Happy Birthday,Reach. This slenderblog is a peculiar gem even amongst the general strangeness that makes up the slender-community at large. The central protagonist is an Anti-Hero Reach, a former Revenant (aka, an elite trooper in Slender Man's army of darkness) who served Slender Man loyally for forty years.He wasn't always this way, though. He was originally a young man called Raymond Shaughnessy from Ireland who became haunted by Slender Man, but was offered the chance to join him and thus protect his fiancee Ariana and their unborn child. So he agreed to Slim's terms and was thus twisted and morphed into a Revenant; an unaging, super-strong, hypersensitised Humanoid Abomination. He said it was very painful. From there, he did Slendy's bidding more and more willingly with each passing year for four decades, harassing, attacking and killing Runners and Conduits (humans with the ability to channel the same energy that gives Slendy his power). One of his victims was Thage of Peering In From The Outside.Sometime last year, when the Slenderblogs became a community, Slendy ordered his pawn to register at blogspot and keep tabs on the the Runners and such. This, however, backfired when conversing with the bloggers (Amelia in particular, especially on the subject of his fianceÚ's death, but also Robert, Zero and Nessa) caused Reach to have a Heel Face Turn and eventually rebel against his master and go on the run on December 4th. He was running alone for about a month and a half before a series of events lead to him almost having a Heroic BSOD and giving up. However, he was talked out of it by Thage and decided to team up with The London Librarian, Ava, investigating theories about Slender Man and seeking out a weapon that might be able to destroy the Slender Man. This did not go well.After narrowly escaping Slender Man and Redlight in Ireland, Reach was rendered human again and the two traveled to America to help Robert Sagel and the Delmont Family, which ultimately resulted in Reach caring for a comatose Ava at Thage's house for several weeks.Then, the two-part Another Day, Another Lie and I Am Raymond Shaughnessy revealed that the entire persona of Reach was created by Slender Man, so that Reach would "infect" the blogosphere with the concept of Revenants, causing the Masquerade Effect to take hold, making people believe in non-existent superpowers so that they'd spend all their time fighting shadows instead of working against Slender Man. The blog took a very different turn after that revelation, with the introduction of Slendy's new lieutenant, Eulogy, and Reach becoming a pawn to not only the Slender Man, but two mysterious entities called Nocturne and the Hanging Man.The blog ended when Reach and a pregnant Ava journeyed to Egypt to try and find another weapon inside the Herakleopolis Magna. This led to a final confrontation between Eulogy and Reach culminating in Reach's apparent death at the hands of Slender Man.
Also Reach revealed that things of Slender Man's sphere of influence, such as wood, are harmful to him when defiled and turned against him i.e. a sealed room with a wooden door is like a separate universe and Slendy finds it very difficult to get inside them. However, most importantly, he revealed that certain humans called Conduits have the natural ability to channel the energy of the Dark World where Slendy lives, an ability that could potentially allow a Conduit to physically harm Slender Man.
It's also implied that the secret of the quarry, which Reach used to guard, is something which can harm Slendy.
The secret was a powerful artifact called the Heel that allowed certain humans to channel Slender Man's own power against him. It was destroyed by Redlight.
Batman Gambit: The Slender Man pulled this on pretty much the entire blogosphere, injecting the lie of the Revenants to scatter their attention and keep them from focusing on him. However, Reach managed to uncover the memories, (due in part to the Slender Man apparently not understanding that memories cannot be truly erased, only hidden) and reveal the illusion for what it is. Other such super-powered characters connected to Slim may be like this as well...
Being Evil Sucks: Yes, yes it does. Reach has spent entire blog entries telling us why.
Body Horror: The process of becoming a Revenant. He was sent to Slendy's Dark Worldthen had every bone in his body broken and then was twisted and stretched and broken again several times over by Slender Man until he was completely transformed into a Revenant. Brr.
The Dragon: The story has three (possibly four) examples; Reach himself, Slate and Eulogy all act as Slendy's liuetenant at various points in the story. The possible fourth is Hammer, Eulogy's Dragon, depending on whether you consider Eulogy to be a Big Bad in his own right.
"@Thage - You know, you really are quite amazing. I could fall for a woman like you, if I wasn't twenty-six years your mental elder, fourteen years your physical younger, an inhuman abomination and you weren't a lesbian."
Heel Face Turn: When he first appeared as a commenter on blogs, he was very much loyal to Slender Man and under his control, but eventually by observing the community's struggles (in particular throughout the late November wham episodes) paired with his growning sympathy for them, he had a change of heart. He was trying to work out how to defect when the late November attacks happened and one of his fellow Revenants found out about his increasing sympathy towards the Runners and attacked him, essentially giving Reach the push he needed to get off Team Slender.
Heroic Sacrifice: To a certain extent, he sacrificed his humanity for his family, effectively killing Raymond Shaughnessy and becoming Reach instead.
It seemed this way after he and Ava raided the quarry, but he survived.
It doesn't look like he survived the Magna though.
Hope Spot: The second to last post is him preparing to "drop out of the run" with Ava, to live happily ever after. It doesn't work.
Humanoid Abomination: For once, not just Slender Man, but also our protagonist, Reach and his peers. He's a fifty-seven-year-old with the super-strong body of a seventeen-year-old who can take conscious control of his body.
Sadistic Choice: When Redlight took over the blog, the commenters were given a choice between having Reach killed or having an innocent who was actually his daughter, Catherine killed. Luckily, Robert thought of a way for them to Take a Third Option.
Each blog post during the final arc is the name of a song by The Beatles.
Super Senses: A blessing and a weakness for Reach and the other Revenants. On one hand, it gives them a edge when tracking down Runners, but they also have to be very careful about what they do, where they go, what they wear, and what they eat (Reach only eats salted crackers). Being tossed in a frozen-over lake killed one immediately from the shock.
Reach has even described being touched as the sensation of pins and needles.
What Could Have Been: According to Word Of God, if not for RobertTaking A Third Option and saving him and his mother Catherine from Redlight's Sadistic Choice, things would have gone one of two ways. First way: Reach would have died and Catherine would have become the protagonist. She would have researched the Slender Man and started a tense partnership with Ava. At the end, Eulogy would have killed her family, she would have killed Eulogy, and then left the community, wandering alone for the rest of her life. Second way: Reach would have survived but blamed the community for Catherine's death, hunted down the ones who had voted to let her die, and rejoined the Slender Man to get vengeance before ultimately being killed by Thage.