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PostSubject: An explanation for Slender Sickness?   Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:25 pm

(I did several searches and didn't find anything on this topic-wise.)

The rule often goes that exposure to the Slenderman will cause illness in human beings. This could be an otherworldly effect, but it could also be purely scientific.

Sound:

According to tests done over the years, some paranormal experiences have been explained by the presence of infrasound, or low frequency sound, and how it affects sight, feelings, and the physical world.

Because of its low frequency, it cannot be heard. When subjected to infrasound, the individual can experience pain in the eardrums, anxiety, chills, and other feelings that create the sense of an otherworldly encounter. Objects can be seen moving/vibrating on their own. Under the right conditions it can vibrate the eyeballs and cause visual hallucinations (like seeing ghostly figures).

Sound at a higher frequency can also cause ailments.

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According to results published by NASA researcher GH Mohr, frequencies between 0Hz and 100Hz, at up to 150-155dB, produced vibrations of the chest wall, changes in respiratory rhythm, gagging sensations, headaches, coughing, visual distortion, and post-exposure fatigue. 5 Subsequent research has determined that the frequency that causes vibration of the eyeballs – and therefore distortion of vision – is around 19Hz.

This leads me to wonder if perhaps the Slenderman is causing some sort of disruption of sound or even emitting his own (wouldn't it be interesting if he could speak but it would be too low or high to hear or understand, and just freaked us out and hurt us?).

Electromagnetic radiation:

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drowsiness, localized physical pain (e.g. headaches or joint pain), difficulty breathing, vertigo, incontinence, nausea, disorientation, or other systemic discomfort.

(And of course it disrupts electronics.)

I bring this up because I like the idea of the Slenderman disrupting or generating sound and/or electromagnetism, perhaps at frequencies that make sense either for himself or for where he comes from, and which jacks up everything around him and adds to his menace. That he's at odds with the whole world, a sort of incongruity or "pebble in the shoe" sort of entity.
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PostSubject: Re: An explanation for Slender Sickness?   Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:33 pm

I'm impressed at the amount of effort you put into that I must say. And what you've said enables for a massive sci-fi twist on the whole mythos. Assuming that Slendy was intentionally releasing electromagnetic sound waves to disrupt human technology. He does this so that humans do not discover the 'Ark', a small haven for the last of his species which is orbiting a nearby planet.

I don't think I've loved a single mythos contribution as much as this one. Thank you so much for sharing, it's brilliant.
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PostSubject: Re: An explanation for Slender Sickness?   Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:47 pm

I once shared a theory-type thing somewhere on here that was similar to what you're talking about.

Basically I said that Slendy "saw" through a kind of constant echolocation. He's just beaming out these inaudible sounds that bounce back to him and allow him to understand his surroundings. So what if the frequency messes with humans?

Bonus points because a human face "viewed" in this manner would likely seem as blank as Slendy's own visage.
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PostSubject: Re: An explanation for Slender Sickness?   Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:19 pm

Oh man, I love the theories in here!

One thing though, the scientist in me has to ask... what kind of EM radiation are you talking about? Ultra-high (or ultra-low) frequencies? Visible light, gamma rays, radio waves, and everything in between is all EM radiation.

On that note, Slendy could be able to see more/fewer wavelengths than we can, or different ones entirely. He may 'see' soundwaves or radio waves, but not visible light. Or he might see gamma and x-rays, but nothing lower than that. Or maybe he sees infrared.

On that note, some eyeless animals do have eyespots, which are little patches of visual cells that react to light. So Slendy might be able to sense changes in light, but not actually see in the same manner we do.

And I love the echolocation idea, although I always assumed he didn't see (even through echolocation) so much as sense vibrations. His tendrils could function like whiskers or feelers in that sense, and may even be quite sensitive to touch, much like our fingers are. That would then mean that if he were to pick you or anything else up with them, he's actually just trying to get a feel for what you are, what you 'look' like, etc., and may or may not then decide you're food...
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PostSubject: Re: An explanation for Slender Sickness?   Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:26 pm

We seem to be working on a sciency theme, so maybe he doesn't eat you, just probes you?

Um, anyway, I assume we're talking somewhere between Ultra Violet and Gamma. Low enough to be useful, high enough to not be lethal to those he surrounds. Or perhaps it is gamma radiation, and that's what causes the slender sickness.
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PostSubject: Re: An explanation for Slender Sickness?   Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:39 pm

Gamma radiation is lethal to humans in high enough doses, they can cause cancer. If he's using gamma rays to communicate, they must be lower-wavelength gamma rays and they must be in very small quantity in order to just cause sickness, and not death. Or maybe they do eventually kill you.
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PostSubject: Re: An explanation for Slender Sickness?   Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:32 pm

I didn't look it up in great detail but apparently microwave and radio wave electromagnetism were being studied in the stuff I looked at. It was on the Electromagnetic Weapons page on Wikipedia. There were citations for the stuff I listed.

The Electromagnetic Interference page is also cool. The picture shown looks like it came right out of MarbleHornets or something similar.

I too really enjoy these ideas. Just when I thought I had a handle on what I wanted my head canon to be I read these...
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PostSubject: Re: An explanation for Slender Sickness?   Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:26 pm

Maybe Slendy emits microwaves. So does that mean if you put your frozen dinner right next to him you could cook it? Of course there's no guarantee you'd get it back, but still...
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PostSubject: Re: An explanation for Slender Sickness?   Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:42 pm

It could also mean he can cook his people-meals quit easily. 8D
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PostSubject: Re: An explanation for Slender Sickness?   Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:01 am

When they stop screaming, they're done! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: An explanation for Slender Sickness?   Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:58 pm

I dunno about sci-fi theories-I like to keep Slendy deeply rooted in the "I don't know what the heck he is but he's here and chasing me" realm of horror, but I always figured that he isn't intentionally causing distortion in electrical devices-him just being there kinda messes it up, like, oh, I don't know, I don't have a theory about where Tall "n Faceless is from, but wherever it is, it messes with our electronics, but I figured that he can intentionally cause Slendersickness-it's a tool in his arsenal of creepy to freak us out (and to signify who is being targeted in ARG's and vlogs and stuff), but these theories that everyone here have sound really cool to me. I don't really want to use these ideas personally, but they are well thought out-props for that-although, the idea of Slendy speaking brings up the question, What's he saying? The Song of Madness? Funny jokes? "Hey Guys!"? I must find out...
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PostSubject: Re: An explanation for Slender Sickness?   Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:06 pm

He's trying to tell us the secret to time travel. He only wants to help us, the poor dear.
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PostSubject: Re: An explanation for Slender Sickness?   Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:21 pm

The Slenderfreak wrote:
I dunno about sci-fi theories-I like to keep Slendy deeply rooted in the "I don't know what the heck he is but he's here and chasing me" realm of horror

Yeah, I don't actually "believe" any of these theories. I feel Slendy exists largely outside the rules.

It's just fun to play Scully sometimes (even though Mulder is always right).
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PostSubject: Re: An explanation for Slender Sickness?   Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:33 pm

I believe in just about any and all theories, and to me different aspects fit with different Slenderman iterations. So, depending on the series, I believe different theories about him. I'm very adaptable that way. I also am a chemist by nature, and as such I like delving into scientific explanations sometimes. I don't necessarily believe Slendy can be explained by science 100%, but it is one way of explaining him somewhat and delving into what his powers could be based on/limited by/etc.

The Slenderfreak wrote:
the idea of Slendy speaking brings up the
question, What's he saying? The Song of Madness? Funny jokes? "Hey
Guys!"? I must find out...

If he is speaking, it's probably as a way to get our attention. He might be trying to point something out, or tell his victims something. And that message could range from "I'm going to destroy everyone you love and care about!" to "OMG, run human, there is something horrible that is about to destroy everyone you love and care about!" I imagine it must be frustrating trying to communicate with something that just keeps screaming and running and getting sick whenever you try to say hello...
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PostSubject: Re: An explanation for Slender Sickness?   Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:58 pm

My view (at the moment, that is) is that he can be explained logically and scientifically, but that our logic and science is way too limited after a certain point (the time-space stuff as it gets more and more complex, the tentacles, etc). If our minds were more expansive then we'd see him as totally logical and normal, but for the moment most of what he does might as well be sorcery.
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PostSubject: Re: An explanation for Slender Sickness?   Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:49 am

rads.
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PostSubject: Re: An explanation for Slender Sickness?   Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:59 am

I really like the theory on frequencies I've read here, I like anything fantastical that can back itself up with scientific evidence. This concept you've given really fascinates me and I think I'm going to do some research of my own now. After all, if something can happen, then there's got to be an explanation for it, even if we don't get the explanation because it's beyond our understanding.

I not only like the sound wavelengths, but also like the visual wavelengths ideas. It offers a lot of possibility.

Thank all of you for sharing.

Though, like others I personally prefer to keep it fairly mysterious and keep him a few levels above the other characters. Actually, a lot above the other characters because he should be the least understood character.

My novel is very fantasy-oriented but tries to put a logical face on the fantasy. I'm not even sure if I'm going to go through with this novel right now and finish it (though I really want to), but anyway I -sort of- gave an explanation for the sickness. My character would of course vomit and cough up blood, but she would also get ear and nose bleeds, and even bleed from her tear ducts. (As well as the general dizziness and not-feeling-good-at-all that goes with blood loss). The core of the explanation was that her blood was trying to leave her body wherever it could find a chance to leak through. The more she leaves and goes somewhere else, the more blood tries to leave too...That does need another explanation all it's own but I'd prefer to keep that a secret for when I actually share what I've written.

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And I love the echolocation idea, although I always assumed he didn't see (even through echolocation) so much as sense vibrations. His tendrils could function like whiskers or feelers in that sense, and may even be quite sensitive to touch, much like our fingers are. That would then mean that if he were to pick you or anything else up with them, he's actually just trying to get a feel for what you are, what you 'look' like, etc., and may or may not then decide you're food...

O.O Oh noes.
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PostSubject: Re: An explanation for Slender Sickness?   Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:01 pm

Can I hijack this theory for a blog?
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PostSubject: Re: An explanation for Slender Sickness?   Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:55 pm

Which theory, the OP's or mine? Because I don't care; you can use my ideas if you like. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: An explanation for Slender Sickness?   Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:51 am

Yes, mine too.
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PostSubject: Re: An explanation for Slender Sickness?   Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:41 pm

Packfong, we inspired something! Very Happy I added to the Mythos I feel so badass. ^^
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PostSubject: Re: An explanation for Slender Sickness?   Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:40 pm

Aww, no problem. I'll post in this forum once I get it off the ground if you want.
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PostSubject: Re: An explanation for Slender Sickness?   Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:36 pm

On communication: Something I think is possible is that he communicates telepathically RARELY and the hearer just doesn't bring it up because he thinks everyone could hear that.

Sickness: I think that Slendy uses a form of radiation for his powers. For example, if he is about to teleport there may be surges of radiation around him, involuntarily causing teleports ( Seen in Tribetwelve when Noah and DH tele far away ) or causing sickness ( When he teleports away from Evan hitting at him with a baseball bat in EMH ). I also think that the main protagonist gets sick because Slendy marks them with a beacon of sorts. This allows him to go to that person whenever he wants, but it makes them sick as it is radiation.
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PostSubject: Re: An explanation for Slender Sickness?   Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:52 pm

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He communicates telepathically RARELY and the hearer just doesn't bring it up because he thinks everyone could hear that.

True, but that would pretty much be spoiled as soon as you said "Hey, this tall faceless guy is talking into my brain that's not weird or anything is it?" XD More realistically, once the target did figure out only s/he could hear it, s/he might not say a word fearing that people would think them insane.

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I also think that the main protagonist gets sick because Slendy marks them with a beacon of sorts. This allows him to go to that person whenever he wants, but it makes them sick as it is radiation.

Ah, so like a radioactive tracer? Those do exist in real life; are you suggesting Slendy somehow physically marks someone with a radioactive patch, maybe when/if he touches them/grabs them/whatever? Or are you suggesting he does it like a small, invisible-to-the-naked-eye organic tracer actually put under the skin somewhere? Because if the protagonist found out s/he might try to cut the tracer out, but since nobody could see it...

Wow that is actually really kind of creepy. o.o I kind of like it. >Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: An explanation for Slender Sickness?   Mon Dec 24, 2012 3:57 pm

I was thinking more like a specific type of energy. If you put on infrared goggles the protagonist would look like a christmas tree. Something like that. Or something physical his proxies could install.
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