Case Listings from the Archives of Balaam, Zann, and Associates: 15-661 – Yhdarl

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It’s all over, man. It’s all over. This is it. The end. I don’t see any way that we’re making it out of this. What? Who? You and me, that’s who! We tried to set things right. We tried, dammit! Maybe we just made things worse. I dunno. Who? What do you mean who? Oh, right. Let me back up.

My name’s Mendel, and I’m a… consultant in the employ of Balaam, Zann, and Associates. What? No, I’m not surprised. People don’t really don’t know about us. Not unless they have a problem, that is. That’s what we do. We solve problems. I can’t really go int… Ah hell, what does it matter anymore? We solve problems of a very, errr, specific nature. The kind of problems most people won’t have. Most people, haha! Most people are going to be having a problem now, I guess. The whole thing’s FUBAR. What? Alright, alright, I’m getting to that.

Okay, here’s the deal. BZ&A is a firm that solves problems. Specifically, we investigate incidents of a particular nature. We look for doors that need to be closed. Well, not doors, per se. Apertures might be a better word. But anyway, we look for these doors, or windows, or holes, or whatever, and we seal them. These doors, they… they provide access of sorts to certain… entities. Certain things that live parallel to us. Does that make sense? There are things beyond these doors, and for some reason they come here. What? Hell if I know. They all seem to have different intents, but we have found a sort of commonality. They all seem to be drawn to music, or at least stuff that might loosely be called music.

Anyway, that’s where we come in. We get tipped off as to something fishy happening, we roll onto a site, we check it out. We determine what level of incursion it is. Sometimes it’s just a tool. That’s when it’s easiest to deal with. Usually it’s not, though. So, BZ&A sends one of us in, we find out what’s going on, then we use our very, very special equipment that we got from an aperture and we close the door. At least, we thought we closed all those doors. Hell, maybe we didn’t do any good whatsoever.

What? Oh, fine, I’ll get to the point. Look, these doors, the ones we thought we closed. They’re all opening! Again! We don’t have the personnel to deal with that. We don’t know how it happened, and if I’m being frank, I don’t think the bigwigs have any idea what to do now. As far as I reckon, there’s nothing we can do. I plan on driving out to my cabin, pouring myself some scotch, and waiting for the world to end. Just gonna watch it all burn, baby! Hmmm? Hell no, I’m not putting my neck on the line anymore! I’m taking a big enough risk as is telling you all this. If the brass figures out where this info came from… No duh, Sherlock. Mendel’s not my real name! You think I’d just tell you that? So yeah, I’m just going to go to my cabin and wait it out.

You still don’t understand, do you? Dammit, the Doc said I needed to get this info out there. He said that knowledge is the only thing that may save people. Psssh. Sounds stupid to me. You may think I’m a coward, but I’d rather die in comfort than trying to fix this mess. I wouldn’t even be spreading the news if the Doc hadn’t asked me. I owe him. Anyway, here’s the first file. I’m spreading this distro out so that it’s harder to track me. I’m still keeping my word, but I’m not going to sit around here all day with my thumb up my ass uploading files waiting for who knows what to find me. Here’s the first case listing. You’re on your own from here. Don’t try to find me.

15-661P

Case Number 15-661D | Case Name: Und So Beginnt Es
Subject Identification
: Code Name: Yhdarl | First Name: Déhà | Last Name: Unknown
Subject Location: Belgium – Observation Zone 6

Subject Information: Subject is a middle-aged male of unknown descent (possibly Bulgarian) currently living in Belgium. At the time of writing, it is still unknown if the subject has genuinely made contact with the parallels or not. Evidence indicates a prodigious talent for music (some of the associates have even referred to it as genius-level), and the amount of activity correlates with other records for volume output after encountering an aperture. Still, many of the phenomena (See Attachment 15-661A for details) may be explained as possible, albeit highly unlikely, coincidences.

What we do know is that since at least 2010, the subject has generated an alarmingly high output of material unlike anything else in the files. Most often these contents consist of tortured screams, jarring rhythmic changes, and indecipherable vocal emanations. The meditations on record veer dangerously from violent outbursts to unsettling ambiance seemingly at random, and there’s a pervasive gloom and melancholy throughout. Audio analysis indicates layers upon layers of dense vocal chants of arcane origin. These vocals pervade all recordings and may be responsible for reported feelings of terror and strange hallucinatory phenomena. Analysis also shows that the sustained guitar notes and rhythmic pulses are augmented by what appear to be sounds of torture, but the origins of these sounds is unknown at this time. Evidence shows that the subject is a master of dynamics, and 15-661D is an exercise in infernal endurance. Slow, compounding tension plummets listeners into a state of suspenseful unease before caustic instruments blast and disorient unexpectedly. The subject wields both aggression and empty space effectively to render listeners vulnerable and confused. The entirety of 15-661D sounds distant and cavernous, bolstering feelings of paranoia and sickness. Interestingly, the subject seems to transition from one manifestation of his dissociative identity disorder to another, writing, recording and releasing completely unique music under the new identity. This latest release comes from the Yhdarl persona, and it seems to have a fixation with hatred and torment.

Most interestingly, however, is the effect these releases have on others. Prior to contacting us, our clients in the subject’s home province recorded a bizarre series of incidents wherein civilians who came into contact with the previous creation of Yhdarl persona grew uncharacteristically violent, causing bodily harm to themselves and others in the vicinity before losing consciousness. When the victims awakened from their trance-like states, they were typically entirely unaware of the events that led up to their current state. Many, in fact, forgot all of the contents of their life prior to exposure. Our clients contacted us before the release of Und So Beginnt Es, and with our consultation and assistance, they’ve managed to isolate the contents for now. Only a few test subjects have been exposed, and the results are recorded in Attachment 15-661A. The subject continues to go about his daily life, oblivious to the effects of his releases. We have advised our clients to maintain an invisible quarantine of the subject to simply contain his output. If the subject was to determine that he is under surveillance, we are unsure what results would transpire. Disconcerting is the fact that investigation has been unable to verify the existence of a second entity on the record; this entity, possibly named Larvalis, may be a sort of emanation or fingerprint from the parallels. Further investigation is required.

Attachment 15-661A – List of side effects when test subject is exposed to material Und So Beggint Es. Test Subject 1 complained of a sudden decrease in motivation. The subject then proceeded to sit down in the middle of his room with his eyes closed and remained in this position for exactly 13 minutes and 13 seconds. The subject then immediately began to weep, stating that the world was far too sad a place and asking how something so terrible could be true. The subject then took off his clothing and hunched over the floor so as to obstruct direct view. After exactly 24 minutes of activity and weeping, the subject tied a noose he had fashioned from his own fabrics and attempted to choke himself until personnel intervened. The subject remains in protective custody to this day.

Test Subject 2, upon exposure to the contents of 15-661D grew violently will and began to vomit immediately. The subject vomited on the floor for exactly 45 minutes late until she had completely drained the contents of her stomach. The subject heaved for an additional 3 minutes. When the heaving finished, the subject began attempting to lap up the vomit while muttering, “Out with the bad, in with the good. Out with the bad, in with the good.” The subject choked after approximately 2 and a half minutes of this activity before fainting. After awakening, the subject had no knowledge of the prior events. Our clients maintain reconnaissance of the subject.

Test Subject 3 had no immediate reaction to the materials, but after almost an entire day of observation, the subject grew extremely agitated and clawed out his own eyes and throat before personnel could stop him. The subject did not survive the event.

Attachment 15-661S – Audio Sample of Und So Beggint Es.

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  • W,

    You have taken it to the next level. Wow!

    GL

    • Dr. Dubz

      Thanks, GL!

  • HessianHunter

    Dear god

    • Guacamole Jim

      THE ONLY THING I ASK OF YOU
      IS TO HOLD HER WHEN I’M NOT AROUND
      WHEN I’M MUCH TOO FAR AWAAAAAAAY

      • Dr. Dubz

        Stahp!

  • Tyree

    Great write-up. I really enjoyed their last album a lot. This one bored me, and really did not frighten me as much. Still rad though.

  • KJM

    Spookee

    • Dr. Dubz

      2spoopee4u?

      • Guacamole Jim

        3poopee0nme

    • JWG

      Spokane

  • MoshOff

    I’m not quite sure what this is or who wrote it, but damn if it didn’t have me reading til the very end.

    Job well done, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz?

    • Dr. Dubz

      Some guy named Mendel. I’m just the messenger.

  • i’m having flashbacks of Penumbra: Black Plague

    • Dr. Dubz

      That was the predecessor to Amnesia, right?

      • affirmative. 1) the ambient sounds are similar and 2) there are lots of case files in that game (workers were being infected with the “Tuurngait virus”).
        i need to find time to write a “Career Analysis” of Frictional Games someday soon…

        • Dr. Dubz

          Oooh, Tuurngait. That name will turn up in another case listing, but in a different context.

    • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

      That game (and pretty much everything by Frictional) made me shit my pants. Frictional actually know how to scare the player instead of just shocking them, its a talent very few devs have (And the devs for Machine For Pigs didn’t). Its a shame Amnesia became the punching bag for shitty scare-cam lets-players.

      • TDD is incredible. AMFP just couldn’t match it, i’d say it’s 70% what TDD was.

        • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

          I think AMFP is 15% what TDD was. I just can’t stand The Chinese Room in general, I’m all for a good story, but when it impacts the gameplay in a negative way it irks me. The Walking Dead managed to be completely-story focused, yet still having enough decent gameplay to make it not shit.

          • ah, see this is where i’m going to lose you. i LOVE the walking simulator Dear Esther (also, Gone Home).
            good call on DE:HR, i need to dust that one off, never finished it…

          • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

            I’m kind of torn on whether or not to play Gone Home, as due to my utter hatred (I’m sorry, but I think it sucks) of Dear Esther, I should hate it, but from gameplay videos it looks to be more interactive than DE, and your interactions with the world actually progress the story, rather than you just walking down a pretty path while a decent story is told to you, so I’m conflicted.
            Also, DX:HR, get up to the ending and then come up with your own ending, its better than any of them. DX:HR strikes the perfect balance between being easy to pick up and understand, yet still being rather deep. The way it does simplification right is by keeping most of the options available in DX1, but cutting out or fixing all the obtuse (the combat) and pointless (swimming) bullshit, whilst making good modernizations that fit in the universe.

    • do not stain the merol name!

    • stupid Áccel Pocetaberg, jajajaja!

    • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

      Needs more typos, not real hAxl.

  • I love you, Doc.

    Have your sticker.

  • Stockhausen

    Shrouded in mystery, asking more questions than it answers, all to feature some excellent music. This chundles my grundle.

  • jamming this ambient stuff at work… then 12 minutes into “Execution”, a bunch of merol kicks in! did not see that coming.
    this rules, W

  • Dagon

    I’ve said this before, but you are a very talented man, Dubya.

    This dude Mendel is, as well.

  • Guacamole Jim

    This is ridiculously awesome, W. Give Mendel my regards.

    http://i.imgur.com/r7JKY9P.gif

    • Dr. Dubz

      I would if I could. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of him though.

    • Tyree

      “Listen, you fuckers, you screwheads. Here is a man who would not take it anymore. A man who stood up against the scum, the cunts, the dogs, the filth, the shit. Here is a man who stood up.”

  • The Beargod

    …and so it begins. My god, it’s hideous.

    • Dr. Dubz

      perhaps the Beargod himself warrants a case listing.

  • JWG

    Dig the Lovecraftian references in that Investigative Firm’s name. Bravo.

    Though, before it struck me I spent way too much time trying to figure out if there was a hidden pun in it. I listened to way too much “Car Talk”/NPR I suppose.

    Not everyone can (or should) be represented by the Law Firm of Dewey Cheatham and Howe, though.

    • Dr. Dubz

      No pun, though the name is basically two allusions.

      • JWG

        I think I figured out the other one, too.

        • Dr. Dubz

          If you can figure out the code for case listings, you win forever.

          • JWG

            I really should be working. But I’ll think about it in between moments of appearing productive.

          • Dr. Dubz

            Haha, don’t get fired on my account.

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    listen to meditation(in the OP)–full vol

    with this vid–at the same time–and this 2nd vid –1/8 vol

    https://youtu.be/briOb15nuRA

    https://youtu.be/JpNg8Z75sEs

  • DARKBEARD

    Ot: anyone interested in a Bloodborne review?

    • Dr. Dubz

      I think jack Bauer was streaming it last night. He might be working on a review, but if not, I think it’s something we’d be interested in.

      • DARKBEARD

        Pfft he doesn’t even dark souls

        • Dr. Dubz

          May the best beard emerge victorious.

        • EsusMoose

          Do you Demon Soul’s because I’d respect the opinion of someone who has more than not. But really from watching his stream it looks like a cool twist on the aging souls formula. Can’t wait to get a ps4.

          • DARKBEARD

            I’ve played all the souls games, my corgi

          • EsusMoose

            Buenos senor dvvkbvvrd

  • Don’t know what’s sicker: the music or the review.

    Is Mendel an associate of Jonny Lignano?

    Wait, wait, wait a minute: IS MENDEL JONNY LIGNANO?

    • Dr. Dubz

      I can neither confirm nor deny.

      • Don’t beat yourself up about it.

        • Dr. Dubz

          You’re not my real dad.

          • I am in possession of DNA evidence that MIGHT insinuate otherwise . . .

  • CT-12

    God damn, I have trouble enough just writing regular articles, don’t know where you find the time or stamina to do crazy shit like this, but I’m glad you do. Awesome review W.

    • Dr. Dubz

      Thanks, taco man.

  • dr.derelict

    What the fuck?

    • Dr. Dubz

      This is the appropriate response.

      • dr.derelict

        Thanks for helping to keep this place interesting. Sincere congrats on your recent achievement.

        • Dr. Dubz

          From one doctor to another, I thank ye. I hope I can add a little bit of intrigue round these parts

          • Scrimm

            Mission accomplished. Far more interesting than a standard review.

          • Dr. Dubz

            Oh, you’re too kind.

          • Scrimm

            Bull puckey

  • I hear it in my dreams…

    • Dr. Dubz

      Does it knock three times?

  • OldMetalHead

    And…there’s gonna be a new season of X-Files on Fox! 🙂

    • Dr. Dubz

      Wait, really? I’ve been slowly watching the old episodes because I totally missed it when it was first on. I’m somewhere in Season 5 now.

      • Virgil the Ghost Poet

        If you checked my fb feed I have a link of that story.

        • Dr. Dubz

          I will!

      • OldMetalHead

        Turns out it’s only for 6 episodes, but yeah.
        http://www.ew.com/article/2015/03/24/x-files-return

      • KJM

        I liked it until Duchovny bailed on them, then it lost it’s way.

        • Dr. Dubz

          I haven’t gotten there yet.

          • Scrimm

            I liked the episode with Bruce Campbell….

          • KJM

            It really should’ve ended the season after the 1st movie came out.

          • dat second movie stunk too

          • KJM

            I’ve never even seen it.

          • Dr. Dubz

            I need to watch the first movie. I hear it’s supposed to go between 5 and 6, and in that case, I’m missing something.

          • KJM

            Yes, it came out in Summer 1998. It played at Fresh Pond Cinema which was once really nice but it’s a dump now.

  • J.R.

    Gave me an SCP vibe. Great review, Doc. Legs beat from Ultimate all day, so this tuneage definitely helped me lose track of my physical pains and focus on my emotional ones instead. Woo

    • Dr. Dubz

      Man, I haven’t played ultimate in quite a while. Used to play every week.

      • J.R.

        When we meet up at GL’s place for ToiletCon we can play some. We’ll use toilet seats instead of frisbees, but duh.