EverLasting

Some of you may remember Farla’s review of the game Lasting and perhaps my own comments where I described a peculiar glitch I’ve encounter.Since then, I’ve played the game many more times, returning to it every few days. It takes only a couple of minutes for me to find a glitch now that I know what I’m looking for. The game changes doors’ “locked” property sometimes, and when a previously locked door gets unlocked, sometimes nothing is created beyond that, allowing the player to escape the confines of the game.

Basically, all you need is to find a closed door and click on it until it unlocks or until you die, at which point you should start anew.

While the game itself is very atmospheric and intense if pretty simple, I find the glitch more interesting and worthy of exploring.

Not a single object can be found there.

Not only are there no hot-air registers, return air vents, or radiators, cast iron or other, or cooling systems – condenser, reheat coils, heating convector, damper, concentrator, dilute solutionheat exchanger, absorber, evaporator recirculating pump – or any type of ducts, whether spiral lock-seam/standing rib design, double-wall duct, and Loloss(TM) Tee, flat oval, or round duct with perforated inner liner, insulation, and outer shell; no HVAC system at all, even a crude air distribution system – there are no windows – no water supplies,

 ,ƨɘilqquƨ ɿɘƚɒw on – ƨwobniw on ɘɿɒ ɘɿɘʜƚ – mɘƚƨyƨ noiƚudiɿƚƨib ɿiɒ ɘbuɿɔ ɒ nɘvɘ ,llɒ ƚɒ mɘƚƨyƨ ƆAVH on ⁏llɘʜƨ ɿɘƚuo bnɒ ,noiƚɒluƨni ,ɿɘnil ɿɘnni bɘƚɒɿoʇɿɘq ʜƚiw ƚɔub bnuoɿ ɿo ,lɒvo ƚɒlʇ ,ɘɘT )MT(ƨƨolo⅃ bnɒ ,ƚɔub llɒw-ɘlduob ,nǫiƨɘb diɿ ǫnibnɒƚƨ/mɒɘƨ-ʞɔol lɒɿiqƨ ɿɘʜƚɘʜw ,ƨƚɔub ʇo ɘqyƚ ynɒ ɿo – qmuq ǫniƚɒluɔɿiɔɘɿ ɿoƚɒɿoqɒvɘ ,ɿɘdɿoƨdɒ ,ɿɘǫnɒʜɔxɘ ƚɒɘʜnoiƚuloƨ ɘƚulib ,ɿoƚɒɿƚnɘɔnoɔ ,ɿɘqmɒb ,ɿoƚɔɘvnoɔ ǫniƚɒɘʜ ,ƨlioɔ ƚɒɘʜɘɿ ,ɿɘƨnɘbnoɔ – ƨmɘƚƨyƨ ǫnilooɔ ɿo ,ɿɘʜƚo ɿo noɿi ƚƨɒɔ ,ƨɿoƚɒibɒɿ ɿo ,ƨƚnɘv ɿiɒ nɿuƚɘɿ ,ƨɿɘƚƨiǫɘɿ ɿiɒ-ƚoʜ on ɘɿɘʜƚ ɘɿɒ ylno ƚoИ

drains, bathtubs, urinals, sinks, drinking fountains, water heaters, or coolers, expansion tanks, pressure relief valves, flow control, branch vent, downspout, soil stacks, or waste stacks, or fire protection equipment: smoke detectors, sprinklers, flow detectors, dry pipe valve, O.S & Y, Gate valve, water motion alarm, visual annunciation devices, hose rack and hose reel whether a 2 1/2” or 1 1/2” valve, foam systems, gaseous suppression systems; nor any sign of daily-chain wiring or star wiring or electrical metallic tubing (EMT), rigid conduit, wireways, bus ducts, underfloor ducts,

  ,ƨƚɔub ɿoolʇɿɘbnu ,ƨƚɔub ƨud ,ƨyɒwɘɿiw ,ƚiubnoɔ biǫiɿ ,)TMƎ( ǫniduƚ ɔillɒƚɘm lɒɔiɿƚɔɘlɘ ɿo ǫniɿiw ɿɒƚƨ ɿo ǫniɿiw niɒʜɔ-yliɒb ʇo nǫiƨ ynɒ ɿon ⁏ƨmɘƚƨyƨ noiƨƨɘɿqquƨ ƨuoɘƨɒǫ ,ƨmɘƚƨyƨ mɒoʇ ,ɘvlɒv ”2/1 1 ɿo ”2/1 2 ɒ ɿɘʜƚɘʜw lɘɘɿ ɘƨoʜ bnɒ ʞɔɒɿ ɘƨoʜ ,ƨɘɔivɘb noiƚɒiɔnunnɒ lɒuƨiv ,mɿɒlɒ noiƚom ɿɘƚɒw ,ɘvlɒv ɘƚɒᎮ ,Y & Ƨ.O ,ɘvlɒv ɘqiq yɿb ,ƨɿoƚɔɘƚɘb wolʇ ,ƨɿɘlʞniɿqƨ ,ƨɿoƚɔɘƚɘb ɘʞomƨ :ƚnɘmqiupɘ noiƚɔɘƚoɿq ɘɿiʇ ɿo ,ƨʞɔɒƚƨ ɘƚƨɒw ɿo ,ƨʞɔɒƚƨ lioƨ ,ƚuoqƨnwob ,ƚnɘv ʜɔnɒɿd ,loɿƚnoɔ wolʇ ,ƨɘvlɒv ʇɘilɘɿ ɘɿuƨƨɘɿq ,ƨʞnɒƚ noiƨnɒqxɘ ,ƨɿɘlooɔ ɿo ,ƨɿɘƚɒɘʜ ɿɘƚɒw ,ƨniɒƚnuoʇ ǫniʞniɿb ,ƨʞniƨ ,ƨlɒniɿu ,ƨduƚʜƚɒd ,ƨniɒɿb

a cellular floor, a raised floor, or for that matter wire of any sort, No. 36 to No. 0000 (#4/0), or electrical boxes – 3 duct junction boxes etc., etc. – or plug-in receptacles, 3-prong grounded duplex or other, pots or pans or cans, or switch plates, switches, whether swing pole, dimmer or remote, or circuit breaker or fuses, whether lead, tin, copper, silver, etc., etc., with a voltage class from 12, 24, 125, 250, 600, 5000+, or even lights, whether electrical discharge, incandescent, or combustion, no flame arc or gas-filled, tipless, inside frosted, decorative, general service, 10,000 watt aviation picture

 ɘɿuƚɔiq noiƚɒivɒ ƚƚɒw 000,01 ,ɘɔivɿɘƨ lɒɿɘnɘǫ ,ɘviƚɒɿoɔɘb ,bɘƚƨoɿʇ ɘbiƨni ,ƨƨɘlqiƚ ,bɘlliʇ-ƨɒǫ ɿo ɔɿɒ ɘmɒlʇ on ,noiƚƨudmoɔ ɿo ,ƚnɘɔƨɘbnɒɔni ,ɘǫɿɒʜɔƨib lɒɔiɿƚɔɘlɘ ɿɘʜƚɘʜw ,ƨƚʜǫil nɘvɘ ɿo ,+0005 ,006 ,052 ,521 ,42 ,21 moɿʇ ƨƨɒlɔ ɘǫɒƚlov ɒ ʜƚiw ,.ɔƚɘ ,.ɔƚɘ ,ɿɘvliƨ ,ɿɘqqoɔ ,niƚ ,bɒɘl ɿɘʜƚɘʜw ,ƨɘƨuʇ ɿo ɿɘʞɒɘɿd ƚiuɔɿiɔ ɿo ,ɘƚomɘɿ ɿo ɿɘmmib ,ɘloq ǫniwƨ ɿɘʜƚɘʜw ,ƨɘʜɔƚiwƨ ,ƨɘƚɒlq ʜɔƚiwƨ ɿo ,ƨnɒɔ ɿo ƨnɒq ɿo ƨƚoq ,ɿɘʜƚo ɿo xɘlqub bɘbnuoɿǫ ǫnoɿq-Ƹ ,ƨɘlɔɒƚqɘɔɘɿ ni-ǫulq ɿo – .ɔƚɘ ,.ɔƚɘ ƨɘxod noiƚɔnuj ƚɔub Ƹ – ƨɘxod lɒɔiɿƚɔɘlɘ ɿo ,)0/4#( 0000 .oИ oƚ 6Ƹ .oИ ,ƚɿoƨ ynɒ ʇo ɘɿiw ɿɘƚƚɒm ƚɒʜƚ ɿoʇ ɿo ,ɿoolʇ bɘƨiɒɿ ɒ ,ɿoolʇ ɿɒlullɘɔ ɒ

studio, projection signal, Christmas tree, arc projector, photoflood, mercury, sodium, glow, sun, flash, black light, water cooled, germicidal, purple x, ozone, fluorescent, Slimline, Lumiline, Circline, rough service, Q coated, Bonus A-line, 75,000 watt, Quartzline, special service, DVY, DFC, iodine cycle, axial quartz, halogen cycle, bi-post, heat, brooder, red bowl therapy, silver neck brooder, quartz infrared, bent-end infrared, iodine cycle infrared, RSC base, red filter, Marc 300, Lucalox, multi-vapor, e-bulb mercury, 1,500 watt multi-vapor, Watt-Miser II, Magicube,

 ,ɘduɔiǫɒM ,II ɿɘƨiM-ƚƚɒW ,ɿoqɒv-iƚlum ƚƚɒw 005,1 ,yɿuɔɿɘm dlud-ɘ ,ɿoqɒv-iƚlum ,xolɒɔu⅃ ,00Ƹ ɔɿɒM ,ɿɘƚliʇ bɘɿ ,ɘƨɒd ƆƧЯ ,bɘɿɒɿʇni ɘlɔyɔ ɘniboi ,bɘɿɒɿʇni bnɘ-ƚnɘd ,bɘɿɒɿʇni zƚɿɒup ,ɿɘbooɿd ʞɔɘn ɿɘvliƨ ,yqɒɿɘʜƚ lwod bɘɿ ,ɿɘbooɿd ,ƚɒɘʜ ,ƚƨoq-id ,ɘlɔyɔ nɘǫolɒʜ ,zƚɿɒup lɒixɒ ,ɘlɔyɔ ɘniboi ,Ɔᖷᗡ ,YVᗡ ,ɘɔivɿɘƨ lɒiɔɘqƨ ,ɘnilzƚɿɒuỌ ,ƚƚɒw 000,57 ,ɘnil-A ƨunoᙠ ,bɘƚɒoɔ Ọ ,ɘɔivɿɘƨ ʜǫuoɿ ,ɘnilɔɿiƆ ,ɘnilimu⅃ ,ɘnilmilƧ ,ƚnɘɔƨɘɿoulʇ ,ɘnozo ,x ɘlqɿuq ,lɒbiɔimɿɘǫ ,bɘlooɔ ɿɘƚɒw ,ƚʜǫil ʞɔɒld ,ʜƨɒlʇ ,nuƨ ,wolǫ ,muiboƨ ,yɿuɔɿɘm ,boolʇoƚoʜq ,ɿoƚɔɘjoɿq ɔɿɒ ,ɘɘɿƚ ƨɒmƚƨiɿʜƆ ,lɒnǫiƨ noiƚɔɘjoɿq ,oibuƚƨ

Flash Bar, Flip-Flash, GE-500, composite, discharge forward lighting, Precise, 35.5 lumens, white Lucalox, standby Lucalox, high output Lucalox, Halarc 32 watt, Halarc 100 watt, Staybright XL, high intensity Biax, metal halide, to say nothing of communication systems such as public address, intercom, radio, TV, CCTV, SATV, VSAT, telephone (PAX or PBX, etc., etc.) or data, signal multimedia designs, or BAS, BMS, BMAS automation; there are not even any moldings or other stylistic signatures such as casings, baseboards, or finished floors, linoleum, cement, whether

ɿɘʜƚɘʜw ,ƚnɘmɘɔ ,muɘlonil ,ƨɿoolʇ bɘʜƨiniʇ ɿo ,ƨbɿɒodɘƨɒd ,ƨǫniƨɒɔ ƨɒ ʜɔuƨ ƨɘɿuƚɒnǫiƨ ɔiƚƨilyƚƨ ɿɘʜƚo ɿo ƨǫniblom ynɒ nɘvɘ ƚon ɘɿɒ ɘɿɘʜƚ ⁏noiƚɒmoƚuɒ ƧAMᙠ ,ƧMᙠ ,ƧAᙠ ɿo ,ƨnǫiƨɘb ɒibɘmiƚlum lɒnǫiƨ ,ɒƚɒb ɿo ).ɔƚɘ ,.ɔƚɘ ,Xᙠꟼ ɿo XAꟼ( ɘnoʜqɘlɘƚ ,TAƧV ,VTAƧ ,VTƆƆ ,VT ,oibɒɿ ,moɔɿɘƚni ,ƨƨɘɿbbɒ ɔilduq ƨɒ ʜɔuƨ ƨmɘƚƨyƨ noiƚɒɔinummoɔ ʇo ǫniʜƚon yɒƨ oƚ ,ɘbilɒʜ lɒƚɘm ,xɒiᙠ yƚiƨnɘƚni ʜǫiʜ ,⅃X ƚʜǫiɿdyɒƚƧ ,ƚƚɒw 001 ɔɿɒlɒH ,ƚƚɒw 2Ƹ ɔɿɒlɒH ,xolɒɔu⅃ ƚuqƚuo ʜǫiʜ ,xolɒɔu⅃ ydbnɒƚƨ ,xolɒɔu⅃ ɘƚiʜw ,ƨnɘmul 5.5Ƹ ,ɘƨiɔɘɿꟼ ,ǫniƚʜǫil bɿɒwɿoʇ ɘǫɿɒʜɔƨib ,ɘƚiƨoqmoɔ ,005-ƎᎮ ,ʜƨɒlᖷ-qilᖷ ,ɿɒᙠ ʜƨɒlᖷ

fast setting, colored, fiber reinforced, self-leveling, mortar, high early-strength, sand mix, silica sand, plastic, hydraulic, or sheet vinyl, tile, cork tile, terrazo, rubber, carpeting, epoxy, ceramic & stone, slate, aputitsiarvaq, or marble, whether white – Danby Imperial, Colorado Yule, or Carrara – or black or green; or hardwood, whether overlay, strip flooring with alternate joints, or herringbone, inlaid, basket weave, Arenberg, Chantilly, or Versailles parquet; in fact no wood anywhere, whether redwood, treated western hemlock, yellow pine, cedar, wood-polymer, Engelmann spruce,

,ɘɔuɿqƨ nnɒmlɘǫnƎ ,ɿɘmyloq-boow ,ɿɒbɘɔ ,ɘniq wollɘy ,ʞɔolmɘʜ nɿɘƚƨɘw bɘƚɒɘɿƚ ,boowbɘɿ ɿɘʜƚɘʜw ,ɘɿɘʜwynɒ boow on ƚɔɒʇ ni ⁏ƚɘupɿɒq ƨɘlliɒƨɿɘV ɿo ,ylliƚnɒʜƆ ,ǫɿɘdnɘɿA ,ɘvɒɘw ƚɘʞƨɒd ,biɒlni ,ɘnodǫniɿɿɘʜ ɿo ,ƨƚnioႱ ɘƚɒnɿɘƚlɒ ʜƚiw ǫniɿoolʇ qiɿƚƨ ,yɒlɿɘvo ɿɘʜƚɘʜw ,boowbɿɒʜ ɿo ⁏nɘɘɿǫ ɿo ʞɔɒld ɿo – ɒɿɒɿɿɒƆ ɿo ,ɘluY obɒɿoloƆ ,lɒiɿɘqmI ydnɒᗡ – ɘƚiʜw ɿɘʜƚɘʜw ,ɘldɿɒm ɿo ,pɒvɿɒiƨƚiƚuqɒ ,ɘƚɒlƨ ,ɘnoƚƨ & ɔimɒɿɘɔ ,yxoqɘ ,ǫniƚɘqɿɒɔ ,ɿɘdduɿ ,ozɒɿɿɘƚ ,ɘliƚ ʞɿoɔ ,ɘliƚ ,lyniv ƚɘɘʜƨ ɿo ,ɔiluɒɿbyʜ ,ɔiƚƨɒlq ,bnɒƨ ɒɔiliƨ ,xim bnɒƨ ,ʜƚǫnɘɿƚƨ-ylɿɒɘ ʜǫiʜ ,ɿɒƚɿom ,ǫnilɘvɘl-ʇlɘƨ ,bɘɔɿoʇniɘɿ ɿɘdiʇ ,bɘɿoloɔ ,ǫniƚƚɘƨ ƚƨɒʇ

pecan, southern magnolia, Colorado spruce, alpine fir, american beech, northern red oak, Canada Hemlock, red maple, sugar maple, eastern white pine, butternut hickory, shagbark hickory, american plane tree, eastern black walnut, ponderosa pine, white fir, northern catalpa, common bald cypress, american sweet gum, bur oak, California live oak, mahogany, Douglas fir, eastern cottonwood; nor any sign of subfloor, sheathing, drywall, any kind of insulating material, polyicynene or other; sills, sill plates, sill sealer, rebar, anchor bolts, let alone footings or foundation walls; or

ɿo ⁏ƨllɒw noiƚɒbnuoʇ ɿo ƨǫniƚooʇ ɘnolɒ ƚɘl ,ƨƚlod ɿoʜɔnɒ ,ɿɒdɘɿ ,ɿɘlɒɘƨ lliƨ ,ƨɘƚɒlq lliƨ ,ƨlliƨ ⁏ɿɘʜƚo ɿo ɘnɘnyɔiyloq ,lɒiɿɘƚɒm ǫniƚɒluƨni ʇo bniʞ ynɒ ,llɒwyɿb ,ǫniʜƚɒɘʜƨ ,ɿoolʇduƨ ʇo nǫiƨ ynɒ ɿon ⁏boownoƚƚoɔ nɿɘƚƨɒɘ ,ɿiʇ ƨɒlǫuoᗡ ,ynɒǫoʜɒm ,ʞɒo ɘvil ɒinɿoʇilɒƆ ,ʞɒo ɿud ,muǫ ƚɘɘwƨ nɒɔiɿɘmɒ ,ƨƨɘɿqyɔ blɒd nommoɔ ,ɒqlɒƚɒɔ nɿɘʜƚɿon ,ɿiʇ ɘƚiʜw ,ɘniq ɒƨoɿɘbnoq ,ƚunlɒw ʞɔɒld nɿɘƚƨɒɘ ,ɘɘɿƚ ɘnɒlq nɒɔiɿɘmɒ ,yɿoʞɔiʜ ʞɿɒdǫɒʜƨ ,yɿoʞɔiʜ ƚunɿɘƚƚud ,ɘniq ɘƚiʜw nɿɘƚƨɒɘ ,ɘlqɒm ɿɒǫuƨ ,ɘlqɒm bɘɿ ,ʞɔolmɘH ɒbɒnɒƆ ,ʞɒo bɘɿ nɿɘʜƚɿon ,ʜɔɘɘd nɒɔiɿɘmɒ ,ɿiʇ ɘniqlɒ ,ɘɔuɿqƨ obɒɿoloƆ ,ɒilonǫɒm nɿɘʜƚuoƨ ,nɒɔɘq

bricks, whether split paver or red bullnose, or wall studs, firestopping, or braces, nor evidence of floor joists, end joists, or ledgers, bridgings, girders, double plate, gable studs, ceiling joists, rafters, king posts, struts, side posts, ridge beams, collar ties, gussets, furring strips, or bed molding though among other things no wallpaper, veneer plaster, Baldwin locks, any sign of glass,

,ƨƨɒlǫ ʇo nǫiƨ ynɒ ,ƨʞɔol niwblɒᙠ ,ɿɘƚƨɒlq ɿɘɘnɘv ,ɿɘqɒqllɒw on ƨǫniʜƚ ɿɘʜƚo ǫnomɒ ʜǫuoʜƚ ǫniblom bɘd ɿo ,ƨqiɿƚƨ ǫniɿɿuʇ ,ƨƚɘƨƨuǫ ,ƨɘiƚ ɿɒlloɔ ,ƨmɒɘd ɘǫbiɿ ,ƨƚƨoq ɘbiƨ ,ƨƚuɿƚƨ ,ƨƚƨoq ǫniʞ ,ƨɿɘƚʇɒɿ ,ƨƚƨioj ǫniliɘɔ ,ƨbuƚƨ ɘldɒǫ ,ɘƚɒlq ɘlduob ,ƨɿɘbɿiǫ ,ƨǫniǫbiɿd ,ƨɿɘǫbɘl ɿo ,ƨƚƨioj bnɘ ,ƨƚƨioj ɿoolʇ ʇo ɘɔnɘbivɘ ɿon ,ƨɘɔɒɿd ɿo ,ǫniqqoƚƨɘɿiʇ ,ƨbuƚƨ llɒw ɿo ,ɘƨonllud bɘɿ ɿo ɿɘvɒq ƚilqƨ ɿɘʜƚɘʜw ,ƨʞɔiɿd

 

whether clear, reflective, insulated, heat-resistant, switchable, tinted, bad-guy, antique; or even tin-plated steel, factory-painted steel, brass; or even a single nail or screw, whether sheet-metal, particleboard, drywall, concrete, drive, aluminum, silicon bronze, solid brass, mechanically galvanized, yellow-zinc plated, stainless steel, epoxy coated, black finish, Durocoat; to say nothing of the sheer absence of anything that might suggest a roof, whether pitched, gable, hip, lean-to, flat, sawtooth, monitor, ogee, bell, dome, helm, sloped, hip-and-valley, conical, pavilion, rotunda,
,ɒbnuƚoɿ ,noilivɒq ,lɒɔinoɔ ,yɘllɒv-bnɒ-qiʜ ,bɘqolƨ ,mlɘʜ ,ɘmob ,llɘd ,ɘɘǫo ,ɿoƚinom ,ʜƚooƚwɒƨ ,ƚɒlʇ ,oƚ-nɒɘl ,qiʜ ,ɘldɒǫ ,bɘʜɔƚiq ɿɘʜƚɘʜw ,ʇooɿ ɒ ƚƨɘǫǫuƨ ƚʜǫim ƚɒʜƚ ǫniʜƚynɒ ʇo ɘɔnɘƨdɒ ɿɘɘʜƨ ɘʜƚ ʇo ǫniʜƚon yɒƨ oƚ ⁏ƚɒoɔoɿuᗡ ,ʜƨiniʇ ʞɔɒld ,bɘƚɒoɔ yxoqɘ ,lɘɘƚƨ ƨƨɘlniɒƚƨ ,bɘƚɒlq ɔniz-wollɘy ,bɘzinɒvlɒǫ yllɒɔinɒʜɔɘm ,ƨƨɒɿd biloƨ ,ɘznoɿd noɔiliƨ ,munimulɒ ,ɘviɿb ,ɘƚɘɿɔnoɔ ,llɒwyɿb ,bɿɒodɘlɔiƚɿɒq ,lɒƚɘm-ƚɘɘʜƨ ɿɘʜƚɘʜw ,wɘɿɔƨ ɿo liɒn ɘlǫniƨ ɒ nɘvɘ ɿo ⁏ƨƨɒɿd ,lɘɘƚƨ bɘƚniɒq-yɿoƚɔɒʇ ,lɘɘƚƨ bɘƚɒlq-niƚ nɘvɘ ɿo ⁏ɘupiƚnɒ ,yuǫ-bɒd ,bɘƚniƚ ,ɘldɒʜɔƚiwƨ ,ƚnɒƚƨiƨɘɿ-ƚɒɘʜ ,bɘƚɒluƨni ,ɘviƚɔɘlʇɘɿ ,ɿɒɘlɔ ɿɘʜƚɘʜw
imperial, or mansard; no westwork, ziggurat, brise-soleil, tromple l’oeil etc., fenestration, tierceron rib, coffering, tholos, strapwork, stoa, egg-and-tongue, sala terrena, absidiole, rotunda, revetments, reredos, flying buttresses, retablo, herm, belvedere, pavillon, pastas, narthex, lunettes, dormers, cottage orne, pendentives, cheek-walls, cavetto, abutment, nor vaulted chambers, whether quadripartite or lierne vaults, or Mihrab domes, turrets, minarets, minbars, porticoes, peristyles, tablinums, compluviums, impluviums, atriums, alas, excedras, androns, fauces, posticums,
,ƨmuɔiƚƨoq ,ƨɘɔuɒʇ ,ƨnoɿbnɒ ,ƨɒɿbɘɔxɘ ,ƨɒlɒ ,ƨmuiɿƚɒ ,ƨmuivulqmi ,ƨmuivulqmoɔ ,ƨmunildɒƚ ,ƨɘlyƚƨiɿɘq ,ƨɘoɔiƚɿoq ,ƨɿɒdnim ,ƨƚɘɿɒnim ,ƨƚɘɿɿuƚ ,ƨɘmob dɒɿʜiM ɿo ,ƨƚluɒv ɘnɿɘil ɿo ɘƚiƚɿɒqiɿbɒup ɿɘʜƚɘʜw ,ƨɿɘdmɒʜɔ bɘƚluɒv ɿon ,ƚnɘmƚudɒ ,oƚƚɘvɒɔ ,ƨllɒw-ʞɘɘʜɔ ,ƨɘviƚnɘbnɘq ,ɘnɿo ɘǫɒƚƚoɔ ,ƨɿɘmɿob ,ƨɘƚƚɘnul ,xɘʜƚɿɒn ,ƨɒƚƨɒq ,nollivɒq ,ɘɿɘbɘvlɘd ,mɿɘʜ ,oldɒƚɘɿ ,ƨɘƨƨɘɿƚƚud ǫniylʇ ,ƨobɘɿɘɿ ,ƨƚnɘmƚɘvɘɿ ,ɒbnuƚoɿ ,ɘloibiƨdɒ ,ɒnɘɿɿɘƚ ɒlɒƨ ,ɘuǫnoƚ-bnɒ-ǫǫɘ ,ɒoƚƨ ,ʞɿowqɒɿƚƨ ,ƨoloʜƚ ,ǫniɿɘʇʇoɔ ,diɿ noɿɘɔɿɘiƚ ,noiƚɒɿƚƨɘnɘʇ ,.ɔƚɘ liɘo’l ɘlqmoɿƚ ,liɘloƨ-ɘƨiɿd ,ƚɒɿuǫǫiz ,ʞɿowƚƨɘw on ⁏bɿɒƨnɒm ɿo ,lɒiɿɘqmi
peristylums, vestibules, arcades, apses, naves, naos, pronaos, opisthodomos, nymphaeum, internal crepidoma, courtyards, paradegrounds, bailey, demilune, caponiere, tenaille, flank, postern, rampart, face, bastion, embrasure, curtain, keep, brattice, merlon, or battlement; nor – obviously – pilasters, pillars, friezes, entablatures, architraves, facades, pediments, stylobates, triglyphs, scotia, torus, fillets, finials, and flutes, capitals, whether Ionic, Doric, or Corinthian, with volutes, abacuses, rosettes, acanthus leaf, or metopes, guttas, mutules, acroterions, dentils, or
ɿo ,ƨliƚnɘb ,ƨnoiɿɘƚoɿɔɒ ,ƨɘluƚum ,ƨɒƚƚuǫ ,ƨɘqoƚɘm ɿo ,ʇɒɘl ƨuʜƚnɒɔɒ ,ƨɘƚƚɘƨoɿ ,ƨɘƨuɔɒdɒ ,ƨɘƚulov ʜƚiw ,nɒiʜƚniɿoƆ ɿo ,ɔiɿoᗡ ,ɔinoI ɿɘʜƚɘʜw ,ƨlɒƚiqɒɔ ,ƨɘƚulʇ bnɒ ,ƨlɒiniʇ ,ƨƚɘlliʇ ,ƨuɿoƚ ,ɒiƚoɔƨ ,ƨʜqylǫiɿƚ ,ƨɘƚɒdolyƚƨ ,ƨƚnɘmibɘq ,ƨɘbɒɔɒʇ ,ƨɘvɒɿƚiʜɔɿɒ ,ƨɘɿuƚɒldɒƚnɘ ,ƨɘzɘiɿʇ ,ƨɿɒlliq ,ƨɿɘƚƨɒliq – ylƨuoivdo – ɿon ⁏ƚnɘmɘlƚƚɒd ɿo ,nolɿɘm ,ɘɔiƚƚɒɿd ,qɘɘʞ ,niɒƚɿuɔ ,ɘɿuƨɒɿdmɘ ,noiƚƨɒd ,ɘɔɒʇ ,ƚɿɒqmɒɿ ,nɿɘƚƨoq ,ʞnɒlʇ ,ɘlliɒnɘƚ ,ɘɿɘinoqɒɔ ,ɘnulimɘb ,yɘliɒd ,ƨbnuoɿǫɘbɒɿɒq ,ƨbɿɒyƚɿuoɔ ,ɒmobiqɘɿɔ lɒnɿɘƚni ,muɘɒʜqmyn ,ƨomoboʜƚƨiqo ,ƨoɒnoɿq ,ƨoɒn ,ƨɘvɒn ,ƨɘƨqɒ ,ƨɘbɒɔɿɒ ,ƨɘludiƚƨɘv ,ƨmulyƚƨiɿɘq
modillions, or even trefoil, Tudor, stilted, horeshoe, ogee, lancet, or equilateral arches, most probable resembling basket handle though without any sign of a keystone, pier, spandrel, voussoir, springer, or import.

Picture that. In your dreams.

8 Comments

  1. PostguestivePostistPhase says:
    I think he’s bugged. Stare into abyss and whatnot.
  2. Erin Flight says:
    It took me a second, but that is clever.
    I would love to read your thoughts on House of Leaves if you ever have the time.
    1. illhousen says:
      I don’t really have thoughts on House of Leaves. I have squee.
  3. Elisabeth says:
    Yay for House of Leaves references! I get ridiculously excited whenever I see other people referencing my favorite books.

    Actually, one of my recurring nightmares (for years before I’d even heard of House of Leaves) is being lost in an endless labyrinth, sometimes with people or monsters chasing me. Often my own house has transformed into the labyrinth, or I step through a door but can’t find my way back out. Being lost seems to be a universal human fear, maybe because humans can’t instinctively tell directions and navigate the way other animals can do.

    I’ve wondered if the author has dealt with some sort of neurological/mental condition – there are rare disorders that cause people to not remember directions or not recognize familiar settings, and the labyrinth itself is very evocative of depression and anxiety disorders (which is my personal interpretation of what the labyrinth represents).

    1. illhousen says:
      Fun fact: I’ve wrote a TRPG game Rooms & Corridors long before I’ve heard about House of Leaves (the discussion of the game is where I’ve learned about the book, actually). It’s about an endless house with amnesiac people trapped inside. Each room is, in fact, a room where something important happened to one of this people (or others that aren’t here yet but will be) and either provoke a flashback or otherwise manifest a memory in surreal manner (there are, for example, rooms populated with puppets endlessly repeating a scene).

      Not that close to the House, but it taps into similar imagery.

      As for the fear of being lost, it’s tied to the fear of betrayal, of undermined mental model of reality. Familiar things turn alien and strange, your home ceases to be your fortress and becomes a trap.

      The labyrinth in the house seems like it should be something man-made, but it’s too vast, too chaotic and too empty for this to be the case. And, of course, it’s located inside an otherwise normal home, intruding upon peaceful reality.

      Lasting taps into much the same fears with furniture that seems like it should serve a purpose, but in fact only serves to make it harder to move around. The placement of the rooms doesn’t make sense, either, going from vast rooms with some canisters to bathrooms to what looks like classrooms, etc.

      In both cases, you have familiar elements rearranged and twisted into something uncanny.

    2. Farla says:
      I’ve wondered if the author has dealt with some sort of neurological/mental condition – there are rare disorders that cause people to not remember directions or not recognize familiar settings

      I think the terror is more universal, and a big feature of the Labyrinth is that you’re able to remember the directions and recognize places and yet that’s utterly useless. This is more like the teeth falling out dream, it’s hard to know why normal human brains keep generating it but they do.

  4. Farla says:
    Well, so much for sleep.

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