricked into believing he had a way out, which ultimately led to his death. Who tricked him, and why? (Presumably a man, as the ninth man used the words "he" and "him" in his final moments).
- Zero mentions the Titanic's sinking, Akane mentions a mummy on board the Titanic, and Lotus mentions an experiment involving morphic resonance. Do any of these have a link with the Nonary Game?
- Santa shows an aversion to the number four and the concepts represented by the leaves of a four-leaf clover: Hope, Faith, Love and Luck. He also gives you a bookmark depicting one. Do these events hold any significance?
Real-life references (and myths)
- The Titanic was a British passenger liner which famously sank after striking an iceberg, resulting in over 1,500 deaths. It remains one of the most well-known maritime disasters in recorded history (though not the deadliest, as Akane suggests).
- Rupert Sheldrake is a real person who came up with the concepts of the morphogenetic field, morphic resonance and morphic fields. His work has drawn much criticism from the scientific community.
- The BBC experiments mentioned by Lotus did actually take place, though several elements of them were fictionalized for the game.
- Claims of a mummy aboard the Titanic (priestess/princess of Amun-Ra or otherwise) have been proven to be a fabrication.