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Windows

From The Backrooms Wiki
Entity 2
Entity Class:            Class 4C
》Moderately dangerous, hostile
》Animal-like intelligence

A window on a tree in Level 23. Exact origins unknown.

Windows are a sessile entity in The Backrooms that looks like a black window with a silhouette behind it. They are found in many levels.

Description

Windows are window-like creatures that inhabit The Backrooms. Although most commonly found in levels with regular windows, they are also found in levels that lack regular windows, or even in places where windows wouldn't normally be found.

Appearance

A window appears to be a mostly normal window, although the panes of the window are black. The window's frame often conforms to the area in which it is found (a window found in wood will have a wooden frame). This isn't always the case, as windows in areas that are made of substances that window frames aren't made of default to wooden frames covered with white paint. The windows usually appear aged and rotting, and the paint on painted windows is usually peeling off. The only exception is metal, as metal windows look spotless. It's unknown why this occurs, although it is probably to blend in with the factory levels where metal is commonly found.

The silhouette inside has been described as “an even darker black”, and appears as a humanoid. This humanoid varies in shape wildly. Male and female silhouettes have been found, as well as ones ranging from emaciated to morbidly obese, barely visible to being taller than the window itself, and even wearing different types of clothing. Studies done by The M.E.G. report that the average silhouette is a “slightly overweight male around 1.5 metres tall wearing thick winter clothing”. The silhouette's appearance is random and cannot be affected by external forces (overfeeding or starving a window will not cause the silhouette to gain weight, lose weight, or become taller. Similarly, feeding a wanderer wearing clothes to a window will not cause the silhouette to wear those clothes).

Social behaviours

Windows have never been seen interacting with other windows, although there is always a distance of around 500 metres between windows, possibly suggesting some sort of interaction.

Biology

Habitats

Although windows are most commonly found on the walls of architectural levels where one would expect windows to be, they are not exclusive to these levels. Windows have been found on the floors and ceilings of many levels, as well as on or even inside trees, on the ground of “natural” levels, buried underground, or, very rarely, floating mid-air.

Diets

Main article: Object 37

Windows will eat almost anything, although they are specialized to hunt for wanderers. Windows can only see directly in front of them, and so, if a wanderer walks in front of them, the window will sometimes start whispering. Windows are more likely to whisper if the wanderer walking in front of them looks tired, inexperienced, unprepared, or going insane. They are less likely to whisper if the wanderer walking in front of them looks well-prepared or experienced. However, if any wanderer gets close enough to a window, it will still attack them.

A window's whispers are almost always quiet and reassuring. Windows commonly pretend to be dead family members or an escape, luring wanderers in. If this doesn't work, but the targeted wanderer is still in front of the faceling, a window's whispers will get louder and insulting, telling wanderers they will never make it, or even screeching at them.

When a wanderer gets too close to a window, they will start to be covered by a pitch black substance known as “window fluid”. At this point, it is too late for them to escape, as they are welded to the window by the window fluid. Attempting to free them will lead to whatever tool is being used to free them also getting covered in window fluid. This includes other wanderers who touch the captured wanderer, or even wanderers who touch the tool covered in window fluid. The Backrooms seems to resist the spread of window fluid, although items made from materials in The Backrooms or items from The Backrooms do not. When the trapped wanderer or wanderers are fully covered in window fluid, the window will start to release a large amount of a similar substance, commonly known as “flood fluid”. Flood fluid covers the window and completely floods the area. This is where windows gather most of their food, as any creature that steps into flood fluid will turn into the flood fluid. After around 2 weeks, the window will begin to reabsorb the flood fluid it released earlier and everything in it. This takes about a week. Once the window is done absorbing the flood fluid it released earlier, both it and any trace of it are gone in the area. Some wanderers report smelling window fluid and flood fluid weeks or even months after the window vanishes, although it is likely that this is just a placebo.

Anatomy

Not much is known about the anatomy of windows, as there are no reports of anyone successfully killing one. There are several theories about the anatomy of a window. The leading theory is that there is either a wanderer or faceling behind the window infected with a strange virus that is able to mind control them and lets them release window fluid and flood fluid. Others say that the window is all that exists of the entity, and that there is nothing behind it. According to this theory, the window fluid and flood fluid released by the window are remnants of their prey stored in a “pocket dimension” within the window itself.

Although both are very fringe theories, some believe that windows aren't even alive, and are just objects with anomalous behaviour. Although unlikely, this isn't impossible due to the anomalous nature of The Backrooms. Lastly, some say that windows aren't a distinct entity, and are actually part of The Backrooms. Although not as fringe as the previous theory, with some small groups even supporting the theory, it is still not nearly as popular as the first two.

Reproduction

Like the anatomy of windows, the reproductive habits of windows are also a mystery. Most groups think windows simply cannot reproduce, as they lack genitalia and seem to be immortal, removing the need for reproduction. People who think windows do reproduce are split among several theories. The most common theory is that windows somehow split when feeding, and that the flood fluid coalesces into a new window. Others say that windows magically duplicate, and some even believe that a window is a large creature living in the walls of levels, and that the window entity is only its arms. None of these theories have caught on.

Dos and Don'ts

Do

  • Avoid windows at all costs.

Don't

  • Approach windows, even if they appear to be safe or normal.
  • Attempt to free a wanderer caught by a window.
  • Touch window fluid or flood fluid.