#1 2021-05-15 11:12:39

triple_agent
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Quake Universe - lore and narrative

The question here, is brief - what is 'Quake' all about, narratively speaking?

What do we know about the Quake universe?

#2 2021-05-16 16:06:49

triple_agent
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Re: Quake Universe - lore and narrative

Let me take a swing at it.

Starting with the most basic iconography, 'Quake' is a story about a man with an axe, who descends into the darkest forest, in order to cut down the cursed tree. It is a mythic story, a heroic journey.

'Quake' itself, is a cosmological event, in which realms spontaneously collide, allowing the denizens to trespass in between.

'Slipgate' is a spot within given realm, where the matrix of that realm - during the 'Quake' event - becomes unstable enough, thus forming a portal to another world or worlds; connecting with another such entity.

'Ranger' represents the self-proclaimed forces of order - emerging from one of the 'Quake'-connected universes - who aim to subdue the realms inhabited by the unpredictable forces of chaos, so as to diminish the threat to the worlds less at position to defend themselves, associated with the emergence of 'Quake'. In order to do so, a military campaign is being waged, with the intent to destroy the leadership or the drive of chaotic forces, further allowing to secure the slipgates within the chaotic realms. Slipgates, may appear spontaneously and perhaps randomly, therefore recluse but well fortified outposts, pose an insufficient or only partial solution.

In most realms inhabited by intelligent creatures capable of building civilization, the denizens typically would recognize the meaning of slipgates, as well as implications of these; thus establish institutions, mostly of religious demeanor; in order to preserve and make use of the slipgates - as much as in order to fend of the monsters trespassing from more savage realms, when the time of 'Quake' comes.

'Quake' and 'Ranger' myth, is a reversed druidic pattern. In the original, druidic story, a man with a golden sickle descends into the forest, to find a sacred oak, then cut off either a sprig of it or a mistletoe growing on that tree - using the golden sickle - then return to his home, bringing the sacredness of the "axis mundi" with him - like an Olympic fire - validating his world as part of the world-umbrella.

In 'Quake', the man, wields an axe, which means that his will is to separate, cut off, destroy, vanquish. 'Ranger' belongs to a military order or represents certain military order, thus inherently stands as interested in power, more than wisdom. In the original story, the purpose is to descend and resurface - in 'Quake', it is to descend and remain. In 'Quake', the outcome, is also not sacredness or wealth, but profanity, not of one world, but of many; including the homeworld of 'Ranger' without exception.

'Quake' is a symbol of a man mission to subdue nature; which - as we constantly learn - is a mission destined to fail.

#3 2021-05-23 14:38:07

triple_agent
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Re: Quake Universe - lore and narrative

Pushing on:

'Slipgates', initially were believed to manifest exclusively as solitary anomalies, relatively insignificant in size; comparable to cracks in the wall of reality. It was discovered though that these could also become of large proportion, seizing vast areas at a time; standing more like open gaps or entire breaches in the same wall of reality. Eventually, it is not impossible that different but parallel slipgates, could merge together. Notwithstanding, it remains a speculation whether the 'Quake' event, is perhaps an ongoing cosmological process, leading to the unification of interresponding realms, in order to shape a final, syncretic realm or meta-realm, the conditions of existence within the which of one, are unknown.

The military force that representatives of which call themselves "Rangers", operate under a banner called "Alignment of the Stars".

#4 2021-06-13 00:33:19

triple_agent
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Re: Quake Universe - lore and narrative

The event of 'Quake' and the intercollision of realms, are not the very same phenomenon. While 'Quake' manifests itself through 'slipgates' and further implications of these, the rest, remain all speculation. It is likely that dynamics of the realms, are possibly beyond human conception altogether - such as the physiognomy of a mythical Yog-Sothoth. It is known, though, that the occurrences of 'Quake', correspond with surges of void energy, which roughly could be compared to the emergence of lightnings during a storm - only on a different level. 'Quake', therefore, appears like a spasm within the imaginary body of the grand metaverse, allowing consequent formation of the 'slipgates', which the latter, last only as long as the valid surge of energy, allows. The 'slipgates', are not permanent in terms of duration, even though they do tend to reappear at matching coordinates, which does, in turn, provide an anchor of stability for human understanding in the unfolding precession of dimensional chaos. The occurrence of 'Quake', can be predicted by civilizations bearing proper degree of relevant insight.

Last edited by triple_agent (2021-06-13 07:39:32)

#5 2021-06-13 07:50:55

triple_agent
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Re: Quake Universe - lore and narrative

'Quakespasm', is a term popular among certain few technologically inclined civilizations; which is used to describe the early - and often most spectacular - stages of the 'slipgates' manifestation; in particular if directly according to a well predicted pattern or schedule. Contemporary term comparable to 'quakespasm', would be the "liftoff", if we spoke about aeronautics for the sake of example.

Last edited by triple_agent (2021-06-13 18:14:05)

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