On an otherwise out of the way and quiet street where the street lamps turning on is a major event, The Pendulum is an easy to overlook gathering place, if only due to its fairly mundane construction and appearance. Mostly made up of concrete and brick on the outside, it’s sturdy, though perhaps not the most aesthetically pleasing sort of structure. The overall look vaguely resembles a retrofitted old factory, sans the smokestacks and such. A good twenty five feet tall or thereabouts, and maybe twice as wide and deep, it has plenty of room for all but the largest of club-goers.
Looking over the building itself from the top, the high roof appears flat (at least for those of normal height or non-fliers) though the hum of HVAC equipment can be heard from time to time. Moving down the brick front, the sign for the club is done in a simple sans-serif black typeface over a polished steel background reading “the pendulum”. There’s a simple, stylized cutout of a circular pendulum done in dark brown to the right of the text. Under the sign, there’s a dark blue canvas awning that provides some measure of shelter and decor. Tall rectangular windows let one peer into the club, if so inclined. Small lamps painted dark green have been installed around the perimeter of the building.
In front of the club, there’s a large, low-fenced in area. The fence is made up of brick posts and wrought iron posts; more done for looks than privacy. A modicum of landscaping has been done, though tends to be a bit sparse. Mostly this consists of a little mulch and some assorted small plants. The area isn’t meant to keep people in, only to delineate a gathering area out front. Inside the area, there’s an assortment of tables and chairs about. Some of the tables have umbrellas in their centers for when it’s raining or too sunny out. The chairs come in different configurations, but are largely cheap plastic outdoor furniture.
Two sets of double doors leading into the lounge. They’re a light wood with some cut clear glass inlaid into them in the shape of a set of pendulums. The handles are a polished brass. A small red button off to the side engages the motorized opening, if needed.
The inside of The Pendulum is done in a modern style of decor favoring simple materials. Mostly that means dark stained wood and frosted glass tops for tables and other furniture, black stained concrete for flooring, and aged red brick for walls. Assorted plants are posted here and there; they’re likely fake, but they do what they’re supposed to. Several lit paper globes the size of beach balls suspended from the ceiling provide light when needed. There are a couple thick beams at various heights near the sides for flyer types to perch on, as well. On the walls are framed pocket watches and pendulums of various designs surrounded by dark shades of crushed velvet. There’s an old bookshelf parked up near the right of the entrance.
Furniture in the room tends to congregate near the walls. Said furniture consists of square-shaped, four legged tables with frosted glass tops. Chairs around them come in a multitude of configurations to fit a multitude of species; some are larger, some smaller, some have tail slots, others have no backs at all. The only common theme is that they are rose taupe in color and have a fine velvet-like texture. This generally leaves a more open area in the center, good for use of the [stage] situated toward the right of the room. Opposite this stage is the [bar]. Toward the rear is a set of doors leading to the back room of the club, labelled “The Spiral”. Another set nearby is labelled “The Mandala” as well as “The Medallion”.
The lounge is kept fairly clean overall, the overall mood hovering between ‘business casual’ and ‘t-shirt and jeans’. The music is rather sedate and ambient, especially when compared to several other clubs in the area. This is not a surprise, considering the clientele.
The stage is a pretty simple thing, much like the rest of the club. More a ‘raised platform’ than a ‘stage’, it nonetheless has a red velvet curtain that can be pulled back when needed for more space. It’s only a couple feet up, but this is usually enough to see over the entirety of the club.
A sign nearby says: “The stage is for large hypnosis-based acts. Use the board to schedule an act if you want. Otherwise, feel free to use the area. Thanks. -The Mngt.”
Curiously, stored in the back of the stage are some odd looking chairs with some domes overhead. They might be worth a look.
At first glance, the big recliners stuffed back the back of the stage look like those old blowdryer hairstylist chairs from the 80’s — big recliners with a dome that fits over the head. Instead of airholes and such though, these have been retrofitted with all manner of electronics, plus some padded restraints. They look like they’ve seen better days, though it’s possible that they might still work. The attached controls seem simple enough, making use of a touchscreen and a keypad, and a DVD player is integrated into the system.
Nearby the chairs is a collection of DVDs on a pair of tall shelves. The library offers a multitude of titles, though none of them are likely to be programs you’d see on the big screen. Said titles are mostly scrawled in black permanent marker on the sides, many of them include words like “relaxation”, “induction”, “submissive training”, and many more. Some are marked for specific species, as well. If you’re curious, you can always close the stage curtain and try them out, right?
The bar is about what you’d expect; a simple setup, with quite a few stools of various heights and with tops the same color and texture as the chairs, cushions, and couches elsewhere. An assortment of bottles lines the shelves, including hard liquors and wines. Tabletop touch-screen game machines sit at either end of the bar, amusingly labeled “Hypno-Tron 3000” (whether it can be used in such a fashion is anyone’s guess, though the bar offers headphones for those wishing to play the games). The counter itself is made of a light wood and a clear glass. Under the glass, you can see various small items of interest buried within, including small pendants and pendulums, mandalas, and spirals.
Not too far from the right end of the bar, there’s some vending machines. They might be worth checking out.
Set in an alcove of their own, near the hall to some bathrooms, are a pair of vending machines. One is bright green themed, the other bright blue, both of their marquees glowing ceaselessly with a faint buzz. They both have the same logo up top, the text reading “HypnoMart”, the O having a gaudy swirling spiral cutout lazily spinning on it.
These vending machines don’t sell drinks or food; rather, they have a range of products ostensibly designed for the MC-loving crowd, including various chemical concentrations (including the popular Amnesia Dust), electronic gadgets (the bestselling Hypno-Vision is often out of stock), and old standbys such as spirals and pendants. Whether they really work or not (or how legal they are) is anyone’s guess. A “FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY” warning sticker is stuck on both of them, probably as some legal stop gap measure.
A rather…’homely’ looking bookshelf, with books on various subjects stuffed into it. Naturally, some of them are on hypnosis and mind control theories, or are supposed spell books for that end. Some look like they’d just bore you into a trance though with titles like “Economic Report for the Nation of Suriname, 1982.” How many people actually read these things is questionable.
On one shelf near the bottom, there’s a series of hardbound books. Looking closer, they appear to be of the same series, each with slightly different shades of green. Reading the titles, this proves to be the case as they’re all titled Golf Porn with a volume number on each. Odd.
A sign on top says “FREE WI-FI AVAILABLE” and “PLEASE RETURN MATERIALS under punishment of enslavement”, with some instructions on how to connect.