Past-Seeing Alarm Clock
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"An old clock that let's you see what happened in an area. How on earth could something like this obtain an effect so . . . . strange." - Megan Wilcoxson

Origin

Unknown, but possibly made by Levi Hitchins

Type

18th century alarm clock

Effects

Allows the user to "see" the past events that occurred in an area.

Downsides

The clock must be in the same location for at least twelve hours before it can activate, and can only show the user one event lasting no more than one hour.

Activation

Time exposure of at least twelve hours, after which the clock can reveal to the user whatever they want.

Collected by

Megan Wilcoxson

Section

Ovoid Quarantine

Aisle

Area 30D

Date of Collection

June 12, 2016

[Source]


An old alarm clock of unknown origins, though the Warehouse believes it may have some connection to Levi Hutchins, who lived in Concord, New Hampshire around 1787.

Origins[edit | edit source]

Alarm clocks of varying types have been around for thousands of years, starting with a mechanical water clock that could make a whistle-like sound at specific times (245 BC). Alarm clocks have gone through many phases throughout the centuries, getting smaller and smaller as time went on. The first handheld alarm clock that could be set for any time was patented in 1876 by Seth E. Thomas.

Levi Hutchins (1761-1855) was an American clockmaker who worked in Concord, New Hampshire for most of his life. He is most known for making an alarm clock for himself which only rang at 4 am, the time he needed to get up.

Effects[edit | edit source]

The alarm clock is able to show the user what has occurred in an area, "showing" the user the past area within a quarter-mile radius of the clock's location, regardless of where the clock is placed. However, the clock must be kept in the same place for at least twelve hours before it can activate, and it can only reveal one event, which the user can choose.

Collection[edit | edit source]

Collected from Denver, Colorado after reports of a fire that suddenly overcame a building, engulfing it in seconds and destroying most of the structure. Agent Megan Wilcoxson was sent on her first solo assignment to try and find the cause. While exploring the scene, she discovered a drawer which appeared to have survived the fire. Opening the drawer, she saw the clock, unaware of its properties. Thinking about how she really wanted to see the events before the fire, the clock activated, revealing to Megan all that happened in the span of the hour before the fire started. Afterwards, she brought the artifact back to the Warehouse.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • It is unclear exactly how far back the clock is able to see after being placed in an area. Quick tests performed by Felix showed that the clock is able to see an area four days after being placed on the shelf. It resets after use.
  • This artifact has been recorded as being calmer when placed near artifacts dating from the late 18th century, though the reasons for this are unclear.
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