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11th Feb '13 5:28:46 PM justanid
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--> ''In any city, in any country, go to any mental institution or halfway house you can get yourself to.''

The Holders series are several short stories about 538 objects which, if brought together, will cause the TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. There were originally 2538 objects, but 2000 of them were lost.

Each object is protected by a Holder, who presents a series of trials to anyone who seeks its object. Failing on any of these trials, [[DisproportionateRetribution no matter how insignificant your failure was,]] earns you a FateWorseThanDeath.[[hottip:*:Depending on your perspective, ''succeeding'' may earn you a FateWorseThanDeath.]]

Each of the stories details the exact sequence of steps you need to retrieve one of the objects. Most of them start with you going to a specific kind of place (often a "mental institution or halfway house") and asking to speak to the Holder of the object you want. You are then guided to a hidden section of the building, where after several trials you will meet the Holder, who will only answer one question (which is different for each Holder).

Originally from the {{Imageboards}}, can be found at several places on the Internet, one of them being http://www.theholders.org Another version, and the one many saw due to it being reported on Snopes.com, is [[http://thekingofwolves.webs.com/index.htm this one]], which also contains equally insane NightmareFuel "Easter eggs".

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!!The Holders series stories contain examples of:

* AbandonedHospital
* AlienGeometries - Most Holders are found in places within a building which cannot physically be there
* ArtifactOfDoom - (2)538 of them
* BodyHorror
* BrownNote - More than a handful of scenes and creatures in the trials are described as beyond normal human comprehension. And then, of course, there are the answers the Holders give.
* TheChosenOne - Mentioned in object 48, 90 and 92.
* ClingyMacGuffin - An Object cannot be thrown away, it will always come back
* {{Determinator}} - You must become this to collect all of the objects.
** Hell, even just collecting ONE object requires an excellent memory and probably some amazing concentration and physical skill. Managing to do it over 500 times is inhuman.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt - What will happen if they are brought together
* EnemyToAllLivingThings - Edo Edi Essum is described as a "living black hole". He absorbs the life of anything that he is near, and his voice causes all who hear it to [[FateWorseThanDeath die screaming in agony as they become a part of him for all of eternity]]. Once he devours the entire universe, he will devour himself. Also, he is trying to bring all of the Objects together.
* FateWorseThanDeath - If you fail any of the trials (and sometimes even if you succeed)
* FinalExamBoss - Taken to an extreme level with The Holder of [[http://www.theholders.org/?Holder_of_the_Journey the Journey]]: To start the test, you must tell the worker how you obtained each of your Objects. It's not so much a test of memory as it is a test of resolve, seeing as you'll remember every detail without flaw...the problem is more that it forces you to reflect on every atrocity you've inevitably committed to obtain the Objects before this one. It even outright ''says'' that unless you're a monster, you'll feel like your heart's been torn out once you finally finish.
* TheFinalTemptation - The Holder of [[http://www.theholders.org/?The_Holder_of_Remorse Remorse]]
* GoMadFromTheRevelation - What will happen from hearing the Holder's answer to the correct question unless your mind is strong enough
* GottaCatchEmAll - Doubly subverted. They must never be brought together. That doesn't stop the Seekers from trying, though.
* GottaKillThemAll - Subverted as a method of preventing disaster. If all of them are destroyed, they'll "unite in the destroyed state".
* LuckBasedMission - A number of the trials may still result in your death (or worse) even if you follow them exactly. An example is the Holder of the End - if he decides to stop muttering, you might be able to get him to start up again. If not? Run and pray.
** May be a variation of OnlyTheWorthyMayPass - some of the instructions imply that Seekers may be chosen by destiny, and so the "luck"-based missions may just depend solely on your chosen-ness rather than luck or skills.
* MostWritersAreMale - In any story where the reader's sex and/or gender are relevant, the reader is assumed to be a cisgender male.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast - "Edo Edi Essum" is Latin for "to eat", "to devour", or "to waste".
** Jack Empty may not seem like that scary of a name, until you realize that he's actually ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
* OurZombiesAreDifferent - The Sephiron
* RedRightHand - A lot of the Objects cause some kind of physical mutation or mutilation.
* ShoutOut - The Holder of [[http://theholders.org/?Holder_of_Time Time]] is [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]].
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt - The very last Object and its Holder.
* YouWillKnowWhatToDo - "Will you X when the time comes?" is a quite popular phrase used in the endings of most Holders entries.
* {{SuperpowerLottery}} - All of the objects are cursed and aren't supposed to give you face on superpowers, some are utterly useless and mundane, while others can be useful to the extent of what supernatural ability or knowledge you're granted from the object.
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--> ''In any city, in any country, go to any mental institution or halfway house you can get yourself to.''

The Holders series are several short stories about 538 objects which, if brought together, will cause the TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. There were originally 2538 objects, but 2000 of them were lost.

Each object is protected by a Holder, who presents a series of trials to anyone who seeks its object. Failing on any of these trials, [[DisproportionateRetribution no matter how insignificant your failure was,]] earns you a FateWorseThanDeath.[[hottip:*:Depending on your perspective, ''succeeding'' may earn you a FateWorseThanDeath.]]

Each of the stories details the exact sequence of steps you need to retrieve one of the objects. Most of them start with you going to a specific kind of place (often a "mental institution or halfway house") and asking to speak to the Holder of the object you want. You are then guided to a hidden section of the building, where after several trials you will meet the Holder, who will only answer one question (which is different for each Holder).

Originally from the {{Imageboards}}, can be found at several places on the Internet, one of them being http://www.theholders.org Another version, and the one many saw due to it being reported on Snopes.com, is [[http://thekingofwolves.webs.com/index.htm this one]], which also contains equally insane NightmareFuel "Easter eggs".

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!!The Holders series stories contain examples of:

* AbandonedHospital
* AlienGeometries - Most Holders are found in places within a building which cannot physically be there
* ArtifactOfDoom - (2)538 of them
* BodyHorror
* BrownNote - More than a handful of scenes and creatures in the trials are described as beyond normal human comprehension. And then, of course, there are the answers the Holders give.
* TheChosenOne - Mentioned in object 48, 90 and 92.
* ClingyMacGuffin - An Object cannot be thrown away, it will always come back
* {{Determinator}} - You must become this to collect all of the objects.
** Hell, even just collecting ONE object requires an excellent memory and probably some amazing concentration and physical skill. Managing to do it over 500 times is inhuman.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt - What will happen if they are brought together
* EnemyToAllLivingThings - Edo Edi Essum is described as a "living black hole". He absorbs the life of anything that he is near, and his voice causes all who hear it to [[FateWorseThanDeath die screaming in agony as they become a part of him for all of eternity]]. Once he devours the entire universe, he will devour himself. Also, he is trying to bring all of the Objects together.
* FateWorseThanDeath - If you fail any of the trials (and sometimes even if you succeed)
* FinalExamBoss - Taken to an extreme level with The Holder of [[http://www.theholders.org/?Holder_of_the_Journey the Journey]]: To start the test, you must tell the worker how you obtained each of your Objects. It's not so much a test of memory as it is a test of resolve, seeing as you'll remember every detail without flaw...the problem is more that it forces you to reflect on every atrocity you've inevitably committed to obtain the Objects before this one. It even outright ''says'' that unless you're a monster, you'll feel like your heart's been torn out once you finally finish.
* TheFinalTemptation - The Holder of [[http://www.theholders.org/?The_Holder_of_Remorse Remorse]]
* GoMadFromTheRevelation - What will happen from hearing the Holder's answer to the correct question unless your mind is strong enough
* GottaCatchEmAll - Doubly subverted. They must never be brought together. That doesn't stop the Seekers from trying, though.
* GottaKillThemAll - Subverted as a method of preventing disaster. If all of them are destroyed, they'll "unite in the destroyed state".
* LuckBasedMission - A number of the trials may still result in your death (or worse) even if you follow them exactly. An example is the Holder of the End - if he decides to stop muttering, you might be able to get him to start up again. If not? Run and pray.
** May be a variation of OnlyTheWorthyMayPass - some of the instructions imply that Seekers may be chosen by destiny, and so the "luck"-based missions may just depend solely on your chosen-ness rather than luck or skills.
* MostWritersAreMale - In any story where the reader's sex and/or gender are relevant, the reader is assumed to be a cisgender male.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast - "Edo Edi Essum" is Latin for "to eat", "to devour", or "to waste".
** Jack Empty may not seem like that scary of a name, until you realize that he's actually ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
* OurZombiesAreDifferent - The Sephiron
* RedRightHand - A lot of the Objects cause some kind of physical mutation or mutilation.
* ShoutOut - The Holder of [[http://theholders.org/?Holder_of_Time Time]] is [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]].
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt - The very last Object and its Holder.
* YouWillKnowWhatToDo - "Will you X when the time comes?" is a quite popular phrase used in the endings of most Holders entries.
* {{SuperpowerLottery}} - All of the objects are cursed and aren't supposed to give you face on superpowers, some are utterly useless and mundane, while others can be useful to the extent of what supernatural ability or knowledge you're granted from the object.
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4th Feb '13 7:25:29 PM theredlongitude
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* {{SuperpowerLottery}} - All of the objects are cursed and aren't supposed to give you face on superpowers, some are utterly useless and mundane, while others can be useful to the extent of what supernatural ability you're granted from the object.

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* {{SuperpowerLottery}} - All of the objects are cursed and aren't supposed to give you face on superpowers, some are utterly useless and mundane, while others can be useful to the extent of what supernatural ability or knowledge you're granted from the object.
11th Jan '13 1:39:35 PM Zeego
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* OurZombiesAreDifferent - The Sephiron
2nd Dec '12 12:06:24 AM Kuruni
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* TheChosenOne - Mentioned in object 48, 90 and 92.
4th Nov '12 2:16:09 PM TVRulezAgain
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* FinalExamBoss - Taken to an extreme level with The Holder of [[http://www.theholders.org/?Holder_of_the_Journey the Journey]]: To start the test, you must tell the worker how you obtained each of your Objects. It's not so much a test of memory as it is a test of resolve, seeing as you'll remember every detail without flaw...the problem is more that it forces you to reflect on every atrocity you've inevitably committed to obtain the Objects before this one. It even outright ''says'' that unless you're a CompleteMonster, you'll feel like your heart's been torn out once you finally finish.

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* FinalExamBoss - Taken to an extreme level with The Holder of [[http://www.theholders.org/?Holder_of_the_Journey the Journey]]: To start the test, you must tell the worker how you obtained each of your Objects. It's not so much a test of memory as it is a test of resolve, seeing as you'll remember every detail without flaw...the problem is more that it forces you to reflect on every atrocity you've inevitably committed to obtain the Objects before this one. It even outright ''says'' that unless you're a CompleteMonster, monster, you'll feel like your heart's been torn out once you finally finish.
27th Jul '12 12:07:43 PM DeepRecon
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* FinalExamBoss - Taken to an extreme level with The Holder of [[http://www.theholders.org/?Holder_of_the_Journey the Journey]]: To start the test, you must tell the worker every single method that you used to get all of the objects you currently have. Forget just one, and you lose all your objects and must start all over again. After ''that'', you must tell the Holder '''your entire life, leaving no details out.'''

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* FinalExamBoss - Taken to an extreme level with The Holder of [[http://www.theholders.org/?Holder_of_the_Journey the Journey]]: To start the test, you must tell the worker how you obtained each of your Objects. It's not so much a test of memory as it is a test of resolve, seeing as you'll remember every single method detail without flaw...the problem is more that it forces you used to get all of reflect on every atrocity you've inevitably committed to obtain the objects you currently have. Forget just one, and you lose all Objects before this one. It even outright ''says'' that unless you're a CompleteMonster, you'll feel like your objects and must start all over again. After ''that'', heart's been torn out once you must tell the Holder '''your entire life, leaving no details out.'''finally finish.
4th May '12 4:43:44 PM TVRulezAgain
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Originally from the {{Imageboards}}, can be found at several places on the Internet, one of them being http://www.theholders.org Another version, and the one many saw due to it being reported on Snopes.com, is [[http://thekingofwolves.webs.com/index.htm this one]], which also contains equally insane HighOctaneNightmareFuel "Easter eggs".

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Originally from the {{Imageboards}}, can be found at several places on the Internet, one of them being http://www.theholders.org Another version, and the one many saw due to it being reported on Snopes.com, is [[http://thekingofwolves.webs.com/index.htm this one]], which also contains equally insane HighOctaneNightmareFuel NightmareFuel "Easter eggs".
3rd May '12 2:47:01 PM Abodos
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The Holders series stories contain examples of:

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22nd Apr '12 5:37:47 PM Ryusui
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Each object is protected by a Holder, who presents a series of trials to anyone who seeks its object. Failing on any of these trials, [[DisproportionateRetribution no matter how insignificant your failure was,]] earns you a FateWorseThanDeath.

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Each object is protected by a Holder, who presents a series of trials to anyone who seeks its object. Failing on any of these trials, [[DisproportionateRetribution no matter how insignificant your failure was,]] earns you a FateWorseThanDeath.
FateWorseThanDeath.[[hottip:*:Depending on your perspective, ''succeeding'' may earn you a FateWorseThanDeath.]]
29th Mar '12 6:29:40 PM Gryphus
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* FinalExamBoss - Taken to an extreme level with The Holder of [[http://www.theholders.org/?Holder_of_the_Journey the Journey]]: To start the test, you must tell the worker every single method that you used to get all of the objects you currently have. Forget just one, and you lose all your objects and must start all over again. After ''that'', you must tell the Holder '''your entire life, leaving no details out.'''
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