The Lonely is one of the 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 often manifests as fog, ships, travel and faceless crowds.

Many entities prey on isolated victims, or isolate victims while they are tormented in other ways, including The Buried, The Stranger,[8][9][10] The Web,[11][7] and The Spiral.[12][13] Episodes where a victim is alone or ends up on their own are not inherently connected to The Lonely, and are not listed as such unless the episode specifically centers around an intense fear or love of isolation or distance.

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Episodes[edit | edit source]

Statements[edit | edit source]

Other Appearances[edit | edit source]

Characters[edit | edit source]

  • Martin Blackwood: Groomed by Peter Lukas to serve the Lonely, as he required someone with the ability to bridge the gap between the Lonely and the Eye in order to utilize the power of Jonah Magnus' panopticon.
  • The Lukas family worships the Lonely.
    • Peter Lukas: Captain of The Tundra and a particularly noteworthy avatar of the Lonely.
    • Mordechai Lukas: A member of the Lukas family, who knew Jonah Magnus.
    • Conrad Lukas: A member of the Lukas family, who was responsible for the isolation study making up Carter Chilcott's portion of the Daedalus mission.
    • Evan Lukas: A member of the Lukas family, set to be engaged to Naomi Herne before his untimely death.

Artefacts[edit | edit source]

  • A Disappearance: A Leitner pamphlet that causes its reader to disappear if read to completion.
  • Tadeas Dahl's boatswain's call, which seems to have the ability to summon the Lonely.

Locations[edit | edit source]

  • Moorland House, the Lukas family's home in Kent.
  • Peter Lukas' ship, The Tundra.
  • Domain in the post-Change world, a large building filled with fog and faceless wanderers. Victims within are unable to accurately recall anything that may have once brought them comfort or safety.
  • Martin's Domain, a domain that is a mix of the Lonely and the Eye. Inhabited by a few people who fear that no one will ever know of them, that they shall suffer in silence, and be mourned by nobody.

Ritual[edit | edit source]

Peter Lukas orchestrated a ritual for the Lonely, naming 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[edit | edit source]

  • The Lukas family provides funding to the Magnus Institute,[14] so it is possible that the Lonely is aligned with The Eye in some manner.
    • Peter Lukas acted as the interim Head of the Institute while Elias Bouchard was in prison.[15]
    • In MAG 159, John says that the Lonely is powerless if people don't know how alone they are.
  • Jonah Magnus and Mordechai Lukas were also apparently good friends,[6] and it is possible that the Lukas Family may also have been acquainted with Maxwell Rayner[16] and Robert Smirke.[17]
  • Like the Fairchilds with The Vast, the Lukases have been serving their entity for at least two centuries. However, "Fairchild" is apparently an assumed name, whereas the Lukases marry "spooky singles" and bear children with them.[18]
    • While speaking with Martin Blackwood, Simon Fairchild, an avatar of The Vast, implies that the Lonely and the Vast may have a mutually beneficial relationship, based on the grounds that being alone often makes the space you're in feel larger and very empty, while, conversely, the larger a space you're in, the easier it is to feel alone.[19]
  • The Lonely, The Desolation, and The Dark are all associated with cults. The Lukas Family is described by Evan Lukas as very "religious",[1] the Desolation has the Cult of the Lightless Flame,[20] and the Dark has The People's Church of the Divine Host.[21] Additionally, the descriptions of locations (particularly churches) magically changing to other locations appear to be connected to both the Lonely[1] and the Dark.[21][22]
  • 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,[23] Laura and Kulbir being separated from their sisters,[24][25] and several lone travellers being taken on the night train by the Buried.[26]
    • 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[edit | edit source]

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