Level 192 - "Pareidolia"
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SURVIVAL DIFFICULTY:

Class E

  • Unsecure
  • Hostile Environment
  • Minimal Entity Count
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One of the sequoias.

Description

Level 192 is a large forest that is several acres large. It seems to have a 24-hour daylight cycle, but the canopy is thick enough that the level stays consistently dark. The forest is comprised entirely of giant sequoias, or at the very least anomalous trees that vaguely resemble them. These trees are where the danger of the level truly begins.

Every sequoia in this level has a special arrangement of knots that resemble human faces which wanderers have noted cause an extreme sense of pareidolia and dread. The quality of these "faces" vary, ranging from being highly realistic to simply being holes for eyes and a mouth (see image above.) However, an undetermined percentage of these faces seem to have extreme power over human physiology. If a wanderer makes eye contact with one, looking away from it will cause irreversible cardiac arrest.1 In order to avoid this, it is recommended that you keep your eyes on the ground, pick a direction, and walk in it. Since this level has no clear path or road to travel down, it is important to always walk in a straight line, or else you'll end up walking in circles due to having no way to reorient yourself.

Aside from the trees, this level has no vegetation. The ground appears to consist of normal soil. However, the worm count of the soil is extraordinarily high, with multiple worms being visible in almost any open patch of dirt. Digging a few meters under the surface reveals a solid wall of bone about 3 feet thick.2 The soil continues as usual underneath. Investigation of this wall's origin is currently ongoing.

Bases, Outposts and Communities

There are no known Communities, Bases, or Outposts on this level due to the lack of any convenient spot to set one up.

Entities

Do's and Don'ts

Do:

  • Get out as soon as possible.
  • Keep your eyes on the ground.
  • If you accidentally look at a face, do not break eye contact. Back away until you find an exit.

Don't:

  • Look at any of the faces
  • Look away from any of the faces

Entrances And Exits:

Entrances

  • In the forest of Level 62, there is a pair of trees that the M.E.G. has marked with standard-issue fluorescent orange flags. At any given point, there is a very small chance that these trees will serve as the outline of a gate to Level 192. The exit point is the same each time, and none of the "faces" visible through the gate have anomalous properties.
  • Noclipping through the ground in Level 39.

Exits

  • Backing out of the forest leads to Level 170, at which point it is safe to break eye contact.







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