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The Lonely is one of the fourteen main Entities. It is a manifestation of the fear of isolation, of being completely cut off and alone, the fear of being disconnected. Victims are generally either predisposed to isolation[1][2][3] or simply have the misfortune to cross paths with the Lukas family.[4][5][6][7]

The Lonely is often associated with fog, ships, travel, introversion and faceless crowds.

Several other entities (if not all of them!) also appear to relish isolating victims, such as The Buried (see below), The Stranger,[8][9][10] The Web,[11][7] and The Spiral.[12][13] However, unless explicitly addressed in canon, The Lonely should not be listed as a related entity simply because the victim was alone or isolated during their experience. The Lonely only appears to feed on trauma directly and specifically related to being isolated or disconnected.

Episodes

Statements

Other Appearances

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Characters

Locations

  • The Lukas family home in Kent ("Mooreland Manor").
  • Peter Lukas' ship The Tundra.

Ritual

Peter Lukas orchestrated a ritual for the Lonely and named it The Silence. He commissioned a tower block designed to isolate its inhabitants and filled it with people predisposed to loneliness. For the culmination of the ritual he planned to lock them in and leave them to die. The ritual was disrupted by community outreach programs and thinkpieces after Gertrude Robinson tipped off The Guardian newspaper.

Connections with other Entities

  • The Lukas family provides funding to The Magnus Institute,[14] so it is possible that The Lonely could align with The Eye in some manner. Peter Lukas is currently acting as the interim Head of the Institute.[15]
  • Additionally, Jonah Magnus and Mordechai Lukas were also apparently good friends,[6] and it seems likely that the Lukases may have also been acquainted with Maxwell Rayner[16] and Robert Smirke.[17]
  • Like the Fairchilds with The Vast, the Lukases have been serving their entity for around two decades. However, "Fairchild" is apparently an assumed name, whereas the Lukases marry "spooky singles" and bear children with them.[18]
    • Also like The Vast, The Lonely often targets people who are predisposed to isolation[1][2][3] to frighten. In contrast, most entities appear to prefer recruiting those with an affinity for their ideals and frightening people who are neutral or already afraid of them.
  • The Lonely, The Desolation, and The Dark are all associated with cults. The Lukases are described by Evan Lukas as very "religious",[1] The Desolation has The Cult of the Lightless Flame,[19] and The Dark has The People's Church of the Divine Host.[20] Additionally, the descriptions of locations (particularly churches) magically changing to other locations appears to be connected to both The Lonely[1] and The Dark.[20][21]
  • 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[22], Laura and Kulbir being separated from their sisters,[23][24] and several lone travelers being taken on the night train by The Buried.[25]
    • Anchors also seem to be effective in defeating 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.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 MAG 13: Alone
  2. 2.0 2.1 MAG 48: Lost in the Crowd
  3. 3.0 3.1 MAG 108: Monologue
  4. MAG 33: Boatswain's Call
  5. 5.0 5.1 MAG 57: Personal Space
  6. 6.0 6.1 MAG 92: Nothing Beside Remains
  7. 7.0 7.1 MAG 100: I Guess You Had To Be There
  8. MAG 1: Angler Fish
  9. MAG 87: The Uncanny Valley
  10. MAG 121: Far Away
  11. MAG 16: Arachnophobia
  12. MAG 27: A Sturdy Lock
  13. MAG 74: Fatigue
  14. MAG 17: The Boneturner's Tale
  15. MAG 120: Eye Contact
  16. MAG 135: Dark Matter
  17. MAG 138: The Architecture of Fear
  18. MAG 111: Family Business
  19. MAG 89: Twice as Bright
  20. 20.0 20.1 MAG 25: Growing Dark
  21. MAG 73: Police Lights
  22. MAG 2: Do Not Open
  23. MAG 15: Lost Johns' Cave
  24. MAG 129: Submerged
  25. MAG 71: Underground
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