The Blue Channel
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An assortment of skyscrapers found in The Blue Channel's void.

The Blue Channel is the oddity-filled void that surrounds the entirety of The Backrooms and all of its Levels.

Description:

The Blue Channel is an area that exists outside of all Levels in The Backrooms. It is comprised mainly of a disorientating, blue void. The void is completely absent of any shading, other colours or patterns. Thus making it one singular and disorientating colour no matter what direction or axis it's viewed at.

Although tests have shown that The Blue Channel is 99.9% dead space and devoid of atoms, one can float seamlessly no matter their y axis. Any wanderer will also be able to swim through the Blue Channel as if they were swimming within a body of water. One must be careful when traversing, however, as one can easily flip themselves and become disoriented and confused as to what way they're facing. To compensate for this, one should always have some form of handheld gyroscope on their person.

When one initially enters The Blue Channel, the view of countless Levels can be seen from behind. Depending on the construction of Levels, one may see different Level exteriors. Interestingly, The exteriors of The Insulation are not visible from within The Blue Channel, leaving only the main Levels themselves visible.

If a Level takes place in an exterior setting, then a large skybox-esc dome will surround the area of The Level, with a thick platform of whatever ground material the ground of the Level is comprised of underneath the skybox. If a Level takes place in a large yet finite interior Level, the walls of countless rooms can be sighted. If that Level happens to have doors, then there will be doors that lead to the interiors of those Levels.1 If a Level is infinite, then one will still see the "end" of the Level. The key difference, however, is that the rooms will constantly fluctuate and change in size2. This creates a strange effect similar to how one would view 4th dimensional objects while perceiving them in the 3rd dimension.

Anomalous Level states

  • Level -12:
    • When witnessing Level -12 from The Blue Channel, one will see countless distorting rooms and imagery, with chunks of the Level occasionally breaking away and scattering into the eternal void.
  • Level 6.1
    • When viewing Level 6.1 from above, the interiors of the various bars and restaurants flash in different colors rapidly. Current studies show that this occurrence actually shows multiple bars inside of each other No-Clipping and other people flashing in and out of existence. This effect, however, isn't visible within Level 6.1. This seems to be showing the way a Wanderer can walk into a store, then exit to a completely different store when that store was never there.
  • Level 18:
    • When viewing level 18 from The Blue Channel, the perimeter of the Level takes on a white glow with black outlines lining walls and objects. This is due to Level 18's structure altering per person and per memory.
  • Level 38:
    • When viewing Level 38, it will take on the form of various rooms rapidly folding in on each other into the epicentre of the Level itself, an effect not seen when inside of the Level.
  • Level 29 and Level 57:
    • When viewing these Levels, you may see giant rooms of a Level that is being portrayed behind the painting of said Level. This room will dematerialize when close in range, but will rematerialize in an instant when viewing from a distance.
  • Level 444:
    • the walls of Level 444 will never have any definite form, and will always appear as white noise static when viewed.
  • Level 600 and Level 907:
    • Due to both of These Levels no longer existing, where they would theoretically exist has been replaced by nothing more than a blank space and empty air.

Scenes

While a majority of The Blue Channel is comprised of an endless void, there are the occasional cluster of buildings or rooms that can be found within it. There are the occasional pockets of structure spread throughout the infinite void. These structures will usually be small clumps of skyscrapers, houses, streets, miscellaneous rooms or any combination of the aforementioned possibilities. When entering them, one may notice the sky changing colour to resemble a hazy fog. For this reason, it has been concluded that each of these areas are surrounded by some form of atmosphere or a different anomalous effect that allows for the creation of a sky and fog.

While these building do look as though exist, they will often times not be made of clippable matter3 and can be passed through with ease. However, this does not account for all walls within these landscapes, with select ground having material that can be walked on. Interacting with this ground is heavily advised against, as touching this floor negates the floating ability that one would previously have. If one accidentally walks through non-clippable matter, they will fall out of the scene and be doomed to an eternity of falling through countless Level clusters. Why these areas exist is unknown, however many theories have been created on the subject.4

Colonies And Outposts

The Stranded

  • Are a group of stray explorers who accidentally wound up on this Level after exiting a door on the edge of Level 26.
  • They've found a small patch of clippable matter inside a scene in which they reside.
  • All details on this group come from a forum page they curated where they ask for help and document their lives.
  • It is currently unknown if they are still alive since the amount of food and supplies they had was never specified.

Theories on the Scenes

It has been heavily contested what the possible meanings for the different areas sprinkled throughout The Blue Channel's void could be, with no concrete evidence to reach any logical conclusion. All that is currently available are various ideas and strung together untested parallels. They are as follows:

  • They are broken parts of other Levels.
    • This idea proposes that some areas of pre-existing Levels, as well as any currently unknown Levels, have parts of them that progressively break away and are replaced. Much like an atom with a large number of electrons, some of the outer sections of Levels may break away due to a lack of force holding it together. As such, these areas drift away into The Blue Channel where they start to decompose.
  • Levels under construction.
    • Another proposed idea is that not all Backrooms Levels have always existed, and instead that they're made procedurally by some unknown method. Initially starting out in The Blue Channel, these Levels slowly grow and develop into a finished state. Being placed into an appropriate location in the Level list. An extension of this theory is that all Levels start off with non-clippable matter, with the clip boundaries being implemented at an unknown stage of construction. This could also explain phasing, as certain areas of Levels may not be given proper clip boundaries.
  • Dying Levels.
    • This theory proposes that these areas are Levels that have existed for so long that they started to decay and wither. Much like how The Previous Level 232 is showing signs of decay, there is a chance that other Levels have decayed also, being cast out into the The Blue Channel once they lose most of their mass and clip boundaries.
  • They're the start or the end of The Frontrooms.
    • Due to The Backrooms possessing peculiar temporal effects, it's entirely possible that one transports to a time prior to the existence of the Frontrooms, or at least to a time where it was nothing more than small conceptual areas. This theory has brought into question the true age of the universe, as well as the idea that most of us have only existed for a few years. With everything before that essentially being lore to our reality.
  • They're nothing at all.
    • Much like how The Backrooms itself operates in peculiar ways for no discernible reasons, it's entirely possible that these areas exist because of the natural way The Blue Channel operates. While this doesn't pose much in the way of discussion, it's currently the most digestible and easily understood concept of why these scenes exist at all.

Entrances And Exits:

Entrances

To Enter into The Blue Channel, one can reach the end of any Level on the Level List and either noclip or walk through a door on the outermost rooms. While these may take one to The Insulation, they have an equally possible chance of teleporting a traveller to The Blue Channel.

As well as this, entrances into this void can also be found in select areas of Level -12, the blue slides of Level 119 and disintegrated areas of Level Achromatomaly.

Exits

If one is to remain close to the Level List, then they may be able to either phase or use a door into any Level they see fit. While currently unproven, this could theoretically be an extremely quick means of transportation throughout The Backrooms.


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