History Literature / TheSickLand

28th Jun '16 1:34:05 AM dvorak
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* TwiceToldTale: it's ''Literature/RoadsidePicnic'' without the aliens or their SufficientlyAdvancedTechnology.
3rd May '16 5:34:03 PM aye_amber
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3rd May '16 5:29:49 PM aye_amber
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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]].
** 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]].
* [[spoiler: GovernmentConspiracy: Alex gets caught in one.]]

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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]].
stated.]]
** In a late entry Alex asks a researcher about the possible medical applications about [[spoiler: Subject 83's regenerative abilities]]. 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]].
world.]]
* [[spoiler: GovernmentConspiracy: Alex gets caught in one.]] ]]



* ImAHumanitarian: [[spoiler: Sergei after he gets mutated by ''mal''.]]

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* ImAHumanitarian: [[spoiler: Sergei after he gets mutated by ''mal''.]]''mal.'']]



* 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]].
* 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]].
* 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]].

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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]]. 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]].
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]].
died.]]
* 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]].
ago.]]
* MercyKill: Alex gives them to [[spoiler: Ivana]] and to [[spoiler: the old woman in the cave]]. cave.]] Unfortunately [[spoiler: the second of these seems to have been what vastly sped up the Sick Land expanding across the planet]].planet.]]



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

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



** 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]].

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** The March 31 Entry. [[spoiler: Bob commits suicide]].
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]].
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]].

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* 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]]. out.]] By May 9 [[spoiler: Sergei is transformed into a monster and kills Xi]].Xi.]]
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3rd May '16 5:25:23 PM aye_amber
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* ChekhovsGun: Invoked. [[spoiler: In a dream/vision Bob shows Alex a gun placed in a safe place and how to get it so that Alex can use it to defend himself from the mutated Sergei later.]]

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* ChekhovsGun: Invoked. {{Invoked|Trope}}. [[spoiler: In a dream/vision dream / vision Bob shows Alex a gun placed in a safe place and how to get it so that Alex can use it to defend himself from the mutated Sergei later.]]



* CriticalExistenceFailure: It's rumored that this can happen to someone in the Sick Lands. No matter what state they're in when it happens they just kind of, ''stop existing''.

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* CriticalExistenceFailure: It's rumored that this can happen to someone in the Sick Lands. No matter what state they're in when it happens they just kind of, ''stop existing''.existing.''



** [[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]].]]
* EldritchLocation: The Sick Land sometimes does not follow normal rules. It's possible to spend more time travelling from one place than it took to get there using the exact same route and for entire research facilities to simply cease existing.

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** [[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]].]]
off.]]]]
* EldritchLocation: The Sick Land sometimes does not follow normal rules. It's possible to spend more time travelling traveling from one place than it took to get there using the exact same route and for entire research facilities to simply cease existing.



* ForbiddenZone: The Sick Lands, but the worst part is that [[spoiler: it's ''spreading''. It moves slowly but it's going to start engulfing things eventually. The government has covered up the fact that it's spreading in order to prevent panic.]]
** According to the old woman [[spoiler: from Alex's dream]], ''the land itself literally hates people''.


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* ForbiddenZone: The Sick Lands, but the worst part is that [[spoiler: it's ''spreading.'' It moves slowly but it's going to start engulfing things eventually. The government has covered up the fact that it's spreading in order to prevent panic.]]
** According to the old woman [[spoiler: from Alex's dream,]] ''the land itself literally hates people.''
3rd May '16 5:23:12 PM aye_amber
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* ApatheticCitizens: Most of the world, while aware of the Sick Land, doesn't seem terribly worried about it [[spoiler: despite the fact that it is ''spreading'']]. Similarly, [[spoiler: the Facility scientists not only simply sit and observe the Sick Land as it spreads, but don't even care to figure out how the equipment they use works or what their findings really mean, just sending them to another department.]]

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* ApatheticCitizens: Most of the world, while aware of the Sick Land, doesn't seem terribly worried about it [[spoiler: despite the fact that it is ''spreading'']]. ''spreading.'']] Similarly, [[spoiler: the Facility scientists not only simply sit and observe the Sick Land as it spreads, but don't even care to figure out how the equipment they use works or what their findings really mean, just sending them to another department.]]



* BreatherEpisode: After the harrowing experiences of his Sick Lands expedition and working with [[NightmareFuel Subject 83]], Alex finds himself working with Subject 407, who is basically normal except with a large right arm. He even lampshades how much of a welcome break it is.
* BrownNote: The ''mal'' appears to be a version of this. It doesn't seem to have any physical component (bacteria, virus, etc.) and doesn't act as any known contaminant should, randomly infecting people with random mutations, with little regard to exposure or contact, acting more like a ''force'' in the Sick Land then an actual infection.
* BodyHorror: In Alex's [[spoiler: weird dreams about Bob, Bob is increasingly decomposed with each subsequent dream. At the same time, a piece of ''mal'' keeps growing more and more and spreading across his arm and ''devouring it''. Yikes.]]

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* BreatherEpisode: After the harrowing experiences of his Sick Lands expedition and working with [[NightmareFuel Subject 83]], Alex finds himself working with Subject 407, who is basically normal except with a large right arm. He even lampshades how much of a welcome break it is.
* BrownNote: The ''mal'' appears to be a version of this. It doesn't seem to have any physical component (bacteria, virus, etc.) and doesn't act as any known contaminant should, randomly infecting people with random mutations, with little regard to exposure or contact, acting more like a ''force'' in the Sick Land then an actual infection.
* BodyHorror: In Alex's [[spoiler: weird dreams about Bob, Bob is increasingly decomposed with each subsequent dream. At the same time, a piece of ''mal'' keeps growing more and more and spreading across his arm and ''devouring it''. it.'' Yikes.]]



** [[http://thesickland.blogspot.com/2013/11/eighty-three.html Subject 83]]. ''Holy shit''.

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** [[http://thesickland.blogspot.com/2013/11/eighty-three.html Subject 83]]. 83.]] ''Holy shit''.shit.''


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* BreatherEpisode: After the harrowing experiences of his Sick Lands expedition and working with [[NightmareFuel Subject 83,]] Alex finds himself working with Subject 407, who is basically normal except with a large right arm. He even lampshades how much of a welcome break it is.
* BrownNote: The ''mal'' appears to be a version of this. It doesn't seem to have any physical component (bacteria, virus, etc.) and doesn't act as any known contaminant should, randomly infecting people with random mutations, with little regard to exposure or contact, acting more like a ''force'' in the Sick Land than an actual infection.
3rd May '16 5:20:40 PM aye_amber
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''[[http://thesickland.blogspot.co.uk The Sick Land]]'' is the blog of Alex Case, a researcher based at a remote station on the outskirts of an area called The Sick Land. The Sick Land radiates a malign influence called the ''mal''. It warps life forms, damages machinery, drives researchers insane, and sometimes worse...

A surprisingly effective CosmicHorrorStory, ''The Sick Land'' has concluded after a ten-month run. Definitely not for [[BodyHorror the faint of heart]].

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''[[http://thesickland.blogspot.co.uk The Sick Land]]'' is the blog of Alex Case, a researcher based at a remote station on the outskirts of an area called The Sick Land. The Sick Land radiates a malign influence called the ''mal''. ''mal.'' It warps life forms, damages machinery, drives researchers insane, and sometimes worse...

worse...

A surprisingly effective CosmicHorrorStory, ''The Sick Land'' has concluded after a ten-month run. Definitely not for [[BodyHorror the faint of heart]]. heart.]]






* AbandonedArea: The Sick Lands ''used'' to be inabited, before the ''mal'' started spreading. Now all but one of it's inhabitants have just disappeared.
* AmbiguousGender: the narrator, Alex, could be an "Alexandra" just as much as an "Alexander", and the narration gives no clues as to the character's sex.

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* AbandonedArea: The Sick Lands ''used'' to be inabited, inhabited, before the ''mal'' started spreading. Now all but one of it's its inhabitants have just disappeared.
* AmbiguousGender: the narrator, Alex, could be an "Alexandra" just as much as an "Alexander", "Alexander," and the narration gives no clues as to the character's sex.sex.
* ApatheticCitizens: Most of the world, while aware of the Sick Land, doesn't seem terribly worried about it [[spoiler: despite the fact that it is ''spreading'']]. Similarly, [[spoiler: the Facility scientists not only simply sit and observe the Sick Land as it spreads, but don't even care to figure out how the equipment they use works or what their findings really mean, just sending them to another department.]]



* ApatheticCitizens: Most of the world, while aware of the Sick Land, doesn't seem terribly worried about it [[spoiler: despite the fact that it is ''spreading'']]. Similarly, [[spoiler: the Facility scientists not only simply sit and observe the Sick Land as it spreads, but don't even care to figure out how the equipment they use works or what their findings really mean, just sending them to another department.]]
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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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
** 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]].
**
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]].
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