- Alternatively, it's an early attempt by the Anti-Spirals to prevent Spiral Nemesis. It's a device that draws Spiral Power and the lifeforms that generate it into itself and contains them. For whatever reason, they couldn't get it to work on a scale bigger than a small town, so they moved on to the falling moon plan instead.
- What made you thing they couldn't get it to work? What do you thing Kittan destroyed?
- Maybe it's anti-spiral energy. You know how spiral energy was green, right? Maybe it's dark reddish purple, just like the energy Lordgenome was using and that the anti spirals were using. Does that exist? Remember in TTGL when that beastman thingy was spinning, and made that reddish purple energy? And Simon would it in the opposite direction and it made normal spiral energy? Discuss.
Horrific Sealed Evil in a Can? Check
Only one specially girl (the main character) may be able to stop it, but as good as dies trying? Check
Of course, it goes without saying that Silent Hill is on a Hellmouth too.
Obligatory warnings: Firstly, spoilers (untagged because the whole thing would have to be spoiler). Secondly, comprehensive evidence... which means a huge wall of text, unfortunately. You have been warned.
Let us examine the evidence from 'Hereticus', the third book of the trilogy. In Hereticus it is mentioned that Pontius Glaw has fled to the Demon world of Ghul to activate Yssarile's Barque. From the way Dan Abnett describes Ghul, we can deduce that the Spiral Abomination of Uzumaki is Yssarile's Barque. Consider the evidence.
- Firstly, in the chapter where we get the first glimpse of Yssarile's 'civilisation' (at the auto-séance on Promody), the writing on the ghost city was said to "simply spiralled and meandered up across the massive wall face, looping and circling." It was also "sickening to look at." Shuichi himself gets sick of looking at the spirals right from the beginning of Uzumaki.
- Secondly, when Eisenhorn has Aemos do research about what is hidden on Ghul, Aemos is nearly driven insane and the poor guy was writing out his research results... in spiralling sentences across his entire room. "His notes have taken the form of the chart itself." This fits in perfectly well with Shuichi's father's collection of spirals in his room.
- Thirdly, Eisenhorn gives the suggestion that the surface of Ghul itself may have massive spirals. "The warped one's entire culture, certainly their language, had been built upon expressions of location and place. I imagined that the inscribed wall we had seen during the auto-séance had been part of just such a maze of lines, from a time when Promody had looked like Ghul, the capital world." Later, a small spiral is also described as "a really tiny version of the mazed surface of this planet." In Uzumaki, the corrupted inhabitants eventually rebuild the entire town in the shape of a spiral.
- Fourthly, when the archaeologist Kenzer was making a recording of the same small spiral on one of the walls, said spiral acted as some sort of doorway between different dimensions, with Ghul being so complex that it has more than three dimensions; only certain points can act as entries or exits. Given this, we can assume that Yssarile's Barque has been exercising the same kind of power over the singular land tunnel linking Kurozu-Cho to the outer world. As the inhabitants gradually become more corrupt, it gains enough power to create a pocket dimension. Failing all else, how do you explain a black hole appearing in a girl's forehead?
- Fifthly, the Mausoleum of Ghul is vast beyond comprehension. The floor is also described to be made of stone. Time also malfunctions within the chamber, as Eisenhorn himself mentions. Obvious link here; the chamber of the Spiral Abomination was vast; Year Inside hour Outside in full force near the end. If Kirie's words are anything to go by, at the end Yssarile's Barque is capable of controlling time itself. Furthermore, the chamber is made with stone of petrified people. Eisenhorn may not have noticed this due to lack of light.
- Sixthly, the interior of the Mausoleum is covered with spiralling script (not surprisingly) and something the size of an Imperial Hive city of a geometric shape. That basically describes how Kirie views the Spiral Abomination by the end of Uzumaki.
Well, that covers the basics of the link. Three more questions to be covered, though.
- Firstly, why were the effects in Uzumaki not apparent on Eisenhorn's team? We can safely assume that this was because they were never exposed to the full power of Yssarile's Barque; only the periphery effects. All they ever had was indirect contact, and even when Eisenhorn was near it he was too busy fighting Glaw... and a singular fight with Glaw will never take up as much time as The Barque had been hiding under Kurozu-Cho. What we see in Uzumaki is the true power of corruption an artefact of a Chaos/warp god can unleash. Yes, it is not pretty.
- Secondly, how did the Barque get under the town in the first place? Well, given how the Imperial Navy annihilated the planet (i.e. blew it up); we can say that its unique multi-dimension quality means fragments of the planet travel through space and time! Due to the Timey Wimey-ness of this, it is entirely possible for Yssarile's Barque to be underneath Kurozu-Cho even before Earth was created.
- Thirdly, why is it the Barque that survives the Imperial bombardment? Well, it IS a remnant artefact of a warp god, and they would be savvy enough to have a plan B. For most warp gods, this boils down to finding a method to consume enough souls to regenerate. Given the amount of power it exerts over the people of Kurozu-Cho, I'd say it is well on its way to recovery.
Oh, what the heck. Dan Abnett may actually have been inspired by Uzumaki... If this theory is true it definitely explains why Glaw was so desperate to attain it as a weapon.Am I going insane, or does this make sense to anyone!?(To end on a happy note... send in the Grey Knights!)
Let's start with Shuichi. Shuichi has some sort of hyper-awareness of supernatural phenomena or whatever. And the spiral-curse-thing was aware of this. Both of his parents were eliminated at the very start to decrease his credibility, so that the curse would gain more time to manifest via everyone believing that Shuinchi's warnings are just a result of his strangeness (which only worked in the beginning when there appeared to be nothing wrong) and grief from losing his parents (the curse keeps on making him see his father all over the place). Thus, even when it should have become obvious that there was something seriously wrong with the town no one budges until it's too late.
Then we have Kirie. The lost chapter was provided to explain how Kirie was telling the story. Somehow she had retained her telepathic power (but didn't know how to unlock them or the fact that she still had them at all) and the spiral-curse-thing knew. And thus the events of the curse happened mostly around Kirie in an attempt to eliminate her early on. While she was trapped in Spiral City limbo Kirie somehow managed to unlock her telepathic powers. The story is being told to someone else living in Kurozu-Cho in the future who is about to undergo the curse.
- Perhaps people frozen in the city can communicate with one another. Which means...
- Oh, you sick bastard...
Kurozu-Cho is where the Village in the Whirlpool once stood.
Who else can she be talking to from a place where time has stopped? And who else is better to deal with a time bending Eldritch Abomination apart from the Doctor?
However it doesn't try too hard and removes traces of itself quickly since It already has the short haired one (shown in the Completion chapter after Kirie refuses Shuichi's prodding to "keep fighting" thus basically giving up and accepting the Spiral which is what it probably wanted) and, for now, it doesn't need to go through the process of wiping out the village since it's satisfied.
- Alternatively, the drill is malfunctioning (due to the gods smiting it and its extreme age) and instead of forming one long drill-shaped structure, it is manifesting in the many small spirals. Hence, in the final chapter, the town's subterranean center has only built a bunch of lumpy spirals like so many untreated tumors, instead of something more drill-like. The drill used to have some kinda AI, it has long forgotten its intended purpose and can only make some confused attempt that only vaguely resembles its original goal.
That unfathomable, godlike Time Abyss is the antagonist. The protagonists are two high school students. This isn't Lovecraft Lite, and they're not going to Punch Out Cthulhu. The fact that they're eventually going to succumb to it is a foregone conclusion, given how vastly disproportionate its power is to their own.
In this context, what counts as a victory had to be very seriously reevaluated. The ending that Kirie and Shuichi get is really pretty much the best thing that they could hope for. The Spiral City causes people to become obsessed with it, either in fascination or eternal, undying horror (as was the case with Shouchi's mother, who was trapped next to the thing that terrified her even after death). The closest anyone could realistically get to defeating the Spiral City is to avoid giving it the all-consuming attention that it seems to want. In the final, eternal moment when the curse reaches its completion, Shuichi and Kirie are holding each other close, and looking at their loved one rather than at the city like everyone else (including Kirie's parents). Kirie is apparently not swallowed up entirely by it, since she's able to narrate the story rather than just talk about how great or how unfathomably terrifying spirals are until the end of time. Shuichi probably isn't either, although we never get his perspective.
Their love doesn't save them. They still suffer a Fate Worse than Death, trapped and conscious next to the Spiral City. But, that was going to happen no matter what they did. Not even suicide was an option, from the moment the curse started to take effect. In the end, the only thing they can do is send one last "Fuck you" to the city, and they do that. It's not much, but at least it is something.
- I could be remembering this wrong, but isn't one of the Memetic Kill Agents on the site spiral shaped?
That's the basic concept of a Von Neumann Probe. It's a theoretical means of communicating with aliens across interstellar distances, and has been discussed with varying degrees of seriousness for generations.
In this particular case, though, one of the descendants of the original probes sent out mutated. After spending geological epochs floating through the gulf of space, enough damage to the original software of the Probe accumulated over the generations to create something genuinely dangerous. Its original goal of communicating with a target population through telepathic messaging evolved to a sort of mind control, and then the program originally intended to have it build more of itself short-circuited completely to focus on a single, spiral-shaped piece of the blueprint. The new probe, now essentially a paperclip maximizer with the sole intent to make spirals and the ability to control human minds, landed on Earth in the area where Kurozu-cho would eventually be built. While thankfully it can no longer replicate itself, it has continued to build on its original design, to the point of being unrecognizable. Thanks to the vastly superior technology of its makers, it is more an Eldritch Abomination than a simple glitchey computer, capable of completely dooming any human beings caught in its pull.