The Arrow is one of six stations built by the DHARMA Initiative on the island. The Arrow is located on the other side of the island from where the Swan and the mid-section Oceanic survivors are situated. This station was discovered by survivors of the tail-section of the Oceanic crash.
The purpose of the Arrow is currently unknown. In The Other 48 Days, Goodwin suggested that the station was some sort of storage facility. The blast door map notations state that the Arrow's primary function is a restocking and staging area for the D.I.H.G.
The Arrow is located in the jungle on the other side of the island from the Swan. It's about a four days walk from where the tail-section crashed into the ocean and about a day’s walk from another beach near the Arrow. The station appears to be built into the side of a mountain or cliff, rather than underground like the Swan.
The only known entrance to the Arrow is a door that is shrouded in hanging vegetation and thick undergrowth. On the inside of the door the text “QUARANTINE” is stenciled on in similar fashion to that of the Swan’s hatch. Unlike the Swan, the Arrow’s entrance does not contain a stairwell to go further down or an airlock. The passageway leads from the entrance directly into the interior of the station.
The interior of the Arrow seems to consist of only a few rooms. The station appears to have been long abandoned with a filthy interior and only a few objects inside. Electricity still runs in the Arrow, but only powers a couple of lamps and bare light bulbs. Electrical conduits and exposed wiring runs along the interior walls. The rooms are barren with concrete floors and concrete or rock walls. At least one of the rooms, however, appears to have been painted off-white with a teal border running along the bottom of the walls, but the paint has peeled and chipped. The large room contains several crates or containers and a shelf.
One of the crates was discovered inside the Arrow containing a Bible, a glass eye, and a two-way radio. The Bible was hollowed out to hide a reel of film containing missing footage from the Swan’s orientation video. This footage was given to Locke by Eko in What Kate Did and contained a warning about not using the Swan's computer terminal for anything other than inputting the code. Kelvin when asked by Desmond about the film, said that Radzinsky felt it needed to be edited. The best guess at this time is that Radzinsky placed the film splice in the bible.
The Arrow was abandoned by the tail-section survivors in order to trek across the island to the mis-section survivor’s beach camp.
Theories and Speculation
- Revealed as an Other in The Other 48 Days, it's possible that Goodwin was correct in saying the Arrow was a storage facility. That's assuming Goodwin had prior knowledge of the Arrow.
- The blast door map in the Swan shows the Arrow as one of six stations on the island. If the locations of the stations on the map correspond to their locations on the island, then the Arrow is indeed located on the other side of the island. The tail-section crash landing on the other side of the island would seem to confirm the general location of the Arrow.