"“Archivists” are demonic parasites that use old electronics (more specifically discarded televisions) as vessels to gain physical form. Though it is unknown what their true motives are, they are incredibly dangerous, and prolonged exposure to the imagery displayed on their screens can result in madness."
The species mascot, Harbinger
- Diet: unknown, but theorized to be the life energy and stamina of other beings
- Avg. Lifespan: will live until destroyed
- Avg. Size: 12 ft. tall
- Classification: demon
|Release Date: May 17, 2022Species Stats:|
- Foresight (education), Resilience (health), Signal Strength (alchemy), Tendrils (workout)
- Group: inanimate
- Rarity: Rare (1/4)
- Offspring: 1-4
- Cooldown: 5 days
|Naming Groups: Dark, MadFound in: Void, Old Shed, Clothes Shop, ClosetItems: White Feather (recolor), Angel Egg (hatch), Bipedal Shadow (transform), Void Is That You (transform), Suspicious Trail (transform, hatch), Remote (transform), Vintage Tape (transform, recolor), Chewed Cassette (transform, hatch, recolor)|
In their most basic form, archivists are essentially piles of twisted tendrils that seem to be made of either organic or manufactured materials, depending on the individual. These tendrils can shape themselves into whatever form is desired, most often a vaguely bipedal frame. Contained within the spaces between tendril clumps, their bodies are held together by an amorphous, fleshy substance studded by countless eyes. Archivists have no true “head”, and are consequently quite vulnerable unless they find a vessel to possess. These vessels are typically discarded electronic devices, most commonly CRT televisions. While possessing a device, they can use it to emit various images or sounds in order to communicate.
It is unknown where or when exactly the first archivist came into existence. Sightings of these creatures were initially reported in the late 1970s, though they have become much more populous in the past few years. As more devices became obsolete and were discarded, more vessels became available for archivists to possess, allowing the population to increase.
Archivists can be found wherever there are devices to possess, and thus are often sighted near human settlements. They are most commonly found in the central United States, preferring less populated areas to large cities. The presence of large animals, such as bears, deer, or bison, provides a substantial source of food for wild archivists; not due to their abundance of meat, but their size allows for larger amounts of energy that archivists can drain for their own sustenance.
Due to the high risk of negative effects that can come from exposure to an archivist’s signals, it is often difficult to safely observe archivists from a close range.
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