Is the main entry orifice the only one the MysteryFlesh Pit possesses? If not, were the other ones also used by Anodynefor resource exploitation?
While themain Entry Orifice depicted in all of the Marketing and Outreachmedia for the Mystery Flesh Pit, an additional 14 orifices wereeventually discovered, bringing the total number to 15. These 14additional orifices, along with the main Entry Orifice, are looselyarranged in a circle around the true center of the Permian BasinSuperorganism, which contains no orifice of any kind. Unlike theextensively dilated and excavated main orifice, these 14 additionalorifices are much smaller and harder to locate. Each of these smallerorifices has been appropriately “capped” to prevent ingress bythe Bureau of Land Management, though at least two orifices wereutilized by the Anodyne corporation for limited logistics andresource extraction purposes. In the early 2000s, ambitious planswere drawn up to eventually develop one or more of these additionalorifices into a “Second Gate” for tourism, but the 2007 tragedy curtailedany such plans. Today, these formerly Anodyne-maintained orificefacilities are operated by the Permian Basin SuperorganismContainment corporation in service of their containment and researchoperations.
Did the RoadlessRally go into the pit itself?
TheRoadless Rally off-road racing series took place entirely within thepit, specifically within the large cavity created by damming of theLesser Gastric Sea with the construction of the Fred J. AgnichGastric Dam. This large cavity was initially created to house atemporary worker village during the early development of the parkfacilities. Once these temporary housing & fabrication facilitieswere no longer needed, the area was leased to a rally racing leaguefor an experimental new form of off-road rally racing. Despite theenormous costs sunk into the creation and advertisement of the newracing program, viewership was limited enough that the experiment wasconsidered a failure and was not pursued beyond the 1989 season.
The existence oflarge mining rigs and commercial constructions like the IntrapitThermal Wellness Resort far from the main National Park entry orificehint at a commercial operation on a scale that almost overshadows thepark complex. What kind of support and logistics infrastructureexisted (exists?) for these large-scale heavy industries andconstruction projects?
Despitethe two other entry orifices mentioned in an answer above, almost allof Anodyne’s equipment and infrastructure depended heavily on use ofthe main Entry Orifice. Large equipment such as the mining rigs wereconstructed in situ by lowering large pieces of the vehicles down themain articulated elevator gantry. As the scale of these vehiclessuggest, it is correct to assume that the commercial extractionoperations were of a far larger scale than that of the National Park.Today, the full extent of these extraction activities is unknown withmany records presumed lost during the liquidation of the company’sassets following it’s 2008 bankruptcy.
Why was aconitine the chosen paralyzing agent for thesuperorganism instead of a more standard anesthetic?
AnodyneChemicals was already a contracted supplier of specialty-use poisonsfor the Department of the Interior, and had prior capability toproduce Aconitine at-scale. In short, it was the leasteconomically-disadvantageous of the chemical candidates which wereconsidered.
I’m sorry if I just missed it on the anatomycharts, but does the superorganism have a brain? do you think it isconscious
ThePermian Basin Superorganism contains what Geobiologists term a“Distributed Heuristic Hierarchical Nervous System”. The chartbelow offers a cursory illustration of how this sort of Neuralarrangement functions: Surrounding the center of the Superorganism isa vast ring of neural tissue resembling an organic fiber-opticbundle. This central ring connects five enormous, miles-wideconcentrated brain regions which are theorized to comprise a centralnervous system used by the Superorganism to simultaneously “think”as well as manage the many hundreds of miles of the Mystery FleshPit’s anatomy. This management system is further divided intohundreds of “Superganglia” managed by each pentalobe, broadlycategorized into “Alpha”, “Beta”, and “Gamma” variants.“Alpha” ganglia manage thousands of local nerve clustersresponsible for executive functions such as motor control, digestivemanagement, lymph production, vascular management, as well as dozensof other functions. “Gamma” ganglia are almost the reversecounterpart to the “Alpha” ganglia. “Gamma” ganglia managethe many thousands of nerve and sensory receptors throughout theMystery Flesh Pit, translating this enormous amount of informationinto useable data for the central Pentalobal Nervous System. Uniqueare the many “Beta” ganglia clusters which seem to fill in a sortof “local memory” function which has no direct analog inmainstream biology. These “Beta” ganglia clusters exhibitphenomenal storage capability for stimuli-response memory, and wereoften harvested for their biotechnological applications before the2007 tragedy.
Do we have any idea what the fullbody of the Permian Basin Superorganism looks like, or havescientists only observed the part of it that lies directly beneathMystery Flesh Pit National Park?
Broadlyspeaking, yes, Geobiologists and Venteriobiologists have reached ageneral understanding that the Permian Basin Superorganism exhibits abasic pentadecagonal symmetry, though this should not be taken tomean that the Mystery Flesh Pit is simply a “Fifteen-leggedstarfish”. While it is symmetrical in plan, it’s verticalcomposition is far less well understood and still remains a matter ofstaunch controversy.
The 2007 disaster report stated that severalwounded visitors walked back into the maw of the pit. Was there anyfollow up as to why they might have done this?
Eachindividual’s reason for returning to the pit will always be knownonly to them, but it has been widely understood in the decade plussince that many of these individuals attempted return to the orificeout of a sense of obligation to help loved ones who still remainedwithin the park. Since it’s publication, the official 2007 report hasbeen criticized for it’s over-reliance on technical explanation incontrast to more subjective, common-sense “folk wisdom” regardingcertain elements such as the “inexplicable” return of theseindividuals to the entry orifice following the disaster.
Did the term ‘venteriology’ originate from studies aroundthe pit, or did it exist beforehand?
Itevolved entirely in the shadow of the Mystery Flesh Pit’s discovery,loosely meaning “The Study of that which is Under/Below”.
isjames jackson still alive? whats he doing nowadays?
JamesJackson tragically died during the winter of 2006 at age 58 due to acollision with a drunk driver. Though he never married, and issurvived by no living relatives, the Philanthropic andActivist-driven non-profit he began, the Jackson Foundation, stillcontinues it’s mission to this day.
has anything resembling optic nerves or relatedorgans been discovered in the pit?
Yes.The Project Touchstone expedition, which aimed to plot a horizontalnavigable course from the main Entry Orifice to an extremity of theSuperorganism, discovered an organ at the furthest extremity of theirroute that was determined to be analogous to an optical sensory organor eye. This “eye”, determined to be one of many thousands alonga band of the Superorganism’s upper mantle, was measured to beapprox. 1.2km in diameter, with multiple optic nerve connections, aretinal region many times larger than a regulation football field,and a highly evolved lens configuration comprising over two dozendiscrete lens and filter elements. This large “eye” organ, aswell as the other thousands of identical organs, appeared to begenerally retracted into an inner carapace lining which separatedthese organs from the direct rock face of the surrounding geologicalstrata.
What is the longestamount of time someone has ever spent in the Pit and beensuccessfully recovered alive, not counting the, uh, formerlyamalgamated people? We know that miners spent (spend?) months at atime in the Pit, but outside of that? Has anyone ever been lost andpresumed deceased, but then shown up again later?
Thelongest known instance that I was able to find of an individualsurviving in the pit involved one of the original 38 individuals whoreturned to the entry orifice immediately following the 2007disaster. The individual (whose name has not been made public) was a41-year old male originally assigned within trauma group “A”.While this information has not been verified by either the NPS, theDoI, or the PBRCC, I have strong reason to believe that this“missing” individual was recovered in 2019 by PBRCC teams withinthe pit. The individual, originally presumed dead, was discovered bya surveying team. The man was naked and had sustained a tremendousamount of physical and genetic abuse, widly screaming at the sight ofthe surveyor’s worklights. The individual, in a frenzied and panickedstate, latched onto the metal frame of a work vehicle with such forcethat his arms and legs became severely bruised with risk of internalbleeding. After being brought to the surface, still maintaining adeath-grip on the vehicle, the man was placed under intensive medicalcare to repair the injures and deformities he sustained during his 12years within the pit. I know that he was given a robust regimen ofphysical and emotional therapy, but I do not know if he was/isrehabilitated to the degree where he would be willing to answer anyof my emails regarding his time in the raw pit fleshscape. Only timewill tell.
Was the Interpit resort owned by a chain? Was it more rustic (like, national park“outdoorsy”), or more luxury?
It was designed to offer the pinnacle of (1985) contemporary luxury.
What are some of the largest recorded (or rumored)amalgamations?
Venteriologiststheorize that, hundreds of years ago, a stampede of over a thousandlong-horn cattle were surreptitiously “swallowed” by one of theSuperorganism’s orifices during either a migration or cattle-drive.These thousands of cattle underwent simultanous mass amalgamation,but were able to survive to the sheer scale of the resultingorganism, being able to consume itself. Over time, thishighly-immobile mass of horned, writhing bovinity was enveloped in acocoon of tissue grown by the Superorganism believed to be related tosome digestive purpose. Because of the now-concentrated collection ofhorns, however, a persistant hole in this tissue sac survives to thisday. This tear in the tissue lining, combined with the still rhythmicsuffering of this animal collective, was known to park visitors asthe “Peeking Druid” geobiological formation.
there’s a typo in you FAQ. Under “Will therebe a book?” you wrote “an book” instead of “abook”.
Have any baseball (or sport teams) ever celebrated theirvictory or even played in a special location at the Flesh Pit?
Tomy knowledge, no professionally-organized sporting events (besidesthe aforementioned off-road rally) took place within the MysteryFlesh Pit National Park. However, victory celebrations of all typeswere common. The resorts and facilities found within the park were ofa world-class caliber and while a difficult sell at first blush, werefamously exalted by guests who had actually stayed within theInterpit resort.
Has anything been noted of in regards to thechildren conceived in the pleasure domes??
Itis a common misconception that, due to the nature of the AmnioticThermal Springs and their effects, there must have been a surplus ofchildren conceived within the Mystery Flesh Pit. On the contrary, thespermicidal effects of Ballast were a notorious (if under-marketed)reason for the Thermal Springs lucrative operation.
The interiorservices guide mentions people being allowed to hunt and fish withinthe pit if granted a license. We are aware of some of the main typesof “terrestrial” fauna within the pit, but what sorts ofcreatures could be fished?
You know,normal stuff.