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Inside the privacy of Aech's Basement, Parzival tells the gang about his daring adventure into the heart of IOI. He also spills that he saw a picture of Art3mis, which makes her mad that he didn't respect her privacy (even though his nosiness saved her life).
They fill Parzival in on Sorrento's repeated, failed attempts at opening the Third Gate.
Over the gate are three words: "Faith, hope, charity" (32.61). It's a clue: lyrics from Schoolhouse Rock! again. "Three Is a Magic Number."
That means that three people must try to open the Third Gate simultaneously. Easy, right? Oh, except for that giant shield surrounding the castle.
Parzival has a plan for that, too. First, he sends an e-mail to all OASIS users, imploring them to come together against IOI for the integrity of the Hunt. The rest of the plan, well, he's keeping it a secret for now.
The main problem is that the four major members of the group are homeless, and on the run for their lives.
Suddenly, Ogden Morrow pops into existence in the corner of the chat room. If his avatar had a name, it would be deus ex machina.