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8/24/2017

999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors Part 1

Introductory puzzle and Door 4.

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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.
Unanswered questions
  • 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.