Black Space

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Black Space is a location in OMORI. It serves as a parallel to White Space, and harbors Sunny's repressed fears and memories. The appearance and function of Black Space differ depending on the Route taken by the player, following either a confined, linear story trajectory to an expansive, non-linear hub that can be accessed after meeting certain criteria.

Story

It is implied that Black Space lies at the outer bounds of Omori's Headspace and is slowly trickling further inwards. Kite Kid describes Black Space as a "Dark Void" in the sky. Headspace inhabitants who stay too long in Black Space transform into disfigured Somethings.[1]

Sunny Route

In the Sunny Route, Omori enters Black Space through a hole in Basil's house after solving Hangman. While White Space was used by Omori to repress Something from Sunny's mind, Black Space does the opposite; Omori is haunted by Something and the Stranger throughout his exploration of the many doors and areas that occupy Black Space.

Omori Route

The final day of the Omori Route is the only opportunity to freely roam the alternate version of Black Space. Three pieces of Sheet Music are spread around the Deeper Well and must be collected. Once obtained, return to the piano room at the bottom of the Lost Library and place the sheet music. Omori and the party can now fight the Something fear bosses. After defeating all three, Blacker Space, sometimes called Black Space 2, can be accessed at any time using the laptop in White Space. This second variation acts as a hub connecting to several different areas, which in turn branch into several deeper sub-areas.

Characters

Black Space

In regular Black Space, the areas you go through are entirely linear. Once you find a world's key, Red Hands will spawn that will take you back to Black Space. You cannot revisit the area once this happens. It does not matter what doors you choose, as you will always visit these exact rooms in succession (Church Of Something can be entered anytime after collecting the key from Beach Area.):

Blacker Space/Black Space 2

Black Space Pockets

There are certain areas in the game that allow you to revisit areas in Black Space, or go further into Blacker Space. These pockets have varying conditions to enter, some require a specific number of interactions, a certain item, or are activated by random chance. Most pockets are exclusive to the Omori Route, but some can be accessed in the True Route as well.

Area Entry Conditions Notes
Water Walkway Accessible from the Backyard Area on either Route.
After Something begins following you, wait 143 seconds.
Proceed to the right edge of the area for a prompt to jump off. Locate an object in the void to enter the Water Walkway.
There is an unique sub-area and several sprites exclusive to the True Route that can be found in this area.
Weathervane Area Accessible from the Raft Area on either Route.
After obtaining the key in this area, go back on the raft with Basil 4 more times.
Upon the 4th trip, the raft will enter the Weathervane Area from the top of the ladder in the room.
The area can be visited once more without entering Blacker Space on the Omori Route after defeating Abbi by going to the end of her room on the right.
Beach Area Accessible from the Deep Well Entrance on the last day of Omori Route.
Interact with the seashell exactly 4 times, enter the well, and exit back up the ladder.
Omori will be teleported to the Beach Area.
NPCs that disappeared from the Deeper Well can be found in this area. Interacting with them will reveal they are all dead.
Tako can be found near a beach ball in this pocket.
Faces of Omori Accessible from the Last Resort (2F) on the last day of the Omori Route.
Throw the faceless doll in the trash 3 separate times. Gaze into its hollowed eyes to be sent to the sub-area.
This area can be revisited at anytime through entering the Red Maze in Blacker Space.
Town Area Accessible from the Endless Highway on the last day of the Omori Route.
There is a 10% chance upon opening the game the taxi at the end of the highway will be replaced by a black car.
Entering the car will send Omori to the Town Area.
Meido can found at the bottom of the map in this pocket.
This area can be revisited at anytime through entering another sub-area from Looping Forest in Black Space 2.
Cloud Walkway Accessible from the Dungeon in Sweetheart's Castle on the last day of the Omori Route.
Interact with the telescope in the upper-rightmost cell of the dungeon.
There is a 1 in 99 chance Omori will actually view the telescope and be sent to Cloud Walkway.
N/A
Treehouse Area Accessible from the Last Resort on the last day of the Omori Route.
Interact with the right elevator in Mr. Jawsum's office to enter the Treehouse.
Uni/Empty Friend can be found inside the glitched treehouse in this pocket.
Looping Forest Accessible from Sweetheart's Garden on the last day of the Omori Route.
Interact with the vines that give a view outside of Sweetheart's Castle.
There is a 10% chance Omori will be sent to Looping Forest instead.
Although the area appears to be enclosed off from the rest of the forest, the entire area can be explored through a hidden path on the right.
Behind the door Accessible from the secret Rare Bear enclosure in Sweetheart's Garden on the last day of the Omori Route.
Interact with a gap in the brick wall to be sent to the sub-area.
Be warned, the Rare Bears will respawn upon return!
Aubrey School Area Accessible from the Otherworld on either Route.
Requires the Universal remote to be equipped on Omori.
Interact with Tvgirl's house to be sent to the Aubrey School sub-area.
Area can only be visited once, if accessed through the Universal Remote method, it will not be available in the Looping Forest.

Please note that this area is only accessible via the Universal Remote method after Humphrey has been defeated.

Pain Area Accessible from the Junkyard on the last day of the Omori Route.
Requires the Universal Remote to be equipped on Omori.
Interact with the glitchy television in the room Download Window was fought in.
N/A
Static Void Accessible from the Sprout Mole Colony in the Otherworld.
Requires the Universal Remote to be equipped on Omori.
Interact with the large television to be sent to the Static Void.
Please note that this can be only done while on the last day of the Omori Route.

Quotes

Central Area

Stranger: "Behind these doors lie rooms made of scattered fragments, forever changing. If you are lost, you need not worry. The red hands will guide you... and... the form you've taken... it cannot die here."
Stranger: "Without keys of our own, we are forced to wander endlessly here. These doors will not open for us. We are not as fortunate as you."
Stranger: "Has the flower boy lost his way? Here to save him again? How fortunate for him..."
Stranger: "With great power comes great burden... for yourself... and for the people closest to you. Who are you protecting... and is it worth it?"
Stranger: "You have hidden yourself away again. Hopes, dreams, aspirations... do they mean nothing to you?"
Stranger: "I deeply wish that your friend's soul is born uncorrupted. We know too well what fate will befall him otherwise."
Stranger: "The truth is difficult for you. In the past, it has caused you to stray to your destructive form. Your current form subdues that... and although it is also evil... it may still be the better of the two."
Stranger: "Redemption is hidden among one of these doors... but it will never open for you in that form. You will have to find another way in."
Stranger: "Something was taken from here a long time ago... Where did you hide it? Only you know where it is now."
Stranger: "You may not be in control now... but do not lose hope, Dreamer. There are some who still believe in you."
Stranger: "Please have mercy, Dreamer. The souls born here may never materialize, but their screams still echo through the ground."
Stranger: "This place has changed a great deal since you were last here. Will you be able to find your way back, or will you finally lose yourself?"
Stranger: "Why must you take that cursed form? It is indeed strong and can protect you... but if you rely on it too often... What you will sacrifice can never be reclaimed."
Stranger: "The flower boy who is closest to the truth... whose eyes glow an eerie red. I have seen what you've done to him before... and pray that you don't find him again."

Trivia

  • Black Space seems to heavily represent/take inspiration from Yume Nikki, both in layout and how randomly generated some areas seem to be.
  • Black Space was originally a lot more different with Looping Black Field (Scribble Area) being the first map, Subconcious Spill (Disco Area) being the second, Suspense (Pain Area) being the third, Cat dissection (Punishment Area) being the fourth,
Forest of Stumps (Backyard Area) being the fifth, then Temple (Snowy Hills + Church Of Something) being the sixth with all the maps where Basil dies following shortly after, with Red Space being the last area.
  • As one can see, most of the maps were done rather late in development, with most of the not mentioned maps not existing.
  1. "Common SOMETHINGs are Dream World NPCs that have stayed in BLACK SPACE for a long time." - Developer commentary in `dreamworld_extras_blackspace.HERO`