Object 84
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Incoming Transmission:


The average television commercial of sixty seconds has one hundred and twenty half-second clips in it, or one-third of a second. We bombard people with sensation. That substitutes for thinking. You can't argue with the television. Why? The television is 'real.' It is immediate; it has dimension. It tells you what to think and blasts it in. It seems so right. It rushes you on so quickly to its own conclusions, and your mind has no time to protest, so it conforms.




Object ID: 84
Threat Level: High
Approaching the object is strongly discouraged.



Description


Teevee

Object 84, photographed in Level 19.

Object 84, colloquially known as LiberTV by its viewers, is an old television reminiscent of the early models popularized during the height of the twentieth century. According to witnesses, the sole channel on the television is Channel 84, which constantly airs commercials for non-existent products such as red sunglasses, everlasting candles, and glass sieves. Though no flowers are present near the object, those who have interacted with LiberTV have reported smelling a fragrance similar to dying roses. On top of the TV is a copy of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.

The entire object, including the book, is made of malleable clay that molds when pressure is applied to it and returns to its original form when that pressure is released. Because of this, none of the buttons or dials work—the TV turns on when it senses a human in the vicinity and off when it does not. It is not recommended, however, to touch Object 84; on contact, it has been known to cause burn injuries and flood the mind with pointless commercials. The distracting commercials usually make wanderers unaware of their pain reflex, thus allowing the TV to inflict more damage.

The commercials are generally nonsensical and absurd, but despite this, LiberTV has a propensity to hook viewers in for hours with its consumerist propaganda. Many viewers have described the commercials as hypnotic and manipulative, with a subtle, foreboding tone. If wanderers watch the TV for long enough, they will be left in a catatonic state, completely immobile until they snap out of their trance. These victims frequently develop permanent inflammation around the eyes and vision loss, having not blinked in hours. In severe cases, victims may neglect their own bodily needs, dying of starvation with their eyes still locked on Object 84.

Its brainwashing properties have been largely analyzed, though the long-term effects remain unknown. M.E.G. researchers have been unable to come up with a possible motive for the brainwashing. It has been proven, however, that victims' cognitive abilities irreversibly decrease as a result of prolonged exposure to LiberTV. Though many wanderers have claimed that LiberTV is secretly a mind-control entity, no tangible evidence has supported this theory.

Because it has been reported that hundreds of commercials exist, each advertising a different product, the M.E.G. has unfortunately been unable to analyze every single broadcast. However, in an attempt to study the absurdity of the commercials and create possible solutions to their brainwashing effects, the M.E.G. has released a community-centered advertisement log so wanderers can help transcribe the commercials seen on LiberTV.


Discovery


You know, I genuinely didn't think much of this thing at first—it's just a TV in an attic. What's so abnormal about that? Watching TV is something everyone does in their childhood; no one questions the information being spewed out until it contradicts with their own beliefs. However, it's all a ruse, if I'm being honest. I felt a sharp headache while watching the channel, yet some inner voice in my head encouraged me to keep watching, because the "show hadn't hit its climax yet." It was hurting me, but I just felt some obligation to ignore the pain while pursuing entertainment. This small little parasite was producing a major effect on my brain, but I was trapped in my own mind, unable to break free.

But know that the deeper you go, the harder it will be for you to climb out.


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