Object 31 - "Ouija Board"
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Object 31 when it was first found. Attempts to repeat the visual irregularities in this photograph have failed.

Object Number: 31

Location(s): M.E.G. Base Beta Unknown (see incident log)

Description:

Object 31 is a charred wooden Ouija Board which has the alphabet, the numbers 0-9, and the words "YES", "NO", and "GOODBYE" marked on it in black paint. Object 31 also contains a similarly charred wooden planchette with the letter "X" painted on it. The object was discovered in the basement of a naturally occurring store in Level 11 called "Gifts of the Goddess". This store seems to mostly contain products pertaining to Occultism and New Age Spirituality. The basement was empty except for Object 31.

Object 31 has the mystical property that if someone places their hand on the planchette, it will begin to move on its own. During this time, the planchette is seemingly controlled by the spirit of someone deceased who the user knew personally. Wanderers can communicate with specific people that they knew personally by thinking about that person before using the object. Attempting to communicate with the spirits of people who the user did not know have been unreliable. Additionally, sessions with the object don't last longer than 10-15 minutes and require at least a few hours for the object to recharge before another use.

Debate is still ongoing as to whether the use of Object 31 should be authorized for wanderers who are grieving, and experiments are planned to determine if use of the object can help with the mourning process or if it would have negative emotional effects on those involved.

Test Log:

Overseeing Personnel: Zofia Connelly, M.E.G. Base Beta

Test Subject(s): Wilson Woodhouse, Level 11

Goals: To determine if interfacing with lost loved ones using Object 31 has positive therapeutic effects.

Foreword: Wilson Woodhouse is the husband of M.E.G. member Hina Woodhouse who was lost in an expedition to Level 613 on October 31st, 2020. Mr. Woodhouse was instructed to focus on his memories of his late wife while activating the object.

Transcription Notes: Responses from the object have been recorded in another font. Spaces and punctuation have been added where appropriate for readability.


<Begin Log>

Wilson Woodhouse: Darling, can you hear me?

YES, IT'S REALLY ME, DARLING.

Wilson Woodhouse: Oh God, I can't believe I'm getting another chance to talk to you again!

I DIDN'T THINK I'D SEE YOU AGAIN EITHER, DARLING.

Wilson Woodhouse: Hina, I've missed you so much.

I'VE MISSED YOU TOO, DARLING. IT'S SO COLD HERE. HAVE YOU BEEN HOLDING UP OK?

Wilson Woodhouse: It's… It's been rough, but I've managed. What do you mean "here"? Where are you, Hina?

I DON'T KNOW, DARLING. IT'S LIKE I'M FLOATING ENDLESSLY IN A DARK OCEAN, AND JUST FOR A MOMENT, YOUR VOICE IS ECHOING OFF THE SKY. I WISH I COULD SEE YOUR FACE.

Wilson Woodhouse: I wish I could see your face too, Hina. God, you were so beautiful.

AM SO BEAUTIFUL, DARLING.

Wilson Woodhouse: Sorry.

IT'S OK, DARLING. WE DON'T HAVE MUCH MORE TIME HERE. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANTED TO ASK?

Wilson Woodhouse: I don't know… I never expected this to actually work, so I guess I just want closure… How did you die? I've heard the logs, and they weren't clear. I just— Sorry, I just need to know.

THAT'S OK, DARLING. I DON'T REALLY KNOW MYSELF. IT WAS STRANGE, ONE MOMENT I WAS HERE AND THE NEXT I WAS GONE. I WISH I COULD TELL YOU MORE, BUT IT'S SO FOGGY. SORRY, DARLING.

Wilson Woodhouse: That's okay, Hina.

TIME IS ALMOST UP.

Wilson Woodhouse: Oh… I'll come back and visit you if the MEG lets me. I love you, Hina.

I LOVE YOU TOO, DARLING.

<End Log>

Post Experiment Interview:

Interviewed: Wilson Woodhouse
Interviewer: Zofia Connelly
Foreword: This interview was done directly following the experiment with Object 31 to determine the emotional effects of interacting with the object.


<Begin Log>

Zofia Connelly: How did speaking to your wife make you feel?

Wilson Woodhouse: That wasn't her.

Zofia Connelly: What?

Wilson Woodhouse: I don't know what the hell I was talking to, but it wasn't Hina.

Zofia Connelly: What makes you think that?

Wilson Woodhouse: I could just tell. I was married to Hina for over a decade, and I'd know if I were talking to her.

Zofia Connelly: I see.

Wilson Woodhouse: Now, I'm going to end the interview early. Having a conversation with something pretending to be my dead wife is… not how I expected to spend my day off.

Zofia Connelly: I understand.

<End Log>


Notes: I would take Mr. Woodhouse's statements with a grain of salt. It's very possible that his thoughts are simply clouded by grief; more research should be done into the object's properties.

Test Log:

Overseeing Personnel: Zofia Connelly, M.E.G. Base Beta

Test Subject(s): Zofia Connelly, M.E.G. Base Beta1

Goals: To further ascertain the emotional effects of speaking to dead loved ones using Object 31.

Transcription Notes: Responses from the object have been recorded in another font. Spaces and punctuation have been added where appropriate for readability.


<Begin Log>

HELLO.

Zofia Connelly: Alice?

HELLO ZOFIE, I'M HERE.

Zofia Connelly: Alice! It's so strange, I've been overseeing dozens of people getting to talk to their lost family members, but they wouldn't let me talk to you.

WELL, I'M GLAD YOU CAN NOW. I MISSED YOU, ZOFIE

Zofia Connelly: I know, Alice. I've missed you too… I'm so glad I can talk to you, even if it's only for a few minutes.

THERE IS A WAY, ZOFIE, THAT WE CAN SPEAK FOR LONGER.

Zofia Connelly: What?

THERE IS A WAY, BUT IT'S VERY DANGEROUS.

Zofia Connelly: What is it?

I CAN'T TELL YOU HERE. WE NEED TO TALK LATER, OFF THE RECORD.

Zofia Connelly: But Alice, the overseers would never let me—

ZOFIE, SOME THINGS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN WHAT THE M.E.G. SAYS YOU CAN AND CANNOT DO.

I HAVE TO GO SOON, BUT I TRUST YOU WILL DO THE RIGHT THING.

Zofia Connelly: I love you, Alice.

I LOVE YOU TOO, ZOFIE.

<End Log>

M.E.G. Incident Log

On 10.31.2021, M.E.G. member Zofia Connelly went missing along with Object 31. The search for both Connelly and the object is ongoing, but the current working theory is that Connelly intentionally stole the object for personal use and is evading capture.


Deep in the forests of Level -4, a single ex-M.E.G. member stops to catch her breath and sets down the board she is carrying.

Zofia Connelly: Alice, is this far enough?

IT IS, ZOFIE. NOW, LIGHT ME UP.

She pulls a bag of matches and strikes one of them across the box, lighting it on the third try.

Zofia Connelly: And you're sure this will let me see you.

YES, IT WILL. ARE YOU READY, ZOFIE?

Zofia Connelly: Yes.

She drops the lit match, and the board bursts into flame.

THANK YOU, ZOFIE.

Black smoke, much thicker than it should be, fills the forest as the fire begins to spread. Zofia retreats, coughing.

A large figure makes its way out of the fire. An 8-foot-tall humanoid with the head of a goat and a body of black fur.

Zofia Connelly: A-Alice?

A deep, guttural voice comes out of the creature's mouth, and its glowing red eyes are focused on Zofia.

???: Do I look like Alice to you?

The creature begins to laugh with a strange bellowing.

???: Thanks for freeing me, Zofie.

Zofia screams and runs away from the creature, but quickly trips over an errant root. She falls face-first, arms akimbo.

???: Oh come on, Zofia, I won't bite.

Zofia Connelly: Get away from me!

Zofia continues to scream and inch away from the creature as it quickly closes the distance.

Then, the screaming stops, and all is quiet but for the gnashing of teeth and ripping of flesh as the creature consumes its first victim.


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