Invicta, Alaska

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alexandriahamilton 03/25/2019 (Day) Hour:Minute:Second #8digitnumber

Some long-time members of Parawatch might be familiar with the series of threads I maintain that archive unexplained deaths and disappearances within the United States. They got popular enough that this forum, 'Lost and Never found', was put up, and dozens upon dozens of members have contributed their own findings.

There's one part of the US that's always been a thorn in my side when it comes to writing the threads: Alaska. Starting in 2015, I had to make a separate thread with moderator permission, just to cover the sheer amount of people who vanish in Alaska each year. Most states take up one post, maybe two, before the character limit is reached. Alaska alone would take up five pages.

This is something a bit different to the Alaska thread— what I'm documenting here comes from Alaska, and happened very recently.

If you've been watching the news for the last few days, you've definitely seen it— Della Jean, a musher with ten years experience four runs on the Iditarod under her belt, vanishes on her fifth attempt at said race. She vanished on a well-trafficked (if difficult) part of the trail, between the Finger Lake and Rainy Pass checkpoints, only a thirty-mile stretch. When she doesn't check in at Rainy Pass, a search party is sent out.

They find her dead within six hours. Of her team of twelve, eight are dead. Of the surviving four, one somehow contracted rabies and is shot, two are guarding her body and refuse to let the SAR team pass until they're too weak to stand, and the last one is found alive, at the starting point of the race. In Anchorage. That's over 150 miles away from where they found her body.

When they finally inspect it, they find that the area around the tree is completely devoid of snow, for about five feet, in a perfect circle. The details of the state of her body haven't been released, but I've got a contact in Alaska who was able to glance at the autopsy report. Her tongue was missing, and her eyes had somehow exploded— as near as they could tell, they had frozen independent of the rest of her body, and since water expands as it freezes, it made them pop open like pimples.

She had died facing the tree, with a knife in her hand, embedded halfway in the bark. They broke her fingers, and the rigor mortis still wouldn't let her release it. She had used the knife to carve a single word into the bark: "INVICTA".

I've seen shit on the forums about the word "INVICTA" in relation to Alaska before, something about it being a 'phantom town' Like Algernon, NJ or New Toronto, WI. Anyone got anything on this?

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phantomtourist 03/27/2019 (Day) Hour:Minute:Second #8digitnumber

I did a write-up on Invicta back in 2017, in the Esoteric Locations board. I'm going to copy/paste what I have there, and append some knew knowledge dug up since on the end.

Invicta is one of over thirty phantom towns in the United States, and is the only one in Alaska. It's believed to have existed long before it was part of the United States, or even Russian territory, maybe even pre-dating the Inuit.

Nobody knows where the name 'Invicta' came from. It's Latin for "Unconquered". I've heard a few theories that Romans managed to make it all the way to Alaska, and there is a bit of evidence of them getting as far north as Siberia (see the thread in OoPArt Discussion here) but it's a load of bunk. The farthest west Romans have gotten into North America was probably modern-day Memphis, TN.

Invicta is purported to be located about ten miles north of the Iditarod trail, way in the back country. There's no record of how the people that live there (if any actually do live there) get food, water, etc. The only known photograph of the town (which I've included above) is a set of train tracks leading from it, indicating that there is some kind of transportation in the area.

One last thing: