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The Entity taking Meg.
Dbd-journal-entity.png This thing, that I dubbed The Entity, is evil in its purest form. I find it hard to spot, but I can hear the cracking sound this loathsome thing emanates. Like a deity, it surrounds the area, closing in on me as its Killers hunt me. It does not seem to be dangerous in itself. Not until you are caught and the Killer hangs you from one of the abhorrent Hooks. I have ended up there over and over and every time I yearn for both release as well as escape. Pain melts with fear in a most horrid way. Yet I return to it, more or less every night. Once on the Hook, Entity takes over, pulling one upwards to something else.
~ Benedict Baker's Journal, November 1896

The Entity is a non-playable Character in Dead by Daylight IconHelp DBDlogo.png.


Overview

The Entity is an almighty malevolent being, travelling through the cosmos and slowly consuming worlds.

It creates the nightmarish Realms of the Trial Grounds to trap its victims, Survivors IconHelpLoading survivor.png and Killers IconHelpLoading killer.png in an endless cycle of Trials, with the intent of feeding on its victims' strongest emotions, allowing it to grow in power and slowly consume another world.

The Observer IconHelp archivesGeneral.png describes it as one of the "Original Ones", also known as an "Ancient".


Motivation

The Entity is the cosmic embodiment of evil, turning worlds inside out with its very presence, a behaviour the Observer IconHelp archivesGeneral.png and his people witnessed when The Entity befell their home world. It corrupts its victims, slowly driving them towards madness and eventually pushing them over the edge, which allows it to snatch them from their world and trap them in its Realm.

The Entity travels from Terra world to Terra world, growing stronger in its power until it eventually consumes all worlds in the cosmos. It is drawn to darker worlds, filled with chaos and darkness, as it chooses worlds that have failed to understand the metaphysical relationship between their thoughts and the world they live in, feeding off of their ignorance.


Victims

The most effective way for The Entity to get a foothold in a new Terra world is for it to corrupt its inhabitants, to the point that they commit great atrocities as gruesome acts of violence weaken the veil between The Entity's Realm and the world. Through this weak spot, The Entity's Realm begins seeping over into the world, allowing The Entity to pull its first victims into its own nightmarish construct, the "Corrupted Ones", those pushed to do the deeds that summoned this ancient evil in the first place, also known as the Killers IconHelpLoading killer.png.

The Killers are made to do The Entity's bidding, which is to relentlessly hunt and kill the Survivors. Many Killers do not do so willingly, although some are happy to sate their blood lust. Some have to be tortured over endless years to be coerced into doing what The Entity wants. The Entity is ever patient and the torture ever more severe. Eventually they all cave in and start the hunt for The Entity.

The Entity actively recruits its Killers by sensing their killing potential in their mortal selves, before corrupting them into committing violent or evil acts. It is possible for it to change its mind during the process of converting the human into a new Killer and choosing someone else instead if it senses greater potential in them, as happened with Rin Yamaoka and her father, the latter having originally been chosen to become a Killer.

Prey for The Entity comes in the form of the Survivors IconHelpLoading survivor.png, regular people who stumbled into the corrupted areas and were pulled through by The Entity, with no memory of how it had happened. Once they awaken by The Campfire, there is no escape for them anymore.


Sustenance

The Entity is described as an "Emotion Vampire", with sustenance coming in the form of strong emotions, such as the Killer's rage and anger, or the Survivors' desperation, hope or even affection towards other Survivors.

The most effective way for The Entity to procure those emotions is through the never-ending trials, invoking hope in Survivors towards an escape from the nightmarish construct and fuelling the Killer's blood lust in anticipation of the sacrifice, a bizarre ritual through which Entity extracts its sustenance, which it needs to magnify its power and sustain itself.

With each passing death, a little bit of the Survivor's soul is lost. Eventually, as all hope evaporates, the Survivor becomes less and less useful to Entity, slowly devolving into a cold and emotionless shell. Those lost Survivors, whose hope has long since left them, are eventually thrown into a limbo realm known as "The Void".

Survivors that are mortally wounded and 'die' during a Trial, or shortly after escaping, will be revived by The Entity, also wiping their memories clean in the process and relocating them back to The Campfire.


Manifestations

The Entity occasionally manifests itself in a physical form throughout the Trial Grounds given certain circumstances.

The two most common manifestations come in the form of spikes or spider legs. The spikes are used by The Entity to block Exit Gates IconHelp exitGates.png and Windows IconHelp window.png, or to destroy Pallets IconHelp pullDown.png. The spider legs either shoot through the ground, piercing and killing any Survivor that did not make it out of the Trial Grounds within the Endgame Collapse timer, or manifest themselves around the Hook IconHelpLoading hook.png, to eventually sacrifice a hooked Survivor, and in case of a successful sacrifice, above the Hook to transport the sacrificed Survivor up into the sky in order to extract its sustenance from the sacrifice.

The Fog

The Black Fog, also knows as "Dark Fog" or "Auric Fog", surrounds the pocket Realms of The Entity and is but one of The Entity's many manifestations, described in Arcus 54 as a conscious entity in and by itself. The Observer describes The Fog as feeling alive, containing swirls and streams of memories and imprints of beings from all the Terra worlds the Entity had consumed.

The Black Fog is composed mostly of auric particles and cells, from which The Entity forms everything inside its Realms. Indications of this are found with the Iridescent Add-ons of Killers that were all formed from the Fog itself and are imbued with its power.

Some of the Entity's more knowledgeable victims, such as Vigo and The Observer were aware of the originally mentioned metaphysical relationship between their thoughts and the world they lived in, and thus able to hone their skills and "bend the Fog's irrefragable rules", which allowed them to create to mould and shape The Black Fog to their own will.

The rich presence of auric particles and cells also indicates that The Entity is far more ancient than the Observer and his people ever suspected, leading to his speculation that The Entity is an "Original One", an "Ancient".

The Realms

The Entity builds a reflection of the real world in its construct to confuse its victims. Unable though to really understand the true nature of the world it touches, it tries to replicate it as best it can, although it never quite gets it right. As a result, the world is an ever changing nightmarish fusion of familiar and strange elements as The Entity makes up what it cannot comprehend.

In this bizarre world, there are several familiar parts. The Maps and their Realms are based on the world it infects and there are strange mechanical Generators IconHelpLoading generators.png that the Survivors can power up to open two Exit Gates IconHelp exitGates.png. If they succeed they will escape, although only back to The Campfire that they started from.

The Realms respond to and change according to The Entity's consciousness and act as an expression of The Entity's unconscious need for fear and terror.

The Bloodweb

After a Character IconHelpLoading players.png reaches Level 10, The Entity will begin to share the Bloodweb IconHelp bloodweb.png with that Character. After the Player has bought numerous Nodes from the Character's Bloodweb, a dark, smoky patch will appear, and the Player will then take turns with The Entity in taking Nodes from the Bloodweb: The Entity will move to another Node after every purchase made by the Player. When The Entity cannot take over any of the adjacent Nodes, it will move to another place.


The Blight

An entry in Vigo's Journal reveals that once a year, The Entity is infested with blight, requiring for it to undergo a purge. The blight manifests itself in the form of cankers spawning throughout the Realms, which bloom into pustules from which a mysterious nectar can be harvested and transformed into the Putrid Serum IconHelp putridSerum.png.

It is possible that due to its hypothesised biology, The Entity is, at its core, a plant-like organism. since Blight is a symptom commonly found in plants affected by a pathogenic organism, which was reflected by the cankerous growing on Hooks and the cankerous pustules that appeared throughout the Realms.


Trivia

  • According to Arcus 1513, there is a world in which a "Cult of The Entity" exists, possibly Vigo's world.
  • In Arcus 328, The Observer describes The Entity as a "Cosmic Blood Pudding".
  • It is presumed that The Entity prefers to physically manifest itself in the form of a spider, similar to Stephen King's "IT".
  • Towards the beginning of The Entity's parasitic relationship with the real world, there may have been some trial and error, namely with the existence of trials and their emphasis on Generators and other in-game objects.
    • The Developers have noted that it is very possible that the first Killer was not a success, and was promptly thrown into The Void.
  • The degree of torture needed to convince initially unwilling Killers to do The Entity's bidding can generally be gauged from any physical alterations, such as The Trapper's numerous iron hooks piercing through his upper torso.
    • Killers without physical alterations do The Entity's bidding willingly, as she provides them with victims to sate their own blood lust.

Gender

  • The Entity is often designated as of female gender.
    • This is due to the French language, mother tongue of most of the Developers, neither possessing a gender-neutral pronoun nor a grammatical neuter.
    • The Entity's original French name, "L(a)' Entité" is a feminine noun and the Developers have been known to refer to The Entity with feminine pronouns in English as well.
THE SURVIVORS IconHelpLoading survivor.png
BASE GAME CHAPTERS I-III
+ PARAGRAPH I
CHAPTERS IV-VII CHAPTERS VIII-XI PARAGRAPH III
+ CHAPTERS XIII-XIV
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AS MT charSelect portrait.png Meg Thomas CS LS charSelect portrait.png Laurie Strode JK DK charSelect portrait.png David King HS AF charSelect portrait.png Adam Francis QS NW charSelect portrait.png Nancy Wheeler
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AS JP charSelect portrait.png Jake Park DS BO charSelect portrait.png Bill Overbeck FS DT charSelect portrait.png David Tapp MS JR charSelect portrait.png Jane Romero SS YK charSelect portrait.png Yui Kimura
CHAPTERS XV+XVI
US ZK charSelect portrait.png Zarina Kassir
WS charSelect portrait.png Cheryl Mason
THE KILLERS IconHelpLoading killer.png
BASE GAME CHAPTERS I-III CHAPTERS IV+V
+ PARAGRAPH I
CHAPTERS VI-VIII CHAPTERS IX-XI
AK TR charSelect portrait.png The Trapper IconHelpLoading trapper.png - Evan MacMillan BK NU charSelect portrait.png The Nurse IconHelpLoading nurse.png - Sally Smithson IK DO charSelect portrait.png The Doctor IconHelpLoading doctor.png - Herman Carter EK NI charSelect portrait.png The Nightmare IconHelpLoading nightmare.png - Freddy Krueger HK SP charSelect portrait.png The Spirit IconHelpLoading spirit.png - Rin Yamaoka
AK WR charSelect portrait.png The Wraith IconHelpLoading wraith.png - Philip Ojomo CK SH charSelect portrait.png The Shape IconHelpLoading shape.png - Michael Myers JK HU charSelect portrait.png The Huntress IconHelpLoading huntress.png - Anna FK PI charSelect portrait.png The Pig IconHelpLoading pig.png - Amanda Young KK LE charSelect portrait.png The Legion IconHelpLoading legion.png - Frank, Julie, Susie, Joey
AK HI charSelect portrait.png The Hillbilly IconHelpLoading hillbilly.png - Max Thompson Jr. DK HA charSelect portrait.png The Hag IconHelpLoading hag.png - Lisa Sherwood JK CA charSelect portrait.png The Cannibal IconHelpLoading cannibal.png - Bubba Sawyer GK CL charSelect portrait.png The Clown IconHelpLoading clown.png - Jeffrey Hawk MK PL charSelect portrait.png The Plague IconHelpLoading plague.png - Adiris
CHAPTERS XII-XIV CHAPTERS XV+XVI
OK GH charSelect portrait.png The Ghost Face IconHelpLoading ghost.png - Danny Johnson UK DE charSelect portrait.png The Deathslinger IconHelpLoading deathslinger.png - Caleb Quinn
QK DE charSelect portrait.png The Demogorgon IconHelpLoading demogorgon.png WK charSelect portrait.png The Executioner IconHelpLoading wales.png
SK ON charSelect portrait.png The Oni IconHelpLoading oni.png - Kazan Yamaoka
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Benedict Baker The Entity IconHelp entity.png The Observer IconHelp archivesGeneral.png Vigo and many more...
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