Ahoy, mateys.

A lifetime of adventure and exploration in the Caribbean has left me with quite a bit of booty, but I be an old sea dog on my way to Davy Jones' Locker. Me doctor only gives me 9 more days. Ye scallywags are welcome to set sail in search of it. I'll leave me treasure map for ye buccaneers, but to know where it ends, ye need to know where it begins. Be sure to batten down the hatches, for dead men tell no tales.

P.S. Please also take care of Eugene, me parrot.

2 3 2 3 2 3

Thousands of leagues under the sea,
or over in Switzerland is where I'll be.

The sum of the beast will leave you helpless
like the death of the monk with the Chinese Empress

If you want to avoid hot lead in your mouth,
I'd start at naught, and go all the way South


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Hint 2

Perhaps one of my questions over at gis.SE will help point you in the right direction?

  • $\begingroup$ I didn't downvote, but you think a clue might be forthcoming on this one? $\endgroup$ – John Dec 7 '16 at 15:18
  • $\begingroup$ @John Ask and ye shall receive. $\endgroup$ – David Starkey Dec 7 '16 at 15:29
  • $\begingroup$ So your first hint was missing a dot? $\endgroup$ – LeppyR64 Jan 5 '17 at 17:33
  • $\begingroup$ @Leppy you are correct. I checked that at least three times before adding it. It's fixed now. $\endgroup$ – David Starkey Jan 5 '17 at 17:47

Partial answer

The letters in bold form a url (https://i.stack.imgur.com/ux9BE.jpg) for this picture:

Image from bolded letters

What to do with it, I'm not sure. Perhaps overlaying onto the original text? As per @LeppyR64's suggestion -- the original picture's description is '2 3 2 3 2 3' (as of OP's most recent edit)

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    $\begingroup$ Looks suspiciously like the Pi symbol $\endgroup$ – hannah Nov 29 '16 at 23:04
  • $\begingroup$ I'd also try overlaying it on a map. There are some things in the verse that suggest ways of doing it, though there seems rather a lot of scope for different interpretations. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Nov 30 '16 at 2:18
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    $\begingroup$ Death of the monk with the Chinese Empress? $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Nov 30 '16 at 2:21
  • $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan I was thinking the same. Perhaps the date is important (694) because the previous line hints at 666? $\endgroup$ – Pat Nov 30 '16 at 17:01
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    $\begingroup$ @Pat Could be. Though I'd guessed that "the sum of the beast" might mean 6+6+6=18 or something. (Not that I have any good ideas for what to do with it.) $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Nov 30 '16 at 17:28

Partial answer

The first hint is Morse Code, translating it gives MGRS, which from the second hint, is Military Grid Reference System.

From the previous answer, he found the image. This is it overlaid onto the text:

Overlaid Image

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