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This page is RIFE with spoilers.Do NOT read it if you have not already read the book!

This page is for you IF... you read the book longago (it was published in 1999) and want to refresh your memory, OR if you arereading it now and wouldn't mind getting another reader's opinion about justwhat exactly happened in that complicated chapter you just finished reading. (I'm hyperlinking a few terms here. It's an ongoing process; you can see where the links just stop...)


I have tried to make this as palatable as a bunch of jottedthoughts can be. Apologies in advance when I fail, but every word here representsabout 30 in the novel, so maintaining any kind of narrative flow is difficultat best A), and B) not really my goal in the first place as I said; This page isnot something to curl up with. That's what you do with the book, an endeavor for whichyou will be richly rewarded with one of the most amazing (and amazingly told)stories you're ever likely to read, I assure you. 


NOTE: I gave the book a fairly close reading, but I claim noexpertise in cryptography, cryptanalysis, international finance, etc. If yousee somewhere I've misread the text grievously, please email. (For instance,the latter half of the 473/Hostilities section. That's my best distillation of how Epiphyte's situation appeared tome. If you can explain it more simply, email me and IF I AGREE I'll cite youwhen I change it.)


Pagination is for the AvonBooks Nov 2002 paperback edition

Italics indicate WWII chapters.

Non-italics indicate 1990s chapters.

Fractions in brackets are progress markers. (At [1/4] you'vefinished 1/4 of the book, etc.)


Page   Chapter

1    Prologue. Friday, Nov. 28, 1941, 1645 hrs.Shaftoe's convoy, hauling Station Alpha equipment, speeds toward a gunboat,through money-crate-laden Shanghai street; Gunboat fires a shell into street, clearing it for the convoy. (Thanks for the correction B. Dunbar!)

5    Barrens. Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse • Recentancestry and youth • Meets "Al" Turing, then Rudy Von Hacklheber;compares Turing Machine to pipe organ; trip out to Pine Barrens (from atop a fire tower witnesses -- then bicycles out to -- what surely must be the Hindenburg disaster) [Thanks for the correction B. Myers and K. Smith!] • LPW ends up as glockenspielist on USS Nevada, stationed inHawaii 1940; Turing and VH return to England.

28    NovusOrdo Seclorum. Randy (RLWaterhouse) in Tokyo airport, speaks to Ari about code and key email, andrelocating the office to Intramuros; calculating "FY money" • Randyarrives in Manila • One Note Flute

38    Seaweed. Chinese unblinking unwed mothers• Digression: sushi bar brawl/Goto Dengo/haiku/judo • Frick vs. Shaftoe • Dec7, 1941; Shaftoe arrives at Manila, then Intramuros; Visits Glory and herparents; Church of Mexican granite staircase; Romance on the beach; Sirens:"It's war, baby."

59    Forays. RLW arrives Manila Hotel; Three Siblingscolleges; Soldier poster controversy chokes Randy's college's bandwidth; Ordoand 4096 bit keys; Randy was eastern WA college librarian; RLW gets agirlfriend, Charlene; Roughs it in nature with Andrew Loeb; Randy gets heavilyinto programming, writes a program, almost sells it to Avi; Andrew weasels intothe deal; Andrew's distressed youth

77    Indigo. Pearl Harbor invasion through the eyesof LPWaterhouse; in hospital; into a building; Bathrobe-clad commander Schoenintroduces LPW to crypto, but LPW is way ahead of him; Cryptonomicon; Schoen'smachine; DO NOT REVEAL THE EXISTENCE OF THE SOURCE TO THE ENEMY.

93    TheSpawn of Onan. Randywaked to coal smoke; Charlene's shaving fetish porn study; Randy and Charlenematriculate at two of the Three Siblings; Randy selects Astronomy; reconnectingwith Avi; Randy's 2nd business foray: getting into role playinggames (RPGs), getting gobbled up, then going to Japan for a while to work  • Dinner party chest puffing: Randy v.GEB Kivistic.

105   Burn. BS carries Glory home from the beachand, post-invasion, receives high hosannas from Glory's family • Nimrod andJack • Shaftoe leaves Manila and Glory behind

110   Pedestrian. Randy completes GPS survey of Manila;walks across Intramuros to work at guarded building

116   Guadalcanal. Shaftoe surrounded by dead comradesstrewn on the beach; Enoch Root carries him off it.

119   Galleon. RLW's bloody beard removal; PTA (Postand Telecom Authorities); Boat arrives for Randy • Epiphyte's video pitch toManila business leaders • Amy Shaftoe welcomes (more or less) Randy aboard theGlory IV; Randy prejudges Amy as an ardent feminist lesbian; Amy pries, andRandy explains Epiphyte's sub-Manila Bay cable and microwave tower plans. AndPinoy-grams.

133   Nightmare. Shaftoe stateside, in Oakland hospitalbed; Tele-interviewed by Ronald Reagan (or some spitting image thereof) • BSgets hero’s welcome on train to Chicago, then in Wisconsin; [some Shaftoeancestry is discussed]; Promoted to sergeant, sent to DC, then—after a briefbut very cool excursus on military culture (and Shaftoe's Lizard story almost,but not quite, coming out)—to North Africa.

143   Londinium. Mapping London via curb frequency; LPWsent to London; analysis OCD; meets British intelligence at Broadway Buildings;“The Problem” is restated (i.e. communicating to your enemy you’ve broken hiscode by reacting to every message you intercept; ) Brits are not wild about the fact that LPW is on a first name basiswith Rudolf VH; 2701=37x73

154   Corregidor. Randy is still aboard the Glory IV withAmy Shaftoe, checking out photos of Douglas Shaftoe (Amy’s dad); images ofcrate fragments on the floor of Manila bay, crates that held dumped silver;Corregidor cliff caves; Rui Faleiro • The Dentist (Dr Hubert Kepler) and his wife, Victoria Vigo;hurts so good! • On the beach, Randy watches cable installation; CoastalFestoon links Manila to Taiwan; Yacht party (fake splice); Douglas MacArthurShaftoe approaches Randy about Semper Marine doing the ocean floor surveys forEpiphyte, and not telling the Dentist.

169   Tube. Gas masks; LPW’s tube ride to BletchleyPark • Duffel; WAAFs and WRENs; spider spoofing; Randy looks more Hut 8 thanHut 4; Bletchley Mansion; Randy meets Chattan; Detachment 2702; Widening thebell curve in North Africa; Turing bombe; Tall women and bell curve bump;Widening explained.

183   Meat. Shaftoe examines dead PFC Hott inAlgiers meat locker; Etheridge is curiously thrilled to learn certain detailsabout Hott; (BS almost tells Lizard story again!) • Painting over 1s with 2s;“Paint the rest of the discarded stencils too!” • Lt. Enoch Root, 2702’s newChaplain; dressing corpse in wetsuit; Coffin stuffed with Hott’s weight in pigmeat; COFFIN SEALING PROCEDURES; 2702 hauls meat-filled coffin and corpse intotruck; during the trip Shaftoe grills Root, who grills BS right back; Hottthaws as truck approaches airfield; Coffin sent into furnace by officers; Backup the mountain (scoring bad hash from locals); 2702 and corpse aboard GooneyBird (aka C-47, aka Dakota, aka SkyTrain, aka DC-3) depart for rendezvous withRommel.

199   Cycles. Nov. 1942; Battle of El Alamein; Montyis ignoring Bletchley Park; Operation Torch; Japanese Army and Navy; GermanU-Boats OWNING the North Atlantic; 4-wheel enigma; LPW and Turing bicycle whilewearing gas masks [massive bicycle chain/spoke elucidation of enigma’s wheels]searching for buried silver; airplanes’ rotary (ergo odd-number of cylinders)engines; cycles within cycles; “We’re gonna give it away...last week we sank aconvoy in the fog.”Loose-lipped SLUs, bringing helmets to lunch; Can the human voice be encrypted?

215   Aloft. Flying over North Africa; Shaftoe triesto chat up the well-armed pilots; Shaftoe himself sports 4-5 firearms, knives,ammo and grenades; [falls asleep, dreams: pinned down at a Guadalcanal mudflat;grenade launcher] awakened by the plane taking anti-aircraft fire; Corpse stillintact, unlike Etheridge; Root transfers package from new corpse to old corpse;Root explains to Shaftoe their 116/Guadalcanal encounter in more detail (Japanese almostgot Root after breaking his codes; Root = priest, Brit based in Brisbane,doctor, knows Morse, was in the 183/Meat locker); Hott is deplaned over the ocean;plane—duly observed by the enemy—lands near Malta bomb shelter, where many 2702take refuge.

226   Non-disclosure. Randy, Avi, John Cantrell, Tom Howardand Beryl Hagen meet at Dr. Eberhard Fohr’s house in Half Moon Bay, CA to signNDAs; Howard and Cantrell sport cryogenic instruction bracelets; all areskeptical until: Avi explains how laws are passed in Kinakuta + how he’s got anin with the Kinakutan Telecom minister = data haven.

237   Ultra. LPW steps out for a nighttime cig atBletchley Park; motorcycle arrives and LPW follows it a bit, notices homingpigeons; Peers through a window and observes people working on what he thinksmight be a Turing machine, it reads tape fast enough to raise smoke; [Turingmachine explained, a little;] LPW sits atop a blast wall; a messenger bringsY-service input to a hut, and LPW follows it; Inside the hut women aredeciphering German code on Typex machines; decrypted info is sent between hutsvia pulley trays; LPW follows tray to Hut 3; best for LPW to think of Hut3—indeed all of Bletchley Park—as a black box: what goes in and what comes outare all that matters, regardless of what exists or happens inside.

248   Kinakuta. Randy peers out 777 window on finalapproach to Kinakuta airport; Kinakuta City is extremely modernized, almostevery building being newer than 10 years old; Eliza Peak has been razed andTechnology City erected on its stump; Randy observes a memorial garden,dedicated to 3500 Japanese soldiers who died on Aug. 23, 1945. (Story later, atend of 261/Crypt chapter. NOTE: I can't determine if this event is factual or fictional, though I'm leaning toward the latter since 3500 casualties is too big a number not to show up in even a cursory web search, yet nothing's come up so far. SMR)

251   QwghlmHouse. LPW visitssurreal Qwghlm House to thank Lord Wodemire (who evidently was born German) forallowing Col. Chattan to place antennae atop Wodemire's castle on Outer Qwghlm,to triangulate U-boat transmissions.

258   ElectricalTill Corporation.Major Comstock checks crates in Sydney Harbor for stuff MacArthur ordered.Finds some with ETC stenciled on them.

261   Crypt. Randy meets Goto Furudenendu in KinakutaCity airport terminal bathroom; [discussion on "Nip" vs."Jap", when it's a slur and when it's just an abbreviation] Goto goesto the ritzy hotel (Foote Mansion), Randy goes to Ministry of Information,which is a construction site, a massive cavern being dug out of a mountain forthe data haven; RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks); Tom is there andshows Randy a smaller cave that had been filled with rocks to hide itscontents. In the cave is a trunk with some books that Randy recognizes from hisgrandmother's attic; In the taxi to Foote Mansion, Randy reads Sean DanielMcGee's WWII memoir about Kinakuta (The Japanese took the island and pressednatives into slavery, so when the Americans came to accept the surrender of thenow beleaguered Japanese, the natives kicked the Americans aside andslaughtered the Japanese. Thus the aforementioned Memorial Garden.)

274   Lizard. 2702 is now in Malta, staging a fakeobservation post, complete with a well-stocked fake latrine. [Shaftoe tells thelizard story, and it is horrifying indeed.] Root and Shaftoe talk about thepapers they planted on Hott's corpse. [1/4]

283   TheCastle. LPW arrivesin London mid-storm, experiments with harmonics as wind whips though thecovered stairway; Harriet Qrtt, who LPW pegs as a German spy, invites LPW tolodge at her and her husband's B & B, and he does; On the ferry to OuterQwghlm LPW vomits mightily as OQ's Three Sghrs come into view; The taxi takeshim up the 4th sghr to the castle, where he is greeted by butlerGhnxh, who shames LPW's flashlight by building, from scratch and before LPW'seyes, what seems to be a lighthouse-worthy-yet-portable arc light called aGalvanick Lucifer; They find the least rubble-strewn room, well away from theinhabited part of the castle, to set up LPWs room; He immediately sets aboutdrawing up a building material supply requisition and encrypting it. [revealingdescription of the cryptology.]

294   Why. Avi's Business Plan; Avi runs Epiphyteby the plan; tombstone.epiphyte.com toils in the quiet dark of a closet in LosAltos, CA; Randy DLs Avi's fifth and latest business plan, checks his email(fan mail after a Turing Magazine piece on Randy; Secret Admirers mailing list;"Yamamoto's" suggestions; root@pallas.eruditorum.org); Randy wants tocut/paste part of the business plan into reply to root email, but can'tremember pass phrase ("Talk to Cantrell!"); Meets Cantrell at thehotel nightclub (Bomb and Grapnel); "The crypt is too big; Randy has therouters covered but the client sees how big the Crypt is and kicks up the cablebandwidth, forgetting about the routers' finite throughput; What if 100,000Filipinos try to make phone calls at the same time?" • The sultan hashired other cable-layers: Randy and John realize superfluousness of connectingKinakuta to the Philippines; Goto Furudenendu and crew arrives, as does Fohrand Tom Howard; much drinking and karaoke ensue; Randy, Tom and Cantrell peel off and discuss Andrew Loeb: Digibomber suspect, manifesto author, Eutropianhive mind faction leader, Epiphyte/data haven opponent.

313   RetrogradeManeuver. Japanese 20thArmy Division under General Adachi are ordered to evacuate inland. They mustburn what they cannot carry, which is waterlogged and won’t burn. They bury thematerial in a riverbank.

315   Huffduff. HFDF (mentioned back in 251/Qwghlm House) is fiction but quite plausible; 2702 is latearriving at OQ; When is the most convincing time to move antenna... •  Blanche: Old and busted. Margaret: Newhotness. • Chatty U-boats necessitate Germans inventing Shark (4-wheel Enigma);LPW's problem: The Germans have broken our shipping codes (see 199/Cycles chapter), how to replace them without the Germansknowing we've broken Shark? LPW codes his suggestion and sends it as Margaretawaits in hammock, after which she administers a sorely needed hummer.

322   Pages. Henry Street (Brisbane) whorehouse nearCamp Ascot, pressed into duty as crypto-office-page-drying-facility afterJapanese 20th Division codebooks are discovered buried in riverbank.

324   Ram. Lt. Monkberg explains Ram & Run decoymission to Shaftoe; While demonstrating proper “hasty crate chopping”technique, Monkberg chops through most of his ankle, nearly severing his foot;Shaftoe, seasick and nauseated at Monkberg’s wound, focuses on hiscrate-chopping [HUGEFLASHBACK to the recent Malta phase of 2702’s mission (see 274/Lizard) Chattan’s orders: “The Germans knowyou’re there, but you aren’t yet supposed to know they know. When it becomesobvious that they know, THEN AND ONLY THEN are you to evacuate and execute PlanTorus.” Shaftoe makes it impossible for the Germans NOT to know that 2702 isthere when he sprays the belly of a low flying observation plane with Tommy gunfire, and brings it down. 2702 hops on the truck, Shaftoe torches—then grenades—theplace...but now they must wait for their escape plane.(WTF?) The truck encounters three Germanroadblocks: an already dead one, a weak one to which they lay much waste, and arather feisty one which earns the wrath of Pvt. Mikulsky’s 0.303 inch Vickersgun. [Bandsaw discursus, illustrating the unrelenting power of the Vickers]Mikulsky shreds the German roadblock vehicles, and some trees too, and evenaims the Vickers near vertical to drop slugs onto Germans hiding behind aknoll, like mini mortar shells [demonstrating a downright miraculous mastery of Newtonian physics. Exercise: Calculate time needed for a 0.303" projectile to attain--then fall from--the altitudes a Vickers could project it.] Patrol is then strafed by two pairs ofMesserschmitts; the first pair is brought to earth by the Vickers, but the 2ndpair sends truck, gun and gunner to a better place. After another battle, the2702 is finally scooped up by the tardy DC-3 and whisked back to Malta. Theymeet Lt. Monkberg, board a sub, are transferred to a freighter for the Ram andRun, a freighter so decrepit the crew refers to it as a shit rather than aship. END FLASHBACK.]Shaftoe goes bananaschopping crates and scattering materiel, during which the freighter fulfillsits mission by slamming headlong into a Norse cliff wall (“ABANDON SHIT!”);Harangue erupts between Benjamin and Monkberg about whether to leave themaritime codebooks behind or to destroy them. Enoch Root arbitrates (as he sewsup Monkberg’s ankle); they leave the books, relieve Monkberg of command, goashore, and begin the lonely trek through the Norse woods and winter, towardSweden.

346   Diligence. Epiphyte shareholders' meeting in Avi’sKinakuta hotel room (Foote Mansion). Avi brings out in the open thesuperfluousness that Randy and Cantrell were discussing at the nightclub (see 294/Why); Fohr wants to know why they weren'ttold sooner, so Randy takes him into the hall to explain the concept ofplausible deniability, and how Avi and Beryl were insulating the group with it;Fohr takes the concept and runs with it, hatching a notion about encryptinglegal documents. Fohr and Randy return to the meeting, where it isagreed—conspicuously and clearly—that Epiphyte will honor its contract with theDentist; Avi saw the Dentist in the hotel that morning; Randy replied to anemail that he thinks came from Loeb.

354   Spearhead. As a kid in Dakota, LPW easily foundfossil arrowheads in soil; sub U-553 ran aground on a reef 10 miles off thecoast of Qwghlm; LPW and Shaftoe are whisked out to the wreck on a corvette; [paragraph describing Shaftoe’s physical appearance]; This sub had a4-wheel Enigma aboard (which the Allies knew about, but the Germans didn’t knowthey knew about it, so the Allies must make it look like they want it) Shaftoeand LPW reach the sub via a wire/tether thing; on the back of the sub they maketheir way aft via another wire, then descend into a hatch near the aft end; subhas a nasty, hip-deep brew of sewage sloshing around as the boat is rocked bywaves; They find the Captain’s cabin, begin shoveling papers into a sack; Theyfind a safe, and LPW is attempting to crack it (In the dark! In a pitching sea!Half submerged in sewage!!) when another German sub launches a torpedo at them.They get out in time; the torpedo splits the sub open, then Shaftoe re-entersthe wreck and plants some explosives. LPW is hurt.

364   Morphium. As Shaftoe places explosive charges todislodge the safe on the sub, he regrets not snatching the bottle he sawearlier labeled MORPHIUM, realizing too late that the word is most likelyGerman for morphine; He goes looking for the morphium box [paragraph aboutShaftoe’s hand-to-hand kills] finds and pockets the morphium; On his way towardhis exit a wave rocks the sub and Shaftoe falls WAY back down into the sub;sees lots of sparking all around, and silver globs of Hg falling about, andeven…could it be way down there amongst the shattered crates…gold bricks?? The world may never know: Shaftoe gets outand the sub disappears beneath the waves.

369   Suit. Avi sends tailored suits to all hisemployees; Randy gets his suit and an email from Root; he puts his suit on andboards the elevator to the lobby, the Dentist is on the elevator already; Heand Randy make small talk and the Dentist wants to meet later; Randy: “If timepermits.” Randy, Avi, Fohr, Cantrell, Howard, and Beryl all head off to meetthe Sultan.

375   Cracker. Back in Qwghlm Castle, LPW really wants a shot at crackingU-553's safe; he cobbles together materials to make a safe-cracking microphone;hauls the safe onto the table; [1/3] assembles a surpassingly sensitivemicrophone (can hear heartbeats elsewhere in the castle, for instance); cracksthe safe and finds a single gold brick and papers inside; Root sees Asiancharacters inscribed on the brick, does a "pencil sweep" (or whateveryou call that trick) to transfer characters to paper; Now LPW—bored since hecracked the safe—wants to crack the non-Enigma code on the safe's papers;Robson wants the safe's combo, but LPW has already forgotten it.

384   Sultan.Epiphyte meet at theSultan's phenomenal palace...Avi is skeptical: "It's too extravagant. They're trying too hard.Why? What are they hiding?" Chinese contingent arrives and sits way awayfrom Epiphyte; Harvard Li and Cantrell converse excitedly about the merits ofdigital signatures for secure email; that they've hit it off is good news forAvi and the others; Li is seriously in need of a shelter for his cash(Microsoft is hot on his heels after he booted millions of copies of MS apps);Dentist arrives, as do some Aussies and several others. Li wants to trade emailcrypto keys with Cantrell, but no way says John: "Even if we use floppies,the fact that the info is displayed on a screen means it can be intercepted viaVan Eck phreaking"; Sultan enters, sits, begins talking and doesn't stopfor 15-20 min.; [terrific set piece about the myriad ways a human body can makenoises—digestively, musculoskeletally, etc.—and how none of the three dozen orso bodies in the Sultan's presence make a single sound of any kind as he's speaking.] The room is dimmed bya Tyrell Corporation-ish window-shading trick; ceiling LCDs descend as the Sultan'stalk goes into AV mode, discussing international data "choke points,"and how the digital world is not subject to the physical constraints of thenon-digital world...and by Jove, the Sultan will NOT interfere with any informationthat might happen into Kinakuta's digital borders! The Minister of Information(Dr. Pragasu: California educated and familiar to most of the Epiphytedelegation) steps in to facilitate business arrangements; an anxious lookingcharacter comes in and begins describing the attendees to someone on his cell;Randy suspects thievery.

396   Skipping. Goto Dengo (on the losing side of the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, early March, 1943) sees American bombers drop skipping bombs that take outships in Dengo's group; Dengo's boat is hit, he hoists an injured comrade overhis shoulder and carries him as he walks along the rolling hull of the sinkingboat; the boat sinks out from under Dengo who, underwater now, works againstthe buoyancy of his oil-drenched clothes to remain below the layer of burningfuel and oil on the surface of the sea; Dengo swam in flooded mineshafts as achild in Hokkaido, Japan, and holding his breath is a skill that serves himwell now (and later!) He sees a spent bullet sinking past him, grabs it, andponders its North American origins.

405   Mugs.Sultan's palaceconference continues; Tom Howard deftly fends off a half-hour of challenges fromthe conference's attendees regarding the tech side of the proposal; Pragasuintroduces Cantrell next, and it becomes clear that Pragasu is favoringEpiphyte; Randy launches his Mugshot program on his laptop, which records theface of the laptop's user; Cantrell and Fohr discuss the e-cash prototype;Cantrell refers to "the Crypt" whose name's literal translation catches manyattendees—particularly the Chinese contingent—off guard; Avi instantly remediesthe mistranslation; Cantrell discusses biometrics; The Dentist sits withEpiphyte at lunch in the adjoining room; While they eat, other delegations demoMugshot on Randy's laptop back in the conference room; The Dentist seems a bitput out by what he has learned at the conference and, later that night, stops by Randy's hotel room andalludes to ulterior motives for the Philippines deal, wanting to have a"real conversation." Randy's not ready for that conversation yet, sothe Dentist leaves.

413   Yamamoto. Admiral Yamamoto knew that hitting Pearl Harbor without aformal declaration of war would piss off the Americans to no end; April 18,1943: Yamamoto and Admiral Ukagi embark on an inspection/PR tour of Japanesebases, talking up recent successful air raids. American cryptographers crackthe Japanese code and intercept Yamamoto's plane; P-38s shoot him down, and ashe crashes into the jungles of Bougainville Island, he realizes that his codeshave been broken and need to be changed.

418   Antaeus. LPW has left Outer Qwghlm and is heading back to BletchleyPark. (On the train he reads that Yamamoto's plane was shot down. "Malaria,here I come" he mumbles.) The Allies have been sinking German supply subswith cryptologically significant frequency. LPW is still working on the U-553coded message. Bletchley Park hasn't cracked U-553 yet either; As Bletchley hasnothing for LPW to do, he heads north to Shenley Brook End to visit Alan Turingat the Crown Inn. Turing appears to be designing another machine (the Colossus,this time to crack the Fish cipher, a 32 letter scheme which is based on Baudot5-digit binary code;) LPW tells Turing about the U-553 codes, and when hesuggests that, despite having a 4-wheel enigma, some Germans are using Fishbecause they have secrets to keep from the German Navy, Turing lights up. • LPWhas several meetings with British intel at Broadway Bldgs., Churchill ragesover the US Getting Yamamoto, which clearly gives away the fact that we havecracked Japanese codes. Turing and LPW have come up with an idea that the padfor the U-553 codes are mathematical (calculate a 900 digit number, which inbinary is 3000 digits, which, in groups of 5 digits, gives you 600 numbers from1-32...i.e. 26 letters + 6 punctuation marks, line break, etc.)

429   Phreaking.After the Sultan'sconference, Randy watches BBC in his hotel room. Cantrell stops by and, after awearing day of business, shop talk is verboten. Cantrell invites Randy to hisroom to meet Pekka, The Finn Who Got Blown Up (Switching pixel resolutions oneday, his 19" CRT exploded, shredding one eye and larynx, and making himthe 1st victim of the Digibomber.) Pekka is writing a chapter on VanEck phreaking for the Cryptonomicon. Tom thinks phreaking is bullshit so Cantrell bets him they cando it. Pekka is trying to receive radio noise generated by Tom Howard's laptopin the next room. [Very thorough yet digestible lesson: CRTs and LCDs generateradio noise that correlates to the images displayed thereon. You can view anearby screen's display if you have a sensitive enough receiver and noisefilter = Van Eck phreaking (via Tempest)] • Randy surfs the web with a palmtop, researchesLoeb/RIST nomenclature/hive minds. Emails root: "Prove you're not the Dentistby telling me why you're asking why we're building the Crypt." • Pekka "phreaks" Tom's displayat which time Tom, presumably oblivious in the next room, opens MS Word andwrites at length about his dark stocking fetish, his lame married love life, theories ofsexual orientation acquisition, Gomer Bolstrood furniture, (yet another) hottie named Margaret, etc. • How does Cantrell collect on the bet?

453   Afloat. A stunning continuation of Goto Dengo's ordeal in theBismarck Sea (see 396/Skipping). Dengo watches from the water as comrades, stranded on the hullsof capsized and sinking vessels, are torpedoed by Allied planes. Then, afterthe boats have all sunk, the planes begin strafing the swimmers. Dengoannounces that he's swimming for New Guinea, the peaks of which are visible onthe southern horizon. The sun sets, and sharks kill all but four of the survivors ofcombat. The four congregate. A piece of shark fin drifts by. Mimicking thesharks' behavior, Dengo sinks his teeth into the raw sharkmeat. The sunrises, Dengo has beenawake all night of course. The mountains still look far, but the coast iscloser. One of the others was already dehydrated from a bout with diarrhea, andsuccumbs. As the remaining three—Dengo, a boy from Okinawa, and a boy fromTokyo—drift through their second sunset afloat, dying of thirst, hunger and exhaustion, theOkinawan does what they all have dreamt of doing: chugs seawater. Dengo and theTokyo boy induce vomiting to save him. The sun rises again. The three are washed over a coral reefonto a sandbar. Euphoric, the Tokyo boy rises from the surf with a snakeattached to his arm, and is dead before Dengo can reach him. Dengo recons thelagoon between the sandbar and the coast and finds a stream of fresh water.When he returns to the sandbar for the Okinawan, he fins the boy gone. Hefollows footprints to a jungle village where the Okinawan is being used bynatives for a rite of passage for one of their young boys. While looking forfood Dengo discovers a cache of human heads. The Okinawan is that night's mealfor the natives, and his gold tooth is a source of marvel.

462   Shinola. Shaftoe can't figure out Root and LPW; 2702 at sea again;Referring to Shaftoe, Root dislikes the word addict, prefers the German wordthat translates to "morphine-seeky";  Now aboard Trinidad steamer, Cmdr. Eden orders 2702 to wear"tactical negro impersonation" clothing whenever above decks; Shaftoeimplores Root: "What is this mission about?"; Steamer sweeps east-west, turning northeach time, a search pattern; 2702 encounters two German ships, a supply sub(aka milchcow) and attack sub U-691; Both steamer and U-boat radio home,sealing their fates; Steamer turns tail and is pursued by U-691; 2702 launchlifeboats • Aboard U-691, U-boat skipper Bischoff is in straight jacket, 2nd in command Beck is in charge; he sinks the Steamer and, figuring the Steamerradioed their position to the Allies, firewalls his throttles to get the hellout of there; Beck is an hour away when he gets order to go back and capturesurviving officers; Beck returns and after speaking with Root in fluent German,rescues Root and Shaftoe (Shaftoe has unsuccessfully tried to kill himself witha cyanide capsule.)

473   Hostilities.Another gathering ofinvestors and other personnel at the Crypt construction site • Randy tradesmore probing emails with Root: still wants to know why Root is asking about theCrypt • Pragasu is avoiding Epiphyte personnel; Several characters are ID'd:Marcos's bagman, Chinese PLA general; cell phone guy at the end of 384/Sultan is still a mystery, but Beryl suggests,assumptions can be made; Randy grills Avi about the kind of people they mightor might not wish to do business with—he clearly has cold feet; Avirationalizes; Easy for members to leave Epiphyte, impossible for Epiphyte toleave some of its obligations; Dentist is a conspicuous no-show; Prag leadslong boring tour; Randy asks Goto Corp.'s German engineer how "capital BBomb-proof" the Crypt will be: "Nuclear weapons are not the problem.Surgical, penetrating munitions are, but we're covered either way;" Afterthe meeting, Avi gets a call from Epiphyte's lawyer and calls a hasty shareholder'smeeting in the Memorial Garden: "After our members' impressive performancein the Sultan's meeting, our value went through the roof; Like other hungrycompanies, the Dentist wants us now. Unlike other companies, he has a relationshipwith us at the moment, which gives him an enormous advantage over othercompanies. He will likely try to get us via a tactical lawsuit for breach,using the pretext that we didn't inform him of the aforementionedsuperfluousness of the Philippine cables (see 294/Why and 346/Diligence). Even though we as a company didn't know about thesuperfluousness—wink wink—it wouldn't matter, since destroying us is probablynot his aim...because...Our being sued drops our value from "through theroof" to down into negative numbers. If the Dentist scares us with a suitbut then makes an offer for a sizeable chunk of our stock, that investmentwould pay him HUGE dividends if we blow up even further and get sold for azillion bucks. Sorry Randy, but now's not a good time to get cold feet."

483   Funkspiel. LPW is roused from sleep for an emergency meeting atBletchley Mansion; LPW flips though U-691's folder (the boat is running riot inthe western Atlantic) as others arrive: VIPs, Alan Turing, a percussionist,etc.; A decrypted exchange between the two COs of U-691 and Dönitz at GermanU-Boat Command has been intercepted and is read (691: "Bischoff went alittle nuts"; Dönitz: "Beck you are given command and must return,but first refuel with U-413" (the refueling 2702 encountered in 462/Shinola) 691: "We sank a UK sub and asteamer and have Shaftoe and Root as POWs"); Turing observes that Germansdon't know which boat Shaftoe and Root were aboard. The Rabbi observes thatU-691's messages are only important if Dönitz believes them; Elmer appears and screams FUNKSPEIL("radio games") ad nauseam. It is noted that each German radiooperator has a distinctive keying style, and the percussionist can mimicU-691's authentically. SO, plan is hatched for BP to transmit decoys so Dönitzwon't believe anyU-691 message. "We'll sink a supply sub and dupe Dönitz into thinkingU-691 did it." LPW (who met both Shaftoe and Root during the U-553encounter) clarifies, somberly, that U-691—and all aboard—will be destroyed, ifnot by Allies, then by Germany. The percussionist transmits the decoy.

493   Heap.Long email from Root toRandy: I'm a man of the cloth, and my interest in the Crypt is, more thananything, philosophical. •Avi tries to warm Randy's cold feet with Holocaust analogies (WWII Germany, aswell as the Aztecs slaughtering 25,000 Nahuatl captives.) "The Philippinecable seems irrelevant to our corporate mission, but you MUST sell it, becauseif you don't, the Dentist will clean our clocks in court." ALSO, Avi notesthat human nature does not change, educated people can become genocidal at thedrop of a hat, so Avi has established HEAP (Holocaust Education and AvoidancePod) to be housed in the Crypt. So there are some undeniable positive sides tothe Crypt, despite the current shadiness surrounding it. Randy then tells Aviabout an email he received from Douglas Shaftoe: Semper Marine did indeed findsomething on the bottom of the Sulu Sea. Avi weighs Epiphyte's options: Helpeither Doug Shaftoe, or the Dentist.

502   Seeky. POW Shaftoe is enduring Morphine withdrawal aboard U-691;Beck chats amiably with Root; Bishoff, still straitjacketed, tries to getShaftoe to admit the Allies have cracked Enigma; Beck receives a coded message:"Stop interrogations." Beck still wants to know where Shaftoe got themorphine. Shaftoe tells Bischoff about the gold on U-553 so Bishoff gets him amorphine shot. Beck arrives and listens as Shaftoe tells Bishoff more,especially about the Chinese characters imprinted on the U-553 gold. A codedmessage arrives from Berlin telling all German ships that U-691 has been commandeered by Alliesand has sunk a German supply sub; All German forces are to kill U-691 on sight. • Bishoff ponders U-553's mission inlight of Shaftoe's story about gold, realizes Berlin would want that keptsecret from Allies AND Germans, and composes a letter to Dönitz threatening tobroadcast the story; U-691 trolls through the Bay of Biscay, at periscopedepth, in the cover of an oblivious Allied destroyer's shadow; The destroyerspots them, so Bishoff torpedoes it and others; when Allied planes arrive,Bishoff submerges and heads for the English Channel; He approaches the channeland surfaces for maximum speed, anti-sub planes be damned. Shaftoe offersBishoff an alternative to a suicide run through the Med: go to this little townin Sweden; He again tells Bishoff the story of U-553's gold, and Monkberg'snear amputation, and the trek through Finland, and the smuggler's hot daughter[actually niece, but who cares if the story's good. -smr-]...AND how he and Root useda rock on a string to take soundings in the little town's harbor.

524   Cannibals. Goto Dengo is still alone in the jungle in New Guinea (see 453/Afloat) kills and eats a bat-like creature;steals a wok full of starchy stuff from a tribe of natives; Discovers gold andoffers it to another tribe, who tie him up and deliberate for hours; Grasssleeping bag to ward off insects; Malaria; Neighboring tribe brings a retardedboy in exchange for some gold; The boy is killed during a rite of passage (as was the Okinawan in Afloat); Nipponese soldiers arrive and slaughter the tribe's men andrape the women. They interrogate Goto and accuse him of surrendering to theenemy; [Goto's convoy was on the way to relieve this unit when it was sunk sixmonths ago;] The Japanese kill the remainder of the natives and make their wayinto the jungle. Goto, being the one in the best shape, is made to haul theNambu machine gun, but the Lieutenant refuses to teach him how to use it. Theyget lost, go in circles, discover numerous corpses; Lieutenant is kicked acouple times by an ostrich-like bird, the kicks puncture his abdomen and hebleeds to death; The sergeant teaches Goto to use the Nambu. The unit of now 18men traverses a mountain pass, a narrow path runs down the far side, on whichthey encounter some Australians who open fire. But through the fog Goto opensup with the Nambu and either kills or scares off the Aussies, though only threeof his own comrades survive the encounter. They descend into the jungle again.

535   Wreck.Randy emails Root from apoint 16km NW of Brooks Point on Palawan: "I'm not telling you why we're building the Crypt.Give me an example of one of your novel crypto systems." Root replies defending philosophyas the starting point of modern scientific knowledge. Agrees to send Randy acode to crack. • Long description of Amy Shaftoe in repose, on an outrigger inthe South China Sea. Their target wreck is under 154m of water, below them.[They are near the Palawan Trough, 6ŻN 114ŻE, approx. 200km off the coast ofBrunei. -smr-] Randy would have to admit that he digs Amy. Doug explains how the ROVworks, and where he got the money for it, before they launch. After launch,they view the video, during which Amy slices Randy's calculator-wristwatch fromhis arm and drops it in the drink • Randy explains about due diligence and thefallout from the Dentist's recent threatened litigation (he bought 10% ofEpiphyte and dropped the suit) • A sunken U-boat comes into view on the ROVscreens; It's newer, with a stubby conning "bulge" instead of atower. And a hatch has been opened: someone got out of this sucker after itsank.

548   SantaMonica. LPW wanders around the beach at SantaMonica, pondering all he has seen and done in the war, the fools who arerunning it; observes the interaction between water and sand and concludes thatthe ocean is a Turing machine, reacting to itself; Wonders what it must be liketo be any of the various players in this war. What kind of people must they be,given the decisions they must make, and the locations and circumstances inwhich they make those decisions?

552   Outpost. After coming down the mountain, Goto Dengo and hissurviving comrades find a Japanese outpost on New Guinea simply by followingthe sound of Allied bombs and the smells of death; Goto and his (now) soleremaining comrade meet an officer in a tent in the middle of the decimatedoutpost; Goto is in better shape than this outpost's survivors; Officer asks"What can you do?" "I specialize in making tunnels.""Great. Go find some grubs and bats for us to eat." So he does, andthe outpost eats better than it has in weeks; Goto tells a soldier he willdeliver a message to the soldier's family in Hiroshima, but changes it to beoverwhelmingly patriotic and positive. The solder pleads as Goto's boat pullsaway from shore and heads for a submarine. Goto never got the soldier's name.

559   Meteor. Shaftoe and Julieta share a little post-coital pillow talk;Shaftoe has been in Sweden for six months with Julieta and her uncle Otto,hauling supplies for Otto; Shaftoe's haiku (first in a long time) about hisGuadalcanal beach memory; Shaftoe wonders how he was called upon to die at bothGuadalcanal and on U-691, yet remains alive; Shaftoe is down at the beach whena screaming thing comes across the sky, engulfed in flames—too fast to be aplane—and crashes into the woods north of Otto's cabin, roughly 1.4 miles away:a Heavenly Apparition; Shaftoe heads into Norrsbruck. [1/2]

566   Lavender Rose. Out in the South China sea with Doug andAmy Shaftoe, Randy wants to dive to the wrecked sub their ROV has beenstudying, but he has to do a lot of reading first; Email from Root to Randy:"Mycrypto scheme is called Pontifex"; Randy fears Semper Marine’s divers will strip the wreckbefore he can get a look at it; Randy reads about nitrogen bubbles in hisbloodstream, and the importance of a dive plan; Email from Cantrell: "Pontifex is likeRC4, possibly more secure…your Pontifex author sounds knowledgeable but verydated. Is he old?" •Doug is going through artifacts from the sub, finds Rudy's stationery, envelopehas WATERHOUSE LAVENDER ROSE written on it.

573   Brisbane. LPW is in Brisbane, has been for a month with no assignmentuntil this morning; He reports to a profoundly resentful major who snubs LPWand his new assignment aggressively, and at some length;  “We’re winning now, Churchill andMarshall don’t understand how that shifts the gravity of the situation.MacArthur does. He’s not a defender, he’s a conqueror.”

578   Dönitz. Shaftoe is in a Norrsbruck (Sweden) pub, relaxing withBischoff, who retired after dropping himself and Shaftoe off in Norrsbruck, andallowing Beck to return the U-boat to Kiel. Bishoff left the room with a letterout on a table and Shaftoe considers an old lesson in manners before trying toread it...but reads it anyway; Bishoff catches him, then explains about theJapanese paying gold for Hitler's uranium and technology; Bishoff drags Shaftoeinto the woods to investigate the meteor that Shaftoe saw; While hiking they"struggle against suicidal depression" by talking about how Root gota radio transmitter from Otto and is living in a church basement; They findJulieta and Otto cutting up the severed wing and engine of a crashed Luftwaffe jet; They haul the engine down to Otto'sboat, then Shaftoe and Bishoff return to the crash site and discover that EnochRoot has materialized there along with Rudy Von Hacklheber, who cries for thedeceased test pilot, his lover.

588   Crunch.Randy dons a suit for ameeting with Doug and Amy later, so savors a beer and some Cap'n Crunch (Avisent him a closet-fullto cheer him up) while watching a poorly recorded dance instruction video.Reads email from Root: "Here's Pontifex written in Perl." Takes cab to Manila Hotel for the meeting with theShaftoes which is some sort of "Debutante Ball For Fortysomethings"event. Doesn't see Shaftoes, sees guy sitting, smoking; [Digression mentionsGrandma W's Gomer Bolstrood furniture (see Cantrell's 429/Phreaking story) and 566/Lavender Rose china pattern] Randy sees Amy and isrelieved that she, while looking very good, seems to feel as out of place asdoes he; Doug dances with Aurora Taal, Randy dances (sort of) with Amy, thenAurora, then an unknown older lady who mysteriously asks him about lat/loncoordinates. N 15Ż 17' 41.32", E 121Ż57' 0.55". [In reality this location is a pointin the Philippine Sea, 35 km due north of the northern tip of PolilloIsland, off the east coast of Luzon. -smr-]

602   Girl. LPW arrives at Brisbane boarding house just as someonechecks out; LPW's Ultra Mega clearance is so high he can't reveal it, so guardswon't let him in the crypto office (the whorehouse in 322/Pages); American cryptanalyst Abraham Sinkovwill hook him up with slightly lower clearance and give him a tour of theplace; Comstock and ETC are there, and as the 573/Brisbane major stated, most of the codes areindeed broken, decrypting is essentially automated now. LPW is assigned a fewuncracked codes, and cracks them with his hands tied behind his back; His outof town roomie—Smith—returns with what seems to be malaria; LPW meets Smith'scousin Mary, and it's love at first sight...for LPW.

607   Conspiracy. Rudy, Shaftoe, Bishoff and Root meet in Root's Norrsbruckchurch basement; Rudy's boring disquisition on German intelligence hierarchylulls Shaftoe into nightmarish daydreams, some of which center on his recentmorphine detox program in that very basement; Rudy describes numerousweaknesses in German crypto codes, especially Enigma; Tells how he was able todetermine the Allies had cracked Enigma, was aware of LPW in the castle atOuter Qwghlm, and aware of Det. 2702 moving all over the place; (They used onetime pads, but only LPW was diligent; others in 2702 reused pads a lot, AND itturns out some of the pads weren't so random—Mrs. Tenney's bingo cage forinstance—see final paragraph of Dönitz); It was clear 2702 was activelyconcealing that they had cracked Enigma, but once Rudy knew this he didn't tellanyone because of resentments he felt toward Göring. [FLASHBACK: Rudy summoned at 4am, put aboard anunscheduled train, in a very well-appointed but empty coach; later, Angelo isthrown in with Rudy; Göring passes through wearing a bathrobe, doesn'tacknowledge Angelo or Rudy; A servant brings a syringe to Göring; Rudy andAngelo are led to Göring's car where Angelo's signed confession rests on atable; Göring, dressed something like a cherry red Liberace, brings up theirhomosexuality just as the train stops at an extermination camp in full swing(they see a boxcar full of frozen bodies being bloodlessly hacked apart).Göring reminds Rudy what's at stake when you work for him; Rudy has the ballsto actually ask for a favor at this moment, and asks that his Libnitz researchbe consolidated from international libraries. END FLASHBACK] Rudy goes on: "Göring demanded anuncrackable code, so I wrote it, but slightly crippled it. Mussolini wasoverthrown, and suddenly all Italians working for the Germans become suspect,including Angelo; He agreed to test their jet prototype to prove his loyalty.Meanwhile, 2702 had gone quiet but Göring was very chatty, worried to deathabout Bishoff spilling the U-553 gold story; the Russians won at Kursk, Göringsaw the writing on the wall and began moving all his valuables out of Germany;The only 2702 message I intercepted at this time was Enoch Root saying he andShaftoe were in Norrsbruck, and I already knew Bishoff was there, so I figured,with my and Root's ancient family connections, it'd be a nice place to hide out withAngelo. I packed my research and came here circuitously via Sweden, Angelo wasescaping in a prototype." • Rudy again: "I'd like us four to get thegold the Germans and Japanese are hoarding in Manila. We will communicate withthe uncrippled version of the code I wrote for Göring, and Root's SocietasEruditorum will get us toManila." When Root hears this he shits a brick.

628   Hoard.On the plane home, overthe Pacific, Randy is sick to death of the jungle. He wants to bulldoze it.Feels strange, decides it must be what happens when you get some relaxation.Kia emailed from Epiphyte's only office (she's their only employee) in theSpringboard complex in CA: "Amy called you four times." Randy emails AND faxes Amy withreasons he's going to CA. Massive email to Epiphyte stockholders (except Dentistof course) about his recent jungle adventure: "That lady'slat/lon was in hundredths of a second, [accuracy to within a foot]; jeepney; Ilike Amy, and it's not sexual harassment, either, since her physical power andcourage balances any power I might derive as one who has retained her company'sservices;  Six people in thejeepney: me, Doug Shaftoe, Driver and son, two other employees of Doug's; Stuckbehind a pig transfer truck, tried to pass it, sprayed with odors, excreta,sounds; Jean Nguyen (aka John Wayne) and Jackie Woo; San Juan hotel; Space onthis island, where we require an hour to go three miles, is not the same asspace in, say, the midwestern US where in an hour you can go 60, 70 or even 80miles; At first roadblock they told us 'Nice People Around' (code for New People'sArmy); Days henceforth measured in LACs (unit of typical day's fear,uncertainty and doubt, as experienced by Lewis and Clark); Roadblock #2 takesour cigarettes and batteries; Doug interviews locals for news about gold andtreasure; We crossed a river, then 3rd roadblock where all testicleswere squeezed and weapons were checked; Pompeii-ish villages buried underlahars, encased in solid rock; Jungle guides are definitely not Americanizeddespite wearing US tee shirts; Gold stash; Return to Manila; Logistics ofremoving the gold, if it's even possible; Whoever owns the gold wants toconvert it to spendable money – what good is money of you can't spend it?"

660   Rocket. Shaftoe notices Julieta has been distant; Modern lookingsub—Rocket—arrives in Norrsbruck, Bishoff ships out, and Shaftoe remembers thattechnically he's been AWOL for 6 months, but Bishoff mails him some goodiesthat will keep him out of hot water; Otto returns, chats with Shaftoe, thensteps out; Root arrives, confesses (or rather, admits) he is doing Julieta, but so was Bishoff.Says Otto has betrayed them, and Germans are coming to kill them; Shaftoeprocures a small arsenal from Otto's attic; Shaftoe to Root: "Someone hasto marry Julieta so she can get a better passport"; Root and Shaftoe setup mortar; Germans arrive and Shaftoe mortars most of them to death; two thatdon't die then break into Otto's cabin and shoot at Root; Shaftoe comes upthrough the floor and pops them both; All Germans dead, Root's been shot, wantsto go to the Church; Hasty wedding for Root and Julieta...then Root earns hisfinal sacrament; Shaftoe sees Rudy sneak someone out of the courthouse; Shaftoetells Otto he betrayed him in return and that Otto should sail to Manila. Shaftoekisses Julieta goodbye.

677   Courting. Math and formulas pertaining to LPW's concupiscence w/r/this effectiveness as a cryptanalyst; Orgasms usually bring clarity, but evenmanual overrides don't help now that he has Mary Smith on the brain; LPW considersseveral opening lines to try on Mary; LPW goes to Dance; Mary and Rod Smith areat dance...they are Inner Qwghlmian! (Their name is spelled cCmndhd, it just sounds like Smith!) LPW addresses Mary andfriends in Qwghlmian language, gets decked for it. (LPW said "Gxnn bhldhsqrd m!" and they heard "While I was down at the mill to lodge acomplaint about a sack with a weak seam that spring loose on Thursday..."etc., ad infinitum) • What the Navajo are to US marines, Qwghlmians are toRoyal Navy.

689   I.N.R.I.. Goto Dengo analyzes crucifix on hospital wall, gets asponge bath, is wheeled outside in a wheelchair; Father Ferdinand discussesChrist's passion, Goto resents what he sees as an effort to covert him to a"lower" religion (Ferdinand is in Societas Eruditorum, like Root); Dengo is flown out of Luzon,and when he lands he takes an even longer sidecar journey during which he andthe driver stop and relax, pay for cigarettes with unusual scrip; He finallyarrives at a military camp where his tunneling skills will be utilized, and hissidecar driver is executed for talking to him during their rest stop.

699   California.Randy arrives at SanFrancisco airport; Customs officers are suspicious of Randy, until they findout he works with the Internet; Avi picks him up and they discuss inventing new currencies ande-banking (the gold could back Epiphyte's e-bank currency); Kia, Epiphyte'sCalifornia secretary, is now Amy Shaftoe's advocate in her dealings with Randy,since Randy has clearly done Amy wrong in some way; Randy and Avi go to Avi'shouse in Pacifica where Randy reveals plans to go get the rest of what's in theVictorian house he and Charlene shared, then to SE Washington state (PalouseRiver area) to divvy up grandma's (Mary cCmndhd's) furniture.

709   Organ. LPW has a fervid and messy dream, but Mrs. McTeague won'tunderstand, since she and all non-prostitutes are members of the worldwideconglomerate ECC (Ejaculation Control Conspiracy); LPW is resigned to going tochurch if he wants any chance with Mary; Outer Qwghlm's church is right acrossthe street; It dawns on Randy how he will win Mary's heart...by fixing InnerQwghlm's church's beat up organ; The organ player whines mightily to thepriest; LPW expounds on his plan, then demonstrates by transposing the organ upa half step; While working on the organ, he basically invents random accessmemory.

718   Home.Randy wakes from anightmare, sleeping on the floor of his collapsed California house the dayafter an earthquake hit; Amy Shaftoe is there from Manila, and her youngcousins Bo and Luke (sorry) Marcus Aurelius and Robin drove from Tennessee; Amyleft Manila right after Randy left; Even though no real commitment had beenvocalized, she thought Randy was deserting her. She crashed her U-Haul into Randy'sAcura • The four of them leave Randy's old place in the Acura, the boys' soupedup Impala, and the U-Haul. [A discussion of how Randy's friends reacted to himleaving for the Philippines—leaving Charlene—without saying goodbye.]

729   Bundok. Goto Dengo and Mori pin up the bedsheet map of Bundok forCapt. Noda; Noda fills Dengo in on construction of dams, and military andcivilian housing areas in the Southern Resource Zone of Japan; Noda stressesthe huge responsibility they have AND the secrecy they must maintain (Nodaclarifies that one of the housing areas is really a "long term storagefacility for vital war-making materials," which Dengo interprets as a tombfor Emperor Hirohito.)

734   Computer. After receiving a job properly done (Comstock insisted on it) LPW briefs Comstockand other ETC members on crypto systems like Azure, Pufferfish and Arethusa;LPW was foolishly allowed to drink some coffee and now NO one will be able tokeep up with him! LPW is rolling, explaining how you can decrypt messages fromuncracked codes just by analyzing which sources respond to them – some codesyou've broken allow you to fill in gaps in messages from those you haven't;(Codes pertaining to Goto Dengo's recent movements are used as an example); LPWtells them he used the card reader to analyze his data – they don't believehim. LPW launches into a 5-hour explication of current computational theory,and then leads everyone to the lab to demonstrate something he is calling RAM.ETC is incredulous: "Computers are people," Comstock reminds him."Then this would be a digital computer," LPW suggests, right before dropping the bombshellthat he's gotten engaged.

747   Caravan. After dumping the U-Haul in SF, Randy andhis newly acquired Shaftonian entourage make their way north in two cars;Sleeping in cars on roadside; Shaftoe boys take pity on Randy, believing theearthquake has left him destitute; Randy and Amy finally end up in the same carand get to talk; Doing the math on not only Amy's departure from Manila, butthe boys' departure from Tennessee; Fortunately, Randy finally opens up to Amy. Unfortunately, what hereveals is the e-banking currency scheme he and Avi are proposing. [2/3]

758   TheGeneral. Shaftoe's odyssey after leaving Sweden:[from Stockholm, to London, to DC, to San Francisco, to Hawaii, to KwjaleinAtoll; New Guinea; From there Shaftoe ingratiates his way into a plane ride toBrisbane in the tail ball turret of a B-24, where he endures near fatalhypothermia]; Shaftoe approaches MacArthur directly looking for work; Flies toHollandia (North coast of New Guinea) sees a white mansion up on a hill,MacArthur's house? No, a decoy since Shaftoe can see a mannequin with a pinkdress on the balcony...until zeroes start strafing it, and the mannequin turnsout to be DMcA himself wearing a Japanese kimono-type garment—utterlyimplacable in the gunsights of the zeroes. Shaftoe drives The General down themountain in the midst of this air-to-ground attack, then to the airport in themiddle of a dogfight (a crashing zero's debris nearly immolates their jeep),just to return an unexploded shell—that landed in his house—to one of hisanti-aircraft units. Heading back up to the big house on the hill, DMcA enlistsShaftoe to lead/inspire his Filipino guerillas.

771   Origin.Dust- and snow-devils inWhitman, WA, now and in Randy's youth; Wind interactions in the parking lot ofWaterhouse dorm; Uncle Red tries to mollify Aunt Nina, who really, REALLY wantsthe bedroom console; Uncle Red and Randy are graphing the emotional andfinancial value of grandma Waterhouse's furniture, not on graph paper, but outin the parking lot, where pieces of furniture are placed on an x and y axis onthe asphalt. Each sibling's preferences are noted and will be run though acomputer by Randy and weighed via valuation equations; Nina, afraid she won'tget the console that is by rights hers alone, sees Randy eyeing the trunk thatno one wants, and quite craftily ranks the trunk inordinately high in bothfinancial (x) and emotional (y) value, as if to say "This entire familyknows darn well that console should be mine. Make sure your computer knows ittoo, or you'll never see the trunk again." Amy is present though all this,but somehow does not run screaming from Randy.

787   Golgotha. Ninomiya arrives at Bundok with survey tools; He and Dengoclimb cinder cone mountain; Ninomiya insists MacArthur is not returning, aspromised; They plot the position and volume of the future Lake Yamamoto;Chinese prisoners are shipped in to do the gruntwork, despite there beingplenty of Filipinos able to do it; Survey work done, Ninomiya's services nolonger required, he was "reassigned." His reassignment was discoveredduring a dig a month later; One of the more reliable Chinese workers, Wing,arranges for new grave for Ninomiya. Dengo learns he will also be reassignedwhen his services are no longer needed.

795   Seattle.cCmndhd kids endured alot, ultimately being sent to Australia as criminals, Mary's mother had raisedMary with manners and breeding; Dad (LPW) hired local car dealer to maintainGrandma's (Mary's) Lincoln after he was gone; Grandma's not the best source ofinfo on LPW's war efforts; Suitcase found, loaded with photos (some ancient)one appears to feature LPW, Turing and Rudy; Randy asks grandma about LPWwearing both Army and Navy uniforms. • Sometime after Christmas, Randy and Amydrive to Seattle; Randy apologizes for Amy's feeling out of place in thepresence of so many eggheads, but Randy's the "least focused" of thefamily; Randy observes that men seem to want to focus more than women seems towant to...and that's healthier for the women; Shaftoe boys drove back to TN;Amy and Randy go to a Seattle shopping mall's Food Court, where Chester ismediating a card-based Role Playing Game; [cool paragraph on Nerd interactionprotocol] They go to Chester's big house, which is a Museum of Dead Technology;Fragments of salvaged 747 wreckage hover over the house's flex-space; Some linesilently gets crossed and Amy withdraws so fast she has red-shifted (which Randythought would happen back in Whitman, quite frankly) and she gets plane ticketsback to Manila; Randy looks to use Chester's card readers to read the cards ingrandma's trunk, which trunk Nina was happy to give him.

814   Rock. Much drilling is occurring at Bundok; River is dammed withbolder and other detritus; Lake Yamamoto and Golgotha will be connected so thewater pressure from the lake can booby trap the Golgotha vaults; JapaneseGeneral (confusingly, also referred to as The General, a la DMcA) visits andinspects many tunnels, vaults, fool's vaults, and booby traps. The main vault,being deepest, will be something like an oubliette after the Togo River accesstunnels are dynamited; The shaft out the top leads to fools vaults which wouldof course be encountered first by someone descending from the surface; JapaneseGeneral says "We will need to speed up. MacArthur landed on Leyteyesterday (which makes "today" Oct. 21, 1944.) and that was the decisive battle. I'm sending you500 more workers."

823   TheMost Cigarettes. Cantrellemails Randy: "Pontifex is unusual but quite solid." Loeb was kidnapped by cult/militia as a youth (see 59/Forays); Loeb is now a lawyer and is suingEpiphyte on behalf of The Dentist [Thanks for the correction N. McEvoy!] (who is claiming Epiphyte should have had a salvageclause in its contract with Semper Marine. This lawsuit only has merit ifSemper Marine finds anything of value in the sub wreck.) "The Dentistdoesn't want our money—this is not about the sub—he wants to control us becausewe are doing cool things (e-banking, etc) But who told him about the wreck?" "They probably use satellitephotos (SPOT) to track Glory IV, though for the actual location of the sub Loebcould get the lat/lon off almost any email of mine since I often put currentlat/lon in my email sig; All my email is encrypted on the Tombstone server inthe closet in Los Altos that we rent from Novus Ordo Seclorum; He'll subpoenathe server but he'll need our encryption keys...if I say I lost mine, that'sbad, but if all of Epiphyte says they all lost theirs too...that's contempt,and off to jail we go; So lets talk about tampering with evidence." •Randy breaks news that Semper Marine has in fact found gold bullion in the sub;Dave (president of Novus Ordo Seclorum in Los Altos) leaves messages on Avi'shome machine "Some suits asked us for your server. We played dumb, butthey'll be back with subpoenas." And later "It's getting ugly. I'mpretending to cave and hand it over, but here I am calling you instead. We'rebacking all our stuff up off site so we don't lose anything when they shredthis office." Avi's heading to Los Altos post haste, Randy will handle thetampering from Kinakuta.

839   Christmas1944. Dengo tells Wing that they need moreventilation shafts and that the sloping tunnel from Lake Yamamoto down to themain vault needs to be a shallow slope initially, then a steep slope down tothe vault AND some of the shafts will appear to go to nowhere...some startedinside and dug upward, and some begun on the surface. Orders; Of the 500 Filipinosthe General said were coming, only 300 arrive, all in rough shape and yet nonein stretchers; Dengo deputizes Rodolfo among them, tells him MacArthur hasreturned to Leyte, which inspires the Filipinos to work incredibly hard; Dengosets aside six special workers; Material To Be Stored finally arrives viaJapanese convoy; One in twenty crates goes to the fool's vaults; Tunnels almostjoin under Lake Yamamoto; Some workers drop a crate that cracks open revealinggold, all witnesses killed. [3/4]

849   Pulse.Avi and Randy bolt fromAvi's house, Avi heads to Novus Ordo Seclorum, Randy tries to find an anonymousinternet jack, but says screw it and also heads to Los Altos. Randy pulls intoa parking lot and double parks behind a guy loading his shotgun. Randy moves onand double parks behind some van, jacks into Tombstone through laundry.org andother internet nodes including of course the crypt.kk, hiding his footsteps;Much commotion on steps of Novus, Randy views it on his laptop, transmitted byNovus's cameras inside the office. HEAP guns on the street corner, guys REALLYdevoted to 2nd amendment freedoms...as Randy weighs the consequencesof tampering with evidence he learns the Attorney General is on Novus'sdoorstep; Loeb is going bananas trying to get inside; The van Randy has boxedin stirs, lots of electrical equipment in evidence; Randy logs into Tombstone,erases his tracks, then starts not only erasing emails, but initiating a wipeof the entire drive...which is about the time the van geeks detonate a localizedEMP, freezing all machines in their tracks (like the machine Randy had justtold to start wiping Tombstone) but will not affect any data on hard drives(like Tombstone). The geeks probably wonder why Randy isn't rejoicing that hisdata is OK...

861   Buddha. Solid gold Buddha arrives at Bundok; Japan has known sincelate '43 that the gig was up and has been stashing gold ever since; All theworkers now see the writing o the wall and some try to escape, unsuccessfully;Code keys are ceremonially burned nightly; Dengo, Wing and Rodolfo continuetheir extra-curricular digging; Charges are planted for vault-sealing day;After a two-week lull, a big shipment finally arrives, the vaults arepractically full so this last load is stuffed into cracks and crevices; Dengosurmises a German sub delivered this shipment; Togo river has been flooded;Equipment being dumped down ventilation shafts, as are executed workers; Capt.Noda asked for Dengo's six special workers, Dengo plays dumb: "They'restill working, I'll go take care of them." Dengo enters the half-floodedtunnel from the Togo to Golgotha, before the vault is to be dynamited shutbehind him.

870   Pontifex.Randy sold the Acura forcash and, now in the airport, bought a ticket to Kinakuta; He details the mathinvolved with Loeb's lawsuit: if the money the Dentist can get from Epiphytelitigiously is greater than how much he'd have to spend on Epiphyte stock tocontrol the company, the Dentist wins. How to either reduce the former (get thegold out of the sub) or increase the latter (make Epiphyte much more desirablesomehow)? Randy's reverie is interrupted by the sight and sound of Avi's wifeand nannies hustling the kids to an El Al flight to Israel. "Tell Avi'zero.' " Randy calls Doug Shaftoe from the plane via his armrest phone,Doug saw Randy on CNN, typing on the roof of a car; Randy tells him to checkhis overnight faxes concerning the Dentist; Root (who in this chapter goes byPontifex) calls the armrest phone Randy just hung up and again they play the who-is-this-what-do-you-wantgame; Avi's ETC guy called Root; Root doesn't want Randy wasting his time onArethusa, it's a random number generator, not a crypto code; Comstock's namewas one of the "seed" numbers for the generator; Root advises Randyto make the crypt as good as possible "because some of your clients areakin to drug lords."

882   Glory. Shaftoe puts MacArthur stickers on Nipponese Army truck;Shaftoe will be McA's eyes and ears in Concepcion; Shaftoe meets a sub (theTarpon) for supplies and a transmitter; Mr. Caluga tells him transmitter wasintercepted, he sleeps in Caluga's stable; Caluga tells him he thinks Glory isalive, and son was born 13SEP42, and that Glory is a heroine of the resistance;Shaftoe gets malaria, makes his way south to maybe find Glory; Stuck inCalamba; Boatride out to see Glory, standing on a sandbar: something is really wrong with her face.

890   ThePrimary. Randy's flightarrives in Kinakuta at dusk, and Cantrell meets him;  Crypt is intended as an alternative to violent resistance tothe US Govt; Cantrell's Hummer might be bugged so Randy communicates withwritten notes; The entire doorframe at Novus was an electromagnetic disk wiper,so Tombstone could indeed have been wiped; They go to Tom's fortress house inthe hills, Doug Shaftoe is there talking guns with Tom, and in short orderalienates both Cantrell and Randy; Randy says after the suit the Dentist willown the Crypt; International Data Transfer Regulatory Organization (aka BlackChamber) is terrified that they won't be able to collect tax after the Crypt isactive • Doug: "I've worked here forever, there's no way Loeb can prove I first spotted the subdoing Epiphyte's survey work," Randy: "It's a civil suit socircumstantial evidence is enough, and if the sub is well away from the surveyarea, that's pretty circumstantial that you knew beforehand. But all thisbecomes moot if you can get the gold off the sub: Loeb doesn't know where itis." • Paul Comstock, Attorney General is watching us; Doug says AmericanMilitary in Philippines during Vietnam were really looking for gold, which,Doug reminds Randy, he showed Randy in person not all that long ago (see 628/Hoard); Randy realizes the Arathusa cards fromLPWs trunk are not the Arathusa cards that generated the uncrackable randomnumbers 50 years ago.

907   Deluge. Goto Dengo, Wing, Rodolfo and a few others enter Golgothaand lead some solders into an ambush, leaving them free to escape the tunnelsvia Dengo's intricate system of air bubbles in faux-ventilation shafts; Bongsaved diamonds, as it seems did the others except Dengo; Noda dynamites theLake Yamamoto plug and the water forces massive air pressure into the tunnels,and the"swimming-through-skinny-tunnels-in-pitch-darkness-while-holding-your-breath-till-you-just-about-die"challenge begins, and ends a couple days (and a wicked case of the bends) laterwhen Dengo and Bong and Wing rise to the surface of Lake Yamamoto.

918   Bust.Randy flies NE fromKinakuta and looks SE out his window and the length of Palawan Island passingbelow, tries to read the Cryptonomicon on the plane; Randy's internal debate: "Why moderncrypto?"; Bag claim conveyor starts and stops, but finally brings Randy'snot-quite-locked-well-enough duffel bag; Amy's there in a dress, but Randy nevergets to talk to her because someone planted heroin on his duffel.

926   TheBattle of Manila. Shaftoe wakes in boat, Manila is on fire;Glory has leprosy; Shaftoe writes his last will and testament on the inside ofa condom wrapper; Shaftoe and Huks take ammo out of boat and, essentially,invade Manila; Lt. Morales takes command, and 373 words later relinquishes it;Shaftoe moves the squad slowly through town, enduring a close quarters firefight, on their way to see Glory's family, the Alitmiras; The alleys of Ermitarun red with blood.

936   Captivity.Randy meets with AttorneyAlejandro in a Makati jail: "Someone's trying to send you a message.[digression on U.S./Filipino relations] U.S. taught Philippines about capitalpunishment; You won't do much tine, the person who planted the stuff willprobably confess in  a coupleweeks"; Randy can work on his laptop in the joint! Amy wants to talk; TheDentist hasn't found the sub yet; [Memory: Going through his earthquaked house,Randy discovered Charlene's trove of bodice-rippers. Amy said "Now youknow what she wanted, did you give her what she wanted Randy?"]

949   Glamour. Shaftoe retreats his squad through Ermita, and they end upcornered; Shaftoe gets separated from his squad, hears a building full ofscreaming women; Squad and Shaftoe fall back to a position on a baseball field,with opposing forces occupying opposing dugouts; Shaftoe runs out of ammo; ANipponese soldier steps out of a bathroom and pelts Shaftoe with a dud grenade:it's Goto Dengo; Unforgettable scene where Shaftoe and Dengo, in the midst of afirefight, lock themselves in the bathroom and catch up on each other's news.Dengo is despondent and tries to shoot himself but Shaftoe prevents him;Shaftoe steps out into the battle and none other than Gen. Douglas MacArthur isthere and berates Shaftoe for being AWOL; DMcA and staff bristle at the sightof Dengo, Shaftoe tells them Dengo has converted to Christianity; Shaftoe isstill looking for the Altimiras; MacArthur leads them to the same church Glorytook him to on Dec. 7, 1941 (named here San Agustin, which way back in Seaweed was named San Augustin) and baptized GotoDengo; One of the little boys running around is clearly 2 year old DougieMacArthur Shaftoe; Altimiras want Shaftoe to find Carlos, so he heads to Ft.Santiago, but there are far too many dead boys to find just one.

964   Wisdom.Protracted discussion onRandy's efforts to find a brilliant oral surgeon, and his radically-ingrownwisdom-teeth's extraction, all to show just how difficult it was to tell Amyhow he really feels about her; Randy is transferred to a jail cell where hewill be allowed to work on his laptop but, surprise, it can only be used on topof a locked filing cabinet, which of course screams Van Eck phreaking; Anotherprisoner is brought in: it's Root, who begins pontificating about playing bridge. It takes Randy a minute, but he catcheson.

975   Fall. Shaftoe is descending, in a parachute, toward a fortress onsmall island (it sounds like Ft. Hughes on Caballo Island, just south ofCorregidor) held by the Japanese; As he nears the fortress he sees it's coveredwith mangled antennas, some of them very thick and sharp, and sure enough whenhe lands on them they treat him like a pin cushion. Shaftoe somehow freeshimself from this gravity-induced bayoneting, grabs a nozzle and pumps aswimming pool's worth of fuel oil down into the fortress, chucks an activewhite phosphorus grenade in after the fuel, and, aware that he's sporting atleast five mortal wounds, follows the grenade down into the fortress before theoil ignites.

981   Metis.Randy realizes, with theappearance of Root in the adjoining cell, that his incarceration has beenorchestrated; Concerned about Van Eck phreaking, Randy doesn't have to displaydata onscreen to work on it (and other VEP defeating techniques); Root playssolitaire, tells Randy why he's in jail; Who owns the gold field? Thegovernment made it a national park; Three Philippine Epochs • Mr. Wing is aChinese hydroelectric power mogul who wants to buy land in the Philippines,imagine that • Root gives cards to Randy and a ciphertext, while they continueto discuss what it was about Root's email that gave randy the clue that it WASRoot (aside from the email address being root@eruditorum.org, of course); Plato'sCave allegory and massive Greek Theogony discussion featuring Athena, Hyperion,Oceanus, Arachne, Aegis, Heacles, Odysseus, Hephaestrus, Erichthonius, butespecially Metis and Ares, illustrating points about craftiness. • Randylaunches ciphertext attach on Arethusa. Using cribs and some crafty logic, heshould be in good shape, but he is in a Philippine jail. Maybe Chester canhelp...

1006   Slaves. Americans doing mop-up at Ft Hughes after Shaftoe'sspectacular felo de se find some money that is Australian on one side andJapanese on the other. This sets LPW to thinking about currencies, and how agold standard undergirding the paper notes is a must for a currency to be takenseriously. In the back of the fortress, down a few layers, is a room with a tablethat's covered with abacuses. With only one door, the flames weren't draftedinto the room and the men in the room asphyxiated instead of burned. Waterhouseis keenly interestedin the abacuses.

1011   Arethusa.Randy gives AttorneyAlejandro messages for both Chester and Avi; Randy and Root fall into a patternwhere they talk a lot over dinner but then talk not at all the rest of theevening; Root lectures on cycles of science: emulating previous generations,then tearing them down and planting your own flag; Randy and Root trade"what would you do with all that gold?" stories; Avi visits (legalpressure has eased a bit); Dentist himself visits Randy (sneering, albeitinvoluntarily) claiming no knowledge of why Randy was set up; Randy believeshim but is more worried about other things; Dentist is astonished that Randy isallowed to use his laptop in jail! Chester's guy arrives with a care package(food, novels, Pepto, and a ton of music CDs) [some discussion on the Seattlemusic scene] The CDs turn out to have far more data than music; Randy hasneglected his prostate and he's paying the price...he must stay focused! Randythinks he's been set up by Wing, Attorney Alejandro thinks it's the Dentist;Randy's been working long hours, has trouble reading his screen; Using grepcommand and several days work he cracks Alethusa; Subliminal channel...readinghidden docs by writing a program that blinks their contents in Morse code onthe NUM LOCK LED, which of course doesn't show up onscreen, foiling any Van Eckphreakers. Decrypted Alethusa gives him location of the Primary gold deposit...

1028   TheBasement. Chinese found the very best abacus users.Basement slaves were working on a zeta function. LPW works on Azure/Pufferfisha mind-numbing amount of time. (Thanks for the correction Auroch!) LPW works in a room in a basement, which roomitself is capital B Basement, where he has constructed a meta-machine he'scalling a digital computer (made of card readers, etc.); LPW discovered thatthe date was used as a digital input for a zeta function; his numbers matchthe abacus numbers, and he's cracked Azure/Pufferfish, but not Alethusa.

1034   Akihabara.Randy arrives at Tokyoairport, having been unceremoniously expelled from the Philippines, never toreturn. Wicked carpal tunnel, so Randy composes emails hitting keys with apencil eraser; Randy's plea is discussed, and he got a crappy deal but it wasthe best he was going to get; Willful abstinence; LED Constellations in hishotel room; Going for a walk and getting lost; Meets Avi in Akihabara; Avi andRandy walk though stalls at computer parts bazaar; Avi notes that the Chinesehave already cut one submarine cable; the power has shifted, but no one wants acable cutting war; The Crypt is necessary, and on schedule; Message from Root,with a card deck; Avi has a message that Goto Dengo wants to leave his Hokkaidoretreat and buy them dinner.

1047   ProjectX. State of the War, April 1945; Japan andGermany are getting waxed at every turn; LPW and Turing talk on encrypted phoneline; Project X v. Delilah; LPW tells Turing about the abacus slaves andpseudo-randomness.

1054   Landfall. Rudy and Otto leave the Gertrude and board Bishoff's V-Million; Heil Dönitz; Rudy has scurvy; Bishoffbrings Rudy and Otto up on the last 16 months (Shaftoe, Julieta's son G. E. B.Kivistic, etc); Rudy has gold foil on the Gertrude.

1059   Goto-sama.Rudy and Avi meet GotoDengo for dinner, the only patrons in a restaurant; Dengo knows about RPGs,surprisingly; Dengo doesn't want to talk about the Crypt; Goto and Furudenendoaren't too keen on underwriting Avi and Randy's treasure hunt, until Avi whipsout a gold brick, right there, at the table; Randy and Goto both know theprecise location of Golgotha, and neither can grasp that the other knows, orwhy; Avi bristles when it's implied that he might be a treasure hunter: he (Avi) lostfamily to the Nazis in WWII (Japanese buried German gold, which contained melted down Jewish gold teeth) but wants to use gold for HEAP. (Thanks for the correction Tommster!)

1067   R.I.P.. Dengo and Root (who's still with us after all, see end of 660/Rocket) talk after Shaftoe's funeral; Root knowsabout Goto's gold, suggests donating it to the church;

1072   Return.Randy's going back to thePhilippines; Tom Howard, Randy, Eb Fohr, Doug Shaftoe, John Ngyuen and JackieWoo (and a boatman and his hyper kids) unload gold from pamboat to Tom'sfunicular rail thing; Everybody acts differently around serious gold • Randy,back in the pamboat, hugging the Palawan coast enroute to Luzon; Randy gets aride from Matthew in SUV—Randy's started smoking. After the drive starts Randynods off, and is later awakened by Amy jumping in on top of him, straddling himin the passenger seat—she gets the unmistakable impression that he is happy to see her, and they do whatcomes naturally; This compound, where Randy finds himself upon emerging fromthe fogged-up SUV, is of recent design and construction, 4500m from Golgotha;Root, Doug Shaftoe, John Wayne and others emerge from Sunday morning Mass,while Avi and both Gotos have encountered mysterious immigration hasslesand have returned to Tokyo; Through the whines of cicadas and crickets, Randyand the others troupe though the jungle uphill toward Golgotha; At a rest stopRoot asks Randy what they're there for. Randy says the gold will back theire-currency in the Crypt; Explosions are felt, but not heard (which tells Dougthey occurred underground...Wing is trying to tunnel to Golgotha); As theyarrive, another explosion, this one gets John Nguyen; Doug realizes the areahas been mined.

1090   Cribs. Having cracked their Arethusa messages, LPW hasfollowed—and now spies on—Root, Goto Dengo, Rudy and Bischoff at Shaftoe'sfuneral; A month later in the jungle south of Manila, LPW sneaks up on theconspirators again, but idiotically gives himself away. He tells Rudy how hecracked Arethusa, and how he's the only one who knows: he used digital computers not human ones. Rudy can'tbelieve it, and offers LPW gold. LPW declines, saying he'd rather teach collegein Washington state, married to Mary. Rudy says, "Well, we have enoughmoney to get you a terrific wedding gift." LPW writes the name of theirchina pattern on an envelope for Rudy.

1100   Cayuse.Doug, Amy, Randy, Enochhave to use sticks to probe for mines in the river; The explosion they heardearlier was not John Wayne tripping a mine, but someone else, since John Wayneis still in one piece; Something flies down and does something to Amy, Randymoves to help her and in doing so almost trips a mine; It was an arrow, andRandy knows who shot it; Randy cuts off most of the arrow, and Amy rams thestump the rest of the way through her leg, like the badass that she is. Theexplosion earlier was in fact Andrew Loeb, who, now limbless and enraged, hasmade his way down to the river and is about to spear Randy when Enoch shootshim with a .45.

1109   BlackChamber. Comstock offers LPW an NSA job; LPWdeclines, wants to teach college in southeastern Washington state. Comstocktells how they're seeing a lot of Arethusa traffic..."Have you cracked thecode yet?" "Nope," says LPW. "No problem. I've put huffduffon north Mindoro. The Catalinas will be waiting the next time they transmitfrom that sub." • LPW warns Root transmitting from Manila church • Dengoand LPW meet on the same baseball field from 949/Glamour: and realize that if the Allies everbreak the code, they'll all be accused of espionage. So LPW decides that, withTuring's help, he'll replace the Arethusa cards with decoys that have randomletters.

1119   Passage. Bishoff's V-Million is torpedoed by the Catalinas so it submerges and headsfor the north coast of Borneo (Palawan Trough? See 535/Wreck), going four times faster than the Alliesare expecting them to be going when submerged, right? Yet the Allies are not fooled (because of Bishoff's going-away gift to Shaftoe back in 660/Rocket) and the Catalinas blow the tail off the V-Million as soon as it surfaces. The sub sinks tailfirst, leaving a bubble of highly compressed air in the nose for Rudy andBishoff to breathe. Rudy volunteers to torch himself along with the Golgothacoordinates—Bishoff escapes through an open hatch.

1126   Liquidity.They carry Amy back tothe compound, Randy donates blood for her; Wing blocks them into the compound,Goto runs CAT scans of the rock above Golgotha while Wing is trying to tunnelin from the side. Randy learns he's famous; Two holes are drilled into Golgothafrom above, one from the side, and Doug Shaftoe is given the honor to flippingthe switch. Echoing Bobby Shaftoe's final mission (see 975/Fall), oil is pumped down in, then ignited.Down in the river, Randy watches as melted gold flows out of Golgotha's maindrift.


1131   Appendix.(The Solitaire Encryption Algorithm by Bruce Schneier)

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