It started off as an innocent little thing, a YouTube page for Noah Maxwell's class project on the Twelve Tribes of Israel. However, soon afterward, the project was cancelled for unknown reasons. The news became worse when Noah received word that his childhood friend and closest cousin, Milo Asher, was found dead in his room. Noah wanted to change the page from a project page to a dedication page, so Milo would be remembered. However, as he watched the old videos of himself and Milo, he noticed things...things he never saw before, but Milo did.Something that terrified him.Tribe Twelve is yet another chapter of The Slender Man Mythos, similar in vein to Marble Hornets. Noah documents himself after finding something much worse in his videos. As per Slender Man videos, it's...pretty frightening.Can be watched here, with the wiki here. Noah's twitter can be found here. He also has a Formspring account, but when Formspring was thought to be shutting down, he also made an ask.fm account. Interviews with creator Adam Rosner can be found here Media Meltdown Interview or here (The other interview is down thanks to Mega Upload no longer existing, however Adam, the creator, will soon post it with his own special touch on his own channel.)Has a Characters page in need of some love.
The story provides examples of:
Alien Geometries: The Halloween Hotel video is full of these, and most recently, Habit's house and the surrounding neighborhood in Severance and Bridge to Nowhere.
All There in the Manual: The interviews shed some light on previously unknown info, both behind the scenes and in game.
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: HABIT has been shown to be a bad guy by torturing people physically and psychologically, killing them in brutal and painful ways, and...sending Noah (who is Jewish) a letter with a Christmas decoration around the border.
Ascended Meme: In Nature Trail Visit, Noah briefly looks at the boardwalk, then says "No. Nope. Nope nope nope." The reaction of "Nope nope nope" to something terrifying is a common occurrence on Image Boards.
Author Appeal: The creator is interested in Optometry, explaining the use of eyes all over the place.
Ax-Crazy: With the second part of the Thanksgiving Tapes, and the Nature Trail Visit, it seemed Noah was slipping into this.
Sarah: Noah... Why do you have a knife?
Noah: *laughing, covered in blood* Hahaha... I don't know! Hahahaha!
Backmasking: INTERRUPTION has Mr. Sandman playing backwards over it.
"INTERCEPTION" uses a reversed versions of Pendulum's "The Other Side", Vangelis's Chariots of Fire, Gotye's State of The Art, Boards of Canada's The Devil is in the Details and Pendulum's The Other Side.
Blatant Lies: Noah wisely doesn't give the Order true information about his relationship to Mary and Milo but lies close enough to the truth that it could be plausible. Unfortunately he messes up or just lost his head from the tension and gives them the names of the people who helped him find them.
Briefcase Full of Money: Extraordinary Circumstances - Noah pops open the briefcase and finds an assortment of Milo's old possessions. Then he notices a layer of black paper covering up something else. We see his gobsmacked expression long enough to imagine something creepy - before he reveals several stacks of hundreds. It might not be movie-star level money, but it's enough to warrant his surprise. How the money got there is another matter.
The Call Knows Where You Live: Soon after posting the videos, Noah starts hearing inexplicable noises in his house. Then the Observer breaks in, knocking out the lights in the process, and leaves a package for him.
Cat Scare: Milo goes out to poke around the outside of the house, and nearly jumps out of his skin when an AC unit turns on behind him. He runs into Slender Man immediately after.
The Cracker: The Observer, a mysterious person (or possibly Humanoid Abomination) who makes a habit of hijacking Noah's account and posting hints/demands (and talks to people on Twitter). He also seems to be able to insert messages and frames into Noah's videos.
Also a talented engineer, as revealed by the audio recorder he built.
Creepy Monotone: Milo's dialogue in the first conversation on Submission 5. "I-don't-want-to-talk-about-it."
Crossover: "Envelope" seems to imply one with Everyman HYBRID thanks to a Dr. C, a burned letter, and a very HABITesque note. That is was crossed with purple tape and signed "We're all creatures of" means it's probably from HABIT himself.
"Dr. C" was briefly thought to refer to Dr. Cairo instead, but was later Jossed with an entry on Twitter. (compileTruth would later cross over with TribeTwelve for real in the episode "Florida and Vermont", in which Dr. Cairo conducts a brief interview with Noah.)
The series crosses over once again with Everyman HYBRID in "DEUS EX MACHINA", which reveals that HABIT has freed Firebrand from the Administrator's control.
The two-part episode "Severance"/"Bridge to Nowhere" gives us yet another full crossover with Everyman HYBRID, as HABIT transports Noah to his "house" for a lesson on the meaning (and application of) the Collective symbol. Noah also has a bizarre encounter with Jeff after stumbling into an alternate dimension that appears to be the "Candleverse".
In the beginning of "Bridge to Nowhere", Noah also inquires about his location from passing motorist Lee of WhisperedFaith.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: After the previous online files he got from the Observer self-destructed, Noah deliberately took steps to avoid it happening again.
Eldritch Location: The alternate dimension Noah stumbles into in "Bridge to Nowhere" certainly fits the bill: colors are harshly distorted, stairs and hallways loop in on themselves, and the air is permeated by an ominous buzzing sound; spending only a brief time there causes nosebleeds and Sanity Slippage. While in the realm, Noah finds himself stalked by HABIT (and possibly The Administrator), and at one point runs into Jeff (who has been dead for over two years). Fans have speculated that the dimension is actually the "Candleverse", the spirit world seen in one of the hidden videos in EverymanHYBRID.
Enemy Mine: In order to free himself from the Administrator's control, Firebrand was forced to seek assistance from none other than HABIT (whom he refers to as "a loathsome entity with mutual interests").
Some of the Slender-moments are barely there for a second before they vanish.
Even in the Introduction. During the "In Memory" picture, look towards the left, in the background.
Also in the first video, you can very briefly see an operator symbol for a split second just before the end.
The last frame of My Grandfather Karl contains a message: "Not safe".
There's also several in Unboxing, as noted below in Mind Screw.
The final frame of Box Analysis shows a distorted black and white image of what looks like the Observer, along with the words "FORGIVE ME" (Foreshadowing the reveal of the Observer's unwilling host).
The Device has the message You will soon remember hidden in the middle of the video as well as one bonus frame at the end.
Likewise, Device Analysis has We will have you.
And "Device Findings" has AGAIN.
Device Analysis also has another, less traditional example. Near the 1:20 mark when Noah points the camera on himself, you can see something that looks like a person moving down the hall behind him.
They are all over the place in November 11th. Just one example would be near the middle when we see Kevin for the first time. ONE OF US.
"Obituary" contains several frames of an inHABITed Evan which appear at random points in the video.
In Extraordinary Circumstances, when Firebrand appears in the doorway, the words "Hello Everyone" are briefly superimposed over a picture on Noah's desk. The final frame of the video shows a picture of Firebrand smiling, along with the message "Try not to spend it all."
Friends Rent Control: Noah apparently lives all alone in a large house with a swimming pool since 2008.
On his Formspring, he explained that it is a summer home owned by his parents.
Future Me Scares Me: Despite Firebrand's Heel-Face Turn during the 11-11-12 Livestream, Noah is understandably disturbed to learn that his future self is a member of the Collective.
Hope Spot: "Interception" opens with the Observer claiming that Noah has won the game and is free to go, just for the sake of going "NOT!" When Firebrand hacks his broadcast and delivers what looks like genuine advice, he finds it rather less funny.
Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: Noah has had several supernatural experiences coincide with holidays and birthdays. Most recently was a Twitter conversation with the Observer on Valentine's Day 2012.
Incredibly Lame Pun: Actually kind of brilliant when Noah's conducting his Secret Parent Interview. As he and his mother are talking, the Slender Man rises up in the window in the background. Then at one point, while Noah's mother is dismissively talking about Karl, she waves her hand, which comes between the camera and Slendy, seemingly erasing him from sight. In other words, she literally hand waved him away. Happens again during a moment where Noah ponders his insanity in November 11th.
In Memoriam: It started off as this for Noah's cousin, Milo. Until he began to notice something in the tapes...
Invisible to Normals: Slender Man doesn't make much of an effort to hide himself in the first few entries, but Noah only sees what Milo was worried about after watching the recordings.
I Shall Taunt You: The Observer is apparently quite fond of this- his messages for Noah are much less cryptic than those of other series' mysterious interlocutors, preferring straight-up mockery. For example, after Noah was first abducted for a week, Observer put his knife back in his hand after writing "USELESS" on the handle.
On the Valentine's Day livestream, Noah's mom tells him that Milo's stepdad John Fletcher is dead. They both suspect Mary Asher murdered him.
On the same livestream, Sarah tells Noah that Kat has been killed too.
Later revealed that Noah did it.
In "Several Months from Hell", Noah reveals that following Sarah's abduction by The Collective on Twitter, he found her name in the obituaries. Caused by self-inflicted stab wounds. Supposedly.
As of Obituary: Mary Asher.
The Killer In Me: In "Catharsis", Noah admits that he did indeed murder Kat, under the influence of Observer and possibly Slendy. The guilt seems to be one of the major reasons he was resigning himself to his fate.
Lost Episode: The 11/11/12 Livestream, due to recording difficulties. To summarize what happened: Noah is pretty much going through a Despair Event Horizon by the time it gets to the appointed time. When it's finally 11:11, Observer doesn't show up. It looks like the Observer is messing with Noah; but then Noah gets a message from some "F" that he's trying to protect him. It turns out he has only been delayed by an hour. Once it strikes 12, something appears that we don't see and Noah disappears for a few minutes all the while backwards music is playing. Noah returns and is in a shock at what happened. He then finds the private video which is playing the same music and at the end of it is puking due to what he saw. By the end he's alive, but wishes he was dead after what he saw.
In The Live Stream Incident, we get a better look at what happened, including where Noah went during that time. He is sent to different points in time, first to the inside of his closet during "The Device" in order to deliver the rubber ball to his past self (the banging coming from the closet in the video was him trying to get out). Then he goes to the hotel during "November 11th" and sees himself get taken by Slender Man (from the spot where he said Firebrand was standing, making him realize that he is Firebrand). Then he gets put in front of himself doing the livestream a couple of minutes ago, right before he got sent back to the closet. Finally he gets back to his room after the music ends, where he comes back to the stream and watches "INTERCEPTION" before ending the stream and going to bed.
Meaningful Background Event: In Secret Parent Interview, Slendy appears in the darkened background while Noah talks with his parents. Fairly easy to miss, unless you read the video description before watching.
In 'Several Months of Hell', The Observer makes his presence known.
Meaningful Name: As one person on Formspring pointed out, Asher of the Twelve Tribes sold his brother into slavery.
The first bit of weirdness during Night Recording: the image flickers and is briefly replaced by a swimming pool at night in a lightning storm. And to add to that, Slendy's hidden in the picture.Oh Crap.
The images from Submission 6, after Milo is apparently captured by the Slender Man.
The stuff Noah gets in the box left in Night Recording. In the Unboxing video, random words and images sometimes appear on screen: one is a picture of Slendy, shortly after are words saying "He Knows What I Have Done", and the last "I will wait for you", while a picture of tentacled Slendy dominates the screen. Also doubles as a Freeze-Frame Bonus, as noted above.
Curiously enough, not the Observer-nightmarish imagery aside, he's actually pretty straightforward (if laconic).
Northern Trip Footage does before the plane even takes off.
Mundane Utility: HABIT scoffs on using the Severing Signaka the Observer symbol for hacking computer accounts and not the way it was intended (hacking people), but admits that it can be used that way and much more.
Nice Hat: The hat Noah is wearing in Nature Trail Visit.
Offscreen Teleportation: The Slender Man, as usual. Most triumphant example: In Submission 6, he's in a closet in the living room around 20 feet away, and leans behind the doorjamb, out of view. After a moment, he leans out from behind the doorjamb of the bathroom, five feet away from the camera.
In Secret Parent Interview, Slender Man appears in the background as Noah and his mom are talking. When his mom gesticulates and her hand blocks the spot where Slender Man stands for a split-second, he vanishes.
Since it's Slenderman it probably just moves as fast as it wants, sometimes we see the being walking in other series, sometimes it's locomotion by tentacle arms, most of the time it teleports, in this video it moved in a sort of stop motion animation thingy type way
Oh Crap: Noah's reaction listening to the message on the device.
Noah: There's no way that just happened.
Painting the Medium: Each member of the Collective uses their own distinctive font in the videos, indicative of their personality. Observer uses chaotic, pulsating chicken scratches written in all caps. Firebrand uses a basic, typewriter-like font. Deadhead uses a cursive font.
Precision F-Strike: INTERCEPTION has two from the Observer. "TIME'S UP BITCH", directed at Noah in a taunting manner for not being able to get the journal in time, and "SHUT THE FUCK UP", directed at Firebrand for interrupting his broadcast.
"Bridge to Nowhere" has a glorious one when HABIT mocks Noah's constant use of "Fuck you." Noah's reply?
Noah: "FUCK you! Fuck you, and everything you stand for, you cocksucker!"
If his personal Facebook is anything to go by, one was a real nosebleed after a bike accident, and the other was a red pen that was heated and broken onto a tissue.
Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Collective. Spoken about by the Observer on Formspring — he doesn't say how many members form this group but five of them are named: Deadhead, Mr. Scars, Cursor, Persolus, Swain, and Firebrand. They, along with several others yet to be named, are shown in the video "HAPPYBIRTHDAY."
"Catharsis" confirmed that Noah was slated to be forced into The Collective on the 11th of November.
Real Life Writes the Plot: Word of God says there was some bad blood between Adam/Noah and Sarah from Thanksgiving, resulting in delays and difficulties getting all of the Thanksgiving footage shot properly.
Word of God says the same of Milo's actor, Kyle, wanting to start his life anew, but luckily he was able to film important things before he left. More Word of God info on both these matters here Media Meltdown Interview and (Other interview currently not available, see description).
Recap Episode: 'Several Months in Hell' serves mostly as this, while still hinting towards a new lead. It also helps those who only follow the main channel instead of the Formspring and Twitter.
Halloween Hotel itself seems to be a shout out to Entry 23 of Marble Hornets, namely the part of the protagonist suddenly finding himself trapped in an Eldritch Location while pursuing an enigmatic figure somehow connected to the tall guy. The sudden transition from day to night also occurs in both videos.
In a possible shout-out to the Slenderman fandom, Noah says that he picked up the audio device for "[t]wenty bucks...I don't remember..." to which Edward replies that someone could sell the device for "a lot more than twenty dollars". The Slender fan community has a Running Joke about Slenderman wanting/needing $20.
In the November 11 video, Noah says "It's really fucking with my mind Something Awful." (Slenderman having originated from some creepypasta pics on the site's forums)
In Extraordinary Circumstances, Noah finds a tape and uses the words "more tapes" in response after the common instances of tape-finding in Marble Hornets.
Split Personality: Kevin/The Observer. This was hinted at by Kevin's first on-camera appearance (which revealed that he looks a lot like the person silhouetted in the Observer's videos), and finally confirmed in the note from 11/9 (which also revealed it to be a Split Personality Takeover).
The Dog Was the Mastermind: It's not official, but it's highly suggested that his friend Kevin, who, prior to the video November 11th, was only a minor offscreen character who helped Noah translate, is the true identity of the Observer.
The Writer Thinks Of Everything: In the Livestream Incident video Noah is sent back through time, delivering the Eyeball with painted on in the Device Video. He screams "Oh my God! It's me! Noah!" before being sent forward in time. Viewers who went back and listened to that video heard the exact same thing, just barely audible. So Adam managed to plan over a year in advance for a reveal knowing that the Slender Man fandom would go over every video with a fine tooth comb. Well done.
Deadhead seems to be connected to Nazi Germany; the Observer calls him "the Nationalist" and he's named after a Nazi insignia resembling his appearance.
Throw It In: During Noah's interrupted Livestream, he calls himself Adam (the creator's real name, Adam Rosner), and since this is live and people noticed, he has to make up, on the fly, a reason: he's been calling the cops about disturbances so much he's had to use fake names to get them to respond. Also, according to Word of God in the Media Meltdown video, the knocking was unscripted.
He does it again in the next livestream on Valentine's Day, and says that he's been using the alias so much that it's starting to become ingrained. He says he's going to start using "Melvin" next.
Time Travel: In the Halloween Hotel video, either Noah travels a few hours into the future or there are a few unrecorded, unremembered hours. It is probably the former as Noah films a continuous shot, but one can't be too sure with things involving the Observer.
In Live Stream Incident, Firebrand transports Noah back in time twice: once to his own closet on the night he discovered the Observer's device (so he could leave the rubber ball for himself), and then to the night of his 20th birthday (where he appeared to his past self in the guise of Firebrand.
Even further implied by The Envelope video, which featured a torn scrap of paper addressed to Noah, reading "Unrel Narra".
Urban Legend: Noah's grandfather Karl explains that Slendy is indeed an urban legend he heard back in WWII Germany. Possibly a Shout-Out to the fact that some of the Something Awful forum members indeed had heard a German urban legend similar to that of Slendy.
Villainous Breakdown: The Observer has an epic one during the 11/11/12 livestream when Firebrand prevents him from taking Noah.
Weirdness Magnet: Milo. Heck, he can't even hold a camera for five seconds before Slender Man shows up.
Catharsis. Noah admits to killing Kat (while under the control of the Collective), realizes he's going to die on his birthday (and has an appropriate mental breakdown, and that the Observer plans on turning him into a new member of theCollective.
What the Hell, Hero?: The Observer calls out The people on twitter when he challenges them to a riddle to see something that Noah didn't want them to see. When they guess it right, he expresses his disbelief that they were on his side, yet willing to see something he didn't want them to see for a REASON.
Noah gives one of his own upon his return, and considering this is Noah we're talking about, his is a bit more... colorful.
The 11/11/12 livestream was supposed to play the INTERCEPTION video at 11:15PM, but due to difficulties that didn't happen. The video was then supposed to play when Noah was off-camera, but due to an error on the Livestream's side only the audio of the video played. Word of God has declared he'll use another Livestream program from now on).
You Are Not Alone: Firebrand gives Noah a much needed peptalk once he stops the Observer from turning him into one of the Collective.