Private John Williams' Diver's Helmet
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Origin

Private John Williams

Type

Diving Helmet

Effects

Creates incredible pressure

Downsides

Effects

Activation

Random, when window is open

Collected by

Warehouse 12 Agent

Section

The Dark Vault

Aisle

Podium 30

Date of Collection

July 9th, 1839

[Source]


Origin[edit | edit source]

Private John Williams was one of the members of the salvage team lead by Major-General Charles Pasley in 1839. When the air hose connected to his helmet became severed he experienced diver squeeze, a previously unknown ailment. The difference between the air pressure within his ear canal and the water outside his helmet caused intense pain and pressure. He would survive, but other divers would suffer this ailment through history. It is known to be quite painful, mimicking a crushing sensation inside ones own helmet.

Usage[edit | edit source]

The small window on this helmet is known to swing open on its own. When it does, the area around it undergoes a sudden decompression, affecting everything within fifty or so meters. Organic life-forms will feel immense pressure closer to the artifact and within fifteen meters will suffer instant death due to expanding and exploding organs. This effect is noted to be stronger in water and high humidity areas. 

Artifacts that protect against pressure can block the effect. The window is sealed with a neutralizer polymer that is re-applied each month. When idle, it sometimes lets off a sound similar to metal grinding and buckling.

Collection[edit | edit source]

The helmet was collected after Pasley returned to the surface to get Williams medical attention. The window would not open until some days later, when it suddenly activated in a storage shed.

Storage and Handling[edit | edit source]

Stored in the Dark Vault.

Neutralizer gloves are mandatory. All humidity must be drained from the area before removal from the podium, and it must be stored in a dry, airtight container when being moved.

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