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The Underground City is a tiny mysterious subterranean metropolis located in a cavern underneath Night Vale.

The entrance to the cavern is located in the pin retrieval area of lane five of the Desert Flower Bowling Alley and Arcade Fun Complex, where it was discovered by the bowling alley's owner, Teddy Williams, when a bowling ball rolled into it[1]. Williams described the city of strange spires and broad avenues as "impossibly huge," but Carlos the scientist would later demonstrate that the city was actually impossibly tiny, with its tallest spires rising only to the height of a man's knees[2]. However, the mysterious, tiny residents of the underground city have still proven to be formidable enemies, as they are armed with tiny projectile weapons and explosives.

Some mysterious men are engaged in a convoluted scheme wherein tiny buildings are stolen from the underground city, packed into crates, and shipped to warehouses in the desert. This theft is apparently what truly agitated the residents of the underground city towards war with Night Vale[3].

The Long March to War Edit

Several months after the stray bowling ball alerted the underground city to the presence of the world above, Teddy Williams reported that the windows of the underground city's strange spires were glowing with activity both day and night, and the distant sounds of shouts and marching feet could be heard, as though a hostile army from the world below were marching upon Night Vale[4].

Still believing that the city was actually an impossibly huge metropolis located miles underneath Night Vale, Williams responded to the threat of invasion by both locking and barricading the doors of the Desert Flower Bowling Alley and Arcade Fun Complex each night at closing time[5]. After reviewing security camera footage that showed a mysterious, indiscernible blur near the bowling alley's vending machine, Teddy Williams speculated that the underground army was thousands strong, worshiped a malevolent god named Huntokar, and was ruled by a child king, too weak to hold back his generals intent upon marching to war with the upper world[6]. On a January 1, 2013 broadcast, radio host Cecil Palmer encouraged the residents of Night Vale to organize themselves into a militia and prepare for war, as their approaching foes were almost certainly "bloodthirsty giants."

On February 1, 2013, the enigmatic Sheriff of Night Vale announced, through his characteristic vocoder, that all Night Vale citizens should prepare their town for war with the mysterious residents of the underground city[7]. Teddy Williams, however, expressed hope that a recent jukebox malfunction at the Desert Flower Bowling Alley and Arcade Fun Complex, causing the nonstop playing of the Guns N' Roses song "Mr. Brownstone," may have been a subtle call for peace from the underground people.

The Invasion Edit

On June 15, 2013, the sounds of chanting and machinery were heard emanating from the pin retrieval area of lane five of the Desert Flower Bowling Alley and Arcade Fun Complex, and owner Teddy Williams changed all of the bowlers' names on the electronic scorecards to read, simply, "THEY ARE HERE"[2]. Williams, now the leader of the militia formed to defend against the underground city's invasion forces, commanded his troops to surround the pin retrieval area of lane five and prepare for an attack.

However, Carlos the scientist, believing Williams to be deranged, bravely approached the entrance to the underground city alone in order to investigate, and soon gestured for the onlookers to follow him. The underground city was not an impossibly huge city located miles underground, but was actually an impossibly tiny city located about ten feet below the ground, with its tallest spires barely reaching the height of Carlos' knees. It had taken the city's tiny inhabitants a full year to march up the ten-foot slope and arrive in Night Vale.

However, just when it seemed the danger had been illusory, the underground city's tiny army attacked Carlos with a barrage of tiny artillery. It briefly looked as though he had been killed, but he was rescued by the Apache Tracker, who was mortally wounded by tiny explosives while carrying the injured Carlos out of the underground city to the safety of the Desert Flower Bowling Alley and Arcade Fun Complex. The Apache Tracker currently remains the only known casualty of Night Vale's war with the world below. A memorial was erected in honor of his heroic sacrifice, and then promptly buried in the Sand Wastes where no one would ever find it, because the Apache Tracker was also a racist embarrassment[1][8].

Theft of Buildings Edit

A mysterious conspiracy exists wherein buildings are being stolen from the tiny underground city, packaged in crates, and shipped to warehouses in the desert for unknown reasons[3]. Although it is not known for how long this conspiracy has been operational, it is likely the true cause of Night Vale's war with the underground city. The tiny civilization and their god Huntokar resent these thefts, and demanded them to cease[9], although it is not clear who is conducting them.

You once had a job unloading and loading these crates in the Sand Wastes, some of which ticked and some of which were warm to the touch[5]. On December 15, 2012, You stole one of these crates, and discovered that it contained an intricate, miniature house within which you saw lights and movement, possibly indicating that, in addition to stealing the underground city's tiny buildings, participants in the conspiracy are abducting their tiny inhabitants as well. On July 15, 2013, the Sheriff's Secret Police, in conjunction with A Vague, Yet Menacing, Government Agency, announced that these trucks, far out in the desert and loaded with mysterious crates, are "nothing," likely indicating their culpability in the conspiracy[8].

On April 15, 2014, a supervisor overseeing the operation explained the scheme to a man who was not tall and a man who was not short, saying, "It was very simple. We take buildings from the miniature city we discovered under the bowling alley, we put them in crates, we ship the crates out to various warehouses in the desert, and, as a result, our interests are furthered. It could not be more simple."[3] The supervisor went on to explain that, as a result of the theft of their homes, the underground city had declared war on the "upper world," as they call us, in the name of their god, Huntokar.

Huntokar Edit

Huntokar is the malevolent god of the Underground City. She wears a deer mask (just like the representatives of the NVTA) and resents the people of the upper world, seemingly because of the stealing of the homes from the tiny city[9]. Her name appeared on the roaches came from the 12:37 train, when she spoke against the thefts and called herself "the Destroyer".

According to Simone Rigadeau, the transient living in the Earth Science Building of the Night Vale Community College, Huntokar is responsible for the destruction of the world in 1983. In her false memory, which she insists to be true, Simone says Huntokar is "the Destoyer", just like Huntokar called herself[10]. Simone claims consistently the world has ended nearly 30 years ago, despite virtually nobody believing her.

Hire by StrexCorp Edit

During StrexCorp's takeover of Night Vale, StrexCorp hired the underground civilization. Since Teddy Williams was "busy" at the company picnic and had not paid his lease, the tiny people claimed the Desert Flower Bowling Alley and Arcade Fun Complex as their headquarters and renamed it the Cathedral of Huntokarr. They also destroyed the Arby's to build a statue that is a 1:1 scale replica of the Arby's[11].

Despite having been hired by StrexCorp, the tiny people apparently took up arms against their employers in defense of Night Vale. It's not clear what they actually did, because they're too tiny to be noticed[12].

Related subplots Edit

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Episode 1 Pilot
  2. 2.0 2.1 Episode 25 One Year Later
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Episode 45 A Story About Them
  4. Episode 8 The Lights in Radon Canyon
  5. 5.0 5.1 Episode 13 A Story About You.
  6. Episode 14 The Man in the Tan Jacket
  7. Episode 16 The Phone Call
  8. 8.0 8.1 Episode 27 First Date
  9. 9.0 9.1 Episode 91, The 12:37
  10. Episode 103, Ash Beach
  11. Episode 48 Renovations
  12. Episode 49B Old Oak Doors Part B

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