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Skin-stealers

From The Backrooms Wiki
Entity 10
Entity Class:            Class 4C
》Moderately dangerous, hostile
》Animal-like intelligence

A skin-stealer in an area of a base of The Lost resembling Level 0. Taken in 1236.

Skin-stealers are a Backrooms entity, and one of the most common. They are thought to be a type of primate, due to their humanoid appearance.

Description

Appearance

Skin-stealers are tall, with the average height of a skin-stealer being 2 metres. They are vaguely humanoid. Internally, skin-stealer anatomy is very similar to human anatomy, suggesting that they might be primates or even simians. They never appear clothed. They lack a nose, and have two large white holes where their eyes are. Their mouth is similar to a human mouth. The skin of a skin-stealer is very stretchy and thick, allowing them to mould into almost any shape that is somewhat humanoid. They are generally very skinny.

Skin-stealers don't have hands, but rather have a large blob of skin over where their hands should be. These hands do contain bones. The reason for this is so the skin-stealer can mould its hands into any shape it needs to, usually keeping them in the form of two claws, useful for eating and tearing. They are completely hairless. Their feet are large blobs of skin, with a bone structure similar to humans. They are rubbery, and despite their appearance, allow skin-stealers to run at a pace of around 15 kilometres per hour.

Social behaviours

Skin-stealers are solitary creatures, only gathering together for purposes of reproduction or for feeding young. However, skin-stealers are not known to attack each other.

Biology

Habitats

Skin-stealers typically live in any place where humans live, and they can fit, and are able to stalk humans. For example, skin-stealers do not live on Level 8 due to the large amount of cramped spaces, and also don't live on Level 15 due to the lack of areas where they could stalk wanderers. They are most commonly found on the first four levels, except for Level 0. This makes skin-stealers one of the first entities wanderers will encounter, making them a great danger.

Diets

The diet of a skin-stealer is considered very strange, even for a Backrooms creature. Adult skin-stealers typically go weeks or months without eating. During this period, they typically stalk groups of wanderers from a distance, to learn about them. When hungry, skin-stealers look for solitary wanderers to eat. They only eat humans, and so only live in areas where humans live. Most skin-stealers hunt down solitary wanderers and tear them apart with their hands. However, weaker species have formed a symbiotic relationship with blossoming eyes, luring wanderers into the range of a blossoming eye, and then sharing the food with them.

Upon eating a wanderer, they leave behind the skin, in which they use the suction-cup like pores on their skin to fit against the skin of the wanderer. This is what gave them the name “skin-stealer”. Their skin is also very malleable, allowing the skin of the wanderer they killed to fit easily. The pores connect to the wanderer's skin, allowing the skin-stealer's blood to inflate it and make it look as if it was still alive. They also put on the wanderer's clothes, for a more convincing disguise. After this, skin-stealers go on the hunt for groups of wanderers. Skin-stealers do have the ability to speak, although they don't have the ability to understand what they're saying. However, they have an excellent memory, and usually know what to say in any specific situation. After following the crowd for a few hours, they typically isolate a small group of wanderers, absorb their fake skin, and kill them. After this, these dead wanderers are taken to a remote location, where the adult releases a pheromone that attracts young skin-stealers. They then feast on the wanderers.

Anatomy

The anatomy of a skin-stealer is very similar to that of a human. Their gut is almost exactly the same, only larger. Their lungs are very large, and breathe slowly. A skin-stealer's heart shares a similar pattern, being large and beating strong yet slowly. It pumps clear, whitish blood.

Scientists have often considered the most interesting part of a skin-stealers anatomy to be their vocal cords. Their vocal cords are highly advanced, being able to mimic human voices and theoretically many other types of sounds.

The brain of a skin-stealer closely resembles a human brain, containing around 15 billion neurons and weighing around 1 kilogram. Their memory is highly advanced, with some saying they remember everything they see. This helps them be able to mimic humans, as skin-stealers with better memory were better able to remember how humans act, and as such, they survived.

A skin-stealer's skin is thick and rubbery, and is covered with thousands of pores. Unlike humans, skin-stealers have no hair, and so the pores function more like suckers. The main purpose of their skin is to fit into the mould of the wanderers they kill, and the pores help stretch the wanderer's skin out over the skin-stealer's. They also serve a function similar to the skin-stealer's mouth, having digestive pouches and being able to digest things. Lastly, they can act as an extension of a skin-stealer's circulatory system, being able to pump blood into their fake skin.

Reproduction

Although skin-stealer reproduction was once a mystery, it is now generally agreed that skin-stealers reproduce sexually, as they have distinct male and female variants. The gestation period of skin-stealers is unknown. Reproduction is also one of very few times adult skin-stealers interact with other adult skin-stealers, as they are almost completely solitary.

Young skin-stealers do not hunt, and instead rely on being fed. Adult skin-stealers typically take their food after a long hunt, bring it to a remote location, and release a pheromone that attracts young skin-stealers. This is where they get most of their nutrition. Skin-stealers mature at the age of 11 on average, and do not age.

The Skin-Stealer Test

Since skin-stealers infiltrating colonies was a major issue for early groups of The Backrooms, the skin-stealer test was developed. Although it initially started as bloodletting to make sure the blood of a wanderer was red and not white or clear, it eventually evolved into a simple scan of surface capillaries to make sure the hemoglobin in them is normal. Another test involves interrogating a wanderer with simple questions, although questions that wouldn't normally be asked, which usually outsmarts skin-stealers. This can, however, not work on wanderers who are mute or deaf, and an especially intelligent skin-stealer may be able to get past it.

A simple rhyme was developed and is still used to this day to teach wanderers about how to identify skin-stealers:

“Blood runs red, he's not dead. Blood runs clear, steer clear.”

Or, alternatively:

“Blood runs red, he's not dead. Blood runs clear, don't go near.”

Dos and Don'ts

Do

  • Try to catch skin-stealers stalking you. They will generally leave you alone if you are in a group, and they get noticed.
  • Perform the skin-stealer test on people travelling with you.

Don't

  • Trust people that either don't talk when prompted or say nonsense.
  • Aggravate a skin-stealer if you are unprepared and travelling alone.