Level 678
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“The children never learned, but I did.”
-Our Lady of Confession


As a preface, all information within the level is known due to the help and assistance of Level 214’s very own “Our Lady of Confession”. It is not recommended to visit Level 678.

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St. Julius Cemetary
Your Loss Handled With Care.


Here at St. Jul!us, we offer the best we can in terms of funeral service a$% care in the D&va!le area of Scene-01.1. Since 1989 we have offered the &est care to t&@ departed, pr!vidi@g service to a !@rge variety of c#$ientel and people from other cities and regions of Sc#n!-01.1.

Here at St. Julius, we @an provide services and bu&*!ls such as the foll*$ing:

  • S%ldirs Buri*#s (Read N$ot%ce Bel@&)
  • Imb@$min*s
  • Cremation%

Our pr$ctiti%#ers and mor!ici*!s are the &*st within Scene-01.1, and han%le w@!tever requests you ha!e, be it social or %ultural. Allow your Pas#$ng to rest safely in our hands.

N#TICE AS OF A#$IL

Due to circumstances an% the unfolding conflict with Emstable, there has been a sudden in@*ux of individua#s seeking a place to b%ry their relatives and loved ones. ALL CURRENT GRAVE PLOTS IN ST. JULIUS HAVE BEEN RESERVED. The *%st that can be offered now is cremation, though in!@vid#als must ap%!@ separately at [Error, Missing Embed] to be put on a w$iting list. For those who are looking to pay respects to their recently buried so#diers, Ad#inistr!%ive Se@tinel Construct (A.S.C.) “Na#a*ie” on-site can !irect visitors to the appropriate row, section, and site of the grave you are lo&king for.

#ou can conta!@ us at:
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SURVIVAL DIFFICULTY:

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Description

Level 678, also known as the Necropolis, is stated by Our Lady of Confession to be a similar standalone fragment of Level 600. Reports, imagery, and video from the level reveal that it is an approximately 600-acre field of hills, and trees marked with haphazardly placed, crumbling and derelict graves. The entire level is bordered by a chain-link metal fence approximately 2-3 meters in height, including one gate leading into the skybox void around Level 678. The only other structure within the necropolis is a singular rundown church located next to the “main gates” of the level.

The church near the entrance resembles one built in the mid-20th century, though it is unknown where the building’s architecture originates from. The interior lacks any functional lighting and most surfaces are covered in a fine layer of dust and cobwebs. Notable features within this structures include an altar with a lectern, pews, and multiple stained glass windows. These windows seem to be the only way natural light enters the building, since the many hanging electric chandeliers along the recesses of the ceiling refuse to function. This is constant due to the permanent sunset that the level’s skybox tends to project.

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A general view of Level 678 before "shutdown" occurs.

On first glance, graves on Level 678 all appear to have been placed at different times, as the quality of the graves vary wildly. However, Our Lady of Confession has gone on to reveal to M.E.O.D. members that most graves were dug and placed within the same 2 years. Due to this, recommendations were made to speak with ex-residents of Level 600 regarding the graves, of which most people could recognize the names of certain people listed on them.

The stylization and types of graves within the level vary, though there is a notable absence of mausoleums or anything grand. Most graves take the form of bevel markers, tombstones, obelisks, or larger monument plots with multiple ledgers for families. However, there is a notable presence of smaller, obelisk-style markers in the back half of Level 678. These are rarely ever inscribed with names, but are said by old residents of Level 600 to be the improvised graves of soldiers.

Recovered files and information from archives and firsthand residents of Level 600 have identified Level 678 as The St. Julius Cemetery. However, there are many theories which might explain why it still exists. One of the presumed source of the necropolis’ continued existence is the “Administrative Sentinel Construct” of the fragment known as “Natalie” or “Our Daughter of Decay” by others.


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Administrative Sentinel Construct "Natalie" during visit by Dr. R. to Level 678.

Administrative Sentinel Construct “Natalie”

Information on A.S.C. Natalie is scant, though M.E.O.D. researchers have pieced together that Natalie once resided within Level 600. More undisclosed research has linked both entities to a network of many other “A.S.C.s” who existed to oversee, direct, and assist facets of life.

In the case of Natalie, those who visited St. Julius before it became Level 678 say that she was often placed at a small crossroads towards the entrance of the cemetery. From there, she would function as a normal Sentinel Construct would in daily life. These functions included giving directions to appropriate graves, providing information on graves, and consoling grieving visitors.

Most of what can be inferred from Natalie is only known from her current form, and what people from Level 600 know of them. As she exists currently, Natalie will appear in entirely arbitrary locations within Level 678. No single reported encounter with A.S.C. Natalie has displayed her being in the same locale as she was prior, implying that they exist in some sort of unstable state.

Unlike her positioning within the level, Natalie appears as the same crumbling statue of a girl missing an arm and head. It is possible to initiate communication with them, though it is rare to get a response. Out of the five written reports on Level 678, only one managed to have a brief conversation with the A.S.C. before they initiated what is known as a “Shutdown” event. A transcript of this instance can be read below.

Report on Level 678, Log 3.


Elan, 17/11/2022

Reaching Level 678, I have noted similar environments to that of the previous two reports I’ve read. As per requests from Dr. Amiens, I shall attempt to find and document more data on the second “Lady” entity found within Level 678.

Approximately ten minutes after entry into the necropolis, I came across Entity “Our Daughter of Decay” approximately 10 meters away from the main gates of Level 678. Appearance is noted to be the same as in other reports. Approaching the entity has not yet resulted in “Shutdown” occurring.

I asked, “Are you willing to talk with me?” and to my surprise, received a response.

“Here, I lay at rest. Content with my destruction.”

Quite surprised at a verbal response from Our Daughter of Decay (despite her lacking a head), I decided to question further about what she meant.

“All is lost, I live only to witness my collapse. No longer do I watch the dead.”

Their words exuded some sort of sadness or unrest despite the neutrality of their echoing voice in the silence. They gave me the impression of someone who had truly lost everything, so I apologized.

“It isn’t your fault.” She replied to me, “My time has simply passed. Like the many soldiers below us, I too am destined to pass and rot.”

After our brief exchange of words, it seemed that Our Daughter of Decay spoke no longer. I was left in deafening silence as I turned around to leave. Unlike previous reports, the “Shutdown” event did not occur, allowing me to reach the gates and leave to Level 165.


Following this successful communication, the fourth expedition to Level 678 detailed A.S.C. Natalie being in the same location as they were when Elan had initially discovered them. Attempting to converse with them in this instance was unsuccessful.

Shutdown

An event will almost always occur on Level 678 known as a “Shutdown”. This occurrence is theorized to be a byproduct of a few things. One is the possible integral piece of Level 600 failing to properly cull from being rendered with Level 600’s destruction. As of this date, the only recorded instance of a Shutdown refusing to occur is partly detailed in a report by Recon Team Member Elan.

Shutdowns are characterized by the alteration of Level 678’s skybox. This will take on a scrolling, wavy texture of warped static. A shrill, ear-piercing shepard tone often accompanies this. These effects evoke several instances of physical illness, with symptoms such as nausea, headaches, and strained vision being commonplace.

As it goes on, the Shutdown will gradually plunge the level into whirling static, taking around 1 to 2 minutes to entirely engulf the level in a static void. At this point, whoever is caught within a Shutdown will feel as though they were falling or spinning downwards into the abyss around the level, in which case they will reach Level “End of the F#c*ing World”.

Within this collapsing state, the only visible object within the static will be the statue form of Our Daughter of Decay, seemingly floating in place at the proper distance they were when the wanderer first arrived. Whilst falling, Our Daughter of Decay will stay stationary and idle where she was. Everything else–graves, terrain, fences, and the church–will cease to appear in the level.

One possible reason for both 214 and 678’s existence is that the A.S.C.s of both levels managed to keep the general terrain and structure of their fragment loaded and kept in reality. Nonetheless, the difference with Level 678 is the instability of its overseer. Because of this, the locale is prone to collapsing in a shutdown.


Outposts

Similar to Level 214, no more than one wanderer can be within Level 678 at once. Because of this, no outposts or bases are present.

Entrances And Exits

There are only a few ways to access Level 678, but we know of the following:

  • Attempting to leave 214’s gates.
  • Entering and leaving a church in Blue Channel.
  • Finding a random gate in the dunes of Level 812.

Some of the few ways to leave Level 678 include:

  • Going through the Shutdown event to be taken to Level 910.
  • Entering or exiting the church, which has a small chance of taking wanderers to Level 105.
  • Leaving the main gates to Level 165.

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