Thursday, October 5, 2017

From The Zones: Images From An Abandoned Camera (3)

Designation: Grimslick
Status: Active, Peripheral, (Possible Tampering)

Grimslicks have quickly become notorious hazards encountered upon nearly any sort of concrete surface whether horizontal or vertical. Contact with these slowly fluctuating patches of viscous fluid results in severe, sudden alterations in ones inertia that tend to be aligned to the surface area of the Grimslick. Touch the stuff and you get thrown hundreds of yards at very high speed. This rapid acceleration can also be used to fling inanimate objects at opponents, similar to how one might skip a flt rock across the surface of a pond. Recently there have been unverified reports of  unidentified forces within the Zones that have begun to employ Grimslicks as makeshift boobytraps.

Designation: Clumps
Status: Passive, Peripheral, Reactive

Moss is usually fairly innocuous, except for the Clumps recently encountered in the rockier areas North of the surveyed sectors. These Clumps appear to be serving as some sort of anchor for what have been designated 'Sheerfields,' mostly transparent fields of force that form a razor-sharp edge along one spatial axis. These Sheerfields tend to get slightly more distinct close to the Clump that anchors them, at least according to initial tests.

Designation: Soggy Boards
Status: Passive, Fixed, Erratic

Despite several accounts that have now been un-redacted and re-admitted to the general survey, the phenomena now designated 'Soggy Boards' still elicits serious amounts of skepticism from those who have not yet encountered them. Very little has been verified at this time, but is is alleged by multiple survivors that these anomalies tend to manifest along boardwalks and some wooden structures such as dilapidated bridges and walkways and that somehow the super-saturated boards seep across distances of over a thousand miles. No one has survived the transition from one instance to another of the Soggy Boards, but there is high confidence that with proper analysis and sampling these anomalies may become very useful for rapid transport or evacuation purposes...

From the Zones is a community project hosted by John Till over at the FATEsf blog. This community project is inspired by the novel Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, which was the basis for the movie Stalker.

There is a handy index of the current Field Reports from the Zones that features posts from across the Blog-o-sphere, as well as a nifty guide explaining how you can participate in this ongoing Community Project.

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