The Unknown Caller is a character in The Blackout Club (game).
Description[edit | edit source]
The Unknown Caller is a character who contacts members of The Blackout Club during Enhanced Horror experiences in missions through text messages on the player's smartphone. Unknown Caller's identity is currently not known. They have messaged both solo players and groups of players in missions.
In The Blackout Club (game), text messages from the Club are only received when an objective is completed (e.g. when the player(s) finish recording the evidence items, grab the evidence bag, etc.) to inform members of their next objective. The Unknown Caller can message players at any time during the mission. This was how the first player recognized the irregularity of receiving a message mid-objective.
At first it seemed it was not possible to respond to the Unknown Caller in the first interactions. Later experiences found the Unknown Caller can see and respond to text chat messages sent by players.
History[edit | edit source]
The Unknown Caller began messaging players on September 1, 2019. He has messaged solo players and those in a group. Many in the community believed at first the Unknown Caller was The Witness as they mention in the first UC interaction about finding their car. However, a developer confirmed that the Unknown Caller was not the Witness to the symbol breaking.
The Unknown Caller said he had contact with Bells, and that she was helping someone she trusted. Despite that, whoever she was helping didn't save her. Players assumed THEE-I-DARE was this friend, due to TID saying an old part of him was working with Bells in the past.
As word about the mysterious text messages spread amongst the club, HUNT-THE-STRONG became interested in the Unknown Caller, and wanted children to investigate what the Caller knew in order to earn his favor.
The Unknown Caller held a heavy distrust towards Voices. He would find Club members doing missions alone, and asked them if they followed any of the "Worms in their head". If they said they followed a Voice, or if they received any sort of special attention from them, such as being Chosen, the Unknown Caller would leave. If not, the UC would keep an eye on them, or have them go to the upstairs room in 922 Hoadly, where he would vet them with a password. They were instructed to return to that room and say the password, should he reach out to them again.
Starting the night of October 19, 2019, the Unknown Caller began sending audio clips of a recording they obtained to players they trusted. The Unknown Caller had players travel into the bedroom of 922 Hoadly to share clips of the Sculptor before the recordings would begin, as it was a place where The Voices could not listen in. UC asked players to listen to the clips and let them know what they hear, because as an adult, he couldn't hear any words, but children could. Each player contacted received a different piece of the recording that would loop repeatedly starting from gargled sounds to clear dialogue that could be understood.
The Unknown Caller believed that the child had to have some sort of exposure to the Voice speaking in order to understand what was being said. After learning that one of the recordings mentioned "two hunters", he asked around in search of children who had contact with the Unknown Hunter Voice, in order to see if they could hear words from the recordings in which that Voice spoke. The full recording was shared in the Hideout in a broadcast in late November 2019 that was available on the television.
In early November 2019, Unknown Caller began sending out "deadman switch" messages to players, shortly after DANCE-FOR-US claimed he was under her protection. The last text someone received from the UC before the deadman switches was that something was watching him. Players received texts regardless if they were in a solo lobby or not. The messages implied that UC had been caught and failed to check in, thereby triggering their "deadman switch" to commence. The contents varied from player to player. Those who had tried to betray him were given angry messages, telling them off or expressing pity if they had fallen in with HUNT-THE-STRONG, while players who were cooperative were given more friendly messages. The UC claimed to have tried to call in "the cavalry", but it was probably already too late.
Before devouring DANCE-FOR-US, HUNT-THE-STRONG told her it was easy to feed the Unknown Caller parts of his name, because she taught him and her hosts to copy any dance they see in a dream. Due to all of DFU's hosts becoming HTS's, players theorized that the UC was now under his control as well, if he was still alive. HTS was thankful for the tip he received about the Unknown Caller, and said he "couldn't wait to get inside that head."
After a brief disappearance, the Unknown Caller returned in December 2019 speaking with players now in all-caps (compared to the usual sentence case or lowercase text). Unknown Caller begins returning to players previously visited, before eventually visiting even those who they've never visited. Now under the influence of HUNT-THE-STRONG, UC is able to apply The Hunger and No More Shadows curses to players in missions.
THEE-I-DARE said the Unknown Caller is an imperfect host, because a host of the Hunter hosts lusts only for strength, while the Unknown Caller is just full of himself. This created the implication that the Unknown Caller was being forced to host against his will, despite not even falling in line with the ethos of HUNT-THE-STRONG.
Player Interactions[edit | edit source]
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Interactions with Unknown Caller: Unknown Caller Interactions.
Interactions discussing Unknown Caller: Discussing Unknown Caller.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- While UC was sending their "deadman switch" messages, players began receiving messages from The Blackout Club (HQ) in the same style as Unknown Caller's contact method.
References[edit | edit source]
- Player Interaction (6 March 2020). Link to Interaction.
- Player Interaction (3 March 2020). Link to Interaction.
- Player Interaction (1 September 2019). Link to Interaction.
- Nullspeak (20 April 2020), TBC Official Discord. Link. Image.
- Player Interaction (7 September 2019). Link to Interaction.
- Player Interaction (4 October 2019). Link to Interaction.
- Player Interaction (19 September 2019). Link to Interaction.
- Player Interaction (15 October 2019). Link to Interaction.
- Player Interaction (19 October 2019). Link to Interaction.
- Player Interaction (25 October 2019). Link to Interaction.
- Player Interaction (25 October 2019). Link to Interaction.
- Wiki Article: The Hideout/Broadcasts#DANCE-FOR-US: The Unknown Caller
- Player Interaction (31 October 2019). Link to Interaction.
- Player Interaction (11 November 2019). Link to Interaction.
- Player Interaction (5 November 2019). Link to Interaction.
- Player Interaction (6 November 2019). Link to Interaction.
- Player Interaction (8 November 2019). Link to Interaction.
- Player Interaction (9 November 2019). Link to Interaction.
- Player Interaction (2 November 2019). Link to Interaction.
- Player Interaction (9 April 2020). Link to Interaction.
- Player Interaction (9 January 2020). Link to Interaction.