Posts Tagged ‘Exploration’

The earliest guess for the beginnings of the catacombs in the Ukraine is about the 1600’s. It could be earlier than that but it’s hard to date back as they were also widened later on. They became the giant labyrinth of today when in the early 1800’s the limestone was used from them to build much of the city.

The myriad of tunnels led to it being popular for hideouts, rebels and criminals could use them and during WWII they Soviets were forced out, but were able to leave Soviet-organised Ukranian’s hidden down there. They were able to listen in to the Nazi forces above and set up a situation where they managed to blow up German facilities. It wasn’t all good news as malaria and malnutrition affected those men and women.

The Facist German and Romanians chose random exits, sealing them off and and dropping poisonous gasses down them. When the war was over the criminals claimed the tunnels and created new ones of their own. In 1961 a group was formed, they wanted to map and document the geography and history of the place.

It is common for groups of explorers to go into the area, occasionally people do go missing and if they are in the area the explorers will rally to help. A number of children have been rescued this way but sadly it hasn’t always turned out positive. Old weapon caches and grenades are sometimes found, every five years or so a body is found and on rare occasions they have been naturally mummified there too. Many are old bodies but sometimes more recent accidents have turned up a corpse as well.

A sad example of this occurred 15th January 2005, the local teens were partying in the tunnels. A girl called Masha was separated and lost during the drunken celebrations. For 3 days she walked around in the pitch black and freezing conditions, where she then expired due to dehydration. It was two years later the police located her body and could retrieve it.

There is an official area that can be visited and perhaps given the warnings of lost people and random body finds, I’d recommend going there before being too bold.

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By Полищук Денис Анатольевич – Own work, CC BY 2.5, Link

 

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A ‘paradise above the clouds’ is a description once given to the makeshift town for the workers of the Matsuo Sulfur Mines. The town was well furbished, modern and housed up to 15,000 workers. Quite often a fog comes over the area, over the now abandoned town, and it is barely visible even to those knowing where they should look.

It ceased action in 1969 and the once busy area now lays in relative silence. It was not likely to remain inhabited due to it being a hard place to travel, without a reason of commerce and work it seems inevitable but a little sad.

4,000 workers were supported in a 15,000 strong community, the mist surrounded these people regularly and today makes it hard to find the place.n There are not many artefacts of a personal nature left but the schools, apartments and other buildings are said to be easy to access.

One local story does say that someone killed himself in the school gym, using a basketball rack. There are no reports of hauntings or ghostly goings but plenty of talk about it’s eerie beauty.

World of Warcraft is one of those games that can suck you in, if you love stories as well as the MMO environment it can be easy to see why this game remains so popular. But why am I posting about gaming? Oh it’s just the ghosts don’t mind me!

An island called Darkmoon Faire is a great in game visit, once a month for some quests, creepy music,  half-built rides that might one day open in a future patch and legends about the conspiracies surrounding the old creepshow, murder cover-ups and when I heard “ghosts” I had to go and take a more indepth look.

To take a look around for the ghosts you need to be deceased yourself, I took my poor druid along and drowned her off the frighteningly high cliffs leading into the sea with dangerous wrecks and monstrous crabs. It seemed like a more romantic plunge than just trying to drown my character off the beach at least.

Off I went ghost hunting, I have some screenshots I have taken below of the ones that I found (I did find others but forgot) and there are seven in total I believe. It can take some patience to spot them all but if you are looking for hints of their location take a wander whilst still alive. You can spot tell-tale signs in the forms of a strange glittery mist on the ground.

Each ghost says something different and so it’s worth stopping them on their repeated walk around to see what they say. Poor residual ghosts, they just walk the same path and say the same old things… and if you do to hunt for them I hope you have fun. Of course I couldn’t help but wonder what happened to the faire for the times it’s not open to the patrons of the World of Warcraft and indeed how creepy that once the portal closes they are left trapped without visitors for another month… great place!

A link to a lovely story and in-depth background for the Faire is located HERE.