Sam: On the 22nd of September, Oceanic Flight 815 took off from Sydney bound for LA. There were 324 passengers and crew aboard. Six hours after take-off radio contact was lost with the plane. Family members of those on board only found out the plane was missing, when they got to the arrival gate. My partner, Sonya, she was on board 815. She is a flight attendant. She really loves her job. In the next few hours Oceanic will announce that the search for flight 815 was to be abandoned and those on board had to be declared deceased. Oceanic wanna be flying again, taking you places you have never imagined. I had never imagined been taken to the place where I'm right now. I want answers. And I'm sure you do, too.
The video opens on a newswoman reporting that Oceanic Airlines has ceased the search for Flight 815 deeming it a failure and that the passengers would be declared deceased. Sam himself appears on the news report condemning the actions, and cows that he will discover the truth about what had happened to the flight, and to his partner, Sonya.
Sam is seen with an engagement ring, and then receives an email from an unknown source, which includes a photograph of Sonya, however, embedded inside the message are hidden clues which the player much help Sam find.
GMN Reporter: In a prepared statement Oceanic executives expressed profound disappointment that despite conducting the largest search operation in the companies’ history, no trace of flight 815 has yet been found. The abandonment of the search has drawn protests from relatives of the 324 missing persons, amongst them dozens of Oceanic employees.
Sam: You see, Oceanic just want to move on, to forget it. But the relatives of those onboard do not “just move on”. There were 324 passengers aboard that flight, including someone I cared much about. Her name was Sonya and she was one of the flight attendants. We had been together for almost eight years and I don’t know what happened to her. So I don’t care what it costs, I am going to get the facts!
GMN Reporter: It is expected that the passengers of flight 815 will be officially declared deceased in the next few days.
Sam's laptop is show, and the player is to compare the photo of Sonya that Sam possesses with the photograph he was just sent to look for an discrepancies between the images. It is required that the zoom function is utilized in order to see the messages as they are fairly small in comparison to the rest of the picture. There are three discrepancies total which include a forehead scar, a mole above Sonya's lip, and her eye colour. The locations and the messages are as follows:
Sam writes down the four clues found embedded inside the photograph and writes them down. Same proceeds to reply to the e-mail with the message "Who are you?", however, the reply return is from "Fatal error no such recipient", and message text is garbled code.
Sam's laptop is shown, along with the garbled e-mail that he just received. Players must scroll through the message to find any clues which will help in the discovery of the sender. Scrolling to the bottom of the message, reveals a segment containing the text "the-maxwell-group.com" Upon seeing this Sam inquires:
The Maxwell Group. They must have sent the message. I wonder who they are.
Sam received an e-mail from an unknown source claiming that they had previously known Sonya, and also sent along a photograph, with hidden messages embedded within. Sam discovered four messages:Sunda Trench, Christiane I, Black Rock and "Tell no one - Grave Consequences". The sender is unknown, however, upon closer inspection it would appear that the sender is affiliated with the Maxwell Group.
You do not know me but I am an old friend of Sonya’s. I was shocked and saddened to hear about the recent tragedy and wanted to pass on my sincerest condolences to you. Sonya was a lovely person who touched the heart of everyone who knew her.
Please excuse me for contacting you out of the blue like this, but I recently came across an old photograph of Sonya and thought you might like to see it. Hopefully it will help you find some peace during this most difficult of times.