- Subtle Intensity
At the lowest level, visual drifting can be described as a wiggling of straight lines within the external environment. This occurs exclusively within a person’s peripheral vision and cannot be directly looked at.
- Mild Intensity
At this level, visual drifting does not necessarily increase in intensity, but can now be directly looked at within a person’s central vision. This partially alters the appearance and form of shapes, objects, and sceneries within the external environment, causing them to subtly drift, bend, and morph.
- Distinct Intensity
At this level, visual drifting becomes powerful enough to drastically alter and transform the shape of specific objects within a person’s external environment. If one stares at a fixed point and keeps their eyes relatively motionless, the effect can be powerful enough to render objects progressively unrecognisable from their original form.
- Strong Intensity
At the highest level of visual drifting, the intensity becomes powerful enough to distort not just specific objects, but every single point of a person’s vision and the entirety of the external environment. This creates the appearance of an extremely smudged, warped, and blended mass of unrecognisable visual data.
Intricate vs Simple
Drifting can alter the external environment in a way that spreads out in many different complex directions and results in the original piece of sensory input becoming completely unrecognisable in appearance. Alternatively, it can be simplistic in nature consisting of simple warping, wiggling and bending even at high dosages of psychoactive substances.
Fast vs Slow
Drifting can manifest as alterations that progress at a sudden rate and produce fast movement in the visual field, or as slow and progressive changes.
Smooth vs Jittery
Drifting can manifest as a smooth, fluid, and seamless movement, or as jittery with an extremely low frame rate that moves in sudden and partial transitions.
Static vs Fleeting
Drifting can either freeze in its distorted position until one performs a double take, or can be extremely fleeting in nature, resetting as soon as a person tries to look directly at it.
Realistic vs Unrealistic
Drifting can either look convincingly natural and lifelike in its appearance and motion, or it can look extremely cartoon-like, exaggerated and unrealistic.
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