“It is not a question of who opens the door. It is a question of who closes it when all is said and done. Forgive me.”
—The Overseer, Pinary ARG
"What Lies Beyond" is the placeholder name for the being that exists behind the Gate, a construction within the Ends of the Earth. This being is a supporting character and apparent antagonist of the Destroy the Godmodder series. What Lies Beyond's true identity is unknown, but what is known are its numerous fake names, of which the most important are The Overseer, Interpunct, and Godhead. What is definitively known about What Lies Beyond is that it is Fiction's "closest approximation to death," and that whoever challenges it in combat and wins will gain the power to kill the gods and reshape reality.
According to Jeff Mason, What Lies Beyond is "[a] being with six eyes, six wings, and six arms. With patterns cut via jagged edges into their skin. With an all-seeing eye forever closed." This matches the description of the being (referred to as "Death") Build transformed into at the end of Corporateclusterfuckquest, pictured above. As shown, What Lies Beyond is covered in flowing blue robes with dull golden rings, six feathery angel wings protrude from their back, and some kind of golden ring covers the top of their body. Interestingly, What Lies Beyond does not appear to have a lower body, legs, or a neck, and where their head should be, there is merely a blinding white light. Each of What Lies Beyond's six arms has a hand with six fingers, and each hand has a tetromino cut into it.
What Lies Beyond's color palette closely resembles the color palette of the Gate. It is doubtful that this is a coincidence.
What Lies Beyond does not typically act in Fiction directly, as they are stuck behind the Gate. Therefore, they rely on their followers to do their bidding, which surface in Fiction as MTT INDUSTRIES, a corporation headed by the nine (or ten) Advanced Superiors. They serve a being known as 'The Overseer,' thought to be one of What Lies Beyond's many names. What Lies Beyond is shown to be very imposing, with the Advanced Superiors showing a great deal of respect towards them, yet also despising how they are rarely active within Fiction.
In the limited amount of times that 'the Overseer' has contacted the players directly, they are shown to speak very methodically and carefully, while also making references to how he wishes to sleep, and how tired he is. He also speaks of how he fears the day when he will have to directly fight the Descendants, implying that he won't be in total control of himself. The fact that he knows all this implies omniscience.
What Lies Beyond's true name is a matter of massive debate. TwinBuilder has said that the name will be revealed at the conclusion of the Ends of the Earth alternate reality game. For now, there are only a number of possible names for What Lies Beyond, none of which are definitively true but all of which carry varying degrees of realism.
Godhead is one of What Lies Beyond's names. Bill Cipher used this name to refer to the figure when asked for its name, and Jeff Mason said that it was the name that concealed the most about the figure. The Godhead itself is a symbol shown in The Binding of Isaac, resembling a white inverted triangle with an open eye at its center and triangles at each of its three points - the bottom point is red, the top-left point is yellow, and the top-right point is blue. What Lies Beyond has said that they are the reason triangles are so powerful throughout reality, implying that they have a serious connection to the Godhead.
Within the Destroy the Godmodder series, the Godhead is a powerful symbol with three components - the Body, the Mind, and the Soul (red, yellow, and blue). Each of these symbols has an object corresponding to them - the Refiner's Fire, the Tetris of the Arbiter, and the Parliament. The Refiner's Fire is a wellspring of power that can create anything, but the other two beings are much less well-known. When all three components of the Godhead are combined, an orchid color is created - possibly hinting at how it was through all of What Lies Beyond/the Godhead's power that Project Binary (an orchid being) was created.
Interpunct and Period are two of What Lies Beyond's names, both of which can be used interchangeably. The name first appeared in Ends of the Earth, where it was said that "its name is not Godhead. It is ." At first meant to be a blank space, showing an obfuscated name, it was later adapted to become an actual Metachronistic Curse. As shown in S.N.A.K.E.E.Y.E.S., the wielder of Interpunct gains the ability to directly shape reality, controlling "three central tenets" that give them the power to make things real, to change the nature of reality, and to change how reality is perceived.
As a Curse, the Interpunct is described as the "omnifold pupil of some incomprehensible eye," and is at the core of the Overseer. This furthers the connection to the Overseer, who has an Infinite Eye, and to What Lies Beyond itself, who is described as having an "all-seeing eye forever closed." The Overseer was also defeated within the Pinary ARG by destroying the 'period' at the end of his health bar (HP: .), weakening his link to the world. Period itself refers to the end of a sentence, or the end of a story, referencing how What Lies Beyond is the 'end' of the Scribe's story.
Death is another one of What Lies Beyond's names. It was referred to as such within the Pinary ARG, as already discussed. Despite the fact that there are figures such as the Grim Reaper, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (which includes Death), and the Council of Nine within the Destroy the Godmodder series, it is What Lies Beyond that is referred to as the closest thing to a force of death. Why this is is not exactly clear, though it presumably relates to how if What Lies Beyond was to reach its full power and interact with Fiction, it would be capable of bringing out the deaths of trillions.
Another possible interpretation is What Lies Beyond's tenuous connection to Judgement, a harbinger of destruction and an arbitrator of change within Hyper Light Drifter. The location in which the Gate lies, the Ends of the Earth, is allegedly full of Judgement-based creatures. It is possible that What Lies Beyond could also possess some of these powers.
The Slumbering One Edit
In the very same passage within the Pinary ARG, the Slumbering One is also used as a name with which to refer to What Lies Beyond. This name seems to be another reference to the Overseer's "forever closed" eye, and how he wishes to get back to his rest during his conversations with the players. In the Pinary ARG's conclusion, Backslash says how he wishes that the Overseer was with them, and not "cooped up in some magical fairytale land where he gets to sleep all his worries away."
At the end of [EGGxEGG], when Flumpty Bumpty opened the Kaleidoscopic Abyss's facsimile of the Gate and met its facsimile of What Lies Beyond, What Lies Beyond became incredibly agitated when he was awoken, entering a massive rage state which culminated in What Lies Beyond cursing Flumpty into becoming his servant for eternity. It is also of note that in this form, What Lies Beyond spoke in Cyrillic characters (and in English, with effort), ending every sentence with an interpunct rather than a period, furthering the Interpunct connection. This may also line up with how the Overseer implied that he would not be in control the next time he saw the Descendants, hinting that a similar rage may occur every time he is awoken.
Immeasurable Hate Edit
Immeasurable Hate could possibly be one of What Lies Beyond's names. Three key points of evidence hint to this. The first comes from a rhyme in the end of the Pinary ARG's end, which begins THE NINTH IS THE GATE OF IMMEASURABLE HATE, STANDING AS SENTRY TO TOWERS OF FATE. This is a clear parallel to the Gate's architecture, which is a door flanked by two pillars. The second is in Ends of the Earth, when TwinBuilder made four separate Discord servers, each with hidden messages, and changed his names on all of them to different names of What Lies Beyond (of which "Immeasurable Hate" was one). The third is the aforementioned rage What Lies Beyond has said to experience upon awaking, which may very well be this so-called "Immeasurable Hate" - a hate possibly leading to Death.
Zalgo is believed by some to be a name for What Lies Beyond, though the only evidence for this comes from an offhand, possibly sarcastic comment made by TwinBuilder, during the Pinary ARG. While the players were looking through S.N.A.K.E.E.Y.E.S.'s section on Superior Curses (the entirety of the Cyrillic alphabet which represented every letter with a being whose name began with that letter), TwinBuilder said that the last letter would be in the name of What Lies Beyond. This last letter was Z, and its corresponding entity is Zalgo.
Zalgo is a being of pure corruption that manifests in works of media, typically whenever his name is said. His arrival is accompanied by a "HE COMES," at which point the work of media will degrade into hyperrealistic corruption. The Zalgo phenomenon can also occur to text, which is covered in miscellaneous corrupted characters. It is an effect that has been shown many times throughout DTG, typically when glitches are present.
Metatron is also believed by some to be a name for What Lies Beyond, although it has been only rarely mentioned throughout DTG. The most prominent mention comes from 7x7's climax, in which Jeff Mason unleashed an ultimate attack that summoned a being known as Metatron, who promptly annihilated 7x7's facsimile of the Godmoder in a single blow. Metatron was also thought to correspond to the "MTT" in "MTT INDUSTRIES," but this has since been debunked, as the "MTT" stands for "Metachronistic Totalitarianism Technologies."
Metatron is spoken of in apocryphal Christian texts as the name Enoch received when he, a human, became an archangel. Metatron himself is known as the "voice of God" and as the "scribe of the angels." Interestingly, Enoch is the name Bill Cipher said he'd like to have if his name wasn't Bill Cipher, and Enoch is featured in the Overseer's Blessing given to Bill in [EGGxEGG].
The Overseer Edit
The Overseer is perhaps the most important name of What Lies Beyond. Though it has never been directly stated to be one of its names, it has been heavily implied through connections shown in this very article. The Overseer is a possibly omnipotent and omniscient being that seeks to destroy Fiction's current incarnation and to remake it in his own image. However, due to complications discussed above (most definitely being locked behind the Gate), he cannot directly act in Fiction. As such, he is the leader and creator of MTT INDUSTRIES, an organization meant to carry out his goal through other beings - the Advanced Superiors.
The Overseer has only been directly seen once - when Jeff Mason fought him at the end of Jeff the Scientist. Jeff encountered a shade of the Overseer's power, a shadow so incomprehensible that its appearance could not be described (although it was said to possess at least one giant white hand, matching the white hands of What Lies Beyond). During this fight, the Overseer expressed cognizance of the players and Nonfiction, the ability to brand people's skin with Curses, the peculiar ability to float while making the sounds of walking, and the ability to flat-out ignore the vast majority of Jeff's attacks, saying that he could kill him in an instant if he so desired. The entire time, the Overseer spoke calmly and in perfect syntax.
The Overseer has also talked with the players at select other points in the story, professing knowledge that he would almost certainly have to be omniscient to be aware of, such as his own creation and connection to Bill Cipher, and how he would one day face the players in combat, discussing how he would be in a rage-state at that time and how he hoped the players would forgive him for whatever he would do to them. The Overseer can also talk in Cyrillic, as shown when he said "See you next time" to Jeff after their fight, and again at the end of DTG2's epilogue. The Overseer's references to how tired he is, and the Superiors' references to how he's stuck in some "fairytale land," heavily imply that he is indeed behind the Gate, meaning that the next time the players will see him will be when the Gate is open. Indeed, the Overseer goes on to say that "It is not a question of if he opens the door or not. It is a question of who closes it when all is said and done."
S.N.A.K.E.E.Y.E.S. features further implications that the Overseer is What Lies Beyond, as it commonly refers to body parts the Overseer has used to "bless" certain projects of the Advanced Superiors, such as his "second and sixth hands." This matches up with What Lies Beyond's peculiar anatomy - six wings, six arms, six eyes. "Overseer's Blessings" have also been shown throughout the Pinary ARG as phrases charged with an incredible amount of power that can be used to accomplish tremendous feats. However, they have to be spoken aloud by the Overseer himself for them to be properly used. The two known Overseer's Blessings are INTERPUNCTUAT10N (which was used to link Probect Pinary to Project Binary) and EN0CH1SC0M1NG (which was given to Bill Cipher).