Quick Update

I’ve made my selections for now, and I’m not taking any more applications.  I’ve got Broeckchen and DragonSovereign on theories, and elevator_child on summary, analysis, and review.  I’ll probably add a few more people in the near future, but I think that this is who I’m going with for now.  Just to give me some material, at least until I get the actual site up.

So, speaking of the site…any suggestions for a name change?  Because now would probably be the time.  I do kind of like the ring of “Slenderbloggins,” but if anyone thinks it sounds dumb or should be something else, now’s the time to tell me.

So, what do I have planned for the near future?  Well, I’ve got the Entry #34 post coming up (it’s out now, you know.  I’m sure you’ve seen it).  And now that MyDarkJournal has its gamejack ARG thing going on, which involves quite a few German references, Broeckchen’s going to be covering that.  I believe that Dragon and e_c are going to have posts coming out fairly soon, too.  So that’s what’s next on the list.

Anyway, thanks again to everyone who applied.  All the applications were good (even if I didn’t get as many as I expected), and I hated having to turn anyone down.  Here’s hoping that I made the right choices.  And again, I’ll probably add a few more people once I get my own site.

Andy

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Thank You

Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to get in contact with some of the more prominent Slender Man creators/contributors/bloggers/vloggers.  And it’s a flooring experience.  The fact that anyone would even consider me notable enough to invite to an experience like that is one thing, but being able to see all these people that I have so much respect for, and then hearing that they read my blog, and actually consider my suggestions?  You have no idea how much it means to me to hear you all say that.

I started off as a stupid noob who knew nothing about the mythos but thought that I knew enough to start blogging about it.  When I started, my experience was pretty much limited to The Big Four: MH, EMH, TT, and JAF.  I hadn’t even read Seeking Truth or Dreams in Darkness.  Essentially, I thought I knew so much when I really knew so little.  And I’m still not a complete expert on the mythos.  I only know half of what’s going on with some of these other blogs.  Anomalous Data and Testing 1, 2, 3 have been on my “to read” list for so long.  There are a ton of blogs that I just don’t have time to go through (which is a large part of why I’m going to include summaries on my blog, and why the folks at the Slender Nation are going to start on audioblogs).  So I still don’t know everything.

And yet, I’m hearing people—people who I more or less consider to be internet celebrities—talk about my blog.  Say that they’ve read it.  Say that they take my advice.  I’m…I’m just floored.  I’m stunned.  I assumed that I just had a small core of readers.  It means a lot to know that I’m more widely read than I thought.

As you know, I’m planning on expanding the site soon.  I’ve got two other contributors, and I’m looking at picking up one or two more.  I have plans to get my own website for this (someone has generously offered to host me for free), and all that needs to happen is for the plans to be set in motion.  And it’s all of you guys who have made this possible.  You, the people who read me.  Anyone who thinks of me as some great expert or some high and mighty blogger shouldn’t.  I’m just a guy who jumped on the chance to be part of an urban legend.  You guys are the people who brought me to where I am now.

Thank you.  Thank you all so much.

Andy

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Looking Ahead (Gen 3 and the future)

Warning: prepare for a beast of a post.

Last post, we took a look at the origin of the Slender Man through the 2nd Generation of Slenderstories.  Today, we’re looking at the more recent stuff.  We’re tackling the 3rd Gen and the “Core Theory” blogs at the moment.

This is where things get complicated.  3rd Gen was the “experimental” stage.  The basic ideas had been exhausted, so there had to be new twists on old concepts.  As a result, thing’s really changed.  White Elephants worked on uniting several blogs, and this idea really caught on.  Instead of being individual stories, the blogs became one giant, interconnected story.

Okay, so…let’s start with the vague and overarching stuff.  The stuff that applies to the 3rd Gen in general.  One of the advantages of this style was that it created a feeling of immersion.  The feeling of interconnectedness created a feeling of things being real.  There were other people confirming that yes, something that happened on this blog affected me, too.  The Core Theory and Tulpa Effect added quite a bit to the mythos.  Bloggers started focusing more on proxies, and developing certain rules and distinctions between them.

That was the good.  Now for the bad.  I’ll admit that I didn’t like the 3rd Gen that much, so this will probably be a bit longer than the good.  The interconnectedness could have been done well.  Unfortunately, it ended up being a crazy clusterfuck that required you to follow ten different blogs just to know what was going on in one of them.  3rd Gen is also when the Slender Man went “mainstream,” and the number of blogs increased.  Not only did Sturgeon’s Law take effect, but because people found out about blogs in comment sections instead of word-of-mouth, the bad blogs and the good blogs received equal attention.  Because of this and the interconnectedness, the blogs that were written well and the blogs that were written poorly were lumped together, destroying the suspension of disbelief for everyone and “ruining” the 3rd Gen in many ways.  Another problem is the style the blogs are written in.  They’re written as actual blog entries.  This adds realism, but in my opinion, does more harm than good.  The entries are far too disconnected.  Half the entries have nothing of substance.  The entries are aimless.  This is the main problem that I had with A hint of serendipity, which was the first blog like that I read.  Blogs like that just don’t draw people in.  They’re blogs, not stories.  They need some more structure.  On a related matter, all the stories start up far too quickly.  There’s no buildup.  No tension.  It just launches into the story.  There’s no “edge of our seats” period for us to get attached to the character or develop concern for what’s going on with him or her.  Finally, the focus on the proxies shifted the threat away from the incomprehensible and terrifying Slender Man to the more understandable and relatable humans.  I’m sorry, but proxies just aren’t scary.  It’s scary to be driven insane, or to find yourself suddenly bending to the will of something and being unable to fight back, but reading about getting attacked by crazy, brainwashed people just isn’t scary.  They’re mooks.  Stormtroopers.  Orcs.  Foot Ninjas.  They’re not really good for anything, and they make the Slender Man seem weaker.  Why would he need to get people to do his dirty work for him?  He’s the Slender Man.  He can eviscerate five full-grown adults and kidnap seven children before breakfast.

So let’s address how some of these problems could have been fixed.  The interconnectedness was a really good idea, but was ruined by too much of a good thing, and by being too improvisational.  It’s like when you’re playing that game where you can only make up a sentence at a time, and there’s always that one wise-ass who completely derails the story with something random and stupid.  In this case, the “wise-ass” is a gamejacker.  The difference between gamejackers of the past gens and current gamejackers is that everyone can start their own blog.  So if someone wants to hijack your story, all they have to do is declare themselves “canon” by making a blog or a twitter or something.  What would have worked better was a controlled plan beforehand.  Limit what goes on in your universe.  Don’t try to be part of everyone’s universe at once.  Keep a few interconnected blogs, but limit them.  don’t let them get out of hand.  What’s more, references to blogs should be optional background, not necessary background.  I shouldn’t need to have to follow five blogs to know what’s going on in one.  Make your story stand-alone with influence from others’, not completely dependent on others’.  Note: this also solves the quality control problem.

As for the lack of buildup and the blog-entry posts…well, this is pretty easy.  Just plan a story out ahead.  Don’t just jump into it.  Come up with background.  Come up with a plot.  Don’t just jump in and go where your mind takes you.  Creating a structured story beforehand solves both of those problems.

As to the proxies…don’t use them.  Not in their current form.  The whole “Revenant” thing going on right now isn’t a bad idea—for something else.  I’d like to see the concept of hypersensitive humans expanded on, and this “I’m gonna hunt down the other Revenants” arc that Reach (and now Ava) have is really interesting.  The thing about it though…it just doesn’t feel like part of the Slender Man mythos.  It feels like it’s a separate, unrelated arc.  In my opinion, it’d be better if it were.  The proxies just feel out-of-place compared to the rest of the mythos.  The one blog where I think they feel right in their current form is Walking the Hallowed Halls.  With proxies, I’d prefer what some call “sleepers” (people who are only sometimes under his control) or what some call “agents” (people who willingly serve him out of insane devotion).

Now, for the more specific things.  One blog that’s gotten a lot of hate lately is H(a)unting.  It started off okay, and with an interesting concept: the Slender Man follows a girl around and lets her live because she seems to be immune to him and he wants to figure out why.  In a way, it’s a similar concept to Twilight.  There’s another similarity I think the two share: they both had potential but bungled it.  I’m going to lose man points for admitting this, but I’ve read the Twilight saga.  I’m going to lose credibility points for saying this, but I actually thought that the books had potential to be a good story.  Unfortunately, they were completely ruined by a cliché, baseless romance that the book focused on.  Same thing with H(a)unting, only instead of a romance, it’s a sitcom.  Their Slender Man is rather affable towards them, and he actually seems protective towards Sandra.  What this does is it turns Sandra into a Mary Sue and ruins the Slender Man’s most attractive aspect: the fear.  Again, I like the original concept, but it’s morphed into a wacky teen comedy that’s horribly inconsistent with the Slender Man’s character.

Let’s look at A Really Bad Joke now.  The thing about this blog is that everything I absolutely love about it, I also absolutely hate about it.  The blog focuses on Maduin pulling pranks on the Slender Man.  While it’s shown that he’s absolutely terrified as he pulls his pranks and that they don’t always work, I personally feel like some of the pranks he shouldn’t get out of alive.  Handing Slendy a “twenny,” for example, or putting a mask over his face.  I just feel that if anyone attempted to do that to Slendy, he wouldn’t let them off the hook for free.  Perhaps he’s merely curious or amused by the pranks, but it just doesn’t feel right.  The giant proxy dance scene was another thing that tore me.  On one hand, it really, really stretches the willing suspension of disbelief.  On the other hand, it really works well.  It feels like Slendy is essentially telling Maduin that he’s amused by him, but ultimately not threatened, and the big dance routine is his way of saying “hey, two can play at this prank thing.”  So Maduin, if you’re reading, here’s my advice: a bit more of a sense of danger, and more retaliation.  Unique and unusual retaliation is encouraged, but try not to go too over-the-top.  Small things like that stretch the willing suspension of disbelief and take the reader out of the experience.

Next blog I’d like to touch on: The London Librarian.  This is a blog that just popped up recently.  It really has an interesting concept, and has a likable character.  Ava (the protagonist) and her mother have cancer, and aren’t long for this planet anyway.  As a result, they feel it’s worth risking their lives to find out more about the Slender Man.  Currently, Ava is traveling with Reach.  This is a blog that I really enjoy the concept of.  On the other hand, it does have one or two problems.  A new blogging circle is springing up, and they’re gravitating towards Reach and Ava.  This results in more of that unplanned interconnectedness that I hate so much.  The other problem I’ve seen is the update speed.  The blog starts a little more than halfway through January.  By the end of the month, there are 63 entries.  It’s nice to have a lot to read, but…well, I have a life.  Factor in that the comments are frequently important when you have so much interconnectedness going on, and that’s a lot of reading material.  I fell behind a day once.  I still haven’t managed to catch back up.  Keep in mind, people: too few updates, and people will say “eh, they don’t update enough to bother following,” but too many updates, and people will say “damn, it’s not worth catching up on this.

The final blog I’d like to touch on is Musical Occurrences.  This blog is completely unrelated to the Core Theory, and is rather unique as far as blogs go.  Now, the nice things about this blog are that it seems to have a set storyline, includes difficult and unique puzzles, decent writing, and a ton of character development.  Reilly, the protagonist, starts as a happy-go-lucky guy who uses an almost annoying amount of emoticons.  There’s a lot of buildup to the actual entrance of the Slender Man, with just enough foreshadowing to keep readers going.  After his brother is kidnapped, the blog’s tone changes drastically.  It’s very well-written.  There’s one large problem I have with it, though: the portrayal of the Slender Man.  In Musical Occurrences, he’s being linked with Indian mythology and religion.  He also wears a hat and is called “Locust.”  While a unique perspective is always nice, I personally feel that the Slender Man portrayed in any blog should be relatively close to the most common views of him.  While he’s undeniably the same person (no face, suit, kidnaps children, kills people and hangs them in trees), Locust just doesn’t quite feel like the Slender Man.

Keep in mind that, yes, a lot of these problems are nit-picky.  Just because I pointed out problems with your blog, I’m not saying that I don’t like them (or that a blog is perfect because I didn’t mention it).  It’s just that there’s a small thing that’s keeping me from declaring the blog an instant classic.  Let me take this time to give you my opinions of what exactly I’d like to see as we enter the 4th Gen.

First of all, I’d like to see a return to the basics.  I want to see crushing, overwhelming, hopeless fear—or at least, a bit more of it.  I’d like to see children play a larger role (though I don’t want things to focus exclusively on children).  I’d like to see a return to that complete confusion that’s prevalent in Just Another Fool and Marble Hornets.  After all, humans have a natural fear of being in the dark—both literally and figuratively.

That doesn’t mean I’m a canon purist, though.  There are some ideas I’d that I’d like to see changed or expanded upon.  I’d like to see fire play a larger role than it has (it’s a nice little aspect that often gets neglected).  I’d like to see water tied in more somehow.  The organs in bags thing is rarely used, and I’d like to see that more often.  I’d like to see more ties to actual existing works, like A Nightmare Before Christmas or Struwwelpeter.  And finally, I’d like to see Yggdrasil play a larger role.

As for the Operator Symbol…I’ve never liked the idea of it as a deterrent.  I’d like it to be a marking of “unsafe territory.”  Essentially, if the protagonist sees an Operatory Symbol, they know that the Slender Man is or has been in that area at some time or another.

In regards to proxies, I’d like to see something where the people he uses to do his work for him are just random people that he brainwashes, has perform a task, and then sends on their way.  I can see him using puppets, but just randomly and on whims, not as an organized thing.  I’ve always liked the idea that the memory loss occurred because you were under his control at that time and had no idea what was going on.  I’d also like to see the word “Hallowed” eradicated entirely.  It’s a stupid word that has unfortunate connotations in this sense.  I’m pretty sure M meant “hollowed” and then decided “eh, screw it, I’ll run with the typo.”

I’d also like to see a change in the style of blog storytelling.  Let me give you some examples of what I mean.  In all the (horribly drawn and painted) examples, the red is the plot, and the blue is outside ideas.

Generation Zero:

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In Generation Zero, it was essentially just a pooling of random ideas.  It was all viewer contribution, and there was no real story.

1st Gen:

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In 1st Gen, the stories were all secluded, with very little viewer interaction.  There are exceptions, of course, but Marble Hornets, early EverymanHYBRID, early Just Another Fool, and TribeTwelve contain almost no viewer interaction.

2nd Gen:

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There was some interaction with viewers—an occasional acknowledgement of what people are saying or a reference to an outside source now and then—but the stories were largely self-contained.

3rd Gen:

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Note how everything is purple.  This is because, in the 3rd Gen, every plotline was largely dependent and influential on other blogs.  Everything was an influenced and an influence at the same time.

This is what I’d like to see for 4th Gen:

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It doesn’t make that much sense compared to the other graphs, so let me explain.  This is sort of a compromise between 2nd Gen and 3rd Gen.  Think of a “choose your own adventure” type of book.  There’s one starting point, and depending on the choices you make, you could end up with many different endings.  What I’d like is some planning of an overall story, but with factoring in for the possibility of outside events that could change the course of the story.  That way, you get the interaction of the 3rd Gen with the structured story of the 2nd Gen.

And now, for what I don’t want to see.  Well, a good place to start would be this thread on the Slender Nation.  But as for me personally?  Well, I’d like to see fewer “weaknesses.”  There’s that whole electricity/electromagnetism going on right now, and that I can see becoming a part of the mythos as something to temporarily keep him at bay.  But there are more weaknesses surfacing.  Iron.  Salt.  Magic.  All those are stupid weaknesses.

I don’t want him to have any form of coherent speech.  On the other hand, I would prefer a sort of incoherent telekinesis.  I’ve always sort of imagined that he’d speak by projecting feelings of some sort onto people’s brains.

Well, that’s all I can think of for now, and this post has gone on for long enough (and taken me most of the afternoon to write).  So I think I’ll just ask you what you all think of my ideas, and what some ideas of your own are.  What do you want to see?  What don’t you want to see?  Tell me in the comments.

Andy

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Slender Science

[Andy Note: I’d like to take this time to introduce you to DragonSovereign, our newest theorist.  I’m sure you’ll find his theories a nice contrast to Broeckchen’s.  Like I said on my Twitter, though, I still need another contributor or two (I’m looking for someone to do summaries and analysis), and I’d really love someone with some experience in site design to help out.  I’m still taking applications, and I haven’t said “no” to any applicants yet.

Anyway, I could have held off on launching this article until I got “Looking Ahead” done, but I decided to launch it anyway, as it’ll be a bit before I can get that post finished.  Here’s something thinky to tide you over while you wait.

Also, keep in mind that, while I’m not as knowledgeable as Dragon in this discipline, I believe that most of the science contained within this article is largely theoretical (correct me if I’m wrong, Dragon).  Just something to keep in mind.]

Hey everyone, your newest collaborator here! The (pen) name’s DragonSovereign, but you can call me Dragon. Other acceptable names include but are not limited to: Mr. Sovereign, DS, or God. (I’m a narcissist little prick)

Now then, on to business, I’ll mainly be a theorist on Slenderbloggins, mainly pertaining to looking at our faceless friend in a way that, rather surprisingly, few have yet to. As you can tell from the title, I am speaking of science, namely theoretical physics. Despite my juvenile age I consider myself rather knowledgeable about this domain. I’m also fairly new to the mythos but I’ve run through most of the main blogs/vlogs so if I miss anything then please be sure to tell me. Now then, on to matters at hand, this little chestnut will cover looking at the Slender Man with parallel universes, multiverses, Noetic Science, Slenderorigins, and, of course, time. The entire thing is fairly cumulative, about everything I say links to at least another thing, so be ready to connect some dots.

Before I go into any Slender Man stuff I feel the need to give everyone a briefing on our universe, since this will be infinitely more confusing if you don’t know this. Now here’s where we get into our universe‘s end, first let‘s discuss what‘s in it. At the moment there are three basic components: Matter, dark matter, and dark energy. (Antimatter doesn’t apply here) Matter’s the “stuff’ that we’re all made of, makes up around 4% of our universe. Now, dark matter is a special (incredibly dense) kind of matter, that can’t interact with regular matter in any way, besides gravity. There are billions of tiny bits of them everywhere but they only have power in bigger chunks. For example, in galaxy clusters there’s usually a chunk of dark matter in the center, its incredible density keeps the galaxies in check. Dark matter makes up about 23% of our universe. And lastly, dark energy, a huge-ass 73% of our universe. It’s basically embodied as ‘outer space’, it’s the power that makes our universe grow, more specifically, the empty space between any and every particle grow, such as the empty space between protons and neutrons in a nucleus, or even between individual quarks. Dark matter’s incredible density used to hold dark energy in check (through processes I won’t explain here) and kept the universe‘s growth constant, kind of like a cage.

Well a few billion years ago, because empty space started growing and there’s always a set amount of dark matter, there started to be more dark energy than dark matter, dark energy ‘broke the cage’, and now the universe’s growth rate is accelerating. Scientists estimate that in 5 billion years or so dark energy will overpower dark matter so much that every second the universe will practically double in size. And since it‘s the empty space that‘s growing eventually the space between each part of an atom’s nucleus will be so far apart it will split on its own, every single atom in the universe becoming an atomic bomb. Everything will cease to exist and our universe will become a piece of the void that fills up most of everything.

Now prepare yourself for an utter mindfuck: Noetic Science. CERN, a theoretical physics organization in Geneva, has managed to prove the existence of it in lab conditions. Basically it’s the metaphysical ideal that humans can alter energy and matter, shift it and morph it to their will.

Sound familiar?

Yes, this is the scientific backing on the Tulpa Effect. Basically the ideal of it, humans creating beings with their mind, is perfectly plausible. You see, on our own, a single human has the power to do minimal things, change how ice crystals freeze, the direction a goldfish might swim, the trajectory of an object thrown, little things. We do this by observation, subconsciously altering energy and matter (which is basically trapped energy). If enough people are thinking about something they can alter the energy and matter to their will, shift it to such an extent that their dreams become reality. Now there’s an obvious fallacy with this: what if people’s ideas cancel each other out? Well CERN tested this too, with fairly surprising results. For reasons that we still don’t quite get, when two conflicting thoughts exist, one to create something and the other to destroy it, the “creator thought” will almost always be expressed. This could be due to the idea that the “creator thought” is active and trying to change whereas the “destroyer thought” is more passive, trying to keep everything the same but not exerting any particular force. Whatever the reason, if enough people think it, it can become so. So then, how did we create Slender Man? Do we have the power to change our own matter into such a twisted being from our own reality? My idea is: not quite. We created Slender Man, but he did indeed come from another universe.

Now, the thing about the Tulpa Effect is that it’s essentially linked to the ideals of quantum physics and Noetic Science. Human observation and thought can manipulate matter and energy, control it, shape it. Now think back a bit to dark energy, which is just another kind of energy. So, if dark energy were somehow captured and controlled, shaped by thought, it could do tantamount to anything. Namely, it would naturally seek out a large orb of dark matter, and move to it, quite probably in a separate universe. Maybe that’s how we created Him. Maybe when we thought of Him we were unknowingly altering dark energy, and forcing it to move to another universe. From there, the dark energy would become trapped according to the laws of whatever universe it was in, and what is trapped energy? Exactly. We created some kind of dark-energy-based-matter, some sort of new form that He became, and grew in another multiverse before joining us.

Next subject, multiverses. Please, don’t ask me about fractalverses, that doesn’t apply here. Now, to our knowledge, there are four different kinds of multiverses.

Level One Multiverse: Universes that simply exist outside our universe, about 60-120 billion light years away.

Level Two: Picture a bunch of Level Ones in a bubble, the whole bubble’s a Level Two. For example, when the universe began, the expanding energy “cooled” down in the form of matter, little bubbles of matter that were these multiverses.

Level Three: Here’s where it gets confusing. Every time you make a choice, the idea is that a different universe is made where you made a different choice, exactly alike to yours except for that one little change. They work as “layers” in which the infinite amounts of Level Twos that can exist come into being.

Level Four: This is a little easier to click. It’s a multiverse where there’s groups of Level Twos, each group is a Level Four. However, each Level Four has different multiversal laws than the others. For example, ours has three dimensions, another’s might have seven. They’re the even larger bubbles, in which the layers of Level Threes are contained.

So then, if we created Slender Man in the above way, He might be able to go through multiverses, possibly even Level Fours. If that’s the case He has the abilities and follows the laws of His Level Four, which, thanks to us, is more complex than our own. That goes into how He Slenderwalks, transports, and such. Also, if He really is made of dark energy, a force which is the antithesis of not just matter, but physicality itself, then that could explain why it hurts when He touches us, because matter instinctively tries to reject dark energy.

Next matter, time. Even in our universe, there are places, such as singularities, where it becomes meaningless. However, to the Slender Man, He obviously has a different perception of it, and if He was formed in a separate multiverse, He could have entered our domain anywhen.

Yep, that’s how I think He might have existed in olden times. And if, by the laws of His multiverse, He can use time in ways we are currently unable to comprehend, then that might explain the paranoia we get when we see Him.

What do I mean? Okay, let’s use the ever-useful Grandfather Paradox, regarding the man who travels back in time to murder his own Grandfather, yet finds he is incapable of doing so because to carry out said act would negate his own existence. Should the time traveler in this case indeed be able to kill his own grandfather, he himself would never have existed in the first place, an event which would have necessitated the death of his own grandfather in the second place, because he would, in effect, merely be fulfilling his role in history, and not changing anything. Does this seem contradictory? It isn’t, and this is the theory posited by the Novikov self consistency principle, which claims that “random” or “contradictory” casual/time loops cannot form, but repetitive, consistent ones can.

Let’s look at it thusly: Appearances of the Slender Man often come with a foreboding that goes beyond the pedestrian fight or flight response. His presence awakens a horror in us so deeply rooted as to be nearly pathological. The concept of re-living the same even over and over, throughout time, regardless of the apparent “circumstance” in which it appears, was even said by Nietzsche to be: “Horrifying and paralyzing, the heaviest burden imaginable.” Suppose, then, that He entered our universe a long while ago, and He has been capitalizing on the self consistency principles inherent in time itself to appear again and again, like some sort of demonic whack-a-mole? And what if, warned by some type of “sense memory”, we are aware, if even on a cellular level, of the horror He represents? What is that same feeling, the fear, paranoia, foreboding, pain, everything we feel when He is near us is that same feeling we’d get if we tried to kill our grandfather? What if His appearances in time, His constant destruction of us, creates that “temporal fear” in us, that he will destroy our timelines? That, perhaps, is why we fear Him and don’t know why, why we find Him so off-putting. Because He’s always been with us, weaved within our past, we’re just remembering Him again, within our entire Layer of our little Level Three Multiverse. Again and again and again, this would happen, trillions upon quadrillions upon googols of times throughout our Level Three Layer, making Him all the more powerful.

This suggests another, theory, known as “The Theory of Eternal Return,” it is a concept familiar to most of us, if not intimately. Known to the ancient Egyptians, the Stoics, and a host of other, The Theory of Eternal Return states that time is cyclical and not linear. This philosophy fell into unpopularity as Christianity gained prominence, but it holds that every condition, no matter how seemingly random, is bound to repeat itself eventually. That a finite number of states must repeat themselves within an infinite amount of time is perhaps the key to the Slender Man’s power. What if, by being with us since the beginning, the Slender Man knows every possible outcome, everywhere, in all our possible histories, throughout time? And what does this mean for us?

So let’s run over the basic theories I’ve stated.

Theory 1: When we thought about Slender Man, conjuring up ideas of another world and the entity from that world, we altered dark energy in a multiversal way, creating the Slender Man. Slender Man therefore follows the laws of a different multiverse and may be formed of a physical embodiment of dark energy. That’s why it hurts when He touches us.

Theory 2: Slender Man has been with us since the beginning, and since He has existed so long, in all of our timelines as far back as to the dawn of humanity, His very presence makes us fear, the same fear of our time being destroyed, as it so easily could be.

Theory 3: The Slender Man, being with us since the beginning, has seen and can see everything that can and will happen, and can use that for His benefit. This means that, in order to defeat Him, one cannot use something from our universe or even multiverse, they’d need something with as complex a multiverse as Slendy’s. Either that or something whose timeline He hasn’t crossed.

That’s all for this post, if I come up with any ideas you’ll be the second to know. If you have any questions, comments, confusion, corrections, etc, then feel free to leave ‘em below.

Arrivederci,

Dragon

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Looking Back (Generations 0-2)

This post will come in two parts: Looking Back and Looking Ahead.  The former will cover the earlier Slenderstories, and the latter will cover the more recent ones.

Well, I think it’s safe to say that the 3rd gen is officially drawing to a close.  The solstice is over.  A few prominent 3rd gen bloggers have died.  There’s a good chance that a few more soon might.  Nessa left, returned, and then left again.  Robert returned, although he’s a bit of a different man.  A bunch of newcomers are joining the game and have already started forming a community.  So now’s probably the best time for me to explain my thoughts on the previous generations—what they did wrong, and what they did right—and how the 4th gen can learn from them.

Now, before I start, I’m going to be mentioning blogs by name.  I know some of these blogs are owned by some of my readers (i.e., you guys).  Let it be known that this is critique, not flat-out criticism. 

I’d like to start with “Generation Zero,” the original Something Awful thread.  This was more or less the “brainstorming” phase of the Slender Man.  Victor Surge thought him up, made a few posts giving some additional information, and then let everyone add their own bits.  Almost everything now part of the mythos originated from there, from his fondness for children to the organs-in-plastic-bags bit to his “origins” in Germany.  Of course, not everything in this thread was picked up on.  There were some stories that didn’t make the “final cut.”  But the ones that did became the base of the 1st Gen.

Generation One was what I’d call the “defining” phase.  It compiled the best aspects of the Slender Man and focused on creating overarching projects centered around him.  The 1st Gen consisted primarily of Marble Hornets, Just Another Fool and Tribe Twelve (I don’t count EverymanHYBRID just because it’s so different—less a Slenderproject and more an ARG that features the Slender Man).  These series got quite a bit of praise, but were not without their faults.  They actually had an easy ride in a lot of ways.  After all, they were breaking new ground, so they didn’t have to be as creative or original.  In fact, one of the biggest complaints against Tribe Twelve (now one of the most prominent series) is that it’s too derivative.  It doesn’t just draw from Marble Hornets, either—the story from My Grandfather Karl is taken almost word-for-word from the Something Awful thread.  Just Another Fool admitted to having pacing problems near the end, and I would have liked to see the concepts in it expanded on just a bit more.  Even Marble Hornets has problems—the slow updates sort of ease tension, and the effects have failed once or twice (I laughed when I saw the “blood” running down Alex’s face).  The characters in all the series also tend to be bland.  What made Logan any different from Josh?  Jay even admitted on his blog that, in season one, Jay was little more than an extension of the camera.

Because EverymanHYBRID is so different, I’m going into it here.  EverymanHYBRID has the wonderful advantage of pretty much being a full ARG.  Viewer interaction is part of what makes the series, and it really puts people in a “HOLY SHIT THIS IS REAL” attitude.  On top of that, the characters are all believable (if not a little annoying at times—I’m looking at you, Jeff), a problem that most other series lack.  The problem with EverymanHYBRID, though, is that it’s a hard-to-follow clusterfuck for anyone who’s late to the party.  The main story is spread out over two YouTube channels, a Twitter feed, and a blog, and that’s not even counting all the side-stuff.  This is a series where a wiki is necessary instead of just helpful.  On top of that, the ARG aspect is taking over things—HABIT is a spotlight-stealing gamejacker (in-universe, that is).  The plot focuses heavily on that now, and between the TRIALS and the Rake, the series doesn’t really seem like it’s about Slendy anymore.

But back to the 1st Gen in general.  While these stories all had their problems, there’s a reason that they’re so popular: they’re good.  Troy (not sure about Joseph) is a film student, Tribe Twelve has impressive video effects, the HYBRIDS involve their viewers quite frequently, and Just Another Fool had extremely frightening visuals.  Their stories were lacking at times, perhaps, but they worked.  They actually worked really well.  They sparked a huge interest in the Slender Man, and paved the way for Generation Two.

Generation Two dealt with an expansion and application of the themes set forth in the 1st Gen.  While the 1st Gen focused mostly on frightening images and a sense of fear, the 2nd Gen focused on working that fear into structured stories.  Seeking Truth and Dreams in Darkness probably did this best, as they were the most fleshed-out stories.  There was some reader interaction, but for the most part, the stories would have been the same without them.  With real stories and real characters, things changed a bit.  It was no longer us freaking out over some random dude going insane.  It was us freaking out over all these horrible things happening to characters we grew attached to and began to care about.  We heard about Damien’s life for about a month before things really went downhill, Zeke was a lovable asshole right off the bat, and M was the everyman that any one of us could have been.  We really got attached to these characters. 

On the downside, they didn’t allow much room for interaction.  Characters would answer questions they were asked, but never much else.  Another problem was that the 2nd Gen really didn’t add much.  The only things that were added was the beginnings of the Tulpa Effect (M mentions the “Philip Phenomenon”) and the idea that he could be fought (brought on by Zeke’s later posts).  The blogs also had to sacrifice some fear for some cohesion.  Overall, though, it was quite probably the best generation.

And those are my opinions on the early days of the Slender Man.  There’s been some bad, but it’s all still mostly good.  However, in my opinion, things started to fall apart in the 3rd Gen.  I’ll cover some of those problems (along with some of the strengths) next post, and finish by outlining what I’d like to see more of in the upcoming generation of blogs.

Andy

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Site Expansion

Okay, so, I’ve got big news.  I’m thinking of expanding Slenderbloggins some.  Adding a few more contributors, maybe redesigning the site some…hopefully even getting my own URL if it grows big enough or adding some affiliates.  Of course, I can’t do all that on my own (adding myself as another contributor is kind of redundant), so I think I’m going to start taking applications.  Which means that you, my dear readers, will maybe be helping me in the near future!  Here’s a short list of what I’d like for sure.

For writing:
Blog summaries (so that people don’t have to archive binge as much)
Analysis of blogs/vlogs
Blog reviews (so that people know what’s worth reading in the first place)
Articles on everything from theories to the reason for the Slender Man’s appeal

For other things:
Someone to work on site design

I’m looking for a few people to add to the blog more or less permanently, and a few submissions from others.  Send in an application if you’re interested in helping out.  Here’s what I’d like:

Name (just a webhandle is fine)
Age
What position you’re applying for
Experience in [position you’re applying for]
Experience with the mythos (i.e., blogs you’ve read/written)
Any other information you feel is necessary

You can e-mail any submissions to da_ladybug_man@yahoo.com, same place as usual.

And now, for other news.  Pretty soon, I’m going to put up a post detailing the strengths and weaknesses of all the previous generations, and how the 4th gen can learn from their mistakes.

The other thing is…well, you guys know who Victor Surge is, right?  The guy who created the Slender Man?  He’s joined the Slender Nation.

Yes.

Andy

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Entry #32 and #33

Yeah, yeah, it’s late.  Entry #33 has already come out, and I’m merging posts.  I know.  I’ve been busy, mmkay?

So, anyway, here’s the analysis.  Or at least the rundown.  These two are finally the payoff after the long, dragging drag of season 2’s setup (which is actually not nearly as dragging when they’re watched back-t0-back, as I discovered during a rewatch).  So let’s dive right in!

Entry #32:

Jay gets a knock at his door.  It’s Jessica, who calls him out for being a lying liar.  Which he is, considering that he’s given her three different cover stories already.  This is the perfect time to introduce the “Genre Blind Jay” from the series of macros I (and some other people) have been working on!

adjay cover

Anyway, there’s that buzzing audio distortion when she speaks, and damn does she have dark circles under her eyes.  She reveals that she’s dealing with a lot of the same stuff he is—memory loss, coughing fits, sleepwalking, waking up in the hotel with no memory of how she got there and seeing nobody other than the staff and Jay.  She also mentions that she has dreams that she’s a little kid, and that someone is watching her.  That last one is notable, because that’s the first time in their series that the Slender Man—er, sorry, it’s technically The Operator—has any connection to children.

Jay tells her that he’ll explain everything (finally), and tells her to start packing, because they’re going to take off.  He uploads the video because he might not have time afterwards, but stupidly lets Jessica out of his sight.  *sigh*

adjay stalk vid

You just make it too easy, Jay.  But I digress.  He also gives up on the safe, incidentally.  But now we’re on to Entry #33, which takes place almost immediately afterwards.

He opens the door separating their rooms (why he closed it is anyone’s guess) and heads into her room, looking for her.  Naturally, she’s not there.  However, there’s a piece of paper with four digits written on it: 1102 (the zero being an operator symbol).  He uses it on the safe in the room, to no avail.  He then tries it on his own safe, and it opens, revealing a bunch of tapes and a removable hard drive.  He sets the camera so it faces him as he starts packing them, and a hand appears at the door behind him.  The audio starts to buzz.  As he grabs the camera, there’s a brief video tear, and he turns to see…Masky!  Yes, our masked friend has returned.  Masky lunges at him, and this would probably be the best place to put the newest Slender Nation meme.  Last macro, I promise.

maskro tackle

So yeah, he lunges at Jay, who smacks him with the Maglight.  Jay flees the room, and Masky follows.  He appears to be limping.  he also seems to be a bit stockier.  However, the sideburns indicate that he’s still probably Tim.

And now we’re caught up.  Masky’s back, Jessica’s missing, and Jay is in a new location, looking through his tapes.  Again, my theory that season 2 is going to focus on Jay trying to figure out what happened by reviewing his own footage is reinforced.

Well, the Glossary should be coming soon.  I’ll get that up in the near future.  Be sure to check out Broeckchen’s latest theory post, too, in case you miss it.

Andy

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