Monument in the Snowstorm

Monument

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Level Classification

Difficulty 3/5 The frigid temperatures and erratic spatial displacement caused by the abnormal snowstorm are extremely hazardous.
Entity Count 2/5 This level is minimally inhabited by entities.
Chaos Gradient 4/5 In the wake of the storm, objects fall into the level as if taken from other spaces, or move randomly across the level.
Basset-Frazier Index 3/5 The level is barely livable, but acceptable by Backrooms standards. Due to the frigid temperatures and storms deterring settlers, this place is only of interest to researchers.

Description

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fig 1.0 The center of the Stability Zone. An unknown wanderer can be seen in the photo.

The Monument in the Snowstorm is one of the aberrant levels of the Backrooms. The level is an endless field of snow, the depths of which, consisting of layers of compressed under pressure snow, keep secrets. An endless night dominates the level, there are no clouds or celestial bodies in the sky, which entails the absence of natural light sources on the level. During excavations deep into the level, buried artifacts of the precursors were found. Despite the relative ease of extraction, the depth at which the artifacts are buried, their condition, and the difficulty of getting equipment to the level makes large-scale excavations impossible, but they are of interest to researchers. The temperature never rises above -30C, and in the strongest snowstorms drops to -90C, average temperature is -35C to -40C.

The main point of interest in the level is the Monument, a 14-meter high construction made of white stone in the shape of a right triangle, whose top was damaged at an unknown point in time, as well as its origin is unknown. Monument is the only thing really visible from afar in the desolate snowscape and serves as a landmark for wanderers who get to the level. The Monument is located in the center of the Stability Zone - a 60-meter circle, the space inside which is not affected by Snowstorm. Analysis of material samples showed that the monument consists of unpolished white marble. The snow layers inside the Stability Zone has a strength and density comparable deep rock formations, which entails a much more labor-intensive excavation process, which is completely stalled at a depth of 55 meters, where you need equipment that is physically impossible to get to the level. The use of explosives has not caused significant progress in the Stability Zone excavations. Excavations around the Monument itself determined that its base is not a rectangular platform submerged under a layer of snow, but a much larger structure going under the snow to an unknown depth. Whether the Monument is the cause of the Stability Zone, or whether it is just a reference point indicating where its source is located is unknown.

An abnormal snowstorm begins at random intervals on the level and lasts from 3 days to 16 months, the intervals between snowstorms are 2-3 months. The Snowstorm is capable of sweeping snowdrifts up to 7 meters high, significantly changing the level's landscape. The reason why this weather phenomenon is of interest to the cryptoscientific community is its effect on materials and creatures from the outside. When any person, entity, or object from other Backrooms level enters the internal snowstorm is swallowed by a powerful wave of snow from which bluish particles emanate. Swallowed subjects are sent to a random part of the level. In contrast to that, external snowstorms carry objects, entities, and wanderers from other levels of the Backrooms to Monument, the objects carried to the level appear behind the powerful waves of particle snow. At the moment, it is impossible to predict what type of storm will happen next.

The most common entity is the Smilers, for whom the endless ink-black darkness of the level is the perfect environment. The Smilers inhabiting this level are a subspecies whose distinguishing feature, in addition to being immune to the properties of the abnormal snowstorms, is a slightly bluish hue from their eyes and teeth. Other entities encountered in the level fall into it in a similar manner to the wanderers.


Recommended Equipment

Proper thermal clothing to withstand extremely low temperatures. Flashlight. Portable heat source, such as a small burner. Warm liquids, taking hot drink in a thermos are recommended. A supply of high-calorie food. Durable shovel.

Valuable Resources

Damaged Precursor tech. Only suitable for casual study and Precursium extraction.

Recommended Actions

In case you find yourself outside the Stability Zone when moving to a level, try to find a Monument on the horizon. In case you cannot find the Monument for a long time, your only chance is to try to dig the door to another level. In case you feel an increase in wind, immediately start moving to the Stability Zone where you can wait out the snowstorm, otherwise, you may be in the remote parts of the level.


Communities

UNCB Outpost Borealis

A UNCB research outpost, based in half of the Stability Zone. Conducts research activities aimed at studying the level blizzard phenomenon, as well as archaeological excavations outside the Stability Zone. At the moment the staff of the station consists of 6 employees of the Security, 2 Security Officers, 1 cryptogeologist, 3 cryptoarchaeologists, and 3 cryptometeorologists.


Access

Entrances

You may accidentally enter a level during an external snowstorm. Wanderers were closed by a sudden snow flow from an unknown source, blocking their vision, after which they appears on the level.

There is a stable entrance in the snow coated blocks of Boundless Retail. Periodically you can find piles of particle snow among the piles of normal snow, diving into which you will find yourself on the level.

Exits

To leave the level, you must dig through Surface Layer to find one of several doors. Entering the uncovered door will take you to the level corresponding to the door. Below is a list of doors.

Door Level
Rusty Electrical Room Door Electrical Station
Office Door The Office
Door with "EXIT" Sign Restless Restaurant
Rotten Wooden Door The Cavity
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