History Literature / TheSickLand

19th Jan '16 2:22:55 PM Timurlame
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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The Sick Land is located somewhere in central Asia, in territory that was part of the Soviet Union. Beyond that, nothing more of mundane geography is specified.
12th Jul '15 1:12:29 PM GrantMK2
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: In a late entry Alex asks a researcher about the possible medical applications about [[spoiler: Subject 83's regenerative abilities]]. They point out that there aren't any, since it wouldn't work away from the Sick Land anyway. [[spoiler: It turns out that most of the actual research is an attempt to get humans physically ready for when the Sick Land encompasses the world]].

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** Early on Alex muses about the Sick Land and how it advances maybe an inch a decade, but the governments generally try to keep it quiet because people wouldn't understand the distances involved and unnecessarily panic. [[spoiler: Alex later learns that's actually a lie to keep people from panicking and that the Sick Land has expanded much further than is publicly stated]].
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In a late entry Alex asks a researcher about the possible medical applications about [[spoiler: Subject 83's regenerative abilities]]. They point out that there aren't any, since it wouldn't work away from the Sick Land anyway. [[spoiler: It turns out that most of the actual research is an attempt to get humans physically ready for when the Sick Land encompasses the world]].
12th Jul '15 1:08:44 PM GrantMK2
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: In a late entry Alex asks a researcher about the possible medical applications about [[spoiler: Subject 83's regenerative abilities]]. They point out that there aren't any, since it wouldn't work away from the Sick Land anyway. [[spoiler: It turns out that most of the actual research is an attempt to get humans physically ready for when the Sick Land encompasses the world]].
12th Jul '15 12:59:53 PM GrantMK2
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* MercyKill: Alex gives them to [[spoiler: Ivana]] and to [[spoiler: the old woman in the cave]]. Unfortunately [[spoiler: the second of these seems to have been what vastly sped up the Sick Land expanding across the planet]].
12th Jul '15 12:38:07 PM GrantMK2
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* MentalTimeTravel: Somehow an ancient artifact [[spoiler: allows Alex to get in contact with an old woman who used to live in the Sick Land possibly tens of thousands of years ago]].



* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Xi's reaction to the Sick Land, wanting nothing more than for all the procedures to be gone through so she can get away. [[spoiler: She's killed just after they finally get it done]].



** The ''Smith'' Entry. It's made clear to Alex that [[spoiler: all the work about measuring the Sick Land and exploring it is just for show. The only real research is how to find ways to use ''mal'' to make humans more able to survive when the Sick Land inevitably expands across the planet]].

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** The March 31 Entry. [[spoiler: Bob commits suicide]].
** The May 9 Entry: [[spoiler: Just as it looked like Xi and Sergei might be allowed to leave, the ''mal'' turns Sergei into a monster and he kills Xi]].
** The ''Smith'' Entry. It's made clear to Alex that [[spoiler: all the work about measuring the Sick Land and exploring it is just for show. The only real research is how to find ways to use ''mal'' to make humans more able to survive when the Sick Land inevitably expands across the planet]].planet]].
* YankTheDogsChain: By May 7 they've finally gone through everything they need to in order to [[spoiler: have a relief sent out so Xi and possibly Sergei can get out]]. By May 9 [[spoiler: Sergei is transformed into a monster and kills Xi]].
12th Jul '15 12:26:00 PM GrantMK2
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* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: [[spoiler: Pretty much every single piece of equipment that has anything to do with ''mal'']] which explains why even the people [[spoiler: at the second facility can't actually explain the machinery or math to Alex]]. Turns out it all comes from [[spoiler: some species of humanoid creatures who live underneath the second facility, who seem to use a ritual involving violence and ''mal'' to make random pieces of machines work]].
* {{Jerkass}}: Assuming it wasn't the ''mal'' influencing him, Howard Phillips seems to have been this. During his time [[spoiler: at the crater he showed no concern for his fellow explorers' safety, constantly made clear in his journal that he thought they were all useless, left a very sick explorer alone at the camp while he and the only other explorer went off exploring and didn't even seem to feel at all guilty when the man died]].



* ShoutOut: A 19th century explorer who traveled to the Sick Land was named [[Creator/HPLovecraft Howard Phillips]].



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** The ''Smith'' Entry. It's made clear to Alex that [[spoiler: all the work about measuring the Sick Land and exploring it is just for show. The only real research is how to find ways to use ''mal'' to make humans more able to survive when the Sick Land inevitably expands across the planet]].
17th Nov '14 8:01:49 PM Timurlame
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* SomewhereAnEquestrianIsCrying: Alex mentions his mule vomiting when they're deep in the Yellow Zone. Mules, like all equines, are incapable of vomiting. On the other hand, [[FridgeHorror we know The Sick Land warps physiology...]]
2nd Mar '14 3:00:12 PM Zarester
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** [[spoiler: The machines the scientists use in the upper levels of the Facility. They apparently come from the cave underground, where creatures seem to get them to work through strange and violent rituals. When Alex looks inside them, he finds that they are full of random parts, having no right to actually work. Nonetheless, the scientists use them, even though they have no real understanding of how they work or even what their findings mean.]]
2nd Mar '14 2:52:53 PM Zarester
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** [[spoiler: Alex as he dies. He describes that his skin is sloughing off, hanging from his body in strips, and that he intermittently spits out his own teeth. It's no wonder he considers the Facility caving in and crushing him a preferable death.]]



** [[spoiler: The huge thing in the underground lake. Nothing much is told about it, but the Sick Lands expanded all over the world after [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Alex seemed to piss it off]].]]



** Then Alex is shifted to the [[spoiler: Facility, where he's ''supposed'' to be this, but most of the scientists immediately available don't seem to know any more than him.]]

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** Then Alex is shifted to the [[spoiler: Facility, where he's ''supposed'' supposed to be this, but most of the scientists immediately available don't seem to know any more than him.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: The Sick Land suddenly expanded across the world after Alex seemed to piss off the huge thing in the underground lake by destroying what might have been the creatures' offering to it. Granted, it was established that the Sick Land was expanding anyway, but his actions seemed to have sped it up.
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2nd Jan '14 3:53:41 AM TheNoun
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A surprisingly effective CosmicHorrorStory, ''The Sick Land'' has only fairly recently started and is still going strong. Definitely not for [[BodyHorror the faint of heart]].

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A surprisingly effective CosmicHorrorStory, ''The Sick Land'' has only fairly recently started and is still going strong.concluded after a ten-month run. Definitely not for [[BodyHorror the faint of heart]].
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