These Lifeless Things
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Amidst the barren northern tundra lies a creature assailed by infection. Its bones are tempered metal and its skin is sterile concrete, but maggots writhe in its headspace and each breath expels more of the contagion into the chill.

Death would mean little to this creature. Its belabored breathes do not sustain its ideas of normalcy and containment, nor does the circulation of its bloodstream keep its anomalies under lock and key. Those tasks are animated by a power so ancient that Death has forgotten its name.

Man is the only organism which has perfected the art of controlling others. For 4,000 years, we have defined normalcy and sought out those who fall beyond those bounds. We have tempered power into cruel bombs, and it made the goodness within us ill. We cling to stories of eldritch divinities and unknowable horrors because if we did not, we would accept that true horror lives unavoidably in the present.

Amidst the barren northern tundra lies Site-17, surrounded by an impenetrable blizzard of secrecy and lies. Hatred breeds within its walls, turned loose by corruption and directed by apathy. This is an illness of the human mind made physical. This is an everyday horror.

This is not the usual Site-17, occupied by humans with names like Moose and Kondraki. Call it an alternate timeline or a wrinkle in the pataphysical flux, but something dark has taken hold of the Foundation at large, and it's centralized at a containment facility in the distant tundra.

This series is relatively unstructured, using recurring characters, settings, and ideas which eventually coalesce into something of a crescendo. They may be read in isolation, but in concert, they tell a unified story about power taken to its natural conclusion. There's a lot of crossover with the broader Site-17 Deepwell Catalog, but with generally more cohesion throughout.

Stories about new characters and ideas. These are the easiest to read without knowledge of the series at large.


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