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  • The character "Char" has appeared on numerous cards before his proper introduction in The Block's deck.
  • The scribbling on the wall on "Time-Crazed Prisoner" hint at many possible future plot points in the Sentinels storyline, most notably the writings "The Child is the Center," "Earth Will Fall," and "Concentric Worlds."
  • Char, Fright Train, Set, and Apostate all appear on the "Prison Riot" card.
  • Forum goer Rabit is the basis for the Imprisoned Rogue
  • "Defensive Displacement" shows Spite being contained while a guard takes a coffee break.


  • Kismet makes her final escape from the Block during the latter half of the OblivAeon events. The way that she leaves, "locking" the door behind her has an impact on the diverging timelines - she escapes into what becomes the RPG reality while the Block winds up as a "polyp dimension" attached to the Tactics reality. Neither she nor the Block exist in the other reality after the split (Letters Page Interlude 3).
  • The Block is an extra dimensional space created, in some way, by the Realm of Discord. FILTER discovered and claimed this space. Eventually, FILTER forewent their government funding and became essentially mercenaries. Gen Con 2016 Q&A


  • The emblem of the F.I.L.T.E.R. agents is an image of a Gray, a popular type of alien. This is because, as noted in Tempest's backstory, F.I.L.T.E.R. was originally dedicated to monitoring and policing alien life on Earth before it expanded it's jurisdiction to super criminals.

To Other Works

  • As an alternate dimensional prison, The Block is very similar to DC's Phantom Zone and Marvel's Negative Zone.
  • The name "F.I.L.T.E.R." is likely a reference to Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D. organization.