Brock Forbes/IF-806.44

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Interdimensional Time Share: Finer Details

Brock Forbes is not one to open up in interviews, but, after some leg pulling by Parker Parra and Nora Perez, did allow one meeting with a UMBC research team studying bioattunement among dimensional anomalies, though they said they were mostly there to support a nervous Parker. The interview itself was never published, but inferred details recorded in the paper's explanations are paraphrased as follows.

(Due to frequent resurfacing of alternate Brocks throughout the interview, all Brocks who fronted for the session are collectively referred to as Brock.)

Brock Forbes has all their infinite alternate selves superimposed over one body. They can see and hear into every alternate dimension or history (smell tests were pending but cancelled prematurely). As long as one point in space overlaps with all Brocks, any singular Brock can move their body independently of the throng, giving Brock a theoretical two-Brock diameter sphere of influence. However, the density of superimposed alternate selves affects tangibility in a way Brock referred to as 'focusing,' explaining that unifying overlapping Brocks or bringing particularly close alternates to front for added physical presence requires discrete conscious effort. Total synchronicity results in, their word, 'hypertangibility,' which is apparently "a little more nuanced" than indestructability/inviolability. Brock agreed to a total synchronicity test, pitching a ball held by every Brock simultaneously, which ████████ ██ ██████████ ████████ ██ ██ ████ ██████ ███ ███ ███████████ ██ ███ ██████ ██████ ██████.

When asked to explain the variance behind alternate Brocks, including physiological characteristic shifts, as well as biomechanical, hypercarcinized, elemental, conglomerate, and other deviations, Brock said "nah," and refused to elaborate.

Mentally and emotionally, Brock explained that all Brocks are 'here' rather than 'there,' when asked to elaborate they referred again to focus regarding their ability to perceive alternate timelines. The Inderdimensional Time Share is an psychological coping mechanism designed across all Brocks in order to help communicate and synchronize across alternate selves (Brock referred to this headspace as 'the inifinte f███scape,' which has since become the accepted scientific nomenclature in the field[1]). Every Brock is a conscious and their own individual, though they share the same lived experience among one another. There is a stratification of alternate selves at front, creating what researchers described as "a general shimmering, with a handful of noticable translucent limbs, heads, and torsos superimposed at the ready to manifest in full." Brock explained that this phenomenon is not endemic to their condition but is a psychological byproduct of their combat and pitching experience, no other similar cases have come forth to test this explanation since. The Time Share is managed by an infinite rotating roster of Brocks in charge of algorithmic assignment and meta-discussion about the IF, with an intent of keeping a number of diversely selected alternate selves to take front at any time for the purposes of flexibility, environmental awareness, well-roundedness, and pragmatism. One Brock is in charge of focusing synchronicity to a higher degree than the others for the sake of interfacing with nonanomalous individuals in this dimension.

Brock has explained that every self is conscious about the act of being appointed to front by the Time Share, and every self is aware that mathematically speaking there is almost no chance whatsoever that they will ever front again. This results in a difficulty to open up to others or connect with them, due to feeling like all personal relationships are transient and will be handed off to someone else. Brock maintains very pragmatic, professional relationships with colleagues and teammates with an understanding that it will benefit all Brocks in the future to network as needed, but that he as an individual has trouble forming emotional bonds and attachments to others. It is not impossible, he pressed on, but simply requires far more time, effort, and pain than friendships among others seem to cost.

Brock has further explained that the migraines caused by focusing too hard or for too long are a part of why they engage in exorbant cannabis use, in further part because it lets them ease up on their focus, quiets down the cacophony of the IF, and blends the kaleidoscopic visions of other worlds into a slightly more pleasant static. Because all Brocks share their lived experience, and "are pretty unanimously chill," the headspace is largely pretty copacetic in most situations. When asked if the migraines might be induced from stress, due to the vast majority of alternate timelines being confirmed postapocalyptic lifeless wastelands (to which Brock asked very firmly "who told you that?"), or from the heartwrenching hurt of experiencing timelines where things are 'better' than here or even 'good,' Brock explained that whatever Parra explained to them beforehand should have been left at the door.

Brock has been shown to be able to take small objects (a pen, a blaseball) and unfocus them across realities, which they referred to as 'hammerspacing' them. Different physical characteristics of the object affect the amount of 'focus' needed to do so differently, including density, electromagnetic charge, volume irrespective of mass, and so on. This is corroborated with video evidence of Brock pitching, where blaseballs appear in their hand like a kaleidoscope of rotating prismatic hands coming together. When asked about dispersing a living test subject (one rat, or one volunteer researcher), Brock simply said "no," and refused to elaborate.

Brock has explained that it is nearly impossible for them to die, as they are infinite and fractal, and any grevious injury that affects the Brock at front would simply have another Brock take charge and let the wound fade into the kaleidoscope of the IF. When researchers entertained the possibility of a two-Brock diameter sphere of influence, like, say, the heat bubble of an incineration event, Forbes immediately rose from their chair and ended the session.

  1. There have been numerous and disasterous miscommunications in research endeavors due to the shared of 'IF' as a term between the bioattunement department's 'Infinite F███scape' and the hypercartography department's 'Interdimensional Frequency,' which has resulted in an interdisciplinary rivalry that has shaken the pillars of academia for over a decade.