~A World Called Terra~ [ short stories from the past and present of the playground of gods and heroes ] ~ HEY GUYS I'M BACK DID YOU MISS ME nobody missed me. Uh, this is going to be a sort of collection of my oneshots and scenes based on Terraria, including its lore/mythology, gameplay mechanics, NPCs, and even elements of a regular playthrough. Other characters and interactions will be included, not just the history--and everything from horror to comedy may show up. Basically, this is a compendium for the things I write when I'm not writing other things, so a huge variety of junk. It's my writing junk drawer with a fancy name. The lore and mythology used here is standard throughout my stories. Some "present" events take place in various different timelines. Some of the stories I'll be posting here coincide with and are supplements to my main story The Twins: Test of Redemption. Characters and places seen in that story may come up here from time to time, and serve as off-story or backstory-related oneshots I sometimes write when trying to get a feel for the characters. I'll warn when this happens. Still debating whether to put those here or on Tumblr -shrug- Hope you enjoy! Comments, feedback, suggestions, and requests are welcome! ~ Okay, this one wound up being more of a history/myth/lore description than an actual writing thing, but here's me ideavomitting my general backstory for the world of Terraria. The Balance of the Gods It has been so long since Terra was originally inhabited that the Terrarians tend to forget their planet was once a lonely rock floating in space--and a quite unlucky one at that. A lone planet spinning around a single bright sun, just far enough away to allow the little rock to support water, and support life. Over time, the place was struck with everything from meteors to entire other planets, solar storms, turbulent seizmic activity on the planet's surface. It all granted the little planet rather interesting topography--full of high mountains and deep trenches created by the craters, breaking up into islands where land rose above the sea level, and oceans where it didn't. In fact, almost the whole place became islands of some variety or other, with very little dry land bridging gaps between them. In addition, the many larger objects that had collided broke off into smaller pieces. Terra was lucky enough to gain a set of three moons--one gray, one orange, one greenish and ringed with dust, in decreasing sizes. These moons' orbits had always been rather strange, even before they were governed--they never crossed each other, and anyone one island tended to only be able to catch one at a time. Eventually, the great amount of activity began to settle. Other space rocks took their place in the system. The oceans stopped roaring and the land of the various islands settled, beginning to grow in that wild sort of way that occurs in a garden with no one to tend it. And then, they came. No one on Terra today knows where they came from, though another planet is the best guess. Regardless, they were beyond Terrarian comprehension, and they are known to the few who dare study their mysteries and horrifying secrets as the True Elder Gods--or the True Elders, for those who can't be bothered to use three separate words. There were very, very few of these gods, only one of whom still exists today. Perhaps none of the rest of their kind saw any promise in the planet. But five did, and took charge of various elements of the world. Tonatrahlo, of the Sun. Iahtankhalu, of the Moons--who eventually became known as the Moon Lord. Cthulhu, of the Dark. Horhonuth, of the Light Gaesthadehs, of the Earth and Underground. They fought, and through their fight, found balance. In an effort to populate this world and expand their interplanetary power and dominion, each began creating races to spread their influence. Most of their efforts wound up concentrating in one field or other, which is how the few who look for them have designated and named the nameless beings. The Lihzahrd were ean early attempt by Gaesthadehs to create a race for itself to balance the others' antics. Then came humans from the same True Elder. The Corruption was spread by Cthulhu and Iahtankhalu in unison, and Horhonuth created the Hallow in a misguided attempt to brighten the world. They also attempted to create habitable area near the planet's core, resulting in what would later become the Underworld. Tonatrahlo made the Floating Islands, and a now-extinct "cloud people" who once lived there. A great war broke out between all of them when their conflict became too intense. In this battle, a few of them were killed--though none held such a grisly 'death' as Cthulhu, who keeled over onto an entire island and infected it with his blood. Truly, his "self" was not even dead--he'd split into several other more minor gods, the first of the Elder Gods (though some of the Lesser Gods created from these first remains are often mistakenly associated with him by Terrarians, as he was, and is, still greatly feared.) Horhonuth died and broke apart as well, though continued the fight through the Hallow, causing the creatures to viciously attack everything in sight. With no end to the remaining combatants in sight, with the Moon Lord's strength causing chaos innumerable in rage over the fate of his brother, Gaesthadehs gathered all the power of its creatures and the power within the core of its dominion's lava flows, and broke the remaining True Elders, even itself, apart into lesser entities. The Elder Gods as they are called today often take forms that somehow resemble the thing--or at least part of the thing--they were created from, as do the various Lesser Gods that the Elders created afterward. Few of them defy this and decide to allow their 'souls' to inhabit something else inanimate, created and built by them to their own specifications, if they even require a physical form. These forms are often terrifying and incomprehensible to the ordinary citizens of Terra. It is said that the Elder and Lesser Gods commune on some form of spiritual plane, and all are said to have the ability to, to some extent, manipulate the souls of other beings for their own gain--most commonly those beings associated with their patron True Elder. Luckily for Terra, most of them spend their time bickering amongst themselves and, as Gaesthadehs intended, not muck up the world and the people on it too badly, providing a sense of balance. However, over time, the broken pieces of the Moon Lord found each other and decided to fuse together into one soul. The Moon Lord was reborn, the only living True Elder, the most powerful thing on or off of Terra. It held domain over the moons of the world, over night, over chaos. It spread the Crimson and Corruption in order to aid its fallen brother. It raised the dead constantly, and sent facsimiles of its own eyes to torment the humans. This was, quite clearly, a problem. The Elder Gods gathered together, and, deciding that the earth and underground were the elements of balance, took parts of themselves and fused them into a creature in the Underworld that could lock away the wrathful souls of the Moon Lord's minions, and hopefully get rid of the Hallow, Crimson, and Corruption entirely. It succeeded in sealing the former, but not the latter two. The Moon Lord would not have it. And so, the world is as it is today. Humans have populated the islands and thrived, the Lihzahrd fled to their original jungle home and built a temple underground waiting for the True Elders' return, the Wall of Flesh (as the humans have taken to calling it) holds back the Moon Lord's true power and the Corruption and Crimson spread, and the Moon Lord waits, scheming. It is said that someone will appear who can defeat the True Elder. Who will go through enormous trials and defeat the Wall to prove they can face the spirits contained. A great hero. Player, that hero is you. No, the names other than Cthulhu aren't just random keysmashing. There's method. If anyone can figure out said method you get a virtual cookie, but it's probably impossible considering the letters I added. NAVIGATION WILL GO HERE EVENTUALLY WHEN I HAVE MORE THINGS. WHICH I WILL.