The Buried is one of the Entities. It is the manifestation of a collection of fears that deal with being trapped without enough space: claustrophobia, small spaces, of being unable to breathe and the underground and dust, of being at the centre of everything and it is all pushing down.
Deep water can be associated with The Buried, but only when if it the effect is described as claustrophobic, crushing, drowning, heavy, sinking, etc. The Buried is also associated with certain "crushing" money issues, such as desperate poverty, "drowning in debt," and seeking or borrowing money under bad terms.
Gertrude Robinson theorised that The Buried may be focused in North America.
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- MAG 2: Do Not Open (The Coffin)
- MAG 15: Lost Johns' Cave* (The Cave)
- MAG 50: Foundations (George Gilbert Scott)
- MAG 61: Hard Shoulder (The Coffin)
- MAG 66: Held in Customs* (The Box)
- MAG 71: Underground* (The Underground)
- MAG 88: Dig (Leitner Book)
- MAG 97: We All Ignore the Pit (Bucoda, Sunken Sky)
- MAG 99: Dust to Dust* (Dust storm)
- MAG 129: Submerged* (Flood)
- MAG 132: Entombed* (The Coffin)
- MAG 142: Scrutiny (Hand)
- MAG 152: A Gravedigger's Envy (Hezekiah Wakely)
- MAG 166: The Worms (Domain)
*Suffocation or drowning triggers
Other Appearances Edit
- MAG 41: Too Deep (Seven Lamps of Architecture)
- MAG 79: Hide And Seek (Seven Lamps of Architecture)
- MAG 80: The Librarian (Seven Lamps of Architecture)
- MAG 128: Heavy Goods (The Coffin)
- MAG 158: Panopticon (Seven Lamps of Architecture)
- George Gilbert Scott
- Hezekiah Wakely: An avatar who was buried alive in a grave
- Enrique MacMillian: Attempted to dig into the floor of the archives after being influenced by the 'DIG' book
- Karolina Górka: After leaving the underground and making her statement, she left a trail of dust behind her
- The Coffin: Also known as The Pit, is a gateway into The Buried. The coffin is usually chained up and transported by Breekon and Hope, with screams being audible from within.
- DIG (Leitner Book)
- The Box
- Seven Lamps of Architecture: A Leitner Book that, when read in full, causes walls to close in around the reader. When read near Robert Smirke's architecture, the reader is able to change or move parts of the building.
- Domain in the ruined world, an open field with thin, vertical tunnels leading deep into the earth. In these tunnels are 'worms', once human, now only able to crawl slowly upward, only to be pushed down by the eventual rain.
The Buried's ritual is called "Sunken Sky". The ritual was intended to take place in Bucoda, Washington at some point after February 10, 2008, and before March 2009. Gertrude Robinson stopped the ritual by tossing the dismembered body of Jan Kilbride, which had been touched by The Vast, into the pit in Bucoda (seen in MAG 97, confirmed to have been them in MAG 129).
Connections to other EntitiesEdit
- The Buried is in many ways the opposite of The Vast, as they represent opposing forces of not enough space vs. too much.
- The Lonely and The Buried seem to have several features in common. In MAG 13, Naomi Herne describes the second half of her experience in ways more commonly associated with The Buried: thick fog pressing in and making it hard to breathe, open graves trying to suck her in, frequent mentions of dirt and pressure, and lost time/memories. In MAG 48, Andrea Nunis describes being thirsty and hot in a manner reminiscent of the suffering from The Buried in MAG 66 and MAG 132. (And, interestingly, Peter Lukas appears in MAG 66 at the end of Vincent's ordeal.)
- Conversely, MAG 2, MAG 15, MAG 71, and MAG 129 all describe ways The Buried isolated the statement givers, such as Joshua living completely alone in a large building, Laura and Kulbir being separated from their sisters, and several lone travelers being taken on the night train by The Buried.
- Anchors also seem to be effective in overcoming both The Lonely and The Buried. Andrea survives her experience by thinking of her mother as Gerry advised in a way similar to Kulbir's anchoring to his grandfather via the knife.