Flickering Lights
rating: +5+x
Item: Flickering Lights
Type: Technical Defect, Unholy
Living: Yes (extended definition)
Sentient: Yes
Potential/Current Hazards sudden failure of machinery, religiously motivated fear
Required Wear/Weaponry When deployed a religiously/scientifically/technologically significant object is to be handed out, if deemed necessary
Location: Base Six
Reported Anomaly: Technical, Religious

Usage

The item may be used as a medium scale distraction, a power demonstration or [REDACTED].

The anomaly can be summoned via ritual as described in document FL-2. This version of the ritual has shown to be the barest minimum necessary to cause the desired anomalous effect. Several variables from the original FL-Original-1 document were omitted from FL-2.

Several modified versions of FL-Documents (here after referred to as FL-Mods) are currently in circulation and may be used in specific circumstances where the FL-Mod file would performed better than the standard FL-2 file. All FL-Mod files are considered "experiments" under the "Insurgency Insurance Policy". FL-Mods are to be labeled with a unique 3 4 digit number code.

Although it is possible to activate the anomaly without a physical copy of an FL-File and/or a religiously/scientifically/technologically significant object these freely recited versions are almost never completely accurate to an FL-File and are therefore considered a FL-Mod.

Copies of FL-Mods with detrimental effects are to be removed from circulation and replaced with a copy of FL-2. Where appropriate retraining of personnel may be conducted.

Report

"Flickering Lights" is a phenomena produced via citation of specific words. The language in which the words are spoken dose not affect there outcome. It is therefor believed that the effect is not tied to specific sounds, but instead a pattern of meaning. The original source for the words was transcribed in Arabic with its dialect dating it at around 250 BC.

The original FL-File (FL-Original-1) was found during emergency excavations in Syria in 2016. When it was discovered it was bundled with seemingly unrelated roman scriptures, edged into 75 centimeter thick bronze sheets. No similar bundles were recovered from the excavation sight.

The first activation of the item in the modern age was accidentally triggered during the translation process. The discovery would have been written off as a simple technical defect if it had not been replicated under observation of a technician with connections to the Insurgency.

The reciting of FL-Original-1 corresponded with the simultaneously, temporary failure of 7 lamps, 2 computers, 1 water-cooler and 4 car batteries. It also stoked superstition among the expedition, which claimed to have summoned a "demon that was buried for a reason". Further investigation revealed that there was in fact a presence that registered on our paranormal detectors, but the actual output of paranormal energy was deemed to insignificant to point to a larger, more powerful entity. During its initial detection and mapping it was discovered that the fear instilled by "Flickering Lights" actually decreases for a subject if it is in possession of a religiously/scientifically/technologically significant object, including a paper copy of FL-Original-1.

A team of Insurgency specialists evaluated the anomaly and cleared it for a large scale deployment. During its deployment, it was discovered that "Flickering Lights" was not bound to the Arabic language. This information enabled the deployment of the anomaly on a larger scale. As a result FL-1 was distributed as a one to one translation of FL-Original-1.

With further experimentation, it was discovered that the effect was actually modifiable. This allowed the creation of FL-2, which was 80% faster to activate, without a significant reduction in its effectiveness. Following this discovery FL-1 was retired as a tool for field- and recruitment operations.

Its large user base lead to various modifications of FL-2. Some notable candidates include FL-M0007 which only targets computer hardware, FL-M0944 which produces fear on a city wide scale without causing technological disturbances, FL-M0430 which only targets one specific human/device and FL-M1951 which caused [REDACTED].

Along with these success stories were many FL-Mods which produced detrimental effects. These effects range from nearly 0% effectiveness to massive spikes in paranormal energy, with fatal results.

The amount of casualties on the site of the Insurgency was high enough to warren a reclassification of the information. This resulted in a great reduction of personnel using "Flickering Lights". As an unwanted side-effect the amount of misquoted versions of FL-2 increased drastically. The current policy of the Insurgency is to provide users of "Flickering Lights" a clean copy of FL-2, but not to equip new recruits with FL-2 as a standard tool. This has been shown to be effective as a measure to reduced self-inflicted casualties.

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