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Dullers

From The Backrooms Wiki
Entity 6
Entity Class:            Class 4B
》Moderately dangerous, hostile
》Wanderer-like intelligence

Dullers are a common humanoid Backrooms entity that abuses noclipping to eat.

Description

Dullers are a tall, lanky, humanoid entity. They are not very strong, so they use surprise to attack wanderers and other prey.

Appearance

Dullers are generally tall, with most wanderers describing dullers as “twice as tall as them”. Although this is usually seen as misjudgement, they are much taller than wanderers on average. However, some dullers have been seen that are shorter than 0.75 metres, making them much shorter than the average wanderer. For unknown reasons, dullers don't seem to ever be the same height as a wanderer.

Dullers appear to lack most superficial features, although they do have fingers. While some superficial features are obviously absent from them, such as a neck, others, such as a navel, are less clear. Although dullers do have a navel, their skin is so dark (much darker than Vantablack), that the navel cannot be distinguished. Appearance-wise, dullers appear as a long cylinder with relatively short legs, and extremely long arms, so long that they almost always drag on the ground. From the little that can be seen of dullers, they appear emaciated, like many other entities.

Social behaviours

It is universally agreed that dullers are solitary and asocial, with dullers being afraid of each other.

Biology

Habitats

Dullers are one of the most common Backrooms entities, and are found on most levels wanderers inhabit. However, due to their hunting habits, they are not present on levels without walls (such as Level 10).

Diets

For a long time, it was unknown how dullers ate, as they seemed to run away from most food. This led to most people thinking dullers were herbivorous, and that cases of hands appearing through walls and grabbing wanderers were just another anomaly. Another misconception about dullers was that they ate wanderers: It is now known they merely steal food from wanderers. We now know that dullers are the ones who make these hands. Since they don't eat much, dullers generally only go a few hours without eating, and so are generally seen as a large threat. When hungry, dullers stand near walls. The thickness of these walls varies, although they are usually less than 2 metres thick. Since dullers are unable to hear, they sense vibrations created by wanderers walking. Upon hearing the sound of a wanderer walking, they noclip their hands through the wall, and move their arms around in an attempt to find the wanderer. When found, the wanderer as well as whatever they're holding will be dragged through the wall. Although dullers will usually just steal whatever food a wanderer is holding, if they have gone several days without eating, they will sometimes tear off limbs of wanderers they capture. If they have gone an extremely long time (around 1 month) without eating, they will sometimes eat wanderers whole. This will satiate them for a while, however. Coating food in almond water will usually cause dullers not to be interested in it, as they dislike almond water, despite it not being poisonous to them.

Anatomy

Despite their humanoid appearance, dullers have about as much in common with sea sponges as they do with great apes, to the point where some think they are a hybrid of a chimpanzee and a sea sponge. Firstly, dullers breathe through their skin. Bleaching of duller skin has led to scientists discovering that it is covered with what appear to be choanocytes, with the empty space being filled with cells similar to exopinacocytes. This seems to be inverted on the other side, with the locations of the choanocyte-like cells on the exterior of the duller's skin being replaced with Endopinacocytes, and vice versa. Unlike sponges, dullers use their choanocytes to breathe instead of eat. To support the choanocytes on the inside of a duller, oxygen diffuses into their skin, and carbon dioxide diffuses out of their skin. Dullers are completely hollow and seem to eat through their navel. How the food is distributed to all their cells is unclear, but it is likely that it is done by cells on the interior of their skin.

Although most likely related to sea sponges, dullers do have a brain similar to that of great apes. Despite being completely hollow, they can mimic complex muscle movements by stretching skin cells. Their skin cells are made of a mixture of calcium carbonate and silicone, allowing it to be both flexible and stable. Their nerves connect to almost every skin cell and can mimic many complex movements humans are unable to due to their malleability. A duller's brain is very similar to that of a human brain, but is missing some areas. However, most scientists agree that their intelligence is roughly equivalent to that of a human, if not slightly lower.

Reproduction

Duller reproduction is asexual and is through budding. Unlike sponges, dullers do not produce gemmules. These buds appear very rarely and grow very quickly, falling off in a few days. Once fallen, a new duller is created inside the bud. Said duller breaks out around a week later as if the bud was an egg. Due to their reproductive habits, dullers are unlikely to even be born, with most being crushed while still inside their bud. Dullers mature in only a few weeks, and, for the beginning of their life, mainly eat death rats and other small creatures. They do not depend on their parents. It is unknown how long dullers live, although it is estimated a duller's life expectancy is around 250 years.

Dos and Don'ts

Do

  • Stay away from walls in levels where dullers are common.
  • Spray dullers with almond water, or, if one is especially worried, coat small patches of oneself in it.
  • Forfeit your food if caught by a duller. This will usually neutralize them.

Don't

  • Panic when you see a duller. They run away from wanderers.
  • Attempt to listen to dullers. Dullers are almost completely silent, and being close enough to a wall to hear them will be close enough for the duller to grab you.
  • Forfeit almond water. This will aggravate them.