There are those who say Christmas only happens once a year and only lasts for so long but... there is, unseen by most, another world, a place that is just as real as this, but one with an endless winter... a world where Christmas never ends.
A long time ago existed two twins, brothers one slightly stronger than the other and one slightly more patient. Their power verged on godhood upon conception in this realm of eternal winter but for many millennia all they knew was just themselves, until one day a stranger appeared.
An enigmatic woman who called herself Kayaamat introduced the concept of other life to the brothers, then with their power and possessing knowledge that there could be more than just the two of them they would begin to create life. However, Kayaamat had seduced one of the twins in a dark twisted path for her own mutual benefit.
Blood would be shed as Kayaamat turned brother against brother by twisting their perceptions of reality so that they chose their ideologies over family and in the end....both lost.
Leaving their realm in a state of limbo where no one was truly in charge of this realm anymore and now all that remained are the remnant creations of the brothers and one twisted shadow of a former god.
The Christmas Dimension is always cold and the only source of external heat comes from the sun during the day, it is an infinite winter land where it is impossible to leave the "atmosphere" of the surface and like wise impossible to dig to the core of the realm if there even is one.
The day cycle lasts only four hours whereas the night lasts twenty.
Those who enter this dimension will experience time dilation, a month in this dimension would be only a day in any other.
Natural creatures appear in cycles with some being more common in day and others more common at night however, all creatures seem to be similar to ones from Earth although bigger and more powerful in some ways.
Large breeds of Polar Bears and massive Eagles at least the size of horses can be seen during the day attempting to hunt fish in the few thawed out lakes of the realm where as giant carnivorous Snow Spiders can be seen traveling in aggressive packs seeking to kill and consume what ever they can at night.
But at all times the primary source of food in the realm "Fish" are always present regardless of cycle and seemingly infinite in number. The air at all times is clean and fresh, free of any pollution and a beautiful imagery of celestial bodies can be seen at night.
Most importantly however, are the "Safe areas". At night the Christmas Dimension is where it is most dangerous as the two factions of Good and Evil wage an eternal war against one another on behalf of their long gone masters, there are only two areas in the realm where both forces are unable to engage in combat regardless of the time cycle and as such it is the best place for one to stay safe should a person not have the might to survive out in the open.
Due to being an "infinite winter-land" it stretches indefinitely (appearing practically identical every few miles or so traveled) so there are only a few notable areas in this realm, should one wander far away from these unique areas it is very possible to be lost indefinitely in the realm of Christmas.
Fort Grace is the sole remaining stronghold of the "Forces of Good" in the realm due to being created in a designated safe area where neither the forces of good nor evil are able to fight in, the mighty "Champion of Christmas" resides here and commands the 'good' creatures created by the long gone "Benevolent one" he alone with his animal friends lead the eternal war against the forces of Evil.
The aesthetics of Fort Grace is very medievalish but does appear to have at one time been able to house thousands of individuals, but now the Fort is mostly occupied my families of Polar Bears and several pack of large Eagles.
Those who are of neutral or benevolent alignment can visit this area with no fear of being attacked or persecuted, and should they prove themselves respectful even engage in trades with the Champion to receive an opportunity to acquire various types of precious metals he has acquired and stockpiled during his endless battles.
Echo base is a transdimensional cabin in the forests of this realm, it was constructed in the last remaining safe area however, it was not constructed by the forces of good nor by the forces of evil but rather by the forces of Science. A faction known as "The Institution" are in command of this facility and use it as a forward command post for androids to harvest the resources of this realm and conduct scientific experiments too dangerous to be done else where.
Echo Base in recent years since its construction has served as a safe haven for those with neutral intent, despite not owing anything to anyone outside of their faction there have been many cases of individuals being lost in this dimension. For those who were too vulnerable on their own and have not done any harm to the faction; they would be able to come to the lodge where housing, supplies, information and even medical treatment could be provided with trade.
Echo base through the use of hammer space technology has several floors and holds up to several hundred androids. The following floors and their purposes is as follows
Military Barracks (Residential area for Synths and other essential Institution personnel)
Weapon Armory (Modern to high tech weaponry and ammo is stored here to fend off assualts from giant carnivours snow spiders)
Lobby (Information Directory), (Living Room "Area") (Entrance/Exit) made with a home aesthetic with Christmas Decorations)
Dorms (Housing area for strangers or guests) high quality living areas, expensive furniture seemingly for the elite.
Trading Station (In exchange for rare metals they will provide food/shelter/information/and even spare supplies) a bit overly glamorous and the android doing trades does not show his face...quite creepy.
Prison Cells (Used to hold enemies of the Institution or to temporarily restrain those who are currently being a threat to themselves or others) surprisingly high class and comfy for being a place to hold prisoners.
Transdimensional teleporter (Can be used to leave the Christmas Dimension or for the Institution to call in reinforcements) Heavily guarded and restricted so guests/visitors can't see it.
The Crystal Palace is the largest and oldest structure in the realm, from the outside it often appears as some sort of fairy tale castle for those who first see it but the entrance to the structure only opens at night because during the day cycle the entrance does not exist. However, unfortunately the Crystal Palace serves as the stronghold for evil and where most of its forces are concentrated during the start of the night cycle.
The layouts of the crystal palace internally and at night are unknown but it is believed to have infinite floors that go down instead of up, each level one goes down revealing greater threats but also guaranteed treasures of great value.
Van Durand is the Champion of Christmas, he is the sole remaining "Humanoid" left that was created by the "Benevolent One", in the Benevolent One's dying breath he used that last ounces of his power to create the two safe areas in the realm as well as give the rest of his power to Van Durand to make him the beacon of hope and Christmas spirit within the realm.
As such Van Durand's power makes him immortal within the realm, in the sense that if killed he will simply resurrect once more at the start of the next day cycle and is unaffected by the passages of time at-least physically that is.
Due to being the sole humanoid with good intentions he is the only one capable of absolute control over the Polar Bears and Giant Eagles of this dimension, he rules during the day cycle while donned in his Uru/Nth hybrid armor and smites evil with his might hammer should he come across it.
The Dark One is the twisted shadow of a one great god like entity, its power was not granted to it unlike Van Durand as this is what remains of the "Other Brother" far less powerful than he was in his prime but still massively more powerful to Van Durand during the night cycle.
The Dark One is the being primarily responsible for making the Christmas Dimension a living hell for those who enter it during the night cycle, as the Dark One's purpose is solely to inflict pain and suffering to all living beings with in the realm even the remaining creatures that the "Benevolent One" created. Similar to Van Durand the Dark One is immortal but due to his greater power he can resurrect up to twenty times a night cycle and every defeat multiplies his power even further, it is due to this that the forces of Good and Evil are stuck in a eternal war as neither can permanently destroy the other. once a night cycle ends the Dark One will vanish until his part of the day/night cycle begins to start anew.
During the night the Children of the Dark One will be born out of the shadows and darkness of the realm but mostly congregate near the Crystal Palace as they defend the resources manifested in the realm. These children consist of two types, the Dark Elves and Dark Berserkers. The Dark Elves and Dark Berserkers are evil humanoids that only leave other wicked beings in peace, they were created by the Dark One to purge the humanoids created by the "Benevolent One" and that they succeeded in.
Dark Elves are very similar to humans in some ways but primarily differ in being several times more faster and agile while also not being able to experience pain nor fear, like wise the Berserkers are similar but with the main difference being they are in a near constant blind rage and possess a unique trait to
Both children of the Dark One used solidified weapons of darkness that they can conjure with their will to fight, and are also the most wicked beings of the realm because they feed off pain and suffering to sustain themselves so many who are of neutral or good alignment will be targeted for food and either tortured to death or simply killed.
Unlike the other two factions the faction of Science were not native to this realm but rather explorers seeking to gain new knowledge and power, now they have established a foothold in this realm but take no interest in the battle between good or evil and simply harvest the resources present while eliminating all who stand in their way.
Typically the forces of Science and Good are in neutral terms, where as The Forces of Evil and Science are in constant skirmishes due to Humanoid Androids delving deep into the Crystal Palace to gain precious items such as unique powers sources or unrefined minerals such as Adamantium and Nth Metal.
Of the three factions the Science faction is the only one to use modern military warfare tactics and equipment as such they operate and execute with terrifying precision that allows them on a consistent basis beat any other faction so long as they are not drastically outnumbered or facing the leaders.
The Institution's forces that patrol the Christmas Dimension and defend Echo basis consist of three types
- Rifleman (Most Common, Medium to Close ranged fighter using a fully automatic assault rifle and occasional grenades)
- Marksman (Uncommon, Long ranged fighter using a semi-automatic sniper rifle with depleted uranium rounds and possessing a cloaking device to hide their presence)
- Heavy Weapons (Rare, Multi ranged fighter using a handheld rotary cannon firing explosive ammunition and also heavily armored. Typically travel in pairs of two if seen)
Gifts of the realm
The realm is blessed with the trait of "Giving". Presents constantly spawn through out the lands every hundred or so steps taking, when opened it will often have a commodity of certain value but usually one that will be what the person opening the gift needs most (Ex. Healing potion for injury, food for hungry, metals for trade, clothing for clothless). Such treasures often found when opening a present in the day can be but are not limit to.
- Handful of gold coins
- Healing potion
- Small amount of unrefined vibranium
- Home cooked meals
- Fresh Cookies
- Children Toys
- Fruit Cake
- Christmas Decorations
These presents spawn endlessly during the day cycle but then vanish during the night cycle and are replaced with Chests of Darkness.
Unlike the "Presents" Chest of Darkness do not gurantee a reward when opened rather give an opportunity for rewards of much higher quality as well as quantity. Unfortunately three out of every four chests will be a "fake" with fake being a monster disguised as a chest that will attempt to eat the person alive once close enough.
Fortunately all Dark Chests located in the lower levels of the Crystal Palace are guaranteed to not be fakes nor have monstrosities disguising themselves as them. Rewards that can be found upon opening a Dark Chest are but not limited to
- A highly advanced piece of technological equipment many centuries ahead of what is present on Modern Earth.
- A weapon or piece of armor made of Uru that also just happens to perfectly fit the person who opened the chest
- A chest overflowing with gold coins and precious gems
- An enchanted magical artifact
- A chest overflowing to the brim with health potions.
- A Resurrection Phia, an alchemical potion in the shape of an amulet. If a person dies while wearing this the potion will shatter and give them one free absolute resurrection.
One may issue a challenge to the Champion of Christmas or engage in battle with the Dark One for an opportunity to receive powerful artifacts dropped upon defeating them.
However such a task is a monumental achievement and highly recommended not to be attempted on ones own.
OOC Rules & Stuff
- Anyone can visit this place and at any time, you just need to have the ability to travel interdimensionally or fall into an "anomaly worm hole" which is just basically a free excuse for people who can't travel through dimensions to be able to travel here BUT the only way out is through Echo Base teleporter or using inter dimensional travel.
- You can't do permanent damage to the area (especially key locations) or perma kill the Champion of Christmas/Dark One >.>
- The theme of day cycle is Happy wonderland and the theme of the night is Christmas-Horror so please try to sell that if you're not in a safe zone.
- This isn't just a Holiday theme'd thread but a DUNGEON theme'd thread, so a focus on LOOOOOOT! is a big purpose for this thread.
- You can't start the event with out permission but if you want to do it you have to PM me.