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Nightmare Glossary

Post  Lore on Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:50 pm

This is an evolving project that might answer some of our questions regarding Nightmare terminology, characters, events, and etc. It will likely never be completely finished, but I think it's a cool way to grow some concepts.

Chosen

A group of individuals selected by the universe to combat galactic threats through the utilization of divine power. This selective process by the universe involves linking a Chosen to his or her Guardian, a divine entity that guides them through the awakening of their power. A Chosen can, in some extremely rare instances, achieve this end without the mentorship of a Guardian, but their effectiveness is usually far lower than what it could have been.

Guardian

A divine entity that dwells in the spiritual world and can not affect reality (in most cases although there are extreme circumstances). A Guardian's job or purpose in life is to watch over his or her Chosen, guide them, help them realize the potential of their soul, and ultimately aid them in their struggle against galactic threats. A Guardian is very limited in that it can not affect the physical plane unless some existing conditions allow.

Nightmare

The first ever galactic threat that saw the fall of many worlds and civilizations. Nightmare was a wave of darkness that swept throughout the universe until the univervse saw fit to birth the Chosen and their Guardians. Nightmare was defeated ten years ago by Alex Taylor and his friends, the last generation of Chosen Ones. Nightmare is depicted as an hourglass-shaped shade wearing a slender mask with dark red lips and two slits for eyes. Nightmare was said to control another galactic threat known as X, a planet-sized mass of tentacles whose form reflected the suffering of souls.

X

Believed to be an extension of Nightmare, X is in actuality its own self. Nightmare's destruction of so many souls created a stream of consciousness that ultimately took on a form known as X. X, then, is essentially a giant concentration of emotions, thoughts, and feelings dark in nature. The body of X reflects this in that its skin is basically layers of discontented faces screaming in unison.
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Re: Nightmare Glossary

Post  Lore on Sat Mar 24, 2012 2:33 pm

The previous Nightmare projects were largely unfinished but the timeline below elaborates on tentative ideas that might become the official storyline before the Nightmare we're on.

Before Nightmare 1 - Nightmare possesses the first Chosen, Eugene Mandello. Eugene is a powerful vessel for the dark god. His Guardian of multi-elemental powers is killed and he is lost. However, Nightmare cannot finish Eugene completely and the Chosen's conscience remains active inside the dark god. Nightmare in effect cuts this conscience out and seals it inside a dream. The conscience comes to be known as Aura.

End of Nightmare 1 - Alex and the rest of the Chosen fall to Nightmare. They are not killed but frozen in coffins that slowly drain their energy. Alex' Guardian, Lore, is destroyed.

After Nightmare 1 (known as Deja Vu) - Lore's wife, Alania, goes against the Guardian order and works with Aura to free the Chosen. Alex awakens as a multi-elemental Chosen user who is perhaps the most powerful to date. Alex ultimately merges with Aura to create a new Eugene Mandello, a Chosen that is superior to any Guardian. Eugene frees the Chosen and together they kill Nightmare.

After Deja Vu - Peaceful life ensues. The Guardians go into hiding and are said to be extinct now that Nightmare is finally gone.

Current Nightmare and recent years - Traces of Nightmare resurface and Anima Mortis is declared an epidemic. Division 44 is formed to combat the disease. Chosen whereabouts unknown except for Eugene Mandello.
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Re: Nightmare Glossary

Post  Lore on Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:55 pm

Okay, so here's the layout of the D44 building since I suck at describing rooms and whatnot in-character:

Each "central chamber" such as the room where Lisette met Elizabeth or the room where the two are currently in would best be described as hubs. These hubs are kind of circular rooms where guards and scientists and doctors and whatever else mill about. D44 personnel. The primary purpose of these hubs is to serve as security checkpoints because they have doors leading down long halls with cells on either side. These are where the patients are kept.

The less severe patients are kept before the medical room where Lisette met Elizabeth while the more severe patients are kept beyond the testing room where E&L currently are. These hubs are needed because of course, if a patient breaks out... they can be more easily stopped.

The purpose of the medical area is to admit new patients. The purpose of testing is to “find a cure,” but their methods are questionable.
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Re: Nightmare Glossary

Post  Lore on Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:10 am

Work in progress

Alex Taylor

A powerful Chosen who lost his Guardian and used that pain to unleash his true potential. Merged with Aura to form the new Eugene Mandello.

Aura

Eugene's conscience which fought against Nightmare's corruption valiantly and never lost. Nightmare was forced to rip out his heart and seal it away inside an inpenetrable dream. That heart, Aura, was freed by Alex when he awakened to his true abilities. Merged with Alex to form the new Eugene Mandello.

Lore

Alex' Guardian of Shadow who gave his life to protect the Chosen when they were defeated by Nightmare. Unbeknownst to them, Lore's soul was preserved by Nightmare and fused into Lavender, one of his most powerful minions at the time. Lore fought Lavender's will just long enough for the Chosen to strike him - and Lav - down for good.

Alania

A Guardian of Shadow who was pivotal to serving Aura and freeing the Chosen from their coffin-induced slumber. Fought Lore as the monstrosity Nightmare turned him into regardless of her undying love for him. Or maybe it was because of her undying love for him. She vanished after Nightmare was defeated.

The Black Dream

Where Nightmare resides. The borders of his realm touch everything that is ethereal. It is from here that he manipulates dreams, and can craft entire worlds born from fantasm.

Fantasm

A word used to describe dream energy. Essentially another variation of fantasy or the spiritual.
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Re: Nightmare Glossary

Post  Mica on Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:18 am

Arina Faye

A former chosen who died during the last arc. Her bond was disconnected from her Guardian and she died in the chaos.

Nanashi

A puppetier Guardian specializing in manipulating things. She likes to fight with her strings and use her puppets for srs bizniz. Completely devestated from losing her chosen one and confused as to why she did not disappear. Invaded Lisette because she was allowed inside for some unknown reason. Likes women. Wants to defeat the council. Wants revenge.

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Re: Nightmare Glossary

Post  Lore on Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:12 pm

Sarah Taylor

Brother of Alex Taylor. Was Alania's Chosen. Now the Vice-Commander of D44. She is feared throughout the Division for her innovative decision-making, tactical mind, and ruthless swordplay. While she was a good fencer years ago, she is now skilled in many different forms of martial arts and has recently added guns to her repertoire. One of Nightmare's sought-after targets because she was so crucial to Alania's mission.
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